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Obamacare’s Useful Idiots

We surrender, Paul! Krugman pronounced Obamacare a "success" based on one unidentified person he "talked to" in New Jersey.

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Tom Blumer

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October 17, 2013 - 12:19 am
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As the HealthCare.gov catastrophe enters its third week, three obvious facts have emerged:

● First, very few users can even get past creating a privacy-invading profile which shouldn’t be a necessary condition for shopping.

● Second, the vast majority of those who are getting in to explore their alternatives do not like what they see.

● Finally, the program’s useful idiot defenders won’t allow reality to intrude on their fantasies.

Take Tim Mullaney at USA Today. For the paper’s October 4th print edition, Mullaney excused users’ problems as “technical glitches likely to be gone by Thanksgiving” (i.e., almost two months after his column’s publication), and pronounced the web site “an out-of-the-box success for consumers shopping for health insurance.” In his view, “[T]he fundamentals (of) well-priced insurance, clearly explained … are in place.”

“Well-priced?” Even hardened leftists are having a hard time handing premiums which are double or triple what they had been paying.

What kind of “well-priced” structure socks middle-aged married couples with $10,000-plus net premium increases for earning a single extra dollar of income? Answer: A structure which is so bad that it moved a San Francisco Chronicle financial advice columnist to suggest “working a bit less” to avoid losing a “huge subsidy.” Additionally, as I noted in late September, that “well-priced” structure will encourage married couples to divorce, and will deeply discourage future marriages.

As to “clearly explained,” the jury is still out, but my bet is that an awful lot of people won’t fully grasp how brutal the increases in deductibles present in so many Obamacare policies are compared to their old plans — you know, the ones about which Obama lied when he said they could keep them — until they actually have to use their new one.

Using Obamacare for medical services is on track to become extremely problematic. Insurance companies say that HealthCare.gov is not providing them with what they need to enroll the vast majority of individuals and families who believe they will have coverage in the plans they have selected. One report claims that as few as “1 in 100” enrollment applications have sufficient information. Insurance industry officials who apparently no longer fear the wrath of failed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have revealed that “the backroom connection between the insurance companies and the federal government is a disaster.” One believes that fully sorting out the exchanges’ problems may take up to three years. If Obamacare were a private sector endeavor, the plug would have been pulled after three days.

Mullaney, who from what I can tell has made no visible attempt to amend his evaluation based on obviously damning subsequent events, is far from alone in his useful idiocy.

At the New York Times, Paul Krugman pronounced Obamacare a “success” based on one unidentified person he “talked to” in New Jersey who said she enrolled and “was very happy with the low cost.” Wow. We surrender, Paul.

Meanwhile, Times editor Bill Keller, in an item which appeared on Saturday, long after the pervasiveness of HealthCare.gov’s issues became widely known, decried “the frantic fictions of the right wing” and insisted that the web site’s failures only “confirm that there is enormous popular demand.”

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As Fran Porretto says below ACA's goals have nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with income leveling. Over time incomes will be capped at around $45K for singles and $62k for families with a temporary boost to about $80k when children are in the house. Married couples will need about $75k just to break even when the kids leave the house. The middle class will have the choice of going uninsured or scaling back their standard of living to the more modest levels that the left desires. The goal of Obama-led Democratic Party is 20% on welfare, 75% working poor and lower middle class all ruled by a kleptocracy of 5%. And they will control who is allowed entry into the Kleptocracy.

There is one positive unintended consequence of the law. The ACA environment will reconnect healthcare consumers with the price mechanism. With higher deductables and more doctors demanding up fornt payment and handing you a receipt to file with your insurance company consumers will be forced to shop around for less expensive providers.

I am 15 months out from my Medicare "benefits" and fortunate enough to be able to pay cash for everyday medical services. I will be shopping around for a doctor who doesn't take Medicare so I can pay him cash and get quality healthcare at least until the government prohibits him from "exploiting" me.
48 weeks ago
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Much has become clear since the "rollout:"
-- ObamaCare has nothing to do with health care;
-- It has nearly nothing to do with medical insurance;
-- The reactions against it among medical professionals are serious;
-- Young adults will be badly harmed by the law;
-- Employers will remain extremely reluctant to hire more full-time employees;
-- Senior citizens and Medicaid clients will face drastic reductions in the care available to them.

