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Can Obamacare Survive?

It will depend almost completely on moderate Republicans.

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Patrick Reddy

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March 31, 2014 - 11:26 pm
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President Obama sees himself following in the footsteps of the creator of the modern Democrats, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched the “New Deal” in the 1930s to protect the interests of working and middle class Americans.  Among numerous other programs, Roosevelt’s New Deal included Social Security for the elderly, a massive program of public works for the unemployed, subsidies for farmers and government recognition of labor unions to raise wages for private sector workers.  Shortly after Obama’s 2008 election, Time ran a cover story picturing Obama as the next FDR with the title “The New New Deal.”

President Obama and his advisors clearly had ambitions to put together a program to put the country back to work, protect Americans’ retirement savings, restore the health of financial markets, alleviate inner city poverty, reduce global warming  and, as he famously told “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 campaign, “spread the wealth around.”  The centerpiece of Obama’s domestic program was universal health insurance, passed on a party-line vote.

He had hoped that his health care plan would prove as popular and enduring as Social Security.

But the political bad news about his signature program, the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, AKA Obamacare, just keeps on coming.  First, Republicans used public anger against the program to help win a majority in the House of Representatives in 2010.  Then, the roll-out of the program’s federal website to allow Americans to sign up was so seriously flawed that none of its goals were met and the deadline for enrolling had to be extended.  A majority of states, usually those with Republican governors, refused to build their own state health care exchanges, thus putting even more burdens on the federal web site, which crashed on its opening day of October 1, 2013.  The standards for required “essential health benefits” issued by the Department of Health and Human Services meant that over three million Americans had their low-cost plans cancelled.  In 2013 and 2014, the “mandate” that businesses with more than 50 full-time workers purchase health insurance for their employees was delayed until 2015.  In early February, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office published an analysis estimating that the program could possibly cost Americans roughly two million jobs – at a time of lingering unemployment.

While the technical problems of the federal web site have largely been fixed, not enough Americans are signing up and Obamacare remains deeply controversial.

Samuel Lubell, who was probably the best political reporter in the Roosevelt years, wrote toward the end of President Truman’s tenure: “To solidify itself permanently in American life the New Deal needed at least one Republican victory.”

Sure enough, the Republicans won the presidency the year Lubell wrote those words by nominating the great World War II hero Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower.  As the first Republican president elected since the 1920s, Eisenhower tried to avoid political conflict.  In domestic policy, Ike wrote in his memoirs that he rejected both the far left and far right and sought “to achieve a balance which could assure individual liberty in an orderly society.”  As historians Robert Marcus and David Burner wrote, “He stabilized the New Deal, neither extending it nor cutting it back, therefore making it part of the mainstream.”  Once the New Deal survived a Republican administration, its basis was secure going forward.  Since the Eisenhower Era, republicans candidates who ran on a platform of making Social Security voluntary like Barry Goldwater in 1964 lost in landslides.  As Ike himself wrote in a letter to his brother: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”

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"What are the prospects that Republican acceptance of Obamacare could grow? At the moment, they’re not very good."

Almost all Republicans are dead set against Obamacare and want it repealed now, except the 95% of elected Republicans, most of whom promised to repeal it, but now prefer to "wait", maybe for a sunnier day, anything but actually doing anything to repeal this law.

John Boehner is the lead Republican now, heading the only body with a Republican majority. He is clearly not for repeal. Same goes for every single one of his lieutenants. Mitch McConnel, the leader of the Senate minority has zero interest in repealing Obamacare. Karl Rove, "the architect" (of disaster) who presents himself as the "brains of the Republican Party" never seriously advocates ending Obamacare. The idea of "repeal" of the law that about 70% of all America detests, is never seriously discussed on FoxNews, by the likes of Charles Krauthammer and George Will. National Review doesn't get animated about repeal discussion.

