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Should Republicans Help Democrats Fix Obamacare?

The GOP can't remain on the sidelines while the country burns.

Rick Moran


November 13, 2013 - 9:45 am
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If the argument over Obamacare could be confined to the political arena, it would be a no-brainer to say that Republicans should sit back and watch the Democrats stew in their own juices as the law implodes.

But we are far past the point of simple politics. The rollout of Obamacare has thrown the United States into an unprecedented crisis. Unprecedented because it has been caused by the monumental hubris of the Democratic Party, which actually believed it could legislate reform for one-sixth of the U.S. economy without ghastly unanticipated consequences. And the crisis is unprecedented because there is no similar case on record where the towering incompetence of a president and his administration has led the country into an inferno that we will be lucky to emerge from with only singed fingers.

Yes, a crisis, my Democratic friends. It’s a crisis that threatens individuals, families, businesses, and the economy as a whole. No doubt, there are some Americans benefiting from Obamacare. The expansion of Medicaid is going to give minimal health care to people who had none before. Some Americans are going to see a reduction in their health insurance premiums thanks to the generous subsidies being offered. And the chronically ill won’t have to pay any more for insurance than anyone else and they can’t be turned down.

These are positives, although at what cost to the Treasury and the health care industry is one of those “unanticipated consequences” that Obamacare is unfortunately becoming famous for. And it’s absurd to think we needed a 2,000 page bill that has tossed the health care industry on its head to realize those gains.

The crisis in Obamacare’s rollout is a snowball going downhill as each successive problem leads to more consequences that breed additional problems. For example, Obamacare mandates have caused cancelled policies for millions of people — and there will be tens of millions more when the employer mandate looms next fall. Those who got their insurance company “Dear John” letter were being told to log on to the exchanges in order to purchase new plans that would meet Obamacare’s strict specifications.

But they can’t do that now. The federal hub is down for the count and despite assurances it will be operational by the end of this month, Jim Geraghty links to a story about the geeks involved with the fixes who don’t think they’ll even be close to ready on November 30:

Software engineers and tech analysts scrambling to fix are discovering new problems by the day, as early fixes take hold and users are able to navigate more deeply into the troubled online application process, administration officials said Thursday.

“We are seeing volume go further down the application. What that means is we are identifying new issues,” said Julie Bataille, communications director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the site improvement.

“As volume is exposed to the system, we are identifying new issues, adding them to the punch list and working through them,” she said.

It’s not only the website. The information and calculations coming from the exchanges may be wildly inaccurate.

About 8,000 Washington residents will soon receive letters informing them that the price they are expecting to pay for health insurance purchased on the new online exchange marketplace is incorrect.

The letters are part of an effort by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates the exchange, to correct a major error that resulted in the miscalculation of tax credits that help qualified enrollees pay for insurance premiums.

To compound the problem even further, the well-known security problems with the site are even worse than anyone could have dreamed:

CBS News has learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security. Those failures could lead to identity theft among buying insurance. The project manager testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors, but CBS News has obtained the first look at a partial transcript of his testimony.

Henry Chao,’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week’s hearing. In excerpts CBS News has obtained, Chao was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system.

Chao said he was unaware of a Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues, which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said “the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless.” The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them.

But Chao testified he’d been told the opposite.

We last heard from Mr. Chao back in March, when he expressed the hope that navigating on the exchange wouldn’t become a “third world experience.” At this point, it would be a gigantic step upward if that worry would become reality.

Now, he is being lied to by his own people about the “limitless” security risks on The administration is deliberately encouraging people to use a website where the chances appear excellent that their personal information will be hacked. Lambs to the slaughter.

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If the repubs do anything to help fix this sham legislation, I have no doubt they'll be blamed for anything and everything thereafter that goes wrong.
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What "un intended consequences"? Bryan Preston just put up on Tatler an ADMISSION by the architect of Obamacare that they intended to hurt people.

And the "head" of yet ANOTHER department in this tyrannical cabal of an administration, pulls yet another Sgt. Schultz routine and the terminally gullible fall for it...tripping over their clown shoes and court jester slippers.

Sure, sure, sure. It was rogue agents in Ohio, a video on YouTube, the Easter Bunny, the Tea Party, Republicans, the Israelis and George Bush.

But never...never...the Communist liars who have seized our economy, shred every Constituional protection and conspire with the Propaganda machine to gang rape our information stream and to keep us from the truth.

