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Stephen Kruiser

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March 28, 2014 - 10:05 am

Tough times in Team Lightbringer Land.

The White House said on Thursday that more than six million people have signed up for private plans, a significant political milestone for the Obama administration. Independent analysts estimate that an additional 3.5 million Americans are newly insured under Medicaid — figures the law’s backers hail as a success.

The emphasis is mine on that last line. For most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act‘s troubled sojourn, the New York Times has donned cheerleader skirts whenever discussing it. Now they’re flinging skepticism about like a clown throwing out creepy at an adult’s birthday party. Now it’s not a lot of dreamy eyed, “Mr. Obama said…” reporting but, “the law’s backers”.

Distance yourselves much?

But those numbers may not reveal much. Federal officials do not know how many of those who selected plans were previously uninsured, or how many actually paid their premiums. Independent experts warn that the intense focus on national numbers is misguided, and that it will take years to fully assess the law’s impact, much less deem it a success or a failure.

“The whole narrative about Obamacare — ‘Will they get to six million? What is the percentage of young adults going to be?’ — has almost nothing to do with whether the law is working or not, whether the premiums are affordable or not, whether people think they are getting a good deal or not,” said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, whose analysts are closely tracking the measure.

This is anecdotal, but I do know a number of people who have families and were pretty much forced onto the exchanges because their policies were cancelled and the new options were too expensive. That’s not “success”, that’s heavy-handed federal force.

I’m pretty sure those people don’t feel as if they got a “good deal”.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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3.5 million newly insured under Medicaid. I thought Obamacare was supposed to give 30 million new people health insurance. How can this be a seen as success?
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There aren't 3.5 million extra newly insured under Medicaid, that is a phony number. Before Obamacare in six months you would have gotten nearly that new number of newly insured under Medicaid. Just over obfuscation.
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Why do all the Obamacare enrollment figures remind me of the old Soviet grain harvest reports?
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Because they are equally trustworthy? By which I mean they are utter lies.

During Stalin's collectivization campaign, which was essentially a man-made famine, life expectancy actually dipped to 11 years in the worst hit regions. The Soviets, of course, could not admit that they were murdering people by the millions via forced starvation. They flat-out lied when they claimed normal life-expectancy or even a little higher than normal life expectancy, since socialism was intended to make life better for people, especially the peasants.

And then you had fellow travellers like Walter Duranty at the New York Times who had the audacity to say reports of famine were greatly overblown.
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The WH hired the same guys to write their press releases.
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