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- March 23, 2012

On ObamaCare’s Second Anniversary, The President Is Scared To Talk About His Major Accomplishment 

TWO YEARS AGO TODAY, OBAMA SIGNED OBAMACARE INTO LAW

On March 23, 2010, Obama Signed ObamaCare Into Law. OBAMA: “Today, after almost a century of trying, today, after over a year of debate, today, after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America—today. It is fitting that Congress passed this historic legislation this week. For as we mark the turning of spring, we also mark a new season in America. In a few moments, when I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 3/23/10)

BUT NOW, OBAMA HAS NO PLANS TO MARK THE LAW’S TWO-YEAR MILESTONE

The Hill: “Obama Will Not Mark The Two-Year Anniversary Of His Signing Of The Healthcare Law.” “President Obama will not mark the two-year anniversary of his signing of the healthcare law — which takes place days before the Supreme Court offers a decision on the constitutionality of his signature legislative achievement. Senior administration officials said on Tuesday that Obama will not be offering a vigorous public defense of the law, holding events or even making public remarks in the lead-up to the Supreme Court case.” (Amie Parnes, “Obama Will Avoid Health Care Defense During Court Review,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 3/21/12)

  • CNN’s Lisa Desjardins: “ICYMI: WH officials tells CNN that President Obama has *no* plans to mark the two-yr anniversary of his health care law passing.” (Lisa Desjardins, Twitter Feed, 3/19/12)
  • Fox News’ Ed Henry: “It's one big deal of an anniversary, but apparently President Obama will not be celebrating.” (Ed Henry, “Health care anniversary: Not Such A Big 'Bleeping' Deal?”Fox News, 3/19/12) 

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Reiterated Aboard Air Force One That Obama Won’t Mark ObamaCare’s Second Anniversary. “‘I don’t anticipate a presidential marking of an anniversary that only those who toil inside the Beltway focus on,’ Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One Wednesday. ‘What this President is focused on and what his administration is focused on with regards to the Affordable Care Act is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.’" (Donovon Slack, “Obama Won’t Mark Anniversary Of Health Care Law,” Politico, 3/21/12)

  • The Anniversary Is A “Faux Milestone” According To Obama Officials. “Likewise, Obama is not expected to hold an event around the two-year anniversary on Friday, said officials who labeled it a faux milestone and off the radar of most Americans.” (Amie Parnes, “Obama Will Avoid Health Care Defense During Court Review,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 3/21/12)

OBAMA ISN’T THE ONLY ONE HIDING FROM OBAMACARE’S ANNIVERSARY

“While A Few Senate Democrats Push Back, Most Aren’t Taking Up The Fight.” (Jonathan Allen And Kate Nocera, “House Dems Defend W.H. Health Law,” Politico, 3/21/12)

Since Celebrating The Milestone Of An “Albatross” Could Be Politically Disastrous. “And not too many Senate Democrats plan on blowing out birthday candles for the law’s second anniversary this week. The law is divisive, and in swing states it’s an albatross for Democrats including the president and some of his Senate allies.” (Jonathan Allen And Kate Nocera, “House Dems Defend W.H. Health Law,” Politico, 3/21/12)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Only Talks About ObamaCare, “The Law He Helped Write,” “When Asked About It.” “‘When people ask me questions about it, I answer,’ Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said when asked if the law he helped write is a tough sell in states like his conservative home of Montana.” (Jonathan Allen And Kate Nocera, “House Dems Defend W.H. Health Law,” Politico, 3/21/12)

Democrats Are Avoiding ObamaCare Because Of Its “Unpopularity” With Voters

ObamaCare’s “Unpopularity” Has Silenced Democrats All Across The Country. “The law's unpopularity has vexed Democrats, who marvel that its benefits — many of which are popular on their own terms — aren't driving up the approval rating as they are implemented by the administration.” (Jonathan Strong, “Democrats Offer New Argument On Health Care Act,” Roll Call, 3/22/12)

  • “This ABC News/Washington Post Poll Finds That Americans Oppose The Law Overall By 52-41 Percent.”  (Greg Holyk, “As Health Care Law’s Trial Approaches, Two-Thirds Say Ditch Individual Mandate,” ABC News, 3/19/12)
  • “And 67 Percent Believe The High Court Should Either Ditch The Law Or At Least The Portion That Requires Nearly All Americans To Have Coverage.” (Greg Holyk, “As Health Care Law’s Trial Approaches, Two-Thirds Say Ditch Individual Mandate,” ABC News, 3/19/12)
  • “Independents Oppose The Law By 51-43 Percent, With Strong Opponents Outnumbering Strong Supporters By 2-1.” (Greg Holyk, “As Health Care Law’s Trial Approaches, Two-Thirds Say Ditch Individual Mandate,” ABC News, 3/19/12) 

And Those Democrats Celebrating ObamaCare’s Anniversary May Want To Reconsider

Some Democrats Are Going It Alone In Defending ObamaCare As Their Leader Shuns The Limelight On Its Anniversary. “But Democrats are making their case without Obama, who is not marking the anniversary of his signature domestic policy achievement, and who will be out of the country next week.” (Jonathan Allen And Kate Nocera, “House Dems Defend W.H. Health Law,” Politico, 3/21/12)

ObamaCare “Cost Democratic Incumbents 5.8 Percentage Points” In 2010. “Voting for President Obama’s healthcare reform law cost Democratic incumbents 5.8 percentage points of support at the polls in 2010, according to a new study in the journal American Politics Research.” (Julian Pecquet, “Study: Votes In Favor Of Health Care Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 3/8/12)

  • Which Led To Democrats Losing The Majority In The U.S. House Of Representatives. “The study helps explain why Democrats lost 66 House seats, significantly more than the median academic forecast of 44 to 45 seats, study co-author Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth College writes on his blog.” (Julian Pecquet, “Study: Votes In Favor Of Health Care Reform Cost Dems 5.8 Points In 2010 Vote,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 3/8/12)

Former Majority Leader, Now Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Admitted That ObamaCare Was A “Liability” In The 2010 Election. “A top Democrat acknowledged Thursday that President Obama’s health care bill hurt his party in 2010. And a new study suggests it cost the Democrats something pretty specific: their House majority. ‘It was clearly a liability in the last election in terms of the public’s fear,’ House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday during a briefing with reporters.” (Aaron Blake, “Study Shows Health Care Bill May Have Cost Democrats The House,” The Washington Post, 3/9/12)

SO WHY ARE OBAMA AND HIS COLLEAGUES SO SCARED OF CELEBRATING OBAMACARE’S ANNIVERSARY?

Americans Are Losing Their Health Care Coverage

Obama: If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan. OBAMA: “I said this once or twice, but it bears repeating: If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. No Government takeover; nobody is changing what you've got if you're happy with it. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. In fact, more people will keep their doctors because your coverage will be more secure and more stable than it was before I signed this legislation. And now that this legislation is passed, you don't have to take my word for it. You'll be able to see it in your own lives. I heard one of the Republican leaders say this was going to be Armageddon. Well, 2 months from now, 6 months from now, you can check it out. We'll look around—[laughter]—and we'll see. You don't have to take my word for it.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 3/23/10)

Americans Are Finding Out That Obama’s “Keep Your Plan” Promise Is Just Not True. “President Barack Obama promised over and over during the health care debate that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.’ It turns out that, for a lot of people, that isn’t true.” (David Nather, “4 Hard Truths Of Health Care Reform,” Politico, 3/16/12)

The Non-Partisan CBO Found That ObamaCare Could Cause As Many As 20 Million Americans To Lose Their Employer-Provided Health Care Plan. “As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided healthcare because of President Obama's healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.” (Julian Pecquet, “CBO: Millions Of Americans Could Lose Their Employer Coverage,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 3/15/12)

  • Despite A “Tremendous Amount Of Uncertainty” Regarding Employer-Sponsored Health Care, The CBO Still Expects 3 To 5 Million Americans To Lose Their Health Care Coverage Under ObamaCare. “The best estimate, subject to a "tremendous amount of uncertainty," is that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people will obtain coverage through their employer each year from 2019 through 2022.” (Julian Pecquet, “CBO: Millions Of Americans Could Lose Their Employer Coverage,” The Hill’s Health Watch,” 3/15/12)

“A Report By McKinsey & Co. Has Found That 30% Of Employers Are Likely To Stop Offering Workers Health Insurance After The Bulk Of The Obama Administration’s Health Overhaul Takes Effect In 2014.”  (Janet Adamy, “Study Sees Cuts to Health Plans,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/8/11)

Americans Aren’t Saving On Their Health Care Premiums

Obama: ObamaCare Will Lower Costs For Families. OBAMA: “This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses and for the Federal Government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 3/23/10)

Under Obama, The Cost Of Family Health Care Premiums Has Increased From $13,375 To $15,073. (Phil Galewitz And Andrew Villegas, “Workers Face Higher Costs For Employer-Sponsored Insurance,” Kaiser Health News, 9/15/09; Julie Appleby, “Cost Of Employer Insurance Plans Surge In 2011,” Kaiser Health News, 9/27/11)

In 2011, The Cost Of Health Insurance Climbed, Outpacing “Any Growth In Workers’ Wages.” “The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs.” (Reed Abelson, “U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds,” The New York Times, 9/27/11)

Kaiser Study Found That Family Coverage Premiums “Climbed” 9 Percent In 2011. “A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group that tracks employer-sponsored health insurance on a yearly basis, shows that the average annual premium for family coverage through an employer reached $15,073 in 2011, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.” (Reed Abelson, “U.S. Health Insurance Cost Rises Sharply, Study Finds,” The New York Times, 9/27/11)

  • Workers Paid An Average Of $132 More For Family Coverage In 2011 Than They Did In 2010. “Although premiums rose, employers kept the percentage of the premium workers pay about the same: An average of 18 percent for single coverage and 28 percent for family plans. Still, with rising costs, workers paid more, up an average of $132 a year for family coverage. Since 1999, the dollar amount workers contribute toward premiums nationally has grown 168 percent, while their wages have grown by 50 percent, according to the survey.” (Julie Appleby, “Cost Of Employer Insurance Plans Surge In 2011,” Kaiser Health News, 9/27/11)

The Cost Of Single Employee Coverage Grew 8 Percent According To The Kaiser Survey. “Family plan premiums hit $15,073 on average, while coverage for single employees grew 8 percent to $5,429, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. (KHN is an editorially-independent program of the foundation.)” (Julie Appleby, “Cost Of Employer Insurance Plans Surge In 2011,” Kaiser Health News, 9/27/11)

“The Results Mark A Sharp Departure From 2010, When The Same Survey Found Average Family Premiums Up Only 3 Percent.” (Julie Appleby, “Cost Of Employer Insurance Plans Surge In 2011,” Kaiser Health News, 9/27/11)

ObamaCare Is Unaffordable To Taxpayers

Obama: ObamaCare Is Fiscally Responsible. “It is paid for, it is fiscally responsible, and it will help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 3/23/10)

Congressional Budget Office: ObamaCare To Cost $1.76 Trillion By 2022. “The ACA’s provisions related to insurance coverage are now projected to have a net cost of $1,252 billion over the 2012–2022 period (see Table 2, following the text); that amount represents a gross cost to the federal government of $1,762 billion, offset in part by $510 billion in receipts and other budgetary effects (primarily revenues from penalties and other sources).” (Updated Estimates For The Insurance Coverage Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act, Congressional Budget Office, 3/13/12)

  • ObamaCare Projected To Cost $822 Billion More Than Previously Forecasted. “President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.” (Philip Klein, “CBO: Obamacare To Cost $1.76 Trillion Over 10 Years,” Washington Examiner, 3/13/12)

Richmond Times-Dispatch: ObamaCare Costs Double Obama’s Estimates. “You might have missed the news – it's not the sort a lot of national outlets care to dwell on, for obvious reasons – but the Congressional Budget Office's latest cost estimates for Obamacare are roughly double the estimates of previous years. The original forecast came in at $940 million. The new estimate puts the cost at $1.76 trillion. Shouldn't people have seen this coming?” (Editorial, “Health Care: Up, Up And Away,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/19/12)

