By Wayne Allyn Root
Forget the Supreme Court review of Obamacare. There was much bigger news this week about Obama’s signature healthcare program. Nancy Pelosi said “We must pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it.” Well someone finally took her up on it, read the entire 2900 pages, and he did the simple math. The long-term debt it creates is not the $1 trillion Obama claimed – it is $17 trillion — more than DOUBLE our current backbreaking national debt.
More on this nightmare later. First let’s examine how this was Obama’s plan from day one. As I’ve repeatedly said about my college classmate Barack Obama, “His plan is to purposely overwhelm the system and bring down capitalism.”
This isn’t just a theory. At Columbia University, Class of ’83, along with Obama, I studied and discussed the philosophy of two former Columbia Professors Richard Cloward and Frances Piven (a husband and wife team). Their goal was to bring down capitalism and turn America into a big government controlled socialist state.
The Cloward & Piven strategy was brilliant. They understood that if you look like a Socialist, talk like a Socialist, and promise Socialism, you could never get elected. So they conceived a plan to make it happen without America realizing it.
Their idea was the political version of boiling a frog. You slowly turn up the temperature until the frog is cooked, without ever realizing what is happening. In Cloward and Piven’s world, the frog (victim) is America, and the cooking is achieved by overwhelming the system with debt.
Obama studied hard and learned well at Columbia University. He now has a Ph.D. in “cooking the frog slowly.” Over the past 3 years, Obama has overwhelmed the system with $5 trillion of new debt- all of it disguised as “saving” the U.S. economy.
Cloward and Piven believed that debt was the key to destroying capitalism. First, you use debt to expand the size and scope of government, addicting a large portion of society to government entitlements, thereby bribing them to keep you in power (allowing you to continue to pour on more and more debt). At some point you’ve created so much debt a crisis is created and the country implodes, bringing everyone (including capitalist business owners) to their knees begging government to save them. And, of course, in a terrible crisis, out of fear and panic, the American people will be willing to go along with the Socialist solution (high taxes, income redistribution) espoused by the very people who created it. Brilliant.
But the centerpiece of Cloward and Piven is to always disguise your true intensions. You’re not Socializing the country, you are “saving” the economy. You are making the system “fairer.” Recognize those code words? Obama isn’t even creative. He’s just reading word for word from the playbook.
Obama promised the $5 trillion in new debt would “save” our economy. He then promised Obamacare would “save” our healthcare system. Do you see the pattern? The things meant to destroy us, tax us to death, and enslave future generations to big government, are always introduced during a time of crisis, when our defenses are down, “to save us.”
What none of us understood was the $5 trillion in new debt was just a starting point for Obama — a distraction from the main event. The real game-changer, the main event was always Obamacare.
If we were thinking clearly we might have asked a few obvious questions:
First, polls prove over 70% of Americans like their present healthcare coverage. So what are we being saved from?
Second, if everyone (even Obama) agrees that government-run Medicare and Medicaid threaten to bankrupt the U.S. economy, how could we “save” the U.S. economy by putting government in charge of all healthcare?
Third, if government can magically lower healthcare prices, how come the highest healthcare costs in America are found in New York and New Jersey, the two states with the highest level of government regulation?
Lastly, if government has been wildly wrong on every prediction they’ve ever made about the cost of every new program, usually by a factor of 100, why would this time be different?
But just as he learned from Cloward and Piven, Obama painted healthcare as a “crisis” and made us panic. So we suspended our reason and common sense. That was the plan from day one.
Well the results are in. Senator Jeff Sessions has now actually read the 2900 pages and done the math. Obamacare isn’t going to “save” the U.S. economy. It isn’t going to reduce the deficit. On the contrary the true long-term funding gap for Obamacare is $17 trillion dollars.
Yes, I said $17 trillion dollars- with a T.
I wish I could say I’m surprised. That’s more than the current entire national debt. More than our nation’s GDP- all the money made in America each year. It’s more than double all the future debt of Social Security (about $7 trillion over the next 75 years).
Just so you know, Senator Sessions didn’t use crazy math to come up with this $17 trillion figure. All he did was read the entire 2900 pages and apply standard federal government estimates and models to the law’s spending obligations.
When combined with the shortfalls for Medicare and Medicaid, this $17 trillion puts U.S. taxpayers on the hook for $82 trillion in long-term healthcare obligations. Keep in mind that no taxes yet exist to pay for this $82 trillion healthcare bill.
So you see, Obamacare is the heart of the plan to overwhelm the U.S. economy and overturn capitalism. The current economy cannot survive $82 trillion in unfunded obligations. This new debt will force us to our knees, to beg government to save us. To feed the beast of big government taxes will have be increased to unimaginable levels. The Trojan Horse that promised to save us, is actually here to destroy us.
For those who hate America, the beauty is this Trojan Horse keeps adding to the debt, destroying all that is great about this country, long after Obama is gone. Our children and grandchildren will be overwhelmed by huge debts, deficits, and unimaginable taxes (as well as horrible quality healthcare) decades from now. They won’t even remember Obama’s name, but he will have changed their lives and the economic system they live under.
In a bit of healthcare irony, Obamacare is like herpes- the gift that keeps on giving.
Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com