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Relax, GOP — Obamacare Will Defund Itself

October 20th, 2013 - 8:34 pm
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Could Obamacare be the Barry-cade that traps Obama himself?

Amidst the brouhaha over defunding Obamacare, the government shutting down, the Republican brand plummeting as the party fractures, etc., etc., the GOP is being presented with a golden opportunity that they would be extremely wise to consider and exploit carefully — Obamacare is about to defund itself.

And this isn’t just because of the ridiculously rocky rollout of its website. The government is apparently sending for the private tech industry “fire department” in the Silicon Valley. Those folks will probably be able to unsnarl things sooner or later.

Apple, after all, was able to sell 9 million of their new iPhones in the first weekend, a figure the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to achieve ever, let alone in the first forty-eight hours.

The government hopes to have 7 million insured by March. Now several weeks after launch, less than half a million have taken only the first application step. Who knows how many have actually gotten health insurance. The government isn’t saying — and we can guess why.

Indeed, the entire fiasco is a perfect example of the efficiency of free markets over government.

But that’s obvious. What is worse for Obamacare is what happens after they actually fix HealthCare.gov. They need young people to sign up, almost three million of them, to make the system fly, to subsidize it. But why should they? Many twenty and thirty somethings are paying off $20,000-$30,000 student loans. Many others don’t have jobs. And those that do, already subsidize Social Security.

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Recall the following from Ronald Reagan's 1964 speech "A Time For Choosing"

So they're going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. Well, now, if government planning and welfare had the answer—and they've had almost 30 years of it—shouldn't we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn't they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? ..."

"But the reverse is true. Each year the need grows greater; the program grows greater."
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"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments' programs, once launched, never disappear.

Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth"
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What I'm reading here is that everyone is in agreement that PP CACA sucks. We all know it does and would very much prefer that our elected officials fight tooth & nail to get rid of it.

But I have been harping on something for years. It's the "go along to get along" mentality that has invaded our collective psyche. There are those who have a natural "fight" born into them. A cynicism that detects and abhors poor administration, poor execution and poor sense.

But fewer and fewer people embrace that attitude because it has been carefully and quietly labeled as "negative thinking". However, cynicism, of a certain style and shape is necessary for survival in any generation and any situation. In it's most basic form, it's suspicion of the schlocky used car salesman. In a more evolved form, it's appropriate apprehension of a "something for nothing" situation, or one that appears benevolent but experience dictates caution.

But as to the last two, Americans have been forced to "go along to get along" in the workplace and in the social construct of society so as to "avoid conflict".

This includes the military, when a bumbling commander is praised and further promoted because to draw attention, or even mention their ineptitude would damage one's own chances at advancement. The argument being, "Sure, everyone sees it, but who's gonna fall on their sword to point it out?" In other words, by criticizing policy openly, one runs the risk of destroying themselves.

However, this type of attitude, a cowardice if you will, is now deeply ingrained into American thinking. And, everyone who's a worker-bee is equally miserable but here's where it gets even more interesting: The absolute willingness to be satisfied with complete and utter defeat. The shrugging of the shoulders and saying, "Heh...what can I do? That's the way it is. Nobody can do anything...we just have to put up with it."

And so it goes. City hall robs you blind, takes your freedoms away and all you can do is roll over and let them apply themselves to every orifice you have. To me, that's called LOSING.

And Americans have become accustomed to, and comfortable with, losing.

Losing in Vietnam. Losing in Korea. Losing in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Well, maybe not so much "comfortable" but afraid to desire and broadcast that we'd like to kick some ass and shut the world up for a change. Because committed national socialists will come out of the woodwork and excoriate and publicly execute with words anyone who flies the flag and is proud to be an American with American ideals.

We have entered an entirely dysfunctional situation brought on by years of reprimands for "negative thinking" and for having ideas that are "selfish".

There's a lot that statists and national socialists have in common, obviously but what's NOT so obvious is the millions of willing accomplices they have who "go along to get along"; Who don't want to "draw attention to themselves"; Who hide behind complacency.

