Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all

posted at 10:41 am on March 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Voters in November might be ready to show Democrats what they think about removing choice and hiking costs, as well as their arrogance in determining that a few politicians in Washington know better about their choices than they do. Unfortunately, Barack Obama doesn’t appear to have figured out this problem. In an interview with WebMD, Obama finally acknowledged that, contra his promise, people might not be able to keep the doctors they liked, but that they probably shouldn’t have liked those doctors in the first place:

“For the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money,” said Obama in an interview with the medical website WebMD.

“But that’s true if your employer suddenly decides we think this network’s going to give a better deal, we think this is going to help keep premiums lower, you’ve got to use this doctor as opposed to that one, this hospital as opposed to that one. The good news is in most states people have more than one option and what they’ll find, I think, is that their doctor or network or hospital that’s conveniently located is probably in one of those networks. Now, you may find out that that network’s more expensive than another network. And then you’ve got to make a choice in terms of what’s right for your family.”

More than one option? Not in Covered California, which replaced preferred doctors with no one at all, or sent people tens of miles away from their own communities for the few options left.  When employers changed insurers, moreover, they had a big incentive to find plans that also included their employees’ current providers — the employees themselves, who could walk away from the employer to find better coverage. In GovernmentCare, as Californians are discovering, that option doesn’t exist.

Americans who get health-insurance coverage through their employers have mostly avoided the market disruptions in the rollout of ObamaCare, but that’s probably going to change — and sooner than they think. A survey of large businesses, which should have the greatest stability in the market due to their clout in the market, shows that most businesses have already started forcing employees to pay higher deductibles, or will soon in order to cover the increased costs of the ObamaCare mandates (via the Daily Caller):

Four of five U.S. companies have raised deductibles or are considering doing so as health costs increase, according to a survey of more than 700 employers.

About one-third of the companies have already increased deductibles or other cost-sharing provisions like copays, and 48 percent are considering similar moves, the survey by New York-based consulting firm Mercer LLC found.

It’ll be difficult for Democrats and the White House to escape accountability for this, too, since one major driver for this impulse is an explicit goal of ObamaCare. The so-called Cadillac tax on high-end plans aimed at reducing higher provider demand created by highly-subsidized plans, which makes sense when attempting to add a large number of new risk-pool members at lower premium rates who might be inclined to make great use of the system in the first year or two. However, the disruptions caused by the Cadillac tax are both much broader than Democrats indicated, and will hit Americans much earlier than they hoped:

Employers with coverage exceeding $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families will be taxed 40 percent starting in 2018, on the theory that the plans boost medical costs.

About 62 percent of employers surveyed had concerns related to the so-called Cadillac tax. According to Mercer, 42 percent of employers would be subject to the tax in 2018 if they made no changes to their current plans.

Employers aren’t waiting to make changes, the survey found. Almost one in five employers have already dropped the plans and another 33 percent are considering dropping the coverage. Employers are turning instead to private exchanges, or consumer-directed health plans, which give employees personal health-care accounts.

Democrats had enough trouble with the individual-market disruptions, so much so that Barack Obama has been trying to postpone practically every other mandate in ObamaCare so as to avoid the political retribution. However, businesses have to plan for the future, not just react to the present, and the law clearly shows what the costs and risks will be in continuing with these plans — which probably produced a high degree of satisfaction with those consumers. Now they’re getting kicked out of those plans and will have to pay more for their medical care, not because of their employers’ greed but because Democrats are forcing them to do so.

By the way, guess what group of people are most responsible for ObamaCare enrollment failures. If you guess Republicans in Congress, you’re very, very wrong:

States that embraced the Affordable Care Act and created health care exchanges were supposed to lead the way in enrolling their residents in health insurance, but some of them are responsible for the federal government falling behind in its projections.

Only 18 days remain before the March 31 enrollment deadline, and the government is about 1.8 million behind its goal of 6 million new health insurance customers.

That’s because states such as Hawaii, Maryland and Oregon, all run by Democratic governors and legislatures supportive of the law, have had their exchanges falter and at times collapse.

