Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on November 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

That the administration knew [of the cancellations] and failed to anticipate the inevitable outcry is political malpractice of the highest order. That policyholders who received cancellation notices didn’t have a functional Web site on which to seek alternatives makes that preexisting condition exponentially worse…

Listening to the president Thursday was painful. He acknowledged the need “to win back some credibility.” He “fumbled the rollout” of health care. He is “letting . . . down” congressional Democrats who took the risk of supporting Obamacare. Although he’s sometimes been “slapped around a little bit unjustly,” the president said, “This one’s deserved, all right? It’s on us.”

Can he recover? I’m sorry to say: I’m not at all confident.

***

Obama’s latest claim will be just one more unmet expectation to be thrown back in the face of a leader who likes to tell his own worried aides when things are going badly, “I got this.” Except when he doesn’t.

“At every single point, they’ve over-promised and under-delivered” on Obamacare, said Matthew Dowd, George W. Bush’s former pollster who grew so disillusioned with his old boss’s performance that he voted for Obama. “And at every single point, they’ve chosen a short-term communications strategy, as opposed to a long-term governing strategy. And the short-term communication strategy was to put out the fire by saying ‘It’s all going to be OK.”’…

“They’ve endured far more long-term pain from their happy talk than they would have short-term pain from telling the truth,” [former speechwriter Daniel Pink] said. “I fear this is going to go into the annals with George H. W. Bush’s ‘no new taxes,’ and Bill Clinton’s ‘I didn’t have sex with that woman.’ It strikes me as something very sticky.”

“There’s a piece of me that says this thing is just so complicated that God couldn’t have implemented it,” said Tom Peters, the veteran management guru and co-author of “In Search of Excellence.” “Every time you make one little adjustment, there are probably 150, if not 1,000, regulations that have to be taken into account. Would it be doable if it was inside a Google, with all the things the private sector allows you to do? But presumably at the top of the administration, I have to assume there was de facto no oversight of this thing.”

***

Democrats are fully aware of how their “fixes” are potentially fatal for the most expansive liberal reform in generations. They do not care. The political threat is that grave. Initially, they warned the president that he must do something to stop the bleeding. After President Bill Clinton admonished the president for failing to honor his “commitment” to voters, Democrats stopped asking…

This is a tale of misfortune and woe so Shakespearean that only history’s greatest bards could have ever dreamed it. So many liberals sacrificed so much to bring this creation to life. As it has become clear that their creation is a monster, they are struggling against the increasingly inescapable realization that they may have to kill it in order to save themselves, and their party, from an age in the wilderness.

***

Obamacare’s success would’ve affirmed the theories underlying Obama’s presidency — theories that could then be picked up by future presidents. Instead, Obamacare is systematically blowing apart the very premises it’s based on.

The reliance on Republican policy proposals did nothing to generate Republican support. Instead of showing the falseness of partisan divisions, Obamacare has proven how deeply entrenched they truly are.

Far from introducing innovation and efficiency into the system, the decision to build a complex, 50-state public-private hybrid has introduced towering complexity into the project, and seems, potentially, to be beyond the government’s capacity to do well.

And protecting individuals from the predations of the market has mostly led to complaints from those benefitting from the predations of the market. Even the most unjust system has winners, and those winners cling tightly to what they’ve won.

***

The continuing problems with the Healthcare.gov website can be fixed—at least theoretically. What can’t be repaired is the 37 times Obama said Americans could keep their health insurance if they liked it. No amount of fine print about grandfather clauses and the small individual market and who really likes their health care plan anyway erases the fact that the president deceived the public. The damage such deceit can wreak on a presidency is why Obama issued his directive to state insurance commissioners to allow canceled plans to be reinstated until after the 2014 election. It was the first episode in a long series called Damage Control.

