Obamacare’s Deadly Consequences

March 22, 2014
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When my mom emigrated to the US, I decided to get her health insurance. There was no government-run healthcare.gov Web site to wrestle with. I just looked for policies at EHealthInsurance.com, a privately run site that allowed me to choose from a variety of individual policies (I could have chosen a dozen other ways to find insurance too.) I got my mom her policy, and she was covered! The only catch: Pre-existing conditions would not be covered for nine months.

Fast-forward to now, and my mom’s premiums are soaring because of Obamacare. But, more importantly, I would not be able to sign up my mom for health insurance whenever I choose. Thanks to the government’s new stranglehold on health insurance, individuals will not be able to buy health insurance between April and November of this year. This is the countdown that you see at EHealthInsurance.com:

Countdown

Miss that deadline, and the “Affordable” “Care” Act will not provide “care”. At any price.

The Democrats’ advice to people who want to buy insurance between April and November? Die quickly.

68 Responses to Obamacare’s Deadly Consequences

  1. Ken_phd on March 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Poli;

    Obamacare is a prime example of herd mentality and peer pressure. I seriously doubt that every Dem who voted for it thought it was a great program. Who wanted to be the senator or representative that would kill the bill?

    Now that it is in place, what can they do? With all the changes that Obama has been forced into making, it has become the elephant in the room. The Dems are between a rock and a hard place. If they mention it, it becomes a millstone. If they don’t mention it, it becomes a millstone. If they try furiously to change the subject, it becomes a millstone.

    Sink, sank, sunk.

  2. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:07 am

    And without law enforcement and the press in their corner, the Dems would not have had 60 votes to ram ObamaCare through.
    At the point, the O’Care program has been run so badly it is only the media and uninterested RINOs that keep it afloat.
    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/03/20/a-corrupt-criminal-justice-system/
    “Prosecutorial discretion—deciding whom to go after and whom to ignore—is an open invitation to corruption. And this corruption can have consequences beyond the individuals involved. Had Senator Ted Stevens not been convicted a week before he narrowly lost reelection in 2008 in a trial that involved ‘gross prosecutorial misconduct,’ he undoubtedly would have been reelected and the Democrats would not have had the sixty votes in the Senate they needed to ram ObamaCare through.”

  3. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I mean, they need law enforcement so they can go after enemies, but also to protect their friends.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/374003/philly-da-blows-whistle-pennsylvanias-state-ag-john-fund
    “In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors. Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism. She claims the criticism comes from what she calls the ‘Good Ol’ Boys Club.’ Williams, who is African American, has shot back: ‘I have seen racism. I know what it looks like. This isn’t it.’”
    Commenter: That’s the old racism. The new racism is anything that might hurt a Democrat politically.

  4. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Typical media example, WaPo reprints left-wing fraud. Claims that Koch Bros have largest tar-sand ownership in Alberta. Turns out, btw, no. They are not the largest holders. And they would actually would lose money if the pipeline was approved.
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/washington-post-falls-for-left-wing-fraud-embarrasses-itself.php

    Why is this non-story being printed?
    “Why would the Washington Post embarrass itself by republishing a thoroughly discredited attempt to link the Koch brothers to the Keystone Pipeline? Because that is a Democratic Party talking point, and the Post is a Democratic Party newspaper. But the truth is a little worse than that.

    Who is Post reporter Juliet Eilperin? Among other things, she is married to Andrew Light, who writes on climate policy for the Center for American Progress. The Center for American Progress is an Obama administration front group headed by John Podesta, who is a “special advisor” to the Obama administration. CAP’s web site, Think Progress, has carried out a years-long vendetta against the Koch brothers that has focused largely on the environment. Ms. Eilperin’s conflict in writing about environmental issues has already been a subject of controversy at the Post. The paper’s ombudsman should examine this latest example of Ms. Eilperin throwing facts to the winds in her eagerness to promote her (and her husband’s) far-left agenda.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

      So…they write to WaPo and ask what gives.
      http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/the-washington-post-responds-to-me-and-i-reply-to-the-post.php
      “It isn’t much of a response: they don’t deny the truth of anything I wrote, and they don’t try to sustain the proposition that Koch is even in favor of the pipeline, let alone the driving force behind it.”
      Further: “issues surrounding the Koch brothers’ political and business interests will stir and inflame public debate in this election year. That’s why we wrote the piece.”

