It’s interesting how Obama – who supposedly hates impromptu questions from the press – answered a question about the Trayvon Martin slaying.
@Admin A few minutes before the press conference began Josh Earnest of the press office approached the NBC JournoLister present and whispered something into his ear. The NBC JournoLister later asked Obama about Trayvon. Yes, we are implying this was a set up question designed to exploit the death of Trayvon Martin.
Anyway, in spite of the whole “fascist-president-handing-his-fawning-propaganda-the-questions-he-wants-to-answer” thing, it was what Obama said about Trayvon Martin that was fascinating:
“When I think of this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama said. “I can only imagine what his parents are going through. … If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
It’s fascinating because Obama actually does have a son who turned two years old today – and he’s running from that kid as if it had flesh-eating disease:
March 21, 2012 4:00 A.M.
Obamacare, Two Years Later It’s still a failure.
By Michael Tanner
This week marks two years since of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and if the Obama administration has chosen to all but ignore the second anniversary of Obamacare, the rest of us should pause and reflect on just what a monumental failure of policy the health-care-reform law has been.
What’s more, it has been a failure on its own terms. After all, when health-care reform was passed, we were promised that it would do three things: 1) provide health-insurance coverage for all Americans; 2) reduce insurance costs for individuals, businesses, and government; and 3) increase the quality of health care and the value received for each dollar of health-care spending. At the same time, the president and the law’s supporters in Congress promised that the legislation would not increase the federal-budget deficit or unduly burden the economy. And it would do all these things while letting those of us who were happy with our current health insurance keep it unchanged. Two years in, we can see that none of these things is true.
For example, we now know that, contrary to claims made when the bill passed, the law will not come close to achieving universal coverage. In fact, as time goes by, it looks as if the bill will cover fewer and fewer people than advertised. According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office released last week, Obamacare will leave 27 million Americans uninsured by 2022. This represents an increase of 2–4 million uninsured over previous reports. Moreover, it should be noted that, of the 23 million Americans who will gain coverage under Obamacare, 17 million will not be covered by real insurance, but will simply be dumped into the Medicaid system, with all its problems of access and quality. Thus, only about 20 million Americans will receive actual insurance coverage under Obamacare. That’s certainly an improvement over the status quo, but it’s also a far cry from universal coverage — and not much bang for the buck, given Obamacare’s ever-rising cost.
At the same time, the legislation is a major failure when it comes to controlling costs. While we were once told that health-care reform would “bend the cost curve down,” we now know that Obamacare will actually increase U.S. health-care spending. This should come as no surprise: If you are going to provide more benefits to more people, it is going to cost you more money. The law contained few efforts to actually contain health-care costs, and the CBO now reports that many of the programs it did contain, such as disease management and care coordination, will not actually reduce costs. As the CBO noted, “in nearly every program involving disease management and care coordination, spending was either unchanged or increased relative to the spending that would have occurred in the absence of the program, when the fees paid to the participating organization were considered.”
This failure to control costs means that the law will add significantly to the already-crushing burden of government spending, taxes, and debt. According to the CBO, Obamacare will cost $1.76 trillion by 2022. To be fair, some media outlets misreported this new estimate as a doubling of the law’s originally estimated cost of $940 billion. In reality, most of the increased cost estimate is the result, not of increased programmatic costs, but of an extra two years of implementation. Still, many observers warned at the time that the original $940 million estimate was misleading because it included only six years of actual expenditures, with the ten-year budget window. The new estimate is, therefore, a more accurate measure of how expensive this law will be. Yet even this estimate covers only eight years of implementation. And it leaves out more than $115 billion in important implementation costs, as well as costs of the so-called doc fix. It also double-counts Social Security taxes and Medicare savings. Some studies suggest a better estimate of Obamacare’s real ten-year cost could run as high as $2.7–3 trillion. And this does not even include the over $4.3 trillion in costs shifted to businesses, individuals, and state governments.
All this spending means that we will pay much more in debt and taxes. But we will also pay more in insurance premiums. Once upon a time, the president promised us that health-care reform would lower our insurance premiums by $2,500 per year. That claim has long since been abandoned. Insurance premiums are continuing to rise at record rates. And, while there are many factors driving premiums up, Obamacare itself is one of them. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, insurance premiums had been rising at roughly 5 percent per year pre-Obamacare. That jumped to 9 percent last year. And roughly half that four-percentage-point increase can be directly attributed to Obamacare. Even Jonathan Gruber of MIT, one of the architects of both Obamacare and Romneycare, now admits that many individuals will end up paying more for insurance than they would have without the reform — even after taking into account government subsidies — and that those increases will be substantial. According to Gruber, “after the application of tax subsidies, 59 percent of the individual market will experience an average premium increase of 31 percent.”
Finally, if the past two years should have taught us anything, it is that we may not be able to keep our current insurance, even if we are happy with it. The CBO suggests that as many as 20 million workers could lose their employer-provided health insurance as a result of Obamacare. Instead, they will be dumped into government-run insurance exchanges. And, the recent dust-up over insurance coverage for contraceptives is a clear illustration of how the government will now be designing insurance plans for all of us. Regardless of how one feels about the contraceptive mandate itself, it is just the tip of the iceberg as government mandates tell employers what insurance they must provide, and tell us what insurance we must buy, even if that insurance is more expensive, contains benefits we don’t want, or violates our consciences.
