BO’s ‘Lessons Learned’?

(Actually, More Lessons Ignored)

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By Mark Alexander · Nov. 14, 2013

“The origin and outset of the American Republic, contain lessons of which posterity ought not to be deprived.” –James Madison (1819)

As the list of Democrats distancing themselves from Barack Obama and his so-called “Affordable Care Act” continues to grow, Obama imparted this remarkable observation:

“When we buy IT services generally, it is so bureaucratic and so cumbersome that a whole bunch of it doesn’t work or ends up being way over cost. … Once we get this particular website fixed they’re going to be some lessons learned we can apply to the federal government in general.”

Evidently, Obama is conjunctionally challenged when he says, “it doesn’t work OR ends up being way over cost.” The correct conjunction in this case is, of course, “AND.”

However, his claim that “cumbersome bureaucracy” is to blame is entirely accurate, and that is true across the full spectrum of our government’s bloated bureaucracies. Other key Obama administration officials agree.

Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff (SecDef and CIA director), Leon Panetta, offered this keen insight on the cascading failure of O’Care: “You cannot rely on the bureaucracies to do this kind of work. They don’t have the capabilities to get this done.”

Obama’s former chief economic advisor, Larry Summers, notes that, as a result of the O’Care failure, “a shadow has been cast on the government’s competence.”

Of course, our Founders cast that long shadow on government competence when they forged our Constitution’s limits on the powers of the central government. Those limits notwithstanding, any question today about the constitutionality of socialist government programs is dismissed in the now-infamous words of Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “Nobody questions that!”

Despite Obama’s assertion to the contrary, there are few new lessons to be learned from the compounding failure of his signature endeavor to nationalize health care. Those lessons have been taught and re-taught ad nauseam, ever since the earliest adoption of Marxist doctrines by governments and the inevitable failures that followed. (See “the USSR.”)

As 20th century philosopher George Santayana concluded in his treatise, “The Life of Reason”:

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a jackass, except possibly in the case of those who are too dullard to remember the first. Socialist government centralization schemes are destined to fail, and Obama can apply that to the “federal government in general” right now.

Such schemes collapse under the pressure of bureaucratic ineptitude, or “Ineptocracy,” which is defined as:

“a political system of government where the incompetent are elected by the unproductive in return for goods and services redistributed from the competent and productive, until the former so outnumber the latter that the system collapses”. (See “Democratic Party Platform”)

To put the current state of bureaucratic ineptitude into perspective during this week in which we observe Veterans Day, consider the following:

The time lapsed from the date O’Care was passed, 23 March 2010, to the date Healthcare.gov was to be operational, 01 October 2013, is 3 years, 6 months and 10 days. For comparison, from the date of our entry into WWII to the date of Germany’s surrender is one month LESS than Obama and his Leftist NeoCom cadres had to make their website operational. Obama had more time than it took for our nation’s industrial surge ahead of the invasion of North Africa and Italy, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the race to Berlin, and all while fully engaged on a second war front in the Pacific.

Notably, generations of American veterans have given their lives honoring their oaths to “Support and Defend” our Constitution. It’s long past time that our entire nation demanded that its political leaders honor their oaths!

And here is some additional data for perspective.

The health insurance exchanges processed only 106,000 signups in October, and fewer than 27,000 of those were through the 36 O’Care exchanges. However, there were 1,687,600 background checks for firearms purchases processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. (Apparently NICS software is working just fine.) Though Obama wants folks clinging to government welfare, American Patriots know that the Second Amendment is the supreme insurance policy – by a 15:1 ratio!

For BO’s administration to make its 5-million signup goal by the end of open enrollment in March, they will have to sign up more than 45,000 people each and every day.

Unfortunately, there were 392,000 signups for Obama’s expanded Medicaid coverage, ensuring explosive growth in state liabilities to fund that “entitlement.” Notably, taxpayers across the nation will feel that pinch immediately because states have balanced budget requirements and can’t print their own money.