      Somehow, though, articles about Koch are everywhere while Dem funders are not covered.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

        Conclusion: “Let me offer an alternative explanation of why the Washington Post published their Keystone/Koch smear: 1) The Washington Post in general, and Mufson and Eilperin in particular, are agents of the Left, the environmental movement and the Democratic Party. 2) The Keystone Pipeline is a problem for the Democratic Party because 60% of voters want the pipeline built, while the party’s left-wing base insists that it not be approved. 3) The Keystone Pipeline is popular because it would broadly benefit the American people by creating large numbers of jobs, making gasoline more plentiful and bringing down the cost of energy. 4) Therefore, the Democratic Party tries to distract from the real issues surrounding the pipeline by claiming, falsely, that its proponents are merely tools of the billionaire Koch brothers–who, in fact, have nothing to do with Keystone one way or the other. 5) The Post published its article to assist the Democratic Party with its anti-Keystone talking points.”

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

          “Juliet Eilperin is a reporter for the Washington Post who covers, among other things, environmental politics. As I wrote in my prior post, she is married to Andrew Light. Light writes on climate policy for the Center for American Progress, a far-left organization that has carried on a years-long vendetta against Charles and David Koch on its web site, Think Progress. Light is also a member of the Obama administration, as Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy on Climate Change in the Department of State. The Center for American Progress is headed by John Podesta, who chaired Barack Obama’s transition team and is now listed as a “special advisor” to the Obama administration.”

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:36 am
  5. Debbie on March 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Single payer, truly universal healthcare is the way to go.

    • ATTILA727 on March 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      move to cuba

  6. Ken_phd on March 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Debbie:

    “Single payer, truly universal healthcare is the way to go.”

    arf. arf.

  7. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:34 am

    OK, above was one egregious example. Is that all there is, or is this sort of thing common?
    I would guess…common.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/13/top-cbs-abc-cnn-execs-all-have-relatives-working-as-advisors-for-white-house/
    Top CBS, ABC, CNN execs all have relatives working as advisors for White House

  8. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

    What happens if you are in the media and don’t toe the line?
    Mostly, you’re out of a job. You don’t get invited to the in-group parties. But a lot of these people wouldn’t be in that line of work except to advance the left and the Dem Party, there is no problem with balancing the Truth with their personal politics.
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/23/the-fear-and-politically-motivated-ambition-behind-american-journalists-video/

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

      The lede is “People Would Be Surprised At The Level Of Cooperation Reporters Have With Politicians”, but there is a list of historical events of interest, in which CBS in particular went to great lengths to advance the Dem Party agenda.
      http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/03/21/sharyl-attkisson/
      “[CBS] is the network where producer Don Hewitt gave both makeup tips and favorable camera angles to JFK in the 1960 debate. Where Walter Cronkite volunteered a helicopter on CBS’s dime to transport Sen. Edmund Muskie (D-ME) to an anti-Vietnam war rally in 1969. The previous year, according to his biographer Douglas Brinkley, Cronkite begged Bobby Kennedy to run for the White House. Where of course, in 2004, Dan Rather blew himself up in an abortive effort to advance John Kerry over the top. (And — shocker! — after departing CBS, Rather, the television anchorman who banged the loudest on his high chair that he was “objective,” began to turn up at far left Nation magazine fundraisers.) And where in late 2009, Katie Couric read Christmas-themed poetry to advance ObamaCare”

  9. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 7:56 am

    After noting all the media-related points above, we come to this.
    Yes, that’s right. Michelle Obama says press freedom is a key human right. In China. In a presentation the press was banned from covering.
    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/us_politics/2014/03/press_banned_as_first_lady_touts_free_speech_in_china
    “First lady Michelle Obama told students that freedom of speech should be a universal right during her extravagant, no-press-allowed tour of China”

  10. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 8:33 am

    A compilation of green failures during the Obama Admin.
    Much of the money wasted went directly into the pockets of Dem funders. In some cases, there were special contract terms so that the bankrupt company’s officers got paid first before tax payers got the leavings.
    http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/2014/01/cleantech-crash-cbs-lesley-stahl.html#.UzBdPVecQpp

  11. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    “A ‘liberal paradise’ would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive health care, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities and only law enforcement personnel have guns.

