Bill Clinton calls Obamacare ‘crazy system,’ just as people who understand basic economics said since 2010


A really weird thing happened in Flint, Michigan on Monday: Bill Clinton criticized The [not so] Affordable Act just as Republicans have since 2010.

This blog said years ago that anyone who understood basic economics could predict exactly what would happen with the passage of Obamacare — and now the former president is on the campaign trail for his wife sounding like your friendly neighborhood blogger.

Here is what he said:

You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

I worked for three different organizations since The [not so] Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and the cost of insurance plans spiked at all of them. Early on, I was trying to live inside the Beltway on less than $40,000 a year while trying to pay off students loans from USC and American University. (Try making that work with a morning commute into the city while paying rent.)

“The people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies,” Mr. Clinton added at one point.

Indeed! I and millions of other hard-working Americans knew the feeling all too well. And, yes Mr. Clinton, I was working well over 60 hours per week at the time.

The funny thing is, the next step will be to call for a total takeover of the health care system by the federal government. Republicans claimed that Obamacare was a Trojan Horse for socialized health care, and they were called conspiracy theorists. But that is exactly what is happening.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 13:

It looks like 2017 will be ObamaCare’s worst year yet. The three major insurers, along with many smaller plans, are largely exiting the health-insurance exchanges, leaving more than half of U.S. counties with only one or two health-plan choices, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Nearly 36% of ObamaCare regions may have only one participating insurance carrier offering plans for 2017, according to health-care analytics firm Avalere Health. Data from analysts at Barclays and Credit Suisse project that health-insurance premiums are expected to rise at least 24% in 2017.

To rescue President Obama’s health-care law, Hillary Clinton has proposed resurrecting the “public option.” This failed idea—a government-run health-care plan to compete with private insurers—can’t save ObamaCare. But introducing it across the country would move the U.S. much closer to the single-payer system progressives have always longed for. …

In 2011 Vermont tried to use this waiver process to introduce a public option, only to abandon it three years later when it became clear that the scheme would yield skyrocketing taxes on small businesses.

If you think health care is expensive now, then just wait until it’s “free.” And if you don’t think that will happen, then simply take a step into the the Douglas Ernst Blog Time Machine and consider the following: There will always be men like Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber on call for the next Democrat president.

Mr. Gruber told an audience at the University of Pennsylvania in November 2014:

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — it made explicit the healthy pay in and the and sick people get money — it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”

Yep. That actually happened — and it’s only a matter of time before the next “Gruber” gives it a shot with socialized health care.

Democrats like Jonathan Gruber need people to be stupid to get signature pieces of legislation passed. They want people to be stupid. Consider that as you walk into the voting booth in November, and then again when your Democrat neighbor bashes charter schools.


‘Hope and Change’ sticker shock hits America: ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it’

Harvard professors who championed Obamacare now livid over rising health care costs

Harry Reid acts as if the Internet doesn’t exist: ‘All’ Obamacare horror stories are untrue

Listen to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and then think about Obama’s call for Net Neutrality

Harvard professors who championed Obamacare now livid over rising health care costs

Harvard Obamacare New York TimesThe New York Times wrote a piece on Monday titled, “Health Care Fixes Backed By Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty.” Complaints from Harvard must have reached editors at The Times by Tuesday because the title has been changed to the less embarrassing “Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard.” Regardless, the world is left to conclude that a lot professors at Harvard were never taught basic economics.

The New York Times reported Jan. 5:

For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed. …

“Harvard is a microcosm of what’s happening in health care in the country,” said David M. Cutler, a health economist at the university who was an adviser to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. But only up to a point: Professors at Harvard have until now generally avoided the higher expenses that other employers have been passing on to employees. That makes the outrage among the faculty remarkable, Mr. Cutler said, because “Harvard was and remains a very generous employer.”

In Harvard’s health care enrollment guide for 2015, the university said it “must respond to the national trend of rising health care costs, including some driven by health care reform,” in the form of the Affordable Care Act. The guide said that Harvard faced “added costs” because of provisions in the health care law that extend coverage for children up to age 26, offer free preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies and, starting in 2018, add a tax on high-cost insurance, known as the Cadillac tax.

The irony is almost too much to bear. Before Obamacare was implemented, the “rubes” who were not Harvard-educated tried to explain the economics of it all, but they were laughed at on cable television shows by the “cultured” elite. Now a bunch of tenured professors at Harvard who pull in six-figure salaries are complaining about having less disposable income for Michelin-star restaurants. Hurrrrm.

The reaction of Harvard faculty brings into better focus who Obamacare’s key architect, Jonathan Gruber, was talking about when he joked about the “stupidity” of the American voter.

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — it made explicit the healthy pay in and the and sick people get money — it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” — Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and Obamacare architect

The American people aren’t stupid, but Harvard professors are stupidly partisan. The American people overwhelmingly knew that something didn’t smell right about The Affordable Care Act, but partisan politicians, talking heads on the majority of cable news outlets, and influential pundits did whatever they could to hide the consequences that would follow upon the implementation of the Obama administration’s plans.

Moms and dads who work long days at full-time jobs before having to cook dinner for the kids and get everyone to soccer practice rely on the media to honestly cover public policy proposals. Americans have good “gut” instincts, but they rationally turn to experts to fill in the knowledge gaps that will exist when someone dedicates his life to welding or plumbing instead of managing hedge funds or hobnobbing with Harvard professors.

It’s a good bet that the cable guy who knows basic economics will have a better grasp of the issues than the pseudo-socialist Harvard professor who teaches Gender Studies — but the cable guy sadly doesn’t get asked to go on Sunday morning talk shows. In the future, look for the individuals in your life who understand basic economics and put more intellectual stock in their opinions than the chortling pundits on prime time cable news. You’ll be glad you did.

Harry Reid acts as if the Internet doesn’t exist: ‘All’ Obamacare horror stories are untrue

Harry Reid Obamcare horror stories

Harry Reid is the guy who infamously said the “war is lost” in Iraq while troops overseas were trying to turn things around during the surge. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said of the traitorous display: “When you have somebody like the Senate Majority Leader come out in the middle of the surge and say ‘this war is lost’—I thought that was one of the most disgraceful things I’ve heard a politician say.” Gates is right. Given that, nothing the Democratic senator says should surprise Americans at this point. However, he took to the floor of the Senate on Wednesday and delivered one of the most ridiculous lines of all time regarding Obamacare, and he did it with a straight face.

There are plenty of horror stories being told — all of them untrue — but they’re being told all over America. [Koch brothers…Koch brothers…] stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.” — Harry Reid, D-Nev.

It is hard to hold it against informed Americans when they walk away entirely from the political process these days. It is tempting to conclude on some days that this is all part of a Machiavellian scheme to rid the political landscape of intelligent people. Perhaps in Harry Reid’s mind he thinks that if he behaves so incomprehensibly stupid that no sane person of above-average intelligence would want to have anything to do with him, then it will allow him to be king of the idiots.

As I’ve said on this very blog, I’m at the point where I only have interest in writing about men link Abraham Lincoln and entertainment news because chronicling the buffoonery of men like Harry Reid is depressing.

Allahpundit over at Hotair summed it up nicely:

Guy Benson is virtually shaking with rage and disbelief that this tool could say this with a straight face, knowing that there are scores of reporters watching who’ve encountered genuine horror stories and could debunk him. (Start with Pulitzer winner Charles Ornstein of Pro Publica and work your way down.) But that’s another sign of a trend developing among top Democrats: The more time wears on, the more brazen and Orwellian the lies get. Why else would Sebelius have said, on camera, that the administration never chose seven million as a target for O-Care enrollment when she must have known that she herself had used that figure — also on camera? Are they just exhausted from defending the law at this point and willing to resort to nonsense no matter how easily exposed it is?

