No Where to Hide

Well, the Congressional Budget Office just released their latest report citing that over the next 10 years, 2.3 million jobs will be lost to Obamacare. The White House is characterizing this as giving people options to leave the work force but who is going to pay to support all these people who will choose not to work?

If you guessed the taxpayers who do stay in the work force, you are correct.

This characterization by the White House tries to put a positive spin on a very damning report. We already know that because of Obamacare many employers have cut back on employee hours below the 29 hour weekly threshold so they don’t have to provide costly health insurance. Temporary firms have been in a boom business the last couple of years as employers hire more temporary workers instead of of full time workers where they have to provide expensive benefits.

So the Congressional Budget Office has reported what many of us knew all along – that Obamacare is damaging to the economy and the employment market. And because of their extensive work, the CBO really leaves Obama no where to hide.

It is no longer a faltering website with poor security. It is not Fox News. It is not Bush. It is his legislation that is doing this. And for a President that has struggled to demonstrate his competence and lost the people’s trust, this is a very bad place to be in.

Perhaps if the media had spent more time questioning Obama’s thin resume rather than propping him up as the second coming, we may have had a more competent President who understands how an economy works and would have put us on a track to a better future.

You can read about the report here:


When the Dust Settles


I was surprised at how bold Obama was speaking of his signature legislation, Obamacare, at the State of the Union address. After being called on the carpet for repeatedly promoting false notions of the benefits of Obamacare, he sure made it sound like a wonderful thing and that his critics were just bitter, jilted brides who got left behind.

But facts are stubborn things. The young aren’t signing up to offset the cost of the sick and elderly who are signing up also. Eventually, the insurance companies will have to raise rates to compensate which means many of the sick won’t be able to afford their policies even with the subsidies.

The truth of the numbers coming out of the White House aren’t exactly rosy. They are counting people who put an insurance plan in their shopping cart but haven’t checked out. The bulk of the people signing up are signing up for Medicaid, not for policies on the exchanges. And they aren’t subtracting all the people who lost their policies and can’t afford the new policies.

Eventually, the rising costs of premiums will cause the private insurance market to crash. Only those who work for larger companies that can afford a group plan and those on Medicare/Medicare will have insurance.

When the dust settles from Obamacare, we will discover that we ended up with something far worse than what we started with.

The only way that Obamacare will be able to work is by tyranny. The penalties for not signing up will have to become very punitive (and they will if it survives). A new enforcement agency will be required for non compliance. And insurance companies will become little more than a federal bureaucracy because they won’t be allowed to raise rates to cover their costs. The government will have to infuse them with large amounts of cash which always comes with many strings of attached. Eventually, the government think that cutting out the middleman can save them a lot of money and cut the insurance companies out altogether like what they did for the college loan program cutting out the banks.

Which makes you wonder if that was the plan all along.