Making way for the new Edsel

Rules bent like pretzel to accommodate unpopular Obamacare

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American rule of law died earlier this week. It was 227.

After spending the past few years in critical condition, it died peacefully March 25 when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unilaterally granted an extension to the Obamacare enrollment “deadline” from March 31 to April 15.

Rule of law was preceded in death by the decrees of emperors and monarchies. It is survived by administrative policies, executive orders and the whims of the chief executive.

Consider this: Does Obamacare, or any U.S. law, have meaning if the executive branch can make arbitrary changes to it on a near-daily basis for political convenience?

Do laws mean anything when nobody, not even those who craft them, know what they say?

The Obamacare extension was the latest manipulation to the thoroughly flawed and widely unpopular Affordable Care Act since it was enacted. By one tally, since 2010 the president has tweaked at least 16 parts of the law at least 27 times.

The new loophole grants an extension to those who say they “tried” to enroll in the federally-run HealthCare.gov exchange before March 31. Their reason for missing the original deadline is immaterial because the administration said it will make no attempt to determine an applicant’s truthfulness.

“The administration is now resorting to an honor system to enforce it,” House Speaker John Boehner said. “What the (heck) is this, a joke?”

No, jokes usually are funny. This is the latest attempt by the Obama administration to push people into the system to hit its enrollment “goal” of 7 million and, more important, make the law as repeal-proof as possible when Democrat legislators lose seats after midterm elections.

“The administration has now handed out so many waivers, special favors and exemptions to help Democrats out politically ... it’s basically become the legal equivalent of Swiss cheese,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Indeed, would such shenanigans be necessary if the ACA was truly wonderful legislation?

Obamacare was forged in the crucible of partisanship. It took bribery to get it passed – pork-filled goodies were tossed to senators who voted for it. Now it’s culminating in incompetence and lies. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius flat-out lied to the House Ways and Means Committee last week by saying the open enrollment period would not be delayed past March 31 – just before it was.

Unbelievably, she now even claims the deadline change isn’t an extension. Good grief, the truth means less to these people than deadlines and laws!

So should we be expected to believe the White House when it says more than 6 million people have signed up for this new health coverage?

Obamacare never was popular. Half of Americans were opposed when Congress passed it more than four years ago. That tens of millions of allegedly insurance-starved Americans didn’t rush the insurance exchanges when they finally opened for business in October shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Recent Gallup polling shows Americans who say they were hurt by the law is twice the number of those who say they were helped. No doubt, people have lost insurance plans they liked and doctors they were comfortable with. They have seen health care costs skyrocket. They have watched businesses lay off employees and drop benefits.

Perhaps the scariest part of Obamacare is the problems that have yet to occur. In this 10,000-page monstrosity, we don’t know what we don’t know. Neither do the lawmakers who created it.

“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi famously said.

Of course, the mainstream media should view these problems and the constant post-enactment manipulations as a sign of the implosion to come, but they apparently are starstruck by entertainers the administration has enlisted to promote Obamacare, including Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga and Amy Poehler.

It’s safe to say Lance Bass, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde and the rest of Hollywood’s cheer squad won’t be trading in their Screen Actors Guild heath benefits for Obamacare. The only “bronze plan” in their future involves a tanning bed.

Star power alone is not enough to stop this train wreck conceived behind closed doors and under the most partisan of atmospheres.

Obamacare is the biggest clunker to roll off the Beltway assembly line.

It’s not even fair to compare Obamacare to an Edsel. At least the Edsel started the first time you turned the key.

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/29/14 - 05:23 am
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Let me see if I understand Obamacare:

Let me see if I understand Obamacare:

In order to insure the uninsured we first have to un-insure the insured.

Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured.

To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.

The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became the un-insured, and the then re-insured can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured can be insured for free.

Now, I understand.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/29/14 - 05:33 am
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It's also my understanding that to be legitimate a law...

It's also my understanding that to legitimate a law must have four things:

--It embodied a popular consensus that was strong, if not universal.

--It was passed by a large margin with bipartisan support which means it appealed across many factions.

--It was transparent and easy to follow, so the country and Congress could make informed judgments.

--It was passed by usual order of legislative business.

Obamacare was none of these. It maybe legal but it is not legitimate.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 05:55 am
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The Obama administration is

The Obama administration is allowing illegal aliens to sign up (something we were promised would never happen) . Obama care is now close to a legal compose because of the wording of the law it's self. Only those states that have set up exchanges are eligible for the federal subsidies. Two judges of the three judge panel indicate that that is indeed what the law says!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/29/14 - 07:22 am
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like children making up a game as they go along

and we the citizens are nothing more than checkers on a bureaucratic chess board
to be arranged and rearranged as fits the children's eye
these people have exploited a world made so safe by the mixture of
capitalism and Christianity that they can be elected on a few catchy slogans
(really, "community organizer" doesn't look good on any resume')
but their absolute incompetence is ruining us
these leaders are of the type that have historically preceded a severe loss of freedom
and Russia and Iran and the wrath of deficits await
the actual Edsel relied on Hollywood also-
"The Edsel Show stars Bing Crosby and features Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, and Lindsay Crosby performing with the Four Preps. It also features an appearance by a "mystery guest" who turned out to be Bob Hope."
hopefully O'care will last as long as the edsel
and the next Republican president can get busy on the F-150

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 07:53 am
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Actually the Edsel wasn't a

Actually the Edsel wasn't a bad car for the day. It just didn't appeal to a lot of people. Some say it was because the grill had a "female " look. The Edsel did actual go down the road. The Edsel worked. What the Edsel and Obama care have in common is they were both over hyper and over priced. What Obama care and the Edsel DON'T HAVE IN COMMON IS., Obama care has never worked, the Edsel did. Obama lied to sell Obama care Ford didn't lie about the Edsel. Today some Edsels will cost you up to $85,000.00, Obama care will never be worth anything. Some people collect Edsels, NOBODY will miss Obama care when it is gone. I think ACES owe the Edsel and Edsel owners an apology.

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Bodhisattva 03/29/14 - 07:59 am
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Unlike Medicare Part D which had no glitches

Not that the Chronicle would admit to anyway.
Such as states not receiving funds and having to cover meds out of their own budgets, or having seniors have to pay the full cost of medications out of their own pockets. Of course Democrat governors, even those who were against the plan, did what was best for their citizens and covered the cost of the medications. Now, we have the GOP passing laws to prevent state employees from even talking about the ACA. Blocking Medicaid expansion, blocking citizens from qualifying for the tax credits which make plans affordable, and on and on. How could be possible be having any problems when most of the states with GOP governors and legislatures are actively working against the law? How could kids at a school possibly have trouble walking down the hall except when a bunch of childish bullies who are mad because they didn't get their way push them, trip them, and block their way? Georgia's own Insurance Commissioner (whose campaign is funded by groups he's supposed to regulate) did everything he could to block the Navigators who are to help people with signing up for the ACA then laughed about it. Party above people. The GOP is more than happy to be the childish bullies and hurt the people in their states if they think it will help them win the next election. They don't care if people are sick or dying. People can afford the insurance IF the GOP would allow the system to work instead of spending every ounce of energy they have working against it. "Let 'em die!" That's the GOP sentiment. The "christian" way.

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Bizkit 03/29/14 - 08:05 am
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Just wait till we have a Rep

Just wait till we have a Rep president again who does the same thing-then watch the Dem start looking for a scandal and raising cane about the abuse of power. Now the law does nothing for health care cost or insuring people or any of the stuff they lied to all us about-it is all about Obama's notion of "fairness" and wealth redistribution-someone else is paying for their insurance-all tax payers. But it is an unsustainable since the workers and givers will eventually quit supporting and join the idle and takers. But the Dems have a sure strategy to win elections with half the population feeding at their coffers-they will not bite the hand that feeds them-even if it meant the destruction of America-now that is real greed.

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Rhetor 03/29/14 - 08:04 am
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deal with it

1. The law is actually 1,024 pages long. Here it is: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdf
2. It is not 10,000 pages long. How do you people make this up? Some conservative authorities say that the law has 2,400 pages. Some say 2,700 pages. Now you say 10,000? Can't conservatives count? Yikes. How do you expect anyone to believe the rest of nonsense that conservatives make up out of thin air when it is obvious that you have never even looked at the law to see how long it is? I don't expect you to read that much, but you can scroll down to see the page numbers. Right?
3. Is the idea of reading 1,240 pages enough to intimidate many of you? Maybe if you get around to reading the Bible, which is about the same length, you people will learn about healing the sick, feeding the poor, and offering love to the aliens living with us.
4. Have a great day. The world is a better place because of the ACA. Stop believing the nonsense and learn to think for yourselves.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/29/14 - 08:12 am
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Rhetor I've had that link and

Rhetor I've had that link and read parts-and no where is the mandated implementation times changed or any means to change them as has been done unilaterally by Obama. Further that written law doesn't have the changes that have been made either. I don't read any of the 38 changes made to the law-21 made by Obama and the rest Congress in this written law.

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localguy55 03/29/14 - 08:43 am
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Reality, Deal with it.

Bill O'Reilly had Arianna Huffington on the other night and O’Reilly said, “most fair-minded people” understand Obama’s policies aren’t working, but “fervent liberals… back the president no matter what.”

This is the case for not only for some who post here but the public and the mainstream media in general.

No one likes to admit their failings nor do they want to admit that their Heroes are failures as well.

It is a sign of poor judgement on their part as an individual.

It kind of like a kid who makes "Fs" on their report card and then blames the teacher. They are not the cause of the "F", it is someone elses fault.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 03/29/14 - 08:45 am
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Hi, Bizkit

First, I'm glad that you actually looked at the law. Most conservatives haven't. Good for you. 2. Now, OK, so did you protest with equal fervor when Bush made implementation delays in the Medicare prescription plan? I agree that Obama's administrative skills are sometimes questionable, but the law is, in general, working, which your fellow conservatives, few of whom are as well informed as you are, might know if they turned off the TV and read up on what is really going on. It was long overdue for the US to move into a better health care system. In the short run, we've had some messes. In the long run, it's a good thing. Have a great day.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/29/14 - 08:54 am
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Nahh don't think so

Can yall blame the computer glitch on Reps too?

It is a total MESS & we all know it!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 09:06 am
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Rhetor, while the "law "is

Rhetor, while the "law "is only 1,200 pages the REGULATIONS covering the law encompass 33,000 pages. The law ISN'T working. There is wording in the law that prevents peopke who sing up in federal government exchanges, as in Georgia, from receiving health insurance subsidies. The case is presently in The United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. My source is a New York Times Article by Peter Pear dated 25 March 2014. The web site still won't let people pay for health insurance so the government really has no idea who signed up. Navigators are letting illegal aliens sign up. Not enough young people are signing up because it is expensive. In Oregon the state run web site isn't working. Many of the poor still can't afford insurance as the lady from Washington who Obama gave a shout out to. She discovered she still couldn't afford insurance. Clearly you and I have a differant definition of "working ", have a good day.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/29/14 - 09:15 am
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comparing O'care to medicare

is like comparing a mosquito bite
to a tiger bite
the magnitude is so different
O'care and medicare can't be compared
the latest discoveries in medical care are expensive
and the system hasn't balanced itself to cover those expenses
the proper thing to do was to add more doctors
but O'ducation doesn't educate, it indoctrinates
and so the problem is caused by the only true and harmful gap
the education gap
and the same democrats who pushed this bill are also the same
ones who ruined our education system
and we know what is in our education system
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR
that isn't just some poor victimized black kid in Augusta
that is a kid who did not become a doctor or scientist
and invent cheaper mri machines
or write better computer programs
our medical system is a victim, too, of our O'ducation system
and now we know what is in both
O, and by the way, rhetor, even your condescending page number reference is wrong...

localguy55
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localguy55 03/29/14 - 09:16 am
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ACA is a boondoggle, plain

ACA is a boondoggle, plain and simple.

No reports have proven it is viable; no sudden and unlawful changes by the president will make it any better; no improvement will make it work as it has been sold as.

It was a lie then, it is a lie now, and it will be a detriment to all in the future.

So, anyone go ahead and post any, so-called, positive things about Obamacare you find. It is and will always be a cancer.

Plain and simple

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JB68 03/29/14 - 09:24 am
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@Rhetor: "but the law is, in

@Rhetor:
"but the law is, in general, working"

Please, please enlighten me on what part of the law THAT HAS ACTUALLY BEEN IMPLEMENTED is working!!

It was long overdue for the US to move into a better health care system.

Correct, and the republicans made a large error in not addressing this when they had the opportunity. BUT this law is a disaster. There were (and still are) better market centered ideas out there. All of these ideas were ignored and this totally partisan behemoth (yes a 1000 page law is a behemoth) was forced down our throats.

