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Ed Driscoll

This Day in Healthcare History

December 24th, 2013 - 1:37 pm

“Lest we forget: exactly four years ago today, Senate Democrats rammed through what would later be called ObamaCare, on a purely partisan vote, ignoring warnings it would be a BFD (big future disaster),” Rick Richman notes at Commentary today:

Shortly after 9 a.m., a pleased president praised the Senate and immediately left for his vacation in Hawaii. The bill had given him, he said, 95 percent of what he wanted. It had been only three and a half months since September 9, when the president had appeared before a joint session of Congress and a national TV audience to deliver an address that emphasized two things:

First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.  (Applause.)  Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.

Second, the president extolled Congress on his new insurance exchange, where he said people would be able to shop “at competitive prices,” with tax credits for those who couldn’t afford them. And best of all:

This exchange will take effect in four years, which will give us time to do it right.

From Joe Biden’s Big F’ing Deal to the 20-something boy in footie drawers in just four years. In his “30 Best Quotes of 2013″ at Townhall, John Hawkins spots this example from Mary Katharine Ham, which dovetails well with the above train wreck:

You have a friend who is a lifelong couch potato with diabetes and a heart problem. He declares his intention to run a marathon with no training whatsoever. You advise him against this, fearing he won’t be able to handle it and hurt himself. He runs the marathon, almost dies at Mile 16, and then blames you for not carrying him 26.2 miles. This is the GOP’s obligation to Obamacare, a law it had no hand in passing because it was afraid of exactly this meltdown.

In the meantime, “A Government Separated from the People Cannot Stand,” retired Army Col. Lawrence Sellin warns at the American Thinker.

Update: “New CNN Poll Shows Obama Is Losing His Own Base Over Obamacare (Video),” Jim Hoft noted yesterday at Gateway Pundit. How’s that hopeychangey stuff working out for you?

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