Happy Anniversary Honey!

First The Sugar, Then The Poison Pill

First The Sugar, Then The Poison Pill

It's been a year! My how time flies and things begin to surface that should make this first year of wedded bliss between the federal government's intrusive move on one-sixth of the US economy an occasion for examination. As the subtitle suggests, Obamacare was designed with the intent of administering the sugar pill first so that a warm fuzzy could be felt before the dispensing of the poison pill. Our Democratic lawmakers are famous for this tactic to sell us various brands of snake oil.

Here's a notable quote made a year ago by a US Representative from the state of Connecticut:

"This is a historic day, and we are happy warriors. We will be part of history, joining Franklin Delano Roosevelt's passage of Social Security, Lyndon Johnson's passage of Medicare, and now Barack Obama's passage of health care."

History in the making for sure, but what he failed to regurgitate in that statement is that two of the three things out of his mouth haven't turned out too well because Uncle Sugar has been using the revenue proceeds from Social Security and Medicare for other purposes than they were intended to be used for. Things that were designed to be held in "trust" were instead spent by the hands of the "untrusted." Both programs are now teetering on the brink of insolvency because of the reckless disregard for the interests of the American people. I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't think that Smirky's national health care system won't suffer the same fate.

I will use a Kaiser Foundation poll to illustrate the swing in public mood about this attempt at insuring every American. Your choices are that you either purchase private health insurance or you will be enrolled in a government mandated insurance program. Those will be your choices so keep that in mind as we move forward. The poll found that a year ago 46% of those polled favored and 40% did not favor the new law. That was before "they passed the bill so that we can find out what is in it." A year later the same Kaiser poll is showing a flip flop of sorts with the favorable view sliding to 40% and the unfavorable view climbing to 46%.

Now granted this is but one poll which I realize is among the many. The reason I use it is the fact that the Democrats on the Hill like to cite this particular poll in their arguments about favorability and health care. There is a four point swing in this poll but other polls show a much greater dissatisfaction about what we are "finding" in the bill. Much of what is being found hidden in the bill isn't pretty, but that's another subject altogether.

Anniversary's are supposed to be such happy events and make you fell all giddy. The giddiness of this one is the rush from the sugar pill they had prepared to make you feel that way. So far it hasn't hit us in the wallet like it is intended to. The front end of this is a feel good type of thing such as allowing children up to 26 years old to ride on their parent's health insurance policy. Hasn't hit your wallet a bit yet, has it?

Understanding politics and politicians, as I do more each passing day, is critical to understanding the mechanics of the implementation of this particular piece of monstrous legislation. Front loading a law like this with the sugar pills was intentional and was designed so that the poison pill didn't hit until after the 2012 re-election campaign for Smirksalot. That's how the people in Foggy Bottom think folks. Every action they appear to take is about the next election campaign. How cynical of me huh? Also how realistic of me for bringing that to anyone's attention.

Obama is surrounded now with uncertainty concerning his signature in history. How solid is what was crafted in secrecy remains to be seen. Various judges have ruled various ways about the constitutionality of said law depending on their particular political flavor and whether they considered the US Constitution in their decision or are just known political activist jurists who rule from what they think is right. Various litigants have asked the SCOTUS to expedite hearing the case due to the economic burden it places on the states in the requirements of implementing such a bureaucratic system for health as this one requires. Obama's Justice Department is whining that it isn't necessary. There is conjecture that it will be at least a year before the Supremes hear the case and make their ultimate ruling. Why? My answer again is "politics."

It again rears its ugly head on this joyous anniversary occasion regarding the issuance of waivers to those who are currying favor. You know the usual crowd of suspects, unions being primary amongst them. There have been over 1,000 waivers issued within the past year by HHS to those who have begun complaining about the excessive costs being placed upon them and how disruptive it will be to their existence. Well DUH! Get this though. That is before the poison pills are bottled up and set for distribution in 2014. People, and organizations, are evidently just now finding out "what is in the bill." I sure would have liked my five (5) days to read the 2,700+ pages of hidden tidbits and taxes. The poison is plentiful within those reams of paper.

