Obama: Health insurance isn’t expensive – just cancel cable and phones; Update: White House responds

posted at 10:01 am on March 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This is a few days old, but it’s amusing nonetheless. Barack Obama appeared in a town hall for Spanish-language media on March 6th to discuss ObamaCare and promote enrollments, and got challenged by a viewer on the economics of it for low-income Americans who are now forced to buy comprehensive health insurance. On a $36,000 annual income, the requirement to buy the broad policy rather than something a little more economical — say, hospitalization coverage combined with an HSA, a strategy which is now all but illegal — makes it impossible to comply. Pshaw, Obama replied. Why, all those low-income folks need to do is stop spending money on luxuries like cable television and cell phones!

No, really:

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The President responded that “if you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill… it may turn out that, it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care.” He added that if a family member gets sick, the father “will wish he had paid that $300 a month.”

The Libre Initiative points out that premiums have skyrocketed, thanks to the forced changes in ObamaCare, along with the mandate for comprehensive coverage:

According to the National Center for Public Policy Research, the health care law is reducing choice and increasing premiums for millions of Americans. Ehealthinsurance reports that consumers are paying an average of 39% more than they did before the law was implemented. The high cost of policies is contributing to the continued weak enrollment numbers under the law, which are now showing signs of decreasing with less than 3 weeks left to enroll. When he sought the Presidency, Mr. Obama said his plan would deliver affordable care that people would be “desperate” to purchase.

Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative released the following statement:

“If the President actually believes that a family earning less than $40,000 per year can afford nearly $4,000 in health insurance premiums, then he truly does not understand middle-income families. Americans do not need the President to tell them how to budget their households. People are already cutting back on things like cable television and cell phones, just to compensate for an awful economy.This President promised he would deliver on affordable health care. Instead, premiums are up, out-of-pocket expenses are up, and overall cost of living is up. The President simply doesn’t get it. And his condescending attitude adds insult to injury.”

Let’s take a look at that $300 a month, too. Assuming that we’re talking about a family of four, that would force the family to spend $3,600 a year. While that might be money well spent in the case of catastrophe, it’s a bad investment on several levels otherwise. If both kids break a bone, it might run them $500 each to get treated, or perhaps even a thousand each if they go to an emergency room. If they get the flu, perhaps another $200 each for a doctor visit. Throw in wellness checks for everyone at $250 each, and we’re talking about $3400 in medical care, $200 less than their premiums.

But wait! In most plans of that cost, the family will have to spend thousands of dollars in deductibles first for everything but the wellness checks — so the only benefit will be covering the $1000 those cost. In this example, the family that normally would have spent $3400 out of pocket in that year will now spend $5,800.

That’s why families such as the caller’s used HSAs to spend pre-tax money on routine care and smaller emergencies, and chose so-called catastrophic insurance to deal with serious issues requiring hospitalizations. They could do that and still afford to have a phone and cable TV, at least until Barack Obama assumed he could prioritize their budgets better than they could.

Update: Jesse Lee at the White House responds:

It’s difficult to read with the red background, but Obama discusses other options for lower-income families in this part of the Q&A. He also attacks the states that refused to go along with Medicaid expansion, although at $36K a year that’s probably a non-sequitur. This still doesn’t really address Obama’s own suggestion that $300 a month is a reasonable cost for comprehensive family insurance, nor does it negate his implication that families could choose to live without cable and phone service instead. That may well be a fair argument on basic economics, but it’s a far, far cry from the argument offered over the past five years of affordability in ObamaCare. For many uninsured, they had that option in 2009, too.

Also, for the record, I didn’t notice a “mysterious[]” cut in the middle when I posted this, but I’ll watch more carefully for that in the future.

Update: The Federalist looked at the whole response, including what the White House sent me, and scoffed even more:

“Is the Affordable Care Act really affordable?” the moderator then asked Obama. Obama couldn’t settle on a single answer to the question, so he instead suggested that the man should just sign up for Medicaid, blamed Texas for affordable insurance not being available, and concluded by saying the man should cancel his telephone service if he can’t afford to pay for any of Obamacare’s health insurance options. …

That’s right: it’s not Obamacare’s fault that insurance is now unaffordable. It’s Texas’ fault for not expanding Medicaid. If you like your health plan, you can…just go sign up for Medicaid. Or cancel your phone service. Whatever.


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Hispanics, you voted for him. Embrace the suck.

22044 on March 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The President responded that “if you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill… it may turn out that, it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care.”

Time for a new word:
Dear Liar is for the povertization of America. Instead of spreading the wealth, he wants to spread the poverty.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I think what he meant to say was: “Health insurance isn’t expensive, just quit paying your house payment…”

oldroy on March 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

There is just no end to this guy.

MisterElephant on March 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

This is all gong to really start to sink in late this Summer when families are still paying out of pocket for things that used to be covered under their old cancelled plans.

Johnnyreb on March 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM

It’s actually one of the more candid answers Obama’s ever given — the government owns you far more if they can dictate your health care plans than if they can tell you how many cable channels you can get, plus in his mind on phone service, the people he cares about already are getting subsidized Obamaphones (the only question is how Obama’s big buddies over at Comcast or Time-Warner are going to react hearing their guy tell their cable customers they can dump their service and still get all the Obama the need either via a pair of digital rabbit ears or his online “Funny Or Die” comedy YouTube videos).

jon1979 on March 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM

My guess is that the guy submitting the question voted enthusiastically for Obama – twice – and heard at least a few dire warnings from the opposition that it was a pig in a poke that would end up costing him more and providing him less. So until I find out otherwise…

greggriffith on March 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

But if you like your Obamaphone, you can keep your Obamaphone. You know what I’m sayin’?

M240H on March 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

“The President simply doesn’t get it.”

That folks is the problem…not only Obama but the rest of the D.C. elites!

wolverinefan on March 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

People already could have done this PRIOR to Obamacare. Ugh!

melle1228 on March 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

You mean people should budget for and prioritize health care expenses over entertainment and convenience? I must admit, the President is right. He’s discovering though why most uninsured are uninsured. It’s not that they don’t have the money. It’s that they don’t have the foresight, discipline, and perspective to budget and make hard decisions even when half of it is paid for them. There is also the subset that knows very well that their health risk is low and don’t bother with it.

What the former wants is free, no-brainer health care, and what the latter wants is to be left alone. Obamacare does neither.

xuyee on March 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Hard to call a doctor if you don’t have a phone, Einstein.

hawkdriver on March 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Why should they give up comforts for something they already get for free?

cozmo on March 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

hawkdriver on March 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

They don’t call a doctor. They go to the emergency room.

cozmo on March 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The more he talks the more he reveals himself.

Drained Brain on March 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Time for a new word:
Dear Liar is for the povertization of America. Instead of spreading the wealth, he wants to spread the poverty.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I like it! Churchill came up with the same idea years ago–but he didn’t make a word for it. Nice job.

Doc Holliday on March 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Obama: Health insurance isn’t expensive – just cancel cable and phones

And just think, if you have a stroke or heart attack and need to call 911, you can just use a flare gun to signal for help.

Wait. No. You can’t. We don’t like guns.

Just lay out in the street until someone picks you up.

Gatsu on March 12, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Just start cleaning more hotel rooms and landscaping more yards.

-Alex Sink

mankai on March 12, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Time for a new word:
Dear Liar is for the povertization of America. Instead of spreading the wealth, he wants to spread the poverty.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

That’s it, in a nutshell.

Income equality means everybody lives equally in misery.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

OMG! Someone “challenged” El Presidente?

GarandFan on March 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I’ve had an HSA since 2007 and have only once made an insurance claim and that was only because I fell if a ladder and broke my ankle. My don was born in 2012 and we still didn’t meet our deductible. Why would I buy an expensive policy I’d never use?

Charlemagne on March 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

WSJ says the individual mandate has been secretly postponed until afte the next election….

d1carter on March 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Dang! I was hoping to get HBO this year what with all the money Obamacare was supposed to save me.

DamnCat on March 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Time for a new word:
Dear Liar is for the povertization of America. Instead of spreading the wealth, he wants to spread the poverty.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Yep, he is okay with poverty, as long as it is at the end of a government sword, and he and his cronies remain in the one percent.

melle1228 on March 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I’ve had an HSA since 2007 and have only once made an insurance claim and that was only because I fell if a ladder and broke my ankle. My don was born in 2012 and we still didn’t meet our deductible. Why would I buy an expensive policy I’d never use?

Darn iPad autocorrect. My son was born in 2012.

Charlemagne on March 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

WSJ says the individual mandate has been secretly postponed until after the next election….

d1carter on March 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM

When this tool gives up his golf, his girls give up their private schools and his ‘fabulous’ wifey gives up her multi-thousand dollar dresses, I MAY begin to take his tripe, seriously….nah!

vnvet on March 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Why, if they’d just stop paying for electricity, housing and food, they’d have plenty of money for Obamacare! Prioritize, people!

Midas on March 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

He is clearly uneducated. He must be one of those kids that were moved ahead in school without having to learn anything sort of like athletes. Back when I was in elementary school there was no place for slow learners so they just moved them on to the next grade and helped them the best they could. Then later on affirmative action helped him on.

crankyoldlady on March 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

WSJ says the individual mandate has been secretly postponed until after the next election….

d1carter on March 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The sheer lawlessness of these arrogant f*ckers is infuriating.

As is the unwillingness of the GOP do f*cking *do* anything about it.

Midas on March 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

If you take away cable and cell phones from middle income families you will have to take it away from the rich in order to deal with income inequality, and unemployment will go up because cable and cell phone companies will have to cut back on labor because of loss of revenue, and the list goes on. Isn’t Socialism wonderful?

lea on March 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

So, he thinks you should cancel your phone bill, but when you get health care and have an emergency, you don’t have a phone to call for help

ConservativePartyNow on March 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM

In 2009 health insurance was too expensive.

In 2014 health insurance may cost more, but you’re not prioritizing correctly.

antipc on March 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Who’d you vote for, Senor?

teacherman on March 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Cell phones are no longer a luxury. They are security for your kinds when they are out with their friends. They are the link between you and disaster when you are on a lonely road at night and you blow a tire. They are part of our personal safety system and parental peace of mind. He is out of touch with reality.

djl130 on March 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Coming soon to a community near you – the Obamacare economic depression.

Viator on March 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Who’d you vote for, amigo?

teacherman on March 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Who was it over at powerline that predicted Obamacare would be repealed in full before the midterm elections? I wish I had saved the link because he said it after it became apparent last fall that the government can’t build a website.

Mord on March 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Jeebus, imagine if a multi-millionaire GOP president had said this to a Hispanic TV audience…

He basically just called them all a bunch of Welfare Queens.

Rational Thought on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

WSJ says the individual mandate has been secretly postponed until after the next election….

d1carter on March 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM

How exactly do you do that?

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

My niece broke her arm requiring emergency surgery. Total cost north of 35k dollars. That was one expensive cartwheel.

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Obama’s presidency will be remembered as one spent either playing dumb or being dumb.

pwrefugee on March 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I like it! Churchill came up with the same idea years ago–but he didn’t make a word for it. Nice job.

Doc Holliday on March 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Thanks. Have to do something to keep me busy since Lucas County Ohio is shut down thanks to yet the latest snow storm.

Be sure to mention whenever possible that Obama’s policies are povertizing America. And it is intentional.

rbj on March 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

First it was “you won’t have to work anymore.” Now it is “you will have to take a second or third job to keep your cable and phone.” If a Republican had been saying these things…

rlwo2008 on March 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

You first, Sparky.

Cleombrotus on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

That’s priceless coming from someone who has racked up over $6 trillion in debt over the past five years. Someone who takes multi-million dollar vacations on our dime. Someone who doesn’t have to worry about balancing a household budget, let alone the national budget.

GAlpha10 on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Jeebus, imagine if a multi-millionaire GOP president had said this to a Hispanic TV audience…

He basically just called them all a bunch of Welfare Queens.

Rational Thought on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Worse than that, IMO. He basically said that they were incapable of managing their own budget. That the only problem with Obamacare is that they put having a cell phone ahead of paying in thousands of dollars on healthcare. In other words, Obama cares more about your family more than you do- you stupid greedy bastard with your misplaced priorities!

