Obamacare: A Huge Train Wreck Coming Down?

The Unaffordable Care Act

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) obviously is a master of understating the obvious. He is stating what many of us have said since this whole episode of bad legislation began. Isn't it ironic that he was one of the Democratic geniuses who helped write this monstrosity? How in the world anyone expected that a bill crafted in secret which amounted to over 2,400 pages of gobble-De-goop and passed without giving anyone an opportunity to read it just before a holiday recess to be successful is mystifying. But it will be Obama's legacy along with bankrupting this nation.

So now Max is wondering what happened as he penned Kathleen Sebelius' ears back during a hearing on the matter this past Wednesday? Really? It was a terrible idea in the first place Max and it is blowing up in everyone's face to this day. So Mr. Senator you can shoulder your share of the blame too rather than act incensed about it. It was a train wreck before iut began because for about two years you genius pick pockets concentrated on that fiasco rather than a down turned economy Max.

He says he fears that people don't understand how the law will work. My fear is that he doesn't have any idea himself. It also seems interesting that he told Sebelius that "they had discussed the coming train wreck many times and he isn't seeing any results." Just hold on Max the train needs to run totally off the tracks for you pick pockets to get a clear picture.

He Finally Sees It Coming?

Sebelius herself is saying that she didn't realize how complicated the process was going to be. Well now you're only talking about socializing this nation's entire health care system in a very short time. According to Baucus and his crowd that wasn't the intent of the "Affordable Care Act." Rubbish! He has been antsy about the unresponsiveness of Kathleen Sebelius in providing the Senate Finance Committee with data, information if you will, to educate the citizenry in understanding something so complex that even the architects don't understand it. They didn't even read the law before signing off on it. DUH!

I mentioned Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-VW) the last time I penned an article on this subject and his observation that Obamacare is "probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress." Yes Jay, it is so complicated that no one, not even you, understands it." He was also one of the designers of Obamacare.

Here's what Max failed to say, "Listen I'm up for reelection in 2014 and in trouble at home over helping to create a monster like this in the first place." Rockefeller isn't worried about it because he is going to retire in 2014. Constituencies all across this nation are still unhappy, even more unhappy in fact than they were when it was passed without anyone reading it.

Buyer's Remorse At Work?

Baucus might want to go ahead and retire and maybe help repeal Obamacare before he shuffles out the door. His statement Wednesday that "I just see a huge train wreck coming down" hits the nail on the head. Many of us did from the get-go and even more came aboard the train when we actually did start finding out what was in it. This whole deal is banking on itself to insure about 30 million Americans using a mixture of government programs and tax credits to private insurers. Now when was the last time you saw any federal program that can stand on its own two feet for long? This is nothing more than a grand social program that will be another flop. At whose expense is the key question?

Unions are starting to jump ship. Many of their waivers are set to expire and they ain't happy. The latest to call for repeal was the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. They just woke up to the bait and switch of "you can keep your present doctor if you want to keep him/her" lie. That isn't happening nor will it and it complicates a union's multi-employer health care system. Maybe they should have wanted to read the bill too before it was passed. Their analysis is that the ACA destroys what they value for their members.

Kathleen Sebelius wasn't going to take the dressing down without getting her panties in a wad and blaming someone else. Baucus told her that her public info campaign deserved a failing grade and she needed to get jiggy with it. He pointed out,and it appears to be true, that these new health insurance marketplaces aren't going to roll out on time in 2014. But he ruffled those feathers further pointing out that consumers and small businesses are in the dark and these exchanges just might flop because of that alone.

Sebelius, bless her little heart, retorted that the Republicans in Congress are responsible for her slowness on the draw. Those same r\Republicans who were locked out when the bill was crafted? Are those the people she wants to blame? her claim that they blocked funding last year doesn't hold water. We've been screaming to defund Obamacare and they keep ignoring the voices of the majority of Americans. The fact is that her department is severely over budget in instituting something this complex. That isn't the Republican's fault. They didn't get to help write the monstrosity.

