All the King’s Horses


…All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

The classic nursery rhyme perfectly describes the Obama administration’s latest scandal, the train wreck that is Obamacare’s website. Indeed, the king has called in several people to try and get the faltering website where people are supposed to apply for health insurance up and running but just Monday morning yet another crash affected the site. Now the truth conservatives have been trying to get heard about the law itself, that you won’t be able to keep your plan even if you like it has been revealed by several news outlets, even NBC which, via MSNBC, has been the loudest in claiming the right is full of crap when it comes to warnings about the ACA:

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

That must have really hurt the editors at NBC to post that, because it means their arch enemies, conservatives in general and the Tea Party in particular, have been right all along and confirmed no less than by the administration itself. (It must have hurt so much that they deleted the article about 20 minutes after I published this one. I’ll leave the excerpt just to show someone there at least tried to commit a random act of jounalism. Here’s link to Newsmax’s piece on the same thing also quoting the same deleted NBC Investigations post.)

All this has to make you wonder what else have conservatives been right about when it comes to Obamacare. Indeed, in New York City alone many senior citizens are finding out they can’t keep their doctor under “the Medicare Advantage program as a result of the shifting medical landscape under ObamaCare“. Rationing is also looming, and you can bet it won’t just be Oregon as this article is primarily concerned with:

Like most such panels, including the Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission, or HERC, claims to be merely concerned with what supposedly works and what doesn’t. Their real targets are usually advanced, costly treatments. That’s why HERC, for example, proposed in May that Medicaid should not cover “treatment with intent to prolong survival” for cancer patients who likely have fewer than two years left to live. HERC presents an example to show their reasoning for such a decision: “In no instance can it be justified to spend $100,000 in public resources to increase an individual’s expected survival by three months when hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are without any form of health insurance.

Anyone who has read the law, such as Ted Cruz who says he actually did, knows all this and more. Forget the Humpty Dumpty website that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t seem to fix in a timely manner. This law will be, in fact is as bad as conservatives have warned since it was passed in the dark of night with a lame-duck Congress. Many Americans who are losing their plans and even jobs because of this law are finding out why Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and a too small handful of other Senators and House members wanted to defund Obamacare. Not shut down the government, defund Obamacare. It was the Administration that shut down the government because of the defund threat, even though they knew as the above link to NBC states that the law was not what the President was selling.

The worst part is even with this recent admission they are still showing rank unwillingness to offer changes to the law, nor even delay its implementation. I consider it even more proof that the law was never about health insurance or care, but control. IF the GOP keeps the House in 2014 and gains the Senate, repeal should be job 1, never mind Obama’s veto threats. We’ve learned certain Senators and Representatives can’t be counted on even in such majorities, and my friend Cold Warrior has offered a solution for that here. Getting constitutional conservatives elected is the next step the Tea Party should take and the only way to stop Humpty from falling and taking millions of Americans health care choices with him.

He never should have been on the damn wall in the first place.


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Happily ensconced in the reddest part of Tennessee, the Northeast corner. Chemical industry worker. I may be a walk-on in the war against liberalism, but to quote Pink Floyd, I won't exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage. And a cage is what liberalism is to me.

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vassar bushmills
October 29, 2013 6:23 am

Did Pink Floyd say that? All these years I’ve been quoting Twain, Burke, and Lenin when the good stuff was being written by artists who came after I quit listening. Great read, Jim. These are indeed interesting times we live in, and they getting more and more interesting because millions of American who either supported Obama (and his namesake “care”) or were passive about it all, as Bishop Neimuller didn’t speak up when the Nazis came first for the communists, then the social democrats, then the gypsies, then the Jews, only to find out there was no one to speak… Read more »