Bill Ayers, George Soros, frank Marshall Davis and Barack Obama, Sr., Cloward-Piven would not see this as "unintended" at all.
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Our complaints about obamacare are valid, but we need to address a way to end obamacare. Since this law was passed entirely by Democrats, we can’t trust them to vote against the law. The mid-term election in November 2014 is the next chance we have to repeal obamacare. We need to vote for Republicans who are on record as being willing to vote for repeal as many times as it takes. If we have enough support to get a veto-proof Congress we can eliminate this law no matter what Obama wants. At minimum we can defund it.
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The ability to keep ones health insurance is a mute point. Rick has to know how difficult it is for insurance companies to reverse course and undo the damage already done. This train wreck was 3 years in the making. And the "obstructionist" GOP tried and failed repeatedly to avoid it. Now that the insurance companies have complied fully with the law, Congress wants them not to? Get real.

What Rick doesn't mention is that the Senate version of "Keep Your Health Insurance" law forces insurance companies to reissue the very policies that ObamaCare forced them to do away with. And it is only a temporary "fix". It's business as usual after 2014. Fred Upton, in other words, is walking the House GOP into a trap. Once the House rejects the unconstitutional Senate version, Reid et als will cry bloody murder and then blame the entire ObamaCare mess on the GOP. Anyone can see this ambush if they have eyes.

Repeal the entire mess in toto, and then begin again and make the process fully public. No back room deals.
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ObamaCare: Bad Medicine For A Sick Nation

“An error lurking in the roots of a system of thought does not become truth simply by being evolved.” - John Frederick Peifer

Credit to President Obama and the Democratic Congress. They’ve succeeded in giving Americans so-called healthcare reform, politically-motivated and politically-manipulated instead of scientifically-based and scientifically-driven. Now, the inescapable consequences.

Do politicians, either Democrats or Republicans, really want to deliver optimal medical care? Doubtful.

In 1994, after the defeat of ClintonCare, did they pursue a comprehensive, scientifically-based review of medical delivery in America? Did they formulate an explicit plan to deliver optimal medical care to all Americans that would be affordable and constitutional?

No. Instead, they adopted a politically-motivated patchwork-approach catering to specific groups that only worsened a bad situation. Then, they passed power back to the Democrats in 2006 and 2008. Now, they have some power again and claim to have seen the light.

How about this light? Universal coverage. Single-payer. Private sector. Competition. Scientifically-based and scientifically-driven. Constitutional. Acceptable to most third-party payers.

Would Republicans support such a plan today? If they’d supported it when they had it in they hands in 1994,* we might not have ObamaCare today (
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If you have a cancer that can be removed - you remove it. If it can't be removed, odds are it will eventually kill you.

If you have a dangerous parasite infesting your body and you can remove it - you remove it. If you don't, it will propagate and eventually, if it's deadly enough, it will suck the life right out of you literally.

If you have a gangrenous limb that is rotting off of your body - you cut it off before the rest of the body is likewise poisoned. If you don't - you will die.

Obamacare is just such an infection on society. It's parasitic tentacles infest every aspect of our lives, oozing the poison of dependency out into every sector of society and causing whole institutions to turn to rot.

"Fixing" it is not a cure. It's got to be cut out root and branch. It's a difficult job and it's going to take years - but it IS doable.

In the meantime, the Republicans should stand firm in attempting to repeal this clusterf%ck, and send up one bill after another to do exactly that.

The only mitigating factor is they do need plans to address the people who have already lost their insurance due to government stupidity and have a way for these people to be safely transitioned back to private insurance such as they had before Obamacare made such a mess of their lives.

Let the Democrats spend the first 10 months of 2014 voting against repeal - I dare them to.

Reason I say only 10 months is simple - after the November 2014 elections those democrats will likely not be in a position to vote for ANYTHING as they will be kicked out of office!
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I'm worried that the power corrupted establishment Republicans are going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.

At present all of America knows that the Republican Party is totally against Obamacare, and has been willing to shut down the government in an attempt to repeal it. So all of the blame is being placed on the Democrats, unless the Republicans attempt to reform Obamacare, in which case the Republicans will be scapegoated, and be forced to take the blame for all of Obamacare when the reform fails, as it will do. Congressman Upton (R) of Michigan has a bill attempting to reform Obamacare headed to the floor of the House. This is utterly stupid, the Republicans should offer to repeal Obamacare once again, and thereby save all present health insurance policies, and when it fails, go home for the holidays secure in the knowledge that they cannot be blamed for any of the Obamacare mess.

