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November 11, 2013 - 2:02 pm

It was a given — as obvious as could be — that the Obama White House has hidden Obamacare’s enrollment numbers from the public because the number is embarrassing. Here’s President Obama’s signature policy, one of the most divisive laws of the past few decades. It’s disrupting millions of lives and threatens the economy, while also permanently altering the citizen’s relationship to the state. If all this was done just to insure a tiny number of Americans…

Health-care consultant Avalere Health reported Monday that 3% of the expected 2014 enrollment figure was met as of last week, or 49,100 registrants out of 1.4 million, for 12 of the 15 exchanges available in 14 states and the District of Columbia. No figures were available for California, Massachusetts and Oregon and aren’t included in the totals. Also not included are figures from HealthCare.gov, the troubled online registration system for President Obama’s health-care overhaul in 36 states.

That agrees with a WSJ report that finds about 40,000 to 50,000 enrollees, total.

Meanwhile far more — about 80,000 — will lose their health insurance in Louisiana alone. Nationwide, we’re looking at millions losing their health insurance just between now and then end of the year. Once the employer mandate kicks in, many more will lose their insurance and the numbers could reach around 90 million or more.

There are the promises of big government, and then there is the reality. Promise only unicorns and happy talk, then deliver division, disruption and pain.

Obamacare should kill off progressivism as a viable political force, for the simple reason that the progressive enterprise has had 60 years to plan for the moment it could finally pass some kind of health care reform, which has been its goal since the time of Truman. After all those decades and failed attempts, they get something passed and it’s a huge and indefensible mess.

But the sad fact is, Obamacare won’t kill off progressivism. On one hand too many voters support progressive politics without regard to its effects — it makes them feel good, so they support it. On the other hand, progressives as a lot tend to be arrogant and incapable of admitting when they get something wrong. Even now they’re blaming Republicans, the insurance companies, even their fellow Americans — anyone but themselves, for supporting an unqualified man who would lead an ill-considered effort to remake the economy in their image.

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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Don't worry. The policy's right. We just chose the wrong guy to implement it. Next time, we'll have the right savior, and she'll get it right.

It's never the fault of the policy. It's the fault of everything else. The policy is right. It's just that everything else is wrong. These people are insane.
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my buddy's mom makes $61/hour on the internet. She has been without a job for five months but last month her pay check was $19528 just working on the internet for a few hours. view it.........http://www.Bay95.com
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34 times more Americans signed up to buy new guns in october than did for obamacare.

1.6mm versus 49,000.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-12/americans-34-times-more-interested-buying-guns-obamacare
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Did the NSA spy on Chief Justice Roberts?
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Remember New Coke ?

When Coke decided to stop making Coke and make everyone Buy NEW Coke

No one bought New Coke

So they had to take all that NEW Coke to the Dump Ground and start making Coke again

THAT

Is Obamacare

No One is going to BUY It

Only question is, How long do we have to go through the mess before they send it to the Dump Ground and go back to what was working before

If there is anything left to go back to
48 weeks ago
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And I still haven't gotten my unicorn!
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Even less than you think: it's only counting people who actually got as far as putting a plan in their "shopping cart", not people who actually, like, BOUGHT a plan.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/11/who-counts-as-an-obamacare-enrollee-the-obama-administration-settles-on-a-definition/
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Early numbers suggest tiny dick for Obama
49 weeks ago
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Big ears, tiny enrollment.
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We can gloat about the progressive collapse. This is a catastrophe beyond all of that. The medical industry in the US is on the verge of total disaster.

It us overbuilt and over managed by big corporation medicine. They need cash which is going to collapse very soon as the government intervention which was never designed to prop up an industry, only to take control for social and political reasons, implodes.

In my city the premier world renowned medical corporation, hardly non profit whatever their tax status, in fact predatory, is cutting 5000 jobs right now. The impact will be enormous. This is not General Motors. There is no bailout on the way.

I am a practicing physician for a long while now. I have been in every kind of practice, trained as government employee in big county supported trauma center, private practice, hospital employee, worked for a corporation, private grpup practice again....I personally just want to do what I can do and have an opportunity to do that.

I feel terrible because our patients need to worry much more because of this government failure. When the avalanche starts to fall, and we can all see it, the population we serve will suffer.

So, few medical professionals are willing to talk about it. It is nothing to be proud of. Like the housing bubble, we are on the verge of financial collapse. Obamacare is the final nail.

If that is what was intended good fortunes America. There is no fixing this now. Best advice is maintain your health as best you can.
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How about barter for services?

Take care of my family's health next year and I'll build you a fallout shelter?
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In my ideal world we could do that. In my real one that is not possible. I actually cannot take care of your family health.

What I do is interpret and consult on things like CT scans, nuclear medicine, MRI, that sort of stuff. When that level of funding goes away, my capabilities are gone. You just will not get that anymore.

The hospital needs to be able to purchase, maintain, and staff to operate very expensive equipment. They need to pay for a welcoming environment so that when you show up you have a decent experience. They need to maintain operations against volumes of regulations to maintain credibility and reimbursement crapola.

I would really like a fallout shelter.

So yes, we can go back to a chicken dinner for an exam and some antibiotic for your ills. Maybe I will remember how nice that was before we kept people alive against the odds.

Spindok
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"What I do is interpret and consult on things like CT scans, nuclear medicine, MRI, that sort of stuff. When that level of funding goes away, my capabilities are gone. You just will not get that anymore."

Or we figure a way to make it work at a reduced level of funding. You're an American doctor? Doctors around the world do what you do, cheaper. Let's not cast blame as to why, but facts are facts. We can figure out how the Swiss, Germans and Australians do what you do, cheaper. I think, if we unleash the power of the free market and deregulate, we'll find a way. There are 300 million of us, someone will manage to figure it out.

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Hopefully, Obamacare will collapse due to its own weight. Then we can to face the true problem of health care, high costs driven by unnecessary procedures, aka supply-sensitive health care. Simply put, if an over-supply of medical providers or equipment exists, then the hospitals and doctors adapt by creating more demand, for which Medicare and insurers will pay.

For example, if there is excess of CT scanners available in an area, patients in that area will sold more CT scans. Outcomes don't improve, but more of society's resources will be allocated towards health care, driving up costs. This is why 30% of Medicare payments are considered waste. The Dartmouth Atlas Project has been documenting this for years. http://www.dartmouthatlas.org/Tools/FAQ/Default.aspx
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In my town, about 100 docs have sold their practices to the hospital, the hospital is joining a large Catholic Hospital network, all just to survive.

I see the wheels coming off the bus.
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I can't take issue with your pessimism nor disagree with your advice to stay healthy. But I don't think the medical system is as bankrupt and hopeless as you contend. Given free market competition, patient involvement in paying, litigation abuse control and only the minimally necessary amount of monitoring and regulation, I believe our health system would right itself and thrive - and provide better for the poor and indigent. Some State or group of States have to throw off the federal yoke and re-make their health care system along these lines . . become an alternative "experiment" as the States are supposed to be. Once all the attacking, blaming and excuse making ended , what would be left would be a clear demonstration of the wrongheadedness (and evil) of the Progressivism versus the powerful ideas and policies that were bequeathed to us by our Founders.
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Well maybe in a Red State, in the Peoples Republic of Washington I think medicine will lock up or go black market.
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This is not news - just bait for partisan hype on both sides of the fence.
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Don't worry. The policy's right. We just chose the wrong guy to implement it. Next time, we'll have the right savior, and she'll get it right.

It's never the fault of the policy. It's the fault of everything else. The policy is right. It's just that everything else is wrong. These people are insane.
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