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Many of us knew this from the beginning, but like the Bill Cosby rape accusations by various women, some issues take awhile to be accepted by the collective mind of society: Obamacare, aka the “Affordable Care Act”, is a terrible deal for Americans.

The following quote (by David R. Reines, 60, of Jefferson Township, N.J., a former hardware salesman with chronic knee pain) has become the reality now being experienced, and consciously understood, by many people <Boston Globe, link>:

The deductible, $3,000 a year, makes it impossible to actually go to the doctor.  We have insurance, but can’t afford to use it.

Yup, that’s about it.

The headline on this article?

Many say high deductibles make Affordable Care Act plans nearly useless.

Nice job, Barack Obama.

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Obamacare is among the worst abuses of a free citizenry in the history of mankind, considering the level of satisfaction across America with the previous health care system (85% were happy with it), the lies that were told by government bureaucrats in gaining its passage in Congress (lies confirmed by the Jonathan Gruber tapes), and the degree of financial pain it has caused millions of families and the consciously delayed (by Obama himself, in unconstitutional fashion) severe pain for all citizens yet to come (not just financial, but the dwindling access to the very health care that the insurance is supposed to pay for).

The notion that Obamacare is “working” is an Orwellian falsehood — it is in fact a giant ponzi scheme that has been deliberately slowed down in order to hide the eventual insurance death spiral that will leave Americans without access to quality care and tax payers robbed blind of billions, if not trillions, of dollars to “bail out” the insurance companies (private entities, mind you, whose stocks have gone up, not down, since the ACA was passed…the market understands the fraudulent transfer that has taken place).

And the death spiral is building. First comes rate increases, as a disproportionately sick insured population strains insurance company resources:

In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6 percent in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3 percent increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4 percent across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the Oregon health exchange, seeks an average boost of around 25 percent.

Some states are even higher. <The Week, link>

This is only the beginning, as mr. Obama has delayed the employer mandate and thus avoided a mass dumping of employees out of employer-based health insurance and onto exchanges; once this happens, the system will break and millions of families will be in angry open rebellion as premiums more than double, something Barack Obama knows very well but hopes that his diabolical law will be impossible to reverse by then.

So what happened to the self-employed who were thrown out of their insurance plans a few years ago?

In a Washington Post article last December, Catherine Keefe showcased how Obamacare has hurt her family — this is the cold hard truth of this law (link).

In November 2013, Jim learned his small-business policy would be canceled because it didn’t comply with the new mandate to cover pediatric dentistry and maternity care. So Jim went to Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, to look for coverage for his employee and himself.

…if you added together 12 months of premiums, the deductible, and the new policies’ out-of-pocket maximums, we were potentially on the hook for $13,260 — rather than the $11,024 from 2013 — if Jim got very sick.

Hey, what a great deal!  Worse insurance for more money…

But Catherine goes on…

The individual plan I had with Blue Cross was canceled, too. The bronze plan I got at Covered California raised my monthly premium payment from $301 to $422, with a $5,000 deductible. The maximum I might be responsible for if I got really sick went from $8,612 to $11,314.

And what about Barack Obama’s promise that if you “like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”?

Total fraud, of course (I will publish a separate blog post showcasing the wild goose chase she and her husband were led on as they were no longer allowed to see the doctors who had cared for them in the years leading up to Obamacare). The punch line was simple, and pierces the dirty veil of Obamacare and all its false promises of saving people money: as preferred doctors continued to reject the Obamacare coverage, they were told this…

In each case, the receptionists chirped, “We’re happy to make you a cash patient.”

Right — pay Obamacare’s HIGHER premiums, be rejected by your doctors, and then pay OUT OF POCKET to see them.

Why are doctors running away from Obamacare? Simple: they have been targeted by Obama as part of the problem, and guess what — they don’t like being treated like the enemy, nor should they.

Will your doctor be there for you under Obamacare?

Will your doctor be there for you under Obamacare?

But there was one sentence of hers that sums up several year’s worth of what I and other critics have been saying about Obamacare, and here it is:

The day may soon come when we can’t afford the plans our doctors accept, or we’ll have to wait hours to be seen.

