We will give them credit for having amazingly huge balls to claim something like this. It’s so totally, brazenly preposterous, but they do have the stones, don’t they? Obviously the idea is to rewrite history and say how awful everything was BO–Before ObamaCare. That was this colossal clusterfuck unwinding before our eyes won’t see all that bad. Right?
The White House on Monday said ObamaCare was partly responsible for slowing the growth of healthcare spending, even while the agency tasked with implementing the law said the impact was “minimal.”
“For years, healthcare costs in America skyrocketed, with brutal consequences for our country,” President Obama’s healthcare adviser Jeanne Lambrew wrote in a blog post.
“The Affordable Care Act, for the first time in decades, has helped to stop that trend,” she said.
The White House claim came Monday afternoon in conjunction with a report issued by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that found healthcare spending over the last four years has grown at the slowest pace ever recorded.
And, of course, CMS is so credible these days, especially after that smooth healthcare.gov rollout. Oof. OK, let’s take them at their word then. If growth slowed from 2010, wouldn’t this logically tell us then that since costs were trending downward, why the need for ObamaCare to begin with?
Healthcare spending in the U.S. grew at 3.7 percent in 2012 to $2.8 trillion, the CMS found. That’s in line with the previous three years of growth, which came in between 3.6 and 3.8 percent annually.
“This means that growth during all four years has occurred at the slowest rates ever recorded in the fifty-three-year history of the National Health Expenditure Accounts,” the CMS said in the report.
The report found that the healthcare portion of the economy fell from 17.3 percent to 17.2 percent from 2011 to 2012, as healthcare spending grew slower than gross domestic product.
However, the CMS report said the Affordable Care Act had only a “minimal impact” on the slower growth rate, and attributed the bulk of the decline to the economic downturn.
Well, since Bush is responsible for that, can we credit him for helping slow the rate? Now buried deep in the story is this:
The CMS expects healthcare spending will accelerate in 2014, in part because of ObamaCare.
OK, so they claim credit for something they had nothing to do with, then admit after four years of declining growth costs will increase under ObamaCare from the get-go. Got it.
Oh, meanwhile, they still refuse to release demographic data, which must be horrible since they’re keeping it a secret. Transparency!