Sincerely, I would love to chalk up my policy disagreements with Statists to a sincere difference in presuppositions—to believe folks like Mr. Obama are well-meaning, but misguided.
But then consider a story from The Daily Caller:
One of President Barack Obama’s favorite new Obamacare sign-up pitches is that young enrollees, which the law banks on for sustainability, can get health insurance for the price of a monthly cellphone bill. But in reality, premiums are more than a little pricier.
“HealthCare.gov works great now,” Obama told Zack Galifianakis Tuesday in a Funny or Die “Between Two Ferns” video. “And millions of Americans have already gotten health insurance plans, and what we want is for people to know that you can get affordable health care — and most young Americans right now, they’re not covered.”
“And the truth is that they can get coverage all for what it costs you to pay your cell phone bill,” Obama said.
Unfortunately, simple comparisons like this force me back to the conclusion that these people are really not stupid, but have made a conscious decision to say what they know is not true, in service to what they see as a higher end than honesty.
Altogether, that makes the average monthly cost of health care for young people under the Affordable Care Act a little more than twice as expensive as the average cellphone bill.
The only instance in which the president’s math is slightly more correct is in terms of the lowest tier bronze plan, which covers 60 percent of all annual health care expenses included in the plan. The cheapest bronze plan on the D.C. health insurance exchange has a $124.05 monthly premium — still almost 70 percent more expensive than the average wireless service bill.
The President trumpets how we should “trust government,” yet proves over and over that only a consummate fool would trust them.