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April 26, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Sure, that’s the problem.

In other words, this isn’t a big deal. Still, it feeds into ongoing anxiety over the Affordable Care Act and its implementation. As the New York Times reports, several House and Senate Democrats are worried they will pay a political price if mistakes are made and voters begin to see new costs. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire notes that small businesses in her state are unsure of how to comply with the law, while Tom Harkin of Iowa is upset with the decision to direct funds away from public health prevention programs and toward efforts to promote the law.

If the Affordable Care Act had buy-in from Congress as a whole — and not just Democrats — this wouldn’t be a problem. Everyone would worry about the politics of implementation, and to avoid problems, everyone would work to ensure a smooth transition. As it stands, however, Republicans are still looking for ways to undermine and derail the law, hence the failed attempt this week to direct $4 billion from implementation to fund high-risk insurance program that even Republicans admit isn’t particularly good.

The GOP’s idea is that Democrats will take the blame for any hiccups in Obamacare, even if they’re the result of Republicans’ policy choices. It’s a sound plan: Voters aren’t concerned with the details of process, they just want to know that something works.

That’s the gist of this little trip into insanity-the only problems with Obamacare are ones of perception that may show up because of an improper rollout. There are already real American dollar values associated with this legislative monstrosity but, hey, let’s ignore those and pretend they wouldn’t be real if we just got to the part where they hit in a more graceful fashion.

The champions of this law are emotionally invested in it and pay no attention to the fact that most of the guarantees made by the president during the nonexistent, but often cited, “debate” leading up to its passage have already been proven to be garbage.

Unfortunately, while these statist propagandists have the press on their side they can keep blaming the Republicans for everything, no matter how absurd.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Actually it is at least in part correct. Because the bill was passed by the narrowest possible of partisan support the GOP had absolutely nothing in it to support. in addition to force it through the Congress debate was limited so as a result problems that should have been worked out in the legislative process were left for the impimantation to work out. There may have been in American history an example of a major piece of legislation that had so little bipartisan support but I have no idea what it might possibly be.

You have a partisan badly crafted major bill that is hugely unpopular with the general public and the writer is surprised that the opposition is attacking it. The GOP is doing exactly what it should be on this issue. Blame the Democrates for passing this piece of garbage.
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I was reflecting on how this abomination will affect the company I work for (when it comes into full force in 2014). First off, we have approx 250 employees. If they choose to just pay the penalty ($2000.00 each for the 250 of us that is half a million PER YEAR in penalties (thanks John Roberts you wh*re) EVERY YEAR! Still cheaper than paying the enormously inflated cost of buying insurance for us. That means we have to charge our customers an extra half-million dollars per year just to stay to keep our paychecks from bouncing. The alternative is to just shut down if our customers kick about the raise in our rates. Secondly, even if my employer PAYS the TAX (thanks John Roberts you wh*re) I am still forced BY FEDERAL LAW to provide insurance for me and mine (or I have to pay the TAX to not have insurance{thanks AGAIN John Roberts YOU MISERABLE WH*RE}) Another $2000.00 out of MY pocket every year. The final insult will be (probably already buried in the 23,000 pages in new rules STILL being written in this abortion of a law) will be when I and other hard-headed bitter clingers who chafe at this INSULT will be refused treatment at the hospital for not having an insurance card.
That will cut down on the costs for sure and also get rid of people like me who see this feral government as our main enemy in this world. (Rant off)
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"There are already real American dollar values associated with this legislative monstrosity"

Sure, but they don't count because those costs were not intended, and instead of absorbing those costs, businesses passed them on to employees and customers (Notice the restaurant sector was one of the first to shut down full-time employment because they have little liquidity and a relatively large number of employees).

We apparently cannot judge a law, or a lawgiver, based on unintended, but easily foreseen consequences (especially if those consequences arise from people reacting to the law in their own interests).
1 year ago
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Kruiser, your Kruiser Control is missed by many.......good writing, good read.
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There will be brief flickers of cognitive dissonance when TSHTF but they will quickly put their thumbs back in their mouths, stroke their security blankets and chant "Obama is the One". I'm just going to watch the twitters from the likes of Donna Brazile and others for comedy relief.
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