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

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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.

Related:

‘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

An open letter to James Comey and the FBI about Hillary Clinton’s missing server Snapchat joke

Hillary Clinton Snapchat email jokeDear FBI director James Comey and the men and women of the FBI,

By now you know that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s response to turning over her personal e-mail server to FBI investigators was to mock their work with a Snapchat joke at a campaign event.

“You may have seen that I’ve recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves,” Mrs. Clinton said at an event in Iowa.

As an American who respects the rule of law, I interpret this joke as a giant middle finger to the FBI. It is the mark of a woman who thinks “My husband plays golf with the president while visiting Martha’s Vineyard. You won’t touch me. You can’t touch me.”

Given that the inspector general (IG) for U.S. intelligence agencies revealed Top Secret information had passed through Mrs. Clinton’s private server, and given that at least 305 more documents have now been sent to different agencies for review, I am pleading with you to respond to Mrs. Clinton’s rhetorical “Screw you” as you do to every other American who acts like they are above the law.

To every young FBI agent out there I ask the following questions:

  • What would happen if you somehow managed to have Platte River Networks set up your own private e-mail server, and then used it to conduct day-to-day operations?
  • What would happen if Top Secret information and hundreds (perhaps thousands) of classified documents passed through that server?
  • What if your supervisors found out about your private e-mail server and then you tried to wipe the device clean, held onto it for months, and only then turned it over to investigators?
  • Where would your career be after all of this, and what would happen if you joked about it in public?

In order for the great American experiment to work, citizens need to have faith in the system. When powerful people openly flaunt their ability to play by a completely different set of rules, civil society breaks down. When a politician’s behavior is so grossly irresponsible that the FBI needs to get involved to figure out if national security was compromised — and then she makes cavalier jokes about the matter — it sends the wrong message to anyone who cares about the future of the nation.

Mr. Comey, the pressure put upon you by well-connected people to make this all go away will be great. It must be hard to look at President Obama playing golf with Bill Clinton immediately after the FBI took Hillary’s private email server, and then move ahead with honesty and integrity. Mr. Obama has non-verbally asked the FBI to take the easy wrong instead of the hard right.

Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon you to remember that the FBI motto — Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity — exists for a reason. I pray that you will go where the evidence takes you and do what is right.

Best,

Doug

Clinton admits to the ‘easy wrong’ in Obama’s bin Laden ad

On the left we have Bill Clinton with "happy finger," who comes out to play when discussing Osama bin Laden in a friendly environment. On the right we have Bill Clinton with "angry finger," who comes out to scold when he's discussing Osama bin Laden and tough questions are asked.

Bill Clinton has admitted that he took the easy wrong instead of the hard right when it came to handling the world’s most famous Islamic terrorist. And who would have thought that it would come in an ad for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign? Speaking on President Obama’s decision to send Navy SEALS into Pakistan to kill bin Laden, the former president said:

That’s one thing that George Bush said that was right: The president is the Decider in Chief. Nobody can make that decision for you. Look, he knew what would happen. Suppose the Navy SEALS had gone in there and it hadn’t been bin Laden. Supposed they had been captured or kill. The downside would have been horrible for him. But he reasoned, I can not in good conscious do nothing. He took the harder and more honorable path, and the one that produced in my opinion the best result. … He had to decide, and that’s what you hire a president to do. You hire a president to make the calls when no one else can do it.

Exactly. Bill Clinton was elected to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. He was elected to keep us safe. And no matter how unfair it may seem to some people, the case that he failed miserably is rather self-evident. He perverted, did not use protection (blue dress, anyone?), and had to defend … himself. More on that later. First, his own words on the failure to apprehend or kill bin Laden:

Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991 and then he went to Sudan. As soon as the Sudanese wanted Americans to start dealing with them again they released him. At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America. So I couldn’t bring him here because we had no basis with which to hold him. We knew he wanted to commit crimes against America. So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him because they could have but they thought it was a hot potato and they didn’t and that’s how he wound up in Afghanistan.

