“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
(SenatorRonJohnson) — On March 7, 2012, Senator Johnson questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding estimates of the cost of Obamacare.
Absolutely maddening! Watch as Obama’s HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lies STRAIGHT through her teeth.
â€œThe bottom line here is, the cost of this healthcare law is so uncertain, donâ€™t you think we ought to put the brakes on it?â€ Johnson asked. â€œYou know, Nancy Pelosi said, â€˜We have to pass this law to figure out whatâ€™s in it.â€™ What I donâ€™t want to see is that we have to implement it to figure out how itâ€™s going to bust a hole in our already horribly broken budget.â€
SEBELIUS: The original estimate, yes.Â I think thatâ€™sâ€“
JOHNSON: Right. So, the original estimate for deficit reductionâ€“
SEBELIUS: Iâ€™m assumingâ€“
JOHNSON: The original estimate for deficit reduction in the first 10 years was $143 billion, correct?
JOHNSON: So now we, weâ€™ve reduced that $143 billion by $86 billion â€“ by not getting revenue from the CLASS Act â€“ and now $111 billion because weâ€™ve increased the mandatory costs of the exchanges, correct?
SEBELIUS: Iâ€™m assuming the numbers are correct.Â Iâ€™m sorry I donâ€™t have them.
JOHNSON: So, when you add those together, thatâ€™s $197 billion added to the first 10-year cost estimate of Obamacare, so now we are instead of saving $143 billion, we are adding $54 billion to our deficit, correct?
SEBELIUS: Sir I â€“
JOHNSON: Weâ€™ll submit that to the record. But, thatâ€™s basically true.Â So instead of saving $143 billion, by this administrationâ€™s own figures and budget, weâ€™re now adding $54 billion to our deficit in the first 10 years.Â To me, that would be the first broken promise. It is true that the President said that by enacting this healthcare law, every family would save $2500 per year, in their family insurance plan â€“ correct?
SEBELIUS: He said that once the exchanges are up and running, and you have an affordable marketplace, the insurance estimates were that the rates would go down by about $2500, yesâ€“ that has not occurred yet.
JOHNSON: The Kaiser Family Foundation has already released a study saying that average costs of family healthcare plans is up $2200, correct?
SEBELIUS: Again, there is no new marketplace yet for insurance policies.
JOHNSON: But the costs are already up. Weâ€™re already different by $4700; itâ€™s going to be hard to get us down to $2500 cost savings.Â I would consider that broken promise number two.
Itâ€™s also true, that President Obama very famously said, â€˜if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.â€™Â Period.Â â€˜If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.â€™Â Period.Â No one will take it away, no matter what. Now, weâ€™ve granted quite a few waivers â€“ about 1,200 to 1,700 waivers â€“ on about 4 million Americans, correct?
SEBELIUS: Iâ€™ve no idea what waivers youâ€™re talking about orâ€“
JOHNSON: Well, those are waiversâ€“
SEBELIUS: On doctors and health plans, is thatâ€¦Iâ€“
JOHNSON: Just waivers from having to implement portions of the healthcare law that probably would have allowed those â€“ or forced those workers â€“ off their employer-sponsored care.
SEBELIUS: Again, Iâ€™d be happy to answer these questions, but I have no idea what waivers youâ€™re talking aboutâ€“
JOHNSON: The waivers that HHS has granted to employers notâ€“
SEBELIUS: Which do what?
JOHNSON: Not having implemented sections of the healthcare law.
SEBELIUS: There have been waivers granted to employers, yes.
JOHNSON: And had those waivers not been granted, chances are, those employees probably would have lost their employer-sponsored care, correct?
SEBELIUS: I have no idea. I mean, Iâ€™m happy to answer those one at a time and look at the waivers and see whatâ€“
JOHNSON: Unfortunately, Iâ€™m pretty short on time.
Surprise, surprise! The majority of the waivers were handed out to labor unions.
Image source: Maggie’s Notebook “ObamaCare Waivers: Stop the Bleed of Companies Dumping Employee Insurance“