April 18, 2014
Charles Krauthammer on Barack Obama's ACA Numbers: "He Makes This Stuff Up With a Brazenness That's Almost Admirable" (Video)Topics: Political News and commentaries
Here's Charles Krauthammer on the man who topped the Washington Post's 2013 list as biggest liar of the year and who 60% of Americans now believe lies to them at least some, if not most, of the time..
The Special Report All-Star Panel weighed in after President Obama touted the success of ObamaCare in remarks at the White House, lashing out at Republican critics.Krauthammer is, of course, spot-on. As Erika Johnson aptly noted at Hot Air yesterday, there's still no definite word on exactly how many of Obama's "enrollees" have actually enrolled by ... paying ... for their plans, nor how many were previously uninsured.
"We now know that the number of Americans who've signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people. ... They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.
George Will noted that Obama's remarks were a "tour de force of Obama rhetoric," criticizing the president for attacking a "straw man" by claiming that the GOP said "nobody would sign up."
"No Republican ever said any such thing," said Will, adding that Obama then moved on to declaring the debate over, as he has done with other issues like climate change and gay marriage.
Charles Krauthammer disputed the notion that the new health care law is working, saying doctors, hospitals, and insurers are getting a "worse deal" and in the end consumers will be hurt the most.
"It's working in that it exists. It breathes," he said, questioning how Obama can link reduced health care costs from the recession to the ObamaCare implementation.
"It couldn't possibly have retroactively affected last year's numbers. I mean, he makes this stuff up with a brazenness that is almost admirable," said Krauthammer.
The president did reveal some demographics, however, informing us that 35 percent of the signups were from people under the age of 35. That figure is much more encouraging for reaching the hoped-for 40 percent roughly necessary for avoiding the ever-dreaded deaths spiral scenario, if true -- but only 28 percent of those were actually signups from individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 (which, as the White House tells us, is virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in the first year of their healthcare overhaul, so no worries!).And then there's the fact that Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 8 million Americans (of a population of 317,297,938) through ObamaCare's health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn't want you to know is how.
The eight million in the system does make the "debate about repeal" that much more difficult, but I wonder if President Obama will still be speaking quite so confidently about how definitively "ObamaCare is working" when they finally get around to allowing the employer mandate to really kick in -- which, for some super mysterious reason, they have unilaterally decided to delay until well after the midterm elections, among other things.
Posted by Richard at April 18, 2014 11:38 AM
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