Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on December 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage through new Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide. More than 1.1 million people enrolled in a qualified health plan via the Federally-facilitated Marketplace from October 1 to December 24, with more than 975,000 of those enrolling this month alone. Our HealthCare.gov enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month. December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November. In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone.

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While administration officials had said for months they would only release enrollment figures on a monthly basis once they launched HealthCare.gov, this marks the second time in a week and-a-half they have disclosed such details. On Dec. 20 President Obama announced in a news conference “more than 1 million Americans have selected new health insurance plans” on the state and federal level, with more than half of that coming from enrollments through HealthCare.gov…

At this point nearly 2 million Americans have signed up under the new health-care law so far on both state and federal marketplaces. Roughly 850,000 people have enrolled on the state level, according to Charles Gaba, a Web designer tracking health law enrollment numbers.

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Whether this is good news depends a bit on the context you put it in. Obviously enrollment has spike dramatically in December. Just as the administration has predicted — and hoped — there was a rush to sign-up in December, right before the deadline to get coverage starting Jan. 1. Lots of these people weren’t first-time shoppers; many had started shopping in October and had been stymied by technical issues. Their December signup wasn’t a product of procrastination: It tended to have a lot more to do with the fact the website wouldn’t let them sign up earlier.

The administration had previously projected 3.3 million signups through the end of December, so 2 million obviously falls quite short of that. So while enrollment is increasing rapidly, the White House is still behind where it had expected to be at this point.

Most health policy experts would expect enrollment to level off, or even fall, in January and February, when shoppers aren’t facing an imminent deadline. But they do foresee a big increase at the end of March, right before open enrollment closes. These next three months will be pretty important for seeing whether the law hits the Congressional Budget Office projection of 7 million enrollees in 2014 — or, as it has in the first three months of enrollment, continues to fall short.

***

Scott Gottlieb, a critic of the Affordable Care Act and a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, a libertarian Washington think tank, said the numbers announced by the administration were “well behind” expectations.

“They only announced 1.1 million. They were at 900,000 December 22nd,” Mr. Gottlieb said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We haven’t seen the rush we thought we would see at the end of the year.”

Mr. Gottlieb said the numbers might not pick up in the first months of 2014 either.

“The uninsured are not entering the exchanges because the plans are still expensive for them,” he said.

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[T]he announcement, which came in the form of a blog post from CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner, left many key questions unanswered.

To start, the figure doesn’t reveal how many people actually paid for health plans as of Dec. 24. Though payment is what typically makes enrollment official, up to this point, CMS has counted people as being “enrolled” if they merely went through the process of picking a health care plan.

Additionally, CMS still hasn’t provided a demographic breakdown of those who have signed up for insurance through the exchange, which is a key metric for measuring the success of Obamacare, because the exchanges need a critical mass of young and healthy individuals to offset the cost of covering older and sicker enrollees and those with pre-existing conditions.

***

Tavenner said fixes to the website, which underwent a major overhaul to address widespread outages and glitches, contributed to December’s figures. But the problems haven’t totally disappeared. Thousands of people wound up waiting on hold for telephone help on Christmas Eve for a multitude of reasons, including technical difficulties…

But insurers have complained that another set of technical problems, largely hidden from consumers, has resulted in the government passing along inaccurate data on enrollees. The White House says the error rate has been significantly reduced. Yet with a flood of signups that must be processed in just days, it remains unclear whether last-minute enrollees will encounter a seamless experience if they try to use their new benefits come Jan. 1.

The political fallout from the website’s calamitous rollout could pale in comparison to the heat that Obama might take if Americans who signed up and paid their premiums arrive at the pharmacy or the emergency room and find there’s no record of their coverage.

***

If Democrats get their way, the next phase of the Obamacare wars will see something unusual: a flood of success stories.

The White House, Democratic lawmakers and advocacy organizations will launch a campaign this week to highlight real-life experiences under the Affordable Care Act — tales so compelling that they help drive up enrollment, marginalize Republican repeal efforts and erase memories of this fall’s HealthCare.gov debacle…

But the West Wing is still on edge. Aides who failed to detect the warning signs on HealthCare.gov are reluctant to say that they’ve got this next phase completely under control, aware that there could be issues they didn’t foresee.

