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Obamacare in 2015

Featured image Tevi Troy says that 2015 is shaping up as Obamacare’s worst year. That’s quite a statement, considering how bad a year it had in 2014 — roll-out problems, false claims of 7 million enrollees, and the defeat of congressional supporters of the legislation. The key challenge to Obamacare in 2015 will come in the Supreme Court. A defeat there would certainly make 2015 a potentially near-fatal year for Obama’s only »

60 Minutes does Obamacare

Featured image 60 Minutes turned its attention to Obamacare in a story reported by Lesley Stahl and produced by Rich Bonin this past Sunday. The segment promoted Steven Brill’s new book on Obamacare. According to Stahl and Brill, Obamacare’s great failure is its lack of price controls. Assuming price controls to be a great good — one of those great goods without a downside — the segment allocated no blame to Obama. »

Stephanie Cutter: Gruber was an Obamacare architect

Featured image The question of whether Jonathan Gruber is an architect of Obamacare has, I think, been settled. But in case there’s any doubt, a memo by Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s deputy campaign manager in 2012, should erase it. According to Patrick Hawley of the Daily Caller, the Cutter memo was prepared in advance of Obama’s first debate with Mitt Romney. In relevant part, it states: So, what’s the net impact of »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Reuters reports the filing of a notable Obamacare-related lawsuit against Blue Shield of California: Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals. Reuters doesn’t bother to point out the similarity of the allegations against Blue Shield to Barack Obama’s incessantly repeated falsehoods promoting the enactment of Obamacare. But »

“Rights” of Obamacare

Featured image Abraham Lincoln’s argument with Stephen Douglas came down to a disagreement over the Declaration of Independence. Lincoln articulated this disagreement with special gusto in his critique of Douglas on July 10, 1858. According to Douglas, the teaching of the Declaration had no general applicability beyond the immediate situation that confronted the Founding Fathers. Restating and paraphrasing Douglas’s argument, Lincoln asked “in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, »

The selling of Obamacare

Featured image Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday Night Live seem to think they can pull it off. As we approach the shifting deadline for Obamacare enrollment on Monday, Obama adviser “Mike” (he looks an awful lot like Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer) and social media expert “Mara” are featured talking Obama into taking promotional photographs that are guaranteed to go »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Obama and the Democrats enacted Obamacare on a foundation of lies — you can keep your health insurance, you can keep your doctor, Obamacare will save the average family $2500, and all the rest. Now the lies just keep coming. This week brought us the extension of Obamacare open enrollment beyond the legal deadline of March 31 by administrative fiat, despite the recent denial by Queen Seeb and others (video »

Secrets of Obamacare

Featured image Nancy Pelosi famously advised us that we had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it, away from the din of political controversy. You yokels were just making too damn much of a fuss. The continuing revelations of Obamacare — its destructive effects, its gargantuan costs, its broken promises — create a din of their own. If you’re paying close attention, it’s hard to keep up with the »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Noemie Emery questions the legitimacy of Obamacare in the public mind based on the procedural chicanery through which it became law in the face of the opposition it faced. Her article is “A slight case of bastardy.” It elaborates on points made elsewhere by others in a useful and thought-provoking way. Emery does not mention any of the foundational lies of Obamacare that have been central to this series, but »

Is Obamacare Adorable?

Featured image For Valentine’s Day, the Obama administration decided to promote Obamacare in a manner less macho than its “Pajama Boy” campaign. It pronounced Obamacare “adorable,” in animal-themed messages appropriate to the season: There are more, equally adorable cards at the link. I am trying to picture the circumstances under which these Valentine’s Day missives would be used. At the linked OFA page, you can click to share them on Facebook. I »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, Christopher Conover delivers “An Obamacare report card.” Among other things, it collects key promises made by President Obama to sell Obamacare. In the first part of the article Conover compiles eight such promises and grades Obama’s performance on each. With one exception, it’s lies all the way down: the grades range from F (seven) to Incomplete (one). Here is Conover’s net assessment »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Yesterday the Obama administration — Queen Seeb — announced the Obamacare enrollment figures through the end of December. Michael Shear and Robert Pear report the numbers here for the New York Times; Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashkehar report the numbers here for the Washington Post. In a graphic the Times states: “Nearly 2.2 million people picked a health insurance plan through the exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act through »

Duck This, Obamacare

Featured image I’ve been grading final exams most of the week (now happily complete), and only coming up for air to take in Pajama Boy, because you really can’t pass up a train wreck like that.  But if you thought Pajama Boy was cringeworthy, you need to take in (if you have a strong stomach–as opposed to a washboard stomach, as you will see) the amazing way the Obamanauts are marketing HealthCare.gov »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image In its editorial “Juking the Obamacare stats,” the Wall Street Journal exposes the Obama administration’s efforts to suppress the relevant analytics on the sign-up numbers circulated by the White House to make the case that everything is beautiful. Referring to the 364,682 who are said to have signed up for a plan on a state or federal exchange, the Journal writes: HHS is reporting how many people “selected” a plan »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image In his column “Sack Sebelius,” Jack Kelly makes the case that Kathleeen Sebelius should be be fired. Kelly frames his case this way: One of the things for which I’m thankful this Thanksgiving is that I’m not Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That Ms. Sebelius is still HHS secretary is remarkable. If they’d presided over a fiasco like the Obamacare rollout, the CEO of every corporation anywhere in »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image This past Friday Investor’s Business Daily has published an excellent editorial on the continuing falsehoods retailed by President Obama in the service of Obamacare. The heading of the editorial “Still more Obamacare lies” — rightly suggests that it belongs in this series. IBD observes: President Obama says so many false things about ObamaCare that it’s hard to keep up. But here are two more untruths that deserve debunking. In speech »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image I posted Steve Tobak’s Fox Business column on the lies of Obamacare in our Picks a few weeks ago, but I want to pause over it and add it to this series. Tobak describes himself as a Silicon Valley-based strategy consultant and former senior executive of the technology industry. He calls his column “Lies, damn lies and Obamacare.” Tobak writes: Last week I was informed by the agent who handles »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image We have asserted from the outset that Obama’s Obamacare sales job was a variety of fraud. Every word of it was a calculated lie, including (as Mary McCarthy said of Lillian Hellman’s oeuvre) the words “a” and “the.” In this case we might amend McCarthy’s observation to say that every word he said was a lie including the word “period.” This applies especially to the foundational lies of Obamacare, Obama’s »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Power Line reader Mark Ingerson writes to alert us to his wife Sharon’s column in the Roanoke Times earlier this week. Mrs. Ingerson has worked as a registered nurse in Salem for fifteen years. Her column tells a story that has by now become familiar. Mrs. Ingerson liked her health care plan but, President Obama’s oft repeated assurances to the contrary notwithstanding, she is not going to be able to »

For the Obamacare blues

Featured image Saturday Night Live unloaded on Obama last night almost as severely as it did on Sarah Palin in 2008. I would like to think this represents some kind of a turning point toward a general understanding of the profound uncoolness of King Barry, but I’m filing it less grandiosely under Laughter Is the Best Medicine. »