Update: Edited the paragraph about Cadillac plans for clarity.


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canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

He doesnt seem to get it for sure. People are really upset with the changes. (O just a minor thing Ed, small typo, WebMD should be one word in the first paragraph)

Imrahil on March 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

And nobody is madder to find out right?

Capitol police?

Marines?

Secret Service?

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Now, you may find out that that network’s more expensive than another network. And then you’ve got to make a choice in terms of what’s right for your family.”

Is he back to trying to get people to give up their cell phones for basic health insurance?

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The so-called Cadillac tax on high-end plans aimed at reducing provider demand through highly-subsidized plans, which makes sense when attempting to add a large number of new risk-pool members at lower premium rates who might be inclined to make great use of the system in the first year or two.

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Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Imrahil on March 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Fixed, thanks!

Ed Morrissey on March 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Should have been “created through.” Will fix in a moment.

Ed Morrissey on March 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

…he’s got his legs crossed again!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Substandard…

d1carter on March 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Full Interview:

(27:49)

WebMD Interviews President Obama

We asked you — our readers — what questions you had for the president about the Affordable Care Act. Watch our exclusive interview to find out what he said about the new health care law.
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http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/webmd-interviews-obama

canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama, like Pelosi, lives in fantasy land.

GarandFan on March 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Isn’t it grand living in a utopia where a subset of 535 reprobates in a swamp can just arbitrarily levy a 40% tax on something? We can’t be but a few taxes away from perpetual prosperity.

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Hate, Loathe, Despise, Detest….

Just can’t find a strong enough word… :/

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on March 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

A civilian doing what he’s done would have been jailed for fraud.

CurtZHP on March 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all

America: d’uh

MJBrutus on March 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Wait a second, isn’t this another “untrue” ObamaCare horror story according to Harry Reid?

Dear God, the Koch brothers have paid off Obama to lie for them as well!

VinceOfDoom on March 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I still say the Administration expected John Roberts to vote against it and they were going to run their Presidential campaign against the Supreme Court. That he approved this mess caught them as usual with their heads up their backsides.

Marcus on March 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Obama has lost so much credibility. It’s shocking to me that his approval numbers are above 20%. Literally, everything Obama has touched has turned to sh1t.

I can’t remember a time in my life that a President has so effected my wealth, health, and general well being.

This man is dangerous.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Should have been “created through.” Will fix in a moment.

Ed Morrissey on March 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Ah. :)

. . . I can understand it now. :)

Still, I think it really means that the best plans available were too good and had to go. That would be typical. If it’s a resource, it should be imagined as a pile; if it’s a pile, it should be redistributed.

Axe on March 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Voters in November might be ready to show Democrats what they think about removing choice and hiking costs, as well as their arrogance in determining that a few politicians in Washington know better about their choices than they do.
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Remember November Part Deux Cometh!!

Remember November
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canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Thanks for editing out all of the “uhs” in your Obama quotes Ed, really cuts down on the reading time.

antipc on March 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A civilian doing what he’s done would have been jailed for fraud.

CurtZHP on March 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

That would require prosecution by the DoJ. America’s last black President is bullet proof.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

EnRollMent Troubles:

http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/video-enrollment-troubles

canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Unless the GOP screws it up, Dems are really going to lose big this fall

ConservativePartyNow on March 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Obama has lost so much credibility. It’s shocking to me that his approval numbers are above 20%.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Face it. Between parasites and those who only support the filthy rat-eared bastard because of his race are going to keep Obama’s approval number in the 30s. You just are never going to convince those getting the “free” stuff and the racists that Obama is anything but the best President ever.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Only 18 days remain before the March 31 enrollment deadline, and the government is about 1.8 million behind its goal of 6 million new health insurance customers.

That’s because states such as Hawaii, Maryland and Oregon, all run by Democratic governors and legislatures supportive of the law, have had their exchanges falter and at times collapse.

