The biggest political problem faced by so-called “liberals” and so-called “progressives” in President Obama’s second term is how to prevent voters from holding them politically responsible as the public comes to realize how badly they were lied to during the first Obama term to win passage of Obamacare. (Snip) Just wait until the broad realization dawns that the harsh reality of Obamacare is that tens of millions will lose their employer provided insurance because of the perverse incentives under the program. Even the establishment CBO admits that at least 7 million, and as many as 20 million
Comments: It´s like that famous line from the movie Titanic: ´´Iceberg - Straight Ahead!´´
My guess is that the msm will blame the Republicans for it even though not one voted for it. They don´t have the proper funding for it or some other excuse will be used but it won´t be the Obama or the Democrats fault. That you can be assured of. I loathe the msm the way bill clinton loathed the military.
Marxists , Climatologists, "Feminists" , Race Baiters and Leftists of every ilk have perfected the position of the angry victim who feels justified in extracting limitless compensation from those who are perceived to be the perpetrators of the injustice in the world. This special status excuses their demands from having to be reasonable or logical or even subject to the scrutiny of the presumed perpetrator. (White Conservatives)
I got as far as "Just wait until the broad realization dawns that...." before being overcome with the giggles. Realization comes only to those willing to pay attention to what´s going on in the world and, in America, that contingent is coming closer and closer to minority status.
Mr. Ferrera underestimates the profound depth of ignorance of the low information voter (LIV) and the Obama regime´s ability to keep that throng in thrall to the president and his utopian promises. The last chance to disable Obamacare was lost when Justice Roberts decided it was a tax and, therefore, constitutional. Obamacare is here to stay and its coming effects, no matter how disastrous, will be managed by a congress scrambling from one quick fix to another and a main stream media committed to blaming the GOP for very problem that raises its ugly head. Socialized medicine arrived and has survived in the U.K. just as it will here. The LIVs will believe what they´re told by the politicians and the press and they´ll soon adjust to the new norms that are coming: salaried doctors; less medical research, fewer medicines and much longer waits for medical treatment.
The sheer perversity of paying less for Medicare, where the beneficiary has worked and paid into the system, than for Medicaid where the recipient has done NOTHING to earn the benefit, is mind boggling.
Unfortunately we have RINO´s like McPain and McShamnesty who will ´reach across the aisle´ to try and ´fix´ what is already a ´political argument that was settled by the last election´ and they will once again snatch the Democraps from the jaws of defeat.
I still want to know where all of the health care givers are going to come from. Given the fact that payments to hospitals, doctors, and every other care giver are going to be cut, and a large number of care givers will simply retire or otherwise get out of the business, just who is going to be left? Even if the government becomes the single payer (which is the result the dims are working for) I ask again. Who or where are the care givers going to come from?
The REASON that Obamacare is going to be a complete disaster is because in order to get it passed, Democrats had to compromise with Republicans. Republicans are the reason that democrats can not truly pass real healthcare reform. And those racist radical tea partiers are a real hindrance to progress.
So....... In 2014 you will be asked to vote for democrats so that they can finally do what republicans wouldn´t allow them to do in 2009. Republicans screwed up the democrats plan to make Obamacare a true Nirvana ...... and we will have to give the House back to Pelosi so that she can finally fix it.
And don´t expect the press to report this truthfully. They are reporting the coming horror stories and setting the table to blame the Republicans.
The Republicans better get out in front of this and hand this albatross firmly around the necks of the democrats. And the Republicans had better have a viable alternative to Obamacare. Repeal wont be enough.
Ever since Reagan, Republicans could have chosen to go the PR (Public Relations) route. Many experts were available to show them how to sell their ideas and principles to the public. Uniformly, they have chosen not to take this route. Instead they compromise and complain.
With ObamaCare, just like everything else, the MSM will be able to hang the failures around the necks of Republicans. And with the good cop/bad cop routine perfected, the elites will continue to make massive amounts of money off the American people. Until it runs out, but that won´t be for a while yet.
The icing on the cake will be enjoyed in Q1 of 2014 when all of those working folks who have lost their health insurance coverage and were subsequently priced out of the market see the fine on the IRS documentation that they must pay for not having bought coverage. We are going to witness our first major tax revolt.
When they realize they are being billed for the coverage of the entitled non-working class, they are going to be REALLY mad.
BO´s ultimate goal was and is the nationalization of health care, i.e., universal health "care".
The videos of him calling for this while admitting that they would have to use sleight-of-hand, were available, were known. This should have been more widely known and exploited by the McCain/Palin and other Repub campaigns.
Instead of empowering, too often these days Truth elicits cowardice.
Uh, why would any legislator in their right mind vote for a piece of legislation that was thousands of pages long containing thousands of costs and regulations that seem to be invented every day that they couldn´t read or understand? Yet, they have unleashed this Obamacare monstrousity and could care less because it doesn´t affect their healthcare, or so they think. It will come back to bite them once they have destroyed it.
So, who in Congress has yet read the 2,700 pages of the bill? How about the, what, 20,000? 30,000? pages of department regulations [with the full force of law, remember] issued so far?
#1, #8: Yep, the Republicans will be blamed. They didn´t stop the Dems from passing this Dem-o-mess.
#10: Good point, well said. Thanks.
#19: Let me expand if I may. I believe you´ll agree. "Nationalized healthcare" to Obama meant and means "nationalizing" [the Feds taking over] the money, the cash flow, the jobs, and the control over lives much, much more than it means actually providing improving levels and kinds of healthcare.
#21: Thanks for contributing one of George Washington´s most eloquent and insightful observations.
#22: "[A]ny legislator in their right mind" might be found... where? Just asking, not criticizing the post. Thanks.
It´s already here! I and my family went to our yearly eye exam this past week and were greeted with a new sign on the desk. It said due to new government regulations they are now required to take everyone´s blood pressure, weight and height!! The EYE DR now has to do the job of your primary! And age didn´t matter, they did height/weight/blood pressure on my kids from 6 to 20 years of age!
The assistant was mad and told me ALL providers from dentist to chiropractor now have to do this! She also told me they have to ask if you smoke and counsel you to quit! She refused to comply and said she (young gal) was not about to tell a 70 yr they need to stop smoking nor did she feel it was her business if you smoke in the first place! This is seriously bad and a huge intrusion of privacy!
I think that #10 was addressing Obama´s idea that will reimburse doctors less money for a medicare patient and a medicaid patient. Retirees have paid medicare taxes and, as you point out, have over $100/mo withheld from their Social Security check. But the welfare mother pays in nothing, ever, yet the doctor gets paid more to take care of her lazy, usually overfed, body.
Sears stock plummeted Wednesday as news came out that Edward Lampert, its stubborn billionaire chairman and CEO, had to surrender majority control of the 120-year-old big box retailer when investors in Lampert’s hedge fund pulled money out. With no end in sight for Lampert’s quixotic turnaround efforts, it’s time to question whether there’s any way to save Sears as long as he remains in charge. (Snip) Lampert began at Sears with the ill-fated $12 billion merger with Kmart in 2005. Sales have declined for 27 straight quarters and the company’s stock is down over 70% from its high in 2007.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has no system in place to prevent fraud when individuals apply for tax credits under Obamacare, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IG said in an audit released Tuesday that the IRS has no plan to manage, monitor, or mitigate fraud risk when processing premium tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The ACA Program has not yet completed a fraud mitigation strategy,” the audit found. “It is important for the IRS to thoroughly consider fraud threats and risks that could impact new ACA systems.” Politico reports: The
Around 100,000 Americans successfully signed up for health insurance in November through the troubled federal online marketplace, HealthCare.gov, a person familiar with the preliminary data confirmed to ABC News. The figure reflects a surge in enrollment as software and hardware fixes to the site were made over the course of the month. In October, only 26,000 people could successfully enroll in Obamacare plans, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. "We´ve been working 24/7 to make improvements, and more consumers are successfully shopping online and enrolling in a health plan each week," Health and Human Services Secretary
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For many Ann Arborites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to giving thanks, spending time with family, eating turkey and watching the Detroit Lions. This year, retail giants want that to change. (Snip) The early openings change the game for retail giants looking to boost profits through aggressive holiday sales. It also means millions of retail employees in the U.S. are working on the holiday, and it poses the question to consumers: Is a bargain on a 70-inch television or an Apple iPad worth ditching Thanksgiving dinner? “You couldn’t pay me to stand in a line in the cold on Thanksgiving
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Minorities continue to offer a bulwark of support for the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. But the deepening discrepancy between their views of Obamacare and their support for President Obama´s reelection last year shows skepticism about whether the big social-welfare program has worked touched even the White House´s most ardent supporters. A battery of questions about who benefits from the health care law, whether it should be repealed, and what´s to blame for its rocky rollout all reveal a portion of the electorate that´s far more favorable to the sweeping reform than
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