Ouch, this is gonna hurt

Obamacare enrollment appears to have hit the wall

By Thomas Lifson — April 7, 2015 | American Thinker

John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily has been examining the numbers on Obamacare enrollment and discovers that, contrary to predictions of millions more signing up, new enrollments are dying up.

Earlier this year, the Obama administration hoped to boost ObamaCare sign-ups by offering a special enrollment period for millions who didn’t know about the individual mandate penalty until they filed their taxes.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/04/obamacare_enrollment_appears_to_have_hit_the_wall.html

Evidently the same geniuses designed Obamacare as the global warming agenda. Obama sycophants say “you just want to see it fail.” Well, the problem is what failure means: the more it fails, the more expensive it will get. No one is hoping for that.

But it was entirely predictable when Dems did a bill called the affordable care act. I guess this explains Obama shifting his emphasis to his unconstitutional executive amnesty. One scandal or diversion after another.

More fallout on Gruber

Live from Australia, it’s Prez know-nothing at the G-20 Summit commenting on Grubergate.

Obama: We didn’t mislead on health care bill

David Jackson, USA TODAY | November 16, 2014

President Obama says he and his administration did not mislead the public on the financing of the health care law, disputing statements by a consultant who said supporters of the bill took advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters.

“The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters is not a reflection on the actual process that was run,” Obama told reporters at a news conference following the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

“I would just advise every press outlet here: Pull up every clip and every story,” Obama said. “I think it’s fair to say there was not a provision in the health care law that was not extensively debated and was fully transparent — it was a tough debate.

From Politico:

“While Gruber was not a staffer, he was a paid consultant whose models were used to help assess the impact of various policy changes being considered as part of health care legislation. Official logs show he visited the White House about a dozen times between 2009 and this year.

More: www.usatoday.com/2014/11/16/obama-health-care-law-jonathan-gruber-g-20-news-conference/

It’s official, not only did they kick the prestigious professor Gruber to the curb, they completely disconnect him to the Obamacare bill.  Fully transparent, extensively debated – and fair to say that?  Back to the lying mode.

Once again, the Oval Office Occupant says he is just learning about this. I imagine Gruber will be stunned to find he had nothing to do with it. All those personal meetings apparently counted for nothing. Gruber is deemed less important than the WH fence jumper.

Politico reported:

When the president was asked whether he had intentionally misled the public in order to get the law passed, he replied: “No. I did not.”

Obama said the notion that any provisions in the bill were hidden is absurd given the intensity of news coverage of the subject when the bill was being drafted and debated in Congress.

Pelosi repeals history

The great thing is Gruber gives the opposition the way to personalize Obamacare. We heard Dems claim there were so many designers in the system, and of course behind closed doors, that they don’t want anyone responsible or tied to it. The beauty of group think is no one is accountable or blamed. But Gruber gave us the perfect opportunity.

The progressive Left lives and breathes to personalize their attack on an issue. (per Alinsky) And you know how important it is when San Fran Nan comes out deny even knowing who Gruber is. It was the one thing O-care lacked by its nature.

Nancy Pelosi at a House Speaker News Conference on November 5, 2009:
‘I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis…’

November 13, 2014:

“Well, you gave an interesting set of observations, but one that you skipped is Mr. Gruber’s comments were a year old, and he has backtracked from most of them. He’s not even advocating the position that he was at some conference. So I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill. With all due respect to your question, you have a person who wasn’t writing our bill, commenting on what was going on when we were writing our bill, who has withdrawn some of the statements that he made. So let’s put him aside.”

Yea, let’s put no shove Gruber aside…off a cliff. “So I don’t know who he is.” And how will she deny all the money he was paid to be influential on it? What happened to that analysis she promoted? It’s the tax, stupid.

And how about a great shout out to that “hero, John Kerry”? This thing has more personalization on it than they would like. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” — and then no one is held responsible… away from the fog of accountability.

RightRing | Bullright

The Gruber story that didn’t exist does

There just has to be as much political posturing going on with MSM as Obama’s team did in Obamacare. First blood has now been drawn.

Hot Air has this nice, informative piece.

The hits keep coming: Gruber celebrates ‘mislabeling’ Obamacare in video #6

November 14, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The hits just keep on rolling in. After the previously unknown investment advisor Rich Weinstein established that there was a literal trove of videos featuring Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber speaking candidly and in strikingly impolitic ways about the health care reform law and the American public he helped deceive, the mainstream press is now getting in on the act.

The sixth installment in the series of videos featuring Gruber crucifying himself was uncovered by CNN’s Jake Tapper:

The issue at hand in this sixth video is known as the “Cadillac tax,” which was represented as a tax on employers’ expensive health insurance plans. While employers do not currently have to pay taxes on health insurance plans they provide employees, starting in 2018, companies that provide health insurance that costs more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family will have to pay a 40 percent tax.

MORE http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/14/the-hits-keep-coming-gruber-video-6/

Where do you go from there? MSM was definitely and defiantly not covering the story. Now CNN’s Trapper jumps on board. So there is a story there, what do you know. They probably just needed time to source it and all.

When all this kicks in, what a time it will be. Why did they pick the arbitrary date of 2018?

“But by starting it late, we were able to tie the cap for Cadillac Tax to CPI, not medical inflation,” Gruber said.

“This was the only political way we were ever going to take on what is one of the worst public policies in America, and every economist should celebrate this,” Gruber insisted.

“It’s on the books now,” Gruber added

Obama did the equivalent of planting a time bomb set to go off in stages. We just haven’t seen or felt the entire effects yet. I think GM ought to jump on a law suit for the name Cadillac tax, especially since they were using it to promote the program.

Same theme rings a note

It’s time for another custom comparison. I do it for perspective, to avoid being myopic on one issue, and to keep the larger picture in mind. That includes the greater principles involved — or problem as the case may be.

In this one it is Obamacare, the VA scandal, and the IRS scandal.

So here we are with Obamacare, or Affordable Care Act as they like to call it. We now see even more evidence of what went into cooking up this abuse of power. Yes, abuse of power is the central theme to all this. “We’re from the government…”

They passed Obamacare using every trick they could think of, and used every scheme they could devise in writing it. They assumed people had to be lied to. So they lied in creating it, then they lied in promoting, ie selling it. They used all the contorted methodology they could to ram it through a Party line vote. They had backroom deals and closed door meetings in creating it. They used government abuse to get it passed. They took money from another government program in trouble to fund it.

Then there were all the promises or, as I call them, lies they used to make us feel good about it. Something with that many lies to sell it must be pretty bad on the face. They embedded all these taxes and then said but they aren’t taxes. Then the Supremes did call it a tax and upheld it on those grounds. Why there are even sub-scandals like the Louisiana Purchase, “Cornhusker Kickback” for Nebraska, and now the money Gruber was paid while designing and promoting it. Mary Landrieu’s 300 million dollar Louisiana Purchase turned into a 4.3 billion dollar windfall. Then the controversy over state exchanges.

Where is the VA in this? The VA and government employees systematically schemed to limit and cheat healthcare for military vets. You have the schemes, and then you have the abuse and trail. Though it is criminal what they actually were doing but now they treat it as though it were a disciplinary infraction of policy, rather than policy. What they did was akin to a pyramid scheme. If some people complained, point to the great benefits of the system and claim it just needs more funding to correct it.

Behind it all, they were lying to people and keeping separate secret lists. Then even getting bonuses based on false premises. The sacred obligations we have toward veterans, and the trust therein, was broken. Though little can undo the damage done, but they make gestures to correct the systemic abuse within the system. But now it gets even worse in the fallout. They suspend or fire some people while what was done is criminal, especially to veterans. (even media termed it a scandal) But employees have protections, you know.

The IRS was intentionally targeting swaths of people, but we weren’t supposed to know that. Discrimination anyone? They claimed they were treating everyone the same. (with suspicion?) They claimed it was a few rogue employees apparently freelancing. So they lied. They feigned outrage when faced with the problem. Then we find it went further, deeper into the caverns of bureaucratic planning than they want us to think. Oops, can’t even feign outrage over that, so deflect and dismiss it.

Then we see the trail of scheming to cover up, right through testifying. They issue blanket statements to substitute for actions. They used their political disagreement with a Supreme decision as grounds for their selective political targeting. Finally, IRS is the enforcement arm for ObamaCare.

In all these scandals, they also blamed Republicans: for resisting Obamacare and misnaming it; for playing politics with the VA though problems were systemic; for even calling the IRS thing a “scandal” and an abuse of power. Some Dems applauded and encouraged the behavior.

In Obamacare they lied to create it and push it through. In the VA, they said they were improving the process. In IRS, they lied that it was a problem or abuse. There is a vacuum of accountability for any of it. Not even admission. Real lives are affected and damaged by all. They even called the IRS scandal a partisan witch-hunt, talk about irony to the tenth power.

Then they lie from the podium about the problems and scandals claiming Obama et al were completely unaware of the problems. It’s a little hard to say you were fixing or correcting the problems when you claim you were not aware of them.

Can you say abuse and misuse of power? Its a running theme throughout the administration. Even while we are looking at one area of government abuse, they and Obama are steaming toward another abuse of power. It’s so bad they will create a scandal to cover a scandal.

Of course there is the coverup: hard drives crash, emails are somehow lost, records are lost or destroyed. But they are upset at what conservatives call things — scandals, Obamacare, corruption. They are still selling Obamacare on the ‘wet noodle principle’, throw it at the wall if it will stick. The Constitution is being shredded and they are worried about what it is labeled. There was knowledge, intent and misuse of government power. And yes, they were all sponsored by “change you can believe in”…”yes we can.”

So, it’s Republicans fault for not liking it, and people are too stupid to understand.

RightRing | Bullright

We’re not in Kansas anymore

Eight States Are Facing Double-Digit Premium Hikes In 2015

11/12/2014 | Daily Caller

Louisiana and Kansas are facing Obamacare premium hikes of more than 15 percent on average. Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will see rate lower double-digit rate hikes as well.

And it doesn’t include information from Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, North Dakota or Massachusetts. Alaska alone has some of the highest rate hikes on Obamacare exchanges in the country — Premera Blue Cross is upping rates between 35 and 40 percent and Moda Health by between 22 and 29 percent.

More: http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/12/eight-states-are-facing-double-digit-premium-hikes-in-2015/

Effects of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) aren’t just for policy wonks in think tanks.

Obamacare, the home edition

Some doctors wary of taking insurance exchange patients

Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY 10:34 a.m. EDT October 28, 2014 | USA Today

Now that many people finally have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, some are running into a new problem: They can’t find a doctor who will take them as patients.

Because these exchange plans often have lower reimbursement rates, some doctors are limiting how many new patients they take with these policies, physician groups and other experts say.

“The exchanges have become very much like Medicaid,” says Andrew Kleinman, a plastic surgeon and president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. “Physicians who are in solo practices have to be careful to not take too many patients reimbursed at lower rates or they’re not going to be in business very long.”

More: USA Today

It’s all up to the physicians, is it? Sure, blame doctors. But if they were adding as many people as they claimed they were going to, how is this not predictable? Let’s see, more patients, same amount of doctors, reduced rates. But it was all upside, right?

Narrowing the networks. Like what doctors control the networks? Don’t we get it? Its all about limiting choice and availability to bring the cost down. The best part of this whole smokescreen is who to blame? The insurance company blames the doctors. Doctors can blame the networks for their payment rates and the fact that they can’t handle the patient load. Never mind those rate hikes, too. All this finger pointing and guess who is not on the front burner to blame?

They claimed to be adding 30 million more people, by command.I suppose next they could tell airlines they have to increase the number of passengers on planes. Voila!

The problems were predictable. Back in Hillarycare days, Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said that “anyone who thinks [Hillarycare] can work in the real world as presently written isn’t living in it.” That seems where back to the future has brought us. Is it any wonder it is still plagued with problems? (even as many times as it has been rewritten) Ramble off.

RightRing | Bullright

People should cut spending on cable etc. for Obamacare

On March 6, 2014, President Obama conducted a town hall meeting with Spanish-language media regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. He was asked about the concerns of many Latinos that the law is simply too expensive. He suggested that some families may be spending too much on cable television or cell phones, and not enough on health insurance.

Yep that’s the problem. Get rid of the phone and the cable bill and then you can have ObamaCare for the cost of your cell phone bill. So that’s what he meant.

RightRing | Bullright

From Outer Limits to Unlimited Arrogance

From talking about “outer limits” of executive power — or exploration of — to limitless arrogance. This one just might have topped his lie of the year.

H/T – PUMABydesign001

Obama to OFA Volunteers: You Are Doing ‘God’s Work’
Free Beacon:

President Obama told Organizing for Action volunteers their efforts to combat conservatives and enroll people in Obamacare is “God’s work” Tuesday at an OFA event in Washington, D.C.

The arrogance meter is officially shattered.
H/T – PUMABydesign001

RightRing | Bullright

Many unsure on buying insurance in Obamacare

Two-Thirds of Uninsured Not Sure They’ll Buy Insurance Under Obamacare

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 06:12 PM

By Greg Richter

Two-thirds of Americans currently without health insurance are uncertain they’ll buy insurance under Obamacare once it is fully implemented in 2014.

And if they don’t, the Affordable Care Act could face trouble, CNBC reports. There are penalties for not purchasing health insurance under the law that takes effect Jan. 1, but in the first year, those penalties are much smaller than the cheapest health coverage plans.

If too few people who are currently uninsured sign up it could raise costs for everyone else, said Laura Adams of InsuranceQuotes.com, which commissioned the poll.

In the survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, 64 percent of the uninsured say they have not made up their minds whether they will buy health insurance by the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline. Ten percent say they definitely will not buy insurance, opting to pay the fine instead. Only 19 percent told pollsters they intended to comply with the law and buy health insurance.

“Many people are taking a wait-and-see attitude,” said Amy Bach, executive director of the insurance consumer advocacy group United Policyholders. “People are still in the dark about what their options are going to be — and they’re skeptical that the penalty for not buying insurance is going to be enforced, at least in the first couple of years.”

In Obamacare’s first year, the fine is $95 per adult or one percent of income, whichever is highest. The penalty is half the adult amount for children under 18.

The penalty goes up every year, landing at $695 or 2.5 percent of household income in 2016.

Fewer than half of those surveyed believe they’ll get better health care under Obamacare. Almost half think it will be harder to get tests and procedures performed in a timely matter.

Although the law allows for tax credits to help pay for insurance coverage for those with low incomes, 68 percent believe they won’t qualify.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obamacare-uninsured-insurance-adults/2013/06/03/id/507813?s=al&promo_code=13B4C-1

H/T to Dave for article

Gee, I wonder why…

So half the people have no confidence in timely treatment. Just great.

Considering 42% of people don’t know it was enacted much less anything about it. That will probably only get higher as soon as it goes into effect, and they do know. And the additional paperwork is bound to make an impression.

Dem Max Baucus called it a “train wreck coming”. I think its already here.

Obama: “I think that any time you’re implementing something big, there is going to be people who are nervous and anxious about is it going to get done until it’s actually done.”

But 42% of the people don’t even know it is passed…or done! And a majority of Americans do not like it. That’s not nervous.

Abc reported:

[Obama] went on to say those who would have trouble with implementation were the roughly 48 million Americans who are uninsured to begin with, a minority of the population.

Oh, that 48 million he claimed this was for and that it fixes that problem. What crap.

HHS today released new applications for individuals and adults looking to get health insurance. Officials cut the forms down from 21 pages to seven pages for a family and three pages for an individual.

The applications ask nothing about medical history, beyond whether the applicant or a family member is pregnant and whether they have a condition that “causes limitations in activities … like bathing, dressing [and] daily chores.”

Instead, they resemble tax forms, inquiring about income, Social Security numbers and employment history. They also ask for contact information and race-ethnicity.

The application for families says members of the family who do not require health coverage do not have to list immigration status or Social Security numbers.

President Obama touted the new forms as one of the “refinements” his administration has made with respect to the Affordable Care Act in recent months.

“The challenge is that, you know, setting up a market-based system, basically an online marketplace where you can go on and sign up and figure out what kind of insurance you can afford and figuring out how to get the subsidies, that’s still a big complicated piece of business,” Obama told reporters at a news briefing the morning the new application was released.

More :http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/04/obamacare-poll-finds-42-of-americans-unaware-its-law/

Even Obama describes it as “a big complicated piece of business“….no, it’s all more like a big complicated piece of BS, from inception to reality.

Related sources: http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-april-2013/