Thanks to the Affordable Care Act…

December 28, 2013

… witch doctors are making a comeback.

… Canadians will choose to get their health care in Canada.

… the NSA won’t be the only agency with all my personal information.

… the only doctors in my network are Dr. Pepper, Dr. Scholl, and Doc Marten.

… Sandra Fluke can have all the sex she wants and never be punished with a baby.

… youngsters will find out what it was like for their great-grandparents growing up in the 1930s.

… we’ve learned the president can lie to us and it’s okay because it was for our own good.

… my family doctor is going back to school — he wants to learn to be a plumber.

… more Americans than ever are discovering the fun of working only part time.

… we get 16,000 new IRS agents, making health care more affordable.

… millions of health care policies are as fake as Obama’s sign language interpreter.

… my deductible will be more than the down payment on my house.

… if you liked your doctors, you’ll just have to settle for sending each of them a friend request.

… LifeLock has a whole new set of identity thieves to guard against.

… Mom can get free prostate exams.

… Dad can get free mammograms.

… Grandma can get free birth control.

… Grandpa can get free lactation counseling.

… Jimmy Carter is no longer ranked as the worst president ever.


The new face of Obamacare

December 18, 2013

The same dumbasses who told us to ruin Thanksgiving by spending the day browbeating our loved ones into signing up for Obamacare are now asking us to spend “the cold days of December” browbeating our loved ones into signing up for Obamacare. To help them make the pitch, they have recruited a new spokesman, Pajama Boy:

Pajama Boy became an overnight sensation. Here just a few reactions to this bizarre new campaign:


Obamacare: recommended by 4 or 5 doctors

December 18, 2013

“In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that ‘we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.’ An interesting discovery to make after having consigned the vast universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, to the tender mercies of the agency bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service.

“Most people become aware of the hopeless inefficiency of sclerotic government by, oh, age 17 at the department of motor vehicles. Obama’s late discovery is especially remarkable considering that he built his entire political philosophy on the rock of Big Government, on the fervent belief in the state as the very engine of collective action and the ultimate source of national greatness. …

“This blinding revelation of the ponderous incompetence of bureaucratic government came just a few weeks after Obama confessed that ‘what we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.’ Another light bulb goes off, this one three years after passing a law designed to force millions of Americans to shop for new health plans via the maze of untried, untested, insecure, unreliable online ‘exchanges.’”Charles Krauthammer, Obama the Oblivious

“In the place of the energy and focus that would go into the running of things, the administering and managing of them, we have the preoccupation with spin, with how things look as opposed to how they are. The odd thing still is that the White House never misses a speech, a list of talking points, an opportunity to shape the argument on TV. They do the talking part, but the doing? They had 3½ years to make sure ObamaCare will work, three years to get it right top to bottom, to rejigger parts of the law that they finally judged wouldn’t work, to make the buying of a policy easy on the website. And they not only couldn’t do that, which itself constitutes an astounding and historic management failure, they make it clear they were taken aback by their failure. They didn’t know it was coming! Or some knew and for some reason couldn’t do anything.

“And it’s all going to continue. One reason this scandal isn’t Katrina is that Katrina had a beginning and an end. The storm came, the storm left, the cleanup commenced and failed and then continued and succeeded. At some point it was over. ObamaCare will never be over. It’s going to poison the rest of the administration. It’s the story that won’t go away because it will continue to produce disorder. Wait, for instance, until small businesses realize it will be cheaper to throw their people off their coverage and take the fines than it will be to reinsure them under the new regime.” —Peggy Noonan, Incompetence

“Most national media attention has been focused on the federal ObamaCare exchange, which serves 36 states. The remaining state exchanges get less news coverage, although occasionally an ObamaCare apologist will claim they’re doing much better than the federal train wreck.

“Our first hint that this claim might not be entirely accurate comes from Maryland – the very heart of the federal Leviathan, whose nightmarish state exchange was once held up as the model for the entire system. … The director of the state exchange just resigned amid voter outrage that she jetted off to the Caribbean for a fun-filled vacation during the launch of her system, sipping umbrella-festooned adult beverages on those sun-kissed beaches – unreachable by phone, email, or text message – while the Maryland incarnation of the ObamaCare disaster collapsed into an almost completely non-functional pile of error messages.

“Who in the world would schedule a vacation during the launch of the system they were responsible for, especially given the dire warnings of impending doom that were percolating through the bureaucracy, carefully hidden from the ears of the public? Wait, it gets better: the Minnesota director did the same thing. She took a vacation to Costa Rica in November, far from the anguished cries of frustrated Minnesotans who spent hours trying to access her busted system. Not only that, but the director of the state Medicaid program reportedly went with her, even though official documents described him as ‘instrumental’ for the ObamaCare launch. State authorities in Minnesota tried to keep it all quiet, but Watchdog.org sussed out the truth, leading to the director’s sudden resignation.

“Let’s have a round of applause for our ‘best and brightest’ in government! The funny thing is how the Ruling Class keeps thanking these people for all their hard work, even as public outrage forces them to take permanent unpaid vacations. The Ruling Class never gets tires of congratulating itself for failure, or insulting its serfs.” —John Hayward, The State of the Obamacare Exchanges

“The estimated scores of millions of eventual health-plan cancellations that Americans will soon face are not some weird unintended consequence of ObamaCare. They are fundamental to making the law work as written. The Affordable Care Act relies on previously uninsured young people to overpay for coverage they don’t need, and for previously insured adults to pay for health contingencies they will never face, be it childbirth for men or pediatric dental care for grandparents. That is what is supposed to allow more people to be covered and to keep overall rates in check. Since making people’s health insurance more expensive is not particularly popular, Obama lied about it, and not only when he claimed you could keep your plan and your doctor.

“In fact, the president promised at least fifteen times while running for president in 2008 that his health insurance reform would reduce premiums by an average of $2,500 per family. In May 2009, he said the law would ‘end up saving $2 trillion,’ leading to ‘lower premiums.’ The White House blog in November 2009 featured such headlines as ‘Objective Analysis Shows Reform will Help Small Businesses, Lower Premiums for American Families’ and ‘CBO Confirms That Families Will Save Money Under Health Reform.’

“As Peter Suderman wrote in June 2013, there was ‘no mistaking the message that the Obama White House was selling to anyone who would listen: that premiums would go down, that benefits would go up, and that if premiums did happen to go up, it would only be as a result of an individual choice to buy more robust coverage.’ What’s more, ‘This is the debate that even those relatively few Americans who follow wonky policy pundits were hearing–not one that emphasized tradeoffs, but one that repeatedly emphasized that ObamaCare would have mostly positive impacts on premiums, and that any negative impacts would be modest.’

