As the federal government moves forward to implement President Obama´s Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to spend millions of dollars promoting the unpopular legislation. In the face of this publicity blitz, it is worth remembering that the law was originally sold largely on four grounds—all of which have become increasingly implausible. • Lower health-care costs. One key talking point for ObamaCare was that it would reduce the cost of insurance, especially for non-group insurance. The president, citing the work of several health-policy experts, claimed that improved care coordination, investments in information technology,
The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2011" is surely one of the most misnamed pieces of legislation ever to become law. The only part of that title that is anywhere near reality is the date "2011". And even that is suspect, as various versions of this monstrosity have been produced since probably the time of the Truman Administration. Written in more or less its present form, it has been lying in a desk drawer until the opportune time to pull it out came along.
The promises were only promises to people foolish enough to believe anything this compulsive liar has to say. We knew it would be a debacle and that´s why he pushed it off until after he got re elected.
If the cheapest family policy is 20 grand,i can see millions bailing out,paying the fine and taking chances on their health.
Think about it,20 grand can pay for a hell of a lot of office visits with some surgical procedures thrown in.
How many minority families will fork over 20 grand and they´re 29% of the population.
There´s a vague clause in obamacare that says you don´t have to pay if you´ve been some sort of victim of historical oppression.
This Democrat garbage legislation will collapse all on it´s own. It reflects the stupidity and incompetence of the Democrat Party. It is nothing but a power grab and advancement of Democrat´s socialist agenda.
Many conservatives and posters here seem to be drawing grim satisfaction at the problems and fiasco caused by 0bamacare. A sort of Schadenfreude if you will. Unfortunately this might be part of the Liberals´ long standing plan. The collapse of the health care system due to chaos in the supporting insurance markets is exactly what they hope to use to bring on the real 0bamacare. A single payer system driving a centrally run national health care. Zippy promised that to the holdouts during the ACA 2011 sausage making, saying it was just a step on the way. Extricating the country skillfully from this will be tricky. If the Republicans had a fraction of the political skills it will require we would have a Republican President and Senate today.
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O.S. Banker, 2/1/2013 8:42:00 AM (No. 9152011)
The fundamental problem is the intervention of government into matters that are best left to the private marketplace. Government always intervenes with the best intentions, but the law of unintended consequences always joins the party. Every solution begets another problem ad nauseum, infinitum. Those who posit that healthcare is a right fail to appreciate that vigor is not a universal baseline. Like it or not, some people can commit every herescy with regards to their health (smoke, drink, pursue reckless pleasures of the flesh) and somehow live to a ripe old age and die peacefully in their bed. And others, can´t seem to make it to age 18 before they are engaged in a battle for their very existance against a disease that show no discretion in its selection of victims nor mercy to those so afflicted.
Government is the establishment of process for the administration of process. No bureaucrat will ever willingly cut his budget, streamline his processes, or reduce his staff. That admonition applies to Congress as well. The only way that I see out of this is the 28th Amendment that is floating through social media.
Until Congress is held accountable to its own actions, and until it is forced to provide comparable benefit to the citizens that it awards itself, our society and culture will continue its decent on a double helix of despair and depredation.
Right #3. University of Georgia has UGA, the bulldog, Obama has UCA; slightly different spelling but their similarity is they are both dogs however UGA is friendly.
Obama´s tendency to only make C´s or D´s at best in college, as evidenced/supported by having his records sealed, is coming home to roost as his little healthcare project flies to pieces. It couldn´t happen to a nicer guy. /s off.
ObamaCare was never intended to lower healthcare, it was never intended to provide more medical coverage and it was never intended to reduce the deficit.
ObamaCare sets the table for increasing costs across the board and blowing up the system. Democrats will then ride in to save the day with a plan to finally nationalize healthcare.
Obama said it when they were passing the bill. He said that this was one last chance for the insurance companies to do the right thing.
ObamaCare is a set up. It always was. And the sooner that the Republicans get out in front of this, the better our chances are of getting it repealed. Because the democrats will in short order start blaming the insurance companies, health care providers, republicans and George Bush for the approaching disaster.