But if you call increased regulation and increased federal power a successs then you will love obamacare.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 09:29 am
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Rhetor and Bizkit, I don't

Rhetor and Bizkit, I don't know how you can understand the law. Part of the problem is the ACA referances and changes other parts of other laws. The other issue is there id a lot to digest. Take my referance to the provision that states (my paraphrase) "individuals that sign up on state established exchanges ...shall be eligible for taxpayer subsidies. As I said two of the 3 judge panel seem ready to rule as the law is written. 36 states have not created thier own exchanges (for Obama that whole be 43 since he thinks there are 57 states) . This will gut the law!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/29/14 - 09:56 am
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I don't think we know if the

I don't think we know if the law is working till it really rolls out from the back end and people start receiving services. From what I've read the supposed reduced cost of pre-existing conditions hasn't manifested itself yet. But we know from the CBO there will be no ten year 200 billion dollar savings as promised, but more debt. The argument that health care cost are rising, but just not as much without the ACA is pure fantasy because it can't be substantiated. I don't think expanding those receiving medicaid and free health care and those receiving subsidies to reduce their cost is a long term solution because the burden falls on too few. You need a larger tax base and higher taxes to really make this law work. I'd rather have a single payer system where everyone receives the same services and pays the same-that is true fairness. Problem I see is the people who had no insurance before apparently still aren't going to bother-because they already get free services.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/29/14 - 09:58 am
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I don't see how you can state

I don't see how you can state the implementation or anything about this law has been truthful, organized, frugal, or is "working". That's absurd.

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Pond Life 03/29/14 - 10:06 am
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"First, I'm glad that you
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"First, I'm glad that you actually looked at the law. Most conservatives haven't."

Completely unfounded statement. The conservatives are the ones who actually read the bill prior to passage, and warned people of what it was going to do.....which came to fruition. The Liberals are the one's who said "we have to pass it to see what's in it."

Nice try rhetor, but you are wrong.

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willie7 03/29/14 - 10:13 am
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Most bloggers on this web are
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Most bloggers on this web are the same uninformed people---It has become a joke of the day.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/29/14 - 10:15 am
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That's true Pond. Pelosi made

That's true Pond. Pelosi made that idiotic statement as Speaker so the Dems own that one is undeniable. They had to buy some Dem votes with pork to pass the dang thing-another reason they didn't even want Dems to read the law-cause they knew it would just stir more discontent within their own party.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/29/14 - 10:16 am
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Pond Life

cute picture

Rhetor
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Rhetor 03/29/14 - 11:04 am
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Hi again

Guess what -- now, according to posts, the number of pages is over 33,000! Or 2,400. Or 2,700. Or 10,000 (editorial). Or it's not the law that's so long, it's the regulations. Or maybe something else is that long. You guys should at least get your propaganda straight. Good heavens.
PS: how long is NCLB? Patriot Act? Or the appropriations bills? Or whatever law? Pretty much the same. Or longer. You guys just can't handle long reading?

whatmistake
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whatmistake 03/29/14 - 11:18 am
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The only possible

solution is to vote every democrat in sight out of office. Every one. And any republican who continues to merrily trod down the path of big government with politicians controlling our every move should meet the same fate. What did Shakespeare say about the lawyers? Substitute "politicians" for "lawyers" and we might have a chance to change the country's fate. Thanks to the "liar/organizer in chief" we can only pray that it's not too late.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 11:38 am
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Rhetor , I clearly state

Rhetor , I clearly state 33,000 pages of REGULATIONS, if I am wrong prove and I will stand corrected. If I am right then admit it. You have made no effort to refute the FACTS that the web site STILL doesn't work. Seems $600 million doesn't get you as much as it used to!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 12:26 pm
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OK Rhetor I well correct my

OK Rhetor I well correct my self, the conservative estimate is 10,000 pages the more( dare I say it) liberal estimate is 20,000 but that was months ago!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/29/14 - 12:41 pm
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oh rhetor, you're obfuscating

it doesn't O'matter how long the O'bill is
.
government can't perform the tasks the bill requires
there will be rationing, because the bill added patients
the bill did not add doctors
and government has proven it can't handle the task
.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 12:43 pm
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Maryland is ditching it's

Maryland is ditching it's state run health exchange ( 125 million well spent) and is going to use technology from Connecticut . So both Oregon and Maryland have failed web sites . I am so glad Georgia didn't waste money.

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t3bledsoe 03/29/14 - 12:47 pm
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localguy55 @ 11:16

"cute picture"

NOW I am jealous! (LOL) But seriously, The ACA IS NOT what I was lead to believe in AT ALL!! In my opinion, THE ONLY way this is "AFFORDABLE" is if you qualify for Medicaid or a huge government subsidy!!

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