Politicians love to move the goalposts to make it seem as if their favored programs are working. But in his news conference this week, President Obama took that age-old activity to a new level. Rather than simply move the goalposts, he told the crowd to go home (nothing to see here!) and then he tore down the entire stadium.
Those of us old enough to remember 2010 recall that the entire point of ObamaCare was to “cover the uninsured.” As Reuters put it at the time: “The White House unveiled President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul the health insurance system on Monday that it said would provide coverage for 31 million uninsured Americans.”
Indeed, for the first time since senate candidate Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania invented the “health care crisis” in 1994, our great nation was going to cover the uninsured.
But Reuters got it wrong, apparently. Obama now says his real goal was to help those who already had health insurance. Mission accomplished!
“For the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, they’re already experiencing most of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act even if they don’t know it,” Obama explained patiently. “Their insurance is more secure. Insurance companies can’t drop them for bad reasons. Their kids are able to stay on their health insurance until they’re 26 years old. They’re getting free preventive care.”
As for those poor suckers we used to call “uninsured”? Help is on the way. Eventually.
“What we’re doing is we’re setting up a pool so that they can all pool together and get a better deal from insurance companies. And those who can’t afford it, we’re going to provide them with some subsidies. That’s it,” Obama said. Targeting help at the uninsured. Too bad nobody thought of that four years ago, eh?
The response is vintage Obama. We, the people, aren’t smart enough to appreciate what he’s done to help us. But “they” are getting benefits — “even if they don’t know it.”
Anyway, Obama adds, covering the uninsured is hard. Like Rome, it can’t be built in a day. Or a year. Or three. “What is left to be implemented is those provisions to help the 10 to 15 percent of the American public that is unlucky enough that they don’t have health insurance.”
So if you’re sitting out there with no health insurance, relax. The president is on the case. And if you are “lucky” enough to have insurance, maybe you should consider arming yourself before you lose your coverage. Not with a weapon; that would be wrong and far outside your constitutional rights. With a plastic surgeon.
“More than 15,000 patients, 98% of which were women, spent $61 million on arm liposuction in 2012. The procedure, which involves making an incision along the backside of the arm to remove excess skin, has seen an uptick of more than 4,000% since its first offering in 2000 when only 338 patients asked for it,” TIME reports.
Apparently these women have been encouraged by Michelle Obama’s ongoing war on sleeves, which has already drawn blood in Iran.
Can’t wait until John Roberts weighs in to protect this right to bear arms.