Remember when Obamacare was being “sold” to the American public? The President and Democrat leaders paraded out an assortment of citizens who were unable to purchase their own insurance due to a pre-existing condition of some sort.
According to the President,
uninsured Americans who’ve been locked out of the insurance market because of a pre-existing condition will now be able to purchase quality, affordable health care–some for the very first time in their lives.
We were told this problem was huge, and the passage of Obamacare would correct it immediately.
So, one of the first aspects of Obamacare to be implemented was the pre-existing condition insurance program, and it began in July. Each state had the option of implementing its own program (27 states took this approach, and, some of them already had such programs), and, for the rest of America, insurance was made available by the Department of Health And Human Services.
Here we are, five months later, and the results are “stunning”.
[I]n North Dakota…one person has signed up out of 647,000 state residents. Four people have enrolled in West Virginia. Things are better in Minnesota, where Mr. Obama has rescued 15 our of 5.2 million, and also in Indiana—63 people there. HHS did best among the 24.7 million Texans. Thanks to ObamaCare, 393 of them are now insured…Combined federal-state enrollment is merely 8011 nationwide as of November 1, according to HHS. [emphasis supplied]
However, the story doesn’t end here. Next year,
…HHS plans to make its cut-rate insurance even cheaper (and more expensive for taxpayers) so it can avoid having to admit that the President’s claims about the nation of the indigent sick denied insurance were false.
I’m certainly not minimizing the importance of these Americans being able to obtain insurance, but, at least as of now, the government has taken over one sixth of the American economy to save 8011 citizens. Wouldn’t there have been a far less intrusive and costly way to achieve the same result?
And, call me cynical, but, I’m beginning to wonder whether anything we were told about Obamacare was true.