Trainwreck.gov: the saga continues

“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 National Security Agency 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.

“And, once he finds out who’s running this Government of the United States rogue entity, he’s gonna come down as hard on him as he did on that video-maker in California; he’s gonna send round the National Park Service SWAT Team to teach that punk a lesson he won’t forget.” —Mark Steyn, Choking on Bad Medicine

“On June 15, 2009, Obama said, in one of hundreds of similar statements, ‘No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.’

“This wasn’t just bulls**t. This was a lie. […]

“Even devoted members of the Barack Obama fan club are forced to concede that the president wasn’t telling the truth. ‘I think what he could have made is a more nuanced, accurate statement,’ said James Carville. ‘The administration turns out to have misled the public,’ admitted liberal columnist Jonathan Chait, a personal favorite of Obama’s. Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, who usually retails pro-Obama spin under the label ‘fact checker,’ gave Obama four Pinocchios. […]

“This week White House flack Jay Carney absurdly said Obama was ‘clear about a basic fact . . .’ that you could keep your insurance ‘if it was available.’ He sounded like a Publishers Clearinghouse letter saying ‘You just won 10 million dollars if you have the winning number.’ And it wasn’t what his boss said. […]

“People can handle bulls**t, but not dishonesty. We don’t like that. His approval rating touched an all-time low this week in the NBC/WSJ poll, and that was before his deception became the news of the week. Obama has rebranded himself as a liar, forever. He will carry this new label to his grave.—Kyle Smith, How Obama Went from Bulls**t to Dishonesty

“Pay no attention to anyone who claims this was an unintended consequence of ObamaCare, or that the President was merely an ignorant fool who didn’t think his own policy all the way through, naïvely promising dozens of audiences that nothing like this would ever happen because he sincerely believed it. Nonsense. This is by design. This is one of ObamaCare’s primary purposes. It’s supposed to eradicate existing insurance plans. Its authors made certain of it. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services wrote regulations to ensure it would happen.

“And the Democrat Party acted in unison to guarantee it. ‘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,’ CNN recalls. ‘On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, which could come back to haunt vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year.’

“Remember that when your local phony-baloney ‘moderate Democrat’ tries to trick you into thinking he or she is stunned and horrified by the tidal wave of insurance cancellations. They wanted your insurance to go away. They made damn sure it would happen.” —John Hayward, ObamaCare Is Working Just Fine

“I suspect that Obama’s core belief — his key religious value, if you will — is an American form of taqiyya — the Muslim dictate that it is permissible to lie to non-believers for the preservation of Islam. He believes in left-wing taqiyya. […]

“Now I do not think for a second that Obama is a Muslim any more than I think he is a Christian. He is a typical postmodern agnostic who only goes to church — and then rarely — for political purposes. But he grew up in the Islamic world in the midst of the psychological climate of taqiyya, with preservation of the group taking precedence over even the hint of democracy. And that climate harmonized completely with his other influences — anti-imperialism augmented by Alinksyite methods, themselves anti-democratic.

“He never had a moral basis for honesty. Lying, from the Choom Gang through Reverend Wright and beyond, was his lifestyle. And he had the consolation that he was lying for a better good. No one ever told him otherwise. If that goes on for long enough, you lose contact with truth. It becomes almost a non-existent phenomenon, an irrelevancy.

“In a very real way, Obama’s confluence of influences has replaced traditional religion and become a religion — with everything he does based on faith, but not a faith that has anything to do with God.” —Roger L. Simon, God, Lies, and Obama

“A burlesque dancer dressed as a nurse taunts her co-performer with a toy syringe, dangling the medicine seductively in an act that’s meant to reflect the cat-and-mouse game of U.S. healthcare. They shimmy and eventually end up topless.

“The risqué performance was part of an Obamacare registration drive last week in San Francisco, dubbed the ‘Healthy Ho’s Party.’ Organized by ‘Siouxsie Q,’ a Bay Area sex worker, the event was meant to encourage other sex workers to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. It was a rousing success: Nearly 40 men and women attended and almost all of them filed enrollment paperwork.

“In the all-cash, off-the-books sex industry, workers can be particularly high risk and insurance is often out of reach. Many sex workers — a broad term that can refer to a number of services, including sexual massage, prostitution, and escort and dominatrix work — consider themselves self-employed entrepreneurs who can’t afford to purchase healthcare. But that could all change with the Affordable Care Act. […]

“Individuals making less than $46,000 are eligible for a tax credit to offset their monthly costs. Many of the sex workers at the event file W-2s for their legal work, whether it be a part-time job or sex work that falls within the law. Sex workers interviewed by CNNMoney estimated this income to be less than $45,000 a year.

“The Affordable Care Act will cover contraception, screening for sexually transmitted infections, and violence counseling at no additional charge, which the sex workers said would make a big difference in their community. The legislation will also make it more difficult for insurance companies to deny coverage based on gender identity and HIV status.” —Erika Fink, Sex Workers Embrace Obamacare

“NBC News pulled the plug this past week on President Obama’s promise that ‘if you like your own plan, you can keep it.’ Ditto for keeping your own doctor. The plug was pulled because NBC learned that Team Obama knew – for three years – that stiff new regulations would prevent the grandfathering of existing health care plans. And not just a few plans. But plans that could affect as many as 15 million individuals.

“The day after that bombshell hit, the president tried to blame insurance companies – rather than regulatory overkill – for this Obamacare shortfall. Yet, both the public and the mainstream media were having none of it. In what may turn out to be a landmark moment, Americans and the media at large have turned against the president and Obamacare.

“Incidentally, equally punitive regulations will hit more than 90 million employer-sponsored health plans next year. It’s the same problem as the individual plan. Grandfathering won’t work. Moreover, replacing these plans with much more expensive substitutes is going to constitute a major tax hike on the entire economy. This point shouldn’t be lost as Americans worry about being kicked from their plans. Not only is Obamacare anti-freedom, it’s anti-growth as well.

“As for the grandfathering lie, Obama’s HHS staffers were the saboteurs. They undoubtedly acted with full knowledge of what they were doing, and thus trapped the president in three years of falsehoods that were essential to selling Obamacare.” —Lawrence Kudlow, The Liberal Entitlement-State Dream Is Crumbling

“The great Obamacare reform is turning into the great thrust of tens of millions of people onto Medicaid. The problem is, fewer and fewer doctors are willing to take Medicaid patients because the reimbursements are so low.

“I have met numerous doctors who tell me they either refuse Medicaid patients or restrict them because the reimbursements do not cover their costs. They also double and triple book, because so many Medicaid patients who make appointments don’t show up. As to Medicare, the payments currently are bearable, but only because private insurance payments for other patients make up the shortfall.

“Increasingly, doctors are abandoning the government payment train wreck, and going all cash or some hybrid. This all was foreseeable and was foreseen.

“The millions of new Medicaid patients will have insurance, just no doctors to see them. That is a feature, not a glitch, to those who want single payer. Obamacare is proceeding accordingly to plan.” —William A. Jacobson, Forced Collectivization of the Health Care Kulaks Via Single Payer Is Inevitable under Obamacare

“In a debate last Friday, Kathleen Murphy, a Democrat running for the House of Delegates in the state of Virginia, decided that government’s ability to enforce their wishes at the so-called point of a gun was an idea whose time has come. She advocated a law that would force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. […]

“Despite the addled thinking of Kathleen Murphy, we are not at the point where, aside from laws which codify that which one must adhere to in the process of providing health care, no one can be forced to provide it per se. This is not to confuse laws in most states which require hospitals to accept and treat anyone who shows up in the emergency room. Such a requirement is based on the idea that if one wants to operate a hospital, certain rules apply. But no one is required to operate a hospital. Similar laws regulate the conduct of doctors and drug companies. But again, no one is required to become a doctor or open a pharmaceutical business.

“At least not yet. And that, my fellow Americans, is the fatal flaw that lies at the heart of Obamacare. In the process of expanding access to health insurance, progressives – once again displaying their gargantuan level of ignorance regarding human nature – failed to understand that access to health insurance and actual health care are completely different realities.” —Arnold Ahlert, DMV Doctors

“Further evidence that ObamaCare’s gruesome first-week enrollment numbers aren’t perking up enough to get anywhere near the 39,000 enrollments per day the system needs: an awful lot of those ‘navigators’ are reporting zero, or minimal, success at convincing people to enroll.

“A navigator in Colorado reported zero enrollments as the end of October loomed. ‘Thus far everybody has taken a look at the rates, and they’ve walked out the door,’ she said. ‘There’s sticker shock. They just can’t afford it.’ This from an area in which the number of uninsured is exceptionally high.

“The same story was heard from navigators in Pennsylvania, where several people interviewed by Media Trackers reported they have not enrolled anyone themselves, but have heard urban legends of other navigators who maybe enrolled someone in October. Confidence was expressed that ‘we have a lot of people shopping right now.’

“The stories of successful ObamaCare enrollment in Pennsylvania have the ring of Keyser Soze mythology – I know a guy who knows a guy whose sister has a roommate who’s dating a guy that says he enrolled somebody last week – but the people snotty Democrats dismissed as ‘red herrings’ during Congressional hearings are very, very real. In the middle of the Media Trackers report, it is casually remarked that ‘Highmark, one of Pennsylvania’s largest health insurance companies, recently announced they will be discontinuing 180,000 health plans by the end of next year due to ObamaCare.’ Then it’s back to tales of how all sorts of people are ‘very interested’ in buying an ObamaCare policy, but nobody’s actually doing it yet. —John Hayward, Plight of the Navigators

“The ObamaCare website is the natural spawn of that technocracy who love the idea of using modernity to make things faster and easier, but have no idea what anything costs or how it works.

“It’s hard to have a functioning technocracy without engineers. A technocracy made in Silicon Valley with its complete disregard for anything outside its own ego zone would be bad enough. But this is a Bloombergian technocracy of billionaires and activists, of people who think that progress makes things work, rather than things working leading to progress.

“Healthcare.gov showed us that behind all the smoother and shinier designs was the same old clunky government where everything gets done because the right companies hire the right lobbyists and everything costs ten times what it should.

“If the government can’t build a health care website, how is it going to actually run health care for an entire country is the obvious question that so many are asking. And the obvious answer is that it will run it the way it ran the website. It will throw wads of money and people at the problem and then look for programs it doesn’t like to squeeze for extra cash.

“The Navy had to be cut to the bone and the Benghazi mission had to make do without security so that a Canadian company which began employing a classmate of Michelle Obama’s could score over half a billion to build a broken website. Obama mocked Mitt Romney’s criticism of his Navy cuts by telling him that we don’t fight with bayonets and horses anymore. Bayonets and horses are outdated. In our glorious modernity, we spend fortunes to build websites that don’t work instead.” —Daniel Greenfield, Government is Magic

For further enlightenment:

A Lie From Day One, by Betsy McCaughey

The Democrats’ prescription for slavery has always been the same, by Bookworm

NYT: Barack Obama just “misspoke” about keeping your plan, or something, by Ed Morrissey

A message of hope to Obama cultists, by Matt Walsh

Obamacare cheerleader Ezekiel Emanuel acts like a total jackass on Fox News Sunday (video)

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