Democrats urge White House to attack health insurance companies

posted at 10:01 am on November 7, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

If you’re wondering why, please remember that whenever the Democrats or the White House get in trouble, step one of escaping that trouble is to use the bully pulpit to blame someone else.  Oh, and there’s the fact that in the past, attacking the health insurance companies seemed to have worked:

The approach hasn’t sat well with some Democratic allies, who are publicly and privately urging the White House to ramp up its attacks on insurers, arguing that the the tactic shored up support as they struggled to push the bill through Congress. A group of Democratic strategists pressed senior administration officials during a conference call last week.

They’d like a repeat of 2009-10, when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called insurers “the villains,” Obama blasted their willingness to “bend the truth or break it,” and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius accused them of banking excessive profits.

“When Obamacare got into trouble, we juxtaposed our message against the insurance companies, which are very unpopular,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who has advised her 2014 clients, including Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, to go after insurers. “We should be messaging against the insurance companies this time as well. This is not good faith. If there is a snowstorm, the insurance companies are blaming it on Obamacare.”

But there’s a problem.  With the horrific rollout of ObamaCare, the White House needs the support of the industry they demonized for so long.  They need the “villains”.

This time around, Obama needs the industry to make Obamacare work.

His restrained response over the past week shows just how much the dynamic between Obama and the insurance companies has shifted since the law passed — and how their fates have become intertwined. The health care law expands coverage to millions of Americans by sending them into the private insurance market armed with tax subsidies, forcing the president and his former nemeses into an uneasy partnership that’s only beginning to face strains.

“Their interests are aligned with our interests in terms of wanting to enroll targeted populations,” a senior White House official said Wednesday. “It is not that we will agree with everything now either, but I would say for some time now there has been a collaboration because of that mutual interest.”

The uneasy truce will likely exist until such a time as it is politically expedient for the White House to blame all of ACA’s ills on someone else — namely health insurance providers (trying to blame Republicans seems to have had little traction).  But they can’t afford to do that at the moment.  However, while a full frontal assault on the industry may not be in the offing, the White House is still inclined to snipe:

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett angered insurers when she posted on Twitter that it was a “fact” that “nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney has been critical of insurance companies during his daily briefings, calling the individual market an under-regulated “Wild West.” But he’s tried to strike a balance, casting insurers as engaged in bad practices before the new health care law brought them into line.

Obama did the same during a health care speech Friday in Boston.

“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy,” Obama said.

Ah, the life of a failed community organizer and his posse.  Help create a monstrosity out of whole cloth and then, when it performs as poorly as critics said it would, find a “villain” and blame them.  Except right now you need the villain.  Meanwhile your party is raising the volume on its protests about the awful rollout and its effect on their chances for re-election next year.

What to do.  What to do.

~McQ


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This time around, Obama needs the industry to make Obamacare work.

Oh, Dorothy, it’s not MEANT to work. It never was. Single Payor behind the curtain there to the rescue.

Marcus on November 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

To hell with Democrats.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

He already is, but this was always an inevitable conclusion to the inevitabilities of this crap sandwich law. Of course one must explain how the Fluke insurers benefit by dumping millions of their regular customers.

NotCoach on November 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy,” Obama said.

And now, that’s the government’s job.

Oh excuse me – per Justice Roberts, it’s tax you into bankruptcy.

DarthBrooks on November 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Once again, the GOP has to make it clear and ask “If not for the ACA, would these ins companies have canceled 4.2 million policies in the past 1 month?”…#messaging

hillsoftx on November 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

WaPo Fact Checker Gives White House 3 Pinocchios For Blaming Insurers For Canceled Health Plans…

In defending President Obama’s now-discredited pledge that “if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep it,” the White House has repeatedly tried to blame insurance companies.

White House spokesman Jay Carney’s statement above, accusing insurance companies of stripping away benefits, is typical. Columnists supportive of the White House have piled on, arguing that insurance companies should be blamed.

The Pinocchio Test

Blaming the insurance companies can only go so far. First of all, the administration wrote the rules that set the conditions under which plans lose their grandfather status. But more important, the law has an effective date so far in the past that it virtually guaranteed that the vast majority of people currently in the individual market would end up with a notice saying they needed to buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

The administration’s effort to pin the blame on insurance companies is a classic case of misdirection. Between 75 and 95 percent of the problem stems from the effective date, but the White House chooses to keep the focus elsewhere.

Resist We Much on November 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The Jews! It must be the Jews, blame them!!!

(Hey, it worked for Obama’s intellectual predecessors)

Tom Servo on November 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Make these Flukers live by their rules.

No more delays, no exceptions, make them choke on their sandwich! BUT keep pointing out that not a single ‘pub voted for 0bamacare.

freedomfirst on November 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

“The buck stops with you”
- Dear Liar.

rbj on November 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

This will probably work for them.

jhffmn on November 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Wait, they didn’t attack insurance companies?

Steve Eggleston on November 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

What to do. What to do.

~McQ

Campaign?

I mean, what else does Obama do anyway?

Gatsu on November 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

What to do. What to do.

Blame the foot-stealing doctors?

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

They should be, as we speak, giving insurance companies permission to estimate subsidies in their own calculators, and giving them the information to advertise and sell insurance. They don’t want policies to be sold, they want the insurance companies to collapse.

Fleuries on November 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Once again, the GOP has to make it clear and ask “If not for the ACA, would these ins companies have canceled 4.2 million policies in the past 1 month?”…#messaging

hillsoftx on November 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

+++++

bazil9 on November 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

We are bringing Western civilization to its knees by selling private insurance plans on a web site where people pick and choose.”

- Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary

What does that remind me of?

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

- Barack Hussein Obama June 23, 2007

Yes, it appears that Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius are “fellow travellers” on the journey to bring the “Empire” of Western civilization “to its knees”.

Who else wants to bring the U.S. “Empire” to its knees?

Bill Ayers on his blog September 10, 2008:

“The end of an empire is messy at best….

and this one is ending like all the rest.” Randy Newman

ITguy on November 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

OT/ This man wants to be the Next POTUS:

When Marty Walsh won the Boston mayor’s race, Vice President Joe Biden was quick to pick up the phone to congratulate him.

But, there was a problem. The Marty Walsh who Biden had on the other end of the phone wasn’t the Marty Walsh who had been elected to succeed longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

The Marty Walsh who Biden had connected with was actually a former aide to the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Insurance companies participating in the “exchanges” were forced to cover expenses mandated by Obysmalcare. Via this boondoggle law, they were limited over how much profit they could make– as if profit is a dirty word in a capitalist economy.

Those insurance companies who dropped clients knew that the Obysmalcare mandates were bankrupting to their businesses. It was the mandates that damaged insured customers who were perfectly content with the coverage that they had contracted.

onlineanalyst on November 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Whoa! Never saw that freight train coming.

/sarc off

platypus on November 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

No tonight, honey. I’m losing my election. – Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014.

PolarCoug on November 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

“Hey you Jews, clean up all these shards of glass from the windows you forced us to break last night!”

-Brownshirts

Bishop on November 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Haley Barbour to insurance companies, “Never pay the cannibals to eat you last.”

txhsmom on November 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

And who else wants to bring the U.S. “Empire” to its knees?

The Communist Party USA, as explicitly stated in their Constitution:

With Marxism-Leninism guiding our actions, the Communist Party strives to build the broadest unity against global capitalist imperialism now headed by U.S. imperialism, for immediate gains and reforms that benefit working people, and for a progressive democratization of the government, the economy, and society of our country on the road to and after winning socialism.

See also their party program:

The Road to Socialism USA

“against global capitalist imperialism”

I challenge any “progressive” to point out the differences between the Democratic Party Platform and the Communist Party USA Platform.

ITguy on November 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I don’t have any admiration/love for insurers. Bark vs. private, for profit death panels should be a popcorn fest.

BL@KBIRD on November 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The Truth has gotten its pants on and is showing up in mailboxes all over the Country.

Obama is a brazen liar. The Nuns who taught me for 12 years would have smacked him into the middle of next week.

Naturally Curly on November 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Good luck with that. Even many Obama voters aren’t so blind that they can’t see the coincidental timing of the cancellation notices and the rollout of Obamacare. And they sure as hell won’t miss the insane prices of the plans on the exchanges.

Doughboy on November 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Fewer Americans covered, at a greater expense. What else do Republicans need?

MT on November 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Is there any person or group these people have not p*ssed off? (other than their parasite base that is)

rjh on November 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

This reminds me of, when your children and grandchldren are little and they walk into a table and get a “boo-boo”. Your spank the table and say “bad table!” to make the child stop crying.

Same thing.

kingsjester on November 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Tactic might have worked if the website worked… and if Obama didn’t lie 36 times… and if young people were eager to sign up… and if the ACA was not outlawing cheap plans………..

mjbrooks3 on November 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Lies, lies, lies, yeah. Indict the media!

MT on November 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

yep…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFvujknrBuE

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

What? Attack them for obeying the law? You people are batguano crazy, I mean it this time.

jake49 on November 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Blame the foot-stealing doctors?

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Oh, that’s coming! They’re just saving it until the doctors and hospitals start revolting – then they’ll roll out that excuse – along with blaming all the doctors that perform unnecessary tonsillectomies and prescribe red pills instead of blue.

Hill60 on November 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

They’d like a repeat of 2009-10, when

Didn’t the GOP clean house in 2010?

mjbrooks3 on November 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

They have that national debt sign?
How about an ObamaCare uninsured sign?
or daily tally of number of people who have lost their insurance.
Maybe have a big photo of Obama grinning, and the numbers tallying up across his teeth.

albill on November 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

“Hey you Jews, clean up all these shards of glass from the windows you forced us to break last night!”

-Brownshirts

Bishop on November 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Pretty much sums up the situation. The only problem for the rat-eared bastard is that, unlike Germans in the 1930s, blame really isn’t shifting to the designated scapegoats.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Suuuuurrrre – it’s all the insurance companies’ fault – cuz they’re cancelling policies that violate “the law”.

Nurse Ratched testimony yesterday (see FoxNews headline) indicates the 0scare clusterF site has never been able to, was not designed to handle more than 1100 users per day.

0scare was supposed to provide health coverage for 30 million people who were not covered.
For you math challenged libtards (verbaldouche, et al) – at 1100 users per day, it will take 27,272 days, which equals 74 YEARS for all of those 30 million uninsured people to log in and get covered.

If you needed any more proof that this clusterfark was intentional to lead to single payer – there it is.

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Stalinists always hunt down wreckers and saboteurs when their programs fail. To hell with Obama and the Dems.

RobertE on November 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

So – blame the insurers out of the left side of his mouth and urge people to sign up with the same insurers out of the right side of his mouth.

With that said – I have a hard time feeling to badly for the insurers. They “bought in” to this crap sandwich because the law promises to force all kinds of people to buy their product – and to buy more expensive versions of their product – than would’ve done so otherwise.

Anyone with any sense could see this coming – the penalty early on for not enrolling is so small that it makes sense for the young healthies to go without, but the economic model is premised upon them signing up. When it doesn’t happen, the risk pool is older & sicker than estimated, which means the total premiums collected won’t be sufficient to cover the demand for services. Next year premiums will go up even more trying to recover for last year; either the penalty for noncompliance goes way up (and they find a way to collect other than tax refunds) or even more people opt out.

I have a hard time believing any of the “architects” of this risky scheme (Dems loved to call Republican proposals that) believe for a moment that it will actually work.

Given their true love is single payer, I suspect most of them would be upset if it did.

BD57 on November 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

***

Of course one must explain how the Fluke insurers benefit by dumping millions of their regular customers.

NotCoach on November 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I haven’t thought it all the way through, but it seems like a good idea for the GOP to explain how Obama colluded (and use the word colluded because of its connotations) with insurers and big pharma to ram Obamacare home. Obamacare is one of the worst examples of crony capitalism.

Obama blaming the insurers is like one of two adulterers pointing the finger at the other and claiming it was that other adulterers fault. Hey, these people were in bed together all along.

BuckeyeSam on November 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

If I remember correctly, these insurance companies were fully on board with Retardcare as they saw forced buying of their policies. Trying to muster some outrage…..nope…can’t.

msupertas on November 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Insurance can’t pay out more than what’s paid into it. You have to be very stupid to not understand that. Very, very stupid.

So only the very, very stupid could possibly blame insurance companies for what the Democrats have done.

ElectricPhase on November 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The Lord High Obamassiah makes no mistakes. The chosen One commits no errors. King Barack is pure. Mistakes are made only by others who speak lies to His truth!

How much longer are the O-bots going to believe that crap?

GarandFan on November 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Oh, that’s coming! They’re just saving it until the doctors and hospitals start revolting – then they’ll roll out that excuse – along with blaming all the doctors that perform unnecessary tonsillectomies and prescribe red pills instead of blue.

Hill60 on November 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Red pills are only for those denied further medical procedures by the local death panel.

People are only beginning to realize that the website debacle is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Once the system “works” then the real fun begins. Which is why the Dems having to run for re-election next year are crapping their pants. To paraphrase Pelosi, you have to get it to work to see just how bad Obamacare really is.

