Who Do You Trust?

Americans are learning, what we have known for a very long time:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Slowly but surely “trust” becomes the central issue.

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The Obama thugs have tried, with great help from Big Media, to distract from the central issue: trust. But today, the Obama thugs are playing the “trust” game.

Against Richard Nixon the Democratic Left used to ask the question “Would you buy a used car from this man?” In a twist Obama thugs inadvertently ask “Would you buy a care policy from this man?” Wise Americans will find themselves willing to buy a used car from crook Nixon than a scam insurance policy from Obama.

ABC does the honors:

The Gallup poll has some discouraging news for President Obama today.

“Despite the considerable efforts of Congress and the president to pass health insurance reform, the public remains reluctant to endorse that goal,” Gallup says.

The poll shows that 49% of respondents say or lean towards saying that they would advise their member of Congress to vote against a bill, while 44% say or lean towards advocating in favor of the bill. Support among Rs, Ds, and Is has dropped since last month, having dropped 12 points among Republicans, 6 points among Democrats and 8 points among Independents since early October. By 53-40, most Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of health care policy—”his worst review to date on this issue.”

ABC News also notes the latest “distract” strategy by Obama.

Some arrows in the quivers of health care reform-backing Democrats that you may hear about today:

1) MIT professor Jonathan Gruber has released a study stating that the Senate Democrats’ health care reform bill makes “market reforms which will make health insurance much more affordable for individuals facing purchase in the non-group market.” [snip]

2) The White House this morning released this video from Vice President Biden asking the American people: who do you trust?

The Obama flim-flam team on Sunday released the Gruber report to distract from another important report issued today.

The Congressional Budget Office today published it’s new report detailing the effect of the Obama health insurance “scam” on private plans, particularly the effect on private plan premiums.

In Prognosis Negative – The Black And Blue Death Of The Obama Health Scam we discussed the then anticipated CBO report released today. It’s a tale of broken Obama promises and a trail of lies. We quoted Politico:

And in fact, for all the ink spilled on the effects of health care reform, no independent group has taken a comprehensive look at how the legislation would impact premiums for the 170 million Americans who receive insurance through their employers – a population that would receive little direct financial assistance under the various congressional proposals.

For small businesses and individuals who purchase their own plans, economists remain sharply divided over the impact on premiums.

“This town continues to miss what is going to be the real issue,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said. “The real lodestar, the thing people are focusing on at home, is all premiums, premiums, premiums. All you have right now is what the insurance industry has said.”

We’ll discuss the CBO report in greater detail in days to come. The news from the report is clear enough already. Big Media will try to portray the report as “mixed news” or even good news. But reality conflicts with the “mixed” or “good” verdicts. What is termed “good” is really the doltish “If you get government money to pay or help pay your premiums – lucky you.”

The other “mixed” report is that premiums might be cheaper (get this load of logic) because premiums will rise so much many Americans will be forced to dump their expensive policies in order to purchase cheaper policies with less benefits. How is this in any way good news?

Politico does the distraction and excuses:

The big winners are people who would qualify for subsidies to purchase insurance. Premiums would be “roughly 56 percent to 59 percent lower, on average,” than under current law, the report found.

Not-so-big winners: People who purchase coverage on the individual market, but do not qualify for subsidies. Their premiums would be 10 to 13 percent higher in 2016 than under current law, in part because of signficant changes to the insurance market. [snip]

The quick takeaways are not entirely surprising, as most health policy experts, including those in favor of the Democratic version of reform, predicted these general conclusions.

But the report by the nonpartisan congressional scorekeepers are certain to become a staple in the Senate debate, which begins at 3 p.m. today. President Barack Obama pledged during the campaign to reduce premiums by an average of $2,500 annually for families. Republicans have made premiums a central focus of their attack on the bill.

The CBO report makes clear many Americans will have to dump their current policies

Specifically, an estimated 19 percent of workers with employment-based coverage would be affected by the excise tax in that year. Those individuals who kept their high-premium policies would pay a higher premium than under current law, with the difference in premiums roughly equal to the amount of the tax.

However, CBO and JCT estimate that most people would avoid the cost of the excise tax by enrolling in plans that had lower premiums; those reductions would result from choosing plans that either pay a smaller share of covered health care costs (which would reduce premiums directly as well as indirectly by leading to less use of covered medical services), manage benefits more tightly, or cover fewer services.

….Thus, people who remained in high-premium plans would pay higher premiums under the excise tax than under current law, and people who shifted to lower-premium plans would pay lower premiums under the excise tax than under current law—with other factors held constant.

And who will pay the bills? We know that Obama intends to make the IRS the enforcer working for the insurance companies. The Obama IRS will force millions of Americans to buy insurance and pay billions of dollars to the insurance companies. But who will pay the bills for the new junk insurance policies? It will not be the insurance companies. CBO makes clear who will pay:

The legislation would impose several new fees on firms in the health sector. New fees would be imposed on providers of health insurance and on manufacturers and importers of medical devices. Both of those fees would be largely passed through to consumers in the form of higher premiums for private coverage.

We’ll have more on this report in days to come.

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Who Do You Trust? was a Game Show on American television in 1957. The Obama health care scam will be as successful as the comic meanderings on that show.

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.