Kudos Ed for again mentioning that ‘oh so interesting pattern’ of the most troubled / problematic exchanges being those run by the bluest of blue states. Let’s not forget to add California or Minnesota to that list. Or make the other connection that those happen to be states that have significant fiscal challenges related to their blue leadership. We also need to make note of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer funds that were squandered in the development of these sites as well as Healthcare.gov.

For a corrective note on the quote – didn’t our exalted SecHHS, Kathleen Sebelius define 7 million as ‘success’?

And still the math isn’t working. When the EpicClusterFark took effect, about 6 million Americans (like Michelle Malkin) received notices that their individual / family plans were being cancelled because they were ‘substandard’. To keep pace, these 6 million needed to get enrolled prior to March 31 – along with the 7 million new enrollees. That’s 13 million needed. So far, according to HHS, only 4.2 million have enrolled – and at least 20% of those haven’t paid their initial premium. That means, at best 3.4 million are real enrollees.

By my count, we’re half of Sebelius’s original goal. We’re two thirds short of the real goal (13 million) – and we’re at a net addition of uninsured of 2.6 million since the EpicClusterFark took effect.

That’s not ‘moving forward’ or even ‘leaning forward’.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Unless the GOP screws it up, Dems are really going to lose big this fall

ConservativePartyNow on March 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Are you kidding me? Lady Gaga wore a dress made of coffee filters, and it’s almost March Madness.

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Your prior plan? Substandard.

Your doctor? Substandard.

You can’t afford it? Drop your phone and cable tv.

Inflate your tires properly.

How’s the price of arugula?

Electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.

Putting coal out of business.

Funding dozens of ‘green’ companies that go under.

In short: he knows how to run your life better than you do.

This from a guy in mom jeans.

ajacksonian on March 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Does it strike anybody else that using the same set up that he used when he spoke to that fat “Funny or Die” guy sorta takes away from credibility now that he’s trying to do a serious interview?

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Only 18 days remain before the March 31 enrollment deadline, and the government is about 1.8 million behind its goal of 6 million new health insurance customers.

1.8 million behind its goal of 6 million new health insurance customers.

6 million new health insurance customers.

6 million

So it’s not 7 million anymore? Well, I’m sure by the end of the month they’ll have easily beaten their original, unadjusted, totally honest and truthful goal of 4 million new health insurance customers.

PetecminMd on March 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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An interesting thought. If Roberts had the foresight to believe that this law would cause the grass roots suporters to rise up and vote out the radical leftists, he’s alot smarter than I gave him credit. And I need to take back many of the bad words I said about him. This upcoming election that may solidify the House and take over the Senate still will not be able to turn the path though.

gonnjos on March 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

More expensive meaning whether you want to save $2500 per year or save $2200 per year. Now a blatantly admitted liar!!!!

rjoco1 on March 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Sounds like the same BS spin he tried to use for the cancelled plans. “Yeah, you may have to switch plans, but that’s ok, cuz your old one sucked anyway.” Obama and the Dems didn’t stick with that line for very long. I imagine the shelf life of this one will be just as brief.

Doughboy on March 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

…he’s got his legs crossed again!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

KOOLAID2: Typical:)

canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

By my count, we’re half of Sebelius’s original goal. We’re two thirds short of the real goal (13 million) – and we’re at a net addition of uninsured of 2.6 million since the EpicClusterFark took effect.

That’s not ‘moving forward’ or even ‘leaning forward’.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

By pointing out those facts it just proves that you hate obambi because he’s black and you hate sebelius because she’s white.
/

VegasRick on March 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

And by the way, men don’t sit with their legs crossed like Obama does in the is interview.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The ironically named ACA, for political purposes, has been changed, delayed, altered, un-mandated, screwed with and lied about (by Dems) that it bares absolutely no resemblance to what slithered out of the Dem Senate and to The One’s foot-scuffed desk, oh-so-long-ago. Listen for ,”But the Devil (Reid) made us do it!”

vnvet on March 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

This man is dangerous.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

You’re saying that just because a narcissistic, self absorbed, psychopathic, lying punk kid with absolutely no real life experience has control of the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet that he’s a danger. Why that’s just racist.

Oldnuke on March 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

“For the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money,” said Obama

whatthehell does that even mean?

