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Obamacare Incompetence

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:31 AM
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Obama delivers remarks on infrastructure investment at PortMiami
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U.S. President Barack Obama at Port Miami on March 29, 2013

In the Arena

Let me try to understand this: the key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care superstores — called exchanges. The Administration has had three years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.

This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all — the federal government’s own health-benefits plan (FEHBP) operates markets that exist in all 50 states. So does Medicare Advantage. But now, the Obama Administration has announced that it won’t have the exchanges ready in time, that small businesses will be offered one choice for the time being — for a year, at least. No doubt, small-business owners will be skeptical of the Obama Administration’s belief in the efficacy of the market system to produce lower prices through competition. That was supposed to be the point of this plan.

Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges — their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation — deserve a great deal of “credit” for the debacle. But we are now seeing weekly examples of this Administration’s inability to govern. Just a few weeks ago, I reported on the failure of the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs to come up with a unified electronic health care records system. There has also been the studied inattention to the myriad ineffective job-training programs scattered through the bureaucracy. There have been the oblique and belated efforts to reform Head Start, a $7 billion program that a study conducted by its own bureaucracy — the Department of Health and Human Services — has found nearly worthless. The list is endless.

Yes, the President has faced a terrible economic crisis — and he has done well to limit the damage. He has also succeeded in avoiding disasters overseas. But, as a Democrat — as someone who believes in activist government — he has a vested interest in seeing that federal programs actually work efficiently. I don’t see much evidence that this is anywhere near the top of his priorities.

One thing is clear: Obamacare will fail if he doesn’t start paying more attention to the details of implementation, if he doesn’t start demanding action. And, in a larger sense, the notion of activist government will be in peril — despite the demographics flowing the Democrats’ way — if institutions like the VA and Obamacare don’t deliver the goods. Sooner or later, the Republican Party may come to understand that its best argument isn’t about tearing down the government we have, but making it run more efficiently.

Sooner or later, the Democrats may come to understand that making it run efficiently is the prerequisite for maintaining power.

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jcrew6
by Jenney on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:43 AM
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 Limiting employers. Limiting Choice.  Way to go ObamaCare. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:48 AM
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AND eliminating cost decreases, mandating 25-150% increases. 

They just sound better when Obama says it - prob because he DOESN'T say it!


Quoting jcrew6:

 Limiting employers. Limiting Choice.  Way to go ObamaCare. 



jcrew6
by Jenney on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM
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I'm sure one of his lying admin team players are devising a plan....... To blame republicans.  

Quoting SallyMJ:

AND eliminating cost decreases, mandating 25-150% increases. 

They just sound better when Obama says it - prob because he DOESN'T say them!


Quoting jcrew6:

 Limiting employers. Limiting Choice.  Way to go ObamaCare. 





littlelamb303
by Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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repubs are horrible.  I blame them 100% for the sequester and anything else that has gone wrong under his presidency.  I am sick and tired of paying out 12k a year in health insurance for less than adequate care and for them to try and deny us over and over again.  I want to OPT out of my horrible private insurance and go onto the public option. Lack of regulations make private insurance SUCK.   Those of you who think private insurance is a good thing, are completely wrong.  We have allowed them to play god for too long.  When this is all said and done, the public option will be the ONLY choice and I can't wait.

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM
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odumbacare has done nothing good; it has only done bad--cost if prohibitive, taxes are prohibitive, doctor shortages already starting, jobs being lost by the millions every day, hours reduced which means people who try to work won't have money to pay for healthcare insurance, companies closing daily because of bhocare........the list never ends.  Hopefully, it will be repealed quickly.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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Give me three specific examples on how ObamaCare will be better than what you currently have. Let's discuss the specifics.  Not random talking points.

Quoting littlelamb303:

repubs are horrible.  I blame them 100% for the sequester and anything else that has gone wrong under his presidency.  I am sick and tired of paying out 12k a year in health insurance for less than adequate care and for them to try and deny us over and over again.  I want to OPT out of my horrible private insurance and go onto the public option. Lack of regulations make private insurance SUCK.   Those of you who think private insurance is a good thing, are completely wrong.  We have allowed them to play god for too long.  When this is all said and done, the public option will be the ONLY choice and I can't wait.



GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

2014 Is When It Happens ...if I'm reading this correctly...I will search for more info...

 

http://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace?gclid=CKjZ48nUs7YCFWfNOgodZwQAVg

GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Click on the year in the graph and it will tell you when various things will be implemented...very informative...

http://healthreform.kff.org/timeline.aspx?gclid=CM6J6q_Vs7YCFak7OgodIxEAjg

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

 

 


 Sooner or later, the Republican Party may come to understand that its best argument isn’t about tearing down the government we have, but making it run more efficiently.

Sooner or later, the Democrats may come to understand that making it run efficiently is the prerequisite for maintaining power.

I tend to agree.

 

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