Thoughts of a Mad American Part 1

 

First in the series of thoughts of a mad American has to be:

Why haven’t you repealed Obamacare?

Hey Republican Congressmen and women. What’s the hold up, I mean besides your incompetence?

The ACA was signed into law 3/23/2010, after it was jammed down our throats without 1 single Republican Signature.  The ACA was a Kennedy wet-dream since the 80’s. If you didn’t realize Kennedy money funded Obama’s presidential campaign, then you weren’t paying attention. The  payback to Ole Ted for funding Obama was passing the ACA.

But after a Republican 7 year vow to repeal Obamacare, you have nothing to show for it except in-fighting. You can’t seem to agree on any of the parts of the bill because you have no bill.

Why can’t you get it together? Don’t you realize this single bill could destroy the United States financially? Those on the Obamacare dole are increasing daily as revealed by its growing favorable polling.

In a recent survey some 52% of Americans have a favorable view of Obamacare.

Of course they do, they are the 52% who have almost free – if not totally free healthcare through Obamacare. 85% of Obamacare enrollees receive subsidies to offset the cost of premiums as well as deductibles.

If you couple the 45% of Americans who don’t pay a dime in Federal Income Tax with those people who have pre-existing medical conditions, I’m surprised the percentage isn’t higher.

Even those persons who are on Obamacare cannot afford the out-of-pocket expense (deductible) of $3500 per year for individuals and $7400 per year per family without subsidies. So they bail out of Obamacare until they need medical care, then the just go down the next day and re-enroll, and as if by magic, they are covered.

The problem is the cost of needed government subsidies will reach $660 billion in taxpayer funds this year just to keep Obamacare afloat.

Here’s a little history review of premiums and deductibles since Obamacare became law.

The real question is why haven’t the Republicans repealed the ACA yet?

Why don’t you Republicans already have a replacement bill ready to go?

What the hell have you been doing for the last 7 years?

Maybe you could buy a “Making a plan for Dummies” book and read it in 7 years. 

You have control of the House, the Senate, and a President who is ready, even anxious, to repeal this failure before it implodes and everyone is left without coverage.

Trump was right, when he said it was time to “drain the swamp!” Maybe the ACA has not been repealed because the current Republicans are members of the swamp. Maybe they enjoy government control of 1/6th of the economy the ACA gives the swamp, the political favors it affords, the money to be had, or the votes to be gained.

Either that or they are gutless incompetents!

Why should they care – not one of them is on Obamacare – their healthcare coverage is the best available yet costs them $0.

Since you Republicans have no replacement plan after 7 years, at the very least, repeal Obamacare! You don’t need a plan for that.

Before you say you can’t – yes you can. The ACA was given the green –light by the Supreme Court based on the premise it was a tax.

Taxes can easily be repealed by a simple majority in both houses.

You think killing Obamacare is a heartless approach? No it’s not. What is heartless is  forcing working families to endure  premiums that have doubled in 8 years, to pay for someone else’s lack of health and coverage.

Why should I be forced to pay for maternity coverage when my wife and will never use it?

Why should I be forced to fund other people sex lives in the form of birth control pills, prophylactics, and abortions?

Why should I be forced to pay for healthcare of others who don’t give a damn about their own health?

Private and government safety-nets for healthcare can both exist at the same time. They did in the past.

The claim that everybody pays under Obamacare is just another lie.

There are other simpler ways of funding government sponsored healthcare where everyone truly does pay, but it seems the swamp members don’t want any part of simple or what’s best for working Americans, just what’s best for their remaining in office.

Buying votes with government giveaways.

Dear Republican swamp members repeal Obamacare!

Don’t you understand why Trump was elected over a field of career Republican politicians? Working class Americans were tired of your continual failures and excuses.

No more excuses! Repeal it or be replaced in the next election. Replaced by anyone who is in favor of calling for a Convention of States to forcefully drain the swamp.

 

 

 

The Affordable Care Act Numbers Battle

The Liberals have another problem – the ACA (Obamacare). It’s a failure, they know it, and they are scrambling to put perfume-on-a-pig.

Days before the April 1st speech reporting of the number of ACA (Affordable Care Act) enrollees, yours truly predicted the final number (7.1 Million) that would be announced in the Rose Garden by an agitated Barrack Obama.

Since the announcement of 7.1 Million sign ups through the ACA exchanges, there is an air in Washington the battle over the future of the ACA is over. Target reached, game won, game over. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The battle over ACA now begins in earnest. The game is not over, the war is not lost. The outcome will be affected, for good or bad, by the Nov 2014 elections. Conservatives have the opportunity to gain control of the Senate and keep the House. If that happens we have a chance to if not halt entirely, at least slow down, the destruction wrought by the passage of the ACA.

The announced number of sign-ups for ACA is questionable at best. I was able to pull that number (7.1 million) out of the air, just like the administration did. Their original target was 7 million, so the number was surely going to be that. And the administration didn’t dare eclipse that target by so much to make it an obvious lie, so 7.1 was enough to claim victory. But it was and is a lie.

I predicted 7.1 because I know how these people think and act.

The administration claims they don’t have the information to show the number of people who have made their first ACA premium payment, yet they are dead-on accurate with the number of enrollees? Not likely. They either have both numbers and/or neither. In either event, it’s a lie. A partial truth is a lie.

Yesterday I spoke to a person who I knew signed up through the ACA exchange in Dec 2013 and asked him how many premium payments has he made so far. He said “none, I haven’t received a bill.” He’s ‘covered’ but not paying. How many more of these new enrollees are exactly the same? Covered but not paying.

The administration claiming the 7.1 million number is like me saying “it’s raining outside” when I’m looking out the window and see no evidence of rain. You see I didn’t qualify my statement with any boundaries. My statement is accurate because it surely raining somewhere in the world – the only thing I stated was “it’s raining outside.”

The Administration has purposely made an unqualified statement concerning the number of ACA exchange sign-ups.

They claim to know how many have signed up and thereby are now “covered” – But they don’t know how many have paid?

They claim to know how many now have insurance – but they fail to mention how many have lost their insurance.

They imply these 7.1 are newly insured – but they fail to mention the number of those who lost their plan and enrolled in ACA to get a replacement plan. Net loss zero, net gain zero.

They imply these 7.1 are now insured – but fail to mention how many of the 7.1 million enrollees qualify for Medicaid, and hence will pay nothing. Nor do they mention the only way to become a Medicaid recipient now is through the ACA exchange.

According to the DHS report:

2011 ACTUARIAL REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL OUTLOOK FOR MEDICAID

On page 10 we find: “The most significant change to Medicaid is the expansion of Medicaid eligibility beginning in FY 2014. This expansion, together with greater participation by individuals eligible under current rules, is projected to add 14.9 million people to enrollment in 2014”

So the administration knew Medicaid expansion for 2014 would be 14.9 million. And we are absolutely correct in concluding the 7.1 million target heralded by the Obama administration is meaningless.

They claim they know how many now have insurance – but they fail to give us any demographic information as to age, race, or sex. This is important because it will indicate the sustainability of the program. A certain percentage of premium paying younger people are required to offset the cost of the poor and elderly.

The only two reasons this information is being withheld can be they either don’t know (which if that’s the case the 7.1 million number is a guess), or they do know and the report indicates the program is a dismal failure to this point. I suspect the latter.

Then a Rand.org study (which is yet unpublished) was brought to light by The L.A. Times that concluded the net gain in insured was less than 1 million. But it seems pressure was brought to bear and now a newly published study by Rand shows some better than thought increases in the number of insured to around 9 million.

Convenient don’t you think?

I’m not faulting the Rand report, I’m faulting the media for twisting the results of the study into a positive that simply doesn’t exist. For example:

A couple of facts from the same report.

“Enrollment in employer-sponsored insurance plans increased by 8.2 million.” That’s 1.1 million more than the administrations 7.1.

Of  Obama’s 7.1 million “Medicaid enrollment increased by 5.9.” That’s only a net gain of 1.2 million.

“By our estimate, 3.9 million people are now covered through the state and federal marketplaces.” That’s not even close to 7.1.

Do not be deceived, the progressives have not won anything, they just want us to think they have.

Then there is this example of twisting the facts to fit, a graph included in an article published In the Business Insider  Entitled:

This May Be The Best Evidence Yet That Obamacare Is Working

gallup-obamacare 

But is it really? What the graph clearly shows is:

There were more insured Americans under Bush

The number of uninsured Americans has grown every year under the Obama Administration.

The only improvement indicated was when millions of Americans became ‘covered’ under Obamacare at SOMEONE ELSES EXPENSE. In other words, they were given coverage.

The graph shows the failure of Obamacare as well as highlighting the administration’s failed economic policy.

Since the first open enrollment program is officially closed, I wonder if you will see stories about the uninsured being shut out of the program?

Barrack Obama said “The ACA is the law of the land, and its here to stay.” While it may be the law of the land, it can be changed and while history would indicate that the ACA is here to stay like any other large government welfare program, it can be reduced to a controllable and viable level.

Remember this program was not a bi-partisan effort. No Republican voted for the passage of the ACA. Every voting member was a progressive Democrat. It was passed at the edge of legality and by a simple majority.

The original bill, which was less than 250 pages has grown to the current 900 pages, and has more than 11,000 pages of regulations to accompany it.  It’s an out of control bureaucracy already, imagine what it will be if allowed to continue without constraint.

The battle over the future of the ACA is just beginning; it’s time to take the battle to the polls in Nov 2014.