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‘Ayes’ Wired Shut: GOP Must Hold Line on Mandate Delay

Republicans must continue to insist on a one-year individual mandate delay.

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Tom Blumer

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October 8, 2013 - 12:00 am
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On Saturday morning, Fox News interviewed Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan about an apparent overture by President Barack Obama intended to bring about an end to the horrible, awful, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it 17 percent government shutdown.

The idea, in essence: pass a bill to fund the entire government, and then we can talk about making needed changes to Obamacare.

Pretty funny. For practical purposes — at least in terms of having a functioning exchange, the hyped linchpin of the entire enterprise — there is no Obamacare right now. Sure, there’s a website, but only a tiny percentage of those wishing to use it have been able to and even fewer have actually purchased policies.

It got so bad last week that on Thursday, press apparatchiks, desperate for a poster child after almost three days of non-stop dispatches about HealthCare.gov’s “glitches,” swallowed the story of twenty-something Chad Henderson hook, line, and sinker: publicity hound Henderson claimed that he “got health insurance,” but was later found to have purchased nothing. Beyond that, he disclosed that he works  — perhaps it’s “worked,” now that he’s no longer a useful idiot — “for an organization that pays me quarterly to posts [sic] the political stuff as ‘advocacy’ (so it’s kind of my job).” It didn’t take much of an effort to find pathetic Obama worship and hatred of conservatives in his now-protected Twitter account, and his still-open (as of this writing) Instagram collection.

Henderson claimed that the policy he finally admitted to not purchasing would cost him $175 per month. That’s about four times what a catastrophic coverage policy would have cost outside the Obamacare realm. Contrary to popular perception, as I noted in late August, “individuals and families can sign up for private coverage any time between now and the end of the year … doing so (as long as premiums are paid, of course) avoids the need to enroll in Obamacare until one year from the policy’s start date.”

Even if magical fixes occur in the coming weeks or months — can you believe the gall of a president begging for months of patience for a system to become functional when millions of Americans must have some form of coverage under penalty of law in less than 90 days? — this disaster threatens to become much more serious:

As few as 1 in 100 applications on the federal exchange contains enough information to enroll the applicant in a plan.

[F]ederal officials could face a situation in January in which relatively large numbers of people believe they have coverage starting that month, but whose enrollment applications are have not been processed.

That’s enough to make you wonder who is involved in creating this mess. And that sound you hear is of a can of worms opening:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc., the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is “declining to comment at this time,” said spokeswoman Linda Odorisio. (emphasis mine)

Oh, it gets worse. The Washington Examiner reports that CGI has experience the Obama administration apparently finds valuable:

The company is deeply embedded in Canada’s single-payer system. (emphasis mine)

Well, that’s nice, except Obamacare isn’t a single-payer system — at least not yet — and expertise in such a system would seem irrelevant in what is supposed to be a “marketplace.”

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I've got a couple of questions about Obamacare that I have never seen addressed. First, what happens if a person signs up as required and then, some months down the line, refuses to or cannot make his monthly payments? Does the Fed somehow confiscate money from him?

Second, has the government now absolved emergency rooms from the obligation to treat anyone who shows up, even if they're penniless? If a person chooses to pay the penalty rather than purchase insurance and then finds himself in a life-threatening condition, will the emergency room turn him away to die rather than treating him as it has been previously required to do?
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“ …… and let Obamacare unfold on the American people.”

Given the joined-at-the-hip relationship between the progressive political class, the education establishment, the media, and entertainment industry I would not be too sure that the ignorant, both willful and otherwise, American electorate wouldn’t continue to vote for candidates that support ObamaCare.

Be careful what you wish for. We are surrounded by lemmings and morons while we most certainly don’t have the honest media that is necessary to survive the tyranny that is daily being imposed upon us.
28 weeks ago
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I read on another site yesterday (sorry, I have no "links or attributions") that if you do manage to get onto the "healthcare.gov"; website, BEFORE you can get a look at the prices and coverages available you have to provide them with your SSN and other "useful information". Once that is done and you get a look at the prices and other associated costs, if you decide you want no part of this scam and decide to "decline purchasing any of of their offered products" you cannot just sign off! Using the information you had to provide them (in order to get a look) they will, very helpfully, figure the amount of your penalty and asses it to your IRS-managed account. The kicker is, if you don't pay this "TAX" (thank you John Roberts you wh*re) within two years uncle sugar will slap a lein on any property you own! NO WINDOW-SHOPPING ALLOWED WITHOUT PENALTY in this clusterfark! Welcome to obamaworld, suckers!
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27 weeks ago
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Well said, Mr. Blumer. This law is so destructive that the Republicans must hang tough. Kill it now. As David Limbaugh wrote recently, this is a hill to die on.
28 weeks ago
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Let it take effect now rather than after the mid term election. A year from now people will be livid.
28 weeks ago
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So let it die on its own... What if it takes a decade for Obamacare to become unmanageable and disliked? What if most of the most annoying defects get Band-Aid™ bills passed by the Democrats to keep it alive? What if the GOP doesn't gain seats in 2014 or 2016? Every election cycle people say, "Just wait 2 years..." "Just wait 4 years... ." The majority of the time waiting hasn't helped. What if the GOP wins big in 2014 and '16? They've supported plenty of big spending, big government bills. They still support pork. We need major changes, not just more of the same.
28 weeks ago
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You keep raving like a lunatic. Explain to me how the Republicans with 1/3 of the process under its control can stop Obamacare. Your are an ignorant fool. If Obama relents it won't be because of the the House. It will be because the program crashes and burns. We actually would have a better chance for him to bail on it if the Kamikazes decided on a more rational strategy. One that would have made the O-care launch the primary story.
28 weeks ago
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To be precise, it is 1/6th, that is 1/2 of 1/3. And it is the 1/6th that holds the purse. So yes, it can be stopped. No one said it would be easy or clean. Every time bad legislation comes along, people say, "Wait two years..." or "Wait four years... ." Then two or four years later, nothing gets done. No one said the shutdown was a good strategy, but it is what we have. Hoping that something might happen in a year or two is just a fantasy.
28 weeks ago
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I believe Obama will have to delay the mandate anyway because there is no way they will get enough people signed up in the next 3 or 6 months. However, everyone should stay focused on and keep talking about the government subsidies. And when ever anyone says that government does not have an exemption, remind them that WE pay 72% of all their health care costs and that was done by executive order. As this situation begins to hurt more and more people, and they know that on top of everything we are paying to subsidize about 2 million government workers, they may be looking for blood.
28 weeks ago
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Do you know why they will not allow a delay? 2014 elections. They want the problems now, rather than later.

