Obama’s hometown newspaper blasts ObamaCare and government intrusion

posted at 2:21 pm on November 11, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

It is almost ironic that the Chicago Tribune, Obama’s hometown newspaper and one of his biggest cheerleaders, has a scathing editorial out about Obama’s “signature” legislation – ObamaCare.  And probably the most surprising thing about the editorial is it’s conclusion.  The paper that endorsed and pushed for and Obama win, understanding full well that he was a big government type politician, says:

Accept that government doesn’t know what’s best for everyone. That people can decide what coverage they need and can afford. A strong marketplace offers choices for every wallet. Obamacare’s rules curtail those choices. Why, for instance, should only people under age 30 be eligible to purchase lower-cost “catastrophic” insurance? Pinching Americans’ coverage choices is one big reason this law doesn’t work.

Why, that almost sounds like …  the conservative position.  Even “tea-partyish”.

To add to your confusion, how about this:

It was a mistake to attempt such a massive government intrusion on a marketplace and a mistake to do so without anything close to a public consensus.

Where were they when Democrats were telling us that’s precisely what they were going to do?

Regardless, when you’ve lost your hometown newspaper, well, it might signal you’ve got a bigger problem on your hands than just getting this abysmal program limping along.

And the Trib even goes so far as to hand the GOP it’s talking points on the subject:

Democratic leaders forced the law through Congress without a single Republican vote. The architects of Obamacare brushed aside sharp warnings from tech wizards that the computer system wasn’t tested and ready. They piled hundreds of pages of last-minute regulations on insurers. They forced insurers to cancel policies by the thousands because those policies fell short of the soup-to-nuts coverage required by the law.
The American public is having a credibility-shattering debate about the president: Did he not bother to learn the details of the law before he told us we could keep our doctors and our insurance, or did he know the truth and flat-out lie?

Political consequences from the early failure of Obamacare are likely. But far more important are the personal consequences for American consumers.

Personal as in this isn’t some esoteric political question that, in effect, merely asks your opinion on how the country should be governed, but instead, has real-world consequences for real people.  And, thus far, those consequences have been anything but satisfactory.

Couple all of  that with fact that the majority of Americans were and still are against the law.  Then there are the lies told to reassure the doubtful that all would be wonderful – rainbows, unicorns and fairy dust – when this finally passed. Even though we were going to have to pass it to find out what was in it.

Well, we’ve found out what was in it and if Americans were angry before, they’re seething now.  And it doesn’t look like it is going to get any better:

There are early indications that many young and healthy people are opting not to buy insurance. There are two likely reasons: It’s nearly impossible for anyone to sign up, and the cost is prohibitive for people who have modest incomes but don’t qualify for subsidies.

If this continues, you’ll hear the phrase “death spiral” more and more. That’s the term insurance execs use to describe what will happen if young and relatively healthy people don’t pay into the system while older people with greater health care needs sign up. If that happens, increased costs will vastly outstrip increased revenues, putting enormous financial pressure on the whole scheme.

Frankly, I love the final word in those two paragraphs — “scheme”.  It describes ObamaCare to a tee.  Because that’s what this was all about – a vote buying scheme.  Democrats were sure that if they passed this law Americans would be so eternally grateful they would keep them in a majority forever (remember Bill Clinton’s “just do it and they’ll love you afterward” comments).  So sure that they ignored every warning sign and every bit of advice telling them it wouldn’t work.

The result, as they say, was predictable.

And you know it is awful when you see words like the above from … The Chicago Trib?

~McQ

 


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It was a mistake to attempt such a massive government intrusion on a marketplace and a mistake to do so without anything close to a public consensus.

That is the only lesson he should have learned from the commies. Centralization = death.

Blake on November 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I didn’t know Nairobi had a newspaper.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

You can have him back. Chicago is such a cesspool that Obama will fit right in.

neyney on November 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

You can’t fool me, someone slipped The Onion into the Chicago Tribune editorial page.

GarandFan on November 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Obama’s hometown newspaper?

/s

petefrt on November 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

GarandFan on November 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Or someone from CBS has infiltrated the Tribune.

tommer74 on November 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

My fear is that the Republicans will help fix Obamacare.

alanstern on November 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Better late than ne—wait it’s too late.

gerrym51 on November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Meh. The Amazon Post endorsed McAwful while reporting on his white-collar crimes.

Newspapers have no shame.

22044 on November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Cue Bruce Willis….

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I didn’t read a single pro-Obama comment. Wow.

txhsmom on November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Somebody got a cancellation letter….

d1carter on November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Accept that government doesn’t know what’s best for everyone.

Sure you wanna go with that?

/IRS

mankai on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I didn’t know Nairobi had a newspaper.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Accept that government doesn’t know what’s best for everyone. That people can decide what coverage they need and can afford.

But..but,what if they decide not to pay for Sandra Flukes’s birth control? Or her abortions?

kcewa on November 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

So, does that mean they are going to reconsider all the cheerleading, the fawning profiles and interviews, the endorsements, including of ObamaCare?

