RUSH: Jay Rockefeller, senator, West Virginia, one of the towering architects of Obamacare, yesterday openly criticized program managers of Obamacare for not moving quickly enough to build it. Jay Rockefeller warning that if it gets off to a bumpy start, it’s just gonna get worse. Well, it already has gotten off to a bumpy start. There aren’t any reductions in premiums. You don’t get to keep your doctor. The exchanges are an absolute disaster already. Not every state even is going to have one. The idea would be that they don’t even exist, but they do exist. They are a nightmare. IRS size forms to apply at an exchange, 61 pages to fill out, just to see if you qualify. “Decrying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as way too complex, [Rockefeller] warned the acting Medicare director that Obamacare is ‘so complicated and if it isnÂ’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse.'” We got audio sound bites. Here is Senator Rockefeller, Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday.
ROCKEFELLER: I’m of the belief that the ACA is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress. Tax reform, obviously, is gonna be huge, too, but up to this point it’s just beyond comprehension.
RUSH: He’s one of the architects, folks. Jay Rockefeller’s one of the guys whose staff worked on it. So he knows it’s beyond comprehension. I’m telling you, this can’t work. That doesn’t mean it’s gonna go away. What it means is it’s gonna be a nightmare. What it means is it’s gonna be an absolute disaster. And you know what’s gonna happen? What always happens in Washington. Washington creates a program because they think there’s a pressing need, or in this case, because they just want to commandeer one-sixth of the economy, put it under government control, grow the government, give themselves more power.
So they do that, then that doesn’t work, then they run around saying, “My God, we’ve got a mess here, this is horrible, we need a new program to fix this,” and that’s what they’ll do. They’ll come up with Obamacare 2, which will be designed to fix what went wrong in Obamacare 1, but there will never be any acknowledgement that they are the problem. They create the problem. They offer the fix. That doesn’t work and the cycle repeats. That’s how you end up with redundant federal entitlement programs. That’s how you end up with multiple programs for school lunch, school breakfast. Multiple programs for child health care ’cause the first one doesn’t work, and the same people who act like they were on the sidelines when it all happens, “Guess what, we need to come in here and fix this.” The same people who blew it up the first time go in to fix it, and they blow it up again. He’s just warning everybody that’s what’s ahead of us. It’s too late now. It’s already off to a bumpy start.
Now, Monday in Boston, Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, said this about the impact of health care reform.
SEBELIUS: Probably no one fully anticipated when you have a law that phases in over time, how much confusion that creates for a lot of people.
RUSH: What do you mean, no one fully anticipated it? We did. Countless people did. Countless people screamed from the mountaintops that this was a disaster, that this was unworkable, that it was gonna lead to mass confusion. But here comes the sanctimonious arrogance and contempt of the elites. (doing impression) “Well, probably no one fully anticipated when you have a law that phases in over time, how much confusion that creates for a lot of people. No one fully anticipated this, not adequately planned for the rollout, and so everybody ends up being totally confused. It’s no fault of anyone’s, of course, we just can’t anticipate the complexity.” Which is all a crock. They don’t care at the outset about the complexity.
RUSH: By the way, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll just explain all of this Jay Rockefeller and his complaining about the complexity of Obamacare and Kathleen Sebelius saying that no one accounted for it. Here’s the thing, and never forget this. They want it to be complicated. It was supposed to be complicated. It is supposed to be a nightmare. It is supposed to be impossible. Do you know why? So that people will eventually demand single payer to make it simple. Don’t doubt me.
This is all part of the plan.
Do you think Jay Rockefeller’s really gonna go out there and say something harmful to the Democrat Party? Do you think Jay Rockefeller’s really gonna go out there and give ammo to the Republicans? No, he’s not doing that. They’re setting it up for single payer. They’re trying to accelerate the public demand for simplicity. “Let’s just get rid of the exchanges! You know, let’s get rid of private insurance. Get rid of all that. Get rid of my employer providing insurance. It’s too much trouble.
“Just let me go to the government, get the insurance, and be done with it. In fact, when I go to the doctor, the government pays the bill and that’s it.” That’s all this is. This is the original intent. Obama said so in 2007 in a speech to the Service Employees International Union group. He said (paraphrased), “I’d love to get to single payer overnight, but we’re not gonna be able to. It’s gonna take ten, maybe 15 years until people demand it.”
He essentially said to his union buddies, “We can’t force this on people. They won’t accept it right now. But we can make them want it.” How do you do that? You screw it up so badly, you make all the places people go for insurance so screwed up that they will willingly accept it. “You know what? The government will do it and just be done with it,” and so that’s the objective. Looky here. “The state health exchanges that are central to [Obamacare] are costing the federal government more than twice its initial budget to” implement.
“In its just-released budget, the regime “expects to have spent $4.4 billion in fiscal years 2012 and 2013 on grants to states that are building” the exchanges. A year ago, they estimated spending two billion. This year, they say, “Nah, it’s gonna cost four.” So the price of the exchanges in one year has already doubled. That’s just one tiny little element of this monstrosity. It’s where it’s all headed.