The Emperor’s New Rules


600x39926Stung by public anger and his rapidly plunging approval ratings, President Obama wants to delay the cancellation of existing health care insurance policies for one year.

It has nothing to do with the public interest. It has everything to do with crass political calculations.

As an electoral tsunami gradually develops that threatens to drown Democrats and give Republicans a healthy majority in the Senate, Democrats remain focused. They are clinging to the increasingly unlikely prospect of recapturing the House of Representatives in next year’s elections, a move that would allow them to ram through more America-killing legislation. This, of course, assumes the Democrats keep control of the Senate, something that at the moment seems quite impossible.

President Obama yesterday played out a tableau that could easily have come from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Obama preyed on the most gullible Americans, the lowest of low-information voters, putting on a show for their benefit.

But even Americans who can’t name the Vice President of the United States know something about Obamacare, so they are not likely to be easily manipulated.

Obama might have gotten away with such a dimwit-friendly tack but for the fact that everyone in the country knows Obama lied about Obamacare allowing Americans to keep their health plans and their medical doctors. In addition, too many people are experiencing real hardship as the Affordable Care Act causes their insurance to be canceled — and they know who to blame for their pain and suffering.

In the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, the president and press corps may as well have been surrounded by unicorns, leprechauns, and satyrs as Obama threw pixie dust in the air and waved his magic wand after mispronouncing incantations in Austrian.

Obama exposed the residents of all 57 states of the nation to his lies yet again, promising that even now Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans if they liked them.

“I completely get how upsetting this can be for a lot of Americans, particularly after assurances they heard from me that if they had a plan that they liked, they could keep it,” Obama said in his by-now tiresome fake sympathy routine.

“And to those Americans, I hear you loud and clear. I said that I would do everything we can to fix this problem. And today I’m offering an idea that will help do it.”

Obama explained that a grandfather clause in the Affordable Care Act already allows people whose insurance plans don’t change to keep their plans. He didn’t bother to explain that that consumer protection measure is more or less moot because insurance plans change constantly.

“Today, we’re going to extend that principle both to people whose plans have changed since the law took effect, and to people who bought plans since the law took effect,” Obama said.

Except that His Imperial Majesty is doing no such thing. While taking credit on live television for appearing to do something about the cancelation crisis caused by the Obamacare law, Obama passed the buck to insurers and state regulators.

The president said state insurance commissioners retain authority to decide which plans can be sold in their states and insurance companies “can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014, and Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.”

Except that they can’t. The Obamacare statute says they can’t and the economics of the situation won’t allow it. The legal infrastructure of the health care insurance market has been changed. Policies were canceled because they don’t subsidize all the new services that Obamacare mandates. Those policies no longer exist for a reason. Insurers can’t just push a button and bring them back into existence.

Obama’s bizarre pronouncement reflects leftists’ disdain and ignorance of market processes, and the president’s determination to proceed in defiance of those processes. A locomotive going 60 miles per hour can’t stop instantly when brakes are activated. Similarly, the Obamacare juggernaut has so many moving parts spread out over such a wide area that locking up one part of the beast won’t stop it from continuing to barrel forward.

Continuing his lunchtime stroll through La-La Land, Obama said,

“We’re also requiring insurers to extend current plans to inform their customers about two things. One, that protections — what protections these renewed plans don’t include.  And number two, that the marketplace offers new options with better coverage and tax credits that might help you bring down the cost.”

It’s pure fantasy, of course, but lying, stalling, misdirecting, and stonewalling have served the Obama administration well over its first five years. Besides, extravagant healthcare subsidies begin to kick in next year, and all that free money floating around is bound to calm at least some irate consumers.

When consumers find out they’ve been hoodwinked, the Left is counting on them to blame the corporate world. Obama and desperate Democratic lawmakers are already blaming insurance companies for en masse cancelations, and saying insurers should let consumers keep their plans, seemingly oblivious to the fact that all this upheaval was caused by the Obamacare law.

Obama’s fanciful fix requires cooperation from insurance companies and state regulators, and so far he’s not getting it from either.

Health care insurers promptly slapped down Obama’s proposal and refused to accept the blame.

“This doesn’t change anything other than force insurers to be the political flack jackets for the administration,” said one insurance industry source. “So now when we don’t offer these policies the White House can say it’s the insurers doing this and not being flexible.”

“The only reason consumers are getting notices about their current coverage changing is because the ACA requires all policies to cover a broad range of benefits that go beyond what many people choose to purchase today,” said Karen Ignagni, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

“Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers. Premiums have already been set for next year based on an assumption of when consumers will be transitioning to the new marketplace. If now fewer younger and healthier people choose to purchase coverage in the exchange, premiums will increase and there will be fewer choices for consumers. Additional steps must be taken to stabilize the marketplace and mitigate the adverse impact on consumers.”

State insurance regulators also threw cold water on the crazy proposal.

