Have Americans learned from eight years of Obama?
Forget about #NeverTrump for this election cycle, the relevant hashtags are #NeverHillary and #NeverDemocrats. It can’t be any more clear to any voter with half a brain that we should not be elected Crooked Hillary as president, and after eight years of the worst president in the history of the country, Barack Obama, we should never, ever, never, ever elect another liberal Democrat as president again. But have the American people really learned this lesson? There are many reasons to have doubt.
The polls shows that Hillary Clinton has a chance to win this year’s presidential election against Republican nominee Donald Trump. But how can Hillary even be in this race, given her own background of corruption and dishonesty, and her affiliation with the Obama Administration, and coming immediately after the last almost eight years of this disastrous Obama presidency?
Given that just over half the country voted for Barack Obama as president in the last two elections, and they might well do it again if Obama wasn’t Constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, it has to be concluded that tens of millions of Americans don’t realize what a mistake they made in voting for Obama in the last two elections. The polls that show Obama’s approval rating no lower than the high 40s in percentages show that tens of millions of Americans don’t realize how much of a profound mistake it was to elect Obama twice as president, and just how much damage his policies have done to our country.
It is important that Americans understand, because many think they do and actually do not, and truly understand just exactly what Barack Obama is about and how he has come to be inspired to pursue the Anti-American policies he has pursued for two terms as president. While there are many books and videos on the subject, the best book to read is Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage as well as the movie he made about Obama, titled 2016: Obama’s America. If everyone read that book and watched that movie with an open mind, they would truly understand what Barack Obama is truly all about.
Obama is clearly the worst president in the history of the country, and in many ways, electing Hillary Clinton (who has been a disciple of Saul Alinsky just like Barack Obama) would be a third term of Obama. Hillary as president would continue the hard line march to the far left that Obama pushed forward on steroids during his two terms as president. The failed, big government, excessively regulating policies that have thwarted the economy from recovering from the recession under Obama, would be continued under Hillary Clinton as president.
The lesson should be clear, we need real change, and it will not change under Crooked Hillary. If we want a true recovery from the recession, if we want a foreign policy based on American interests and not one of nation building, siding with groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, and engaging in more failed international meals-on-wheels missions that involve spreading our military resources thinner around the world on a smaller defense department budget, we need to elect Donald Trump our next president. If we want to rebuild the military, protect and defend our country, and respect our law enforcement officers, Hillary can not be the next president. Have we really learned the lesson of letting the far left under Obama run this country for the last two presidential terms? The elections results this November will answer that question.
Obamacare failure evident with exit of UnitedHealth
The exit of UnitedHealth from the 34 Obamacare exchanges where it has been selling medical insurance policies signals the likely and eventual failure of the Affordable Care Act. Due to $650 million in cited losses in 2016, UnitedHealth’s departure will leave many consumers only one or two health insurance choices at their Obamacare exchanges. This exit is likely to drive up the cost of insurance plans sold at the exchanges.
There are some key problems with the way Obamacare is functioning that doom it to failure. Enrollees in health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Assocation, cost about 22 percent more to cover than those who have employer-based health insurance. While UnitedHealth didn’t offer the lowest-priced insurance plans, it still failed to make a profit participating in offering plans on the exchanges.
Other insurance carriers, 70 percent of them, are sustaining losses participating in the Obamacare exchanges and are likely to withdraw from them as well. This will inevitably lead to higher premiums for the health insurance plans that will continue to be offered on the exchanges, and with the enrollees of the departed carriers enrolling in the remaining plans, the predicted “death spiral” of Obamacare seems quite likely.
This development follows the failure of more than one dozens of the state-based Obamacare exchanges, including the politically spectacular failure of Cover Oregon in that state. The states whose exchanges have failed, have joined the over-loaded and challenged federal Healthcare.gov exchange instead. Some states, including Oregon and Maryland, have sued the IT firms involved in developing their failed state exchanges.
The real problems with the United States health care system, including the number of citizens who lacked coverage and the expenses and bureaucracy involved in being covered, had very real solutions that could have been enacted by Congress, but none of those solutions involved engineering a complete takeover of the health insurance industry, more or less, by the federal government. Congress could have cut costs with market-based reforms that would allow competition and customer choice, and it could have allowed sale of insurance plans across state lines, and it might have also enacted a far more modest and cost-effective program to cover those who lacked coverage and couldn’t afford themselves to purchase it. But they opted, on strictly party-line votes and relying entirely on support of only Democrats in the Congress and the Senate, to pass the so-called Affordable Care Act that President Barack Obama signed into law.
At every level, except for the 13 million who allegedly gained coverage under the plan (most of them federally subsidized at taxpayer expense), Obamacare has been an epic failure. Any other attempt to re-invent in the form of a big government program, a system as complex as health care that has been far better performed by the free market, would be expected by competent economist to be a complete failure. The disaster that is Obamacare should be no surprise to anyone, and especially the critics of the variations of the Affordable Care Act, when it was debated in Congress, who predicted it would be a complete failure.
It is becoming more clear, with this news that UnitedHealth is exiting Obamacare, that President Obama’s so-called signature health care reform, is an epic failure. It is only a matter of time before the public sees, and also experiences first hand, how badly failed it is before Congressional members of both parties will have no choice but to repeal Obamacare and figure out how to truly reform health care. The sooner that day comes, the better for the American people.