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The Fundamental Dishonesty of Obama and Obamacare

Millions of employees will lose their plans. Many of them will also lose their coverage.

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Tom Blumer

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November 22, 2013 - 6:45 pm
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Wait, who said anything about “if you like your plan…”?

 

It’s hard to overstate how disconcerting the news about our government has been since Obamacare debuted on October 1st.

The HealthCare.gov rollout for consumers, utterly disastrous and demoralizing as it has been, is in the grand scheme a far-down-the-list annoyance. Its most beneficial result has been to teach Americans with their eyes even remotely open that our government has devolved to the point where it can’t carry out even the simplest of tasks.

Over a long weekend followed by some supplemental tweaking, the three guys who built the working Affordable Care Act policy search web site known as TheHealthSherpa.com for free accomplished what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s assembled contractors and bureaucrats couldn’t get done with a 42-month head start and hundreds of millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, Team Sebelius’s work has been extraordinarily shoddy. Four IT experts told a congressional hearing this week that the currently not secure web site won’t be secure by the government’s self-imposed but increasingly squishy November 30 deadline. You would think in these circumstances that no one with a brain would suggest that users visit HealthCare.gov and attempt to enroll. You would be wrong. On Wednesday, Sebelius said that she “feels like it’s safe.” She “knows” it is not. A private firm executive allowing this travesty to continue for 50 days would be in jail, and his or her company would be shut down permanently.

Behind the curtain, things are far worse. With about 25 business days left before the provision of medical services is set to begin, what remains undone is downright terrifying.

We’re told that the problem with HealthCare.gov sending bad enrollment information to insurers, first reported five weeks ago but surely discovered just days after the site’s launch, is only “two-thirds” fixed.

That’s the “good” news.

On Tuesday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy chief information officer Henry Chao told a House hearing that “the back-office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need be built.” Chao had plenty of chances to correct himself, and didn’t. It’s reasonable to believe, especially based on this administration’s track record, that Chao really said that work on these systems hasn’t even started.

As awful as all of this is, what’s infinitely worse is that the administration still clings to the notion that its core guarantee — that “if you like your health care plan (and doctor, and provider), you can keep your health care plan (and doctor, and provider)” — remains true for 95 percent of Americans. It’s not.

Given one more chance to come clean with the American people on November 14th, Obama instead chose to perpetuate that myth (bolds are mine):

With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan, you can keep it, I think — and I’ve said in interviews — that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law, but it was insufficient.

Keep in mind that the individual market accounts for 5 percent of the population. So when I said you can keep your health care, I’m looking at folks who’ve got employer-based health care …

Obama’s “5 percent” lowball estimate of the individual market is really eight percent. But it’s his statement about employer-based health care which officially and irretrievably takes his and his administration’s fundamental dishonesty to a new level.

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Untold scores of Americans, regardless of political stripe, are going to lose something much more precious....their lives, or the lives of their loved ones.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Will Obamacare be repealed or won't it? Will Congress fund it or won't it? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Congress be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. EXEMPT OURSELVES! We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or men(women)? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS, the gestapo of America's political class. After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. law every day. Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of our most basic founding fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom.
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It's not the incompetence of big government, it is the tyranny of unaccountable government ...and we do ourselves a massive injustice by muddling the two.

Nearly $700 million dollars went to a bundler for Obama's campaign, who helped to circumvent the credit card security system so that foreign, non-citizens could impact our free elections.

The entire process of installing Obamacare has been a fraud, based upon a pile of lies, to sustain a Ponzi scheme that fills the coffers of those who intend to destroy the free market.

It was posed as not a tax...the ONLY way it survived Supreme Court legal scrutiny was AS A TAX. It is, was, and always has been a punishing, brutalizing..."it's OUR TURN" payback...the "have nots" punishing the "haves".

Those who PAY taxes, being groped by TSA, humiliated, un-diapered grandmas and babies, "yo 401k and yo daddy's 401k and yo grand daddy's 401k" being seized, the Senate being dismantled, the House being ignored, the Supreme Court being circumvented...and packed with traitors to the Constitution.

EVERY protection, every freedom, every check and balance under direct assault. With our information stream turned into a Propaganda Shield to cover up and disguise and prevent truth from ever reaching the people.

The One World Socialists have stolen our protections, our liberty, our freedoms. Their media has actively conspired to aid and abet them. The Republican Party has treated this like a Girl Scout pillow fight.

The lack of rage defies comprehension. SOMEBODY has to organize the facts and articulate to the masses what is being done to them...and get the message out in spite of the Propaganda traitors.

Again, Obamacare is the first true bruise appearing on the body politic. The masses are "feeling" the effects of small c communism...they have no idea they have been infected with political AIDS. The lifeblood of this once great nation has sepsis of a virulent evil.

It is NOT incompetence...that's a symptom of radical leftism...not the disease. Tyranny, treason and treachery...the intent to destroy our protections and get "payback"...is the disease.

The time for soft and timid responses has long since passed.
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The overly ambitious ACA was impossible from the outset. Two academics and others played a role in its creation. Zeke Emmanual [Pen]and Gruber [MIT} and Berwick of some institution: academics and theory at the core.
Running 2700 pages long and over 10,000 regulations was simply excessive.
The problem to be solved has not been identified to this day.
Allegedly it was to provide insurance for the 30 million who did not have insurance whether they wanted insurance or no.
Consequently, the web problem is one of many problems. Overload to a system that is broken from the outset.
If those who write legislation - lobbyists and conressional staff and think tanks - had to answer three questions, we might have better results.
The three questions are: First, what is the problem to be solved specifically. Second how is the solution proposed attainable, and, third what percentage of the goal [question 1] can be measured specifically?
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