The ramifications of Obama’s lie will continue to haunt him. Republicans can now blame every negative piece of health care news on Obamacare and the president who signed it into law. And there will be plenty of bad news to come: the status of the lost individual plans remains unclear, the website remains broken, there is no guarantee that the administration will meet its enrollment targets, the employer mandate hasn’t gone into effect, and just wait until the first security breaches, privacy violations, and fraudulent subsidies hit the exchanges. By passing Obamacare on a party line vote, Democrats welcomed the politicization of the health care market, or 18 percent of the economy. They’re going to get it.

The Obama Revolution, which came to office with plans to expand dramatically the role of government in our lives and restore America’s reputation abroad, has come to a halt.

***

At stake, however, is more than the fate of one presidency or of the current Democratic majority in the Senate. At stake is the new, more ambitious, social-democratic brand of American liberalism introduced by Obama, of which Obamacare is both symbol and concrete embodiment.

Precisely when the GOP was returning to a more constitutionalist conservatism committed to reforming, restructuring, and reining in the welfare state (see, for example, the Paul Ryan Medicare reform passed by House Republicans with near unanimity), Obama offered a transformational liberalism designed to expand the role of government, enlarge the welfare state, and create yet new entitlements (see, for example, his call for universal preschool in his most recent State of the Union address).The centerpiece of this vision is, of course, Obamacare, the most sweeping social reform in the last half-century, affecting one-sixth of the economy and directly touching the most vital area of life of every citizen.

As the only socially transformational legislation in modern American history to be enacted on a straight party-line vote, Obamacare is wholly owned by the Democrats. Its unraveling would catastrophically undermine their underlying ideology of ever-expansive central government providing cradle-to-grave care for an ever-grateful citizenry.

For four years, this debate has been theoretical. Now it’s real. And for Democrats, it’s a disaster.

***

The second, and more far-reaching, effect will be on Americans’ support for government social and economic programs. Since the country’s founding, Americans have always had an abiding distrust of the federal government. In the country’s first fifty years, that probably had a progressive effect by accelerating Westward economic expansion, but after the Civil War, business and banking leaders exploited this sentiment to block attempts to protect workers and consumers; later, the appeal to state’s rights was used to oppose civil rights laws.

It has taken panics, depressions, wars and social upheaval to get Congress to adopt social and economic reforms. At all other times, the publics’ distrust of government, as reinforced by business, has carried the day. Bill Clinton discovered that out in his first term when he tried to pass a national healthcare program. Obama succeeded in passing a health care bill in 2010 in the wake of the Great Recession. But if Obamacare doesn’t work as promised, then its failure will have reinforced for a generation the argument against any government initiatives. Reform will be dead – whether it’s to fix immigration, healthcare, or the growing gap between rich and poor.

***

Kettl says no major federal initiative has failed so thoroughly upon its unveiling since the ballistic-missile program’s first years in the 1950s produced a succession of explosions and failures to launch. “The last time something blew up on the runway like this,” Kettl says, “things were literally blowing up on the runway.”…

As the health law teeters, the stakes are so great because the struggle encapsulates each party’s core argument. It embodies the Democratic belief that society works better when risk is shared—between young and old, healthy and sick—and government intervenes in private markets to try to expand both security and opportunity. The fury of the Republican resistance reflects the party’s insistence that markets work best unfettered, that centralized government programs cannot achieve their goals, and that Democrats are unduly burdening the “makers” to support (and politically mobilize) the “takers.”

If most Americans conclude Republicans are right about the health care law, that judgment would inevitably deepen doubts about other government initiatives. In this world, Democrats could still hold the White House in 2016 around cultural affinity, but they would likely struggle to achieve much if they do. If the president can’t extinguish the flames surrounding Obamacare, this runway explosion could reverberate for years.

***

Most of them had no idea what they were voting for. They’re as surprised as anybody at what’s happened. And it’s not only because so many of them are idiots. They believed what they were told and, more important, they wanted to believe it. And, I suspect, they had a magical and almost touching belief in the ability of the U.S. government to do anything. It’s done anything in the past, why wouldn’t it now? (Because in the past it wasn’t asked to construct huge, sprawling, incoherent Rube Goldberg machines? And because government hasn’t always executed brilliantly, but often just well enough not to make everybody cry?)

