I haven’t discussed health care much lately because after pointing out all the ways the President either lied or misrepresented the truth (here, here, here, here and here), you knew the bill was going to pass anyway whether the people wanted it or not. To quote Nancy Pelosi, “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”
The more people find out what’s in the bill, the more they find to dislike as liberal icon Karl Rove points out in his weekly column. Remember the part where if you like your current plan, you can keep your current plan? And how if conservatives said otherwise they were lying to you?
Yeah, about that…
Employees who lose coverage get to select a policy from a government-sponsored insurance marketplace called the “exchange.” This will be subsidized by taxpayers. Depending on his income, a worker will have to pay between 8% and 9.8% of the cost.
But there are a few hitches. Employers now pay for employee health plans with pre-tax dollars, but workers who buy into one on the exchange pay with after-tax dollars. Families making less than $30,000 and individuals making less than $15,000 a year will be dumped into Medicaid, widely viewed as second-class health care.
Either Mr. Obama was stunningly blind to these perverse effects when he promised people could keep their coverage, or he felt that admitting his plan would collapse employer-provided health coverage could keep it from passing. Either way—self-deception or deliberate deceit—health reform is going to turn out far differently than was promised. And because more workers will be dumped into subsidized coverage, taxpayers are likely to pay much more than the $1 trillion-plus price tag claimed by ObamaCare advocates for its first 10 years.
And it doesn’t end there, as Mr. Rove continues to point out.