Video: Say, where are those ObamaCare premium price cuts?

posted at 12:01 pm on February 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Want to know how to tell you’re going to have a bad day in Washington?  A man walks up to you and says, “Hi, I’m Jason Mattera, and I want to ask you a question.”  Actually, since Jason is a friend of mine, that would be a good day for me, but not so much for politicians.  Jason, the senior investigative reporter for Talk Radio Network and a New York Times best-selling author, gave Hot Air an exclusive first look at his latest video produced for the Andrea Tantaros Show, which features Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) attempting to walk away from a good question — whatever happened to those health-care premiums price cuts Barack Obama and Democrats promised when they passed ObamaCare three years ago?

McDermott’s answer is priceless:

“Who’s paying you?  The cock brothers?”

Er, that’s Koch brothers, as Jason corrects McDermott.  McDermott tries to first walk away from Jason, but then later engages him by arguing that all other Western nations have national health-insurance management.  “Every industrialized country in the world takes care of its people,” McDermott replied, which doesn’t actually answer Jason’s original question but does address his follow-up.  Why not just turn around and offer the answer in the first place?  Probably because there is no good answer, as premiums spike upward and the promise to bend cost curves downward turn out to be empty.

The only politician who ever actually used the right approach to Jason was Al Franken, who is otherwise well known for refusing to engage with any reporter not from Minnesota.  Whether one agrees with Franken or not, he was smart enough to challenge Jason right back.

Update: Thanks to Drudge for the big link!


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To a stupid cvnt, everything is cock.

Archivarix on February 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

“Every industrialized country in the world takes are of its people,” McDermott replied

If taking care of its people means mandating they purchase insurance plans that are skyrocketing in cost due to government intrusion, then please leave me to fend for myself. I’ll be much better off.

Doughboy on February 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Oh, Snap: “Obama Prepares To Screw His Base”
http://www.rightwingnews.com/democrats/oh-snap-obama-prepares-to-screw-his-base/

I appreciate Buzz Feed’s Ben Smith giving me a good and hearty belly laugh first thing in the morning with that headline, and even funnier as one starts to read the article

The provisions required to make any sort of health insurance plan work — not just ObamaCare, but really any plan of its sort — require healthy young people to pay more in health insurance than they consume in services.

That’s the gist of the article, that young people are going to be paying a disproportionate amount for health insurance, and are essentially getting screwed by ObamaCare, legislation which the support in a much higher ratio than any other age group .

And now the young people will learn what a good chunk of the rest of the populace has found out: Obama is always screwing people and ObamaCare, which surely most young supporters never read, is a Bad Idea. The young people should have realized this by now, since they are also one of the population segments which is having a tough time with the jobs market.

Southern by choice22 on February 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I don’t want the government to take care of me. It didn’t work out very well for the Indians.

single stack on February 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

When you don’t have an answer that makes sense, change the topic.

GarandFan on February 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“Every industrialized country in the world takes are of its people,” McDermott replied

Is he referring to the “Liverpool pathway”?

I think he must be.

Gatsu on February 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

So how is dramatically increasing the cost of healthcare and insurance while at the same time creating taxes and penalties that cause businesses to cut staff and hours in any way taking care of people?

I mean, if you were some mobsters from some city, say Chicago, to pick one at random, when you say you are going to “take care of people”, it could mean something sinister like this….but you guys aren’t the mob, from Chicago, so….

Lily on February 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

McDermott was featured in Fahrenheit 9/11. Enough said.

thebrokenrattle on February 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Huckabee (I know, I know) had a doctor on his show this past weekend. She made a point that I don’t see conservatives making enough. She said over and over again that Obamacare has nothing to do with insurance. It’s a very expensive health-benefits package. I wish these GOP morons in Congress would have labeled Obamacare as health welfare rather than going along with Obama’s characterization as health-insurance reform.

BuckeyeSam on February 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

THey passed it only because the fooled just enough people.

If they would have come out with what really would happen, Every last one of them, would have been set on fire in the public square. There would have been no way it would have been passed without the lies. I to this day think they knew EXACTLY what would happen.

watertown on February 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Another Democrat on parade!

