Obama: 15.8 Million Insignificant
I suppose liberal politicians have to operate by the philosophy that if you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.
But 15.8 million of them? That’s a lot of broken eggs – even through the White House spin masters don’t want you to look at it that way.
During the past few weeks, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans have been notified that they are being dropped from the health insurance coverages they have now. Some may remember President Barack Obama’s promises, made over and over again, that if you like the insurance you have, Obamacare will let you keep it.
Now, he and his minions are attempting to minimize the outrage. Why, the number of people involved is only “5 percent of the population,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said the other day.
Five percent of the country’s population is 15.8 million people. It’s substantially more than the populations of West Virginia and Ohio combined.
Hey, if you’re going to make an omelet …
But wait a minute. It’s OK to hurt 5 percent of the population to (allegedly) benefit the rest, Obama and his fellow liberals want us to believe.
So why don’t they believe it?
There are some folks whose eggs the president went out of his way to avoid hurting as he prepared his omelets. More than 1,200 unions, organizations and companies have received individual, one-year waivers from compliance with Obamacare. They represent somewhere around 4 million people – fewer than 2 percent of the population.
Illegal immigrants get something of a break. They are not required to comply with the “individual mandate” – buy government-approved insurance or pay hefty penalty taxes for failing to do so.
Meanwhile, illegal immigrants showing up at the vast majority of hospitals will receive medical care, even if they can’t pay for it.
There are about 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. They’re about 3.7 percent of the population.
But there’s a far, far smaller subgroup of Americans who are receiving special consideration under Obamacare – members of Congress and their staffs. They are allowed to keep the very good health insurance the government (taxpayers, in other words) provides.
One estimate is that Congress and all of its various aides, staff members and other employees totals about 30,500 people. That’s around one one-hundredth of 1 percent.
So while the White House tells us we shouldn’t be concerned about a measly 5 percent of the population, it has safeguarded groups containing far lower percentages. I guess it depends on whose egg is being broken.
Give Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency credit for one thing – knowing how to stack the deck in their favor.
EPA officials are in the midst of a “listening” tour seeking public opinion on new rules intended to shut down hundreds more coal-fired power plants. That will drive electricity bills up for tens of millions of Americans.
But EPA officials planned their itinerary carefully, in the hope of hearing only comments in favor of their plan. That way, they could go back to Washington and announce Americans agree with the proposal.
All of the 11 sites chosen for the “listening sessions” are in places where relatively little electricity is generated at coal-fired power plants. None of the 10 states with the highest percentages of power from coal was chosen.
Every hearing is in a big city (Lenexa, Kan., is a suburb of Kansas City). Not one is in a rural area. In addition to Lenexa, the other cities are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
And to be certain the crowds are friendly, the EPA chose cities where the 2012 vote was overwhelmingly in favor of Obama. In nine of the 11 cities chosen, two-thirds or more of the voters backed Obama in 2012.
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