“Several times now, the president has endeavored to explain that it’s not that big a deal millions of Americans are losing their health insurance plans against their will. The people who had plans they liked didn’t understand that the plans they liked were no good – they were the actuarial equivalent of trans fats, don’t you know? The fact that the people who held them liked them, thought they were good and wanted to keep them doesn’t count for much, because the government knows best. …
“Conservatives tend to see government as a necessary evil, and therefore see policymaking with some humility. Liberals tend to see government as a necessary good, and see ordering people to do things ‘for their own good’ as a source of pride, even hubris.
“From a conservative perspective, telling people how to run their lives when not absolutely necessary is an abuse of power. For liberals, telling people how to run their lives is one of the really fun perks of working for the government.
“You can see the frustration on the president’s face. It’s almost like the ingrates who refuse to understand that his were necessary lies for their own good are spoiling all his fun.” —Jonah Goldberg, Trust Us: This Will Be Good for You
“Last Wednesday, [President Obama] simply denied reality and said he really hasn’t changed his message from when he promised in June 2009: ‘If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.’
“Instead of simply admitting he was wrong, he goes Clintonian, explaining that the pledge applied only to certain specified plans — which he now says he meant all along. Alas, this is one case of death by punctuation. ‘Period’ means without caveats, modifications, loopholes, or escape hatches.
“Having denied the obvious deception, the president proceeds to say that, well, anyway, you’ll be better off under the plan my health-care experts have imposed on you. But many of those getting notices will find this equally untrue: Their new plan is likely to carry a higher premium and a bigger deductible and cut them off from their current doctor.
“Does Obama really think that recipients of those notices — millions of them — won’t notice that? Even the mainstream media have featured dozens of interviews of people tossed off plans they like — only to be offered expensive, less attractive Obama-mandated alternatives.” —Charles Krauthammer, One More Campaign: Obama Stumps for the ACA
“In a crazy way, maybe ObamaCare is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. The outright and despicable mendacity used to pass it, coupled with the colossal failure of oh-so-revered technology, has awakened millions of newly insurance-deprived Americans out of a largely self-inflicted torpor. This isn’t Benghazi or Fast and Furious, or any other ‘far away’ scandal. This is personal. You had insurance, and you couldn’t keep it. You had what you wanted, and Obama and his cheerleaders have been reduced to calling what you wanted ‘junk,’ ‘garbage’ or ‘sub-par’ to cover up their failures. You had a modicum of liberty, and the Democrats took it away – for your own good.
“And now that ObamaCare is turning into a fiasco, everyone of these liars, right up thorough the Oval Office, is busy embracing another quintessential reality that plagues our culture: they are attempting to blame anyone but themselves for their own failures. First it was Republican ‘sabotage.’ Currently it’s ‘bad apple’ insurance companies. Soon it will be the same ‘amputation-happy’ doctors Obama lied about back in 2009, when he said many of them preferred making $30,000 to $50,000 for cutting off a diabetic’s foot than the pittance they would make for preventing diabetes in the first place.
“Even Obama’s so-called apology embraces this dynamic. He’s sorry that Americans who lost their health insurance ‘are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.’ Wrong, Mr. President. People aren’t ‘finding’ themselves in a situation. You put them in that situation by telling a bald-faced lie. One without which ObamaCare – along with your chances of getting reelected – would have more than likely crashed and burned.” —Arnold Ahlert, Just Leave Me Alone
“Barack Obama is guilty of fraud — serial fraud — that is orders of magnitude more serious than frauds the Justice Department routinely prosecutes, and that courts punish harshly. The victims will be out billions of dollars, quite apart from other anxiety and disruption that will befall them.
“The president will not be prosecuted, of course, but that is immaterial. As discussed here before, the remedy for profound presidential corruption is political, not legal. It is impeachment and removal. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’ — the Constitution’s predicate for impeachment — need not be indictable offenses under the criminal code. ‘They relate chiefly,’ Hamilton explained in Federalist No. 65, ‘to injuries done immediately to the society itself.’ They involve scandalous breaches of the public trust by officials in whom solemn fiduciary duties are reposed — like a president who looks Americans in the eye and declares, repeatedly, that they can keep their health insurance plans . . . even as he studiously orchestrates the regulatory termination of those plans; even as he shifts blame to the insurance companies for his malfeasance — just as he shifted blame to a hapless video producer for his shocking dereliction of duty during the Benghazi massacre.
