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Bryan Preston

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November 15, 2013 - 1:42 pm

The voters who vaulted both Barack Obama and Harry Reid to power and national office are seeing what must be shocking headlines today. On Thursday, the president offered an apology and an unworkable and possibly illegal “fix” to his troubled healthcare law. Today, the Chicago Tribune has had enough and wants the president’s signature law repealed.

In an editorial titled “Stop Digging. Demolish Obamacare” or “Stop Digging. Start Over,” the Chicago Tribune rips into Obama’s signature law.

For perhaps 5 million of those Americans thus far — estimates vary — the Washington-ordered cancellation of their policies is especially maddening. In the past these people took responsibility for their coverage and bought policies that balanced their needs, finances and personal choices. Congress and President Barack Obama, by enacting the Affordable Care Act, in effect ordered insurers to dismantle many of those individual plans — and cancel those policies.

The Americans manhandled by this exercise in government arrogance now find themselves divided into warring tribes: Those with chronic ailments who have found new plans on Obamacare exchanges and are pleased. Those who don’t want or can’t afford the replacement policies Obamacare offers them. Those whose new policies block them from using the health providers who have treated them for many years. The estimated 23 million to 41 million people whose employer-sponsored plans are the next to be imperiled. And on and on.

Most of these tribespeople only wish their big problem was a slipshod Obamacare website. On Thursday, their plight grew more frightful. With even Democratic members of Congress storming the White House over the cancellations, Obama declared — by what legal authority is unclear — that he would overrule the law he signed in 2010 and allow insurers to extend those canceled policies for a year.

The Tribune concludes that Congress should repeal Obamacare: “Many of the Americans who heard their president say Thursday that ‘we fumbled the rollout of this health care law’ would have been pleased to hear him add: So we’re admitting it. This law is a bust. We’re starting over.”

The Tribune is joined by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Published in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s home state, the LVRV also calls for Obamacare, which Reid shepherded through the Senate on its way to passage, to be dismantled in an incisive editorial titled “Obamacare woes beg for repeal.”

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” In the case of the Affordable Care Act, it’s going to get worse before it gets worse still. Millions of people are learning they can’t keep their current individual plans, tens of millions more could be in the same boat at this time next year when the law’s employer mandate kicks in, and hardly anyone is buying expensive Obamacare-compliant policies.

Now President Barack Obama is trying to put the genie back in the bottle. He held a tedious Thursday news conference to announce that he’s directing insurance companies to allow those millions who have lost coverage the option to renew their old policies for one more year. This is yet another executive mandate that overrides the oft-repeated talking point from Obamacare supporters that the Affordable Care Act is “settled law” and “the law of the land.” It sure is, except when it’s expedient to delay the parts that are politically problematic — and there are many such parts.

It concludes:

The law is so deeply flawed, with so many components in direct conflict with one another, that tweaking just one part will accelerate its collapse.

The Obamacare debacle is just getting started — and it only gets worse from here. Repeal and replace.

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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There is only one true solution for Caesarcare ...

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And while we're at it, apologies are in order to Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, among MANY others, who have proven to be prophetic in their opposition to Caesarcare.
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As welcome a development as this is I can't help but be infuriated by it.

Everyone in the country politically to the right of Fidel Castro knew exactly what effect this law would have. And it's not like we kept it to ourselves, we've been screaming at the tops of our lungs for four years now. The only predictions we made that haven't come to pass are the ones where we actually UNDERESTIMATED the damage this horrible law would do.

And how did the media, led by papers like the Chicago Tribune, respond to our warnings? By accusing us of racism, deceit, stupidity and dishonsty. Now that this cluster***k stands revealed for what it is they want to pretend they weren't instrumental in foisting it on us in the first place. The hell with them. They should be run out of town on a rail along with the Democrats they so dutifully carried water for.
22 weeks ago
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Who knew the Tribune and LVRJ were racist, tea-bagging, whacko-birds?
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"In the past these people took responsibility . . balanced their needs, finances and personal choices"

How did this line get through the Chicago Tribune censors? I hope they realize it is reusable as set up for the epitaph to any Progressive program.
21 weeks ago
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How else do you expect the MSM to act when they've been in cahoots with Commander Zero and his Lieutenants/sidekicks Dingy Harry and Nazi Pelozi (SIC)? They are trying (as is half or more of democrats in congress) to distance themselves from the loons. The expletive-deleted is about to hit the fan - as those liberal rags have noted.

Do rats really sense that a ship is about to sink? Or do they simply have no choice when it gets hip deep in the room?

I think the ACA was designed by progressives to create problems that seemed insurmountable so they could make the case for single payer. No more exchanges - no more website - no more out-of-pocket expenses for anyone - even illegals. Show up at the Dr. or hospital and VIOLA - problem solved - paid for by We The People.

But those two liberal rags didn't know until very recently that the expletive-deleted-storm was about to slam into the good ship ACA. So now the MSM is playing CYA against the future of the progressive movement - and they ain't bettin against us. Krauthammer might be right - the progressive movement may take a giant step back as We The People collectively begin to view the mess the progressives have made of things with a jaundiced eye.

What an awakening that'll be! If it happens - and it appears these guys do.


22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is only one true solution for Caesarcare ...

... CTL-ALT-DEL!

And while we're at it, apologies are in order to Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, among MANY others, who have proven to be prophetic in their opposition to Caesarcare.
22 weeks ago
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Ooops. Replied to wrong post. Sorry.
22 weeks ago
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i really think that the fools who supported this law thought that healthy people would pay, say, 10% premium increases so everyone could be covered. When the addition of "free" contraceptives, "free" annual physicals, maternity coverage for all (males included), and so on, caused prices to skyrocket, they were shocked, but I wasn't.

We could so easily have covered the uninsured with serious pre-existing conditions by establishing a national subsidized high-risk pool, like the one my state had -- before Obamacare cancelled it.
22 weeks ago
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You're attempting to inject common sense and reasoning into a Dumbocrap situation. You just can't do that to them without your being called vile names and/or being labeled with vile characteristics.
22 weeks ago
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it's a start I guess.
I am hoping for a crescendo.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
As welcome a development as this is I can't help but be infuriated by it.

Everyone in the country politically to the right of Fidel Castro knew exactly what effect this law would have. And it's not like we kept it to ourselves, we've been screaming at the tops of our lungs for four years now. The only predictions we made that haven't come to pass are the ones where we actually UNDERESTIMATED the damage this horrible law would do.

And how did the media, led by papers like the Chicago Tribune, respond to our warnings? By accusing us of racism, deceit, stupidity and dishonsty. Now that this cluster***k stands revealed for what it is they want to pretend they weren't instrumental in foisting it on us in the first place. The hell with them. They should be run out of town on a rail along with the Democrats they so dutifully carried water for.
22 weeks ago
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Include the idiots in Congress who supported this absurd law on those rails and I'll gladly furnish the timbers.
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I'll bring the tar; who's got the feathers?
21 weeks ago
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Who knew the Tribune and LVRJ were racist, tea-bagging, whacko-birds?
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