My advice to my fellow Americans is to, in the future, be careful what you wish for. A political football is still a political football and this is one expensive one. I hear it here and there, "Yeah, but the government is going to pay for my health care." Is that right? And just who do they think the government is? I know who it is supposed to be - "We, the people..." and we will end up paying dearly for his effort to reform our healthcare system. Ergo the dispensing of the poison AFTER the next presidential election cycle.

Brace yourselves for the proverbial tossing of the political football as we swing into the political shenanigans I call the campaign which we may never see the likes of again. At least I hope that will be the case. I see it as a liability for Smirksalot's attempt to continue to occupy The People's House. He needs to make a stronger case for the the sugar pills I reckon as the poison will be the substance of the debate.

Health care reform is as good idea but 2,700 pages of bureacratic BS is quite a dismal prospect and when it hits you in the wallet, don't say you weren't told. There truly is no free lunch even though many in the Entitlement Set seem to think so.



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The Frog Princess 5 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Growing up in the South as a child, each family in my neighborhood took care of their own. We didnt have "all the free programs" or "you must have insurance" way of life. If your family needed something--you worked for it. Pushing all the bills on my now generation to support other people is a big "NO' in my purse. I work and pay my way so let a person "work" to pay their way. No jobs is what we hear...Times were rough 40 years ago and we all made it. Insurance pushed down our throats is just another choice to be removed from us and my tax money once again handing over to someone I cant even tell you their name..I am not in the habit of giving away money by force but rather by choice. Insurance is a choice not a force. Leave my freedom rights alone!


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Excellent hub, I had to vote UP, Awesome, and Beautiful.

Is reform needed? Hell yes it is. I have medical insurance that came with my retirement, and I of course have Medicare. On the rare occasion that I require a visit to the doctor these combined insurance's NEVER cover the full amount of the expenses. I still have to dip into my pocket to pay the remaining balance. Yet an illegal living in this country can go to the ER with exactly the same problem, get exactly the same treatment, and his is 100% free to him or her. I'm not so evil and cruel as to suggest we deny medical treatment to this individual, but don't quite get it that his is free and I pay for mine.

The fact that over 1000 organizations have been allowed to opt-out of Obama Care tells us there may be something badly flawed with this plan. If it was as wonderful as the sugar pill is telling us, why would anyone want to be excluded? If Unions and Corporations are allowed to opt-out, this right should also be extended to individuals.

The entitlement crowd see this as an added plus to their already plentiful bounty. Remember the famous "Peggy" who thought Obama would pay her mortgage and buy her gasoline after he was elected? She and her type are no doubt elated at this proposed medical care fiasco. They could care less about the financial impact on us and future generations because they don't contribute anyhow. And why would they even care when they now get medical care for free anyhow?

The system putter-inners are quickly being overrun by the taker-outers, and this will bankrupt this country.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Seems I have a faint memory, it may have been a dream that years back they announced that we had such an over flow of excess cash in the social security account that they sent us checks back instead of giving it to another branch, like NASA so they could shoot it into space. ? while I am about 3 months from my first social security check, I think I'm still 2 years from Medicare that will remove a hundred plus dollars from me whether I want it or not and maybe more for a prescription plan. I have not looked that deep into what I get as a sugar suppository, ha! Peace 50


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Cassie Ann 5 years ago

This is an excellent hub that is very well written. Our great nation is in deep trouble. People need to realize what they have been supporting and not just follow the lies we have been told. My argument all along has been how ridiculous Pelosi's statement that "the bill needed to be passed so that the American people can see what is in it". Huh?? Shouldn't that have sent up red flags to every American. The politicians trying to sell us a bill of goods without letting us read exactly what is in it. But of course, Obama has allowed certain groups of individuals to opt out of this health care atrocity. The politicians are also safe from this bill - shouldn't that tell anyone with an ounce of common sense that this is not a good thing for the American people?

