Obamacare deception meets reality
On June 16, 2009, in the earliest days of discussion about what form Obamacare would take, I wrote, Deception and Tyranny Key To Health Care Reform:
The only way the Obama administration and Democrats can force through the types of changes they envision for the health care system is through deception and tyranny. Honesty and freedom have no place in a system of national health care.
And now the deception and tyranny is being exposed for all to see. You cannot keep your insurance plan and doctor, and administratively Obamacare is not ready for prime time. Worse still, the dysfunctional nature of restructuring 1/6th of the economy is having ripple effects throughout the health care industry, with patients put at risk and doctors drafting exit plans.
Meanwhile, the Editors of The NY Times are trying to wordsmith away Obama’s clearly knowing false statement that people could keep their insurance plans by saying Obama “misspoke.”
Obama and his aides knew at the time that it was not accurate — they even kicked around whether to make the statement.
At least some other outlets are not playing the game.
From NY Mag, this fairly comprehensive account of how many time that promise was made (h/t Twitchy):
Meanwhile, CBS News reveals this morning that despite Obama’s and Kathleen Sebekius’s repeated assurances earlier this year that healthcare.gov was ready to go, there were clear and present warnings otherwise, Memo reveals health care adviser warned W.H. was losing control 3 years ago:
CBS News is learning the Obama administration knew of the risks associated with the Obamacare rollout well before last month.
Three years ago, a trusted Obama health care adviser warned the White House it was losing control of Obamacare. A memo obtained by CBS News said strong leadership was missing and the law’s successful implementation was in jeopardy. The warnings were specific and dire — and ignored….
David Cutler, who worked on the Obama 2008 campaign and was a valued outside health care consultant wrote this blunt memo to top White House economic adviser Larry Summers in May 2010: “I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”
Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups. He also worried basic regulations, technology and policy coordination would fail….
The White House dismissed these and other warnings. It relied on appointed bureaucrats and senior White House health care advisers. Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans, the White House became secretive about the law’s complexity and regulatory reach.
Memo reveals health care adviser warned W.H. was losing control 3 years ago
Update via Hot Air: New “glitch”: If you like your hospital, you might not be able to keep your hospital.
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Obama misspoke, America misvoted.
The Press complied, America died.
get a load of this one
I just can’t watch these people at all.
Dianne is another one who should have received a copy of “Website Design for Dummies.”
She demonstrates a total lack of understand for things technical. She certainly doesn’t think much of the plight that many Americans are going through regarding the debacle of O’bammycare.
Just another lying democrat…
So if the healthcare website were run by a private company, couldn’t they be sued under Sarbanes-Oxley?
“Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans, the White House became secretive about the law’s complexity and regulatory reach.”
There’s a lot wrong with that depiction.
The law was written to maximize its SECRETIVE nature and its REGULATORY REACH.
You cannot look at how the “law” was written, by who it was written, the process used, and its length and not know it is INTENDED to be impenetrable to analysis in any reasonable time before passage.
You cannot but be impressed by the number of times the term “as the Secretary shall direct” is used that it was DESIGNED to give its regulators IMMENSE power even beyond the “law”.
And you cannot look at the history of the ObamaDoggle and not come away impressed that it IS NO LAW. It was a coupe against the Constitution, and Pres. ScamWOW has treated it as his personal province to move here and slide there for his own interests.
“A guy like this should be locked up … If he wasn’t the president, he’d be in jail or in a sanitarium. He wouldn’t be outside talking to people in this condition. He would be considered a danger to his own his own health, to his own life.
“The latest is that it’s only 5 percent of the people, only 15 [or] 20 million people who are going to lose their plan. … What if you shoot a guy? He’s only one person out of 300 million. How come it’s in the paper that you shot an innocent person and you go to jail for it? … Since when do you destroy people and it doesn’t count because it’s too small a percentage?”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/legendary-comic-flays-obama-as-lying-maniac/#JHCzULFOPKkquclB.99
“Obamacare deception meets reality.” Yes, and the law is still on the books. And the very best anyone can hope for is years and years of chipping away at this little clause and that little paragraph, this inefficiency, that obstruction, one measly corrupt, outrageous, condition at a time. In addition to being a terrible law, it’s another full employment opportunity for government hacks, second raters, groupies, and the connected. (Is there a redundancy in there?)
“…new-glitch-if-you-like-your-hospital-you-might-not-be-able-to-keep-your-hospital,” the final line in your post, hints at the looming problem that will overwhelm the nickel and dime enrollment problem the press and talking heads have fallen in love with and the poor, downtrodden, citizenry wail about—a similar lack of functionality at the back end when providers have to deal with the monstrosity. Wait until your doctor and hospital can’t get paid; imagine the howls of outrage when insurance companies are forced to deal with the can of worms they were such willing partners in building.
Just repeal the effing thing. Won’t happen. We are neither smart enough nor courageous enough and too many people are having too much fun, making too much money.
Obama wins. We lose. The rest is all just noise for a while.
“So lying and fraud are okay, then, at least vis a vis the federal government? Benghazi was caused by a youtube video. Fauxahontas doesn’t have to worry about those diversity forms. Lincoln was a Democrat… So I don’t have to tell the truth on my income tax forms?”
“No, Janitor. What Obama meant was that you can keep your doctor. Just pay him in cash. And you can keep your “insurance” as in auto insurance and homeowners insurance because as everyone who isn’t an idiot knows, ACA is about mandating health CARE; it’s not about health “insurance”. Geez…”
To me she is Kathleen Bilious.
