I was sitting in my car eating some dark chocolate ice cream with two scoops of roasted almonds mixed in from Cold Stone Creamery listening to the Sean Hannity Show when I heard a Low Information Voter call in.
A woman from Atlanta told Hannity that ObamaCare was working, and she had proof. It was downhill from there. Her evidence was anecdotal. She had pulled the Hasty Generalization Fallacy card:
“This fallacy is committed when a person draws a conclusion about a group based on a sample that is not large enough.”
She was defending ObamaCare based on what she heard from a single friend living in Michigan who is now benefitting from ObamaCare. One person is not sufficient evidence. In fact, a million people would not be sufficient evidence that ObamaCare is working since most of the regulations have not been implemented yet. We don’t know the true costs.
Moreover, we don’t know the long-term effects of the program. Costs are bound to go up.
In every government program, there are always winners and losers. The reason for this is due to the fact that money is taken from people who earn it (losers) and given to people who don’t (winners). Thieves benefit when they steal property from people (losers) and spend it on themselves (winners).
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted as much:
“These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time, and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market. But we feel pretty strongly that with subsidies available to a lot of that population that they are really going to see much better benefit for the money that they’re spending.”
The reasons costs will go down for some people is because their costs are being subsidized. That is, someone else is paying for their healthcare.
Hannity tried to reason with the woman by explaining to her that in only four states were healthcare costs projected to be reduced.
That means that in 46 states healthcare costs are going up. But this does not matter to a low information voter who will support Obama no matter what legislation he passes. As long as their people benefit, all is right with the world.
Low Information voters calling the new healthcare legislation the Affordable Care Act doesn’t make it so. Here are some facts:
“In a report that could prove a big political headache for the administration, the Society of Actuaries estimated Tuesday that insurers will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for claims on individual health policies under the Affordable Care Act, a cost likely to be passed on to consumers.
“By 2017, the estimated increase would be 62 percent for California, about 80 percent in Ohio and Wisconsin, more than 20 percent for Florida and 67 percent for Maryland. Much of the reason for the higher claims costs is that sicker people are expected to join the pool, the report said.”
Costs have to go up since more people are going to be covered and the government is going to be in charge of the program with its 15,000 pages of new regulations (and counting) and an army of bureaucrats to enforce them.
No one has said it better than economist Thomas Sowell:
“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.”
If you want to hide things from a low information voter, present her with facts.