If you support Obamacare,

The day may soon come when you can’t afford the plans your doctors accept, or you’ll have to wait hours to be seen.

If you support Obama,

The day may soon come when you can’t afford the plans your doctors accept, or you’ll have to wait hours to be seen.

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Obamacare is a destroyer that knows no bounds and has an insatiable hunger to rip apart the soul of the American middle class.

Staples was recently in the news after mr. Obama chastised them for cutting back on part-time hours in order to avoid the draconian employer mandate.

Turns out they are not the only business cutting back hours to avoid the Obamacare Death Star (emphasis added):

Staples isn’t the only employer to cut hours. Investor’s Business Daily has tallied more than 450 private companies and government agencies that have done the same.

Betsy Webb, a school superintendent in Maine, recently testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that her school system will have to cut substitute teachers’ hours, as it can’t afford to provide them health insurance. The school will also have to require those working two part-time jobs for the district to quit one of them.

As she told the senators, everyone loses.

Other schools have had similar experiences. More than 200 colleges have cut work hours because of the mandate, according to the College Fix, a higher education news source. <Forbes.com, link>

And there are people in this country who still openly support the Affordable Care Act!

Scarecrow

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I saw the following opening paragraph in the latest news coming out of Venezuela, home to the former Hugo Chavez regime and the present ongoing Socialist regime of his successor, and I didn’t bother to read the rest of the story (because those of us who pay attention to history already know how the story ends):

With long, everyday waits in line to buy milk or toilet paper, Venezuela’s economic crisis is proving ever more painful, as President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government struggles with the inflation-wracked, collapsing economy. <Yahoo News, link>

Another central government failure in attempting to manage a large economy, and another chapter in the human resistance to learning from past failed experiments.

Chavez Socialism

Will Socialism be tried again in countries around the world?

Yes.

Will the outcome be any better than what the poor citizens of Venezuela are being forced to live through?

No.

Will American Liberals and “Progressives” learn anything from this latest tragic example of central planning?

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On Friday, the government scam known as healthcare.gov had another massive failure:

The Obamacare website had another major stumble on Friday when the White House revealed it sent hundreds of thousands of customers bad tax information. <Yahoo Finance, link>

This should surprise no one, because Barack Obama and his corrupt team have lied repeatedly about so-called “fixes” to the broken system known as Obamacare.

Way back in November 2013, an Obama minion admitted a rather shocking truth to a Congressional Committee:

A crucial system for making payments to insurers from people who enroll in that federal Obamacare marketplace has yet to be built, a senior government IT official admitted Tuesday.

The official, Henry Chao, visibly stunned Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) when he said under questioning before a House subcommittee that a significant fraction of HealthCare.gov—30 to 40 percent of it—has yet to be constructed.

“We still need to build the payments system to make the payments [to insurance companies] in January,” testified Chao, deputy chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that operates HealthCare.gov. <source>

NEWS FLASH: it still isn’t built.

From Politico.com a few days ago:

The “back end” of the Obamacare website still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies… <Politico.com, link>

But wait, the Obama administration said it would be fixed by “mid-March” 2014, and then on 4/25/14 revised the date of the “fix” again:

The Obama administration posted a document earlier [in April 2014] indicating that insurers will continue to be paid through an “interim” accounting process — pretty much a spreadsheet and some informed estimates — until at least September. When the permanent system eventually goes live, it could lead to a massive correction that either exposes taxpayers to more costs or puts pressure on insurance companies to raise prices. <Politico.com, source>

September 2014? Was it fixed?

From two days ago, 2/20/15:

Subsidy payments aren’t automated, so the insurers get payments based on estimates. …Instead of a swift process, health plans use clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets

Your government at work, under the leadership of an America-hating bureaucrat.

So we have a government-run system with over 11 million people “enrolled” (under threat of IRS penalties if they didn’t enroll) for which no back end yet exists.

Barack Hussein Obama is a con artist — the greatest who ever lived, in fact — and in plain sight had his team labor to fix the front end of Obamacare while ignoring the back end, in the hope that enough people would take their eyes off of the flimflam that is this law.