One thing about the progressives of Congress: They really drank the Kool-Aid. They really did think government could do anything. They were sincere! They really thought there were no limits.

I wonder if this will sober them up.

People are wondering if we are seeing the end of liberalism. We are not. Liberalism, a great and storied American political tradition, will survive this. But progressivism—liberalism without blood—has been badly, deeply damaged. We are seeing the end of its first major emanation, ObamaCare.

***

That, to my mind, is what Thursday’s announcement really signals, and why I think it’s so significant. Prior instances of reckless presidential expediency in the debate over Obamacare have involved efforts to get past some immediate obstacle and just get the system into place, in the hope that once it was working the criticisms would fade away. This latest instance, however, involves roughly the opposite impulse: to sacrifice the prospects of the new system itself in the service of avoiding immediate political pain and embarrassment and without some larger goal in view.

It suggests that the administration is giving up on the long game of doing what it takes to get the system into place and then trusting that the public will come around and is adopting instead the mentality of a political war of attrition, fought news cycle by news cycle, in which the goal is to survive and gain some momentary advantage rather than to achieve a large and well-defined objective. It suggests, in other words, that the administration is coming to the view that Obamacare as they have envisioned it is not really going to happen, that they don’t know quite what is going to happen (and no one else does either), and that they need above all to keep their coalition together and keep the public from abandoning them so they can regroup when the dust clears.

***

[I]n this country we don’t change bad laws by presidential fiat. We change them by having Congress rewrite them or by starting from scratch. Obama doesn’t want to reopen this law for fear that Republicans and some Democrats will substantially rewrite it. But that’s what has to happen.

We understand why the president and leaders of his party want to rescue whatever they can of Obamacare. On their watch, official Washington has blown the launch of a new entitlement program … under the schedule they alone set in early 2010.

What we don’t understand is their reluctance to give that failure more than lip service. Many of the Americans who heard their president say Thursday that “we fumbled the rollout of this health care law” would have been pleased to hear him add: So we’re admitting it. This law is a bust. We’re starting over.


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predator on November 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Hot Date with the kitties.

RickB on November 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

That’s the correct term, right?

predator on November 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Repeal the monster…

OmahaConservative on November 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

REPEAL the b*tch!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

May Pharaoh Misanthrope spend the rest of his life living in interesting times.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

REPEAL the b*tch!

annoyinglittletwerp on November 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Repeal, Impeach, Impale.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Historic Presidency. Good job 52%ers! You did just fine.

Murphy9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Repeal and impeach.

Or impeach and repeal.

I don’t care about the order. Just do it.

joekenha on November 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Listening to the president Thursday was painful. He acknowledged the need “to win back some credibility.” He “fumbled the rollout” of health care. He is “letting . . . down” congressional Democrats who took the risk of supporting Obamacare. Although he’s sometimes been “slapped around a little bit unjustly,” the president said, “This one’s deserved, all right? It’s on us.”

The media is finally opening their eyes.
We saw this loser coming a mile away.

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

And so begins another ants free weekend at Twerps and a pants free weekend at cozmos.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

HornetSting! Woot!

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Obamacare is going to be repealed. And thank goodness for that.

bluegill on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

General Custer and Little Big Horn comes to mind.

srdem65 on November 15, 2013 at 8:11 PM

One thing about the progressives Fascists of Congress: They really drank the Kool-Aid Exlax . They really did think government could do anything control everything. They were sincere fascists ! They really thought there were no limits.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:11 PM

HornetSting! Woot!

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Hello darlin’ pretty!

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

A guy walks into a bar and says ObamaCare.

That’s the joke. Bwaaahh.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Millions are losing their health care plans across the nation. MILLIONS! And Charlie’s worried about his political position? Who’s the sick party?

Rovin on November 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

If Obama had a conscience they secret service would have him on 24X7 suicide watch, but they wouldn’t be watching that closely.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

A guy walks into a bar and says

If you like your flan you can keep your flan.

That’s the joke.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Are there any insurance executives’ been found yet?…check Ft. Marcy Park

d1carter on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Hello darlin’ pretty!

