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Category Archives: Healthcare

Bow Down to the State, Or Else…

July 14, 2014

Cancelled

From MM: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/

Is Anyone Listening?

June 27, 2014

Lessons

From mm: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/

You Actually Believe the “Gubmunt” Can Run Healthcare?

June 9, 2014

From 90 miles: http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/

Success? Don’t Think So.

January 24, 2014

Trainwreck vs. Clusterf*#k

January 20, 2014

Of Course They Knew…

January 11, 2014

“Lots of health policy experts have always feared”, which sounds suspiciously like “and they knew all along”.

They knew all along that enrollees would take a number and wait.

But now that everyone is here, or will soon be cajoled and hornswoggled inside, listen to a recorded message from a mid-level professional on work-life balance while u-wait or until someone sees you “eventually”. But they’ll get quality care. Did you know for example, that among the essential features built into some Obamacare policies is acupuncture? Bet you didn’t have that in your old bare-bones policy…. Acupuncture, massage therapy, mid-level professionals, all at your beck and call. Doctors not so much. Belmont Club » Kinda Funny But Kinda Sad

From AD: http://americandigest.org/

Do Childhood Vaccinations Matter?

January 8, 2014

Growing up unvaccinated:

 A healthy lifestyle couldn’t prevent many childhood illnesses. 

As healthy as my lifestyle seemed,

I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. In my 20s I got precancerous HPV and spent six months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that Mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.

Found at AD: http://americandigest.org/

Why Obamacare is a Steaming Pile of Horse Shit – Real World Examples

January 7, 2014

Obamacare’s Stunning Redistribution of Wealth

January 6, 2014
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For all the attention Obamacare has drawn in recent weeks, few observers have noted that the law is having the unexpected, yet most welcome, effect of transforming scores of millions of Americans, virtually overnight, into generous benefactors of the less fortunate. A real-world example—representative of countless millions of similar situations—will make this crystal clear:

Let’s say that you are a healthy, hardworking 54-year-old single adult in San Francisco earning $45,960 per year—the income level at which federal Obamacare subsidies from your fellow taxpayers are no longer available to help you pay your monthly health-insurance premiums. As a San Francisco resident, you are permitted to choose from among 16 separate Obamacare-compliant insurance plans. Four of these are so-called “Bronze” plans, low-level policies whose average premium will cost you $453 per month, or $5,436 per year. In exchange for those premium payments, a Bronze plan will cover 60% of your medical expenses—that is, after you meet the $5,000 out-of-pocket annual deductible. For this priceless peace of mind, you can thank Obamacare—the Democratic Party’s gift to a grateful America.

Let us contrast your case with that of Joe, another 54-year-old single individual in San Francisco, who happens to be an obese alcoholic and longtime drug abuser with little ambition and no history of ever having held a full-time job for very long. Joe currently earns $15,860 per year, which is just above the income level that would have made him eligible for Medicaid. Because Joe doesn’t qualify for Medicaid, Obamacare stipulates that he must now purchase his own health insurance—thereby proving that, contrary to the shrill rhetoric of conservative naysayers, no one gets an undeserved free ride under Obamacare.

Like you, Joe can choose from among 16 separate plans that are available to San Francisco residents. But unlike you, he is eligible to receive federal government subsidies—money that other, wealthier Americans, such as you, magnanimously “contribute” toward the healthcare expenses of financially “disadvantaged” individuals. If he selects one of the four Bronze plans (whose average monthly premium is $453), Joe qualifies for $452 in average monthly subsidies—meaning that, regardless of which Bronze plan he chooses, he will pay a monthly premium of exactly $1. You read that correctly. The very same healthcare plan that would cost you $453 per month, is available to Joe for $1 per month—i.e., the cost of three oatmeal-raisin cookies at your local Subway sandwich shop. Over the course of a year, you will pay a total of $5,436 in policy premiums, while Joe, who sadly failed to qualify for free healthcare through Medicaid, will pay his own fair share of $12. This is all in the interest of social justice, you understand. And please, don’t even think about whispering that Obamacare might be some sort of “wealth redistribution” scheme, lest you expose yourself as a petulant reactionary who doesn’t give a damn about sick people.

