Sunday, November 3, 2013

Am I living in a dream? Do pigs now fly – or has hell frozen over?

CNN actually published an article placing full blame on Democrats for the Obamacare regulation that has forced insurance companies to cancel millions of insurance policies nationwide.

CNN Wrote:

Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out.
In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.
On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, which could come back to haunt vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year.
“The District of Columbia is an island surrounded by reality. Only in the District of Columbia could you get away with telling the people if you like what you have you can keep it, and then pass regulations six months later that do just the opposite and figure that people are going to ignore it. But common sense is eventually going to prevail in this town and common sense is going to have to prevail on this piece of legislation as well,” Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said at the time.

Ok – so I followed the ACA (a.k.a. ObamaCare) since before it was passed; as the law was being debated, argued amended etc. Having worked in Finance – having colleagues and clients who are Healthcare Finance & Service professionals – over and over again – I looked for any components of the law that were going to actually drive down costs of premiums, deductibles; or the costs of delivering care, etc.  From the deliberations, to the parliamentary tricks, to the media hype gamesmanship, to the straight party line vote where not one Republican was in support – AND – ultimately the fact that the Obama Administration had not reached out to any of the Medical Provider, Insurance Industry or Healthcare Finance Experts to receive input on crafting a national healthcare policy…. (please see Was Obamacare Really Developed by the Best and the Brightest?) - I have been convinced since this law was passed - that were are totally screwed.

Remember my previous posts where I have been sharing about the evils of Obamacare? I even shared how the Obama Administration held secret meetings with the Pharmaceutical industry – but chose to demonize the insurance industry because they would not give into his Chicago-Style Political Thug-Ocracy. All the while promising that all the negotiations/deliberations would be broadcast on C-SPAN – see Obamacare’s Devilish Details - REPUBLICAN CORRUPTION THAT WAS COMPLICIT IN THE MANIPULATION TACTICS TO GET OBAMACARE PUSHED THROUGH August 2012

CNN has been pondering what they call “a particularly tough few days at the White House.” “Four out of five Americans have little or no trust in their government to do anything right,” says chief political analyst Gloria Borger. “And now Obama probably feels the same way.” 

Our hearts go out to him, poor wee disillusioned thing. We are assured by the headline writers that the president was “unaware” of Obamacare’s website defects, and the NSA spying, and the IRS targeting of his political enemies, and the Justice Department bugging the Associated Press, and pretty much anything else you ask him about. But, as he put it, “nobody’s madder than me” at this shadowy rogue entity called the “Government of the United States” that’s running around pulling all this stuff.

I am convinced now more than ever - that this is by design. Obama wants to pull the strings and at the same time distance himself from the operational outcomes - what the Presidents men call - "Plausible Deniability".

Gloria Borger and CNN seem inclined to swallow the line that the president of the United States is not aware that he is president of the United States: For the media, just a spoonful of bovine manure makes the Obamacare medicine go down. It remains to be seen whether the American citizenry will be so genially indulgent.

In order to meet its target of 7 million enrollees by March 1, Obamacare needs to enroll approximately 46,358 Americans per day. So on its opening day it fell 46,352 short. Were it to maintain that enrollment rate, Obamacare would reach its target of 7 million enrollees in the year 5209.

At the same time as DOZENS of Obamacare enrollees were being signed up, MILLIONS of other Americans were having their health insurance canceled — including so many pundits of left (Kirsten Powers), right (Michelle Malkin), and center (David Frum) that the Pulitzers should introduce a prize for Best Suddenly Uninsured Writing. Among their number was Matthew Fleischer, who wrote in the Los Angeles Times:

Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we’d be the ones paying for it.

Remember there is no such thing as a free lunch!

I have a really bad feeling about this – I predict things are going to get much, much worse.

Links & Sources

Will Obamacare cause employers to drop health benefits?

The Employer Mandate

ObamaCare's Costs to the Working Class

How Small Business Owners Get Health Insurance (Kaiser Family Foundation)

What Obamacare Means for Small Employers in 2013

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