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Trolls show up to tell us how churlish and rude Jason was in 3…2…

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

THey passed it only because the fooled just enough people.

If they would have come out with what really would happen, Every last one of them, would have been set on fire in the public square. There would have been no way it would have been passed without the lies. I to this day think they knew EXACTLY what would happen.

watertown on February 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Of course they did. O-Care is just a rest stop on the way to single-payer. Break the system a little more than convince everyone that, this time, we really do have the ultimate answer to all your problems.

Bitter Clinger on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

That’s the gist of the article, that young people are going to be paying a disproportionate amount for health insurance, and are essentially getting screwed by ObamaCare, legislation which the support in a much higher ratio than any other age group .

And now the young people will learn what a good chunk of the rest of the populace has found out: Obama is always screwing people and ObamaCare, which surely most young supporters never read, is a Bad Idea. The young people should have realized this by now, since they are also one of the population segments which is having a tough time with the jobs market.

Southern by choice22 on February 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

But they are children until they are 26.
Their parents will pay while they get a degree as a “Diversity Coach”.

Mimzey on February 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

The politicians see no linkage at all to the problems caused by Obamacare. Everything is a separate issue and entity, existing in its own bubble, the problems having another cause with no connection at all to a truly bad idea that became an even worse law. That’s how and why we get topic-changing retorts to valid and pointed questions.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

while the questions have a basis, the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Dr. Benjamin Carson knows what he speaks of, but is not allowed to the WH. Only idiots are allowed there.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

I can’t wait to see how rude and disrespectful Dear Leader can be in the SOTU..?

d1carter on February 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Didn’t read it when it was written.
Didn’t read it when they voted for it.
Haven’t read it since.

Who could have? 2100 pages of gobbledygook with one purpose in mind. Put a stranglehold on the American people making them totally dependent on the government for health services. A government of fools like McDermott.

Baghdad Jim is best remembered by this ……….

Back in 2002, in one of the most disgraceful, unpatriotic displays by members of Congress in American history, loathsome liberal Democrats, Jim McDermott and David Bonior actually went to Iraq before the war and did what amounted to public relations work for Saddam Hussein.

Can’t describe the hate I have for these vermin.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

while the questions have a basis, the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Your nom s/b nobrain. You’d live up/down to it, to perfection.

The only Punk in the vid is the ‘congressman’ who thinks he’s king. The people should pitchfork the azzholes in DC. They are arrogant non-representative potentates, who forget what their sworn duty is. YOU s/b for the people, whom they’re supposed to represent. You are all swine.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Sincere apologies to the good/clean swine.

Can’t describe the hate I have for these vermin.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

+1 They are the enemies of the state and of all which is still good.

Sums up who/how they are.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Trolls show up to tell us how churlish and rude Jason was in 3…2…

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Not trolling, but he could work on his presentation, both physical and verbal. I wouldn’t take him serious if he came up to me like that.

“You’re a comedian, aren’t ya?”
Not exactly helpful nor professional.

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

test

mickytx on February 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I to this day think they knew EXACTLY what would happen.

watertown on February 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

When I asked how it would be paid for at Al Green’s town hall in the summer of 2010 he became so exasperated it ended the whole thing. SEIU stepped forward and began the chants and that was it.

They never had to answer ANY questions about Obamacare and laughingly told us we would have to wait to see what was inside it once they passed it after all.

And to think it was young people who shackled themselves to this mess. No comfort there.

DanMan on February 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

“You’re a comedian, aren’t ya?”
Not exactly helpful nor professional.

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

He said “cock brothers”. He’s either a comedian or an idiot, take your pick. As soon as he said that he was fair game. These arrogant congress-critters deserve no respect. Those days have long past. We’re dealing with crooks and liars, let have both barrels right between the eyes.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

“Every industrialized country in the world takes are of its people,”

Two statements from my youth fit nicely here. One, prove it! Two, if your friends jumped off a cliff would you? My folks were never big fans of the “Everyone else is doing it” point of persuasion.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Sure, those questions are hysterical.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Bottom line… Obamacare isn’t what Dems advertised it to be when they passed it. But we don’t see them lining up to recall it, do we? And that’s because, just as conservatives argued all along… it’s NOT about helping people. It’s about government control. If this was not the case, Democrats themselves would be seeking to undo it. And they’re NOT.