Don’t be mislead by one editorial. This moment of clarity will be long past by the time they begin the non-stop campaign for Hillary next year.

Of course, that will be different.

Hucklebuck on November 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Accept that government doesn’t know what’s best for everyone. That people can decide what coverage they need and can afford.

Anarchists

forest on November 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

No, you would be why republicans lose elections.

kcewa on November 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I didn’t know Nairobi had a newspaper.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

No.

A. fogw, that was aaaaaaaaaawesome

B. Repubicans lose elections because they try to be Democrats, have the press against them and much of the electorate couldn’t explain how the economy works apart from “minimum wage is good” and “Obamaphones are free, baby!”

mankai on November 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Republicans lose because there are 150 million dumbasses like you who believe Obama is a truth-teller.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Somebody got a cancellation letter….

d1carter on November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Exactly my thought.

LASue on November 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

It was a mistake to attempt such a massive government intrusion on a marketplace and a mistake to do so without anything close to a public consensus.

This is one of the more interesting observations from the Trib. Rather than attacking the planning and implementation of Obamacare by the WH / HHS / IRS, and still making the case for the big government progressive vision, the Trib is attacking big government’s intrusion and seizure of control of 1/6th of the economy.

Yes, the Trib has generally been very silent on the other aspects of government’s intrusions into a marketplace – like the community development, mortgage, Fannie / Freddie intrusions which led to the 2008 housing bubble burst. But for a reliably liberal mainstream paper to target Obamacare as a major overreach by government and a misread ‘mandate’, this is a clear message that the Democrats are in a lot of trouble in 2014.

Now I just have to hope that the GOP doesn’t do what it does best, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Athos on November 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Bet you laughed your butt off while the left made fun of Bush for eight straight years.

Chimpy McHitler …… yeh, that was hilarious.

Hipocrite.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Article title states “Truth, consequences, etc”….BUT, the browser tab on Firefox shows “Lies, consequences”…..hummm, name change much fish wrap?

hillsoftx on November 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Obama’s response?

“I won.”

Ward Cleaver on November 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Because they have a sense of humor? If you had a brain it would die of loneliness.

Rio Linda Refugee on November 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Obama’s hometown newspaper blasts ObamaCare and government intrusion

The Jakarta Globe is opining on Obamacare? interesting

Rio Linda Refugee on November 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

O/T Twitchy reporting that Jim Imhofes’ son was killed in a plane crash on Sunday. Prayers for all. Such a sad report as he himself recovering from surgery.

bluefox on November 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

My hometown newspaper is the Chambersburg (PA) Public Opinion. and I left my hometown at age 18, never to return except for short visits. But it’s still my “hometown” newspaper.

And 0′s REAL hometown newspaper is ?????

—–
Chambersburg famous for being burned in the Civil War, at the hands of Jubal Early, (my fellow long-gray line colleague), West Point 1837. He got ticked at Maj. Gen. David Hunter’s burning of the homes of several prominent Southern sympathizers in Jefferson County, West Virginia earlier that month. The burning happened July 30, 1864.

williampeck1958 on November 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

How do you he’s Republican?

Bishop on November 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Know.

DAMN these chubby sausagy fingers!

Bishop on November 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

So what did the Trib say back in March 2010, when the law was signed? Bet it was delirious with joy.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I didn’t know Nairobi had a newspaper.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Race card dealt.

antipc on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Accept that government doesn’t know what’s best for everyone.

I think Obama’s (and most libs/progs) position is “Well, that’s true, but we know what’s best for most people, and there’s a lot of people who just CAN’T know what’s best for themselves – through no fault of their own, of course.

“And, since we can’t tailor BIG GOVERNMENT programs on an individual level, everyone else just HAS to go along, since we’re all in this together, and because the needs of the many outweigh the wants of the few, and… because children.”

Marcola on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

DAMN these chubby sausagy fingers!
Bishop on November 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

STOP THAT – you’re making me hungry! It’s lunchtime in Oregon.
(Is ‘sausagy’ even a word? If not it should be.)

Marcola on November 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Really? Care to defend your assertion?

Bmore on November 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I dunno but referring to Chicago as his “hometown” seems inaccurate to me. It implies place of upbringing and nurture which carries with it a sense of permanence and stability to which one will always look to with fondness and remembrance.

More like his duty station, maybe.

Cleombrotus on November 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Alternate: Chicago Tribune Endorses Klan

/trolls

mankai on November 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Frankly, I love the final word in those two paragraphs — “scheme”.

~McQ

And I think that final door-slam was crafted. Well played.

Tsar of Earth on November 11, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Wouldn’t Obama’s home town newspaper be just as likely “The Daily Indonesian” or “Koran Tempo” or some other Indonesian newspaper that was published where he spent a good deal of his childhood..

albill on November 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

My fear is that the Republicans will help fix Obamacare.

alanstern on November 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

There is indeed a lot of money on the table to be skimmed by late-coming usurpers. The Ratchet Effect, we’ll never get it back.

Tsar of Earth on November 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

It is almost ironic that the Chicago Tribune, Obama’s hometown newspaper and one of his biggest cheerleaders, has a scathing editorial out about Obama’s “signature” legislation – ObamaCare.

