Obamacare: Worse Than We Thought?

Several months ago, CBO updated some of its findings, averring that the law’s price tag over its first true decade was more than $2 trillion, and concluding that the law has slowed economic growth, impeded hiring, and will drastically reduce the US workforce. – Guy Benson, Townhall.com

It’s obvious to me that Obamacare is as bad as most of us thought, and possibly even worse. The passage of this monstrosity is what happens when bloated egos get in the way of common sense.

Obama, Reid, Pelosi and their Dem puppets were told over and over again by Republicans what this law would do to our country. They would not listen. Obama has changed the law numerous times, without Constitutional authority, I might add, trying to force it to work. Reid will look us straight in the eye through the TV lens, and lie without blinking an eye. Pelosi, just keeps on making her dingbat comments. Some of the Dems, who voted for this monstrosity? They have stretched their puppet strings as far as possible–without breaking them–to distance themselves from Obamacare.

But, we are stuck with it. And it’s going to hurt, folks. It’s going to hurt in our pockets, our medical care, and our very lives. Make no mistake about it.

Here is an excerpt from Mr. Benson’s article:

We’ve been buried in the Bergdahl story all week, but this nugget is worth coming up for air to cover. By way of background, on the eve of Democrats’ party-line Obamacare vote in 2010, they used a cynically manufactured Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “score” to provide jittery members a fig leaf with which to justify an ‘aye’ tally. The report they hailed purported to show that Obamacare would cost less than a trillion dollars and that it would help reduce deficits. Republicans argued that it was preposterous to suggest that the creation of a brand new, massive entitlement program could possibly save the government money, but triumphant Democrats waved around the CBO document as the gospel truth.

Several months ago, CBO updated some of its findings, averring that the law’s price tag over its first true decade was more than $2 trillion, and concluding that the law has slowed economic growth, impeded hiring, and will drastically reduce the US workforce. The Left spun like crazy and gnashed their teeth, but the analysis was there in black and white, and this time it actually matched most Americans’ intuitions about the law. How will Obamacare impact America’s fiscal health moving forward? CBO has quietly announced that they no longer have confidence that they can answer that question with a reasonable degree of accuracy, so they’re essentially giving up on the task.

This is a neat trick, isn’t it? Step one: Use a carefully-gamed CBO score to help pass your giant law over the will of the public. Step two: Issue so many on-the-fly changes, revisions and waivers to the resulting monstrosity that the CBO throws in the towel on trying to track the real data, thus undercutting a key nonpartisan group’s efforts to evaluate the veracity of your previous claims. Quite the scheme. Meanwhile, Dan told you yesterday about the Associated Press scoop that roughly one-fourth of Obamacare exchange “enrollees” are facing discrepancies that could force them to pay more, or result in dropped coverage.

The Hill’swrite-up notes that, “the inconsistencies point to the possibility that many enrollees obtained coverage or subsidies without being eligible.” It also looks as though nearly half of the affected cases pertain to immigration and citizenship status.

There’s much more to the article and I encourage you to check it out at  http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2014/06/05/cbo-by-the-way-we-can-no-longer-score-obamacares-fiscal-impact-n1847785?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm

Also, find more information at http://www.rollcall.com/news/-233551-1.html?zkPrintable=true

And, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/208274-report-data-discrepancies-threaten-o-care-coverage-for-millions




Damages Done to our Country

pic_giant_102913_SM_The-President-Who-Has-Done-the-Most-DamageTo those of us who understand the great damage Obama has done, and continues to do to our great country, the following article by Dennis Prager comes as no surprise. My hope is that moderate Democrats can see that the man who promised hope and change has led them down a rabbit hole of betrayal and lies.

Obama gives very sincere-sounding speeches. No one can deny that he’s very good at that. Unfortunately for Americans, his far left agenda trumps telling the truth. It trumps any concerns about the citizens who are hurt by his ideology. His utopian ideas will only accomplish bringing the middle class down to the level of the poor. The wealthy will still have wealth and power. Look at the politicians in D.C.  How many of them are among the wealthy class? Do you really think they are going to give up their life style in order to be equal with the rest of us? Not likely.

Let’s read Dennis Prager’s article.

I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance “compassionate” is a euphemism for ever-expanding government.

But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.

This is equally true domestically and internationally.

Domestically, his policies have had a grave impact on the American economy.

He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history.He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion — that is 6,500 billion — in five years (this after calling his predecessor “unpatriotic” for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).

He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid — means-tested, let alone non-means-tested — than work full-time.

He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money — thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking about another reserve currency — and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.

With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employer-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health-care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers.

His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable.

His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a videomaker in California who had nothing to do with the assault.

