As healthcare flounders and the Republican majority cannot agree, let’s look at some health events and news that are occurring:
Obamacare added 20 million to the covered rolls (12 million were Medicaid). As we reported, more got covered. That’s the good news.
Now this year the number of Americans without healthcare is up 2 million. A Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index Report, published yesterday, found that the uninsured rate among U.S. adults was 11.7 percent in the second quarter.
So uninsured individuals remain. Now, why the drop in insured?
The drop was among younger adults and people buying their own health insurance policies.
It may be a reflection of rising premiums and dwindling choices in the insurance markets created under Obama.
Democrats, no doubt, will say the healthcare uncertainty has caused this. Wouldn’t that make you wonder about people’s commitment to care?
Now what about the cost of Obamacare?
You’ve heard all the stories about declining options and raising rates. You’ve heard the liberals defend the care as viable and not in trouble. Here’s some numbers you haven’t heard.
“Absolutely there is a cost shift that’s going on here, and that shift is primarily to the taxpayer,” said Lanhee Chen, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who advised 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on health care.
The actual numbers are startling:
The average monthly payment this year is $371, or 28 percent higher than the average payment a year ago. What else do you know whet up 28%?
The American Action Forum, crunched government data, estimated that government subsidies rose from $18.6 billion for Obamacare in 2014 to $30.4 billion last year.
Think about that. $12 Billion in additional costs to the taxpayers.
They further project $38.5 billion in spending for 2017, even though enrollment appears to have remained static.
That’s real dollars in a nation with such debt we are passing on. The bills are coming due.
The bottom line with healthcare is what we’ve told you all along.
You can’t insure 30 million for free without huge additional taxes on the working Americans. The problem is Obamacare. It was well intentioned but fiscally flawed.
It went through with the costs pushed into the future and provided a new entitlement.
Now the bills are coming due, and we can’t pay them.
But, people don’t want to lose an entitlement.
The MSM and liberal Dems present any changes as a takeaway by uncaring people who want you to die.
We say no, you passed a bad bill and now the country struggles to find a solution.
The final point on this is the Republican failure. Their failure to message it so people understand. Their failure to present Obamacare for what it was.
One example is they keep saying about the lie “you can keep your doctor” and “you can keep your plan”. True, it was a lie, but most people did.
The real lie was this.
They said that Obamacare would “save the average American family $2,500”. Did it save you money or is it costing you more? That’s the question.
They lied about costs and had to know it. And yes, the CBO scored it.
It’s a mess, and it cost the Democrats the house, senate, governorships, state houses and the Presidency.
The Republicans have managed to make it their issue. Nice job.
On the 2018 Elections:
A little history.
In the past 65 years, starting with 1952, the incumbent president’s party has managed to win a majority of seats in an off-year election only four times. Four out of 16.
In the other 12 off-year elections, the opposition party won a majority.
Opponents of the President vote, while supporters of the in office person do not turn out in the same number. It’s called the enthusiasm gap.
In two of these four exceptions (1966 and 1978) the incumbent party held onto a majority but lost seats.
In both cases a Democratic president’s party had won better than 2-1 majorities in the House two years before.
In the 1966 backlash against Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, Democrats were reduced from 295 seats to 247, but it was still well above the 218 needed for a majority.
In a milder recoil against Jimmy Carter in 1978, Democrats were reduced from 292 seats to a still robust 277.
In 2018 the Republicans don’t enjoy that majority. They have 241 seats and can only lose 24. There are 23 congressional districts that have a Republican congressperson and Hillary won them. Prime Democratic opportunities.
So the Republicans are in trouble, and if they want to get anything done they better do it now. Can Ryan and McConnell do it? We doubt it. As you watch the news do you ever remember an opposition party as dedicated to being against a President as the Democrats today? Add this. Do you ever remember his own party ever failing to support a President as Republicans have done with Trump? On any given day there are Republicans on the news criticizing the President. Think McCain, Graham, Collins and others. (And you wonder why he has family around?)
Add the MSM to that mix and you see the tough sledding ahead for Republicans. for sure. They better unite and act now.
Megyn Kelly tanks again:
Kelly’s show on Sunday hit a new low and lost out to a replay of Dateline. Viewership numbers have declined each week. She and NBC can’t be happy and are wondering what to do.
Chris Cuomo goes after Kellyanne Conway:
Illustrating the MSM bias, in this case CNN and once again Chris Cuomo. He of course is the son of a former NY Democratic Governor and brother of the current Democratic Governor. So you know he is fair and non biased.
Anyway Chris goes hard and nasty at her and she fights back. Here’s the story and video if you want to watch it.
Fox won Friday almost beating MSNBC and CNN combined.
Total Viewers (Live +SD) Friday:
- Total day: FNC: 1.723 | CNN: 669 | MSNBC: 1.016 | HLN: 215
- Primetime: FNC: 2.218 | CNN: 662 | MSNBC: 1.659 | HLN: 256