Politicians still have the #1 goal to protect #1: themselves. If enough people get mad enough, scream loud enough, we can force our supposed representatives to fix the mess they created. Republicans, unfortunately, have gone silent on the issue when the atrocities are just coming to light. It´s time for the Republicans to start offering alternatives and give the people some solutions to gravitate toward and demand that their congresspersons support.
All need to remember exactly how this debacle was originated. obama´s prison buddy drafted it while serving time, the democrats met behind closed doors excluding any republicans from involvement and was crammed down the throats of all during a period of time the democrats owned the House, the Senate and the W.H. The T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Movement was derived from the actions of obama, polosi and reid. I have not heard of any in Congress who read the bill or attempted to read it and with staffers of these idiots responsible for the contents it was voted into law. "THROW THEM ALL OUT" - Peter Schweizer´s book is the theme to follow. Let´s get more with backbone into Congress who have some common sense and won´t waffle back and forth on what their beliefs might be.
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pete moss, 2/1/2013 9:45:44 AM (No. 9152152)
Thank you John Roberts, you bought and paid for corrupt criminal!
We should be screaming about "Equal Protection under the Law". A suit must be brought, all the way to the Supreme Court. NO ONE should be exempt from this monster..let John Roberts fix his screwup. Congress, get ready to pony up for your families, unions, pony up. How DARE they exempt themselves from this? How DARE they exempt Federal workers? We already know the working poor (47%) PAY NO federal income tax..they sure aren´t expected to pay for this. It´s the middle class that will suffer.
If Roberts would have been Chief Justice in 2000, we´d have had us a President algore. Why? Because it would have been more important to protect the court from the Dem/Left demoninzation machine than to render the proper verdict.
If you think the country is divided now, just wait. America will be in shambles by 2016 as Obama sails off to his non-extradition country. Half of America will be paying for the other half´s freebies, including healthcare. All of this will have happened in 8 short years. The Obama effect will be felt for many years. There is only one way to reverse course. Turn around, go back to the beginning and start over. If not, the Soviets will have won.
Well, one way to look at it is, we won´t have all those foreigners coming over here for health care in the future, because we HAD the best health care system in the world....!! There was nothing wrong with the system we had, but there sure will be in the future.
In the long run, just like Stalin´s Soviet Communism, just like Hitler´s nazi socialism our communist structured IRS enforced medi scam will not work. There will be no flow, no cooperation, mistakes and disaster every where. Like drug prohibition that has created a massive criminal underworld, like the current attempt control ownership and prohibit guns that can only foster a monster black market in arms, and now like the interruption and prohibition of a simple, timeless, classic, moral doctor patient relationsship, creating yet another black market in medical care, all of this will work itself out, ridding ourselves of the Harry Reed, Pulglosis and Diane Sawyers, and come hopefully to a non violent end.
For anyone who followed the gobs of illegal donations - millions and millions- into Zippy´s campaign funds both times...remember how much it there was to buy judges, blackmail certain parties (could easily have been done to Roberts). All that cash pouring in from outside the country with glaringly phony names with Visa gift cards registered to them. Breitbart ran money through several times with foreign addresses and names, including OBL in Abbottobad (sp.). It was ALL accepted.
and Ulsterman´s WHI said all that money bought lots of folks off - senators, judges, etc. They all had something to hide. Hence, we see no fight coming from them and they are as corrupt as the Dems. Wimpy, but just as corrupt.
And then Ted Cruz came to office. Let´s hope he never waivers, is never met with physical harm or threats, and most of all, doesn´t succumb to Boomtown $$$$ ever.
up to this day everybody, including you, Luciannites, is blabbering ideologues, schmideologues! What kind of ideologue will do what current president and his cabal is doing out of ideological motives? I was asking this questions back in the USSR what kind of commie ideology compels the leaders leave people hungry, without enough clothes and housing and medicine (remind you, they had control over EVERYTHING, even laundromats and small shoe repair stores!)? The only answer (Sherlock Holmes comes to the rescue) is they HATE people, all of us, they will do everything possible to make us miserable. This is them who are miserable, but the only way to get above us is to make us more miserable than they are. And here is my axiom: all people are ba$tards, lefties are much more ba$tards than us, conservatives. That´s why they are winning this battle so far. We have to forget that we are dealing with normal human ba$tards. No, they are not! They are hyenas and sadists!
