Tag Archive: Single-Payer


How Hillary Could Make ObamaCare Worse

 

 

 

 

” An ABC-Washington Post poll shows 61 percent of Democrats support Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, far more than other contenders. If she wins the White House, health reform could become even more painful than ObamaCare.

  Clinton ducks questions about her views on health reform. But the plan she proposed in 1993, as first lady, raises concerns.

  That proposal was even more coercive than ObamaCare. She put price controls on doctors and limits on how much health care the nation could consume annually and how much you could buy for your own family — even if you paid for it yourself.

  True, that was 20 years ago. But it’s an important window into her thinking.

  Before Americans choose candidates for 2016, they ought to ask how much power they want government to have over their health care and whether Clinton stands by the coercive plan she proposed the last time she was in the White House.

  Start with whether the government should force us to have insurance. The Obama administration is using ads and street fairs to convince people to get covered. Millions are still saying “no.” ObamaCare penalizes the uninsured but also offers exemptions, including just pleading “hardship.” “

 

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Who’s Buying Obamacare, In Three Charts

 

 

” More than 2.1 million Americans selected private health plans through healthcare.gov and state-run websites through Dec. 28, the Obama administration announced today. Another 1.6 million were judged eligible for Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor. Most of the new enrollees in private health plans—1.8 million—signed up in December, after the White House relaunched the Affordable Care Act’s stuttering website on Dec. 1.

  Most of the people who bought coverage on the exchanges this fall got subsidies to help them afford the premiums. That’s in contrast to the first month of the program, when less than one-third of buyers were subsidized. People earning up to four times the poverty rate—as much as $96,000 a year for a family of four—can get help buying coverage.”

 

Business Week has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TNR: Why, Yes, ObamaCare Is A Trojan Horse For Single-Payer

 

 

 

” Now it can be told. Emphasis on “now”:

 

Obamacare Trojan Horse

 

 

” Precisely. ObamaCare will stumble along for the rest of the year, with a new wave of public irritation to come once small businesses start dumping employees onto the exchanges en masse, but the prospects for repeal will remain dim even if the GOP takes back the Senate. The numbers in Congress just aren’t there to beat an Obama veto, and by 2017 so many millions will have been assimilated into the program that some critical mass of GOP centrists will end up taking a “mend it, don’t end it” approach. Only an adverse-selection catastrophe on the exchanges will raise premiums enough (or require a hefty enough federal bailout) to endanger the program. And lefties like Michael Moore and Noam Scheiber, who wrote the TNR piece, know it. That’s why you’re starting to hear them talk more openly about single-payer: Partly it’s because they want to get a jump on nudging the Democratic agenda to the left for 2016, partly it’s because they want repeal-minded Republicans to be happy with the status quo, but partly too it’s a simple product of safety. They can talk about this now because, unlike early 2010, there’s no political risk in doing so.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rasmussen Poll: Obamacare Opposition Reaches All-Time High

 

 

” The opposition to Obamacare is at a fever pitch, with an all-time high of 58 percent of voters surveyed saying they’re against the requirement that every American be covered by health insurance, a Rasmussen poll reveals. 

  Also, for the second month in a row, 51 percent of insured voters and 45 percent of uninsured voters said they think overall quality of healthcare will decline because of Obamacare, says the Rasmussen Reports phone survey released Monday.”

 

Newsmax has the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicaid Expansion Brings Latest Unpleasant Surprise From Obamacare

 

 

 

 

 

” Now we have the latest in the long and growing list of unpleasant “surprises” about the Affordable Care Act.

  It turns out that expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income Americans increases rather than decreases visits to hospital emergency rooms.

  According to just-released results of a new study published in the journal Science based on 10,000 low-income residents in Oregon newly covered by Medicaid, emergency room visits were 40 percent higher than those with no insurance at all.

  It was supposed to be the opposite. Supposedly, a big driver of our high expenditures in health care has been due to those without insurance going to emergency rooms.

  So get more of these folks covered with government health insurance, they stop going to the emergency room, and we all save money. Right? Wrong.”

 

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Obama’s Promise Of “Competition” In Obamacare: Also False

 

 

 

” Here’s what the President said in 2009:

My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition. That’s how the market works. Unfortunately, in 34 states, 75 percent of the insurance market is controlled by five or fewer companies. In Alabama, almost 90 percent is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down.

Heritage expert Alyene Senger has bad news for President Obama: Obamacare did absolutely nothing to fix that.

“In the vast majority of states, the number of insurers competing in the state’s exchange is actually less than the number of carriers that previously sold individual market policies in the state,” Senger reveals in a new report. “

 

     This lie should have been apparent to all from the very beginning . The State does not foster competition by regulation . The only way for competition to grow is for the State to mind it’s own business and let the markets prevail . The insurers/businesses involved will , assuming a lack of government interference , produce and market goods and services that the public is anxious to buy . The very notion that by mandating the purchase of something the government is encouraging competition is laughable and belies a complete ignorance of the marketplace and economics , though what else should we expect from an administration with the least business experience EVER ? You doubt us , you say ? Check the link and the graphic below . 

 

Source: Infectious Greed, http://paul.kedrosky.com/archives/2009/11/does_obama_admi.html

 

    And people wonder why the economy is still in the tank five years on … to Obama that’s a feature , not a bug . Face it , if your entire entourage comes from the legal , media , academic or political sphere how would you know how to create jobs ? There is not a soul among our Feckless Leader’s inner circle that has ever PRODUCED a single useful thing that could benefit the public at large or that created jobs for same .

    To be blunt , Obamacare is the antithesis of competition and was designed as such . It was crafted not to generate competition but to ultimately create a monopoly … a government monopoly called “single payer” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Palin Slams D.C.’s ‘Corrupt Bastards Club’ In Ferocious Column

 

 

 

” Sarah Palin has had enough of the Republican establishment in DC fighting harder against the conservatives who put them in office than the Democrats and she’s firing back at the corrupt bastards in DC.

 

…Today, doesn’t it seem like we have a Corrupt Bastards Club in D.C.? On steroids? It might not be as oily and obvious as its Alaska counterpart, but it’s just as compromised because its members, too, are indifferent to what their actions mean for We the People.

I’m prepared to be attacked for suggesting this comparison of the D.C. political establishment with the CBC. But I call it like I see it. And lived it. The fight over defunding socialized healthcare, aka Obamacare, should have opened everyone’s eyes to call it the same.

…When Harry Reid laughs and says, “Yes, yes! Absolutely, yes!” when asked if his goal was to move Obamacare to a single-payer system of full socialized medicine, he’s spilling the truth. The evidence is right before our eyes. Please open yours, GOP establishment.

…So what was the GOP establishment’s game plan to fight this march towards socialism? They’ve been busy denouncing Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and their supporters, along with the good House Members who fought for our one chance to defund Obamacare. But what were the wayward Republicans’ alternative plans? They thought we could ignore the implementation of Obamacare and simply focus on some future electoral victories in the hope that some day the stars will align and we’ll have super majorities in the House and Senate along with a Republican president who would hopefully repeal this disastrous soon-to-be set in stone new “entitlement.” “

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