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Obama's pledge that "no one will take away" your health plan

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“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. 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.”

– President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009 (as the health-care law was being written.)

“And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.  No one will be able to take that away from you.  It hasn’t happened yet.  It won’t happen in the future.”

– Obama, remarks in Portland, April 1, 2010, after the health-care law was signed into law.     

“FACT: Nothing in #ObamaCare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”

– tweet by Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, Oct. 28, 2013, after NBC News airs a report that the Obama administration knew “millions” could not keep their health insurance.

The Washington Post says many readers have asked us to step back into time and review these statements by the president now that it appears that as many as 2 million people may need to get a new insurance plan as the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, goes into effect in 2014. As we were considering those requests, one of Barack Obama's most senior advisers then tweeted a statement on the same issue that cried out for fact checking.

The Facts

Obama's pledge that "if you like your insurance, you will keep it" is one of the most memorable of his presidency. It was also an extraordinarily bold -- and possibly foolish -- pledge, unless he thought he simply could dictate exactly how the insurance industry must work.

At the time, some observers noted the problems with Obama's promise.

After Obama made his speech before the AMA, the Associated Press ran a smart analysis -- "Promises, Promises: Obama's Health Plan Guarantee" -- that demonstrated how it would be all but impossible for Obama to keep that pledge. The article noted that the Congressional Budget Office assumed that 10 million Americans would need to seek new insurance under the Senate version of the bill.

Meanwhile, in the Republican weekly address on Aug. 24, 2009, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a doctor, made this point: "On the stump, Obama regularly tells Americans that 'if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.'  But if you read the bill, that just isn't so.  For starters, within five years, every health-care plan will have to meet a new federal definition for coverage -- one that your current plan might not match, even if you like it."

One might excuse Obama for making an aspirational pledge as the health-care bill was being drafted, but it turns out he kept saying it after the bill was signed into law. By that point, there should have been no question about the potential impact of the law on insurance plans, especially in the individual market.

As we have noted, a key part of the law is forcing insurers to offer an "essential health benefits" package, providing coverage in 10 categories. The list includes: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

For some plans, this would be a big change. In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services noted: "62 percent of enrollees do not have coverage for maternity services; 34 percent of enrollees do not have coverage for substance abuse services; 18 percent of enrollees do not have coverage for mental health services; 9 percent of enrollees do not have coverage for prescription drugs."

The law did allow "grandfathered" plans -- for people who had obtained their insurance before the law was signed on March 23, 2010 -- to escape this requirement and some other aspects of the law. But the regulations written by HHS while implementing the law set some tough guidelines, so that if an insurance company makes changes to a plan's benefits or how much members pay through premiums, co-pays or deductibles, then a person's plan likely loses that status.

If you dig into the regulations (go to page 34560), you will see that HHS wrote them extremely tight. One provision says that if co-payment increases by more than $5, plus medical cost of inflation, then the plan can no longer be grandfathered. (With last year's inflation rate of 4 percent, that means the co-pay could not increase by more than $5.20.) Another provision says the co-insurance rate could not be increased at all above the level it was on March 23, 2010.

While one might applaud an effort to rid the country of inadequate insurance, the net effect is that over time, the plans would no longer meet the many tests for staying grandfathered. Already, the percentage of people who get coverage from their job via a grandfathered plan has dropped from 56 percent in 2011 to 36 percent in 2013.

In the individual insurance market, few plans were expected to meet the "grandfathered" requirements, which is why many people are now receiving notices that their old plan is terminated and they need to sign up for different coverage. Again, this should be no surprise. As HHS noted in a footnote of a report earlier this year: "We note that, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we expect grandfathered coverage to diminish, particularly in the individual market."

Indeed, at least six states -- Virginia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Wyoming and Kansas -- require insurance companies to cancel existing policies, rather than amend them, if the grandfathered coverage lapses.

Now, it's important to note that many people -- perhaps a large majority -- are receiving notices that they have lost their insurance plan because they were never grandfathered in the first place. In other words, they got a plan after the bill was signed into law back in 2010. If that's the case, they have no option but to accept the more comprehensive insurance mandated by the law.

Still, it's worth remembering that insurance companies pressed throughout the health-care debate to allow people to keep the policy they had effective at the end of 2013.  The consequences of the unusual March 23, 2010, cut-off date are now being felt. HHS, when it drafted the interim rules, estimated that between 40 and 67 percent of policies in the individual market are in effect for less than one year. "These estimates assume that the policies that terminate are replaced by new individual policies, and that these new policies are not, by definition, grandfathered," the rules noted. (See page 34553.)

Moreover, it's certainly incorrect to claim, as some Republicans have, that people are losing insurance coverage. Instead, in virtually all cases, it's being replaced with probably better (and possibly more expensive) insurance.

In recent days, administration officials have argued that the plans that are going away are "substandard" and lacked essential protections -- and that many people may qualify for tax credits to mitigate the higher premiums that may result from the new requirements.

"Now folks are transitioning to the new standards of the Affordable Care Act which guarantee you can't be denied, you won't be kicked off of a policy because you developed a problem, you may be eligible for tax credits, depending on your income," said Marilyn Tavenner,  administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "So these are important protections that are now available through the Affordable Care Act."

