By Matt Palumbo | Contributor | March 15, 2017 1:24PM
Lawyers are known never to ask a question they don’t already know the answer to – and politicians should do the same if they want to spare themselves some embarrassment. Nancy Pelosi didn’t get that memo.
Despite all the ObamaCare horror stories we’ve heard since the day it took effect, whether it be people losing coverage, paying higher premiums, or seeing their deductibles skyrocket, Pelosi apparently was under the impression that once they passed the bill, people were happy to find out what was in it. They weren’t – which she learned when she tweeted out a request for people to tell their ObamaCare success stories, hoping she could use them as ammunition as ObamaCare’s repeal looms.
.@POTUS wants to know about your experiences with #ACA. Share your stories about why we must #ProtectOurCare: https://t.co/X1qFIXT1RR
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 14, 2017
The responses were nothing short of hilarious (not for the commentators – but in how it destroyed the narrative Pelosi wanted to push).
@NancyPelosi @POTUS I'm now spending almost 20K p/y on my health insurance and when my primary retired near impossible 2 find a replacement.
— Matthew Kolken (@mkolken) March 14, 2017
@AprilF815 @NancyPelosi @POTUS @WhiteHouse its "affordable" if u hardly work. then u can get the best plan for almost free #sadbuttrue
— EK Mcmullen (@ek_mcmullen) March 14, 2017
@NancyPelosi @POTUS Please get rid of #ACA! It is financially devastating to us in the middle class! We need to care for our families!
— Lisa-Renee (@lovinghappylife) March 14, 2017
.@NancyPelosi Thanks to ACA my boyfriends premium went from $200 to $900 so now he doesn't have insurance. Thanks… @POTUS @WhiteHouse
— Gloria M. USA (@GloriaMitchell6) March 14, 2017
And these are hardly just anecdotes – it’s the majority of people’s experiences. The law is unpopular for a reason.
As HotAir reported back in September:
Currently, 29% of Americans say Obamacare has hurt them and their family, up from 26% in May, and the highest Gallup has measured to date. Meanwhile, the percentage who say the ACA has helped their family dropped from 22% to 18%. The bulk of Americans, 51%, continue to say the law has “had no effect.” As more provisions of the law have taken effect over the years, the “no effect” percentage has dropped from the first reading of 70%, in early 2012.
So, vastly more report being hurt by the law than helped. That was clearly reflected in response to Pelosi’s tweet, and it’s not hard to see why. While Barack Obama promised that his healthcare reform plan would reduce costs by $2,500 for the average family, they’re increased by more than that!
What leg have they left to stand on when it comes to defending ObamaCare when it didn’t do anything that it promised to do? That it insured millions of people who will lose insurance if the law is repealed? The overwhelming majority gained insurance through Medicaid, not through private insurance. According to the Daily Wire, “just over 14 million people gained coverage from the end of 2013 to the end of 2015. Of those 14 million, 11.8 million gained their insurance through Medicaid and 2.2 million through private coverage.”
In other words, it’s Medicaid they should be defending, not ObamaCare, if they’re worried about people losing coverage. As for those insured through private coverage, what’s the surprise there? That millions would sign up for insurance when the government made it illegal not to? Duh.
Thank You Mr Palumbo and Political Insider.