How do people who initially don’t have health insurance switch from doctors they didn’t already have?

Or, is Barry claiming these people were self-pay/cash? So now they’re being forced to buy insurance which they didn’t have a need for?

And said insurance is going to force them out of their current healthcare system due to the cost of the new system? Doesn’t that mean their previous self-pay system was more affordable?

Either way, he loses. The former reinforces how in-over-his-head he is, while the latter proves this is about controlling behavior.

budfox on March 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

And nobody is madder to find out right?

Capitol police?

Marines?

Secret Service?

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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I’m to the point of of wanting to send a scripture reference to to all of the above :
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[II Kings 9:30-33]

And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.

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Jehu was a high military commander, and the military sided with him.

Those “eunuchs” were the equivalent of today’s Secret Service.
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If you want to get the context of the whole story, you would have to start reading back at I Kings 16:29, and go on through to the scripture reference above.

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:13 AM

By pointing out those facts it just proves that you hate obambi because he’s black and you hate sebelius because she’s white.
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VegasRick on March 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Equal opportunity racism. That’s rare but don’t forget Obama gets affirmative action racism points and he’s half white so he gets extra points for that which means that he hates Obama more.

Oldnuke on March 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Does it strike anybody else that using the same set up that he used when he spoke to that fat “Funny or Die” guy sorta takes away from credibility now that he’s trying to do a serious interview?

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

There’s precedent for Obama….didn’t FDR, while trying to stack the SCOTUS and address the 1937-38 deepening economic challenges, give a serious policy interview to Abbott and Costello?

I think where it drifts off is when someone assumes that he has any credibility at all (regardless of the venue) given his history of lies, misdirections, and empty promises.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I remember the good old days 4 short years ago when my deductible WAS NOT $5,000 a year, and my premiums were 200% less. Pretty soon WebMD will see an increase in patients, and prescriptions will be sold on the black market. Who the heck can afford these high costs?

Brock Robamney on March 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The good news is in most states people have more than one option and what they’ll find, I think, is that their doctor or network or hospital that’s conveniently located is probably in one of those networks.

You think, Barry? You’re not really sure, because you never bothered to check?

Now, you may find out that that network’s more expensive than another network. And then you’ve got to make a choice in terms of what’s right for your family.”

Translation: If you liked your doctor, you’ll have to pay more or change doctors and drive farther away. Because I decided that’s good for you.

Steve Z on March 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

YOU LIE!! That is the only line I’ve heard during one of the left’s Messiah’s speeches that had a ring of truth to it. And it didn’t come from The One!!

Deano1952 on March 14, 2014 at 11:18 AM

legs crossed ….. oooooooh look at the crease!!!!! Health care/economic recovery vs metrosexual crush … okay .. it’s a toss up!

GKChesterton99 on March 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Totally OT but I’m loving this website I found yesterday.

neyney on March 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

“For the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices. And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money.”

President Barack Obama in an interview with the medical website WebMD.

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Translation :

“Boy, have I ever got some ‘prime’, low-cost real estate down in Florida to sell YOU !”

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Can we also not keep our President?

Shy Guy on March 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Unless the GOP screws it up, Dems are really going to lose big this fall

ConservativePartyNow on March 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

…but…but…but Debbie WhatsHerName…said!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

And by the way, men don’t sit with their legs crossed like Obama does in the is interview.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Sitting with crossed legs is painful for most men. Obama lacks the body parts which cause other men pain in that position.

Which is why Putin has nothing to fear invading Crimea.

Steve Z on March 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

We’re gonna spread happiness
We’re gonna spread freedom
Obama’s gonna change it
Obama’s gonna lead ‘em

We’re gonna change it
And rearrange it
We’re gonna change the world.

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I think where it drifts off is when someone assumes that he has any credibility at all (regardless of the venue) given his history of lies, misdirections, and empty promises.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The interesting thing to me is that the rat-eared wonder still thinks that he can sell his lies by simply selling Obamacare personally in these interviews. If Obamacare was such a good deal, wouldn’t Americans be banging down the doors to get enrolled instead of constantly downgrading the number of stupid people that have to sign up to make the whole damn thing work?

