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Todays Obamacare Socialist Screwing. "Cadillac Plans"

ObamaCare, We take from the working, and give to the slugs!

If you have good health insurance you probably won’t for long. The idea here is if you have better coverage  than someone else, well that’s just not fair. So there will be a 40% penalty.  sangry_group_100-100
The only bright note will be when all these professors at small liberal arts colleges (Read Flaming Libs) Who usually have very good plans start getting these notices…well we’ll have some new Conservatives.

You know “A lib is a Conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet” 

By Talesha Reynolds and Lisa Myers
NBC News
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For 75 million Americans who get their insurance through large companies, the Affordable Care Act is a mixed bag.  Experts tell NBC News the new healthcare law is only slightly increasing premiums next year, but causing some companies with the most generous plans to reduce their employees’ benefits.
Aaron Baker, 36, his wife Billie and their two young children are covered under a generous health insurance plan offered by the private Midwestern university where he’s worked for 10 years. When they opened their benefits notice this year, they were pleased to see their $385 premium is only up by four dollars next year. However, they were shocked to discover that instead of covering the first dollar they spend with no deductible, the Baker’s plan now includes a $1,000 deductible and a $2,500 out of pocket maximum. They also will still have small co-pays for services.
According to the enrollment notice, the changes are “to relieve future health plan trend pressure and to put the university in a position to avoid the excise tax that becomes effective in 2018.” The 40 percent excise tax—often called the “Cadillac tax”— is part of Obamacare and is levied on the most generous health plans. It’s designed to bring down overall health costs by making companies and workers more cost-conscious. The thinking is that if consumers have to pay more expenses themselves, through higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, they’ll avoid unnecessary or overly costly procedures. And that is supposed to make care more affordable for everyone.
Billie Baker doesn’t think much of that concept. “I think that saying that your insurance is too good so we’re going to give you a penalty,” she said, “is sort of outrageous to me.”
Said Aaron, “You would think the government would want employers to offer good health care packages to their employees. It seems like that is not the case.”
A survey by the International Foundation of Employees Benefits Plans (IFEBP) released in August found that 16.8 percent of respondents had already started to redesign their health plans to avoid the “Cadillac” tax and 40 percent said they are considering action.  A survey of Fortune 1000 companies by Towers Watson, a top benefits consulting firm, found a much higher number. Sixty percent of the these major companies, which employ about 20 million American workers, say the looming excise tax is already having a “moderate” or “significant” influence on benefits decisions for 2014 and 2015. Though the tax doesn’t take effect for years, some companies are starting to make gradual changes now so as not to make dramatic changes at the last minute.
The tax will require a company to pay a 40 percent levy, starting in 2018, on the amount by which the total costs of health plans exceeds an annual limit of $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family.
“There are many factors that result in health care costs going up at certain levels,” said Ron Fontanetta, a director at Towers Watson, “but there’s no question that we’ve seen some action on the part of employers in part because of the concern of a looming excise tax.”
“We’ve had employers shifting costs to employees for some time. But this is really very different,” said Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms.
“This is more of a seismic change, because most employers are looking forward to this Cadillac tax in 2018 and realizing they’re going to have to get ready for it now.  And you can’t just shift costs to avoid it; you have to cut benefits.”
The President’s top economic adviser, Jason Furman, says only a small percentage of plans will be hit by the tax once it takes effect four years from now. He disputes claims that the Affordable Care Act is causing employers to put more financial burden on employees.
“There is nothing in the law that tells you you need to raise copayments or deductibles.” Furman told NBC News.  “In fact, the law limits your ability to shift costs to your workers.”
Furman told NBC News that “for the most part, very little will change for people getting their insurance through large employers.”
The new healthcare law is having much less impact on health care premiums than on benefits. Towers Watson estimates it’s adding an average of 1 to 2 percent to what premiums otherwise would be next year. The administration claims the impact is “negligible.”
But that has not kept some companies from instituting double-digit premium increases. Andrea Caulfield of Alexandria, Va., who says she’s had great health benefits for the past five years, was so stunned when she opened this year’s notice that she says she thought it was a misprint.  She now pays $313 a month for herself, her husband Rick and their 13-year-old son Patrick. Next year, it would be $825 a month. That includes a new premium “surcharge” because her husband could get coverage through his own employer.
She says that’s not remotely affordable. “Neither one of us is getting pay increases or even cost of living increases, so there’s no way we could budget for this additional cost,” Caulfield said.
Her employer cited multiple factors that led to the change – the rising cost of healthcare and “significant” costs under the healthcare law, including a temporary $63 fee that must be paid for each covered employee, spouse or child starting in 2014. The fee is intended to fund a program to help spread risk for insurers participating in the exchanges.
Other companies also are charging more for spouses. Xerox has had a surcharge for spouses for the past three years.  It’s rising to $1,500 in 2014. Earlier this fall, UPS told employees it will exclude spouses who have access to coverage elsewhere altogether in 2014.
Caulfield credits the Affordable Care Act for added benefits like guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but she wishes she didn’t have to pay for it.
“I know we all have to work together to help each other, but sometimes they have these big ideas but they really don’t think about the little person, working really hard and each spouse working one job and we still can’t quite make it.”
The family will now purchase coverage through Rick’s employer. It will cost $70 more per month than her current plan. It is not their preference, but Andrea says they don’t have a choice.
“I’m part of that percentage that was told, you’re gonna be able to keep your coverage, but that’s really not what happened.”
Robert Laszewski says the bar for employer-based healthcare plans has moved.
“In the past, employers compared their benefits to each other,” said Laszewski. “And they had very rich benefits. Now we see a real phenomenon where employers are comparing their benefits to Obamacare and that’s the new reference point. So it’s really about, ‘I have better benefits than Obamacare.’ And of course many of the Obamacare deductibles are 2000 dollars.”
Jason Furman says the real story is how much the growth in health care costs and cost sharing have slowed in the last few years.
“This past year, adjusted for inflation, premiums rose 2.3 percent. That’s one-third the rate that they were growing a decade ago,” Furman said.
“You just can’t blame everything in the health system on this law.  It had a lot of problems before it, and it’s actually helping to make them better.”
~Steve~
https://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/25/21612971-large-employers-cite-obamacare-cadillac-tax-in-reducing-benefits