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Like thousands of other Americans, Munstock ran into technical problems with the federal Web site before managing to pick a health plan Dec. 1. He qualified for a federal subsidy to help him afford the insurance, so he has to pay just $87.57 a month toward his premium. After his welcome packet from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee arrived in the mail, Munstock was so eager to finish the process of enrolling and getting an insurance card that he picked up the phone to pay the first premium instead of using the mail.

“It felt really good,” he said. Paying toward his own insurance, he said, gives him “a certain dignity,” a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.” The next day, he called the doctor’s office. His appointment for a physical is Jan. 2.

“I’m feeling surprisingly moved by all of this,” Munstock said. “This finally seems real. And I’m thinking that maybe all the talk and the promises and the messy politics can actually lead to something good after all.”

***

Even with a boost in enrollment figures, serious trouble threatens the Obamacare horizon. There is the real prospect that when open enrollment comes around next summer, employers will start canceling employee health insurance — preferring to pay the penalty rather than cover the cost of plans with Obamacare-required standards. And the greatest danger to Obamacare itself is the imbalance in enrollees. An older, sicker population is signing up. Younger, healthier customers — who make the economics viable — have stayed away, turned off by website problems as well as concerns about the security of their personal information. Will the White House be forced into a taxpayer-subsidy of insurance companies to keep the whole thing afloat? Will premium costs rise to keep the whole thing afloat? Talk about political dynamite…

To truly appreciate the uneasiness among Senate Democrats, it pays to listen to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, among the most outspoken Democrats calling for a delay in the health care law. Manchin worried out loud on CNN’s State of the Union last Sunday that the whole health care law could be headed for a “complete meltdown” if “it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated, and if the coverage is not as good as what we’ve had.”

***

The enrollment figures may be well short of what the Obama administration had hoped for. But the fact that a significant number of Americans are now benefiting from the program is resulting in a subtle shift among Republicans.

“It’s no longer just a piece of paper that you can repeal and it goes away,” said Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin and a Tea Party favorite. “There’s something there. We have to recognize that reality. We have to deal with the people that are currently covered under Obamacare.”

And that underscores a central fact of American politics since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act during the Depression: Once a benefit has been bestowed, it is nearly impossible to take it away.

***

Until Congress repeals ObamaCare, this is what health care will look like in America. Republicans will complain when Democrats jerk your health plan hence. Democrats will complain when Republicans jerk your health plan hither. Presidents from both parties will push the executive’s discretionary powers up to and beyond their lawful limits. Democratic and Republican presidents will “strongly encourage” insurers and health care providers to do things that no law requires, such as pay the medical bills of patients who have not paid a single premium, and the beholden insurers and providers will comply “voluntarily.” Republican and Democratic presidents will withhold information about their own performance, so there is no way to verify its own stellar self-assessments. Still, ObamaCare is definitely not a government takeover.

***

[O]ne of two things will happen in 2014. The first is that access to doctors will fall and the cost of care will go up for most Americans; Democrats will (gradually) realize they’ve been misled, and support for the law will collapse.

The second possibility is that access to doctors and the cost of care won’t change for most Americans; Republicans will (gradually) realize they’ve been misled, and the case against Obamacare will disintegrate for the average voter. Fear of that outcome may explain why Republican leaders have been so frantic in trying to undermine the law now — they’re afraid that once their base realizes the warnings about Obamacare were wrong, they will stop paying attention.

It seems almost unnecessary to note, a week before the law’s coverage provisions take effect, that the vast majority of Americans who get their insurance outside the exchanges won’t see any big difference in cost or in their ability to see their own doctor. Unnecessary, because whether you agree with me or not, we’re about to find out. All we know for sure is that somebody is wrong.

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RickB on December 29, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Lets see if people will pay for the Free Healthcare Right…

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He qualified for a federal subsidy to help him afford the insurance,

“It felt really good,” he said. Paying toward his own insurance, he said, gives him “a certain dignity,” a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.”

