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Obama re-demonizes insurance industry

Obama re-demonizes insurance industry

We reported on this before.  Health insurance execs afraid to talk on record about Obamacare computer problems.

CNN reports today, White House Pressuring Insurance Companies To Not Criticize ObamaCare:

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: Now more breaking news, evidence that the Obama administration is leaning on insurance companies to keep a lid on problems with the healthcare law rollout. Now Drew Griffin on CNN’s investigations did the reporting. So Drew, What’s going on here, what have you learned?

DREW GRIFFIN: Anderson, what’s going on is behind the scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout. Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet. Several sources tell me and my colleague Chris Frates that insurance executives are being told to keep quiet….

Why would the insurance industry be worried?

Maybe because like all Obama critics, they are only one speech away from being demonized.

And it looks like that speech has taken place, Obama blames ‘bad apple insurers’ for canceled insurance plans:

President Obama tried a new tack Wednesday as he fought back against criticism of his Obamacare claims.

Fact-checkers and journalists have ruled that Obama wasn’t being truthful when he claimed that people who liked their insurance could keep it. Obama during a speech in Boston sought to cast the issue Wednesday as trying to weed out “bad apple insurers” who don’t provide enough coverage.

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Dictatorial tactics: Demonize, intimidate, suppress, hide the truth.

Is anyone surprised?

Yu.Ain.Gonnano | October 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Nice little insurance company you got there. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it.

If the media is going to do nothing about it, why report it? But, I guess the will do something-they will agree with the President that he was being truthful but is now the victim of insurance companies’ evil policies. I hate these bast**ds with a passion.

    moonstone716 in reply to gasper. | October 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

    The enemedia. They are the real traitors and treasonists (?). The democrats could never get away with all they do if the enemedia even attempted to be remotely honest.

The IRS could audit you…

I’m sorry, but I’m not sympathetic to people who won’t stand up to fascism. It’s the same story throughout history — tyranny and fear, and the latter enabling the former. If the insurance executives were too stupid and/or afraid to identify and oppose the threat of Obamacare years ago, and are now refusing to speak out against the man who betrayed them once and demonizes them twice, what can you say? Are there really people with this little self-respect? Do they even identify themselves as Americans? Why?

Obama “wasn’t truthful”? Are you kidding? A conspiracy was formed at the highest levels of our government to destroy the private heath insurance industry and strip millions of Americans of their health insurance. Who will stand up to this criminal? Anybody?

    Interesting how people with a lot of money at their disposal are such moral cowards and blind to their role in the assault on freedom.

    Meanwhile, us ‘yahoos’ are the ones with the grit to face down the punk in the white house.

    Molon Labe

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to raven. | October 31, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Easier said than done. Don’t forget the aura Obama road in on. Evan Thomas literally referred to him as God-like. And Democrats controlled all branches of government.

    Now, suppose Obama called the insurance company execs in to his office and says something like this, “look, I’ve got the House and a filibuster proof Senate. I can jam through whatever I want. So I’ll give you two options. We can do single payer today and put you out of business immediately. Or we can do something similar to Romneycare. It will probably take a few years for the Romneycare thing to ultimately fail. But when it does we’ll transition to single payer because by then we’ll have so many people dependent on it that there will be no turning back to the old system. That’ll give you a few more years to get fat and happy before we transition to single payer. I’m going to go have a smoke. Give me your decision when I come back.”

    I have no way of knowing if anything like that actually happened. But it certainly seems possible considering there is video of Obama telling SEIU members that he ultimately wants single payer but it will take several years to transition to it.

So Blue Cross Blue Shield is a “bad apple” insurance company for entering into voluntary agreements with their policy holders, but rest assured that only quality providers are available through the new compulsory system – like Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Have I got that right Mr. President?

All plans must meet now meet the new government regulations. If your plan doesn’t it must be cancelled and you must buy one that does. Your insurance company doesn’t want to drop your plan; It is now illegal for them to sell your old one.

That’s the scam:
1. Obama says he would never make you change your plan or doctor.
2. His people write a regulation that makes your current plan illegal so your insurance provider is forced to stop selling it to you.
3. The Democrats say “See? Those rotten SOB insurance companies took your healthcare away! They want you to die! Isn’t it great we’re here for you?”

