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December 3rd, 2013 - 7:21 am

Another ObamaCare tale of woe:

It took 62 days for one man to get a quote from the federal government’s Obamacare marketplace.

Dave Petno, an insurance broker and blogger based in Ohio, wrote Sunday that just over 2 months after first attempting to obtain a health insurance quote for his family, HealthCare.gov finally delivered.

And according to Petno, his insurance costs would shoot up by 52% for a worse plan than the one his family currently has.

“My family currently has an HSA Plan through Anthem with a $6,000 Deductible, and $6,000 OOP Maximum,” Petno wrote. “We currently pay $735/month for this plan design.”

Under Obamacare, for Petno to keep a $6,000 deductible with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, his monthly premium will increase to $1117.15 — a 52% jump.

A government service with fewer options at higher prices. Inconceivable!

Don’t believe any of Wiggleroom’s claims of innocence — or at least that’s what I’ve decided.

There were two moment from the 2012 campaign which never made sense to me until right now. Both involved his “signature” legislation and conceived and wheedled by Harry Reid. I don’t remember which order they came in, but bear me out.

The first one that came to mind was when Wiggleroom tried, very awkwardly, to claim ownership of what everybody had been calling ObamaCare for two years already. There he was on the stump, with what was perhaps the worst line of any of his campaigns. He said something like, “It’s ObamaCare because, yeah, Obama cares.” Even he was wincing at the sheer awfulness of it, even if slightly below the surface. Besides, a man who once posed himself in front of Greek columns should never, ever refer to himself in the third person. You can get away with one or the other, maybe, but never both.

The second moment was during one of his debates with Mitt Romney. I believe it was the first one, when Romney pretty much swept the floor with him, but I could be wrong. Romney was going on a tear in one of his answers, with ObamaCare this and ObamaCare that. And when Wiggleroom’s turn to answer came, he too used the word ObamaCare. And it dripped bitterly from his lips. You could tell he did not want his name associated with that law.

At the time I was stumped. The law might not have been very popular even at the time, but it wasn’t yet universally loathed and/or a laughingstock. I do remember thinking that the heartless little bureaucrat in his soul probably just wanted everything addressed by its proper name. “Affordable Care Act.” “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” “Equality 7-2521.”

But now I’m certain that’s not even close to right.

Wiggleroom didn’t want his name on that law because he knew, he fully knew by the summer of 2012 just what a stinker it was. He knew the website wasn’t going to work, he knew you weren’t going to be allowed to keep anything you liked, and he knew it was going to be as reviled as ClintonCare — but made real, made the law of the land. People hated ClintonCare — AKA, the Health Security Act — in theory, but they never had to hate it in practice. ObamaCare would get no such reprieve.

And he knew it.

And his response wasn’t to push for fixing legislation in 2011 or 2012. And it certainly wasn’t to get out in front of the law’s problems in the middle of a campaign when everybody was looking.

No.

Wiggleroom’s response was to delay doing anything until after his election, making the problems with HealthCare.gov even tougher to fix on time. And the fixes implemented over the last two months still haven’t made things much better. The site responds much faster when asked to provide you with phony quotes, but it’s still a non-functioning mess when it comes to actually selling people insurance.

And affordable? Don’t make me laugh, bitterly.

Patient protection? Tell that to Dave Petno.

And care? Not one whit.

So just keep saying it: ObamaCare, ObamaCare, ObamaCare.

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WTF? Has the entire "leadership" class of our nation gone permanently 'round the bend?! Am I to understand that, to get a basic level of coverage for medical expenses, this family is expected to pay in advance ALMOST $20,000 PER YEAR - before any actual expenses will be covered?! In other words, in any year a family member DOESN'T need major surgery, cancer treatment, or some other massive medical intervention, "health care" (so-called, no doubt derisively) is a complete and utter waste. Bloody hell, with any luck and halfway good genetic endowment, one would save a lot of money taking one's chances and paying only as necessary. How has it come to this?
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ClintonCare? No -- it was HillaryCare.

Because Bill gave it to her, possibly as sabotage. But he also knew it wouldn't fly and that whatever Midas touch he had from his popularity could go swirling down the tubes if it had his own fingerprints on it, and he'd be a one-term president.
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Oops, another IRS audit. They really need to hire more IRS agents to enforce quiet on Obamacare.
19 weeks ago
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The reason this whole thing blew up was because the pRez was a self-centered lazy pr!ck who turned this project over to two of the cruelest, most heartless old people in the US, if not on the planet: Harry Reid and "Nasty" Pelosi. When this piece of dreck was deemed "passed" (solely along party lines - not one Republican voted for it), it was turned over for implementation to a group of incompetent but well-connected political hacks. And all this time, people from the pRez to Dem members of Congress to Kathleen Sibelius and the rest of her HHS toadies knew - KNEW! - that none of what this pResident promised would happen. I submit that the pResident, the Democrat members of Congress, and all the others involved in this project should be charged for hate crimes against the American people.
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I would add to your list of most heartless old people, Ezekial Emanual, the drafter of this late term abortion. Have you ever heard him? He would fit the Nazi profile to a T. Evil abounds on the left.
19 weeks ago
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Obama cares for us. Like Lenny cares for puppies.
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Of course they knew. Hell, even I knew what was going to happen at least 2 years ago. Our HR manager at work laid it all out in simple to understand terms. And his conclusion was basically “If you like your current plan, you can keep it.” was BS.

Millions of people are going to lose their existing plans, because the plans don’t meet the new minimum requirements. And this is a feature, not a bug. There is no other way for the system to work.

Consumer reports has been a bit too “rah rah” about the whole thing for my tastes, but they have at least done a good job explaining why plans are being canceled and rates are going up.

Like this: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/11/four-reasons-your-health-insurance-premium-might-go-up/index.htm

And this: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/11/why-a-childless-man-should-have-to-buy-maternity-coverage/index.htm
19 weeks ago
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WTF? Has the entire "leadership" class of our nation gone permanently 'round the bend?! Am I to understand that, to get a basic level of coverage for medical expenses, this family is expected to pay in advance ALMOST $20,000 PER YEAR - before any actual expenses will be covered?! In other words, in any year a family member DOESN'T need major surgery, cancer treatment, or some other massive medical intervention, "health care" (so-called, no doubt derisively) is a complete and utter waste. Bloody hell, with any luck and halfway good genetic endowment, one would save a lot of money taking one's chances and paying only as necessary. How has it come to this?
19 weeks ago
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ClintonCare? No -- it was HillaryCare.

Because Bill gave it to her, possibly as sabotage. But he also knew it wouldn't fly and that whatever Midas touch he had from his popularity could go swirling down the tubes if it had his own fingerprints on it, and he'd be a one-term president.
19 weeks ago
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i always felt that it gave Bill the best of both worlds. he could hype hillary if it worked, proclaiming the success of the "co-president" regime he claimed in the campaign, and if it failed, just move away from it. let the fault fall on hillary and let the co-president stuff go away.
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A lesser man would hijack a failure as his own. Thus ACA became Obamacare.

The Man and his wife are laughing.
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