The Five Most Catastrophic Hidden Costs of the Obama Presidency
4. ObamaCare Lawsuits by more than half the states at a combined hidden cost of thousands of dollars per hour – per hour!
ObamaCare mandates are forcing states to sue to protect their own solvency. While most of the media attention, of course, is on the unconstitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate, 27 states – more than half! – are actively entwined in a lawsuit to stop this debt-forcing law. As the Heritage Foundation documents, the future funding forced upon every state in its provisions for Medicaid will quite frankly push many states into either bankruptcy or a shutdown of basic services.
While ObamaCare will pay for all of the benefit expansion for the first three years of the law, and 90% of it after that, ObamaCare never pays for any of the state administrative costs for adding those 18 million Americans to their welfare rolls. That amounts to billions in unfunded federal mandates the states must absorb. That is why 33 Republican governors signed a letter to the White House and Congress making an emphatic appeal that ObamaCare’s Medicaid provisions be repealed.
Look carefully at the list of states. They are not all “Red” states. It’s not political; it’s fiscal. In fact, 11 of the 27 states suing over ObamaCare voted for the president in 2008: Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, and Nevada. Harry Reid’s own state – Nevada! -- is on the list, having filed suit a mere two months after passage of ObamaCare.
The point here is that lawsuits are very, very expensive. And state taxpayers are footing the bill for all of this hidden cost of the Obama presidency. As the president glibly dismisses the Tea Party with ridicule and says they “ought to be thanking him,” the real costs mount at an alarming rate.
Obama thinks he is cute to mock those disputing the constitutionality of his big-bleeping-deal health-care law. Last week on his campaign bus tour, the president declared that it is fine for folks to call it “Obama cares.” “I do care,” he affirmed, though failing to mention that he “cares” with other people’s money. He concluded this folksy little chit-chat with his even-cuter punch line: “If the other side wants to be the folks who don’t care, that’s fine with me.” He comes off sounding like the dependent spouse berating the family breadwinner for stinginess when her credit card bills threaten the family with homelessness and starvation.
If Obama had had an ounce of responsible forethought he and his cabal of Democrat enablers would have thought through the health-care bill instead of marching on without a care in the world except their highfalutin, shallow claims to “care.” The cost is already in the billions and that’s before a single act of real “caring” comes to pass.