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Finally, Resident Obama has opened his mouth to change feet and show how condescending he is by telling the voters that put him in our orifices to stop watching him on the telly, and give up their Obama phones – because he does not need you anymore.

MSGTAS on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I can’t believe he is still at 41%.

Oil Can on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I actually agree with him to a degree. People aren’t prioritizing properly in this country. We have families giving their 8 year old kid an iPhone 5s to lug around but then will gripe about paying for health insurance.

Yes, I do believe Obama screwed our health insurance and health care markets big time.

But he does make a valid point in how we fail to prioritize in this country.

ButterflyDragon on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Listen to Obama talk abvout prioritizing bills.
This from a guy who will never pay for his own food, shelter, transportation, communication or anything for the rest of his life.

NeoKong on March 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

My niece broke her arm requiring emergency surgery. Total cost north of 35k dollars. That was one expensive cartwheel.

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Oooh, sorry to hear that! Hope she is doing well. That is, however, something that “catastrophic” insurance would cover.

Ed Morrissey on March 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

This would be laughable if it wasn’t so frightening. The man who refuses to operate within a budget is requiring the public to prioritize their budget. Up to now, I didn’t know Obama could even pronounce the word, “budget”.

CA_Conservative on March 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

This doesn’t seem to be a winning argument to the “connected” generation. Is he going to give them an Obamaphone after they relinquish theirs?

Cindy Munford on March 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Are cell phones really a luxury item these days? Try finding a pay phone these days.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Dang, I don’t think my breast cancer was that much.

Cindy Munford on March 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

How exactly do you do that?

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

The article says they extended the “opt out” option for any cancelled policies for two years…?

d1carter on March 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

El Presidente: This caller is too just dumb and too cheap to understand… Let me be perfectly clear. He had better give up his cable and cell phone and ‘invest’ in my healthcare plan (or the IRS will find him and fine him). It’s that simple. Next question!

RedManBlueState on March 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Arrogant jerk.

rplat on March 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

My niece broke her arm requiring emergency surgery. Total cost north of 35k dollars. That was one expensive cartwheel.

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Um, fact check please – you sure that’s not more like 3,500? Was her arm set with solid gold pins and a solid gold cast?

Midas on March 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The Libre Initiative points out that premiums have skyrocketed, thanks to the forced changes in ObamaCare, along with the mandate for comprehensive coverage:

AND since young, health enrollments are not near the projections, the premiums are going to be even higher on readjustment in September.

Try to delay that w/ your pen and cell phone, Big Ears!

gonnjos on March 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

At some point, you’ve made enough money.

BobMbx on March 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Broken eggs don’t need cable and cellphones…- King Preezy Choom the Magnificent I

“One can’t expect to make an omelet without breaking eggs.” – Robespierre. 1790

A consummate statist who worked tirelessly to plan the lives of others, he would become the architect of the Revolution’s bloodiest phase–the Reign of Terror of 1793-94. Robespierre and his guillotine broke eggs by the thousands in a vain effort to impose a utopian society based on the seductive slogan “liberte, egalite, fraternite.”

workingclass artist on March 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I actually agree with him to a degree. People aren’t prioritizing properly in this country. We have families giving their 8 year old kid an iPhone 5s to lug around but then will gripe about paying for health insurance.

Yes, I do believe Obama screwed our health insurance and health care markets big time.

But he does make a valid point in how we fail to prioritize in this country.

ButterflyDragon on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Yes, I was about to say the same thing. He is right that some households don’t budget the way they should, or spend their money wisely. But, it’s laughable for a guy who’s spending this country into fiscal oblivion to lecture the rest of us on such matters.

changer1701 on March 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Hard to call a doctor if you don’t have a phone, Einstein.

hawkdriver on March 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Priceless.

At this rate, if he keeps running his mouth, the GOP might even pick up the welfare vote in November.

matthew8787 on March 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM

He can’t be this dumb.

Obama is sitting at a town hall sponsored by Spanish language media and in one fell swoop he tells the organizers of the event that their customers should cancel their services, (most of their viewers are through cable and not via broadcast airwaves) then tells the citizen participants they should give up Univision and Telemundo for him.

