The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, will turn out to be one of the most controversial laws in the history of the United States. President Obama managed to win a second term based on all of the promises made surrounding ObamaCare, and those promises are rapidly being broken before the law is even fully-implemented.
Here are the five biggest lies that the President told in order to get this law passed, and in order to get reelected:
“If you like your insurance, you can keep it.”
15 million people have lost their insurance. But, that is not even the biggest part of this lie. It is estimated that over 100 million people will have their current policies altered by their employers due to ObamaCare changes, which means almost no one gets to keep the insurance that they liked just fine before.
“Let’s be clear, we’re not going to delay the Affordable Care Act”
This was a quote from hours before the government shutdown, for which the Republicans were widely blamed. A few weeks later, the ObamaCare rollout had gone so badly that Obama reversed course. It turns out that the Republicans were right, and it was Obama who could have avoided the Government Shutdown, not the other way around.
“Anyone making under $45,960 will qualify for an upfront tax subsidy.”
Anyone making under 4 times the poverty level was supposed to get an upfront tax subsidy. CNN reports that in the largest cities in nearly every state, many people will not qualify for the subsidy. For example, a person living in Chicago making $27,400 will not qualify for a subsidy. A person in Nashville making $25,500 will also not qualify for a subsidy. Some lies are small, this one is a pretty big one.
“I will not sign a plan that adds a dime to our deficits.”
Obama’s original promise was that the plan would cost $900M over ten years, and the savings would just barely cover those costs, so the plan was breakeven. Since then, the estimated cost of the plan has ballooned to $2.6 Trillion. Unfortunately, the revenue has not gone up, so there is no way that this law does not significantly add to the national debt.
“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 per year will see any form of tax increase.”
The only reason that the Democrats avoided a filibuster was by using a process called reconciliation, which is specifically only used for budget bills. There are tons of taxes, and fees, built into ObamaCare. Examples include the medical device tax, the mandate tax, and harsher penalties on Health Savings Account withdrawals, among others.
- The Democrats’ ObamaCare Crackup (commentarymagazine.com)
- Judge Napolitano: Obama’s health care lies are much worse that Nixon’s or Clinton’s lies (conservativeread.com)
- Obama’s “Apology” – Substituting New Lies for Old (rinf.com)