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

So great to see u! Been a long time.
Your Stinger has been missed. :]

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

ole Zeke said this on megans show …
he said the WH was counting on the 5+million cancellations
to be part of his 7 million..break even number…
the WH manufactured needed customers who would PAY the bill each month..
they knew..and added those ppl to the whole Fraud…
Repeal….Impeach….

going2mars on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Hello darlin’ pretty!

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

So great to see u! Been a long time.
Your Stinger has been missed. :]

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Great seeing you….we have much to crow over! :)

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

d1carter on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

should be…. executive’s bodies….sheesh.

d1carter on November 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Are there any insurance executives’ been found yet?…check Ft. Marcy Park

d1carter on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Only those who refused to take the bribes will end up there.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Pic of the Day: Jonah and the Whale

Democratic Rep Gives Obama F-Minus

West Virginia Democratic representative Nick Rahall isn’t a huge fan of the White House. Before the vote on Representative Fred Upton’s bill on insurance cancellations — a piece of legislation vocally opposed by Democratic leadership that still won 39 votes, including Rahall’s, from their caucus — he had strong criticism for the administration.

When one reporter asked him how he would grade the White House in terms of Obamacare implementation and its outreach to congressional Democrats, he responded bluntly: “F-minus.”

When asked how the law’s rollout had played in his district, his answer was equally terse. “Oh, very bad,” he said, chuckling a bit. “Rotten.”

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Yawn. Y’all seem intent on being intense.

I’ll come back on page two when y’all have calmed down a bit and can approach, and admire, my zen.

cozmo on November 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

If they powers that be follow the consensus of these quotes and decide to end obamacare, how?

It’s. The. Law.

Emergency sessions of Congress? Executive order? (If the latter, obama will put in single-payer, which is written and waiting to be implemented, also by presidential fiat.)

If, as some have suggested, this signals an end to the progressive juggernaut, how will they fix all the damage this atrocity has caused?

davidk on November 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Impeach…because there are 67 votes in the Senate to convict and remove./

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

cozmo on November 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Ok page 2 for zen. What page can we check out your second chakra.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM

much like..
if i came to your house and deemed your auto…sub-standard..
and then told you you must drive a Government approved Chevy..
Chevy auto sales would go up..
the Government would be manufacturing auto buyers…that would pay the tab..
(they know this because ..you OWN your car…then they can give free cars to those they prefer)
which is market shares…
this has little to do with Health…
and much to do with money and power…

going2mars on November 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Will the Dem/Progs admit their Messiah is a stone cold liar who cares nothing about the American people..?

d1carter on November 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM

we have much to crow over! :)

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

CAW CAW- lol
We sure do!

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM

“I fear this is going to go into the annals with … Bill Clinton’s ‘I didn’t have sex with that woman.’ It strikes me as something very sticky.”…

Interesting juxtaposition of phrase.

TXUS on November 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Moochelle prolly has a queen LatIVA size scowl on her azz.

Barrycare is a SCFOMF ON TOAST

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM

It would be great, but most liberals don’t have enough integrity to be indignant.

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

No ants-but spiders aplenty. I should be packing. *tomorrow’s travel day.*

annoyinglittletwerp on November 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM

TXUS,

Yep its a sticky meme. Of you like your plan you can keep your plan.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Impeach…because there are 67 votes in the Senate to convict and remove./

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

i see what you did there…sweet ms S…
think early 1973…
they didnt have 67 votes then either…..
perhaps…i’ll know its for real when you come to the Impeachment side..

going2mars on November 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Millions are losing their health care plans across the nation. MILLIONS! And Charlie’s worried about his political position? Who’s the sick party?

Rovin on November 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

That right there is the narrative the Republicans have to pound on, because all the Democratics are doing the same thing.

slickwillie2001 on November 15, 2013 at 8:25 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on November 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Hang out for a while and pack faster later.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I think I’m all Schadenfreuded out. What feeling comes next?

kcewa on November 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

If you like your pain, you can keep your pain.