Bill Clinton didn’t plead with the Saudis. He pleaded with his intern to do all sorts of disgusting and depraved things with him in the Oval Office. The Saudis may have thought bin Laden was a hot potato, but Bill Clinton was playing naked Patty Cake, again, in the Oval Office. And so, when guys like me question the seriousness with which he approached the task at hand (i.e., protecting the American people), he tends to get angry. Remember his finger-pointing appearance with Chris Wallace years ago?

At least I tried. That’s the difference in me, and some — including all the right wingers who are attacking me now. They ridicule me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried. So I tried, and failed.

Yes, you failed Mr. Clinton — but it was more than that. It was also a moral failing. Unable to resist your basest desires and become a statesmen, you spent your time in the White House finding elaborate ways to cheat on your wife instead of elaborate ways to take out a terrorist — the one who would later become the mastermind behind the most devastating attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

A fellow blogger masterfully diagnoses the problem:

Clinton was not impeached for risking national security by surrendering self control to his penis and a young intern; Clinton was not impeached for being selfishly distracted while Al Qaeda attacked U.S. interests around the world and laid the groundwork for 9/11; Clinton was not impeached for allegedly preying on Paula Jones, a state-government employee, in the “kiss it” incident. …

No, he was impeached for lying under oath, and for obstruction of justice. … (emphasis added)

Americans wanted to cut you some slack, Mr. Clinton. You’re an affable guy. But you were not suited to be the most powerful man in the world, and you let your vices turn your presidency into a joke for countless Americans. But it was more than a joke. It was a travesty, because the leader of the free world is not supposed to lull the people into a false sense of security. You got the security briefings. You knew the threats. You knew of the gathering storms. And yet, you did not prepare the American people for the clash of civilizations that would crash — literally — onto our shores on September 11, 2001.

The next time you think of doing a campaign for someone, Mr. Clinton, think long and hard. Bite your lip in that way you’re known for, consider the consequences and then walk away. A distinguished pair of bifocals, as your sometimes apt to wear, can not hide your record. The world sees quite clearly what the 90’s were about, and they most certainly were not about national security.

Bill Clinton’s Bid to Bring World Cup to USA Fails. Heart Not In it When FIFA Fails to Supply Intern?

Bill Clinton's tenure as "Honorary Chairman of the USA Bid" to bring the World Cup to America failed. Miserably. When your selling point is that you think it's possible for countries like North Korea to feel like the home team no one will believe you. And if that's you're goal...you have problems.

Paul Krugman Embraces Ren and Stimpy School of Emotional Economics.

Paul Krugman asserts that Republicans exist in “different universes, both intellectually and morally.” Perhaps Krugman just thinks that because George Will recently delivered an intellectual uppercut that sent him into orbit. Regardless, this continues a pattern that I’ve followed since this blog started, in which liberals put themselves on moral pedestals and sneer at people who have legitimate public policy differences with them.

Says Krugman:

Bill Clinton famously told a suffering constituent, “I feel your pain.” But the thing is, he did and does — while many other politicians clearly don’t.

Who was that constituent, again? And does that “other wordly” gift for empathy extend to interns he tried to destroy in an attempt to save himself the political pain that comes from getting caught with your pants down? Just wondering…

What strikes me as interesting is how an economist would rely so heavily on emotional arguments. The last time I checked, most respected economists don’t let ideology get in the way of evidence. And they resist the urge to become a Teflon Prophet, shedding credibility for the chance to dwell in Sunday morning talk show circles of emasculated men, the women who love them, and the hosts who take part in their self-righteous scream fests of pseudo-intellectual white noise.

If I had more energy I’d expand upon why the government is a bad investor, but tonight I’ll use a link to the good folks at Heritage as a crutch. Those independent voters who visit heritage.org or their blog will find that conservatives have plenty of substantive ideas for how best to jump start the economy. And perhaps they’ll also see how Paul Krugman is apparently allowed to phone it in for the New York Times because serious research is just so darn time consuming!

Paul, if you put the plane on autopilot and fall asleep at the wheel, it’s a very real possibility you’ll crash and burn. I’m just warning you now because I know that the urge to detonate the emotional atom bomb is going to be hard to resist with this one.

How much faith do I have in Paul not to push the button? This much. Wait…let me take that back: This much.