Nancy Pelosi: Number of Newly Insured Under Obamacare Irrelevant

The Obama Administration and their allies in Congress are now proudly proclaiming that 7.1 million Americans have enrolled in Obamacare.  But when confronted about what the number actually means at a news conference Monday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 14% dodged the question.  She said that Democrats passed Obamacare not to insure the uninsured but to give people quality affordable health care.

When asked, “Isn’t the real measure of success not the raw number who signed up, but how many who signed up were not insured before?” she responded, “No,” before going into a long winded, inaccurate defense of the law.

This new found nonchalance regarding insuring the uninsured is a change of tune.  In 2010, the Obama Administration said Obamacare would “reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million.”

In 2009, then-Speaker Pelosi sent out a press release boasting of a Commonwealth Fund report that Obamacare would provide nearly 14 million uninsured young adults with health insurance.

To claim that she and other Democrats didn’t use the idea of insuring the uninsured to sell Obamacare to the American public is demonstrably false.

The truth is, it’s unclear how many of the 7.1 million insured by Obamacare were actually previously uninsured — and that is embarrassing and inconvenient for the left.

The Administration can’t (or won’t) tell us how many Americans now insured by Obamacare were previously uninsured or whether they simply lost their original plan and were therefore forced to purchase a plan on the Obamacare exchange.  They also haven’t said how many of the 7.1 million people have paid, which is why Charles Krauthammer dismissed it as a “phony number.”

And to Mrs. Pelosi’s second point that the Affordable Care Act would reduce health care costs in America, nothing indicates that Obamacare will produce that result. 

On the contrary, the glaring lack of competition in the Obamacare exchanges will result in higher costs.  Heritage Foundation analysts have demonstrated that health care premiums for individuals will increase under Obamacare in most states, especially for young people.  Obamacare also creates two new entitlements and adds more than $1.8 trillion in new spending by 2023.

Obamacare has also already reduced employment in America.  But don’t worry.  The Obama Administration is satisfied with telling people that not working will allow them to “pursue their dreams.” 

Pelosi and many of her Democrat colleagues are right to say Americans want quality, affordable health care.  Americans deserve patient-centered health care.  Obamacare’s just not the way to do it.

h/t CNS News


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3 thoughts on “Nancy Pelosi: Number of Newly Insured Under Obamacare Irrelevant

  1. Liar! The Un-affordable care act is already a disaster. I don’t want any part of their forced cut, burn, and poison system. I am not a slave and I will not be forced to take or pay for something I don’t want!

  2. Laughing uncontrollably. “Can’t tell us” is Bovine Scatology. The can tell us how often cows fart surely they can write a simple algorithm to get the numbers. His Majesty Obama, Prince Harry and Princess Nancy know EXACTLY what the numbers are but the know if they tell the truth it will be all over in November. News flash Your Highness, it’s over. Only idiots believe you anymore and there are a lot more intelligent people than you think.

  3. Chop off her hands she cant speak without doing stupid motions with them,,Maybe then she’ll shut up..What a disgrace to her family, they should put her in a home

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