If this is deemed a "success" in the world of left-wing public policy -- if there are more leftist commentators like Krugman who openly proclaim it so -- we need to make sure that ordinary Americans hear every last statement to that effect, even as they suffer under the new law. It is vital that the architects and promoters of this atrocity be permitted no evasion of responsibility for it.
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Tom, I generally agree except for one item. When you call them 'useful idiots' you imply that they lack knowledge. I contend they know exactly what they are doing and are fulfilling their assigned role. That is, to tell us red is blue and up is down and we just don't understand because it has not been explained by an expert.
48 weeks ago
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The useful idiots are people who have excellent health insurance through upper level employers such as universities or Big Media, or who are shills for ObamaCare one way or another. Other enthusiasts for ObamaCare are wealthy elite liberals who already use 100% private 5 star cash-only medical services and who don't need to bother with insurance. A fine for not having insurance, or a Bronze Plan they won't bother to use, so what? ObamaCare is for Those Other People, not People Like Us. ObamaCare will accentuate the drift toward a 3 tier medical system: 5-star private all cash world-class for the wealthy, ObamaCare plus supplemental policies, cash, alternative health practitioners such as chiropracters, and whatever else they can scrape up. The poor will get minimal Medicaid services. Everyone but the wealthy will be worse off, especially the middle class. As time goes on, middle class ObamaCare policies will become more like Medicaid Plus, with higher costs for more restrictions and worse quality services. Take your vitamins, go to the gym, and pray you don't get sick.
48 weeks ago
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Something to remember.
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48 weeks ago
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I asked a 20 something "progressive" neighbor if he had signed up for Obamacare. He replied that he hadn't because he considered any cost to be too much and that he anticipated that in a year or two that all healthcare would be completely paid for by the government. He viewed the initial roll-out to be the foot-in-the-door for the total take-over of healthcare by the government.
48 weeks ago
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There is a thread on Instapundit that posits that Millenials will become Libertarians because of O-care. You need to cross post this bit of reality there.
If the Kamikaze brigade [last time I use it, promise] stays home next year he will get his wish otherwise the Republican House will stop that one cold.
48 weeks ago
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The neo-malthusians love it
48 weeks ago
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Hopefully whoever was the architect of the healthcare.gov system should be fired. But what is happening much to the chagrin of the people who would prefer people with pre-existing conditions not get insurance or the poor just use the ER or the young to play russian roulette and not get insurance and healthcare bankruptcies continue to be number one cause of bankruptcies is that Obamacare is going to be successful.

What has happened in the State exchanges are people are signing up and they are getting lower rates than before with subsidies. Remember a family can receive subsidies if they make 94K or less.

Voters will remember the party that didn't want the poor to have healthcare and just look at the states that said no to medicaid expansion. They are beacons on how to treat the less fortunate and being as they say they are so christian if find it hard to believe.
48 weeks ago
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The largest component of people seeking treatment for non emergencies in the ER are senior citizens who cannot find a doctor who will take medicare.

Voters will remember which Party locked seniors out of the medical system and set up a system to cap incomes.
48 weeks ago
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Sebelius: a failure as a Catholic, a failure as a woman, a failure as an American, not even able to handle being a public employee: she failed.

Kathleen Failure Sebelius is her name.
48 weeks ago
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The measure of Obamacare's "success" is after one year (or even by November 2014) how many people have stayed with their Obamacare insurance by actually paying those high premiums, compared with how many have lost (or dropped) their health insurance, and how many have had their hours cut to less than 30 per week (or were only able to find a job at less than 30 hours per week. The answer will be very, very negative. And that will be only for the initial (and hopefully last) year of Obamacare. When the premiums rise (or skyrocket) again due to adverse selection, the results for Obamacare will be much, much worse. A true death spiral.
48 weeks ago
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To get rid of obamacare there are only two choices. Either vote for a Democrat who swears to oppose it or vote for a Republican who swears to oppose it. For those who refuse to vote you are requesting that you be taxed to support others and you will still have to buy your own health insurance. This is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme brought to you by a Chicago punk. We need a veto-proof Congress and the only way to get it is to VOTE!!!!
48 weeks ago
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Will that be before or after our energy bills necessarily skyrocket?
48 weeks ago
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While.
48 weeks ago
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Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to explain. This is a two step process. First this ridiculous "plan" is designed to eventually faiil, but it will succeed in destroying any sort of free market for insurance and then the "oppressitoriat " will graciously come to the rescue with an all govt. plan saying the free market has failed.
So flail away friends, we might as well get this over with quickly.
48 weeks ago
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Insurance is a paper product. It can be summoned back to existence at the stroke of a pen or keystroke. A single product company like Blue Cross may disappear but a full line insurer like Aetna or Prudential will be around to step into a privatized market. The real problem is the destruction of the healthcare production process. Doctors who retire and hospitals that downsize or close are not easily replaced. With reduced rates of return the supply of new doctors falls. Medical education takes many years to produce a doctor. This is the real threat from O-care not the elimination of a paper product like insurance.
48 weeks ago
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So what you are saying is the poor should die when they get sick or at least not see a doctor. Doctors are only for people of means who might be insured right? So that's the Republican plan? Grayson was right - the Republican plan is if you get sick die quickly.
48 weeks ago
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Enter the Progressive strawman and fallacy of false choices.

Do you think destroying the medical system is going to get the poor healthcare? You cannot order a doctor to treat someone, you can't keep a doctor in practice if he/she doesn't want to and you can't force people to go into medicine. The ACA will not get the "poor" medical care because health insurance/medicaid is not equal to healthcare.

ACA sets up a three tiered healthcare system:

Tier 1: The Kleptocracy will have the same medical care that had before ACA.
Tier 2: Assembly line medicine for the working poor and lower middle class
Tier 3: Little or no healthcare for seniors and those on medicaid.

The poor will receive less healthcare than they do now and everyone except the kleptocracy will get less care for more money.

Let me guess, you think that you are part of the Kleptocracy.
48 weeks ago
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Boggsy probably IS part of the Kleptocracy, but remember, the Kleptocracy never use that term for themselves. *!*!*Light-workers*!*!* is more like it.
48 weeks ago
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They sure as hell shouldn't have same access to medical care that the rest of us have to pay for.
48 weeks ago
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That's why we would prefer they have insurance so people don't have to think the way you do about the inferior species called the poor
48 weeks ago
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Problem is, idiots like you have decided to "give" them insurance by making "other people" (like me) pay for it. Just another way of grabbing money from the productive.

Got a better idea. Get the government completely out of healthcare. My wife paid cash for an operation. It was about 1/3 - 1/5 the cost of the same operation under insurance. The government has created such perverse incentives for medical care that it costs about 3 to 5 times what it ought to.
48 weeks ago
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Well that just shows you that you have little understanding about the funding sources for Obamacare. Why am I not surprised?

I don't see where the government is doing much other than connecting people to private insurance companies just like companies connect with private insurance companies.
48 weeks ago
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I don't see where you are doing anything other than talking out of the side of your neck!
There will be a 3.? % tax on the sale of every home after Jan 1. Medical device tax. Non coverage tax; and about 800 billion dollars in new taxes over the next 10 years.

Free Medical care is not really free.
48 weeks ago
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SUBSIDIES, Boggsy. When someone scraping by on a paltry 399% of the poverty level applies for O-care on the exchanges, they can't possibly be expected to pay the full amount out of their own pockets!

No, instead the guy who's at 401% of the federal poverty level pays for it.

This is called a SUBSIDY, or, in your lingo, Magical Unicorn Money.
48 weeks ago
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Obamacare is funded through two sources. Taxes and transfers between classes of consumers. Both are other people's money.

O-care transfers money from the young to the old.
From the healthy to the sick.
From the maker to the taker.

Let me guess not only do you think that you are part of the Kleptocracy but you are also a Millenial.
48 weeks ago
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Then you are not paying attention. No big surprise.

The insurance polices are one size fits all. As a small example, my wife and I, if we bought insurances through an obama exchange, would have purchase maternity - even though neither of us can get pregnant. And that is just one example. There are plenty of others. The insurance is way more expensive than what I get through my employer.

Then there are subsidies. I have to subsidize the lame, lazy, weak, stupid and perverted's insurance. And, of course, if my insurance is TOO GOOD, I have to pay a tax on that, too.

Then there is truly perverse idea that a government can tax me for NOT buying something. Just wait and see where that goes...
48 weeks ago
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Indeed, "Obamacare is a success" needs to come back with the same force and frequency as "But Brutus is an honorable man."

Of course we also need to brace ourselves for Obamacare's rebranding as a Republican-induced disaster.
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