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Obamacare: Single-Payer, Here We Come

Deliberate, or incompetent? How about deliberately incompetent?

by
Tom Blumer

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August 24, 2013 - 12:49 am
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A CNBC story on August 15 headlined how “Obamacare is coming, and so are the con artists.”

While scamsters will certainly have their day with low-information consumers if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect, the story didn’t identify the law’s primary con artists, namely Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and hardened leftists who still support this monstrosity.

It is becoming more obvious with virtually each passing day that those who wrote and those who are implementing Obamacare are intent on ultimately creating an entirely government-run and government-controlled “single-payer” enterprise.

If the text of the legislation itself and the occasional rhetorical slip-ups aren’t convincing enough, the status of the law’s implementation roughly 40 days before enrollment goes live should be.

Congress passed Obamacare 41 long months ago. Almost no one read its hundreds of thousands of words spread over 2,000-plus double-spaced pages. Even fewer understood it. Two weeks before its passage, Nancy Pelosi infamously said: ”We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

Kathleen Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services has had almost 3-1/2 years to figure out what is in it, and to build the mechanisms necessary to make it work smoothly. In the process of trying, HHS has generated over 30,000 pages of regulations — as of a few months ago.

Though you really can’t in the real world, for the sake of this column let’s set aside the painfully valid issues of potentially widespread privacy violations, the inadequate training of and lack of quality control over the “navigators” who are supposed to help people through the maze, the legally questionable delays of many of the law’s major provisions, and the economically disastrous effect of the law’s definition of a full-time employee as someone who works 30 or more hours per week.

Let’s merely look at the nuts and bolts of how the enrollment process will apparently work. Based on my recent test drive, the answer is “not well at all.”

My journey began late last week at finder.healthcare.gov.

The fine print there says that “this is not the Health Insurance Marketplace. It’s a site that identifies some plans that are available to you right now, before the Marketplace opens for business.”

Okay, I get that. But it’s still a window into how well or poorly the enrollment process will operate once the Health Insurance Marketplace is in place. That window is ugly.

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I smoke and I haven't been to the doctor (except once) in the last 10 years. That one time was for my ears - probably helped along by the smoking. I paid cash and what started as a $200 bill (which I was willing to pay) ended up being $45 when I said I was paying cash. Seems that insurance stuff is all about redistribution (medicare) and paying for pencil pushers.
33 weeks ago
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When I hear Obama talking about Obamacare to the groups of college students he's currently speechifying to in an effort to revive his all-but-dead rock star status, my eyes just don't roll but my head spins. His pronouncements are all lies, lies that any but the most uninformed know full well are nothing but lies. His delivery of the lies is so mechanical that he needs no teleprompter because they're the same lies he's been telling since 2009. Watching him should be ridiculous but it's terrifying. Harry Reid at least spoke the truth when he said the real objective behind Obamacare was to get to a single-payer system. The world really has gone insane when I have to reference Harry Reid to find the truth.
33 weeks ago
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NONE of the ensuing disasters via Obamacare will be due to incompetence or happenstance. Most essentially, the program was designed to implode the system, for this and that in mind - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-towards-gun-control-runs-through-obamacare-via-its-definition-of-mentally-ill-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

And, this is no conspiracy theory!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
33 weeks ago
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Anyone who has had a taste of military medicine as a dependent has had experience equivalent to Obamacare. Maybe it's great if you are wounded in war but a dependent with a urinary tract infection doesn't get that kind of care. The waiting room is full just before payday but the illnesses resolve themselves once there is money in the pocket.
33 weeks ago
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The problem they had is that they turned the water up too high too fast. This law is all stick with precious little to no carrot. Other entitlements are attractive because they catered to people who thought they needed them and sort of lured the rest of us along for the ride. This law forces everyone along whether they wanted to go or not when polls showed that most of us were largely satisfied. It is becoming manifestly obvious the damage this law is doing both to our work lives via lack of new jobs, cut hours and loss of benefits either for our families or for ourselves, and nothing has been done to make people forget what precisely has been causing all this chaos. In other words, they aren't blaming their employers or the evil insurance companies in high enough numbers. Too many know exactly what caused it - the new health care law they didn't want in the first place.

