Obamacare Designed as a Scam

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Stephen Lendman
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber heads the National Bureau of Economic Research Health Care Program.

He’s an associate editor of the Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Health Economics.

Involved in creating healthcare policy. A key 2006 Massachusetts Romneycare architect.

Serving in a similar Obamacare capacity. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). For HHS and congressional democrats.

A willfully designed scam. A rationing scheme boon to predatory providers.

Enriching insurers, drug companies and large hospital chains. At the expense of universal affordable coverage.

Market-based for maximum profits. Letting providers escalate prices. Regulatory light. Loopholes let profiteers game the system.

Benefitting at the expense of ripped-off consumers. Leaving millions uninsured. Most others way underinsured.

A healthcare disaster. Unaffordable for most people. Providing inadequate protection.

Forcing millions to pay 40% or more out-of-pocket. For co-pays and deductibles. On top of costly premiums. Rising annually.

Double the cost of other developed countries. During protracted Main Street Depression conditions.

Eroding safety net protections. Leaving tens of millions of Americans unemployed. Millions more underemployed. Living from paycheck to paycheck.

One missed one away from homelessness, hunger and despair. Forcing most households into bare bones coverage.

Leaving them woefully uninsured or underinsured against catastrophic illnesses. Profit matters more than people.

Healthcare is a fundamental human right. Obamacare commodifies it more than ever. A huge provider giveaway.

Shifting costs unfairly to consumers. Designed this way. Social injustice writ large. Obama wants social safety net protections eliminated.

In lockstep with congressional bipartisan complicity. Leaving ordinary people on their own sink or swim.

Depriving them of affordable healthcare coverage. When most needed. A crime against humanity and then some.

On November 9, the conservative Heritage Foundation-controlled digital news web site Daily Signal headlined “Caught on Camera: Obamacare Architect Admits Deceiving Americans to Pass Law.”

Two videos surfaced. One in 2012. On so-called health insurance exchanges. Where consumers sign up for coverage. Get subsidies if qualify.

“In the law, it says if the states don’t provide them, the federal backstop will,” said Gruber.

“The federal government has been sort of slow in putting out its backstop. I think partly because they want to sort of squeeze the states to do it.”

“I think what’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”

“But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.”

“I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it.”

“But you know, once again, the politics can get ugly around this.”

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