Wow….just wow….

Welcome to ObamaLand…

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Who does he think pays for his subsidy? Unicorns?

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Bishop insane obama

Mmm mmm MMM!

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Who does he think pays for his subsidy? Unicorns?

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM

******************
OGULSKI: Where’s it coming from?

WOMAN #1: Obama.

ROGULSKI: And where did Obama get it?

WOMAN #1: I don’t know, his stash. I don’t know. (laughter) I don’t know where he got it from, but he givin’ it to us, to help us.

WOMAN #2: And we love him.

WOMAN #1: We love him. That’s why we voted for him!

WOMEN: (chanting) Obama! Obama! Obama! (laughing)
***************

That’s where….

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! I missed that!

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Healthcare Air 24/7

RickB on December 29, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Now, if only Chris Christie and Phil Robertson would weigh in on ObamaCare in the same day, AP’s life would be complete…

PointnClick on December 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM

He qualified for a federal subsidy to help him afford the insurance, so he has to pay just $87.57 a month toward his premium. After his welcome packet from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee arrived in the mail, Munstock was so eager to finish the process of enrolling and getting an insurance card that he picked up the phone to pay the first premium instead of using the mail.

“It felt really good,” he said. Paying toward his own insurance, he said, gives him “a certain dignity,” a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.” The next day, he called the doctor’s office. His appointment for a physical is Jan. 2.

This is what Liberals want. Someone who is taking money and feels he is not a “taker”. The rot runs deep and will be almost impossible to get rid of.

Johnnyreb on December 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

And to think that my plan is obsolete next year so that the Moocher can feel like he is “a team player”..

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

We keep hearing all this wonderful news about how well things are going from the administration, so why do they need to start campaigning again if that’s the case? I really doubt Americans want to see the president come back from a two week vacation only to start campaigning for Obamacare AGAIN. Is this what he’s going to do the remainder of his term? I guess when all you know how to do is give speeches and campaign…

scalleywag on December 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

And to think that my plan is obsolete next year so that the Moocher can feel like he is “a team player”..

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

You shut up! He’s not a ‘taker’! Or something…

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

The Duck guys were more interesting.

cozmo on December 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

The CNN poll outlier result notwithstanding, Obama has seen some improvemnt in his approval as he continues his stop-gap changes to Obamacare. I expect this will continue in 2014 as he ignores any suggested changes from the GOP in congress and just tries whatever he thinks he can get away with to get past the mid-term elections. He will have to do something to keep companies from canceling their policies for employees before he election. Perhaps this will be a one year extension to allow continuation of existing policies.

KW64 on December 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry. That’s still funny!

What kind of ‘rat-voting moron could say they weren’t, ah, nevermind.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

This is what Liberals want. Someone who is taking money and feels he is not a “taker”. The rot runs deep and will be almost impossible to get rid of.

Johnnyreb on December 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Yes

22044 on December 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

“It felt really good,” he said. Paying toward his own insurance, he said, gives him “a certain dignity,” a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.” The next day, he called the doctor’s office. His appointment for a physical is Jan. 2.

Who is he going to hit up for the deductible when his doctor says he needs some surgery? His Bronze plan carries at least a $5000 deductible, non subsidized.

NOMOBO on December 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Who is he going to hit up for the deductible when his doctor says he needs some surgery? His Bronze plan carries at least a $5000 deductible, non subsidized.

NOMOBO on December 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Bingo!

BeachBum on December 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Who is he going to hit up for the deductible when his doctor says he needs some surgery? His Bronze plan carries at least a $5000 deductible, non subsidized.

NOMOBO on December 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Shhhhhhh…..

Let him find out for himself….

‘Cause Low info voters can only learn from doing….

And then…

There is a low chance of that…

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

The next day, he called the doctor’s office. His appointment for a physical is Jan. 2.

Question: The deductible. Doesn’t that include orifice visits?

Seriously, I’m ignorant on that one. No way was I logging into healthcare.gov to even see it.

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

More than 1.1 million people enrolled in a qualified health plan via the Federally-facilitated Marketplace from October 1 to December 24, with more than 975,000 of those enrolling this month alone.

