Obamacare was never meant actually to succeed. In the form that it passed in, it was never going to work. This idea is not hyperbole or perfect hindsight; there have been plenty of ignored voices at all levels of society that had declared these sentiments all the way back when Obamacare was first passed.
“I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) April 2013
“Congress is moving fast to rush through a health care overhaul that lacks a key ingredient: the full participation of you, the American people.” Paul Ryan (R-WI) July 18, 2009
“At this pace, the Obama Administration will never be able to meet their enrollment goals. In fact, in state after state, the number of people whose health insurance is being dropped because of ObamaCare’s insurance mandates and requirements far exceeds the numbers of those who are signing up. In fact in Utah alone a mere 357 people signed up.” Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) November 13, 2013
“This bill, in my opinion, does not strike the balance between preserving what works in our current system and fixing what does not work.” Representative Jason Altmire (D-PA) July 16, 2009
Hindsight’s not 20/20 when predictions about something are coming to fruition. In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected 23 million people would have enrolled in the exchanges in 2017. As of December 16, 2016, only 6.4 million people signed up for the exchanges, yet for some reason, CNN declared this a victory for Obamacare, in spite of the average increase in premiums of 22% for exchange plans.
There is no spin in saying that Obamacare is imploding, and has been imploding since before Trump was elected. As of June of 2016, there were only approximately 10 million people on the Obamacare exchanges, in comparison to the 21 million the CBO expected in their initial projections, which is how the health care law was sold.
So, what is my point? Why am I spitting out all these quotes and facts supporting this notion that Obamacare was never actually meant to do anything other than fail? Because the plan was and always has been to push a single payer system on the American people, in a blatant circumvention of public demand and with a wanton disregard for the actual needs of the public.
“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see.” Now, who exactly is that? Oh, that’s right, future President, Barack Obama, from a youtube video dated in 2008 but estimated to be from 2003. There are quotes from after he entered the national stage where he softened his stance publicly, but, as old associates of his stated, he spoke quite often of his support for a single-payer system.
‘A single-payer health care plan… That’s what I’d like to see’- Barack Obama
The worst part is, this isn’t even that big of a secret. ‘“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said. When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”’ That is Harry Reid in 2013. Three years after the Democrats foisted Obamacare on the American people, one of its architects stated in an interview, which was utterly ignored by the mainstream media, that Obamacare wasn’t even supposed to work long term- that it was a stepping stone.
At this point, we’ve already come to the conclusion that Democrats thought they were going to control the presidency after the 2016 elections. President Obama had already begun the sustained effort of working around the Republican-controlled Senate with executive orders and the ever-expanding authority of federal agencies and a deep state bureaucracy. In 2016, after Hillary Clinton’s email investigation was obstructed by the Obama administration Justice Department and Comey publicly cleared her, there was every expectation that she would be the next president.
Harry Reid, one of the bill’s architects, admitted that Obamacare was a stepping stone towards a single-payer system. Obama spent years preaching about an idealized single-payer system. This half-measure of a healthcare plan has the wheels starting to fall off and the CBO projections being proven a fabrication right when a new presidential election heats up. So what was the Democrats’ plan in all this? Did they plan for Obamacare to fail? In short, yes. I posit that the entire plan of Obama, Clinton, others in the Democrat party and their allies in the media was to create a crisis they would pin on an ‘obstructionist’ Republican-controlled Congress. This would garner the public support for a remedy of any kind from big brother government, and the landmark legislation from President Clinton would be a single-payer system that would forever put a stranglehold on the US healthcare, and create a nation where Charlie Gard’s tragic story in the UK would be repeated ad nauseam. Republicans were worried about death panels before? Democrat leaders want a system where an uncaring central bureaucracy would make decisions about what government health care would pay for.
This article is a reminder, as we watch the Republicans repeatedly try to craft a replacement for the health care bill that the Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media cannot and should not be trusted. Were they holding power, they would already be trying to cram a single payer bill down our throats to replace Obamacare and would be making the exact same statements that Republicans are about a health care crisis and a broken system, with every quote from a Democrat legislator spread far and wide. When the media screams about CBO projections over how many people will lose insurance, remember that Obamacare was a poison pill, which took our healthcare system that was already struggling in 2008, due to government regulations such as a broken patent system and a ballooning healthcare debt, and made a series of half steps towards single-payer anyways; and these organizations, media corporations, and neoliberal politicians all sang its praises.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the entire Democrat party lied to the American people about what Obamacare truly was. Their opposition today is because they don’t want Republicans to actually fix the healthcare system so they can replace it later with a single-payer system. We as the American people CANNOT allow this to happen. The next time you have to argue with someone over the topic, you make sure to tell them that if the Democrats had their way, the tragedy of Charlie Gard would become commonplace in the United States, and then you watch as they flounder.