The Democrats have long accused the Republicans of being ‘fear mongers’ but every time I turn around there is another ‘scare tactic’ used by the Democrats in an attempt to rally support for their Party and Position. How many have heard their argument that if Obamacare is repealed it will literally kill off thousands if not millions of Americans? I have, and it is nauseating and disgusting but I have met a number of people in my home state that believe that spin and are terrified they will be lined up and euthanized because Donald Trump is a Tyrannical Despot waiting to kill women, children, illegals, gays, lesbians, and anyone not agreeing with him. No, I am not kidding and yes, I do talk to some colorful characters in my attempt to know what people are thinking.
This idea of people dying or virtually being killed by the mean-spirited heartless Republicans is one of the most prominent and popular. It has gotten far more mileage than I would have thought it would, but then I assumed that people would use some reason and logic not simply drink the Kool-Aid of the Left. I was wrong, so I apologize for assuming and yes, I know the breakdown of the word. I saw that David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler from the Chicago Tribune wrote that if the Republicans are successful in repealing Obamacare as many as 43,000 will die annually due to lack of health insurance. The insinuation is, “Republicans if you repeal Obamacare you are murderers!” Before, I call them lunatics, let me say their argument is insane. They pulled a number out of the proverbial hat or somewhere because it would be impossible to quantify or verify that number or any number. It is a ‘scare tactic’ and designed to target those who feel vulnerable and are not well informed. Sadly, it is working. Were there 43,000 who died annually due to lack of health insurance before the passage of Obamacare? We do not know and we cannot know because it is a theoretical number, not a factual one.
How many remember that the Washington Post awarded Bernie Sanders “four Pinocchios” when he claimed that 36,000 Americans would die annually if Obama care was repealed? I did a little research and gleaned from the work of others that when this claim was investigated based on a study of Massachusetts’ health care law, Obamacare’s predecessor some interesting statistics were unveiled. The study that Bernie Sanders used compared mortality rates for adults between 2001-2005 t the rates of 2007-2010. This was a before and after study of Obamacare. The research indicated that for every 830 adults who gained insurance, there was one fewer death per year. The problem, there was no individual level insurance information making it impossible to directly link mortality changes to persons gaining insurance coverage. Too many unknown variables for that to be a valid conclusion about the deaths. But, factual evidence was not the objective ‘scaring people’ was, to achieve an end. Bernie Sanders does not particularly like Obamacare he wants a total government system where the government pays for, provides, and determines the care of individuals.
Actuarial tables indicate that mortality rates have been decreasing for over a century in America. In 1950 the life expectancy was 68.2 and the mortality rate 9.6 (per 1000). In 1980, the life expectancy was 73.7 with a mortality rate of 8.7. In 2010, life expectancy was 78.7 and the mortality rate was 8.0. What am I arguing? Simply that the lowering of the mortality rate preceded Obamacare therefore, negating any claim that Obamacare has resulted in lowering the mortality rate and that repealing it will not cause a massive reversal. But, to the left, if you support repeal of Obamacare you are a murderer and I find that offensive. Let me throw in a small fly in the ointment and you decide for yourself as to the validity of their argument. Some rough data for 2015 indicates that the mortality rate has risen to 8.4 per 1000. That’s up from 8.0 in 2010, WHY? The number of people covered by Medicare and Medicaid has increased from 87.8 million to 117.4 million. That is a 38% increase in federally subsidized health insurance. The population increased from 304 million to 320 million or 5.2%. Shouldn’t we see a significant reduction in the mortality rate as a result if Obamacare is the cause of lower mortality rates? The New York Times explained this in this way. “The death rate rose in the United States in 2015 for the first time in a decade. A rare increase that was driven in part by more people dying from drug overdoses, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. The death rate from heart disease, long in decline, edged up slightly.” That has NOTHING to do with Obamacare but yet they argue their case, spin their spin, and advance their narrative trying to ‘frighten people’ into compliance or shame Republicans into agreeing with them. If Obamacare could not prevent this uptick in the mortality rate what makes anyone think repealing it would cause the rate to escalate?
We need to get rid of this job killer law that will eventually be used to euthanize those over 75 by denied, delayed, or reduced care. Beware of the United Nations Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development Initiatives which seek to reduce the world’s population by 30% or more by 2040. BEWARE! You have been warned, do your research, and pray about the matter. Obamacare has not helped the health industry or Americans it has hurt in that sector and been a job killer across the board. TIME FOR IT TO GO!
God, bless you and God bless America!