5 Myths Propping Up the Obama Presidency
3. Obamacare will work out.
Most of the impact of Obama's "Lie of the Year," better described as a five-year series of dozens of lies — that "if you like your insurance plan, doctor, medical provider, and drug regimen, you can keep them" — has yet to hit home.
We have no idea how many of Obamacare's vaunted 2 million enrollees will actually pay their premiums.
We have no idea how many will game the system by paying a single month's premium and then milking the system at insurers' and providers' expense for another 60-90 days, as regulations now permit.
We have no idea if the government will ever be able to build the infrastructure elements it from all appearances deliberately chose not to build, including but certainly not limited to a legitimately secure web site and a system for paying tax subsidies to insurance companies.
We have no idea what the extent of the government-caused — and I would argue, likely government-orchestrated — chaos will be once patients who believe they have enrolled and are covered show up at doctors' offices and find out they aren't.
Finally, we have no idea how big the health insurance industry's shortfall will be once it begins paying out claims. That there will be a shortfall is a virtual certainty, because Obamacare's enrollees have from all appearances been older and sicker than the general population, and the program has utterly failed to sign up healthy young people in sufficient numbers. Whatever the deficit is, I certainly hope that people who should know better stop calling it a "bailout" when the government has to reimburse the industry. Though they seriously erred in failing to fight the law before it was passed, this disaster is not their fault.
4. We're running out of time to stop global warming.
Even though we're at 17 years and counting of no net increase in global temperatures, the Environmental Protection Agency still acts as if warming is settled science, and silences any dissent against dogma. Companies are being driven out of business and workers are losing their jobs because "scientists" would rather rely on faulty computer models than look out their windows.
5. Our "smart diplomacy" is holding our enemies at bay.
The administration continues to slavishly adhere to a long list of naive ideas about foreign relations.
In the real world, Iran continues to make progress towards possessing nuclear weapons. North Korea continues its attempts to deliver such weapons. The situation in Iraq, the war we won in 2008, is decaying. China and Russia are clearly emboldened. The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are either okay with all of this, or clueless. Meanwhile, our military is being depleted and demoralized.
It seems likely that by fall the public, despite the press's best efforts to cover up and obfuscate what's really happening, will figure out that two or more of these five myths are utter fictions. This will make congressional and senatorial elections especially dangerous endeavors for Democrats and leftists throughout the land. Just how dangerous depends on how aggressively the president's opponents work to expose the truth and overcome their annoying go-along, get-along tendencies.
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