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Old 07-09-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Obamacare: A Law Born and Remaining in Hell

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Could the boondoggle we call "Obamacare" be a bigger disaster? Is there any better example of the arrogance, incompetence and remorselessness of top-down central planning?

The very name of the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a deceptive euphemism, as it neither protects patients nor makes health care more affordable.

The law was born in hell. The premises upon which the bill was based, the promises its proponents made and the corruption and high-handedness in its legislative process tainted it from the outset.

Remember how the administration sent a threatening letter to Humana and other companies, threatening legal action for expressing their opinion that under Obamacare, some seniors would lose their coverage? Or how it pressured insurance executives to support the plan?

Anyone paying attention at the time knew the bill was full of accounting gimmicks and political tricks. Sen. Lamar Alexander aptly described Obamacare as "the most brazen act of political arrogance since Watergate ... in terms of thumbing your nose at the American people and saying, 'We know you don't want it, but we're going to give it to you anyway.'"

It was not President Obama's fancifully optimistic predictions about the bill that were vindicated but those of the bill's opponents, whom Obama brutally demonized during his endless campaign to pass the measure.

Contrary to Obama's assurances before it passed, Obamacare would increase, not decrease, the cost of health insurance to individuals. It would not improve but reduce the quality of health care. It would not reduce but increase the deficit. It would not come close to eliminating the number of uninsured. It would not enable people to keep their own plans or doctors. It would violate the conscience rights of faith-based health providers. It would fund abortion. It would create new burdensome taxes. It would not grow the economy but shrink it. It would increase unemployment and part-time employment. It was a Trojan horse for a single-payer plan. It would result in many doctors' early retirement and thousands of bright students reconsidering their pursuit of a career in medicine.

The American people sensed from the beginning what a mess Obamacare was. Even after all the lies, backroom deals and executive branch strong-arming, the people didn't buy into it. Indeed, the authoritarian cram-down of this monster catalyzed the creation of the tea party and led to the Republican congressional rout in 2010.

Without exhibiting an ounce of remorse for this nightmare, the administration has stood by the law with stubborn tenacity, ignoring the people's will every step of the way and bending the law and rigging its implementation in order to ensure its survival. When the administration was faced with the prospect of employers dropping their coverage to avoid drastic premium increases, it arbitrarily and capriciously granted more than 1,000 temporary waivers, more than half of which went to members of union health insurance plans, to delay the inevitable pain the law will inflict.

Now it's deja vu all over again, as the administration recently announced a one-year delay in Obamacare's employer mandate, the effects of which, conveniently, will not fully manifest themselves until after the 2014 congressional elections. This was after officials adamantly insisted that the implementation of the law was on schedule. The administration did not consult with Congress to amend the law or tweak it in any way to make it work, but in keeping with its contempt for the rule of law, it unilaterally imposed this change via executive fiat -- in wholesale defiance of the president's duty to faithfully execute the laws. The culture of lying surrounding Obamacare is so pervasive that once again, the administration has attempted to candy-coat its selective delay of the law as a prudent move. Imagine its audacity in characterizing this move as "continuing to implement the ACA in a careful, thoughtful manner."

Lest you think this employer mandate delay is a one-off event (of course, you couldn't rationally think that, considering the aforementioned thousand-plus waivers), The Heritage Foundation's blog, "The Foundry," details a dozen more Obamacare implementation failures that aren't getting as much media play. These include the abandonment and then the repeal of the CLASS Act, missed deadlines on insurance exchanges, a partial delay of the law's anti-conscience mandate, a delay in the promised right of workers to choose plans from different insurers in the small-business exchanges, a reduction in access to care for children with pre-existing conditions, a delay in the government-run plan for states, gross underperformance of high-risk pools, the insolvency of the early retiree reinsurance program, a defunding of co-ops, the repeal of a provision that would have allowed certain workers to use contributions from their employers to buy exchange health plans, and Medicaid expansion rightly rejected by many states.

Even Democrats and the liberal media are now acknowledging that this legislation is a "train wreck." It is utterly unworkable, a drag on the economy, a menace to health care and a comprehensive assault on our liberties, yet Obama will not be deterred in his single-minded obsession to expand government through the vehicle of health care.

It would not be an act of extremism for Congress to defund this law. It would be exceedingly irresponsible for it not to. Defund and repeal.
I couldn't agree with this (emotionally charged) piece more.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:31 AM   #3
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It's been picked up and run by dozens of outlets. Google informed you of this.
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gotta love non biased drivel
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So, if it was born in hell, and this was originally based on a Republican sourced model from the 90's, then it's the Republicans fault?

