140,000 Minnesotans discover they can’t “keep your plan”

posted at 10:01 am on October 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Few states are as reliably Democratic in presidential elections than my state of Minnesota. We haven’t voted for a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972, whose claim not to be a crook was a pre-eminent example of a presidential whopper until just recently.  Minnesota is the only state not to have voted for Ronald Reagan at least once.  The Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes voted enthusiastically for Barack Obama in both elections, buoyed at least in part by his promise to reform the health-care system without creating any headaches for its consumers.

How’s that Hope and Change working out for Minnesotans?  Well, 140,000 of them may have buyer’s remorse now (via Tom Bevan):

At least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law, adding to the national furor over canceled policies that has overtaken the health care debate.

Unlike many states, Minnesota guarantees renewability of health insurance plans, meaning that technically, no policies are being canceled. Some who are being offered different plans, however, say that’s a distinction without a difference.

Industry officials say higher premiums and added benefits are likely in store for most of those who now buy high deductible/limited coverage plans on the individual market. Medica Vice President Dannette Coleman said that while some customers could see lower rates, “there could be some tough conversations. These are big impacts to a lot of people.” …

“Clearly, what Obama said about ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ was false,” said retired Bloomington police officer Dan Murphy, who recently got a letter from his insurance company offering him a modified plan that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act, including maternity coverage, which he does not need. The new plan would jack up his monthly premium by $210, or about $2,500 a year. “That’s a big ouch,” Murphy said.

Clearly. The local Fox affiliate did a report just before these numbers came out about cancellations and sticker shock:

KMSP-TV

The man featured in the story could still qualify for subsidies, as the story notes. But as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, that doesn’t mean that the actual costs are going down after ObamaCare; the premium increases show costs are skyrocketing, with subsidies just another way to screen the obvious truth from the consumer. We all end up paying for these subsidies through higher taxes, either directly or indirectly. It’s a shell game fronted by a bait-and-switch.


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Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on October 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It’s a shell game fronted by a bait-and-switch.

And there need to be consequences – painful and serious ones.

And no, simply leaving office is not punishment.

Midas on October 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

These racists should shut up. Don’t they know a good thing when they see it? /

Thomas More on October 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The man featured in the story could still qualify for subsidies, as the story notes. But as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, that doesn’t mean that the actual costs are going down after ObamaCare; the premium increases show costs are skyrocketing, with subsidies just another way to screen the obvious truth from the consumer. We all end up paying for these subsidies through higher taxes, either directly or indirectly. It’s a shell game fronted by a bait-and-switch.

When the plan is meant to shovel money to the Flukes of the ObamiNation and thousands of freshly-minted IRS agents (but mostly the thousands of freshly-minted IRS agents), is it any wonder there’s sticker shock?

Steve Eggleston on October 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

We haven’t voted for a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972, whose claim not to be a crook was a pre-eminent example of a presidential whopper until just recently.

No new taxes, or I did not have sexual relations with that woman I would consider to be the same level of whoppers.

NotCoach on October 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Everybody sing:
Obama Told Me, “You Better Shop Around”!

Obam’s just not “Minnestoa Nice”, is he?

kingsjester on October 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Too bad, so sad.

Elections have consequences.

Gatsu on October 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Minnesota is the only state not to have voted for Ronald Reagan at least once

yes. and in ’16 thery will vote for obama or hillary, or omalley or lizbeth. or any D inserted here. the 51%.

t8stlikchkn on October 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Come to Ed Morrissey’s house. He’ll sell you some insurance. :)

22044 on October 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I just saw a clip on FOX news of Michele Bachmann comparing 0bamacare to the Roach Motel…… You can check in, but you can’t check out.

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Perfect analogy.

UltimateBob on October 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

From each according to his abilities or pocketbook. To each according to his needs.

HumpBot Salvation on October 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

140,000 Minnesotans discover they can’t “keep your plan” The Great and Glorious ACA has done away with their oppressive, capitalist insurance plans and has provided the people with wonderful new options that will bring them health and prosperity for generations to come!

/Fixed by the Ministry of Truth

mankai on October 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Minnesotans, elections have consequences. Just in case you haven’t heard that one before.