Three years ago, Dems passed this in such a way they would get all the credit for Obamacare. I say we make sure they get what they wanted.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

So only the very, very stupid could possibly blame insurance companies for what the Democrats have done.

ElectricPhase on November 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Never EVER underestimate the stupidity of the parasites who support the lazy stupid coward and his namesake legislation.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

BD57 on November 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

But the plan worked so well when it was designed in the faculty lounge.

The leftists took away the notion of personal responsibility, doled out free phones and EBT cards to anyone with a pulse (and some without), and now they’re surprised that people aren’t willing to accept economic slavery to advance the new order. They’re building a nation of grifters and the grifters are now acting like…well…grifters.

Bishop on November 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

With that said – I have a hard time feeling to badly for the insurers. They “bought in” to this crap sandwich because the law promises to force all kinds of people to buy their product – and to buy more expensive versions of their product – than would’ve done so otherwise.
BD57 on November 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Great point.
A lot of the insurance companies were the consummate “useful idiots” in the push for 0scare. They bought into this crap, and now that everyone knows it’s crap – they are just handy scapegoats for 0barky. Useful idiots.
(I wonder how many of them also invested in the Nigerian royal family….)

Ya lay down with the dog(eater)s, you wake up with fleas….

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

BTW,

Let’s not forget the real criminals here. The Obamacare navigators who have no background check requirement. Convicted felons are being given access to loads of PII. What could possibly go wrong?

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

These are the same insurers that the White House pressured to keep quiet last week. Remember? Lot of good that did them, huh? They were told to keep quiet or else, but the “or else” came regardless.

Matticus Finch on November 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Every cancellation letter should have in large, blod letters on the top:
“BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE”….and then state the reasons.

watertown on November 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Blod=bold.

watertown on November 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Obamacare legislated health care plans out of existence. It forces insurers, under law and regulation, to cancel those plans. Period.

But I guess since Democrats didn’t read the bill (as Nancy Pelosi told us)- perhaps they didn’t realize this?

Ever notice how when something goes wrong with Democrats plan, it’s always the fault of someone else?

Marcus Traianus on November 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Hey! Aren’t we supposed to be blaming Germany?

And when did we stop blaming Canada, anyways?

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

I need those bad apples
-obama

cmsinaz on November 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

This entire administration and their supporting cast of other Democrats are nothing but worthless slugs, devoid of character, integrity, honesty and all other redeeming virtues. values.

rplat on November 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Red pills are only for those denied further medical procedures by the local death panel.

People are only beginning to realize that the website debacle is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Once the system “works” then the real fun begins. Which is why the Dems having to run for re-election next year are crapping their pants. To paraphrase Pelosi, you have to get it to work to see just how bad Obamacare really is.

Three years ago, Dems passed this in such a way they would get all the credit for Obamacare. I say we make sure they get what they wanted.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The pills won’t be colored, that would be too easy. The label will be digitally encoded so only Kommandant Sebelius knows whether it’s a placebo or a real prescription drug, depending on what the Death Panel has recommended.

slickwillie2001 on November 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Obama, The Most Dangerous of Morons.

Naturally Curly on November 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Hey, she had it coming, I dressed her like a slut.

The Commucrats story, and they’re sticking to it.

antipc on November 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

All part of the plan to eventually implement ‘single payer’.

Dexter_Alarius on November 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

In order to keep their policies cheap, insurance companies need to offer “work-arounds” and customization, to the expense of the ten mandates of the HHS Secretary.

For instance, restricting maternity benefits, mental health benefits, addiction benefits and other such budget busters to providers that offer bare bones services that just meet but don’t exceed expectations in some of their policies and advertising more lavish providers in the more expensive plans.

If you don’t intend to use maternity, or mental health or addiction services, you would pick the meager plan with lower cost providers you never intend to use. If you know you need luxury hotel rehab, you can pay for the pricey plan.

I think the insurance companies can be allowed to scale down the lavishness in each of the ten mandated ACA services, to keep the dollar figure low, customized to each buyer. I don’t need pediatric care, so I would pick the one with nurse practitioners doing the heavy lifting, and I don’t want any of my healthcare delivered in an “expensive intown address,” but a cheaper satelite suburban location. Some of the costs of healthcare are in fact zip code related, if the hospital is in an expensive city. I think this is part of the “dropping” doctors that you are seeing, if you are going only for price some of the things you like might not be there.