Oh, imagine what a wonderful world it would be if we could somehow transfer this same brand of Obamacare-style fairness to realms other than health insurance. In such a utopia, for example, the $25,000 new automobile that you purchase would cost a deserving soul like Joe just $55. Your $100 nightly fee at a motel would be 45 cents for Joe. And the $25 hardcover book you purchase at Barnes & Noble would set Joe back about a nickel. What’s that, you say? These items aren’t life-and-death necessities, like medical care, and thus don’t serve as useful analogies? Good point! Let’s stick with real necessities, such as food and housing: The same load of groceries that costs you $250 would cost Joe 55 cents. Your $1,200-per-month rent or mortgage payment would be available to Joe for about $2.65 a month. And the $250,000 home you seek to buy could be Joe’s for about $552. Yes, we’re talking about a veritable paradise of fairness!

But let’s return, for a moment, to the subject of healthcare in the here-and-now. Suppose you decide to opt for something substantially better than the aforementioned Bronze plan. As a resident of San Francisco, you can also choose from among four separate Silver plans, which each pay 70% of your medical costs (after a $2,000 annual deductible) and have an average monthly premium of $614. For Joe, these same four plans are available for an average of $38 per month—thanks to the marvelous, magical subsidies that are built into Obamacare. In fact, one of the Silver plans in particular would cost Joe just twenty nickels per month—a darned fair deal for someone needing healthcare, wouldn’t you say? And again, try not to view the disparity between your fee and Joe’s fee as some form of “wealth redistribution,” but rather as an opportunity for you to cultivate the fiscal virtue that our president terms “neighborliness,” whereby those who are “sitting pretty”—like you—extend a helping hand to the “less fortunate”—like Joe. Yes indeed, think about how deliriously happy you’re making good-ol’ Joe!

Now, if you’re feeling somewhat bold and are inclined to seek out even better coverage, you might opt to enroll in one of San Francisco’s four Gold insurance plans, which pay 80% of your medical costs (with no deductibles) and have an average monthly premium of $752. For Joe, the average cost of such a policy is $166 per month.

And then there are the top-of-the-line policies—the four Platinum plans—which will pay 90% of your medical expenses and will cost you, on average, $843 in monthly premiums. For Joe, by contrast, the cost of these plans will run about $258 a month.

So, let’s review: Joe can have the very best coverage available—the type of Platinum plan that our revered overlords in Washington have carefully secured for themselves—for roughly half the cost that you must pay for the most meager, bare-bones, low-end Bronze coverage in existence. Or, alternatively, he can have:

  • a Gold plan for about one-third of what you pay for the Bronze;
  • a Silver plan for one-twelfth of what you pay for the Bronze; or
  • his own Bronze plan for less than four-tenths of 1 percent of what you pay for the same plan.

And why is Joe able to do all this? Because you, my generous comrade, are largely buying his plan for him. Hooray for you! Hooray for advancing the vision that our president so eloquently laid bare just one month ago, when he identified the eradication of “inequality” as the motive that “drives everything I do in this office.” Ain’t it wonderful to be part of such a grand crusade?

And in case you seek additional cause for celebration, rest assured that Obamacare imposes the same type of fairness and equity on family plans as it does on individual plans. For instance, a 54-year-old San Francisco couple with two grown children (ages 19 and 20) living at home—and with a $94,200 household income (the income level at which subsidies are no longer available)—can enroll in a bare-bones Bronze family plan (with an annual deductible of $10,000) for an average monthly premium of $1,175. Meanwhile, an identically structured San Francisco family whose household income is $32,500—just above the level that would have qualified them for Medicaid—can obtain a Bronze plan for precisely $4 per month. Yes, the same plan that costs $14,100 per year for the first family, costs $48 per year for the second family.

The four Silver family plans, meanwhile, have an average monthly premium of $1,593 for the first family, and $81 per month for the second family. Annual outlays would be $19,116 for the first family, vs. $729 for the second family.

This, in a nutshell, is the exquisite beauty of Obamacare: It is redistribution … er, um, er … It is neighborliness on a scale never before seen in this country. And many millions of Americans are poised to reap its glorious benefits! As a form of shorthand, you can simply refer to these fortunate millions as “Democrats,” in honor of the party of benefactors that is, at this very moment, purchasing their eternal political allegiance with your dollars. Take pride in the fact that this wonderful arrangement is but one aspect of the “fundamental transformation” of America that our president is so faithfully pursuing, true to his word. At its essence, it is an arrangement designed to take from certain individuals according to their ability to pay, while giving to other individuals according to their need—a profoundly neat and elegant formula if ever there was one. It almost makes you wonder if anyone else has ever thought of anything like it before.[1]

NOTE:

[1] A central principle of Marxism, popularized by Karl Marx himself, is this: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

From Front Page Mag: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/john-perazzo/obamacares-stunning-redistribution-of-wealth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obamacares-stunning-</blockquote>redistribution-of-wealth&utm_reader=feedly

Obama Thinks Perverts are Extra Special

December 19, 2013

Perverts Prioritized for ObamaCare

For our liberal rulers, those at the top of the caste system of political correctness come first — and at the very top of that pyramid of phony victimhood are those so psychiatrically defective as to construct their personal identities around being sexual deviants. So it is no surprise the freakazoids comprising the “LGBT community” have been prioritized to get treated at other people’s expense under ObamaCare:

As a critical deadline for signing up for insurance under President Obama’s health-care law approaches, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has emerged as a major target for the White House and outside groups.

A disproportionate number of LGBT Americans are uninsured and qualify for federal premium subsidies to help buy coverage, and the administration is intensifying its efforts to get them enrolled before the end of the year.

Free healthcare! We’ll make someone else pay for it! Get yer free healthcare!

Millions of people who have been willing to pay for their coverage have had it canceled. ObamaCare has put insurance coverage in decline by a 14 to 1 margin. But then, under our tyranny of the minorities, that might make perfect sense.

Meanwhile, several outside groups are pitching in for the LGBT outreach, including Out2Enroll, a collaboration among the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Federal Agencies Project. The group is working to educate men and women in major cities about their options for coverage and how to navigate the system. According to CAP, 900,000 members of the LGBT community could get some form of subsidized health care under the law.

Have your wallet handy. Subsidized care for nearly a million people who define themselves by their devotion to an exceedingly unhealthy lifestyle known for spreading extravagantly expensive diseases like AIDS will not come cheap — and that’s not even taking into account the nightmarish surgical and pharmaceutical procedures that run up massive bills while transforming them into grotesque facsimiles of the opposite sex.

Here’s how our liberal overlords are spreading the word:

Wednesday Night Tea, a drag show in Shreveport, La., has started promoting the health-care law as part of its act. And Out2Enroll is launching a social media campaign this week that will have “naughty” elements as well as holiday cheer, according to Kellan Baker, associate director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at CAP.

I believe “naughty” is LGBTese for explicitly obscene.

Here’s a glimpse at the top tier of the liberal caste system:

Wednesday-Night-Tea

Now get back to work so you can generate some tax revenue. Hormone therapy costs money.

On tips from R F and Ben S. Hat tips: Frontpage Magazine, NRO.

From MB: http://moonbattery.com/

More Hidden Piles of Steaming Cow Manure Found in Obamacare

December 19, 2013

Thanks Barack… Hidden Obamacare Provision Allows Government To Loot Your Estate After You Die

December 19, 2013

Revealed: Hidden Obamacare Provision Allows Government To Loot Your Estate After You Die – Gateway Pundit

In March 2010 Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters; “We need to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”

. . Now we know what’s in it-

A hidden clause in Obamacare allows the government to loot your estate after you die.

The Seattle Times reported

As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. State officials are scrambling to change the rule.

It wasn’t the moonlight, holiday-season euphoria or family pressure that made Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, suddenly decide to get married.

It was the fine print.

As fine print is wont to do, it had buried itself in a long form – Balhorn’s application for free health insurance through the expanded state Medicaid program. As the paperwork lay on the dining-room table in Port Townsend, Prins began reading.

She was shocked: If you’re 55 or over, Medicaid can come back after you’re dead and bill your estate for ordinary health-care expenses.

The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan, one whose payback requirements aren’t well advertised. And it penalizes people who, despite having a low income, have managed to keep a home or some savings they hope to pass to heirs, Prins said.

With an estimated 223,000 adults seeking health insurance headed toward Washington’s expanded Medicaid program over the next three years, the state’s estate-recovery rules, which allow collection of nearly all medical expenses, have come under fire.

Medicaid, in keeping with federal policy, has long tapped into estates. But because most low-income adults without disabilities could not qualify for typical medical coverage through Medicaid, recovery primarily involved expenses for nursing homes and other long-term care.

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed that. Now many more low-income residents will qualify for Medicaid, called Apple Health in Washington state.

Put simply:

Affordable Care Act of 2010. Estate recovery will be forced on millions of people who might have otherwise gone without insurance. Why? Because the plan is that millions more Americans have health insurance. That would be accomplished by expanding Medicaid and implementing premium assistance (subsidies). When a person is found to be eligible for Medicaid, they will be automatically enrolled into their state’s Medicaid program. Those forced into Medicaid will, due to the federal law, also be forced into estate recovery. Their estates will be partly or fully taken over by the federal or state government when they die.