Good luck with that during World Cup time.

yada yada yada on March 12, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Won’t his people still be able to get free health care and keep their cable and phones?

BTW, the costs quoted in the article are absolutely astounding! $200 for a doctor visit!??

Bloody hell!

OldEnglish on March 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Cell phones are no longer a luxury. They are security for your kinds when they are out with their friends. They are the link between you and disaster when you are on a lonely road at night and you blow a tire. They are part of our personal safety system and parental peace of mind. He is out of touch with reality.

djl130 on March 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

You mean to tell me your kids don’t have a secret service detail driving them around? I’m sure they all have phones AND guns.

And if you are on a lonely road at night and you get a flat….you just sit in the back of the limo while the driver changes it. You may not be able to make a phone call but I’m sure you can watch some MSNBC or something on the onboard flat screen.

I’m beginning to think you are a racist

Ditkaca on March 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

People get cable TV because it’s typically bundled with Internet and phone. We have a land line in our apartment for the first time in ten years, but we haven’t even plugged in a phone or given out the number. We live off our cell phones, and the only reason we have the service is that we would pay more without it bundled in. Even people who aren’t bundling are still only paying like $30/mo for basic cable; health insurance does not cost $30/mo.

People had all these same services before ACA, you didn’t think that was the solution then. And if spending priorities are the problem, then as the federal activist, you should have either enacted Cable And Cell Phone Reform, or banned them so that people could spend their money on the things you deem important.

This from the government that distributes phones to low-income persons at no cost in the name of “universal access”.

The Schaef on March 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

You see, the reality of it is that the people who want universal heathcare want it to be “free”. Not inexpensive, not affordable, “Free”. Anything above “Free” means that they have to give up something. God forbid that these people actually have to make choices.

bsinc1962 on March 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I have the best idea yet…. Instead of us canceling our phone and cable, how about if we cancel OBAMA and put him in Leavenworth Prison? After all – what good would health care be anyway if we don’t have a phone to call 911?

BikerGuy57 on March 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I actually agree with him to a degree. People aren’t prioritizing properly in this country. We have families giving their 8 year old kid an iPhone 5s to lug around but then will gripe about paying for health insurance.

Yes, I do believe Obama screwed our health insurance and health care markets big time.

But he does make a valid point in how we fail to prioritize in this country.

ButterflyDragon on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I know, right? They should be prioritizing those niceties lower so they can afford something the government is forcing them to buy.

It’s not like it’s their money and their choice as to how to spend it or anything. How arrogant of them to think they had control over their own finances and are capable of prioritizing the way they see fit based on their direct knowledge of their situation and needs, rather than how the President or assorted internet folks think they should be prioritizing based, well, no knowledge whatsoever of the specifics of the situation. /

Midas on March 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

But he does make a valid point in how we fail to prioritize in this country.

ButterflyDragon on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

That argument should have been made prior to turning health care upside-down.

antipc on March 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

How is canceling you ObamaPhone going to help ?

J_Crater on March 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Socialists don’t want people to be equal. They want them to be the same. The only way that can happen is if everyone is poor…except them of course.

crankyoldlady on March 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Just think of all the useless insurance you could buy if you simply lived under a highway overpass.

WhatSlushfund on March 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

all those low-income folks need to do is stop spending money on luxuries like cable television and cell phones!

It’s funny that Obama thinks low-income people are paying for their own cable and cell phones. Has he never heard of Obamaphones? If he paid his own bills, he’d see that each month there are multiple government taxes and fees added onto the bills, to cover the cost of all the “free” phones and cable services that are provided at no charge to low-income individuals (and criminals) at the expense of paying customers.

AZCoyote on March 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

About 20 years ago an Ontario cabinet minister got into a mess when he made the comment that cuts in social assistance weren’t a bad thing – people who depended on it could eat more mac-and-cheese. It was a huge kerfuffle. Dominated the news. I think he ended up resigning over it. Of course, Obama gets away with it. What a shame. (Maybe someone can recall who that minister was — tried to Google it but not getting a hit — if it helps, I’m certain it was a conservative government, of course).

SteveJ on March 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

But he does make a valid point in how we fail to prioritize in this country.

ButterflyDragon on March 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

So that justifies the state “helping” by forcing families to pay for healthcare first and then luxuries like food and electricty further down the list of priorities?

Put another way, you can prioritize your life any way you like but that doesn’t give you the right to judge how some other family prioritizes theirs.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

My niece broke her arm requiring emergency surgery. Total cost north of 35k dollars. That was one expensive cartwheel.

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Dang, I don’t think my breast cancer was that much.

Cindy Munford on March 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

No kidding. I had surgery on my back in December and it was half that.

Resist We Much on March 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Now, if only he would feel the same way about families that qualify for subsidies.

I’ll be damned if I’m going to subsidize some family, that has iPhones and a data plan bigger than mine. Or a family that has cable and high speed internet.

Every little bit counts, and until they’ve pared their budget to the bone – I don’t think I should be giving them jack squat.

Hill60 on March 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Just think of all the useless insurance you could buy if you simply lived under a highway overpass.

WhatSlushfund on March 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Don’t think that the state wouldn’t still come out after you if you have a nicer cardboard box than your neighbors.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

…food stamps are less?

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Øbama simply just doesn’t know what he is talking about. Unless, of course, it is about another way to add socialism to the American diet.

DimsdalePiranha on March 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The smugness is nauseating.

Deafdog on March 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

And, on the 6th day, cell phones and cable television were deemed “rights” and the one said “It is good”.

mel23059 on March 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Good luck with that during World Cup time.

yada yada yada on March 12, 2014 at 10:37 AM

GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL … LLLL!!!!!

hawkdriver on March 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Go get an Obamaphone.

Philly on March 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

My niece broke her arm requiring emergency surgery. Total cost north of 35k dollars. That was one expensive cartwheel.

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Calling bull on that one, dear.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Obama: “Don’t worry, I’m gonna hook your family up with some Obamaphones.” *scans the audience* “Problem solved. Next!”

Ukiah on March 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

the deductibles mentioned is one item not mentioned enough. way too many have no idea how high they are or how they work.
in many cases the insurance is useless for all but the most extreme issues.

dmacleo on March 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The reason low income or no income families have HBO and cell phones is because the uninsured already had FREE healthcare. It’s called the emergency room. They go there for free treatment for emergencies and non-emergencies already. A friend of mine works for the town and tells me that every section eight house he visits has cable, internet, and a car in the driveway. Choomy is exactly what we deserve. He is the end product of forty years of affirmative action and double standards based solely on race.

DeweyWins on March 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

My niece broke her arm requiring emergency surgery. Total cost north of 35k dollars. That was one expensive cartwheel.

Imrahil on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Did it fall off?

Ukiah on March 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

What a pinheaded knob, making a completely idiotic argument.

Obamacide made premiums more expensive. Way more expensive. It also reduced benefits, and the actual delivery of healthcare.

Earflaps stuttering through his non-answer about “he’d wish he had insurance…” is, as ever, completely brain dead. The person’s point wasn’t whether or not he wanted insurance, it was that obamacide made it unaffordable.

Prioritizing cable and phone bills has nothing whatsoever to do with this absolute failure’s screwup of the American health insurance industry.

GrassMudHorsey on March 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

No, don’t cancel cable and phone in order to afford health insurance. Just pass a law for my tax money to subsidize your cable and phone expenses. Solved!

brentspolemics on March 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Hands down the biggest douche ever to occupy the White House

DaveDief on March 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

You see, the reality of it is that the people who want universal heathcare want it to be “free”. Not inexpensive, not affordable, “Free”. Anything above “Free” means that they have to give up something. God forbid that these people actually have to make choices.

bsinc1962 on March 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Well it was promised to be free or nearly free to the vast majority of Americans by the Administration and the Dems in Congress. They have been told for years they would be saving money and now reality is just starting to intrude.

Getting kicked in the head can sometimes wake people up.

Johnnyreb on March 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

There is no word that exists in any language to describe this guy.It is a source of great frustration…

SweetSensationalist on March 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Racista – Tell that to your brothers.

Republicans need to capitalize on this fluke.

plutorocks on March 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

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