The information is out there, but does anyone care? Are we doomed to just elect politicians who make the least amount of meme-worthy “Big Bird and Binder” comments? Was it all part of Harry Reid’s master plan to act like such an idiot for such a long period of time that people care more about Marco Rubio sipping water than millions of people whose insurance plan was liquidated as the Affordable Care Act was implemented? I hope not, because when you elect the guy who laughed off the notion that Russia posed serious national security challenges to America in 2012 and beyond you then end up with a president who doesn’t understand what’s going on in Syria and the Ukraine in 2014.

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Michael Moore: Obamacare is ‘awful’ — but more of it will be awesome

Michael Moore

Michael Moore once called Obamacare a “huge locomotive.” Now he has taken to the New York Times to admit that it’s a huge train wreck.

“TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful….

I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth. …

For many people, the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act risks being a cruel joke. The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums. And their deductible will be $12,600. If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year. (Pre-Obamacare, they could have bought insurance that was cheaper but much worse, potentially with unlimited out-of-pocket costs.)” — Michael Moore

Note to Michael Moore: Millions of couples are finding out that, prior to Obamacare, they could have purchased cheaper and superior insurance with not “potentially” lower out-of-pocket costs — but actual out-of-pocket savings.

Mr. Moore looks at the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act (e.g., rising insurance rates), including millions of upset Americans, and he blames “health insurance chief executives like Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group, who made nearly $102 million in 2009” — when he knows that paying every top executive in the insurance industry zero dollars would not have a tangible effect on the cost of health care in the United States.

Mr. Moore faults Obamacare sticker shock to “companies like Novartis, which charges leukemia patients $90,000 annually for the drug Gleevec,” — as if life-saving drugs come from magical medical fairies before pharmaceutical companies arbitrarily assign high prices on sick people. Never mind the fact that billions of dollars are spent on research and development on drugs that never even make it to the market, and that companies need to recoup those costs in addition to those that do (often after waiting years for FDA approval).

Is the filmmaker completely ignorant of basic economics, or is he a political hack? For the answer, we must look to Michael Moore, circa 2011:

Moore says the only “things you maybe have to wait for” are a knee replacement surgery or cataracts.

“Things that are not life-threatening,” Moore said on HBO’s “Real Time” with host Bill Maher. “The reason why you have to wait sometimes in those countries is they let everybody in the line. We make 50 million people out of the line so the line is shorter, so sometimes you have to wait as long. If you are a patriotic American, you want every American to be covered the same as you.

As it turns out, Mr. Moore is simply a political hack. He is astutely aware of basic economics, even if he bizarrely tries to make the claim that making health care “free” for everyone only causes long lines for things like “knee replacement surgery or cataracts.” That would be like saying that price controls in Venezuela only have caused shortages of tomato paste and grape jelly instead of basic necessities like bread, eggs, milk and toilet paper. 

As a patriotic American, I do not want my fellow Americans to have my coverage because I want them to have the coverage that is right for their lives and their specific needs.  Look at the two industries the federal government is most immersed in – education and health care — and then ask yourself which two industries have the most out of control costs associated with them over the past few decades. Ask yourself if there could be a correlation between government control and insane cost curves.

Most astonishingly is Michael Moore’s biggest beef with Obamacare: it wasn’t a complete takeover of the health care industry.

America is currently $17 trillion in debt and his master plan is for the federal government to give “free” health care to all. Nation states with a population smaller than Texas can’t even manage universal health care systems, and yet he wants all 400 million Americans to have their health care needs placed in the hands of 535 members of Congress. That is a loser of an idea, which is why president Obama had to keep his true desire in his heart.

Ronald Reagan said it well over 50 years ago:

“Back in 1927 an American Socialist, Norman Thomas, a six-time candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of Liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” — Ronald Reagan

Whose vision for America do I trust: Michael Moore’s or Ronald Reagan’s? Put me down with the guy Americans re-elected in a 49-state landslide victory.

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Obamacare promotion ‘Forget About The Price Tag’ wins HHS cash prize — seriously

In August, a contest was announced in which Americans who came up with the slickest propaganda for Obamacare would be awarded cash prizes. This week, the winners of the HHS/ “Young Invincibles” project were announced; one happened to be a song titled ‘Forget About the Price Tag.’ Seriously. You can’t make this up.

Still wondering if you live in the Twilight Zone? Enjoy the ride, my friends. Enjoy the ride.

The Daily Caller reports:

HHS’s grand prize-winning video, [Forget About the Price Tag], announced Monday by the White House, features a young woman named Erin McDonald singing an Obamacare-loving version of Jessie J’s hit single, “Price Tag.”

Without a hint of irony, McDonald sings her chorus: “Ain’t about the, uh, cha-ching cha-ching. Ain’t about the, yeah, bla-bling bla-bling. Affordable Care Act. Don’t worry ’bout the price tag.”

McDonald, of course, is referring to the reasons young people should buy health insurance without worrying “’bout the price tag.”


But it gets even better.

In a Google hangout on Monday, actor Kal Penn hosted the award ceremony with the top three winners in each of the following categories.

Yes, that would be reliable White House Hollywood stooge Kal Pen. For those of you who forgot, he’s the guy who was so distraught over the presidency of George W. Bush that he penned ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ — yet has fallen silent as his good buddy Barack Obama:

  • Failed to close Gitmo. (Note: I believe the function Gitmo performs would be necessary even in its absence. I’m just pointing out Penn’s hypocrisy.)
  • Came up with a “Terror Tuesday” kill list, otherwise known as the “Disposition Matrix.” Can you get any creepier?
  • Expanded the use of drones overseas, to include killing Americans without due process.
  • Tried to sell the public a bombing campaign on Syria until Congress, public outcry and Vladimir Putin (yes, Putin) stopped him in his tracks.
  • Found himself in the Associated Press and Fox News spying scandals.
  • Found himself in the NSA spying scandal.

Two questions for Kal Penn:

  1. If you’re an American overseas and you survive a drone attack, are you covered by Obamacare?
  2. When are you going to write: ‘Harold and Kumar Get Droned’? Tens-of-thousands of people have read my satire piece on it. I’ll give you the WordPress stats to prove it. The demand is there, Mr. Pen. What’s keeping you from moving forward?

By I digress. Back to the Obamacare.

A lot of young voters were led to believe that the Republican Party was just for “old white guys.” They bought into the spin and, like zombies, voted for the guy who created a wealth-transfer monster that would confiscate their earnings to pay for the benefits of … old white guys. Classic! Obamacare is one big generational theft scam, and millions of kids bought into it. They’re realizing that now, which is why conservatism isn’t going anywhere. It might be perpetually under attack, but the idea that limited government produces greater freedom and individual liberties can not be extinguished.

Question for Erin McDonald: Does it bother you that it took three years and over $300 million to build a website that doesn’t work? It bothered Jon Stewart. It rattled Chuck Todd. What about you?

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Chuck Todd after Obamacare’s failed rollout: I guess the private sector is pretty great, huh?

Chuck Todd

I often watch political pundits on television and wonder how they can back public policy and politicians with track records of abject failure. Chuck Todd has always seemed like a fairly nice guy, even if I disagree with 95% of what he says on a regular basis. However, after his comments on Obamacare the world now knows that he knows the truth about an ever-expansive federal government.  The next time he puts a big smiley face on the president’s plans to consolidate more power in the nation’s capital just remember: he realizes that it’s all a fool’s errand that ultimately only serves the power players in a future America straight out of the founding fathers’ worst nightmares.

NewsBusters reports:

CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one — it’s page three of the report, it says here that, “The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.”


CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, “You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we’re bringing in the private sector folks.” I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at this [unintelligible].

Chuck Todd, David Gregory and the whole gang — they know they truth. And yet, week after week they tie themselves into intellectual knots in order to find ways to defend the indefensible.

The federal government spent roughly $350 million over three years to build a website that didn’t work, and then it asked the private sector guys who should have been behind the wheel from the get-go to save the ship. Mr. “you didn’t build that” asked the private sector to “build” a better website in record time, and for the most part it succeeded. The people who President Obama demonized for years gave him political breathing room and enough time to get his legs under him after a media onslaught usually reserved for guys with the last name “Bush.”

In an alternate universe, President Obama groveled before private sector hot shots to fix his pathetic health care website, and all of the businessmen he belittled over the years doubled over in laughter. That didn’t happen in this universe, but at least we got to see Chuck Todd admit that there is a sound reason why so many people have faith in the private sector — it usually gets the job done right on the first try because the incentives are there to make it happen.

Obama promised to heal the planet, but Obamacare is doing its best to kill liberalism

In 2008, Barack Obama said that one day we would look back at his election as the moment the world’s rising oceans began to fall and the “planet began to heal.” These days, people who have been dropped from their health insurance plans are wondering why President Obama would usher in an era of planet-healing while simultaneously making it harder for millions of Americans to do the same. The media has noticed, which is why we’re now seeing articles like ‘Obamacare’s threat to liberalism’ in Politico.

The situation is so bad that the president has now oddly decreed that people who liked their plans will be able to keep them. Why? Because he said so. Even though the health insurance industry spent years getting everything in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, Americans are supposed to believe that they can now throw the car in reverse, go back to the future and save those plans so they can exist … for one year. Why? Again, because the president said so. Who needs the rule of law when you can just enforce or ignore laws according to what the latest round of opinion polls are saying?

There are still a few people in the media with a shred of integrity, which is why different versions of ‘Obamacare’s threat to liberalism’ have popped up all over the Internet in the past few weeks. Here is what you need to know:

“Unlike the Republican agenda, the Democratic agenda does not work unless people have a certain level of trust in the competence of the government to act on their behalf,” said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who 25 years ago helped launch the centrist “New Democratic” agenda that brought the Democrats back from years in the presidential wilderness. “That is, if you will, the Democratic proposition. It’s not to say that the government should do everything, but it is to say there’s an indispensable — and not necessarily small — role for government at every level.” …

Every level. It’s incredibly frightening that there are millions of Americans who would read that, nod their head in agreement, and say: “Yep. Sounds like a plan.” It’s also refreshing that there are scholars at Brookings who are willing to put the playbook out there for everyone to see.

Geoffrey Kabaservice, the author of the recent book “Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party from Eisenhower to the Tea Party,” said it is too early to pronounce the end of Obama’s presidency — if only because the worst failures in the health care plan itself so far appear to be technical and bureaucratic, and may yet be repaired — despite the real and damaging furor over the president’s overblown promise that all who liked their current insurance plans could keep them. But he added, Obamacare’s early problems nevertheless reflect and amplify longstanding vulnerabilities for the Democrats, namely, “their love of complexity, the flavor of compulsion in their approach.” …

First things first: “the president’s overblown promise that all who liked their current insurance plans could keep them” is another way of saying “the president’s lie…”. It was a lie, but people who live in work in Washington, D.C. are often terrified of the truth because to do so might get you fired.

And now the scary part: The Democrats’ “love of complexity, the flavor of compulsion in their approach.”

Not only do they love trying to control complex interconnected systems that are far beyond the grasp of 535 know-it-alls in the nation’s capital, but they feel the need to force everyone to take part in their social experiments. Over and over throughout history, masterminds have tried and plan entire economies — and failed. And yet, each new generation has a fresh set of voters who are willing to buy into the hype if the right guy or gal with a cool cadence promises to heal the planet.

“The public feels completely bamboozled by this,” said [David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a bipartisan veteran of three White House staffs.] “And I think apologies are not going to be enough. I think it’s going to have to go deeper, and I think he’s going to have to think about some kind of shakeup to keep his presidency on track.” …

In the short term, the president’s best hope is to fix the immediate problems of the balky website, and enroll enough younger and healthy people to hold out the hope that the new insurance system will be economically viable.

The public feels bamboozled because they were bamboozled. They were lied to, and all of the people who screamed at the top of their lungs that it was a lie (including Rep. Joe Wilson), were called racistbigothomophobeteapartywackjobs (one word).

Ironically, the young kids who helped elect President Obama are the same ones who are going to see to it that his signature piece of legislation fails miserably in the long-run. They called the president’s opponents racists, and then backed Obamacare — a program that was designed to steal wealth from young people and transfer it to old, mostly-white retired Baby Boomers. Classic.

The Affordable Care Act is not economically viable, but like everything else that comes out of Washington it will be kept alive for as long as possible by confiscating more wealth and using accounting games that would get the rest of us thrown in prison. Sadly, the threat to liberalism is overblown for this very reason. By taking control of these complex systems, there’s always a scapegoat and there’s always enough time to convince gullible voters that someone else (i.e., “the rich”) will cover the cost of failure.

The silver lining in all of this is that the death of conservatism is also overblown. We all know the saying: A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. The problem with having allowed the federal government to take over 1/6 of the U.S. economy with its health care overhaul is that a certain percentage of experienced voters will die before they get around to the voting both.

Cancer patient finds out what Obama meant when he vowed to ‘fundamentally transform’ America

Who is Bill Elliot? In some sense, he’s you. Bill is struggling with cancer, the same affliction all of us would face on a long enough timeline. The problem for Bill is, he voted for President Obama because of the “if you like you doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor” promise. Now, his health insurance has been cancelled. For years we wondered what the president meant when he said that he would “fundamentally transform” America. Now we’re finding out.

Bill wrote to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, who had him on her show Thursday night.

Here is what Mr. Elliot, who now fears burdening his family with medical bills after having lost his insurance, faces going forward:

“What I’m going to do now — and I thought about this long and hard — is when my insurance comes out, it’s going to be just for me $1,500 a month with a $13,500 deductible. I’m not going to pay that,” Mr. Elliot said on the show. “If I make it that long, I’ll pay the $95 fine, and I’m just going to let nature take its course. I’m not going to put a burden on my family to pay this $1,500 dollars. … I’m not going to put up with that. I thought about it. I prayed about it.” …

Mr. Elliot went on to say that the reason why he voted for Mr. Obama was because of the promise that Americans could keep their doctor and their insurance plans if they liked them. …

“I liked my doctor. I loved my doctor,” Mr. Elliot to Ms. Kelly. “It was paying just about everything, including medications and medical devices. Now, with Obamacare, the man that I had look into it — they’re not going to pay for the pharmaceuticals, and they’re not going to pay for the medical devices.”

The president told Chuck Todd on Thursday that feels “sorry” for Americans like Bill Elliot, but what good does that do anyone now?

Mediaite reports:

President Obama formally apologized to those Americans who have had their health insurance policies terminated since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said Thursday.

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” the president continued.

As economist Thomas Sowell would say, these are the spoils of turning to self-congratulation as a basis for social policy. The only way to sell such a behemoth of a government program to the American people would be to lie. And lie the president did, over … and over … and over again. And then he got caught.

Obama’s comments before the law passed

White House Web page: “Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them. “ (Spanish-language version.)

White House Web page: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

President’s weekly address, June 6, 2009: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too.  The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.”

Town hall in Green Bay, Wis., June 11, 2009: “No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise:  If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”

Remarks at the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009: “I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Presidential press conference, June 23, 2009. “If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a thing. You keep your plan. You keep your doctor.”

Rose Garden remarks, July 15, 2009. “If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them. If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too.”

Remarks at a rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, July 16, 2009: “if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan — you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan.  Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

Those are just a few examples. The Tampa Bay Times has the rest chronicled. The weird thing is that if you watched the news before the president’s interview with Chuck Todd, then you would have seen numerous pundits denying that he lied.

For days, the people who earn a living watching video of the president and talking about it pretended that video of the president saying “if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep you doctor” didn’t exist. And members of the media wonder why so many people trust them? Interesting.

The bottom line is this: We are now left with the White House and its friends in the media saying that “only” a “small fraction” of Americans will have their plans cancelled. They conveniently leave out the part where that “small fraction” just so happens to be millions of people who are affected by the (hope and) change, but the point remains: You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, right?

Remember when the president said he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America and no one asked him what he meant? Many of us do. We know that you don’t say you want to “fundamentally transform” things you love, and that you can’t fundamentally transform America without hurting a whole lot of Americans.

If the Affordable Care Act would have been sold to the American people for what it really is — and they accepted it — that would be one thing. But it wasn’t. It was given a Photoshop makeover, and now people are seeing it for what it really is.

Ronald Reagan hit the nail on the head over 50 years ago:

“Back in 1927 an American Socialist, Norman Thomas, a six-time candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of Liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” — Ronald Reagan

We should all empathize for Mr. Elliot because he is us. He is us not just because we will all one day suffer the ravages of old age, but because we are all susceptible to the con jobs of a snake oil salesman if we aren’t informed. While the case of Mr. Elliot is extremely sad, hopefully many Americans will use it as a reason to become better informed as public policy matters are debated in the future.

Make sure you watch this Photoshop video to see how Obamacare was sold to the American public.

Michael Moore: Let’s stand in front of the Obamacare ‘locomotive’ and see what happens

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is a constitutional tax of the highest order — one imposed on you at birth — Michael Moore is back in the news. One would think the headline would be that liberals are now in the weird position of cheering the defacto Obamacare Birth Tax, all the taxes in between, and the Death Tax … but instead, the Sicko director was given time to discuss the need to go ever further:

“It’s a huge day,” Moore said. “It’s a great victory. Now, as you know, you and I were very critical of the bill that got passed because we thought, you know, it was fairly watered down and not as far as it should go. And it’s going to need to go further in the years to come, obviously. And we all need to keep working toward a true universal health-care system that doesn’t leave 26 million people uninsured, as the current law does now, and as you so wonderfully and eloquently pointed out on your show last night.”

It was only a short time ago, however, that Moore was acknowledging the economic realities of socialized health care:

Moore says the only “things you maybe have to wait for” are a knee replacement surgery or cataracts.

“Things that are not life-threatening,” Moore said on HBO’s “Real Time” with host Bill Maher. “The reason why you have to wait sometimes in those countries is they let everybody in the line. We make 50 million people out of the line so the line is shorter, so sometimes you have to wait as long. If you are a patriotic American, you want every American to be covered the same as you.

Oh what short memories we have, right Michael? That might be a sign of a more serious ailment. You might want to get that checked out.

I do not wish to revisit the laughable claim that only procedures like knee surgery require long waits time when they become “free.” What I will do is once again proudly state that I do not want my fellow Americans to have my health care coverage — because I want them to have the health care coverage that they want. I want them to have the health care that is suited to their lifestyle, their wants and their needs.

I would also like to revisit basic math.

Congressional Budget Office: Updated Budget Projections for Fiscal Years 2012 – 2022 (i.e., The Michael Moore Dream Destroyer Projections for Fiscal Years 2012 – 2022).

Notice anything weird about all of Michael Moore’s interviews (besides the fact that he tries to hide his wealth behind schlubby clothes)? There’s a willful denial of reality; he acts as if we’re not already 16 trillion dollars in debt. He acts as if we’re not broke. He acts as if he has never — even out of sheer morbid curiosity — looked at numbers put out by the Congressional Budget Office. Moore calls Obamacare a “huge locomotive,” and he’s right … if the metaphor involves Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train.’

The U.S. is on a debt train that is heading full-steam ahead towards economic disaster. The honest broker knows that the nation must pull hard on the brakes today or go over a spectacular cliff tomorrow. At some point, the interest on our debt alone will reach a tipping point, and when it does there will be no stopping the pain that will follow. And who will feel it the most? Not Michael Moore. He’ll be cushioned by his riches. A little (or a lot) of inflation to a multimillionaire like him means nothing.

In Michael Moore’s utopia, where endless accounting tricks never run out, retirees who scrimped and saved for decades won’t see their wealth hacked in half due to inflation. Treatment is never rationed. The quality of their care is never diminished while wait times explode. It’s a seductive fantasy to a lot of people, but it’s still a fantasy.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to read up on Michael Moore’s Cuban paradise, where they pay for all that “free” health care with … child prostitution.