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You Think Obamacare Couldn't Get Any Worse? Well Now That You Ask.

I’m mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore. Agrrrrrr sangry_blowsupheart_100-100


Almost 80 million with employer health care plans could have coverage canceled, experts predict

Jim Angle
By Jim Angle
Published November 26, 2013

FoxNews.com
Almost 80 million people with employer health plans could find their coverage canceled because they are not compliant with ObamaCare, several experts predicted.
Their losses would be in addition to the millions who found their individual coverage cancelled for the same reason.
Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute said that in addition to the individual cancellations, “at least half the people on employer plans would by 2014 start losing plans as well.” There are approximately 157 million employer health care policy holders.
Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute added, “the administration estimated that approximately 78 million Americans with employer sponsored insurance would lose their existing coverage due to the Affordable Care Act.”
Last week, an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, showed the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predicted up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.
According to projections the administration itself issued back in July 2010, it was clear officials knew the impact of ObamaCare three years ago.
(Yup..He Lied)
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In fact, according to the Federal Register, its mid-range estimate was that by the end of 2014, 76 percent of small group plans would be cancelled, along with 55 percent of large employer plans.
The reason behind the losses is that current plans don’t meet the requirements of ObamaCare, which dictate that each plan must cover a list of essential benefits, whether people want them or not.
“Things like maternity care or acupuncture or extensive drug coverage,” said Veuger. “And so now the law is going to force them to buy policies that they could have gotten in the past if they wanted to but they chose not to.”
Some plans already have been canceled and employers are getting sticker shock at the new, higher prices under ObamaCare.
One of them is David Allen, president of a company bearing his name in Boulder, Colorado. He told a Congressional hearing recently that his carrier discontinued his company policy because it wasn’t compliant with ObamaCare.
“It does not meet the minimum standards as stipulated under the law. Due to this one change,” he said, “our premiums are now scheduled to increase by 52.3 percent in January 2014.”
Roy said that is not unusual. “The old plans that are being cancelled are meaningfully cheaper than the new plans that are ObamaCare compliant.”
A new wave of cancellations and sticker shock will emerge just before next year’s elections.
“They’re going to start doing that in the summer or early fall but certainly before the midterm elections,” said Veuger.
 ~Steve~

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Just How Bad Is ObamaCare Website? Well Let Me Tell You. It's Unfixable According To Some Experts.

Why? Because it is a big fat bloated pig with 500 Million Lines of code.

Ok I’m no techno weenie so just how big is 500 million lines of code? Keep reading and you will find out. 

Opp's there goes another one.

Opp’s there goes another one.


(Hey Boss I need to requisition a new laptop. Umm, my dog ate it.)  

OK, the dog did not eat it.

OK, the dog did not eat it.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney    First Published: October 23, 2013: 7:04 AM ET

Experts say the major problems with the Obamacare website can’t reasonably be solved before the end of 2013, and the best fix would be to start over from scratch.

Yeah, what he said. Uh Huh!

Yeah, what he said. Uh Huh!


After assessing the website, Dave Kennedy, the CEO of information-security companyTrusted Sec, estimates that about 20% of Healthcare.gov needs to be rewritten. With a whopping 500 million lines of code, according to a recent New York Times report, Kennedy believes fixing the site would probably take six months to a year.
But would-be Obamacare enrollees only have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage starting at the beginning of 2014. Nish Bhalla, CEO of information-security firm Security Compass, said it “does not sound realistic at all” that Healthcare.gov will be fully operational before that point.
“We don’t even know where all of the problems lie, so how can we solve them?” Bhalla said. “It’s like a drive-by shooting: You’re going fast and you might hit it, you might miss it. But you can’t fix what you can’t identify.”
Several computer engineers said it would likely be easier to rebuild Healthcare.gov than to fix the issues in the current system. But it’s unlikely that the government would toss out more than $300 million worth of work.
The sheer size of Healthcare.gov is indicative of a major rush job. Rolling the site out too quickly likely increased the number of errors, and that makes the fixes more difficult to implement.
“Projects that are done rapidly
( May I ask didn’t they have like 3 years to build this?)
usually have a lot of [repetitive] code,” said Arron Kallenberg, a software engineer and tech entrepreneur. “So when you have a problem, instead of debugging something in a single location, you’re tracking it down all through the code base.”
To put 500 million lines of code into perspective, it took just 500,000 lines of code to send the Curiosity rover to Mars. Microsoft’s
(MSFTFortune 500)
 Windows 8 operating system reportedly has about 80 million lines of code.
And an online banking system might feature between 75 million and 100 million lines.
A “more normal range” for a project like Healthcare.gov is about 25 million to 50 million lines of code, Kennedy said.
“The [500 million lines of code] says right off the bat that something is egregiously wrong,” said Kennedy. “I jumped back when I read that figure. It’s just so excessive.”
Applicants might be able to at least register for Obamacare sooner than that, even if the site isn’t 100% perfect. The New York Times report said five million lines of code need to be replaced just so the site can run properly.
But the Obamacare website has bigger problems than simply getting people registered for health care. The code is also riddled with security holes, according to Kennedy, who outlined his cybersecurity concerns on Trusted Sec’s company blog.
“If someone can’t register, that’s obviously bad –– but if the information gets hacked, you’re talking about one of the biggest breaches in American history,” Kennedy said. “I think security is an afterthought at this point.”
( The security and hacking is a story unto itself. It is very bad. I’ll do a follow up tomorrow)
That might not be a major issue now, as people are still having trouble logging onto the site. But once it’s up and running, that code had better be made more secure.
“At this point, the car isn’t even moving,” Bhalla said. “But once we’re speeding down the road, you’re going to want that seatbelt to work.” To top of page
Here is a graph to help you understand how much code is in things. The more code, the more things go wrong. KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid.

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~Steve~
https://money.cnn.com/2013/10/23/technology/obamacare-website-fix/

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The Liberal Waterloo. I like That.

Good Piece from The Tea Party Nation.

