Not Just the Individual Market. D’oh
Everyone is focused on the current massive (in the tens of millions) cancellations of health insurance policies–that people liked and wanted to keep–in the individual market. I guess that makes sense as these are the ones that are being sent out . . . now. But it won’t be long before that Obama delay of the employer mandate kicks in, and pretty much everyone with employer-based insurance will find themselves in the exact same boat. Or actually, without a boat. Or a paddle.
I cannot wait to see how the leftists who are currently ridiculing, bullying, and otherwise being their usual holier-than-thou selves will react when it’s they who are hit with losing the plan they like and being forced into the 0care exchanges at not only higher monthly rates but with higher co-pays and deductibles. That’s mean. I shouldn’t be eagerly anticipating that . . . ugh. But I kind of am (bad Fuzzy!).
Of course, as I predicted in 2009, the blame will go to the companies who are doing exactly what the law demands: paying the slight fine rather than subsidizing ridiculously expensive “comprehensive” plans that few want and no one needs. This is the same scheme built into 0Care that rewards the young and healthy for NOT buying a plan (who wouldn’t pay the comparatively small tax-fine-abomination instead of being hit with insane costs for coverage they neither want nor need?). The law was designed to fail in this way, and anyone who has employer-based insurance now . . . get a clue, you won’t have it in two years. Period. So get over your “but I’m not on the individual market” so I’m not speaking up nonsense. Soon, they are coming for you.
Regressive’s Whining Introspection Provides Food for Thought for TEA Partiers
This is pretty “old” now, but obviously, I feel it’s worth mentioning. Absolutely ages and ages ago (in today’s “if it was said yesterday, it doesn’t matter” blog cycle), some regressive blogger I’d never heard of bemoaned the failure of the “progressive blog movement.” It’s a lot of belly-button gazing, myopic, unintelligent drivel for the most part (gee, we had so much POWER! We were meeting IMPORTANT people! We MATTERED!), but there was one part that really caught my attention:
Unlike the Tea Party, most left wingers don’t really believe their own ideology. They put partisanship first, or they put the color of a candidate’s skin or the shape of their genitals over the candidate’s policy. Identity is more important to them than how many brown children that politician is killing.
So progressives have no power, because they have no principles: they cannot be expected to actually vote for the most progressive candidate, to successfully primary candidates, to care about policy first and identity second, to not take scraps from the table and sell out other progressive’s interests.
The Tea Party, say what you will about them, gets a great deal of obeisance from Republicans for one simple reason: they will primary you if they don’t like how you’ve been voting, and they’ll probably win that primary. They are feared. Progressives are not feared, because they do not believe enough in their ostensible principles to act on them in an effective fashion.
I, of course, have been saying this for years. The real legacy of this century’s “new” progressive movement (that would take us back to the 1930’s, not exactly a banner decade for America) will be not only utter failure but loss of any and all credibility (how seriously will ANYONE take regressives when a Republican is elected and he or she chooses to continue Obama’s policy of continuing Bush’s policies? Not. At. All. They–everyone from the remarkably silent during Obama’s reign Code Pink to the not-quite-as-silent-but-still-complicit at sites like the Daily Kos and Firedoglake–will be laughingstocks and ridiculous jokes to one and all.).
This regressive blogger guy is exactly right: their lack of principles is what failed them, what will always fail them.
The Sorry President and His Sorry Acolytes
Poor old Ron Fournier, devout Obot, worshiper at the Styrofoam columns of a Styrofoam president. Fournier bemoans the Liar in Chief’s latest lie, and he actually gets some things right:
I’m sorry you couldn’t finesse a single Republican vote for health insurance reform in 2010.
I’m sorry you campaigned for reelection on the famous false promise: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”
I’m sorry your aides debated whether to tell the full truth (that people could keep their insurance only if it hadn’t changed and if it met your standards) and decided instead to institutionalize the lie.
I’m sorry that when Americans recognized the deception you tried to reinvent history: “What we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” No, no, no, no, no—that’s not what you guys said.
I’m sorry you didn’t trust Americans with the truth.
Heh. It’s hard not to laugh, isn’t it? Poor, sad, pathetic Fournier, still pinning his “hope” for “change” in a liar and a charlatan.
Dear Ron: Obama cannot trust Americans with the truth because the truth is not, and will never be, acceptable to us. Period. You live in a crazy utopian dream world that has nothing to do with actual American values, and if you think that Obama can stand up and just say, woot! I wanna be king of the world, and that anyone will do anything but laugh. Long and loud. You are delusional. But then, we already know you’re delusional because we read your columns.
Brief Note on 2016
I’m pretty much done with the crazy. I voted for McCain in 2008. I voted for Romney in 2012. Neither man I really liked for the job, they were just better than the alternative (well, in McCain’s case, perhaps, not so much). This time, it looks like we’ll get another nonentity, regressive Obot (Christie seems to be the main one at the moment, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loathe the man.).
Next time . . . I’m all for swinging this crazy pendulum far far far right. We need a frothing-at-the-mouth, rightwing nutjob, and we need him or her now. Sadly, we don’t really have one, so I’m looking at Ted Cruz . . . and I’m looking at Rand Paul. I’m not thrilled with Rand because he’s been too cautious lately, too . . . calculating. I distrust that. A lot.
And I want someone like Allen West on either ticket because he GETS it with regards to the Islamofascist threat and will know how to undo the immense damage that Obama has done to our military. If West can’t or won’t run for president or VP, he simply has to be involved in fixing the military mess that Obama and his traitorous horde have created.