    Believe it or not, such a liberal utopia DOES indeed exist. … It’s called prison.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

      These paradises keep on falling short of expectations…..a resident of Puerto Rico explains why.
      http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/03/24/is-it-official-has-puerto-rico-failed/
      Puerto Rico has lost nearly half a million people in the past ten years, a number greater than the total current population of its capital city. …
      Too many citizens have lost faith in the government’s ability to provide even the most basic of services. One resident told USA Today: “There’s more opportunities if you move. People who live off government support here are doing better than those of us who work and pay taxes.”

  12. Willie on March 25, 2014 at 4:48 am

    The bodies are beginning to pile up around here. The morgues can’t keep up.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Single Payer is why Hugo Chavez licked cancer and is still alive.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 25, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Update: Chavez is dead. My mistake.

        • R.C.L. on March 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

          Chavez should have gone to Canada or Japan, he’d still be alive.

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 27, 2014 at 6:34 am

            Or the US.
            Any place that has access to newer medical technology which overwhelmingly comes from the US…why would that be?

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

            Capitalism leads to progress?
            Socialism leads to oppression?

          • R.C.L. on March 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

            “…newer medical technology which overwhelmingly comes from the US…why would that be?”

            Because the USA government used to overwhelmingly fund medical research, which served as an incubator and springboard for private development.

            Now, because of the tea party, that effort is flat-lined.

            The tea party is doing its part to bring the USA down to the level of Cuba.

          • R.C.L. on March 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

            Capitalism leads to progress?

            Good government helps to regulate and incubate capitalism, leading to progress. Unregulated capitalism leads to oppression.

            Socialism leads to oppression?

            Communism, yes, but socialism, no. Moreover, the USA is hardly a socialist country, despite the whining of the tea party. However, fomenting fear of non-existent socialism is an effective propaganda tool.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

            The role of govt to retard progress is well known. Especially in the medical field where people about to die are not allowed to try long shot meds.
            Review the incubation of green companies. A whole lotta dollars funneled from citizens to Dem cronies.

          • R.C.L. on March 31, 2014 at 7:20 pm

            “The role of govt to retard progress is well known. Especially in the medical field where people about to die are not allowed to try long shot meds.”

            That is not a good example of govt retarding progress. If we didn’t regulate drugs then people would be taking quack remedies for cancer. If anything you should be promoting making the FDA more efficient and rapid in assisting product development.

            “Review the incubation of green companies. A whole lotta dollars funneled from citizens to Dem cronies.”

            Right wing myth. If anything, you should be reviewing who is funding the attacks on green companies. Follow the money, who is so interested in demonizing green?

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 31, 2014 at 9:12 pm

            Plenty of non quacks find the FDA burdonsome . Here’s one.
            http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/02/19/hey-fda-poop-is-not-a-drug/

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm
          • R.C.L. on April 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

            Plenty of non quacks find the FDA burdensome. Here’s one.

            OK, you got me there, the FDA hinders poop transplants.

            I will counter your poop transplants with last year’s output of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

            Your turn.

          • R.C.L. on April 1, 2014 at 1:14 am

            Which of these are myths?

            Greencorruption.blogspot?

            Good, you have cited one of your sources behind and in support of your opinions on green industry. Now, research the originator of that blog, their background, political and other beliefs, ties to other bloggers and organizations, and you will formulate an idea of their agenda, their motivation.

            Do they also target the oil industry in their fervor to identify corruption?

            I will wager: No, they have not tapped into the corruption throughout the oil industry.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 7:52 am

            “Your turn”
            Sure, please list all the people helped by the NCI’s “output”.

            In the meantime:
            http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/03/a-miracle-drug-cured-ed-levitt-of-stage
            Ed Levitt … was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Unable to get out of bed and covered in tumors from head to toe, Levitt’s doctors advised him to start making funeral arrangements.

            Levitt’s nurse suggested he try a new experimental drug called Iressa that could make his radiation treatments more effective. …

            A few weeks later, all signs of Ed Levitt’s cancer had disappeared. Nine years later, he’s still in almost perfect health. … The following year, the FDA withdrew Iressa from the market.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

            I’m sure that FDA gets some stuff right. But the point is that it is a large and uncaring bureaucracy.
            http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/in-between-the-fda-and-pharma-people-wait-for-treatments/281076/
            Polycsytic kidney disease causes cysts to grow, continually, throughout my kidneys. It will eventually clog them, and they’ll stop working. PKD affects 600,000 Americans and costs taxpayers more than $2 billion per year. It also occupies an estimated 5,000 spaces on the kidney transplant waiting list. In late August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not approve tolvaptan—the only PKD treatment that has been shown to work.

            The decision deeply upset many Americans with PKD. But another, very small group of people—those who sought to prevent tolvaptan’s approval—must have felt some kind of satisfaction.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 7:59 am

            http://pointsandfigures.com/2014/01/31/times-changing/
            “One sector that is seeing a rapid investment drop is healthcare and devices. That has hurt the North Carolina VC industry harder than it hurt Boston. It’s also subject to some longer term trends. Obamacare has a medical device tax buried in it-and it has caused money to pull back from taking risk in healthcare while everything gets sorted out. The FDA is a horrible bureaucratic organization to deal with, and they have made it hard to innovate.”

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

            As a bureaucracy there is no particular attempt to make reasonable rules. The peasants just have to obey.
            http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/02/07/obamacares-restaurant-calorie-label-mandate-is-impossible-to-implement/
            FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg admitted that she “actually thought [calorie labeling] would be one of the more straightforward tasks…but little did I know how complicated it would be.” … it’s small business owners and franchisees—not FDA bureaucrats—that will feel the most pain under the new law.

            Although the law is designed to target corporate fast-food giants, in practice it will largely affect individual franchises that effectively operate as independent small businesses. For example, over 80 percent of McDonald’s locations are owned and operated by franchisees. Each of these franchisees will now be tasked with complying with the mandate–paying for new signage, removing profit-generating advertisements to make room for the calorie data, updating menus every time recipies change, and accommodating inspectors.

            Moreover, the regulation itself is so poorly constructed that it presents unforeseen hurdles for franchisees. Pizzas, sandwiches, and burritos, among other common fast-food meals, can be custom-ordered in hundreds of combinations… It’s also unclear whether non-traditional food retailers—for example, bookstore cafes, hotel minibars, and food trucks—will be subject to the labeling requirements.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 8:10 am

            Let’s not forget the food pyramid.
            “The start of the obesity epidemic can be strongly correlated to the beginning of the food pyramid and the low-fat, high fruit and grain diet advice from the government.”

            Here’s a PBS article, as usual pro-government but still plenty of info worth following up.
            http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/diet/themes/pyramid.html
            “The food guide pyramid has actually had a substantial impact on the diets of Americans. If we look back compared to 20 years ago, the percentage of calories from fat in the American diet is quite a bit lower compared to earlier days. Second, there’re some important indirect impacts of the food guide pyramid, in that many tens of billions of dollars of federal food policies have to be compliant with the food guide pyramid. So many programs — for example, what’s fed to young children, to pregnant mothers, to low-income families — have to be consistent with low-fat diets. So the impact really has been, overall, substantial.”

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

            But, you know, that was not even really my point.
            Ask yourself: Russia and China are full of smart people (“there are more honor-students in China, than students in the US”) but do they contribute the same level of new tech as the US?
            No, but you would probably say that’s because of Communism.
            So let’s move on to the EU. Much more socialist than the US, a similar size economy, etc. But do they roll out anywhere near the same level of computers, iPads, medtech, …. as the US? No. They do not.
            Despite the woefully oversized gov’t we have, their situation is worse.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