In this president’s White House the buck stops nowhere.

Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress — the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.

Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”) and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police “acted stupidly”) were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic, and, most of all, divisive.

He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world — something he should know as well as anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against “the rich” and “corporate profits.”

Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War II.

One wonders if there is a remaining ally nation that trusts him. And worse, no American enemy fears him. If you are a free movement (the democratic Iranian and Syrian oppositions) or a free country (Israel), you have little or no reason to believe that you have a steadfast ally in the United States.

Even non-democratic allies no longer trust America. Barack Obama has alienated our most important and longest standing Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Both the anti–Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Iran Arab states have lost respect for him.

And his complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has left that country with weekly bloodbaths.

Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse.

He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” That is the one promise he has kept.




Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His most recent book is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.








Obama Pressuring Insurance Companies to Keep Quiet

This is a bombshell of a scandal. Obama is pressuring private insurance companies to keep quiet about Obamacare problems. People, do you understand what that means? Totalitarianism! Obama is a tyrant, who is overstepping the boundaries of his position as president.

Think about the ramifications here. If he is willing to “lean” on private businesses to do his bidding, what can we expect from the Affordable Care Act? What pressure is he willing to put on doctors? What kind of care are we going to receive? Who will decide whether we need surgery or not? Who will decide whether we live or die?

Everyone should be aware of this, and be concerned about it. It’s time to let Obama know that he cannot lie to us any longer without consequences.



Republicans Got What They Wanted

In the clamor to blame Republicans for the government shutdown and to claim victory in the agreement to keep the government running for a whopping three months, Democrats are missing the point.  Yes, the GOP’s image took a beating in polls, but so did congress as a whole, and President Obama particularly.

Republicans kept the president on the defensive.  At times he acted like a spoiled child, while other times he acted like a bully refusing to negotiate.  I think everyone knows that the president is supposed to put the country ahead of his desire to get his way.  In my opinion, we don’t have that.

Senator Reid came across as a stodgy, wealthy, old white guy.  Wait a minute, isn’t that what the GOP is accused of being?  Reid has gone on such a power trip who knows if he’ll ever touch down to earth again.  And Pelosi?  Her comments are becoming more and more bizarre, and she appears to be succumbing to senility.

Republicans just might find themselves satisfied with the outcome of this battle.  They kept their main issue, the Affordable Care Act, front and center.   The President had hoped to return from the Congressional recess to push the immigration bill through the House.  Instead, for the better part of the past six weeks, the conversation has been about Obamacare, sequestration, spending cuts, and avoiding fiscal catastrophe.  Even with the newest crisis shoved down the road for three months the sequestration is still in place, which has severely hampered some government agencies with cutbacks and lack of funding.

The battle has, also, shown that Republicans are willing to stand on principle and fight for what is in the best interest of, not only the current population, but future generations that are now saddled with an ever increasing debt.

Julian Zelizer of CNN Opinion stated it this way:

Just as many Americans seemed to accept sequestration, conservative Republicans have not yet felt any serious political threat as a result of their having forced a government shutdown.

Nor is it clear that there will be any negative consequences to them for having gone to the brink of a federal default in their fight for concessions on the budget deal.  If they are left standing, there is little reason to think that they won’t use these tactics once again.  The last month offers them a template.

Furthermore, the current deal simply postpones any decision and actually sets up another round of fights when Congress returns from its winter break in December.  the new year will look very much like the one that came before.

Given the pattern we have seen, conservative Republicans will be just as likely, even more likely, to employ the same kind of aggressive tactics and try to force the administration into accepting deep cuts in domesticate spending if Obama wants to keep the economy in stable condition.

Conservatives will be even more emboldened as they seek to please their constituents going into the 2014 midterm elections.  The deal that emerged from the Senate is simply a continuation of the kind of political chaos that we have witnessed since the 2010 midterms.  Obama will have to start fighting on this issue as soon as the ink is dry.

Obama has spent much of his second term on defense, responding to pressure from House Republicans to cut spending and trying to combat their use of radical procedural weapons.

This crisis was clearly the most dangerous moment for the country.  And it is true that Obama and congressional Democrats walk away having achieved important objectives.  After all, the government is up and running again, at least for the time being, and Congress has raised the debt ceiling, thereby averting a global meltdown.

But Republicans have defined the national agenda and forced a deal that doesn’t resolve debate.  Just the opposite:  It ensures that the fights will continue and the threat of default continues into the foreseeable future.

Until Democrats find a way to reach some kind of long-term budget accord by building sufficient pressure – and electoral support – to push back against the Republican Right, they’ll find themselves on the losing side of this issue over and over again.