RUSH: Speaking of Obamacare, there’s a great, great piece today at the Less Government website I think. Let me make sure of this. The way things print out sometimes — typical. The web link didn’t print. Seton Motley, who posts at RedState.com and a number of places, has a website — yeah, LessGovernment.org, is what it is. And he’s got a piece, this is based on — have you heard this? — that one of the ways, one of the strategies that some of the states have on this whole Supreme Court case, the Burwell case and subsidies and so forth, it’s right here in TheHill.com.
“Exclusive: States Quietly Consider Obamacare Exchange Mergers.” You want to talk about a nightmare. “A number of states are quietly –” Shh! Don’t say anything. They don’t want us to know. They figure because it’s in TheHill.com we won’t see it. But we did. So shhh. “A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how theyÂ’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year.”
It’s another dirty little secret of Obamacare, just like Clintons 100,000 cops. The Feds paid I think 75% of the salary the first year, 50% the next year, and by the third year the local community had to totally pay all salaries for all new cops hired under Clinton’s plan. With Obamacare, the states are given assistance on subsidies for the first couple years, three years, and after that the states are totally responsible for subsidizing. This is one of the many Obamacare tricks of offloading the cost from the federal government to the state in order to get the total cost to the CBO under a trillion dollars so it would not be seen as a budget buster back during the original days. They could say it cost no more than the Iraq war, which we’re ending.
But at some point the states can’t print money like the federal government can and they don’t have the money, plus everybody running to Medicare, they don’t have the money to provide these subsidies. So the states that signed up and are offering subsidies, all of them are in dire straits, and they are thinking the only way out is to merge. Thirteen of them. They want to create multistate exchanges as a contingency plan for this looming Supreme Court ruling that’s coming up. Okay, it isn’t working here. It’s not working here. Let’s combine the two. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
RUSH: I mentioned the Seton Motley piece at lessgovernment.org, and it’s a piece that bounces off of this story that’s out there about the states that are losing their shirts, the Obamacare exchanges. And every one of them is. These states are deciding to merge, somehow thinking this is going to spread the misery a little wider and make the individual instance of the misery state to state less damaging.
If state exchanges are not financially self-sufficient by 2016, which is next year, they’ll be forced to join HealthCare.gov. What’s happening is the states are figuring out the money is running out. This is the guy that runs the Connecticut exchange. “Yeah, we’re figuring out here the money is running out.” At the end of next year everybody has to be self-sustaining, and nobody is gonna be. There isn’t any state that’s gonna be self-staining with Obamacare, because there are all these costs that nobody, quote, unquote, knew existed, and all the promises of how cheap it was gonna be have been blown sky-high.
So there isn’t any state that’s gonna be solvent in this. So Mr. Motley has written about this effort, calling it: “Yet Another Terrible Idea: States Consider Combining Their Failed ObamaCare Exchanges.” He starts out by saying: “Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. A total, miserable failure. Everything President Barack Obama and his Democrats promised it would do?” There’s a list of things, and let me go through them.
“Obama Promises Obamacare WonÂ’t Add Â‘One Dime To The Deficit.Â’
36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan.
Obama Montage: If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor.
Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year.”
There are links, hyperlinks to Obama saying this stuff, in Mr. Motley’s piece. You don’t have to take anybody’s word for it. We’ve played you the sound bites. The evidence is there, nobody’s lying, nobody’s making it up, and there’s no racism here. We’re just calling Obama out on the lies he’s told about Obamacare, and the Democrats, too.
“Ten Broken Obamacare Promises.
CBO: Cost of Obamacare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in 10 Years.
Health Insurance Cancellation Notices Soar Above Obamacare Enrollment Rates.
O-Care Premiums to Skyrocket
Obamacare Deductibles Hit Patient Pocketbooks And Hospital Finances.”
That was something that we all predicted that finally happened and people acted like they had no idea. “Why didn’t you tell us?” We did. When the deductibles tripled and the out-of-pocket expenses doubled, and the story yesterday that a bunch of newly insured people with Obamacare never had health insurance before now have it, all excited. Can’t afford to use it. Deductibles are too high. They can’t afford to use it.
Obamacare was gonna make health care, affordable health care for all Americans, said Nancy Pelosi. Another lie. It’s not affordable for anybody, unless you’re in the Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Bono, if you’re in that group. I guess Jony Ive now. But outside of that, nobody can afford it. “ObamaCare Contains 18 Separate Tax Hikes, Fees, and Penalties, Many of Which Heavily Impact the Middle Class.”
And the states that set up their own Obamacare exchanges?
“Oregon Gives Up On State Obamacare Site, Switches to Federal Exchange.
“Failure and Corruption in the Massachusetts Obamacare Exchange.
“Almost Half of Obamacare Exchanges Face Financial Struggles in the Future.”
It’s really a well-done piece, an assembly of everything that we have been lied to, in some cases numerous times about, regarding Obamacare. And this latest idea of the states to merge in their misery, it’s silly. The only intelligent reasonable thing to do is scrap it. But our elected ones aren’t interested. Too much work, too much hassle. And they’re afraid of irritating more voters more of the time. It’s a giant “I don’t believe it.” Everything about this said don’t do it. And then it was implemented, everybody said stop this, it’s only gonna get worse. And then they heard us and they said, “We’re gonna repeal.” Even Mitch McConnell, repealing Obamacare, until it wasn’t, was one of the things he was promising.