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Obamacare and the Wages of Spin

“Don’t p*ss on my back and tell me it’s raining.”

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Paul Hsieh

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November 4, 2013 - 10:49 pm
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Many years ago, the writer Ayn Rand noticed a curious kind of backpedalling from the political Left. First, they’d claim that socialism would provide enough shoes for the whole world. But when economic reality caught up with them, and they failed to deliver on their promises, they’d turn around and claim that going barefoot was superior to wearing shoes. In modern parlance, those broken promises weren’t a bug, but a feature!

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen precisely this pattern coming from defenders of ObamaCare. For example:

Before: If you like your insurance, you can keep it.
Now: Losing your insurance is good!

In a CNN op-ed, progressive activist Sally Kohn attempted to argue that “a canceled health plan is a good thing.”

Basically, she claimed that the cancelled insurance plans weren’t that good anyway, and the government was doing those people a favor by making them buy insurance that government considered better, even if it costs more.

Before: You’ll pay less for insurance.
Now: Paying more is good!

In his Business Insider column, Josh Barro tried to explain, “Why ‘Rate Shock’ Is An Essential Part of Health Care Reform.”

He argued that the current system already consisted of “a thicket of subsidies and transfers.” And that ObamaCare merely made these subsidies “more sensible” — for instance, by having the young subsidize the old. I’m not sure too many young people are regarding paying more for others as sensible.

Along similar lines, “Spandan C” argued on a progressive blog that it was good to force men to pay for maternity benefits that they would never need, because “they are the ones that get women pregnant, and therefore should have to pay part of the cost.” More broadly, higher insurance premiums were just the price Americans must pay to turn health care into “a social good.”

Before: You can keep your doctor. Period.
Now: Making you switch doctors will save you money!

In the Los Angeles Times, Jon Healy tried to argue:

The law may prompt some people’s insurers to trim their provider networks, forcing policyholders to choose between keeping their insurance plan and keeping their doctor…. [But] insurers are trying to cut costs by assembling smaller networks of doctors and hospitals for at least some of the plans they’re offering through the exchanges. So in order to obtain a more affordable plan, some people may have to switch doctors.

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The lie that was told, ...is told..."we are not Socialists or Communists".

...has become..."we are all Socialists now"


Obama's father was a Socialist, his grandfather was a Communist, his mother was a radical leftist, Frank Marshall Davis was a Communist, Bill Ayers was a "small c Communist", Carl Davidson was a Maoist, his professors at college were Socialists and Communists.

We have been "transformed" by the BIG LIE.

The Agenda Media were and are co-conspirators in covering up ALL the lies necessary, by "any means necessary".

Spying on us, siccing the IRS on capitalists, slandering small government proponents, ...trampling freedom, liberty and the Constitution, rigging laws and violating them for The Worker's Party, destroying our standing with allies, consorting with enemies of state and obliterating our borders and the sanctity of our voting booths.

In a dictatorship...the freedoms can be taken at the point of a gun...or...as ours have been taken...at the point of a poison pen. Thank your Agenda Media, Agenda Academia and Agenda Hollywood for the BIG LIE.

They have stolen your country, my dear countrymen. They have gang raped your freedoms and liberties. They have put you under the thumb of tyranny.

For "your own good", of course. The Weathermen run your country now.

And, the chill wind you feel down your spine...is telling you what is sure to come next.
38 weeks ago
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Sounds like Maher has the left figured out, lies are OK if they further the Greater Truth, which is what people like Maher and Obama feel is truthful- at least until tomorrow, when they tell us what that day's truthiness is. How can any reasonable human being take these twits seriously, much less give them power?
38 weeks ago
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The desperate attempts to spin their way out of responsibility for their own monstrous creation (or to convince people the chocolate ration went UP from 25 grams to 20 grams) shows that the Administration and most of their supporters in the left/media understand the website isn't even the worst part, and is the only part that has any real chance of being fixed. Otherwise, they would be saying, "No, we fumbled the kickoff but just wait, it's going to work as promised, just watch!" They aren't even trying that line anymore.

