Remember all those promises that were made to sell Obamacare? Like lowering premiums for a family of 4 by $2,500 a year, allowing people to keep their plans and their doctors, not adding a dime to the deficit, and all of that?
Well, let's just see how much of a striking success “Obamacare” is based on the numbers so far. The Heritage Foundation created these charts based on the HHS' own numbers, the CBO's, and the Kaiser Family Foundation's.
1.Young People's Premiums are Jacked Up
If you're a young person, you're pretty much screwed. Not only will you be paying higher premiums to subsidize your elders, you will be paying more taxes over your lifetime to pay back the loans we're accruing just to pay for this boondoggle. You're welcome, right?
2. Family of Four - Your Premiums Did Not Drop $2,500/Yr.
So... Mr. Smooth was going to save a family of four $2,500 a year in premiums, as promised so many times it's laughable. About that... a family of four is likely to get an increase in premiums, and in addition, basically anyone who wants to work and live the American Dream will be penalized with higher taxes.
3. New Taxes for Everybody!
4. Raiders of the Lost Medicare
You would think from all the hysteria nowadays about Medicaid expansion to the states that this was the main purpose of Obamacare - to spread a huge soviet-style welfare program to as many homes as possible (and let those who are on it tell ya about the amazin' service while they're at it!) Anyway, let's frame some of that left-wing hypocrisy by pointing out Obamacare's massive cuts to another government program - Medicare.
5. You Like Higher Deductibles? Well, Obamacare's Got 'Em!
Now, show him the deductibles, Bob! Average deductibles on the “Catastrophic,” “Bronze,” and “Silver” plans are going through the roof. (No worries if you live in Colorado or Washington, just light up a joint and forget you read this.)
6. Obamacare Costs Way More Than Projected - And It's Not Even Warmed Up
Now here comes the biggie - cost. If you were one of the supporters of this law who thought it wouldn't “add a dime” to the deficit, I want you to turn to your (theoretical) children and grandchildren and apologize. We'll wait.
No, tell them the part about how you'll be sticking your kids with your generation's bills, and how debt is the unpaid portion of the federal budget that gets passed on to someone else.
Still don't feel guilty? How about realizing that all of those taxes coming out of the private sector to pay for this disaster will limit your children's futures, indicated in part by the half of college graduates who can't find jobs in their fields? Oh, now you feel guilty.
7. Still Unpopular After All These Years
And lo and behold, this healthcare “reform” boondoggle passed through procedural gimmickry with no bipartisan support whatsoever loaded with nonsense and unread in full by most of the nation's “representation” in Washington still has very little support - beyond those Democrats who would support anything the party told them to.