This is not the column about the Obamacare rollout I expected to write. If you had told me, months ago, that weeks after the health care law’s coverage expansion went into effect I would be writing about the problems its launch had exposed, I would have assumed I’d be writing about rate shock, rising premiums and the disappearance of many cheap insurance plans — basically, all the problems conservatives have worried will make Obamacare a ruinously expensive failure if they play out as we fear they might. I may be writing about those issues soon enough. But for now there
It only took six paragraphs to get to Bush. FTA:"Like the Bush administration in Iraq, the White House seems to have invaded the health insurance marketplace with woefully inadequate postinvasion planning, and let the occupation turn into a disaster of hack work and incompetence."
Just noticed the first of many false reports on the internet. To show how successful Obamacare is becoming, they are including the number of people who have signed up in states that have expanded Medicaid. In some cases these were people buying catastrophic insurance but have been told that they are eligible now for Medicaid. What is going to be critical to Obamacare is enrolling some 7 million healthy young people to help bear the cost of the 100,000 people who were uninsured with preexisting conditions.
According to this idiot Obamacare was supposed to run on unicorn farts and pink kitten dreams. He as much as admits that he knew that the whole system would have problems, especially with regard to higher and higher costs. I hope that when the time comes, the death panels will be staffed with people who can tell these idiots "I told you so." when they are denied the care that would prolong their feckless lives.
The surest guarantee of Obamacare failure is the government running it. The level of fraud will dwarf anything ever seen with Medicare. But success of failure is never a consideration with any socialist scheme. It is sufficient for the scheme to exist. See how many leftists are bleating "law of the land". It is an instant sacred cow, third rail, untouchable.
I think we need to let a well regarded, professional newspaper of record with no political affiliation such as the NYT to investigate and report back as to the future of socialist healthcare in America and why it is all Bush´s fault.
I would like to see a "grade card" of federal government run programs. For example, we know the following are running deeply in the red: social security, Medicare Medicaid , postal service, education. It might be easier to name those that are efficient, if any.
I am not surprised the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act crashed and burned so soon. The problem was, Speaker Boehner caved early, shifting attention to the fiasco. Stuff happens.
Our goal was that the PPACA would prove unworkable over time. Eventually, I would heed your pleas and impose a single payer system, similar to the one Canadians who’ve never tried to access their benefits are very happy with. But the situation has changed.
What happens now? We aren’t going back to the time when most Americans were satisfied with their health insurance and the uninsured had options. We must go forward.
However time-consuming and annoying it is, Americans must continue their attempts to access healthcare.gov. If you’re fortunate enough to get through, I expect you to create an account. Should that occur, you must choose a plan, any plan. It may be the wrong plan, but we can sort that out later.
I’ve instructed the IRS to exhibit no tolerance for people who ignore their civic duty in this matter. Joe Baqualini in Pittsburgh, you’re 28 and whatever plan you choose, your fees will be most useful in making the PPACA work, at least for a while. But the NSA tells me you tried several times to log on to healthcare.gov, then gave up. Unacceptable. Keep trying, Joe. Failure is not an option. Ann Woburn in Peoria, you haven’t made one attempt to access the site, though you appear to have plenty of time for Facebook. Get your head on straight, girl, or choices will be made for you.
As Ben Franklin said, and I paraphrase, we must all work together or I’ll see to it that you hang, separately.
The comparison with Bush and the Iraq War is intellectually vacant. The launch of the Iraq War was a smashing success, rolling into Baghdad and toppling Saddam in just three weeks. It was the post-war mission creep that got Bush into trouble. The disastrous launch of Obamacare is more akin to Carter´s Operation Eagle Claw, crashing and burning in the desert before it ever got off the ground. And unlike the Iran Hostage Crisis, the Canadians aren´t helping us this time. They´re part of the problem.
But then we shouldn´t expect a limp-wristed leftoid journolister to get history right.
#21 “... What about the low info types without computers? How do they get it done?
Seniors, indigent, school dropouts, barely literate? Please don´t tell me they are signing up on their smart phones. …”
Any reports about how the site reacts to a dialup connection? That’s what a majority of Americans have as an internet connection….the ones just above the list of people who don’t have a computer at all. Just how many 60-70 year-old seniors are computer savvy?
