Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on December 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to sign up for health insurance if they could show that they missed the Tuesday deadline for applications because of problems with the federal health care website…

“If you weren’t able to enroll in an insurance plan by Dec. 23 because of problems you had using HealthCare.gov, you still may be able to get coverage that starts Jan. 1,” the administration told visitors to the website. “Even though we have passed the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for coverage starting Jan. 1, we don’t want you to miss out if you’ve been trying to enroll.

“Sometimes despite your best efforts, you might have run into delays caused by heavy traffic to HealthCare.gov, maintenance periods, or other issues with our systems that prevented you from finishing the process on time. If this happened to you, don’t worry — we still may be able to help you get covered as soon as Jan. 1.”

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New York and Massachusetts are following the federal health exchange’s lead and extending their sign-up deadlines for coverage starting Jan. 1, those programs’ directors announced Monday afternoon.

Other state exchanges, including the ones in California, Washington state and the District of Columbia, are offering general flexibility for individuals who started but couldn’t complete their applications by the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline. Residents there will still be guaranteed coverage starting Jan. 1…

New Yorkers now will have until 11:55 p.m. Christmas Eve to choose a plan, said officials, who described “very high enrollment activity” Monday.

Massachusetts residents have even longer, until New Year’s Eve, to enroll and pay their first premium if they are receiving a federal tax credit. Those choosing Massachusetts Health Connector plans who are not eligible for federal subsidies also benefit from the new Dec. 31 date and have through Jan. 10 to pay their initial premium.

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“The amazing, ever-expanding deadline? It’s clearly a sign of desperation by the administration to do everything they can to increase the number of people signing up,” said health economist Gail Wilensky, who ran Medicare for President George H.W. Bush…

The insurance industry, too, has pushed back deadlines for payment, with most health plans allowing customers to pay by Jan. 10 and still get retroactive coverage to Jan. 1.

“With deadlines that keep changing, insurers want to alleviate confusion,” said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans. “Health plans are going to do everything they can to help consumers with the enrollment process.”

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For a law that’s faced automatic Republican resistance from the start, the ball fumbling since Oct. 1 that President Barack Obama has repeatedly acknowledged hasn’t helped.

The president and his aides say every announcement has been the result of being responsive and flexible, trying to make the law work for everyone. But at this point, the administration appears to be demonstrating that it lacks either a full sense of what implementing health care entails, or a full sense of the kind of blowback that each shift in the rules, however small, will generate…

“This latest delay marks the third major change since Secretary Sebelius testified on Dec. 11 when she was asked point blank what changes were in store over the holidays, and she was mum. And yet, another day, another delay,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a frequent critic of the law. “While the holiday surprises have become commonplace, the latest extension is another disappointment for the ‘most transparent administration in history.’ As we celebrate Christmas and prepare to ring in the New Year, we continue to ask, ‘what’s next?’”

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Furman continued: “We’re obviously making — it’s not a Plan B — Plan A is to do the most aggressive enrollment efforts you can, with young people, using social media. You see the insurance companies doing paid advertising. It’s in the insurance companies’ interest to sign these people up.” Beyond relying on a social media campaign, Furman argued, the work done by private business on behalf of Obamacare could be critical. “We’re doing everything we can, but I think unleashing the private sector and the large amounts they’re going to spend on advertising might be even more important,” he said.

Schneider was still curious. “But you have no particular backup plan?”

“There’s a Plan A,” Furman answered. “Which is to enroll as many young healthy people as you possibly can.”

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It now seems possible that no one will be paying the mandate penalties in 2014. Having exempted some groups from the mandate already, it will be politically difficult to start enforcing it on others. And, looking further into the future, why should we think Democrats will suddenly crack down and enforce the mandate in the run-up to the next presidential election?

This part of the law is like an unpopular, insecure person at a family reunion, who is walking on eggshells and making concessions right and left for fear of offending anybody. In the age of the Internet, people are used to decentralized systems and maximum personal choice. The mandated elements of Obamacare may look good on paper and they may be necessary to get the plan to work, but they probably can’t survive the public sense they are illegitimate.

Governing in an age of distrust is different than governing in an age of trust. Government now lacks the legitimacy to impose costs on losers, so politicians face unprecedented pressure to create situations in which everybody looks like winners. Government lacks the legitimacy to coerce. People like Social Security, but I bet you that Congress could not pass a Social Security law today. If people were unfamiliar with the concept, you couldn’t pass a bill that said: Government is going to confiscate money from each paycheck and spend it on other things, but don’t worry because you’ll get it back decades from now when you retire.

The erosion of the mandate won’t kill Obamacare over all. It’ll just make it much more expensive for the government.

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The individual mandate is the heart of Obamacare. From the president on down, administration officials believe that without the mandate, the system won’t work. So the one thing the public hates most is the one thing Obamacare can’t do without. For many Democrats, voting against the mandate, even delaying the mandate, is tantamount to repealing Obamacare altogether. They can’t do it, no matter what the voters think.

That’s a political problem for Democrats and an opportunity for Republicans. In a private exchange not long after the implementation fiasco began, a senior House aide said GOP strategy is to “separate Obama from Congressional Democrats” on the issue of Obamacare. One way to do that is for the GOP to use its control of the House to force Democrats, all of whom face re-election next November, to re-affirm their support of the mandate.

More than 50 Democrats have arrived in the House since March 2010, when Obamacare became law. Fifteen Democrats have come to the Senate since that time. Will their devotion to a law they didn’t pass be as strong as that of more senior Democrats, who fought the original Obamacare battles?…

Republicans held dozens and dozens of votes on Obamacare in years past when the public had little idea what was at stake. Republicans warned that Obamacare would be a disaster, but voters didn’t know what was coming. Now, they do. Maybe it’s time for the House to start voting again.

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Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

You would not believe how much I want to visit Fort Sill. Or visit the Wichita Mountains right now.

Only about a five hour drive…

cozmo on December 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I worst thing about the holidays is eggnog and fruitcake.

The best thing about the holidays is boobies.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Left a couple comments on the before page.

Nice BishBop Sparky!!

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

B9. Did you get a new coffee maker from Santana?

Carlos said he shipped you one.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

cozmo on December 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

It’s lovely in the moonlight, bring yer longs johns, it’s bloody cold!!

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

3256

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM

So it really is you. How wonderful.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM

You should watch it ‘high’ o_O

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I have.

Four words: Electric Light Orchestra (and) acid…

cozmo on December 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I love it when the moon light shines on the Grande Titons.

Where is Jackie?

(:

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Opps

Grand Tetons.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

we 70′s folk is bad ain’t we Lordy!!

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Nah, you got it right forst time

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

It’s lovely in the moonlight…
Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I love it when the moon light shines on the Grande Titons.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Gotcha’ both covered.

cozmo on December 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I love it when the moon light shines on the Grande Titons.

Where is Jackie?

(:

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Maybe they she got banned?

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Hi SWalker.

O_o <– insert evil laugh

Hi Merm.
Hi angrymike.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

I figure the mermaid is banned for sure. Jesus this, Jesus that. Capitalized “Him” and “His” — sheesh, some people.

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Maybe they she got banned?

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Well there goes our widdle knitting circle.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I saw Dave wearing Dire’s sweater. Plus he was eating burnt popcorn.

hmmm.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Another nonpagan Mermaid down the memory hole. Oh well.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Another nonpagan Mermaid down the memory hole. Oh well.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Some people just have a knack of offending you in your deeplies.

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I’m banned. I’ve written AP about it, but nothing yet.

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Noooooooooooooooo! Not the Merm and MG and Sophie?

Aw shucks, ain’t right… ):

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I worst thing about the holidays is eggnog and fruitcake.

The best thing about the holidays is boobies.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 10:48 PM

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I like eggnog, and my mom’s fruitcake (not too sweet, like the store bought kind) ….. and who are you calling a “boobie”?

listens2glenn on December 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I’m banned. I’ve written AP about it, but nothing yet.

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

How do we know AP wasn’t banned?

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Like these boobies? http://i.imgur.com/q0Igx.jpg

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Ken has a tiny URL.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM

listens2glenn on December 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Merry Christmas L2G.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

How many clicked on my boobie link eh eh? How many?? Lol o_0

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Have you seen the gop Congressional leadership whining on Facebook about how terrible ObamaCare is……BUT THEY KEEP FUNDING IT?

Mitch McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner, Cantor, Pete Sessions, Paul Ryan, among the worst.

As Reagan has said……”when government expands, liberty contracts.”

http://youtu.be/5eqYdr2iEhM

PappyD61 on December 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

listens2glenn on December 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

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Merry Christmas L2G.

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

.
Merry Christ Mass, Sparky’ ! . . . : )

listens2glenn on December 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

I’m banned. I’ve written AP about it, but nothing yet.