I voted this hub up and tweeted it too.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for the great information. It is such a depressing time in this country. Hopefully we will see some changes at the next election and get things cleaned up but that's just a dream. You have a great sense of humor and ability to take a scary and depressing situation and at least make it fun to read. Thanks:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The most frightening of all words:

"I'm from the government and I'm here to help."


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Great post Frog. It was never lost on me that the worst of ObieCare would kick in after 2012, so Obama wouldn't take too much heat in his second bid for dictator. In fact, some provisions don't even become effective until 2016 or later, making the "next guy" the villain when the costs escalate in full.

What is so sick here is that with so many Americans enrolled in big PPO's whose loss ratios are 90% or more, why is Obama even focusing on intermediation. The real issue, provider cost, isn't even addressed by the HC Act (tort reform, drug importation, hospital automation, excessive Medicare fee caps for high cost procedures, etc.).

And of course the law doesn't matter. In addition to the feds having no enumerated power to regulate insurance or force anyone to buy a service, the HC Act was passed in violation of Senate Cloture rules as regards filibusters (the cloture threshold was lowered from the normal 60% to 50% as a result of Obama illegally classifying the HC Act as a budget resolution, even though it isn't one, and did not originate in a House Committee, which all budget resoluitions must for the purposes of determining the cloture level; this stunt was performed because the Dem's lost their supermajority in the Senate when Scott Brown was elected).

As with everything else, Obama is taking a crisis and turning it into a catastrophe.


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emilclemons6757 5 years ago from FLORIDA

This problem is not national but global. Only GOD can fix this mess!!!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

That's the problem; Oblabber thinks he IS God.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Old Poolman - Someone should have told the imbeciles in Congress that us baby boomers would someday get old and want all the money we put in Social Security back in our retirement years. Instead they raped the fund.

50 Caliber - Just bend over and say "AH" my friend. LMAO

Cassie Ann - common sense and politicians don't mix well atall.

Minnetonka - If it weren't so pathetic it might even be hilarious huh?

WillStarr - Don'tcha just miss Ronald Reagan?

Stu - Don't get me started on that one - PLEASE!!!!


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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Excellent hub. Rated up and awesome! We're neck deep in all the crap Obama has piled on us...we've got alot of digging to do if we plan to survive his stunts.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

rkhyclak - I'm getting better at deciphering what is a stunt and what is absolute stupidty with this administration.

Thanks for the Kudos!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog - Gotta admit it would make a good thread title. :)


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Excellent advise LMAO.... peace dusty


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Wonderful Hub, Frog Prince...you tell it like it is, as only you can...and what wonderful comments have been received from this one...two thumbs up!


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi 50 C, thanks! Maybe I'll slap the title on the cover of a phony book with 500 blank pages, and sent it to HRH. I could use Joe Biden's return address on the mailer.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Obamacare, the first step towards a single payor system just like Great Britain. God help us!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Representative Conyers, just the other day, admitted that was the House Democratic leadership's ultimate goal and Obamacare was just the first step.


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MyJourney 5 years ago from Texas, United States

Another great hub FrogPrince! It's hard to believe that it has been a year since the travesty was passed. I still hope and pray that it will never have the chance to be implemented, but I fear that is just a dream. You are correct that we are the ones who are paying for this. History indeed shows that the government can even screw up good things....teh road to Hell is paved with good intentions, right?


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

MyJourney - I'm not sure what the road to hell is paved with. All I know is that we seem to be on it if we don't right the ship of state soon.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog - VT is currently trying to pass a single payer law. It just passed the VT House Healthcare Committee by an 8-3 vote. If this thing passes the legislature, you know what comes next - single provider. No more choice, monopoly pricing, etc. Just next door in MA socialized HC proved to be a disaster. It seems we just can't learn from history.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - Vermont is a beautiful state but packed to the gills with socialists loons.

TFP


Stu From VT 5 years ago

No kidding. It's the most liberal state in the country. I've been told by an unimpeachable source that Soros funnels alot of his money through here to other destinations. So far I havn't gotten any. :(

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