“You broke the health care system, you own it” Tweet of the Day
This is mightly rich.
Donna Brazile was a big defender of Obamacare, despite warnings that it would drive up insurance rates:
Guess who’s now complaining about private insurance rates rising?
You broke it, you own it. As for the rest of us, we’re the victim, not you.
What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 27, 2013
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— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) February 27, 2013
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— Razor (@hale_razor) February 27, 2013
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— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 27, 2013
I have to hand it to @donnabrazile: This is the happiest I’ve seen conservatives on Twitter in a long, long time.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) February 27, 2013
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Just got off the phone with my health care provider…
Why would she call her Doctor, to ask about her insurance premium?
Because, like most Obamorons, they equate health insurance to health care.
Rx: Take two bananas and call me in the morning.
Dumb Donna called her provider & spoke to an Obama voter as dumb as dumb Donna. Her name was Schultz & she said, “I know noshing! “
That’s after she stormed off in a huff from her local gas station after asking them to explain why prices at the pump are much too high.
No good answer there, either!
“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
Ronald Reagan gives a speech in support of the Presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater.
Donna Brazile always struck me as smart, with it (for a DEM) … does she not get the irony here?
The cynic in me says Donna’s complaint is all part of the original plan to push toward single payer. Since so few Americans connect the president’s policies with the consequences, it will be easy to blame insurance providers for the increases making single payer that much more appealing to the low-information public.
Yes, this is a rhetorical paving stone on the road to single payer.
There is such a thing as being “Too open minded” in such cases, it is important to warn people not to let their brains fall out of their skulls.
They are like moths to an open flight, they get all mesmerized by the promise of the glow (in terms of healthcare debate, this would be the “benefits” of Obamacare), until they get burned.
It is very hard to stifle a giggle. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
Everyone laughing at Brazile for her ‘naivete’ is missing the broader game being played here.
Her health care provider(s) did not raise their rates, it is her health care payer that did so.
These are two entirely different entities. Anyone who understands even a modicum about the state of the American healthcare system understands the distinction. Many also understand that it is this very disconnect between the person who purchases ‘healthcare’ and the people who make payment for those services that renders the system a dysfunctional marketplace – within hidden costs and distortions that limit competition and drive up costs.
The real problem is that the vast majority of healthcare consumers have no understanding of this disconnect. As far as they are concerned their health care ‘insurer’ is the same as a health care provider.
Brazile knows all this, her tweet is intended to maintain the farce and further paper over the problem.
These people know they haven’t solved the problem, they just don’t want you to begin to explore real solutions.
well, unfortunately we have two groups of people:
Group A – Voters
Group B – “Anyone who understands even a modicum about the state of the American healthcare system…”
There is a very tiny overlap between these two groups. Group A swallows whatever tripe rolls of Bobo’s tongue. Why, after four years of the ongoing train wreck is beyond me. But here we go again, for more years of ‘forward’ off the cliff.
I agree completely.
There are a bunch of people on the right going off on this ‘gaffe’ who do understand the issue, but who also fail to realize that she was not talking to them.
She was talking to people incapable of appreciating the irony, and all the ‘opinion leaders’ don’t get it.
How’s that for irony.
That’s why we’re in deep trouble – we assume as self evident things that aren’t remotely so. And even when pointed out, we remain unable to artfully craft a response that will resonate with the un or misinformed.
What’s on your menu?
I’ll have what Donna’s having:
North Korean grass-fed High-premium PPACA-non-choice grade steak aged and subsequently cured in a dry, death panel sauce. Unattentively served with a side of crow.
She voted to treat symptoms and will suffer the causes with other Americans.
You know she called the WH and was assured Obamacare had nothing to do with the increase in her health insurance premium, besides, I think it’s a bit much to expect the vice chair of the DNC to understand deep scientific concepts like cause and effect.
Wait till she learns that none of the available medical care payment systems are sustainable, not the traditional third-party system, not Obamacare, not single payer. Her head will explode. She’ll want elected officials to do something about it, pronto. You know, fix it with a big government program. Something.
What is that Mencken quote? Sits on Ace’s blog masthead? Oh yeah…
“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black falg, and begin slitting throats.”
~ H.L. Mencken
*To the gubbermint apparatchik screening conservative posts whose eye may be caught by the hyperbolic call to figurative violence and order all my sharp items confiscated… molon labe, m-er f-er.
Life is hard. Life is very hard when you’re stupid.
I love it.
To quote Donna: “Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer”
There’s a perfectly good answer, though, there’s absolutely no one she will be able to contact who will tell her, no matter how important she thinks she is.
So let me do it, Donna. It’s because the healthcare providers are monopolies. It’s because they can do anything they want as long as they dress it up in healthcare-speak to a properly deputized bureaucrat who speaks healthcare, appointed by another faceless, similarly deputized healthcare speaking bureaucrat in a bureaucracy created by your government specifically for the purpose of speaking heathcare.
Here’s an example. Involved indirectly with (shackled by) Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, a high quality, full color, two sided, one page flier arrived in my mail recently announcing arrival of the “Blue to You” van. (Vehicle operating expense, lease expense. Wonder how many there are/will be?) Photos displayed a full size mini-motor home painted in Blue Cross colors, sporting complete logos and displays, and a well appointed, well equipped, well staffed interior.
What, Donna, you may ask does it do to help keep my premium cost down? Well, thankfully for us all, the answers were provided right there in blue (of course) and white.
“While visiting the van, you and your neighbors will be able to speak with a Blue to You advisor about finding a participating doctor in your plan and to schedule appointments.” (Wow, a Blue to You advisor. Think staffing – employees & salary, training expense plus the scheduling nightmares with doctors.)
“Attend educational seminars where we’ll provide information to help you get and stay healthy.” (Staffing, consulting, facility rent, public relations expense)
“Learn more about local wellness activities and initiatives in your neighborhood.” (Staffing, consulting)
“Receive giveaways and educational handouts.” (Staffing, gee-gaw, trinket, and printing expense)
“And much more.” (Blank check)
“Touch screen computers located in the Blue to You van give you the opportunity to:”(IT, consulting expense – at least)
“Look up information on health care professionals and hospitals.” (data base maintenance, coordination staff)
“Watch educational health videos.” (Consulting, equipment, PR expense)
“Access health care reform information.” (Consulting expense – see and hear experts like Donna Brazille!)
“Get general information about Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey, Inc.” (Advertising expense – for the local monopoly!)
“Learn about the benefits of using Member Online Services.” (Self promotion, IT expense)
Wait, there’s more.
“While on the Blue to You van, you’ll be able to print out health-related information on various topics that you can take with you.” (More computer, printing cost, etc.)
And finally, the answer to your question about why the increase in premium cost, justification for the increases, and who pays (that would be you, Donna). The following are the only words necessary to justify the entire boondoggle to your friends in Washington, DC., words that have nothing to do with either medicine or insurance.
“All activities are free (no, they aren’t) and open to everyone in the community.”
And the magic words of justification:
“The Blue to You program promotes healthy living by increasing knowledge, activity, and engagement.”
Imagine this times fifty states.
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