Remember when George H.W. Bush uttered those fateful words "Read my lips. No New Taxes", and the fallout from that? It cost him re-election.
Well, Nancy Pelosi's comment "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it" uttered while Obamacare was being rammed through Congress should come back to haunt Democrats.
Well, here is a small gem that has been 'found out'.
A 'small glitch' in Obamacare, stemming in a redifinition of the word 'income' will result in 3 million middle class Americans receiving 'free' healthcare beginning in 2014. These folks do not currently qualify for Medicaid, which is intended as healthcare fo the poor. However, under Obamacare, they will suddenly qualify for it. Which means that 3 million more people will get medical care paid for by the rest of us (the taxpayers).
Estimates floating around indicate this will cost the taxpayers (the few who are left that can actually pay taxes) $450,000,000,000 over the first 10 years. That equates to over $300 per taxpayer per year to provide 'free' healthcare to these 3 million people - people who don't currently qualify for it.
Democrats are falling all over themselves trying to explain this as an unintended glitch. It is not, it was put into Obamacare on purpose. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) stated that the issue had been discussed specifically while the legislation was being drafted.
Now that this glitch has become public knowledge, and the outcry over it is building, Dems are trying to portray it as a minor issue that they will go back in and fix - setting themselves up as the good guys. What horseshit. They got caught, and now they're trying to take credit for trying to undo it.
This is one 'minor' item in Obamacare's thousands of pages of legislation and hundreds of thousands of pages of resulting rules. I have no doubt that there are thousands more of these little items buried in there, each and every one of which is going to cost us a bunch of money.
I said this over a year ago, but it bears repeating. Exposing Obamacare and doing everything possible to roll it back is a key to the 2012 election for Republicans. There should be a concentrated effort underway at a national level to dig out things like this and make sure the voting public is aware of them. If Republicans don't expose Obamacare for what it is, and isn't, and use it as a political weapon, they have no one to blame but themselves. We can be sure that the Dems aren't going to tell us what is in there.
Oh, and by the way ... If you look at that figure of $450,000,000,000 ... divide it by 3,000,000 people, and then divide it by 10 to get a yearly figure ... you come out with a very instructive number. $15,000 per year, per person is what we, the tax payers, are going to have to come up with to cover all those millions of people who Obama has probmised 'free' healthcare.
In other Obamacare news ... as his Administration continues extending waivers by the hundreds to entities and corporations exempting them from having to comply with Obaamacare, the Administration is refusing to tell us who is getting the waivers and why. A few corporate names have been leaked out, but the majority are unknown to the general public. A group of Republicans in the House sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on June 2 asking for a list of recipients and reasons. She has ignored the request. Why? Because it is an embarrassment to them, on multiple levels. First, if Obamacare is so great, why would anyone need a waiver? Second, how many political favors have been extended by giving those waivers and to whom?