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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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/29/14 - 01:47 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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corgimom 03/29/14 - 02:38 pm
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Now here is a question-Why

Now here is a question-

Why didn't the Republicans implement a health care plan when they were in the majority?

Since they are so upset about ACA, why didn't they devise their own plan?

edcushman
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edcushman 03/29/14 - 03:12 pm
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"Why didn't the Republicans
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"Why didn't the Republicans implement a health care plan when they were in the majority?"
corgimom, because it is not the politicians job to provide healthcare for our citizens. Bush screwed up when he kissed the democrats butts and pushed Medicare part B.

edcushman
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edcushman 03/29/14 - 03:24 pm
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"Why didn't the Republicans
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"Why didn't the Republicans implement a health care plan when they were in the majority?"
corgimom, Obamacare is not really about healthcare it is all about the redistribution of wealth. This is all about Social Justices and one of Obamas many steps of REPARATIONS.

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Bizkit 03/29/14 - 03:31 pm
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"Obamacare is not really

"Obamacare is not really about healthcare it is all about the redistribution of wealth. This is all about Social Justices and one of Obamas many steps of REPARATIONS." Well now from the CBO comments on how the ACA accomplishes none of the promised goals, then this is true.

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localguy55 03/29/14 - 05:23 pm
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corgimom

Let me say it again, it is not the governments business to intrude into a private entities.

But the government has stuck their dirty paws into health care, from, tort law suits to incremental regulations. The government that has contaminated the private healthcare system to a point of it's destruction.

The government is responsible for the demise of our healthcare system and just as the robber barons and mafia families of the roaring twenties, the government has taken over as the organized crime family to dictate their terms.

The government has become our God father and we must bow in reverence to our leader.

edcushman
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edcushman 03/29/14 - 05:29 pm
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localguy, some people will
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localguy, some people will not change their mind no matter the facts. corgimom still believes CA is a good example for the rest of the country.

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KasparHauser 03/29/14 - 05:42 pm
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Let's see
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Your not saying that the same Captains of Industry that gave us the FIRST Edsel would be better at creating a healthcare program that gives the mobile workforce they (and you, by association) demand the safety net they need?

Seems like the Edsel metaphor is an oxymoron in this instance, and I would have though your editorial staff could recognize morons when they see them (e.g., from practice at the shaving mirror every morning)...

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 07:16 pm
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Corgimom here are some of

Corgimom here are some of Obama's thoughts on health. Computerized record keeping well improve efficiency and reduce coats. It does neither. Obama said his health care law would reduce premiums by an average of $2,500.00/year. It doesn't, and because of the bells and whistles people are required to buy to subsidize others. So now insurance policies are actually more expensive or have higher copays. Obama repeatedly said that health insurance would be affordable, it isn't. A single mother in the state of Washington sent Obama an email tilling Obama how excited she was to be able to afford Health insurance for her and her child. Obama mentioned her in the Rose Garden ceremony. Turns out the price quoted her was wrong and she still can't afford Obama's affordable insurance. Then of course we have the lies of the century if you like your health insurance or your doctor you can keep them period. Of course we were also told illegal aliens wouldn't be able to sign up. Guess what, navigators are signing up illegal aliens. Lies and misrepresentation from top to bottom, or is it simply lying repeatedly to the American peoples?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/29/14 - 08:40 pm
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Carcraft, I'm wondering. If

Carcraft, I'm wondering.

If the President had forced the doctors and health insurance companies not to drop patients, isn't that the government interfering in private businesses?

The government has no control over who a health insurance company will cover. The stories that people have told are ridiculous- like the woman in Michigan who had diabetes and only paid $75 per month for health insurance. Sure.

And anybody that believes that whopper, will believe anything.

The problem with these "stories" is that there's no way of verifying anything, and people can and will say anything.

Ten years ago a normal private health care policy, providing decent, but not terrific coverage, was about $250 per month for a single middle aged adult in the SC/NC area, and that was for somebody that didn't have preexisting conditions. That was 10 years ago, I can only imagine what it is now.

