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The Week the Wheels Came off Obamacare

Obamacare's numbers paint a bleak picture of broken promises and outright lies.

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Stephen Green

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November 3, 2013 - 11:44 pm
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The pols and pundits can argue and fingerpoint until they’re blue in the — finger? — but Obamacare’s numbers paint a bleak picture of broken promises and outright lies. After a full month, nearly 40,000 people have successfully signed up for health insurance at HealthCare.gov, out of an administration goal of over seven million by the end of March. At that rate, the administration will have met its goal sometime in the autumn — of 2028.

Mind you, the goal of Obamacare was to provide coverage for some 47,000,000 uninsured Americans. So take those 15 years and multiply them by about seven. You’re gonna need a bigger calculator.

Ignored in those dreary statistics is the fact that people are being dumped out of their current coverage and onto the nonfunctional exchanges faster than the exchanges can handle them. An estimated 1,500,000 have lost their coverage, up against those newly insured 40,000. The best guess is that seven or eight million more face the same fate.

Which brings us to Kyle Smith in Saturday’s New York Post:

This week was something new. It was the week Obama was revealed to be a stone-cold liar.

Some 10 million Americans are going to lose their health insurance as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act.

On June 15, 2009, Obama said, in one of hundreds of similar statements, “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

This wasn’t just bulls – – t. This was a lie.

Well and simply put, Kyle. But now what? Slate’s William Saletan argues that Obama still has the polls on his side:

In a CBS News survey taken Oct. 1–2, a majority of Americans—51 to 43 percent—disapproved of the Affordable Care Act. Only 43 percent, however, said the law went “too far in changing the U.S. health care system.” Thirty percent said the law was about right, and 20 percent said it didn’t go far enough. The plurality supported the law or an extension of it. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken Oct. 7–9, 43 percent of respondents said the law was a bad idea. Only 38 percent called it a good idea. But 50 percent opposed “totally eliminating federal funding” for it, compared with 39 percent who favored cutting off funds.

Those numbers certainly do seem daunting for the GOP, especially since that bickering bunch on Capitol Hill has yet to coalesce themselves around a repeal or a replacement for Obama’s namesake reform act. What Saletan ignores, however, is that the law as structured simply isn’t working. If the solution isn’t a full repeal, then that solution is going to require a president with enough political capital to push it through a recalcitrant House.

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"This week was something new. It was the week Obama was revealed to be a stone-cold liar.

Come now...

Lying is to Obama as music is to Mozart, as painting is to Van Gogh, as Patton is to warfare, as inventing is to Edison, as treason is to Arnold. Wait, strike that. Swap Obama for Arnold. This entire debacle was maliciously and intentionally planned to fail. How else are the progressives to get us to the nirvana of government single payer health care other than by hook or by crook.

Things are now so completely screwed up that American are going to start dying for no other cause than lack of care due to bureaucratic malfeasance. Come to think of it, that "guy in the neighborhood" Bill Ayers predicted as much many years ago in imagining how his poisonous political theories might come to pass.
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Republicans? They have Obama, Sebelius, Pelosi and Reid standing over the stiff corpse ( wonder how Obama pronounces that) with a smoking gun and STILL can't construct a case to take to the public.

And when...when...are we going to stop calling hard leftism "incompetence and hubris"? The hippie-dippy Weathermen...Bill Ayers, Carl Davidson, ...put suits on their soldiers and they RUN our government.

Rashid Khalidi, Ali Abunimah, the late Edward Said...HAVE THEIR soldiers in place...and they dictate our foreign policy.

And...take the time to understand what these people want to accomplish.

They don't give a TINKER's DAM whether 50% of this country loses their healthcare, their savings, how much their gas costs or about their daddy's 401k or granddaddy's 401k.

They don't care about any employees not in the Worker's Party.

Frank Marshall Davis wouldn't care. Jeremiah Wright wouldn't care. Don Warden wouldn't care. Cloward-Piven wouldn't care. UNO wouldn't care.

It's time to wake up to our national nightmare. The political climate change is in full fury. And the WEATHERMEN are still hiding the storm clouds...after all...the WEATHERMEN always follow the news anchors...who are fully in bed with them
1 year ago
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The website malfunction is almost irrelevant. The bigger problem is that they MUST sign up roughly 2.7 million younger, healthy people who will have predictably low claims experience but pay higher premiums than they were (or would if they even bought coverage). And that's just the first bigger problem.

The "employer mandate" was delayed for a year. Once the higher costs entailed with that begin to kick in, even more people will find their plans disappearing or altered to cost more for less coverage.

Only the currently uninsured sick and the lowest income earners will be better off. EVERYONE else will pay more for less. When people begin to figure that out, the law will hit the really biggest problem.
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my neighbor's sister-in-law makes $75/hr on the laptop. She has been laid off for seven months but last month her check was $16371 just working on the laptop for a few hours. go...
http://Www.Jobs37.CoM
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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my classmate's mom makes $83 an hour on the internet. She has been without a job for eight months but last month her pay check was $12820 just working on the internet for a few hours. this hyperlink>>>>>>>>
http://xurl.es/7inli
1 year ago
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I agree with just about everything you said except that last line. We don't have to buy it. We can simply choose to not participate. There will be a fine however if you don't have a tax refund they can't take it. They can put a lien on your property but if you aren't planning to move that really has no bearing on you. If enough individuals refuse to participate the system will fail on its own. The more dysfunctional I see our government becoming the more I begin to think we just need to live without it.
1 year ago
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Stephen, I have the link somewhere in my notes, but didn't the GAO put out a report that estimated that 92 or 93 million people would lose their private or employer HC insurance due to obamacare? Isn't that around the total number of people who actually pay for insurance?
1 year ago
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It's time to start running some ads with famous Government failures highlighted:

Like, Project Vanguard, or how to put a missile into reverse gear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iXlg66sd3w


1 year ago
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I think the medical field and insurance industry can reinvent themselves quickly once Øbamacare is voted out. I have faith in the individual and free enterprise.
1 year ago
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Some democrats are acknowledging that the president of the United States repeatedly lied over a period of 5 years to the American people BUT..."It was for your own good."

(was the video/Benghazi lie he repeated for over 2 weeks for my own good, too ?)

Even more fantastical...

DiFi yesterday saying that "You can keep your doctor. You can keep your plan. Period." was only a factual, operative statement UNTIL THE BILL WAS PASSED.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/11/04/feinstein-hey-you-could-have-kept-your-plan-until-we-enacted-the-obamacare-bill/

1 year ago
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It remains to be seen if this finally going to be enough to get the attention of the people in America.
......

Having experienced the pouting, vindictiveness, and increasing desperation in the ____-in-WH and his enablers in the last weeks - - -

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Should we greatly fear his facilitating a huge crisis or event to serve as a distraction?
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Never, just never should we think now that he would not sink so low ...
1 year ago
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"Maybe the American public really does prefer reform to repeal. In that, they may be wise, because Obamacare has already wreaked so much havoc in the insurance industry and in the delivery of medical services, that there may be no putting Humpty Dumpty back together."

Really, Stephen? Have you so little faith in capitalism that you can actually type something like that?

I submit that if we gutted Obamacare and all of the healthcare legislation from federal law, you'd see a booming medical industry with a few short weeks. You'd see prices fall like rocks.

Would there be a few unhappy customers? Of course! Please point me at an industry where there are none.

By the way, it doesn't matter how many doom-and-gloom articles you write about Obamacare. It doesn't matter whether or not it can pay for itself. The taxpayers will end up eating all the cost, just like they do today for Socialist Security and the rest.
1 year ago
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I have every faith in free enterprise. I have zero faith, even in the unlikely event of a full ObamaCare repeal, for Congress or the States to allow it to function.

Seriously, when you left your comment were you writing as though medical services and health insurance were operating under capitalism before ObamaCare? All O-Care did was make an unsustainable state-mandated system worse.
1 year ago
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Absolutely true. Health care as an industry in this country has virtually no features of a free market. The government has been meddling in it for way too long, starting with Harry Truman. Health insurance should never be tied to employment, and insurance should not be restricted by state. All those restrictions, including state mandates fo what insurance should cover have so badly distorted the health care market that it is entirely dysfunctional, and it's all due to government meddling at both the federal and state level. There are NO market forces operating in a normal manner. Third-party payment means the recipient of the services has little or no control over what they get or what it costs. Medicare is the worst for restricting people's choices, and once in it you are stuck, unless you want to give up your Social Security income as well.
1 year ago
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Pardon the "off subject", but In like your handle. Very clever. But it comes in second to my favorite which was "Buck O'Fama". Wonder what ever happened to old Bucky?
1 year ago
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STOCKHOLM SYNDROME WRIT LARGE

The American people (or a critically large number of them) are saps and fools, and waiting to be devoured by the Morlocks. I know a lot of these people, and they actually can chew gum and walk at the same time, pay their bills, and get to work on time. But they don't know sh*t from Sherlock about the machinations above their paygrade. Worse, they are incapable of even thinking that they can do anything to change things. I swear that if they were led into the showers and told to put their clothes up on numbered pegs, they would do so in anticipation of getting clean and then going back home.
1 year ago
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It's true.

This price that we're paying isn't for one man's hubris, it's for years and years of national-level idiocy.
- America elected Obama in '08, even though his BS was pretty transparent to anyone who cared to look
- America gave Obama Democratic majorities in both houses, even though the results of that were entirely predictible.
- America RE-elected Obama in '12, even after being subjected to four years of his policies.

Obama didn't form in a vacuum and inflcit himself on this country. The country keeps asking for it, and based on the polls included in this post the American people, astoundingly, still just do... not... get... it.
1 year ago
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Oh, they'll get it soon enough...right up the rear end. Millions -- millions -- will not have $2,500 cut from their health care. Millions will in fact pay way more. Millions will need to find a new doctor, if there's one to find. Millions will need to pay higher deductibles and co-pays. Millions will think they can stay on daddy's policy -- until daddy loses HIS policy. Then what?

As business cuts back on hiring, even fewer will have jobs or health care. And no money to buy the mandated policies.

They will "get it" all right -- good and hard. And then we have another recession.
1 year ago
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My family includes those who have multiple college degrees in hard science electives (no gender studies drivel) and a couple of honor grads. They are mature successful folks. Work hard and are completely honest and responsible. Good family people. And they would vote for Obama for a third term if possible. Yes. we do have a problem.
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