J. D. Heyes
October 1, 2013
The old axioms “nothing in life is free” and “there is no such thing as a free lunch” have been true throughout the ages, no matter how hard the Obama administration has tried to make certain demographics of American voters believe just the opposite.
Nowhere is that truer than when it comes to promises made about Obamacare.
Indeed, when the subject turns to the Democratic president’s signature legislative “accomplishment,” a quote from Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels is even more appropriate:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Well, America, brace yourself. As it turns out, health insurance under Obamacare isn’t free after all. The big lie is exposed, per The Weekly Standard:
Even as President Obama and his administration are making a last minute push to encourage enrollment in Obamacare, a quiet change was made on the Healthcare.gov website regarding those who will still not be able to afford coverage after the program kicks in. From at least June 26, 2013 to as recently as September 15, under the topic, “Where can I get free or low-cost care in my community?” the following statement appeared: “If you can’t afford any health plan, you can get free or low-cost health and dental care at a nearby community health center.”
What? It’s not free
The conservative news magazine includes graphics of the examples in question, and clearly the word “free” is now missing from the Healthcare.gov site in question (see those graphics here).
The reference to “free” was dropped “sometime between September 16 and September 23,” reports the Standard. “The title of the topic was changed as well, and now reads: ‘Where can I get low-cost care in my community?'”
Just a slip up? Are the magazine’s editors just confused? Judge for yourself:
The page in question is not a new one, as the webpage’s Internet address remains the same, still containing the word “free”: www.healthcare.gov/where-can-i-get-free-or-low-cost-care/. However, there is no notation anywhere on the page that it was revised; the change just appeared unannounced.
There have been other alterations and changes too. For instance, the Healthcare.gov page has dropped references to “dental” care, as well as the availability of “prescription drugs” and the phrase “referrals to specialized care” has been exchanged for “specialized care for more serious conditions.”
Get ready for the train wreck
And just whom do you think will be deciding what constitutes a “more serious condition?” You? Your doctor?
Or some newly hired Obamacare bureaucrat working for the Health and Human Services department or the IRS, charged with saving Uncle Sam some money?
Of course, Obama has been making the campaign rounds selling Obamacare of late, lying about the law’s provisions and generally “emphasizing…how inexpensive Obamacare will be for many Americans,” the Standard reported.
“Inexpensive” isn’t really “free” though, is it? So naturally, the administration can’t have a word like that in any explanations of the law’s provisions, can it?
Well, visitors to Healthcare.gov will soon learn of this “change,” no doubt – and consumers in general will soon see just how ravaging this law will be in terms of cost of health insurance coverage, reduced access to care, more expensive care and less options for care and coverage in general.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:01 am