The American people loathe Obamacare. They want it gone. The people who are the elite, the Ruling Class, are amused at the notion, but seem oddly relaxed and more concerned about serious issues, like the need to legalize 30 million illegal American, so they can sign up for Obamacare.
34 weeks ago
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Here we are a nation being run on "polls" and heading for disaster at every turn. How about a little leadership? How about the truth and doing the right thing. Most voters are sheep. They are clueless and have no idea what the right thing to do really is. So what do we do. We poll these sheep and guess what? They tell us they hate Obamacare on the one hand but Gosh once it is here and we can see clearly what a GD disaster it is, well we really don't want to repeal it now do we. The political class uses these polls to try and control us. It would be a monumental accomplishment to actually shut down this legislation and totally repeal it by ripping the heart out of it and burning the weeds of Obamacare in a bon fire. We had a good health care system in America until these bastard liberals decided by themselve to go Marxist and now look at the disaster. We cannot even evaluate this competently. What are the prospects for this dysfunctional government to deliver health care services to 300 million people? I for one what to put a bullit in the head of Obamacare because no good will come of it. 85% of us were fine before this started and now look at. This bunch of incompetenat boobs took $600 million and still do not have a website that works. The website is just the front end of this monstrosity. 2000 pages of legislation and now 20000 pages of regulations and now the law is being "tweaked just a smidge" every day to customize it politically so these fools can limp past another election. The media is a disgrace. The congress is a disgrace. The president should be impeached for lying, for incompetetence and for selling this country down teh river. Political candidates need courage to fight for the American people in spite of our ignorance and foolishness. Yes we can screw up a good thing. We did. Now it is time to admit we screwed up and repeal this misguided and un-Amercian law before it does us all in. So help us God.
34 weeks ago
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If the opening premise of this article is true, then what follows it is logical.

However, if the most recent Thomas Sowell article is true, then the first paragraph of this essay leads down a completely wrong path. Dr. Sowell asks whether the intent is something other than what it appears on its face. If FDR is truly the model.

Because if Obama does not care about the shoulders burdened with carrying "confiscatory redistribution and payback" camouflaged as "health insurance", "global warming", "mortgage underwriting relaxation", "IRS party affiliation scrutiny" and "inheritance tax adjustments".

Obama's dear friend Michael Pfleger's cringe inducing minstrel act declared openly that he and the radical left didn't give a Tinker's Dam about "yo 401k, yo daddy's 401k or yo grand daddy's 401k".

I believe him, even if he makes my skin crawl. I also believe the hard left doesn't care about yo health insurance coverage, yo daddy's health insurance coverage or yo grand daddy's health insurance coverage.

More people LOST insurance than obtained first time insurance? Good!

The fraudulent numbers intentionally hidden by this Gangsta Government don't show that the SUBSIDIZED signed up to be carried by yo daddy and yo grand daddy and..."yo". The non-paying want "their government crack" and they want you to pay "retribution" by confiscation.

If your daddy made money for 40 years, paid at the highest confiscatory tax rates and had half his money taken to feed the Audrey III beast, FULLY paying every cent...and gives "yo" his after tax dollars...."yo" get the privilege of having that FULLY EARNED AFTER TAX MONEY CONFISCATED at a mafia level usurious rate.

Because "yo" didn't "earn" that money and "yo" aren't "entitled" to it...but rather, the "entitlements" belong to those who were "disadvantaged" by "yo daddy and yo grand daddy".

That isn't FDR, that's Saul Alinsky.

Apply the same Alinsky rules to global warming and the One World Socialists (OWS) and yo get the UN raping American taxpayers for confiscatory payback for yo daddy's and yo grand daddy's colonialism.

That isn't FDR. That's Norman Thomas.

Red diaper babies have grown up into small c communists. And have seized the government and are using the reins to drive the stagecoach over the fiscal and military cliff. They are taking capitalism down a peg or twenty. They are forcing paid "reparations". They are weakening America, driving Judeo-Christian influence into the dirt, and propping up Communistic-Islamic power up the influence scale.

If Thomas Sowell is right...that isn't clumsy incompetence. That is camouflaged design.

Yo daddy and yo grand daddy would call it treason. And they would do something about it.
34 weeks ago
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If the Republicans are successful in repealing the ACA, they better be ready to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. The people who lost their coverage and were "forced" into Obamacare will be screwed again when it disappears. For example, what happens if the Insurance companies are allowed to go back to "business as usual" and discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions? My experience is that almost EVERYONE over 50 has some sort of chronic condition that the insurance companies would love to rate and underwrite - or simply refuse to cover. If repeal is in the cards, there will be a lot of work to do after it happens to avoid a catastrophe.
33 weeks ago
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Since the advent of Obamacare, I have been deluged with paper. Yesterday I
RECEIVED A FORM ASKING ME TO VERIFY THAT ANY medical care received in the past 3 years was not due to an accident or could not be charged to someone else's insurance. an attorney started a company based on this, I am wondering if obamacare will mean full employment for lawyers who contribute to the Dems. As an elderly person, I am very concerned that I keep my doctors, I don't want just anyone giving me a shot in my eyeball. My former employer, from which I retired, changed insurance companies. I note that the participating physician's list is mostly nurse practitioners. Yes. that will decrease the cost of medical care While waiting in my doctor's office to see a n NP, I overheard a woman who was extolling the wonderful new insurance. She had all the Dem. talking points down pat. .....even the terms describing her former insurance.
33 weeks ago
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I look forward to getting even with Democrats this November.
33 weeks ago
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I wonder what a moderate Democratican looks like. Like one of the Bush dynasty one suspects.
33 weeks ago
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You want to solve the healthcare debacle? First they need total and full repeal of ACA. The only group that is benefiting from ACA is the unsuccessful and entitlement class. Everyone else is paying more for
their level of success. One man paying according to his ability to sustain
another’s need. There is a word for that—it is called Marxism. Really, don’t
trust my fictional works on what happens when you continue to feed the entitled
classes—trust my source for that fiction—history.