The article quoted an “insurance industry official”, who had this to say:

You’re not going to find a lot of customer-facing issues. It’s more like you lift up the hood, and that’s where the problems are.

Right, just take a look “under the hood” to see the truth, again: the law must be repealed as soon as possible.

obamacare under the hood

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Since the day he left office, Bill Clinton has been working overtime on boosting his “Legacy”, and with good reason — he needs to.  Despite great promise as a transformational politician and leader, he chose instead to use the White House as a pit of corruption, lawlessness, and personal aggrandizement while simultaneously weakening American power on a global scale and failing to hold Al Qaeda accountable as it struck our interests with impunity around the world, ultimately culminating in the September 11 attacks.

Clinton playing saxophone

Now comes the absurd presidential candidacy of his faux wife, Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton Sexcapades are back in the news.

Except in an a way that’s even bigger than Lewinsky…

Just a few weeks ago, reports broke that Bill Clinton had flown at least 11 times on “The Lolita Express” — a private plane owned by the mysterious financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. According to Virginia Roberts, who claims to have been one of Epstein’s many teenaged sex slaves, Clinton also visited Epstein’s private Caribbean retreat, known as “Orgy Island.”

Clinton also spent years traveling and partying with Ron Burkle, a billionaire bachelor with a penchant for very young girls. Clinton spent so much time on Burkle’s private plane that it came to be known in Burkle’s circle as “Air F—k One.” <New York Post, link>

How presidential — “ORGY ISLAND”, and “Air Fuck One”.

Bill Clinton.

Oh, and the teenage sex slave had this to say:

I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ And [Jeffrey] laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor.’ 

How bad, reportedly, is Mr. Epstein, Bill’s friend?

In 2005, Palm Beach police responded to a complaint filed by a woman who claimed her 14-year-old daughter was lured to Epstein’s mansion. There, the girl was forced to undress and massage Epstein and was paid $300.

In all, it’s believed Epstein had 40 victims in Palm Beach alone. The Daily Beast reported that some of Epstein’s victims claimed he imported girls from Europe and South America, and that three were 12 years old. They were a treat to himself for his birthday. <

Bill Clinton was with Epstein on his “Lolita Express” at least 11 times…

And so we Americans are facing the prospect of potentially having the Clintons back in the White House after having had our way of government and life beaten down by a man who has done more damage to the United States than any foreign nation or dictator ever has or ever could.

And the Republican answer to this suicidal insanity is Jeb Bush?

I am officially taking suggestions on where in the world we can run to as our nation crumbles into dust.

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The Keystone Pipeline is in the news again because a Republican-led Congress is reviving a reasonable energy policy and putting the ball back in the Manchurian’s court. As we all know, mr. Obama declared war on fossil fuels many years ago and has implemented policies to weaken our energy industry at every opportunity.

At the same time, he takes credit, in true Orwellian fashion, for the booming energy section that has almost single-handedly pulled our nation out of the near-Depression of 2008. He said this during his recent “State of the Union”:

At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.

Sure sure, try to take credit for an industry that you seek to destroy.

But instead of writing a lot of words about this man’s infamy on the subject, I thought I’d offer a graphic that keeps things in perspective, namely how the American energy boom has occurred solely on private lands by private enterprise, and not on Federal lands, which under mr. Obama have been forcibly shut out of the oil boom (indeed he’s doing it again — see the Alaska fight he just provoked).

And so once again we see how much the man lies, and lies BIG.

Liberals who continue to fall for his lies really ought to seek help.

Here is the full paragraph from Heritage.org:

There has been a stark difference between oil and gas production on private and state-owned lands and federal lands. According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, since 2007, federal production of natural gas both on and offshore fell 33 percent. On state and private lands, it grew 40 percent over the same time frame. Crude oil production on federal lands in 2012 was below 2007 levels but grew 35 percent on non-federal lands since then. In fact, all increases in oil and gas production since 2012 were on non-federal lands. <Heritage.org, link>

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