As we get closer to the day when Obamacare moves from threat to reality, it seems probable that the resulting catastrophe for tens of thousands of businesses, as well as the massive increase in premiums for many families, will propel Republicans to majority status in 2014. How many businesses will be forced to close shop? How many will cut back on the number of employees to stay in business? How many will refuse to expand, unable to handle the increased costs? How many jobs will Obamacare cost? Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute,
Some of those shrilling for universal heath care with a substantial income from either one of two contributing were actually believing they would get FREE heath care and be able to eliminate health care from their personal budget. Some of these bragged about their college degrees. Like Gen. Honoree said, "Stuck on Stupid".
If you are already feeding at the trough why would you care if 800,000 jobs are lost? One of the stupid women picketing Hostess said she was glad they were going out of business, you can´t talk to someone that ignorant & get anything accomplished.
Until the hyperinflation hits & a trailer load of Obama money won´t buy a nail wrap or pack of cigarettes, you´re not going to get the masses to pay attention. And the masses are at "tipping" point of 50%....!! Scary.... & very very sad!!
#6 I Do not think so. A dumbed down electorate that easily responded to slick liberal campaign marketing, during a disastorous presidency, will still not notice the devastation. Even if they did, the Dems will successfully blame republicans.
#5, I respect president george w. bush alot, and believe the historians, a few decades out, will rate him highly. But he did spend too much money, with no child left behind, and with rx coverage in medicare. both of those were passed with the best of intentions. Neither should have been passed in the form each took. But 9/11/01 put incredible burdens on the president, who had to put protecting Americans at the top of his ´to do´ list. And in the process of protecting us, spending went kind of crazy. But he protected us.
The more ObamaCare fails, the more Obama and Dems will blame the health care insurers, physicians and employers who provide coverage for their employees. Assuming that Obama does not ignore Constitution, he will have Michelle run in order to complete his illusionary plan to provide every American coverage, "We can´t let the wealthy get the good care. We gotta make sure that the poor black kid in Harlem gets the same care as those fat cats on Wall Street." He & she will call for nationalizing health insurers and putting all doctors in federal civil service. The two grifters will advocate making things worse in order to presumably make it better.
In 2015-16, Michelle and Hillary will be locked in a vicious Democratic primary battle centered on who can best provide nationalized health, dental and long-term care. The GOP will hopefully have a candidate who can counter this madness, but at the moment, I do not know who.
The "Takers" won´t even notice if 800,000 workers get laid off. The "Takers" will still get all their Freebies. It won´t affect their lifestyle at all. Until the Free Phones, Food Stamps, Rent Subsidies, Free heat, and whatever else the government is giving out these days, stops...and we all know that won´t happen because Democrats do not want to upset their BASE...UNTIL it stops...nothing will upset the "Takers". They are growing by the day and by 2016, they will once again grow in numbers and they WILL VOTE to protect their FREEBIES! I don´t see how Republicans will EVER be able to fight their way back to being the Majority unless they come up with Bus loads of Illegals from some foreign country who would agree to vote Republican on election day because we provided them each with a $100 Bill after they vote!
The reason liberalism has continued so long in this country is they more or less left the golden goose alone while they found ways to nickle and dime it while thriving themselves. Then along comes Obama intent on destroying the golden goose,blowing $800 billion in stimulus and passing health that will cost $500 billion a year in totality with no way to pay for it.
People have conditioned themselves to survive without a job the past 4 years which is incredible in itself. I can´t think of a way to survive without a job,what´s the secret?
Obamacare is a disincentive to work if you can get free healthcare while doing nothing.If you file taxes,you´ll be paying a fine or premium you can´t afford. This means people will stop filing tax returns.If you have a $600 refund coming and the fine is $1200,then why file and fork out an additional $600?
They may get their majority. What will they do with it? If the past is any indication (and it always is), they will do nothing useful with it. They will appease their good friends across the aisle, they will shudder in fear at threatened but never carried out filibusters, and they will continue our decline. Fool me once.
"We can´t let the wealthy get the good care. We gotta make sure that the poor black kid in Harlem gets the same care as those fat cats on Wall Street." He & she will call for nationalizing health insurers and putting all doctors in federal civil service.
If this happens, how does this part of Obamacare pertain? Are we to assume those poor Congressman are not wealthy? If they weren´t when they got to Washington I would imagine most of them are by the time they leave, that is if they ever do leave. Then they can become a lobbyist.......!!!
> "Finally, it is specifically stated that this bill will not apply to members > of Congress."
If Obama and the Democrats thought ObamaCare would benefit the economy and make everyone happy, they wouldn´t have postponed its implementation until after the 2012 election.
And if they had thought raising taxes on the rich would also help the economy, they could have done so when the Democrats had a majority in Congress during Obama´s first two years in office.
So it isn´t only Republicans who believe ObamaCare and the repeal of the Bush tax cuts will hurt the economy, the Democrats have shown that they believe it, too.
In order to win the presidency and then re-election, Obama had to energize the Democrats´ liberal base with promises of free universal health care, etc., while stirring up class-warfare anger with promises of taxing the rich.
