Obama on Obamacare: Promise the impossible, confess impotence, point fingers, repeat

posted at 9:01 pm on August 9, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Promise the impossible, confess impotence, point fingers. Repeat.

I’ve been putting off unpacking President Obama’s answer on Obamacare at his press conference today, so packed full is it of straw men and misrepresentations and fantasy and smears and straight-up lies. But here we go. The Cliffs Notes are the sentence above, if you should prefer to refer to them.

The takeaway is that, despite there being literally no way to wring good news about Obamacare from any question to any poll with any demographic, the president has decided his continued confidence in the program, which reality proves to be increasingly misplaced every day, will save it. Every time he talks about Obamacare, he assures everyone they’ll like it because it’s going to work. But the reason people don’t like it is they’ve had three years to show people it’s working, and it has brought nearly nothing but headaches and apprehension to a majority of Americans while breaking every single major promise the president made. Americans were skeptical of the law from the beginning, throughout its passage, and it is experience not misinformation or lack of salesmanship that has made them more skeptical.

First, Obama addresses the unilateral delay of a major part of the bill— the employer mandate:

With respect to health care, I didn’t simply choose to delay this on my own. This was in consultation with businesses all across the country, many of whom are supportive of the Affordable Care Act, but — and who — many of whom, by the way, are already providing health insurance to their employees but were concerned about the operational details of changing their HR operations if they’ve got a lot of employees, which could be costly for them, and them suggesting that there may be easier ways to do this.

No one really cares whether he got permission from a bunch of CEOs to unconstitutionally change a major part of this law. But what do I know? I’m no constitutional law professor. If this isn’t a naked expression some of the highest-placed abuse of power in service of corporatism we’ve ever seen from an American president, I don’t know what it is.

Ace:

So, if I understand this right, so long as any future president has the support of “businesses” and donors for suspending parts of ObamaCare, he has the constitutional power to do so.

I’ll take that precedent. Makes things easier than I thought they would be, actually.

I think if a Republican is elected in 2016, he just might have support in the business and corporate community for suspending all elements of ObamaCare.

Moving on, President Obama would totally have had Congress change the law in this major structural way he calls a “tweak” if that dastardly Congress would just cooperate:

Now what’s true, Ed, is that in a normal political environment, it would have been easier for me to simply call up the speaker and say, you know what? This is a tweak that doesn’t go to the essence of the law. It has to do with, for example, are we able to simplify the attestation of employers as to whether they’re already providing health insurance or not. It looks like there may be some better ways to do this. Let’s make a technical change of the law.

That would be the normal thing that I would prefer to do, but we’re not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to, quote- unquote, “Obamacare.”

July 17, 2013: Obama threatens to veto legislation delaying the employer mandate he’d already ordered

So, who exactly is intractable, here?

We did have the executive authority to do so, and we did so. But this doesn’t go to the core of implementation.

Megan McArdle points us to the writings of prominent Obamacare supporter Ezra Klein in 2009 on whether the removing the employer mandate is some kind of tiny tweak to the law:

The importance of this set of numbers can be understood only in terms of the catastrophe that was the last set of numbers. On June 15, the Congressional Budget Office scored an incomplete version of this bill. The office estimated that it would cost $1 trillion over 10 years and cover 16 million people. It would’ve cost, in other words, 70 percent more and covered 20 percent fewer people. The big question, then, is what accounts for the change? And luckily, there’s a simple answer: the employer mandate.

The June 15th proposal didn’t include an employer mandate. And without one, the news was grim: Employers would drop coverage for 15 million employees and send them to the Health Insurance Exchange where they would need government subsidies to afford health insurance. That meant costs exploded and coverage contracted. Health reform looked like a bum deal.