While there are no old lessons to be learned from the continuing failures of nationalized health care, there are two very significant contemporary lessons.

The First lesson from the ObamaCare failures:

Given the omnipresence of open mikes and video recordings around our Beltway-based politicians, if one lies today about something one said on any earlier day in office, that politician can expect to get caught in that lie. In the case of Obama, who just can’t shut up even when his staff has pleaded with him to stick to his tele-prompted shtick, his incessant lies have turned what was once a credibility gap into a great chasm.

While BHO has been busy spinning new lies to cover his old lies about folks keeping their doctors and insurance plans, we came across a recorded exchange from a 25 February 2010 conference between Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In that meeting, Cantor called Obama out on the cancellations:

“One of the promise you ought to make is that people ought to be able to keep the health insurance that they have. Between 8 and 9 million people may very well lose the covers that they have because of the construct of this bill. That’s our concern. I don’t think that you can answer the question in the positive that people will be able to maintain their coverage, that people will be a will see the doctors they want in the bill that you’re proposing.”

Obama responded:

“The 8-9 million people that you refer to who might have to change their coverage would be folks who … would find the deal in the exchange better, would be a better deal, so yes they would change coverage because they have more choices. Let’s just be clear about that!” (They will get a better deal, which apparently cancels out their cancellation.)

Yes, let’s do be “clear about that.”

New York Post and Daily Beast editorial writer Kirsten Powers, an Obama defender who occasionally stumbles upon hard truths, saw her insurance cancelled. Of the Demo claims that cancellations are good because those former policy owners will receive better coverage at a lower price, Powers protests:

“My blood pressure goes up every time they say that they’re protecting us from substandard health insurance plans. There is nothing to support what they’re saying. I have talked about how I’m losing my health insurance. If I want to keep the same health insurance, it’s going to cost twice as much. There’s nothing substandard about my plan. All of the things they say that are not in my plan are in my plan. All of the things they have listed – there’s no explanation for doubling my premiums other than the fact that it’s subsidizing other people. They need to be honest about that.”
[so....it's not the unconstitutional redistribution scheme that bothers her but the lack of up-front transparency about it.]

Of course, most of Obama’s other adoring editorial page editors and syndicated columnists are not ready to “be honest about that,” and continue to question whether Obama actually knew that he was lying – apparently in deference to a kinder, gentler interpretation of the word “lie.”

The New York Times referred to Obama’s “you can keep it, period” lies as an “incorrect promise.” (Our friend Byron York at The Washington Examiner conducted a LexisNexis database search of the Times over the decades. “Never in that time, until today,” he reports, “did the paper use the phrase ‘incorrect promise.’”)

Editors of Obama’s hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, wrote, “The American public is having a credibility-shattering debate about the president: Did he 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?”

Safe to say it is a “flat-out lie,” and eventually, even Obama’s most unflinching supporters will have to admit it – or tumble headlong into the same credibility chasm.

Even that notorious finger-wagger, Bill Clinton, endeavoring to put some distance between his ambitious wife and O’Care (an idea she promoted when she was “First Lady”), was careful not to accuse Obama of an outright lie. Clinton, no stranger to bald-face lies, said, “Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made and let ‘em keep what they got.” (Memo to Bill: The “federal government” did not tell that lie! Barack Obama told ‘em they could “keep what they got.”)

The second contemporary lesson to be learned from the ObamaCare failures:

Even the best technology security firewalls can be penetrated with the ease with which Chinese hackers have been browsing through classified DoD databases. And by no means would anyone describe the O’Care data hubs as having anything like the gauntlet of security protections at DoD. Those hubs host the mother lode of “private” information for theft or abuse.

While your personal health care files, income tax returns and other personal profile information may not be of interest to the Chinese, they’re certainly of interest to adolescent hackers, and much more ominously, identity thieves and those inside government who collect and disseminate information for Obama’s “enemies list.”