Somehow she doesn't see the need of practicing good fiscal discipline so it has to be someone else's fault? There was nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act in the first place.

She's in a pout because of Congressional reluctance to authorize a few hundred billion in additional spending to help the corpse we call Obamacare. And here we were made to believe that Obamacare wasn't going to add to the federal deficit. In fact it was designed to reduce it. Again, when was anything Congress ever designed meant to reduce the federal deficit? How much more snake oil are you folks willing to buy?

So the roll out is breaking down and I predict will be having a last gasp before it even takes off. This train has been coming off the tracks for quite some time. Just the exchanges are projected to cost $5.7 billion by 2014. Were there too many unintended consequences? You'd know, and so would they, if the bill had been read. This whole thing isn't called health care reform. It's called an attempt by the federal government, in the form of Obama, to control 1/6th of this nation's economy and that is unacceptable.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince

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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

The writing of the Obamacare Bill reminds me of what I have read about the creation of the first Atomic Bomb.

There were many different groups who worked on this bomb, each with a specific piece of the project, but no knowledge of what other groups were working on. Only a very few knew the big picture of how all the pieces fit together.

It seems that with Obamacare we were missing that part where a few knew how it all fits together. So we end up missing parts, have parts we don't need, have parts that don't fit, and the damn thing will never fly. How could we expect anything more from a project that was top secret and written in a dark closet?


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

ObamaCare is the most transparent lie ever perpretrated upon the American people and the depth of that lie is not even close to being known. The feds expected the states to pick up the cost associated with the insurance exchanges....there they go shuffling more debt on struggling states. Too many of them rebelled and now they have the sticky stuff on their federal hands. The Supreme Court failed miserably in doing its job and merely complicated what was already a mess. Now, I foresee that people will consciously ignore the requirements of the law causing the federal government to have prosecute the public en-masse. I would say that would be a fitting outcome to legislation which was crafted in the backroom and passed in the shadows with all the doors locked to a conservative viewpoint. This is Obama's legacy and I hope he has to wear it for all the rest of his days along with a few other medals he has so ignorantly earned in his term of office. Good writing, Jim! ~WB


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Wayne - The interesting thing the SCOTUS ignored was the origination clause of the US Constitution. When they called it a "tax" they did open another door to a challenge which is being done. The origination clause states that "tax" bills must originate in the House of Representatives. Obamacare was crafted behind closed doors in the US Senate.

The Frog


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Good one, Froggy -- like watching rats desert a sinking ship (which most of us expected!) Best/Sis


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

An interesting perspective....to me that would mean that the Act does not pass muster and must be unconstitutional. But, it must be taken back before the court in that light to get such an opinion I would assume. ~WB


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The Democrats in Washington decided that they could take over 1/5 of the nation's economy and run it by merely passing a bill. Now they realize that they have no idea how to do it, but it will come to pass next January anyway, ready or not.

They are in full and terrified panic because they can see that it will be a huge disaster, and that Americans will be furious that the Democrats have totally destroyed the best medical system in the world.

And they also realize that they will almost certainly lose Congress in November as the wrath of the American people comes down on their heads.

In addition, 6 out of 10 doctors are planning on taking an early retirement, rather than have Democrat politicians dictate how they practice medicine.


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Conservative Lady 3 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

As a Practice Manager for a surgical group I can tell you the added paperwork and expense to physicians is enormous and unsustainable long term. We are going to lose doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals leaving the ill consumers at the mercy of much less qualified care givers. I truly hope they figure out a way to turn this train around and undo the mangled tracks already in place. Voted Up, interesting, and useful.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Your last sentence sums it,up, this isn't about health care at all, it is about control. Up and awesome and useful too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Cannot believe, Jim, that the SCOTUS ignored (or was ignorant of?) the origination clause of our Constitution. And these are the supreme legal minds of our country?


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FitnezzJim 3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Even the best possible future for us, a future where HealthCare is repealed, would still be a future where we were systematically robbed. The people's tax money that is going into trying to make HealthCare work is just money down the drain. When it's over and gone, the additions to the National Debt will still be there, untraceable money will have disappeared into supporters pockets, and those who truly needed the benefits of HealthCare will still be wanting.

We live in a bureaucracy, not a democracy.


Stu 3 years ago

Hi Frog,

ObamaCare is emblematic of EVERYTHING else Obama does:

(1) Make the poor dependent on the federal government so they will vote for him and his allies in Congress (here, subsidies that get the poor insured, and force the middle class to pay so much many will have to give up health coverage and just pay the penalty tax to subsidize the poor).

(2) Ladel taxpayer money to big corporations and the super-rich so they will kick nig money back to Obama as campaign contributions or Super-PAC support (here this involves imposing no controls on tort, hospital costs, or drugs in the PPACA, but slamming clinical doctors with low fee caps to help bridge the funding gap because family doctors can't pay the big campaign contribution freight).

(3) Discourage wealth creation by entrepeneurs and the middle class via high taxes (in this case health care premium loads) so they will become poor, and then vote for Obama and his allies to keep their federal benefits up.

This is Obama's whole program in general: A super-rich segment that gets all kinds of middle class taxpayer funded subsidies and tax breaks in exchange for campaign kickbacks, a big poor segment dependent on federal handouts in exchange for their votes, and high-tax destruction of a liberty minded middle and entrepreneurial class that would never vote for Obama until they are added to the welfare rolls.

Obama is always ranting and raving about the growing wealth divide, but his talk is an ingenius hoax - his whole "stay in office" policy is based on widening the wealth divide to the point of extremity. And he's succeeding brilliantly. This man NOT stupid - he is PURE EVIL.

Stu


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Caleb DRC 3 years ago

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American View 3 years ago from Plano, Texas

Frog

It's nice to see a liberal eat some crow every now and again. But the issue is now that Max sees the train wreck coming, what is he going to do to fix the track and avoid it?


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Caleb - The fix is in now. Thanks.

American View - Other than watch Baucus try to cover his butt I don't expect. The amazing thing about this political circus is that people keep sending back the same pick pockets who created this mess in the first place and expect them to fix it. Yeah right!

The Frog


Ghost32 3 years ago

Frog: I started laughing when I saw it was Max Baucus himself who outed the train wreck, Jim...because Baucus happens to be the only U.S. Senator with whom I've come face to face, and the experience wasn't particularly pleasant.

Somewhere around 1990, a public hearing on the HAARP towers was held in Hamilton, Montana, where my ex #5 (Sadie) and I had moved. We'd bought 45 acres some five miles out of town, up in the timber, and like most others attending, did NOT want to be hosting a federal tower that can pulse EMP's out there that are strong enough to shut down electronics 300 miles away. A HAARP tower was scheduled to go right smack dab into our Bitterroot Valley, and few of us liked the idea one little bit.

Sheriff Jay Printz even spoke plainly, telling the HAARP apologists that there WOULD be locals shooting at the tower or performing other acts of sabotage, and that he had no intention of telling his deputies to investigate such incidents AT ALL.

The guys at the front of the room included a USAF Major (the Feds so little regarded Hamilton, MT, that we didn't even rate a lousy Colonel) and ye olde Senator Max Baucus.

Max did his song and tap dance. After, as we were leaving the room, Sadie smiled and said to me, "We won!"

I stared at her, incredulous. "...No, honey. We did not win. Baucus is pure political animal. He gave the room a pure political response, which apparently most bought."

Bottom line, my (ex) wife thought we'd actually managed to scuttle the HAARP program. I explained that no, he'd only indicated they'd take a look at planting the tower over on the other side of the mountains, in Idaho--and that since these EMP waves were capable of traveling straight through solid rock, our valley would still get hit if it was used...just not quite as hard as at Ground Zero.

The man has been on my CSL (Certified S**t List) from that day forward. It's good to see him have to own up now, for the shock effect on the other liberals if nothing else.


Pamela 3 years ago

Again very well written and extremely informative..I can't even discuss this stuff at times as it makes my blood boil....

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