TXUS on November 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

When was the last time a lying and destructive politician was tarred and featured and run out of town on a rail?

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

If you like your mortician, you can keep your mortician.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Obamacare needs a death panel.

Dhuka on November 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:25 PM

14 hours in the car o’death w/ an old dude. yea. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on November 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Can he recover?

So that is the concern?
Hussein ? Everything is about Hussein and his recovery?
What about our recovery ? Our nation’s recovery ?
Does it ever bother the mutt muncher and his thong lickers ?

burrata on November 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

If Congress had to re-pass the M&Ms would anyone trust the federal government to do them?

Actually, why does anyone trust the federal government in any form of ‘welfare’ or ‘entitlement’ at all? It is chock-a-block full of cronies, creeping (and creepy) bureaucracy, polarizing the federal workforce to become a de facto support group for one party, and never, ever, pays what any medical treatment costs. For all the ‘help’ from the federal government it has been unable to dent poverty and, even worse, has worsened it.

Now with the medical industry and health care industry strapped, and hospitals closing down, and a lack of charitable institutions that cannot operate in the regulatory environment that existed BEFORE Obamacare, we are one fast moving disease away from people dead in the streets. Imagine a Spanish Flu or pneumonic plague visiting our shores… we have been destroying the defense in-depth required to handle a truly nasty disease by forcing charitable institutions to close or be bought out by health care regulations and the government not paying for services IN FULL. When did the cost of health care start to take off? After the M&Ms were enacted.

This sort of insanity is part and parcel of ALL federal ‘welfare’ and attempts to ‘help’ from mortgages to SSA to ethanol to ‘green’ initiatives to the SBA… you name it, and there is a federal finger in it meddling and trying to make ‘good outcomes’ that it CANNOT DEFINE NOR REACH. That is the problem with Progressivism: it never stops until you have no more liberty and we are in a tyrannical state.

So how about less of all of it?

Stop the spending already, our grandchildren are on tap to pay for our spendthrift ways which is immoral and unethical, both, and each and every single one of us is to blame. We meekly sit at home and dare not speak up about the disgusting ways that politicians want to bribe us with our own money and impoverish us by ‘helping’ us.

There were no people dying in the streets before the M&Ms or before Obamacare.

Enacting them is turning into a certain guarantee that we will handle a true medical crisis worse than the Nation did in 1918-1919.

The expansive liberal wet dream will get us killed in a very real, very physical way.

Let Obamacare be the wake-up call.

Do NOT hit the snooze alarm when it becomes street pizza… for you are in free fall as well, and it is just hitting a few seconds before you do.

ajacksonian on November 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I think I’m all Schadenfreuded out. What feeling comes next?
kcewa on November 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The pain.

Murphy9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Will the Dem/Progs admit their Messiah is a stone cold liar who cares nothing about the American people..?

d1carter on November 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Pharoah Misanthrope the Pyromaniac.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:29 PM

And so begins another ants free weekend at Twerps and a pants free weekend at cozmos.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM


I’ve got you both beat!

What happens when you mix bunches of left over pumpkins with tannerite?

Maybe I’ll put together a teaser trailer …

PolAgnostic on November 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Don’t celebrate too soon. obama and company will not go quietly.

Watch your 6.

davidk on November 15, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I think I’m all Schadenfreuded out. What feeling comes next?
kcewa on November 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Marshmallows roasting on an open fire – next to the tar and feathers.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Don’t celebrate too soon. obama and company will not go quietly.

Watch your 6.

davidk on November 15, 2013 at 8:31 PM

You watch the 6. I’ll safeguard the women and the booze.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

think early 1973…
they didnt have 67 votes then either…..
perhaps…i’ll know its for real when you come to the Impeachment side..

going2mars on November 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I have thought about early 1973. I also know that the movement to impeach Nixon was BIPARTISAN and we should take a lesson from the Obamacare debacles: Movements that seek great change and transformation require BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. One should remember that it was the GOP, not the Democrats, that succeeded in getting Nixon to resign. Why? Because some senior statesmen like Goldwater went to the White House and told Nixon that he would be impeached, convicted, and removed on a BIPARTISAN level.