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, said allowing state residents to keep their non-ACA-compliant policies would wreck his state’s health insurance exchange so the state won’t permit it. District of Columbia Insurance Commissioner William P. White, who was appointed by the city’s Democratic mayor Vincent Gray, said the proposal “undercuts the purpose of the exchanges, including the District’s D.C. Health Link, by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate.”

All of this chaos created by Obamacare and President Obama’s admission that his system isn’t working, vindicates the aggressive approach taken by conservatives who pushed hard to defund Obamacare before the partial shutdown of the federal government last month.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has been at the forefront of the fight, loosed a mass email after Obama’s speech yesterday, boasting that, “Ted Cruz was right. Republicans should have refused to fund Obamacare.”

According to the SCF,

“The president’s health care law is an unmitigated disaster and now Democrats in Washington are running for political cover. If Republicans had listened to Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), they could have won this fight and stopped Obamacare. Instead, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sabotaged the effort and now Americans are paying the price.”

The SCF points out that Congress will have another opportunity to defund Obamacare two months from now. “Obamacare funding expires January 15 and Republicans should not renew it,” the political committee says in the email. “If Democrats cause another government shutdown to protect this terrible law, Republicans should hold firm and use the showdown to push for full repeal.”

Although the House is expected today to take up Congressman Fred Upton’s (R-Mich.) largely symbolic legislation that would supposedly allow Americans to keep their insurance plans, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged repeal. “There is no way to fix this,” he said following Obama’s presser.

Even Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is now calling for the repeal of Obamacare. Just weeks ago McCain labeled those fighting Obamacare as “wacko birds.”

It should be noted that Obama’s midday press conference yesterday, which started more than a half hour late, came the day after the the administration’s latest lies about enrollment numbers were made public.

Leftist Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, ever the patient Obamacare cheerleader, eagerly conveyed the administration’s lies, claiming “[a]round 106,000 enrolled in new plans during October.” He linked to a grossly misleading flow chart at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that tries to justify the make-believe enrollment figure.

The chart states with lawyerly precision that “106,185 have selected a Marketplace plan,” and that “396,291 Americans were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid/CHIP.”

Therefore, the chart concludes, “For October 1-November 2, 502,446 (396,261 + 106,185) Americans are positioned to have health coverage in 2014 through the Marketplace, Medicaid and CHIP.” The 502,446 figure is interesting but irrelevant.

The indispensable Avik Roy of Forbes says the real enrollment figure (as of Nov. 8) was a pathetic 45,865 spread out over 19 states. That represents a laughable 0.7 percent –that’s seven-tenths of one percent– of the total first year enrollment goal of 7 million by March 15, 2014. There have been about 5 million cancellations nationwide, according to Roy.

Visiting healthcare.gov or a state exchange website, creating an an online account, applying for coverage, and choosing a government-approved exchange plan, doesn’t count as an enrollment, Roy reminds us. An insured person has to pay the initial premium to have coverage begin and for the action to count as an enrollment.

Unless the government meets its enrollment goal, tricking young, healthy persons into agreeing to heavily subsidize older, sicker persons, the Affordable Care Act cannot succeed, Roy writes. “Low exchange enrollment results in higher premiums for those who do enroll, as the costs of coverage and care are spread out among premium-paying enrollees.”

With all this news of Obamacare-created chaos descending on the nation, now is not the time to be cutting deals with pitiable Democrats.

Although Obamacare may already contain within itself the seeds of its eventual self-destruction, Americans who care about the future of this country have to keep the pressure on. We can’t assume this hideous program will go away on its own.

Conservatives have to keep pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes until they are blue in the face and ready to drop from exhaustion.

Now is the time to go on offense.

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  • cheechakos

    Obama said he would allow insurance companies to keep offering previously-offered insurance plans that Americans would like to keep. Nobody knows if this means all plans, or only some of them, and how the White House will make such determinations. He says he has “enforcement discretion” to make this change to the Affordable Care Act unilaterally, without consulting Congress.

    This is a frightening claim of a sweeping power that is completely inconsistent with the Constitution. A president has “prosecutorial discretion” to prioritize which lawbreakers to prosecute in federal court, but there is no “enforcement discretion” to determine which laws on the books he will enforce.

    Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution commands of every president: “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Like every provision in the Constitution, it has a legal meaning—and that meaning is the Supreme Law of the Land, which Congress, the courts, and—yes—each president is bound by his oath of office to follow carefully.

    Obama’s announcement is a flagrant and undeniable violation of his constitutional duty under the Take Care Clause. The provisions of Obamacare causing enormous trouble for insurance plans are mandatory, and only Congress can change those parts of the Affordable Care Act. Every day provides additional proof that Obamacare is a complete train wreck, but it is one regarding which only Congress can change the terms.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/14/Obama-s-Fix-is-Unconstitutional

    William J. Clinton v. the City of New York ; the courts forbid Congress from giving their power to legislate over certain parts of a passed bill over to the President. The courts held that if the president had the power to strike or alter any part of a congressionally-passed law the law, in effect, became a new law which the congress never had a chance to vote on and the people never had a say in approving or disapproving. The president would basically have seized the power of the Congress to legislate.
    http://www.casebriefs.com/blog

    • MidSouthMitch

      “This is a frightening claim of a sweeping power that is completely inconsistent with the Constitution.”

