Obamacare – The Definition of Insanity!


by Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama’s television address from the Rose Garden extolling the massive benefits of the “Affordable Care Act” was reminiscent of a carnival Barker selling the latest version of the Vegamatic. The Salesman-in-Chief was careful to avoid calling his signature legislative accomplishment “Obamacare” even though in previous speeches he wore the name as a badge of honor.

The focus of his remarks centered around the more popular aspects of the law and were orchestrated to avoid the reality of how and by whom these benefits would be paid for. There was a definite tone of panic in his voice as he attempted to “perfume this pig” of a law.

If the American people were ever skeptical about the Government’s ability to implement and administer 18% of our economy, the rollout over the past three weeks should convince them of the disaster yet to come.

Forty-eight years working in the free enterprise corporate world taught me to recognize that there is no such thing as a free lunch. When the President states, without reservation, that young people may stay on their parent’s plan until 26, that pre-existing conditions will be covered, that contraceptive services will be provided free and that millions will become edible to receive state-sponsored Medicaid, he fails to state at what cost and who picks up the tab for these freebies.

The biggest lie he told was that prices have come down and that 6 in 10 people will be able to purchase insurance for under $100/month. This statement conveniently omits any mention of increased deductibles and co-pays associated with those plans.

His “tech surge” is an even bigger joke considering he has spent hundreds of millions over the past three years to meet this October 1 rollout of the website exceeding the original cost by over 300%. The CEO and IT Managers of any corporation would be fired if their performance mirrored that in managing a new product introduction.

But not to worry; Obama promised today that the 19.5 million visitors to the website unable to complete a registration will be contacted individually with information on how they may proceed, nor does he acknowledge that millions of “visitors” to a site are just that – visitors.

President Obama made no mention of a delay in the individual mandate or fines for failing to register – only a laundry list of how and where you may go out of your way to apply.

I was stunned when he said that “prices will not change” when it has been documented that the program used to generate premiums was flawed and posting inaccurate prices.

The next six months will tell the truth concerning the “Affordable Care Act” as Americans working for large corporations see their company-sponsored plans cancelled, work schedules altered to under 30 hours to avoid having to provide insurance and premiums continuing to skyrocket due to the law.

Obamacare, much like a company in a death spiral failing to recognize and change what they are doing, is destined for collapse. Continuing to do the wrong thing and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. Only the Federal Government and the ideologues like Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi seem unable or unwilling to recognize the futile reality of the “Affordable Care Act” which if left to their devices will collapse under its own weight.

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