Why? Because we have learned that raising your voice to the cubicle monkey at the DMV will get you removed by a state trooper, no matter how right you are; That complaining to authority only gets you microscoped by said authority instead of said authority actually taking their job seriously instead of taking it personally that you have no respect for them.

ROME, 63AD.
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Too few people sign up and the program runs a deficit. So? Call the Fed and Treasury to cover the shortfall. Just add it to the debt. Isn't that how our government operates? No one will get fired because the web site doesn't work. The program will never be closed down just because it a) is a huge money pit and b) it fails to deliver the service it was designed to. When have government programs been expected to meet those metrics?
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Oh fer Chrissakes. Saying that Obamacare "will defund itself" is like saying that the "illegal aliens will deport themselves." I tire of such silliness.
40 weeks ago
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The criticalo moment will be when the obama buck passers try to blame the failures on the "evil insurance companies", and say the solution is to eliminate them and go to single payer, basically replacing one big gov failed program with an even larger one. We will have to point out that the insurance companies are now so heavily regulated under obamacare that they no longer have any control over what they do, and instead of blaming the insturance companies, they should blame obamacare and the dems instead, and the solution is to eliminate obamacare and let a real market operate again.
40 weeks ago
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What a load of horse hockey! Name ONE gov't program that ended? They will just throw more of our $ at ocare to keep it afloat. Anyone that thinks otherwise is a naive fool.
40 weeks ago
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"So what should Republicans do?"
first and foremost, remind the public on a daily basis that obamacare was and is a 100% democrat product, and that not one republican voted for it.
really, they should have begun doing this on march 24, 2010.
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It won't fail. All they have to do is extend the range and amount of the subsidies. It is an entitlement program. If you look at the way it functions rather than looking at it through the labels everyone seems to be putting on it the program can, in effect, be a single payer system with everyone paying on a "progressive" scale.

The subsidies are the key. When people complain the Dems will say that the subsidies need to be increased. The Republicans, not wanting to be seen as the bad guy, will go along. Actually it wouldn't even surprise me if that power is already vested in HSS. Who knows what is buried or implied in that monstrous law?

And if the subsidies are expanded enough we will have in fact, if not in form, a single payer system.

And in the meantime the Institutional Republicans will be waiting for Santa Claus to bring them a magic sword that can slay the great Donkey. Some say Santa will bring it in 2014, others 2016. But even with the magic sword, they must wait for the Perfect Day to strike.

And that day, it seems, will never come.
40 weeks ago
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So, the Healthcare.gov site couldn't handle 7 million hits in 3 weeks? Drudge got 21,000,000 hits yesterday. Yesterday was a Sunday. Need I say more?
40 weeks ago
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Since when has the Federal government let one of it's pet programs fail?

It will beg, borrow, or steal, the money to keep the ACA going, no matter how few people sign up. It will increase the penalty for non-participation until no one can afford to pay it. As a last resort, the Feds will simply print the money needed to keep the damn thing alive.

It's nothing but wishful thinking to believe that the Democrats will stand by while their progressive dream crashes and burns.....ain't gonna happen!
40 weeks ago
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I agree that the GOP should let Obamacare fail...however, opportunists like Ted Cruz are not going to pass up a chance to eat their own. After all, Cruz can not even admit that every Republican in Congress voted against Obamacare as well as voting to defund it. As long as the GOP has turncoats like this in their midst Obama has someone else to blame.
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Cruz, who believes in adherence to the U.S. Constitution is an opportunist? Get out of here liberal maroon. Eating their own? . . that would be the Rino''s who profess conservatism but are nothing less than social statist.
40 weeks ago
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According to the Republican Establishment, the entire conservative base are the "turn-coats" because they are no longer buying the "Wait" and "trust us" argument.

I want Cruz to wreck the entire Republican Party, and then build an organization that truly wants to down-size government and root out corruption in Washington.
40 weeks ago
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Cruz may be brash, maybe even a bit reckless, but to call him a turncoat is a new low in locution.
40 weeks ago
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If you want a realistic graphic which includes President Obama, put his hands in his pockets.
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