Just Keep Shovelin’!

broken promise

Charles Blows is feeling optimistic:

You can’t promise more than you can produce. When the president told people they could keep their doctors and current insurance plans and that turned out not to be true, that hurt his standing more than any issue with the website ever could. To most people, that sounds dishonest, and dishonesty is an easily understood and widely reviled trait.

Republicans are going to harp on Obamacare and highlight hardship stories for as long as they feel the story has legs — and that may be a while. That happens in politics. You give your opponents a stick, and they’ll whack you with it every time.

That being said, this is not the end of days for this president or his party — no more so than shutting down the government was the end of the Republican Party.

Here is what we must remember:

Obamacare is, in the end, good for America. A report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers found that since 2010, when the Affordable Care Act passed, “Health care spending is the lowest on record,” and, “Health care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years.” The report also said that the law has “substantially improved the long-term federal budget outlook.”

Wow. Healthcare inflation has been low during the longest recession in our history. Who could have predicted that?

I hate to break it to Chuckie B. but when you tell people something you KNOW isn’t true, it doesn’t just sound dishonest. I don’t know about New York City but in most the places I’ve been people would call that straight-up lying.

But wait! There’s more!

Fixing our health care system is not only right from a budget and policy perspective; it’s morally right. No one should be turned down for health coverage because of pre-existing conditions. No one should have to live in fear of going broke from getting sick. No one should have to use emergency rooms as his or her only option. As Martin Luther King Jr. once put it, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

Let’s do the math – if you are gonna sell a healthcare insurance policy to a person with preexisting conditions that will cost a lot of money to treat you have two choices:

1. Sell them a policy with some godawful high premiums.

2. Jack up everybody else’s premiums to make up your losses.

You can argue that option #2 is the morally right thing to do, but since this is a democracy you gotta get all them other people to agree to pay more than their fair share. That isn’t what Obama did. He lied and told people they were gonna pay LESS.

There is injustice in healthcare because life is unjust. Some people get cancer. Some are born with diabetes. They didn’t do anything to deserve it, it just happened. Even with the best healthcare insurance in the world people get wiped out financially by illness and injury.

What really pisses me off about this whole healthcare reform “debate” is that nobody is telling the truth in an open and honest way. We can guarantee top-quality, cradle-to-grave healthcare to every person in America, but it’s gonna be very expensive. Or we could do nothing, just leave people to their own resources and/or charity like a third-world country.

I really don’t care for either option.

But we’re reasonable people. We could get most people to agree on some system of providing healthcare that is consistent with our moral principles and our financial sensibilities. Let’s have that discussion.

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41 Responses to Just Keep Shovelin’!

    • The Klown says:

      The muzzling and secrecy started way back before Obama was even elected.

      • Lulu says:

        Yes this is a Democratic Party scam long in the works. Another paying constituency for them along with labor unions and Wall St to supposedly keeping them in power forever. Like Obama said “I won” so they profit.

      • DeniseVB says:

        But, but, but….Obama promised us (circa: 2008/2012) ! It was all going to be different, that’s why, WHY, he disappoints me so. Would Romney have “muzzled” ? Or Sarah, with many of her own state GOP party’s scalps on her belt? Funny that the first Historic President is worse than them white honkys 😉

  1. The Klown says:

    We have some smart people in this country. We even have some healthcare experts that aren’t full of shit. How about a group of people with no political or financial axes to grind coming up with a plan? Better yet, let them come up with several different plans.

    Then have a national debate on which plan is best.

    Step one: Gather reliable data on what is wrong with the current system.

  2. underwhelmed says:

    And yet, amidst the doom and gloom …


    I’m trying to find things that don’t make me want to scream.

  3. votermom says:

    Oh, the google doodle today is a Doctor Who game. Cool 🙂

  4. abc says:

    The other thing that cut healthcare spending is the huge increase in deductibles, especially on the individual market.

    • Lulu says:

      It will be the norm in all policies if it is fully implemented. Any policy without it will be taxed out the ass.

    • Mary says:

      Basically, because of those high deductibles, Americans will be self insured. And it’s deeply offensive that they think we’re too stupid to understand that.

  5. elliesmom says:

    Whenever I read a column like this one, I ask myself “Would this person be writing the same column if we were talking about BushCare or RomneyCare?” Could Bush or Romney lie to the public about something this fundamental and have this person go to bat for him? In Charlie’s case, the answer is a resounding “no” because Bush and Romney have two strikes against them before either one of them puts his pants on in the morning.

    Romney and our Democratic legislature got “RomneyCare” through in MA for lots of reasons. First of all, it was already illegal for an HMO to refuse to admit someone with pre-existing conditions. So our pool of uninsured, high-risk folks was pretty small. We were already paying premiums that reflected that risk. Secondly, you can’t throw a rock in MA w/o hitting a hospital or a doctor’s office. The doctors who are turning away patients are the ones unwilling to operate at loss due to low reimbursements from MediCare and MediCaid. I can see my doctor with less than 24 hours notice when it’s not much of an emergency. My husband can get an MRI the next day. So the added influx of newly insured people didn’t make much of difference to those of us with good insurance or the ability to pay. Most companies in MA who offered health insurance to their employees already allowed kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until they were 22, student or no student. And the federal government wanted it to work here so they upfronted a lot of the extra cost. We knew that gravy train wouldn’t last forever. Not everyone understood “RomneyCare” would mean to them, but no one was lied to.

    We also know the truth about its success or failures. Ninety-eight percent of us have health insurance. Most of the newly added people came from expanding MassCare, our MediCaid. The cost of health insurance continues to rise every year, and emergency room use has increased because now it’s covered by insurance, and fewer people worry about how expensive it is to go there. Even the uninsured got billed before. You might run out on the bill after they were required to treat you, but you still owed them money. Now you only owe them the co-pay and can still stiff them so why not use it like a walk-in clinic?

    If the federal government had been as honest with the public as Mitt Romney was with the citizens of MA, some form of health care reform would have succeeded. None us want people unable to get good, basic well-care and not able to afford to get sick. But Obama and the Democrats needed “fundamental change”.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    BTW, my daughter won her first figure skating competition at age 8 to Annie’s Tomorrow 😀 Lucky you guys, I didn’t own a video camera then.

  7. helenk3 says:


    the backtrack curse. it never ends and affects everyone and everything he touches and it ain’t the midis touch

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  9. 1539days says:

    Iran Deal = Release the sanctions and give them money. Then hope they don’t make nuclear weapons with all the money they get.

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  13. Constance says:

    “We could get most people to agree on some system of providing healthcare that is consistent with our moral principles and our financial sensibilities. Let’s have that discussion.”

    Also people who want to could always pay more than their share if they are worried about the poor people.
    Unfortunately I know a bunch of people who think their insurance should be paying for music therapy, hypnosis therapy, massages, etc and I know a bunch of people who offer weird therapy who want to be included in allowable medical expenses and now we are all going to find ourselves paying for them because all you need is a politician to fix it for you and your on the “free money” government gravy train.

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