Ironic? Almost ironic? You have got to be kidding.

What it is: Schizophrenic. Not almost schizo but pure lock, stock and barrel schizo.

trapeze on November 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

remember Bill Clinton’s “just do it and they’ll love you afterward” comments

Yeah, I’ll bet there’s a lot of convicts in the can who told themselves that in a moment of passion. The prob was they didn’t have the advantage of being a sitting president.

Marcola on November 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Sudden announcement of FBI raids on the Chicago Tribune’s editorial offices for ‘suspected tax evasion, and use of Classified Information in several unspecified articles, contrary to Federal Law” in 3…2…1…

orangemtl on November 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

DAMN these chubby sausagy fingers!

Bishop on November 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Just wrap them sausagy fingers with baaaaaacon. (Fixes everthang.)

Tsar of Earth on November 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

No, you would be why republicans lose elections.

kcewa on November 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Because I’m not a fan of racially tinged birther jokes.

Bet you laughed your butt off while the left made fun of Bush for eight straight years.

Chimpy McHitler …… yeh, that was hilarious.

Hipocrite.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I voted for Bush twice.. as well as for McCain and Romney. And you really don’t get why Obama- Africa jokes aren’t funny? Seriously, there is lots of funny Obama material out there now with Obamacare’s meltdown to choose from that doesn’t involve birtherism.

Because they have a sense of humor? If you had a brain it would die of loneliness.

Rio Linda Refugee on November 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I don’t have a racially insensitive sense of humor and have enough of a brain to know how that plays in the rest of the country.. aka the moderates in Ohio and Virginia needed to win an election.

Really? Care to defend your assertion?

Bmore on November 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Because that helps win over minority communities.. What next – a joke about marachi bands and tacos directed at the Latino community?

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

so tell me again why ted cruz and the tea party were wrong??

jetch on November 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Bruce, you’re leaving out the exponential growth of the IRS obozocare caused. These young folks who think they can just ignore obozocare and it will just go away, are going to find out that due to obozocare we are all now property of the U.S. Government and are FORCED to participate in this Ponzi scheme whether we ignore it or not.

The IRS has the power to go into our personal bank accounts and audit each American citizen for compliance with the obozocare man-tax-date.

Welcome to the future comrade!

KMC1 on November 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The Chicago Tribune is racist and hates women…

HiJack on November 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

williampeck1958 on November 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Ahhh, fond memories. Ski Liberty is close by and many week nights were spent there when I was working in DC.

petefrt on November 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I didn’t know Nairobi had a newspaper.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Lame rebuttal(s) illinidiva (diva, speaks volumes).
Still, however: THREADWINNER!!!

bernzright777 on November 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Because I’m not a fan of racially tinged birther jokes.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

How is a birther joke racist?

blink on November 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The O’Cult members will tell you that any joke about their Cult Leader is racist.

I wonder if that includes jokes about his White half.

Del Dolemonte on November 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Obama’s hometown newspaper blasts ObamaCare and government intrusion

Why does the Jakarta Daily care about BarkyCare?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Obama’s hometown newspaper blasts ObamaCare and government intrusion

Why does the Jakarta Daily care about BarkyCare?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Careful, some sick person in Idiva will go into hyperventilation.

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

And this is why Republicans lose elections.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

It’s a joke!

Ward Cleaver on November 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Don’t feed the 350 pound hairy divas trolls.

Ward Cleaver on November 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Reads like the Chicago Tribune is really worried about the Democrats in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

The Republicans should do very well in those elections if they can kill off their Conservative and TEA Party base well before the elections.
/Sarcasm off

RJL on November 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

This article fails to cast some of the blame for the situation that’s unfolded on poor reporting on their part. Had they bothered to read the bill or look into some of the issues Republican’s raised years ago and delved into why none of them voted for it instead of casting them as obstructionists, I’d be a little more sympathetic. They’re part of the problem.

scalleywag on November 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I don’t have a racially insensitive sense of humor and have enough of a brain to know how that plays in the rest of the country.. aka the moderates in Ohio and Virginia needed to win an election.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

You mean to the people who believed Romney was a murderer who was going to ban tampons and “put y’all back in chains”.

Why don’t you demand they change THEIR behavior? They’re the racists. They’re the ones who voted based on black skin and lies.

There is zero reason for those of us with a brain to pander to those idiots. We knew Obama was a liar. We warned them. They chose not to listen. They are no longer worthy of deferral, and in fact should be shamed and humiliated as much as possible for their pig-ignorance and stupidity in falling for the lies of a racist con man.

northdallasthirty on November 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

All should hope that this is the beginning of a death spiral for the favorable national editorial support that ObamaCare has had for 5 years. The real-world negative consequences of implementation and the inevitability of financial bankruptcy of the program that will soon be obvious to all should be a lesson to the electorate that big government cannot do big things efficiently. Repeal and replace cannot come too soon.

stefano1 on November 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

A new Trib editorial extolling the virtues of “single-payer” in 3 … 2 … 1

mel23059 on November 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM