Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge. (a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim
FTA:"And then when you find your policy canceled, your premium raised and your deductible outrageously increased, you’ve learned the real meaning of “free” in the liberal lexicon: something paid for by your neighbor — best, by subterfuge."
Yes, I now have a 10K deductible, up from $1500. But I´m covered if I get pregnant or want birth control pills.
Today I read a health newsletter that blamed Republicans and the Blue´s for picking on him. BCBS had no business sending out those letters scaring people and making it look like his fault. They blamed Verizon Terramark instead of CGI. See how it plays out ?
Old news. If Krauthammer had taken the time to listen to Ted Cruz or Mike Lee last month, he would have known everything he is now talking and writing about the ACA. Cruz and Lee were telling anyone who would listen what the ACA was doing to people. But no, he chose to criticize instead. But Krauthammer doesn´t need an end game, there is always someone to tear down.
So the 30m to be rescued with shamcare end up in Medicare or paying god-awful rates in exchange for 93m losing their coverage & being forced at the barrel of an IRS gun to pay god-awful rates or penalties if they refuse? Only in Obamaworld does this qualify as improvement.
Get ready for the blame game on those big bad insurance companies. You know that´s where the spin is headed. There couldn´t possibly be anything wrong with the government policy. It must be those inhuman insurance carriers who just want to kick people off of their current plans. The truly sad part is the kool aid drinkers will be letting this diarrhea fly out of their louts over and over because the media will not question it. My father used to say a poor craftsman blames his tools. Apparently a poor president blames anyone he can except himself.
The Democrat loves to hear feel-good Marxist redistributionist rhetoric, like Barry Choom´s "It´s good to spread the wealth around". This makes the Democrat feel warm, fuzzy and "concerned" about "helping people". Most of all, it makes the Democrat feel superior to any non-Democrat.
But the Democrat is too dumb to realize that when redistribution becomes the law of the land (or rather, when lawlessness reigns to that redistribution can happen) it´s not only Republican coffers that are looted for "the common good", but also his own. The Democrat then faces a moral quandary with no satisfying solution, and instead of understanding that "redistribution" (stealing from the earned to hand to the unearned in exchange for votes) is itself the problem, he will reflexively double down on blaming Republicans for "injustice" and "greed", avoiding any actual insight into his real dilemma.
No doubt this scenario will play out as scripted, yet again.
It´s all about equality and fairness. In order to make everyone equal by providing Obama Care insurance for the supposed 30 million people who did not have health care insurance, Obama had to sabotage and destroy the health care insurance of about 97 million people who were paying their premiums and were happy with their policies. Now all will be equal, and that is only fair. Obviously from what we are seeing that´s what liberals think. If all that is not straightened out quickly, the Democrats are going to get their butts handed to them in the 2014 election.
FTA "Simple formula: Delay, stonewall and wait for a supine and protective press to turn spectacularly incurious."
This formula has been used for Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA spying and it is working. No one has been held accountable for any of these scandals and no one will. The msm media is nothing more than Pravda the propaganda arm of the Democratic (now communist)Party. All we need now is for the GOP to pass amnesty and it´s all over. I never thought I would live to see this day. God help us.
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Joe vann, 11/1/2013 7:38:50 AM (No. 9592968)
Dr. K is a smart and well spoken conservative but, often, he has the annoying habit of criticizing from behind and not willing to take on major issues, if risk is involved. It is pasted time for conservatives, espicially, our elected representatives to stand firm for what they profess to believe...risk will be necessary but we have run out of time--no more kicking rocks down the road.
Glad the good doc stopped giving O´Care the benefit of the doubt. This is good:
Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history. But you can’t say that openly lest you lose elections. So you do it by subterfuge: hidden taxes, penalties, mandates and coverage requirements that yield a surplus of overpayments. So that your president can promise to cover 30 million uninsured without costing the government a dime. Which from the beginning was the biggest falsehood of them all. And yet the free lunch is the essence of modern liberalism. Free mammograms, free preventative care, free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke. Come and get it.
So Americans, all of them, have been lied to repeatedly and with malice aforethought. Will Obama get away with it again? Or will Democrats and the media suddenly begin presenting symptoms of their recessive courage gene?