Regarding external threats, Henry Chao, Healthcare.gov’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in his congressional testimony this week, said he was unaware of a memo from Tony Trenkle, lead tech officer for Healthcare.gov, warning:
“the threat and risk potential [to the system] is limitless.” When asked if he was surprised he had not seen the memo, Chao responded, “Yeah … I mean, wouldn’t you be surprised if you were me? It is disturbing.”

John McAfee, founder of the world’s largest computer security company, offered this assessment of the scope of the Healthcare.gov security problems: “Glitch is a minor annoyance. This is a catastrophic failure, it is not a glitch. There was no security testing, no quality assurance and no system emigration.” McAfee notes that there are now many sites successfully scamming those who mistakenly believe they’re providing all that personal information to Healthcare.gov.

Compounding the internal threats, it turns out that nowhere within the ACA’s thousands of pages of laws and regulations is a simple requirement that ObamaCare’s so-called “navigators” must pass a criminal background check! When Texas Sen. John Cornyn asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius if “a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them,” she responded, “This is possible.”

“Possible”? REALLY?

Oh, and let’s not forget the “inadvertent” technology failures. For example, Minnesota O’Care exchange personnel sent 2,400 Social Security numbers to the wrong person four months ago, and a security audit determined that no corrective measures were in place to ensure that it didn’t happen again.

Obama is now desperate to mitigate the precipitous decline in both his approval and credibility ratings – especially among his own constituents. He will, of course, learn a hard truth during the remainder of his term: Reputation arrives on foot, but it leaves town on horseback.

Undeterred, and speaking to some of his diehard admirers in Florida this week, a state now in third place for insurance cancellations, Obama claimed, “I know health care is controversial, so there’s only going to be so much support we get on that on a bipartisan basis – until it’s working really well… If you just looked objectively at what the Democratic Party and Democratic senators stand for right now, it’s a lot more aligned with what the American people believe and what they care about then what a small faction of the other party is trying to promote.”

He has some great Florida swampland for sale, too!

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2 Responses to BO’s ‘Lessons Learned’?

  1. arnash says:

    The Dumocrat Party, which was dumb enough to twice elect a fraud as President, created a fantasy house that they thought would be wonderful and accepted and embraced as a socialist “good” for the underclass poor (though at the expense of everyone else) but they built that house on top of a eminent sink-hole.

    Now the weight of that house has caused the hole to open up and begin to swallow it, and there is no way to stop the process. The hole will grow bigger and bigger and also swallow the pre-existing health insurance house next-door.
    There is no way that anyone who causes the creation of such a sink-hole under the American People will escape the blame that they rightly deserve.
    How will Progressivism endure such a blow to its over-reaching ideology? How will it NOT suffer a disabling body-blow as the damage progresses like a slow-motion train wreck?

    Total transformation of the nation was their goal, but to achieve it via a single, massive, bureaucratic behemoth requires near perfection in the execution, but now all will witness the massive ineptitude of the overly-secure Peter Principle employees of government, along with their rule-writers and legislation authors. This sink hole will swallow them all and stain their reputation for years to come. It will be to them what the financial meltdown was to the stock market. AN

    http://constitutingamerica.org/

    Tim Drylie in Vicenza, Italy said:

    If the “Progressives” are really concerned about the ‘poor’ and ‘uninsured’, let them dig into their own pockets and meet that need. They could start a charity, or charity hospitals in which they pay for the buildings, the medical supplies, the salaries of the staff and other expenses. This is charity and compassion; all this they could do if they really care. However, their preference is to stick their hand into other people’s pockets. That is not charity, it is theft; even if one uses the force of law to steal and to defraud.

