This past Friday Investor’s Business Daily has published an excellent editorial on the continuing falsehoods retailed by President Obama in the service of Obamacare. The heading of the editorial “Still more Obamacare lies” — rightly suggests that it belongs in this series. IBD observes:
President Obama says so many false things about ObamaCare that it’s hard to keep up. But here are two more untruths that deserve debunking.
In speech after speech these days, Obama tries to shift blame for the ongoing ObamaCare debacles onto the backs of Republicans.
In late November, for example, Obama complained that “instead of rooting for failure, or refighting old battles, Republicans in Congress need to work with us to improve those things about the Affordable Care Act that aren’t working as well as they should.”
Obama’s attempt to escape responsibility for the failure of his signature domestic achievement isn’t surprising. But in this case, he’s falsifying the record.
The fact is that Republicans in the House have already done much to fix ObamaCare, and Obama himself has signed many of those bills into law.
One of the first things Republicans did after taking control of the House was to repeal an onerous tax-reporting scheme Democrats tucked into the law, which would have buried businesses in IRS paperwork. Obama signed that in April 2011.
They also removed a “free-choice voucher” program that would have forced companies to hand vouchers to low-income workers who didn’t want to sign up with their health plans.
Republicans repealed ObamaCare’s long-term care insurance program, too, which even the administration admitted was fatally flawed.
They fixed an eligibility formula that would have let a couple making as much as $64,000 a year qualify for Medicaid, thereby saving taxpayers $13 billion.
Just this month, the House passed a bill to let individuals keep the plans they have. That, like many other House fixes, went nowhere in the Democratic Senate.
Meanwhile, Obama puts a happy face on ObamaCare by claiming it is already slowing health spending. “Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years,” he said recently. “Employer-based health care costs are growing at about one-third the rate of a decade ago.”
This, too, is false. Yes, the rate of growth in national health spending has slowed in recent years. It was just 3.9% in 2009, 2010 and 2011. And employer premium growth had been on the downtrend.
But these have nothing to do with ObamaCare….
Whole thing here.