While appearing on the satirical faux-interview internet show "Between Two Ferns," Barack Obama may have made claims concerning the low costs of ObamaCare that weren't quite as cheap as he's been touting. And to complicate matters, Obama has also seemingly contradicted himself that the costs of ObamaCare may not hit the average citizen in the checkbook as much as they thought, as reported by WSB radio (of Atlanta, GA) on March 14, 2014, and also the right-of-center news portal The Daily Caller on March 12, 2014.
When guesting on the Zack Galifianakis Funny or Die "Between Two Ferns" video, the Chief Executive claimed the cost of the government (taxpayer) subsidized health insurance available for purchase as the government-ran HealthCare.gov is essentially the same cost for the average American as the monthly charge for a cell phone subscription.
"HealthCare.gov works great now," Obama confidently stated. "And millions of Americans have already gotten health insurance plans, and what we want is for people to know that you can get affordable health care — and most young Americans right now, they’re not covered."
To further make the federal scheme even more attractive and relatable to the youth of the nation, Obama confidently stated "And the truth is that they can get coverage all for what it costs you to pay your cell phone bill."
However, reporter Giuseppe Macri of The Daily Caller has broken down what he's defined as "average middle-of-the-road" (Mo/tR) cell phone plans (a smartphone, two-year upgrade, unlimited calls, unlimited texts and an average of two gigs of downloadable Internet data per month), and the costs of Obama Care mid-range plans in various major regions of the nation.
As cited by Macri, after discounting taxes nationwide, monthly Mo/tR plans by cost and carrier are as follows (relevant as of Jan. 2014):
- $90 on Verizon.
- $80 on AT&T.
- $70 on Sprint.
- $60 on T-Mobile.
- $80 for both Sprint and T-Mobile offer the same plans with unlimited monthly data.
Macri then broke down Mo/tR cost of ObamaCare by the following criteria: "Of the Affordable Care Act’s 'bronze,' 'silver' and 'gold' coverage plans offered , the cheapest middle-of-the-road equivalent [is the] silver plan."
Macri further factors in that the costs he cites for younger people are "after subsidies," he also factors in "the lowest age bracket, which covers 27-year-olds and under that make about $25,000 annually. Silver plans must cover 70 percent of all medical costs, according to the law."
Citing the cheapest amount any given young citizen would have to pay out of pocket, Macri notes the following costs by region as well as by month:
- Washington, D.C. - $181.01.
- Pennsylvania - $145.00 (Macri also notes that the Keystone State "is one of the 10 cheapest states in which to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange run in 36 states").
- California - $175.00 (Macri makes note that California is "the largest state-run exchange with the highest number of enrollees").
The cheapest phone to insurance costs cited are $60 vice $145. The most expensive phone to insurance costs cited are $90 vice 181.01.
Wants versus needs ...
While earlier appearing on a Spanish-language Town Hall Meeting (see video), Obama was informed by a viewer what while he's making roughly $36,000 annually, the cheapest cost of ObamaCare for his family of three he could find will run him $315 per month.
The viewer ended his statement with "that's too much for me."
In response, Obama informed the anonymous questioner:
I guess that I would say is, if you look at that person's budget and you looked at their cable bill, their telephone .. uh, their cell phone bill, uh ... other things they're spending on, it may turn out that it's just they haven't prioritized health care ...
Not quite done dispensing advice, Obama went on to give the dire warning:
I guarantee you, that even at $300 a month, if Heaven forbid, if something happened to him ... he will wish that he had paid that $300 a month.