The one deceived most, and voluntarily deceived at that, and who is equally culpable for this mess, is John Roberts. This did not have to happen if he had held to principle instead of an almost whimsical decision to support Obama to make himself look reasonable. Does this look reasonable Mr. Supreme Justice?
Or Kathy Soblivious.
Those who pay attention are angry, and Obama supporters outwardly spinning Obamacare problems can’t be happy about having to do it, and so much of it. The problem is so obvious, so undeniable, that all spin is flagrantly silly. Obama troops must be frustrated and angry, feelings held inside at present. There are limits to how many hits anyone will take for the team.
I’m afraid the problem is that only about 40% of the country pays attention or cares, while 60% just la-la-la along, whatever, did you see Jay-Z on the MTAs last night, oh, look, a talking cat video!
Since one cannot enroll in it, can’t feel it, can’t experience it, Obamacare remains a mental construct, an abstract idea about some future change, some government thing supported by some, opposed by others. If and when it becomes a reality, the 60% will get the full taste and find it bitter. But it’s too late by then. Just like 2012.
Prediction: The healthcare.gov fix proves even harder than advertised and remains down by March ’14. The Obama people are forced to set up emergency paper enrollment centers, but by June ’14 they won’t have anywhere near enough enrollees to make it financially viable – two-thirds or signing up for Medicare. With the 2014 midterms just four months off at that point, Democrat leaders start jumping ship, diving off the USS Obama like drowning rats. Republicans truthfully claim they had nothing to do with Obamacare, while the ship-jumping Democrats will claim it was all the White House’s doing – THEy had nothing to do with it either. Obama enters lame duck mode and stays there, cuts EOs for his presidential library and works on his lackeys to pardon list.
Has there ever been another time when the U.S. government did so much direct and unnecessary harm to so many people and conveyed such sublime indifference (or worse) to their hardship and suffering? The true soul of “progressivism” is now on full display.
I just heard a leftist repeat the canard that the policies being cancelled were terrible, “substandard” plans — which includes plans that have been paying for treatment for seriously ill people for years. But the Democrats’ concept of “real insurance” is not real enough to be accepted by the doctors and hospitals who were treating them, even though it costs a lot more.
The Democrats don’t care. What they care about is that now some people with Ivy League degrees get to spend all their time doing “art” while other people pay for their insurance. If they weren’t Democrat voters before, they certainly will be now. Isn’t that great?
I’m not a real dictionariast, I just play one on blogs. Would this be correct?
mis·speak verb \ˌmis-ˈspēk\
1: to express (oneself) imperfectly or incorrectly. Example: “I misspoke at the dinner party last night when I said ‘Bill Jacobson is really, really, gay.’ What I meant to say was ‘Bill Jacobson is really a guy’s guy.'”
lie verb \ˈlī\
1: to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive. Example: “I misspoke when I said ‘Bill Jacobson is really, really, gay.’ What I meant to say was ‘Bill Jacobson is really a guy’s guy.’ Now a lying bunch of right wingnuts are calling this a lie simply because I misspoke it dozens of times.”
LHC (who, hobbyist dictionariast or linguist or whatever, is not a real guy’s guy. He can fake it for short periods of time with the best of them when necessary, praying all the while the real guys’ guys don’t realize he’s just acting … scared they’ll find out this outwardly smooth, studly dude is really an oversensitive, introverted dork inside. Luke figures the Professor is cut from much the same cloth … and that he, at times, goes moist in the eyes when he stops to wonder what that theoretical twin brother he always wanted is doing at the moment far away over on the left coast. Family. Courage.)
Re: Update on “glitch” – obviously you must have lousy insurance, a lousy doctor, and a lousy hospital, right?
Obama: “I’m really good at killing people.”
For a second there, I thought he was talking about drone strikes.
There may be a way out of this mess on an individual level – Gap Insurance. Think MediGap insurance for people on Medicare. What if one were to simply pay the fine/tax and then just get a gap policy to act as a catastrophic plan to cap expenses?
Obamacare Seen Prompting Gap Insurance Sales
I suggest on an individual level as a way to engage in civil disobedience that Americans in a collective action could themselves do what the GOP has failed to do, kill ObamaCare. It would also have the benefit of turning back the clock on the doctor patient relationship in that it cuts out not only the government via ObamaCare but also the health insurance industry as well to a cash based fee for service transaction. Many doctors and hospitals are getting cut out from participating in dealing with the insurance companies via ObamaCare. We collectively can do this via the insurance death spiral by refusing to accept the false dichotomy offered by ObamaCare. Think of ObamaCare as the proverbial card trick where you are asked to pick a card from a selection, the person administering the trick firmly holds on to the ones he/she doesn’t want you to take but loosely holds the one they actually want you to take.
Liberals are counting on people’s fear of not having insurance as their means to induce the public to go along with the insurance scam they set up under ObamaCare. Yes, it is a scam since you are being tricked to do what you rationally ordinarily wouldn’t do and money is taken from you and given to another. ObamaCare is a financial fraud in the manner in which it is being foisted upon an unwilling public against their personal and financial interest. But liberals always seem to think something isn’t fraudulent when the government does it versus a sleazy person(s) taking money from a victim under false pretenses. When you have to lie about the benefits of a financial deal to get someone to take it, that by definition constitutes a fraud. Just because government officials like Obama and Sebelius won’t go to jail for the commission of the fraud doesn’t make it any less a crime. Crimes that go unpunished are still crimes, just as a tree falls in the forest it does make a sound regardless if any human is around to hear it. Liberals love to engage in this kind of metaphysical BS to escape judgment of their dysfunctional self centered view of the world.