 
Liberalism has seen its high-water mark.  Now liberals are starting to retreat.  If the liberals are in retreat, it provides the greatest opportunity for conservatives to advance an agenda in the last thirty years.
What is the liberals’ Waterloo?  How do we know liberalism is now in collapse over this?
You know things are bad for liberals when the organs of the liberal media establishment are calling for surrender.
That is happening.
The Chicago Tribune has called for Obamacare to be repealed.
Hell may have frozen over but when even the liberal media is telling liberals to give up on Obamacare, America is winning.
Last Friday, the Chicago Tribune called for Obamacare to be repealed.  The editorial board of the Tribune wrote: The Americans manhandled by this exercise in government arrogance now find themselves divided into warring tribes: Those with chronic ailments who have found new plans on Obamacare exchanges and are pleased. Those who don’t want or can’t afford the replacement policies Obamacare offers them. Those whose new policies block them from using the health providers who have treated them for many years. The estimated 23 million to 41 million people whose employer-sponsored plans are the next to be imperiled. And on and on.
Even liberals recognize that Obamacare is not only a disaster; it will destroy liberalism and push Americans back to a conservative party.
Some liberals are in total panic mode that Obamacare might not only help conservatives take the nation back in the next two elections, but the damage to the socialist cause might even be longer term.
In Politico, Todd Purdum wrote: So the fiasco of the launch of Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul has put the reputation of Big Government progressivism at risk for at least this generation. And its future now rests on the president’s ability to reverse that debacle and to demonstrate that his approach to covering millions of uninsured Americans is not only an enlightened — but workable — policy. He set the bar himself.
Fortunately for America, Barack Obama is a man of limited intellect, which is overwhelmed with a massive ego.   Never complain when the leader of the other side is narcissistically insane.
For conservatives, we have a fight in front of us.  If the pain of Obamacare continues into next year, the liberals will have no choice.  Obamacare must be sacrificed in order to save the Democrats.
The danger will be Republicans wanting to scuttle attempts to repeal Obamacare so they can use it as a campaign weapon. Republicans had better realize that 2014 is going to be a big year for them, provided they don’t try to leave Obamacare intact or even replace it with Obamacare-lite.
Obamacare must go. Repealing Obamacare will be the best thing for America. It will be what starts to pull America out of the Great Obama Depression.  Republicans must realize that the repeal of Obamacare is not a partisan issue.  It is an issue for America.
If Republicans love America as they claim, in early 2014, they must lead the charge to actually repeal Obamacare.  And GOP leadership, trust me on this; by repealing Obamacare, you will have much more to work with in the 2014 elections, not less.
( Not just repeal, but they better have something else to offer )
~Steve~
https://www.teapartynation.com/forum/topic/show?id=3355873%3ATopic%3A2709942&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic

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POLITICO Breaking News .. This Should Be Good.

The Obama administration will release the much-anticipated Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will release the figures and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will discuss the findings, an HHS official said.
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The White House has sought to lower the expectations for the numbers. “No one will be satisfied with the numbers because they will be below what we sought”

What's That Jay?

What’s That Jay?


prior to the launch of the website, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
~Steve~              https://www.politico.com

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OK, We Now Have 1 Million More Losing Insurance. Enough Is Enough!!!

I’m Mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it any more.

Make this our Battle Cry.

PS. May I add what is good is CBS is now on this story. It is out of the bottle and unstoppable. If we ever had a chance to destroy skippy and liberalism, this is it.

Seize The Moment!!!

Fight any way we have to. They have not played by the rules for 100 years. Lets make up for lost time. We don’t need violence. They have given us what we need.

Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com                                                          November 12, 2013 3:10 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS Sacramento/AP)— Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday.
The policies had been set to expire on Dec. 31 but will be extended until Feb. 28 for those who choose to re-enroll. Notices informing customers of the extension will be sent out this week, Anthem said.
Jones said the company notified the Department of Insurance that it failed to give enough notice because of a computer glitch and voluntarily offered to extend the policies.
Anthem spokesman Darrel Ng said a subset of individual customers was “inadvertently omitted from the original mailing” notifying them that their policies were being terminated. He declined to say how many Anthem customers were being notified their policies were ending.
More than 1 million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as the Affordable Care Act begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges, Jones said. The federal law requires policies to offer minimum levels of coverage, forcing companies to terminate many existing plans. But Jones said that under the law, insurers have another year to do so.
In an interview with NBC News, President Barack Obama apologized for previously pledging that Americans would get to keep their health plan under Obamacare, despite millions receiving cancellation notices.
( He Lied Thru His Teeth )
Last week, Blue Shield of California said it would extend 113,000 policies by an extra three months after it failed to provide 180 days’ notice to customers. Blue Shield was required to provide a lengthier notification period than otherinsurers because it opted to switch from being regulated under the insurance commissioner’s office to the state Department of Managed Health Care.
The state health care exchange, Covered California, has been accepting customers since Oct. 1 but has yet to say how many people have signed up for new policies. It is expected to announce enrollment figures Thursday.
Jones said even though both insurance companies have extended their existing coverage, policyholders who are eligible for federal premium subsidies through Covered California will likely want to choose new policies by Dec. 15 so they can begin receiving the subsidies starting Jan. 1.
~Steve~                                   https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/11/12/calif-insurance-commissioner-more-than-1m-californians-having-insurance-cancelled-due-to-obamacare/

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He's Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn.

I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Gonna Take This Any More. Are You? Pass This On, And On, And On. We Will Win

The Truth about Navigators
By John Fund             https://www.nationalreview.com

James O’Keefe reveals corruption at the heart of the president’s signature program. 


James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back.
This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators has topped $67 million nationwide, and some of the money is going to a group run by ACORN’s highly controversial founder. 
The events of O’Keefe’s videoof a Texas navigator site run by the National Urban League are a familiar sight to viewers of his past efforts exposing Medicaid and voter fraud. Government-paid workers supposedly trained to uphold the law advise clients on how to lie on government forms, evade legal requirements, and ignore proper procedures.

“You lie because your premiums will be higher,” one navigator advises an investigator for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who tells the worker he sometimes smokes. “Don’t tell them that. Don’t tell ’em.”
The investigator then poses as a low-income worker at a university who has unreported cash income on the side, worrying about how that might affect his premium subsidies. That’s no problem for a navigator, who says, “Don’t get yourself in trouble by declaring it now.”
“Yeah, it didn’t happen,” another navigator says. One more chimes in: “Never report it.”
Records show that the National Urban League was paid $376,000 by the federal government for its Obamacare outreach in Texas.
O’Keefe’s cameras then visit Enroll America, a nationwide nonprofit group that has launched a multi-state grassroots campaign to help millions of Americans sign up for health coverage. Daniel Clayton of Enroll America says the group is “purely nonprofit. It’s not partisan, non-political.” But when Brian Pendleton of Enroll America is introduced at a speaking engagement, Enroll America is described as “the official group for the DNC [Democratic National Committee].
Enroll America, O’Keefe reports, appears to be sharing data and working directly with an explicitly political group called Battleground Texas, activities that he notes “are prohibited unless certain conditions are met.” Adrian Bell, the regional field director for Battleground Texas, proudly notes the group was “started by President Obama’s national field director” and is “dedicated to turning Texas blue.”
 
There’s much more in the video, which O’Keefe hints will not be his last. Left unexplored is how so many navigators nationwide were hired without any background checks required. While Texas and some other states have passed requirements of their own, the absence of such checks at the federal level was acknowledged by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week. She was asked by Texas senator John Cornyn if “a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them.”
“It’s possible,” was Secretary Sebelius’s less-than-comforting reply.
Michael Astrue served as commissioner of Social Security until earlier this year, and in the 1990s served as general counsel for HHS. He wrote in The Weekly Standard last month that he is genuinely frightened of the lax security surrounding the Obamacare website, and the fact that navigators will access the federal data hub to help people enroll:

