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November 21, 2013 - 7:09 am

Is this the beginning of something? Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford (TN) appeared on Morning Joe today and said that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website are just the beginning (which most people have already realized). He cites the coming shortage of doctors as one of the next major problems facing Obamacare.

“The fundamental problem now is what happens with Democrats in the House and the Senate who are up for re-election, and how they have to respond and behave around this,” Ford said. “The website problems I thought, a week or two ago, were more isolated than they are. I happen to think it could be a more systemic challenge. And there may need to be a greater honesty — not an honesty, I’m not saying that people aren’t being honest — but a greater acceptance that they may have to step back and shut the whole thing down.”

When Ford said that, host Mika Brzezinski loudly sighed.

“I was with a big investor yesterday who said, you know, the next big challenge he believes for this, is that he believes there’s not enough doctors in the system,” Ford said, “so you get to 30 million people signed up. We don’t have enough physicians to accommodate the flood of people who want to have health insurance. So, I hope they’re thinking through all of these things.” Ford added that there are “more systemic challenges” facing Obamacare even after the website eventually gets fixed.

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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I am retired from a big life and health insurance company so I was not as naive as most of those who listened to Obama's speech outlining what he wanted in the healthcare bill. Everytime he made a specific mention of something he wanted included, I thought that will increase the cost to the consumer. He mentioned only two items that would bring down the cost. One I no longer remember and the other was making sure young, healthy people signed up for coverage. Unfortunately, the latter option requires that a new supply of plenty of young, healthy people be added to the insured population either through birth or immigration to keep costs down. If this doesn't happen, costs will rise as the population ages. Right now in Sweden their government is giving money to woman who bear children because they are needed to keep their socialist system functioning.

My other problem with the bill was the extensive government involvement which would mean a bigger government, more federal employees and, eventually, enlarge our debt. A bigger government only hurts our economy because of unintended consequences. A fix like the ADA may look good but has ramifications like the loss of physicians who can no longer afford to practice medicine, which will create a physician shortage and even worse medical care. This conclusion should be obvious but, as some would say, you can't fix stupid.
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Could you imagine how different the last fifteen years would have been if he'd been elected Speaker of the House?

Look, if he were perfect, he'd be a Republican. But as democrats go, he's actually pretty moderate and independent-minded. He ran a long-shot campaign against Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats were on the ropes and had a chance to decide where to go from there: media-friendly technocratic Clintonesque moderation? Or corrupt, fire-brand, down-your-throat, Pol Pot-style liberalism?

The Democrats chose Pelosi. What we got was the corrupt, hate-filled rhetoric of the 2000's. Then the extremist, corrupt, incompetent Obama years. It's hard to argue that Pelosi was the right choice for them. They won some elections short-term, but the damage they've done to the country and to their own ideology will scar a generation.
21 weeks ago
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The Congress will repeal this law. The Democrats cannot afford to face the wrath of their people.

The basket of problems we have seen unfold in this roll-out stage are themselves beyond the tipping point, aggravated by the fact that they aren't going away and they aren't getting better.

The Democrats will seize on this to shut it down. Their real motive is they will not face the next round of assaults on the health insurance buyer - which will be the health insurance user. If you think what we have seen up to now is bad here is what is in the works

1. Individual health insurance policies are being canceled in the millions. The next wave are all those people who have plans purchased through their employers who share part of the cost. 75% of those plans in the 100 million or so of covered persons will get the letters in the mail.

2. If people settle on a plan, try getting the HHS panels which will review recommendations for medical protocols performed - try to get them to agree with you and your doctor. The places in Obamacare where rationing decisions kick in will result in a maize of notices as to why what your doctor ordered cannot be allowed.

Bottom Line - The Democrats will not allow this as they cannot face that music. And they know it. They will scuttle this legislation - and soon too.

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21 weeks ago
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So far everything that has happened with ObamaCare was predicted by many, many people in 2010. There has not been a single surprise to anyone who was paying attention and had half a brain. Yet the people who saw all this coming and tried to warn us of it three years ago are still treated like obstructionists or kooks.

Unless we all wake up and start dealing with reality on this and everything else, this country is doomed.
21 weeks ago
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HC will never be affordable without a competitive market, and that won't exist until licensing by govt is abolished.
21 weeks ago
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I am retired from a big life and health insurance company so I was not as naive as most of those who listened to Obama's speech outlining what he wanted in the healthcare bill. Everytime he made a specific mention of something he wanted included, I thought that will increase the cost to the consumer. He mentioned only two items that would bring down the cost. One I no longer remember and the other was making sure young, healthy people signed up for coverage. Unfortunately, the latter option requires that a new supply of plenty of young, healthy people be added to the insured population either through birth or immigration to keep costs down. If this doesn't happen, costs will rise as the population ages. Right now in Sweden their government is giving money to woman who bear children because they are needed to keep their socialist system functioning.