Wow! 1.1 million! And OVER 5 MILLION LOST THEIR COVERAGE!

Somehow I don’t see the ‘balance’.

GarandFan on December 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

What Duck guys? I thought they hunted racoons.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

The ValuePenquin site has policy details listed for the various plans. In general, Preventative Care is covered outside the deductible while Primary care visits are not. So if he is just going for an initial check-up then that is free. If the check-up finds something he will find out what a deductible is.

BeachBum on December 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The definition of “enrolled” as “in the shopping cart” is reminiscent of “jobs saved or created.” The media seem to simply adopt the definition wholesale as though it had always been so. But I guess that’s part of their job now — selling the lies.

casel21 on December 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Additionally, CMS still hasn’t provided a demographic breakdown of those who have signed up for insurance through the exchange, which is a key metric for measuring the success of Obamacare, because the exchanges need a critical mass of young and healthy individuals to offset the cost of covering older and sicker enrollees and those with pre-existing conditions.

demographic breakdown.
tattooed unemployed libtard nose ring red diaper doper baby moochers who didn’t get enough attention from mommy.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Wow! 1.1 million! And OVER 5 MILLION LOST THEIR COVERAGE!

Somehow I don’t see the ‘balance’.

GarandFan on December 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

The 1.1 million are probably over-weight…

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

but they really know how to put their mugs all over Facebook.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

The ValuePenquin site has policy details listed for the various plans. In general, Preventative Care is covered outside the deductible while Primary care visits are not. So if he is just going for an initial check-up then that is free. If the check-up finds something he will find out what a deductible is.

BeachBum on December 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Ah. Hell, not too long ago, before obama & the ‘rats, pre ’07, I had a $20 copay out of pocket to see the doctor. $40 on drugs.

He sent me to a place where they photographed my lungs and everything. I seem to remember my United paid for it all. Yeah, that was a terrible policy.

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I need a shot of vitamin B9.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM

if ObamaCare doesn’t creep you out you haven’t read Orwell.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

*test*

God?
God.
God!

I think JFKY may be full of shite if this posts.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Good deal. Even the ones sans the question mark passed through.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

The definition of “enrolled” as “in the shopping cart” is reminiscent of “jobs saved or created.” The media seem to simply adopt the definition wholesale as though it had always been so. But I guess that’s part of their job now — selling the lies.

casel21 on December 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

…good catch!

KOOLAID2 on December 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The Right was too busy schadenfreuding when it should have been fighting. Time is on the side of Obamacare; it will simply wear everybody down. Who didn’t understand this? This isn’t the marketplace, it’s government. That’s the whole point. There’s no competitor to step in, no Fed-Ex to the postal service. we keep talking about the next part of it that will screw up or cause grief. It doesn’t matter, and they don’t care.

They don’t care how many millions lose coverage. They don’t care how expensive the premiums are. They don’t care if healthcare quality goes to crap. They don’t care if they lose some seats in 2014. They don’t care about any of this. This about power and control, they’ve got it, and they’re not going to let go of it. And if it looks like they may, believe me, McConnell and Boehner will step in to take care that doesn’t happen.

rrpjr on December 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

obamaCare doesn’t creep you out you haven’t read Orwell. SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Only white dude make jeantile feel creep.

(or whatever cajun queens name was)

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 9:06 PM

So I guess the elected joker has accomplished what he wanted to do……destroy our healthcare system.

I’ve never in my entire life used the prejudicial name applied to black people…..

But….the present man in the WH is one.

avagreen on December 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

BTW, God. God!
God
God
God.

Yep, it works.

avagreen on December 29, 2013 at 9:13 PM

The Right was too busy schadenfreuding when it should have been fighting. Time is on the side of Obamacare; it will simply wear everybody down. Who didn’t understand this? This isn’t the marketplace, it’s government. That’s the whole point. There’s no competitor to step in, no Fed-Ex to the postal service. we keep talking about the next part of it that will screw up or cause grief. It doesn’t matter, and they don’t care.