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So, if it was born in hell, and this was originally based on a Republican sourced model from the 90's, then it's the Republicans fault?
Yes. The model from the 90's did not help in the least. But the model failed because it lacked the ability to be realistically, feasibly implemented. As a result, support dwindled and the notion died. As pointed out by the author, this ONLY passed as a result of presidential strong-arming, bribes, back-room deals, shady dealings, and blatant lies (or incredibly dumb, naive promises) to the american people.

Now they're facing those setbacks that caused the legislation to die in the 90's and realizing the mess they've put themselves in. To make matters worse, they're continually delaying the implementation of this monstrosity to coincide outside of Obama's reign and ensure his image (and his party's voting) isn't tarnished..

It's politically driven and indefensible.
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It's been picked up and run by dozens of outlets. Google informed you of this.
Someone's getting their panties in a bunch. All I did was post the original source, something you fail at doing time and time again. But you're right, you can also find it over at:

www.AmericaResists.com
www.RedState.com
www.HumanEvents.com
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Aside from picking on the news outlet and who had the idea first, does anyone care to stick up for Obama's health care reform as a solution that is sustainable and good for our country?

Funny that people are poking at chase for a copy/paste article with a comment since that is what happens a high % of the time in Poli talk (**cough, cough, Phrozen). Heck, at least he labeled it appropriately as being emotionally charged.
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What does Mark Levin think about it?
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Aside from picking on the news outlet and who had the idea first, does anyone care to stick up for Obama's health care reform as a solution that is sustainable and good for our country?
Time will tell. It's difficult to evaluate the success or failure in such a short period of time. As for the source, I did that as a courtesy to the other forum members since the OP has repeatedly displayed his incompetence in doing so. The article itself was painful to read. It's difficult to remain objective when having to sort through the author's biases. He is clearly targeting a specific audience. The fact the OP posted it here should be an affirmation to that.
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What does Mark Levin think about it?
He gives it two thumbs up.
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Time will tell. It's difficult to evaluate the success or failure in such a short period of time. As for the source, I did that as a courtesy to the other forum members since the OP has repeatedly displayed his incompetence in doing so. The article itself was painful to read. It's difficult to remain objective when having to sort through the author's biases. He is clearly targeting a specific audience. The fact the OP posted it here should be an affirmation to that.
Time has already told and will continue to tell us it sucks. The timetables are getting pushed, they are yet to hire thousands of workers to manage this monstrosity, and they are just delaying the implementation until they can throw the fiscal disaster that follows in the lap of republicans.

CINL : Incompetence? Emotionally charged?
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It won't and can't work. Let's see a 20 year phase in a approach that is logistically possible. Oh yeah... a politician can't hang their hat on something that takes 20 years.

Whatever, I still have awesome healthcare available to me. Jesus do I hate poor people.
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Time has already told and will continue to tell us it sucks.
An overhaul of this nature requires years to implement and even longer to measure its success or failure. More likely than not there will be additional "tweaks" made to the system once problems are encounter, which there will be. One of the biggest hurdles to any change management is resistance to change. It's well documented and researched across a plethora of industries. Typically a strong communication campaign can help combat the resistance by informing impacted stakeholders as to what the process will be, how and when they'll be impacted and what the alternatives would mean. Unfortunately, rumors, propaganda and outright lies perpetrated by the right wing media outlets in addition to members of the GOP have left many right leaning Americans confused. And when they get confused it makes them angry. And when they become angry, their blood pressure elevates. Said elevation will ultimately lead to a heart attack. And when they have a heart attack, they'll be thanking Obama for their insurance that helped cover the costs to what otherwise would have forced them to declare bankruptcy because they were unable to pay their high bills.



TL;DR - You're welcome Obama.
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^^ troll.
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I'm reading this quote and finding no links to back up anything he's saying.
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^^ troll.
I think you are the troll. No way you believe half the stuff you post.
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I'm reading this quote and finding no links to back up anything he's saying.
The author isn't credible.

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I think you are the troll. No way you believe half the stuff you post.
At this point I would argue self-fulfilling prophecy
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I'm actually really looking forward to the implementation of Obamacare. In fact, I wish it would happen with lightning speed. It will be nice to stand in the same line with the John Boehners, Harry Reids, and Michelle Obamas of the world so we can all together share what we worked so hard to achieve. It's going to be glorious. I mean think about it....you're sitting in a room for hours on end waiting to see a doctor and Joe Manchin waltzes in to see the exact same doctor you are. That's when you know your almighty federal overlords made the best possible decision for you when it comes to your healthcare. This is for US!! Love it!! Embrace it!


I can't wait until amnesty. You think Obamacare was a good idea? Amnesty is the best idea in the history of bestest ideas. C'mon gang of 86....I mean 8!! Let's get this sh*t done!!!!
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Whatever, I still have awesome healthcare available to me. Jesus do I hate poor people.
I see your a Republican.
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