With tax season upon us, Fox News contributor and radio talk show host David Webb debated Jehmu Greene, former President, Women’s Media Center, over the massive confusion people are about to experience due to the implementation of Obamacare.
Greene, confidently asserted that the “sky isn’t falling” as if ObamaCAre was working beautifully. Yet premiums are expected to skyrocket in the coming months.
Insurance industry officials tell the newspaper that premiums will double in some parts of the country, harming Democrats’ chances and hampering the next round of enrollment efforts in 2015.
The worries from the industry come less than a week after HHS Secretary Sebelius downplayed the problem, telling Capitol Hill that increases would grow more slowly than in the past.
From the piece:
“The increases are far less significant than what they were prior to the Affordable Care Act,” the secretary said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.
Her comment baffled insurance officials, who said it runs counter to the industry’s consensus about next year.
“It’s pretty shortsighted because I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs,” said one senior insurance executive who requested anonymity.
The spikes are a direct consequence of the delays and changes the White House made during the rollout, indicating the administration’s moves to calm political storms will backfire.
NRO’s Charles C. W. Cooke wonders what the Democrats’ plan is to sell this crap sandwich at this point:
Of late, Harry Reid, Kathleen Sebelius, and a few of their more committed acolytes have started to resemble the host in Monty Python’s Argument Sketch, a man who just flatly refuses to accept whatever charge is thrown at him:
A: Obamacare is really hurting people.
B: No it’s not.
A: Yes it is. Look at this woman over here. She’s lost her doctor.
B: She’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with her. Koch Brothers.
A: She’s not fine. And many of her friends are paying higher premiums.
B: No they’re not. Karl Rove. Misinformation. Pre-existing conditions.
A: They are. This is a matter of public record.
B: This isn’t the case. This would have happened anyway.
A: If it isn’t the case, how can it have happened anyway?
B: I didn’t say it had.
Meanwhile, get this – Pelosi is now telling us (again) “It’s Called the Affordable Care Act”:
Boy, liberals do love to police speech:
It’s called the Affordable Care Act. It’s called the Affordable Care Act. I know you didn’t intend any compliment or derogatory – it’s called the Affordable Care Act . . . affordable, affordable – there’s a reason – affordable, affordable, affordable, affordable, affordable.
Because in Obamaspeak “affordable” means “skyrocketing”.
Everyone’s in a celebratory mood. Five Meeeeellion ObamaCare enrollees, you guyz.
Four years ago:
The House passed the Senate bill with a 219–212 vote on March 21, 2010, with 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voting against it. At the time, a CNN Opinion Research poll, found that 59 percent of Americans were opposed to ObamaCare. Just 39 percent of the poll’s 1,030 respondents said they favored the bill.
— Wash. Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) March 20, 2014
Thanks to Twitchy.