    Chicklet in reply to JohnC. | October 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    It’s been clear to the lefties that this is just the first baby step to single-payer, all data through the IRS and don’t you dare disconnect the camera from your computer or phone. To get what Obama wants, he needs patients to hate insurance companies more than they hate Washington.

    Of course the President of the United States knows nothing about what’s going wrong but has a few lackeys who ‘take responsibility’ for the disaster, that is how he’s run his show for 5 years now. Expect more bluster (backed up by NBC and NY Times investigations) each week the website fails to work. When the citizens start to get the bills in January, he’ll add a double dose of invectives. Bah!!

      It was THE plan, all along..

      Flashback: Obama’s Campaign to Transition to Single Payer Health Care (VIDEO)

      Obama – Remarks to AFL – CIO
      “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care plan. The United States of America–the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent–14 percent of its gross national product on health care and cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody and that’s what Jim is talking about when he says, ‘Everybody in. Nobody out.’ A single payer health care credit–universal healthcare credit. That’s what I’d like to see, but as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House and we’ve got to take back the Senate and we’ve got to take back the House.”

      Article includes several of his big mouth speeches, (in print) as far back as 2005.

amatuerwrangler | October 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm

A step further: The admonition of “you have to pass it to see what’s in it” may well have been directed to the insurance sompanies, not necessarily the general public. Hear me out…

All the promises of “keep your doctor”, “keep your insurance plan” were intended to mollify the masses and to show the insurance companies they would not lose subscribers to the government. In fact, the public perception was that people would be required to buy insurance, so the insurance companies would gain customers. On March 23rd the bill was signed into law and no one knew that the line had been drawn as to what is an acceptable plan and what the insurers could or could not change.

Had they known they were going to be nailed down like this, they would have either objected, or changed the plans before the cut-off date. They were blind-sided.

Everyone who has ever had 2 years of insurance coverage knows that the plans change somewhat each year, usually by rate increase, but also by procedures being added of deleted, and also the stealth cost increase of the increased deductible (the amount you pay out-of-pocket before the insurance kicks in). The authors of the ACA knew that few, if any, insurance policies would survive more than a year based on this hidden trap.

I can’t feel sorry for the insurance industry. They went along with Obama because they were willing to sell out America for their own gain.

“If you like your health plan, you can call 1-800-F_UCKYO”.

We are on our way to single payer and I think that was the plan all along…

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to GrumpyOne. | October 31, 2013 at 12:46 am

    The mid-term elections grow in importance…I can only imagine the speed with which insurance companies would be out of business if the House went Dem. in 2014. Jan the Communist Schakowsky made that very plain–they want to put the insurance industry on the ropes as they “transition” to single payer.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to 9thDistrictNeighbor. | October 31, 2013 at 1:18 am

      As long as they can apply extortionist tactics to an industry the Democrats aren’t about to put it out of business. It’s the Chicago Way.

        Midwest Rhino in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | October 31, 2013 at 6:40 am

        yeah, that makes sense to me. They have a new crop of Democrat “donors”. Democrats can send their “bag men” around to collect protection money. The industry that needed rules to protect the insured, becomes a DC controlled wealth redistribution utility, from middle to lower, AND from the industry to Democrat coffers. Obama is already leaning on them to STFU about who is currently to blame.

        The dream of single payer might be better (for them) kept as a dream. They need actual competent people to do the real work.

        But “single payer” for every industry (eventually) would give them more direct control over every citizen’s job and welfare, hence yielding more complete submission. As Lerner and Holder have shown us, donating time or money to the “wrong” cause is to Democrats, as burning the Koran is to radical Islam. They will reach out and make an example of the “infidel” that does not submit.

        This parallels Brazil’s top down control, as discussed in an Ace thread:

        ..Brazil is also a country where:

        – the utter government control of the private sector through bureaucracy managed to destroy entrepreneurship. To the point that it exists, it has to deal with the accepted fact of life that the bribes … have to be factored in business plans.

        – a crushing tax burden that sustain a permanent dependent underclass of favelados in welfare ensures the populists remain eternally in power and that any semblance upward mobility is quickly “corrected”. ….

        Obama forces independent people with insurance they liked onto his exchanges, where they are forced to pay more for less, and subsidize those without insurance. It is another “barrycade” to upward mobility. (that term should acquire broader usage, those monuments belong to Barry, not “we the people” that died in the wars, or run small business. )

        Mao and Chavez exemplify Obama’s dreams, not Madison or Jefferson.

