If you think that’s audacious, consider this: Obamacare does not create just one new entitlement (health insurance for everyone); it actually creates a second – long-term care insurance. With an aging population, and with long-term care becoming extraordinarily expensive, this promises to be the biggest budget buster in the history of the welfare state.
And yet, in the CBO calculation, this new entitlement to long-term care reduces the deficit over the next 10 years. By $70 billion, no less. How is this possible? By collecting premiums now, and paying out no benefits for the first 10 years. Presto: a (temporary) surplus. As former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and scholars Joseph Antos and James Capretta note, “Only in Washington could the creation of a reckless entitlement program be used as ‘offset’ to grease the way for another entitlement.” I would note additionally that only in Washington could such a neat little swindle be titled the “CLASS Act” (for the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act).
That a health-care reform law of such enormous size and consequence, revolutionizing one-sixth of the U.S. economy, could be sold on such flimflammery is astonishing, even by Washington standards. What should Republicans do?
His answer: Explain the fraud. Over and over and over again. Explain why we, as a nation, cannot afford to give everyone a pony. There are things we can do, but we cannot destroy our entire economic future in the process. ObamaCare is a disaster for this nation and the people. It is not affordable care, far from it.
Keep explaining the fraud, keep exposing the lies and distortions. Don’t let up for a second, don’t be sidetracked or allow a lie to stand unchallenged. Show the people what chicanery has been perpetrated.