In the private sector when a company advertises a slogan as a reason to buy the company’s product or use its service there is an implied contract. When Alka Seltzer says “Plop plop fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is,” you assume you’ll get some respite from your mother-in-law’s cooking in the immediate future. If not, you’ll take a hard look at Tums the next time.
When BMW tells customers their products provide “the ultimate driving experience” you anticipate a ride significantly different than that of your Pacer. If not, Infiniti and Mercedes both will compete for your business.
And when KFC says its chicken is “finger lickin’ good” you don’t anticipate resorting to Alka-Seltzer — assuming it helped you earlier — to recover from your meal.
But that’s not the way it works when government provides a "service" as anyone who’s ever wasted hours in the DMV can relate. There is no implied guarantee of quality or service. And no bureaucrat is checking the government’s claims for truthfulness. And it’s particularly bad when your government lies to the public to help pass a highly controversial law.
Which brings us to Obamacare.
The initial concept of Obamacare appealed to many altruistic Americans because they were told it was designed to cover the uninsured and give them access to desperately needed healthcare. Since the thought of Uncle Sam annexing one-sixth of the economy was disquieting, those who were currently happy with their coverage were promised they could keep it.
Now we know that was a premeditated lie. But the architects of Obamacare even lied to the public about the charitable justification for passage. The federal government does not know how many of the uninsured are now covered and they don’t care to find out.
The Heritage Foundation reports that even after Obamacare is completely up and running “31 million will still be left uninsured.” That’s almost exactly that same number of uninsured that was used to justify passage of Obamacare in the first place!
Standing behind one of the main promises used to justify passage of Obamacare is simply not something federal bureaucrats intend to do. When Gary Cohen, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was asked how many of the previously uninsured are signing up for the "opportunity" Obamacare offers, he said, “Thatʼs not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way.” In other words, they don’t care enough to count.
The cynicism and dishonesty behind that reply is simply breathtaking.
When Avis doesn’t try harder, there’s always Hertz.
When Wal-Mart doesn’t save you money, there’s always Target.
But when Obamacare lies to us and offers less coverage at a higher price, there is no alternative. And that’s why government has no business controlling healthcare.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
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