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Translation :

“Boy, have I ever got some ‘prime’, low-cost real estate down in Florida over the East River to sell YOU !”

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

FIFY.

Steve Z on March 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

While most functioning adults would be appalled at this assault on freedom there are a lot of other Americans that have no problem with it at all.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Progressive ideology is having someone else make decisions for you. So, why not elect Ivy League super-geniuses to decide which doctors you should like? People that are attracted to Leftist politicans like Obama are simply scared of being an adult. They want to be “taken care of.” In their mind, this is true freedom.

Unfortunately for them, the Progressive ideology does not work in real life. Lower and middle-income families to be hardest hit, as usual.

tobes on March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

In other words: “Open wide America…wider…wider yet…and keep quiet as I continue to ram my POS signature accomplishment down your throats!”

otlset on March 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Translation :

“Boy, have I ever got some ‘prime’, low-cost real estate down in Florida over the East River to sell YOU !”

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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FIFY.

Steve Z on March 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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Yep … that works … : )

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Lying sack of sh!t. Where are the trolls to tell us how racist we are? That Ed is a liar. That this is actually for our benefit, because at this point in my life, I have had a horse shoe up my ass. It isn’t that I have excelled because of my own efforts. Oh no. It is because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I have been given all the chances that those wretched souls who are poor haven’t. Nevermind that I grew up poor in southern Texas. That my father came to the U.S. not knowing english. My mother is a second generation American. I mean damn, my life has really been no different than one of those freaking trust fund kids.

And for the record, my annual deductible went up from $3,000.00 to $3,500.00. My annual premiums have gone up from $2,579.98 to $2,759.90. Not a massive increase, but that sure as hell isn’t less than what I was paying.

JAGonzo on March 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

This guy doesn’t give a damn what people think . . . he’s hoarding his “pot of gold” and in about 3 more years he’ll bug out rich and comfortable and to hell with the country,

rplat on March 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

If you like your _______________ ….you can keep your _________________

*blech*

workingclass artist on March 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You got played, libs.

Philly on March 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Only 18 days remain before the March 31 enrollment deadline, and the government is about 1.8 million behind its goal of 6 million new health insurance customers.

That’s because states such as Hawaii, Maryland and Oregon, all run by Democratic governors and legislatures supportive of the law, have had their exchanges falter and at times collapse.

The only and most important question is how many of those who were uninsured before Obamacare have bought a healthcare insurance… The answer is less than 20% of those who bought insurance through Obamcare were uninsured before Obamacare and hence this is a disaster beyond belief and Obamacare has failed miserably.

mnjg on March 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Are you kidding me? Lady Gaga wore a dress made of coffee filters, and it’s almost March Madness.

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Annnnd….The publication of the Lindsay Lohan Slut Conquest List…Priorities!

workingclass artist on March 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

While most functioning adults would be appalled at this assault on freedom there are a lot of other Americans that have no problem with it at all.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Progressive ideology is having someone else make decisions for you. So, why not elect Ivy League super-geniuses to decide which doctors you should like? People that are attracted to Leftist politicans like Obama are simply scared of being an adult. They want to be “taken care of.” In their mind, this is true freedom.

Unfortunately for them, the Progressive ideology does not work in real life. Lower and middle-income families to be hardest hit, as usual.

tobes on March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

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You NAILED it … too many Americans define “freedom” as; ‘not having to make difficult decisions or do hard work’.
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Low-information, lazy-assed Americans.

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

While most functioning adults would be appalled at this assault on freedom there are a lot of other Americans that have no problem with it at all.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Progressive ideology is having someone else make decisions for you. So, why not elect Ivy League super-geniuses to decide which doctors you should like? People that are attracted to Leftist politicans like Obama are simply scared of being an adult. They want to be “taken care of.” In their mind, this is true freedom.

