In 2010 Congress rushed a bill, which was approximately 2000 pages long, through both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Very few, if any, members of Congress read the bill before voting for it, and I suppose that Barack Obama did not read the bill before signing it into law on March 23, 2010. The law is officially known as the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (or ACA for short), but it is more widely known as “ObamaCare” and proving to be very unaffordable. The law was ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it was not ruled as being good for Americans.
The creation of ObamaCare brought the Tea Parties into existence, and the Tea Parties brought conservative leaders like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to Congress. The majority of Americans do not want Obamacare and want it less and less as time passes. The law has been slammed by many people with the latest slammer being Neil Cavuto of Fox News just a few days ago. With compliments to Chicks on the Right and Emily Hulsey at Independent Journal Review, here are Cavuto’s slamming words:
“Mr. President, Fox News isn’t what’s making Americans sick about your healthcare law. Your healthcare law is. Welcome, everybody, I’m Neil Cavuto. And excuse this departure from form. But I think this is just poor form. So, it’s time we set some things straight.
“Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem. I hate to break it to you, sir. You are. Your words are. Your promises are. We didn’t sell this healthcare law. Sir, you did. Remember this? President Barack Obama: `If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.’
“Mr. President, tell that to tens of thousands of retirees at IBM and Time Warner and dozens of others, who’ve been dumped from their coverage and told to find their own coverage. Fox News didn’t break that news to them, Mr. President. Their companies did.
“Fox News didn’t push more of those firms to hire part-time workers. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t incentivize fast food restaurants to scale back their benefits. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make doctors want to opt out. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make insurance premiums sky rocket. Your healthcare law did. Just like Fox News didn’t grant hundreds of exemptions to companies that needed them. You did. And Fox News didn’t delay one key provision after another, including online enrollment for those small business exchanges. You did.
“Just like it wasn’t Fox News that said we had to pass this to see what was in this. You did. Or was that Nancy Pelosi? Sometimes I’m confused. But of this I am not. Fox News didn’t re-do basic math. Sir, you did. Fox News didn’t say you can cover 30 million more Americans and not see a hit in premiums. You did. Fox News didn’t say you could throw in those with pre-existing conditions and not have to pay for it. You did. Fox News didn’t all but say you could get something for nothing. You did. Fox News didn’t come back years later and say, oh yea, we did raise some taxes. You did.
“Here’s where you are right about Fox News, however, Mr. President. We can do math - and did. You cannot - and did not. We said it, and proved it. You didn’t. And we’re all suffering for it. Take it from the numbers guy at Fox. Numbers don’t lie: The number of Americans working part-time and nervous. The number of retirees days away from being dumped on exchanges and anxious. The number of company bosses with any news to pass along on those exchanges, but still clueless. The number of doctors who want out. The number of congressmen now opting out. No, Mr. President, none of those numbers lie.
“But with all due respect sir, I can only conclude you do. I know, I know - you hate us at Fox. But please take a look in a mirror, and fast. You think we’re the skunk at your picnic. But that doesn’t mean we’re the ones that stink. Because that smell isn’t coming from the folks reporting on your law. Mr. President, that smell is your law.”