All That, and More than 40 Million Americans Still Uninsured

October 9, 2014

Repeal Obamacare shirtOne of the central arguments for Obamacare was that it was outrageous that more than 40 million Americans supposedly did not have health insurance (not necessarily that they didn’t have health care, but that they didn’t have health insurance).  For example, President Obama said on June 15th, 2009,

We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women and children. . . . We need to get this done.

The Democrats pushed Obamacare through, and it made employers afraid to hire,* reduced many of those who had jobs to part-time hours,** and significantly increased health-care spending (as even the Obama administration eventually admitted).  A survey indicated that a majority of doctors supported repealing or defunding the law (not to mention a majority of the country).  Even NPR admitted that Obamacare would cause a doctor shortage or make it worse.

All that, and more than 40 million Americans are still uninsured.  The liberal New York Times, trying to put a positive spin on it, still admits the “number of uninsured Americans” at “41 million people in the first quarter of this year”.  CBS reports that “a nagging 15 percent of the population remains uninsured”, or more than 47 million people (0.15 x 319 million).

As Michael Tanner explains (“On Its One-Year Anniversary, ObamaCare Gets an ‘F’”),

Overall, the best estimates suggest that roughly 8 million people gained insurance under ObamaCare, but roughly half of those were enrolled in Medicaid (outside of the exchanges), which isn’t really health-care reform so much as adding people to government welfare. And it still leaves 41 million American adults uninsured. We spent billions to move the needle a tick.

For more, read Dan Mitchell’s recent review, “A Very Bad Year for Obamacare…and a Worse Year for the Victims of Obamacare”.  (Hat tip to Mr. Mitchell for the above link to Mr. Tanner.)

The New York Times tries to put a positive spin on this by saying that at least the number of uninsured has decreased—or, as a pro-Obamacare commenter put it a few days ago, “Obamacare has covered millions”, and “it is my understanding that it was never billed as providing universal coverage.”

Nice try.  Obamacare certainly was billed as providing universal coverage.

  • In the 2008 primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, “Both Clinton & Obama dabbled in exaggerations on their opponents’ health care plan. Clinton said, ‘His plan would leave 15 million Americans out. I have a universal health care plan that covers everyone.’ Obama responded, ‘I do provide universal health care.’”

(Oops. Far from an “exaggeration”, Clinton’s estimate that Obamacare would leave out only 15 million Americans turns out to have been extremely generous.)

  • One of the central arguments for Obamacare was that it was outrageous that more than 40 million Americans supposedly did not have health insurance.  For example, President Obama said on June 15th, 2009,

We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women and children. . . . We need to get this done.

But you don’t even have to remember anything about the arguments that Democrats made in 2008 and 2009; Obamacare makes it against the law not to be insured.  It certainly was intended to make sure everyone was insured.

 

* A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that

  • 21.6% of manufacturing companies and 16.9% of service companies have reduced the number of workers they employ because of the ACA (Obamacare),
  • 20.5% of manufacturing companies and 21.8% of service companies have reduced wage and salary compensation per worker because of the ACA,
  • 21.6% of manufacturing companies and 15.3% of service companies have reduced other employee benefits (including retirement) because of the ACA, and
  • 19.3% of manufacturing companies and 20.2% of service companies have increased the proportion of their workers that are part-time because of the ACA.

** According to the government’s own numbers, the total underemployment rate (including those who can only get part-time work) is now more than 11%.

 

Update (October 10th, 2014):  You don’t even have to remember anything about the arguments that Democrats made in 2008 and 2009; President Obama was still claiming that Obamacare would provide universal coverage in April of this year—April 1st, to be specific:

. . . that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents. . . . It is making sure that we are not the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t make sure everybody has basic health care.

April Fool’s!  USA Today offers this “Fact check: Not ‘everybody’ is covered under ACA”.

The ACA doesn’t change that status for the United States: The country still is one of just a few advanced nations that don’t “make sure everybody has basic health care,” to borrow Obama’s phrasing.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that tens of millions will gain insurance, but the ACA was never expected to cover everyone. CBO says there will be 25 million fewer uninsured because of the law, as early as 2016. That leaves 31 million still uninsured.

(Hyperlinks in original.)  Read the whole thing here.

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9 Responses to “All That, and More than 40 Million Americans Still Uninsured”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    I think this is the first time I’ve been cited in this blog! But seriously, you cannot be shocked that politicians make promises they cannot keep on the campaign trail (“no new taxes” anyone?). It’s true that Obamacare falls woefully short of what single payer would do, but Obamacare contains other important provisions that are an improvement from our previous broken system, e.g., stay with parents plan until 26, no preexisting conditions discrimination. And I didn’t lie when I said it covered millions. See above.

  2. madblog Says:

    Since the outcomes predicted by many have turned out to be accurate, and since the results were obvious from the start (to anyone but a fawning ideologue), this is one of multiple issues which begs the question: What was the real purpose of all these shenanigans? And yet our people do not ask, or question the motives of our fearless leader and his cohorts.


    • Never underestimate Progressives’ overconfidence in their ability to overcome reality through central planning! (Have you read Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed? It’s good.) I think it’s possible that the proponents of Obamacare actually thought it would work (or “believed their own BS”, if you will).

      But if we’re looking for an ulterior motive, my first guess would be that Obamacare was intended as a step toward single payer. Obama said frankly in 2003 (before he learned to be more cautious about what he admitted),

      A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.

      (Source: a pro-single-payer group, making an admission against interest.)

      And Obamacare had barely begun to be implemented before liberals started clamoring to replace it with an even worse single-payer system, from Michael Moore in the New York Times to commenter “Snoodickle” above. The audacity and swiftness of their bait and switch is breathtaking.

      • Snoodickle Says:

        Wouldn’t single payer be better than tens of million uninsured?

      • madblog Says:

        I HAVE read Mr. Sowell’s book. I meant that it is and always was so bloody obvious that the results would be as they are, so plainly the outcomes were never meant to be what they said. Of course the overall goal is getting as many people as possible dependent on gov’t. Yes, breathtaking. The only thing more breathtaking is the public’s ability to look the other way.


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