Friday, April 24, 2015
Obamacare Advocate Claims Conservatives Will Have Difficulty Explaining the Increase In Obamacare Enrollees, Then Admits He Agrees with the Explanation They Would Give for the Increase
Then continues to lie his ass off about the economy since 2012
by Larry Simons
April 24, 2015
Matthew Yglesias, writing for the social networking site Vox, states in his April 13 article, "A chart that Obamacare's fiercest critics will have a hard time explaining", that the number of uninsured Americans, due to Obamacare, has plunged from just over 15% [since the Obamacare enrolling began last year] to 11.9% in the first quarter of 2015.
This is even assuming these numbers are true. They have lied to us about everything else concerning Obamacare [getting to keep health care plans and doctors/premiums being lower], why would Americans naturally assume they are telling the truth about this? Nevertheless, Yglesias says this:
"Every time one of these quarterly reports comes out, I hear from conservatives saying to me that of course a law that mandates the purchase of insurance and then subsidizes it will succeed in getting people health insurance. And I agree! But conservatives didn't always."
After blatantly showcasing in the title of his article that "Obamacare's critics will have a hard time explaining [the chart]", he then gives an example of what conservatives might say the explanation would be [why the Obamacare enrollments are increasing] and then admits he agrees with that answer.
Of course he agrees, it's true. If the government mandates people to sign up or face a penalty, then you cannot claim that the law is successful in that Americans are signing up because the law is good or that it works, but that it is compulsory.
If I force someone to do something against their will, should I then be credited with being a success? Not for a moment, but asshat Michael Yglesias wants you to believe that.
It would be like the Department of Motor Vehicles claiming they are a huge success in the turn out in their drivers license program when they tell everyone drivers licenses are required and no one can drive their cars without them.
As if that mammoth gaffe wasn't enough for one to stomach, Yglesias then goes on to lie his ass off about how well the economy has been doing since 2012.
After stating that conservatives predicted that Obamacare would destroy the economy and there would be nobody signing up for it, he says:
"Now in defense of conservatives, it's a mistake to attribute this all to the Affordable Care Act. A decline in the uninsured rate is, in part, a reflection of the growing strength of the economy and the accelerating pace of job creation".
There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I have no idea where to begin.
First, he admits the Affordable Care Act is not the direct cause of the increased numbers after previously stating it was. Then he says the decreased uninsured numbers are a reflection of the growing economy. How, when the law mandates it or its violators face a fine? This means in a good economy or a bad economy, Americans would still be forced to purchase health care or face a fine. How does the purchasing of health care by means of a compulsory law reflect a growing economy?
To top it off, he claims that Obamacare enrollees are increasing because of job creation. Once again, if the unemployment rate was 0% or 50%, the law is still compulsory, meaning Americans still have to purchase health care. The fact is, the unemployment rate is not decreasing, it's increasing, despite what you hear.
As Michael Snyder explains on his blog, The Economic Collapse, "Just prior to the last recession, approximately 63 percent of the working age population of the United States was employed. During the recession, this ratio fell to below 59 percent and it stayed there for several years. Just recently it has peeked back above 59 percent, but we are still very, very far from where we used to be, and now the next economic downturn is rapidly approaching".
The chart below represents the civilian employment-population ratio
Snyder also explains how Obama gets away with telling Americans that the unemployment rate keeps going down dramatically. He says, "Each month the government takes thousands upon thousands of long-term unemployed workers and decides that they have been unemployed for so long that they no longer qualify as 'part of the labor force'. As a result, the “labor force participation rate” has fallen substantially since the end of the last recession".
As the chart [of the Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate] above shows, right after the last recession [of 2008], the labor force participation rate was around 66%. Now it is just under 63%. This article shows that since Obama has taken office in January of 2009, over 12 million people have been added to the list of Americans that are not part of the labor force. The number of Americans not in the labor force when Obama took office was 80,529,000. As of February 2015, that number is now 92,898,000.
The article states, "The unemployment number has come down after the 2008 recession but an increase in the number of non-working Americans could mean that the unemployment data isn’t showing the real picture."
So, yes, Yglesias is correct that the "official" unemployment numbers have decreased [among Americans still a part of the labor force, including those who receive unemployment insurance], but what they continually lie about is the very component that constitutes the unemployment rate figures, which is the combined number of Americans the government tells us are unemployed and the number of Americans not in the labor force. This means the economy is not booming and the real unemployment numbers are increasing.
Liars like Matthew Yglesias will never tell you the cold hard facts, because they love party over country and support any piece of legislation anyone in their party endorses. Here are the real facts about our terrible economy:
1. 33% of Americans age 16 and over are not part of the labor force, the highest number since 1978.
2. Just prior to the last recession, the U.S. national debt was a bit above 9 trillion dollars. Since that time, it has nearly doubled.
3. More than a trillion dollars was added to the national debt in fiscal year 2014.
4. Back in 1975, our total debt level was sitting at about 2.5 trillion dollars. Just prior to the last recession, it was sitting at about 50 trillion dollars, and today we are rapidly closing in on 60 trillion dollars.
5. The rate of home ownership in the United States has fallen to a 20 year low.
6. Just prior to the last recession, the inactivity rate for men in their prime working years was about 9 percent. Today it is just about 12 percent.
7. In America today, most Americans do not make enough to support a middle class lifestyle on a single salary.
8. 39 % of American workers make less than $20,000 a year.
9. 52 % percent of American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
10. 63% percent of American workers make less than $40,000 a year.
11. 72% percent of American workers make less than $50,000 a year.
12. In 2008, the government spent nearly 30 billion dollars on food stamps, today they spend roughly 80 billion.
13. Since February 2008, the size of the U.S. population has grown by 16.8 million people, but the number of full-time jobs has actually decreased by 140,000.
14. When you add the number of “officially unemployed” Americans (8.7 million) to the number of Americans “not in the labor force” (92.9 million), you get a grand total of 101.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.
15. The quality of our jobs continues to decline. Right now, only 44 percent of U.S. adults are employed for 30 or more hours each week.
16. The real unemployment rate in the United States right now is above 23%.
17. McDonald’s has announced that it will be closing 700 “poor performing” restaurants in 2015. Why would McDonald’s be doing this if the economy was actually getting better?
18. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
19. The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 46 million today.
20. The number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”
21. From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs.
But Matthew Yglesias says the economy is "growing". Unless he means by "growing" it's actually collapsing, he's dead wrong. I have said it before, but a major red flag in determining how good something is [in this case, the Affordable Care Act], is how much people have to resort to lying about it. A good law would require no one to lie in order to obfuscate the law's provisions and statutes. But everyone, including Obama himself have been caught red-handed lying about it. If the law is so good, why would one lie be necessary?