Unfortunately for them, the Progressive ideology does not work in real life. Lower and middle-income families to be hardest hit, as usual.

tobes on March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Absolutely correct. Excellent post… Add to that the some who are attracted to the Progressive (Communist is the real word) ideology think that they will be members of the ruling elite where the remaining of us will worship them…

mnjg on March 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

You NAILED it … too many Americans define “freedom” as; ‘not having to make difficult decisions or do hard work’.
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Low-information, lazy-assed Americans.

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Eventually we have to find ways to greatly discourage a lot of them from voting… Legal ways of course…

mnjg on March 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Wow! Another troll-free thread! Who would have thought?

Deckard BR on March 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Are you kidding me? Lady Gaga wore a dress made of coffee filters, and it’s almost March Madness.

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

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Annnnd….The publication of the Lindsay Lohan Slut Conquest List…Priorities!

workingclass artist on March 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

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Dammit ! ….. I didn’t make that list.

listens2glenn on March 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

This guy doesn’t give a damn what people think . . . he’s hoarding his “pot of gold” and in about 3 more years he’ll bug out rich and comfortable and to hell with the country,

rplat on March 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Unfortunately, he won’t bug out. His overinflated sense of self-importance won’t let him. Instead, the next administration (even if it’s democrat) will be dogged on an almost daily basis by press releases, press conferences, and other forms of public arm-chair quarterbacking from the newly formed “Office of the President-Emeritus,” complete with its own creepy 0-shaped logo.

As classless as it will be, the press will eat it up.

CurtZHP on March 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

More dictated “Rules”

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HHS says all marketplace plans must cover same-sex spouses if they cover opposite-sex spouses starting in 2015 – @HealthCareGov
read more on http://www.hhs.gov

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Deckard BR on March 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

libfree is breathing a big sigh of relief that he took his HA leave when he did.

Flora Duh on March 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Same-Sex HHS:

Obama health care law
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HHS says all marketplace plans must cover same-sex spouses if they cover opposite-sex spouses starting in 2015 – @HealthCareGov
read more on http://www.hhs.gov
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Making Health Care Coverage More Accessible and Equitable For Same-Sex Couples

Posted March 14, 2014
By Matthew Heinz, MD, Director of Provider & LGBT Outreach

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services took one more step toward making health care coverage more accessible and equitable for married same-sex couples.

Already, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Marketplace plans cover essential health benefits like emergency services, prescription drugs and mental health and substance use disorder services. And preventive services like flu shots, blood pressure screening and HIV screening are covered at no additional charge.

Moreover, all health plans sold in the Marketplace have to follow rules that make health care more accessible for everyone. You can’t be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, like HIV/AIDS or cancer, and you can’t be charged more for being a woman.

Today, we are clarifying that, starting next year, if an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses. In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage. This will further enhance access to health care for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses.

You can learn just how affordable coverage can be. Across the country, 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans can get covered for $100 per month or even less – some for a lot less. And legally married same-sex couples are treated equally for purposes of financial assistance when purchasing coverage in the Marketplace, regardless of where they live.

Security and peace-of-mind are just a click or call away. You can sign up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at HealthCare.gov or 1-800-318-2596. You can even get in-person help in your own community (just visit localhelp.healthcare.gov and punch in your zip code).

Don’t delay, sign up today at HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment ends March 31st.

http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2014/03/making-coverage-accessible-same-sex-couples.html

canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Obama has lost so much credibility. It’s shocking to me that his approval numbers are above 20%. Literally, everything Obama has touched has turned to sh1t.

I can’t remember a time in my life that a President has so effected my wealth, health, and general well being.

This man is dangerous.

portlandon on March 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

That was the plan. He’s the Trojan Horse within, there by voter fraud and other acts of criminal malfeasance that would put most men into prison or worse. We have a traitor in the highest office trying to destroy this nation.

avagreen on March 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

The interesting thing to me is that the rat-eared wonder still thinks that he can sell his lies by simply selling Obamacare personally in these interviews.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

This leads to why he has such an utter contempt for the American people. He can’t understand why his sales efforts aren’t being more successful. In theory, all that he is promoting, selling, and attempting to do in the name of ‘social justice’, ‘fairness’, and fixing what’s wrong with America not only work, but are exactly what is needed.