They need to be required to itemize how each item required by the ACA affects the cost of the plan. This has got to get a lot more customizable like auto insurance is, and I know private insurance companies are brilliant enough to come up with something, because their actuaries compute work arounds in their heads and in their computer models, day and night.

They might find it is cheaper to do preventative vaccinations right at CVS. If you go there you pay less. I would take a plan to save money that said I had to go by the drugstore for this…if it cost $100 office visit less to my insurance plan. Mrs. Pelosi’s free office visit is not really free, you are pre paying for it. But I need to see it itemized by cost and choose.

They might find certain clinics are great for certain kinds of services and authorize them there for people who don’t really want those things in their plan anyway, like maternity care. If I have to take maternity care, let me have the cheap plan with no frills and no elective cesearian section unless I pay more. No IVF. No abortion. No elective V reversal. Some women will opt to pay more for their preferred place to have their children, just like some shop at Target and others shop at Bloomies. Some people will want certain Cancer hospitals in their plan, and others are not picky, but the price should be seen.

What else is clear, is that that HHS has to STOP writing new regs and waivers and let everyone catch up. If the plans are supposed to be here now for sale for Jan. 1, you can’t keep changing them and redefining them. All new regs need to apply to Jan 2015. (The unions got their exception last week to the $65 per plan tax they wanted, snuck in after the shut down.) All business regs need to be in place for fiscal year choices in July. Nobody can plan for the future, nobody can make choices about how to deal with the most expensive mandates. And the most expensive mandates do not mean that those services need to be Platinum level just because they are required.

It is funny to see Mrs. Warren at the Hearing defending the ACA . When she was the Consumer Protection CZAR, and she wouldn’t have put up with any of the lies and fraud and contortions of the ACA from a private company.

Fleuries on November 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

You dance with the devil – eventually you are going to get burned.

These insurance companies had to see this coming.

gophergirl on November 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Someone has to be blamed so blame so blame those who are blameless. Democrats and especially Obama absolutely have no integrity and this strategy they are taking is even more proof.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

You dance with the devil – eventually you are going to get burned.

These insurance companies had to see this coming. – gophergirl on November 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

They were forced to dance with the devil. Obama and the Democrats held a gun to their head.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, to go after insurers… This is not good faith.

Progs. Faith-based belief systems. Who woulda’ guessed it.

Tsar of Earth on November 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Good reporters would be out questioning state insurance commissioners.

antipc on November 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

They were forced to dance with the devil. Obama and the Democrats held a gun to their head.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Was it one of those evil skeery black assault rifles with a deadly high cap assault mag clip?
Those things should be baaaaannnnnned!/!

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Schadenfreude pure at all the idiots from the healthinsurance, doctors and other scum who stood with the Thugs/Pimp/Punk in Chief.

YOU deserve his scrooming, painfully. Then we can pour lemon juice on you.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Good reporters would be out questioning state insurance commissioners.

antipc on November 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

There are only so many FOX, WSJ and Washington Examiner reporters to go around…

Khun Joe on November 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received

No, they couldn’t.

Putting aside all else, an insurance company has no power to deny care. They can’t do it. All they can do is not pay for stuff they weren’t contracted to pay for.

The government, on the other hand, can deny care. And if they do, you have no options.

taznar on November 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

They were forced to dance with the devil. Obama and the Democrats held a gun to their head.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Yep. They were told “go along now or we’ll crush you later with single payer.”

Of course, it turned out that the Dems didn’t have the political clout to do that, since they couldn’t even get their own caucus to go for it. But in early 2009, it looked like they’d be able to pass whatever they wanted.

And, they’re Chicago thugs. This is how they work. We’ve seen it over and over again.

Missy on November 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Poor Prezy Zero will be ‘forced’ to implement single payer and subsequently blame the evil Republicans. The media will assist in the frame-up and the hapless fall-guy GOP will remain silent for fear of being accused of what they are being framed for.

Problem solved.

ghostwalker1 on November 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Poor Prezy Zero will be ‘forced’ to implement single payer and subsequently blame the evil Republicans. The media will assist in the frame-up and the hapless fall-guy GOP will remain silent for fear of being accused of what they are being framed for.

Problem solved.

ghostwalker1 on November 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

And when the people start revolting – martial law (you just know the SS NPS are just itchin for that) and suspension of elections – and the framework for the new world order will be complete.

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I will be ‘for our own good’ of course. Besides, the Feds have been strapping up for a while now. Can’t let a crisis go to waste, you know.

ghostwalker1 on November 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

These insurance companies had to see this coming.

gophergirl on November 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Actually, no.

platypus on November 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Blaming the insurance companies probably won’t work. For those millions of people who previously had “individual” health insurance plans, many of them have had health insurance with the same company which renews them year after year, with maybe a 10% or 15% premium increase.

Then, late this year they suddenly get letters from their insurance companies saying that their policies don’t comply with the “new health insurance law” aka ACA aka Obamacare, and suddenly their premiums and deductibles increase by 50% or 100% or more. Why would these people blame the same company that has served them well for years?

Various commentators have talked about some red-state Senators up for re-election in 2014 who may want to distance themselves from Obamacare. If the Administration tries to blame insurance companies, they will lose at least two blue-state Senators–Chris Murphy and Dick Blumenarsethal of Connecticut. Many major insurance companies are headquartered in Hartford, and if they go bankrupt or pull out, the state’s GDP will probably lose about 10 to 20%, and thousands of jobs will be lost.

Steve Z on November 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy,” Obama said.

Just another one of his dirty lies. Health insurance providers before the odious Obamacare was shat up on us were tightly regulated by the states.

slickwillie2001 on November 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Obama probably should have waited a little bit longer to kill bin Laden. It would have made a nice distraction right about now.

DaveDief on November 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

But there’s a problem. With the horrific rollout of ObamaCare, the White House needs the support of the industry they demonized for so long. They need the “villains”.

That’s no problem. They’ll lick his hand when he’s done beating them, like a dog.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to fear.

The traitor is the plague”.

– Cicero

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

This is going to follow a fairly typical pattern.

The GOP will do jack squat to message and let the left frame the debate. Come summertime the left will have rolled out a new narrative with a full head of steam (insurance companies ruined ObamaCare by putting profits before people, red states and the GOP will be blamed for not having a plan and not helping or caring yada yada yada).
And the media by this time will have stopped reporting about the disastrous results of ObamaCare.

The Democrats will have found the hand full of people of actually benefited from ObamaCare and they will become national heroes.

gwelf on November 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

bo will poop all over the insurance companies and then bail them out with billions of taxpayer dollars for putting up with the abuse and taking the hit for obozocare…and if the republicans don’t go along wwith the bailout the dems will blame the reps for destroying the insurance companies/free market health insurance business

gracie on November 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

This is going to follow a fairly typical pattern.

…insurance companies ruined ObamaCare by putting profits before people, red states and the GOP will be blamed for not having a plan and not helping or caring yada yada yada.
And the media by this time will have stopped reporting about the disastrous results of ObamaCare.

gwelf on November 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Spot on.

Axeman on November 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

All by design. They KNEW that the exchanges and ins. companies wouldn’t work out. They knew ins. would start dropping people. They knew that the outrage would come.

Who better to fix the problem than the ones who created it? Next step – nationalize the ins. companies.

Captain Betty on November 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

My gut tells me that this isn’t going to work for the President or the administration. The MSM, as lame as they have been, aren’t quite playing ball on this. The majority of people who get all their information from the MSM aren’t getting the “Obama is SO cool” message as strongly anymore. Disillusionment is setting in. Furthermore, there are a LOT of people employed by “evil” insurance companies, many of whom voted for Obama and would likely vote for the Democrats in 2014, unless they feel cheated. Then there are family and friends. There are insurance agents and customers. Beyond that, the correlation between O-care and the cancellations can’t be ignored. The fact that premiums are going way up for most people (even employer-provided as many employers are getting out ahead of the mandate) and that the law actually mandates the higher premiums because of the 10 essential benefits and the refactoring of the actuarial tables (to limit the cost for older Americans and shift it to younger Americans) can’t really be swept aside. It is what it is. All their pronouncements are being shown to be lies. These lies are too obvious. They overplayed their hand out of pure arrogance and it shows. I think this means that single-payer is actually doomed because they won’t be able to get a majority to trust the government again for a long time. Once this implodes entirely, a vacuum will be created but it will be a very tough sell to say, “yeah, we screwed up so now let us try again with single payer. We promise it will work this time.” A good, free-market plan the clearly spells out consumer empowerment might be a good start. And don’t get baited into the “war on [fill in grievance group]” baloney.

BillyWilly on November 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

All of those slimy Democrats are vile, pathological liars.

rplat on November 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

yep…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFvujknrBuE

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

You MUST see this…

There was an earthquake! A terrible flood!

ITguy on November 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM