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Another Week, Another Trio of Obamacare Outrages

Again, they can't be this stupid and incompetent.

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Tom Blumer

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December 12, 2013 - 10:58 pm
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Attempting to distract Americans from the ongoing implosion of the Affordable Care Act, his alleged “signature achievement,” President Barack Obama pivoted for the umpteenth time last week, pulling “income inequality” out of his bag of tricks for yet another spin.

In a December 4 speech, he cited “growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” as “the defining challenge of our time.”

That’s interesting. During the Bush administration, income inequality stabilized, while a 2007 Treasury Department study found that income mobility from 1996 through 2005 was “unchanged … from 1987 through 1996.”

The two problems began to worsen when the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy began in the spring of 2008. Further decay has taken place during Obama’s five-year stewardship, such as it has been, of the U.S. economy.

The president’s proposed “solutions” are the ones which have been serially tried and have always failed: a higher minimum wage, which creates higher unemployment and a larger permanent underclass; higher taxes on “the rich,” which hold back investment in future growth opportunities; and seeming limitless deficit spending, which continues to saddle future generations with growth-retarding and eventually (if not stopped) growth-killing obligations.

The best solutions are those which promote genuine private-sector growth. In these, the Obama administration is singularly disinterested. Those who doubt this assertion only need to look at the person whose help Obama has sought as his credibility and other crises deepen: John Podesta, chairman of the far-left Center for American Progress. Podesta is obsessed with income inequality, and is singularly focused on wealth redistribution through the tax code and other coercive means as the only viable solutions.

That Obama somehow needs to distract Americans from Obamacare’s virtually daily dose of bad news is obvious. What follows are just three of the latest outrages.

On the most recent edition of Fox News Sunday, Ezekiel Emanuel, aka Zeke the Bleak, one of the Affordable Act’s architects, told Chris Wallace that the president didn’t really lie when he repeatedly and unconditionally guaranteed that “you can keep your doctor, period,” because “if you want to (keep him or her), you can pay for it” out of your own pocket.

So the “solution” to the problem of the currently uninsured is to force people who like their doctors to self-insure, i.e., to become newly uninsured for what matters to them, while paying premiums for Obamacare policies under penalty of law for doctors they don’t favor, probably don’t need, and probably won’t use. We seemingly have no choice but to assume that this is exactly what the Obama administration wanted to see happen.

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We need to do something about the bureaucrats too. I think they are worse - more powerful and more invisible - than the elected officials.
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Based on a concept floated by the InstaPundit:

How about a 50% excise tax on speaking fees for the first 5 years after you leave government (dis)service?
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"...they can't be this stupid and incompetent."

Yes, They Can!
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So many lies told to America by the Jackass party to mislead the nation.
People are now crashing into the reality that disproves their lies. No one is immune it seems!

I made this parody video to highlight the lies told, plus its funny!

Hitler's health insurance is cancelled [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USG_gjaEYak]
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Watched the video. That was pretty good.

Thanks. Could use a few laughs nowadays...
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I watched and listened to an interview someone had with good old boy Zeke; his arrogance is beyond belief. He made me want to jump through the TV screen and punch him in the nose.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this is all a sideshow. Obama's domestic agenda amounts to the pet projects of himself and like-minded radical left buddies such as Bill Ayers, etc. But this is not why he is president. What he is doing on the domestic front is roughly analogous to someone on a football scholarship who just happens to like English lit so that is what they are getting their degree in...but that is their own personal preference...they are BEING PAID to PLAY BALL.

Obama is president on a SCREW ISRAEL scholarship. That is what he is there for. The Gulf Arabs with their influence over the markets rigged the timing of the crash in order to scare the American people into electing him president. The main lever of power that was used was their control over oil prices, which skyrocketed that year for SOME mysterious reason, and which had the very predictable effect of bringing the stock markets down. This was their sure-fire last-ditch maneuver meant to make damn sure McCain could not win. This was used along with their other elements of influence here, to include a bought and paid for major media, along with major academic institutions.

They did this in order to install a president who would back the Palestinians no matter what, and shove a Saudi-style "peace plan" down Israel's throat which would amount to slow assisted suicide for the Jewish state.

But then, the Law of Unintended Consequences reared it's head. Obama is soooo brainwashed about the validity and importance of this b.s. Palestinian "cause" by his Saudi-proxy handlers and mentors - e.g., Khalid Al Mansour, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Saiid - that he puts the highest priority on this issue....ahead of say, stopping Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Which now has the Gulf Arabs wetting their pants.

In fact, Obama NEEDS the threat of an imminently nuclear Iran as his primary tool of leverage for blackmailing Israel into capitulating to the PA. This is why he is utterly opposed to a unilateral Israeli strike on Iran, and has now taken the outrageous step of signing this bogus agreement with Iran which all but gives Iran a green light to produce nuclear arms. It is hardly a coincidence that this "interim agreement" covers about the very same span of time he's allotted to arrive at a "final status" agreement between Israel and the PA. This deal with Iran is meant as a political firewall to prevent Israeli actiona against Iran during this time frame, which may also run out the clock on the window for effective Israeli unilateral action in any event.

Which in turn leads us to Obama's "ideal" scenario: The window closes on Israel's ability to act against Iran, but Washington can still do the job. At this point, Obama levels his ultimatum at Israel: "Sign here on this deal I dictate to you with the Palestinians, or I let Iran go nuclear, and abandon you in the UN besides". Of course, Obama isn't going to hit Iran anyway, and Iran will play Obama for a fool and get nukes anyway unless Israel stops them.

My point being: You think Obamacare is bad? Wait until you see/feel the consequences of either a) Israel hitting Iran on their own in the next six months in the face of open U.S. resistance, or b) the kind of world we'll be living in when Iran gets the bomb. This will make Obamacare look like small potatoes indeed.

As bad as Obama is domestically, you ain't seen nothin' yet. It is on the foreign policy front that he's going to do his most serious damage.

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And yet, behind the scenes, the Saudis are noticing that they need Israel to contain the Iranians as their military is not too powerful given their small population and wealth that outsources most work to imported labor. That is why IDF officers were quietly in SA recently checking out certain facilities.
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In Obama's "Dreams of My Father" he indicates that his ultimate goal is that the population is employed 100% by the Government which provide 100% of what the government thinks the people need.
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Oh, you mean communism!
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In 1790, John Philpot Curran said, “It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” How do we become eternal vigilant? Plato writes in his Laws that men are the true guardians of the law, and they need a knowledge of them all. They must be able to illustrate and explain this knowledge in their speech, and to adapt to it in their practice, to discern the nature the division of good and evil. The God of Israel acknowledges the wisdom of being knowledgeable and active in the laws when He says in Deuteronomy 6.6-7 “… these words, which I command you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates.” American need a system of eternal vigilance. This system is provided. It is called the Sabbath, a weekly public assembly by all the people in order to review the laws of the land and the magistrates who execute them. Until the People, perform the work of the sovereign, certainly the hired hands, their agents, will continue to reap destruction upon the people's will. Article VIII ordains the 4th branch of government, the Sabbath.
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When I first read HR3590 and S1796 I was taken aback by the broad strokes and terminology that was open to manipulation. And manipulate they did. What are we at now? Over 20K of pages of regulations?

I do have a request: Does anyone know how to filter out the regulations on obamacare on the Federal Registry site? Or better yet a non-governmental archive of the regulations to date?

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Who would have thought the prescription drug formulary could end up as a death panel? For the AIDS patients, it's their death sentence if they don't have the money out of their own pockets to pay for it. Sarah Palin keeps being more correct every day on Obamacare.
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Genocide. They're weeding out the weak. This is no accident, no collateral damage. They are getting rid of people with AIDs, MS, Lupus, and other such autoimmune diseases just as the Nazis got rid of the Jews and the Gypsies.
And when somebody reacts to this statement with mock indignation, I will call bull.
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I like the idea of AIDS patients having to pay for the degenerate social behavior that caused them to catch AIDS in the first place. They now know there will be a cost to their bath-house culture of promiscuity.
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Heteros have it too..........and those who got it with blood transfusions..
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But I thought dems liked gay people. Who would have thunk they are more determined to kill them than the worst of the radical christian types.
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They are also supposed to like black people and look how that's working out. The Democrats were the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation but from their propaganda organs (AKA the MSM), you'd think it was Democrats that won the civil war.
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I am a part owner in a union commercial construction business. Our field workers are covered under union plans that we pay into as part of their benefits. The office personnel are offered a group health plan that we heavily subsidize. Every year we analyze the market and the various plans to give our employees (all of them are our friends as well) the best coverage at the least expense. The office health care plan is never as good as the union plan but it is still good. However it has always been expensive because we have a small group and some expensive preexisting conditions that raise our rates. We opted to renew our insurance this December rather than our scheduled renewal in July of 2014 because it gave us 6 more months of coverage at a slightly increased rate from this year. If we renewed next year, we were quoted a 30% increase over our already very expensive rates for less coverage on things we need and more coverage of things we did not want. We have just postponed the inevitable and next year expect to get our new ACA rates. Most of the people in the office voted for Obama in the last election and it is very hard for me to not want to pass all increases on to the employees as their just deserts. I won't do that because nothing is ever gained by being spiteful but it all seemed so obvious when the ACA was being debated and so many people fell for the lies and prevarications.
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Why not give them the money and let them pay for it- best of both worlds, they get the increase paid for but they see that somebody gotta fork over for it. Oh, yeah, the tax consequences distort reality. Funny thing about that. In reality you are giving them a raise that they don't even know about- just to cover for the government.
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"Why not give them the money and let them pay for it- best of both worlds, they get the increase paid for but they see that somebody gotta fork over for it. Oh, yeah, the tax consequences distort reality."

Yes, you answered your own question with the tax implication noted. On the other hand, I once considered simply giving my employees the money as you suggest. Problem is that some would simply keep the money and not purchase insurance. Thus the total pool would shrink and the group rate would likely increase.
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You are protecting them from the costs of their behavior. By subsidizing Obamabots you will get more Obamabots who will vote for even worse public policy. You need to teach them a lesson.
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and we are finding out that if you like your medicine, you may not be able to keep it on the new plans either.

So you can't keep your plan, you may not be able to keep your doctor, you may not be able to keep your medicine, and you may not be able to be treated in the best hospitals. And this to B.O. and liberals is called progress.


Don't you love progress, as a generic word used by liberals, but never defined??
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