But oh, what a difference a mandate makes

Back to the president:

Let me tell you what is the core of implementation that’s already taken place. As we speak, right now, for the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, they are benefiting from being able to keep their kid on their — on their plan if their kid is 26 or younger. That’s benefiting millions of young people around the country, which is why lack of insurance among young people has actually gone down. That’s in large part attributable to the steps that we’ve taken. You’ve got millions of people who’ve received rebates because part of the Affordable Care Act was to say that if an insurance company isn’t spending 80 percent of your premium on your health care, you get some money back. And lo and behold, people have been getting their money back. It means that folks who’ve been bumping up with lifetime limits on their insurance that leaves them vulnerable — that doesn’t exist. Seniors have been getting discounts on their prescription drugs. That’s happening right now. Free preventive care, mammograms, contraception — that’s happening right now.

Yes, the liberal war cry through the pains of implementation has always been to refer to the two or three things people do like in the bill and then brush their shoulders off triumphantly. Problem is, they didn’t pass two or three things people liked and that they could reasonably handle implementing. They passed a gargantuan, systemic change to 1/6 of the economy, waited three years to bother even beginning to implement most of it to protect Obama’s reelection, ran into a Charlie Foxtrot of a situation of their own making, and then decided to tell Americans how much they’re benefitting from this Charlie Foxtrot. I’m not sure telling people who, in huge numbers even in Obama constituencies, think this law is making them worse off that they’re just big dummies who can’t understand how great it is is a wise political strategy. The 85 percent of people he references do not feel like they’re benefitting, and many are petrified about the major promise this law broke— “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” The president saying “everything’s already great,” does not answer their very real concerns and doesn’t jibe with their experiences. The press will never nail him for being “out of touch” the way they would another politician whistling this loudly past the graveyard, but that’s what this is.

As for the rebates, AP has confirmed they’re not all they’re cracked up to be, often going to the companies paying for insurance for their employers, not directly to the insured.

By the way, the president pretty much cured a dude’s cancer:

I met a young man today on a bill signing I was doing with the student loan bill who came up to me and said, thank you — he was — he couldn’t have been more than 25, 26 years old — thank you; I have cancer; thanks to the Affordable Care Act, working with the California program, I was able to get health care, and I’m now in remission. And so right now people are already benefiting.

Now, to actual implementation:

Now, what happens on October 1st, in 53 days, is for the remaining 15 percent of the population that doesn’t have health insurance, they’re going to be able to go on a website or call up a call center and sign up for affordable, quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market.

The call centers he mentions are a symptom of Obamcare’s failures, not a benefit. Because “Travelocity for health care” can’t possibly be guaranteed exist in a working state by October 1 for many parts of the country, the federal government is supplementing with call centers to inform Americans about the law before and after the exchanges are slated to open. These call centers offer employment but not health care benefits, in some cases.

The 15 percent of the country he mentions without health insurance amounts to about 47 million people. The CBO predicts, over the next decade under Obamacare, the number of uninsured never falls below 30 million.

And, no, for many of the 15 million uninsured who might get new health insurance through this exchange, it will certainly not be cheaper than individual health care is now, because individual health care costs necessarily skyrocket under Obamacare for the young, healthy, uninsured to cut costs for the older and sicker. John McCormack rounds up just a few examples of the higher premiums trend:

But, as CNN reported this week, rates will be 35 percent higher in Florida and 41 percent higher in Ohio on average under Obamacare.

The president’s health care law is also projected to drive up health care costs for many people currently on employer-provided plans.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that insurance companies “have already warned small business customers that premiums could rise 20 percent or more in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act,” and some companies may respond by not paying for insurance coverage for their employees’ family members.

There is also serious concern, conceded by supporters of the law, about whether young, healthy people needed to prop up the system will actually get into the system. Economically, it makes far more sense for them to pay a relatively cheap mandate fine for not having insurance than to buy much more expensive insurance (even when accounting for subsidies) when they hardly ever get sick. And, when they do get sick, thanks to Obamacare, they can require any insurer to cover them because of the pre-existing conditions stipulation. Where is the incentive to sign up?

The president again:

And if, even with lower premiums, they still can’t afford it, we’re going to be able to provide them with a tax credit to help them buy it. And between October 1st, end of March, there will be an open enrollment period in which millions of Americans for the first time are going to be able to get affordable health care.