No person or group should be exempt from the Obamacare monstrosity. Everyone should suffer equally. And it should be an ALL or NONE proposition. I saw today they are trying to amend the contraceptive requirement. No, no carveouts, no exemptions, ALL IN, or ALL OUT. The law is insane and virtually no one understands much of it, much less all of it. Obama wants a single payer, Government run Healthcare system as an end goal ( except of course for "certain parties ´ -such as Congress ) The whole thing has been a sham and a scam from the start. and the statements about it by the Democrats virtually all LIES. ( My opinion ).
Unless there is some legislative change, your looking at the crash and burn of the American Dream for virtually the entire working middle class who have to provide their own health insurance. This has the potential to wipe out a whole generation not to mention all the currently unemployed who actually want to work. This folly will go down in history for its disasterous financial consequences and Barack Obama has his name on it. I never thought I would see the day that I would know for sure that I am significanly smarter and more responsible than the President, Vice President and head of the Senate as well as 53 or so other Senators. Morons, idiots, nincompoops....I don´t even know if the English language has words to descibe these useless beings who brought this pox down upon our house.
There is not nearly enough anger being expressed - either that, or there is some rather lukewarm misunderstanding of how far down the hole we are and that the only solutions left fall more in line with "Benjamin Martin" than anything else. I cannot believe the anger and outrage still not expressed by thinking rational adults I encounter every single day. We are being decimated, and most people on all fronts simpy act as if writing a letter to their local paper editor will do something. Or, calling Congress. They don´t give a crap. Your freedom and accountable government -gone.
Our lives, our children´s lives and futures are toast, let alone our freedoms. Germany went the same way, tepid and in denial. Millions of them starved after their Messiah offed himself and left them to deal with his evil.
Pop quiz. With whom is the U.S. presently at war? At any other time in our nation’s history most Americans could have readily answered that question. Great Britain. Mexico. Spain. Germany. North Korea. North Vietnam. Iraq. Even college students who couldn’t name the vice president or their state’s governor would know who their non-college-material buddies were being sent overseas to kill or be killed by. These days the world is a bit more complicated. There are the easy answers: the Taliban. Al Qaeda. Then the waters get a bit murky. One might justifiably ask if America is at war with Syria,
Sandra Fluke keeps sending me e-mails. Okay, these e-mails don’t actually contain the type of Weiner-esque Democratic electronic solicitations that are suitable for disclosure only on “The Dirty.” But her messages could be considered provocative. In her latest e-mail, she said she wants me to meet her for a “chat” in San Francisco. Actually, her e-mails are all about money. With a pretentiousness so blatant it’s entertaining, Fluke is trying to convince me to give money to Democratic candidates. Political fundraising is a permanent exercise and, obviously, lists are not always properly culled.
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Voter identification laws have Democrats up in arms. One of the reasons, as Nate Cohn illustrated last week, is that they disproportionately affected non-white and Democratic voters in North Carolina. This effect, however, only would have padded Romney´s lead in the state by 0.5pt to 0.8pt. In other words, it would only have made a difference in the tightest of elections, and North Carolina isn´t close to being the state that determines the winner in presidential elections. If Democrats want to be upset about something, they should turn their attention to felon and ex-felon voting restrictions.
A nthony Weiner´s mayoral campaign has imploded. But before a raft of new revelations about Weiner´s post-Congress sexting misadventures, he had a real chance of becoming the next mayor of New York City. In the meantime, Eliot Spitzer — Weiner´s fellow New Yorker, whose fall from grace was also well-documented — still has a good shot at becoming the city´s next comptroller. Despite their baggage, both men began their campaigns with a headstart on the competition. That headstart was provided not because they showed an aptitude for success in their previous political positions.
CLEVELAND – Three women held captive in a run-down home for a decade kept diaries documenting the horrific physical and sexual abuse they suffered on a daily basis, prosecutors said Wednesday. The women´s kidnapper, Ariel Castro, lured one of them into his Cleveland home with the promise of a puppy for her son and later locked all of them in a vehicle in his garage for three days when someone visited him, prosecutors said. Castro, a former school bus driver, claimed he didn´t have an exit strategy from his complicated double life and finally gave the women
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Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
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