You solve healthcare by eliminating all insurance for routine and return to fee for service. They’ve done that in Oklahoma and rates of fee went down 60-80%. And that means no more free rides. So in other words the welfare Medicaid recipient doesn’t get to come in every other day for chronic back pain, all care for free no questions asked. Why do I have this cynical attitude toward the Medicaid patient? Because I was a provider for thirteen years. What I just described is the typical Medicaid recipient. Obese and lazy living off our tax dollars. They should pay too—OR adopt better lifestyles. This is not every Medicaid case—but it is most of them—like 90%. They are the largest abusers of the system.

You return fee for service at much lower rates with no insurance mess to deal with. And then you can buy catastrophic plans for chronic disease and injury—at much lower rates as few would use them. But you eliminate the notion that the welfare and especially the illegal gets anything for free. And the truly needy could rely on charity organizations. You keep Medicare for the elderly—and crack down on the fraud which is at least 30%. Then it would sustain itself.

Do those things and it’s solved. Neither party wants to and all Barry wants is
more entitlements and more one man paying for another. Keep on Barry’s plan and our nation falls just as my fiction, based on history predicts. So since no one is going to actually force people to be responsible in this country I imagine we’ll see the Progressive on the battlefield soon.

Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE
34 weeks ago
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No. Even the Medicaid expansion will end, even in states that took the bait money, when it dries up.
34 weeks ago
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I hope the crash and burn of Obamacare will inspire more patients to step away from health insurance and pay the doctor directly for office visit medical care. The cost of routine care paid by cash is less than the new high deductibles and increased premiums now starting to hit a people. Hopefully, more storefront medical offices will spring up to meet the potential demand. For instance, you can get your yearly flu shot for $20 at the drugstore. More such medical care could become available as people reject the high cost of ACA participation. We still need access to fairly priced medical care for serious illness and injury though. Most important, ACA enrollees will soon discover that having insurance doesn't guarantee having a doctor or hospital that will accept him or her as a patient.
34 weeks ago
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Of course Obamacare will survive, as will massive illegal immigration, more amnesties, abortion parlors, gay marriage, bilingual education, and all the rest. But the country will not survive.
34 weeks ago
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It will depend on moderate Republicans? Not likely. If we look at the five years since Obamacare was passed, the Republican "moderates" (or anyone else for that matter) have utterly failed to create and communicate any meaningful alternative to Obamacare. Tort reform, selling across state lines, and healthcare savings accounts (impractical for people with no money to save) should happen, but would at best reduce the cost of coverage by some relatively small percentage. These ideas do nothing about life time caps, pre-existing condition exclusions, rescission, or universal coverage.

For better or worse, Obamacare is here to stay. What Republican president wants to say "I'm taking medical coverage away from x millions of Americans"? I'd love to see "moderate" Republicans come up with some common sense fixes for this monstrosity, but if history is any guide, they won't.
34 weeks ago
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All of this could have been avoided years ago by two simple actions.

a) Tort reform; to disallow costly but meaningless money-grubbing lawsuits against medical practitioners to bring down costs, AND...

b) To allow medicalinsurance to be sold across state lines which would have allowed free-market economics to bring down costs.

These two things alone would have transformed the entire industry.
34 weeks ago
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Your suggestion does nothing about the issue of prescription drug costs or emergency room visits from uninsured. Also, this does nothing for people with preexisting conditions. How would free market economist work to bring down the cost in towns where there is only one hospital?
34 weeks ago
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Is it really the Governments job to do anything about it? I say no.
34 weeks ago
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