Chuck Todd: These fixes are going to “undermine the whole premise of the law”

posted at 9:21 am on November 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

On the Today Show this morning, Chuck Todd brought up the singular, ultimate fact about ObamaCare that certain Democrats at the moment seem determined to neglect in their desperation to look as though they are being proactive about making good on President Obama’s now most infamous bit of healthcare-related subterfuge, the “if you like it, you can keep it” promise with which they so blithely went right along: The fixes they’re proposing won’t accomplish much except to directly and more speedily undermine the premise of the entire overhaul.

LAUER: Chuck, can you tinker with a part of the program and not impact the viability of the entire program, numbers-wise?

TODD: I’ve talked to one of the architects of this plan… and he essentially argues, no. If you start messing around with this and trying to grandfather in some of these folks, you undermine the whole premise of the law. The whole way insurance companies can make it affordable for somebody who has a preexisting condition is if they are forcing these younger and healthier people essentially to pay a little more. You know, that’s the way, and this is the problem that the president brought upon himself when they didn’t make this clear. There are always winners and losers in any legislation. There is a small number of losers here if you want to count losing as in, having to pay more for your health insurance. Healthy people are going to pay more. That was always the intention, that was the only way you could make the law work if you wanted to bring down the cost for sick people.

Hmm — we’ll overlook the “small number of losers here” for the moment and focus on the fact that, yes, the administration did do this to themselves by purposefully evading an honest representation about the law’s methods and consequences. They hardly managed to pass the thing as it is, and if Americans had been told they were going to be forcefully redirected to get the law to work, it likely would have done even worse. Funnily enough, they seem to be finding out anyway:

Americans’ views of the 2010 healthcare law have worsened in recent weeks, with 40% approving and 55% disapproving of it. For most of the past year, Americans have been divided on the law, usually tilting slightly toward disapproval. The now 15-percentage-point gap between disapproval and approval is the largest Gallup has measured in the past year.

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Chuck Todd: These fixes are going to “undermine the whole premise of the law”

He says that like it’s a bad thing.


There Goes the Neighborhood on November 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Well of course for a Marxist like Todd this is a disaster.

His dear leader looks like an impotent fool, because he is one…..

The progressives will have the taste of Obama in their mouth for the rest of
their miserable existence, because he will keep reminding them.

All the democratic Senators up for re-election should just surrender now, or their scalps will be taken.

redguy on November 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

They keep talking about a “small number”

Can you imagine the “small number” if the delay for employers wasn’t made?

MityMaxx on November 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

That “small number” could soon surpass the “great number” of people this bill could have reasonably helped, unless people continue to believe the “40 million” nonsense.

Axeman on November 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The “Small number”…. Seems alot bigger than the population of New Orleans and Bush was personally blamed for huuricane Katrina, an act of God. Obamacare is an act of Democrats and some how they aren’t held to a standard even CLOSE to what Bush was. “Heckuva job, Barry!”

famous amos on November 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Liberals never fail to be surprised at the desire of the masses to hold on to their own money.

carson53 on November 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Gee…It’s only been more than four years since the law passed and Chuck Todd can finally tell us healthy people are going to pay more.
What a hack.

NeoKong on November 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Well, he did work for Tom Harkin before he became a “journalist”, so it’s expected. And in Chuck Todd’s world, journalist is just another word for Democrat Operative. Chuck’s job wasn’t to report the facts and give truthful analyses on what the ACA would do and what it would mean for individuals. His job was to help the Democrats get it passed, and his current job is to help it be successfully implemented so that it becomes a permanent fixture in American life -until it’s time for single payer.

djm1992 on November 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

This Thanksgiving, what I am really “schadenfreude for” is that the Dems extended the shutdown of government (mainly political theater to blame Republicans and win back the house) because, as the chief proponents and apologists for Abominablecare, insisting that they throw their own staff on it was denying that Abominable care was the “Law of the Land”.

Axeman on November 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Nix it, don’t fix it!

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

These “fixes” simply underscore the fact no one in this administration understands the first thing about how insurance actually works. They all conflate “insurance” with “free health care from greedy insurance companies.”

byepartisan on November 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

That’s known as a “feature,” not a “bug.”

BD57 on November 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Speaking of one of the architects of Obamacare, Megyn Kelly had Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of the Chicago Mayor, on her program again last night to ‘discuss’ the enrollment numbers that were released yesterday. During the ‘discussion, Emanuel again beclowned himself between blaming Obamacare problems on the GOP, Fox News, and the private insurance companies….

The video of the ‘discussion’ is at this link…

Needless to say, the progressive fascists remain utterly shocked that a program that theoretically works perfectly in their ‘world’ continues to struggle because the laws of economics and human nature unexpectedly continue to work and cannot be changed just by wishing it so or having vapid ideologues in the media spin it that way.

Athos on November 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

What I expect to hear in the near future….

“0bamacare is dead. Long live 0bamacare!”


freedomfirst on November 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Correction: it’s 11% of the 55% who disapprove, equating to 6% of the country (19 million people). Still, if 19 million people have lost insurance as a result of this law, that defeats the entire point of the law, even if you believe the whole hopenchange project.

TBSchemer on November 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Yes, 6%.

Assuming that the poll only contacted individual households and not individuals (they didn’t call affected children from same household, for example) …. If each respondent comes from the average household size of 2.55, then 15.3% of the population has already lost their insurance.

Carnac on November 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Chuck Todd nearly driven to tears…

R Square on November 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Can we reserve a lot of blame for dingy, dirty, hairy reid? Then let’s go after the other architect, after all it would’ve collapsed if he didn’t decide it was a tax, supreme court justice Roberts?
I would love to know what he’s thinking right now.

Bambi on November 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Autoplay ads that you can’t mute or pause on a mobile device can go die in a fire.

Hell, autoplay ads in general can go die in a fire.

Dunedainn on November 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Who needs to pay health insurance premiums, if there are no pre-existing condition restrictions and guaranteed enrollment? Let’s see, should I pay $4000, $8000, or maybe $12000 per year in premiums, or should I pay a $95, $248, or even a $1000 fine, which can only be deducted from my income tax refund, and pay for Doctors visits out of pocket. Seems like an easy choice to me. Wait for something catastrophic to happen before you enroll. You don’t need health insurance until then.

nofreelunch on November 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Autoplay ads that you can’t mute or pause on a mobile device can go die in a fire.

Hell, autoplay ads in general can go die in a fire.

Dunedainn on November 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Agreed. Hot Air is hellish on an iPad. You have to mute it, lest some awful vodka ad starts blaring out. And if you wish to watch a video clip, sometimes the ad plays simultaneously.

Please, Ed… I’ve been a loyal, daily reader for years…. Please end the autoplay ads. It diminishes the quality of your site.

PointnClick on November 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM