I’m hearing talking-heads referring to Bill Clinton’s “craziest thing in the world” – “crazy system” ObamaCare remarks from the other day as a ‘gaffe’.
No … A ‘gaffe’ is little more than a sentence, maybe two for effect, if it’s Joe Biden. Bill went on and on with a whole paragraph of sentences describing and enforcing his ObamaCare “craziest thing” assertion by outlining how hard it is for people and businesses to deal with the system. Not a gaffe.
Letting the cat out of the bag?
More like it…
Chris Jacobs @ NRO: The Dirty Little Secret of Hillary Clinton’s Health Plan
Her proposal would erode employer-provided coverage and push workers toward a public option.
… In response to her husband’s accurate depiction of Obamacare’s problems, Hillary said on Tuesday: “We got to fix what’s broken and keep what works, . . . We’re going to tackle it and we’re going to fix it.” Secretary Clinton is exactly correct — if by “fix” she means enacting a proposal that could line the pockets of businesses to the tune of nearly a trillion dollars while simultaneously jacking up premiums and deductibles for millions of Americans.
Hillary Clinton’s plan for a new federal tax credit to subsidize out-of-pocket costs for all Americans will encourage businesses to make their health benefits skimpier — raising premiums, co-payments, and deductibles — because they know that the new tax credit will pick up the difference for the hardest-hit families. While Secretary Clinton’s other major health-care proposals (to increase federal subsidies on insurance exchanges and to create a government-run “public option” on them) would apply only to those without employer-based coverage, the out-of-pocket tax credit would apply to both insurance that is employer-based and insurance that is individually purchased.
In analyzing her proposals, the liberal Commonwealth Fund noted that Secretary Clinton’s out-of-pocket tax credit would affect a pool of 177.5 million potentially eligible Americans, which is more than four times as many as those who would be eligible to avail themselves of the government-run “public option.” The broader reach for the tax credit, plus its generous amount (up to $2,500 per individual or $5,000 per family for out-of-pocket spending that exceeds 5 percent of income) creates a sizable cost for the federal government: net spending of $90.3 billion in 2018 alone, according to the Commonwealth analysis. In 2009, President Obama made this pledge to Congress: “The plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years.” But one element alone of Secretary Clinton’s plan will cost at least that much — and probably more than $1 trillion.
California petitions to become first state to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants https://t.co/3oDh36ADGv
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