“For years, liberal commentators have accused conservatives of living in an intellectual ‘bubble’ of their own creation, impervious to reality. But through official intent and intellectual laziness, Democrats have created a bubble of deception surrounding ObamaCare that will affect millions of Americans for years to come. A lie this ignoble should stain the credibility of everyone who perpetuated it.” —Matt Welch, The Death of Obama’s “Noble Lie”

“Unlike presidents who paid high prices rather quickly for their dissimulations, Obama kept getting away with serial deception. The result was similar to a reckless bluffer at the poker table who keeps upping the ante each time he wins with a bad hand — only to lose his enormous pile of bluffed winnings when finally called out. Obama was empowered by a compliant public and a press invested in his progressive agenda. He assumed that while others had had to atone for deception, he did not, given his utopian talk about lowering the seas and cooling the planet, his landmark racial profile, and his youthful charisma and scripted eloquence. Being hip and progressive, he assumed, exempted him from an accounting. Yet unless the economy is booming, even a cool president does not necessarily recover once the public ceases believing what he says. After five years of 7-plus percent unemployment, almost no GDP growth, and record debt, Obama now enjoys few extenuating offsets when he serially misleads.

“When the president speaks now, few listen. He realizes that and so, like Richard Nixon, must add emphatics as a substitute for honesty. But by now we know ad nauseam all the banal intensifiers — ‘make no mistake about it,’ ‘I am not kidding,’ ‘in point of fact,’ and ‘let me be perfectly clear.’

“Obama is playing a strange game: The more he speaks untruthfully, the more he resorts to emphatic intensifiers that instead confirm that he is speaking untruthfully. In turn, Obama’s audiences play an even stranger game: The more they hear their president speak, the more they are impressed that he can sound so sincere in being so nonchalantly insincere and mellifluously misleading. When I first heard, ‘You can keep your doctor and your health plan,’ I thought, ‘That can’t be true; he knows it can’t be true; and the American people must know it can’t be true’ — and, then, I shrugged: ‘But he’s hit upon a winning lie.’ And so he did — until now.” —Victor Davis Hanson, How Presidents Lie

“Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.

“They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country.

“But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to mean they will no longer have access to a wide network of doctors and a range of plans tailored to their needs. And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage. …

“The people affected include not just writers, artists, doctors and the like, but also independent tradespeople, like home builders or carpenters, who work on their own. …

“It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. [Barbara] Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.” —Anemona Hartocollis, With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals

For further enlightenment:

Obamacare Prescription: Fair Share of Less Care, by Debra Saunders

Silence of the Insurers, by Jonah Goldberg

Moving at the Speed of Government, by Stephen Green

Rep. Tom Price Introduces Patient-Centered Alternative to Obamacare, by John Hayward

More People Believe Moon Landing Was a Hoax Than That Obamacare Will Lower Healthcare Costs, by Andrew Johnson

You Can Probably Keep Your Doctor…If You’re Willing to Pay A Lot More, by Guy Benson

Art of the Big Lie, by Mark Alexander

Obamacare: The Exodus, by Charles C. W. Cooke

The Key Obamacare Deadline Few Are Talking About, by Charles Ornstein

Fine Print: State Can Seize Your Assets to Pay for Care After You’re Forced into Medicaid by Obamacare, by Mary Katherine Ham

A Public Safety Disaster: Obamacare Could Force Thousands of Volunteer Fire Departments to Close, by David Martosko

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: “If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It”, by Jessica Chasmar

Fewer Shiny, Happy People: Cover Oregon Pulls Hipster Ads, by Shelby Sebens

Videos for people with time on their hands:

Obamacare Wasteland: 20,000% Markup for Website That Barely Works

Obamacare Shocker: Richest 1% Get Best Health Care; 99% Get Screwed

Barbara Walters: “We Thought Obama Would Be the Next Messiah” (listen to what she calls Obamacare at 0:28 – priceless)

HealthCare.gov errors Preventing Completion of Enrollments

Ezekiel Emanuel Acting Like a Jackass Again

Ed Rendell Loves Obamacare, Calls It “Manna from Heaven”

Obama Is a Big Disappointment to Former Supporters

Obama Administration Exaggerating Enrollment in Obamacare for Democrats’ Benefit

Empower Yourself by Opting Out of Obamacare

Obamacare Website Hidden Source Code Says “Users Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”

Jay Carney Has No Idea How Many Young Americans Have Signed Up

Pelosi to Democrats: Embrace the Suck


HealthCare.gov fixed; now smoothly hiking premiums

December 12, 2013

From ScrappleFace.com.

After getting off to an admittedly-rocky start, according to White House officials, the ObamaCare website now operates as designed, smoothly doubling and even quadrupling premiums and jacking up deductibles at broadband speeds.

Website glitches like this are a thing of the past, now that President Obama’s tech surge has fixed HealthCare.gov so that customers can rapidly find out how much more their coverage will cost.

“Mission Accomplished,” said press secretary Jay Carney. “The president commanded the tech surge that dealt with dozens of bugs, and hit his target date. So now Americans won’t be hindered by glitches from getting exactly what he believes they’ve got coming to them.”

Positive public reaction was nearly immediate, with expressions of gratitude and congratulations flooding in from NPR, MSNBC, CNN and other Americans who had grown concerned about the impact of the website problems on the president’s popularity.


The life of Julia, updated

December 12, 2013

Remember Julia, the faceless cartoon character who campaigned for Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012? She was the poster girl for cradle-to-grave socialism, benefiting from lavishly-funded government programs at every stage of her life, from her toddlerhood in a government-run preschool to her retirement spent volunteering in a community garden while receiving Social Security and Medicare. Have you ever wondered what’s become of the poor girl in the months since Obama was re-elected? Well, the Independent Women’s Forum recently caught up with her and found out. Here’s their report:

Sorry, Julia… we tried to warn you…


Obamacare: We’re not happy until you’re not happy

December 6, 2013

“In 2003, when he was an ambitious Illinois state senator from a hyper-statist district, Obama declared: ‘I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. . . . Everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.’