There will be no verification system for people’s income in claiming these subsidies. I suppose that’s an incentive for people to jump in to game the system, so he’s got that as a carrot.

And, for his finale, something that doesn’t even dignify a response:

Now, I think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail. Their number-one priority. The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don’t have health care; and presumably, repealing all those benefits I just mentioned — kids staying on their parents’ plan, seniors getting discounts on their prescription drugs, I guess a return to lifetime limits on insurance, people with pre-existing conditions continuing to be blocked from being able to get health insurance.

That’s hard to understand as a — an agenda that is going to strengthen our middle class. At least they used to say, well, we’re going to replace it with something better. There’s not even a pretense now that they’re going to replace it with something better.

Rep. Eric Cantor did offer this:

I understand the president is very mad about opposition to Obamacare and very contemptuous of its opponents. That doesn’t actually help fix the law that is his signature. When he engages in this ridiculous straw-man fight, he engages in exactly the kind of backward-looking pose of which he accuses Republicans. Mr. President, you’ve said it yourself. Obamacare is the law. You passed it without any bipartisan support. You passed it without winning the support of the country for it. You put off implementation to spare your hide in 2012, and are now watching a poorly constructed and planned monstrosity fail to meet any of the promises you made.

He promised the impossible. Now, he professes impotence. And, points fingers at anyone but himself and his signature legislation for glaringly obvious failures. He is doomed to repeat this line and we’re doomed to keep hearing it.


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Utter Rubbish

*spit*

DEFUND IT!!

Scrumpy on August 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Let It Fail.

Seriously.

Scrumpy on August 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

King Barry has told so many lies, he no longer knows what is actually the truth.

GarandFan on August 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Obama on Obamacare [fill in the blank]: Promise the impossible, confess impotence, point fingers, repeat

Slight correction, MKH.

Bitter Clinger on August 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Ace:

So, if I understand this right, so long as any future president has the support of “businesses” and donors for suspending parts of ObamaCare, he has the constitutional power to do so.

I’ll take that precedent. Makes things easier than I thought they would be, actually.

I think if a Republican is elected in 2016, he just might have support in the business and corporate community for suspending all elements of ObamaCare.

Anything O can do, repubs could do better eh? :)

Scrumpy on August 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Obamacare is Obama’s Edsel. Only difference is, when Ford Motors realized what a monstrosity they created they didn’t tell everyone how great it was.

No, they flushed it down the toilet and went back to the drawing board.

But then Barky’s a Harvard educated genius, so he must know whats best for everyone.

fogw on August 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

This ObamaCare is great!!!

It can cure cancer…
like..
Yesterday!

How did the human race survive without it!!!!

/

Electrongod on August 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Barack Obama is the most incompetent president of my lifetime. And that’s really saying something since I commute past the Carter Center every day.

radjah shelduck on August 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Free preventive care, mammograms, contraception — that’s happening right now.

This is the thing that pisses me off the most.

IT IS NOT FREE Someone is paying for it by getting paid less for their services.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

But the reason people don’t like it is they’ve had three years to show people it’s working, and it has brought nearly nothing but headaches and apprehension to a majority of Americans

It’s working for families facing policy cancellation at the whim of their insurer, and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare. If you become pregnant and lack health insurance or the $10k needed to bring a child into the world, abortion will no longer present itself as the only financially viable path.

It’s also working for innovators and hi tech startups working to reduce the inefficiencies in the current system:

http://allthingsd.com/20130722/how-washington-has-catalyzed-health-investment-and-innovation-in-silicon-valley/?mod=googlenews&utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer3fc3f&utm_medium=twitter&goback=%2Egde_2181454_member_260010115

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

If this isn’t a naked expression some of the highest-placed abuse of power in service of corporatism we’ve ever seen from an American president, I don’t know what it is.

It’s Not Fascism When We Do It!

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Obama on Obamacare: Promise the impossible, confess impotence, point fingers,

If he managed to pick his nose Barky would have completed the pea-brain, douchebag grand slam.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

A totally predictable speech.

sadatoni on August 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

When he starts offering waivers for everyone, I might get interested.

