By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Barack Obama, President of the United States (June 23, 2007).
I have made a solemn pledge that I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will and cut the cost of a typical family’s premiums by up to . That’s not simply a matter of policy or ideology – it’s a moral commitment.
The facts: The PPACA (“ObamaCare”) does not cover “every American,” as was known when the law was passed. In 2017, as many as 40 million could still be uncovered.
Barack Obama (March 3, 2010).
[E]very idea has been put . Every argument has been made. Everything about health care has been said and just about everyone has said it.
The facts: Single payer was not put “on the table” in hearings.
And in White House health care town hall transcripts, what single payer advocates had “to say” was censored.
Barack Obama (March 23, 2010).
Once this reform is implemented, health insurance exchanges will be created, a competitive marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses will finally be able to purchase insurance. They will be able to be and get .
And the PPACA marketplaces establish one Federal pool and many state pools, not “a big pool.”
Finally, “members of Congress and designated congressional staff will choose from 112 options in the Gold Metal tier” to retain the “Government contribution … for their health insurance coverage” for plan year 2014 (Office of Personnel Management). This is not the deal “uninsured people and small businesses” get, since they choose between Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum tiers, where only Silver (not Gold) can be subsidized.
Barack Obama (July 24, 2013).
[S]tarting on October 1st … you’ll be able to comparison-shop online. There will be a marketplace online, or plane tickets or anything else you’re doing online.
The facts: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy,” most unlike “a flat-screen TV” (Barack Obama, November 14, 2013).
Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States (March 23, 2010).
You have turned, Mr. President, of to have access to decent health care into reality for the first time in American history.
The facts: The PPACA regards health care not as a “right,” but as a “shared responsibility” between “the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers and individuals” (IRS, “Questions and Answers on the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision”; see also 42 U.S. Code Chapter 157, Subchapter V – SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH CARE).
And the PPACA does not cover “every American,” as was known when the law was passed. In 2017, as many as 40 million could still be uncovered.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives (March 22, 2010).
And we are here now to be — along with the Congresses that — enacted Social Security, Medicare, Civil Rights Act, . All of that on a par.
The facts: The PPACA does not cover “all Americans,” as was known when the law was passed. In 2017, as many as 40 million could still be uncovered.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (April 6, 2010).
So here are the facts: if you like your doctor, . If you like your health plan, .
The facts: “They might have to end up switching doctors in part because they’re saving money” (Barack Obama, March 14, 2014).
And “with respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it … the way I put that forward, unequivocally, ended up not being accurate” (Barack Obama, November 14, 2013).
Kathleen Sebelius (March 7, 2010).
that every health economist has brought to the table is in this bill.
The facts: Single payer wasn’t “on the table,” and single payer’s “cost cutting idea” adds up to $400 billion a year in savings, conservatively.
Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President (October 10, 2013).
These bugs were functions of volume. Take away the volume and it works.
The facts: The “bugs” that appeared when the Federal website was launched were caused by poor system architecture, poor implementation, and management failure by the White House team (Time).
Nancy-Ann DeParle, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (March 23, 2010).
Under health insurance reform, Americans will be .
Paul Krugman, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times (February 27, 2010).
So will reform people who would have had insurance coverage anyway? No.
The facts: Those who lose cancer coverage because of the PPACA’s narrow networks will be “seriously hurt.” Union members with multi-employer Taft-Hartley plans are being “seriously hurt.” Those who could not “keep their plans” because their individual plans were cancelled would have been “seriously hurt,” had not the White House backed off.
Ezra Klein, creator of the Washington Post blog Wonkblog (March 21, 2010).
Sickness and health might be , but access to health care doesn’t have to be. It isn’t in other countries, and if Democrats win the vote tonight, it won’t be in ours, either.
The facts: “Capricious” is exactly what the PPACA is, as NC has exhaustively documented here, here, here, here, here, and here. The provision to claw back costs from the estates of over-55s forced into Medicaid by ObamaCare’s income eligibility formula is especially “capricious,” because it discriminates against poor elders.
Kevin Drum, Democratic blogger at Mother Jones (March 29, 2010).
Linking healthcare to employment has always been ridiculous, and .
The facts: “Anything”? Universities cutting hours for adjunct professors is not a “positive development. The public sector cutting hours for “police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers….” is not a “positive development.”
Jonathon Chait, Democratic blogger at The New Republic (March 21, 2010).
Historians will see this health care bill as a masterfully crafted piece of legislation.
The facts: “ObamaCare is a Rube Goldberg device” (Paul Krugman, April 5, 2014).