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November 3, 2013 - 11:13 am
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The mighty editors of the mighty New York Times have spoken. In an editorial as flagrantly partisan as any this full-fledged arm of the Democratic Party has ever published, the editors of the Times want you to know that you’re stupid for buying an insurance policy that wasn’t as wonderful, as comprehensively sweet, as just plain good as those being offered as a result of changes made by the Affordable Care Act.

Congressional Republicans have stoked consumer fears and confusion with charges that the health care reform law is causing insurers to cancel existing policies and will force many people to pay substantially higher premiums next year for coverage they don’t want. That, they say, violates President Obama’s pledge that if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.

Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that.

One presumes that English is not a second language for at least some of those on the Times editorial board. If true, it’s puzzling why the Times would use the word “misspoke” when describing the president’s promise that if Americans liked their insurance plan, they could keep it. It’s also clear that the august editors at the Times don’t read much in the way of news that isn’t published in their newspaper. The Times didn’t cover the revelation that the administration knew all along that millions would not be able to keep their insurance and that Obama aides made a conscious decision to continue making the false claim.

The applicable word to use to describe the president’s statement is definitely not “misspoke.” It is “lie.” Webster’s defines “lie” as “to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.” What the president said about people being able to keep their insurance was an “untrue statement” and it was definitely made to “deceive” people.

Which is exactly what the New York Times did when using the weasel word “misspoke.”

At issue here are not the 149 million people covered by employer plans, but the 10 million to 12 million people who buy policies directly on the individual market.

But insurers are not allowed to abandon enrollees. They must offer consumers options that do comply with the law, and they are scrambling to retain as many of their customers as possible with new policies that are almost certain to be more comprehensive than their old ones.

Indeed, in all the furor, people forget how terrible many of the soon-to-be-abandoned policies were. Some had deductibles as high as $10,000 or $25,000 and required large co-pays after that, and some didn’t cover hospital care.

They can’t be serious. Perhaps there are some zombies or brain-dead morons who purchased insurance with those kind of coverages but to believe that enough Americans acted so stupidly that it required a 2,000 page law and trillions of federal dollars to save them from their own stupidity is idiotic.

The number of individual policies is closer to 16 million than 12 million. Second, what if you don’t want a “comprehensive policy” — or the government’s version of a comprehensive policy? Pre-Obamacare, there were dozens of comprehensive policies that didn’t force a consumer to purchase coverage for maternity care, mental health, or substance abuse. The Times’ idea of “comprehensive” coverage is the government’s idea of comprehensive coverage — not mine nor, I imagine, that of millions of people who are too old to have children, don’t abuse drugs, and aren’t likely to suffer a mental breakdown.

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I'm afraid that I have to agree with Arius. I believe that President Obama could kick the severed head of a child down Pennsylvania Avenue and the NYT headline would be "President wants kids involved in sports."
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I really didn't understand the underlying message the president was providing I guess, so I should realize that he misspoke when he said;

"So let me begin by saying this to you and to the American people: I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage -- they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what's broken and build on what works. And that's what we intend to do.

So when you hear the naysayers claim that I'm trying to bring about government-run health care, know this: They're not telling the truth!"
43 weeks ago
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"I’ve got better things to do with my money." Not according to Obama and his minions. You're just too dumb to know better. The key here is that it is YOUR money, although the government increasingly seems to think it's THEIR money and you just get to use for yourself for a little while. We truly do need a second American Revolution ...
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Who says employer provided coverage won't be affected? I am an employer and our group policy got dumped and replaced with a more expensive one, just like the individuals. Combine that with the penalties coming and our employees are going to get hit with paying a portion of their insurance. Tell them they won't be affected.
43 weeks ago
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If you want to watch the Times editorial board collectively explode wait until later 2014 when tens of millions of Americans will lose their group employer policies.
43 weeks ago
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old habits die hard. why does anyone care what the NYT says. EVIL Lying, sacks of dung
43 weeks ago
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The fundamental problem that we have to deal with is the ability of the Democrats to say "Personal responsibility? You want the poor to starve and die from hippopotamus attacks (http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/11/03/at-least-we-dont-have-marauding-hippos-in-the-streets-of-america/)". Actually expecting somebody to be responsible for their own medical bills, with the possible help of charities and the state and local governments, is to lack compassion.
43 weeks ago
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This must be one of those times that the mighty New York Times has mis-spoken. What a pathetic excuse for a newspaper. It should rename itself Pravda, in which there was no pravda.
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I agree with the author that the NYT editorial board appears to have only a casual acquaintance with the English language. In addition to being unaware of the word "lie", they also don't seem to understand some other words. If I have to pay my money so that someone else can derive a benefit, they might want to look up words like "theft" or, to be a bit kinder, perhaps "charity". That is what I see when I read “paying the price of moving toward universal coverage with comprehensive benefits.”
43 weeks ago
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Theft is a good word, charity is not. Charity I do voluntarily, theft is when someone takes something I don't want to give them.
43 weeks ago
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You are far too kind. Charity is the willing gift of something of value by someone to those less fortunate or in need of assistance. Your first choice, theft, is the more accurate description. It's the government taking what you earned and giving it to someone else because they have decided it's the right thing to do. And as is usually the case, more often than not they get it wrong and cause more harm than good.
43 weeks ago
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The NYT is deliberately lying in order to deceive (like Obama); evidenced by the fact that the actual wording of the law itself (the ACA) DOES force insurance carriers to discontinue their coverage of private plans should they opt (be forced) to sign onto Obamacare. In the meantime; the biggest lie gets a pass; and that is, calling Obama-care "health care reform."
Remember Maxine Waters' quote, " The president has put in place an organization that contains the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. That's going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it's never been done before." Where is the follow-up on THAT quote? Obviously if the POTUS has "put in place an organisation" specifically to gather data on every single person; then which one exactly is it and who is working on it now?
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For the NYT, it's Obama every time, all the time, no matter what he does. Obama could rape and kill his children and the NYT would white wash it.
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That's a little extreme, but as I have said in PJM comments before, with the cover given him by the MSM, he could stick up a liquor store in broad daylight, and we would never hear of it. Come to think of it, maybe he already has.
43 weeks ago
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I'm afraid that I have to agree with Arius. I believe that President Obama could kick the severed head of a child down Pennsylvania Avenue and the NYT headline would be "President wants kids involved in sports."
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