If Obama were white and Obamacare continued to act as a WMD for Democrats, then I might believe that Democrats would join in any impeachment, conviction, and removal, but he’s not and Democrats will NEVER vote to remove the first BPOTUS. They know that African-Americans will continue to support him in overwhelming majorities even if he pulled an OJ Simpson. They want to keep the Howard University Law School’s student lounge in their tribal tent. And, if that means letting Obama continue to fail, they’ll do it.

They also prefer to defy truth, logic and credulity. It’s like nobrain and Ezekiel Emanuels’s latest ‘Pin the Fail on the Honkies’ gambits where the TEA Party & FOX News are responsible for CostaConcordiaCare.gov being the most epically disastrous roll out of a tech/government programme…evah.

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

PolAgnostic on November 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

That question is too tricky for my brain. I need to tie half of Schads brain behind my back without him noticing.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

“I got this.” Except when he doesn’t.

Remember this video?……http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVWHgMMF0cM

Yes he can.

KMav on November 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

I’ve got you both beat!

What happens when you mix bunches of left over pumpkins with tannerite?

Maybe I’ll put together a teaser trailer …

PolAgnostic on November 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Are you chunkin or shooting them.

RickB on November 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Exactly…well said.

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

From Michael Cannon:

Set aside the president’s disregard for the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers, and the rule of law generally. Here’s how his fix alters – where it leaves – his once-categorical “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan” promise:

If your insurer hasn’t already cancelled your plan prior to October 1, 2013, and

If you had coverage in effect on October 1, 2013, and

If your insurer wants to invest in re-issuing your already-cancelled plan for just one more year, and

If your state’s insurance commissioner wants to let your insurer re-issue that plan, and

If your insurer and your commissioner can get your old plan re-approved by January 1, and

If your insurer informs you how lousy your old plan was and how awesome ObamaCare plans are, even though they may charge you more for less coverage, and

If your insurance commissioner does not mind approving products that are clearly illegal under federal law, and

If you and your insurer don’t mind engaging in an economic transaction that is clearly illegal under federal law, and

If you trust me when I promise not to prosecute any of you for your clear violations of federal law,

Then you can keep your plan, for one more year.

Does that seem like a fix? It certainly doesn’t seem likely to work.

An epic clusterfark.

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:37 PM

‘Pin the Fail on the Honkies’

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Followed by ‘Flash mob the Crackers’

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:37 PM

A FB friend is now bragging her brains out after getting such a sweet ACA deal. Yes, it is great, for them, honestly. (they’re close to poverty level, IIRC)
It was her following rant about how it’s about time this so-called ‘christian nation’ put it’s money where it’s mouth is, that caused me to HIDE that post, so I’m no longer tempted to reply in what she might consider an ‘unChristian’ manner.

We’re all so screwed.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Thx. Hiya!

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

If you like your coffin, you can keep your coffin.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:43 PM

What does moving these insurance company cancellations a year accomplish.

It gets the cancellation letters sent out 90 days before Jan 2015.

this is just before the 2014 elections. this works better for republicans.

gerrym51 on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I would LOVE to find out if FB friend previously referred to will be able to retain her dr. and hospital services she WILL be needing this next year.
Oh, wait .. I wonder if she ended up in Medicare … just don’t want to ask.
Good luck widdat, sweetie.

OY

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

A FB friend is now bragging her brains out after getting such a sweet ACA deal. Yes, it is great, for them, honestly. (they’re close to poverty level, IIRC)
It was her following rant about how it’s about time this so-called ‘christian nation’ put it’s money where it’s mouth is, that caused me to HIDE that post, so I’m no longer tempted to reply in what she might consider an ‘unChristian’ manner.

We’re all so screwed.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I would have a hard time not telling her to enjoy the Death Panels.

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Obama’s latest two step plan (aka, the final solution):
1) If you like your mortician, you can keep your mortician.
2) If you like your coffin, you can keep your coffin.

VorDaj on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Save some of the tar and feathers for smirking Benedict “Malpractice” Roberts who told us it wasn’t the freaking mandate it always was and always will be until repealed.

viking01 on November 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Thx. Hiya!

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

You nailed it!

Hiya girl. :]

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

If I like your health,
you can keep your health .

burrata on November 15, 2013 at 8:48 PM

A FB friend is now bragging her brains out after getting such a sweet ACA deal. Yes, it is great, for them, honestly. (they’re close to poverty level, IIRC)
It was her following rant about how it’s about time this so-called ‘christian nation’ put it’s money where it’s mouth is, that caused me to HIDE that post, so I’m no longer tempted to reply in what she might consider an ‘unChristian’ manner.

We’re all so screwed.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I would have a hard time not telling her to enjoy the Death Panels.

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

…or just ask her what kind of deductibles they have.

slickwillie2001 on November 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM
Nixon and top administration officials discussed using government agencies to “get” what they perceived as hostile media organizations.[16] The discussions had precedent. At the request of Nixon’s White House in 1969, the FBI tapped the phones of five reporters. In 1971, the White House requested an audit of the tax return of the editor of Newsday, after he wrote a series of articles about the financial dealings of a friend of the President’s.[17]

i hear what your saying…and i believe you on the BPOTUS…i think thats true..
Nixon won the election in a huge landslide…
so there wasnt much call in 72 early 73 …
yes the final act would require “BIPARTISAN SUPPORT”…
and no we dont have that support yet..
i was more thinking along the lines of Laws broken..
has the man commited Fraud on this Nation…i think yes..
has he done many things to harm the Nation…yes..
i wasnt refering to will Harry n Nancy sign the Papers to Impeach..
cuz i know that’ll never happen…

going2mars on November 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

A FB friend is now bragging her brains out after getting such a sweet ACA deal. Yes, it is great, for them, honestly. (they’re close to poverty level, IIRC)
It was her following rant about how it’s about time this so-called ‘christian nation’ put it’s money where it’s mouth is, that caused me to HIDE that post, so I’m no longer tempted to reply in what she might consider an ‘unChristian’ manner.

We’re all so screwed.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I would have a hard time not telling her to enjoy the Death Panels.

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

…. and how Nurse Ratched Sebelius won’t hesitate to stamp “TOTALED” on her claim when the ACA decides decrees the cost of her repairs exceeds her Lefty useful-idiot FMV (fair market value).

viking01 on November 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

The Moral Decline of Oprah

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The woman has lost it . All her money can’t fix her stupidity now.
Check this out by another Obamidiot :
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/msnbc-host-suggests-someone-should-sht-in-palins-mouth-and-pi-in-her-eyes-video/
I’m sure the Mooch and her husband Val are pleased because it’s on their favorite channel .

burrata on November 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Yeah, considering her non-hodgkins lymphoma is now in remission, and if it stays that way come March, she can THEN be added to the liver transplant list. Oh, she may be in for some big-time shocks… we shall see.

I don’t wish the possible nightmares upon her, but, yikes.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

So many liberals sacrificed so much to bring this creation to life. As it has become clear that their creation is a monster

Frankenstein came to mind when I read that.

bluefox on November 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Allah, this is a superior piece of writing. Thank you.

Mason on November 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Did she have prior coverage?

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

A FB friend is now bragging her brains out after getting such a sweet ACA deal. Yes, it is great, for them, honestly. (they’re close to poverty level, IIRC)
It was her following rant about how it’s about time this so-called ‘christian nation’ put it’s money where it’s mouth is, that caused me to HIDE that post, so I’m no longer tempted to reply in what she might consider an ‘unChristian’ manner.

We’re all so screwed.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I would have a hard time not telling her to enjoy the Death Panels.