Only two types of people will swallow the sort of laughable lines the likes of Obama and Kohn and Barro are tossing out: the committed leftists who don't care what happens to the middle class or the country, and those too stupid to figure out what's happening or what's being said about it. Coincidentally, those are the only subsets of the electorate who still support Obama.

They are selling their own base on their program and their competence. This isn't going to be pretty. The failure is going to cause a lot of pain in many unrelated areas because the economy is going to take a huge hit from it.
38 weeks ago
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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.
37 weeks ago
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The Wages of Spin is Dearth.
37 weeks ago
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37 weeks ago
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All of it perfectly true. But truth matters little to those who are forcing people into something by law, because truth is only relevant if people get to think and choose on their own, including insurers and doctors. Choosing among a bunch of plans offered by captive insurance companies that have mandates forced on them is not really choice.
37 weeks ago
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Well, I just heard it on the radio so I know it's true.

To the hard Left, lying on behalf of the agenda really is a feature, not a bug.

No problemo.
37 weeks ago
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I am normally a kind-hearted, forgiving person, but God, I hate these people.
37 weeks ago
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It's like restaurants, Olive Garden must be the best restaurant in America because it serves so many people. Look how they keep their costs down by hiring minions to warm and microwave MRE's (just don't do the salad).

A nurse practitioner using our Super Dooper Computer created by the same Tech Team that brought you Healthcare.gov will diagnose all your ills and dictate treatment - yes you need a new air cleaner, oil change, and a lube job. Opps, we had Affordable Car Act up instead.
37 weeks ago
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37 weeks ago
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Makes me wonder what the medical equivalent of a 1,000-mile air filter change is.
37 weeks ago
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Like the wife who is beaten by her husband yet refuses to leave, the Obama true believer must always argue that it is for their own good.
37 weeks ago
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In America, propaganda by parties or the government is meant to persuade. They need to the votes to keep going. In the former Soviet Union propaganda didn't have to persuade, they had the power and didn't need votes. In Russia the people who made the propaganda knew it was a lie and the people who received it knew it was a lie. The authorities didn't care if people knew it was a lie, there was nothing the people could do about it, they had no power. The propaganda wasn't meant to persuade: it was meant to intimidate--the boot in the face. I fear that the Democrats are smelling a lot like Stalinists these days. Obviously Obama knows that people know what he says is a lie, and his reply seems to be: "So what? What are you going to do about it?"
37 weeks ago
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The left also claimed capitalism was the worst polluter, then some folks pointed out about every inhabited are of Russia, China, Mexico...

They said capitalism creates poverty, then people pointed out East vs. West Germany, North vs. South Korea, China vs. Hong Kong...

And on and on....spin, spin spin...
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I once saw a road crew heating tar to patch holes in the street. It was in the middle of a city with people everywhere. They were heating the tar in a caldron over a pile of burning tires. Black smoke was everywhere for blocks. The country wasn't America and it has never been capitalist...
37 weeks ago
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Kathleen Sebelius nearly went on meltdown when pressed by a representative in last week's hearing as to whether or not she would go into the exchanges herself.

"I have group coverage, doesn't apply to me"

"But WOULD YOU ?"

"I think it would be illegal for me to sign up through the exchanges for healthcare."

All completely wrong, Kathleen could sign up for Obamacare in a heartbeat. Wants nothing to do with the abomination she and her minions have spent the past 3 1/2 years on, writing over 11,000 pages of regulations.
37 weeks ago
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No, Sebelius _cannot_ sign up for Obamacare on one of the "exchanges" - because she's over 65 and is REQUIRED to get Medicare. Since she's the person who RUNS Medicare, you'd think she would KNOW that.

Or perhaps she just doesn't want to reveal her age....
37 weeks ago
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Kathleen mentioned only her government provided insurance policy in last week's testimony when the Congressman asked the question.

And...

"Medicare is run by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. While CMS operates the Medicare program, the Social Security Administration determines Medicare eligibility."

http://www.massresources.org/medicare-description.html#whoruns

Furthermore...

"Enrollment is not mandatory but is automatic when you receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement."

http://www.ehow.com/info_7926033_mandatory-enroll-medicare.html
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