I read yesterday that the site requires that your cache be emptied multiple times during your access in order for the site to work properly!
On Friday a caller on Hannity´s program said we conservatives could take control of the narrative and win the argument if we start calling the ACA Obamatax instead of Obamacare. I think she´s right and I´m going my part to spread the word.
His fear seems to be that if Obama´s healthcare scheme fails the Republicans won´t be able to replace it with anything better. Well probably not . . . because a centrally controlled exchange is a bad idea. Don´t replace it with anything. Let the market take care of it. Just let anybody sell any insurance anywhere and the competition will bring the prices down and provide more variety than government bureaucrats could dream up. Healthcare like anything else is best done in a free market. Most politicians and bureaucrats seem to think the world wouldn´t spin without them legislating and regulating it.
This is a creepy scene, with Conservatives laughing at Liberals with a we-told-you-so smirk. Imagine warning your son not to play with his gun or he´ll hurt someone ... him ignoring you ... the gun going off ... and you laughing hysterically at him while you gush blood from a gut shot ... "See, I told you so! Ha ha ha!"
What´s wrong with this picture. The toxic legislation may still wind up being a fatal wound on the American economy. And if we somehow survive the economic side, the societal changes still lurk like an inoperable cancer.
Some media show the national debt clock...where is the running graphic presentation showing how many families saved $2,500 a year as Zero promised or the percentage of those who did versus those who got increases...ditto for those who were "able to keep their current plans and doctors"...
I too was wondering about all the ludites who don´t have computers. How do they sign up? The Dems make such a fuss about voter registration and their people not being able to find a ride to get that simple document, aren´t they concerned about those who can´t use the technology to sign up for Obamacare?
There are two alternatives the conservatives could propose. First is to change from health insurance that pays for almost everything to catastrophic health insurance that pays for medical expenses over 10-20% of your income. The second is to expand Medicaid to cover those unable to buy insurance because of preexisting conditions. I favor the latter because it would reduce medical spending because it would no longer be free to the consumer. Sorta like making people pay for their oil changes instead of insurance companies.
I still haven´t seen or heard a single dims explain just how great Obozocare is going to be AFTER a large number of hospitals close down and doctors retire because of payments that won´t cover costs. And it´s already happening on a fairly small scale. But, once fully implemented, that rate will increase by leaps and bounds. And that doesn´t even include the numbers that will no longer accept Medicare or Medicaide. The entire system is planned for compete collapse so the dims can rush in and implement a single payer plan vis-à-vis the federal government. And that´s been the plan all along. I wouldn´t be surprised if they already have a plan written and are just waiting for the right time to bring it forward. And Republicans need to be on every news outlet that can extolling the virtues of the free market as applied to the medical profession. But, they never do, for any subject.
Some diseases can only be diagnosed with an autopsy. I´m afraid this disease called Obamacare will be the cause of death for our economy and our freedom and likely our republic. But the diagnosis won´t come until after the death. But I believe that has been the plan all along. It was a good country until the left took it
What kind of man forces people to buy something they do not want or need. To add insult to injury, you will be fined for non-compliance. At the same time, he will be exempt from buying the same product he has forced on you. You have now become a slave to the government. You have no choice and no right of refusal. You no longer are a free person. Let that sink in. The government owns you.
Why would any opponent of Obamacare want to delay the pain for one year and let the dems get past the mid term elections? The whole country needs to be made as he!! on election day and kick out every congressman who voted for this mess.
#21, there´s probably a clause buried somewhere in Obamacare´s thousands of pages giving the lo-fos, the indigent, and the moochers free computers. How can you expect them to access Obamacare without one?
Not that I would ever know from personal experience, but I´ve heard the reports how much effort it takes to sign up. The leftists and leeches who wanted it are not known for putting much effort into anything, and the rest of us who are industrious would sooner make an equal effort to eliminate it. They had their chance, and they lost.
The former South African president died Thursday at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words. 1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 2. "Never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. " 3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." (Snip) 12. "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person
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RUSH: Let me give you what is, I think, one of the most amazing things I ever heard Nelson Mandela say. We had fun with Mandela when he was in New York, when he came to New York and went to Yankees Stadium. But I´ll tell you, there are very few people that could have undergone what he went through and maintained any sense of dignity or optimism.(Snip) "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Is that not great? And it´s great because it´s exactly right. Resentment doesn´t do anybody any good.
