Mark Caserta: Obamacare works, but not for America
Liberals keep telling Americans that Obamacare is working, and they may be right.
In fact, last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Americans that all of the Obamacare "horror stories" simply aren't true.
"There's plenty of horror stories being told," Reid said from the Senate floor about Republicans. "All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America."
I'm not sure Betsy Tadder from Illinois would agree.
In an interview with Fox News last fall, Ms. Tadder shared the uncertainty she now faces after her health insurance carrier canceled her policy.
Betsy Tadder previously paid $454 a month for a plan she liked, but it was set to end in December. After searching her options, the cheapest replacement plan she could find will cost her $871, nearly twice the cost of her canceled plan and with a much higher deductible.
"I could stretch my budget to afford a policy, but the deductible is $12,700. I don't have $12,700 to pay for a deductible on Obamacare," Tadder said. She went on to explain that her income was too high for subsidies, but too low for a better policy.
It's interesting Senator Reid would accuse Republicans of lying about Obamacare when the president's entire signature healthcare reform bill was sold on a series of lies.
The president misled Americans by promising they could choose to keep their healthcare plan or doctor if they wanted. He also led Americans to believe the typical family would receive a $2,500 annual reduction in their annual premium. Both were dubbed lies by Politifact.com.
And Americans were lied to about Obamacare providing affordable health insurance for every American. Based on the Congressional Budget Office's February 2014 Baseline analysis, 31 million non-elderly Americans will be left uninsured by the year 2016.
So in the midst of the deception and with millions of Americans having already lost their health insurance, why would liberals keep insisting Obamacare is working?
I submit that Obamacare isn't about providing affordable healthcare to more Americans at all.
It's about fundamentally changing America with increased government control in our lives.
Understand the entire success of Obama's plan depends on the Marxist principles of redistribution. People who once had affordable healthcare are being forced into a "community" of buyers where those "who have" support those "who do not."
Socialism openly declares that "their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions." And life's possessions are taken "from each according to his abilities" and redistributed to "each according to his needs."
And liberals qualify the millions of canceled policies by telling American's they simply weren't smart enough to figure out their policies weren't any good. But no worries, we now have a leader who knows what's best for everyone.
Is this really the America we want to leave for our children? Do we really want the government making these decisions for us?
Obama's ideology better aligns with The Communist Manifesto than with the U.S. Constitution.
Yes, Obamacare is working all right. It's working against America.
Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.
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