Until then, he’s just an utter lying fool that fooled so many fools into voting for him.

ProfShadow on August 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Free preventive care, mammograms, contraception — that’s happening right now.

I bet he believes that the toys in McDonald Happy Meals are free, too.

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Utter Rubbish

*spit*

DEFUND IT!!

Scrumpy on August 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Hi, Scrump. :)

He promised the impossible. Now, he professes impotence. And, points fingers at anyone but himself and his signature legislation for glaringly obvious failures. He is doomed to repeat this line and we’re doomed to keep hearing it.

Yeah but, what, forever? I mean — this is it?

No one ask Egg.

Axe on August 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

$10k needed to bring a child into the world.
bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

If you can’t afford to bring a child into the world, you shouldn’t be screwing around without protection.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I’ll take that precedent. Makes things easier than I thought they would be, actually.

I think if a Republican is elected in 2016, he just might have support in the business and corporate community for suspending all elements of ObamaCare.

One more reason we need a strong conservative as our nominee in 2016. A squish won’t do anything of the sort no matter how much support he had.

Kafir on August 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Let’s make a technical change of the law.

How about no. You don’t have that authority even if you call the weeper of the house and he agrees.

GREAT breakdown MKH. Splendid read.

wolly4321 on August 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

It’s working for families facing policy cancellation at the whim of their insurer, and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare. …..

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Huh…

I have had individual insurance for several years and because of ObamaCare….
My policy was cut drastically just a month ago…
Basically cancelling any benefits…
No warning…
Of course the premiums were cut in half too…
Does me no good.

Why do you think Blue Cross did this?

Electrongod on August 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Snakeoil!!!

tim c on August 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Excellent job, MKH!

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

What an awful, treacherous, malicious, lying, arrogant, self-centered man. Just unbelievable he became president of this country.

rrpjr on August 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Let It Fail.

Seriously.

Scrumpy on August 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

It will..it is. Also..the economic and job/killer consequences are already coming out of the bag. Rates are soaring and the truth is becoming reality. LIV’s and those who supported this are now angry and disheartened.
But don’t ask whats behind door #2. Their ultimate goal.

bazil9 on August 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

If Obysmal doesn’t provide a backdrop of mindless idiots, he has some unprovable anecdote to buttress his empty rhetoric. Is the fellow he has put into cancer remission the same McDonald’s idiot who blubbered all over him during electioneering time?

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

It’s working for families facing policy cancellation at the whim of their insurer, and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare. If you become pregnant and lack health insurance or the $10k needed to bring a child into the world, abortion will no longer present itself as the only financially viable path.

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

You see, here’s the problem with static analysis. Currently, insurance rates are somewhat affordable. However, the benefits you mention will cause rates to explode. Therefore, people will have access to insurance but it won’t be affordable, thus defeating the purpose of the law.

There is only one way health care costs are ever going to come down. Get rid of mandated coverages and have people use medical savings accounts for emergencies and routine doctor visits. Insurance premiums would plummet and, when people starting using their own savings to pay doctors ($14 for an aspirin, are you crazy?), medical costs would plummet as well due to competition in the market.

The problem with that plan is that it puts people in control instead of government and the progressives just can’t have that. It would be unfair and racist to boot.

Kafir on August 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Do you smile when you bend over? Or do you seriously not know when you’ve been scroomed?

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

None of these innovations couldn’t have been offered to existing insurance companies to help them save money and lower premiums?

I noticed the article was written by the CEO of the company.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Carriers pulling out of multiple states and wont play.
Less options and choice..super duper.

bazil9 on August 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Is the fellow he has put into cancer remission the same McDonald’s idiot who blubbered all over him during electioneering time?

onlineanalyst on August 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Oh Gracious God…
Not Julio?

Electrongod on August 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

It’s working for families facing policy cancellation at the whim of their insurer, and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare. If you become pregnant and lack health insurance or the $10k needed to bring a child into the world, abortion will no longer present itself as the only financially viable path.