You can thank Democrats for this.

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.From The Daley Gator:  http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/

Obamacare by Dr. Seuss

December 17, 2013

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From 1389 blog: http://1389blog.com/

One Small Victory for The Church over Obamacare

December 17, 2013

Victory Over Obamacare: Fed Court Rules Catholic Organizations Don’t Have To Provide Contraceptive Coverage To Employees

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This can have application across the country, very nice decision.

Read it all at WZ: http://weaselzippers.us/

There is no “Right” to Health Care You Morons!

December 17, 2013

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Found at 90 miles: http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/

Money is No Object…

December 13, 2013

HHS Awards Another $58 Million To Hire More Obamacare Navigators…

Via Weekly Standard:

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s agency announced grants of $58 million to 1,157 community health centers to allow them to “expand their enrollment assistance efforts as more Americans enroll in affordable health insurance coverage.” These grants come on top of $150 million previously given to such health centers to “support outreach and enrollment activities” for Obamacare.

Yesterday, Sebelius testified before Congress about the troubled Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, and the improvements being made to it.

Keep reading…

From WZ: http://weaselzippers.us/

So True.

December 7, 2013

Found at MM: http://maddmedic.wordpress.com/

 

Obama – F#*king Children Over.

December 3, 2013

From RBA: http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/

More Facts About Obamacare

December 1, 2013

How Obamacare Is Hurting My Family With Chronically Ill Kids

This is a video from Pattie Curran, a mom who describes herself as a “Catholic Tea Party hippie”. This video is from August, she tweeted it out again yesterday, indicating that the issues outlined in the video still remain.

She has two critically ill children and walks, point by point, through the problems that Obamacare poses for her family. The video is very instructive, as it goes beyond just the question of premiums and delves into the aspect of all the hidden charges within the law.

She notes:
1. Over the five years prior to Obamacare, her deductible had increased $50. Since Obamcare, it has increased $1200.
2. Her copay for the blood product she needs for her one of her children has increased 100%
3. Medical equipment that ill people use, such as the pumps, catheters, needles, tubing that she needs, all now have a “medical device tax” on them.
4. Medication that helped her son’s kidney condition for five to six years had a copay of $131. That copay is now $532.
5. They had no increase in premiums in 2009 and 2010. She notes in the video her premiums have increased $1528. She later adds in the description of the video that her premiums in 2014 will have increased $3066/year since Obamcare. She asks, where is that $2500 decrease that Obama promised?
6. Her medication copays used to be 4000 to 5000/year, now they are 10,000, a 100% increase since Obamacare passed.
7. Pattie also speaks about the reduction in care, noting the layoffs in hospitals that she has observed because of her experience with her children.
8. FLEX spending has dropped from $5000 to $2500.
9. Another hidden tax, not often mentioned- the ability to deduct medical expenses has changed. Whereas you used to be able to deduct if your medical expenses exceeded 7.5% of your AGI, now you can’t until it reaches past 10%, thus costing millions of families more and particularly causing economic harm to the sick.

You can find out more about the hidden taxes and expenditures here. They separate it out into taxes that may affect the average American and those less likely. That’s a fiction, since the taxes in the “allegedly less likely column” that involve taxes on companies are all going to be passed onto consumers. I will likely have several thousand dollars in raised taxes out of that “less likely” column.

From WZ: http://weaselzippers.us/

Cancelled. Unaffordable. Criminal. Unconstitutional.

November 21, 2013

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From COTH: http://coth4all.tumblr.com/

America Cannot Afford Care Like This

November 21, 2013

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From 90 miles: http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/

 

Fifty to One. Obamacare: One Giant Clusterfuck.

November 20, 2013

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FOund at RBA: http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/

More Clusterf#&k from Obamacare

November 17, 2013

Leftist Disaster Update: Thousands Of Doctors Dropped By Insurer After Obamacare Funding Cuts

17NOV

Thousands Of Doctors Dropped By Insurer After Obamacare Funding Cuts – News Max

UnitedHealth Group has dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors,the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

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The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business.

The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.

“Medicare Advantage, an alternative to traditional Medicare, combines hospital and doctor coverage and often includes prescription drugs and perks like gym memberships,” the Journal explained. “Enrollment has more than doubled since 2004 to 13 million in 2012, which represents about 27 percent of Americans on Medicare.

“The federal government pays private insurers a per-capita fee to manage the benefits. The rate is currently about 12 percent more than the average Medicare patient spends annually. The Obama administration plans to cut those extra payments to insurers by about $150 billion over the next 10 years to help pay” for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Some experts told the Journal that they expect enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans to decline sharply if that occurs.

The Journal report said that doctors in at least 10 states were notified of being laid off the plans, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment.” According to the notices, the terminations can be appealed within 30 days.

Tyler Mason, a UnitedHealth spokesperson, was not immediately available for comment when reached by Reuters.

At least two state medical societies are seeking temporary restraining orders against UnitedHealth and other state attorney generals are investigating the firm.

Attorneys in Connecticut, acting on behalf of the Hartford and Fairfield County Medical Associations, filed suit Friday after UnitedHealth dropped doctors serving the popular Medicare program, The Courant reported.

Other states expressed similar anger over the changes. In Rhode Island, the state’s attorney general and health department director on Friday sent letters to UnitedHealth’s New England CEO, asking him to reinstate doctors until a full plan for such a transition could be put in place, Rhode Island Public Radio reported.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Health Department director Michael Fine told United Health that they are concerned the continuity of care will be lost in the shakeup. They also noted that UnitedHealth has not notified customers of the changes, leaving that up to doctors.

But the insurer told the WSJ that its provider networks were always changing and that it expected its Medicare Advantage network to be 85 percent to 90 percent of its current size by the end of 2014.

UnitedHealth is participating in about a dozen new state insurance markets that launched on October 1 to offer subsidized health coverage under Obamacare. The insurer had said previously it planned to withdraw from some markets in 2014 because of the government funding cuts.

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From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/

Demorats in 2014 – See How Good We F*#ked Up Healthcare? Let us F*#k Up Everything Else Too!

November 16, 2013

Now THAT is the right way to mock Democrats

14NOV

GREAT Tweet from RS McCain today

Democrat 2014 campaign slogan: “Now That We Totally Fucked Up Your Health Insurance, Give Us a Chance to Fuck Up Everything ElseToo.

Go read the post that goes along with that Tweet, it is pure gold

If you want to see a microcosm of the problems looming for Democrats in their 2014 mid-term campaign to recapture the House, look no further than New York’s 23rd Congressional District:

Martha Robertson is the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Tom Reed in NY-23, my home district.
We have highlighted Robertson many times before regarding her unsubstantiated fundraising claim that “GOP ops” tried to take down her website. Robertson’s campaign never has provided proof of that claim, leading to a fair amount of negative local television coverage and even national press attention.
The fundraising scandal, which I doubt is over, likely will be overshadowed by a much bigger problem: Robertson is a long-time and vocal supporter of mandates with the ultimate goal of single-payer.
In light of the Obamacare debacle, and the inability of the federal government even to set up a website portal, a complete federal government takeover of the health care system is a hard sell.

Basically, the Democrats own the train wreck that is Obamacare. The GOP has a GREAT opportunity here. Can they take advantage? They damn well better. Here is a bit of helpful advice from me to the GOP establishment. If a long-time Republican gets a primary challenger from the Tea Party, do not whine. If the incumbent is a Conservative they ought to welcome debate, and their challenger as well. And, if the incumbent loses the primary, then the establishment ought to welcome and support the Republican voters choice! Respect your base, without them, the GOP is done. In other words care more about America, than about your power.

To the Tea Party. Feel free to primary a less than stellar Conservative, I think it is great for our party. Challenge them, and debate them, but if you lose to them, support them anyway. Remember, the less Democrats in Congress the better. Basically, we need to have open challenges among ourselves, and then we need to support the winner. Again, recall that not one Republican voted for Obamacare in 2010, NOT ONE! A less than stellar Republican is better than a Democrat!

From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/page/2/

Lost Your Insurance? LOSER!

November 16, 2013

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From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/

This Is The Kind of Person Who Will Be Deciding Your “Health” Care

November 16, 2013

Are Americans SURE They Want Dr. Ezekiel HIMMLER Emmanuel’s Architecture In Their Healthcare?

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Are Americans SURE They Want Dr. Ezekiel HIMMLER Emmanuel’s Architecture In Their Healthcare?

Now is the time to stop this ‘law’.  NOW.

Ezekiel Emmanuel, Dr of Death was exposed by a righteous man in this video (below) in 2009. We posted it here after Hussein got elected the first time: DR. EVIL Ezekiel Emmanuel: “HYPOCRATIC”

You better watch this.  If we all do not repeal this law, ASAP-Don’t cry when you die.  You didn’t have to croak.  I won’t sign up to die and NO American should.  It’s better to just go out naturally than take part in genocide. 

Talk about DIE QUICKLY!!

From The Mad Jewess: http://themadjewess.com/

Got Insurance? Great! Now We Can Screw The Night Away!

November 16, 2013

New and Improved ObamaCare Ad

Our moonbat rulers must have gotten word that the public did not much like the Let’s Get Physical entry in the Got Insurance? ad campaign for ObamaCare, because a new and improved version has been released:

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Now it panders to both sluts and freakazoids, two key components of Obama’s base. This ought to turn the slide in Obama’s popularity right around.

Compliments of Matt L.

From MB: http://moonbattery.com/

Over 65? You are a Burden to The State

November 16, 2013

Do Your Duty, Senior Citizens!

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After all, Obama can grant or bestow coverage by decree, but he can’t actually provide an infinite supply of medical care, even when the insurance industry has been destroyed and healthcare becomes “free” under single payer.

Compliments of Red State.

From MB: http://moonbattery.com/

Obamacare: The Opposite Effect

November 11, 2013

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From WRSA: http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/

Obama is Not Just a “Bad Apple” – He is Evil

November 10, 2013

Saturday, November 09, 2013

The Bad Apple President

Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 

Turn on your television. Keep flipping the channels past the infomercials, the reality shows and the music videos and you’ll hear it.

The problem only affects a small (millions large) sliver of the population. The plans being cancelled were substandard. Health plans aren’t lost; they’re transitioning to new health opportunities. The private marketplace was an unregulated Wild Wild West where villainous deductibles went around with guns blazing through the office of the town sawbones.

The insurers decided to cancel the plans for reasons having nothing to do with the government. These were “bad apple plans” that the insurers didn’t even want to sell anymore. They couldn’t sell the plans anymore because they had changed too much. (Such as increasing the co-pay by 5 bucks.)

Leave the television on CNN, MSNBC or your local news and between weather and sports, you’ll hear these lies peddled by Obama, his advisors and staffers, and assorted Democratic Party figures  reciting the same talking points about the Wild Wild West where Bad Apple plans roamed the frontier

And every word of it is a lie.

The people losing their plans didn’t have substandard plans. They had a wide variety of plans from light to bulletproof. The insurance marketplace wasn’t unregulated. There is no such thing as an unregulated marketplace except when your neighbor’s kid start selling lemonade from a box crate; and even then the local authorities have been known to come by and demand a business license.

It isn’t a small sliver of the population that’s affected; even assuming that the population of a European country could be classified as a small sliver. Once the employer-based plans are affected, nearly 100 million people will lose their health plans. Or in Obamaspeak, will be transitioned to a new opportunity with higher premiums and deductibles for less coverage.

The forced cancellation of health plans for nearly 100 million people is not routine marketplace churn. It’s the result of regulations written for ObamaCare by Obama’s bureaucracy which are calculated to disqualify as many grandfathered plans as possible.

Obama’s new caveat to his infamous promise, “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan”, but “only if it hadn’t changed since the law passed” neglects to mention that his people made it so that even the mildest and most meaningless of changes will kill a plan and dump another victim into the ObamaCare mess.

Repeat the same process nearly 100 million times and you have the opening round of ObamaCare; the law we had to pass to find out just how terrible it was. While the spokesmen spin the tragedy to make it seem as if the millions losing their health plans now will be the last ones, a small sliver, they’re only the first of many.

100 million people aren’t even a small sliver of China or India… let alone the United States of America. It’s far more than the number of people who voted for Obama. It’s twenty times the size of his margin of victory. If that’s a small sliver of the population that can be disregarded when their insurance plans are taken out back and shot, then they can also be disregarded when they voted for Obama.

The problem is not that there were nearly 100 million bad apple insurance plans out there. The people complaining about losing their plans didn’t have bad apple plans… they had a bad apple president.

The man in the White House was a substandard model who relied on a Wild Wild West of unregulated executive power to set up an illegal law, tamper with it freely and then dump it on the country, while protecting a small sliver of allies in key unions and the government from what he had done to the rest of the country.

The insurers weren’t angels, but they had no interest in screwing up health care for almost 100 million people. Businesses don’t think that big. Governments do.

