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Obamacare Jacked Up Your Healthcare Premiums, But You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

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 fuzzy.

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.

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