It’s getting to be a trope, but it seems that we dirty-freaking-hippies are almost always right and after it is too late, then they admit it:
“We had the votes in ’09. We had a huge majority in the House, we had 60 votes in the Senate,” Harkin told The Hill, saying that the first Congress of President Barack Obama’s administration should have passed “single-payer right from the get go or at least put a public option (which) would have simplified a lot.”
“We had the votes to do that and we blew it,” he said. He decried that the law as it exists is “really complicated” and benefits the insurance companies, though he praised its prevention health funding.
“We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified health care, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it,” Harkin told The Hill. “So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all.
–Retiring IA Sen. Tom Harkin, who helped oversee the drafting of the Affordable Care Act.
Everyone is a Teabagger
Teebagger Republican Rob Maness, who is running for Senate in LA has an interesting idea in his noggin that healthcare is a zero-sum game:
“And what happens with health care is it’s a product, a service that has to be taken from one person or group of people and given to somebody [else] to make that a fundamental right for them. And that’s not the American way, that’s the way of totalitarianism and authoritarianism and socialism.”
Tom Cotton, whom some might mistake as a mini-me version of almost-human The Willard Mechanism tells us that people with pre-existing conditions were better off before The Affordable Care Act.
“Many people were happy with their coverage under the high-risk pool, before it was eliminated,” Cotton said. “They should have been allowed to keep that choice.”
Then he was wheeled back stage for a tune-up, chassis lube, and change of spark plugs.
First some background into the quote, which involves some agitprop paid for by the Koch Brothers:
And now some journalism courtesy of HuffPo:
“Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That’s $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra’s premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That’s a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.
“According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it “can’t be true” that her new coverage is cheaper than her old.”
“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.
And that, Scissorheads, is exactly who and what the Republican Party has become. There is no point in arguing with them, they are Teflon coated and facts are repelled.
chucktodd: CBO essentially reaffirms GOP talking points on health care. Says it will cost jobs, feel as if it raises taxes and contributes to deficit
Well, not exactly, but as always Todd isn’t fact checking in his reporting, he’s just doing some he-said, she-said fact-free analysis that the GOP will use this. I’m still stunned he has a job.
What the report actually says is that Americans will not have to work as hard or as long just to maintain health care coverage, i.e., we can retire at retirement age. Also, but probably more anecdotal, people who were working copious hours to help pay for healthcare got a break. Jobs are not being eliminated.
The more subtle part of this is that if you hate your job, you don’t have to feel shackled to it just because of healthcare anymore. You can follow your dreams (or they might follow you!) and start your own business and with a healthcare subsidy you will not have that sword hanging over your head.
(Crooks and Liars, TPM, Hullabaloo)
I don’t mind sending Max “Single Payer” Baucus to China. It’s the return trip I object to:
President Barack Obama formally announced Friday plans to nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as ambassador to China.
“For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China,” Obama said in a statement Friday morning. “The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy, and he’s perfectly suited to build on that progress in his new role.”
The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system.
(Tiger Beat on the Potomac)
It’s a Denial of Service attack on the government healthcare enrollment website:
Destroy Obama Care.
This program continually displays alternate page of the ObamaCare website. It has no virus, trojans, worms, or cookies.
The purpose is to overload the ObamaCare website, to deny service to users and perhaps overload and crash the system.
You can open as many copies of the program as you want. Each copy opens multiple links to the site.
ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people. We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!
It seems that not all the problems with the rollout of the ACA website are home made from incompetence.
House Republicans passed legislation Friday to defund Obamacare while keeping the federal government open until December 15, sending the fight to the Senate.
The vote was 230-189. Two Democrats and one Republican broke party lines.
The deadline to avoid a shutdown is Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends.
OK, the lunatics have taken over the assylum, but we sort of knew this was coming.
Sweet Jeebus, some people.