A Zero-Sum Game
recent Obamacare deadline has just gone into the books, with much back-slapping
by its supporters and more raised eyebrows by everyone else. By my count — and I have assiduously not paid attention — this is the third
sign-up deadline. The first I can
remember was at the end of 2013 [fiscal] which, as we all know is September
30th. Because virtually no one apart
from Sandra Fluke had signed up for the Obamacare insurance we'd been told was
so absolutely, positively, desperately
needed by America's working poor, the Obamacare boosters requested, and Obama gave them for Congress refused, an
extension. The website was disastrously
slow, we were told. How can people sign up when the website doesn't work?
sign-up deadline I can remember was December 31st 2013 … the end of the 2013
calendar year. I also don't recall how
many people had signed up for Obamacare at this deadline either, but reportedly
they were both pleased with how the government website worked. But because signups were still light years
behind the stated need, the Obamacare boosters requested … and got … another
It was this
extension which passed into the history books on March 31st 2014. And those Democrats not needing to be
re-elected in November are falling all over themselves in spoogitastic glee about
the numbers … which even the most partisan of outside observers concludes is
Savior's administrative mouthpieces — which includes most of the major
networks, daily newspapers and weekly news magazines — are all reporting that
seven million Americans are signed up for "affordable" health
insurance made available by the "Affordable Care Act" … which
contains more irony than it does either affordability or care, and even if combined.
at its latest audit, is expected to cost taxpayers two-point-five TRILLION
dollars over the first ten years from its passage in June of 2010. This figure does not include the inflated
costs of the insurance premiums that the newly-insured are required by law to buy. This is simply the cost to the government for the administrative apparatus to make the
insurance coverage available, to make enrolling for insurance possible [and
thereupon mandatory], to audit the entire population through IRS
heavy-handedness to ensure that everyone has health insurance of some kind, and
the court time to punish those citizens who still refuse to comply.
to listen to the rhetoric in the spring of 2010, no one who did not have
health insurance was going to refuse to comply with the requirement that they
do so. It was, according to Democrats, a
sure thing; inevitable, a Death And Taxes moment. Why, simply EVERYone who was uninsured would
avail himself of the moral goody-goodness of Obamacare. You'd have gotten better odds wagering
against water being wet.
Yet here it
is just four short years later and only seven million Americans have signed up
seem like a lot of people to some, particularly if they're Democrats — and it is, if you try to fit them all into
a Volkswagen or a phone booth at once.
But compared to the entire population of the United States, it's just a
hair over 2%, and a bucket in the pool of the uninsured Obamacare was meant to
review, we will recall that the "healthcare crisis", as it was
labeled, was a creation of the immoral blackguards of the insurance companies,
who refused to insure huge swaths of the American People, and for no other
reason than their own greed. … which is known, to those who are not socialists, as "profit
motive". If a company doesn't make
money on what it sells, it goes out of business and no one can buy that product
any longer. But, still, "insurance
is the problem" we were all harangued.
solution? More insurance … but this time it's mandatory. In order to make it mandatory, it must be
profitable for the company selling the insurance. Because most of what they would be required to
"insure" defies actuarial mathematics, the cost of the insurance
would rise. By several hundred percent. Only suckers believe the snake-oiler when he
says he loses money on every sale but makes up for it in volume. And routine doctor visits and birth control
is cheaper in both the long and short term when paid out of your own pocket than
it is to hire someone to pay it for you.
the weepy, weepy didactics of 2010, fifteen percent of Americans did not have
health insurance available to them.
These were the "working poor" that are not covered by other
health insurance programs. Americans
over 65 have Medicare; the non-working poor have Medicaid; everyone who holds a
full-time job for even a decent wage has employer-provided group health
insurance. The "working poor"
includes several million who subsist on a series of part-time jobs — often
concurrent — as well as many small business owners whose net profits after
expenses barely pays their mortgage.
We are a
nation of 310 million people … 310 million people here legally, that is; the
number is closer to 325 million when including those who are not legally
allowed to be. Fifteen percent of 310
million is 45 million and change. After
Obamanomics had been going for a few years, the 45 million "working
poor" for whom Obamacare was, to quote the embarrassingly unembarrassable
Harry Reid, "a lifeline" ballooned to well over 50 million.
It is from
these 50 million-plus people, all of whom are required by law to buy health insurance through the
"healthcare.gov" website, that the seven million signups are tallied. And the seven million figure might actually
be closer to six million, or even five million.
The rest — between 43 and 45 million — are breaking the law; they are
subject to fines and imprisonment. For the criminal act of not buying health insurance.
million people were required by law
to sign up for Obamacare health insurance by last Monday; seven million [or
maybe five million] have done so. Obamacare
boosters, proving once again their complete inability to do simple arithmetic,
have hailed it a success. Anywhere from
ten to fifteen percent of the Obamacare target market purchased the health
insurance that they are required by law
to purchase, 85 to 90 percent did not, and it's considered a victory by the National Savior's acolytes.
million brand new federal criminals are the face of
success In Obama's America. I wonder what a failure would
have looked like.