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All the President’s Weasels

November 12th, 2013 - 2:39 pm

YIKES

CNN’s Dana Bash:

“I just talked to a senior congressional Democratic source who said that they believe this [Friday] is almost a de facto deadline for the White House to come up with a fix,” she continued. “Because, if they don’t, you’re going to see more and more Democrats defy the White House and vote for this Republican bill in the House.”

She said that this off-the-record comment is lent support by statements made by House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) who declined to attack a Republican proposal that would allow those losing their health plans to keep them.

On Tuesday, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney told reporters the White House is opposed to both Democratic and Republican “keep your plan” proposals. “We see that as throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” he said.

Never mind the fact that those cancelled plans aren’t coming back, even if legislation were passed today and signed tomorrow and enacted on Friday. Canceling a health insurance plan isn’t like flipping a light switch. Actually, it is — but you can only flip it once, to “Off.” You can’t just flip it back on. And if there’s one thing we should have learned these last few weeks, it’s that government can’t just wish things so.

What amuses me is just how hysterically tone-deaf flackman Jay Carney is. His boss has an astonishing 60% disapproval for his handling of health care, and there’s Carney glibly saying (but I repeat myself) that the White House ain’t gonna budge. That has got to have Congressional Democrats reaching for the Tums, the Pepto, and the Imodium all at once. It’s not that Wiggleroom is taking a tough negotiating stance — with his own beleaguered Hill cohorts, I might add — but that Wiggleroom apparently doesn’t see the need for any real change to his health care law. From what I can gather, the thinking at 1600 Pennsylvania is once they get the website working, everything will be fine.

Did I say “tone deaf” a moment ago? I should have said “willful blindness.”

This thing is almost at the Life of Its Own stage, like Bush & Katrina in 2005, where every bad story is believed, repeated, and exaggerated. Only time time around, there won’t be any need for exaggeration.

I enjoy my popcorn with sea salt, butter, and just a hint of schadenfreude — how about you?

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This is not willful blindness. The hard-core Left will not countenance any changes to the law. They won't, because the moment they admit it needs changing, they are opening the door to full destruction of OCare. We'll be finally having the debate on it they did not allow years ago, and that means doom.

They are trying to keep the door shut, while the Republicans are pounding away at it. The door is beginning to open a bit. The Repubs have their foot in the door. It won't close again.

The President's approval numbers are too low. He is weakened. He cannot hold the door, and as it is sliding slowly open. Weaker Democrats are drifting away from the coming elephant stampede. They are hoping not to get trampled in 2014.

Well, they are too late. They are going to get crushed in the 2014 election. It will be a Red, bloody mess. Nothing they can do, now. It is 2010 redux, but it will be worse for the Dems.

Yummy SchadenFreude garnished with sweet Democrat tears.

As a further note, remember how people did not want Obama coming to help them in their districts in 2010, because he had the poison touch? It's going to be hilariously so, this time, with his approval at 39% and falling. Be ready to point and giggle. :D
37 weeks ago
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I would love to imagine that the GOP will use this opportunity to full effect. But I know the only thing I can count on the GOP to do is never to blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity.
37 weeks ago
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I've been reading Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August". I think that the pResident's "willful blindness" resembles that of the unfortunate Czar Nicholas II who disregarded all the bad news about the preparedness of the Russian army at the start of World War I. "Cousin Nicky" (as Kaiser Wilhelm II called him) was described in Tuchman's book as a shallow autocrat, ill-prepared for his duties as Czar and surrounded by self-seeking incompetents (such as Marshall Sukhomlinov who disregarded information such as the lack of artillery, ammunition and logistical support for the front-line troops). All this led to a massive Russian defeat by Germany at the Battle of Tannenburg at the start of the war, eventually leading to the Czar's overthrow (and eventual murder of him and his family) and the Bolshevik revolution. I think that the pResident and his claque, like Czar Nicky and his courtiers, are continuing to "double down on stupid" which will lead to horrendous consequences for the country within the next year or two.
37 weeks ago
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Canceling a health insurance plan isn’t like flipping a light switch, nor like flipping your middle finger.
37 weeks ago
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I made the point elsewhere, and I'll make it here. This may be the Republicans' golden opportunity.