“That is the Obamacare scheme. It is a Fabian plan to move an unwilling nation, rooted in free enterprise, into Washington-controlled, fully socialized medicine. As its tentacles spread over time, the scheme (a) pushes all Americans into government markets (a metastasizing blend of Medicare, Medicaid, and ‘exchanges’ run by state and federal agencies); (b) dictates the content of the ‘private’ insurance product; (c) sets the price; (d) micromanages the patient access, business practices, and fees of doctors; and (e) rations medical care. Concurrently, the scheme purposely sows a financing crisis into the system, designed to explode after Leviathan has so enveloped health care, and so decimated the private medical sector, that a British- or Canadian-style ‘free’ system — formerly unthinkable for the United States — becomes the inexorable solution.

“Once you grasp that this is the scheme, the imperative to lull the public with lies makes sense. Like all swindles, Obamacare cannot work if its targeted victims figure out the endgame before it is a fait accompli.” —Andrew McCarthy, The Scheme Behind the Obamacare Fraud

“How are you enjoying that ‘new and improved’ Healthcare.gov experience? It looks like the sum total achievement from two months of expensive work by no-bid contractors was a modest improvement in traffic capacity – the $500 million federal exchange website can now handle about as many shoppers as the average custom T-shirt site – and a remodeled 404 Error page that pretends to be a ‘waiting room,’ where you can ‘queue up’ and leave an email address to be notified when Barack Obama’s boondoggle is ready to receive your business. You know, just like absolutely none of the private sector websites which have been successfully selling health insurance for years handle their traffic. …

“So there you were, enjoying the new ObamaCare waiting room – where the technology of 2013 is employed to re-create the nostalgic experience of using 1993 dial-up Internet – when the whole thing crashed yesterday, including the waiting room. Over the weekend, Team Obama claimed the extensively refurbished system could now handle 800,000 visitors per day; Monday morning they made sketchy claims of 375,000 visitors… and it was enough to crash Healthcare.gov again. Such is the magic of the Obama era of lowered expectations and curbed enthusiasm. Oh, well, at least the system can now provide instantaneous visitor counts. Remember when compiling that number supposedly required the robed monks of Health and Human Services to labor in windowless basements with parchment and abacus for days?

“While you were dealing with the latest round of crash bugs from a system that still hasn’t reached what any reputable software company would call ‘beta stage,’ you might have wondered if Healthcare.gov’s other problems will be magnified by the increased traffic passing through a front end that has at least evolved beyond the non-functional junk pile that Obama dumped on the American people at the beginning of October. That’s a valid concern, because much of the ‘back end’ of the site doesn’t exist at all.” —John Hayward, Obamacare: Hackers In, Garbage Out

“For the last half-century, Obama has simply had to be. Just being Obama was enough to waft him onwards and upwards: He was the Harvard Law Review president who never published a word, the community organizer who never organized a thing, the state legislator who voted present. And then one day came the day when it wasn’t enough simply to be. For the first time in his life, he had to do. And it turns out he can’t. He’s not Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos. And Healthcare.gov is about what you’d expect if you nationalized a sixth of the economy and gave it to the Assistant Deputy Commissar of the Department of Paperwork and the Under-Regulator-General of the Bureau of Compliance. …

“To say there is less private-sector experience in the Obama administration than in any other of the last century hardly begins to convey the particular pool of smarts on which this president has drawn. Nearly 60 percent of Eisenhower’s cabinet appointments had private-sector experience; Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes scored well over 50; FDR and Truman smack on 50/50; in Obama’s cabinet, fewer than 10 percent have real-world business experience. None of Obamacare’s begetters have ever created anything — certainly not a dime of real wealth.

“Instead, we have government by people who read Thomas L. Friedman and use words like ‘interconnectedness’ and give commencement addresses where they rave about how our world is changing so fast — and assume that just being glibly au courant is a substitute for being able to do, make, build. There are lessons here beyond the abysmal failure of one misconceived government program, lessons about what our esteemed (if not terminally self-esteemed) elites value as ‘smart,’ and about the perils of rule by a poseur technocracy. As for Obama, he’s not Jay-Z, nor even Justin Bieber: He can’t sing, or dance, or create a government bureaucracy that functions any more efficiently than a Soviet supermarket. He broke the lifelong rule that had served him so well — ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there’ — and for the first time in his life did something, terribly. It will bear his name forever.” —Mark Steyn, Those Who Can’t, Govern

“Obama is launching a new campaign to get people to buy into the ObamaCare system before the Dec. 23 cutoff for coverage beginning Jan. 1, especially the younger and healthier Americans whose comprehensive-coverage premiums will subsidize lower premiums for older and sicker consumers. No doubt the White House will encourage consumers to visit the website, use the newly implemented ‘queuing’ software that allows them to wait in line for lengthy periods of time while the site is unavailable, and then start shopping for those higher-priced plans in which the system may or may not enroll them.

“But those consumers will be taking a risk with their personal identity information, as former Marine Corps cyber-warfare and internet security expert David Kennedy warned. The new round of ‘fixes’ implemented over the holiday weekend made an already dangerous website even worse, Kennedy, now the CEO of TrustedSec, told the Washington Free Beacon. The fixes made over 400 changes to the code, none of which were reportedly tested for the security issues identified in the previous releases. ‘I’m a little bit more skeptical now,’ Kennedy said, ‘and I would still definitely advise individuals to not use the website.’

“None of these issues are near resolution, and yet Obama plans to spend the next three weeks attempting to sell this lemon. But now, it’s not just the product that’s at stake, but the salesman as well. Thanks to Obama’s mantra of ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,’ offered as late as just before the Oct. 1 rollout, the president has lost his credibility on this issue — and likely on all others as well.” —Edward Morrissey, Would You Buy a Used Website from This Man?

“Let’s look at Medicaid because Obamacare is expanding this failed program. … Long waits and poor care are not exceptions in the Medicaid program but regular features. A recent Pediatrics study found that Medicaid/State Children’s Health Insurance Program patients were unable to get urgent dental appointments 64 percent of the time, compared with 5 percent for those with private insurance. It was similar for patients with severe asthma and juvenile diabetes. Roy highlights studies that show patients with Medicaid coverage not only have worse health outcomes than those with private health insurance, but also that they fare worse even than those with no health insurance at all.

“Medicaid reimburses physicians at roughly half the rate of private insurance. Some liberals want for doctors to be coerced into providing care, which is the logical extension of the Obamacare cram-down model. In fact, the program will add about 17 million new enrollees to Medicaid. This will increase wait times even further and put more strain on an already-failing system. Medicaid patients clog emergency rooms because they cannot get primary care doctors to see them. …

“‘It’s not wrong to spend a large sum of money on health care for the poor,’ writes Roy. ‘It is wrong to waste large sums of money on health care for the poor.’