            Being in gov’t means never having to say you’re sorry.
            A 10 year old article but the point is well-taken.
            http://www.ideasinactiontv.com/tcs_daily/2005/04/big-fat-mistake.html
            “We misled you. And we plan to keep on misleading you.”
            That’s essentially what the Centers for Disease Control announced this week. The agency said Tuesday that it has greatly over-exaggerated the number of lives lost each year to obesity. After years of putting the figure somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000, the agency now says the net number is just under 26,000, meaning the government has been telling us obesity is fourteen times the threat it actually is, leading policymakers at all levels of governance to prescribe all matter of intrusive, expensive, choice-restrictive public policies aimed at addressing it.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

            Which of these are myths?
            Greencorruption.blogspot?
            Good, you have cited one of your sources behind and in support of your opinions on green industry. Now, research the originator of that blog, their background, political and other beliefs, ties to other bloggers and organizations, and you will formulate an idea of their agenda, their motivation.

            In other words, you can’t refute a single one of the charges and have no info to back up your point of view other than hand-waving about the bogeyman “oil industry”.

          • R.C.L. on April 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

            Sure, please list all the people helped by the NCI’s “output”.

            That is silly. Are you suggesting that the NCI is ineffective?

            Over 60% of new drugs against cancer have received NCI support in their development. In other words, pretty much everyone with cancer has been helped by the NCI.

            “A few weeks later, all signs of Ed Levitt’s cancer had disappeared.”

            You should read up more on Iressa (Gefitinib). You appear to have gotten your story from a right wing source that was successful in swaying you. Did the FDA cut all Iressa treatments, or just some regimens that showed no evidence of success? You should look into it, because there is a wide spectrum of cancer, and different drugs are used to treat different cancers. Ed Levitt might have had NSCLC, and that might respond to an EGFR (tyrosine kinase) inhibitor such as Irissa. Did the FDA cut Iressa for treatment of Ed Levitt’s type of cancer? You should look into it, I will wager that Iressa is available in the USA for treatment of some lung cancers.

            Did you know that Iressa costs $500 per month, and Ed Levitt said, “(The drug is) like a Ferrari – a beautiful car, but out of my reach (financially).”

            In other words, your Iressa is a great argument for affordable health care. Very cool, if only it were available to all.

          • R.C.L. on April 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

            In other words, you can’t refute a single one of the charges…

            Why should I entertain your straw men? To illustrate, for the sake of argument, google “coal ash corruption” and refute that. Coal industry in bed with GOP lawmakers. Coal ash spill, therefore lets eliminate all coal. See, painting with a broad brush, and leveling charges are easy.

            PKD affects 600,000 Americans and costs taxpayers more than $2 billion per year. It also occupies an estimated 5,000 spaces on the kidney transplant waiting list. In late August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would not approve tolvaptan—the only PKD treatment that has been shown to work.

            Again, you do zero homework, Jim, in your tendency to post links, in this case a personal anecdote. Did you look into the FDA’s side of the story? How well does tolvaptan work? Will it make a dent in the 600,000 Americans, $2 billion per year, and 5,000 spaces on the kidney transplant wait list? How much will the tolvaptan therapy cost, and will it have an effect? Does tolvaptan have side affects, such as liver injury? What happens if people start having liver injury and sue their doctor or pharma? Do the risks outweigh the benefits? How many studies have been performed on tolvaptan efficacy?

            “I felt that the benefit was real but very small. The risk was real but large,” Stuart Rich, MD, cardiologist at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, said. “In balance, I felt the risk was too high given the marginal benefit.”

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 2, 2014 at 7:57 am

            “You should read up more on Iressa”
            OK, fair enough. You still stand behind the food pyramid, though?

            “Over 60% of new drugs against cancer have received NCI support”
            So none of that could have come into existence without NCI?
            This is a pretty squishy statistic.
            Do you seriously argue that gov’t-organized research does NOT have an extra burden and overhead that private sector research avoids? I can see an argument that in some areas gov’t focus and centralization can be important. But it seems completely obvious that it should be avoided where possible. You disagree? You consider gov’t involvement a big value-add?

          • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

            Also, I would characterize Euro economies as
            much more gov’t dominated than the US
            dominated by large, crony firms that agree to behave as gov’t
            requires and in turn is protected by those gov’ts
            Compared to the US, where small fast-moving startups are given more room to succeed.
            I would characterize it that way, and I would further say that this is why so much new tech comes from the US rather than from the EU.
            Disagree?