Bmore on October 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I just saw a clip on FOX news of Michele Bachmann comparing 0bamacare to the Roach Motel…… You can check in, but you can’t check out.

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Perfect analogy.

UltimateBob on October 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This blast from The Eagles’ past goes out to everybody trapped in that Roach Motel…namely, us.

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
‘Relax’ said the night man,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’

Steve Eggleston on October 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

For the voters in this state it’s a self inflicted wound . . . and not covered by Obamacare.

rplat on October 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Oh,…… the Vikings suck!

Bmore on October 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

From each according to his abilities or pocketbook. To each according to his needs willingness to service the State.

HumpBot Salvation on October 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

ReWrite™ engaged for reality.

Steve Eggleston on October 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Jay Carney wants you to know that these are some of the 140000 that don’t matter as part of the 5%.

Obama wants them to follow his advice of just going out there and shopping in the market place that used to be the under-regulated wild wild west but isn’t anymore thanks to ObamaCare.

gwelf on October 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I live in South Carolina. I am 62 and have to buy my own insurance. I got a letter a couple of months ago that my my insurance plan will still be available, but the caveat in the letter is that I can have my insurance, if I can pay my premiums. I am waiting for the sticker shock. The plain. simple truth is that Obama and his cohorts lied. I have never disliked an American President more than I dislike Obama. All Nixon did was cover-up a two bit breakin at the Democrat office in the Watergate. Today the NSA probably does all the spying for Obama.

SC.Charlie on October 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It would be interesting at some point to see how the people who are having their plans dropped voted the past 2 election cycles.

It seems these folks were responsible, they had purchased health insurance coverage and they had plans they felt were right for their needs. Now they’ll be paying more for something they did necessary need or having to do without.

My guess is that the majority of these folks voted republican. Which would also explain why obmama and team don’t really give a chit that they can’t keep their plans.

HumpBot Salvation on October 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

This is Obamacare…
The surprise factor is getting a little tedious.

mjbrooks3 on October 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I hope we all see what’s coming.

Dems won’t reject Dems.

They’ll get depressed then wait for Hillary and Bill to come hold their hand, tell them everything will be OK.

And these ass-clowns will buy it.

And they’ll still vote Dem.

As I said weeks ago, the RINO’s are undercutting the arguments now so they can’t be used against Hillary.

McCain has already proven me right.

So unless we get rid of Graham and company now, it won’t matter who we run in ’16.

budfox on October 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Every day will be new state releasing their numbers.

Tater Salad on October 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM

“The man featured in the story could still qualify for subsidies, as the story notes.”

Nope. Look at the clip. He’s clearly a hard-working self-made man.

(If you have calluses on your palm, no subsidy for you. That’s one of the few excluded preexisting conditions.)

Tsar of Earth on October 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

If I like your plan, you can keep your plan,period asterisk.

forest on October 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

From Politico this morning:

“GOP rides wave of insurance cancellation notices”

But how about we try this narrative instead:

“Privately, party strategists agree. On Obama, a Democratic operative who works with the White House emailed me to say: “It’s his Titanic moment. He’s hit the iceberg, but they keep acting like no water is coming into the ship.”

It’s obvious many of our dear liberal progressive friends are in denial that O’care is sinking faster than the Titanic. The cancellation notices are just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until the waivers expire on the companies, and we’ll see the tsunami wipe this whole program off the face of the earth. At that point it will be easy to come up with a headline saying: Democrats wave of support for ObamaCare hit a seawall in late Oct. 2013—whole program now on life support.

Rovin on October 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Ed, you need to fix your headline:

“Obama saves 140,000 Minnesotans from fraudulent health insurance”

gwelf on October 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

“Clearly, what Obama said about ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ was false,” said retired Bloomington police officer Dan Murphy…

Why can’t people just say it…it’s a LIE

Can we not say that word anymore???…

PatriotRider on October 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Keep in mind that while a subsidy may help with premiums, it does not help with the deductible. And the deductibles are sky rocketing too.

When the employer mandate kicks in the same thing will happen, many so called grand fathered in policies will be canceled, and it will drive many more people out of employer sponsored plans. In much greater numbers than we are seeing now.