      Kinda sums up the Obama administration- The rule of law is meaningless, unless it can be used to enforce their will. They blatantly ignore laws (Border security, voter intimidation, illegally allowing firearms transfers to representatives of known felons, illegal surveillance, etc.)

      Cheechakos is absolutely right!

      We have an opportunity America- Be in DC on November 19th, to petition OUR government for a redress of grievances!!!

    • benabo1machal

      Keep them for just one a year, wowee, how generous of him

      • BS77

        If anyone thinks this mess will take one year to correct, they are living in a fantasy world. The insurance companies have been torpedoed, as have the policy holders…it will take many years to sort this all out.

      • Feet2Fire

        Better yet, how about we ONLY keep Congress people and Presidents for ONE YEAR, and then we CANCEL them?

    • m4253y

      Well done, thank you.

      Question: what will it take for a citizen or a group of citizens to challenge the President in the courts on his Executive branch’s unconstitutional acts?

    • Gee

      What makes anybody think that the insurance companies or the states will allow it?

      The companies spent 100s of millions to revamp all their rates and now they are expected to redo them all for 1 year maximum if the state commissioners allow it.

      About as likely as Odumba being able to walk to Hawaii

    • Feet2Fire

      Yes, and many members of Congress have LAW DEGREES, so what is their friggin’ problem in recognizing unconstitutional power grabs and doing something about them?

      Quote:
      “Law degrees are held by 169 Members of the House (38% of the House) and 57 Senators (57% of the Senate); Of the Members holding a law degree, 4 (3 House Members and 1 Senator) also hold an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree.”

      Source: https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42964.pdf

      • Drakken

        It looks like ole Uncle Joe Stalin had one thing right then, kill 2 out of 3 lawyers and then 1 out of 2 after that. When you go to vote, anyone who is a lawyer is automatically the one you don’t vote for. Lawyers, the bane of civilization.

        • Feet2Fire

          Quote: “Lawyers, the bane of civilization.”
          Yeah, second-oldest profession…

          • Drakken

            As much as I really hate to say this, I have more faith in a prostitute than I do any lawyer. And the prostitute actually contributes something to society.

          • Feet2Fire

            Hee-hee. Yeah, but there are some who would ‘make a case’ (no pun intended) that lawyers ARE prostitutes! ;-P

    • Fritz

      That was the case involving the “Line Item Veto” regarding money and budget bills. It was a well intentioned law intended to give the president the authority to “veto” certain items from a budget bill that could be deemed as profligate spending and pork, but pass the rest. I believe the court may have been correct that the president had the authority to veto an entire bill but not portions of it, in effect veto portions of a bill amounted to amending that bill.

      Meanwhile B.O have been doing this with the AFA, first with vouchers for unions and other connected parties, and now these decrees. So he has been unilaterally amending the ACA, something that he can’t do. As I was saying to my father yesterday, if I were an insurance company, and the written laws said to do one thing, and the president said to do the opposite, couching you in a contradiction, I would follow the written law. At least if you follow the written law you have something backing you up.

      • Gee

        Reality check – the insurance are REQUIRED BY LAW to ignore both the written law and the Presidential decrees. Neither of them can affect the insurance companies.

        Each state has an Insurance Commissioner. That Commissioner determines the rules – it is their job to decide what the Federal Governments says what the States can and cannot do. They in turn tell the insurance companies what their minimum policies MUST include.

        Insurance it one of the most regulated industries in America and the Insurance Commissioners in each state make ALL the rules, not Congress, and certainly not the President

  • A Z

    I do not see how the people who have been canceled can get their plans back at the same price.

    Some of the 5 million people who have been canceled have had health issues since the cancellation. So now it will be “denial” of coverage for the pre-existing condition. Or a person might not even get there as the insurance company will not “reinstate” them as they are leery of lawsuits.

    Lawsuits brought to us gratis by the leadership of the Democrat Party.

    The Democrat Party is giving us a pig in a poke.

    • truebearing

      More like a poke by a pig….

      • A Z

        “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it….” – Nancy Pelosi

        A pig that’s in a poke might turn out to be no pig at all. If a merchant tried to cheat by substituting a lower value animal, the trick could be uncovered by letting the cat out of the bag. Many other European languages have a version of this phrase—most of them translating into English as a warning not to ‘buy a cat in a bag’. The advice has stood the test of time and people have been repeating it in one form or the other for approximately

        ***500***

        years, maybe longer.

        “A poke is a sack or bag. It has a French origin as ‘poque’ and, like several other French words, its diminutive is formed by adding ‘ette’ or ‘et’—hence ‘pocket’ began life with the meaning ‘small bag’. ‘

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke

        I looked the phrase up to see if it meant what I thought it meant. the article was quite interesting. I thought the phrase was “a pig and a poke” and you know what I thought the phrase meant.

