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Lies of Obamacare

Featured image And they just keep coming (click to enlarge). »

The Truth of Obamacare

Featured image Hundreds of thousands of Americans have already lost their health insurance due to Obamacare, and soon millions will have lost it. Conservative commentators have noted that, from all that appears, more people have lost their health insurance than have signed up for plans in health insurance exchanges. The comparison is specious, however, because those who lose their insurance become new candidates for the exchanges. Indeed, having previously been insured, and »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image Yesterday’s adventures brought us the appearance of the contractors for the Obamacare Web site that, according to supporters of the law (or “law” or, until recently, sacred “law of the land”) has been plagued by a dire combination of glitches and kinks. The contractor witnesses appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Wall Street Journal’s account of the witnesses’ testimony is secured snugly behind the Journal’s jealously guarded »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image The next best thing to clamming up about the serious technical issues that have plagued Healthcare.gov is being interviewed by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta about them. Inviting him in for an interview yesterday, Kathleen Sebelius recited the party line on the beauties of Obamacare while testifying that the issues were kept from Obama prior to October 1. It’s a good thing she wasn’t under oath at the time. CNN reports on »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image Two news accounts explore the technical issues that have plagued the rollout of Healthcare.gov since October 1. At the Washington Post, Lena Sun and Scott Wilson take a stab at the story in “Health insurance exchange launched despite signs of serious problems.” Over at the Associated Press, Jack Gillum and Julie Pace have “Builders of Obama’s Website saw red flags.” Both of these stories are superficial and inadequate, but it’s »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image Last week James Taranto declared (facetiously): “There’s only one thing that can save ObamaCare now. AN OBAMA SPEECH.” It seems that Taranto was on to something. The Washington Post reports (not facetiously): President Obama is expected to address the site’s technical problems — “troubles that he and his team find unacceptable” — at a White House event Monday to highlight the law, according to an administration official who spoke on »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image What does HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have to say about the debacle of open enrollment for Obamacare commencing October 1? Her tour touting open enrollment has featured the disastrous performance of the $500 million Healthcare.gov Web site that is the keystone of open enrollment. In an article behind its jealously guarded subscription paywall, the Wall Street Journal reports: Mrs. Sebelius, the nation’s top health official, was in Tampa the other »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image In this series I’ve been trying to follow news and columns and editorials that report the unfolding Obamacare disaster. The disaster is just beginning, and the federal Obamacare exchange is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Today’s Wall Street Journal carries a reported editorial documenting the omertà operative inside the Obama administration with respect to the technical issues bedeviling Healthcare.gov. Kathleen Seblelius and others have clammed up. President Obama »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image If USA Today reports that the Obamcare exchange is suffering an existential crisis, I think it’s fair to say that something is happening here. Kelly Kennedy reports: The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY. The site could be perfect, but if the »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image The Wall Street Journal has an important editorial on “Obamacare’s black box,” commenting on the Healthcare.gov portal brought to us by Obamacare. It usefully summarizes the issues we have sought to document in this series. The Washington Examiner adds an exclamation point to one of question marks behind Healthcare.gov — how many bidders did the government take for the contract to design the site? Answer: It’s better not to ask. »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image With a background in designing and building networks for financial clients and in technology consulting for small firms, among other ventures, Megan McArdle has had an eye on the technical issues raised by the rollout of Obamacare since they first came to view. Her Bloomberg View column is the column of the day on the technical issues that are in the news. She writes: Insurers began warning in 2012 that »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image With the October 1 rollout of the Healthcare.gov portal for Obamacare, the fun is just beginning. Readers are sampling and experimenting. One of them writes: As you say, the technical issues of Obamacare rollout do not go to the root of the evil. Even so, I decided to have a peek at the site and try to sign on. I gave it up after the first little hiccup, which I »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image The featured article in the new issue of the Weekly Standard is Christopher Conover’s “Health reform breaks bad.” Conover methodically addresses what I have been calling the lies of Obamacare. Conover addresses these foundational lies as five deceptions: Deception #1: universal coverage Deception #2: no new taxes on the middle class Deception #3: annual premium savings of $2,500 Deception #4: no increase in the deficit Deception #5: you can keep »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image At NRO Charles Cooke turns a gimlet eye on what I call the lies of Obamacare. Cooke recalls the promises that were used to peddle Obamacare; they are the foundational lies of a monstrosity that is rotten to the core. The falsity of the promises will be proved over and over again in the fullness of time, even as their falsity is established to the letter with the rollout of »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Retailed with relentlessly repeated falsehoods, Obamacare is an enormous engine of destruction. I’ve noted some of the destructive elements in the “Wages of Obamacare” series of posts that is to be continued. Today I want to initiate a series on the falsehoods with which Obamacare was foisted on the American people. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, Obama asserted over and over. »

Wages of Obamacare

Featured image Obamacare is an enormous engine of destruction. Michelle Malkin reports that it has hit home personally, resulting in the termination of her chosen family health insurance plan. The loss of her plan as a result of Obamacare directly violates one of Obama’s many promises about Obamacare, all of which will be proven false many times over in the fullness of time. “Obama lied,” as Michelle puts it, “my health plan »

Wages of Obamacare

Featured image Obamacare is a legislative prodigy. Even prior to its implementation it has achieved tremendous economic destruction. Holman Jenkins captures one aspect of the destruction in his weekend Wall Street Journal column “Rewriting the Lehman postmortem.” If the headline put readers off, they missed this: Today some complain of a “rich man’s recovery,” but isn’t this exactly the recovery our policies have selected for? The rich derive their incomes disproportionately from »

Wages of Obamacare

Featured image Obamacare has been an enormous engine of economic destruction even prior to its passage, from the time it emerged on the legislative horizon. The evidence is obvious and ubiquitous. White House flack Jay Carney has responded to a question on one aspect of the damage done — the suppression of growth in full-time employment — with the usual falsehoods and non sequiturs: I would say broadly that if you look »

Wages of Obamacare

Featured image The uncreative destruction wrought by Obamacare on the economy commenced before it was adopted and has continued steadily through the promulgation of the regulations implementing the Rube Goldberg contraption wryly named the Affordable Care Act. Grace-Marie Turner provides an illustrative example in her Forbes column “It’s fact, not anecdote, that Obamacare is turning us into a part-time nation.” Obamacare’s mandate to provide the costly health insurance compliant with the law »

Wages of Obamacare

Featured image Obama administration flack Jay Carney denies that some employers are hiring more part-time employees because of Obamacare. The Hill quotes Carney: “The data reflects that there is not support for the proposition that businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act,” Carney told reporters. What do the data show? Carney said this: “I would say broadly that if you look at the economic data, the suggestion »