Someone needs to figure out how to channel this into an effective pushback against the Obama regime quickly before the Democrats come up with a magic talking point to make everyone believe it isn't really the government's fault or that the government really can fix it.
33 weeks ago
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" quickly before the Democrats come up with a magic talking point to make everyone believe it isn't really the government's fault "

They have their magic talking point. Too many people hear "free healthcare" And never hear anything else after that. They just figure the mean old Republicans are just mad they didn't think of it first.
33 weeks ago
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This is simple. Get rid of Obamacare & allow us to "write off" ALL of our Healthcare expenses. ALL Health Insurance Premiums, appointments with ALL Healthcare Professionals (Allopathic, Naturopathic, etc.), ALL Counciling (Mental Health, Smoking Cessation, Drug Addiction Intervention, etc.), ALL RX's, ALL Vitamin/Mineral Supplements, ALL Organic Food, Gym Membership, Hiking Boots, Bicycle, etc., INCLUDING the Gasoline/Bus Fare to get to these places. There I fixed it!!
33 weeks ago
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That sounds wonderful, and is what NEEDS to be done. There is just one problem....

Elected DEMOCRATS will NEVER admit they made a mistake and, therefore there is "nothing to fix". You see, it's all just "Republican LIES to make Obama look bad". Millions of Low-Information-Americans actually believe that...
33 weeks ago
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I'm sorry, but this law is going to just fall flat and there's no way it can be lifted back. It's too unstable to reach single payer. There's too much opposition to make that happen!!!! I'm not buying into this bull$hit that this law can't be stopped if allowed to be implemented!!!! Unlike every other welfare program, it has NEVER been popular and won't ever be. Though I do want to defund just as much as anybody else. But there's other methods to fighting it if this effort doesn't pan out. The battle is never truly over until one side surrenders. And I'm sure as hell not gonna be one of those and neither will be the grassroots movement (i.e. FreedomWorks, Club For Growth and AFP). Don't ever submit to this law even if it gets through implementation. Anybody who's whining that it's all over if not defund put up or shut up. I'm not taking this bull$hit anymore! Never give up this fight! If you do you're a wuss. Also a snitch of optimism is always helpful to have.
33 weeks ago
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I agree. The fight isn't over just because we won't defund it this year (look, it's not going to happen. There is zero chance that Obama undoes his only success). Once political power moves back to the right, simply repeal the individual and employer mandates. Neither are terribly popular, which makes repealing them politically palatable. Once they're gone Obamacare will collapse under its own weight. It'll probably take Medicare and Medicaide with it. Three birds, two lines in pretty much any bill coming out of Congress.
33 weeks ago
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This law is so unstable that if implemented, it'll only survive a few years maybe. Also the political opposition is very strong to the point that the SCOTUS will be forced to take a 2nd look at it in some point of the future. I don't the old rule that every welfare program passed is never dismantled doesn't necessarily apply here. This law has never been popular and hard to imagine it'll ever be (at least not any time soon). Nonetheless this law should be defunded. If that doesn't happen, fighting it through other methods should be an option.
33 weeks ago
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Nancy Pelosi infamously said: ”We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

This lady should be fired for caring more about her legacy then the people of the United States.
33 weeks ago
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One has to be competent to do things deliberately. Hence can only be incompetent.

It's funny for Small Sis Sebelius to suggest that we should pass immigration "reform" to boost Obamacare enrollment. The brilliant Democratic economist, Pelosi's sidekick, whatever his name is, said "we don't have a spending problem, we have a pay for problem." It's impossible for normal people to decipher what Democrats think.
33 weeks ago
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Enough already with the disasterous predictions for Obamacare! Most people I know who have looked into to Obama's Unaffordable and Inaccessible Care Act can see what a piece of junk it is. What matters now is that a workable and easily understandable alternative be offered. I have heard that Reps have offered such but they sure aren't promoting it. Why not?
33 weeks ago
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Rep. Tom Price has recently introduced an alternative which is a terrific bill. Don't remember the name of it though. People when talking about stopping Obamacare should be presenting alternative like that.
33 weeks ago
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When Obamacare is implemented, the people who foisted it on us will be too politically unpopular to enact single payer. We only have to hope the Republicans don't do it for them.
33 weeks ago
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Those who foisted the damn thing on us exempted themselves from the damn thing.

We have to march to Washington to demand equality that lawmakers should suffer as much as we do, then they will repeal it. The question is: when have we morphed into sheep.
33 weeks ago
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Single payer. Just like in the UK. Crappy care for Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare. Great care for those with bucks. Of course, we cannot provide great socialized medicine. Unlimited care for those with unlimited need at taxpayer expense. The road was set when LBJ set up Medicare and Medicaid. The die is cast.
33 weeks ago
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I think Medicare was introduced by Harry Truman. Medicaid was actually LBJ. Social Security of course goes back to FDR and the New Deal.
33 weeks ago
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