In September of 2009 President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on the issue of health care. He was making the pitch for Obamacare, which would become the policy highlight (or lowlight, depending on your perspective) of his first term in office. During his speech, Obama urged action because of the high number of Americans who are without health insurance.
“There are now more than thirty million American citizens who cannot get coverage,” said President Obama.
That’s an interesting figure, especially given that the CBO has just calculated that by 2022 there will still be 30 million Americans without health insurance:
(CNSNews.com) – A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says that under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, 30 million non-elderly Americans will remain without health insurance in 2022.
One of the main arguments the Obama administration made for passing the Affordable Care Act was that it would provide coverage for the uninsured.
Currently, accoriding to CBO, there are 53 million uninsured persons in the United States, including uninsured illegal aliens. The CBO estimates that in 2022–8 years after the Affordable Care Act has been fully implemented–30 million people will remain uninsured.
Moreover, under Obamacare, 8 percent of legal U.S. residents will remain without health insurance in 2022, according to CBO.
By President Obama’s own standards, Obamacare will be a failure. Assuming, of course, that insuring the uninsured was the goal and not using Obamacare as an instrument to gain total government control of the health insurance industry as a stepping stone to an effective nationalization of health care.