RON HART: ObamaCare: Politicians try to weasel out of their own law

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:58 PM.

Democrats viewed ObamaCare as the magic elixir for what ails our country.  The rest of us viewed it as a suppository.

Unencumbered by the truth, Nancy Pelosi famously told us about the 2,400-page, secretive bill: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” So much for transparency.

ObamaCare violated the very foundation of our Constitution, so most assumed the courts would strike it down — and most sane 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.

If the president can now force you to buy health care at prices he determines, then Michelle Obama can make you eat Brussels sprouts at prices she sets.

Did we really have a problem with health care?

We had the best health care system in the world, annually costing the average family only $2,853 out-of-pocket after employer-paid insurance. Hospitals took care of, for free, those without insurance who showed up at emergency rooms, in essence charging the rest of us more to pay for the indigent. The IRS estimates, per Newsmax, that the “least expensive health insurance plan available to a family in 2016 would cost $20,000 annually.” 

To recap just how “affordable” the Affordable Care Act would be, compare an estimated $20,000 per year versus your cost of $2,853 when your employer negotiated your coverage.

1 2 3 4

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top

Local Faves