I often tell my kids to pay attention. They are teenagers, so that is a futile wish. However, I so wish for it to happen, because in thirty years, in one possible future or the other, they will be called upon by their kids and others to explain what happened.
We are approaching seventy years since the end of World War II. At that time, and for years after that, people over here asked how in the hell people over there in Germany didn’t know what was going on. How could they? Well I’ll argue a portion did know and many of them did nothing and a few did great things. The rest simply kept their heads down and willfully ignored the truth. But that effort was helped along about a very organized media and political messaging effort. They told the people what they thought the people needed to know, even though it wasn’t the truth. They didn’t start the nightly news with “Ten thousand more Jews killed in camps. Hopes for total extermination by spring looking good.” Why? Because then people would have to decide if it is a good idea or a bad one. So those in power hid it. Just like today.
All governments, all the time, throughout history hide things and in some cases it is the right thing to do. However, that choice should not be made for political reasons. In Obama’s case, almost all of his political reasons concern not dealing with the greater good or the strengthening the relationship and trust between government and the citizens, but instead center around his far left ideology. His desire to not have an open discussion so people can decide almost borders on the criminal. He has no problem allowing his people to threaten and intimidate anyone who doesn’t toe the political line. Here is an example.
(CNN) — White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare’s rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN.
After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said.
Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution.
But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.
“The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet,” he said.
Laszewski, who’s been a vocal critic of Obamacare, said he’s been asked by insurance executives to speak out because they feel defenseless against an administration that is regulating their business — and a big customer.
Government-backed plans accounted for about half of health care policies last year, a number that is expected to grow over the years.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the idea that administration officials are trying to silence insurance industry insiders is “preposterous and inaccurate.” He added that Laszewski has been a vocal critic of health care reform for two decades.
Here is a clue for the reporter. If they call and talk to the head of several insurance companies and the best they get is “no comment” then there is a good chance they were silenced. The dems have admitted they knew back in 2010 when the regulations were rewritten that the policies would be lost. No way Obama didn’t know that. If he was ignorant it is out of bad procedure on his people’s part or he is actually quite stupid, not a good option either way.
Regardless, now we see the full effort by the Obama administration to blame the insurance carriers for the cancellation of the policies. Only with Obama’s core, ignorant, disinterested base will this work. Now some on the Left will see the bad insurance companies as the culprits, especially if the Obama admin keeps them silent. Which was probably the reason for the meeting Valerie Jarrett called and chaired. Around the same time she put out a tweet (seriously- that is what adults communication has come to??) saying it was not the administration’s fault the insurance companies were dropping policies. Which is a HUGE bald-faced lie, but was picked up and pushed for a little while by the Maoist minions in the press. (really read Mao and then read my book) Here is the tweet.
The companies were forced into this mess by the carrot and the stick method. They were promised a great opportunity to profit and if they were to question the process to much they would be subject to the full force of the federal government, now totally corrupted by politics (AG, IRS, FBI for example). And now that it is blowing up, as they all predicted it would (that is their business after all- they aren’t political wonks from Chicago, or Maoist loving professors), Jarrett is going to have to make them shut up. Good luck on that, because the MSM is turning.
This is equivalent to a train load of burnt Jews falling off the tracks in front of the Berlin opera house. It’s over.
The only thing that will save them is their sheer disregard for the law, truth, the opposition, or the citizens. I thought of their continued push forward like a Napoleonic bayonet charge against the cannons or the Chinese wave of soldiers in Korea. They figure they will overwhelm the facts by overwhelming our will to resist. And they may be on to something here.
Mao was right. Power does come out of the barrel of a gun, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a real gun. It can be the IRS audit, the threat of more regulations, the denial of services. That is how bad we have allowed to the relationship between citizens and the government to become.
The insurance companies are responsible to their clients and their shareholders and they get almost 48% of their business from the government. The same government demanding they remain silent while watching their industry get destroyed. Fifty years ago, the CEO’s would band together and get rid of this mess. Today, I’m not sure. Sadly, moral relativism and fear control the game. The Washington Examiner explains the sleight of hand.
Joe Wilson didn’t know how right he was.
When the South Carolina congressman blurted, “You lie!” at President Obama’s health care speech to Congress in September 2009, Wilson could have been summarizing the president’s entire approach to passing and implementing Obamacare.
Most famously, Obama promised, again and again, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
Obama knew when he said this — the dozen times he said this — that it was false. NBC reported that the administration understood the law would lead to cancellation of about half of the insurance plans on the individual market (that is, plans people get outside of their employers). Although Obamacare allowed some existing plans to be “grandfathered” and avoid the law’s requirements, the administration tailored the grandfathering rules very narrowly, maximizing the number of disallowed plans.
Again, this was deliberate. One of Obama’s favorite writers, Josh Barro of Business Insider, put it this way: “One of the key reasons that America needed health care reform is that a lot of existing health plans were bad. There are a lot of health plans that Americans shouldn’t be able to keep.”
Barro leaves out half the reason Obamacare deliberately killed low-premium plans: stealth redistribution. A central aim of the law was forcing those with more basic plans to buy more comprehensive plans and thus subsidize people who wanted or needed comprehensive coverage.
Beyond “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” Obamacare was passed and implemented through a series of falsehoods.
These falsehoods are coming to light and now that the law is in place and the Senate and the Presidency are still firmly in the Left’s hands, it will stay in place until at least 2016, which will give the Left plenty of time to sign up people that cannot unsigned if and when the Republicans take back over. Imagine trying to undo millions of folks on Social Security. That is a losing proposition if you want to be elected.
However, the key error in the Left’s plan is the out and out failure of the design of the program. It may not work at all. It will not be funded properly leaving it up to the Congress to allocate money to it out of the general funds. It is also horribly unconstitutional, and if John Roberts holds true to his past behavior there may be crippling if not fatal rulings coming down. So the grand scheme may fail only because the design of the scheme was so poor. Think French Maginot Line after WWI.
What will happen is the plan will stay in place with a few modifications that Obama will approve of (actually Jarrett will approve of and tell Obama it is okay). Then we’ll be on the road to nationwide government insurance, whether we like it or not. It is 50/50 that the push for single payer will become serious in the next year, as if that will solve the general problem of the fact the government cannot nor should not be allowed to have such power over such a large segment of the economy. (see new post on Belguim’s solution to children with terminal conditions)
Again, the kids should be paying attention, this is historic.