That´s why ObamaCare and the repeal of the Bush tax cuts will soon be upon us -- NOT because Obama and the Democrats thought they would be good for the country.
The GOP fools itself if it believes people will turn back to them just because of problems with Obamacare. Those who voted for Obama want to see some sort of coverage for those who can´t afford any type of insurance and those who have pre-existing conditions and have thus been forced out of the insurance market.
Medical pricing is horribly distorted by the current medical insurance system in the US. Those with good insurance get discount pricing because the insurance companies have negotiated large-scale discounts. The most expensive medical care is reserved for those who have no choice but to pay 100% out-of-pocket without access to those discounts. That causes people to avoid medical services until the situation is dire, at which time ER´s and hospitals are forced to care for much sicker individuals.
Thanks to obamacare I will be losing my health insurance on Jan, 1. My premiums were to double which would have been a third of my salary. One third going to taxes and another third going to taxes doesn´t leave much when you really don´t have a big paycheck to begin with. No raises for the past two years and probably none in the future.
The people that voted for Obama DON´T WANT JOBS. They want free stuff from the government because the world owes them.
No amount of job loss will do any good. I repeat, they don´t want jobs. They want to live in the projects having baby after baby and getting Obamaphones and groceries and healthcare from Uncle Sam OR living in their boomer parent´s basement forever playing games and watching TV and having mommy and daddy buy them everything from underwear to iPhones. They have no motivation, no incentive, no need to improve, no nothing. They are a generation of perpetual adolescent nothings hell bent on staying nothing and they see nothing wrong with being nothing. THESE nothings are the empty suit´s constituency and he is more than happy to drain us all dry to support these nothings for their votes until they and we die.
Unless the current GOP cleans up or is forced to do so, I am not interested in it becoming the majority party anymore. the #1 clean up issue is to get leadership that is totally loyal to the Constitution and is in resonance with the conservative grassroots and their ideology. Currently I don´t see anyone but Sarah.
The majority of the people out there who re-elected Obama believe that he is going to provide them with "free" health care and a lot of other taxpayer provided benefits and services.
As long as Obama tells them that he is doing "the best that he can" in the face of Republican intransigence, those people will come out again and vote for an Obama clone, or whoever Obama directs them to vote for in 2014-2016.
If these masses wanted more and more babies we wouldn´t be facing free abortions for all and more for the 47.5%. They want to revisit the free love for all era and no responsibility as taught them by the originals of the 60´s generation. perhaps when that group has passed on sanity may be back in style.
Just another 800,000 on Food Stamps and playing with their ØDumbø phones. We aren´t going to get back to majority party until only taxpayers are allowed to vote. And that could only happen with a revolution.
Yeah, right. And the leftist media has no power. We´ll get ´em next time.
I´m sick of it. We saw blatant fraud this time along with outrageous bias in the media and in the debate system. Has anyone in the GOP done a thing to combat it? Nope.
So, yeah, this is the thing that´s going to wake the Obama electorate up. Are you kidding? They´re stupid. They´re thralls to the Democrat party. They believe the Republicans brought up contraception and abortion and such in the election.
Until we get serious about exposing and combating/shaming fraud, we will never win another election they don´t want us to win.
Mr. Moran is disingenuous at best. When we gave the GOP the people to defund ObamaCare Moran was describing us as dirty fingernailed hicks who would never be accepted by GOP establishment. Moran is just filler between so-called elections.
implementation of Obamacare will hurt the Democrats, I agree but that isn´t the exact same thing as helping the Republicans. First, the Republicans will have to denounce Obamacare but with it becoming an entitlement, they won´t. And that leads me to Second, you can´t beat something with nothing. If the Republicans are not for Obamacare, what are they for?
I´m just so sick in my heart of reading and wanting to believe predictions that voters are capable of smartening up and changing the political direction of this country.
If Toby Harden´s piece in correct and GOP luminaries are stabbing Romney in the back, then the GOP is as rotten a political party as anything coming from the left. Gingrich and Santorium did an enormous amount of damage to Romney during the GOP primaries. There comes a point where a contender needs to put country before self and step aside. Too many GOP candidates don´t have the sense to do that. Todd Atkins was another one ...
Anyway, the point is that Obamacare was never meant to be a permanent system -- it is a segue to single-payer. The plan was always for a huge part of the population to pay nothing for "free" health care. For the remainder who pay taxes, a sizable percentage are poised to be dropped from their employers´ coverage. That will throw more people into the exchange system, thereby overwhelming it. Its pure Cloward-Pliven. With less employer-participation, independent employer health insurance systems will not be able to survive. As more people get thrown into the exchanges, the exchange system cannot provide the necessary volume of care. Before you know it, the only remedy is for single-payer. Mission accomplished.
The Congress has already foreseen this and made sure that they will never need to compete with the masses for their healthcare. The Congress also made exempt all federal judges and the upper echelon of the Executive branch.
Some words and phrases can best be defined by giving an example. The Yiddish word chutzpah is one -- what the Congress did in exempting itself and other blessed ones is the definition of "insult to injury."
