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Bryan Preston


April 29, 2013 - 9:57 am

Passing the ObamaCare law was the easy part. Democrats held the White House and Congress with supermajorities in both houses. They negotiated with themselves, wrote a law none of them bothered to read, horsetraded over the law in backroom deals despite Obama’s promise to keep negotiations in public, passed it, and Barack Obama got his “big f***ing deal.”

Anybody in that position could’ve gotten a law passed. Where ObamaCare is breaking down is in the implementation. It just keeps missing deadline after deadline.


Under President Obama’s 2010 health law, the government officials in charge of keeping Medicaid afloat have until Tuesday to report whether costs for the fiscally foundering program will exceed expectations.

But they won’t have anywhere to send their report.

That’s because the Independent Payment Advisory Board – perhaps the most controversial entity created under Obama’s law – still doesn’t exist.

This 15-member board, denounced by critics as a “death panel,” is tasked under the law with determining which patients ought to receive which treatments and whether taxes ought to be raised to finance the program.

Under his law, Obama was to make recommendations for the board last year. The 15-member panel is required to be made up of physicians and laymen, with recommendations made in consultation with congressional leadership. Those nominees would then be subject to Senate confirmation.

It would be a hideous task to ever try to fill that panel, at least without a Democratic supermajority in the Senate. Finding 15 people willing to submit to the confirmation process would be difficult. Finding 15 people who could actually be confirmed would be next to impossible.

And this would hardly be the time to have a conversation about when the government should let people die.

When exactly would be a good time to have that conversation? Other than when the Democrats passed the law against the majority’s will, that is. While we’re having that conversation, maybe we also can talk about why ObamaCare is killing the economy while it’s not actually making health care better, faster or cheaper, as promised. It’s a mess of a law that has managed to infringe on religious liberties while wreaking havoc on families, employers and employees.

Through ObamaCare we see that the death of substance in our politics has produced a government happy to make laws, but incompetent when it comes to making laws that actually work.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The dog caught the car it was chasing. Great, now what?
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"Through ObamaCare we see that the death of substance in our politics has produced a government happy to make laws, but incompetent when it comes to making laws that actually work."

This is leftism in its "execution" phase. Leftism is the art of the dorm room BS session, where the argument with the most intensity wins, despite its utter nonsensical underpinnings.

It simply has to SOUND real, not be really sound. And, the problem with virtually every leftist program in the Western hemisphere. They are all sound and fury...signifying nothing.

They are argued with intensity. Rage. Most of the time they are complete nonsense. Logic turned on its head. The issues are declared "settled" before anyone can look at the facts and evidence. Don't even bother reading them, they are simply handed down as gospel ab initio.

You don't need to pump up the evidence when you can simply pump up the volume. It also helps when the opposing side is so meek, timid and willing to capitulate that it rolls over like a puppy asking for a belly rub.

Winning through intimidation. It's the leftist way. And that settled.

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