          • R.C.L. on April 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

            You still stand behind the food pyramid, though?

            You are asking someone who rarely eats vegetables.

            So none of that could have come into existence without NCI?

            I didn’t say that. I said that the contribution of NCI to cancer drug development is without question.

            Do you seriously argue that gov’t-organized research does NOT have an extra burden and overhead that private sector research avoids?

            The private sector is shedding R&D at a stunning rate. Merck has laid off something like 20% of its workforce, similarly Pfizer and others, a devastation to R&D. In this environment NIH should serve as a rock solid foundation and incubator for health-related R&D.

            You consider gov’t involvement a big value-add?

            I believe that the U.S.’s commitment to science, public and private, and science education is one of its greatest contributions to the world. We are losing that lead to European and Asian nations, and that is a terrible shame. In this country there are active campaigns against science, equating it with promotion of immorality, unheard of in other leading nations.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 5, 2014 at 2:59 am

            Speaking for myself, we can agree to disagree.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Oh wait. Did you mean actual bodies or figurative bodies?
      If figurative, then perhaps this applies:
      http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-shows-alaska-democratic-sen.-mark-begich-trailing-for-the-first-time/article/2546200
      Poll shows Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trailing for the first time

  13. Debbie on March 25, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Charles Krauthammer says single payer would be better.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Sure, he said it would be better than ObamaCare. But that is a pretty low bar.
      I am not aware that he said it would be better than, say, what we had. Here are some quotes from K’hammer:
      “This sort of insane hybrid which is essentially the federal government taking over and directing, making tens of thousands of pages of regulations for the insurers is a system that doesn’t work, and everybody can see it,” he said.
      About five million Americans had their existing health insurance coverage cancelled thanks to the implementation of ObamaCare.
      Krauthammer slammed liberals for not helping the people who were already uninsured. “They don’t want targeted solutions. They want to take stuff over. That’s what Obama did.”
      He said the administration essentially semi-nationalized one-sixth of the economy and intruded into the lives of people who already had coverage.
      The fundamental deception of the law, Krauthammer said, is that “you can’t keep you doctor, you can’t get the best hospitals. They have changed the system gratuitously using the uninsured as the excuse for doing it.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 25, 2014 at 8:27 am

      You know, the Most TransParent Administration EVAH could have done what it promised.
      They could have had televised debates on C-SPAN.
      They could have offered an actual solution instead of a lobbyist-written solution.
      They could have allowed comment for a week before signing the bill.
      Go back and look how this was done. They took a House bill on another topic, and struck out all the language. Then they put O’Care into the bill instead.
      It was passed in the middle of a Sunday night, iirc, with dozens of extra unread pages added at the last moment.
      Since then they’ve added 1000s of pages of regulations (not passed by Congress) and have changed the law unilaterally.

      They wonder why people are torqued-off?
      Ask yourself: who benefited from this? In the end, it now is becoming apparent that there will be fewer people with health insurance than when they started.
      Who benefited?

  14. Ken_phd on March 25, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Debbie”:

    “Democrats, particularly those running for re-election in 2014, understood Obamacare was a “disaster,” Krauthammer said.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Charles-Krauthammer-Obamacare-healthcare-single/2014/03/24/id/561326#ixzz2wzSbSFTv
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    woof.

  15. reaganesque on March 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    By all accounts, Obamacare is a disaster.

    But the truth is, it’s intentional. The American people can’t stomach a “single-payer” plan, because it flies in the face of our Constitution; not to mention that it has been a disaster around the world.

    So, the leftists had to figure out a way to destroy the greatest health care system on Earth, without going directly to “single-payer.” Hence, Obamacare. Obamacare is SUCH a debacle…such an abject failure…such a disaster (by DESIGN), that they expect people to line up asking for the Gubment to “fix” the very system that they destroyed. And the fix? Surprise! “Single-payer!”

    Can’t wait to sit in lines, subject myself to death panels, wait months for an MRI, etc. Thank you, leftists. You could have gone anywhere else in the world to bask in the joys of socialism. But NO. You had to bring it here.

