In a 2007 speech called “A Politics of Conscience,”
soon-to-be President Barack Obama outlined his vision for a new national healthcare system:
“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
That promise became the subject of great debate during the
politically rancorous period leading up to the strict party-line vote over
Obamacare, the law that fundamentally altered the landscape for what amounts to
over 17% of the national economy.
The premise seemed untenable to begin with: that we could
increase health insurance coverage to every American, subsidize the increased
coverage with tax penalties and hikes, improve the quality of coverage, and
still cut the cost of the average family’s insurance premium by over $2,000.
You don’t have to be a math whiz to think that equation comes out looking a bit
Unsurprisingly to everyone who opposed the enactment of this
law, they’ve been subsequently proven right – the government (brace for a high
level of astonishment and surprise) didn’t live up to its promise. ABC News
recently reported (undoubtedly reluctantly) the gloomy numbers:
In real numbers, a Heritage study found that just for the four-year period between 2009-2013, insurance premiums
for families have increased just
under $3,000 a year. That’s a $5,500 swing – promising to cut someone’s cost by
$2,500, but actually increasing their cost by $3,000. And keep in mind, this
was during the so-called “honeymoon period” of Obamacare. That is, Nancy Pelosi
and company had frontloaded all the good parts of the law to hit first; the
real costs come later.
The point in bringing all this up isn’t to relitigate
Obamacare. It’s not just another “Thanks, Obama” moment. It isn’t to remind the
Democrat Media Complex that went AWOL during the eight-year period between
2008-2016 that there were far more serious tragedies during the Obama years
than his tan suit. It’s not to cast another aspersion on Chief Justice John
Roberts for his activist cop-out in rewriting the Obamacare law just so it
could be ruled constitutional.
No, the point is that current Democrat presidential
candidates are again making flatly absurd promises about what they will do with
American healthcare. And the Democrat Media Complex is allowing those promises
to be made without any serious scrutiny and without forcing them to give an
account to the American people why they should be trusted to fix a system that
they made worse the last time they tried.
Forget Obama; the real concern here is that virtually every
single Democrat candidate for president wants to take his costly, broken
promise and raise the stakes times ten.