Roberts inadvertently sows the seeds of revolutionary change

The Stamp Act of 1765. The Tea Act of 1773. Boring stuff, right? Except for what they represented to a bunch of rebel colonists fed up with oppressive taxation and a government increasingly divorced from the pulse of its people. After the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 things didn’t go too well for the oppressors.

Fast forward to June 28, 2012, where the Supreme Court has ruled the Obamacare mandate constitutional — as a tax. Correction: The mother of all taxes. Chief Justice John Roberts‘ logic? It’s better to be oppressed under a government with near-unlimited powers than one with unlimited powers:

Whether the mandate can be upheld under the Commerce Clause is a question about the scope of federal authority. Its answer depends on whether Congress can exercise what all acknowledge to be the novel course of directing individuals to purchase insurance. Congress’s use of the Taxing Clause to encourage buying something is, by contrast, not new. Tax incentives already promote, for example, purchasing homes and professional educations. […] Sustaining the mandate as a tax depends only on whether Congress has properly exercised its taxing power to encourage purchasing health insurance, not whether it can. Upholding the individual mandate under the Taxing Clause thus does not recognize any new federal power. It determines that Congress has used an existing one.

[A]lthough the breadth of Congress’s power to taxis greater than its power to regulate commerce, the taxing power does not give Congress the same degree of control over individual behavior. Once we recognize that Congress may regulate a particular decision under the Commerce Clause, the Federal Government can bring its full weight to bear. Congress may simply command individuals to do as it directs. An individual who disobeys may be subjected to criminal sanctions. Those sanctions can include not only fines and imprisonment, but all the attendant consequences of being branded a criminal: deprivation of otherwise protected civil rights, such as the right to bear arms or vote in elections; loss of employment opportunities; social stigma; and severe disabilities in other controversies, such as custody or immigration disputes.

By contrast, Congress’s authority under the taxing power is limited to requiring an individual to pay money into the Federal Treasury, no more. If a tax is properly paid, the Government has no power to compel or punish individuals subject to it. We do not make light of the severe burden that taxation—especially taxation motivated by a regulatory purpose—can impose. But imposition of a tax nonetheless leaves an individual with a lawful choice to do or not do a certain act, so long as he is willing to pay a tax levied on that choice (NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS v. SEBELIUS, Opinion of the Court, 42-43).

Basically, what Roberts is saying is that allowing Congress to compel you to buy insurance “because we say so” would destroy the idea of a government of limited and enumerated powers. Allowing a government to compel you to do something through taxation “because we’re power-hungry, oppressive jerks” … apparently falls within the scope of the constitution. Barely.

The inside-the-Beltway crowd doesn’t read things quite the same way. As always, they’re too caught up with head games to understand what’s going on in the hearts of everyday Americans. Take Charles Krauthammer, a brilliant man who is technically right when he says:

“[Roberts upheld] the central conservative argument against Obamacare, while at the same time finding a narrow definitional dodge to uphold the law — and thus prevented the court from being seen as having overturned, presumably on political grounds, the signature legislation of this administration.”

That might very well be true. Charles and Chief Justice John Roberts are intelligent individuals. But let this also be known — Chief Justice John Roberts helped sow the seeds of revolutionary change today. The American people have a history of not responding well to oppressive taxes. Just ask our British friends.

Obamacare has now been certified a tax of the highest, most oppressive order — a tax imposed upon you at birth because you exist. And so, the people who unleashed a big red wave in 2010 over federal spending and uncontrollable debts have now been told that Obamacare stands — as a tax — from their worst nightmares.

My prediction is that the Tea Party movement, already fed up with $17 trillion dollars of debt, high unemployment and a grim economic forecast, will use the anger generated from this decision and turn out another big red wave in the 2012 elections that will rival or surpass 2010. Then they will wait. They will expect the Republicans they elect to craft principled legislation to secure a brighter future for their kids and grandchildren. If it doesn’t happen, there won’t be much time to right the ship. You can only outrun the math for so long, as Greece, Italy and Spain have found out. It will then be up to good men to pick up the mantle of Paul Revere and William Dawes, or the nation will be lost.