“The redneck Tea Party crazies have even gone so far as to completely LIE about the impact Obamacare will have on the workforce. They insist that businesses are actually being forced to cut hours and lay off employees just to comply with the ‘burdensome’ Obamacare rules and regulations. Again, this is a fabrication. Businesses aren’t cutting hours. Besides Walmart, Regal Entertainment, Trader Joe’s, Subway, Firehouse Subs, Sea World, Lands End, Dave and Busters, White Castle, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Home Depot, and academic institutions like Philadelphia University, Sam Houston State University, Ball State University, Georgia Military College, Three Rivers College, Hillsborough Community College, and University of North Alabama, and county governments in Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as school districts like Middletown Township Public Schools in New Jersey, Millard School District in Utah, and Shelbyville Central School System in Indiana, along with over 280 other businesses, universities, school systems and town governments, literally NOBODY is losing work because of Obamacare.” —Matt Walsh
“Republicans do understand the basics of supply and demand better than Democrats, and many predicted the problems Obamacare is already experiencing. They understood, as Obama and his supporters apparently did not, that the laws of economics are not optional. You cannot extend health care to 30 or 40 or 50 million people (the number kept changing) who previously lacked it and bring down total health spending simultaneously. You cannot force insurance companies to accept all customers regardless of preexisting conditions and expect that premiums will not rise to cover the expense.
“Further, once people realize that insurance companies cannot reject them when they become sick, the incentive to purchase health insurance among the healthy population disappears. (The small fine for failure to buy insurance will not compensate.) You cannot mandate that employers with more than 50 full-time employees provide government approved insurance without causing employers to shift to part-time employees or decline to hire. You cannot impose a ‘Cadillac tax’ without employers raising premiums or reducing their coverage.” —Mona Charen
“Nearly four years after ObamaCare passed, the coalition against it has expanded, not shrunk. The unions are now excoriating the law in terms that once would have been reserved for Republican floor speeches. In his filibuster, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz repeatedly quoted a letter from Teamsters leader Jim Hoffa attacking ObamaCare as a clear and present threat to the middle class. When House Republicans voted to delay the individual mandate a few weeks ago, 35 Democrats joined them; Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, announced his support for a delay just last week.
“Pew Research has found disapproval of the health-care law at an all-time high in its polling. CNN’s latest survey has disapproval at 57 percent and approval at 38. Health care, a core Democratic strength for decades, is becoming a liability. A New York Times poll found that more people disapprove of President Barack Obama on health care than approve by a 54-to-40 margin.” —Rich Lowry
“ObamaCare apologists have been trying to claim the system suffered a near-total crash on Launch Day due to its amazing popularity – ‘It’s sort of a great problem to have!’ chirped Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – but that’s foolishness to anyone familiar with computer systems, not to mention anyone who looks at the actual numbers on its traffic load. The Administration is keeping one particular number very close to its vest, but Jake Tapper of CNN relayed a few others from the White House via Twitter: “4.7 million unique visitors to ObamaCare website, 133k calls, 104k web chats requested.”
“That’s not very overwhelming for a decent commercial website, never mind a gigantic government system three years in the making, at a cost of billions of dollars. The people who saddled us with ObamaCare claimed, at various times, there were 15, 30, 47, or over 50 million uninsured pleading for relief, which only a top-down trillion-dollar bureaucratic behemoth could deliver.
“So, how many people actually bought some of that spiffy new ObamaCare? Don’t ask. ‘The White House claims not to have a number for folks enrolled,’ says Tapper. Um… but they know how many unique visitors they had? That’s what we call a bald-faced lie where I come from. A multi-billion-dollar computer system that can’t immediately tabulate the number of applications it received? If we took that seriously, it would be a good reason to bring the architects of ObamaCare up on charges, and ask them where all that time and money went.” —John Hayward
“On Thursday, the government’s official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government’s high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country.
“‘I am so disappointed,’ wrote one woman. ‘These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!’ The comment received 169 ‘likes.’
“‘There is NO WAY I can afford it,’ said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. ‘Heck right now I couldn’t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month… and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies.’ [...]
“A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living ‘75% below the poverty level.’ She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. ‘Are you F’ing kidding me????’ she wrote on the government’s Obamacare Facebook page. ‘Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this bronze health insurance plan!?!???’ [...]
“Amid scores of comments expressing frustration with technical failures, one woman said she is ‘just amazed you could even get to the point of seeing pricing’ and that she had been trying to access the system for three days to no avail.
“Obamacare sticker shock will not affect millions of low-income Americans; a New York Times analysis published on Wednesday found that Obamacare ‘will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help.’” —Wynton Hall