Let the Democrats face an Obamacare Christmas hell alone, they completely deserve all the rage they will receive. And let the Republicans point to all the efforts they have made, in an attempt to prevent this horrible mistake.
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This argument is worse than specious, it is dangerous. The core of its speciousness is apparent here: "During the three years that the Affordable Care Act has been in existence, it has spread its tentacles throughout the government and the health care industry. Thousands of pages of rules have been written. States have voted and governors have accepted Medicaid expansion. Insurance companies have radically altered their policies and ways of doing business to comply with the law. Big Pharma, doctors, hospitals, all manner of health care providers — all have geared up and made the changes necessary to comply with the law. Ripping out Obamacare when it is this heavily entrenched would do far more damage to the health care system than the law itself has already caused.. " Nonsense. Before all these things occurred, the pre-existing status quo did not stop Obama and the Democrats from pushing through their destructive changes (listed above), so why should the fact that the tentacles are just beginning to spread through our system prevent us from acting to kill this beast? The simple truth is - it doesn't. What is at stake here is not just health care insurance, or medical care. What is at stake is the future freedom of America, which will be greatly curtailed, if not completely hemmed in once all the tentacles of Obamacare have been allowed to interweave themselves throughout our society for 10 or 20 years. The Democrats are vulnerable now as they have never before been vulnerable. There is a chance (for a hard hitting Conservative-controlled Republican Party) to hang this dead turkey around the necks of the Democrat Party until its stench fills the nostrils of every American. To argue that we shouldn't do this because it will hurt people begs the question: won't Republicans acting to aid Obamacare in it s hour of need lead to its more likely success and entrenchment, and thus lead to much, much greater pain for every American in the future as far as the eye can see? The answer is yes. Now is the time to start hitting the Democrats as hard and as often as possible, bringing home to the awakened American people just how bad and how dangerous to their freedoms the Democrat Party has become. The goal should not only be the overturning of Obamacare, totally. The larger goal should be the destruction of the Democrat Party for years to come. Not acting towards that goal seems to be the purpose behind this guy's deceptive arguments.
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No the larger goal is beyond politics now. When our overbuilt medical system collapses our country as a whole will suffer . The "system" had no choice but to try and adapt to the uncertain economics . It has not done so well.

What is really happening is that the medical system is on the verge of collapse. Obamacare held the promise of cash infusion but is now on the verge of total failure. Those who we're hanging on with halfway decent employer based policies are now left without any choices.

Screw politics. Republicans and democrats care about nothing but watching the other side fail. The losers are the American people.

The results are predictable and do not tell me that republicans have a plan other than gloating as the other side sinks.

Hope you are healthy.

The idiotic obamacare and the impending doom to what passed for insurance as a result will be near impossible to fix now.

Hope you like your medical care now America.
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Sure, fix it.

Allow everyone to keep their plans. That's what the libwits now insist on. Of course, that effectively kills off Obamacare, but that's what the Landreaus of the world want this week, so it must be ok.

The only problem is the plans that have already been cancelled. So, allow the insurers to re-instate those plans....which will be enormously expensive (10M or so plans times x thousands of dollars per plan; probably $100M or so), but you can't let the insurers go out of business doing it. So they have to be made whole, out of already-allocated Obamacare funds, of course. If there isn't enough pre-allocated, then the remainder will have to come out of green initiatives, food stamps, EPA funding, etc.

In addition, of course, the budget will have to be reset to what it was in 2007, so that the criminals who have just nearly destroyed the country get sent to a smaller sandbox to scheme in.

You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Just make sure the right eggs are broken.
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The Democratic Party must be thoroughly discredited. It's far left must be completely broken. That is the only way to save this country and all that we hold dear. Pain is the only way to accomplish this objective. The Democrats must be consumed by the fire before the American people can rise from the flames.
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why is Moran even allowed to post articles here?

he's an idiot.
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So let me get this straight.
Republicans were WRONG to shut down the Government trying to STOP Obmamcare because they were supposed to allow the train wreck to happen to show how bad it was, but now that the train wreck is happening they can't let it happen to show how bad it is?
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Yes. Because, if the establishment's for it, so is Mr. Moran, even if it completely contradicts itself in less than 2 months time.
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