HornetSting on November 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Ask her how much she got paid to post that. Do they pay “per friend” or is it a set price?

kcewa on November 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

What has become clear to me since Ovama came to power is that the vision of the left and its takers is so opposed to the right and its makers that I’m not sure we can be a UNITED states. It is past time we seriously consider halving the country. I know it sounds extreme but I can’t see another solution. Its as if we are 2 different countries as it is. Let those of us who believe in free markets, hard work, personal responsibility and morality form the conservative states and let the big government, cradle to grave, socially liberal bunch form the progressive states. Personally I’m not ever going to believe in giving my money away and there are millions like me. I fed up

neyney on November 15, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Oh, she may be in for some big-time shocks… we shall see.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Yep..the devil is always in those damn details.

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM

going2mars on November 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

It’s not just about the ‘Final Act.’ There was bipartisan condemnation of Nixon before August, 1974.

And, by BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, I mean more than just in Congress. There has to be BIPARTISAN PUBLIC SUPPORT, too.

Republicans impeached Clinton – and while he clearly committed perjury and obstructed justice – the country was never truly behind the impeachment. Impeachment is not just a principle process. It is a political one, too, in the sense that it has overriding consequences on the electoral process.

Next year, Obamacare is almost certainly going to be the overarching theme. If Republicans want to win, then they should focus on the winning issues. The public doesn’t like Obamacare, but it isn’t – yet and maybe never – interested in impeaching Barack Obama. Impeachment could easily become the Republican’s equivalent of Democrat’s overreach with Obamacare.

Resist We Much on November 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

slickwillie2001 on November 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

She announced that they’ve gone from $440/mo, $2000 deductible
down to $295/mo, $500 deductible, for both her & hubby, combined.
I just don’t know Medicaid details, would that seem like what they’ve ended up with ?

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Yeah, all pre-existing, too, but I’m not sure with whom.
See my 8:59.

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

thx..was just curious.

bazil9 on November 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The ramifications of Obama’s lie will continue to haunt him.

It’s called ” taquiyya”
and Hussein knew the consequences before he atarted lying ,
they are spelled out in the koran.

burrata on November 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Hey you libtard tattooed freaks. What is the deal with stretching your Ear lobes like some primitive jungle antediluvian moron? You jam a hub cap in your ear lobes to stretch them out. Why?

It looks STUPID. I BET you got something jammed in your butt hole to stretch it out to be cool in your warped mind.

Some idiot stretched his ears out so all you Libtards just copy it like a bunch of chimps.

SparkPlug on November 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM

slickwillie2001 on November 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

She announced that they’ve gone from $440/mo, $2000 deductible
down to $295/mo, $500 deductible, for both her & hubby, combined.
I just don’t know Medicaid details, would that seem like what they’ve ended up with ?

pambi on November 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Medicaid is for poor low income subsisted. Medicaid is reimbursed by the State. Very rarely do they give you a selection of brand name drugs. It’s all generic, so quality and outcome suffers. They will get coverage but they need to go to a physician who takes Medicaid secondly they will have a limited selection of pharmaceuticals

Conservative4ev on November 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

The whole premise and underpinnings of Obysmalcare, which intended to “fundamentally transform” a major sector of our economy, deserves to be repealed. It is not the federal government’s role to transfer wealth of its nation’s citizens in order to impose a collectivist system or a two-tiered system of overlords and serfs.

onlineanalyst on November 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

“At every single point, they’ve over-promised and under-delivered” on Obamacare, said Matthew Dowd, George W. Bush’s former pollster who grew so disillusioned with his old boss’s performance that he voted for Obama. “And at every single point, they’ve chosen a short-term communications strategy, as opposed to a long-term governing strategy. And the short-term communication strategy was to put out the fire by saying ‘It’s all going to be OK.”’…

This is because Team O is only used to dealing with Chicago’s underbelly riff raff gimme free stuff for votes.

He’s unfit to hold the office he occupies now. Impeach him.

Key West Reader on November 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Obamacare is going to be repealed. And thank goodness for that.

bluegill on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

No it’s not. The GOP will save him, McCain, grahm, Peter King, McConnell oh and wait for Fatso Christie to say repealing is extreme and the plan can get improved to save them.

Conservative4ev on November 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Fall.

Bmore on November 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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