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Jonathan Gruber’s connection with ObamaCare

At Reason, Peter Suderman writes:

In the week since video surfaced of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber saying that “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” were critical to passing the health law, two more videos of Gruber making statements with similar themes or tones have received attention.

Both clips reveal a gleefully dismissive attitude toward public concerns about the law, and offer a telling reminder of the attitude that played a crucial role in shaping and selling the law to the public.  …

This is the person whom the White House relied on to help craft the bill; he was paid handsomely to model its effects (a fact he did not disclose, even when asked), and he was in the room when important decisions were made about how it would work. He claims to have helped write specific portions of the law himself. Gruber was not the sole architect of the law, but he was one of its biggest single influences on both its design and on how the media, which quoted him repeatedly, reported and understood the law.

The White House and its allies are desperately trying to distance themselves from Gruber right now by downplaying his role in the law’s creation. But the record of his involvement is clear enough: At The Washington Post, Ezra Klein has variously described Gruber as “one of the key architects behind the structure of the Affordable Care Act” and “the most aggressive academic economist supporting the reform effort.” The New York Times in 2012 described his role as helping to design the overall structure as well as being “dispatched” by the White House to Congress to write the legislative text. Gruber’s work was cited repeatedly by the White House, Democratic leadership, and the media.

So when he describes the thinking about how the law was crafted and sold to the public, it’s worth taking note. This is the posture of one of the law’s authors and chief backers. It’s part of the spirit in which the law was created and passed. Gruber’s ideas were embedded in the law’s structure and language, and so was his attitude.

Read the whole article: Jonathan Gruber Embraced Misleading the Public About Obamacare Even While It Was Still Being Debated – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

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#ObamaCare predictions from ~2010: Whose #ACA calls were correct?

Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center and Hoover Institution describes how the ObamaCare he made in 2010 have proved correct, and the predictions of Obamacare supports have proved false. The predictions include:

  1. States will make a variety of decisions with respect to expanding Medicaid.
  2. Expanding Medicaid will cost the states money, in part because of the “woodwork effect.”
  3. The ACA will significantly worsen the federal budget deficit.
  4. Expanding health insurance coverage will increase health service consumption and costs.
  5. There was a substantial risk that cost savings projected for several ACA provisions would not fully materialize.

Read more: I Was Right About the ACA | e21 – Economic Policies for the 21st Century.

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Associated Press: Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

From the Associated Press:

[M]ore consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites that mistakenly said their doctors were included.

Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient’s access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.

The dilemma undercuts President Obama’s 2009 pledge that: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.”

More: Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans – The Washington Post.

Via the NCPA.

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The Administration’s Continually Shifting Standards for Obamacare’s Success

Peter Suderman at Reason:

At this point, the White House has backed off so many of its own definitions of success that it’s not clear what would constitute a failure. The administration seems to be defining Obamacare success if it continues to exist.

More: The Administration’s Continually Shifting Standards for Obamacare’s Success – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

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NBC News: “Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance”

From NBC News:

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

More:  Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance – Investigations.


Almost 1.5 Million Insurance Cancellations Under ObamaCare.

Don Boudreaux:

Even more disturbing, though, is the attempt by “others who are sympathetic to the administration” to explain away this “seeming contradiction” by figuratively harrumphing and pointing out the ‘reality’ of the “difference between political talking points intended to sell a controversial law and the intricacies of” the realities that underlie that legislation.  These administrative sympathizers, in effect, excuse the president’s lying.  These ‘sympathizers’ have the gall to excuse a falsehood on the grounds that that falsehood was meant to “sell a controversial law.” (more)

“Yes, You Can Keep Your Health Plan” or, What Part of *Screw You* Don’t You Understand? – Reason.com

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ObamaCare: Three Years of Broken Promises

At National Review, Cato’s Michael Tanner writes:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare,  turned three years old this week. But unlike fine wine, the ACA is not getting better with age. A torrent of recent studies and reports has provided new evidence — as if we needed more confirmation — that nearly everything we were told about this law was untrue.

Tanner takes on these promises:

If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period.

— President Obama, June 15, 2009

This law will cut costs and make coverage more affordable for families and small businesses.

— President Obama, June 22, 2010

This legislation will also lower costs for . . . the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible.

— President Obama, on signing the Affordable Care Act

It’s about jobs. . . . In its life [health-care reform] will create 4 million jobs, [and] 400,000 jobs almost immediately

— Nancy Pelosi, February 25, 2010

Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans

– Title 1 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Read more: Three Years of Broken Promises – National Review Online.

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Promises that ObamaCare has broken and will Break

John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily writes:

When the Kaiser Family Foundation reported last week that insurance premiums had climbed 9.5% this year — the biggest increase since 2004 — it looked as though a key promise of Obama-Care had been broken.

Indeed, just before he signed the health reform law, President Obama said it would “bring down the cost of health care for families, for businesses, and for the federal government.” Instead, average family premiums have climbed $2,393 since 2008, the Kaiser survey found.

This is the latest ObamaCare prediction that has failed to materialize. If the history of state and federal health care reforms is any guide, it won’t be the last.

Read the whole article for other busted forecasts: ObamaCare’s Growing List Of Broken Promises.

Via Reason.com.

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