Is Obamacare a giant redistribution? Depends on when you ask
If you said "Government takes money from certain groups of citizens and gives it to members of favored groups," you win a big prize: You get to keep your health insurance. Period."
Just kidding! You can't keep your insurance no matter what. But moving right along....
Since he first ran for office as a state senator from Chicago, Barack Hussein Obama has been on the record as being in favor or redistributing wealth in the U.S. But interestingly, as more of the public have started to realize the huge "redistribution" baked into Obamacare, the president has stopped using the term.
Wait a second: Isn't that the same Jonathan Gruber who was cited earlier in the story as having advised Mr. Obama’s team as it designed Obamacare? The same one who said “You cannot have [free health care for some people] without some redistribution away from a small number of people.”for those nervous about potential changes, the president promised stability. “If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance,” Mr. Obama said the day he signed the legislation in March 2010, a promise he made repeatedly as the Oct. 1 opening day of the online health insurance marketplaces approached.Hiding in plain sight behind that pledge — visible to health policy experts but not the general public — was the redistribution required to extend health coverage to those who had been either locked out or priced out of the market.Now some of that redistribution has come clearly into view.Having obscured much of that vulnerability before [oh that is SO much smoother than "lied", eh?], Mr. Obama has responded to recent political heat by apologizing ["I'm sorry you were too dumb to hear what I really meant all along"]— and expanding the scope of his discredited “you can keep it” promise. [Again, "discredited promise" is so much less candid than "lie."]Mr. Gruber of M.I.T. called redistribution a convenient tool for Republican opponents who would fight the law anyway.
- Redistribution is trivial;
- It only affects a "small number of people"--certainly no more than 5 million so far; and
- Health-care 'experts' (like Gruber) knew it was a vital part of Obamacare all along.
That sounds like it could be a tough decision! Just kidding: The media simply won't answer the question. How dare you question US?