In September of 2013, one month before the $635 Million online shopping cart failed in spectacular fashion, (bear in mind that every industry expert questioned on this subject agreed that the entire web site should have been built to work flawlessly for a paltry $2 Million to $5 Million,) HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked what number of enrollees would be considered successful. Watch her answer below, and then we’ll talk about it.
I swear, I could see those gears turning inside of her head. “What number can I say that will sound big to someone not thinking critically, but will be an easy mark to hit? I know, success looks like Seven Million enrollees by the end of March 2014.”
Let’s shag the easy pop fly first. In no way can Seven Million enrollees be an accurate determinant for success. The slightest amount of perspective on this laughably failed law will show us that. We’ll use the Democrats own numbers to start with, then we’ll have some fun. When this lemon began its life in the selling-it-to-us phase, we were told that some 47 Million Americans, out of our number that topped 400 Million, were sans Health Insurance. We needed to do something, you know, for the children. Since that time, we’ve passed a law that says those 47 Million, each and every one of them, must, in order to be fully compliant with the law, sign up on Healthcare.gov. I have some cop friends, at local, state, and federal levels of jurisdiction. They all tell me, without wavering in number, that in order for any law to be enforceable even in the slightest sense of that word, 90% compliance among the citizenry is necessary. This is the real reason why the speed limit was universally increased on our interstate highway system a few years ago. The law limiting speed to 55 MPH was so thoroughly ignored that our police began ignoring it themselves. It was so thoroughly ignored that cops began to become suspicious of anyone who obeyed the law.
In order for Obamacare to be even mildly enforceable, at least 90% of that 47 Million people must be compliant with the law, and that number starts at an eye popping 42 Million. That number has changed however, seeing as how the law took it upon itself to increase, rather than decrease the number of uninsured in this country. We need to add the 90% of the previously but no longer insured to that mixture as well. What that number is has not yet been fully calculated, and if it has, the most transparent White House evah has not seen fit to share an accurate accounting of that information.
That however is just scratching the surface of this conversation. Consider this. Our Executive Branch has seen the necessity of spending $684 Million so far in an effort to pimp out the virtues of this very thing that the current law demands full participation in anyways. And even with that staggering amount of advertising that has hired every NBA star, former and current, and his mother, intruded itself upon the Super Bowl, seen actors, rap stars, a guy wearing pajamas, the infamous, “Julia,” and President Zero appearing on every talk show, youtube comedy channel, Univision, Telemundo, and Disney, we haven’t surpassed the line in which 15% of those for whom it is compulsory are seeing a good enough reason to participate. We’ve not only put lipstick on this pig, we’ve bought her a dress, high heels, pearls, and a wig.
I don’t know how to break this to you guys, so I’m just going to come out and say it. The writing is on the wall. Just like the unemployment number was tortured and the books cooked to get that figure below 8% in time for the 2012 election, these super geniuses are going to some how, some way, reach their magic Seven Million figure. Success will be claimed, and it’ll be blared on every alphabet media outlet known to exist in our Universe. Just under the wire, whew that was close!
Oh, and just to be mean about the whole thing so far, you’ll notice that Kathleen Sebelius(D), Land of the Unicorns, mentioned the whole end of March, 2014 thing when the deadline was still October 15, 2013. If I were cynical, I would have guessed that she knew of some problems upcoming well in advance, contrary to her sworn Congressional testimony.
Let’s say, just for the moment, that the Bamster gets his Seven Million, and further that they aren’t completely bogus and largely manufactured in the same plain of existence where Unicorn Farts drive down global temperatures and the green economy is real. Let’s pretend also that in this same instant of suspended reality, an eye popping 85% of those who are compelled by law but refuse to participate, will not result in nightmare for those tasked with enforcement. Does this figure represent any thing close to success? For that matter, would any figure represent anything close to success?
When this nonsense was packaged and sold, part of the argument in favor was that it would be budget neutral, that by ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we would have the money to pay for this. The baby gorilla would only cost $984 Billion over 10 years. Of course, what failed to be mentioned on any news outlet other than Fox was the asterisk marked fact that this was based upon 10 years of tax collection as compared with 6 years of actual benefit. Each time we added a candle to the birthday cake on this sucker, we included another year of benefit, while not adding another year of tax revenue, which by the way has gone down due to economic malaise. So now, the cost of this lies somewhere north of $2.6 Trillion. Our baby gorilla has now grown into the 800 pound variety, and he is fixing to beat us to death with this ridiculous law.
One of the major funding mechanisms which would, “ahem,” help to bend the cost curve down, (a funny concept since no where in this law is actual cost dealt with or conceived of existing in any fashion,) was in convincing millennials that acting against their own best economic interests was somehow going to raise their living standard. The mega disastrous $2.6 Trillion price tag to the taxpayers at large is predicated upon full participation by the demographic this law has seen fit to steal from. With a participation rate of 90%, we’d have a shot at keeping that price tag somewhere near the aforementioned figure. With a 15% participation rate amongst millennials, I do not believe that the CBO has adding machines capable of calculating an accurate price tag which will be presented to the taxpayers, and much sooner than most anyone knows at this point. When one considers further that the current crowing of Seven Million enrollees is itself a lie, then the 800 pound gorilla has moved into Jabba the Hut territory. Barack Obama and his team are right now taking victory laps in an effort to convince us that what is happening is not happening. The trouble is, when real Americans find it difficult to buy basic goods and services, and by basic I mean those things necessary to maintain a minimal existence, they’ll know that the liquid being poured over their heads ain’t rain. Maybe now you’re all getting a sense as to why alcoholism was so prevalent in the former Soviet Union.
The Democrat Party Apparatchiks have declared that, “mend it, don’t end it,” will be their mantra during this fall’s midterm elections. I personally would like to see the GOP make their national retort, “You can’t fix this car Spicoli!”
Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.