They should pass a very clean bill in the House. Offer a two-year subsidy to everybody who's lost a policy because of this debacle. But at the end of the two years, O'care is shut down. The insurance companies will have the time to create new policies, and they'll have enough of a cushion, through the subsidies, to ride out the next two years of grim.

And that's it. O'care gets completely reversed. The insurance industry creates a new policy structure based on the markets that existed before this travesty befell us. And we move on.

Let the House pass that, with little to nothing in the way of amendments or riders. Make it clean. Then send it to the Senate and watch the Dems and Obama have conniption fits, trying to worm their way out of it. The panic coming out of DC would be priceless beyond measure.

Yeah, it's gonna cost us in the short-term. But it completely eviscerates Obama and the Dems, and shows the country that the Republicans can be compassionate and firm at the same time. And it's either some short-term pain, or a whole boatload of long-term pain.

Not that I think the Rs are capable of thinking this through. But the opportunity is there.
37 weeks ago
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I want as LITTLE of this cushioning as possible.

Okay, there will have to be some sort of adjustment for people kicked off their "junk plans" who are too rich for Medicaid but too poor to afford the Rolls Royce replacement plans. And yeah, that adjustment will have to cost us. Maybe we could make those adjustments no-interest or low-interest loans so we wouldn't lose EVERYTHING. But damn it, most of those people are dumbazs Obama voters who were expecting to punish the rich and kill the insurers. Once burned, once learned or whatever.

As for others, Kirsten Powers can afford that doubly expensive thing she has now, and some families will have to struggle horribly for a year, but CHRIST -- ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. Either policy holders suffer, or taxpayers suffer for them at another twice the price (government doesn't do this redistribution work for free). Let it hurt. Let it burn. It will be a lesson that might last three entire election cycles.
37 weeks ago
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Under normal circumstances, I would (and have!) agree with you. But the only leverage the Rs will have to gut O'care is if they dangle the carrot of underwriting the massive losses that we are looking at. There is no other vehicle to which a true reversal can be attached.

Like I said--some short-term (and significant) pain now, with the opportunity to completely destroy a life-long Leftist wet dream; or massive pain sometime down the road, and not too far, mind you. If O'care sinks it's teeth any more deeply into the economy and the national psyche, then Let It Burn will be the only recourse left to us. And I still have hope that my children can grow up into a civilized world....
37 weeks ago
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"... But it completely eviscerates Obama and the Dems."

Just wondering.......... how do you eviscerate something that has no guts?
37 weeks ago
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The thing is I believe that we may have seen socialized single payer's emergence today. Today, the administration is talking about subsidies for all who lost their healthcare. All in the name of keeping his promise. With the government paying for healthcare, then you are as close as you can get to single payer. Then they can dole out who gets to make money off of the system and who doesn't.

I was listening to Limbaugh today and a caller pointed out that when her doctor tried to get on the plan she had so she could continue treating the caller, the operator said that doctors could participate by invitation only, and the process for receiving an invite was confidential. The doctor asked if receiving an invitation was dependent upon her being an Republican and that she was white. The operator refused to answer. There is what single payer will get you. This is our future.
37 weeks ago
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First rule of complex tech deadlines: If you haven't met it in several months, you're not going to make it in the next few days, doesn't matter how much coffee and/or you throw at the problem.

They're effed. And they earned it.
37 weeks ago
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Is it too early to start fantasizing that congress will pass something that Obama veto's, and they override him? I almost don't really care what, i just want to see him get overridden by a Dem dominated senate.
37 weeks ago
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those cancelled plans aren’t coming back
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This is the part that gets me. Do those dim-wits in Congress think we don't know? elkhoong compared it to scrambling an egg, I'll compare it to something a little closer to the real thing: You write new building codes and a million houses have to be demolished. Suddenly, a million families are homeless. Woops! Grandfather the old homes! Except that . . . they've been demolished.
37 weeks ago
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Canceling a health insurance plan isn’t like flipping a light switch.

It's like scrambling an egg.

I would rather see them pass a law to mandate Obamacare on Congress and staff without taxpayers funded subsidies.
37 weeks ago
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That law was passed. It's called the PPACA.
37 weeks ago
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But taxpayers have to subsidize their plan.
37 weeks ago
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NOW they do, since Obama personally intervened with the Office of Personnel Management or whatever it is.

But in the Obamacare law as written, there are no subsidies. It's like border protection. We've already got the laws, it's just that they're not being enforced.
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