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Yeah,, and Obama is going to fine hospitals that do charity work. Hospitals that treat the uninsured. So wonderful isn’t it.

JellyToast on August 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

That chart needs to be posted here.

Shove it in Bayam’s face.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Cantor: Here are 9 Republican health care alternatives to lower cost, provide better care and protect jobs

The GOP corpse is playing defense when there are dozens of scandals to play offense.

Un-freaking-believable!!

faraway on August 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

What an awful, treacherous, malicious, lying, arrogant, self-centered man. Just unbelievable he became president of this country.

rrpjr on August 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

+1000.

GrannyDee on August 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Shove it in Bayam’s face.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

He is talking at his butt right now…
So…
we will have to wait…

Electrongod on August 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

“at his butt”…?

That too…

Electrongod on August 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

That chart needs to be posted here.

Shove it in Bayam’s face.

Barred on August 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Its true. I work in the biz as a broker.
The calls I am getting? Those who will qualify for a subsidy.
Bayam doesn’t mention this as part of the “affordable” part.

bazil9 on August 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Granny Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…smooches.
Stay in touch, darn it!

bazil9 on August 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Dear Mary K. Ham,

1. It was not a press conference.

2. It was a anti Republican Party show and tell speech.

3. Unless America wants to be a commie dirt pile we have to stop treating the commie hate America, hate the constitution Democrats with any respect. They do not respect you, they do not respect me, they do not respect even themselves, they do not respect the rule of law, they do not respect anything but the lust and greed for total power.

4. Obama care in lot a law, it is a tax.

5. It is lie based.

6. All those who do not see the hangmans scaffold, see the hangmans noose at the ready, see the mad hatter commie Democrats like William Ayeys giddy in the huge crowd of “Global Warming”, cult members lusting for all of U.S. others death and soon, need to have their heads and eyes examined.

7. The msm are the hanging judges, hanging jury, hanging appeals courts all rolled into a ball of low life dung.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Very well done, MKH. I hope this is read far and wide!

MT on August 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Obamacare is Reparations for blacks, illegals, welfare mothers and their litters, and all low-infos and aids victims and any existing disease! It robs all working citizens to redistribute the wealth! He has the audacity to blatantly try to convince Americans that it is good for them! If it works all of America will become Detroit! Defund it now before he adds another 12 million illegal aliens into the coverage!

Marco on August 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Democrats are not sane and the Republican party is not far behind in that they refuse to see how sick and crazy these nut job Democrats are.

With Carlos Danger there for all to see, the Republicans refuse to see how deep the sickness is within the COMMIE NUT JOB DEMOCRATS.

Until you identify the enemy your just ambush fodder.

Our Constitution has been ambushed and the shooting is still going on with high powered auto wepons, yet there the Republicans sit, waiting on it to “get bad”.

Not a but 10 or so in the Senate and only 80 or less in the House know “come here , from “sic’m”.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

MSM “O KING O KING THE GOLD SPUN ROBES WE SPUN FOR YOU MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE THE GOD KING WE HAVE YEARNED FOR NOW FOR 50 YEARS.”

THE NAKED UNKING,

“Well yes, my wife says so as does Val, you know I feel so good in these KINGLY duds, they are so light weight I feel like I am standing here naked as a jay bird, but I know you guys would tell me if I were making a fool of myself.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

If opposing him, even a tiny bit, makes him this abrasive, I say let’s do it more often!

SouthernGent on August 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Dear RNC, etal

He is standing there naked as a jay bird, tell lies even he does not belive , yet you sit on your ass’s waiting for U.S. conservatives to save your ass’s one more time, but you dislike U.S. so bad also you do not have the guts to allow U.S. to even fight for our on lives.

Your time has run out and you do not even know.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 9, 2013 at 10:12 PM

The Reason That The GOPe Is Balking At Defunding/Delaying Obamacare

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

It could be that, but it’s also a great way to implement the REAL ID ACT, which is us losing whatever privacy we have left.