Or, as White House spokesman Jay Carney put it: "It's correct that substandard plans that don't provide minimum services that have a lot of fine print that leaves consumers in the lurch, often because of annual caps or lifetime caps or carve-outs for some preexisting conditions, those are no longer allowed -- because the Affordable Care Act is built on the premise that health care is not a privilege, it's a right, and there should be minimum standards for the plans available to Americans across the country."

But such assertions do not really explain Obama's promise -- or Jarrett's tweet. There may be a certain percentage of people who were happy with their "substandard" plan, presumably because it cost relatively little. And while Jarrett claimed that "nothing" in the law is forcing people out of their plans "unless insurance companies change plans," she is describing rules written by Obama's aides that were designed to make it difficult for plans to remain grandfathered for very long.

As the HHS footnote mentioned above stated: "We note that, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we expect grandfathered coverage to diminish, particularly in the individual market."

The Pinocchio Test

The administration is defending this pledge with a rather slim reed -- that there is nothing in the law that makes insurance companies force people out of plans they were enrolled in before the law passed. That explanation conveniently ignores the regulations written by the administration to implement the law. Moreover, it also ignores the fact that the purpose of the law was to bolster coverage and mandate a robust set of benefits, whether someone wanted to pay for it or not.

Obama's statements were sweeping and unequivocal -- and made both before and after the bill became law. The White House now cites technicalities to avoid admitting that he went too far in his repeated pledge, which, after all, is one of the most famous statements of his presidency.

Obama's promise apparently came with a very large caveat: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan -- if we deem it to be adequate."

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Obullshit!

MSNBC Presents numerous examples of Barack Obama demonstrating his ability to lie with a straight face.

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Can we finally stop pretending?

Jeffrey T. Brown says every day, it seems, more people who have been screaming their hatred for those who predicted all we see coming true are admitting what we have known all along. Barack Obama is incapable of telling a truth, and what conservatives have been predicting for three years about ObamaCare has been entirely correct. Indeed, we haven't seen anything close to the worst of what is to come, since the system hasn't even begun to function in its utmost state of disarray and confusion. We've seen a website and estimates of premium and deductible figures which have been panic-inducing all on their own. There is not one single fact about this monstrosity that has been truly presented by Obama, and his law, its destruction of lives and fortunes, and the pattern of fraud that have accompanied it rest solely and squarely on the Democratic Party. They did this to the United States of America and they did it on purpose.

The left has fought the factual arguments of their opponents with screaming accusations, smears, slanders, and character assassination, with the hysterical label of "racist" trumping all others. It has become reflexive, and thus almost meaningless in its lack of substance, but not entirely so. It bespeaks a psychosis that infects every response of the left to facts, experience, knowledge, and hard-earned wisdom. The finger pointing has been calculated and malicious. And it has been sadly effective with the indoctrinated. Many on the left actually believe that reasoned, factual opposition to policies founded on lies is motivated by racism, rather than what such policies have done and are doing to those who have the courage to speak out against them.

In truth, conservatives care little about race, other than in its use as a weapon by the left. Conservatives embraced Dr. King's message from the outset, at the same time that liberals were setting up a grievance system designed to pollute and exploit it. Conservatives care about policies, not skin color. Opposition to ObamaCare was never about bigotry or hatred. It was about logic, and foresight, and reaching self-evident conclusions. It was about the truth. So mentally conditioned to acceptance of the smear has the left become, however, that they are entirely unprepared to coherently explain what is now unfolding before their eyes.

For those on the left who seem befuddled by the train wreck that is ObamaCare, perhaps some introspection is in order. The political lynching of conservatives for the last five years has been an unmitigated lie. Everything conservatives predicted is coming to pass. Every truth they told is playing out publicly. The serial prevaricator who is our president has finally been exposed in ways that even his staunchest spinners cannot spin. The crashed $643 million dollar website, the skyrocketing premiums, the job losses, the dropping of plans by insurers, all of it is out there now regardless of Obama's skin color, which was never the issue except to the extent that it has protected him from responsibility for what he has purposefully done, even to his supporters.

So, can we finally stop pretending that the left has a positive plan for the United States? Can we stop pretending that Obama meant to do anything other than destroy a system he has hated since his socialist-influenced youth? Can we dispense with the unhinged rants about dog whistles and face up to the fact that conservatives have been right about this all along? Can we finally openly discuss that the left's own hatred and bigotry are largely to blame for where we are now, not just regarding ObamaCare? They have protected, helped and worshiped an illusion, with pure malice toward those who have loved and fought for this country, and are entirely complicit in the damage now being done to every fiber of our nation. They have intentionally derailed reasoned opposition to purposefully detrimental policies, and have exploited hatred and bigotry to do it. Their own hatred, now so clearly shown to be unfounded, doesn't just inform the left with regard to health care, or opposition thereto. It informs everything the left does, every position they take, every feeling they have. It is their malignant security blanket.

For decades, every time we have faced serious issues as a country, the outcome has had more to do with liberals' hatred of their opponents and traditional American values than with solving problems constructively. Before so immediate and punitive a mess as has been the implementation of ObamaCare, we have been without a single, irrefutable teaching device with which to demonstrate the utter malice that is all of progressivism and liberalism, or what it portends for the future of every citizen of our country. We can argue reasoned predictions and logic until the cows come home, but nothing is as personal as a direct assault on those who have loyally bought and perpetuated the lies through their well-conditioned hatred and bigotry of those who, shockingly, were actually correct.

We now have a teachable moment. A window has opened for many who have been lifelong Democrats to see what they have been suckered into doing to themselves and their fellow citizens, and for whom. Perhaps they possess enough remnants of objectivity, and a long enough memory, to recognize in hindsight the purposeful falsity of the vicious and very personal attacks they saw, and possibly cheered, from their own party representatives during the recent government shutdown, and for years before that. Maybe there is enough intellectual honesty left in some of them to finally understand the extent to which they are misled, misinformed, manipulated, and misrepresented by those who pretend to stand for anything constructive or beneficial to their country or its future. The very same people angrily uttering those lies proudly voted to impose ObamaCare upon them, along with financial hardship and the loss of health insurance. Pathological liars are not especially selective. They lie about everything to everyone.

Can we finally stop pretending that they are not also lying to us about everything else? Can we stop pretending they are not lying to us about guns, and abortion, and voter fraud, and voter ID laws, and taxes, and the economy, and the environment, and education, and energy, and job creation, and national security, and international relations, and Islam, and their assault on Christianity, and amnesty, and entitlements, and stimulus, and recovery, and Fast and Furious, and Benghazi, and the IRS scandal, and a war on women, and our borders, and domestic surveillance, and weakening us militarily, and their supposed loyalty as Americans, and their phony patriotism, and American Exceptionalism, and our history, and our national character, and the historical good our country has done, and what they really have planned for us, and what we will achieve when we are out from under the heel of burgeoning socialism and despotism?

And yes, can we finally stop pretending that we are a racist country? Can we stop pretending that perceived racial problems don't derive from Americans who profit from oppressing and discouraging other Americans, and that the profiteers don't share the same party affiliation, and often the same skin color, as the "oppressed"? Can we stop pretending that the American left is not irrationally bound and determined to remake our country into a cesspool of misery and failure allegedly out of some demented sense of fairness, to be ruled over by those who seek only to control, rather than improve the lot of the people they are supposed to raise up?

When that light finally comes on, let us not miss the opportunity to drive home what conservatives have always known. We cannot emerge from this darkness and achieve our full potential as a nation until we stop pretending that everything we are told by the left is not a lie.


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A lie from day one

Betsy McCaughey says from Florida to California, consumers are getting notices their health plans are cancelled. They were promised they could keep their plan if they liked it. That was a lie. They've been duped and dropped.

The liar is none other than Obama of the United States. On June 15, 2009, Baracl Obama told a town hall meeting that "No matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise…. if you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

The fine print in his health law proves that he never intended to keep that promise.

Sec. 1251(a)(1) of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) says that no one can be required to give up a plan in effect on March 23, 2010, when the law was passed. Those plans are "grandfathered." But following that guarantee is a list of costly requirements that made it difficult for insurers to keep offering your plan.

It gets worse. Union plans were "grandfathered" with none of those fine print tricks and exceptions [Sec. 1251(d)].

The law also left open the possibility that Obama could impose additional requirements on grandfathered plans (except union plans). Two months after ObamaCare was passed, the IRS, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services -- all reporting to Obama -- churned out hundreds of additional rules to make it even harder for grandfathered plans to survive.

The rule makers knew they were turning Obama's promise into a flim-flam. They estimated that up to 69% of individual plans and 89% of small group plans would be cancelled by the end of 2013 as a result of their rules. (Federal Register, June 14, 2010.)

Obama understood that Americans don't want socialized medicine or big government poking into their healthcare. So when he campaigned to pass ObamaCare, he told the public what it wanted to hear: that his plan would help the uninsured and leave everyone else alone. After all, 85% of Americans had insurance, and most were happy with it.

Obama's pledge never matched up to the actual law. The law epitomizes "Washington knows best" paternalism. Everyone must have the one-size fits all health plan designed by "experts." It's like passing a law saying the only cars we are allowed to buy are four-door sedans. No hatchbacks, no convertibles. The assumption is we are too stupid to make our own choices.

Most of the policyholders dumped this month no longer had their grandfathered plans. Their current plans were cancelled because they don't provide the "10 essential benefits." Essential, that is, according to the experts. Fifty-year old couples must pay for maternity care. And straight arrows must pay for substance-abuse treatment.

The administration's supporters lie about what's causing the millions of policy cancellations. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a chief architect of the law, told Megyn Kelly on Fox News' Kelly Files last Friday night that "it's not the law doing it, that's the insurance company deciding for business reasons."

Seniors in Medicare Advantage plans are getting a similar run around when they ask about why their doctors are being axed. United Healthcare cut thousands of cardiologists and other specialists from Advantage plans in the New York metro area and Connecticut during October. So much for the promise that grandma can keep her doctor.

That was a lie from day one. Cuts to Medicare pay for over half Obama's health law. ObamaCare reduces payments to Medicare Advantage plans by a whopping $156 billion over a decade. Richard Foster warned Congress on April 22, 2010, when he was chief actuary of Medicare, that the cuts would force about 7.4 million seniors to give up their plans.

Lesson: Believing Barack Obama is dangerous to your health.


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Uphill battle to pass ObamaCare gave Team Obama great temptation to lie

Josh Feldman is reporting that on last night’s Kelly File, Brit Hume told Megyn Kelly that there was such an uphill battle to get ObamaCare passed in the first place, there was an obvious "temptation" on the part of the White House to fudge the numbers in order to have just enough votes to pass it.

Hume referred to the "valley of the shadow of death through which the president and his health care program are now traveling," and said there was a long-running "suspicion" about a deliberate cover-up. Kelly wondered how Barack Obama could still not know about the overwhelming issues to come with over three years to get the program ready.

Hume said this is going to have significant political consequences for the Democrats and the only way for the White House to turn the tables is for the site to get up and running, people getting new insurance policies that they like, and it being done in sufficient numbers to overshadow all the overwhelmingly negative stories about the health care program so far.

In other words, there’s no "immediate relief" on the horizon.


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If you are going to survive Obama you are going to have to accept a few basic truths.
 
1. Obama lies and just not a little. In fact it happens so often and is so easy for him, it is much more difficult to catch him telling the truth than it is to catch him lying.
 
2. He knows more about his golf bag then he knows about what is going on in the world. This is why whenever anyone asks him a difficult question about anything he never knows the answer. If you really want an intelligent answer ask Valerie Jarrett. She may not know the answer but, at least she knows where to get it.
 
3. And this one is important! If you really want to get down to where the rubber meets the road, you have to realize and accept that ObamaCare was never really about health care. It's about power and population control. These Obots don't really care if any of us live or die. All they are really interested in is where we are, what we are doing and which side of the fence we should be allowed on.
 
4.The fundamental transformation of America is no joke and no real true American likes what they see happening to the country. You can take this one to the bank.
 
You know I could go on with these all night but, the bottom line is that America is being stolen right before our eyes and without a shot being fired. Our treasury is being systematically drained and our national wealth is leaving the country by the shipload. In three more years of this there won't even be enough left for the buzzards and hyenas to pick at. ~~~ *M*


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What did Obama know? The Sergeant Schultz presidency

Jeff Dunetz says the presidency of Barack Obama will be known as the Sergeant Schultz presidency. With every crisis, every scandal, Obama claims, he knows nothing, sees nothing. Just look at the record:

  • The Department Of Justice's Subpoenas For The Associated Press " Q: "When did the President find out about the Department of Justice's subpoenas for the Associated Press?" CARNEY: "Yesterday. Let me just be clear. We don't have any independent knowledge of that. He found out about the news reports yesterday on the road."
  • Solyndra- REPORTER: "This is a question about Solyndra: Has the President been briefed about what has developed on that-just has he been briefed at all about the questions being raised or just what his administration…" JAY CARNEY: "I think he's probably read some news accounts of it-I'm not aware that he's been briefed.

  •  Obamacare's Website "Problems'  CNN's SANJAY GUPTA: "The president did say that he was angry about this. I mean do you know when he first knew that there was a problem?" SEBELIUS: "Well, I think it became clear fairly early on. The first couple of days, that..." GUPTA: "So not before that, though? Not before October 1st?" SEBELIUS: "No, sir." 
  • Spying on our allies leaders: The account suggests President Barack Obama went nearly five years without knowing his own spies were bugging the phones of world leaders." (Siobhan Gorman and Adam Entous, "Obama Unaware As U.S. Spied On World Leaders: Officials."

Then there are other issues where Obama didn't know, such as Benghazi where he claims he didn't realize it was a terrorist attack until weeks after others in his administration knew.

It seems absurd that a politician who works so hard to control the political message didn't know about any of this before we did. Or in the case of the bugging of foreign leaders he didn't know about it before Edward Snowden.

Yesterday, we learned from NBC News, Obama knew millions of people were going to lose the insurance that they had and would be forced on to a different, possibly more expensive website three years ago even as he continued to say it wouldn't happen.

As a country we are being ask to pick between bad choices. Either Obama is such a lousy manager he doesn't know how to ask probe and ask questions of his subordinates to gather information on important questions, too removed to bother, or is such a tyrant that the people who report to him are much too frightened to tell him the truth. The only other (and most likely) possibility is that Obama is lying to the American people.

Obama has often said that the buck stops with him:

This guy is no Truman because when people ask what did Barack Obama know and when did he know it, Obama answers he knew nothing until two minutes ago. 


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"Biggest, single domestic policy lie in presidential history"

 


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The high cost of ObamaCare deception

John Hayward says Barack Obama's Rose Garden press conference on the ObamaCare disaster featured a group of 13 human props, lined up on stage behind him to put a face on the alleged virtues of his health care scheme.  It turns out none of them had actually purchased an ObamaCare insurance plan, and only three of them had even completed the application process.

What a perfect summary of the disastrous incompetence and fundamental dishonesty of Barack Obama’s “signature achievement!”  Three weeks in, his gigantic political team couldn’t find any actual “happy customers.”  They had to settle for a couple of people who look forward to maybe doing some shopping on the exchanges one of these days.  They might not like what they find, assuming they can cudgel anything but a stream of error messages from the system.

Adding to the grim humor of the day, Obama waved off the $400 million website catastrophe – which he rather bloodlessly claimed he was “as angry about as anyone,” although he sounds a hell of a lot angrier when describing Americans who are reluctant to pay higher taxes or let him run up more debt – and suggested calling the ObamaCare phone number instead.  This phone number is easy to remember, because it spells out 800-F1U-CKYO on a keypad.  A few conservative journalists immediately tried calling the number – not many so-called “mainstream media reporters” seem terribly interested in calling Obama’s bluffs just yet – and were either told that health care options couldn’t be discussed over the phone… or ran into recorded messages telling them to use the non-functional website.  Then the entire phone system dissolved into a brick wall of busy signals.

All of this ridiculous crap is happening because Obama and his allies can’t bring themselves to be honest with the American people about anything.  One of ObamaCare’s central flaws is its pervasive dishonesty.  You don’t need thousands of pages of legislation and an eight-foot stack of regulations when you’re on the level, respecting the populace enough to offer them true equality under the law.

Among the major reasons Healthcare.gov is a useless mass of frozen windows and error messages is that the designers placed a high priority on concealing the true cost of insurance plans from American voters.  The system won’t let you browse through health care plans until it has collected a ream of identifying data from you, accessed various government databases, computed your eligibility for subsidies, and backed out the amount that will be covered by your fellow tax serfs.  Many of the prices this bug-riddled system does cough up are inaccurate, and will have to be somehow corrected later.

Much of the talk about ObamaCare enrollment and applications is deceptive, because it’s lumping people interested in buying insurance policies with those who get shunted into the greatly expanded Medicaid welfare system.  The number of people who have actually bought policies is falsely portrayed as an impenetrable mystery that won’t be resolved until sometime in November.  But this was not supposed to be nothing better than a Medicaid recruitment drive, and if it was, it wouldn’t have cost over a trillion dollars to implement it.

Whatever else one might think of the individual and employer mandates, at least they followed a fairly straightforward line of reasoning.  It was never really presented honestly to the public – they heard a lot of grumbling about free riders gobbling up emergency-room time, but that was never as big a problem as it was made out to be, and in any event ObamaCare isn’t going to do much about it.  The real problem is that forcing insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions places a gigantic financial burden on them, especially if it’s possible to pass on buying an insurance policy until becoming seriously ill.  Thus, the trans-constitutional tax/not-a-tax individual mandate is supposed to force everyone into the insurance market.

But even that mechanism is applied dishonestly, because the tax/penalty starts out very low, and we were loudly and clearly told on numerous occasions that it was not a tax.  It was magically changed into a tax by the Supreme Court in order to keep ObamaCare alive, after years of Barack Obama insulting (and on at least one occasion, laughing at) anyone who dared to claim it was a tax.  If the system had been presented honestly from the beginning, Americans would have been told they would pay a huge tax if they failed to buy government-approved health care plans, and the tax would have been big enough to remove paying it and skipping out on ObamaCare as an option for most people.  And that would have freaked the electorate right the hell out, wouldn’t it?

We all know about Obama’s towering “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie.  He lied shamelessly about insurance premiums going down, too.  The contrary developments are not stunning, unexpected surprises.  Everyone familiar with the health insurance industry knew they would happen.  Truly affordable health insurance does not offer a slew of expensive, mandated benefits that some customers don’t want.  Insurance companies are not in the business of losing money by selling products at a loss.

But of course, one of the essential myths of “health care reform” has always been that only the unreasonable greed of private insurance companies kept everyone from enjoying dirt-cheap coverage.  Obama-style command economics can’t actually provide that either, but if the public can be kept from exploding in outrage for a little while longer, the truth will no longer matter.

Much of ObamaCare’s complexity, both as a law and as a glitchtastic computer system, is created by presenting the illusion of consumer choice, to fool people into thinking they are still “shopping” at something approximating a “market.”  The Soviet Union used to do the same thing with its “grocery stores,” and the results were not dissimilar.

It is often postulated that ObamaCare’s architects designed it to fail, paving the way for single-payer socialized medicine.  It’s not so much a process of failure, collapse, and rebirth as the loss of illusions, stripping away the extraneous junk added to ObamaCare so voters wouldn’t understand just how radical the transformation of American society would be.  If they can be kept confused and off-balance through a few more crucial elections, it will no longer be necessary to make any pretense of respecting their will, and the last bits of free-market capitalist costuming can be ripped away from the rough beast that has always lurked within.  Our deteriorating ability to say “no” was the only reason this elaborate and expensive charade was ever needed.


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Rush asks, "have we ever had a more dishonest president?"

I just listened to a little bit of Obama at his press conference, and it is obvious that you didn't get scared enough over what the Republicans are trying to do with the shutdown and Obamacare. So now he's really piling it on in this thing, and it is so over the top. And, folks, what he said is just not true. I mean, from start to finish, what he said about the debt limit is not true. The Republicans have got to come out when this is over, somebody has to go to a microphone and correct this ASAP.

He's using words like "nuclear bomb," "hold hostage." He said, "The American people don't get to demand a ransom when they have to pay their mortgage." The American people also don't get to pay their mortgage by raising their debt limit and going to the Fed, Mr. President, and having them print money for it.

I'm asking myself if we have ever had, as I listen to it, and I'm not exaggerating, I'm asking, in my lifetime, have we ever had a more dishonest president? I mean, with all due respect, what he just said about the debt limit is… Well, I don't know how to characterize it. It was dead wrong. This is a man who voted twice against raising the debt ceiling when he was a senator. He did it once in March of 2006 and again in September of 2007. So it obviously can't be a crime against humanity. Now, what he said was that -- and he reiterated it. He said (paraphrasing), "Just because we raise the debt limit doesn't mean we're gonna go into more debt. The Republicans want you to believe that that's what we're gonna do." And he said, "If we don't raise the debt limit, we will not be able to pay our bills." And Warren Buffett has called that a nuclear bomb, and he quoted a couple of other people.
 
I'm telling you, don't take my word for it. He's lying. Or let me say it a different way. He's wrong. That is so incorrect. We will not default with the debt limit where it is. It's not even possible, folks. Every month the federal government collects income and other tax revenue, and the amount of revenue that the government collects every month is much more than is needed to pay our bills, and paying our bills is essentially paying the interest on the debt. That's it. And we have the money to do that, whether the debt limit changes or not, and he is just making it up when he tells people otherwise.

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"Raising the debt ceiling will not raise the debt" is like saying punching a hole in the bottom of a gas tank doesn't make the gas run out, technically gravity does that.  Technically true maybe, but a ridiculously misleading and realistically untrue statement.

But as inevitable as gravity, Obama will spend the money to push the deficit up to the ceiling in the next year.

The other two statements are outright lies.  And he knows it.
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Mark Levin bashes "serial liar" Obama's "scare tactics"

Josh Feldman says it’s rare to see conservative radio host Mark Levin make a television appearance, and even rarer to do it on a network that isn’t Fox News, but nevertheless Levin appeared on CNN’s The Lead on Friday, reacting to President Obama‘s impromptu address on an impending government shutdown, telling Jake Tapper that the president’s a "serial liar" and bashing "French Republicans" selling out their own party.

Levin mimed a yawn in reaction to Obama’s phone call with Hassan Rouhani, noting the irony of Obama being willing to engage with the president of Iran then turning around and talking about Republicans "as if they’re holding hostages." On Obama calling Congress undemocratic for trying to undo Obamacare, he sarcastically mused, "So the only Congress that was democratic was the one that passed Obamacare," and dismissed Obama’s "scare tactics."

Levin also bashed "French Republicans," defining that term as a Republican who "beats up on conservatives and is constantly praising the Democrats," then turns around and pretends to be a conservative. He dismissed the severity of a government shutdown, while Tapper asked why it would be "fair" for Republicans to use the debt ceiling as a "bargaining chip."

Tapper noted Obama’s argument that Republicans are the stubborn ones saying "my way or the highway." Levin said both parties are to blame to a certain degree, declaring that "this whole federal system is completely out of control."


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First I think it's inaccurate to refer to The Affordable Care Act as Obama’s primary legislative accomplishment. Instead I believe it would be closer to the truth to refer to it as Obama's primary legislative embarrassment. Lastly people need to wake up and realize that ObamaCare's real purpose has little to do with medical care and a lot to do with controlling the American population!  
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Government by Community Organizers, lying is what they do.  They create and exacerbate social problems to propagandize the ignorant to demand the "solution" that the Organizers want.  Does it really solve the problem? Is it practical and affordable? Don't matter!

Besides, they want to nationalize health care, that is the real goal.  Obama Care is a Designed to Fail interim program to facilitate the "solution" that American people would not accept.
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Just anecdotes

BadBlueNews says as thousands of firms slash workers and hours, the White House continues lying to the American People

In a press conference earlier today, White House spokesman Jay Carney denied that ObamaCare was having a negative impact on employment and the economy.

"The aggregate truth … does not bear out claims that the Affordable Care Act is causing employers to drop employees from insurance," he told skeptical reporters at the daily White House briefing Thursday.

 When one reporter asked him to comment on the news that the Securitas security firm has told 55,000 of its employees to find their own insurance on the taxpayer-subsidized markets, Carney replied, "That’s an anecdote."

...Throughout the briefing, he fended off questions about the economic impact of Obama’s primary legislative accomplishment.

He dismissed a stream of bad-news announcements as unrepresentative of reality.

"You have anecdotes. … There is no systematic evidence. … That has not been happening across the country in any systematic way," he insisted.

Carney is a bald-faced liar.  Survey after survey after survey by human resources consulting firms prove -- beyond a shadow of a doubt -- that ObamaCare is crushing employment.

According to an April survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 41% of 603 small business owners said they have delayed hiring because of the federal healthcare law. One in five already cut hours, while 20% have reduced payroll.

Mercer, a human resources consulting company, said its own survey found that 12% of all U.S. employers reported plans to reduce workers' hours as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. The impact was more pronounced in the retail and hospitality industries, with 20% of employers saying they will cut part-time hours.

 Coming from the same administration that used the slogan "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" for a solid year, Jay Carney's lies are not unexpected. Though how such an egregious enemy of the American people can live with himself is a question for historians to contemplate.

These are people's lives that the master planners in Washington are playing with and ruining. They are playing dice with people's lives. And no matter how much damage they do, their ideology prevents them from ever admitting they're wrong.


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Obama lied -- my health plan died

Michelle Malkin says: like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors.

Or rather, we had such a plan.

Last week, our family received notice from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado that we can no longer keep the plan we like because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)." The letter informed us that "(t)o meet the requirements of the new laws, your current plan can no longer be continued beyond your 2014 renewal date."

In short: Obama lied. My health plan died.

Remember? Obama looked America straight in the eye and promised: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also lied when she pledged: "Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them."

This isn't just partisan business. It's personal. Our cancellation letter states that Anthem is "not going to be selling new individual PPO plans." When we asked whether we could keep our children's doctors, an agent for Anthem told my husband and me she didn't know. The insurer has no details available yet on what exactly they'll be offering. We either will be herded into the ObamaCare federal health insurance exchange regime (launching October 1), a severely limited HMO plan, or presented with costlier alternatives from another insurer. If they even exist.

My family is not alone. Across the country, insurers are sending out ObamaCare-induced health plan death notices to untold tens of thousands of other customers in the individual market. Twitter users are posting their ObamaCare cancellation notices and accompanying rate increases:

Linda Deright posted her letter from Regency of Washington state: "63 percent jump, old policy of 15 yrs. cancelled." Karen J. Dugan wrote: "Received same notice from Blue Shield CA for our small business. Driving into exchange and no info since online site is down." Chris Birk wrote: "Got notice from BCBS that my current health plan is not ACA compliant. New plan 2x as costly for worse coverage." Small-business owner Villi Wilson posted his letter from HMSA Blue Cross Blue Shield canceling his individual plan and added: "I thought Obama said if I like my health care plan I can keep my health care plan."

Few among Washington's protected political class are paying attention, because they enjoy their lucrative government benefits and are exempted from ObamaCare's destructive consequences.

But one of my state's congressional representatives, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, also lost his individual market plan. Unlike most politicians on Capitol Hill, Gardner chose not to enroll in the federal health insurance program. He told me that he opted to participate in the private market "because I wanted to be in the same boat as my constituents. And now that boat is sinking!"

Gardner points to recent analysis showing individual market rate increases of 23 percent to 25 percent in Colorado. "After my current plan is discontinued," he wrote last week, "the closest comparable plan through our current provider will cost over 100 percent more, going from roughly $650 a month to $1,480 per month." He now carries his ObamaCare cancellation notice with him as hardcore proof of the Democrats' ultimate deception.

Maryland announced that its post-ObamaCare individual market rates could also rise by a whopping 25 percent. The National Association for the Self-Employed is recommending that its small-business owners and freelancers plan for at least a 15 percent increase nationwide. One of the reasons for those rate hikes, of course, is that ObamaCare's mandated benefits provisions force insurers to carry coverage for items that individual market consumers had deliberately chosen to forgo.

Americans who had opted for affordable catastrophic coverage-style plans now have fewer and fewer choices. This includes a whole class of musicians, photographers, artists, writers, actors and other creative people who purchased health plans through the individual market or through small professional organizations. As St. Vincent College arts professor Ben Schachter reports in the Weekly Standard, groups like the College Art Association, Modern Language Association and the Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust are dropping their plans. Young, healthy members of these groups "are far more likely to see their rates go up -- or to face the individual mandate penalties."

Thanks to Obama, access is down. Premiums and health care spending are up. Research and development on lifesaving drugs and medical devices are down. Hours and benefits have been cut because of ObamaCare costs and regulatory burdens by at least 300 American companies, according to Investor's Business Daily. And the ObamaCare layoff bomb continues to claim victims.

ObamaCare is destroying the private individual market for health insurance by design, not accident. For hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of self-employed job creators, three fundamental ObamaCare truths are becoming as clear as Obama's growing nose:

1) You can't keep it.
2) We're screwed.
3) The do-gooders don't care.

Related: Obamacare triples Kentucky family's insurance overnight


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Obama, and many other Democrats, are so divorced from the truth that they don't realize other people even recognize it, much less value it.  Their natural constituents are those that will believe anything if it is repeated often enough.
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Beyond delusional -- Obama says "the world is more stable than it was five years ago’"

Andrew Johnson is reporting that Barack Obama, who was speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, justified the NSA’s spying programs, arguing they have helped to stabilize the world in the five years since he took office. Obama said:

"As a result of this work, and the cooperation of its allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago."

Nonetheless, Obama also told the audience that the United States would review its surveillance practices due to concerns raised by the international community. Prior to the president’s speech, in her own remarks, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff sharply criticized the U.S. program, calling it a "breach of international law" and "totally unacceptable."

"I actually believe my own bullshit" -- Barack Obama as quoted in Renegade.


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" the full faith and credit of the United States" is only important when he is demanding a huge rise in the Debt Ceiling.  No budget, he won't even begin to say what he will actually do with the money. "Green Jobs" became huge loans to cronies that went broke. "Rebuilding the infrastructure" seems to have been ObamaCorp and buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammo.  "ObamaCare Navigators" is for financing OFA and Neo-ACORN Vote Buying and Vote Fraud scams.
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Syria "red line is just one of roughly 500 Obama promises that have come and gone

Fox News is reporting that Barack Obama vowing that Syria would "cross a red line" by using chemical weapons is far from the only marker he's laid down or promise he's tried to keep since running for president in 2008.

Obama has made more than 500 campaign-related promises alone. And just last week he re-drew a line in the sand for congressional Republicans flirting with shutting down the government over his Affordable Care Act and looking for spending cuts as part of a separate deal to increase the federal debt limit.

"That's not happening," Obama said. "I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States."

Obama has had mixed success in keeping that vow over the past few years.

He managed in January to get the debt ceiling raised without yielding to Republicans' demand for accompanying spending cuts.

However, in 2011 he failed to reach a "grand bargain" with House Republicans over the debt ceiling, forcing both sides to eventually accept a series of drastic spending cuts known as sequester.

"The sequester is not something that I've proposed," Obama announced in his final 2012 presidential debate. "It is something that Congress has proposed."

PolitiFact -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning project of the Tampa Bay Times that has essentially tracked all of Obama's major promises -- ruled Obama's argument "mostly false."

"It was Obama's negotiating team that came up with the idea," wrote PolitiFact.

The project finds that Obama has kept 241, or 45 percent, of his roughly 500 campaign promises, while breaking 118, or 22 percent, and compromising on roughly 25 percent. The remaining 8 percent are essentially still to be determined.

Though tracking a president's promises is among Washington's favorite parlor games, Obama's "red line" vow in August 2012 has perhaps become his most debated and closely watched -- as it plays out on an international stage.

Obama waited for months, amid reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using a chemical weapon in that country's roughly 2-year-long civil war. However, after reviewing compelling evidence about an Aug. 21 sarin-gas attack that killed nearly 1,500 Syrians, Obama said the United States must take military action.

Obama appeared to try to blur the red line when he said earlier this month: "I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line. … My credibility isn't on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line."

The outcome remains in flux as Congress, at Obama's request, considers whether to authorize the use of limited military force and Syria moves closer to a diplomatic solution in which it would put its chemical weapons under international control.

PolitiFact has picked Obama's top 25 promises and concluded he has kept nine, broken six and compromised on seven with three still in the works.

Among the most significant kept promises are removing U.S. combat troops from Iraq and ending the use of torture as an interrogation tactic on international prisoners.

Obama's failure to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and imposing tougher rules on the so-called "revolving door" for lobbyists and former officials are among the top broken promises for PolitiFact and others -- with a little more than three years remaining in his two-term presidency.

PolitiFact argues that Obama' path to citizenship remains a work in progress.

To be sure, he must wait for the Republican-led House to vote now that the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed the legislation.

The project also concludes Obama's promise to create 5 million new "green" jobs also is still in the works.

However, PolitiFact reports the federal government didn't count such jobs until this year, which make tracking the promise difficult. And the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan think tank, estimates the U.S. economy had 2.1 million green jobs in 2003 and 2.7 million of them in 2010, which would make the goal of 5 million hard to reach by 2016.

 PolitiFact also concludes Obama broke his promise to cut a typical family's insurance premiums by as much as $2,500 annually under ObamaCare.

However, the project didn't address Obama's June 2009 promise that "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period."

Unions have argued that ObamaCare could make the cost of insurance for workers under multi employer plans more expensive, forcing them into the so-called government backed "exchanges."

"The Obama administration and Congress must not allow this to happen," the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said this summer.


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Now who could have imagined this? Fifty five percent is roughly how much of the rest of his life that is fake and that is being nice! 
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55 percent of Obama's Twitter followers are fake

Josh Peterson is reporting that an incredibly high percentage of Barack Obama's Twitter followers are fake.

According to the Twitter analytics application, Status People, 55 percent of Obama's 36,802,378 Twitter followers -- or approximately 20,240,107 followers -- are fake.

A "fake follower," according to Status People, is a spam account following the user. During the presidential election season, candidates' Twitter accounts came under public scrutiny for possibly purchasing followers to try to bolster their social media credibility.

Twenty-four percent of Obama's Twitter followers are inactive, and only 21 percent -- or approximately 7,728,499 followers -- are real.

Obama's Twitter account has been active since March 2007, according to the Twitter analytics application Foller.me.

From the comments:  55% of his voters are fake, too.


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My question is; When is the last time you borrowed your way out of debt?
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