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Two More Reasons Why ‘Obamacare Delenda Est!’

Deadbeats get daylight, while even some of the well-off get forced into Medicaid.

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Tom Blumer

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November 26, 2013 - 12:02 am
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Obamacare’s increasingly desperate apologists have touted increased Medicaid enrollment as one of the supposed high points of the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout.

On November 13, Kathleen Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that through November 2, “396,261 have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).”

That figure is almost four times larger than the number of Americans — 106,185 — who at that point had selected Affordable Care Act plans. It remains to be seen how many in that ACA group will actually pay premiums when they come due in several weeks.

It also remains to be seen how many, especially among those who are eligible for tax subsidies, will pay more than the first month’s premium. As Tori Richards at Reason.com reported earlier this month, the horrifically misnamed “Affordable Care Act” allows tax subsidy benficiaries a three-month “grace period” which, thank to a Sebelius regulation, kicks in after just one premium payment. Previous industry practices generally allowed just one month’s grace, with the health insurance carrier absorbing the risk. Under Obamacare, “doctors and hospitals are left to collect unpaid bills” for the second and third month of the newly extended grace period.

A doctor I know has told me in an email that some surgeons are considering “paying the patient’s premium for them in order to get the surgical reimbursement.” Then they’ll “only” have to try to collect the premium(s) they advanced. How crazy is that?

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told Richards he is concerned that the extended grace period “will break the system” and “bankupt the people involved.” Bioethicist Wesley Smith went further: “The government wants people to be irresponsible and apparently they want the whole system to descend into chaos.” Perhaps the entire Obamacare enterprise really is, as its harshest critics have long alleged, a gigantic Cloward-Piven maneuver designed to create chaos and ultimately impose a single-payer system (i.e., total government control) on all of us.

Even if it’s not, what Obamacare has done to Medicaid is a case study in greedy authoritarianism gone wild.

It says something about how hard-up the left is when the best news about its history-making “accomplishment” is how many Americans have been added to the medical welfare rolls. Wait until you see how they’re roping people in.

The Affordable Care Act vastly expands a practice which began in the food-stamp program during the recession. That is, you can qualify for government handouts if you’re pretty well-off financially as long as your household income is below the program’s eligibility thresholds.

Most states have eliminated the food-stamp program’s previous asset test. In 2009, this contrived loophole enabled an Ohio couple with “over $80,000 in (the) bank, a 2001 Toyota and 2006 Mercedes Benz, and a $311,000 home that is paid for” to qualify for benefits; most of the benefits were “expedited.” Apparently, the idea of having to dig into your own pockets to provide for your basic needs in times of temporary financial stress has become passé.

The Affordable Care Act eliminates Medicaid’s asset test, and creates the roach motel of government welfare programs. Medicaid is no longer an “entitlement” you can choose to access. Instead, as Nicole Hopkins’ mother found out earlier this month, if you qualify under its new, lenient rules, HealthCare.gov forces your enrollment:

We checked and double-checked the information, but the only option still appeared to be Medicaid. She suggested clicking on “Apply for Coverage,” thinking that other options might appear.

Instead, almost mockingly, her “Eligibility Results” came back: “Congratulations, we received and reviewed your application and determined [you] will receive the health care coverage listed below: Washington Apple Health (the state of Washington’s version of Medicaid).”

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The page lacked a cancel button or any way to opt out of Medicaid. It was done; she was enrolled, and there was nothing to do but click “Next” and then to sign out.

So Medicaid is now mandatory for those who apply at HealthCare.gov and qualify — and as long as your income remains sufficiently low, you can never leave. Never mind if you believe, as Ms. Hopkins does, that “other people should (not) have to pay for my care, whether it be through taxes or otherwise.”

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First you grab the media, then you grab the banking and real estate industries, then you grab energy.

Thereafter, you grab automotive, then you grab healthcare and insurance.

When you are done, you grab the voting booths.

Then...the guns and churches.

You now have the Constitution in your hands...shred it.

Now, grab the Senate.

Make deals with known enemies and destroy prior allies.


You are positioned to seize accumulated wealth, impose brutal taxes, sic the IRS on those who dare to oppose you, spy on everyone, and blame an innocent man...roust him at midnight and jail him for deaths you bred in Libya.

As long as your Media covers all your tracks...those you mean to enslave will not rise from their slumber.

You will slaughter them in their sleep...as meek as little lambs.

