When confronted, before it was approved, Obama told us that the ACA (aka Obamacare) was not a tax! In fact in an interview with George Stephanopoulos in September 2009, when he remarked “But your critics say it is a tax increase.” Obama responded with, “I absolutely reject that notion.”
On June 28, 2012, when the Supreme Court, justified the ACA as Constitutional in a 5-4 decision, it justified it as a tax.
So what can we conclude about what Obama said in 2009? He flat out lied.
Returning Once Again to 2009
On September 9, 2009, Joe Wilson, Rep. House Representative, shouted at President Barack Obama while Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his proposal for reforming health care.
During his address, Obama said:
In a breach of decorum, Wilson pointed at Obama and shouted, “You lie!” twice. Wilson attracted national and international attention for the incident. He said afterwards that his outburst reflected his view that the bill would provide government-subsidized benefits to illegal immigrants.
Nancy was shocked. Obama wasn’t. Wilson was forced to issue a public apology.
Returning to the Present- Another Obamacare Lie
Why wasn’t Obama shocked? Perhaps that’s because Wilson wasn’t the one lying. He was right. Obama lied. A new report out of the U.S. Senate produced by the Republicans on the Senate Home Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, looked at the ACA tax credits which are meant to offset the cost of insurance premiums.
The review discovered that credits went to 500,000 people who are illegal immigrants or whose legal status was unclear due to insufficient records. That totals up to $750 million in tax credits that went to individuals “who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”
“This ‘pay and chase’ model has potentially cost taxpayers approximately $750 million,” the report says. The 500,000 individuals in question have been removed from coverage, according to the findings, as the government seeks to get the money back.
The Senate report notes that it is the role of the IRS to get the money back, but wrote that its subsequent plan to do so is “ineffective and insufficient”.This was after IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen assured Congress in July that the IRS was “committed to identifying and efficiently addressing” improper payments.
Looks like he was lying too. Maybe, it’s simply a contagious morality disease that is inadvertently being passed around the Obama administration.
More evidence that your elected representatives simply do not care about the public. Obamacare was never about the public getting better health care.
What Obamacare is Really About
It was about our political system wresting more control of our lives by a complete takeover of our major health care providers.
It was about rewarding Big Pharma and insurance companies with a guaranteed stream, under penalty of law, customers. The penalty for not having health insurance increases this year to $695 or 2.5% of taxable income, whichever is higher, for individuals. More people are being forced into this healthcare system under the penalty of law.
One of the related articles below is about the Aetna CEO saying it’s too early to give up on the Obamacare marketplace. Aetna said Monday that it has been struggling with customers who sign up for coverage outside the ACA’s annual enrollment window and then use a lot of medical care, the Associated Press reported. This dumps claims on the insurer without providing enough premium revenue to counter those costs, the AP article noted. This was entirely predictable BTW.
Anyone who isn’t getting this by now is simply taking the lies of Obama and the rest of our elected representatives and internalizing them.
In other words, you are lying to yourself. Wake up and stop it please. Awareness of deception is the first step in seeing through it.