    Bud in The D-ivided States of Amerika replied:

    Tim – it has been said, and said often, It’s About Control.
    As a Project Manager and Business Analyst, one learns to Manage Expectations of a project, so that a quality product or service is the result. Scores of other relevant factors go along with quality, like efficiency, acquiring appropriate resources, hiring qualified people with relevant skills, assessing risks to completion, phasing development with comprehensive gate-checks … and the list goes on. The critical ingredient however, is Leadership. When the project leader has no practical foundation, and vetted experience with the previously mentioned disciplines, then the result is going to look exactly like what the Leader can orchestrate as the lowest common denominator. To summarize, True Charity is not in the Democrat Party Tool Kit. Though True Greed is. The occupant of the White House is NOT LEADING this country, but is definitely Managing The Expectations of his followers. The result obama intends is absolute control of his followers, and through a process of attrition, sub-summing the remainder of the population to the rule of Communism.

    Robert in Texas said:

    I have worked in insurance operations for 15 years. I have the Associate, Insurance Regulatory Compliance designtation from the Life Office Management Association. From the passage of the “ACA” I stated it was based on either flawed actuarial calculations, or actuarial calculations were flat out ignored. ACA was not workable then, and it is not workable now. It was doomed to fail from the start.

    Michael P. Keintz in Land O Lakes, Wisconsin said:

    When you give a job to “friends”, rather than qualified people, as in this case of the “Obama Care” web site going to Michelle’s college friend who is the CEO of the fired Canadian firm that was unqualified to do the job, EXPECT FAILURE!

    Kurtis D. Davis in Braggs. Oklahoma said:

    While the 2nd amendment is somewhat of an insurance policy, let us not overlook what precedes: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.

    We should further consider both the 5th and 14th amendments which protect cherished LIBERTY.

    When government equates LIBERTY (right of choice) with “do this or else” (mandatory healthcare), it has more in common with armed bank robbery than the Constitution sworn to be upheld.

    And of course to these ends, every American has right to a firearm.

    If America is one generation away from losing the Constitution, then it must be one REVOLUTION away from getting it back.
    ~~~
    Adrien Nash in Crescent City replied:

    “We the People of the United Socialist States of America, in Order to form a more powerful National Government, establish Control by the Elite, insure domestic passivity, provide for the NATIONAL SUBJUGATION, promote the Welfare of the few, and SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF SOCIALISM TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, do ordain and establish this BUREAUCRACY of the United SOCIALIST States of America.”
    [preamble to the Dumocrat Party constitution]

    XCpt in the ether said:

    The statement on government IT procurement isn’t even close to the whole truth. Anyone in the open market can access a variety of travel service sites (Travelocity, Kayak, Orbit, etc.) and book air travel, hotels, and rental cars in less than 15 minutes with a minimum amount of complications.

    The government prohibits employees from using these market services and instead has contracted a service through an overly complex booking mechanism that requires special training to use. If you find the travel arrangement process too obscure to follow you can ask for help from the contractor at a price of $40 for asking a question about the system they developed.

    Bud in The D-ivided States of Amerika replied:

    Larry – ‘elitist universities’ bilking the wealthy out of their money to indoctrinate their offspring has been perfected by both the East, and the West Coast players. If I’m not mistaken, only the ones (students) who go after the hard science skills, engineers, geneticists, chemists, medical doctors, seem to have the discipline to resist the Phallisofical BS promoted in the less demanding career fields like law and politics to name a couple.. But I’m just saying, money, elite status, classicism and glassicism (as in glass ceilings) are what drive Elite Universities these days.

    Tyrone in Cleveland said:

    America had better wake up and accept the fact that lying is a second language to liberal Democarts. They do it without even thinking or blinking.
    That being said, we must get them out of the healthcare kitchen altogether, if we want our healthcare system and republic to survive.
    We do not want to fix Obamacare, we must repal it lock, stock and barrel. Then form a basic safety net plan for indigent and those in dire health. Otherwise, open up state to state competition and implement serious tort reform. Also, do not exempt anyone from the same rules as the average citizen must follow.
    This is serious and perhaps the last best chance to save us from ourselves……

    Mr. B in CA said:

    How is Obamacare not unconstitutional under the tenth amendment – in this case attempting to regulate intrastate commerce? Insurance has been, and nothing in the law changes the fact, regulated by each state, independently. Federal government doesn’t dally in any other forms of insurance.