“Or on anything else. It’s even worse to waste large sums of money on programs that make everyone, on balance, worse off than competing arrangements would. Let’s hope that the troubles of Obamacare open people’s eyes to alternatives. We’ve tamely accepted government failure to our sorrow.” —Mona Charen, Obamacare and Government Failure

“At some critical point, everyone makes choices based on incentives and his own perception of self-interest. Somehow the Obama administration has forgotten that natural law.

“A therapeutic sense of self-sacrifice is fine in the abstract, but in the concrete such magnanimity causes far more harm to the innocent than does a realistic appraisal of self-interest and a tragic acceptance of the flawed nature of man. The theme of the present administration is that it possesses the wisdom and resources to know better what people should do than they do themselves. From that premise arose most of catastrophes that have befallen this administration.

“Consider the logic of Obamacare — a protocol that we lesser folk were supposed to learn about only after the bill was passed, in the expectation that eventually we will surely like it, although we are not able to know that yet.  If you use medical care infrequently, you supposedly will rush to sign up to pay more for it, so that those who will pay less can use it more. I wish such idealism were innate to the human character, but nothing suggests that it is. Does providing more coverage at less cost to more people somehow lead to lower costs for all participants? If so, the entire history of capitalism would have to be rewritten. Is it true that the more you try to get onto a website and are stymied, the more you will redouble your efforts to log on? If that were true, wouldn’t Amazon rig its website to fail 20 percent of the time? 

“Would employers hire more full-time employees in order to up their health-insurance costs, or would they keep their work force small enough that the federal guidelines will allow them not to provide coverage? And how would those incentives affect overall job growth? Will employers decide to forgo more of their profits so that the nation’s unemployment rate will stabilize? …

“There is a difference between the way we wish the world would work and the way it unfortunately does. We should know that tragedy from our own often-selfish lives in which we make decisions based on our perceptions of advantage. The problem with ignoring the role of unchanging human nature is that usually someone other than the utopian gets killed, runs out of money, or must live with the chaos brought about by the actions of the better-off, who are permitted by their money, leisure, power, and influence to dream that we are something that we are not.” —Victor Davis Hanson, The War on Human Nature

“The big dream of Republican campaign professionals is to force the Democrats into the same circular firing squad that its own people keep collapsing into. That hasn’t happened yet, but there are signs that a stampede may be building.

“The Democrats swallowed their losses in 2010 instead of turning on ObamaCare because they still had the Senate and the White House. If they lose the Senate in 2014, suddenly having a lame duck in the White House and a program that everyone hates at the top of the news hour won’t seem like such a bargain.

“Obama knows all this and doesn’t care. He’s counting on the left to have his back while sacrificing the political fortunes of the Democratic Party for the sake of the progressive agenda. The Democrats might have held on to Congress, but Obama traded their political successes for his own success; weakening the Democratic Party while building his own image and power.

“Now the Democratic Party is beginning to bite back. If it’s going to get into shape for 2014 and 2016, it has to claw back donors from his OFA and undermine his political infrastructure. And then it has to turn ObamaCare’s problems into a HillaryCare opportunity. All this is going to mean an ugly political civil war with the left turning on the Democratic Party and the media caught in the middle.

“Obama carved up the Democratic Party for political spare parts. Now the Democratic Party is about to return the favor.” —Daniel Greenfield, The Democratic Party vs. Barack Obama

“Obama has depleted all his credibility capital. The entire nation now knows that he lied about O’Care just to pass it, assuring Americans they could keep their insurance and doctors if they wanted to. Period. Obama then repeated those lies often. Then it was discovered that Obama knew he was lying way back in 2010. Then he claimed that the 5.5 million cancelled policies were statistically insignificant. Then it was discovered that almost 100 million additional policies are subject to cancellation come January. Then he told new lies to cover up the old lies. Then he crowned those lies with another BIG lie.

“When Obama said, ‘You can keep your plan,’ ‘You can keep your doctor,’ and ‘Premiums will go down by $2,500 per family,’ he knew he was lying. Apparently this consummate pathological narcissist believes that if he says it, that trumps the truth and reality. Or maybe he believes, as his sycophants do, that ‘We can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us because we believe in his heart he has the best interest for the American people.’

“Got that? Even Obama’s defenders now admit he’s a liar.” —Mark Alexander, Memo to Demos: It Ain’t the Website

“Before October of this year, conservatives trying to make the case that state intrusion led inexorably to queuing and to inefficiency were forced to rely on local failures to illustrate their point. ‘Do you really want your healthcare run by the DMV?’ was a common refrain. ‘How about the Post Office?’ Nowadays, there is no need for hypotheticals. Critics can just say ‘Obamacare.’ In December of 2013, dissenters can point to the long lines, to the shoddy service, and to the reports of frustrated users waiting for hours to get onto the site — and they can say, ‘I told you so!’ It’s been two months since the website was launched, and swathes of people remain unable even to browse plans. Isn’t this exactly what we were warned about? …

“It is difficult to overstate just how dangerous to the progressive agenda the rollout of Obamacare has been. ‘HealthCare.gov has a lot of visitors right now!’ the site’s failure screen announces bluntly when the system is overloaded (which is always). ‘We need you to wait here so we can make sure there’s room for you.’

“As of yesterday, the site quite literally asks visitors to enter a ‘queue.’ This is the ugly language of the unemployment office or the understaffed hospital — not, suffice it to say, what advocates had hoped consumers would see. …

“Thus far, Obamacare’s principal achievement has been to kick millions of people off of plans with which they were happy while mandating that they buy replacement insurance through a government-run choke point that’s sometimes just closed entirely. I suspect that, if the website is ever truly ‘fixed,’ the law is going to become more, not less, of a liability for the Left. Either way, it is almost certain that next time somebody suggests a vast government program as the remedy to America’s ills, it will be more than just conservative critics who say, as one, ‘your heart’s in the right place, but remember how Obamacare went…” —Charles C. W. Cooke, The Return of the Queue

“[HealthCare.gov] provides a remarkably realistic user experience, but as of now it’s basically a video game. A really, really boring video game. Call it Sim Healthcare. This is because the so-called back end essentially doesn’t exist. That’s the part of the site that talks to the insurance companies, processes payments, and actually, you know, gets people enrolled on insurance plans.

“Reports vary on whether it needs to be ‘fixed’ or whether it still needs to be built. On November 19, Henry Chao, the administration official in charge of overseeing the site, told Congress that ‘the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be’ created. Going by the rosy version of Chao’s estimate, that was roughly 30 to 40 percent of the system.

“‘It’s not built, let alone tested,” one insurance executive told the Washington Post last week. Meanwhile, the New York Times reported Sunday that the back-end systems ‘that are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed.’ I’m not clear on how you can fix something that hasn’t been built yet, but maybe in the eleven days between Chao’s testimony and the November 30 deadline, the ‘A Team’ President Obama deployed built the back end enough for it to be recognizably broken. Either way, it’s not working.” —Jonah Goldberg, Not a Good Enough Obamacare Fix

“Mr. Obama’s problem is that people think he is smart. They think, as they look at his health-care vows, that either he didn’t know how bad his program was, what dislocations it would cause, what a disturbance it would be to the vast middle class of America….Or he knew, and deliberately misled everyone.

“If they thought he wasn’t very bright, they might give him some leeway on that question. But they think he’s really smart. So they think he knew. And deliberately misled. They think he knowingly quelled people’s fears when he knew they had every reason to be afraid.

“Which makes him just another dishonest pol, just another guy hiding in the deliberately obscure paragraph on page 1,037 of the omnibus comprehensive reform bill. He has taken himself down, lowered his own stature.

“Commentators like to decry low-information voters—the stupid are picking our leaders. I think the real problem is low-information leaders. They have so little experience of life and have so much faith in magic—in media, in words—that they don’t understand people will get angry at you when you mislead them, and never see you the same way again.” —Peggy Noonan, Low-Information Leadership

“In an important sense, the American people have no political say in the health-care law, because Congress did not pass a law reforming the health-care system; instead, Congress passed a law empowering the Obama administration, through its political appointees and unelected time-servers, to create a new national health-care regime. The general outline of the program is there in the law, but the nuts and bolts of the thing will be created on the fly by President Obama and his many panels of experts.

“There are several problems with that model of business, one of which is that President Obama, and more than a few of his beloved experts, have political interests. The partisans of pragmatism present themselves as disinterested servants of the public weal, simply collecting the best information and the best advice from the top experts and putting that into practice. Their only political interest, they would have us believe, is in helping the public understand what a great job is being done for them. …

“But of course there is a good deal more to politics than that. For example, the president would very much like the unemployment problem to be somewhat abated by the time of the 2014 congressional elections, but he knows that this is unlikely to happen with employers struggling under an expensive health-care mandate. […] And so he has decided — empowered to do so by precisely nothing — that the law will not be enforced until after the elections. Neither does the law empower him arbitrarily to exempt millions of his donors and allies in organized labor from the law, but he has done that too.

“This is a remarkable thing. The health-care law gives the executive all sorts of powers to promulgate regulations and make judgments, but it does not give the executive the power to decide which aspects of the law will be enforced and which will not, or to establish a different timeline from the one found in the law itself. For all of the power that Congress legally has given the president in this matter, he feels it necessary to take more — illegally. There is no obvious and persuasive legal rationale for the belief that the president can willy-nilly suspend portions of the law or delay their execution. There is still less reason to believe that the president has the unilateral authority to overturn the law’s fundamental requirements, including the requirement that all health-care plans on offer meet certain federal regulations. Honoring the law meant breaking a key promise — ‘If you like it, you can keep it’ — which the president and his advisers knew all along would be the case. What they did not know was how unpopular breaking that promise would prove to be, and so the final breaking of it has been put off, along with the enrollment deadline, until after the midterm elections. The administration is transparently violating the letter of the law to see after its own political interests.” —Kevin D. Williamson, The Front Man

For further enlightenment:

Obamacare’s Next Problem: Doc Shock, by Debra Saunders

Obama and the Suspension of Disbelief, by Victor Davis Hanson

My Obamacare Cancellation, by Bruce Barcott

Obamacare Relaunch: Still Playing God with the Free Market and Your Health, by Peter Morici

Thank You, Hobby Lobby, by Michelle Malkin

Jay Carney Isn’t Sure If People Who Have Signed up for Obamacare Will Actually Be Covered on January 1, by Katie Pavlich

Howard Dean’s Latest Comments About Healthcare Sound Like They Come Straight Out of ‘1984’, by Emily Hulsey

Obamacare’s Perilous Protection Plan for Debtors, by Michelle Malkin

#Obamacare Chronicles: So, You Think You Now Have Coverage, Eh?, by Phineas Fahrquar

Four Reasons Why the Oregon Medicaid Results Are Even Worse Than They Look, by Avik Roy

ObamaCare’s Looming Land Mine, by Lewis Dovland

Family of Six-Year-Old Cancer Patient Loses Coverage, Now Faces Soaring Premiums, by Guy Benson

Videos for people with time on their hands:

If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It: The Rap 

Coffeecare: What If Buying Coffee Were Like Buying Health Insurance? 

The Rocket Scientists Who Designed the ObamaCare Website Forgot the Whole Payment Part

Cancer Patient’s Insurance Terminated Due to Obamacare

So Obama’s a Liar — Who Cares?

Having the “Obamacare Talk” at Thanksgiving 

Thank You, Ted Cruz

Obamacare Website Still Plagued by Bugs and Glitches

CNN: ObamaCare Website Crashes During Signup Process 

Robert Gibbs Hopes Obama Will Start Being Honest about Obamacare

White House Touting Healthcare.gov’s “Private Sector Effectiveness”

Jay Carney: I Wouldn’t Say “Mission Accomplished,” Exactly…

How Medicaid and Obamacare Hurt the Poor


Obamacare: The Solyndra of health care plans

November 23, 2013

“During the government shutdown, Barack Obama held fast, heroically refusing to give an inch to the hostage-taking, barbaric orcs of the Tea Party who insisted on delaying Obamacare. It was a triumph for the master strategist in the White House, who finally maneuvered the Republicans into revealing their extremism. But we didn’t know something back then: Obama desperately needed a delay of Healthcare.gov. In his arrogance, though, he couldn’t bring himself to admit it. The other possibility is that he is such an incompetent manager, who has cultivated such a culture of yes-men, that he was completely in the dark about the problems. That’s the reigning storyline right now from the White House. Obama was betrayed. ‘If I had known,’ he told his staff, ‘we could have delayed the website.’

“This is how you know we’re in the political sweet spot: when the only plausible excuses for the administration are equally disastrous indictments.

“In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it took about five minutes for liberals to cast the chaos and confusion of the disaster as a searing indictment of not just the Bush administration but of conservatism itself. Whatever the merits of that argument (and there are not many), Katrina was at least a surprise. The October 1 deadline for Obamacare was set by Obama’s own administration years ago — and it caught them completely off guard. The president may now claim that he knew nothing, but he must have wondered why Henry Chao, Healthcare.gov’s chief project manager, set the bar of success at sea level last March: ‘Let’s just make sure it’s not a Third World experience.’ At this point, it could only be more of a Third World experience if Healthcare.gov required enrollees to pay with chickens.” —Jonah Goldberg, Obamacare Schadenfreudarama

“The most troubling provision in Obamacare’s Section 1311 gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services blanket authority to control how doctors and hospitals treat patients. […] What that means for you is that if you enroll in an exchange plan, with or without getting a subsidy, your care will be standardized by the federal government with an eye to reducing what you consume and how much it costs. Your doctor may have to choose between doing what’s right for you and avoiding a penalty. Exchange plans can pay only those doctors who obey whatever regulations the secretary imposes.

“Yet the president claims that people losing their health plans and having to sign up on the exchanges will be getting a better deal. Losing your doctor, blind shopping for a health plan, and settling for Medicaid-level care and government controls, all for a premium 41 percent higher than before with a deductible that’s doubled that sounds substandard to me. — Betsy McCaughey, The President’s New Lie

“Despite some navigators having already been exposed as having arrest warrants against them, the Department of Health and Human Services has no plans to screen out the criminals. […] In addition to convicted felons, navigators are drawn from labor unions, community organizers, former ACORN staffers and front-groups for the Democratic National Committee.

“Call right up and give all your private financial and medical information to those guys! What could go wrong? (Before Obamacare was even online, Minnesota’s health exchange emailed the Social Security numbers and other identifying information for about 2,400 Americans to a man applying to be a “navigator.”)

“If you call today, you can sign up for Obamacare plus learn about a Nigerian prince in exile who’s willing to share his vast inheritance with you in exchange for your bank account numbers.” — Ann Coulter, To Speak to a Nigerian Prince about Your Health Care, Press ‘1’ Now

“One of the most disturbing aspects of this entire affair is the stench of lawlessness that surrounds it like a miasma. President Obama carps impatiently that he will simply direct insurance companies to reinstate the policies that they, in an effort to follow the law, have been required to cancel. He says that he will direct that application of the law be delayed a year — but he says nothing about where he is supposed to get the authority for such actions. The president’s response to the embarrassment of the eponymous legislation he shoved down the throats of the American people is one of the most disturbing occurrences of his administration. Since Magna Carta in 1215, a test of legitimacy has been the extent to which the sovereign is subject to the laws of the land. Obama is not a sovereign, exactly, but he acts as though he were above the law, that the law (like taxes) were something to be imposed on the rest of us but which he and his magic circle of apparatchiks could ignore or delay or partially implement at their pleasure. The law is binding upon us little people, and upon insurance companies, which would be severely penalized should they fail to abide the provisions of that intricate legislation.

“I suspect that one of the reasons Obama’s approval rating is in free fall is because of his obvious surprise and petulance in his public encounters over the disaster of Obamacare. He has made some grudging half apologies, but it is clear that the only thing he is sorry about is that he cannot — not yet, anyway — simply decree what happens with health care in this country. He believes himself above the law and is impatient about finding a means of achieving that discretion. For our own good, of course. Many observers on the Right have long known this about Obama. Suddenly, though, it is out there for all to see. The American people don’t like tyrants, even smooth-talking, Harvard-educated ones. The great trek away from Obama and what he stands for — above all, government unlimited — has begun.” —Roger Kimball, Obama and the Limits of Schadenfreude

“Having ordered America’s insurance companies to comply with Obamacare, the president announced that he is now ordering them not to comply with Obamacare. The legislative branch (as it’s still quaintly known) passed a law purporting to grandfather your existing health plan. The regulatory bureaucracy then interpreted the law so as to un-grandfather your health plan. So His Most Excellent Majesty has commanded that your health plan be de-un-grandfathered. That seems likely to work. The insurance industry had three years to prepare for the introduction of Obamacare. Now the King has given them six weeks to de-introduce Obamacare. …

“Later that day, anxious to help him out, Congress offered to ‘pass’ a ‘law’ allowing people to keep their health plans. The same president who had unilaterally commanded that people be allowed to keep their health plans indignantly threatened to veto any such law to that effect: It only counts if he does it — geddit? As his court eunuchs at the Associated Press obligingly put it: ‘Obama Will Allow Old Plans.’ It’s Barry’s world; we just live in it. …

“The most telling line, the one that encapsulates the gulf between the boundless fantasies of the faculty-lounge utopian and the messiness of reality, was this: ‘What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.’ Gee, thanks for sharing, genius. Maybe you should have thought of that before you governmentalized one-sixth of the economy. By ‘we,’ the president means ‘I.’ Out here in the ruder provinces of his decrepit realm, we ‘folks’ are well aware of how complicated insurance is. What isn’t complicated in the Sultanate of Sclerosis? But, as with so many other things, Obama always gives the vague impression that routine features of humdrum human existence are entirely alien to him. Marie Antoinette, informed that the peasantry could no longer afford bread, is alleged to have responded, ‘Let them eat cake.’ There is no evidence these words ever passed her lips, but certainly no one ever accused her of saying, ‘If you like your cake, you can keep your cake,’ and then having to walk it back with ‘What we’re also discovering is that cake is complicated to buy.’ That contribution to the annals of monarchical unworldliness had to await the reign of Queen Barry Antoinette, whose powdered wig seems to have slipped over his eyes. —Mark Steyn, Thus Spake Obama

“Unable to deny that millions of Americans have lost the coverage he vowed they could keep, Obama and other Democrats are now peddling what we might call the ‘5 percent’ con job. The president asserts that these victims, whom he feels so terribly about, nevertheless constitute a tiny, insignificant minority in the greater scheme of things … They are limited, he maintains, to consumers in the individual health-insurance market, as opposed to the vastly greater number of Americans who get insurance through their employers. According to Obama, these individual-market consumers whose policies are being canceled make up only 5 percent of all health-insurance consumers.