HHS opened the door to large-scale fraud by providing funding for tens of thousands of “navigators”—people who are supposed to persuade the uninsured to apply for coverage and then assist them in the application process. Instead of hiring well-screened, well-trained, and well-supervised workers, HHS decided to build political support for the Affordable Care Act by pouring money into supportive organizations so they could launch poorly trained workers into their communities without obtaining criminal background checks or creating systems for monitoring their activities.
As a practical matter, these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. It will not take long for navigators to become predators, and HHS has no plan to deal with the new breed of predators it is creating. The somnolent HHS inspector general has been silent about this scheme that will inflict widespread fraud and identity theft on vulnerable Americans.
Finally, we should all remember that the Minnesota exchange illegally disclosed the Social Security numbers of 2,400 of its state’s citizens 18 daysbefore its exchange opened for business. With HHS’s convoluted patchwork of contractors, including the data centers of “the cloud,” tens of thousands of people have now gained access to our personal data.

In Texas, some of those people work for Local 100 United Labor Unions, a New Orleans group run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Local 100 is a “sub-grantee” providing navigators for the Southern United Neighborhoods group, which received a $600,678 grant to promote Obamacare enrollment. It also received a $270,193 grant for similar work in Arkansas and a $486,123 grant for Louisiana, also as a “sub-grantee.” Marcel Reid, a former dissident board member of ACORN who broke with the group in 2008 over its questionable practices, told me earlier this year, “ACORN is forming new groups under new mismanagement, and if Wade Rathke is involved in any of them, it spells trouble.”
Many of the Navigator problems uncovered in O’Keefe’s videos and by other media outlets could have been predicted, given the propensity of Obama World to associate with highly ideological and often administratively sloppy “community organizers.” Last Friday, the Washington Post ran a piece by Ed Rogers, a former top deputy in the 1988 George H. W. Bush campaign, entitled “Six Reasons Obamacare Will Get Worse for Democrats.” One reason leaps out:

Navigators. If you liked ACORN, you’ll love the Obamacare Navigators. I’m sure there will be good, sincere people who really want to help people navigate the Obamacare maze. But there will be enough bad apples employed as navigators to supply plenty of scary anecdotes and weird encounters that will result in a steady ridicule of the overall program. And there will no doubt be activists with hidden cameras ready to capture a few creepy and outrageous encounters that will grab everybody’s attention and make voters even more skeptical of Obamacare.

The law’s problems are coming from more sides than a pentadecagon. But one of the most serious things undermining its credibility is the Obama administraion’s seemingly complete indifference to corruption within one of the key groups tasked with its implementation. We’ll have to see just how much worse it gets.
— John Fund is national-affairs columnist for National Review Online.
 ~Steve~                        
https://www.nationalreview.com/article/363699/truth-about-navigators-john-fund

 
 

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Great Op-Ed From Forbes.

Keep pushing this folks. Liberalism is on the run. Skippy lied and progressivism will die.   😆

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Obamacare Will Be Repealed Well In Advance Of The 2014 Elections

