“TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful….
I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth. …
For many people, the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act risks being a cruel joke. The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums. And their deductible will be $12,600. If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year. (Pre-Obamacare, they could have bought insurance that was cheaper but much worse, potentially with unlimited out-of-pocket costs.)” — Michael Moore
Note to Michael Moore: Millions of couples are finding out that, prior to Obamacare, they could have purchased cheaper and superior insurance with not “potentially” lower out-of-pocket costs — but actual out-of-pocket savings.
Mr. Moore looks at the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act (e.g., rising insurance rates), including millions of upset Americans, and he blames “health insurance chief executives like Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group, who made nearly $102 million in 2009” — when he knows that paying every top executive in the insurance industry zero dollars would not have a tangible effect on the cost of health care in the United States.
Mr. Moore faults Obamacare sticker shock to “companies like Novartis, which charges leukemia patients $90,000 annually for the drug Gleevec,” — as if life-saving drugs come from magical medical fairies before pharmaceutical companies arbitrarily assign high prices on sick people. Never mind the fact that billions of dollars are spent on research and development on drugs that never even make it to the market, and that companies need to recoup those costs in addition to those that do (often after waiting years for FDA approval).
Is the filmmaker completely ignorant of basic economics, or is he a political hack? For the answer, we must look to Michael Moore, circa 2011:
Moore says the only “things you maybe have to wait for” are a knee replacement surgery or cataracts.
“Things that are not life-threatening,” Moore said on HBO’s “Real Time” with host Bill Maher. “The reason why you have to wait sometimes in those countries is they let everybody in the line. We make 50 million people out of the line so the line is shorter, so sometimes you have to wait as long. If you are a patriotic American, you want every American to be covered the same as you.
As it turns out, Mr. Moore is simply a political hack. He is astutely aware of basic economics, even if he bizarrely tries to make the claim that making health care “free” for everyone only causes long lines for things like “knee replacement surgery or cataracts.” That would be like saying that price controls in Venezuela only have caused shortages of tomato paste and grape jelly instead of basic necessities like bread, eggs, milk and toilet paper.
As a patriotic American, I do not want my fellow Americans to have my coverage because I want them to have the coverage that is right for their lives and their specific needs. Look at the two industries the federal government is most immersed in – education and health care — and then ask yourself which two industries have the most out of control costs associated with them over the past few decades. Ask yourself if there could be a correlation between government control and insane cost curves.
Most astonishingly is Michael Moore’s biggest beef with Obamacare: it wasn’t a complete takeover of the health care industry.
America is currently $17 trillion in debt and his master plan is for the federal government to give “free” health care to all. Nation states with a population smaller than Texas can’t even manage universal health care systems, and yet he wants all 400 million Americans to have their health care needs placed in the hands of 535 members of Congress. That is a loser of an idea, which is why president Obama had to keep his true desire in his heart.
Ronald Reagan said it well over 50 years ago:
“Back in 1927 an American Socialist, Norman Thomas, a six-time candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of Liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” — Ronald Reagan
Whose vision for America do I trust: Michael Moore’s or Ronald Reagan’s? Put me down with the guy Americans re-elected in a 49-state landslide victory.