“Even this 5 percent figure is a deception. As Avik Roy points out, the individual market actually accounts for 8 percent of health-insurance consumers. Obama can’t help himself: He even minimizes his minimizations. So, if Obama were telling the truth in rationalizing that his broken promises affect only consumers in the individual-insurance market, we’d still be talking about up to 25 million Americans. While the president shrugs these victims off, 25 million exceeds the number of Americans who do not have health insurance because of poverty or preexisting conditions (as opposed to those who could, but choose not to, purchase insurance). Of course, far from cavalierly shrugging off that smaller number of people, Obama and Democrats used them to justify nationalizing a sixth of the U.S. economy.” —Andrew McCarthy, Obama’s ‘Five Percent’ Con Job

“When people, even now, go on TV and defend Obama by trying to spin ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period! If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period!’ into statements full of ellipses and qualifiers, they remind me in an odd way of the devoutly religious. As those folks see it, if something good happens, it’s because of God. But when something terrible – such as the Holocaust or childhood leukemia – occurs, they explain that God moves in mysterious ways, and we mere mortals can’t hope to divine His motives.

“Well, okay, He’s God, and if He created the heavens, the stars, the earth and all of its inhabitants, including dogs, elephants and giraffes, it might be expedient to cut Him some slack. But when we’re talking about an arrogant narcissist whose major achievement was being a shill for ACORN, which is a lot like being a union organizer but without the requisite muscle, why would anyone fawn over this lying jackass?” —Burt Prelutsky, The United States of Obama

“Obama’s admirers may offer him credit for seeking to do good, but at what price? The Hippocratic oath for physicians should also apply to leaders: First, do no harm. The entire health care system now trembles with uncertainty because Obama imposed his vision of ‘fundamental transformation’ on a reluctant nation.

“Even assuming that Obama had the best motives – a desire to see the uninsured covered – his greed to control and regulate the entire health care system revealed a man without wisdom or prudence. He didn’t realize buying health insurance was so complicated, he explained on Thursday. Anyone who’d even run a Kinko’s would know better. He didn’t keep tabs on those tasked with creating this massive, hydra-headed system. Perhaps he thought there were no problems in the world that wouldn’t yield to another Obama speech.

“C.S. Lewis warned of soft despots: ‘Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.’” —Mona Charen, Obama’s Soft Despotism

“Incredibly, government officials told the Washington Post Sunday that the Obama administration will label the federal insurance marketplace a ‘success’ if 80 percent of its users can buy plans online. The Post notes that number is ‘an internal target that administration officials have not made public.’ No doubt they’re waiting for November 30, when the Healthcare.gov website is expected to be fully functional. Thus, much like the dishonest signup numbers released last week that counted those with policies in their virtual shopping carts as fully enrolled in a plan, a ‘successful’ website will be defined as one which leaves one-in-five Americans in limbo.

“Add to the mix scam websites and navigators, thousands of doctors being dropped from plans that can no long afford them, a dearth of signups by younger, healthier patients critically necessary for ObamaCare’s survival, and a series of devastating poll numbers regarding both the president and his so-called ‘signature achievement,’ and it becomes clear that the president’s ‘fix’ is about nothing other than fixing his political fortunes and those of his party.

“Furthermore, Democrats’ lack of faith in Obama’s efforts to undo the damage is reflected in the 39 House Democrats who supported a bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) aimed at reversing the insurance cancellations, and the one sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). …

“All in all, ObamaCare remains what it has always been: an unmitigated disaster, enabled by an avalanche of lies and a conspiracy of silence by Obama administration officials and Democratic representatives. Obama’s “fix” can’t negate that reality. —Arnold Ahlert, ObamaCare Fix as Bad as ObamaCare Itself

Fox News points out that student health insurance has been absolutely devastated by the Affordable Care Act.  It’s a form of popular, affordable insurance that is essentially ceasing to exist. Bowie State University in Maryland canceled all 5,500 of its policies after watching the cost of a plan skyrocket from $100 per year to $1,800 per year, thanks to ObamaCare mandates. Universities in North Carolina, Iowa, and Washington State also reported premium increases of over 1,000 percent. Bethany College in Kansas canceled all of its policies after their premiums quadrupled from $445 to over $2,000. New Jersey colleges saw their premiums triple.

“The young voters who put Obama over the top in his two elections feel understandably betrayed. ‘We don’t have that money. We can barely afford books,’ one student is quoted complaining in the Fox News story. Chin up, little kulak! Barack Obama knows what’s best for you. Weren’t you listening when he said, ‘If I like your plan, you might be able to keep your plan?’ —John Hayward, Obamacare Bummer Update

“Obamacare was promoted as a program that would not only right those wrongs, but that would create no losers at all. This was always an absurdity, as anyone with a modicum of math knowledge would know. But those were the promises explicitly made by Obama and the Democrats: everyone would save money, no one would lose doctors or hospitals or health plans, the sick and unemployed would be covered, and it would save us all money — except for the very, very, very rich, whose taxes would be raised.

“Well, it hasn’t quite turned out that way. The old system had winners and losers, and so does the new one. But they are a very different set of winners and losers. You might say that Obamacare turns the old system on its head, and it’s not just the very rich who are penalized, it’s the solidly middle class and upper middle class. Not only did those groups not bargain for this, they were explicitly promised it would not happen.

“But even without the broken promises, there’s another problem with the inequities of Obamacare: they do not flow from anything we recognize as natural consequences, because they are imposed by a government that has made the decision as to who will be the winners and who will be the losers. The dirty little secret of Obamacare (that was never really a secret) is out: it is the most redistributive entitlement program in U.S. history.” —Jean Kaufman, The Real Beneficiaries and Victims of Obamacare

“Our president got his legacy program passed by deceiving the American people in a giant swindle. Not only have millions lost their health care plans, tens of millions more may lose theirs at year’s end when they learn that their employer’s health care plans also do not meet Obamacare mandates.

“Hillarycare cost the Democrats the House in 1994. Obamacare, the love child of Hillarycare, could cost Democrats the Senate in 2014.

“But what makes this a disaster not just for a party but a philosophy is that Obamacare is liberalism incarnate. It is premised on the idea that progressives, starting from scratch, can redesign a health care system, 16 percent of the economy, and make it more fair, more just and more efficient for us all. Obamacare was an act of hubris by an administration of talking heads most of whom never ran anything in their lives. And what we are witnessing is the antithesis of what we were promised. …

“The crisis for Obama, his party, and his philosophy is that this is not only a nightly national story; it is a daily story in every state. And the anecdotes of debacles have been piling up, one upon another, for seven weeks. They do not cease, and there is no end in sight.

