In one of the few political jokes attributed to a physicist, Ernest Rutherford once described a public official as being “like a Euclidean point: he has position without magnitude.” With a change of pronoun, he could have been describing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who ignored internal warnings about flaws in HealthCare.gov, botched its rollout, minimized her involvement and blamed her contractors. Now, in congressional testimony, she has accepted responsibility without the inconvenience of accountability or the demonstration of competence. Administration incompetence is not the final word on Obamacare, but it is the initial impression.
Comments: The last paragraph of this piece is the bottomline...
It´s not poor ole siebelius´s fault .. It´s not called siebelius´s care The fault is directly from the unconstitutional Chicago power grab of Barry , le Magnificat ..ole jug ears his royal self.. Period. Fire him
It´s such a truism, I have to repeat it; People deserve the government they vote for. It could not be more appropriate now for the low info voters. The trouble is, everyone else goes down with them in the wreck they caused.
What the article fails to point out is that the democrats are willing to pay the price to destroy this country. They know they will have the upper hand eventually. First of all, the media will rehabilitate them. Then passing the amnesty bill will assure their rule for a thousand years.
While correct as far it goes, the ultimate decision is in the hands of a greatly dumbed down electorate who was stupid enough to believe BO in the first place.
The numbers NEVER worked out. It required lots of healthy young people to sign up for ridiculously priced insurance in order to subsidize the costs of the very sick in society. It was a HUGE tax increase (wolf) cleverly imbedded in private insurance (sheep´s clothing) and the people were bamboozled into thinking they were gong to get free health care. This goes along with the fools that thought BO was going to give them free housing and free cars as well.
The reality has been a shock for these dummies. "I was all for better health insurance until I found out I had to pay for it." There´s the rub, SOMEONE has to pay for EVERYTHING.
So we are left with a dumb electorate who, when promised free stuff will support those who promise it. They are too ignorant to understand how economics works. Someone always has to pay for it and when there are lots of beneficiaries, like for medical care, the costs are so high that EVERYONE has to pay for it.
The bottom line of all WaPo articles isn´t the bottom line of the article itself, it´s the comments and commenters afterward. If you want to understand why and by whom we are being driven over the cliff, just read some of those zombie comments and understand why it is a certainty that you really are going to have to use all that ammo some day.
Wild animals are the most dangerous when they are injured. Beware of panic stricken libs putting forth some bills to fix this mess that cost even more than the monstrosity they have already passed - or put price controls on healthcare companies.
When the media piles on against Boehner and the House because the Republicans won´t agree to buy our way out of this he better stand firm. They will try every way they can to flip this around on us including producing some polls showing the public is blaming healthcare companies instead of Obama and they should be forced to lower prices. We need some strong and savvy leadership right now.
#13 couldn´t be more right. Reading the nastiness of a vast majority of the commentatorps towards "right wingers," "republicans," and "tea partiers," has left me with a queasy feeling. We are in very big trouble.
´Eventually´ people will lose their jobs? Where have you been Michael? I am sorry to be so pessimistic, but, like others here, I have lost faith in the American people and I haven´t had faith in the media since I was about 12 years old. The sad reality is that by the midterm elections next year people will be blaming the insurance companies and insisting that single-payer is the only way to go. Mission accomplished.
The dems survive on promises - the greedy and the "compassionate" vote them in, and the adults are left to clean up the mess, if they can. Where is a Republican alternative to this diaster of Obamacare? Where is the well deserved vilification from our supposedly right of center Republicans and others? I´m hoping this go along to get along crowd finds itself in the Ue line in ´14.
Did John Roberts ´read the plan´ before he voted it was constitutional? Did he know Americans would lose existing insurance and be forced to pay the cost of coverage they would never need? If he did, it makes his decision even more devastating.
It is now time for the Republicans to run TV advertisements interviewing people whose insurance has been canceled. Run these ads just like a presidential campaign. Show Obama´s false promises and the reality now playing out. Obama´s numbers and fellow democrat´s numbers will fall and pave the way for next year´s mid-term elections.
"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office." - H.L. Mencken
Who cares its not about those that wanted it to work as it is, its about the country. What has Obamacare cost the country? I say it has and will cost everything we had. Not just our money but the whole concept of freedom will be the final cost.
FTA " .. These last few weeks offer some hard lessons for Democrats: Those who pass a partisan health law own it. And those who believe in government are not necessarily capable of running one. .."
What a crock. Gerson obviously is under the influence of serious medications. The Republicans are the ´Me, Too!´ Party of Stupid, the Democrats are the Party of Evil and you and I have absolutely no influence on anything at any time.
A bit of sanity here, I hope. One of the Drudge headlines this AM is an SNL skit about ObamaCare signups. When you go to the site, It has disappeared. I checked further on Ixquick and all those SNL skits have vanished. That has been happening quite frequently recently and it appears we now live in the USSR or the former Nazi Germany.
Along the same lines, since there isn´t a system of voter verification, there aren´t any fair or non-fixed elections in the USA anymore. It is time to take this to the SCOTUS. As long as elections are fixed and non citizens are voting adding to the problem, then this is no longer a free country.
There is a simple cure really. The last time I went to the DMV to take my driving and written test, at the first counter they copy your thumb print electronically and at every counter after that they re-check it. That system was put in place, because they found that people were cheating and having others take the written and driving tests for them.
The voting fraud cure is as plain as that, and computers would nail you if you tried to vote more than once. Since everyone would have to follow the same procedure, what is racist about the system. Getting caught I guess, and stiff penalties should follow.
As long as Liberals can fix elections, they will never pay any penalty at the ballot box for being flat out criminals. So, what has cheating and incompetence cost them. It seems nothing, but your freedom is compromised.
You cannot embarrass a Communist. Two steps forward, one step backward. That old Marxian slogan is the rule of stealth, creeping Communism from the Democrat Party working closely with the American Communist Party, to destroy free America with the 24/7 conspiratorial aid of the Diane Sawyer mainstream TV news actors. Look what a mess you´ve made, Vladimir.
We are correct in being skeptical about prognosticating what penalty the Dem/Leftists pay.
However, there is something else in the works this time: we have millions of people with first-hand, real life experience with the heavy hand of Government, punching them in the gut. What does Gerson admit? --people have to change their plans because they don´t conform to WHAT THE GOVERNMENT says they MUST HAVE.
"Choice" has been eradicated.
Soon enough people would feel the sharp, prying eyes of this government.
Privacy is being invaded.
And call "1-800 I´m-the-government-and-i´m-here-to-help (after my morning break or lunch or afternoon break or...)" to get answers, help? Anyone who has experience with government offices knows what a joke this is.
You can´t penalize or fire or sue government workers. And with Obama(don´t)care, you won´t be allowed to find a more suitable, affordable plan.
Right now "Obama(don´t)care" is costing The Public. I have wondered when the friends, neighbors, family of Dem/Lefty politicians begin to call them and ask what the "h" is going on? Why are they losing coverage? Why is their chosen hospital and doctor outside of the covered area?
And now they´re wondering, maybe those Conservatives were right... The seeds of doubt are sprouting, even in the thin and rocky soil of Democrat brains.
Only the hard-core Left-wing Dems (i call them Dem/Lefties) have nothing but rocks in their heads; reason and reality won´t take root. Well, every once in a while, one of them might listen and think, a slim crack lets a thin stream of Light of Truth in, and a bit of rich soil made up of QUESTIONS&DOUBTS.
If this nightmarish mess enlightens or wakes up enough Dems, it will cost those working to "fundamentally transform" our Republic, the wicked traitorous BO allies.
Obama and his stupid idealistic actions will not be fixed through legal means because he is the highest authority (according to him) and he has no problem breaking the law and walking all over the Constitution. This is one of those situations where violence is the only option left and our fight will be with the lower class (called the new middle class by the media) who want us to pay for everything they do. They are not competent to wage war if they can´t even look after themselves without help. When democrats lose the lower class, their party is over.
One consolation for those suffering through these trying times, history has shown us that very few dictators ever retire from their rule and die a natural death. They are removed like tics from a dog´s back.
The pols were duped into voting for the ACA by thinking that we could keep our Dr and healthcare insurance,now proven to be a BIG lie the ACA should be null and voided and handed back to the Supreme Ct
The liberal Democrats did not did not learn anything from the Obama Care fiasco, as they expected that to happen, to the liberal Democrats the end justifies the means, as long as it moves along their far lest progressive agenda.
Look at anything that leftists run (into the ground, eventually). The USSR collapsed, China had to bring in non-ideologues. Cuba? Venezuela? American universities can´t survive without massive cash subsidies & relentless price increases. The US government will collapse from cosmic levels of borrowing. The evidence is incontrovertible. Leftists, and particularly leftist lawyers, should never be allowed to run anything.
O-Care has not cost Dear Beloved Leader anything, yet. It will not cost him his office. He will be in until Inauguration Day January 2017. Will democrats get the big smack down in 2016? You know it. Big time historic losses are predicted. He does not care about them. He only cares about O-care and how to make sure it says. It will say as long as it stays until it´s gotten rid of one way or the other. Democrat losses are the price they will pay on his behalf. Just an expense and cost of doing business. Chicago style.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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