ObamaCare Cut Medicare By Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars

Obama: Seniors’ Benefits Will Not Be Cut. OBAMA: “And I want seniors to know, despite what some have said, these reforms will not cut your guaranteed benefits. Let me repeat that: They will not cut your guaranteed benefits, period. I'd be wary of anybody who claimed otherwise.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 3/23/10)

Medicare Chief Actuary Richard Foster Estimated That Obama’s Government Takeover Of Health Care Will Cut Medicare By $575 Billion. (CMS Chief Actuary Richard S. Foster, “Estimated Financial Effects Of The 'Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act,' As Amended,” Memo, 4/22/10)

  • ObamaCare Cut Medicare By Six Percent. “If the debt committee hits a dead end, the agreement between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders decrees an automatic 2 percent cut to Medicare providers. That’s on top of a 6 percent cut already enacted to finance the president’s health care law, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. And the earlier cut is still being phased in.” (“Advocates, Industry Fear Debt Deal Could Open The Way For Big Cuts To Medicare And Medicaid,” The Associated Press, 8/2/11)

Medicare Chief Actuary Says ObamaCare’s Cuts To Medicare Are “Unrealistic” And Unsustainable.  “Richard Foster, the chief actuary of Medicare, testified before the House Budget Committee said that the cuts to medical providers set by President Obama’s national health care law were unrealistic.  ‘It’s prety hard to imagine they could be sustainable,’ Foster said, under questioning from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.”  (Philip Klein, “Medicare’s Chief Actuary Says ObamaCare’s Cuts To The Program Likely Unsustainable,” The Washington Examiner’s, “Beltway Confidential” 7/13/11)

ObamaCare Raises Taxes

Obama: ObamaCare Is The “Largest Middle Class Tax Cut For Health Care In History.” OBAMA: “And when this exchange is up and running millions of people will get tax breaks to help them afford coverage, which represents the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history. That's what this reform is about.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, Washington, D.C., 3/23/10)

“Keep In Mind That Mr. Obama Has Already Signed The Largest Tax Increase Since 1993.” (Editorial, “Taxes Upon Taxes Upon…,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/11/11)

  • Obama Signed 18 Distinct Tax Increases Included In His Health Care Bill. (Curtis Dubay, "ObamaCare And New Taxes: Destroying Jobs And The Economy," The Heritage Foundation, 1/20/11)

ObamaCare Will Raise $525 Billion In Taxes By 2019. “All told, those provisions of PPACA and the Reconciliation Act were estimated to increase direct spending by $401 billion and to increase revenues by $525 billion over the 2010–2019 period, yielding the net estimated savings of $124 billion over those 10 years (as noted above).” (“Analysis Of The Major Health Care Legislation Enacted In March 2010,” Congressional Budget Office, 3/30/11)

Politifact.com: Obama Broke His Promise On Raising Taxes. “But the latest health care bill includes more broad-based taxes that are pushing us toward Promise Broken.” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Smokers, Tanning Aficionados, The Happily Uninsured: More Taxes Coming At Ya!” Politifact.com, 4/8/10)

  • ObamaCare Raised Taxes On The Middle Class. “The health care law that Obama signed on March 23, 2010, raises taxes on some things regardless of income. Two taxes in particular stand out. A tax on indoor tanning services begins this year. And in 2014, people will have to pay a fine, levied through their income taxes, if they don't have health insurance.” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Smokers, Tanning Aficionados, The Happily Uninsured: More Taxes Coming At Ya!” Politifact.com, 4/8/10)

IF OBAMA WON’T CELEBRATE HIS MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT, HOW WILL HE CAMPAIGN ON IT?

During An Interview With CBS’s Steve Kroft, Obama Claimed That He Deserved Another Four Years Because Of ObamaCare. CBS’S STEVE KROFT: “Why do you think you deserve to be reelected? What have you accomplished?” OBAMA: “Not only saving this country from a great depression, not only saving the auto industry, but putting in place a system in which we're going to start lowering health care costs and you're never going to go bankrupt because you get sick or somebody in your family gets sick.” (CBS’ “60 Minutes,” 12/11/11)


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