        Nancy and company did us hard and they did not use lubricant.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      Even if they could get a “policy” back, many of the family doctors have already been retired or dropped from participating groups. They will never get the actual health care that they once had.
      No, Humpty-Dumpty is broken….for good!
      No conservative should participate in the “fix” to the “law of the land”. Make the Democrats own it!

      “If you liked this law and voted for it…you can keep it! Period!”

      30 Million uninsured poor is a national disgrace. Up to 150 million middle class uninsured (as some estimate by this time next year) is just a small percentage of the population.

      • deehra

        Firstly, 150 mil is way more than 30 mil..Medicaid has always been available to the truly needy, we are already seeing the upside down ratio of new Medicaid recipients to new paying customers.
        Anyone with a working knowledge of arithmetic could have figured out that this was Never going to work.
        Even those willing to pay, may not be able to afford the new plans, and the subsidies will either drive the debt over the cliff, or simply run out..Then what ?
        The working poor could have been helped had the large corporations been held accountable for providing some sort of basic coverage.
        The truly poor could have helped themselves by staying in school and using birth control, which is free through Medicaid. ..As a country, we continue to reward bad behavior, both personal and corporate.
        Expanded Medicaid and raising taxes in a targeted way, would have been cheaper and more helpful, along with cutting out the waste and fraud in gov’t.

    • Feet2Fire

      Two of the earliest states that saw huge numbers of cancellations were Florida and California… Wonder why!!??

  • tagalog

    Is it a “high crime and misdemeanor” when the President tells a given market that it can disobey a law without Congressional legislation allowing it?

    Isn’t the President the chief law enforcement officer of the nation? How can he get away with telling people to disregard the mandates of law, especially a law that he considers his personal triumph, his hallmark legislation?

    • Michael__Durham

      No, the Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the nation. Right now, it’s head communist Chicago Crime Boss, Eric Holder.

    • Feet2Fire

      “Tell” or “DIRECT”?

  • nimbii

    Dems low-info base gets smaller every day.

  • Gee

    The President does not have the authority to change or rewrite laws. So when is Congress going to act and restore the Republic?

    Also the insurance industry is hardly going to bail out the President – he can’t get re-elected. Nor are they going to recreate plans that will again be canceled in a year.

    Odumba and the Democratic party broke the entire health care system in America and not only have they destroyed that part of the economy – but millions of Americans have lost their full time jobs so that companies would not have to offer worthless and expensive health care.

    Way to go Dumbacrats – in line with your “Segregation Now! Segregation Forever!” campaigns.

  • Phil

    Isn’t that Fascist?

  • popseal

    Fellow conservatives, don’t count your votes before they ‘hatch’. KING PINOCCHIO has a following that thinks he walks on the water hazards during his golf outings. Horrible governments have horrible populations with horrible lives. Leftist constituents know they need a micro managed life because they know they are incapable of self reliance. There are more people dangling from the government teat than work full time jobs.

  • benabo1machal

    That’ is the reason Obummer taught Constitutional Law, to get experience on how to break it, in violation of his Oath Of Office

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    It’s football season and Lucy has once again convinced Charlie Brown that she won’t pull away the football when he tries to kick it. I wonder how many times Obama supporters have to land on their backsides before they realize that they’re dupes in a no-win game.

  • pupsncats

    Oh but-but-but-but Obama is the “one”. He can simply raise his hand and the oceans move in the direction he commands. He is the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-caring, god of the earth, of the air, of the sea, and of the land. He does not lie. He is benevolent and has the power to decide whenever he chooses to change any law, ignore any law, and make laws.

    Listen and obey!

  • Randy Townsend

    cheechakos makes the correct argument below, that Obama has no legal authority to pick and choose which individual pieces in a particular law can be enforced/ignored/changed. That said, what happens in a year? Ignored by the MSM to a large extent are the massive numbers of people seeing exponential increases in the cost of their health care policies. In a year, does anyone think those people will see their “new” policies stay the same price as a couple of years ago? Of course not. Lying by attempting to characterize those people as “a fraction of the population”, the MSM will once again be in the position of being caught fellating the President when the truth contradicts their propaganda.

  • Publius Flavius Vegetius

    “The One” may get away with it. The last FoxNews poll I saw says 50% of the people polled either don’t know or don’t believe “The One” lied when he kept telling them over and over again that they could keep their insurance if they wanted to. That is an awful lot of sheeple for we conservatives to worry about.

    • Seek

      The health care law, from the very start, was conceived as a way of achieving wealth redistribution, especially from whites to nonwhites.

  • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

    Not a fan of Obama, though demonization of him is not productive, any more than when it is directed at others. Guess that is the price of the internet.

    The health system was and is broken. If Obama’s way, a cynical political sellout rather than an attempt to fix the matter, is wrongheaded, then how does the country address the matter in a way that addresses the problems of the uninsured and underinsured? Maybe the critics should present the parameters of an alternative plan that would replace the ACA, one where market excesses are taken into consideration, rather than neglected. Perhaps the time has come.

    The incompetence crystallized by Obamacare is not new, but it is now apparent. It is a testament to the belief that theories are reality. Ironically, the proponents often have no experience besides living in their theoretical bubbles. Implementation is not important so long as the theory is applied. When the theories pursue “social justice” over knowledge, trouble invariably grows.

    Perhaps the chaos often imposed by the theorists is intentional, a deceptive and manipulative means to bring about a “transformation” that many of them seek. That would be even more insidious because of the suffering caused, from which they are largely insulated and will not feel or experience.

    • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

      How was the health system broken before? It was imperfect, yes. But what is not? especially something as complex as providing health care for 300+ M people? “how does the country address the matter in a way that addresses the problems of the uninsured and underinsured?” I have no idea. This may sound callous, but that’s their problem. I can’t take care of people’s personal affairs for them, and neither can the government. These kinds of questions are inherently problematic. “The country” cannot manage people’s lives for them. I would suggest that insofar as there is a general answer to such questions, it is based on supporting personal, organic support networks, such as the family, churches, and so forth. People will be better able to understand how manage their life when they have examples in their own life to follow. So, encourage marriage and raising children within stable households.

      • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

        I prefer not to live in a society where there is no safety net at all, which seems what you propose.

        Your solution is preferable, in theory, but no more realistic than the theory that government itself is the solution. It is not a matter of taking care of one’s personal affairs, either, or managing their lives. It is a matter of finding a way where people don’t avoid needed medical attention because of cost, and where lives cannot be ruined because of arbitrary medical circumstances.

        The fact is that a large share of the populace is at risk, and their problems are also our problems.

        • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

          I absolutely do think there should be ample safety nets for everyone. I know we need to all look out for one another. Unfortunately, I’m not smart or rich enough to come up with some solution to these large scale social problems. Healthcare access is a symptom of a larger problem, which is the breakdown of the social fabric. See “Coming Apart” by Charles Murray.

          • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

            I am well aware of the problems and don’t believe I said anything to the contrary.

            I was responding, however, to your statement: “This may sound callous, but that’s their problem.”

          • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

            What I meant was that I am not one of these progressive social engineers who know what’s best for everyone.

          • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

            Nor am I. I believe I was criticizing them. But there is a problem and I would like to see some alternative proposals put forth from the opponents, beyond the opposition itself.

          • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

            One proposal would be to go to medical school and volunteer at the sort of clinics that treat the poor. I look after my family and, to the extent that I can without making myself poor, contribute to charity, and pray. What else can one do? I’m not a wise man. People like Ezekiel Emmanuel, graduate of Oxford and Harvard, tried to solve this problem and failed miserably — in fact, made the problem worse.

          • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

            Seems to me that any fix, to be successful, must take account of the concerns of different sides.

            Among other things, this law was a sell out to insurance and drug companies. It ended up getting passed only so Democrats would not look like losers. Not a sound footing for good legislation.

            Have a good one.

          • Drakken

            Let me guess, you voted for Comrade Obummer and firmly believe in social justice?

          • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

            That you get this from what I said wonderfully illustrates the opposite side of the same coin that I criticized.

            Believe what you want. Nothing I say will remove your prejudice.

          • deehra

            Getting politics and politicians out of health care would be a start.

      • justquitnow

        Wasn’t this the main political topic for over a year? The problem is that when no one takes care of someone….the government eventually ends up paying for it. So you can say “not my problem” just like if you throw your popcorn box on the floor at the movie theatre “they got people for that”. It was broken because the insurance companies were sucking money out of the system instead of it going to healthcare and together with other big companies formed a web of bullshit that was impossible to cut through for average people making depressed wages…also for the sake of profits.

        • Fritz

          Actually they do have people to take care of popcorn boxes at a movie theater, besides the theater probably sold you the popcorn at an inflated price. If the mess in the theater was such a concern to the proprietors then they would not sell their patrons snacks. I don’t know what this failed analogy has to do with healthcare or insurance.

    • ricpic

      Broken is one of those idiot words the purpose of which is to stop thought in its tracks. If the system was broken how do you account for the fact that Obama knew he could only sell Obamacare on the basis of “If you like your plan you can keep your plan, period?” Because millions in fact did and do like their plan, the polar opposite of “broken.”

      • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

        To you, perhaps, but I suggest your question actually fits the bill. That so many millions are under the gun, not insured or underinsured, is evidence that the system is broken.

        There are plenty of conservatives that feel the effects, too.

        Too many seem unable to separate Obama from the pre-existing condition of a health care system that is in need of effective and feasible repair.

        • justquitnow

          The “mandate” and a system of subsidies was the only way to cover the uninsured, preexisting conditions, etc, while maintaining a bunch of large, big profit insurance companies in the mix. So if you want private health insurance (much of the cause of price increases) and big hospital and pharma to still make the same huge profits, there is no fix. In the ACA, much of that extra money comes from the government….so great we have a double payer system…..:(

    • Fritz

      If the uninsured is your concern, then Obamacare actually achieves the opposite, five million more uninsured and counting. That’s just people getting thrown off their old plans, there are many more that are looking at the new rates on the exchanges and saying “Screw this! I’m paying the fine”. The solution is much what CaoMoo cited above, get government government interference out of it and let the market work. The Feds could start by invoking the Commerce Clause as it was intended, ban states from disallowing interstate sales of health insurance.
      Also allow people to buy whatever level of coverage they want, starting at catastrophic coverage and moving out from there. Why should an adult male be required to be covered for pregnancy? Why should health insurance cover sex changes and birth control? This is like requiring car insurance companies to cover new tires and mechanical repairs for everyone’s plan.

      Another thing that could be done is by shutting down frivolous malpractice suits, and putting a cap on damages. Some states like Texas have already done this, and before the ACA came along their rates were actually going down.

  • the unit

    Cheechakos, tagalog, Randy and others are spot on. Obama could be stopped if Congress was not mentalpausal and didn’t have early-onset and late-onset hypogonadism.
    Example…deputy stopped me the other day for expired tag. After explaining my case (driving old truck I only use on personal property to mechanic for repair) he didn’t ticket me…discretion on officers part. Sure, he could have ticketed me.
    Point is …if I knew how to contact officer beforehand to ask permission to drive old truck with expired tag to the garage…he couldn’t tell me to break the law.

  • RayOne

    As a student, he did not do the classwork, as the elected representative he does not read the bills he approves.
    As leader of the Free World, he needs a better fall guy.

  • truebearing

    There are two outrageous aspects of Obama’s “Obamology”:

    First, he doesn’t have the authority to make the insurance companies extend cancelled policies, nor is it possible for those insurance companies to do so.

    Second, he didn’t apologize to the victims of his treacherous power grab, aka Obamacare. He apologized to America for hurting the political fortunes of the Democrats in the next election. These are the same Democrats who were entirely complicit in the deception of America in passing Obamacare.

    Obama’s comments were the ramblings of a man so deeply narcissistic that he is sociopathic. To Obama, Obamacare is himself, and he is entitled to whatever he wants. He cannot accept rejection of any kind, but especially rejection of the legislation that is himself, conferring more power to himself, named after himself, and inseparable from the fusion of his ideological and pathological identities.

  • ricpic

    In the face of Obama’s blatant lawlessness the Republicans are doing what exactly? Don’t bet on the Republicans doing much more than mouthing support for repeal. A better bet would be that the Republican Establishment will fall all over itself helping the Dems “fix” the unfixable and in the process save the Democrats from what should be their Waterloo.

  • NJK

    I never knew presidents could commit massive fraud like this? I never knew they were permitted to break the law. It’s the biggest fraud ever committed against American citizens, and I hear no calls for prosecuting him, or anyone else.

    I really wish he and others would have chosen a bomb, because I know they would have been arrested then. Instead they chose to terrorize America from within, and now they’re getting away with it. I guess he’s using weapons the FBI never even considered a terrorist would use, the office of the President of the United States.

  • retired

    I have a great idea that may wake the public up to the mess this country is now in!
    I propose to hire Americas greatest medical researchers & have them come together to develop a serum to cure stupidity.When this is accomplished we can produce thousands of gallons of this serum & dump it into America’s water supply!

  • m4253y

    “…Americans who care about the future of this country have to keep the pressure on…”

    Well done Matthew.

    What all Americans need to understand first that will (should) lead them to care is the danger by which the precedents this nomadic African tribesman is setting to the future detriment of the country.

    Americans need to be reunited in understanding the uniqueness of The Republic for which It stands above all and is envied by all, the world over.

    Firstly, as head of the Executive branch of government, the President’s sole responsibility is to approve and enforce laws passed by the legislative branches (congress and the senate) of said government.

    When the President openly displays such callous disregard for the Constitutional construct of The Republic and neither the Congress nor the Senate let alone the remainder of the executive branch not to mention the Judiciary stand idly by, all citizens must be deeply concerned and prepared for tyranny.

    This may seem fanciful but think about it; the reason the Constitutional Amendments otherwise known as The Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution) stated unequivocally that the RIGHT TO KEEP AND BARE ARMS was inscribed as the Second Amendment to the Constitution was solely intended for the PURPOSE of defending the First Amendment, that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The preciousness of the First Amendment can NEVER be taken lightly and quite rightly must be defended by one as a Patriot with their own precious life.

    Clearly, short of political correctness and party lines, when the Head of The Executive Branch openly tells the American people that he and his Attorney General can selectively enforce laws and or parts thereof based upon their own FREE WILL, all citizens must be concerned and prepared to defend their liberties to the death.

    The Executive branch is treading upon the nation and action needs be taken. By ALL!!!

    • Elliott

      Minor Correction: Right to keep and BEAR arms

      • m4253y

        thank you

      • Gee

        Right no naked guns allowed

  • Alexis

    On the subject of the Emperor’s New Rules, something should be said about the ‘Caveat Emptor’ of a sister website of the Horowitz business operations – that include, ‘Truth Revolt’ – which has just gotten a major opportunity, having been featured on Drudge two days ago. The Q is ‘who are they’ – really? We’ve tried to post the following comment that has been censored twice today. We doubt that ‘anything Horowitz’ would censor it, but if so – no one will read this comment at this website? Capisci?

    Below as Censored at Truth Revott – twice – at the article: “No one’s Buying President’s Strictly Poltical ObamaCare Fix” / by Bradford Thomas;”

    “Bradford Thomas, you are being very naive – counting your chickens before they hatch.

    Barack Obama’s ‘tricks’ are nowhere – not even – near being lobodomized. There is much too much that is already compromised within The System of America’s ‘once and former’ legal infrastructure. Why do you think that ‘no one is speaking out against his assumption of dictatorial power’? Only because ‘his power is – right now – all but absolute’. Our three branches of government are tangled in the webs of what he has ‘done behind the scenes’ in the past 5 years – every last agency of this government of its former 3-branches is fully compromised.

    How long have you lived? Do you know how to make such distinctions? There are no ‘Constitutionalists’ at the Federal level of government left, other than the junior reps,, all others are totally bought and paid for. This includes the GOP leadership in both chambers.

    Do you understand ‘patterns’? – sequences of logic? – phenomenological dynamics?

    It really doesn’t matter ‘who’ is not buying his strictly political fix – he ‘owns them’. The public stopped being a dominant factor decades ago; it is ‘comatose’, it wakes up to berp when it has regurgitated its bile, only when its delusional expectations have knocked it down another peg – such as losing their healthcare policies. It then, goes right back into its catatonic state, while the New Regime progresses its status to complete its designation of them: ‘Death ready’ – for the Ovens! – now called ‘ObamaCare’s Strangleholds from every Direction’ – managed by Panels – of brain-dead bureaucrats – to their terminal destiny; Death Panels.. .

    We know nothing of your journalistic career – or your age – but, know that you have a lot to learn.

    Commend you on your affiliation with this website, which this writer has only just learned of – thanks to Drudge a couple of days ago, though have seen its founders in various interviews.. Love its fearlessness – but, a Q: Why call for cancellation of Baldwin’s MSNBC gig? He is abhorrent, but, isn’t he entitled to be – without more social engineering? Should he not have the same 1st A rights that is presumed that you and the founders of this site expect?

    There’s some sort of ‘deceptive agenda’ here. It does appear as a Truth Revolt de-facto moralization that is immoral. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to attack ‘values’ at the level of their sponsorship – which is Baldwin’s advertisers? They, are not exercising 1st Amendment rights – they are exercising Fascist rights – of Finance Captialism. They are driving an agenda, suppression of individual rights as ‘they sponsor an ideology’ that is contrary to the one that Truth Revolt claims to represent: They are using the power of ‘institutionalized government’: Crony Capitalism – to destroy ‘individual liberties’ thru their economic power, to oppose anyone who opposes their agenda – which would be ‘any trace of individual liberties’.

    Can’t you see the game plan?

    They are using an individual to espouse his opinions, only in order to accomplish suppression of ‘his own – and others’ individual 1st Amendment rights’ – and, he and they are too dumb to see it. Their only goal is to suppress ‘individual liberties’ by sponsoring those who ‘do not conform – until a conformist such as Truth Revolt or Move-On.org comes along to punish them, by ‘corralling them’ to cow-tow to ‘the institutional parameters of institutional domination within a federal government that destroys individual rights’. Which side are you and this website on? ”

    Google: “A Boudica Point of View; Take no Prisoners”

  • Dan Foley

    The President’s “fix” is a fix of their laughable talking point that the
    insurance companies are to blame for people being thrown off their
    policies. He made this clear in the press conference: “But the key
    point is, is that it allows us to be able to say to the folks who receive these notices, look, I, the President of the United States, and the insurance model of the Affordable Care Act is not going to be getting in the way of you shopping in the individual market that you used to have. “http://wfnt.com/president-obamas-talking-point-fix/

  • CaoMoo

    just cut out state mandated coverages which force people to spend on coverages they dont need or use and that will allow them to save money for coverages they want or need.

    Open competitiion for health insurance across state lines. It gives insurers a larger pool to spread the risk over and the better and more competitive plans will eat the companies that dont offer good or affordable coverage.

    Have a menu of pre inusrance prices for services offered at doctors offices. Transparent pricing lowers prices. My surgeon said I needed neck surgery I asked him how much that would be. He didn’t even know! You could shop around then.

    Meaningful reform to lower the astronomical cost of malpractice insurance. Perhaps settling malpractice suits in a scheduled manner similiar to disability insurance. Pay you for the injury done, expense, and lost earning capacity.

