President Obama has said that he would “do whatever it takes” to avoid the fiscal cliff. However, on Monday, his lackey, Jay Carney, made it clear that Obamacare will not be on the table for fiscal negotiations.
Sure, why go after the ever-widening money pit when we can just hit up the taxpayers?
Obama is not interested in doing anything in the way of negotiating, but has, instead, opted to grandstand and campaign to dupe the American people into believing that tax hikes are good things. This is not a war of ideas, but a war of propaganda.
After a question regarding John Boehner’s desire to put Obamcare on the table for negotiations, Carney stated,
“I would note that as we have in the past, although it’s often overlooked by those who have advocated for repeal, the Affordable care Act reduces the deficit considerably. And when we’re talking about deficit reduction and taking a balanced approach to deficit reduction, it’s important to remember that fact.”
While I applaud Mr. Carney’s willingness to stick to a failed narrative, it should be noted that he does so in the face of continually overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It is far from being a fact that Obamacare reduces the deficit. At this point, it is only a matter of discussion as to, exactly, how overly costly will it end up being over the next decade.
In March 2010, leading Democrats were all-too-happy to proclaim that Obamacare reduces the deficit by $138 billion, but it does anything but.
In fact, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has claimed that Obamacare will end up costing over $115 billion more than previously thought.
And while this is bad news, it gets worse when we consider that each time these numbers are examined, it is discovered that Democrats rammed this healthcare monstrosity down our throats while fudging every number, lowballing every estimate and going with a “best case scenario” approach at every turn. Each time these numbers are reexamined, Obamacare costs are revealed to be costing more and more and it is highly likely that we are looking at a money-devouring machine that makes Social Security seem small by comparison while being run with the kind of efficiency for which the DMV is known.
The President and Democratic leaders promised that Obamacare would cost around $940 billion for ten years. According to CBO estimates, the cost just continues to skyrocket and it is estimated that for 2014 to 2023, the cost will be upwards of $2.6 trillion.
So, as we consider these horrendous numbers, we should be demanding that if our leaders are actually looking to do “whatever it takes” to avoid the fiscal cliff, they start by looking at the man-killing, bureaucratic money pit that is Obamacare.
“The president’s health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country’s entire economy. We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.”
As Democrats skillfully label Republicans as obstructionists, it is exactly these kinds of stubborn tactics by Democrats that lead us from bad to worse time and time again. If we hit this fiscal cliff, we should all remember that Democrats were unwilling to make reasonable cuts to programs that shouldn’t exist to begin with and were content to turn up the heat on the taxpayers.