RON HART: Obama's late in term abortion

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 08:33 AM.

Unencumbered by the truth, Nancy Pelosi famously told us about the secretive, 2,400- page bill: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Democrats viewed ObamaCare as the magic elixir. The rest of us viewed it as an unnecessary suppository.

ObamaCare violates the very foundation of our Constitution, so most people assumed the courts would strike it down — and most reasonable judges did. Then Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts shocked the country by voting to uphold it. But to be fair to him, we men generally make bad choices when we are in a robe for too long.

ObamaCare was a solution when there was really not much of a problem. All we needed was tort reform, competition for insurance across state lines, and less - not more - government regulation.

One of the more egregious deceits of ObamaCare is that it front-loaded the goodies: kids up to age 26 and preexisting conditions would be covered. Most major spending for ObamaCare does not kick in until 2014. Costs and regulations were pushed to the back end. ObamaCare is like a flimsy hospital gown: you’re covered up front, but at some point you come to realize that you are very exposed from the rear.

Remember when Obama said it would not add a penny to the deficit?  Well, based on the non-partisan CBO's numbers, The Weekly Standard said the "Affordable" Care Act will cost $2.6 trillion -- and counting. Obama says 7.5 million people have signed up. Blue Cross reports that about 20% have not paid. At least 3.5 million of them already had health insurance policies that were cancelled because of ObamaCare. So to insure maybe 4 million people at a cost of $2.6 trillion over 10 years, this monstrosity could cost us $650,000 per person insured.

ObamaCare has 20,000 pages of confusing regulations. ObamaCare's price tag does not include $1.1 trillion in additional paperwork, regulations, fraud, angst, jobs lost etc. for us to comply. For a law White House Press Kid Jay Carney said was so good it needed no advertising, taxpayer spending just advertising this turkey has been $684 million - so far.

That is why Obama now needs his current Budget Director, Sylvia Burwell, to put lipstick on this pig. Future discussions about ObamaCare will center on cost overruns, so who better to massage the numbers to Congress than someone who has been doing it for years?  And note that Burwell has no medical, health insurance, or HHS experience.



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