    Adrien Nash in Crescent City replied:

    The Constitution? That old dusty thing? It has no relevance in Washington. It’s antiquated and replaced by the unbridled power of Congress to do anything it wants without consulting any fundamental authority for what it does. And, my friends, that approach and attitude is prevalent in not only the Dumocrat Party but also the Republicrat party as well.
    Wake up and smell the coffee in post-constitution America.

    Ron Lietke, unabashed patriot in Vancouver, WA said:

    After reading Patrick Henry’s comment, I will repeat what I wrote some time ago…It really doesn’t matter what the issue is for Obama, Reid, Pelosi, or any of these arrogant statists. It’s not about health care, it’s about control. It’s not about guns, it’s about control. It’s not about military political correctness, it’s about control. It’s not about equality, it’s about control. It’s not about immigration reform, it’s about control. It’s not about unemployment benefits or food stamps or free phones, it’s about control. It’s not about anything but control.

    Bill Sharp in New York, NY replied:

    Exactly right, Ron. control equals power, power equals control., and so forth. Lenin, Marx, Alinsky, knew it, and both Hillary climton and Obama know it. All it takes is to be amoral, no right, no wrong, just control and power. To paraphrase many of the Founding Fathers, America and Liberty cannot continue to exist without virtue and an informed people. that’s what the schoolyard bully and his thugs and sissymen are destroying, and doing a good job of it so far. Obama is not legally the president, and he knows it, so do most Democrats. He’s not a natural born citizen. For that matter, neither is Rubio and Cruz. Who knows, Obama may technically be an illegal alien, a foreign student who has overstayed his student visa. Since he will notg allow his college registration material to be made public, no one except Obama himself knows the truth. Why would anyone hide his or her registration material, unless trying to hide something.

    Adrien Nash in Crescent City replied:

    What he’s hiding is the fact that he grew up with no birth certificate from anywhere, -having been born in Vancouver, B.C. (where a hoped-for adoption fell through) but leaving there within two days, flying to Hawaii where his mother attempted to register his birth but couldn’t prove her residency for one year as the law required. Consequently, his only formal identification was his Indonesian passport, -which he renewed throughout his young adult years. He is therefore not an American citizen and doubly ineligible to be President.
    see: “WHY BABY OBAMA WAS BORN IN VANCOUVER” at http://obama–nation.com

    Marc in California said:

    Healthcare costs, pre Obama were skyrocketing and threatened our economy. Something had to be done. Did you Republicans try and do something? No. All you try to do is destroy something which was created to alleviate the problems in health care that were happening before Obama took office. You act as if nothing was wrong with the old system and do nothing to try and fix either the existing law or make something new which might help fix the problem.

    Ron Lietke, unabashed patriot in Vancouver, WA replied:

    Marc, Republicans only yielded to the law of the land, namely the 10th amendment contained in the Bill of Rights: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    wjm in Colorado replied:

    Marc, Nice try idiot, The Republicans have tried to pass innumeral legislative attempts, all shot down by Harry Reid and Obamao. Get a clue. We have constantly tried to reign in your marxist statist treason, to no avail. You want a plan, read the Constitution, its a great place to start to move back to. You don’t like that plan, move to Cuba or North Korea, because I’ll be damned if I’ll let you do that to America.

    Mike McGinn in People’s Republic of Maryland replied:

    Marc,

    Healthcare costs are skyrocketing BECAUSE of government meddling as opposed to IN SPITE OF their meddling.

    If you want to see healthcare costs go down, then get the government out from between the consumers of healthcare and the providers of health care.

