When Senate Republicans unveiled their health care plan last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held a gimmicky news conference. Standing next to a red poster board with the word “MEAN” written on it, Schumer blasted the Senate bill for being “meaner” than the House bill. Then, he drew a Sharpie from his pocket and wrote an “er” on the poster board to make it read, “MEANer.”
As usual, this was Schumer scraping all the facts and logic off his plate to make room for a double helping of whiny, foot-stomping hyperbole. If there were a book called “Debate Tactics for Fourth Graders,” it would be filled with Schumer-inspired examples. Disagree with a policy? Be like Chuck. Cry a few crocodile tears, whine about how “mean” it is, then do a 30-second poster-board skit so corny it had Iowa and Nebraska feeling jealous.
Of course, it wasn’t a few seconds before a flock of Democratic lawmakers were parroting the talking point and describing the Senate bill with the most grade-school adjective possible: “mean.” None of them mentioned the fact that Obamacare is positively the biggest, cruelest bully on the playground — holding down the middle class and taking their lunch money.
If the Senate health care bill is mean, then Obamacare is the blonde jerk from “Karate Kid.” If the Senate bill is mean, then Obamacare is the drill sergeant from “Full Metal Jacket.” If Democrats want to measure health care legislation by how mean it is, then let’s take a moment to consider what an inconsiderate sociopath Obamacare is:
1.) Lies, Lies, and More Lies
That’s how Obamacare got passed. Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was so impressed with the con he pulled on the American people that he went on a victory tour — and bragged about how he and other Democrats used “the stupidity of the American voter” and the stupidity of the Congressional Budget Office to get it passed.
President Obama’s oft-repeated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” line was named Politifact’s lie of the year.
Obamacare isn’t a health care solution, and it never was. It is — and always has been — a conspiracy perpetrated by the Democrats against the American people to enact government takeover of health care.
2.) Premiums and Deductibles
Bill Clinton was dead right when he said Obamacare is “the craziest thing in the world.” I guess he didn’t get the memo that the Democratic Party was abandoning the middle class. He thought he was still supposed to be fighting for “the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week.” The people who “wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.”
Those are the people who get crushed by Obamacare, whose deductibles are so high they leave the middle class wondering, Why do I even have insurance? In cases of non-extreme illness, middle-class families fork over what amounts to a house payment every month and receive no return on their huge investment because the deductible is too high to meet. It’s pretty “mean” to rob middle-class people just above the subsidy line with skyrocketing premiums on policies they can’t even get any use out of because they’ll never meet the outrageously high deductible.
Democrats keep weeping that people are going to lose their insurance, but if Congress does nothing, over a million Americans, according to Bloomberg, are going to lose their plans in 2017 anyway due to providers parachuting out of the unprofitable marketplaces.
3.) Disincentives to Rise
Democrats get people stuck on government cheese by creating disincentives for people to rise. In the 2016 election, voters making less than $50,000 chose Clinton over Trump by a massive 12 percent margin, while voters making from $50,000 to $199,000 broke for Trump.
If you’re part of that low-income demographic that votes overwhelmingly for Democrats, the last thing they want is your clawing your way into the middle-income demographic that votes Republican. Instead, they want to put their foot on your head and tell you, “It’s too hard.” “You can’t do it.” “Stay down there, and we’ll toss you some scraps.” That’s what the disincentives are for—the regulations that make people say, “I’ll lose everything if I get a job,” or “Gee, I sure hope I don’t get a raise.” (go to page 2 to continue reading)[lz_pagination]