“Nothing, it appears, will interrupt the litany of personal woes before Democrats, in panic, cut themselves loose of Obamacare and try to swim away from the Lusitania. It will likely be a long time before another Democratic president dares again another such Great Leap Forward.” —Pat Buchanan, Will Obamacare Be the Death of Liberalism?

“Whether the president knew the truth and lied, or the White House (citing the fear of causing ‘drama’) kept it from him, or he simply didn’t ask the questions in order to proclaim a plausible deniability later, I don’t know. What we do know is  that President Obama, as Jake Tapper recently reminded people on Twitter, has no problem telling people that they are going to have to change their ways for the greater good, when it came to health care. So much for individual freedoms.

“There are also growing concerns that this entire fiasco with the Healthcare.gov site was a calculated scheme to eventually push the United States into a single-payer system. Certainly, the left believes that this is the solution, after the abject failure of the roll-out. The president himself said that he wasn’t ‘stupid enough to go out and keep promoting Obamacare if he had known that the website was not functional. Maybe he wasn’t that stupid. Maybe he knew about it and kept pushing it anyway. Maybe he continually lied to the American public in order to pass a law that he wanted, in order to reshape this country into the model of ‘fairness’ that he idealizes in western Europe. …

“I am not in a position to judge the president’s intent, because I can’t read his mind or his motives. All any of us can do is judge him by his actions, and what we believe that he believes. And we have the right to judge him, because he is supposed to be accountable to us, the American public.” —Deanna Fisher, The Obama Trilemma – Ego, Evil, or Idiot

“The reaction to the incompetence, arrogance and deception has ranged from ridicule to anger. But more is in jeopardy than just panicked congressional Democrats. This is the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency, the embodiment of his new entitlement-state liberalism. If Obamacare goes down, there will be little left of its underlying ideology.

“Perhaps it won’t go down. Perhaps the web portal hums beautifully on Nov. 30. Perhaps they’ll find a way to restore the canceled policies without wrecking the financial underpinning of the exchanges. … The more likely scenario, however, is that Obamacare does fail. It either fails politically, renounced by a wide consensus that includes a growing number of Democrats. Or it succumbs to the financial complications (the insurance ‘death spiral’) of the very amendments desperately tacked on to save it.

“If it does fail, the effect will be historic. Obamacare will take down with it more than Mary Landrieu and Co. It will discredit Obama’s new liberalism for years to come.” —Charles Krauthammer, Why Liberals Are Panicked About Obamacare

“It is possible to let people keep their current insurance, but only by unraveling a key element of Obamacare. To make the law work, people in the individual insurance market content with their current coverage have to be forced out of their plans and onto the exchanges. That’s the only way to ensure the exchanges aren’t overwhelmed by older and less healthy consumers.

“The president couldn’t be honest about this at time of the law’s passage and still can’t be honest about it. The White House acts as though it is doing the people whose insurance is getting canceled a favor by protecting them from ‘substandard’ policies, rather than admitting that it is asking them to make a sacrifice.

“The great engine of the welfare state is the hidden cost. Usually, the costs of a new program or regulation are too diffuse or distant to matter much politically in comparison to the promise of a direct benefit. This time, the costs aren’t hidden. They are immediate and concrete in the canceled policies and the higher premiums, and they are making the politics of Obamacare toxic.

“The Obama administration clearly hopes it can brazen it out. It came up with a date for fixing the website, Nov. 30, so it could have a date to use to hold off the dogs, for now. It will come up with some sort of administrative ‘fix’ to the problem of cancellations so it can have something it can call a fix and try to use to stop Democratic defections. Its strategy is always based, at bottom, on spin and muddling through. …

“You know it’s a hell of a predicament, though, when Bill Clinton thinks keeping your word is the only way out.” —Rich Lowry, The Obamacare Lie That Can’t Be Fixed

For further enlightenment:

The Most Shocking Obamacare Revelation, by Walter Russell Mead

Obamacare and the Lowest Common Denominator, by John Hayward

Remembering Stanley Ann Dunham Obama, by Mona Charen

Was Benghazi Not Enough? Obama Should Resign over Obamacare, by Roger L. Simon

Would You Like a Happy Ending? by Stilton Jarsberg

Second Wave of Health Plan Cancellations Looms, by Guy Benson

HHS Lied about “Anonymous Shopper” Delay in Healthcare.gov, by Ed Morrissey

Older Hill Aides Shocked by Obamacare Prices, by Jonathan Allen and Jennifer Haberkorn

Obama in the Dark on Healthcare.gov, by Jonah Goldberg

White House Edging Away from “Keep Your Doctor” Promise, by Mary Katherine Ham

The Lawlessness of the ‘Fix’, by Andrew McCarthy

Obamacare Kills a Million Plans, by John Hayward

The Myth of the “80% Unaffected by Obamacare,” by Jazz Shaw

Ron Johnson Told You So, by Christian Schneider

Poll: Obamacare is Destroying President Obama’s Second Term, by Bryan Preston

Videos for folks with time on their hands:

Trifecta: The End of Trust 

A Message from Obamacare’s New Spokesman, Comrade Obamabitch 

Bill Whittle: The Hammer of Reality

Alfonzo Rachel: Obamacare — All the Cool Kids Are Doing It 

Project Veritas: Obamacare Navigators Counsel Applicants to Lie 

Fractured Fairy Tales: Emperor Obama Has No Clothes 

Obama Was Against the Individual Mandate Before He Was For It  

Sunny TV: I’m Not Racist, But Some of My Best Friends Hate Obamacare 

Ezekiel Emanuel Blames Fox News for Obamacare Debacle 

Chuck Todd: Democrats in “Full Panic” Over Obamacare  

Hillary Clinton in 2007: If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan 

Bill Whittle: Common Sense Health Care Reform

Remember When Obama Promised to Lower Health Insurance Premiums? 

Identity Theft: Healthcare.gov Security Risks 

Obamacare Website Crashes for Kathleen Sebelius

A Law by Any Other Name Would Still Be a Train Wreck 

Trifecta: Obama’s Malaise — The End of Obamacare?

Black College Students Lose Health Insurance Because of Obamacare 

Remember When Obama Promised Never to Raise Your Taxes? 

Democrat Senator Admits Everyone Knew Obama Was Lying 

Too Bad More Voters Didn’t Listen to Mitt

 


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