It is no secret that Obama was once a strident opponent of the health care mandate he now embraces. Take a look at some of these flyers that were dug up recently where Barack Obama attacks Hillary Clinton for the same plan Obama would implement just two years later.
(Hat tip to Buzzfeed for the photos)
Wow, the irony! The irony of these photos was brought very powerfully back to my mind last week when the CBO announced that 6 million Americans were projected to be hit with a tax penalty for not purchasing health insurance under ObamaCare’s new law. The average tax penalty will be $1,200! Just imagine how it will be for those 6 million Americans when they have to file their tax returns and come up with an extra $1,200 in order to avoid being hounded by the IRS.
So that is Obama’s “Flip” on health care, now lets talk about his “Flop.”
Last week the CBO said that after ObamaCare is fully implemented, there will still be 30 million people in the U.S. without health insurance. That’s 10% of the country still without insurance. In fact, even with its vast increase in taxes, spending, and regulations on health care, ObamaCare will only cover an additional 6.3% of Americans because prior to ObamaCare 16.3% of Americans didn’t have health insurance.
The CBO report puts a serious dent in one of Obama’s primary selling points of the law, that it would provide coverage to nearly every American.
Let me repeat for emphasis. Even though ObamaCare raises taxes by over half a trillion dollars and takes an additional $716 billion in funding from Medicare, we only get an additional 6.3% of insured Americans! That’s not a great “return on investment” for all the money that is being spent. In fact it is quite sad.
Lets compare that with what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts. With NO new spending and NO new taxes, Romney was able to cover 98.2% of adults and 99.8% of children!
Democrats are quick to criticize Governor Romney for not supporting Obama’s plan despite the similarities between the two plans, but the large difference in outcomes reveals the weakness of the Obama plan and the strength of the Romney plan.
Lets look at some other differences in outcomes between the two plans.
Doctor Shortages – The New York Times recently reported that ObamaCare would make doctor shortages worse in some areas of the country such as Michigan, Southern California, and others. However, numerous factchecking institutions have found that there has been no shortage of doctors reported under Romney’s plan in Massachusetts. In fact, Massachusetts has more doctors per patient than any other state. Massachusetts is, after all, very different from the rest of the country with its concentrated urban cities covering most of the state and home to many of the most prestigious health care institutions (Harvard) in the world.
Employers Offering Health Care – Under Romney, the number of employers offering health insurance benefits rose from 70% to 76%. Under ObamaCare, the CBO reports that fewer people will get health insurance from their employers across the nation. The lastest CBO report says that as many as 20 million people could lose their employer-based health insurance. In Massachusetts, most employers were supportive of Romney’s plan and believed that it is good business practice to offer health insurance. However, that cultural value does not exist in many areas of the country and as a result, many businesses will choose to pay a penalty rather than provide health insurance to their employees because the penalty will be cheaper. The cultural differences between Massachusetts and the rest of the U.S. is one of the most overlooked details of health care reform.
Health Insurance Costs for Individuals – One of the big successes of RomneyCare was that individuals who bought health insurance without the help on an employer saw a major drop in the price of health insurance. In some areas of the state it was a drop of almost 40%! However, since the passage of ObamaCare, health insurance costs for individuals has continued to rise steadily on average of 8% per year. Remember when Obama promised lower health insurance costs?
These are just a few of the big differences between ObamaCare and RomneyCare. If you are interested in finding out more differences between the two plans, be sure to check out our resource page by clicking here.
Romney has been saying for a long time that the two plans are very different from one another in significant ways, and now that there has been enough time to evaluate the outcomes of each plan, we are starting to see some of those differences. I am confident that as time goes on, more differences will become apparent.