ObamaCare’s Ruthless Assault on the Middle Class


healthcare.gov__0Liberals are winning wild praise for their candor in admitting problems with Obamacare. It shows you the level of honesty people have come to expect of our liberal friends. Now, liberals are applauded for not lying through their teeth about something.

What are they supposed to say? This Obamacare website is fantastic! And really, haven’t you already read all the magazines in your current doctor’s office anyway?

The New York Times has described Obama’s repeated claim that you could keep your insurance plan and keep your doctor under Obamacare as a mere slip of the tongue: “Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.”

Misspoke? How exactly does one misspeak, word for word, dozens of times, over and over again?

That wasn’t misspeaking — it was a deliberate, necessary lie. Even Democrats couldn’t have voted for Obamacare if Americans had known the truth. It was absolutely vital for Obama to lie about people being able to keep their insurance and their doctors.

Of course, it was difficult for voters to know the truth because every time Republicans would try to tell them, the White House and the media would rush in and call the critics liars.

The White House posted a specific refutation of the “disinformation” about not being able to keep your doctor or insurance plan. That claim, the website said, was being disseminated by Republicans “to scare people.”

Their proof consisted of a video of Obama clearly stating, “If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.”

A video of someone asserting the very fact in dispute does not rise to the level of “evidence,” but it was more than enough for MSNBC.

Even when pretending to be critical of Obamacare, liberals lie about the real problems. They tell us they’re worried about the percentage of young people signing up for Obamacare. The mix of young and old people in Obamacare is completely irrelevant. It won’t help if a lot of young people sign up because their premiums are negligible.

To keep the system afloat, what Obamacare really needs is lots of healthy people, preferably healthy older people. Their premiums are astronomical — and they won’t need much medical treatment.

Premiums are set by your age, not your health. It doesn’t matter if you never go to the doctor. Obamacare punishes you for having a healthy lifestyle. The Obamacare tax is a massively regressive poll tax on the middle-aged and the middle class.

Apart from those who are subsidized, everyone pays the exact same amount in penalties or insurance premiums for his age group. It doesn’t matter if you don’t make as much money as Bill Gates. Any 58-year-old male who doesn’t qualify for a subsidy will pay the same Obamacare tax as Gates.

When Margaret Thatcher tried to impose the same tax per person, as a “community charge,” there were riots in the street.

Our extremely progressive tax system, where nearly half the country pays no income tax at all, and the other half pays about 40 percent of their income, may not be fair. But most people also don’t think it’s fair to tax a guy making $80,000 a year the identical amount as one making $80 million a year. That’s exactly what Obamacare does.

With Obamacare, the Democratic Party has foisted the most regressive tax possible on America. This ruthless assault on the middle class is all so we can have a health care system more like every other country has.

Until now, the United States has had the highest survival rates in the world for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Cancer comparisons are the most useful because all Western countries keep careful records for this disease.

For all types of cancers, European men have only a 47.3 percent five-year survival rate, compared to a 66.3 percent survival rate for American men.

European women have only a 55.8 percent chance of being alive five years after being diagnosed with any type of cancer, compared to 62.9 percent of American women.

American survival rates for breast, prostate, thyroid and skin cancer are higher than 90 percent. Europeans do not have a 90 percent survival rate for one of those cancers.

The European rates are even worse than they sound because many cancers are not discovered until the victim’s death — twice as many as in the U.S. All those cancers were excluded from the study.

Canadian cancer survival rates aren’t much better than the European rates — and they’ve been able to sneak into to the U.S. for treatment! Women in the U.S. have a 61 percent survival rate for all cancers, compared to a 58 percent survival rate in Canada. Men in the U.S. have a 57 percent survival rate compared to 53 percent in Canada.

That’s why your insurance premiums have to go through the roof and your Obamacare tax is the same as Bill Gates’. So across the world, we’ll all be equal, dying of cancer, heart disease and diabetes as often as everyone else.

It’s not that Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism; it’s that he wants to end it.

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  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    “Premiums are set by your age, not your health.

    For Obamacare, I believe premiums are the same for all ages. Someone should check this and tell Coulter. We don’t want to be like the left–pushing disinformation.

    Update Looks like I’m wrong and Coulter is right. The premium differential has been reduced but not eliminated. “Insurers can still charge higher rates to older individual policyholders, but the ratios, or “bands,” by which age-based rates can differ have been reduced to 3:1… from 5:1 under existing practices.” http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2013/08/08/how-obamacare-will-affect-health-insurance-rates-by-age-group

    Still, the 1/3 rule will still be unfair to the young and in part force them to subsidize the older person: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/275873-study-predicts-health-law-will-raise-premiums-on-young-adults

    I’m 62 and my premium was cut in half while my 29 year old nephew saw a negligible increase but massive cuts in quality (his doctor and local hospital isn’t covered.)

    • Mo86

      Thanks for the correction.

  • NJK

    I agree with all of this, but the tax issue. The progressive income tax is communism. Everyone should pay, whether you are on unemployment, collecting welfare, or working. It should be a flat tax or fair tax. A person making $800,000 will still pay more than one making $80,000. For example 10 percent of $800,000 is $80,000, as opposed to $8000.00 for someone making $80,000.

    Those in the higher income brackets will still pay more. It’s unconscionable that welfare isn’t taxed. The only ones in this country with no skin in the game are those 47 percent not paying tax. You live here and use the resources, you pay.

    • blert

      You are mistaken.

      You’re concentrating on Income Taxes.
      Even the welfare crowd is paying taxes — big time — as many, many, of their ‘essentials’ are taxed heavily.
      Tobacco, alcohol, gasoline, tires, etc. have hefty taxes built into them. For the poor, these expenditures take a shocking percentage of their ‘cash.’ In Hawaii, even food is taxed at 4%, no matter what. That state’s GET has the same impact as a 20% sales tax rate would be in California — because it pyramids and has no exclusions.
      Beyond that, as ones income rises, welfare is scaled back — at a tax rate that is EXTREMELY progressive.

      Due to statutes, many welfare payouts have ‘cliff functions.’ That is, beyond X your payout vanishes entirely.
      This is massively apparent in 0-care. The cliff is smack in the middle of the middle class distribution! That can’t be a coincidence.
      ALL flat tax schemes fall apart because they REQUIRE the poor to payout so much for our Big Government that they can’t feed themselves.
      Congress has legislated an intermediating class of apparats that it refuses to shed. This social overburden cripples all rationalization of Big Government. The re-set may well take a revolution. See Venezuela.
      America needs to get away from Income Tax all together. That would change the nature of the welfare cliff — actually erroding it.
      It would also throttle the consumption of objects as compared to human labor. This transition is going to be absolutely required during this century. Otherwise, socialization will break down entirely.

  • herb benty

    America’s ingenuity- the middle class- under attack just like all communist countries( check out Venezuala). Steve Jobs or a young Bill Gates fiddling around in the garage at HOME. Countless other free individuals and inventions that the middle class produced, yet the socialists fear these people.

  • SoCalMike

    Obamacare offers premature death at a discount.
    Get all the stuff you don’t need for free but the latest life saving treatment is not available, only available to Pelosi and Obama and their friends and families.
    The rest of us may die on the cheap.
    Scary how many brain dead mentally conformed left-tard zombies like and defend this deal.
    And forget trying to persuade them. You’re talking facts to them only insults their religious beliefs because for them, government is god and the prophet who owns their brains from the grave is a dead white man named Karl Marx whose bones long ago turned to dust and whose ideas murdered and mass murdered more than 100 million innocent souls in a short span of time during the 20th century.
    Yet he OWNS their thoughts and more precious beliefs. He actually invented them. The joke is these mind numbed zombies and otherwise very intelligent people consider themselves “independent thinkers.”
    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Linda Cohen

    I really wish these authors would give us references that we can check out. Her argument on Cancer Survival Rates are impressive but where are the facts. We don’t come out on the top with longevity. I hear in Cuba they lie about their data concerning infant mortality. Here is a chart I did find:

    http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/all-cancers/by-country//

    Our ranking is not that impressive. Who knows the true facts? Mexico and Iran have a much better ranking than us.

    Here is another article:

    http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/cancer-rates-and-unjustified-conclusions/

    “Dr. Marie Diener-West, a professor of biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, told us that it would be a stretch to draw too many conclusions from comparing survival rates. “Part of the problem with the comparison is that it might not actually be comparable populations,” she said. “It could be [one is] an older population, it could be they have more comorbidities [other conditions] that are affecting their survival in addition to cancer, there could be occupational differences. There are many different factors that could be playing a role.”

  • Dale McNamee

    Obamacare IS death…