Remember that March day in 2010 when the President, surrounded by devout supporters, solemnly signed Obamacare into law? It was, as Joe Biden brayed, “a big f-----g deal.” Obama and his army of righteous reformers had finally triumphed over the forces of evil and passed legislation that would drive the moneychangers from the temple of U.S. health care. Many of those beaming down on the President as he wielded his terrible swift pen represented prestigious national organizations and coalitions whose support had made the glorious moment possible. Some of these groups have since seen the error of their ways.
People have an amazing ability to adapt to their environment. For example,people living in rat and roach infested houses or in extreme weather condiitions in either direction.-33 in Alaska or 110 in Arizona.
So people at the bottom of the rung in this country basically accept their horrible conditions as long as it´s free.But people who are used to a better lifestyle don´t accept drastic change that will drag their lifestyles down. For those people,Obamacare is a huge threat and it´s intended to be by the crafters of this bill,who have long since had it in for middle class whites,even white liberals loathe middle class whites based on their politics..
The point is the people at the bottom realize there´s no up elevator for them and they accept it. They would actually get more pleasure in seeing whites dragged down to their level.
Obama has the gall to complain about the wealth gap when him and his ilk made it that way. They´ve surpresed poor people with lousy education and making them content with a new government perk here and there.The wealth gap is a natural development in a communist society where the ruling class steals all the money.
The liberal boilerplate is repuplicans have all the money and the lofos believe it,thus their hatred of Romney.
I don´t believe barack can legally issue a waiver on the Cadillac plans of union members only. The waivers would have to apply to all recipients of Cadillac plans. And that would subtract a part of the bogus funding for kenyacare. But barack, and HHS secretary sebelius play fast and loose with the law, so ...
Great article. I could not believe it when the American Medican Association and the Catholic Health association backed Obamacare. What foolishness. The unions were, of course, a gimme. Corrupt, and none too bright, they trusted Democratic disonesty to work in their favor but never thought it would be turned against them.
Nobody was "suckered" into this. Obamacare is the product of decades of Democrat wet-dreams, and those thousands of pages weren´t writtn overnight. The AFL-CIO and AMA, and the rest, were all facilitators becasue they smelled $$$ headed their way. This is just forced re-distribution, not reform, and they all knew it and supported Obamacare on that basis.
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Joe Btfsplk, 9/16/2013 8:05:08 AM (No. 9522648)
This government has removed incentives for individual success over the years. This brings us to where we are now. One reason for getting a good education was to enable one to get and enjoy the benefit of a solid insurance and retirement plan. Dragging everyone down to the same level is not the America that we need to face the future challenges.
Having just freed my elderly father from a 3-week hospital stay, this topic is near and dear to my heart.
The 3-week stay was the result of a medication error but the hospital and numerous doctors will profit, at least a little, from 3 weeks of wandering through his room and collecting a few dollars for it.
Our "health" "care" system is a dangerous disaster. The ICU care was very good and did what it was supposed to do. Everything after that, especially rehab, was run by morons and death-panel types. I think they were a bit disappointed when we wheeled him out of their clutches upright instead of horizontal covered with a sheet.
One day at home and his improvement is amazing. Of course we took him off all the hospital meds and he´s back on only the few maintenance meds he already took but the hospital had replaced for a reason they would never explain.
It´s not Christian but I hope every useful idiot and greedy fool who supported this national nightmare ends up getting what they wanted, and getting it good and hard.
There is a dilemma in the situation room. They hate people who earn a salary and don´t depend on the government for their existence. But the unions provide money and votes. Ahhhh screw ´em....what are they going to do, vote Republican?!
Not to worry. Obama still has time. He didn´t study law to practice it. He studied law to learn how to game it. This should be an axiom.
The ACA is a case example of statutory ambiguity. This was on purpose. It is ripe for Obama or his leftist lawyers to interpret. This has been his M.O. on all matters from day one. He believes he has legal authority to do just about anything. He can alter or postpone whatever. There has been a coup and people haven´t a clue. The unions will be taken care of before they are needed in 2014.
The law is an ass, the government that wrote the law is an ass and the groups that supported the government in writing the law are asses, though not round firm and pink as you probably think but gray with long ears and eat grasses.
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lil dotty, 9/16/2013 10:31:50 AM (No. 9522880)
A note to all these special persons. Please click onto the appropriate site and add your name and address to those who, as you did, voted for the current pResident in office. You will be given special, special treatment.
As a side note....we hope you are following the activity unfolding in DC this morning. And this is #? of terror attacks on American soil in the two terms this thing has been in office? DO YOU FEEL SAFER NOW? Frankly, I do not. How will this be described? Workplace violence?
What good will o-care do you when you are prone on a slab?
All these organizations deserve exactly what they are getting -- especially their members, who have drifted happily through the decades, blithely ceding control of their groups to the usual cadres of reforming radicals.
Sorry to be so unsympathetic, but this is what they, and 53% of our fellow citizens, wanted. Let them enjoy eating their free lunch -- and crow is on the menu.
Obamacare and the election of Obama to the office of POTUS may prove to be the last acts by Democrats, either intentionally or unintentionally, that finish off America. If this has been their goal it now is appearing to have been successful. Let´s pray that the 2014 midterms can turn this around.
A poster suggested that none of us sign up for anything and let them chase the 50 million of us who did not pay. The only thing that worries me is that the IRS can empty your bank accounts if they sock you with a penalty. I still find it difficult to believe this thing is being foisted on some of us in the name of healthcare, which I and prolly most of you have had all your working life.
Watched a few minutes of Geraldo On Fox on Sat Night. [Had to put the cat out in the middle of the night!] He had a guest interview who was making the point that it was the CIA that did in JFK in Dallas. JFK was no longer an asset to the Democrat Party(?)or the Washington Govt. So the CIA was to do away with him. Zippy has soaked the Unions and their membership for somewhere between 50 and 100 Million Bucks. To pay for his election. I have no idea of what he promised them, but they currently seem to be complaining that they have gotten NOTHING for their investment. Zippy is on his way to craping out the whole country and the CXlass of Voters most effected are the Lo-Info´s who have taken the slide into dependency and no jobs. Zippy has his "Stash" and is apparently planning to escape to Hawaii WHEN HE IS DONE IN 2016;TO LIVE THE REST OF HIS LIFE SUCKLED BY THE PUBLIC TEAT. Makes you wonder if when he has outlived his usefulness to the ´RAT PARTY will he get his Limo ride through Dallas,too?
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