This is my rant and I’m not going to demean myself by using some soft and fluffy euphemism in place of what president [sic] Obama actually did, somewhere between 26 and 34 times (depending on the source), and that is: LIE to the American people.
By now, any conscious and awake citizen has heard the president’s numerous lies regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so I won’t repeat them now. My point in writing this piece is to remind everyone WHY the president pushed ahead with statements that he knew were outright lies.
And let’s be clear, they weren’t little fibs that we might expect from a four or five year-old child or even a teenager trying to cover up some rules infraction. The statements made by our president can accurately be described as fraudulent.
Think I’m being too dramatic? Let’s see if the president’s statements do constitute fraud. The following is taken from the Legal Dictionary:
Fraud: A false representation of a matter of fact – whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed – that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.
Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant’s actions involved five separate elements. Note that in the following determination, the part of the defendant is played by president Obama and the victims are the American people:
- The defendant made a false statement of a material fact,
- the defendant knew that the statement was untrue,
- there was intent on the part of the defendant to deceive the alleged victim,
- there was justifiable reliance by the alleged victim on the statement, and
- there is (and will be) injury to the alleged victim as a result.
After reading that, I think that someone would have to engage in semantic gymnastics in order to find that the president’s statements were NOT fraudulent. He lied. He knows he lied. We know he lied. And the country will suffer as a result of his lies.
If you believe that the president’s statement wasn’t false or that it didn’t constitute a “material fact,” or that our citizenry didn’t rely on his statements to be true, or that no injury has resulted from his lies, if you really believe that, then you have no business here, go find something else to do – you are in denial.
But let’s return to my purpose for this piece. Let’s look particularly at the third element that it takes to constitute fraud: “intent on the part of the defendant to deceive the alleged victim.”
Why would the president make statements that he knew, or should have known, were lies? He had to know, his staff knew – they even had meetings to discuss whether he should tell the truth. But politics overcame all who might have argued for telling the truth and he lied – over and over.
He had to lie, if he had told the truth about losing plans, losing doctors, increased premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, what would have been the result? People would have raised hell and their congress-critters would have known of their displeasure.
If Obama had told the truth about the ACA, it would not have passed Congress.
Despite the fact that democrats held majorities in both the House (256/178) and the Senate (60/40) in the 111th Congress, passage was not assured – in fact, it was difficult.
The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 60–39 on December 24, 2009. All democrats and two independents voted for the bill, NO Republicans voted for the Senate bill.
In the House, the vote was even closer; the House passed H.R. 3590 with a 219–212 vote on March 21, 2010, a seven vote majority, with 34 democrats and ALL 178 Republicans voting against it.
And the bill’s passage was almost overshadowed by the accusations of “foul play,” (e.g., the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the Bay State Kickback, etc.). All deals made by democrat leadership to get the final votes to pass the bill – they were legislative bribes, nothing less.
Even with majorities in both houses, the democrats couldn’t pass the bill without bribing some members to vote for the bill. No Republicans voted for the bill, the democrats OWN it, lock, stock, and barrel.
Would Congress have passed the Affordable Care Act if the public had known that so many would lose their current plans, many would not be able to see the same doctor, and their premiums, co-pays, and deductibles would go up? Democrat leadership pulled out all of their tricks, tradeoffs, and bribes to get it passed and it still just squeaked by.
Remember this – the democrat leadership knew then what we’ve only now learning, that’s why we “had to pass it to find out what’s in it.”
The bill would not have passed the Senate, and stood an even smaller chance of passing the House if the truth had been known – the truth would have killed the bill.
So once that legislative hurdle was cleared (passage), only one more major hurdle remained – Obama’s reelection in 2012.
It was necessary to keep the public from knowing the truth until after the president’s reelection. That’s why nothing really happened (in public) until after Obama was reelected. Get him reelected first, then they’d worry about the consequences, if any, later.
If the truth about the Affordable Care Act had been known, and Obama’s lies had been exposed before the 2012 Presidential Election, Obama would not have been reelected.
But wait, there’s more; there’s another shoe to drop. On January 1st, 2015, the Employer Mandate will take effect.
If you think that it’s coincidental that the Employer Mandate will take effect after the 2014 min-term congressional elections, you are naïve. The mandate was originally scheduled to take effect January, 2014, but Obama delayed its implementation until 2015, after the elections. He did that to reduce democrat losses in the mid-term elections when the truth about Obamacare finally became known.
And what is the truth about the Employer Mandate?
Most businesses – the administration estimates between 39 and 69 percent – will not be able to keep the coverage they have. Many more Americans will lose their current plans when employers dump their existing plans, either voluntarily or by mandate. All of the same complaints will apply regarding doctors, costs, etc. and the uproar will start anew – only this time affecting even more Americans.
Notice how the Obamacare sycophants have been trying to minimize the “you can keep your plan” lie by stating that the current problems would only affect 5% of our citizens? Or only affect a “fraction of the population”?
They say that the approximately 80% who get their insurance from their employer, union, or government program will in fact be able to keep their insurance. They’re lying again.
If Obamacare is fully implemented, Chris Conover in an article in Forbes, estimates that at least 129 million (68%) will not be able to keep their previous health care plan either because they already have or will lose that coverage by the end of 2014. This includes:
- 9.2 to 15.4 million in the non-group market
- 16.6 million in the small group market
- 102.7 million in the large group market
In short, the “vast majority” are not keeping their health plans, even though Obama and his sycophants assured us that we could keep our employer-provided plans – period.
He (and they) lied again. What a surprise.
If details of the Employer Mandate are exposed before the 2014 mid-term elections, I believe that the democrats will lose seats, many seats, and deservedly so. The PPACA bill was passed and the president was reelected based on deceit and lies and it will come back to haunt the democrats.
What I’ve presented here isn’t new, most folks who are paying attention know it, but it hasn’t received the public exposure that it deserves. I learned long ago, that there are two steps between honesty and dishonesty: need and opportunity. Obama needed for the public to remain ignorant of what was hidden in the ACA and he availed himself of numerous opportunities to lie about it so he could convince us that there was nothing to worry about.
And millions believed him.
We will have an opportunity to correct what the Obama administration has forcibly imposed on us by electing more conservatives to Congress in the 2014 elections. If we can gain seats in the House and take control of the Senate, we can remedy this abortion of a law and stop the Obama train-wreck from damaging the U.S. even more.
It may be our only hope.