“It is highly unlikely that Barack Obama will ever be impeached. It is certain that he will never again be trusted. Republicans and sensible Democrats take heed: The nation may not have the stomach to remove a charlatan, but the nation knows he is a charlatan. The American people will not think twice about taking out their frustration and mounting anger on those who collaborate in his schemes.” —Andrew McCarthy, Obama’s Massive Fraud
“On Nov. 1, the Gilardi brothers, devout Roman Catholics who operate their own fresh produce business in Ohio, won round two in a battle against the White House. The Obama administration tried to claim that freedom of religion means freedom to pray, not necessarily to practice your beliefs. Once you leave church, you have to obey government regulations, even when they conflict with your faith.
“Francis and Philip Gilardi insisted on living their beliefs as they run their business. For a decade, they’ve provided health insurance for their 400 employees, but excluded abortion drugs, contraception, and sterilization because they conflict with Catholic teachings.
“However, the Obama administration requires all health plans to provide them. On Jan. 2, 2013, the Gilardi brothers sued in federal court, asking for temporary protection from the $14 million annual penalty they would face for not complying. A lower federal court turned down the Gilardi brothers, but last Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted their request.
“Judge Janice Rogers Brown ruled that if you like your God, you can keep him. Your freedom to practice your faith isn’t just protected inside a house of worship. Quoting from the Bible, she reminded the government’s lawyers that ‘Faith without works is dead.’ […] Judge Brown cited a 1963 ruling by Chief Justice William Brennan that the government may not ‘penalize or discriminate against individuals because they hold religious views abhorrent to the authorities.’” —Betsy McCaughey, If You Like Your God, You Can Keep Him
“Anyone who wants to purchase insurance that kicks in at the beginning of next year must complete enrollment by December 15. If the system isn’t working smoothly at least a couple weeks prior to that rapidly approaching date, then large numbers of people simply won’t have a chance to sign up. That is a potentially huge problem for a law whose central premise and promise was that it would create new opportunities for millions of people to sign up for coverage that goes into effect at the beginning of 2014.
“It’s a problem that would be big enough on its own, but is now compounded by the fact that, thanks to rules and regulations built into the law, millions of Americans have already had their existing individual-market insurance cancelled, and estimates say that millions more cancellations are on the way. The end result could be that many people—thousands, perhaps even millions—end up with their current private insurance plans terminated due to the law, but no way to sign up for new coverage.
“This is not a problem confined to the 36 states covered by the federally run health exchanges. In the state of Oregon, which has struggled to get its online enrollment system working and has yet to enroll a single person in private coverage, some 150,000 people are losing their existing health plans. A spokesperson for the state’s Insurance Division recently told the Associated Press that, if the state’s exchange isn’t functional soon enough, those people could see a break in coverage.
“Translation: If you like your health plan, you can’t keep it. And until the exchanges are up, good luck obtaining a new one.” —Peter Suderman, Time to Start Considering Obamacare’s Worst Case Scenarios
“The American public is having a credibility-shattering debate about the president: Did he not bother to learn the details of the law before he told us we could keep our doctors and our insurance, or did he know the truth and flat-out lie?
“Political consequences from the early failure of Obamacare are likely. But far more important are the personal consequences for American consumers.
“There are early indications that many young and healthy people are opting not to buy insurance. There are two likely reasons: It’s nearly impossible for anyone to sign up, and the cost is prohibitive for people who have modest incomes but don’t qualify for subsidies.
“If this continues, you’ll hear the phrase ‘death spiral’ more and more. That’s the term insurance execs use to describe what will happen if young and relatively healthy people don’t pay into the system while older people with greater health care needs sign up. If that happens, increased costs will vastly outstrip increased revenues, putting enormous financial pressure on the whole scheme. …
“Last week, Obama apologized to people who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated assurances to the contrary. ‘I am sorry they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,’ he told NBC News.
“People don’t need an apology — heartfelt or, as this one appeared, grudging. They need to know their health coverage isn’t in jeopardy.” —Chicago Tribune editorial, Truth, Consequences, and Obamacare
For further enlightenment:
What Happens If You Don’t Pay Obamacare’s Tax Penalty? by Sarah Kliff
Will Sh*tty Obamacare Ads Get Young People to Buy Insurance? by Nick Gillespie