I admire Dr. Krauthammer but could not understand his negative comments about Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. I understood his was a political viewpoint but just once wished he would consider what is right. That is what was lacking. His comments were purely based on political expediency. Cruz and Lee said Obamacare was a disaster and would harm Americans. They were right. I admire these men for standing on principle while bearing the the brunt of negative comments from fellow Republicans. That is having the courage of your convictions and is what puzzles and makes the beltway crowd uncomfortable.
I like to read Dr. Krauthammer for his wordsmithing but as I read I know he voted for Obama once and possibly twice so he´s not too bright. The fact that he condemned Ted Cruz and Lee tells me he likes to be on a possible winner´s side. Obama was a winner to him in 2008 and on. Not so fast Charlie boy I don´t buy your mad passion now. You should have been smarter than this in 2007 because I was. You should have asked me about Obama I could have schooled you. That crease in his pants ain´t so sharp now, is it?
And he did. Simple formula: Delay, stonewall and wait for a supine and protective press to turn spectacularly incurious.
I heard one of my favorite radio talk show hosts claim yesterday that Obama was a "Master of Communication." Of course, I wanted to crash my gas-guzzling SUV into the nearest utility pole. He is NOT a master of communication. He´s an awful communicator, he´s an awful liar, he´s not even that good at reading off his beloved TOTUS. The ONLY way he gets away with any of it is through the lock-step messaging of the mainstream media. As a matter of fact, when he screws up an interview with them, they dig him out and will actually tell you what he "meant" to say.
He is a man of the Left and they will cover for him every time because they are him. If he fails, they fail.
Isn´t it amazing that all of us average Joe-schmoes out here in flyover country are so much smarter than the brilliant elites who are paraded before us in the media and in the halls of government? We saw this and raged against it 4 years ago and were rewarded by being called racists and Nazis.
To the demoncrats and the media elites and especially to zippy, Pelousy, Reid and SebeLIEus I say, " CHOKE ON It"!
As an aside, we do NOT need to expect perfection and 100% correct judgement from journalists. We need to embrace and welcome those who now see the light.
People have been fed a large amount of deceitful and incorrect information from people that they trusted. Forget the blame game and welcome those who can admit they are wrong. They are also the ones who can influence others who also believed the President and Mrs Pelosi.
If only 3 or 4 % change their minds and their voting tendencies it will change the make up of our Congress.
FTA: “Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history.”
We’ve had massive transfers of wealth before, but previously it was the future that had to pay for it. Now, with Obamacare, it’s the present. The big difference is that the future doesn´t vote in 2014.
Dr K is no conservative. He is a former lib that now wants to claim he is GOP. The moderators on Fox and other shows are spouting the inside the beltway garbage. They read all the local propaganda.We in the heartland, can garbage when we see/hear it. I give Dr K no credit for being five years late to the reality party. Don´t waste your time listening to the inside the beltway/ east coast journalists. They all read, digest the same garbage, then regurgitate.
All anyone needs to know is that Krauthammer used to be a liberal. That explains his inconsistencies. We need a purebred, an original conservative for our flagship spokesperson, analyst, not some convert.
Republicans in Congress, where are you? What´s your message about this fiasco? Why are you losing so many supporters? Why can´t you utter simple phrases that have impact? Why don´t you ever fight back with a unified front? When a time like this is at hand and our "fearless" leaders are "leading from behind," we have no voice. It´s a disgrace.
I, too respect CK for his clarity and pinpoint accuracy when defining an issue..However, he has a tendency to stray, not on issues so much, rather on personalities like Cruz, Lee, Paul, and others...I was aghast at his take on Palin and like a fishbone in the throat, I can´t get over the experience...Still, I loved his life story...Hmmm
Our choice increasingly comes down to corrupt democrats or stupid republicans. The story about 93 million losing their insurance appeared in the JUNE 2010 Federal Register! Couldn´t the RNC found one staffer to actually read this so this could have been shouted from the rooftop: 1) before Roberts was pressured into changing his mind; 2) so Romney could have pounded Zero during the campaign and debates; 3) so republican candidates for senate could have energized their base; 4) to vindicate Cruz and Lee instead of demonize them?
Yes, the democrats are corrupt, but the republicans, who I trusted to protect our liberty, are stupid.
The question is, once the three pillars crater the entire program, what is the plan forward? When the entire program collapses, what alternative will replace it that we can live with? Or is an alternative even possible?
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