    As it is now, there are two, and often times three layers. First there are the insurers (and government has ensured through various rules and regulations that people no longer simply pay healthcare providers for their services…almost everthing is paid for via insurance). Second there are the employers who provide the health insurance. Do you get your car or home insurance through your employer? Then why do you have to get it through your employer? This was, again, a result of unintended consequences of government meddling when wage controls were put in place in the middle of the last century. Lastly, it is all the government-mandated coverages that insurers must provide…even if the customer doesn’t want it…or the inability to buy insurance across state lines.

    In every case, it’s the government that is the root cause of the problem.

    Hamilton in IL replied:

    Marc,

    First of all, doctors have always been paid from near the top of the totem pole because there’s not many of them. It’s damn hard to become a doctor. Few are smart enough to make it through medical school, and few have the moxie make it through residency. They are somewhat of an elite group, like astronauts or nuclear physicists.

    With the free market system, its always been understood that with greater competition, prices come down. If the complaints, prior to Obama being elected, were over the high cost of medical care, then introducing more competition would have been the way to go. How about doing something to attract more people to the medical field?

    Instead, Obama and his Liberal Democrats stifled competition via government regulations on health insurance policies and the payouts, and they continue to expose doctors and hospitals to nuisance lawsuits. With the threat of price controls/statutorily reduced compensation for medical workers, along with the ever-increasing cost of medical education, existing doctors are retiring early and less students are looking at medical careers – at a time when Obamacare wants to bring more people in for taxpayer-funded, i.e. debt-producing, “free” health care. Obamacare is managing to accomplish just the opposite to what was needed. It’s producing more customers and less providers. Just about everything Obama and his Liberal Democrats touch gets screwed up. Is there any wonder why people think Obama is intentionally trying to destroy this country?

    These are the cold, hard facts

    XCpt in the ether replied:

    What was really wrong with the “old system” was that the government was already involved through Medi-Care and MedicAid. Those programs were nothing more than fronts to transfer money to insurance companies that then wrote the rules on what the billing rates would be and Hospitals charged accordingly.

    Hospitals/Medical Care is an industry like any other, they rely on customers to stay in business. If they weren’t receiving federal subsidies for the services they performed then they would have to compete on price like any other industry and the price for medical care would be lower through competition.

    Now the government has mandated that you buy health insurance, just another plug to the insurance and medical industry to charge as much as they want and be funded by taxpayer dollars.

    Ron Lietke, unabashed patriot in Vancouver, WA said:

    Obama and his collaborators (I should say comrades) are pathological liars, believing that the ends justify the means. Any question as to where they are really coming from can be found in the writings of Vladimir Lenin. On repeating lies. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” On justifying lying, “There are no morals in politics; there is only experience.” On demonizing opponents, “It is, of course, much easier to shout, abuse, and howl than to attempt to relate, to explain.”

    Mike McGinn in People’s Republic of Maryland said:

    Larry Summers, notes that, as a result of the O’Care failure, “a shadow has been cast on the government’s competence.”

    No, Larry. It’s not that a shadow has been cast on the government’s competence. Instead, a light has been shined on it’s incompetence.

    OregonBuzz in Oregon said:

    I think it is very interesting that everybody is ranting and raving about “glitches”, the website is down, it doesn’t work, the 800 number doesn’t respond, there are no signups from Oregon, and other useless whining, ad nauseum. Those things are not the issue. The issue is that this “healthcare portal” or whatever else you wish to call it is a farce. It’s not supposed to work. In my own opinion the ACA website was intended to fail. First it was a no bid contract which is highly unusual especially when the technology required is basically in the public domain, and there are numerous software design companies capable of doing the job right. Normally there would be a request for bids/quotes (RFQ) put out to various companies. Uh, Microsoft??? The law was never about providing affordable health care. It actually being used to transfer massive power to the Executive Branch. How is it possible that the government can assemble, build and manage the most complicated surveillance system in the world designed to gather massive amounts of personal data on people all across the globe and yet cannot assemble a relatively simple health care web site?
    We’ve been warned about this scenario before.
    “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. From there it’s a short step to all the rest of socialism.” Ronald Reagan

    Adrien Nash in Crescent City replied:

    You err is ascribing a level of intelligence to the dumbocrats which they do NOT possess. Cloward & Piven is and always will be a blindly stupid pipe-dream, just like socialism. Neither take reality into account, -the reality of human nature as well as the U.S. Constitution and States Rights.