American health care has grown worse with each government intervention. Doctors are accused of playing G-d, but it’s really the government bureaucrats, the politicians and the professional medical ethicists who have never treated a patient but insist on drawing up lists of who should live and who should die and which people are the biggest burden on health care, which do.

In 2012, voters had the opportunity to exchange their bad apple president for a better model. They chose to stick with their substandard model which lacked experience and ethics, was known to pull all sorts of bad apple scams and acted like it was the Wild Wild West when it came to following the law.

Now the bad apple president has screwed up their health care in a big way and is blaming anyone and everyone except his bad apple self.

His spokesmen have blamed insurers, patients, Republicans, the internet and a solar eclipse for the chain of disasters that began with the ObamaCare website deploying like a parachute tied to an anvil and concluding with the Halloween Massacre of health care plans followed by rate hikes and empty promises of subsidies.

President Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” Barack Obama has a rug that reads, “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself”, “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings”, “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” and “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice”

There is nothing in any of those vaguely inspiring collectivist quotes about responsibility or accountability. They assume that government is an unrestricted good whose purpose is only fulfilled through social justice.

Taken together they encourage action without contemplation. Fear is not the only thing that government should fear. It should also fear to destroy the fragile social compact between the people and their government that makes freedom possible. It should fear that its actions will cause more harm than good. It should also fear that it is not nearly as wise as it thinks it is.

The empty grandiosity of the rug across which the bad apple president walks flatters his ego. It is a long way from the memento mori of the Roman general whose servant would interject into displays of grandiosity the warning, “Remember thou art mortal.”

The grandiose rug is the reflection of a bad apple president who lies like a much cheaper rug. To every setback, he offers another lie, another talking point and another villain. Every time one of his grandiose rug-inspired plans collapses, he rejects the implication of mortality with another barrel of bad apple lies.

Health plan cancellations become opportunities, old plans become substandard plans, the over-regulated insurance becomes the Wild Wild West and the lost plans are bad apples.

If Obama had any humility, his rug would read simply, “Memento Mori”; an acknowledgement that life is fragile, death is inevitable and human capabilities limited in the face of their own mortality. It’s not that we shouldn’t resist death and fight to extend life, but that we must do so knowing that the power to temporarily give life or take it away does not make us immortal or infallible.

Ethics come from humility. The recognition of our own mortality teaches us our limitations. The worst tyrants and monsters, like Joseph Stalin, did not believe that they would die. The USSR’s persecution of doctors was motivated by its leader’s faith in his own immortality.

Obama has no humility and therefore no ethics. He does not believe in his own immortality, but  in his invincibility; political and otherwise. He really does believe that the only thing to fear is fear itself. And 100 million Americans will lose their health insurance plans because their bad apple president was too arrogant to question his own bad judgement.

That is why Healthcare.gov does not work. It’s why ObamaCare is such a disaster.

A standard model president understands risks and consequences. A substandard model like Obama does not. A good apple president apologizes when he chops down a cherry tree. A bad apple president blames Bush, the cherry tree, the axe and Global Warming.

The American people are being lied to every day by a bad apple president who covers up one lie with another lie and pastes an even crazier lie on top.

Unfortunately their opportunity to trade in their bad apple president for a fully regulated model that is compliant with the United States Constitution and all subsidiary documents will not come again until the next presidential open enrollment period.

This is What Happens When The average American Cannot Afford the Sky High Obamacare Premiums.

November 10, 2013

It Begins: Self-Imposed Death Panels

08 NOVEMBER 2013 @ 20:25

Over at Breitbart, Wynton Hall reports on the dreadful and anguished decision cancer patient Bill Elliott has felt he had to make [tip of the fedora to Smitty]:

A cancer patient whose health insurance was canceled due to Obamacare says he will “pay the $95 fine and let nature take its course” rather than “be a burden on my family” with new monthly premiums that are over $1,300 higher under Obamacare.

“I’ve thought about this long and hard,” Bill Elliott told Megyn Kelly Thursday night. “When my insurance comes out, just for me, it will be $1,500 a month with a $13,500 deductible. I’m not going to pay that. If I make it that long, I will pay the $95 fine and let nature take its course.”

“I’m not going to be a burden on my family to pay this $1,500. What good is it going to do when I was paying almost $180 [a month]?” Elliott told Kelly. “Now it’s gone up to $1,500 and it’s going to take money out of my kids’ bank and my family, and I’m not going to put up with that.”

Elliott says he has prayed about his decision and feels it is the right thing to do.

“Whatever happens, I believe I’m doing the right thing. I’ve thought about it and I’ve prayed about it… To me it’s saving my family money and then they’ll have money to spend instead of throwing it down the drain like President Obama is wanting us to do,” said Elliott.

Elliott says he voted for Obama due to his promise that Americans could keep their plans if they like them.

“I like my doctor. I love my insurance,” said Elliott. “They were paying just about everything, including medication and medical devices.”

Life is often full of such hard decisions, but the fact that this one should never have had to be made in the America of 2013 makes my anger know no bounds.

Barack Hussein Obama and every, single person who pushed through Obamacare and continue to stand by their actions are despicable and vile poor excuses for Human Beings, they are wastes of Human flesh who should relegated to solitary confinement in harsh prisons for the terms of their natural lives.

Soon, they shall all be worthy of the nickname ‘Redskin’ and they shall be all Lady Macbeths, their hands covered in the stains of murder most foul.

And, yes, Mr. Elliott was a total and complete idiot in placing any trust in a Leftist, but I, for one, forgive him.  He acted out of willful blindness.  But Obama and his comrades acted with malice aforethought.

God Bless him and his family.

From TCOTS: http://thecampofthesaints.org/

The Middle Class is Being Destroyed with Obamacare. Employers Will be Dropping Millions from Insurance.

November 10, 2013

So you think only individuals will lose their healthcare plans?

8NOV

Fools!

Townhall.com has Kathleen Sebelius’ testimony at this link.

Here’s what this means in real terms:

In 2015 or soon after, expect to lose your employer-based medical plan.

Of course, this assumes that, in 2015, you will still be employed full-time with a company offering medical benefits, and/or your spouse’s employer won’t already have eliminated coverage for you. In this part-time economy – again thanks to Obamacare – you’d be a fool to bet on that.

Only two percent of existing health plans meet the bureaucratic nightmare standards of the “Affordable Care Act.” Even for that two percent, the premiums will climb and keep climbing.

If you are in that 2% and your ACA-approved employer-based plan happens also to be a so-called “Cadillac plan” (with especially high benefits), you’ll probably lose it anyway! Obamacare imposes a 40% excise tax on benefit programs that exceed $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families. That creates a strong incentive to cut benefits to below that level.

As for the other 98 percent of plans that you hoped would be “grandfathered,” the ACA is designed to phase them out as rapidly as possible.

According to an Obama Administration estimate from June 2010:

“The Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013,” wrote the administration on page 34,552 of the Register. All in all, more than half of employer-sponsored plans will lose their “grandfather status” and become illegal. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 156 million Americans—more than half the population—was covered by employer-sponsored insurance in 2013.

Another 25 million people, according to the CBO, have “nongroup and other” forms of insurance; that is to say, they participate in the market for individually-purchased insurance. In this market, the administration projected that “40 to 67 percent” of individually-purchased plans would lose their Obamacare-sanctioned “grandfather status” and become illegal, solely due to the fact that there is a high turnover of participants and insurance arrangements in this market. (Plans purchased after March 23, 2010 do not benefit from the “grandfather” clause.) The real turnover rate would be higher, because plans can lose their grandfather status for a number of other reasons.

It has NEVER been about helping anyone folks. It has always been about increasing dependence on government, growing the power and scope of government, and destroying the private insurance industry. Earlier I was watching Fox News and the panel discussion was about whether or not Obama’s apology was genuine, and whether or not the president lied about people keeping health insurance they liked. What idiocy is this? There is no doubt that Obama lied, and KNEW he was lying. It is HIS HHS department, headed by his appointee Kathleen Sebelius that issued the regulations that will force nearly everyone, no, not 5% of the people Mr. President, but everyone off the insurance they chose, and that they liked. Why is there any debate, at all, about whether or not President Obama lied?  Why is there any debate about whether or not these people will get “better” insurance, or “cheaper” insurance. The real issue is that individual liberty is being destroyed in the name of helping Americans. It is being destroyed by overzealous, power-hungry politicians who care about only their power!

The issue here is that those who passed this law either KNEW what it would do, or were too ignorant to educate themselves about the massive bill, with even more massive regulations would do. The issue is that these people are not fit to serve, in any capacity. They have, possibly signed the death warrant of not just the private insurance industry, and personal choice in our health care, but this nation as a whole. There are numerous issues at stake here, but the most important one is being ignored. We can argue whether or not Obamacare will kill people by eliminating their individual control of their health care. But that Obamacare will kill liberty cannot be argued.

From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/page/3/