Four Years Ago Today, Barack Obama Offered America a Pile of Empty Promises
Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will address the nation on the subject of Syria and its alleged use of chemical weapons. He intends to use the credibility inherent in the presidency to persuade a skeptical nation that military strikes on Syria are necessary.
But he has a major credibility problem. Four years ago today -- September 9, 2009 -- President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress. Presidents typically reserve addresses to joint sessions of Congress for weighty matters. National crises. War and peace.
Obama used that joint session address to speak on the "crisis" of health care.
During that speech, he told America that his health care plan would not require any change for those who already have health insurance:
Here are the details that every American needs to know about this plan. First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. (Applause.) Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.
Reality: Obamacare's 30-hour work week has made America a part-time nation. Forced with the choice of paying for Obamacare's mandates or dropping insurance for their workers, many employers are dropping coverage and cutting work hours down to less than 30 hours per week. Nearly all of the jobs created during Obama's presidency have been part-time jobs. Unemployment among the young and minorities is at crisis levels, but Obama is ignoring this crisis.
He also told America that his plan would not increase the deficit:
And here's what you need to know. First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits -- either now or in the future. (Applause.) I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.
Reality: Obamacare adds more than $6 trillion to the deficit. Maybe. The truth is and always was, no one really knows what Obamacare will end up doing to the deficit. It is too complex a package, with too many secondary consequences, to be scored accurately.
Four years after that speech, Obamacare remains deeply unpopular. Between the delayed mandates and its impact on the jobs and health insurance picture, Obamacare is a dagger aimed at the heart of the American economy and Obama's presidency. Because it was a pile of empty promises.
So, rather than scrap the law that clearly isn't working, the Obama administration is going to spend 12 million taxpayer dollars advertising.
The Obama administration is readying a multimillion-dollar onslaught of ads in a dozen red states to encourage Americans to sign up for Obamacare insurance exchanges, media-tracking sources tell POLITICO.
The Center for Medicare Services at the Dept. of Health and Human Services has reserved at least $12 million in airtime starting Sept. 30 in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana and Michigan.
Obama's government will probably leave this out of its ads.
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