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Bryan Preston


October 22, 2013 - 8:14 am

The New York Observer has a guest editorial from Robin Hemley, self-admitted liberal. Hemley has tried and, like millions of other Americans, failed to buy health insurance through Obamacare. The experience leaves Hemley “pained.”

I’ve tried five times, by logging into the website and by talking to representatives. Each time I sign up, I’m stymied by a new absurdity. At one point, I was told that everyone but my wife was eligible for coverage, though she’s an American citizen. Another time, I was told that my immigration papers couldn’t be verified. Immigration? I was born in New York. Do New Yorkers need green cards now? Another time, my six-year-old somehow became the primary applicant. At least she earns nothing, so maybe that will lower my costs.

“Something’s not right,” the representative told me when the computer listed my daughter, Naomi, as the responsible applicant, before giving up and telling me to try again later. On top of that, I’ve had to enter my information anew each time I’ve applied (though supposedly my information is saved from session to session), in each case wasting an hour or more of my time. And the representatives I’ve spoken with seem to have been trained by Elmer Fudd or Mr. Magoo. They can’t even read their prepared scripts, don’t know the difference between optional information and required information, and seem hopelessly baffled by the system.

All of Hemley’s liberal friends report similar experiences.

But if you’re thinking that a light bulb is about to come on and these liberals will suddenly understand why Republicans have fought to save them from Obamacare, you’ll be very disappointed.

In the meantime, perhaps the administration should just farm out the website to people who can assuredly deliver, such as or Anything to prevent Ted Cruz from having the last laugh.

Ted Cruz wasn’t fighting Obamcare to have the last or any laugh. He was trying to save us all from that monstrous law, which was being implemented by a man who has no private sector experience and has surrounded himself mostly with other people who have no private sector experience. As a poor executive, Obama has proven himself incapable of spotting trouble as was being built, and on Monday appeared just as ineffective as the nation’s IT manager.

Obama’s team know how to campaign. They do not know how to do much else. Hemley’s Cruz quip shows that no matter how hard you try, some people just can’t be saved from themselves.

Watch for this in a few days to a week. If there have been no improvements, the Obama administration will start blaming Republicans for resisting Obamacare at the state level. They may even blame Rick Perry directly, since Texas is among the states that decided not to set up a state exchange. And when this happens, watch liberals like Mr. Henley follow right along.

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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Liberals should take note:
These clowns are going to manage your HEALTH. The bureaucracy that thinks your six year old daughter is running the house, that has a problem with the immigration status of native born citizen, is the bureaucracy that will decide what drugs you should be taking, or whether to operate (and on which knee!)
What can possibly go wrong?
1 year ago
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They couldn't even campaign effectively without a complicit, lapdog media working tirelessly as an attack dog against Dear Leader's opponents and as a professional cheer team for his feckless policies which comes with unlimited ink....he is an outright fraud and boob who cannot tie his own shoes without being propped up by the sycophantic media.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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" perhaps the administration should just farm out the website to people who can assuredly deliver, such as or";

Mr. Henley can't bring himself to name really big websites that deliver, such as Amazon, but has to bash Christianity and marriage. Yeah, that helps you get your point across.

Obamacare is trainwreck for the whole country, even liberal New Yorkers. That's why people are trying to stop it.
1 year ago
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"Anything to prevent Ted Cruz from having the last laugh."

Which is, of course, the important thing.
1 year ago
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One of the core beliefs of modern Progressive Liberalism is to be against whatever Republicans are for and for whatever Republicans are against. You don't need to actually come up with new ideas to defend, just counter Republicans.

The media has helped create this. The constant demonizing of Republicans (and conservatives in general) has lead to many people to equate GOP with "Evil". So you can't be a good person and agree with a conservative opinion or idea.
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