Dasher on October 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Subsidies = My Money

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Hey, you go to Healthcare.gov and shop around…that’s what is for. And Congress is deciding to exempt their “personal” staffs…LOL

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Call Al Franken and tell him your problem and when that nice friendly person on the other end says “I’ll pass that along to the senator” be sure to thank them and ask to be placed on his donation mailing list. Just be thankful Obama isn’t next going to work on making ice fishing shacks available to low income folks.

RickinNH on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

fraud
noun \ˈfrȯd\

: the crime of using dishonest methods to take something valuable from another person

: a person who pretends to be what he or she is not in order to trick people

: a copy of something that is meant to look like the real thing in order to trick people

A Crime!!

Marco on October 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Yeah, but do you feel better now Minnesota??

ted c on October 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

We’re seeing something astounding.

Usually if an issue affects “5%” of the population the Democrats will try to move heaven and earth to get government to solve the problem (like say, ObamaCare).

Now they’re going to reassure us that “only” 5% of people are totally screwed (while ignoring the death spiral and other big issues related to ObamaCare).

gwelf on October 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Minnesota. The Land of 140,000 rubes.

Remember:

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

- H.L. Mencken

SAZMD on October 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Subsidies = My Money Your grandkids’ money that they’ll be paying to the Chinese.

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Fixed

mankai on October 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I didn’t know the health plan I chose, and which has worked just fine for me for years, sucks.

I’m so grateful the cental planners were benevolent enough to not only inform me of my sucky plan, but to allow me the privilage of spending more for stuff I don’t need. Stuff like pediatric and maternity care.

I’m so frigg’n lucky I could scream my friggin’ brains out.

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

All Nixon did was cover-up a two bit breakin at the Democrat office in the Watergate. Today the NSA probably does all the spying for Obama.

SC.Charlie on October 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I know this is a side comment to the main topic of your post but it is a very accurate observation.

DaveDief on October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

It is difficult to find a state with more morons per capita than MN. Sorry Ed, but I’ve spent a lot of time up there and WI is that far behind!

Deano1952 on October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Obama can lie day in and day out and the mainstream media just sit back and let him get away with it time and again. Perhaps the Obamacare trainwreck will finally wake up the media and the entire nation. The Democrat Party wants the government to control everyone’s life. The Federal government appears to be totally out of control and growing like a cancer on the soul of American freedoms. It answers to no one.

SC.Charlie on October 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Hey, you go to Healthcare.gov and shop around…that’s what is for. And Congress is deciding to exempt their “personal” staffs…LOL

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

And themselves. Minor point of order – while they have to shop on the exchanges, they will get 75% of their premiums if it’s just for themselves (and a slightly lower percentage for family plans) paid for by us the taxpayers even though they make too much to qualify for a taxpayer subsidy and the rest of those on individual exchanges cannot have their employers directly cover any of the cost.

Steve Eggleston on October 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Not to worry. At the end of November the website wii be up and running.

newportmike on October 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Those 140,000 must be Republican’s, non-union, or just a bunch of hooligan’s causing trouble…
Onward DNC…you are the chosen ones to lead the nation, out of the ashes, this “Phoenix” will rise up and lead all to the promised land!!

Hail, oh Hail, our leader…onward Minnesotian marching as to war, with the cross of Obama, going on before,Obama the royal master leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go!

Fight on dems, this is just a minor set back, just like unemployment, bailouts, pipelines, solar energy, Ambassadors being killed, middle east chaos, Russia taking political control…just minor set backs…

Onward, don’t ever give up hope, we know that utopia is just around the next election!!

Afterall, you have Hillary!!

right2bright on October 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I regret the oversight.

Thank you mankai.

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Subsidies = My Money Your grandkids’ money that they’ll be paying to the Chinese.

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Fixed

mankai on October 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

They won’t be waiting that long to get their investment back.

Steve Eggleston on October 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

malfeasance is an impeachable offense.

definition of malfeasance.

1. wrongdoing, esp. by a public official.

Of course since the Senate is controlled by Democrats, an impeachment conviction is off the table.