Murf76 on February 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Trolls show up to tell us how churlish and rude Jason was in 3…2…

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

while the questions have a basis, the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Are these morons predictable, or what?

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

‘Mattera’ is Breitbartian for ‘wannabe’.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

He said “cock brothers”. He’s either a comedian or an idiot, take your pick. As soon as he said that he was fair game.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Fair game for what? A useless conversation?

Anybody can go up and badger someone, it is better to try and get the person to admit what they did was incorrect or catch them in the lie.

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 1:12 PM

while the questions have a basis, the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

C’mon man! You can’t be that naïve. These politicians all say that if you want an interview, call….. and do you think they’d ever give an interview to Jason?

What the heck is wrong with making a politician uncomfortable and making them answer for their legislation? All “due” respect is the phrase and many of these politicians aren’t due any.

Vince on February 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Video: Say, where are those ObamaCare premium price cuts?

To be fair, it would be awfully tough to deliver the promised 3000% reduction in premiums.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

HAHAHAHAHABAHAHBAHABAHAHAAAAAA ALL the usual ankle biting mouthbreathers whining about Matters and his style.

You imbeciles crack me up.

tom daschle concerned on February 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Fair game for what? A useless conversation?

Anybody can go up and badger someone, it is better to try and get the person to admit what they did was incorrect or catch them in the lie.

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Fair game to be made a fool of, that’s what.

He was asked what happened to those Obamacare price cuts, straight up. McDermott evaded the question entirely and instead chose to make wise. And you think he should have tried harder to get him to admit to something?

Please tell us how that would go down. Please tell us how you get a snake like McDermott to admit we were lied to.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Vince on February 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Oh, I’m not saying he can’t question the Congressman, but he was clearly being needlessly antagonistic to get youtube hits

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Predictable and tonedeaf to boot.

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Oh, sorry, but cool.

to the subject: p.o.n.z.i.

anyone who doesn’t understand this, continues to buy insurance of this sort

HSA’a as Dr. Carson put forth (another thread) are how they should work.
I vaguely remember the premise being put aside for this year (speculation) and lose it if
you didn’t use said monies, which, HF (heaven forbid), you won’t need.

Two things here.

I don’t speculate for my health, and even if I did, why should that ‘set aside’ be lost?

Oh, and those were parsing statements and questions, therein.

And fitting in the voids for some, there is charitable contributions, as well.

The only problem here doesn’t exist.

Yet it does.

mickytx on February 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Fair game to be made a fool of, that’s what.

He was asked what happened to those Obamacare price cuts, straight up. McDermott evaded the question entirely and instead chose to make wise. And you think he should have tried harder to get him to admit to something?

Please tell us how that would go down. Please tell us how you get a snake like McDermott to admit we were lied to.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

And Mattera got no where. The only fool was Mattera. Instead of attacking him with “Obama” said this, how about attacking McDermott with his own words. Nothing was accomplished, except showing some politician trying to avoid some guy with a half serious attack.

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

LoganSix yeah, McDermott made it clear how willing he was to talk right from the get go. But keep thinking that giving him a tongue bath would have helped.

Hard Right on February 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

One of The Three (Saddam’s) Stooges. Who’s paying him? I’m betting it’s AARP.

Ward Cleaver on February 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

LoganSix yeah, McDermott made it clear how willing he was to talk right from the get go. But keep thinking that giving him a tongue bath would have helped.

Hard Right on February 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I didn’t say be nice to him and smooch his arse. I’m not defending McDermott, but I don’t think Mattera is one bit effective. His attacks are about as useful as going up to a rival sports team fan and say “Hey, do you know how much you suck?”

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

You saw one fool and I saw another.

I don’t think this thread surfaced to expose Mattera as a fool. Quite the contrary.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Oh those witty Democrats, don’t you just love em. We are all going to love our new government health care plan. My favorite is I get to keep my children on the plan until they are 26. (Double Sarc).

DDay on February 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

This is to start the death panel narrative. We have class warfare, race warfare and now we will have ageism warfare.

tessa on February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

So how is dramatically increasing the cost of healthcare and insurance while at the same time creating taxes and penalties that cause businesses to cut staff and hours in any way taking care of people?

Makes one really think of this Constitutional thing: A government by the people, for the people, and of the people.

We the People haven’t had anyone “representing” us in government for years! It’s a go along system, where they get paid fat paychecks to argue with each other and eventually cave to BAD for the people ideas. In the meantime they take a few trips, shuffle money under the table, get perks and payoffs from big corporations that finance their campaigns and break the backs of the few Americans still fortunate enough to have a job.

katablog.com on February 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

You’ve got a Drudge link Ed. This doesn’t happen to Hot Air very often.

Wigglesworth on February 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Mattera’ is Breitbartian for ‘wannabe’.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

verbaluce is Einsteinian for brains. A socialist like you s/b on the side of Mattera in this video. YOU are supposed to be “for the people”, alas.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Trolls show up to tell us how churlish and rude Jason was in 3…2…

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

while the questions have a basis, the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

6 minutes.

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Must watch the good Dr. Carson. He’s one of the few menschen and men left in the US.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

6 minutes.

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Not bad time to polish off a bag a Cheetos and finish punching the clown.

Aviator on February 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Lookie, fools

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Mattera’ is Breitbartian for ‘wannabe’.

verbaluce

Proof the left only cares about power and control and that “for the little people” thing is a blatant lie.

Hard Right on February 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Don’t forget McDermott is exempted from Obowmacare…

… along with his staff.

That’s why he couldn’t answer Jason’s questions…

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

McDummy’s comment near the end was telling…
He said, “Every other industrial nation takes care of its people.”
That’s the point isn’t it? We need to be cared for by the government.
And then the government will find another industry to care for, and another, and another…

Kini on February 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

“Every industrialized country in the world takes are of its people,” McDermott replied

But mom, everyone else is doing it. Typical childish response from a typical childish liberal.

xblade on February 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

“Every industrialized country in the world takes care of their people. One way…or another. BWA HA HA HA.”

- Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)

steebo77 on February 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

If I had illusions about what motivates Mattera…maybe.
But to look at the bright side, I think that this made it into a post proves that Jason does indeed have a good friend in Ed.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

‘Mattera’ is Breitbartian for ‘wannabe’.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Since McDermott was either too ignorant or too dishonest to answer the question, maybe you can tell us: where are the premium decreases that Obama and the Democrats promised us?

If you can’t, or won’t, answer that question, here’s another you might be able to handle: Since you have such a grasp of foreign languages, could you please tell me the Breitbartian word for deflection?

steebo77 on February 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

“Every industrialized country in the world takes are of its people,” McDermott replied

There’s “care for” and then there’s “take care of”…the later is more akin to what the mafia does to ya if you make ‘em mad. Obama is definitely going to “take care of” all of us.

Wyznowski on February 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I don’t want the government to take care of me. It didn’t work out very well for the Indians.

single stack on February 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

This is an understatement if there ever was one. Reservations are simply human zoos. Built by Democrats.

CW20 on February 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Go get ‘em, Jason!

I called my senator’s office and explained that, despite the Affordable Health Care Act, my costs were going up. The young person on the phone had absolutely no idea what I was talking about, apparently that office hadn’t gotten many (any?) calls about it. Clearly both media and the voters have given the whole thing a ‘pass’. Which is wrong.

Glad someone’s trying to hold these people accountable.

shinty on February 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Just for your consternation, Ed has a good friend in Drudge today.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

As Kini said, the congress and the president, and theirs, the unions too, should Never be exempt from any laws they force on the people.

This s/b in the constitution.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Since McDermott was either too ignorant or too dishonest to answer the question, maybe you can tell us: where are the premium decreases that Obama and the Democrats promised us?

steebo77 on February 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Maybe they’ll follow the economic boom the Repubs promised would result from tax cuts/trickle down.

But to really answer your question…
Here’s a well balanced and good read.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I guess the news here is that someone said “co*k” – that’s the traction on Jason’s scoop.
Doesn’t take much…or sometimes anything, really.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Wonder if Jason will jump out, flipcam in hand, at the Pope this week?

