The President made several promises to the public concerning the impact his Health Care Bill would have. Speech after speech he boasted of savings and benefits. Now that the reality is setting in let’s have a look at those presidential promises.
1. Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year
Well, not according to Ron Williams, the chairman and CEO of Aetna Insurance, which covers more than 36 million Americans. Mr. Williams said tax increases and other things in the bill will drive insurance premiums up.
2. You can keep your current insurance and your current doctor.
Mr. Williams says you might not have a plan that includes the same doctors. You may be forced to pay for benefits that you do not want.
3. Health Care reform will create jobs by lowering premiums for small business.
According to the Heritage Foundation the higher taxes imposed on business and individuals will result in a loss of 400,000 jobs.
4. We will negotiate with the drug companies for the cheapest price on medications. You will be allowed to import cheaper drugs from foreign sources.
The negotiations were held behind closed doors and the agreement reached included an 80 billion dollar bribe that prevents the federal government from negotiating prices with the drug companies. The big deal will forbid the importation of foreign manufactured drugs.
While I will not defend the profits made by big Pharma, I must point out the billions they spend in the research and development of new and improved medications. One primary expense is the bureaucratic nightmare drug companies must endure in dealing with our own FDA. There may be dozens of cures for various diseases that will never be marketed due to the fact that the smaller entities cannot afford the millions of dollars in costs necessary to comply with FDA regulations prior to being allowed to test the new drugs on humans. But, that is another story for another time. On to number 5.
5. No tax hikes for people making under 250,000 dollars a year.
There are scores of new taxes in the Health Bill that will directly affect the middle class. Not only will people making 50,000 dollars a year see increases in their taxes, they will also see an increase in fees for services provided, many that may have absolutely nothing to do with health care. President Obama’s 250K lie is getting really, really old.
The President is not a stupid man. He knows he has not been honest with the American Public on the public impact of the Health Care Bill.
Mr. Obama is a Chicago politician. Therefore a lie told is not a lie as long as the government controlled media ignores the truth. Basically, he can say anything, then do the opposite, and he will always be a hero in the lame stream media.
This article merely swipes at the surface of the Health Care Bill. I cherry picked the lies that have been routinely echoed throughout the media in order to help the president gain public support for a heavily flawed piece of legislation.
As time goes by we will see more and more things that we do not like come out of this bill. It certainly is ‘not’ what the President promised it would be.