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.
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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.
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