Don’t Repeal It; Fix It Up A Little

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republican fix for Obamacare isn’t repeal or defund . The House Republican fix that Fred Upton floated a couple of weeks ago  is, “if you have an individual healthcare policy that was effective as of this year,  January 2013, that policy in fact is grandfathered in and it allows you to keep it for another year. You’re not going to be subject to a penalty. You’re not going to be forced to find something else.”

 

Wow Fred. Way to go out on a limb buddy! That’s like a Governor giving a death row inmate a one year reprieve. We’ll just kill you next year. Awesome!

 

I agree with Glenn Beck’s description of what is really going. They (the republicans) also want national healthcare. Don’t believe the lies that they are against it. Like every other  progressive program, most republicans are all for them. At the least the left, or should I say further left, is honest about what they want, kind of.

 

The republicrats want a republicare or a Romneycare or some other derivation, yet we here them speak glowingly of the free market. Progressives don’t want a “free” market. Just listen to them. Even when they speak of repeal, it’s never just to repeal it. It’s always “repeal and replace”. Replace with what? read more

Obama: The Lying Liar That Lies

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yesterday the AP reported that the Obama White House is asking insurance company CEOs to help explain mass cancellations; that the White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough urged companies to “ramp up communication and education efforts” to those who have lost their insurance.

 

Did we not predict this? Did we not predict that Obama would either out and out blame evil “big insurance” or at least co-opt them?

 

Now granted, the insurance companies are not completely blameless. They were stupid and gullible, but not blameless. They could have spoken out against Obamacare, but they, like so many others, bought Obama’s line of crap.

 

I’m sure they figured if they kept their collective mouths shut, Obama would reward them with millions of new customers, forced by government decree, to buy their product. Crony capitalism at its finest. read more

It’s Time for Obama to Take The ‘Perp Walk’

Forget impeachment, it’s time for criminal prosecution. Obamacare isn’t about incompetence and it isn’t about political disagreement. It’s about a trillion dollar fraud, carried out by the President of the United States.

Let’s say a TV pitchman (you know- like the Ginsu knife guy) promised free health insurance. Let’s say he promised “If you don’t like mine, you can keep your current health insurance…PERIOD!”

Then millions of Americans, thinking they had nothing to lose, took him up on it. And then, because of this conman’s lies, fraud and misrepresentations they found the policies they liked and their families depended on cancelled. When they went to his web site for help, to try to save themselves, they found it not only defective, but deceptive as well.

The few who could get on, found they had to enter their personal information, even if all they wanted to do was compare plans and prices. And, once they did this they were trapped. Their personal information would be used to extort them. They were warned that if they didn’t buy, they’d be fined.

Can you imagine the outrage and criminal accusations coming from consumer protection advocates? read more

The Chicago Mob Goes to Washington

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

It’s like a bad TV movie of the week – insurance companies fear Obama administration retribution if they speak out against “the Unaffordable Care Act”.

 

Yes, Drew Griffin of CNN (yes, CNN) revealed that insurance executives are being told to keep quiet. To not contradict the president’s statement of blah blah – keep your plan, blah blah – keep your doctor, etc.

 

Griffin said executives were told that if they speak out they will get a call from the White House. Is this surreal or what?

 

Well, not to those of us who know and have known who this president is and the enforcers he has working for him. My guess is that this directive did not come from Obama but from our shadow president, Valerie Jarrett. read more

No Law Like Obamacare

No major legislation has ever been passed like Obamacare — and I’m using the word “passed” pretty loosely.

It became law without both houses ever voting on the same bill. (Say, is the Constitution considered “settled law”?) Not one Republican voted for it — and a lot of Democrats immediately wished they hadn’t.

Historically, big laws have been enacted with large, bipartisan majorities. In 1935, President Roosevelt enacted Social Security with a 372-33 vote in the House and 77-6 in the Senate.

In 1965, Medicare passed in the Senate 70-24 and the House 307-116, with the vast majority of Democrats supporting this Ponzi scheme and Republicans roughly split.

Reagan’s magnificent tax cuts in 1981 — which Democrats now denounce as if they’d been appalled at the time — passed with a vote of 89-11 in the Senate and even 323-107 in the hostile Democratic House. read more

The Obamacare Endgame

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For obvious reasons, everyone is discussing the rollout of the president’s pride and joy, Obamacare. We are all well aware of what a disaster it  has been thus far. The “glitches” in the system causing exchange websites to crash, so that the individuals that must have insurance can’t obtain it.

 

Then Obama blindly advises us to call an 800 number if we can’t access the site, only to be told, assuming one is able to actually speak to a human, that you must first register on the website. Way to go Prez!

 

We’ve learned that in order for Obamacare to even function, the scheme needs a minimum of 7 million enrollees, although like every other government estimate, it will probably end up needing 10 the 14 million.

 

Now weeks into this debacle, we’ve learned of the pitiful sign up numbers – states like South Dakota with just 20 people thus far.

 

Meanwhile, people by the hundreds of thousands if not millions are being jettisoned from their current insurance policies.

 

Now, we all remember these words. In July 2009, Obama exclaimed in his typically condescending staccato voice: “Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you. First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

 

True, they just won’t talk about it as it is being taken away.

 

Now, we’ve all heard the saying, “sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good”. Well, I think we may be witnessing this firsthand.

 

At this point, I believe the administration knows that Obamacare is safe. It won’t be repealed or defunded. The Republicans are just too cowardly. read more

Obamacare…And So There Were Three

When President Barack Obama defended his  foundering health insurance overhaul Monday in a carefully staged and scripted  White House pep rally, thirteen people stood behind him as examples of Americans  whom the ‘Obamacare’ law would help. But according to their biographies, just  three have actually enrolled in the plans offered in their states.

They include the state of Delaware’s first  Obamacare insurance participant – and, so far, its only one – along with a  Tennessee woman who enrolled less than a day before the press event, and a  Washington, D.C. man that the Obama White House has used on two previous  occasions to symbolize the administration’s policy positions.

The other ten included small business owners,  twenty-somethings enrolled in their parents’ health insurance plans, a  pharmacist, and both self-employed and part-time workers.

President Barack Obama spoke in the Rose Garden of the White House, flanked by three Obamacare enrollees and ten Americans who haven't actually taken the plunge
President Barack Obama spoke in the Rose Garden of the  White House, flanked by three Obamacare enrollees and ten Americans who haven’t  actually taken the plunge read more

Premiums and Deductibles and Co-Pays, Oh My!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Think health insurance is expensive now? Wait until it’s free!

Well, we’re still waiting.

Everyone has been talking about Obamacare’s expensive premiums. That many plans have people seeing premium increases of 50 – 100 – 150% and more.

To be sure, folks are already beginning to suffer from monthly premium sticker shock. That is, the few that  have been able to get into the system to purchase a plan.

 But what will really effect the public’s bottom line is the astronomical deductibles and co-pays that will be forced on us. It’s pay me now, pay me later…just pay up!

 Nationwide,  deductibles on the least expensive Bronze Obamacare plans can be as high as almost $13,000. Couple that with co-pays of up to 40%.

Don’t get sick and don’t get hurt!

Glossary for those who are unfamiliar with the terms:

Deductible: the amount for which the insured is liable on each loss, injury, etc., before an insurance company will make payment.

Co-pay: a fixed amount required by a health insurer to be paid by the insured for each outpatient visit or drug prescription. read more

Our Glitchy Government

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard reports of the chaos in two Walmart superstores this past weekend. It was a story of EBT (food stamp) cards gone wild. I guess, more like food stamp recipients gone wild, and wild being the key word.

 For those who didn’t hear or see, for a few hours last Saturday in Louisiana, EBT cards had literally no spending limit. In just those few hours both stores were picked clean.

 CBS news affiliate KSLA reported that the police were dispatched to the Walmart locations, one in Spring Hill and the other in Mansfield Louisiana to help maintain order as shoppers (thieves) swept through the aisles and bought (stole) as much as they could carry. It was pandemonium.

 KSLA reported that the EBT system suffered a temporary “glitch” during a routine maintenance test. Glitch huh. That’s become a rather common word in the past few weeks.

 The Spring Hill police chief said, “it was worse than any black Friday”.

 One man, OJ Evans, who took a video of the aftermath expressed to KSLA that it was just “human reaction” to stock up, given the opportunity. Another man, Stan Garcia, said it was just “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I’ve got to say about it”.

 Well, Stan is right. These “shoppers” no doubt all have a sense of entitlement. This wasn’t a “human reaction”. It was an animal reaction, although maybe the food stamp recipients simply thought the money came from Obama’s stash. To them it was free money for free stuff.

 These are the same types of people that, after a natural disaster occurs, would think nothing of looting that same Walmart. Remember the video of looters from New Orleans after Katrina?

 And how did so many find out about the “glitch” so quickly? My guess is that calls went out immediately from inside the stores, probably on Obamaphones.

 As more and more people end up on food stamps either by necessity or through government solicitation – don’t be surprised to hear more of these “glitch” stories.

 These are the types of things that will occur as Obamacare is eventually forced down our throats, I guarantee it. Just look at all the glitches that have already occurred. People without insurance trying to logon to government websites to obtain it only to be frozen out and told the information it took hours and sometimes days to input is no longer available or no longer exists.

 The larger a government program is or becomes, the more unmanageable it is. Imagine if the entire social security or welfare system were to be rolled out en masse today. The only reason they function at all is they started small and grew over decades.

 Now imagine you are a father or mother of a child who falls ill over a holiday weekend. You take your sick child in to see his or her government-mandated physician, assuming they will have weekend hours. After hours upon hours of waiting the doctor sees you but explains that due to a “glitch” your child has been dropped from the system. The doctor explains that the government will not allow him to treat your child and to come back when the glitch is fixed. What do you do? Who can you call? Like an insurance company, will the government have a 24-hour hotline? Do we really think that government hacks will be manning the phones all hours of the day, nights and weekends?

 You’d be better off looting some medicine from your local Walmart.

1-800-T-O-T-A-L-F-A-I-L

Behold the Hollywood bubble. This week, actress Olivia Wilde starred in an Obamacare propaganda video targeting young people. “You can sign up for health care online in 10 minutes,” her co-propagandist chirped as she cheered. Cue the laugh track. Back on planet Earth, Americans nationwide are still struggling with the $634 million online health care exchange nightmare.

One reader asked me to share his story. Like me and 22 million other citizens in the private individual market for health insurance, he recently received his You Can’t Keep It cancellation notice. Here’s what happened when he went online to find alternatives. read more