Ok, let’s have that grown up policy discussion for a few moments. I know most liberal progressives find it hard to believe there are absolutes…truths. Ya know, that line, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
That’s an example of a truth, which firmly established the principle of natural law in America, as opposed to manmade divine rights theory. That seminal sentence by Thomas Jefferson forms the relationship between government and citizen. It establishes the role of government in a free society where the unalienable rights of the individual are preeminent, not to be given or therefore taken away by man — government. So what happens when all of a sudden some believe they possess the “liberty” to do as they wish and proclaim rights by attempting to “guarantee happiness” instead of enabling individuals to pursue their happiness?
What happens? You get failed domestic agenda policies, because they violate our fundamental and foundational principles. Hence, we’re witnessing the collapse of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that domestic policy agenda also known as “Obamacare.”
As reported by Fox News, “The nation’s largest health insurer, fearing massive financial losses, announced Tuesday that it plans to pull back from Obamacare in a big way and cut its participation in the program’s insurance exchanges to just a handful of states next year – in the latest sign of instability in the marketplace under the law.
UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said the company expects losses from its exchange business to total more than $1 billion for this year and last.
Despite the company expanding to nearly three dozen state exchanges for this year, Hemsley said the company cannot continue to broadly serve the market created by the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion due partly to the higher risk that comes with its customers.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it now expects to lose $650 million this year on its exchange business, up from its previous projection for $525 million. The insurer lost $475 million in 2015, a spokesman said.
UnitedHealth has already decided to pull out of Arkansas, Georgia and Michigan in 2017, and Hemsley told analysts during a Tuesday morning conference call that his company does not want to take the financial risk from the exchanges into 2017.”
Now, what I just shared was an absolute truth. The nation’s largest health insurer is “outta here” when it comes to Obamacare. And guess what? This whole thing was supposed to be prevented by those “risk corridors” that were included in the Affordable Care Act. What are risk corridors? Well, they end up being taxpayer-funded bailouts for the health insurance companies — which is why these fellas jumped on board with this massive government intrusion into healthcare. Now they know the bailouts aren’t happening, the absolute truth of the free market kicks in ad private sector businesses can’t afford massive losses. And here’s another absolute, self-evident truth: higher costs in the private sector are passed on to consumers.
Remember when President Obama said we’d see a $2,500 savings in our healthcare insurance premiums? Now, that is an example of a blatant lie, the opposite of an absolute truth. It was Obama who said if you like your doctor you could keep your doctor — same with your healthcare insurance plan. Again, that was determined to be the “Lie of the Year” for 2013. And $2.4 billion in taxpayer money was dedicated to creating healthcare coops — 12 of 23 have already failed. And now we’re learning that 8 of the remaining 11 are due to collapse this year.
That is an absolute truth.
What is another absolute and self-evident truth, is there’s a loss of choice for consumers: “The Kaiser Family Foundation, in an analysis on the prospect of United’s exit, said “the effect on insurer competition could be significant in some markets – particularly in rural areas and southern states” if it is not replaced. In the most extreme scenario, “If United were to leave the exchange market overall, 1.8 million Marketplace enrollees would be left with two insurers, and another 1.1 million would be left with one insurer as a result of the withdrawal,” the analysis said.”
Another one of those fundamental, self-evident, and absolute truths about the free market — competition helps drive down prices and costs, as consumers have more choices. So in essence, Obamacare is forcing a healthcare insurance monopoly – which was perhaps the real objective all along, to have a single payer government system.
Now here’s the final truth: the presidency of one Barack Hussein Obama has been all smoke and mirrors. It’s been an adventure in the La La Land of unicorns and rainbows, with some Lucky Charms added on top. There’s no substance. The foreign policies are failures. The national security policies have decimated our military and left us less safe. And this, the “signature” domestic policy is crumbling before our eyes, if you care to accept truth and see that.
Obamacare was nothing more than a wealth redistribution scheme of some 20 new taxes in order to create some 159 new government agencies and bureaucracies that fully kick in next year. I’m just waiting to see how Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democrat Party nominee, will defend this abject failure. Of course someone as skilled in lying as Mrs. Clinton will just create more smoke and mirrors.
But one thing remains: when you violate the self-evident truths of the unalienable rights endowed by the Creator of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — this is the crap you get.
And it comes, courtesy of the new American Socialist Party, formerly known as the Democrat Party.