The Congressional Budget Office is a non-partisan run office that “scores” various bills and looks at the future of those bills and what they will do. They did the same thing a few years back with Obamacare. I 2013, the CBO told the world that in 2016, just a scant three years up the road, Obamacare would be responsible for 201 million people having private healthcare insurance in 2016. Well, here we are in 2016, and apparently the CBO was a little aggressive in its figuring. They missed the mark by 24 million people.
This is where it gets interesting. I’ve said all along that Obamacare has had two faults. The first is it pretty much cancelled as many people from their individual policies as it brought new people into the program. And it also proved the point that having insurance isn’t the same thing as having medical access…as people have had to drive hours to the nearest hospital that accepted McInsurance. Well, it turns out that if you look at the numbers, the first part of that equation is dead on.
In 2013, the CBO said that 186 million people would be insured if we DIDN’T have Obamacare…160 million would have insurance through private employers, and another 26 million would have private individual insurance. The CBO says that WITH Obamacare in 2016, we have 177 million people insured. 155 million through employer-based insurance, 12 million through Obamacare exchanges, and 9 million more on individually purchased plans (there was a one million person rounding error). Even those of us without a mathematics degree can tell that that would be 9 million LESS people WITH Obamacare than without it. And that has been my argument all along. The numbers just didn’t add up.
So why the big push? Simple. If you look at the number of people that went on Medicaid (the lower income insurance plan), the numbers there have basically doubled during Obamacare. The whole thing has been a ruse to expand Medicaid. The only problem is there are cuts being made to Medicaid which means that there are fewer dollars to spread around twice as many people. And you wonder why people have hated this idea since its inception? The math never added up.
Note to Nancy Pelosi: We’ve now seen the bill, now that you’ve passed it. We don’t like it, and we’re going to make sure it gets repealed!
And to the few people that are actually insured now that weren’t insured before…as I’ve said all along, we could have paid your total healthcare premiums for the best plans out there for the rest of your life for what we’ve wasted on Obamacare. This is just another example of liberal politics gone awry. When government sticks its nose into areas where business is being run, government always ends up screwing up the whole program. And this is just another example of it!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!