It’s as if he’s aggravated that the American people are too stupid to realize what’s good for them – that he and the other ‘best and brightest’ know better. He’s like a condescending adult trying to explain something to a child – regardless of the venue, it’s the same message, same connotations, same cadence, and same body language (trying to look authoritative and self-important).

10 Signs of a Sociopath…

1. Sociopaths are charming.
2. Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than others.
3. Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt, or remorse.
4. They invest outrageous lies about their experiences.
5. They seek to dominate others and ‘win’ at all costs.
6. Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent.
7. Sociopaths are incapable of love and are entirely self-serving.
8. Sociopaths speak poetically – they are master wordsmiths.
9. Sociopaths never apologize.
10. Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say will become truth.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

“…Now, you may find out that that network’s more expensive than another network. And then you’ve got to make a choice in terms of what’s right for your family.”

Socialism is organized condescension, and this is one of the purest examples of that I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.

Blaise on March 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

“Doctors are no longer necessary” — this creep

The Emanuels destroyed freedom and liberty in America.

obama will lobby hard for amnesty the next two weeks. Boner will oblige. McConnell/Rubio/McCain already did.

Pelosi, well deserved Speaker in Jan. 2015.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Democrat Accountability–that is the perfect oxymoron.

Why they won’t ever be held accountable: the list is long:

1: waivers
2: abortion is us
3: perversion is us
4: free-lunch sloth is us
5: the courts is us
6: the open borders is us
7: the GOP is really us…

Don L on March 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I just read in the paper today that some people will lose their Doctors, good thing my medical care is taken care of.
Your fiend,
Barry

Sven on March 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Piece of shit motherf*cker. *STILL* lying and spinning about it.

And they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money,” said Obama in an interview with the medical website WebMD.

“But that’s true if your employer suddenly decides we think this network’s going to give a better deal, we think this is going to help keep premiums lower, you’ve got to use this doctor as opposed to that one, this hospital as opposed to that one.

Yeah, and it might be true if aliens showed up and abducted my doctor, if he decided to change careers and become a nude underwater flamenco dancer, or if he spontaneously exploded in a freak flower-arranging accident.

GO TO HELL YOU F*CK.

Midas on March 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

More dictated “Rules”

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HHS says all marketplace plans must cover same-sex spouses if they cover opposite-sex spouses starting in 2015 – @HealthCareGov
read more on http://www.hhs.gov

Murphy9 on March 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Murphy9:Yup,..ramming down zee throats sumpins!:)

canopfor on March 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

At the very moment I’m reading this article, I get the following email from work:

To: All XXXXX staff
From: XXXXX Human Resources
Date: March 14, 2014
Re: Affordable Care Act and United Healthcare

________________________________________

Dear XXXXX employees,

If you are a member of XXXXX health plan with United Healthcare, please be aware that you will be receiving a letter in coming weeks informing you that your plan may not be offered in the upcoming year. Please do not be alarmed as nothing is changing at this time; your current medical benefits remain intact through open enrollment. United Healthcare is legally required to make this notification to all members.

United Healthcare (UHC) is updating its plan offerings to be in compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act. XXXX is in the process of developing a new medical benefit plan for July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 based on UHC’s updates and employee feedback. FY2014-2015 open enrollment will occur in early summer; please stay tuned for more details from XXXXX Human Resources.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact XXXXXXXXXXX or XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Thank you!

Human Resources Department

Oh, joy. Been with this carrier for 15 years, have been pleased with the services, claims payment and processing speeds, etc.

But according to the DC elite, this is substandard insurance….

okay then.

kozanne on March 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

tobes on March 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

But this is how it always is. Democrat presidents enrich their rich followers by creating policies stated to punish the rich but which in reality only benefit the rich. Obama however has done a masterful job of just not helping the rich but also really screwing the middle class and below as well as new graduates from college. Wage inequality has jumped massively under Obama – with the rich getting richer and the not so rich actually falling backward from the hit everyone took as the 2007-2009 economic disruption hit. This is unprecedented. If you are democrat because you think they hate the rich please turn in your voting card. They hate you and think you aren’t smart enough to run your own life. So they need funds – which they happily skim 15% off the top – and determine since they are taking care of your needs you really don’t need so much.

Obama’s election was great for the well off – I am fortunate to be well off – though not a one percenter. I have a better mortgage than most of America and have been buying more assets than most of America. My retirement accounts are growing massively. Why? Because Obama’s policies really help those who have available cash.

I was so ticked when Obama won again in 2012. But realized that his polices really make my life easier. They delay the needed correction in real estate so I can expand my holdings cheaply at my own pace. He is flooding the market with easy money so artifically keeping the stock market really high. You know how nice 25-30% annual returns on large amounts of money make larger amounts of money? And I can do all this and still tolerate the hidden inflation in food and energy which really puts working America in a bind. But hey – they voted for him, right?

I spent my entire life arguing that the democrat’s policies were bad for America. They are – and for almost all who live here. But if you have cash? Their great!! And that the trolls here who claim the contrary, and the class warriors like Cherokee Warren and the OWS crowd, either think they will join me (Warren obviously is a true 1%er) or are too stupid to realize the difference.

Obama makes me want to puke. But if I have to puke I might as well get wealthier while doing so.

Zomcon JEM on March 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

WebMD is totally in obama’s rectum. Has always been.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

10 Signs of a Sociopath…

1. Sociopaths are charming.
2. Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than others.
3. Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt, or remorse.
4. They invest outrageous lies about their experiences.
5. They seek to dominate others and ‘win’ at all costs.
6. Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent.
7. Sociopaths are incapable of love and are entirely self-serving.
8. Sociopaths speak poetically – they are master wordsmiths.
9. Sociopaths never apologize.
10. Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say will become truth.

Athos on March 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

He’s got nine for sure, the last one is still up for debate. It’s hard to believe anyone would willingly be that out of touch with reality, but I don’t know if anyone is smart enough to fake it.

Effay5 on March 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

President Obama is now the most powerful insurance salesman in the free world

http://washingtonexaminer.com/president-obama-is-now-the-most-powerful-insurance-salesman-in-the-free-world/article/2545636

I could be the greatest saleman in the world, selling ANYTHING to ANYONE – if I also could have an IRS agent put a gun to every victim’s customer’s head to “close the deal”.

dentarthurdent on March 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Why the heck is she sitting so close to him? Isn’t this totally inappropriate? Is she trying to play footsie with him or something?

Rocks on March 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Update: Edited the paragraph about Cadillac plans for clarity.

I don’t understand.

InterestedObserver on March 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Obama’s secret service agents have a new duty. They must carry fire extinguishers with them at all times to put out his pants.

neyney on March 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

But, the fairness will kick in just as soon as everyone is covered, right?

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

What a lying sack of shinola.

NavyMustang on March 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

What a lying sack of shinola. shit!

NavyMustang on March 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

…it’s ok…I’ll say it!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Four of five U.S. companies have raised deductibles or are considering doing so as health costs increase, according to a survey of more than 700 employers.

Nice dodge by DC there, -”as health costs increase”. A more informative reason might have been “as Obamacare’s mandates force health insurers to raise premiums.”

slickwillie2001 on March 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all

Kicker: The WH knew of that years ago!

socalcon on March 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Between now and November we are going to hear some of the most obscene propaganda since the Soviet era.
Obama will make wild claims about the success of Obamacare and instill fear about the Republicans keeping the House and taking the Senate.
The media will parrot all of his claims as well as ramp up their own anti-Republican propaganda.

justltl on March 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

But, the fairness will kick in just as soon as everyone is covered, right?

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Of course. Everyone gets screwed. No exceptions.

ncinca on March 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Throw this scumhag out of the congress…c/b on topic.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

She and her husband are doctors.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Well we are all too stupid to know what insurance we should have and what doctor we should be seeing so of course obamacare is better for us, the government will choose for us. Freaking idiot for a president.

onesheep on March 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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