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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Obamacare Is Costing Far More Than The President Promised And It Won’t Get Much Better If Romney Is Elected

Here’s the Nonsense:  Obamacare may be costing about twice what the president promised, but Mitt Romney has promised to repeal it if elected and that will fix the problem.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Mitt Romney is not the solution to the Obamacare fiasco, let alone the other problems we have in the presidency.  We should have rejected Obama’s estimates in the beginning and now we should reject Romney’s claims that he’ll repeal it.

The CBO report should not surprise us.  The government never meets their estimated costs.  We should learn to be more skeptical.  But what is worse than Obama’s false cost promise  is Romney’s false promise that he’ll repeal Obamacare when that is not his plan.

Christopher Ruddy wrote at that a “Romney aide, a healthcare adviser, has stated a Romney administration will keep key parts of Obamacare.”  He has no plans to fully repeal Obamacare if he is elected.  Rather, he plans to keep large portions of the legislation.  What kind of honesty is that in a candidate?  A true leader and a true conservative would not be lying about their intentions.  Yet here we find that Mr. Romney’s plans are to keep large parts of the legislation he claims he’ll repeal.

Our nation faces imminent collapse unless we start to turn things around immediately.  And it seems quite clear that a Romney presidency will be Washington business as usual if he is elected.  It will be nothing more than another attempt to kick the can down the road instead of fixing the problems. 

It has been seen over and over again that the government never meets its cost projections.  When we hear them tell us what something will cost it seems safe to assume that it will be at least twice that amount.  Some previous examples of the government underestimating costs include:

  • Denver Int’l Airport - projected cost $1.7 billion (1989), actual cost $4.8 billion (1995)
  • Seattle Light Rail System - projected cost $1.7 billion (1996), actual cost $2.6 billion (2000)
  • Idaho Falls Nuclear Fuels Site - projected cost $124 million (1998). actual cost $273 million (2001)
  • V-22 Osprey Aircraft - projected cost $23 million (1987), actual cost $90 million (2001)
  • F/A-22 Raptor Fighter Jet - projected cost $89 million (1992), actual cost $248 million (2002)
  • RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter - projected cost $31 million (2000), actual cost $52 million (2002)
  • Medicaid Special Hospital Subsidy - projected cost $100 million (1987), actual cost $11 billion (1992)
  • Medicare Pt. A projected in 1965 that the cost in 1990 would be $9 billion, but in 1990 the actual cost was $67 billion
  • Medicare Home Care projected in 1988 that the cost in 1993 would be $4 billion but in 1993 the actual cost was $10 billion

Whether it’s Obama or Romney, we can’t believe what these people promise.  And we certainly can’t afford the way they do business. Clearly they are more interested in their positions of power than they are the best interest of the American people.  If we want to stop America's nosedive into disaster we need to elect a candidate who will turn Washington on its head and start the process of fixing our problems.