Obamacare And They Expected What?

So the story goes that Kathleen Sebelius was speaking at the Harvard School of Public Health and she ranted that the roll out/implementation of Obamacare wasn't going well. There was something about her not understanding how complex the procedure would be. She blames it on everything but the law itself and how it was written and its sheer volume.

According to the HHS Secretary it has become mired down in politics. What did she expect with the passage of a very unpopular law that remains unpopular to this day as we "find out what is in it." The administration was hoping that once the SCOTUS ruled and the election came and went that everyone would roll over and play dead and the masses would loudly cheer how great it is. That hasn't happened. In fact, the law stood because it was ruled a "tax" even though Obama said at the onset that it wasn't a tax. But a tax is a tax and the American tax payer grows weary of being excessively taxed. The sheer volume of Obamacare taxes haven't even been realized yet as the program rolls out.

We were sold a bill of goods and it was thinly disguised as a sheep in wolves clothing for the sheeple of the nation. They thought, and many still think, that there is such a thing as a free lunch. How is any nation going to insure 30 million uninsured people and costs not rise? That's the way it was sold and it just isn't so.

It's That Time!

What happened was they front loaded any features that they considered "goodies" to the people so that the poison pill would go down easier with the public as the real roll out hit the pavement. Many of said "public" were stupid enough not to recognize how our professional pickpockets in the nation's Capitol work. They were too busy focusing on another freebie they thought was going to be tossed their way.

Two things are readily apparent at this juncture. Well more than two but here we go. The majority of the states don't want the mandated health care exchanges. The SCOTUS ruling took the mandate out of that mandate. So now it appears the health care exchanges are in a total disarray and they probably aren't going to go down on time. Only 17 states and the District of Columbia are setting up their own exchanges. They bit the bait without regard to the hook. Compound the problem by the recent revelation that the cost of implementing said exchanges has now doubled to $4.4 billion. Whoops how did that happen? If you don't know that then you don't need to be voting in any future elections.

We were also sold the idea that health insurance premiums were going to go down. That hasn't happened and probably never will when the federal government is involved in anything where they don't belong. That would be in most places in our daily lives. Well I'll be if Sebelius herself wasn't the first Obamaite to admit that premiums would naturally increase under the law.

Then right behind Sebelius comes Senator Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia with his latest lament about Obamacare. You see he was one of the chief designers/architects of this whole 2,400 page mess. He's now blasting program managers for the law claiming they aren't moving fast enough to implement the fiasco that he helped create. Typical political talking head is what I consider him. Money does buy office in his case.


Now according to old Jay if it gets off to a bumpy start it gets worse. Well, howdy do to that concept. It was unpopular from the get go so why did they ram it down our throats Jay Boy? Lets do a reality check with Jay.

1) Did premiums go down Jay? Are they projected to as we were told? No!

2) Are people being allowed to keep their own doctor? That isn't happening nor will it even though Obama said it was so.

3) The exchanges are in a helter skelter state and that probably isn't going to get better. Without the exchanges will the law even be able to stand without the American tax payer once again having to bail out another failed government program?

4) Say your state has an exchange. Are you ready to fill out the 61 page application that the IRS requires. That's just to see if you qualify folks not how much it's going to cost you.

So according to the fine Senator from West Virginia things are going to get even worse if things aren't done right the first time around. He should have thought about that concept being applied to the very process of how a law is passed in the first place. 2,400 pages of crap is still a huge pile of crap.


Don't Worry - Coming To An Obamaville Near You Soon!.

So get this. HHS estimated that the cost to just help set up these mystical exchanges was going to be $2 billion. That would be for all of the the states. Now the figure has changed to $4.4 billion and read above how many are involved. You didn't expect the federal government to do anything under, or at, cost did you? Really? Jay this whole fiasco is going into a nose dive. Mark my words.

QUOTE OF THE DAY FROM ROCKEFELLER HIMSELF: I’m of the belief that the ACA is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress. Tax reform, obviously, is gonna be huge, too, but up to this point it’s just beyond comprehension.

Complex and the federal government are not a good fit. Never has been and never will be.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince

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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Considering that our elected representatives were told they had to vote for Obamcare before they could read it pretty much says it all.

I believe they could have either voted it down or delayed the voting until they had the time to read this monster of a bill. And now we pay, and pay, and pay for their inability to do their jobs.

These voting records should be read, studied, and remembered at the next election.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I'll keep it short and not so sweet. ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster, doomed from the start. Why am I not surprised? I am going to share this excellent hub with everyone I can think of. Many of those I share it with, will still not see the truth of this mess. I suppose, enlightenment will come when they can't afford health care. Up, useful and awesome.


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Thank you, Sir Frog, for pointing out how their budget has already doubled from what they said and as yet doesn't account for 17 states. It's costing us all in other ways right now. Doctors are leaving the profession. More and more are no longer accepting new patients. More are refusing patients on Medicare/caid. I know of several special needs students who have had to wait months for medical attention while parents scramble to find new doctors. This is going to get much worse.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I was thinking about changing doctors due to a disagreement on the care, or lack of care as the case may be, that she is providing for my wife following a stroke.

I compiled a list of possible doctor candidates and begin calling. The first question they asked was if we were Medicare patients. When I told them we were, they stated they were not accepting new Medicare patients.

So, the changes have begin and I guess I am stuck with the doctor we currently use.


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

@ Old Poolman - You are not alone. I'm hearing reports from all over the country stating exactly what you just said, except that it's children being denied care. Check into finding a nurse practitioner. They are very well trained, much more so than a R.N. One might be able to provide the care you need for your wife.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mike - There's a news report out today that the $500 million Obama stole from the Medicare program to fund Obamacare they now want to restore. Guess how they're planning on doing that? Read Obama's budget proposal.

The frog


SassySue1963 3 years ago

Well I just came from a Hub (written a while back) where ObamaCare is STILL being lauded as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Don't you know it isn't the Law's fault (though it clearly re-writes full-time for benefits to be 30 hours) that businesses are cutting hours or only hiring part-time workers. Nope. It's all the evil business owners.

I spoke on the rise in premiums (what rise? it's only speculation and it COULD happen lol) the millions that will pay the penalty (No! it will only affect those making over $200,000. huh? I'm sure they have health care lol) and of course, the set up costs. (oh but that's better than paying for ER visits. uh huh. okay lol).

They'll never admit they were bamboozled. No matter what comes down the pike.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Sassie - They use liberal logic. In other words they use no logic at arriving at their conclusions. Just pure emotion. Premiums rose by $2.500 just last year. Of course they won't/didn't rise.

TFP


Stu 3 years ago

Hi Frog,

Clearly, ObamaCare is going to add costs to the already unaffordable health care system. You can't add 30 million people at subsidized rates unless you overcharge others and optouts to compensate. And administrative costs associated with HHS oversight and the exchanges will compound the problem. Further, doctors are already retiring early in anticipation of fee cap cuts mirroring Medicare, just when we need more doctors to treat aging baby boomers.

While the SCOTUS ruled that "ObamaCare is legal because the optout penalty is a tax," this is stupidity at its worst. The Constitution demands that indirect (excise) taxes be uniform, which PPACA premium loads and optout penalties are not. Further, even if these taxes or penalties, whatever you want to call them, were uniform, the legality of a tax does not automatically imply that the purpose for which the money is being collected is legal.

The PPACA regulates inaction, violates the Tenth Amendment because the federal government has no enumerated power over insurance, contains massive unfunded appropriations (HHS oversight and state exchange expenses), contains spending mandates that don't even have appropriations (federal exchange expenses), and was passed in violation of Senate cloture rules (the "nuclear option" that classified ObamaCare as a budget resolution to end the Senate filibuster, even though ObamaCare is not a budget resolution is substance, and did not originate in a House committee). Clearly, the PPACA violates the Constitution and Congressional rules.

This stupidity is not only illegal, but it will compound the health care cost crisis, while lowering quality of care as doctors exit the profession due to reimbursement worries. Once again, Obama has taken a crisis, and turned it into a catastrophe.

Stu


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - You and I understand the economics behind this whole mess. Liberals see the pie in the sky side of it without understanding the economic reality of any of it. Money grows on trees too often for too many people.

The Frog


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Many of those who love it so much have yet to sweat a little and earn their first dollar. They are accustomed to that weekly allowance they receive from their parents even though they are now in their 20's.


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FitnezzJim 3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Could it be possible that Secretary Sebelius (and Congress, and the President) underestimated the power of Bureaucratic misinterpretation? The key characteristic of an upwardly mobile bureaucrat is their uncanny ability to create large amounts of nonessential make-work out of good intentions; it is how they rise up in the food chain. The well-meaning proponents of Health Care have provided that same bureaucracy with 2400 plus pages of law that was not read before it was passed. For a newly anointed bureaucrat such as Secretary Sebelius not to expect a difficult time implementing Health Care is roughly equivalent to a 3 year old jumping into the deep end of a shark infested pool and expecting to swim to the other side. Experienced bureaucrats know raw meat when they see it.

By the time the bureaucracy is done with, my guess is that Congress, the President, and all those who supported Health Care will be looking at each other saying ‘this is not what we wanted.’


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Our HHS Secretary is upset because the 'Un'Affordable Health Care Act is mired down in politics?' What did she expect when the pols passed a law they do not understand (and did not read) and the public does not want? It's government of the apathetic by the pathetic.

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