SouthernGent on August 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

The only financially viable alternative is abortion?

Technically, she could get matched up with an adoptive family who would then pay for her medical care throughout the entire pregnancy. The only cost is the child she was otherwise going to kill.

That’s 9 months of FREE healthcare.

The abortion costs $250+ dollars and if there are any complications, she’s on the hook for the emergency room and follow up care.

Seems like if we’re playing a purely economic game here, carrying the child to term gets you much better care and costs you $250+ less.

JadeNYU on August 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Ace:

So, if I understand this right, so long as any future president has the support of “businesses” and donors for suspending parts of ObamaCare, he has the constitutional power to do so.

I’ll take that precedent. Makes things easier than I thought they would be, actually.

Yeah … tyranny for all. Great …

This is why we have come to the point where there is no alternative BUT a national divorce. Once a nation allows a tyrant to run amok there is no putting that retarded genie back in the bottle. An American Constitutional Republic will not live, again, in this American Socialist Superstate. It can only be created in a new nation.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

This is probably the best piece by MKH that I’ve read. Excellent job madam.

You’ve nailed it.

ButterflyDragon on August 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

I understand the president is very mad about opposition to Obamacare and very contemptuous of its opponents.

I understand that The One goes postal whenever anyone fails to agree with him 1000% on anything. Even when, as most often happens, he is spouting gibberish.

Someone who cannot recognize and admit their own mistakes has no way to correct them. And will continue to make more and even worse mistakes until the inevitable happens. That is, they make such a colossal blunder that the result is utter destruction.

Of course, The One believes that it will be everybody else who suffers, not him. And he’s OK with that.

The Coolest Dude In The Universe never has to deal with consequences. And if you think he’s out of it now, just wait until he is proclaimed Ultimate Totality God Of Everything For The Rest Of Eternity.

You’ll really see some temper tantrums, then.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

If you become pregnant and lack health insurance or the $10k needed to bring a child into the world, abortion will no longer present itself as the only financially viable path.

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

So the idea is to avoid a one-time bill of $10,000 for pregnancy and childbirth by forcing everyone to purchase an insurance plan with a $20,000 annual premium in perpetuity.

Braying bayam the jackass is even more stupid and ignorant than usual tonight.

Bray for us, stupid bayam, and tell us how paying $20k a year forever is preferable to paying $10k once.

Oh, that’s right; stupid welfare liars and shills like yourself are simply going to lie about your income and get subsidies from Barack Obama’s stash.

I wonder if the worthless puppet bayam is willing to say that Barack Obama supporters like himself who lie about their income to get subsidies should go to jail?

I wonder if the worthless puppet bayam is willing to admit that the massive fraud he and and his fellow Obama supporters are going to perpetrate, with Barack Obama’s support and Barack Obama’s encouragement, will drive up the cost of Obamacare by TRILLIONS?

Does the braying bayam intend to do that? Does the braying lying bayam intend to enforce the law against illegal immigrants receiving subsidies when the braying bayam and his liar Obama already refuse to enforce the law against them receiving tax refunds illegally now? Does the braying lying bayam intend to tell us that this law will “save money” when he and his fellow braying Obama welfare shills are already acknowledging they will lie about their incomes?

Come back, bayam, and bray for us. Or by your silence admit that you and your black welfare pig Obama are crooks, liars, and worthless parasites.

northdallasthirty on August 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

He mandates that young adults (18-26) can stay on their parents insurance but is counting on the same demographic to bail the system out. There is a major disconnect here.

chemman on August 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

“Disconnect? From a Marxist-Socialist ideologue?
I am shocked… SHOCKED! I say!
For those on food stamps and Medicaid, this fall will be lots of fun. For the taxpayers, get ready to feel the hurt.

shorebird on August 10, 2013 at 3:25 AM

I keep waiting for Noam Chomsky to peek out from behind the podium while he works this sock puppet. —Regular Right Guy

Mornin Mojo on August 10, 2013 at 4:37 AM

I’m not sure telling people who, in huge numbers even in Obama constituencies, think this law is making them worse off that they’re just big dummies who can’t understand how great it is is a wise political strategy.

