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Old 04-11-2013, 08:35 PM  
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Sebelius Tries To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures

Health Care: As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans. Good luck with that.

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted that she didn't realize how complicated getting ObamaCare off the ground would be.

Sebelius complained that "no one fully anticipated" the difficulties involved in implementing ObamaCare, or how confusing it would be with the public.

She wasn't talking about the massive and impossible task of imposing central planning on one-sixth of the nation's economy.

Instead, she was trying to find a way to blame Republicans for ObamaCare's failures when the inevitable problems start emerging.

Rather than say "let's get on board, let's make this work," recalcitrant Republicans have forced her to engage in "state-by-state political battles," Sebelius said at a Harvard School of Public Health forum. "The politics has been relentless."

So let's see if we get this. Democrats shoved an unpopular, expensive, ill-conceived and poorly written law down the country's throat with no Republican support, and without bothering to see whether states would want to take on the thankless and costly task of helping the feds implement it.

And now that many of these states are rebelling, it's the Republicans' fault?

Sebelius' fellow Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, had a more accurate take on the problem the administration faces: the law is "probably the most complicated piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress" and "if it isn't done right the first time, it will just simply get worse."

Rockefeller, like a growing number of Democrats, realizes that ObamaCare is shaping up to be a political disaster for the party next November.

The influential Cook Political Report noted earlier this month that almost all of the Democratic insiders they talked to "voiced concern about the potential for the issue to hurt Democrats in 2014."

And just what could explain these concerns?

Maybe it's because even Sebelius now admits that ObamaCare will force insurance claims up 32%.

Or possibly it's because, despite endless assurances that the insurance exchanges would be ready on time, the administration had to delay for a year a key feature meant to give small business a choice of health plans.

Or because neither Sebelius nor the states have provided evidence they can get the rest of the exchanges ready by Oct. 1, when ObamaCare's open enrollment begins.

Or perhaps Democrats' fears stem from state insurance commissioners warning of a rate shock once ObamaCare's "community rating" rules and benefit mandates start. Or from rising evidence the law is hurting job growth as small businesses try to avoid its costs.

None of this, mind you, has anything to do with Republicans. And if the GOP were smart, it'd be focused on making sure that, come next November, the public knows that, too.


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Old 04-12-2013, 10:16 AM   #31
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I'd generally agree; but when NOTHING else works, it's sometimes necessary. When the free market fails so miserably, it's the only real option. The industry was given opportunities to fix itself, time and again over the last 2-40 years....and all they ever, really, seemed to care about is higher profits. Period.
I still fail to see how this will fix the profit margins or reel them in at all, this is just a bailout for the insurance companies.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:18 AM   #32
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I still fail to see how this will fix the profit margins or reel them in at all, this is just a bailout for the insurance companies.
In the end game, there will be no insurance companies--at least not as they exist today. They better get while the gettin' is good, I suppose--which is precisely what they always have done anyway.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:20 AM   #33
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So that's it? Your entire case rests on a belief in magic?
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:21 AM   #34
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The Republicans offered no serious real alternative--in over 20 years (1993-present,) and deserve all the blame for that.
yea, whatever you need to tell yourself to blame the Repubs for something they didn't do.

Perhaps in light of the situation doing nothing was better than doing the something the Dems did that they now want to blame the Repubs for???
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:22 AM   #35
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Actually, my case rests on Americans are big pussys who can't handle the truth. Thus, they can only handle change in small doses.
Yet you’re incapable of explaining this “truth”. Compelling argument.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:10 PM   #36
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I'm all for a solution, Obamacare is NOT it..The assraping will get worse..wait and see. I would have taken Single payer in a second over this shit.
having a hard time seeing this as a fix...the government does not know how to run a business and they sure don't know the value of the items they purchase........remember the $600 hammers and the $300 toilet seats?
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #37
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The law was created with the idea that every state would have to support people up to the 1xx% level. I can't remember the exact percentage. The SC threw that out.
So you believe that if the SC didn't throw that out, then Obamacare would be fine?
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:15 PM   #38
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having a hard time seeing this as a fix...the government does not know how to run a business and they sure don't know the value of the items they purchase........remember the $600 hammers and the $300 toilet seats?


Exactly.

Look, we can all come up with healthcare horror stories and anectdotes. Doesn't change the fact that the federal government is going to take a bad situation and make it worse. Alot worse.

As for Obama, I wouldn't trust that guy to walk my dog.

Everything he's done thus far has been a disaster, or a fraud. Everything he touches turns to shit. If his lips are moving, he's lying.

How anyone still puts any faith in that guy for anything is beyond comprehension.
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Is that adjusted for inflation?

And population growth?
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:06 PM   #41
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And population growth?
Holy fugg...what part of per capita don't you understand?

Even if it isn't adjusted for inflation--THIS is precisely the problem. Out of control costs, driven in large part, if not mostly, by windfall profits for asshole middle-men in our completely messed up system.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:36 PM   #42
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Holy fugg...what part of per capita don't you understand? .
Kotex,

the "population growth" I am referring to is (among other things) millions of mexicans who have run up medical bills without contributing a dime to the system.

HC costs have exponentially risen coresponding with the spike in illegal invaders over the past twenty years.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:37 PM   #43
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Kotex,

the "population growth" I am referring to is (among other things) millions of mexicans who have run up medical costs without contributing a dime to the system.

If you look at the graph, you'll see that HC costs spiked in 2000-2001 and have exponentially risen since, coresponding with the spike in illegal invaders.
Undocumented aliens have always been a part of the equation, Poindexter. Try again.
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Even if it isn't adjusted for inflation--THIS is precisely the problem.
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Kotter is completely clueless about the source of medical cost inflation.
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