People got dropped by their insurance companies? That happens all the time with homeowners and car insurance companies, and nobody blinks an eye. They just go to another company and buy a new policy, and nobody flips out about it.

They don't think the sky is falling.

If you look at the astronomical rise in health care costs, this was coming, and it didn't matter who was President. These big jumps were predicted, I don't know why so many people were so shocked and surprised.

But I will tell you one thing. The people that are so bitterly complaining- by the law of averages, they will start making big claims sooner or later, and all of a sudden, that terrible Obamacare won't seem so bad.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/29/14 - 08:43 pm
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Localguy, it's not the

Localguy, it's not the politicians job to provide health care for our citizens?

That's an interesting concept. Have you, or your family, ever used any services at University or MCG?

Most likely you have.

And those hospitals came about because of politicians.

People don't like to look at it that way, but it's true.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 10:00 pm
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Corgimom, the reason health

Corgimom, the reason health insurance was dropped was because the policies that were drooped no longer met the requirements of Obama. No birth control coverage, sorry the insurance companies are prohibited from selling that policy and is cancelled. The new policies are obtained from the exchanges and your Doctor is no longer a prefered provider for your new insurance policy. To deny this happens is just ignorant. Names faces and places can be put to the stories. Up to six million people have had their insurance cancelled!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 10:11 pm
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The reason Obama changed the

The reason Obama changed the date for the employer mandate to take effect is because the employer mandate is going to cause millions of more policies to be cancelled because they are ruled "sub standard ". Obama didn't want the cancellations until after the mid terms for obvious reasons!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/29/14 - 10:20 pm
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Well I guess it really

Well I guess it really doesn't matter the President repeatedly lied. Obama also stated that the ACA would reduce premiums by an average of $2,500.00/year. What happened? Oh never mind another lie by Obama!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/30/14 - 02:30 am
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Questions: 1) Do members of

Questions:
1) Do members of the ACES have health care? Does The Augusta Chronicle provide healthcare for you and your family? If so, how fortunate and blessed you are! Absent the ACA, how would you suggest those who work for companies that do not offer that benefit acquire healthcare? If you think it is such a bad thing to have healthcare, then drop your coverage as a show of solidarity as you try to convince those without employee sponsored plans NOT to sign up through the ACA.
2) Why should all of us pay for those who could get coverage but choose to use the ER and have the cost passed on to those who do have coverage.

Adjustments made by the president have been necessary to mitigate the lies and misinformation campaign led by the Koch Brothers and the GOP. Even President Bush made adjustments to Medicare Part D.
Some delays to the ACA were even called for by the GOP, who then turned around and criticized the president for doing what they called on him to do.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/30/14 - 06:39 am
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"If the President had forced
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"If the President had forced the doctors and health insurance companies not to drop patients, isn't that the government interfering in private businesses?"

You DO realize that the insurance companies did not want to drop these policies don't you? I guess not.

They were dropped BECAUSE of the ACA. These were the policies that were profitable to the insurance companies. If they wanted to drop them they would have done so long ago.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/30/14 - 06:42 am
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"Adjustments made by the
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"Adjustments made by the president have been necessary to mitigate the lies and misinformation campaign led by the Koch Brothers and the GOP."

Name just one lie, and back it up with evidence.

"Some delays to the ACA were even called for by the GOP, who then turned around and criticized the president for doing what they called on him to do."

I seem to remember the GOP trying to pass LAWS to delay the ACA....you know.....the constitutional way to amend laws. They didn't call for the President to illegally change laws. Big difference.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/30/14 - 07:15 am
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Truth Matters, nobody is

Truth Matters, nobody is saying do away with insurance. The problem promises were made bo Obama and not skeptics. No matter how much we document some people still think the law is doing what it was supposed to. It isn't! The lady in Washington who thought she would be able to buy health insurance and finds she can't afford. Even Obama admits it puts a crimp on poor people and tells them cancel cable and cell phones to buy it?

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