The Leader Board
Jun 28 2012
The Democrats' Deceptive ObamaCare Sales Pitch Was Never Tethered To Reality
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: "The bill was sold to the American people on a deception." (Sen. Mitch McConnell, Floor Remarks, 6/28/12)
DECEPTION: 'My Plan Won't Raise Your Taxes One Penny'
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): "And if you're a family making less than $250,000 a year, my plan won't raise your taxes one penny - not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Orlando, FL, 8/3/08)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "…absolutely not a tax increase." ("Obama: Mandate Is Not A Tax," ABC News, 9/20/09)
REALITY: Mandate 'A Tax'
SUPREME COURT: "…the shared responsibility payment may for constitutional purposes be considered a tax… read as imposing a tax on those who go without insurance." (Supreme Court Of The United States Syllabus, National Federation Of Independent Business Et Al. V. Sebelius, Secretary Of Health And Human Services, Et Al., 6/28/12)
DECEPTION: 'If You Like Your Plan, You'll Be Able To Keep It'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you'll be able to keep it." (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)
REALITY: 'The Law Could Leave More Than Half Of Employers Without'
"The law could leave more than half of employers without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013. New plans would have to comply with all the bill's requirements; grandfathered plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing." ("Draft Health Rules Set Hurdles," The Wall Street Journal, 6/11/10)
DECEPTION: 'My Proposal Would Bring Down The Cost Of Health Care'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care for millions - families, businesses, and the federal government." (President Obama, Remarks, 3/3/10)
REALITY: Costs Will Grow By $478 Billion
CMS: "For 2011 through 2021, national health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.7 percent annually… During this period, the Affordable Care Act is projected… to add about $478 billion in cumulative health spending." ("National Health Expenditure Projections," CMS, P.1, 6/12/12)
DECEPTION: 'This Law Will Lower Premiums'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "This law will lower premiums." (President Obama, Remarks To 'Families USA,' 1/28/11)
REALITY: The Law Will Increase Premiums On Families By $2,100 Per Year
CMS: "In 2014, growth in private health insurance premiums is expected to accelerate to 7.9 percent, or 4.1 percentage points higher than in the absence of health reform." ("National Health Expenditure Projections," CMS, P.9, 6/12/12)
- CBO: "Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law…" (Emphasis In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6, 11/30/09)
DECEPTION: 'I Will Protect Medicare'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "So don't pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut… that will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)
REALITY: Over $500 Billion In Medicare Cuts
CBO: Medicare cuts could "reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)
Over $150 Billion In Cuts To Hospitals, Nursing Homes, And Hospice: "Ensuring Medicare Sustainability… -156.6 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle E—Ensuring Medicare Sustainability; 3401 Revision of Certain Market Basket Updates and Incorporation of services Productivity Improvements into Market Basket Updates that do not Already Incorporate Such Improvements (effect of productivity adjustment for home health included in estimate for section 3131)… 2010-2019… -156.6 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.14, 3/18/10)
Over $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage: "Medicare Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars]." "TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars]… Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars]." "Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion Dollars]." (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)
DECEPTION: 'Negotiations On C-SPAN'
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): "That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process." (Sen. Obama, Presidential Debate, 1/31/08)
REALITY: 'C-SPAN Cameras Won't See The Real Action'
"After months of buildup, the historic debate on health care reform opens on the senate floor Monday — but the C-SPAN cameras won't see the real action." ("Dems Seek Deal As Sen. Debate Begins," Politico, 11/30/09)
- "…there are controversial special provisions of the Senate health reform bill ... First up, the 'Louisiana Purchase.' … Landrieu said in a speech on the Senate floor Feb. 4th that critics should 'shut their mouth.'" ("White House Cuts Special Help For Nebraska, But Other Deals Remain In Reform Bill," ABC News, 2/22/10)
- "[Nelson's] involvement with the Affordable Care Act--including the 'Cornhusker Kickback,' or the perception that he tried to sell his vote for favorable language in the bill--left a bad taste in voters' mouths." ("Nebraska Yet Another Blow To Senate Democrats' Hopes," U.S. News & World Report, 12/28/11)
- "… a backroom deal for Florida that was nicknamed 'Gator Aid.'" ("Florida Poll: Healthcare Law Hurts Obama, Democrats," The Miami Herald, 3/28/10)
- "…calling the carve-out the 'Bismarck Bank Job.'" ("Conrad Drops Support For North Dakota Provision To Avoid Controversy," The Hill, 3/18/10)
- "Critics are mocking it as 'the Rocky Top vote swap.'" ("Health Bill Vote In Sight, Dems Seeking Gains Include Provision For TN Hospitals," Knoxville News, 3/20/10)
DECEPTION: 'I Will Not Sign It If It Adds One Dime To The Deficit'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period." (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)
REALITY: 'This Is Rhetorical Hocus-Pocus'
Robert Samuelson, The Washington Post: "Obama's program also worsens the federal budget problem… Obama creates another huge health program. The administration's retort: the program lowers the budget deficit. This is rhetorical hocus-pocus. Here's what happens. From 2012 to 2022, the ACA raises federal spending by $1.762 trillion, estimates the Congressional Budget Office." (Robert Samuelson, Op-Ed, "The Folly Of Obamacare," The Washington Post, 6/17/12)
DECEPTION: Medical Liability Reform 'A Priority'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I want to work with the AMA so we can scale back the excessive defensive medicine that reinforces our current system, and shift to a system where we are providing better care, simply - rather than simply more treatment. So this is going to be a priority for me." (President Obama, Remarks To The AMA, Chicago, IL, 6/15/09)
REALITY: 'Tort Reform Is Not In The Bill…'
HOWARD DEAN, Former DNC Chairman: "The reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on. And that is the plain and simple truth." (Howard Dean, VA Town Hall Event, Minute 2, 8/26/09)
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