Obama Stars in The No-Name Law That Sank His Party

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When  the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA  (Affordable Care Act) over majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the  president’s signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator,  ObamaCare. Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who  voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we’d grow  to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.

We’ve  paid almost a billion dollars to a Canadian firm whose vice-president is a  college buddy of Michelle Obama’s from their black radical days at Princeton to  create a webpage to enroll people mandated by this law to do so, Obama having  turned down the U.S. firm IBM’s offer to create it for  free. It doesn’t work. Moreover, the continuing problems with this  webpage — and law — are so substantial and intractable that the White  House propaganda machine has stopped referring to it as ObamaCare or even the  Affordable Care Act. Everyone now knows that for most people, the plan loaded  with mandated coverage to curry favors with privileged tranches of voters like  college girls who want free contraceptives and abortion coverage and to permit  anyone to sign up after they found out they need costly care, not  before, is far more expensive than what they were previously paying for medical  insurance. It’s some kind of no-name thing. Either that or, to be an honest  descriptor, we could call it the UFA (Unaffordable Care Act). Under any name  it’s dramatically swamping the president and his party’s standing among  voters.

Younger  voters who passionately supported the president in both election shots are  running away from UFA, a law which depends on them to foot a  disproportionate share of the financial burden:

A  new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics shows young people increasingly cooling to President  Obama and his signature domestic achievement, Obamacare. Fifty-four percent of  young people (ages 18 to 29) disapprove of the job Obama is doing. A total of 47  percent of young people, including 52 percent of those between the ages of 18  and 24, say they would choose to recall Obama if they could.

Obamacare  is undoubtedly a major force in this change among so-called Millennials (61  percent say they disapprove of his handling of health care). The poll found that  57 percent of young people disapprove of Obamacare, with just 38 percent  approving of the law. The numbers were not significantly different when those  polled were asked how they felt about the “Affordable Care Act” as opposed to  “Obamacare.” A plurality said the law would make their health care worse (44  percent for “Obamacare” and 40 percent for the “Affordable Care Act”) while a  majority (51 percent for “Obamacare” and 50 percent for the “Affordable Care  Act”) said they believed the amount they would pay for health care under the law  would increase.

As  Ron Fournier at National Journal points out, younger Millennials (those under the age of 25) are  in particular turning against Obama.

And  each day we learn of new, more difficult to resolve, problems with  it.

For  one thing, there’s no  way to pay for the mandated insurance by December 23 as the law  requires purchasers to do.

CHARLES  KRAUTHAMMER: People are receiving cancellations. They know they lost their  insurance. There is no way to talk around it.

The  other thing that the Obama administration, the White House, is pushing is the  success of the exchanges because they got 30,000 people supposedly enrolled.  Let’s assume it’s enrolled. They aren’t enrolled.

BRET  BAIER: There’s nobody that really paid their  premium.

KRAUTHAMMER:  Exactly. Shopping and semi-enrolled — aspirationally enrolled, let’s put it  that way — in two days. Well, if you do the math on that and you continue that  enrollment up until the deadline of the  23rd of December, you come out with a number, which means that of the 5 million  people who have lost insurance, 6% will have it restored. All the rest will not  have it. And that’s without adding a single person who never had insurance in  the first place. It is a disaster with the numbers that the White House is  touting.

Hit  and Run describes the payment issue’s evolution on Just One  Minute:

“In  addition to fixing the technical problems with healthcare.gov, the significant ‘back-end’ issues must also  be resolved to ensure that coverage can begin on January 1, 2014. In particular,  the ongoing problems with processing “834″ enrollment files need to be fixed.”  AHIP President, Karen Ignagni said (via WaPo), December 1.

“The  back end sounds like some obscure curlicue in the process,” Krauthammer said.  “It’s the cash register! It’s the point at which you make the purchase. And if  you don’t have correct information or any information, you don’t have a  purchase. You don’t have enrollment. You don’t have a plan, you have a  catastrophe.”– stuff Krauthammer said, December 3

Dun  dun dun!

“Now,  this is like having a really good product in the store and the cash registers  don’t work… so we are working overtime to get this fixed.”– stuff Obama  said,

…wait  for it…

November  6.

Requiring  people to buy insurance when you don’t have a cash register to take their money  is typical of the law and website’s conundrums and when you learn Obama  apparently manages by telekinesis, you can understand why:

The  Government Accountability Institute  report found that since Obamacare was signed on March  23, 2010, Obama met with “various Cabinet secretaries a total of 277 times,” but  his presidential schedule did not “document a single one-on-one meeting” with  Sebelius. There was, though, “one instance of Secretary Sebelius meeting jointly  with the President and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner.”  Breitbart Big Govt 


Obama shut down the federal government rather than  delay UFA’s individual mandate provision though he keeps exempting new favored  blocs and delaying various provisions. Instead he’s cranked up the propaganda  machine, particularly the stuff aimed at the young. The efforts have been  ridiculous, a clear sign, I suppose of how little regard he has for the  intellectual capacity of those who voted disproportionately for him (a point on  which he and I are in rare agreement}.

By  way of example, HHS named as a winner of their video propaganda outreach one  entry which is titled “Forget About the Price Tag.”

In  a White House Youth Summit,  Obama “called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature  health care law — including plying their customers with cheap booze. “If you  are a bartender, have a happy hour,” Obama said as the crowd laughed. “And also  probably get health insurance because a  lot of people don’t have it.” Obama also encouraged young people who are student  body presidents or workers at nonprofit organizations to help people get  enrolled. “If you’ve got a radio show, spread the word on air,” Obama added.  Obama called on young people’s sense of patriotism to  join….”

Increasingly,  more substantive problems with UFA were making themselves known. Many top  hospitals were refusing to participate. Many doctors were retiring rather than  go along with this quality care killer. Indeed, it was reliably reported by  Washington Examiner‘s Richard Pollack that seven out of ten California doctors  were refusing to participate in that state’s health  exchange. Reminds me of Sam Goldwyn’s observation that when people don’t want to  come to the theater nothing can stop them.

So  far, the law applies to a relatively small number of people — when it expands  to cover employer mandates and more millions are thrown into the UFA pool, the  disaster will snowball. As my friend DoT notes: “Once the employer mandate kicks  in they’ll be hunting Democrats with dogs in this country.”

Noemie Emery explains why Obama’s “inverse genius” is causing so  much voter angst and disdain:

By  threatening their lives as well as their budgets, Obama has created a huge class  of losers, who statistically overrun the small class of winners and outweigh  them in savvy, no doubt. “A significant minority of losers or self-perceived  losers and a few high profile bad outcomes are more than enough to cause real  political problems,” as Kaiser Foundation head honcho Drew Altman informs us.  They’re not a minority, and they have, and they will.

As  National Journal‘s James Oliphant tells us, the plan will insure about  25 million, about half of the number serviced by Medicare, at the expense of  almost everyone else in the country, who stand to lose something — in anxiety,  money, or care. Those helped “represent just a relative handful of people, many  of whom sit at the lower end of the political spectrum, and engage little with  the political process … that’s what’s going to make any sort of renewed  national sales pitch so difficult. Among the politically active, the damage is  done.”

Math  is so hard for Democrats.

So,  if Obama wasn’t managing his namesake signature legislation, apart  from ribbon cuttings, offending our allies, giving away the store to our  enemies, firing our military officers, and blowing through the national  treasure, what has he been doing? He’s been acting as the star of his own  production, Obama, the President and starring in a series of  preposterous publicity poses the White House photographers then release to show,  for example, that the meaning of the deaths of famous people and the commemoration of historical figures  are really significant only as they  reveal his reactions to these events.

So  while Obama paid no obvious attention to the provisions in the 2,000-plus pages  law or the thousands of regulations HHS churned out along with the inoperability  of a critically defective, grossly overpriced website, what was he  doing?

Ace of Spades explains that Obama and his most ardent fans,  including, of course, the New York Times and Chris Matthews, see the  presidency as a drama in which the hero, not his MacGuffin [object of the  quest], is all that matters.

It’s  the Hero that the rapt fan is interested in, not the  MacGuffin.

The  left is just interested in the character, the Hero… [Ed: he fisks the NYT’s  sappy account of Obama’s Christmas book buying]

President Obama has never visited the rugged  mountains of Chechnya, but if he digs into one of the novels he bought last  weekend, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” he will be transported to a land  of unremitting violence and tragedy, where the innocent are caught up in war as  often as the guilty.

Perhaps Mr. Obama is seeking a deeper understanding  of the roots of the ethnic bloodletting after Chechnya vaulted back to the front  pages this year with the Boston Marathon bombings. Or perhaps he is thinking  about his troubled relationship with Russia.

Either way, the novel would give the president a more  visceral feel for one of the world’s most brutal conflicts than the graphic  intelligence papers that cross his desk.

“I imagine someone in his position gets a lot of  facts and figures,” Anthony Marra, the author of the book, mused the other day.  “But the novel is really about the experience, about the psyche and the  soul.”

A reading list offers a rare window into the  presidential mind, a peek at what a commander in chief may be thinking about  beyond the prosaic and repetitive briefings that dominate his  days.

Yes  who cares about those repetitive boring briefings. I mean, there’s nothing  interesting going on, certainly, apart from the intense drama of his signature  policy initiative going up in flames.


I’m  not sure if we can call a several-times-per-week [ed: of Obama’s reference to  “his journey”] occurrence rare.

In  fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the concern for Obama’s actual record that’s rare.  The intense interest in Obama the Personality is the common  thing.

The  right has repeatedly belittled Obama as a “Celebrity.” And indeed that is what  he is. His fans are primarily interested in Barack the Man, Barack the  Personality.

And  not so much as Barack Obama, the executor of federal law.


[The  books he purchased] are volumes about identity and reinvention, about what it  means to be American, and about family, love, betrayal and  redemption.

Yup  — movie themes. Book themes. Story themes.


The  New York Times, like Chris Matthews, is not interested in policy. It is  solely interested in the travails and triumphs of their Hero, Barack  Obama.

Right  now I, too, see Obama as star of his own movie, he’s standing on the prow of the  Titanic as it sinks beneath the waves.

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One thought on “Obama Stars in The No-Name Law That Sank His Party

  1. Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Obama Stars in The No-Name Law That Sank His Party

    I fear it won’t sink his party until Republican party outs RINO’s and grow a set of balls.

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