Nancy Pelosi Is A Lunatic

In an NPR interview Nancy Pelosi demonstrated once again that she is either a pathological liar or a lunatic. I’m going with lunatic because I think she actually believes the crap that comes out of her mouth.

Here is the money quote (emphasis mine):

“Most of the people who can’t afford it have subsidies and the rest to cover their insurance in the meantime. But let’s go back to where we were before the Affordable Care Act because that was a time where they wouldn’t even be able to have any insurance. So what was the purpose of the Affordable Care Act? There were threefold – one, to lower cost; two, to improve benefits and three, to expand access for millions more people. And it’s done all three.”

Let’s examine her 3 so-called accomplishments of Obamacare.

1 – Lower Cost

I assume she meant the cost for insurance coverage and that has not happened.

From Time article last year:

“In 2008, the average employer-sponsored family plan cost a total of $12,680, with employees footing $3,354 of the bill, according to /react-text Kaiser data. By 2016, the cost of the average employer family plan was up to /react-text $18,142 for the year, with workers picking up $5,277 of the tab.”

And from Market Watch article last year:

“President Obama claimed that the Affordable Care Act would reduce annual insurance premiums by $2,500 for a typical family. Yet a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust found that, since 2008, average employer family premiums have climbed a total of $4,865. From 2015 to 2016 the most popular exchange family plan, Family Silver, saw a 10% average increase in its premiums. In some states, premiums rose by nearly 40%.”

But if she meant the cost of healthcare in general in the US has been reduced, that hasn’t happened either.

From PBS last year:

“The nation’s health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor.”

2 – Improve benefits

From the Time article:

“In 2008, high deductibles were the minority: 18% of covered workers had deductible of at least $1,000, per the /react-text Kaiser Family Foundation, up from only 10% in 2006. For workers with employer-sponsored plans at small firms, 35% had deductibles of $1,000 or more in 2008, up from 16% in 2006.”

“Fast-forward to 2016, and high-deductible plans have become standard: 51% of all covered workers, and 65% of workers in small firms, face deductibles of at least $1,000. Workers at smaller firms must pay an average of $2,069 out of pocket before insurance payments kick in, versus $1,238 for workers at firms with 200 or more employees.”

Folks aren’t getting real insurance coverage they can use but instead they are just getting insurance plans with higher deductibles, which make it even more difficult to actually get the health care they need.

3 – Expand access for millions more people

Not as many folks signed up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges as was hoped:

“Many people would not have jumped on the Obamacare bandwagon if they had known the relatively small number of Americans who would actually be enrolled on the exchanges by 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that between 9.4 million and 11.4 million signed up in 2016.”

“In contrast, in March 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 21 million people would be enrolled on the exchanges.

And what good is it for the few extra people who signed up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges if they can’t find a doctor or have such high deductibles that they can’t afford treatment?

Again, I really think Pelosi believes what she says so she’s not a liar but a lunatic.

Let’s all remember what George Costanza taught us in Seinfeld.

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4 Responses to Nancy Pelosi Is A Lunatic

  1. tomwys1 says:

    Don’t count on her actually believing it. Otherwise she wouldn’t have told her colleagues that they had to pass it in order to read it. She knew it was full of garbage!!!

  2. blaine says:

    There is a new trend in Southern California that just got funding to expand to other cities in the country. It’s called, “Heal.”

    It’s a doctor housecall “Uber” type service. Install the ap on your smart phone, a doctor and his assistant come to your house for $99 cash if you don’t have insurance, or for your normal insurance copay if you do.

    The Heal founder says a doctor can make the same money seeing 12 patients a day vs. 40 for a doctor in an office.

    You don’t need to be a math genius to figure out if this model takes off, you need 3 doctors with the housecall model, to see the same number of patients as an office doctor.

    There is already a 90,000 doctor shortage projected for 2025. Unless telemedicine, NPs and PAs pick up the slack, or we make a significant dent in preventing chronic diseases with lifestyle changes, (unlikely), the doctor shortage will only get worse.

    It won’t matter if Republicans block grant Medicaid back to the States because there won’t be doctors accepting Medicaid patients.

    The Ryan healthcare plan will fail even if it’s passed and passing it right now, seems remote.

    Obamacare was designed to fail and be replaced by single payer.

    I hate to say this but after the Republicans fail, the bankrupt before it starts, Medicare for all will be passed when Democrats get back in power with all the healthcare rationing found in the UK and Canada.

    Obamacare lite is also going to fail. You can’t require carriers to cover pre-existing conditions and remove the mandates for healthy people and still have a viable financial model concurent with an extreme shortage of doctors.

    Socialism doesn’t work and neither does government central planning in a capitalist economy, which is what Medicaid reimbursement schedules are.

    Nancy Pelosi is a lunatic. Paul Ryan and Democrat-lite Republicans are engaging in extreme hubris.

    • cosmoscon says:

      Everything old is new again… I remember reading about cash only docs in England that rose after they adopted the NHS. It’s inevitable that the Free Market would create such things and it stands to reason that Leftist Cali would be leading in this regard. It’s part of the unintended consequences of the Leftist policies – passing something that they think will help the poor will actually lead to less healthcare for them but the wealthy will get better service by paying cash to docs/hospitals that cater to cash only business. Like you, I fear we are already on the path to a single payer system and you’re right, Republicans won’t be in charge for long and then the Dems will ram through a single payer like they did Obamacare.

      • blaine says:

        If you can see it and I can see it. Why can’t most of the Republicans in Congress?

        Government central planning has never worked anywhere it’s been tried.

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