The U.S. federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov, which has had technology problems since its October 1 launch, is now experiencing errors in transmitting applications about 10 percent of the time, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. The online insurance marketplace relays information about new customers in ´834´ transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. HealthCare.gov serves people in 36 states, while 14 states are running their own websites. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.
Washington — Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, set up a generational and ideological clash in the state’s Republican primary when he announced Friday that he would seek a seventh term in 2014. While Mr. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, has the support of many leading Republicans in the state, he is already facing opposition from Chris McDaniel, 41, a state senator aligned with the Tea Party who announced his candidacy in October and has won the support of some conservative groups. Mr. Cochran, who has raised less than $1 million
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress. "Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill. He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March. During that hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not
Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his nuclear diplomacy with Iran before an audience of Israeli diplomats and senior members of the US Jewish community and officials. At a White House Hanukkah reception, Obama said that it was important for the United States to test Iran´s intentions, and pledged to keep working for a comprehensive deal to deprive Tehran of a nuclear weapon. "For the first time in a decade we have halted progress of Iran´s nuclear program," Obama said. "Key parts of the program will be rolled back even though the toughest of our sanctions remain in
To fully appreciate what former South African president Nelson Mandela was able to accomplish, it is necessary to hearken back to the South Africa he found when he emerged from prison in 1990, and what the country was like in those critical four years between his release and his election to the presidency in 1994. Put simply, South Africa was a violent, dangerous and heavily-armed place teetering precariously on the edge of an all-out race war. And in the early 1990s, it was entirely unclear which way the country would go. On one side, embittered white rejectionists were refusing to
FW de Klerk, the South African president under whom Nelson Mandela was released from prison, has said his country and the world have lost "a great unifier". De Klerk shared the Nobel peace prize with Mandela in 1993 for brokering the end of apartheid and, when the ANC leader was elected president in the first multiracial election, entered into a government of national unity as his deputy. De Klerk, 77, said in remarks to the BBC: "It´s a very sad moment for the whole of South Africa and I´m sure millions of people around the world. "I fully associate myself
Nelson Mandela was the most famous black man in history. He transcended race barriers to become an exemplar of human generosity of spirit. His towering personality made possible the peaceful transfer of power in South Africa from white minority to black majority rule. If he was less effective as president of his country than he had been as the symbol of resistance to apartheid, he demonstrated statesmanship unmatched in Africa. He inspired love as much as respect, and became regarded by hundreds of millions of people as a secular saint. More was asked of him, and sometimes claimed for him,
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism. Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa´s apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation´s first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.
The victim in an early morning shooting in Walker County has been identified as Ronald Westbrook, a 72-year-old Alzheimer´s patient. Westbrook was shot outside the home of Joe Hendricks on Cottage Crest Court about 4 am. Westbrook lived about two-and-a-half miles from where he was shot and had apparently wandered away from home. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Hendricks has not been charged. However he said the investigation continues and did not rule out the possibility of charges in the future. The sheriff said Hendricks heard a suspicious sound outside the house and called 911.
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday morning as a “precaution” after feeling ill, a spokesman said, adding that doctors concluded "everything is normal" after testing. “Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. "Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today." The Senate is set to finish its business for the year on Friday.
For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck
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Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano has announced he is gay. Boitano´s personal news comes two days after the figure skater was named to the official United States 2014 Sochi Olympics delegation by President Obama. "While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so," Boitano, 50, said in an official statement. (Snip) Boitano joins tennis player Billie Jean King and Olympic ice hockey bronze medalist Caitlin Cahow as the third openly gay athlete
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be
At 9:30 a.m. on December 19th, CNN´s Piers Morgan tweeted that the First Amendment "shouldn´t protect vile bigots" like Phil Robertson. And while making this claim, Morgan also reiterated his position that the Second Amendment "shouldn´t protect assault rifle devotees." Twitchy.com posted Morgan´s tweet, as well as one he sent six minutes earlier in he which typed, "Phil Robertson is not a ´victim of political correctness.´ He´s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry." When defenders of Robertson´s right to speak his mind took to Twitter to tell Morgan how the First Amendment works, Morgan hedged himself in by tweeting, "Calm