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Obamacare was their way of getting their footing on the path to Single Payer. By most companies cutting back hours on their associates and making health premiums much higher, the majority of the populate will be on the Govt healthcare system. And with that, Washington will introduce the Single Payer Healthcare system, citing that Obamacare costs too much and they will need to tackle the high cost issue.

This was their plan from the start!

Jacamina on February 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Give this a read. No wonder it made cow Crawley nervous.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The news here is that the ‘representatives’ are arrogant azzes. Please turn on your brains.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

…the news are…

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I wonder if it would be possible to come up with a competing health insurance plan that could be used to satisfy the health insurance requirement, which would be exempt from the machinations of whatever The Secretaries whim of the day might be?

I would think Paul Ryan’s suggestion on the campaign trail of catastrophic hospitalization combined with a health savings account that could accrue and be your property, the excess kept and saved or used to by your future insurance, could be popularized, without the press, of course, because it is unreasonable that only The Secretary’s plans are approved. It’s crazy.

Or have congress pass a law that says having your own personal health savings account satisfies Obama care and nulls all the rest of the 3000 pages against you.

The Congress ought to have the power to legislate any number of alternatives to satisfy the insurance requirement of Obama Care.
Bronze, Gold and Platinum one size fits all, is ridiculous.

I would hate to remind anyone of this, but Mitt Romney’s insurance plan, was INSTEAD of putting everyone onto Medicaid.

I know the republicans are still waiting for the IDEAL moment to repeal Obama Care. In the meantime people are suffering with the expense, and looking at future increases. Are there no brave Democrats that might like to take the credit for this?

Democrat voters are all planning on Medicaid then?

I think republicans could at least pop out trail balloon H.R. bills, of things that would satisfy the requirement to have insurance or waive the rest of the insurance law. They could be used to save money, and cut spending. That Obamacare spending is now in the projected deficits.

One good use of their time, would be to propose a bill defining INSURANCE as only the portion of a health plan that covers Risk, for government purposes.

A health plan is something else entirely. It’s a more subjective thing, what one person wants and another person wouldn’t pay for.

They need to be pried apart.

Fleuries on February 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Maybe they’ll follow the economic boom the Repubs promised would result from tax cuts/trickle down.

Here’s something people like you should read immediately:

Trickle Down Theory and Tax Cuts for the Rich

But to really answer your question…
Here’s a well balanced and good read.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The KFF is not “well balanced” at all. They’re shills for ObamaCare and have been from the beginning. That article also is about non-group insurance, not really being discussed here.

Anyway, from your article:

Before reform, the nongroup market was widely acknowledged to be broken, with restricted access, limited benefits, high administrative costs, and frequent and large premium increases subject to inadequate oversight.

These problems with non-group insurance were caused by government intervention into the market. Economics 101. Health insurance was the most over-regulated market in existence. Now ObamaCare will make it even worse with more mandates, regulations, and payoffs to insurance companies and Big Pharma. Forward!

visions on February 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

You work for the taxpayers, Mr. McDermott, SO. ANSWER. THE. EFFING. QUESTION.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

while the questions have a basis, the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

OK, lets suppose you are correct. Can YOU answer the question?

Strike Twice on February 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

verbaluce on February 11, 2013

Shorter verbaluce: How dare this plebe confront his betters!!

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

“Who’s paying you?  The cock brothers?”

To his credit, it took me maybe a year and a half to train myself to pronounce the “Koch” family name correctly. It’s a German name which is actually pronounce like the English word “cock,” but actually means “cook.” Obviously somewhere along the way, someone has changed the pronunciation to avoid the snickering.

Glenn Jericho on February 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Verbaluce… your response is lame…as usual.Seriously, get a life.

CW on February 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

This rocket scientist brought to you by the State of Washington, home and elector of Patty Murray, brain surgeon.

We’re moving to Texas.

exliberal on February 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Baghdad Jim is best remembered by this ……….

Back in 2002, in one of the most disgraceful, unpatriotic displays by members of Congress in American history, loathsome liberal Democrats, Jim McDermott and David Bonior actually went to Iraq before the war and did what amounted to public relations work for Saddam Hussein.

Can’t describe the hate I have for these vermin.

fogw on February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Agreed; still haven’t quite figured out why this didn’t constitute treason, actually.

Midas on February 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Right on time! As predicted.

Leftists are never surprising. SOS…every time.

Solaratov on February 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Since McDermott was either too ignorant or too dishonest to answer the question, maybe you can tell us: where are the premium decreases that Obama and the Democrats promised us?

steebo77 on February 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Maybe they’ll follow the economic boom the Repubs promised would result from tax cuts/trickle down.

But to really answer your question…
Here’s a well balanced and good read.

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Evidently, verbaldouche is also too ignorant or to dishonest to answer the question.

Solaratov on February 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Wonder if Jason will jump out, flipcam in hand, at the Pope this week?

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Still too ignorant or too dishonest to answer the question, verbaldouche?

Solaratov on February 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

the little punk came off extremely rude and disrespectful

nonpartisan on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

…you’re the punk…PUNK!

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM

The trolls are out in force today.

See:

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Mattera is not there to be “helpful” to that liar. To help a liar is wrong, Logan. As to professional, I reckon he is much more so than the esteemed congressman.

And see: verbaluce, you are not very verbally endowed nor morally so in your support of that corrupt politician.

Then again, Obama is extremely corrupt himself and his supporters are uninformed, uneducated, or the reverse with absolutely no moral fiber.

Sherman1864 on February 12, 2013 at 3:17 AM

Verb – a good link but not as unbiased as you would suggest – Kaiser was hard into the PPACA and has backed it enthusiastically because it fits their model practice – but even for them the ripples of disaster have already started.

Prices are going up – big time, because whenever you are not allowed to do proper underwriting the risk increases must be spread to all – this hits the individual and small group markets strongly. In fact, insurance industry experts expect the small group market to evaporate as the exchanges come on line – if they do – and at prices even with subsidy that will be greater than what we see today. Individual policy price spikes due to coverage requirements are also above 20% in most areas with some greater increases also reported.

Those groups which are small will have the greatest volatility.

To McD’s snarky answer – most of the most aggressive single payer models in the world have the worst outcomes – with the UK and Canada being extremely poor. Canada in fact is very quietly allowing private insurance to resurface just as they expect their safety valve US hospitals to become less reliable due to reform.

The only groups correct about PPACA were the employers and their benefit consultants. And their predictions were all negative. Welcome to the evolving two tier health system. I will be fine, but what the poor have to face with medicaid is about to be visited on a greater number of the middle class than anyone realizes.

Zomcon JEM on February 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM

What is coming is a a private system in compliance with the PPACA requirements – with some modifications in response to overwhelming dissatisfaction from the populace. It will be pricy but will still provide excellent care when you want it.

The other will be the pupblic exchanges – priced lower – they will be the rationing plans – 6 months to see a doctor, long delays for imaging, etc. Just like Medicaid. Guess where the good doctors will reside?

Zomcon JEM on February 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I’m a talk radio junkie and had never listened to Andrea’s show before. It’s pretty good.

Hat Trick on February 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

What does McDermott care? He and the rest of them EXEMPTED THEMSELVES from the bill known as “Obamacare” which they passed in the middle of the night. As such, they don’t have to pay any premiums, mandated penalties or any such thing that the rest of us do.

Then, they proceeded to hand out “waivers” to entire political groups in exchange for their support in the 2012 election cycle.

McDermott is a card-carrying member of America’s ruling class. And, quite frankly, he is more upset at this reporter for having the umitigated gall to be challenging that status than he is about being asked any particular question.

Notice how McDermott cringes when he suddenly realizes that he’s around one of the “lesser people” that he “rules over” who doesn’t seem to know his proper place in society.

Mahdi on February 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

McDermott could only exist in the Peoples Republic of King Country and the greater Seattle area. He is the closest thing we have to a hard core communist in this country. This bum is the antithesis of everything this nation once stood for.

rplat on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 AM

The only answer to “Are you the [Koch] brothers paying you?” is “Not as as much as Soros is paying you.”

If they make a ridiculous assertion, throw it back at them. If they bluster that it’s a ridiculous assumption or exaggeration or you don’t know what you’re talking about out–point out that it was somehow acceptable when THEY didn’t know what they were talking about. Point out who got silly first.

Axeman on February 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

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