The only thing missing from President Obama’s Rose Garden press conference Tuesday was a “Mission Accomplished” banner. He bragged that 7 million people have “signed up” through the health exchanges and claimed it was a “big step forward.”
Americans are smart to be skeptical about these assertions. After all, this is the president who told us, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.” He said, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period.” He claimed the average family’s health insurance costs would go down by $2,500 per year. To add to these lies, he has ignored the economic damage done to individuals who have lost their jobs, seen their hours cut, and had their wages lowered as a result of his signature achievement in office.
Back in the Rose Garden the president meandered into a brief moment of honesty: “The Affordable Care Act is working. It is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.”
Force people on to government-approved plans and limit their health care options. Check.
Require millions of people to pay for services they’ll never use, such as seniors with adult children paying for maternity care. Check.
Vacuum great sums of wealth from the middle class and put it under the control of government bureaucrats. Check.