Tyranny comes curled in a ball at your feet. Small c communism, never needed to waste a bullet. You bury them with their own rule book and their inane desire to avoid being called bad names.

Your treason will be saved...because nobody wants to be called "conspiracy theorists", especially by a Media who are conspirators.
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An Ass masquerading as a President once found a Doctor’s white lab coat which had been left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and spoke to his countrymen. All bowed, both men and women, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed treatments and prescriptions and timetables and qualifications randomly and incoherently and unleashed mindless bureaucrat 404 zombies upon the land to look for trouble, find it everywhere, diagnose everything incorrectly and then in a very grouchy and slow manner misapply all the wrong remedies, and then everyone knew him for the Ass he really was.
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my neighbor's sister-in-law makes $84 hourly on the computer. She has been out of work for eight months but last month her pay check was $12581 just working on the computer for a few hours. straight from the source........... http://www.Bay95.com
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These giant bugs are terrifying . . . But I can't look away. http://bit.ly/1jRUnuR
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"...Perhaps the entire Obamacare enterprise really is, as its harshest critics have long alleged, a gigantic Cloward-Piven maneuver designed to create chaos and ultimately impose a single-payer system (i.e., total government control) on all of us..."

Except, is there any reason to believe that the Federal Government is capable of managing such a complex entity as what this would entail? They're completely out of their element in attempting to provide care to Veterans (DVA), or to Native-Americans (DoInt). HHS would quickly become mired in quick-sand, and the funding fights with Treasury (IRS) would be legion. It would be the Mother of all Quagmires.
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Wait. Why isn't this an ingeniously diabolical way for the government to get its hands on the retirement money that was put away by the richest generation in history, also the population bulge that was supposed to bankrupt the health care system as it aged, after they die?
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I take the somewhat radical position (for a libertarian) that we should overuse ObamaCare. People who aren't poor should happily accept Medicaid coverage. Everyone should get the subsidies and tax rebates for which they are eligible. Everyone on Medicaid should make frequent doctor visits and ER visits, ask for the most expensive diagnostic studies, and try to get more costly brand-name drugs. We have to make ObamaCare and Medicaid unaffordable and unworkable so that the people and Congress end them.
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The sad part of this mess is that warnings were out on the bill before they even voted on it. The first 1000 pages was posted at Thomas.gov months before the vote, people were contacting their elected reps with their concerns and were ignored by most of them. Just before the vote, they added another 1800 pages. Most of the reps admitted later that they had not read the bill....The warnings were there, our overpaid and under-brained elected reps were too dumb and lazy to investigate the bill. 2014 is coming, let's get rid of all those who didn't read it and voted for it...Why should we be paying the price for their stupidity?
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It won't be repealed until more than a few of our Representatives and Senators are chased through the streets ala Dan Rostenkowski.
It would be even better if they were caught.
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"It won't be repealed until more than a few of our Representatives and Senators are chased through the streets ala Dan Rostenkowski."

Starting with Nancy "We Got to Pass The Bill So We Can Find What's In It" Pelosi...
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If you are "placed" into Medicaid, you can disenroll and purchase a policy. You just aren't allowed to receives premium assistance. Since you aren't allowed access to premium assistance, you no longer need to use Healthcare.gov.
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What is the constitutional basis for federal government insurance regulations on the intrastate commerce of buying insurance only available within one's home state? The federal government has the power to tax, but if you are dumped into Medicaid because you don't have have much current income to tax, what it the enforcement mechanism that prevents buying high-deductible catastrophic insurance?
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George, I can't speak to your first question. In regards to your 2nd question, there probably isn't an enforcement mechanism since the wouldn't have to pay the penalty due to income. The problem would be finding a true catastrophic plan to buy. To purchase an ACA catastrophic plan if you are age 30 and over does require jumping through some hoops.
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My God, this thing is FANTASTIC! The details that are emerging, thanks to write-ups like this, are like a nightmare...how are we going to get out of this? The insane resistance to attempts at correction seems to just go on and on...
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Wait, in the middle of your essay, you said that the governments can take people's inheritances? Like, money they will to their children and grandchildren?

Is that what you just said?

If so, that one detail is an article all by itself.
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And, at the same time, the Obama Administration has changed the rules on the "Death Tax" exposing more of everyone's wealth to the tax-man.
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"My tentative research indicates that roughly half of all states pursue recovery of all (Medicare) costs."

Pretty sure THAT number will be going up, with all the new folks signing up for MC.
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