    Chaos would not empower the Dumocrap party to pass massively authoritarian socialized medicine but instead would result in the complete collapse of trust in their honesty, integrity, competence, and intelligence. The bigger the mess they make, the greater will be their defeat at the ballot box.

    Cause & Effect. The rejection of totalitarianism would rise-up strongly if the frog is not very slowly brought to a boil. ObamaCare turned the heat way up and the frog is now aware it is being boiled. It won’t sit still for that. The dumocrats were too stupid to not do it gradually, like all of the other socialist programs of the last hundred years. They went several bridges too far and now will be cut off.

    Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

    One BIG lie to get this passed was 40-50 million were uninsured and needed government help.
    This was always about government seizing control and eliminating the freedom and rights of the American people, not about helping anyone but the so called power elite.

    Frank in Alabama said:

    It never has been about affordable insurance. It is about subsidized insurance. It is affordable only if someone else is paying for it. For ever 15 people helped 85 are worse off.
    Korean War Vet in Papillion, Nebraska replied:

    You’re right, Frank; that’s why the crazies are pulling the hair out of their bobbing noggins in order to get the young people signed-up for this idiotic bill of fare; so that there are enough screwballs in the system to pay for itself.

    Patrick in Houston replied:

    WJM, Marc knows the 85 didn’t get their policies canceled because President Obama said “If you like your policy, you can keep your policy, period!” (strangely, the Anointed One didn’t say anything about “If you like your rate, you can keep your rate”. I’m sure that was just an oversight on his part…) According to Marc, the Easter Bunny is going to bring free healthcare insurance to all the good (i.e. Democrat) little boys and girls.

    Jerry in Muskegon said:

    This Affordable Healthcare Act is nothing but another program to siphon Taxpayer monies to be used for other clandestine purposes. Both the creation of the computer programming and the now work to fix functional problems has been estimated to have cost 600 million dollars to date–AND THE SAME COMPANY WHOSE TOP MANAGEMENT INCLUDES A COLLEGE FRIEND OF MICHELE OBAMA IS DOING THE WORK. NOT ONLY TOO COSTLY BUT SMELLS OF COLLUSION.

    http://constitutingamerica.org/ Constitution promoting website by Janine Turner

  2. arnash says:

    What scandal?

    Bob: “Did you hear about the scandal tied to the Obama administration?

    Jim: 1. “You mean the Mexican gun running?”

    Bob: “No, the other one.”

    Jim: 3. “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”

    Bob: “No, the other one.”

    Jim: 4. “You mean voter fraud? Or the military not getting their votes counted?”
    “Or the NSA recording our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

    “Or the drones in our own country without the limits of law?”

    “Or giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

    “Or the IRS targeting conservatives?” “Or the DOJ spying on the press?” “Or Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

    “Or giving Solyndra $500 MILLION DOLLARS and three months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
    “Or maybe the president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, including felons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

    “Or perhaps the president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”
    “I know, -the 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama!”

    Bob: “No, not those.”

    Jim: 19. “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”
    “Or the Feds giving millions in contracts to firms owned by fictitious people?”
    “Or the Appeals Court’s sharply worded opinion that Obama was simply flouting the law with plans to close the Yucca Mountain repository simply because of policy objections?

    Bob: “No, none of those.”

    Jim: “I know, -the Feds admitting improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records.

    Bob: “Nope.”

    Jim: 24. “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

    Bob: “Nope.”

    Jim: 25. “Hillary, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

    Bob: “Nope.”

    Jim: 26. “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! – You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and who stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?

    Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

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