Next week, Obamacare will slouch its way to the Supreme Court. How the justices decide will be based on questions of constitutional law. Their decision will set a crucial precedent in setting the boundaries between government power and individual rights. But regardless of whether the Court upholds Obamacare or strikes it down, in whole or in part, we should understand that, simply as a matter of health-care reform, Obamacare is a costly and dangerous failure.
— Michael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution.
ObamaCare costs are soaring out of control after all of Obama’s lying promises. And now he’s walking away from this “baby” like a daddy who had his fun but has to move on to another momma to use and abuse and leave high and dry.
Here’s an article that sums up this birthday of the ObamaCare Obamination quite well while managing to capture the sheer-chutzpah-hypocrisy that is Obama:
Today is the second year anniversary of the horrid and hated Obama heath scam passage into law. Did Barack Obama celebrate and trumpet his singular “achievement”? No. Barack Obama chose instead to mutilate the corpse of Trayvon Martin by saying that kid resembles him. What an insult to the dead!
This miserable creature called Barack Obama is without shame. The Associated Press wrote last week about Obama’s use of his daughters for political gain:
“He’s cited Sasha and Malia, now 10 and 13, in discussing everything from the rescue of an American aid worker from Somali pirates to the touchy subject of public access to emergency contraception. His daughters also are prominent in a family photo being used by his re-election campaign. [snip]
Obama said at a news conference that he’d called Fluke after Limbaugh made his comments “because I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don‘t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re good citizens.”
Invoking his daughters is a way for Obama to bring big issues down to human scale, in a disarming way. It also is a reminder to Americans of the president’s photogenic family, a priceless political asset in an election year.
The Obamas can be fiercely protective of their daughters’ privacy in some ways, complaining if the girls are photographed while out on their own, for example. But they’ve been more than willing to keep bringing them up in the national conversation and to keep them in the minds of voters as the general election approaches.”
This past week most Big Media news organizations actually removed news stories already published about an Obama daughter traipsing off to a Mexico vacation, earthquake included. So Obama exploits the daughters and Big Media scrubs references to them that do not flatter Barack Obama.
Exploitation of his daughters (is this “pimping” your daughters? as Obama lovin’ and protectin’ MSNBC once accused Hillary Clinton of doing?) apparently is not enough. Now Obama is entering the various realms of necrophilia as he exploits the dead Trayvon Martin.
Barack started his statement by noting he is the head of the Executive branch of government. It’s always about Barack. Then Barack proceeded to exploit the death of Trayvon. It should be noted that the Obama White House spokesmen have not commented all week on the Trayvon Martin case. [That might have been a smarter policy because the attempts to make this shooting a “racist” case (or as Geraldo does, blame the hoodie) might face some difficulty as the shooter is a Latino who comes from a multi-racial family and the facts on the case as presented by Big Media reports conflict with statements from the Latino Zimmerman family.]
A few minutes before the press conference began Josh Earnest of the press office approached the NBC JournoLister present and whispered something into his ear. The NBC JournoLister later asked Obama about Trayvon. Yes, we are implying this was a set up question designed to exploit the death of Trayvon Martin. It was the race card with a personal twist from a twisted personality that “occupies” the White House as if it were Zoo-cotti Park.
Why did Obama posthumously adopt Trayvon Martin? It’s a Friday adoption to make Americans forget about the Obamination Anniversary:
“Friday marked the second year anniversary of the passage of President Barack Obama’s controversial healthcare law referred to by many as “Obamacare.”
Next week, the law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on whether the law violates the Constitution.
One of the major sticking points to Obama’s contentious healthcare overhaul is the requirement that all Americans must buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty.
Recent polls show three out of every five Americans oppose that mandate.
The White House was noticeably silent on the law’s two-year anniversary.
The Supreme Court takes up the law Monday to hear arguments on whether it’s constitutional.”
Two years ago Joe Biden said it was a “big f*cking deal”. Now it is without doubt a big f*cking disaster and Trayvon Martin will be hoist onto an Al Sharpton flatbed truck for an Obama adoption ceremony in order to avoid the “big f*cking disaster” getting discussed.
Today in a typically biased-towards-Obama article, Politico states those assumptions by Democrats on Obamacare were way off. Politico JournoListers did everything they could to help Obama pass his health scam two years ago and now even they have to admit we were right and they were wrong. Big f*cking wrong.
Barack Obama wants to posthumously adopt Trayvon Martin as his own today rather than discuss his own soon to be dead ultimate “achievement”. Others are not ignoring the Obamination Anniversary. Some are marking Obamacare’s Anniversary:
“On Wednesday, The Hill reported that Barack Obama wouldn’t do anything to celebrate the two-year anniversary of ObamaCare, his signature legislative achievement. That might have to do with the fact that a majority of voters wants it repealed, and even a plurality of Democrats (48%) want it rolled back in whole or in part. Still, just because Obama wants to be a party pooper doesn’t mean that others aren’t celebrating. The RNC, for instance, has this brief spot called “ObamaCare’s Lonely Birthday,” but which could also be titled, “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To”:
The Barack Obama lies on his signature Obamination are coming home to roost. The “cost curve” has not been bent downwards, as promised. Prices are soaring.
Next week the Supreme Court will begin its review of the Obamination. Barack Obama did not want to spend the Friday before that review begins on Monday engaged in a public discussion of how hated the Obamination is. That’s why Obama dredged up the body of Trayvon Martin today.
Shame on you, Barry Hussein, for fathering a huge boondoggle trillion dollar a year baby and then pretending you don’t even know it.