SC.Charlie on October 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Ed, you need to fix your headline:

“Obama saves 140,000 Minnesotans from fraudulent health insurance”

gwelf on October 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Or as Variety would have put it:

BAD APPLE BUYERS BITE THE BIG ONE

SacredFire on October 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Subsidies = My Money Your grandkids’ money that they’ll be paying to the Chinese.

JackM on October 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Fixed

mankai on October 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Nope, your grandchildren will be slaves to the Chinese…..

redguy on October 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

You Minnie-Ha’s Ha’s voted for Al Franken for crissakes.

You deserve what you get.

PackerBronco on October 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Again, just think what would be going on if they didn’t push back the employer mandate.

Pretty sure next year’s elections will be over before that bag of $hit hits the fan.

BigWyo on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

malfeasance is an impeachable offense.

definition of malfeasance.

1. wrongdoing, esp. by a public official.

Of course since the Senate is controlled by Democrats, an impeachment conviction is off the table.

SC.Charlie on October 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I don’t know – I think the only way the democrats survive is to kill ObamaCare and impeach and convict Obama……

redguy on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Minnesota voters are so stupid…go no further than the governor and the all dem legislature….elections have consequences, eh lefties..

crosshugger on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Al Franken.

You get what you pay for.

WryTrvllr on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Were those plans rife with foot russlers and substandard care???

ted c on October 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

The sticker shock and the poorly working exchanges will lead to massive anti-selection and increased benefits payments for the companies. However, companies must include all their policyholders into one risk pool when determining next year’s premiums. That means the cost of all insurance will go up because of the under performing exchanges. This increase will cause more employers to cancel health benefits and push more people into becoming eligible for subsidies based on a cap on premiums as a percent of income. These “unexpected” increases in subsidizes will just add to the deficit. It will all be blame on the next president.

Laurence on October 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Does anyone on this thread believe in democracy anymore?

I don’t.

JoseQuinones on October 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Al Franken.

You get what you pay for.

WryTrvllr on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Hey now. You’d best take that up with Bishop.

BigWyo on October 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

They voted for Obama & have one of the most distorted congressman (Ellison) in DC. LAT THEM EAT CAKE!!!

RdLake on October 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Minnesotans, this just occurred to me. You’ll just have to do with a little less heat this winter. Enjoy!

Bmore on October 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

PatriotRider on October 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Perhaps he did use that word… and the ‘journalist’ thought otherwise.

But you’re probably right. It takes time to realize the depth of any betrayal when your investment so dear, and deep.
——————————————
Stories like these make it clean why the ‘rats want millions of illegals added to the voter roles… thousands and thousands of the ‘faithful’ won’t be showing up at the polls in 2014 and 2016, or worse for the ‘rats… or worse, voting for the wrong candidates.

Prediction: Obamacare is plowing the fields for seeds of the Tea Party to sow… forget about the GOPe, they’re too busy dreaming foolish dreams.

CPT. Charles on October 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

How’s that Hope and Change working out for Minnesotans?

You dang racist, Morrisssey. You pasty white lutefisk lip-smacking, ice-fishing, Bambi-killing, Minnestroker Stormy-Kromer-kind-of-crackers got tens of thousands of Somali refugee Obama voters that you are altogether inadequately subsidizing. Keith Ellison told me so.

“Shut up”, he explained.

M240H on October 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Breaking news; 140,000 Minnesotans discover they don’t like their health insurance.

-MSNBC

antipc on October 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Hey! The Con-artist-in-Chief knows whats best for everyone!

GarandFan on October 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Old & Busted:

‘Under the health care law, EVERYBODY WILL HAVE LOWER RATES’, better quality care and better access.’

- Nancy Pelosi, ‘Meet the Press’, 1 July 2012

New Hotness:

‘No matter what people say about whether they like their plan or not, their plan was not going to be their plan. EVERYBODY’s PREMIUMS WERE GOING UP.’

- Nancy Pelosi, The Hill, 30 October 2013

Resist We Much on October 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

140,000 Minnesotans discover they can’t “keep your plan”

Al Franken won his 2008 Senate race by 300 votes in a three way race where the third party independent received over 400,000 votes.

Come on, Ed, skip the presidential state of play. What’s the ‘tude in Minnesota on the 2014 Senate seat now?