My other problem with the bill was the extensive government involvement which would mean a bigger government, more federal employees and, eventually, enlarge our debt. A bigger government only hurts our economy because of unintended consequences. A fix like the ADA may look good but has ramifications like the loss of physicians who can no longer afford to practice medicine, which will create a physician shortage and even worse medical care. This conclusion should be obvious but, as some would say, you can't fix stupid.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
obama cannot just decide to shut it down...he does not have that authority. Remember? It's "settled law" and "the law of the land".
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
So far as I know, the President can shut ACA down by the simple and legal procedure of granting a waiver to each of the fifty states. He has passed out waivers to those with good connections already. That appears to establish that waiver power of his as "settled law." Didn't Romney say he would grant each state an Obamacare waiver as president? Poof, like waking from a nightmare.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Every promise he makes has an expiration date. Every single one. "Settled law" just hit its date.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Congress will repeal this law. The Democrats cannot afford to face the wrath of their people.

The basket of problems we have seen unfold in this roll-out stage are themselves beyond the tipping point, aggravated by the fact that they aren't going away and they aren't getting better.

The Democrats will seize on this to shut it down. Their real motive is they will not face the next round of assaults on the health insurance buyer - which will be the health insurance user. If you think what we have seen up to now is bad here is what is in the works

1. Individual health insurance policies are being canceled in the millions. The next wave are all those people who have plans purchased through their employers who share part of the cost. 75% of those plans in the 100 million or so of covered persons will get the letters in the mail.

2. If people settle on a plan, try getting the HHS panels which will review recommendations for medical protocols performed - try to get them to agree with you and your doctor. The places in Obamacare where rationing decisions kick in will result in a maize of notices as to why what your doctor ordered cannot be allowed.

Bottom Line - The Democrats will not allow this as they cannot face that music. And they know it. They will scuttle this legislation - and soon too.

21 weeks ago
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Harold Ford is a long time crook, in my opinion. If he is ready to run away from ObamaCare, say it out loud and on the record...
Then many more Dems will find to courage to do the same. Obama can't have any more dirt on them then they wear in public everyday.
God forgive me, but this is the good wine.
21 weeks ago
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Survey says: This is nothing.

The Dems consider Harold Ford an Uncle Tom DINO paleoClinton turncoat has-been wannabe Harold Who? centrist rightist nobody. Nowhere close to someone the Obamas and Jarrett would listen to.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Could you imagine how different the last fifteen years would have been if he'd been elected Speaker of the House?

Look, if he were perfect, he'd be a Republican. But as democrats go, he's actually pretty moderate and independent-minded. He ran a long-shot campaign against Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats were on the ropes and had a chance to decide where to go from there: media-friendly technocratic Clintonesque moderation? Or corrupt, fire-brand, down-your-throat, Pol Pot-style liberalism?

The Democrats chose Pelosi. What we got was the corrupt, hate-filled rhetoric of the 2000's. Then the extremist, corrupt, incompetent Obama years. It's hard to argue that Pelosi was the right choice for them. They won some elections short-term, but the damage they've done to the country and to their own ideology will scar a generation.
21 weeks ago
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I've always thought Ford was too smart to be a Democrat. Maybe he'll switch parties and run for office in some capacity or another.
21 weeks ago
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but isn't he a black democrat, and he is running away from B.O.

So does this make him a racist?
21 weeks ago
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All the talk of delaying the individual mandate will only cause more problems. If we still have coverage mandates, but no employer or inidividual mandate to pay for them, the insurance market is screwed. The ONLY thing that can be done now is repeal it. Without full repeal everyone is doomed. Yes, everyone. Whether you have insurance or not, costs will skyrocket for everyone. Including the lawyers
21 weeks ago
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I've wondered if conservatives could sneak in a real reform that would combat the fundamental 3rd party payer problem. For example, reforms that would assign the tax break for healthcare to the individual with the option of either buying pre-paid healthcare insurance with all the mandates Democrats like OR buying a high-deductible health insurance plan and paying routine medical bills out of a health savings account. Democrats would retain their regulatory control over HMO/PPO type insurance with all their expensive mandates, but individuals could escape from that market and start paying for services directly again. The people paying directly would tend to drive costs down as they price shop. In 2017 Republicans probably would have a shot at repealing Obamacare, but individuals exiting the expensive comprehensive market would have already dismantled much of its adverse effect.
21 weeks ago
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Dems do not read their own bills, but they carefully scrutinize the enemy's bills. No sneaking through anything.
21 weeks ago
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B.O. doesn't have the authority to change the law, it is in violation of the Constitution and runs counter to the video of him campaigning where he says he thinks that separation of powers is so important
May 19, 2008 he speaks of his belief in the constitution and will obey the constitution.
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