Steven Hayward, Contributor        https://www.forbes.com        OP/ED
Prediction: even ifHealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely), Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year’s election.  And if the website continues to fail, the push for repeal—from endangered Democrats—will occur very rapidly.  The website is a sideshow: the real action is the number of people and businesses who are losing their health plans or having to pay a lot more.  Fixing the website will only delay the inevitable.
It is important to remember why it was so important for Obama to promise repeatedly that “if you like your health insurance/doctor, you can keep your health insurance/doctor.”  Cast your mind back to the ignominious collapse of Hillarycare in 1994.  Hillarycare came out of the box in September 1993 to high public support according to the early polls.  This was not a surprise.  Opinion polls for decades have shown a large majority of Americans support the general idea of universal health coverage.  But Hillarycare came apart as the bureaucratic details came out, the most important one being that you couldn’t be sure you’d be able to keep your doctors or select specialists of your choice.  The Clintons refused to consider a compromise, but even with large Democratic Senate and House majorities the bill was so dead it was never brought up for a vote.
Remember “Harry and Louise”?  Obama did, which is why he portrayed Obamacare as simply expanding coverage to the uninsured, and improving coverage for the underinsured while leaving the already insured undisturbed.  But the redistributive arithmetic of Obamacare’s architecture could never add up, which is what the bureaucrats knew early on—as early as 2010 according to many documents that have leaked.  The wonder is that Obama’s political team didn’t see this coming and prepare a pre-emptive strategy for dealing with the inevitable exposure of the duplicity at the heart of Obamacare’s logic.  Now that people are losing their insurance and finding that they may not be able to keep their doctor after all, Obamacare has become the domestic policy equivalent of the Iraq War: a protracted fiasco that is proving fatal to a president’s credibility and approval rating.  The only thing missing is calling in FEMA to help fix this Category-5 political disaster.
Senate Democrats endangered for re-election will lead the charge for repeal perhaps as soon as January, after they get an earful over the Christmas break.
(WSJ: ‘Obamacare Dozen’ flee for political cover…)
They’ll call it “reform,” and clothe it in calls for delaying the individual mandate and allowing people and businesses to keep their existing health insurance policies.  But it is probably too late to go back in many cases.  With the political damage guaranteed to continue, the momentum toward repeal will be unstoppable.  Democrats will not want to face the voters next November with the albatross of Obamacare.
The politics of the repeal effort will be a game theorist’s dream.  Tea Party Republicans will resist “reforms” to Obamacare in favor of complete repeal.  Democrats will try to turn the tables and set up Republicans as obstacles to reform, hoping to inoculate themselves prospectively from mayhem at the polls next November. The House might want to insist that the Senate go first; after all, it was the Senate version of the bill that the House had to swallow after Scott Brown’s election in January 2010.  The House can rightly insist that the Senate needs to clean up the mess they made.  Obama may well give Capitol Hill Democrats a pass on a repeal vote, and veto any bill that emerges.  He’ll never face the voters again.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a health care entitlement was repealed.  The same thing happened in the late 1980s with catastrophic coverage for seniors.  Because seniors were made to pay for their benefits under that scheme, the uproar forced Congress to repeal the measure barely a year after it went into effect.  Obamacare looks to be on the same political trajectory, and for the same reason.  Obamacare represents the crisis of big government; the limits of administrative government have finally been breached.  For the first time ever, some polls are showing a majority of Americans doubting the goal of universal health coverage.
The hazard of the moment is that a compromise “reform” that drops the mandate and attempts to restore the insurance status quo ante could leave us with an unfunded expansion of Medicaid and a badly disrupted private insurance market.  Republicans should avoid both the political traps and a new fiscal time bomb by being ready with a serious replacement policy, based on the premium support tax credit ideas that John McCain advocated (poorly) in 2008.  While anxious liberals are in dismay, they should recognize that Obamacare may well have achieved its chief purpose of making universal or at least greatly expanded health coverage a fixture of American social policy. The cost to liberalism may prove fatal, however.
  ~Steve~                                   https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenhayward/2013/11/11/obamacare-will-be-repealed-well-in-advance-of-the-2014-elections/

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A Dying Senior Citizen Tells It Like It Is… Awesome

This is just so awesome. What a Man. Don’t make them like that anymore.

This is well written!
 It will be well worth the two minutes it requires to read this. It is quite impressive.
 You can be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Independent or Libertarian  and I bet this will hit a nerve. Our country is in real trouble.
 This gentleman is obviously quite smarter than the two senators he sent it to. All I can say is amen to everything he said. A very articulate letter sent to the two U.S. Senators from Washington State .
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April 3, 2013
Washington, DC , 20510
Dear Senator:
 I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement.  It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments.  I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
 
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government.  I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold.  I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers.  So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.
 
 Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $ millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year!  And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America ‘s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.
 In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,”  a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several  paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves  from it, substituting your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance.
 You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters,” consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making  3.5 times the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep)  ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course,  you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).
 You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – (1) How to get elected, and (2) How to get re-elected. And you do this with the aid of an  eagerly willing and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of  truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and  under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote) who are looking  for a handout rather than a job.  Your so-called “safety net” has become a hammock for the lazy.  And, what is it now, about 49 or 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all Democratic voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud with absolutely no congressional oversight?
 
 I would offer that you are not entirely to blame.  What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves.  It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role.  To paraphrase President  Reagan, it appears that the second oldest profession (politics),  bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest.
 
 As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834 – 1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”  I’m only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me, is there a more corrupt entity in this country than Congress?
 While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us (just to mention a very few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, how much soda or hamburgers we can eat, what  cars we can drive, gasoline to use and what health care we must buy.   Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.
 
 As I face my final year, or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “You’ll just have to take a pill,” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible  health care on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator, while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of  course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.
 
 The  chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto  signature applied, hoping we will believe that you, our senator or  representative, has heard us and actually cares.  This letter will, however, go online where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and its senators and representatives.
 
 I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all  the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless, of course, it just  goes on the $17 trillion national debt for which your children and ours,  and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually  try to pick up the tab.
 
 My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy this country I deeply love and put it so far in debt that we will never pay it off, while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power.  For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer to clean up this cesspool is term limits. This, of course, will kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. And woe be to him (or her) who would dare to bring it up.
 
Sincerely,
 Bill  Schoonover
3096  Angela Lane
Oak  Harbor, WA 98277
~Steve~

H/T  Jean

I verified it thru snopes. Yea I know.  LOL

https://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/schoonover.asp


Pretty incredible, eh?
Mr. Schoonover may not get to live through the horror that the full implementation of Obamacare will bring, but most of the rest of us will get to experience it.
As CNSNews.com recently noted, the federal regulations governing Obamacare are already more than 8 times longer than the entire Gutenberg Bible. We are heading toward an unprecedented bureaucratic nightmare…
Since March 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA), the administration has published in the Federal Register 109 final regulations governing how Obamacare will be implemented.
These regulations add up to 10,516 pages in the Federal Register—or more than eight times as many pages as there are in the Gutenberg Bible, which has 642 two-sided leaves or 1,286 pages.
And health insurance premiums are already starting to go through the roof at the same time that many Americans are having their hours cut back at work as a result of Obamacare.
We are seeing a fundamental transformation of the workforce, and it is all thanks to Obama. Billionaire Mort Zuckerman made the following statement on the McLaughlin Group this past weekend…
“Part-time employment is going to grow from 25 percent of the workforce to close to 50 percent of the workforce in part because of the problems of healthcare obligations.”
Can you survive on a part-time income?
In the years ahead you might have to.
And of course the Republicans are doing nothing to stop the implementation of Obamacare even though they have had opportunity after opportunity…
“When the Democrats passed Obamacare, every single Republican in the House and the Senate voted against it. Every single Republican in the House and Senate vowed to do something about it,” said L. Brent Bozell III, the chairman of ForAmerica.org. He noted that Republicans took control of the House in 2010 by campaigning against Obamacare.
“Sean, the problem is, they have done nothing about it,” Bozell told Sean Hannity Monday night. And while Republican lawmakers talk about all the things they have done to defund and repeal Obamacare, “they have done nothing of substance,” Bozell said.
Our politicians don’t want any part of Obamacare themselves, but they are more than happy to force it on the rest of us.
The video posted below is less than 2 minutes long, but I think that it is one of the best videos about Obamacare that I have seen. I think that you will agree that it is extremely funny…
So what do you think about all of this?

https://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2013/09/cgis-lymerick-awesome-letter-that-dying.html

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Now I’ve Seen It All. Obama Has Officially Said Eff You To American People.

This, Dear Comrades is what they think about us. We just got a

“Face Smush”.

 

If you have any questions about the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces that opened Tuesday, there’s a 24/7 hotline you can call.

 

It’s 1-800-318-2596

And as Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon noticed, it spells out 1-800-F1U-CKYO.

Lachlan Markay@lachlanFollow

Fun fact: if you exclude the 1 (no associated letters), the federal

Obamacare hotline is 1-800-FUCK-YO https://t.co/3j7vpxZqWe

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You can look for yourself. 1-800-318-2596.

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OK, now spell it out. Drop the 1 and add the 8.

What’s that spell?

Remember Woodstock? “Country Joe and the Fish” Ask him.

 😆

So now you’ll never forget.

Yup, sums it up nicely. Any questions?

~Steve~

H/T   https://www.buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/how-to-never-forget-the-national-obamacare-hotline-phone-num

 

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