All of his voters are dummies to begin with, so I suspect most will believe this explanation.

bgibbs1000 on August 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM

The fundamental issue is the PPACA, or “Obamacare” remains the signature, and perhaps singular, achievement of our Perfunctory President.

Normally, parting ways with ill-advised, poorly constructed, economically damaging and fiscally disastrous presidential policies is a feat. With that job generally comes a certain amount of ego, partially expressed in what they call “legacy”.

So most presidents demur, deflect, dissemble and stretch the truth in order to avoid damaging their “achievements”- of which this president has one.

But that posture has been taken to a new level with Mr. Obama, who appears egocentric, self absorbed and infallible both in statements and actions. Can’t work within the confines of our constitutional process? Pass an executive order, make a recess appointment, selectively enforce the law or have the bureaucracy write “regulations” which contravene the legislative process.

It is a historic degree of arrogance and imperialistic behavior which is ignored by the press and Mr. Obama’s acolytes to the detriment of an entire nation.

We’ve suffered greatly under the foolish, whimsical and unwise economic policies of this president. Obamacare is simply one more brick is a shoddily built policy wall that is about to crumble and the only one who doesn’t see, or perhaps care about the impending disaster is Mr. Obama.

Marcus Traianus on August 10, 2013 at 7:14 AM

We’ve suffered greatly under the foolish, whimsical and unwise economic policies of this president. Obamacare is simply one more brick is a shoddily built policy wall that is about to crumble and the only one who doesn’t see, or perhaps care about the impending disaster is Mr. Obama.

Marcus Traianus on August 10, 2013 at 7:14 AM

The only things that are going to crumble are what’s left of our country and our freedoms. It’s the very reason this jackass was put in the White House in the first place.

bgibbs1000 on August 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Botox Pelosi said: Hey, quit your job, we will pay for your insurance. http://hotair.com/archives/2010/05/15/pelosi-hey-quit-your-job-well-pay-for-your-health-coverage/

tmgrant on August 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

It’s working for families facing policy cancellation at the whim of their insurer, and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare. If you become pregnant and lack health insurance or the $10k needed to bring a child into the world, abortion will no longer present itself as the only financially viable path.

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I’m surprised your computer didn’t spontaneously burst into flames as you typed that load of manure.

Health insurance, like most other types of insurance, is heavily regulated by the states. It has been many years since any U.S. health insurers could legally cancel a family’s policy on a whim.

As for pregnant women being forced to choose abortion because they lacked the funds to pay for childbirth — are you completely deranged? Any poor pregnant woman in the U.S. can walk into a hospital and have her baby delivered there without paying a dime. A federal law known as EMTALA requires that hospitals that receive federal funds (virtually all U.S. hospitals) provide such care, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay (and regardless of their citizenship status, which is why millions of poor illegal aliens come to the U.S. to have their babies in hospitals here, at U.S. taxpayer expense).

Get your head out of your ass and stop mindlessly repeating lefty talking points that have no basis in fact.

AZCoyote on August 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

If anyone knows an organization or law firm that is willing to represent those conscientious objectors who are planning to refuse to comply with the ACA (Obamacare), please post their name and contact info.

devan95 on August 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I hope he falls.

Bmore on August 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Excellent article. I wish all Americans would read it with an open mind. They will, on the other hand, use an open wallet to pay for this monstrosity some day very soon.

TeaTrekkie on August 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

It’s working for families facing policy cancellation at the whim of their insurer, and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare. If you become pregnant and lack health insurance or the $10k needed to bring a child into the world, abortion will no longer present itself as the only financially viable path.

It’s also working for innovators and hi tech startups working to reduce the inefficiencies in the current system:

bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

All minor problems that could have been solvedm and would have been, under any of several other proposals. And for some non-healthcare related reasons The Democrats had to sieze 1/6th of the economy to solve relatively minor problems that were facing less than 5% of the population.

That you support that approach says much more about you than its efficacy.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM