Choice, Liberal Style

Just in case you had any doubts:

Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.”

“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.

When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.” (LV Sun)

Major health insurance companies–Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana–have decided not to participate in various states in the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges that will be the only place Americans will be able to buy a health insurance plan using the federal subsidies authorized under the Obamacare law.
In Connecticut you had 6 choices. Now you’ll have 3.
That’s your “expanded” choice, Liberal Style.
 
Mind you, when I started this blog nearly years ago I came to the conclusion that this all ultimately led to driving the Insurance Companies out of business so you only had Mama Government to depend on anyhow.
That’s the Liberal definition of Choice. You choose what they want you to choose.
Nothing else. They know best.

If You Like Your Doctor,’ Hope Your Insurer Is Participating in the Exchange

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period,” Obama said on June 15, 2009.

“If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period,” he said.  “No one will take it away. No matter what.”

That promise, however, has been revised by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which now says, “you may be able to keep your current doctor” in the health insurance marketplace.

“Most health insurance plans offered in the Marketplace have networks of hospitals, doctors, specialists, pharmacies, and other health care providers,”HHS said on its website for the health reform law.  “Networks include health care providers that the plan contracts with to take care of the plan’s members.”

“Depending on the type of policy you buy, care may be covered only when you get it from a network provider,” they said. (CNS)

DON’T MAKE TOO MUCH NOW, YA HEAR…

Millions of families could be facing a bizarre situation: If they earn one extra dollar a year, their insurance costs will climb by thousands. It’s just one of the many perverse outcomes ObamaCare will create.

Whenever the topic of ObamaCare costs comes up — something that is occurring with increasing frequency as insurance companies start to announce sky-high ObamaCare rates for next year — backers boast about subsidies.

Who cares if premiums are high, they say, since many will get subsidies through an ObamaCare exchange. (TAXPAYER FUNDED OF COURSE!) But what ObamaCare groupies fail to consider is that these subsidies phase out, and do so in a way that will be extraordinarily punishing for many families.

As Terence Jeffrey explained on CNSNews.com, a middle-class family earning just one more dollar could, because of the way the subsidies are structured, end up paying thousands of dollars more for health insurance.

Jeffrey discovered this when he plugged sample income data into the Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Subsidy Calculator.”

http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/

A 56-year-old couple with two kids and $110,280 income would be right at the limit for ObamaCare subsidies, according to that calculator. (Subsidies phase out on incomes over 400% of poverty.) Even so, if they bought a $19,832 “Silver” plan through an ObamaCare exchange, they’d get $9,355 in premium subsidies.

But if their income were to climb to $110,281, their subsidy would drop to zero.

It’s even worse than that. ObamaCare also subsidizes out-of-pocket costs for lower-income families who buy Silver plans. And these, too, go away as income climbs.

A Commonwealth Fund report shows what this will mean to a family at the edge of the ObamaCare cliff. Once it goes over the income limit, its out-of-pocket maximum jumps from $8,066 to $12,100.

In other words, a family that has big medical bills and gets a tiny raise could suddenly face more than $13,000 in additional premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

There are mini-cliffs along the way, too, as the premium and out-of-pocket subsidies step down at various incomes.

Let’s say a family making $55,125 buys a $9,000 plan in an ObamaCare exchange. If its income climbs to $55,126, the premiums shoot up $1,800 and the out-of-pocket maximum jumps $2,000, according to a separate analysis by the American Cancer Society.

As a result, ObamaCare will create a huge incentive for millions of families either to hide income, earn it underground, or turn down a raise in order to avoid getting hit with these huge leaps in insurance costs.

But at least they won’t be “rich” assholes.

Oh, and many of them won’t have to worry about the cliffs of doom because they’ll be working part-time because their boss can afford them otherwise.

Utopia.

And this is only the first step to a much better Complete Government Control.

Rejoice.

This is on top of the many other unfortunate economic incentives ObamaCare will create.

Employers who want to avoid or minimize the massive cost of the employer mandate, for example, will do well to cut part-time hours to below 30 a week, since ObamaCare considers 30 hours full-time work. Many are already taking this step.

Companies also have an incentive to keep their full-time workforce below 50 people, since going over that exposes them to the employer mandate and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in new costs.

And as the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s James Capretta explains, ObamaCare will encourage employers to avoid hiring low-income families. Why? Companies pay a penalty only if a worker gets subsidized coverage in an ObamaCare exchange. Since wealthier families don’t get subsidies, the company won’t face any fines.

As a result, ObamaCare will end up hurting the very middle class families it was supposed to help.

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!  A Liberal “feel good” policies goes bad. Never saw that coming. I know they don’t. And I also know, they don’t care.

Anyone who thinks this all can be fixed with more tinkering to the law is missing the point. Whenever the government gets involved in a marketplace, it creates distortions that ripple across the economy. And these distortions almost always end up making the country less productive, less efficient and less prosperous.

The only way to avoid the perverse incentives that ObamaCare will create is to get rid of the law entirely.

But it’s the Holy Grail of The Left. Imagine the power of life and death at your command….

The Doctor: Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life, would you allow its use?
Davros: It is an interesting conjecture.
The Doctor : Would you do it?
Davros: The only living thing, a microscopic organism reigning supreme… A fascinating idea.
The Doctor : But would you do it?
Davros: Yes… Yes…
[raises hand as if holding the metaphorical capsule between thumb and forefingers]
Davros: To hold in my hand a capsule that contains such power, to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice… To know that the tiny pressure of my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything… Yes, I would do it! That power would set me up above the gods! AND THROUGH THE DALEKS, I SHALL HAVE THAT POWER!

Now just substitute Harry Reid for Davros and ObamaCare for Daleks….

Enjoy. 🙂

 
 
 
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Can I have an Order of Fear & Freeloaders, Please…

A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich.

And there’s nothing the state can do about it, at least for now.

Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show “Make Me Rich!” last June. But the state’s Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick’s attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.

Eligibility for food stamps is based on gross income and follows federal guidelines; lottery winnings are considered liquid assets and don’t count as income. As long as Fick’s gross income stays below the eligibility requirement for food stamps, he can receive them, even if he has a million dollars in the bank.

Food stamps are paid for through tax dollars and are meant to help support low-income families.

“If you’re going to try to make me feel bad, you’re not going to do it,” Fick told WNEM-TV in Saginaw on Monday.

After all, he’s “entitled”. As I have said before and will say again, Liberals are the greediest, most self-centered because they feel the most entitled to other people’s money.

Oh, and if you disagree with Liberals on this Grandma is going to be thrown off a cliff (that’s coming later on in this blog).

Then there are the frauds. Like AARP.

“I think I’m scheduled to get my AARP card in a couple of years?” President Barack Obama asked today.

“Anytime you want one,” the organization told him. “Platinum.”

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The stage was set at AARP, the powerful Washington-based lobby for senior Americans, for Obama to host another “town hall” forum on healthcare reform, where the president allowed that both he and his wife Michelle have “living wills” drafted but hope they don’t have to use them anytime soon.

“If you have insurance that you like, you will be able to keep that insurance,” Obama said of the healthcare reforms that he is pursuing on Capitol Hill. “Nobody is trying to change what works.” (Obama 2009)

They were a massive supporter of ObamaCare.

Now they get a waiver for their MediGap insurance. Their main rival, Medical Advantage gets savaged by ObamaCare.

Effectively, AARP is no longer a senior advocacy group, but just another “evil” “greedy” insurance company. But since they are in bed with Obama and the Liberals, that’s ok.

Their moral outrage is selective.

The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt “Medigap” policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.

Insurance providers who aren’t exempt from Obamacare’s rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.

The AARP is the nation’s biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare won’t cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies’ biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.

Though the White House and HHS dismiss allegations of political favoritism when it comes to who’s getting exceptions from the new health care regulations – such as in the recent uproar over the disproportionate number of Obamacare waivers that went to companies in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district — Obamacare critics say the mere appearance of the administration helping friends is disturbing.

The appearance of favoritism exists with the new AARP exemptions, too. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sens. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, and Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, wrote to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last October asking her not to do what HHS just finalized today – that is exempt Medigap policies from rate increase oversight.underwriter

“While Medicare Advantage premiums are declining, we are hearing disturbing stories from beneficiaries across the country about excessive premium increases for Medigap supplemental insurance policies,” Reid, Baucus and Kerry wrote to Sebelius on Oct. 6.

“For example, some beneficiaries enrolled in the United of Omaha Life Insurance Company will see their Medigap premiums increase by approximately 40 percent between 2010 and 2011,” the letter read. “An increase of this magnitude raises serious concerns about premium-setting practices and rate review procedures in place for Medigap policies.”

Instead of listening to three top Senate Democrats, the Obama administration decided to go ahead anyway with the Medigap exceptions from rate increase reviews.

The AARP was a driving force behind getting Obamacare through Congress, contributing a large sum to the $121 million advertising campaign pushing it, and spending millions more lobbying for it on Capitol Hill.

The senior citizen advocacy organization stands to make huge profits from Medicare Advantage cuts and from the exemptions it will benefit from when it comes to the Medigap plans sold under what AARP CEO A. Barry Rand calls the AARP’s “for-profit side.”

The AARP’s support of Obamacare during the debate over the legislation raised lots of eyebrows nationwide, as President Obama called for $313 billion in cuts to Medicare to push the plan through. Seniors weren’t happy about it, and many ripped AARP representatives at town hall meetings nationwide.

Now, though, it’s clear that the AARP is set to make millions, if not billions, of extra dollars in Medigap plan sales moving forward because they’ve effectively knocked out their biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage, through Obamacare. (DC)

AARP aided and abetted Democrats’ efforts to inflict a disastrous bill on an unwilling public.  They now stand to profit from the resulting law — while simultaneously receiving convenient exemptions from provisions that may hurt their bottom line.  Ed Morrissey pens the appropriate response to this outrageous report:  “If the AARP and the labor unions that backed ObamaCare need waivers from its consequences, then we all do.”  Amen.  I’ll leave you with this delightful AARP/Obama walk down memory lane.  This clip still makes my blood boil:
Update from AARP: “To be clear, AARP is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a membership. While there are insurance products that carry the AARP name, they are underwritten by insurers such as Delta Dental, UnitedHealth Group, and Aetna and others—not AARP.  We work to ensure those products meet our standards and provide value to our members.

And, NATO is the US so the US didn’t attack Libya…right….. 😦
Oh and if you disagree with them, Grandma is going off a cliff…
Democrats continue to try to scare seniors with a new anti-GOP Medicare ad that shows “Grandma” getting thrown off a cliff and then asks, “Is America beautiful without Medicare?”

Welcome to the land of the freeloaders and the home of the depraved. No image captures America’s regressive ethos better than that of 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr., self-proclaimed “Adult Baby.” Profiled on a recent National Geographic reality television show, Thornton claims to suffer from a bizarre infantilism that leads him to wear diapers, lounge around in an oversized crib and seek constant coddling.

The nappies may be extreme, but let’s face it: Thornton Jr. — let’s just call him Junior — is a symptom of our Nanny State run amok, not an anomaly.

Junior came to Washington’s attention this week when Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn challenged the Social Security Administration to probe into how the baby bottle-guzzling 350-pound man qualified for federal disability benefits. A former security guard, Junior is handy enough to have crafted his own wooden high chair and playpen.

Junior can drive a car and has sense enough not to go out in public in his XXL footie pajamas. Yet, welfare administrators treat him as an incurable dependent. Also collecting taxpayer-subsidized paychecks: Thornton’s adult roommate, a former nurse, who has indulged Thornton’s baby role-playing for the past decade.

Junior, naturally, threw a tantrum when his government teat-sucking was called into question. He wiped his nose and un-balled his fists long enough to type out an e-mail to The Washington Times: “You wanna test how damn serious I am about leaving this world, screw with my check that pays for this apartment and food. Try it. See how serious I am. I don’t care,” Junior threatened. “I have no problem killing myself. Take away the last thing keeping me here, and see what happens. Next time you see me on the news, it will be me in a body bag.”

Not from nowhere has this stubborn, self-destructive sense of entitlement sprung. As I reported last month, a record-breaking 12 million Americans have been added to the federal food stamp rolls over the past two years, and the bloated $6 billion AmeriCorps social justice army has been converted into a publicist corps for the welfare machine.

Just this week, a Michigan man boasted that he’s still collecting food stamps after winning a $2 million government-sponsored lottery prize. “If you’re going to … try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it,” he told a local TV reporter. Embedded in his rebuke is the eternal refrain of the self-esteem-puffed teenager: “You can’t judge me!”

Diana West, author of “The Death of the Grown-Up,” traced the modern abdication of adulthood to the Baby Boomer generation. “The common compass of the past — the urge to grow up and into long pants; to be old enough to dance at the ball (amazingly enough, to the music adults danced to); to assume one’s rights and responsibilities — completely disappeared” after World War II. A culture of behavioral restraint gave way to “anything goes” and morphed into the current generation’s “whatever” attitude.

Look around: Junior’s infantilism is of a piece with the refusal of celebrity mothers Dina Lohan and Tish Cyrus to act like parents — and instead serve as best friends and tattoo parlor pals for their wayward daughters Lindsay and Miley. They’re the kind of women who shop at Forever 21, buy beer for their daughters’ prom parties and give them Botox certificates for high school graduation.

Junior’s penchant for pajamas is of a piece with perpetually stunted Hugh Hefner’s fetish for velvet robes 24/7 and self-indulgent decadence. Junior’s giant playpen is a cringe-inducing symbol of the Farmville-tethered, “funemployed” class of self-gratifiers who continue to live for today and spend like there’s no tomorrow.

Adult Baby Syndrome isn’t an isolated pathology. It’s the new American Way. Or, I should say, the new American Wahhhhh. (Michelle Malkin)

On issue after issue, Republicans are putting forward serious, sober and often politically risky solutions (if sometimes a bit weak kneed) to the nation’s most pressing problems, while Democrats play class-warfare games and stoke the public’s fear.

Oh, and today was supposed to be the end of the world… 🙂

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Government is Good

OBAMA:  I don’t want government any more than is necessary, but there’s some things that Bob or any CEO can’t invest in.  Bob’s not going to build the roads to get to Celgard.  No company is going to make investments for a public good.

This comes from an AP story about a little “green” company that go $49 Million dollars in Stimulus Money and it proves the Stimulus was a success.

Hell, any small company could be a success if you give it $49 million dollars in taxpayer money!

But what was really interesting was the socialist conceit that No company ever makes investments for the public good, they are just monolithic venus flytraps that exist solely to devour you, your soul, and your money.

They are evil and must be stopped!

They are a plague upon the land.

Gee, kind of sounds like Obama and The Democrats to me.

The economy added 160,000 jobs last month. But unemployment is still at 9.7% and is likely, even the Democrats say to be near there for the rest of the year. And a quarter of these jobs are government jobs with the Census that run out in July anyhow. Another quarter were part-time employment.

But the economy is recovering and it’s all to the Democrats credit!

Just ask them.

The Stimulus worked, Celguard proves it.

Ignore all the other reports of waste,fraud, and abuse alsong with fake zip codes, and fake Congressional Districts and the the “if you pass it unemployment will not go above 8%” and all the other truths about the massive failure of the Stimulus.

No, Celguard is it. It’s the little company that did.

So it’s all the Democrats want you to see.

It’s the only tree in a forest of corruption.

And I guess this company is exempt from his contempt for corporations because they are politically useful.

The fact that unemployment is still very high. The fact that taxes are about to go through the roof. The fact that many companies aren’t hiring because of the massive hits they expect to be coming from Cap & Trade and other oppressions.

No, don’t focus on that.

After all, Corporations are Evil. The spawn of Satan. They will devour you!

And Obama is the Exorcist!

Too Bad it turns out he’s Linda Blair spewing pea soup all over the rest of us.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects the Obama budget plan would produce $10 trillion in deficits over the period 2011 to 2020. At the end of the decade, the government’s debt would top $20 trillion, or 90 percent of the nation’s GDP. By comparison, from 1789 to 2008, the country accumulated only $5.8 trillion of public debt. (NRO)

But ask any Liberal worth his ideology and they’ll promptly blame Bush and ignore you.

So what’s the president’s plan for heading off the wrenching debt crisis he has made more probable with his the expensive new spending programs he has forced through Congress? Instead of addressing it himself, the president has handed the problem off to a “bipartisan” commission.

Conveniently, the debt commission — headed by former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson — will make its recommendations after the November congressional elections.

The chutzpah here is something to behold. Having passed the largest entitlement expansion in half a century, in the most partisan manner imaginable, the president now wants Republicans to provide political cover to Democrats as they search for ways to finance the welfare state of their dreams.

Moreover, it is clear that Democrats have no intention of actually tackling the core problem in the federal budget, which is rapidly rising entitlement costs, especially for health care. They say their health-care bill has already addressed the problem. In the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “health reform is entitlement reform.(NRO)

So you reform a bankrupt system of social entitlements by creating the largest one in generations.

You fight depression and bankruptcy by spending more.

A company is profitable because the government gave it millions of tax payer dollars, either by Stimulus or Bail out.

No wonder my head hurts.

This is Alice in Wonderland Economics 101.

And if you disagree, “off with their heads!” figuratively, at least for now.

You are branded a racist and a terrorist and dismissed as worthless.

That’s the Change you can Believe in!

Everyone knows Rep. Phil Hare of Illinois stepped in it this week when he angrily intoned, “I don’t worry about the constitution,”  before adding that his real concern is for everyone who suffers and dies because of a lack of health insurance coverage. When pressed as to how the constitution justified the landmark legislation, Hare said flatly, “I don’t know.”(Daily Caller)

By the Way, it’s on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2iiirr5KI8

The Representative then posted a staged reply where he said he was misquoted and got all huffy about “gotcha” politics.

Gee, sir, it’s not like Liberals don’t do that all the time.

There was raucous at the Tea Party event in Searchlight, NV where some “violent protesters” were throwing eggs.

Turns out it was Union people from an Electrical Union trying to foment a reaction from the crowd so they could get it on tape and “gotcha!” all Tea Partiers are “violent” and we have the proof!

But remember, Corporations are Evil. They are no good. They will do no good for anyone at anytime for any reason.

And you’re a a racist, redneck domestic terrorist if you disagree.

We are from the Government and we are here to help you!

So depend on us, we are so much better than evil,soulless, Corporate America. 🙂

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY!