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December 17, 2013 - 6:36 am

Call this a limited admission. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made a PR stop in Tampa, FL, Monday. She admitted as Bay News9′s camera rolled that yes, Obamacare will force some Americans to pay more for their healthcare.

“There are some individuals who may be looking at increases. I think you cannot make a statement based on cost unless you compare what they had to what they’re going into.”

Fair enough, though President Obama never included such a caveat any of the more than 30 times he claimed that Obamacare would change nothing for those who already had healthcare that they liked. In fact, on numerous occasions, Obama claimed that his law would save both the government and individual Americans money. He did not follow that up with any admission that his law would mandate changes to existing policies that would end up hiking prices.

Price was one of the three talking points Obama used to sell Obamacare: that it would decrease costs, that it would leave existing healthcare plans alone, and that Americans who liked their doctors would still be able to see their doctors. None of those three are turning out to be be true for millions of Americans just in the law’s first few months of full implementation.

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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Just to clear up some confusion - EVERYONE'S PREMIUMS ARE GOING UP.

The apples-to-apples insurance cost is going up for everybody. Whether your net out-of-pocket payments goes up or down is entirely dependent on whether the government determines to take another person's premium overpayments and apply it to your premiums. This is called a "subsidy."

What it boils down to in practice is taking one family's healthcare money and giving it to someone else.

Every individual bragging about their "reduced costs" needs to sit down with an individual who is seeing their premium double and explain to that individual exactly why they are more deserving of that $2000 / year (or whatever) than the one being forced to part with it.

Every individual bragging about their "reduced costs" should spend a few moments explaining to a child from the family that makes more than the subsidy threshold why they are taking the family money that was allocated to that child's Christmas bicycle.

Every individual needs to explain how they are more important, how it's okay to force the high-school senior from a family without subsidies to attend community college rather than state university because paying for someone with a "bad-back-and-cant-work" insurance premiums is more important than their education, even though they sacrificed the partying and got straight-A's.

Face-to-face.
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The price is perfect...for those on the receiving end of "redistribution" of your accumulated wealth.

The plan covers more...for those on the receiving end of your "redistributed" wealth.

It is time to awaken to the new reality. You got punked.

It was NEVER about you paying less, keeping YOUR plan, YOUR doctor, YOUR hospital.

Yo 401k, yo daddy's 401k, and yo grand daddy's 401k ...make you an oppressor, who needs to give payback to the oppressed.

So what if you have to pay more...you deserve everything you are getting now, for all the sins of your fathers. The dream from our fathers is to make you pay. And we relish in the irony of your stupidity. You are so stupid, we got you to vote this payback. You wouldn't agree voluntarily...so we took it from you.

Hey, you messed up...you trusted us. Now live with that. It's OUR turn now. You go sit in the back. You are our caddies. When we want your money, here's your rules. Show up with your money, keep up on your new taxes and shut up about it. Show up, keep up, shut up. Got it, punks?

Welcome to transformed America.
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43 weeks ago
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I'm old enough to remember Nixon countdown calendars, dartboards, etc. I'm old enough to remember the hatred that the liberals had for straight, White men.
I got kicked out of quite a few parties in the last few years for telling NYC progressives that hatred of successful, straight, White men, Christians and Jews was bigotry, plain and simple.
Well now they've got their revenge, and it's easy because so many people in the US are guilty about their White skin that they'll vote against their self interest.
I for one have no White guilt. And I do not have hatred in my heart. I know what happened, and why, and the reason is the manipulation of guilt by the so called progressives. Why, oh why would anyone living the life of Riley, in the American middle class, with decent pay, housing and benefits vote to shred it? I'll tell you why, because growing up they said the N word or their family did. And they felt better pulling that lever.
But they weren't pulling it for an oppressed man. They were pulling it for a truly scary group of people who are using the poor against the middle class to prop up their position as power brokers.
Machiavelli wrote about it in The Prince. I knew this was coming when I saw them successfully turn the Occupy people against the Tea Party people. In talking to individuals in both movements, not the cranks, but just individuals, I found that they both felt abused by the system.
And so, they would not unite because one group smokes cigars and the other group smokes bongs.
It is time to put aside differences in smoke. Enough has been blown in the last 5 years, and to find a new Reagan and get him elected.
Who's with me?
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We really should be looking at what the enroll/disenroll rules are now for Medicaid and with that the obvious consequences to eligibility and liability at EOL. This is the real beef in the redistribution play. Welcome to the neo-malthusian agenda.
43 weeks ago
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Just to clear up some confusion - EVERYONE'S PREMIUMS ARE GOING UP.

The apples-to-apples insurance cost is going up for everybody. Whether your net out-of-pocket payments goes up or down is entirely dependent on whether the government determines to take another person's premium overpayments and apply it to your premiums. This is called a "subsidy."

What it boils down to in practice is taking one family's healthcare money and giving it to someone else.

Every individual bragging about their "reduced costs" needs to sit down with an individual who is seeing their premium double and explain to that individual exactly why they are more deserving of that $2000 / year (or whatever) than the one being forced to part with it.

Every individual bragging about their "reduced costs" should spend a few moments explaining to a child from the family that makes more than the subsidy threshold why they are taking the family money that was allocated to that child's Christmas bicycle.

Every individual needs to explain how they are more important, how it's okay to force the high-school senior from a family without subsidies to attend community college rather than state university because paying for someone with a "bad-back-and-cant-work" insurance premiums is more important than their education, even though they sacrificed the partying and got straight-A's.

Face-to-face.
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43 weeks ago
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I love the claim that folks are getting better insurance (if they're forced into the exchange or need to find a new plan) using the pre-existing condition defense....well if you maintained continuous health insurance coverage before O'care, you couldn't be denied insurance as long as you moved to a new plan or went to a Cobra plan within two months. Oh and those other better benefits LOL.
43 weeks ago
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With laptops, smartphones flying out the door
Into most laps and pockets, even poor;
With lattes in the hands of every teen,
While low cost gadgets blare from every screen.
You’d think this business model would be clear,
And Health kept from the ruling racketeer.
43 weeks ago
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2008: There are millions of people uninsured. That's outrageous! We have to fix it.
2009: We'll fix it. Under our plan, you can keep your doctor & plan, period.
2010: We'll fix it. Our plan will save you $2500 per year!
2011: We're fixing it but delaying implementation until after the election next year.
2012: You might not be able to keep your plan or doctor (unless you're the President, in Congress, HHS Director, belong to a union, or contribute bazillions to OFA) because your previous plan sucked.
2013: OK, we lied. You can't keep your doctor, your plan & you won't save $2500.
2014: Our plan sucks worse than your previous plan & you're gonna pay through the nose for it . . . that is, if you can keep it at all.
2015: Hey, wait a second - there are more people uninsured now than before we passed the fantastic Obamacare. This is outrageous! We have to fix it!
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rockthis town, wonderfully put, put i think you missed if you liked and needed your medication, you may not be able to keep it, if it is not on the formulary list.
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And EVERYONE I know who had insurance BEFORE obamstercare, is now paying more. Every. Single. One.
43 weeks ago
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dogula, but that is, to B.O. and K.S. just some of the people that may have to pay more.
43 weeks ago
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... and unfortunately, that is going to cost more money, a lot more money.
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I know we've heard this line [in a different form] a few times before,
but here it goes :
2014 is going to be one life-changing year.
Millions upon millions were lied to repeatedly and the lie involved mashing America's Wallet flatter than a flounder.
There will never, repeat never be a more prime moment to squash Collectivism and Progressivism than this coming year.
If you were ever going to do anything about this trend, Now is That Time.
Period.
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