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Noooooooooooooooo! Not the Merm and MG and Sophie?

Aw shucks, ain’t right… ):

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

^ Look at this crap.

No, I see how it is. No worries.

Axe on December 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Hope everyone had a glorious Christmas Day!!

Hope all your dreams were fulfilled

Time marches on so

Happy New Year!!

God Bless us all everyone :)

Good night peeps and peepettes…

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Like these boobies? http://i.imgur.com/q0Igx.jpg

Scrumpy on December 25, 2013 at 11:07 PM

not as awesome as the hooters that I posted earlier.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

What did you bake alty?

SparkPlug on December 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I can’t stick around she said
Not much to be found she said
I ought to know, time goes by slowly
I am here and I am young
Life is here and not much fun
Somehow, some way, I missed my day
Don’t you ever get sick of feeling sick about it?
Don’t you ever get sick of feeling sick without it?

She wakes up and cracks a beer
Wants to feel she isn’t here
Sometimes she cries, and she doesn’t know why
She is only twenty-two, and she feels her life is through
Blames it on fate, starts drinking at eight
Don’t you ever get sick of feeling sick about it?
Don’t you ever get sick of feeling sick without it?

Sorrow Floats
Sorrow floats
Sorrow floats
Sorrow floats

She’s too young to feel that old
She’s too kind to be that cold
I try to help, I just start to yell
Too much time is spent to think
And too much money spent on drink
I’m far away, but still I should say
Don’t you ever get sick if feeling sick about it?
Don’t you ever get sick of feeling sick without it?

You can’t drown you sorrows, or on you will be the joke
Because the only thing that you will drown is yourself
‘Cause you see my dear, sorrow it floats

Anti-Control on December 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Andrew Bird – Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot,
sin auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie’s a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

kcewa on December 26, 2013 at 4:16 AM

What is this talk of bannings?

Who got banned?

bluegill on December 26, 2013 at 4:24 AM

No one was banned. They were funnin’

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 5:56 AM

If no one did get banned, then where is ResistWeMuch. Have not seen her in a long time.

esr1951 on December 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Where is Flora Duh? She has been missing for eons…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Ou sont les neiges d’antan?

esr1951 on December 26, 2013 at 6:25 AM

My point exactly. Posters come and go in these precincts for whatever reason. I have been here for years and will take long and extended breaks…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM

I do look forward to reading the posts made by certain posters. When theses posters disappear, it is tough.

esr1951 on December 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Here we were sitting across table from Iran. It was our best leverage. It should have been a precondition.

– Naghmeh Abedini, wife of American imprisoned in Iran

My take: “Obama Lauds Negotiation “Victory” Over Iran…Goes on Hawaiian Christmas Vacation…American Pastor Remains in Iranian Jail.”

kingsjester on December 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Hey KJ, hope you had a Blessed Christmas…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:48 AM

esr1951 on December 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Yeh, I feel your pain…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Where is csminaz? She is always here by now…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:58 AM

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:48 AM

I did, old friend. And, I hope that you and yours did, as well.

kingsjester on December 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Maybe she finally decided to sleep in! She sure deserves it.

esr1951 on December 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Wish I had a plate of sirloin steak, medium rare, hash browns and eggs over easy with toast for breakfast. Guess I’ll have cheesy grits and a banana instead…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

kingsjester on December 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

We did, thanks.

esr1951 on December 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

She certainly does, but I was curious about Moanin’ Joe and his liars line-up…

OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM

My take: “Obama Lauds Negotiation “Victory” Over Iran…Goes on Hawaiian Christmas Vacation…American Pastor Remains in Iranian Jail.”

kingsjester on December 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM

…Thank You for bringing that up…the way you did…and at this time….as you just did!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM

You’re welcome. Thank you for reading.

That whole “right and wrong” thingy hits me every time.

kingsjester on December 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM

My point exactly. Posters come and go in these precincts for whatever reason. I have been here for years and will take long and extended breaks…
OmahaConservative on December 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Yep. For a variety of reasons, including the New Order “Catholic-in-Charge”.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

…Thanks for being here AC!…Merry Christmas!
Family all just left…I’ll catch up tomorrow today!

KOOLAID2 on December 25, 2013 at 3:27 AM

You’re welcome, and I return the (late) sentiment! :)

Lions: maybe next years, huh? Go MSU! (too bad about Max Bullough :( )

Anti-Control on December 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

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