They don’t care how many millions lose coverage. They don’t care how expensive the premiums are. They don’t care if healthcare quality goes to crap. They don’t care if they lose some seats in 2014. They don’t care about any of this. This about power and control, they’ve got it, and they’re not going to let go of it. And if it looks like they may, believe me, McConnell and Boehner will step in to take care that doesn’t happen.

This

LeftCoastRight on December 29, 2013 at 9:14 PM

As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage through new Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide.

With propaganda like that, I couldn’t tell if it was coming from Sebeleus or the NY Times.

bw222 on December 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I’ve never in my entire life used the prejudicial name applied to black people…..

But….the present man in the WH is one.

avagreen on December 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

You mean…

Flucking @sshole???

Oh….

:)

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

God?
God.
God!

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

BTW, God. God!
God
God
God.

avagreen on December 29, 2013 at 9:13 PM

^ Hm. Ask, don’t ask, say “Yes?” like you’re God.

. . . eenie meeney miney

Axe on December 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Yes?

Axe on December 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

maybe the moderator got banned.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

happy new year SWalker.

test ban treaty test.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:24 PM

maybe the moderator got banned.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I reported him again.

22044 on December 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

check 3 2
check 3 2

is this mike on?

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

22044 on December 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

good. he was unsaying some outrageous things.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I’ve never in my entire life used the prejudicial name applied to black people…..

But….the present man in the WH is one.

avagreen on December 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

You mean…

Flucking @sshole???

Oh….

:)

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

No, but that one, too. Heh!

avagreen on December 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM

bw222 on December 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Before you’d made your comment I went through the quotes and looked at their sources.

HHS gov site
WaPo
WaPo
WSJ blog
Washington Examiner
Yahoo
Politico
WaPo
Fortune
NYT
Forbes
Bloomberg

That’s a lot of blatant propaganda.

It’s why I rarely read the QOTD excerpts, let alone the entire piece at the source. I’d like to see QOTD divided into analysis and opinion categories with at least a 2:1 ratio in the quotes. The spin and the lies are stressful and tiresome at the same time.

INC on December 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I must admit to a bit of glee that the movie sequel “Anchorman II” is bombing at the box office.

tommyboy on December 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

INC -

WSJ cannot be considered a conservative publication. I’m not sure it ever was. WSJ represents the corporatists, much like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Corporatists don’t have a problem with ObamaCare. They see it as a potential way to get out of paying for employee benefits.

bw222 on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

bw222 on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Yes, it depends on who the author is.

INC on December 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

He was promoted to Autocrat of All 57 American States…

kcewa on December 29, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

…he never has been!…when he’s not campaigning…he’s vacationing…he’s in Hawaii again.

KOOLAID2 on December 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

we need some one with hutspa. maybe twerp is the one. I hope she had a happy yamaka.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

hi merm. I got a new keyboard app for my cell phone. I love it.

its called Kii for android.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Rebound from zero is never much.

———-
Not reported by the stupid US media…because “terrorism doesn’t exist”.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

A “Liberal Paradise” would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns.

And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist . . . it’s called prison.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Anything bad you don’t want to happen,, just put a sign up.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Is the Stock market soaring?

Are Americans losing..?

is the media lying?

Yes…

Obama is still The Shiite

Electrongod on December 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

He is now the pajama-president. See pajama-boy. See obama.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

check 3 2
check 3 2

is this mike on?

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

You mean, “Mike check”?

Will there be Twinkies?

Solaratov on December 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

No – Valerie Jarrett still is.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

opps she caught me.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

No – Valerie Jarrett still is.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

hehe. good one. (:

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

opps she caught me.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I’m gonna go scrotched earth on you if you don’t stop misspelling crap!

SCROTCHED EARTH!!!

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

What the…

WHACK!

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

FLINK!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Don’t ask me how that happened!

Lanceman on December 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

It’s all fluff.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM

You still packing that bra gun?

Hope so.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Media: (flips over chess board) VICTORY! WE WIN!

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Media: (flips over chess board) VICTORY! WE WIN!

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Republicans: You totally won! Gee whiz, we sure were stupid to oppose this whole thing!

