December 9, 2013
MSNBC’s ‘Politics Nation’, hosted by Al Sharpton, put on a laughable display of denial and spin about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Careful to no longer call it Obamacare, the label once embraced by president Obama and now shunned, guest Ed Rendell dove into Sharpton’s fantasy world head first.
Rendell pretended that it was a “great week for the ACA” because they now had the kinks out of the rollout. With thousands of people finding they are not insured even after having signed up for an insurance plan, one has to wonder about Rendell’s definition of “kinks”. He also tried to convince us that the ACA is making the Republicans look bad:
“The sad part for Republicans is that it is only going to get worse for them – people are going to find that this bill, the 31 million who never had health care are going to find, that it’s like manna from heaven, and the other people they’re going to find they got better plans and they got their freedom to choose – they can compare and they can shop which we never had the ability to do in America…the Republicans better find another horse to ride because they can’t ride this one.”
On ‘Fox News Sunday’ over the weekend, Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel defined that ‘freedom to choose’ thusly: “…if you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that. This is a matter of choice”. One always had the “ability” in America to pay more for what they want and Rendell calling this a gift of “freedom to choose” provided by Obamacare makes no sense.
It is interesting that Rendell caught himself and quickly changed “people” to “the 31 million” uninsured who will find the ACA like “manna from heaven” because they are the only ones who will reap the benefits of large subsidies. The “people”, 90% of the American population, are going to have to pay more and lose their plans and doctors to provide this “manna”.
Al Sharpton said about the ACA that “success seems to be more and more obvious”, but the only thing obvious is his denial. Some say he is not that dense to believe his own rhetoric but that, too, is not so obvious.
David J. Hentosh
December 8, 2013
The hits just keep on coming, but you don’t hear them from a mainstream media that is spinning as fast as it can to make Obamacare look good. The reality of Obamacare is frightening, and those who are reporting the facts need to be heard. Michelle Malkin is most certainly one.
From Michelle Malkin
The Affordable Care Act created a 90-day grace period before insurers can drop patients who fall behind on premiums. So, delinquents who obtain tax-subsidized health insurance through an Obamacare health insurance exchange have three months to settle up their bills prior to their policy being canceled. As written, the law puts insurers on the hook for the grace period…the bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decided to issue a rule in March making insurers responsible only for paying claims during the first 30 days of the debtors’ grace period…customers are entrusted to foot the bills for additional services. But if they blow off the payments, it’s up to physicians and hospitals to collect.
Knowing they are entitled to three months of grace period coverage, dishonest persons could stop paying premiums on the ninth month, enjoy free coverage during the 90-day grace period, have their coverage terminated, and then re-enter the exchange market where the Affordable Care Act’s guaranteed issue mandate would prohibit another plan from denying them coverage.
…this regulation will hurt patients by dissuading doctors from participating in exchange plans. In short: less choice, higher prices, increased potential for fraud, more bureaucratic headaches and more disincentives to enter or stay in the medical profession.
Read it all here: Obamacare’s Perilous Protection Plan for Debtors
November 14, 2013
In order for Obamacare to exist, the oppressive “mandate” for all to purchase insurance needed to be re-defined as a “tax” by the Supreme Court, but it remains a mandate nonetheless. Now that the rollout of Obamacare is proving to be a disaster, more flaws are coming to light and the only way to fix them will be with more government mandates.
Obama is being forced (particularly by Democrats running for election) to fulfill his promise that we can keep the insurance plans and doctors that we have. For that to occur, insurance companies that already cancelled millions of plans will have to re-instate them. That will require a law mandating those insurance companies to do so.
When insurance companies re-instate those plans they may have to increase coverage to meet Obamacare requirements which would raise the cost. Since many want to keep those policies because of low cost, another mandate will be needed to control the cost of those plans in order for people to actually be able keep those plans – or perhaps a mandate to eliminate those existing requirements.
Enrollment in Medicare since the Obamacare rollout is increasing and they will join with new Obamacare enrollees to tax (no pun intended) the existing medical system. There has already been a trend among doctors to refuse Medicare patients because of low reimbursements, so only a mandate to force doctors to accept Medicare patients can stop that trend.
This will eventually result in a shortage of doctors which can only be fixed by mandating that patients must first see a doctor’s assistant or nurse before getting an appointment with a doctor. The Obamacare excise tax on the medical device industry will surely have other unintended consequences requiring fixing by mandate.
The only way to make people do what they don’t want to do is by government mandate – ask the USSR, China, North Korea, Syria, or any other despotic regime. People are finally waking up to find they do not want Obamacare. The choice is between more mandates or repeal (followed by sensible comprehensive health care reform) and the next elections will let you decide.
David J. Hentosh
November 13, 2013
A Chicago Tribune editorial finally dares to ask: “Did he (Obama) not bother to learn the details of the law before he told us we could keep our doctors and our insurance, or did he know the truth and flat-out lie?” The answer is “yes” to both of these questions, but the worst part is that Obama didn’t care.
Obama came into office with universal health care as a personal, political priority. It was the mere passage of such a bill that mattered, not content; therefore, selling it to the public and getting it through Congress was his only goal and he approached it like all his campaigns – with wholesale, feel-good promises.
It is inconceivable that he was unaware of the negative consequences of the health care bill because Republicans were screaming about them all along. He just wanted to get the bill passed, so he focused on allaying the biggest fears many had and those were losing current plans and current doctors.
These fears didn’t come out of thin air. They came out of the health care bill itself and the warnings from those who actually read the bill. Obama knew about them and began making promises to counter those fears – just to get the bill passed. He didn’t care about the bill’s details, consequences, or flaws. He only cared about hastily getting it through Congress while it still had a Democrat majority.
The bill was passed without one Republican vote. A bill that totally changes health care’s coverage, care, and cost for every single person in the country was forced upon all by Obama and a rubber-stamping Democrat Congress.
Obama didn’t care if anyone liked it or not and he didn’t care if it would help or hurt. He only cared about getting it passed because it is all just a political game to him. His promises were deliberately misleading to help win the game. He still doesn’t care – but we certainly should.
David J. Hentosh
November 11, 2013
Miley Cyrus proved to herself, once again, that she is no longer a teeny-bopper. She did this by flaunting her adult body at the 2013 MTV European Music Awards show with more adult twerking and adult tongue wagging accompanied by her adult, little person (once known as a dwarf) sidekick.
This time, Miley made sure all knew she was an adult by lighting up a joint (marijuana cigarette) on stage. Who could doubt her adult status after that? Welcome, Miley, to the mature world of adults. The crowd at the show loved her act, cheering her on to what we all hope will be even more adult behavior at her next public appearance. Miley has successfully shed all remnants of being a role model for young girls.
The next step for Miley’s “creative” transformation needs to be a visit to Cuba where she can praise Castro’s civil rights efforts and his wonderful health and education system. She can then rant against the United States and the evils of capitalism, displaying her adult political acumen before fully passing into adulthood at an expensive, celebrity-filled rehab in the desert.
Thank you, Miley Cyrus, for proving, once again, that “pop culture” is an oxymoron. Five tongues out for Miley!
David J. Hentosh
November 2, 2013
The Obamacare failure is becoming obvious even to some hardcore, progressive liberals but it isn’t nearly as dangerous to the country as the purging of the military that Obama has been conducting. His “transforming” of the military to fit his personal vision is in full swing.
The far left has always despised the military but its despicable treatment of soldiers during the Vietnam era forced a pretense of respect. Liberal leaders with distaste for the military never hesitate to use military force when it suits their agenda, but the military’s very existence is always an embarrassment to them. President Obama is no exception, but his arrogance is exceptional and he is taking action.
There are reports that 197 military officers have been “purged”, in the past five years. Nine senior commanding generals have been purged this year, alone, by Obama, three being linked to the Benghazi fiasco. Two-star general Michael Carey who was overseeing the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental missiles is the latest one to be removed for “misbehavior” that has not been defined. Daring to disagree with Obama is the common link and anyone who takes exception to the “transformation” of the military that is taking place is a target.
This transformation has nothing to do with military readiness or capability. It is a forcing of Obama’s social agenda onto the military and an intentional weakening of the military in order to reduce this country’s standing as a superpower, just as his foreign policies have done. Gay issues, women issues, religious issues, and other social issues mirroring Obama’s personal agenda have become the focus of the military, and personnel all through the ranks are disillusioned and disgusted – and leaving.
Some believe Obama’s goal is to have a personal military doing his bidding against opposing citizens in this country, such as the Tea Party. It has even been rumored that “the Obama administration’s ‘litmus test’ for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens”. Speculation abounds but it is the outcome that matters and that is proving to be a demoralized, underfunded, ineffective military.
The failure of Obamacare pales in comparison to this. We need to stop the bleeding and the only way to do that is by voting.
David J. Hentosh
October 27, 2013
Over the last 37 years, the UN vote coincided with the United States on an average of 32.7%. In other words, the UN voted against our interests two-thirds of the time. Even nations receiving the most aid from the United States voted against us more than half the time, yet, we continue to pay the most dues. Why?
Obama came into office high on the UN and many nations seemed to think he was going to be a uniting factor. However, UN support for the US from other nations dropped 9% from 2011 to 2012, a clear indication that Obama’s foreign policies failed to unite or bring world confidence. His lack of leadership has been a disappointment not only to American citizens, but to the world, and our influence at the UN is at its weakest point.
Lack of leadership from the UN has also been evident for quite some time and the UN Security Council, the strongest body of the UN, has become largely impotent. Saudi Arabia recently rejected its newly acquired seat on the council, protesting UN inability to resolve world conflicts, specifically the Syrian civil war.
A long-time ally of the US, Saudi Arabia has now become angered by Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Iran and failure to act in Syria. Obama’s refusal to take a harder line on Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons dovetails with the UN’s inability to act, leaving the Middle East on the verge of a dangerous explosion. What use, then, is the UN if it cannot help defuse these situations?
The UN is quick to condemn the US when it can and reluctant to back the US when asked. Its actions, when it does decide to act, are most often weak and ineffective. It is politically correct while being a political farce. The time has come for the US to bow out.
David J. Hentosh