  16. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on March 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    “I want my dog’s insurance.”
    http://www.newser.com/story/184361/screw-obamacare-i-want-my-dogs-insurance.html
    When doctors found a bulge on Nelson’s abdomen, they gave him an ultrasound and a CT scan, gave him a blood transfusion, and surgically removed the tumor, and insurance covered 90% of it, less a $500 deductible. And, as you’ve guessed by reading the headline, Nelson is a dog. “I’m jealous of him,” his owner, Eric Wee, writes in the New York Times. “He has the kind of health care that I’d hoped the Affordable Care Act would usher in.”

    Instead, when Wee and his wife were kicked off their $263-per-month plan, the cheapest they could find on California’s exchange cost $620 a month, barely covered Wee’s asthma meds, and left him waiting weeks to see a doctor.

    • Jake on March 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Insurance is not the problem. It’s the medical costs. An ultrasound, CT scan, blood transfusion, and a surgically removed tumor for a human generates a bill with a wee bit more zeroes tacked on.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Plus the trial lawyers who have made human care so expensive.
        Plus all the bureaucracy that has increased expense without adding value.

        • Jake on March 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

          Whatever the reasons for expensive healthcare, premiums reflect the medical costs insurance must cover.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

            And now, with ObamaCare the cost is higher. For the NY Times writer, it went from $263/mo to $620/mo and the coverage was poor. Still, they got pediatric dental coverage whether they needed it or not.

            Stats are STILL showing, afaict, that more people got cancelled than signed up for O’Care. So it looks like the overall effect of O’Care will be fewer people with health insurance. Or, at least, no great improvement.
            However, the insurance companies will be fatter, the lobbyists will get bigger bonuses. And people will get fewer choice and options in the coverages they can buy. Pitiful.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

            And now you’ve got Supreme Court justices saying “you don’t want to pay for abortions? No problem. Just don’t cover your employees and pay a fine.”

            Yeah. That’s a terrific solution that benefits society. Drop health care coverage.

            Hey, why not suggest that people shut down their businesses and throw their employees on welfare?

          • Jake on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

            Oogedy-boogedy Obamacare blah blah blah…

            Businesses don’t need to shutdown for employees to go on welfare. Welfare and Medicaid have been subsidizing business prfoits for quite a while now.

          • Ken_phd on March 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

            Pluto:

            “Oogedy-boogedy”

            ????

            LOL.

          • Ken is obsessed on March 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

            Ken, cupcake, give it a rest.

          • Dr. Sigmund Freud, Troll Psychoanalyst on March 31, 2014 at 6:45 am

            Hello, Dr. Sigmund Freud here, back from beyond the grave! I just had to return to analyze the fascinating dynamics between the resident blog troll and Ken.

            The poster ‘Ken_phd’ enrages the resident troll like no one before. He clearly provokes feelings of anger and jealousy from the troll. These arise from deep-seated issues of inferiority and inadequacy.

            The use of the term ‘cupcake’–ah, whatever does this mean? The resident troll seethes with psychosexual conflicts. He is likely a repressed homosexual. Tsk, tsk, such a mess.

            I shall be watching with interest and pity the further development of this one-sided battle of the wits. Toodle-oo for now!

          • Mad Dog's mom on March 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

            ^ Mad Dog, sweetheart, give it a rest.

            Now come upstairs and have some cream of tomato soup and a grilled Velveeta cheese sandwich.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Chain of stores shuts down.
      For people living high on the hog of other people’s money, no big deal.
      For the lower-income people who work there, and shop there it is painful.
      http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/yankee-one-dollar-closing-remaining-stores-due-to-obamacare/
      Citing Obamacare and an increase in the state’s minimum wage, the owner of Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar is closing down shop on all 23 remaining locations.

  17. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on March 27, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Taxpayers on the hook for 1.5 trillion for ObamaCare.
    http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45159

  18. Mad Dog's Mom's Therapist on April 3, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Mad Dog’s Mom’s problems date back to when she worked in a Nevada brothel, but left when she discovered the other women were getting paid.

    • Mad Dog's mom on April 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      ^It was an honest mistake, I thought that it was a boarding house, with a lot of male visitors. Mad Dog’s father was one of the customers, if we only knew which one.

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