          Midwest Rhino in reply to Midwest Rhino. | October 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

          The Barrycade …
          should be standard nomenclature in political cartoons, for Obama using his power to block people from their constitutional rights, or blocking them from what he actually promised them.

          Barry blockading veterans for his personal politics should never be forgotten. And he chose to blockade the money from those families of the fallen heroes, so they could attend the ceremonies. Good gawd, what a hateful president we have.

          Obama blocks them insurance and doctors responsible Americans liked, just as he blocked veterans from their own memorial. All to advance his leftist agenda, without regard for the working/dying class. The cold steel bars of the Barrycade is a very strong visual connection/reminder that sticks in the mind. We should develop it, make it common vernacular.

You’d think at some point the insurance executives would figure out that if they do NOT speak out and help destroy Obamacare that their own jobs, and the companies they work for, will cease to exist.

How can they not realize that if Obamacare survives, permanently, that there won’t be any privately owned insurance companies at all?

Look what happened in MA with MassCare/Romneycare. 100% of for profit insurers have ceased to exist. There’s Blue Cross and 2 other non-profits and that’s it! Worse, those 3 non-profits are all forced to lose millions: govt dictates what they must cover and govt dictates what they are allowed to charge, and the numbers don’t add up. They survive by overcharging customers in other states.

I’ve asked the following question previously here and on several other blogs. So far no one has an answer. Let’s try it again:

Why would insurance companies make modifications to their policies that rendered them ineligible under Obamacare? What’s the point? Why would a company effectively toss tens of thousands of customers?


    BrendaK in reply to creeper. | October 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I’ll give that a shot…the regulations that governed ‘grandfathering’ were not as onerous or restrictive in the ACA bill.

    It has already been established that Tavenner and her band of merry bastids wrote new regulations that effectively doomed most if not damn near all of those pre-2010 plans to cancellation.

    We are entirely at the mercy of unaccountable, unelected bureaucratic Mandarins.

The chirp of crickets from the GOP Establishment in Congress is deafening.

The time to fight this corrupt bastard in the White House is now.

Get these execs in front of committees, start a damn special investigative committee and start kicking some butt. I am damn tired of the passivity/complicity of these fools in Congress.

“that don’t provide enough coverage” – according to whom? According to the government, not to the consumer who voluntarily bought the plan. We just aren’t smart enough to know what’s best for us. Of course, we see this all the time, from Bloomberg’s soda and salt ban, to things like requiring airbags on cars (stick with me here – airbags are a good thing, but they increase the price of the car – if I want to buy a cheap car, understanding the risks of no airbags, shouldn’t I be able to? And don’t give me the “but if you are injured in an accident and don’t have insurance then the taxpayer pays for your healthcare!!” argument – that’s another story.)

    BrendaK in reply to DougV. | October 31, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Yes, well, with Obamacare (and any national healthcare scheme) your behavior becomes everyone else’s business. So if you don’t eat correctly, or you smoke, or you ride a trike without a helmet, or fail to have that airbag, or engage in any other ‘risky’ behavior, then you are a bad person. A kulak; an exploiter of the System.

    Thus the need for draconian micromanagement: it’s because we are all so bad and entirely too ignorant and selfish to be left to our own devices.

    Shorter answer: because f* you, that’s why

JR Nyquist recently wrote a most interesting article entitled “The Economics and Politics of the Psychopath.” He included a remark by Ayn Rand that explains Obama’s persistent attempts to demonize business:

“Ayn Rand warned that negative talk about businessmen must be regarded with suspicion in the present age. ‘Every movement that seeks to enslave a country,’ said Rand, ‘every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its demands for dictatorial power. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessman.’ ”

You can (should) read the entire article at the following link:

TrooperJohnSmith | October 31, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, when the Kulaks didn’t rush to the collectives, they just killed them all and blamed them for the failure of agriculture, which was actually caused by collectivization.

This is an old game. They are very good at it.

As far as I know, insurance companies never made their money from premiums. They made their money from investments. In the 70´s it was real estate. Since premiums have gone up so much; it makes me wonder if the government is the real thug and who is actually getting this money.

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Being the ONLY party in the healthcare system interested in cost containment, the insurers have long been targets of attacks by those in government trying to buy votes with other people’s money.
This is more of the same.

Dor consumption by useful idiots.