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Obamacare: Remember that scene from The Deer Hunter with the Russian roulette? Yeah, it’s like that. Good luck!

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Lanseman misspelled scrotched.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

“It felt really good,” he said. Paying toward his own insurance, he said, gives him “a certain dignity,” a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.”

You’re welcome you stupid fu**. My extra $600 a month and my $7500 deductible going to subsidize your dumb a** just makes me warm and fuzzy all over.

Tim Zank on December 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Twerp has a bra gun?

yeah baby
#austin powers voice #

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Obamacare: The doctor will see you after his nap and at least one episode of Sesame Street.

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

ObamaCare. Because you need a high school drop out Navigator to help you pick your cafeteria style health care plan.

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I’ve been away for a while. Is Obama still President?

faraway on December 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

No – Valerie Jarrett still is.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

……always has been….

williamg on December 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM

It’s not a madonna/lady gaga bra gun. With a false eyelash trigger mechanism.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

So the moochers actually feel dignified that they don’t mooch as much while destroying our healthcare system?

SparkPlug on December 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Twerp has a bra gun?

yeah baby
#austin powers voice #

Ab-so-loot-lee……She’s “Bustin’ Out All Ovah Up In Heah!!“………

williamg on December 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

He qualified for a federal subsidy to help him afford the insurance, so he has to pay just $87.57 a month toward his premium. After his welcome packet from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee arrived in the mail, Munstock was so eager to finish the process of enrolling and getting an insurance card that he picked up the phone to pay the first premium instead of using the mail.

“It felt really good,” he said. Paying toward his own insurance, he said, gives him “a certain dignity,” a feeling that he is not “one of the takers.” The next day, he called the doctor’s office. His appointment for a physical is Jan. 2.

This just makes me want to break things.

Our country is f*cked, my friends. Well and truly f*cked.

Midas on December 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Obamacare: Helping Pajama-Americans help themselves to everything not nailed down. We call it a “subsidy”.

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM

No matter how much lipstick and perfume they slop on this pig, it’s still a pig.

VorDaj on December 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Ayers said there would be the likes of me. 25 million who won’t comply.

Bastard didn’t figure I’d spend the last 5 years loading up.

Oh yeah,, that’s what I did.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Obamacare: Because picking winners and losers is fun when it’s people and not just Green Tech companies.

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Obamacare: Nothing amnesty can’t fix!

Punchenko on December 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

I must admit to a bit of glee that the movie sequel “Anchorman II” is bombing at the box office.

tommyboy on December 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I expected it might; given the over-the-top pre-sell, and extended period of time the trailers have been pounded into everyone’s face, I think they were afraid of this for awhile now.

Midas on December 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Obamacare: Because F___ You!

Murphy9 on December 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Ayers said there would be the likes of me. 25 million who won’t comply.

Bastard didn’t figure I’d spend the last 5 years loading up.

Oh yeah,, that’s what I did.

wolly4321 on December 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

*high five*

This end of the trench is clear – how’s your side looking? :)

Midas on December 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

obama’care’: because most of the land is now pajama-boy, with a pajama-president.

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

New video from the Heritage Foundation

Top 10 Ways Congress Wasted Your Money in 2013

Not even close to the top 10, but they are funny.

kcewa on December 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Obama: I’m really good at killing people.

22044 on December 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

The Right was too busy schadenfreuding when it should have been fighting. Time is on the side of Obamacare; it will simply wear everybody down. Who didn’t understand this? This isn’t the marketplace, it’s government. That’s the whole point. There’s no competitor to step in, no Fed-Ex to the postal service. we keep talking about the next part of it that will screw up or cause grief. It doesn’t matter, and they don’t care.

They don’t care how many millions lose coverage. They don’t care how expensive the premiums are. They don’t care if healthcare quality goes to crap. They don’t care if they lose some seats in 2014. They don’t care about any of this. This about power and control, they’ve got it, and they’re not going to let go of it. And if it looks like they may, believe me, McConnell and Boehner will step in to take care that doesn’t happen.

This

LeftCoastRight on December 29, 2013 at 9:14

PM

Yup.

Midas on December 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

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