    For industrialized countries with a similiar regulatory agency to the FDA (with a good track record.) end duplicate testing. If it’s good in England France, germany etc why do we have to test it again?

    But 30 million uninsured!

    well lets see we have medicaid for the destitute/disabled , medicare for the elderly/disabled, emergency rooms which cannot turn you down for care, charity etc.
    Seriously cracking down on fraud and abuse in medicaid and medicare could allow more people who need access to those plans coverage.

    alot of those 30 milliion don’t want to buy health insurance they dont need it they are healthy! Some might be convinced to buy catastrophic coverage others won’t be. Again emergency room. But that could bankrupt them! So? It’s their choice they may at that point decide to get insurance or they might decide it was a one in a million thing and never get it. It’s thier choice.

    Total cost to uncle sam not much

  • josephofsteel

    Essentially:

    Obamacare: “Insurers, change your policies to meet the new regulations or your policies will be illegal.:

    Insurers: “Zieg hail, Fuhrer!”

    Obamacare: “Insurers, ooops! The laws of reality have shirked my directives. Change back, and take the blame!”

    Insurers: “Ummm….how the heck can we do that NOW?”

    Obamacare: “That isn’t my problem. You are the ones that sent the cancellation notices, right?! This mess is YOUR fault!”

  • josephofsteel

    “You are free to choose and do whatever you like. As long as it is mandatory.”

    • veeper

      as long as obama is POTUS……

      I WILL do whatever I like……

      screw obama …..I do not obey LIARS and blundering incompetents…..

  • Ray – Jesus is the Son of God.

    Mia Marie Pope says that Barry Soetoro “always portrayed himself as a foreign student.”

    While Soetoro was a little older than her and didn’t always run around with the circle of friends that she had, Pope says that he “very much was in sort of the ‘gay community,’” which she says that even back then was “thriving.”

    Ms. Pope said that Barry Soetoro was always “getting with these older white men.” She recognized that he was one that had cocaine, which she said was “newsworthy” in the groups she hung out in. They then began to believe it was Soetoro’s engagements (ie. Homosexual acts) with these older white men is how he “procured” cocaine…….

    “In other words, he was having sex with these older white guys, and that’s how he was getting his cocaine to be able to freebase,” she told Manning.

    Mia Pope also said that she actually saw Obama dress up as a transvestite. She remarked that it was during the era of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry, that this took place.

    Ms. Pope also says that she had called the Federal Bureau of Investigations several times to expose Barack Obama’s use of fake Social Security numbers, and nothing was done about it.

    She was familiar with the claims of Larry Sinclair, the man who claimed prior to the 2008 elections that he had a homosexual relationship with Barack Obama and the two had smoked crack cocaine together. Sinclair was rumored to have been killed in a hit and run in November of 2011.

    When Dr. Manning asked Pope why she thought that Larry Bland, Nate Spencer and Donald Young (all member of the church Obama attended, Trinity Church of Christ, where Jeremiah Wright pastors) were all killed within days of each other in Chicago, she said that she believed Obama’s handlers like what he is doing to the country. Therefore, in her opinion, they have kept a lid on these murders.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/11/mia-marie-pope-barry-soetoero-portrayed-

  • Ray – Jesus is the Son of God.

    Obama without his make-up.

  • Zombee

    You can’t unring a bell…you can’t put the genie back in the bottle…you can’t unscramble an egg and you can’t undo the disaster known as the Affordable Care Act / tax /Obamacare. Repeal is the only solution. The Take Care Clause of the Constitution absolutely forbids any president from making changes to laws unilaterally, without consulting Congress.

  • Flicker

    Can it be undone? Andrew McCarthy says that (1) Obama doesn’t have any authority to “waive” the law, and (2) when lawsuits are brought by patients for being sold Obamacare non-compliant (or factually: illegal) plans judges will have not choice but to follow the letter of the law. And (3) no insurance comany will be so stupid as to sell non-compliant plans. And (4) Obama will blame insurance companies for being ruthlessly greedy corporations not willing to sell now-illegal plans to a needy public.

  • Bob Bartlett

    This is the tip of the iceberg. Wait until the computers gets hacked, private information is made public and the price keeps sky rocketing. The quality of health care will also be going down. Simple economics states that if you increase the demand for an item without increasing supply prices will go up. In this case the demand is way up and the supply of health care professionals is going down. Does anyone know if he completed college and what his grades were?

  • veeper

    and…..the whole of the united states of america is supposed to just change every time this blundering incompetent changes his mind…..

    Screw obama…..he has made a national shame of the office of the POTUS…..

  • Dallas25305

    Barak Hussein Obama the liar in chief. He was a liar from the start and he has been lying all along. If it wasn’t for the Liberal Socialist media he wouldn’t be in power to force his destruction on the nation. Oh the wonders of Obozo Care the Unafordable Care Act and it’s going to get a lot worse. You have seen nothing yet.