The Night before an Obamacare Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Obamacare soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of check-ups danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When on my laptop there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the desk I flew like a fiend,
Hit the on button, and threw up the screen.

The view on my screen looked like new-fallen snow
Which gave the lustre of disfunction to the browser, you know,
When, to what to my wondering eyes should appear,
It was healthcare.gov, but it didn’t look very clear.

My little old laptop used to be so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment the website would stick.
Slower than snails the site it did load,
“This will be better soon” the administration had sold
Now escape key, control tab, escape key again,
Control alt delete, I just wonder when,
This site won’t work, it won’t work at all!
I just rebooted, it continues to stall!

 As turtles that before a cold-front sit
This is taking so long, I just wanted to quit
I called the number that was listed there,
They’d all went home, without even a care.

 And then, it started twinkling, and I heard a small sound
The screeching and spinning of my hard drive going round
As I shook my head, and was thinking it’s done,
I watched the press conference, it wasn’t much fun.

 She was dressed in a suit, from her head to her toe,
And her clothes were well pressed, she was going to a party, you know.
A bundle of people stood behind her back,
She looked like a bureaucrat, leading her pack.
Her eyes-how they twinkled! Her look was so scary!
Her cheeks were so pale, her nose like little berry,
Her droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
As she prepared her white lies, as white as the snow.

She smiled so tightly, baring her teeth,
Her hair was so white, it circled her head like a wreath.
She had a thin face and a story so wrong,
I laughed when she said it, good, hard and long

 Then the head man said “I’m sorry” with glee,
We’ll get this fixed real quick, you see,
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
He said “This is the Republicans fault” you’ve nothing to dread.

 He spoke no more words, but went on to other work,
And I sat at my laptop, and felt like a jerk,
He issued a statement, through the press it arose,
We’ll hold someone accountable, or we won’t, who knows?
He sprang to the White House, to Jay gave a whistle,
“Take no more questions, pluck them out like a thistle,”
But I heard him exclaim, as he left in a whiz,
“Happy Obamacare to all, if you can get it, that is!”

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Kicking the can down the road (The lie of the year)

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Get your snake oil here and now, we might be gone tomorrow…

Politifact has named “If you like your plan you can keep your plan” as the lie of the year. The article is linked below. Read it as it deals the repeated deception of this administration as it applies to the Affordable Healthcare Act. They cite such things as

“PolitiFact counted 37 times when he’d included no caveats, such as a high-profile speech to the American Medical Association in 2009: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

And still, yet another Obamacare deadline has been pushed back. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pushed the deadline back for individuals who want to be covered on January 1st from Dec. 23 to Dec. 31. In addition, HHS is asking insurers to accept payments through the extended date and still offer coverage on Jan 1.

Enrollment is far below the numbers anticipated since the marketplaces has been unable to be accessed on their website Oct 1st.

The administration announced 364,682 million had selected an insurance plan on the marketplace since October 1st. Of all enrolled, 227,478 had enrolled by the 16 state-based marketplaces and 137,204 on the federal exchange on Healthcare.gov, which serves 36 states. They had originally projected 3.3 million would have enrolled by the end of December

Included in these numbers is the fact that they have no idea how many people have actually paid yet, nor, according to Sebelius testimony, will they. Which means they have no idea how many people are actually going to be covered. Sebelius was adamant in her Senate hearing that they were unable to project how many people would be actually covered since only those that paid would be considered covered. A day later, they apparently have changed their mind and are going to ask insurance companies to extend coverage to those who’ve not yet paid. I guess. Or maybe not. How can anyone tell what they are doing with their “law” at this point?

Snake oil, get yer snake oil here!!

They just keep kicking the can down the road. Wonder when it will stop.

It just appears to me these people do not have any idea what they doing.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/dec/12/lie-year-if-you-like-your-health-care-plan-keep-it

Working hard or hardly working? A Senate hearing

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All about piles of our money

I’ve been sick. I noticed the Senate hearings hearing on CSPAN over the ACA with Kathleen Sebelius. I believe we’ve talked about Senate hearings before, during the Benghazi hearings. Republicans attack, Democrats through softballs. You can tell they’re a Republican or Democrat by their opening. I’ll provide a summary of the hearings, with the admission I didn’t make to the end. Ok, couldn’t make it to the end. I’m making these comments under the idea that the ACA is really about healthcare and not about income redistribution. Anyway, here’s a few of my own highlights.

Henry Waxman, D-California, starts his speech by highlighting the politics surrounding this and says “All of this is exacerbated by wild propagandist political statements that have been made even today.” Then goes on to quote the Congressional budget office, which he mentions as non-partisan, and quotes their “estimates” for future enrollment and coverage and points to these as how successful the ACA will be. Honestly, Henry? That’s why you’re there today, because every estimate that’s already been made has not been close to being achieved, has been a failure. So, you cannot point to future estimates as signposts of success. How do these people get away with this?

Then, Henry, you made what to me is the coup de gras of bad arguments, argument by anecdote. You quoted “Stephanie of Pennsylvania.”  This terrible tactic should be reserved only for the Presidential State of the Union addresses.

Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee asks about how much money is obligated.

Sebelius replied that; “To date, through the end of October 2014 we’ve obligated 677 million dollars for total IT costs, and so far have outlaid 319 of the 677.” So, you’ve spent half already, and we’re not any farther than this?

Rep John Dingell, D-Michigan, says that Republicans are employing scare tactics instead of encouraging people to sign up and that “doubt exists where none exists nor should.” Did someone just roll you out of your coffin? Did you really say that no doubt should exist about something that so far has been a unmitigated cluster? Dingell didn’t even give us the courtesy of quoting “Stephanie from Pennsylvania.” He read letters from “a constituent.”

Rep. Joe Barton R-Texas, points out that the system isn’t done, how are people going to pay to make sure they have coverage in January?

Sebelius assures him this will not happen. They’ve planned for this. Sure Kathy, you’ve been on point with everything else.

Barton points out the administration is not following their own law on providing subsidies to people who must go through their state exchanges as the law requires. Sebelius defers to the Justice dept. Barton asks her what’s her stance? She defers to the Justice dept. So, is it the law or not?

Democrats like to generally point out that enrollees are increasing, and this is a good thing. They don’t like to point out it’s not hard to go up from zero.

Michael Burgess, Rep-Texas, calls out Sebelius on several points. The biggest one that he closes with is that he himself, has signed up, and was unable to make his payment. So, how are they going to make sure people are going to be covered when they can’t pay? In addition, he asks her if she has any idea how hard it is to make the payment in the first place, (money-wise for people who don’t have a lot) and additionally when it’s a technical dead-end. She has no answer. Time expires.

Next comes Representative Ed Whitfield R-Kentucky. Ed, you are so on point. He starts out by mentioning the fact that when the most comprehensive change for healthcare ever in America went to the floor, no one could offer an amendment. Then, he follows with this:  “This all could be leading to a two-healthcare system. One for the wealthiest Americans, and everyone else under the ACA. That is exactly what has happened in other countries that have went down this path.” Yea, chilling point indeed.

I also like Whitfield because he kept referring to a simple fact that this administration is unaware of. When you talk about things being “paid for” you are referring to taxpayer’s money. The “subsidy” is taxpayer’s money. We’re all playing in the biggest Ponzi scheme ever. (He didn’t say this, I did).

Congressman John Shimkus and Sebelius had the most heated exchange over “mandated coverages.” At one point he says “It’s like talking to the Republic of Korea or something.” Yea, he actually said that. Got pretty heated then.  He goes on to point out that Sebelius promised a list regarding policies that had abortion services. He asks for this list. Sebelius says it listed on the plans. Basically, she doesn’t have it and is not providing it even though she apparently promised it.

It’s a circus spectacle.

Congressman Timothy Murphy, R, Pennsylvania, points out that a lot of numbers are being thrown around pertaining to how many have signed up, how many have paid more, how many have paid less, etc., and that it would big good to have the actual facts. Sebelius does not have any facts pertaining to any of those subjects. She goes on to say that basically they won’t be able to tell them anything. That’s my paraphrase, anyway. But if you think she’s going to produce any hard numbers or facts about anything, inbox me, I’ve got some real estate for sale.

Ok, enough, we’re not accomplishing anything here, back to some On Demand.

Two final points….

The Democrats like to wave the “people are only losing their plans because they’re bad plans” BS. Which is the typical “We know what’s better for you than you know what’s better for you” elitist drivel of the left wing. I’m sure we’re going to hear this in various forms for quite a while now.

People have until the 23rd to sign up. Then they have until the end of the month to pay. So that would be December 31? Have any of these idiots thought about the fact that people that are having to pay for these plans will have to pay 6 days after Christmas? Does this not occur to any of these people? Personally, I don’t think they care one way or another. If you really gave a damn about the working man, you could’ve at least moved those dates.