Do you know why they will not delay the individual mandate? Money. They need those uninsured to pay the fines, or the program just goes broke entirely.
28 weeks ago
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I expect that all the folks unable to sign up by whatever deadline will get to pay a fine, notwithstanding. A Catch-22
28 weeks ago
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No, a delay puts the rollout next fall, mandate to January 2015 instead of 2014.

We should let it take effect so the people see what a mess it is.

If America still wants ACA after tasting it, or trusts Democrats to "fix" it, all is lost anyway. As Mencken noted a century ago, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public" - and that was before 40 years of federal control over public education.

Our fellow citizens elected Obama twice. There's a whole lotta stupid goin' on.
28 weeks ago
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Letting it take effect so people can see how bad it is is like leaving cancer alone until it gets painful, then hoping surgery, chemicals and radiation can wipe it out.
28 weeks ago
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Right now we absolutely need to keep an eye out for so-called "moderate republicans" who are willing to stab us in the back on this one.

The public is behind us, the public is pi$$ed over the petulance on display from Pennsylvania Avenue, and the public is increasingly pi$$ed at how the Obamacare program is being run out.

No need to save the democrats from themselves - hang this rotten turkey around their neck until they puke.

First impressions are everything, and you don't get a chance at a second first impression.

The first impression Obamacare is giving the public is horrible - and Reid and Obama know it and that is why they are spinning like dervishes trying to put the best face on this fiasco that they can manage until they figure out how to save themselves.....from themselves.

Only thing the House should do right now is pass a law revoking all waivers as illegal and void and another law to make sure that every bureaucrat in DC has to go to these same exchanges for the same plans they have so helpfully decided in their wisdom everyone else should live under.

And they need to do it in exactly those words.

Then, when the 2014 elections roll around, every incumbent democrat that voted against those bills should have THAT VOTE likewise hung around their necks along with this Obamacare turkey.

People will never change until the pain of staying where they are is greater than the pain of changing - and the republicans need to let the public feel the full pain of what they voted for in Obama's re-election.
28 weeks ago
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Dream on, the public is not behind you. Everybody is getting killed in polling. The Republicans worst of all. Obama is suffering the least. Elections are decided at the margin and right now the margin is favoring the Democrats. You idiots passed up an opportunity for the public to focused on the crash and burn of the healthcare bill. That is the path to repeal not some suicidal charge of some hill in Pennsylvania.
28 weeks ago
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OK, just found this poll I believe you are referring to.

Apparently it was an online poll.....lol.

Now, back to your regular programming...
27 weeks ago
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Odd you think Obama is suffering the least when his popularity and job approval are at all time lows. And the blame polling hasn't moved since before the shutdown, the GOP is more blamed, but not by so much.
28 weeks ago
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His decline is less than that for both Congressional parties.
28 weeks ago
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And yet, Obama felt it necessary to lay responsibility for dealing with the issue on Reid.

Reid and Pelosi both felt the need to spin it.

Reid literally had to go into damage control mode when he opened his mouth about not funding children's cancer treatment programs.

The NPS closures have abysmal optics.

The national media, to take one example, likely won't cover the NPS closing a road off in rural eastern TN and isolating school children where they couldn't even get home - but I can guarantee you that most of the residents of eastern rural TN know about it now and are already forming opinions.

Given how far the government reach permeates society and how so many government edicts are now being felt, there will be innumerable similar examples before this is over that will leave a similar residue of bad taste in the mouths of the populace.

Also, keep in mind that the polling data that is made public is not the same polling data that the parties use privately. Push polling has become a fine art these days, and I don't necessarily put much credence in them anymore.

But those private polls that the political parties pay good money for - THOSE would be interesting to see. You won't, of course, but you CAN infer what those polls are revealing by how the political figures conduct themselves.

I refer, of course, to the references above of how Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are spinning and trying to dodge blame.

This is after only about a week of this shutdown.

The government is nothing if not heavy handed in dealing with the public.

How long do you think MSM can keep fluffing the numbers to get the desired result?
27 weeks ago
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This is exactly what the other muslim thug, Yasser Arafat, used to do; demand that all your issues be won as preconditions. He saya, "agree to these items," and we can talk about other good stuff. Like Dingy Harry is going to agree to anything!
28 weeks ago
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As a unemployed American IT professional, having spent the last 5 years supporting the web administrators for companies worldwide, I'm astonished to see Obozo would be outsourcing.

p.s. the website looks like an undergraduate semester project, about a C- too.
28 weeks ago
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It looks like BarryCare has self-delayed.
Those that counseled that the House GOP should just let the thing go into effect without any exemptions or exclusions were on the right track.
It will self-destruct on its own, saving the Congress from having to pull the plug.

But, every Congressmember or Senator who voted for the Capitol Hill Exemption needs to be publicly challenged over their vote, and forced to answer to the voters next year (if applicable) for that action.
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