Dusty on October 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I watched Fox News a few hours last night and couldn’t believe the spin the Democrats were taking. The latest talking point is that the plans being cancelled were “substandard”, and that no plans were being cancelled except for the substandard ones that no one was buying. The sheer lies and spin was incredible. They were denying reality HARD. I’ve never seen such devotion, except in old Hitler film footage. Absolutely scary…

dominigan on October 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Come on, Ed, skip the presidential state of play. What’s the ‘tude in Minnesota on the 2014 Senate seat now?

Dusty on October 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

MN GOP is in shambles.

The Vikings are in better shape.

Franken wins by 3-4 points.

Bruno Strozek on October 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Breaking news; 140,000 Minnesotans discover they don’t like their health insurance.

-MSNBC

antipc on October 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

LOL!

:D

mankai on October 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

No worries, you can still go on Kayak and buy a plane ticket or a TV on Amazon…that other site will be ready in December sometime.

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Paul Bunyon takes full responsibility.

Happy Nomad on October 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Steve Martin, 1979 “The Jerk”.
“It’s these cans! He’s shooting at these cans! He hates cans!” x 140,000.

Feel free at this time to sh!t and fall back in it Minnesota.

onomo on October 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Will Obamacare be repealed or won’t it? Will Congress fund it or won’t it? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Congress be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. EXEMPT OURSELVES! We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or men(women)? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS, the gestapo of America’s political class. After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. immigration law every day and nothing happens to them. Selective enforcement of our laws is just as UN-Constitutional as the Obamacare law itself! (Supreme Court be damned as well). Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of our most basic founding fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom.

devan95 on October 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Relax, Minnesotans! Your plans are exactly the same as they were! It was difficult to tell before, because it turns out that the plans you thought you had were just a figment of your imagination, and your real plans were forgotten in the trunk of this car the whole time! You guys know all about that kind of thing, right?

The Schaef on October 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM

paging Bishop…..

ToddPA on October 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Good. F*ck ‘em.

Minnesota went for obama in both 2008 and 2012 … they are getting exactly what they voted for.

Pork-Chop on October 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The Land of 10,000 F’Lakes

Gratis.

CurtZHP on October 31, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Blue state blues.

smoothsailing on October 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Good. F*ck ‘em.

Minnesota went for obama in both 2008 and 2012 … they are getting exactly what they voted for.

Pork-Chop on October 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Minnesota’s slackass voting laws made it possible for Al Franken to steal a US Senate seat, which made Obamacare possible.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

And if it weren’t for some of the good guys like Ed and Bishop living there, I’d say good for them.

smoothsailing on October 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Obama’s plan is very simple.

1. Make insurance unaffordable by legally requiring exorbitant policy coverage and no pre-conditions exceptions, then blame the “bad apple insurers” for the huge prices increases that no one can pay.

2. News media parrots whatever Obama says.

3. Private-insurance industry implodes.

4. Federal govt steps in to manage the “crisis” that’s caused by the “greedy fat cats” in the former private-insurance industry. Single-payer is initiated.

Stage 1 complete.

Stage 2 will simply be a repeat of Stage 1, but instead of “greedy insurance companies”, the Democrats will then start to demonize “greedy hospital administrators” and “greedy doctors”.

Remember: to inflame, you must blame.

rvastar on October 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I have really been enjoying listening to my friends and coworkers who voted for this Train Wreck whinge about either losing their coverage or increased costs for less coverage. I told them this would be happening (along with the other ‘coming attractions’ of Obamacare) and they spouted the ‘party/MSM line’ back at me then got downright nasty. Now I just laugh at them and say “Sucker! You voted for this, you wanted this and now you got it. I warned you and you stood there and parroted Obama and the MSM back at me. To paraphrase a quote from your Obamamessiah “Shut up and enjoy your Obamacare!” Some of them are frightened and ask what they can do and I tell them “The time to stop it was back in 2008 by not voting for Obama like you so stupidly did. No government program of this size has ever been rescinded, you and the rest of us are stuck with this now.”

Nahanni on October 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The Democratic Party is effectively an antiwhite coalition, brought together from a lot of groups that for different reasons hate whitey.

