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Posted By Confutus
Byron York has an article in the Washington Examiner that documents 27 Democratic senators repeating Obama's "inaccurate promise" about how "If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan". Either they also lied, or they were grossly negligent. It has been pointed out that a business that conducted its affairs in this fashion could be prosecuted for fraud. If this does not amount to a criminal conspiracy, I don't know what does.
Posted By Confutus
The Upton Amendment, a Republican initiative that would allow 2014 health-plans to be continued on 2013 terms, and thus amend the ACA to allow Obama's promise, "if You like your plan you can keep your plan" to be partly kept, passed the House of Representatives with 39 Democrat votes. It is doubtful that Senate Majority leader Reid will allow the Senate to consider it, now that influential backers of the ACA have announced their support for competing but similar measures. It would only take a few defectors from the thin Democratic majority to signal that Reid can no longer keep the his party in line. Even if it does somehow get through the Senate, Obama has announced his intention to veto it. Of course. Obama's promise was a politically motivated lie from the beginning because the very intent of the ACA was to force expanded low-cost coverage of those who it would otherwise be too expensive for companies to insure, and everyone else would see their costs rise. But the potential failure of Obamacare is likely to generate toxic fallout for Republicans as well. The ACA has an expensive bail-out provision for insurers if their costs for compliant plans get too expensive; one which it will be economically irresponsible to fund but would let Democrats portray them as heartless not to fund.
Posted By Confutus
The President announced that he's not happy with the rollout of [Who is?] but it's already a big success with a million and half applications filled out and all of a hundred thousand signed up [of about seven million needed by March], and four hundred thousand signed up for Medicare [gotta love that contributor/recipient ratio] and it's gotten better [about like a D is a big improvement over an F] and he hears loud and clear that people are upset about their insurance being canceled and he promised that he would do everything could to fix this problem and [that he promised in the first place wouldn't exist] and offers up an idea to fix it [yay] and talked about a grandfather clause [which didn't actually apply to 98% of plans], and about how it's the state insurance regulators who actually decide what kinds of plans can be sold, but he's [graciously] going to allow the kinds of plans he called junk a few weeks ago to be sold, [never mind what the law and the HHS regulation writers have on the books] and require insurers to advertise the virtues of their newer, better [more expensive, less comprehensive] plans and the tax credits that are going to pay for them [Riiight] and he's going to work with Democrats and Republicans to fix the law [without letting Republicans muck with it] and tell people to keep shopping around and there's a good [i.e. very skinny] chance they'll find something that is better and cheaper and he promises to get the ACA working. [For real, this time]. We also learned that he understands the frustration and pain that people are going through but they aren't giving him enough credit for the good stuff and this insurance stuff is complicated. [That's supposed to make it all better?] Also that he wasn't informed directly about the fact that the web site was failing tests and unready to go live [am I to understand that he heard people talking about it and didn't follow up?] Also, that he admits that his promises were "not accurate". [About like the Space Shuttle Challenger suffered "obviously, a major malfunction"] So, is Barak Obama an unscrupulous lying weasel or a feckless incompetent? On the basis of this press conference, I would have to say, Yes. Both. Still.
Posted By Confutus
Today's news for ObamaCare was, if possible, even more dismal than before. The release of figures from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been well covered and is positively dismal. There isn't much I can say about the bizarre absurdities coming from the proponents and defenders of Obamacare that hasn't been said better and sooner by someone else. When Administration and GAO officials were asked before a Congressional committee to provide an estimate for how much it would cost to fix, they had only blank silence to offer. I suspect that's also the most honest guess for how long it will take. So, assuming the word-case outcome, what are those left without health insurance to do? The short answer is self-reliance. I hope to expand on that.
Posted By Confutus
It seems that certain Senate Democrats and House Republicans are falling over each other to see who can be "first" to sponsor legislation to let people keep the health plans the President has officially labeled "junk". On the one hand, the House Republicans have a measure which the Administration has already denounced. However, the office of Diane Feinstein, one of the Senators from California and a leading supporter of ObamaCare, has received some 30,000 phone calls demanding a reversal of the government policy, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, also a leading supporter, is cosponsoring a measure to do so. It remains to be seen whether Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is going to try to enforce Democratic party unity in opposing Republican measures to "fix" a law that they refuse to admit is broken. It's too to avoid market chaos anyway. The insurance companies have already made a commitment to the ObamaCare- compliant policies, and for the government to suddenly and abruptly change the rules again will still leave a lot of insurance policy holders in limbo. The government has been trying to impose a benevolent tyranny using a mixture of lies and cronyism with inflexible partisan discipline, and micromanage an entire industry affecting the whole populace with this approach. Something had to give. The only question was, what would give way first?


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