Somewhere there´s a clever attorney. He/she will read the whoooooooole bill and find one little option out for each citizen....
Trust me -- I feel it happening -- just as the conservatives opted out from busing in Chicago and dropped the public school system here to last place.....The conservatives left and saved the private school system overnight.
WE opted out of that goooooberment debacle -- WE´ll opt out of this mess.
It´s time for a new party! I say call it The Free Party. The people who are for liberty will think it stands for freedom and the people who want free stuff will think it is for free stuff. Can´t lose!!
The bottom line is mass confusion. Please read Rules for Radicals and read the Port Huron Statement. Confusion is not the bottom line, it´s the goal and it worked beautifully November 6th. The GOP will remain blithering idiots about it even in 2014. The GOP will be blameless in this fiasco.
It’s hard to see how the elections of 2014-16 won’t severely damage the Democrats and make them a minority party for the foreseeable future. Really? It´s hard to see? Do you really think the blue electoral districts will be smarter with facts then than they were between 2008 and 2012? The GOP couldn´t open a bag of reality dust if it was opened for them, and it has been opened for them. Google Penn and Teller, cups and balls trick with clear cups and you have the American voter in a "nutshell" who will pick the empty clear cup knowing and seeing the ball in the other cup. Yes, they´re that stupid and they´ll willingly only get worse.
Don´t count on it. The liberals always come up with some crazy reason that its not their fault. They may just go back to blaming it on Bush. Hell, they fell for it before.
The Dems will just throw something out there, the MSM will get the high sign and start pounding it into the ignorant and gullible. The comedians will start making fun of the Rrpublicans for blaming the Dems and academia will be brainwashing the kids who cast their blind vote. Before its all over the jobless, the takers and the gullible will be convinced that another vote for the Dems will be in their best interests.
The real question is: who is our A team? Rubio? Rand Paul? Guiliani? Palin? Gingrich? Santorum? Will they tear each other apart? will competition force the best to rise to the top? And what about the fact that the people in power are already using our tax dollars to promote What Your Country Can do for You to the 47%.
A third party is more likely going to be the next majority party. The GOP has lost so much support after this past election from their base and everyone they disinter mediated in ensuring Romney was their candidate, and are unlikely to regain it.
If it votes like a Dem, we might as well elect a Dem.
FTA: "The Democrats will be forced to defend a law that caused a recession, significantly increased insurance costs to families, and brought many businesses to their knees. It’s hard to see how the elections of 2014-16 won’t severely damage the Democrats and make them a minority party for the foreseeable future." Yeah? How did that work for pinning the housing/banking crisis on the Dems, who were by far responsible for it? How did that work in defeating Dem senators this month who voted in favor of Obamacare as well as keeping their own Cadillac plan?
That is a question I have been asking too #22. Why did Congress exempt itself an all federal workers from Ocare? How is that equal protection under the 14th Amendment? Also, I believe one day when the full effects of Ocare begin to show themselves, a case can be made that Ocare is unconstitutional under the 8th Amendment`s `cruel and unusual punishment` clause.
Need we remind ourselves that Republican nominee this year promised to keep key parts of Obamacare intact, including the individual mandate and the prohibition of pre-existing condition denials? Or that his political career embraced big govt policies including massive bailouts and gun control? The article describes the Republican strategy: retaining power through perpetual opposition to another perpetual govt program. That´s how the two parties (actually a single great two-winged party) maintain hegemony.
As for the Constitutional analyses, don´tcha know? The Constitution doesn´t mean what it says; it means what the last Republican President´s Chief Justice says it says. Or did we all forget the role Republicans played in passing and affirming this law?
Far from certain as long as the liberal media continues to control the narrative. If the Dems mobilize in off year elections like they do during presidential elections...
Listen to the liberal media and: - The economy will be the result of the Republicans. - The Republicans are too conservative. - The Republicans are too moderate. - The Republicans don´t care about black rights, hispanic rights, women´s rights, and gay rights. - The Republicans will take away your free stuff.
Also add in the number of moderates that won´t vote conservative and vice versa.
For obvious copyright reasons I have to summarize what I read today in a forum which is basically run and populated by a number of Duke University faculty and staff who live in a neighborhood not far from the school.
One said Blue Cross/Blue Shield is about to raise their rates by 30%. Wanted to know if anyone in the group knew of an alternative with cheaper rates.
Another one basically said ditto and that those with BC/BS would have an expensive year until things change in 2014 when AFCA takes effect.
Seems they´re under the impression that Obamacare is going to be "free"or at least less expensive than BC/BS. These are definitely the well-paid liberal elites we know and loathe so well. If they all think this way--and I believe they do--then they´re in for a huge surprise. I don´t see them voting for anyone but another Democrat, though. They´re hard-core.
# 6 If 23 million un and underemployed ( plus the promise of the creation of 12 million new jobs ) couldn´t convince the Moron -Americans to vote Republican , the loss of another 800, 000 jobs won´t mean a thing.
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