A lot of whites go along with that. They were “educated” to believe that any white person not playing along with political correctness is an evil idiot.

These people are themselves destructive idiots. They’re suckers who believe the mainstream media and the tribal moral community of the universities. They’ll vote for all the most destructive policies because they think the cost will only fall on evil, racist whites like the Tea Party, not on good people like them.

It would take an amazing combination of incompetence and meanness to smack these useful idiots in the face with the facts: they are targets too, and they will pay.

Barack Hussein Obama has that combination of incompetence and mean.

The mass media won’t report it of course. (They even hid Jeremiah Wright as best they could.) But he’s creating facts that people will find it hard to ignore.

David Blue on October 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Darn bad apple insurance companies.

/

Ward Cleaver on October 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Minnesota gave us Al Franken and eventually Obamacare…

Karma is a be-atchhhh, isn’t it??

Khun Joe on October 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

How many of those 140,000 cast a vote for Senator Al Franken?

oldleprechaun on October 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

If I were a betting man, I’m afraid my money would have to be on Franken to win a second term here. There is a reason that the loon is the Minnesota state bird.

SacredFire on October 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Oof Dah x 140,000 !

BigAlSouth on October 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Last month, in the week run-up to Cruz’s 21 hour O-Care marathon, I wrote a letter on Feinstein’s Senate website to express to her my views and ask for her to explain her position- after a month, here is her ‘boilerplate’ response (apparently, Obama and the O-Care team aren’t the only ones who are technologically challenged:

Dear ________(socalcon):

Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding health reform. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health reform legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The ACA creates important new benefits for health insurance consumers, expands access to care, and protects Medicare while reducing the federal deficit.

The ACA makes it easier for people to shop for health insurance plans and protects consumers from some of the most egregious abuses by health insurance companies. For example, the law prohibits insurers from denying coverage, charging higher premiums, or refusing reimbursement for the millions of people who have pre-existing health conditions like cancer, diabetes, or asthma. The law also stops insurance companies from setting annual or lifetime limits on coverage, allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, and requires new insurance plans to cover preventive health care such as mammograms and diabetes screenings without a co-pay.

Under the ACA, individuals who get insurance through an employer or Medicare can continue to receive this coverage. In addition, the law creates new health insurance marketplaces through which individuals who do not have access to affordable insurance or who want to explore new insurance options can shop for coverage. California’s health insurance marketplace is known as Covered California, and is online now at CoveredCA.com. On this website, individuals can compare plans, find out if they qualify for subsidies to reduce the cost of coverage, and enroll in a plan of their choice. For your information, I have attached a fact sheet that provides more information about Covered California and the Affordable Care Act.

Although I support the many new consumer protections and preventive health benefits created as part of the Affordable Care Act, I recognize that the law remains controversial. Please know that I have made note of your views and will keep them in mind as I continue to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Should have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

socalcon on October 31, 2013 at 5:21 PM

….(Dems):…..they all had crappy insurance!

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Dear Honorable[sic] Senators Klobucher and Franken:

Durenberger.

Wellstone.

Mondale.

Humphrey.

You both ought to be deeply ashamed of what you’ve managed to do to America’s health care system. I had previously thought we had the worst possible way of paying for health care; you’ve helped make it much worse.

What do you think those I mentioned above would say to you?

htom on November 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

It was bad enough when you clowns voted Obama into office but you sent Al Franken as well. Speaking of Franken, he won by the narrowest of votes from district canvassing that found votes only for him.

Since the late count put Franken in as the 60th Dem Senator it helped prevent any fillibuster put forward by the GOP.

Read your cancelation letter and weep, a-holes.

banzaibob on November 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

If I were a betting man, I’m afraid my money would have to be on Franken to win a second term here. There is a reason that the loon is the Minnesota state bird.

I always say it should be “Minnesota nice”, it should be “Minnesota crazy”. (I mean seriously, who votes for a guy that openly hates them? Answer, people in Minnesota do. Although to be fair I think he really lost but it shouldn’t have been close enough to allow him to win by cheating.)

Dave_d on November 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Err, I mean it shouldn’t be “Minnesota nice” …

Dave_d on November 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM