It will be a long time before anyone will forget Speaker of the House Pelosi proudly proclaiming that the health care bill Obamacare had to be passed in order to know what the bill contained — “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Foolishly, most Americans assume that Congressmen actually READ the bills they are voting on and no what’s in it BEFORE they vote on it. Silly us.
Politico recently reported that NO Democratic incumbents are using health care as one of the platforms they are running on for reelection. What is supposed to be the crowing achievement of the Democratic party. A decades old goal that has finally been reached. The “this one’s for Teddy” accomplishment that will bring America in line with the rest of the civilized world. Yet, not ONE single Democrat is running on the fact that they passed Obamacare.
The question of why, has to be asked. Is it because they still haven’t read the bill and don’t want to be caught off guard by questions from voters who actually have read the bill? Is it because they finally read the bill and realize that it contains a LOT of bad stuff that will raise costs and not keep their promise of “if you like your health care plan you can keep it”? Is it because premiums are already going up for individuals and small businesses, due to the provisions of the law that go into effect next month?
Maybe it’s because roughly 2/3 of Americans aren’t in favor of the law. Possibly, it’s because while Democrats took political cover by falsely claiming it would reduce the deficit, but now enough real data (including the docfix that they delayed to get a falsely positive CBO score) has come out to prove that it is far from a deficit reducing law.
Regardless of the reason, Democrats are running away from Obamacare as fast as they can as they campaign for reelection. That should tell you something.
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey explains how the administrations attempt to front load the ‘good’ stuff in the bill to garner support, has actually already begun to backfire:
After the polls showed that the newly-passed ObamaCare bill remained deeply unpopular with voters, the Obama administration reshuffled the rollout in order to convince Americans what a great deal they would get. By “front-loading” the most popular provisions to make them effective immediately, the White House hoped that the momentum would shift to support for the one legislative achievement of Barack Obama’s turn — or at least neutralize its negative influence. Instead, ObamaCare remains as unpopular as ever, and the bill will come due just before the midterms:
Health insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul in coming weeks, complicating Democrats’ efforts to trumpet their signature achievement before the midterm elections.
Aetna Inc., some BlueCross BlueShield plans and other smaller carriers have asked for premium increases of between 1% and 9% to pay for extra benefits required under the law, according to filings with state regulators.
These and other insurers say Congress’s landmark refashioning of U.S. health coverage, which passed in March after a brutal fight, is causing them to pass on more costs to consumers than Democrats predicted.
Even though the bill has passed, which according to Madam Pelosi should allow us to know what’s in it, a dirty secret that most still don’t understand is the incredible control that HHS will have of their health care. Almost all aspects of insurance, and as a result insurance costs and covered (or not covered) treatments, will be dictated by HHS regulations. HHS will dictate what insurance plans must contain. HHS will dictate how much an insurance company can charge. HHS will determine whether or not you can keep the plan that you have and like, and CBO analysis shows that the vast majority of Americans will NOT be able to keep the plan they have, even if they like it — contrary to what President Obama promised.
If Democrats believed so strongly in Obamacare that they had no qualms about using parliamentary tricks and dirty politics to get it passed into law, why are they hiding from it now that they are trying to get re-elected?