Lies, Lies, and More Lies…..
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
,,,,,or as Ron Fournier puts it in his recent National Journal article: “Lies, Damned Lies, and Bogus Statistics.” The thrust of the piece is to:
*First - highlight recent criticism by Paul Krugman, noted columnist, Nobel Prize winner and Princeton University economics professor, for a GOP “rigged” survey "that concluded only 67 percent of HealthCare.gov enrollees had paid their first premium, raising questions about the relevance of White House reports that more than 8 million Americans obtained health insurance through Obamacare.”
*Then - proceed to explain the GOP’s “motivation” for their “rigged” survey, pointing out that “(Krugman) undermines his argument by leaving out important context: His friends at the White House skew the truth, too.”
“Skew the truth” – another notorious euphemism for LIE. Fournier continues:
“The GOP would have no excuse to release a biased survey had the White House bothered to conduct one of its own. Instead, the Obama administration has insisted beyond the limits of plausibility that it cannot obtain paid-policy numbers from insurance companies. They must think we're pretty stupid. You don't have to be a Nobel Prize winner to know that the White House can call insurance companies as easily as congressional staff. This lack of transparency (from what President Obama promised would be the most transparent administration in U.S. history) undercuts the administration's "8-million-enrolled" victory lap.
The White House keeps changing the enrollment goals, including the percentage of young Americans required to make the marketplace math work. They must think we're too blind to see a goalposts shift. You don't need to be a Princeton economist to know that the 8 milllion net figure, while laudable, is not as important as the demographic mix.
And let's not forget the ultimate fabrication, ""If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too."”
But the most important part of Fournier’s article goes like this:
“Like Krugman, I want the ACA to work. We need to solve our crisis of the uninsured and bend the cost curve without undermining the choice and innovation that make the U.S. health care system unique. While most Americans agree with those goals and object to the GOP demand to repeal Obamacare, they are not sold on the program so far. A new Washington Post-ABC poll shows that the Obamacare debate is not over:
• By a two-to-one margin, more people think the quality of care they receive is getting worse rather than better under Obamacare (29 percent to 14 percent). A majority says the quality has stayed the same.
• By a two-to-one margin, more people think the nation's health care system is getting worse, not better (44 percent to 24 percent). Less than a third say the quality of U.S. health care is about the same.
• Nearly half of Americans say their personal health care costs are increasing under Obamacare (47 percent). Just 8 percent report decreases.
• A strong majority say the overall costs of the U.S. health care system are increasing (58 percent). Just 11 percent see decreases.
Krugman blames the GOP for the public's skepticism, channeling the White House persecution complex.
So Republicans are spreading disinformation about health reform because it works, and because they can — there is no sign that they pay any political price when their accusations are proved false.
And that observation should scare you. What happens to the Congressional Budget Office if a party that has learned that lying about numbers works takes full control of Congress? What happens if it regains the White House, too? Nothing good, that's for sure.
Thank God for people as smart as Krugman who can expose GOP spin for the rest of us dolts. But who on the Left will keep the White House honest? Maybe there needs to be a course at Princeton called "False Purity," exposing the lie that gridlock, incompetence and plummeting credibility in Washington are the creation of a single party.”
For the entire article, see: http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/lies-damned-lies-and-bogus-statistics-20140505
So - the observations reported in the Washington Post-ABC poll that less than eight percent report decreases in their health care costs and a “stong majority” (nearly 60 percent) see an increase in the overall costs of the health care system under ObamaCare are “LIES,” eh? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre they are – but only to the Kool-Aid drinking “true-believers.”
No – despite the Dems and their “skewing” like mad, the debate on ObamaCare IS NOT over, especially since more and more of us are realizing as time goes by that we are “losers” under this system.
Here are a few more “lies” to think about:
*”A new Brookings Institution report indicates that businesses are shuttering their doors more quickly than new ones are popping up.
From the Washington Post:
The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.
Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study -- 2009, 2010 and 2011 -- businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first. Overall, new businesses creation (measured as the share of all businesses less than one year old) declined by about half from 1978 to 2011.
This descent has a broad scope; no group is immune. Brookings notes that “the national decline in business dynamism has been a widely shared experience.” It “hasn’t been isolated to particular industrial sectors and firm sizes” and “reach[es] all fifty states and all but a few metropolitan areas.”
The think tank further observes: “Firms and individuals appear to be more risk averse too—businesses are hanging on to cash, fewer people are launching firms, and workers are less likely to switch jobs or move.”
Brookings doesn’t attribute the trend to anything in particular, stating that would “requir[e] a more complete knowledge about what drives dynamism, and especially entrepreneurship, than currently exists.”
Just going out on a limb here, but perhaps an additional $73 billion in government regulations each year have something to do with it? Not to mention the 400-plus employers that have cut hours or positions because of Obamacare—or the overall hostile business climate in which businesses are reminded they didn’t achieve anything on their own.”
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