(National Sentinel)Â Healthcare reform: By now you’ve no doubt heard from all Democrats and RINOs in the Senate that it’s just not possible to vote for the latest iteration of Republican health care “reform” because the Congressional Budget Office says it will toss “22 million” Americans off of health insurance.
A tweet from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, fake Indian and class warrior, is typical of the Left’s hysterical nonsense:
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 20, 2017
An assessment from health care reform expert Avik Roy notes what the Left and the RINOs don’t want you to know: That the CBO’s assessment is a number without context.
Put in context, he writes inÂ Forbes, the difference between Obamacare and the Republican legislation is that three-quarters of those who would “lose” coverage under the GOP bill wouldÂ choose to do so because they’d no longer be forced to buy coverage under O-care’s individual mandate requirement.
After Obama became president, the CBO told him not having an individual mandate would mean his health reform plan would cover 16 million fewer people. So Obama relented, and included an individual mandate in what we now call Obamacare.
Proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare from congressional Republicans and right-of-center think tanks disagreed on a number of things, but they were unanimous in repealing Obamacareâ€™s individual mandate. The idea that Americans should be forced by the government to buy a private product, merely for the offense of being alive, is seen by all conservatives as a constitutional injury.
And thereâ€™s a more fundamental question: if Obamacareâ€™s insurance is so wonderful, why do millions of Americans need to be forced to buy it? By definition, you havenâ€™t been â€œkicked offâ€ your insurance if the only reason youâ€™re no longer buying it is that the government has stopped fining you.
He further noted that “of the 22 million fewer people who will have health insurance in 2026 under the Senate [health care] bill, 16 million will voluntarily drop out of the market because they will no longer face a financial penalty for doing so: 73 percent of the total.â€
In other words, the CBO is fixated on the individual mandate, even though the requirement has completely skewed the insurance marketplace. By requiring Americans to buy something, and then further mandating they must buy a government-imposed minimum package of “benefits” (whether they need them or not), Obamacare has completely removed one of the most important cost-saving elements of the free market:Â Choice. Americans no longer have any choice in what kind of health care coverage they purchase, and health insurance companies no longer have any freedom to offer less expensive, tailored plans to fit individual needs.
Which brings us full circle back to Big Government advocates like Warren, along with the rest of the Democrats who imposed Obamacare on the nation and now the RINOs who have broken their promise to repeal it: TheÂ real issue here is their refusal to return freedom of choice to the American consumer — which just happens to be the most effective way of lowering health insurance and healthcare delivery costs.
And they’re using bogus CBO “projections” as their excuse to deny us this choice.
The individual mandate was always an outrage. In a republic that was built on the principles of individualism, forcing Americans to buyÂ anythingÂ has remained an insult to the Constitution and the American conscience. Worse, the fact that ObamacareÂ has failed miserably to deliver on its myriad of promises isn’t even in the discussion these days, and it damn well ought to be; we wouldn’t be discussing repeal if the law had worked as Obama and the lying liars of the Democratic Party had delivered us true “reform.”
But then, it wasÂ never going to work as advertised; it was neverÂ supposed to work as advertised. Obamacare was always to be a prelude toÂ complete government-run health care in the vein of “Medicare for all” or, perhaps more appropriately, “VA care for all.”
And don’t think the RINOs don’t know this — they do, which makes their betrayal on repealing Obamacare sting that much more.
By accepting the CBO’s 22 million projection, no matter the formula or policy assumptions used to reach it, then you also have to accept the original premise of Obamacare –Â that governmentÂ ought toÂ mandate and control all health careÂ in the first place.
Otherwise, why would anyone be upset if some Americans choseÂ not to buy coverage?
We don’t accept that premise, therefore, we don’t accept the CBO’s projectionsÂ or congressional excuses as to why they “can’t” repeal and replace Obamacare. This isn’t a debate about “numbers of insured;” it is about demanding that Congress give us back our freedom to choose whether or not we wish to purchase a consumer product and if so, onÂ our terms, not those mandated by the government.
Anything else is just distracting noise.