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.

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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.

Gruber Memory Hole: Penn, University of Rhode Island go full Orwell to protect Obama

Jonathan Gruber ObamacareJonthan Gruber made over $400,000 by the Obama administration for his contribution to crafting Obamacare, and millions of dollars advising others after its passage. Now that the news is out that he’s gone around the country bragging about how the Democrats deceived their “stupid” voters into giving them political cover to pass the bill, one would think the universities he spoke to would encourage intellectually curious Americans to view their videos. Instead, U.S. they have decided to go full-Orwell.

The National Review reported Nov. 19:

Universities that hosted Jonathan Gruber are now removing videos of the MIT professor from their websites after a series of candid admissions from the Obamacare architect ignited a firestorm against the health-care law. …

At least two colleges who hosted the professor have tried to scrub Gruber from the internet. The University of Pennsylvania removed Gruber’s October 2013 panel appearance — in which he laughed about “the stupidity of the American voter” — on November 10, but quickly reposted the video after withering criticism.

On Monday the University of Rhode Island took a page out of Penn’s book, removing a 2012 discussion where Gruber explains how the law was passed to “exploit” the American voters’ “lack of economic understanding.” URI offered no explanation on its webpage as to why the video was pulled.

Imagine an situation where a Republican administration is able to jam through a flat-tax in the middle of a chilly March night. Years later, countless tapes of an MIT analyst named Jonathan Gruber turn up bragging about how the administration, which paid him $400,000, duped the American people by exploiting their “economic ignorance.” What would happen?

Universities that originally hosted Mr. Gruber would schedule debates on campus along the lines of: “Gruber: Can Republicans be trusted ever again?” or “Gruber: What did the president know and when did he know it?” Instructors would give extra credit for attendance. Books would be written about the scandal by college professors across the country, who would then make them required reading. A single new chapter would be added each year, and students would be forced to buy the new edition instead of paying a quarter of the price for the used version. When students complained about their debt, those same tenured professors with six-figure salaries would blame Republicans.

But alas, Jonathan Gruber worked for Mr. Obama. The president will pretend like he didn’t really know the man, Nancy Pelosi will pretend like she didn’t know the man, John Kerry will pretend he didn’t know the man, and their friends in academia will do their best to send evidence to the contrary to the deepest, darkest depths of the digital ocean.

The American people are not stupid — hence, the need to deceive them on behalf of the Obama administration.

Moms and dads do have a lot on their minds, however, which is why Penn attempted to delete its video and the University of Rhode Island actually carried through with the decision. In time, memories get fuzzy or fade all together. If enough people forget the lies, then it’s easier to keep the charade going.

I can not ask this question enough: Do you trust these people to create a “fair” and “free” internet with “Net Neutrality”? If so, then watch American Commitment’s “All of Gruber Gate in Two Minutes” and ask again.

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Pelosi proves she thinks just like Jonathan Gruber by saying she doesn’t know of him

Nancy Pelosi Jonathan Gruber ObamacareIt seems like every day there is a new Jonathan Gruber quote proving the utter contempt that the architects of The Affordable Care Act hold for voters. The other day he was grinning as he talked about the “stupidity” of Americans, and now his comments from the Honors Colloquium 2012 at the University of Rhode Island are making the rounds: “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.” It’s all very telling, but not as telling as Nancy Pelosi proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that she thinks just like him.

On Thursday, Ms. Pelosi denied she knew of Mr. Gruber.

“I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill. And, so, with all due respect to your question, you have a person who wasn’t writing our bill commenting on what was going on when we were writing the bill.” — Nancy Pelosi on Jonathan Gruber, Nov. 13, 2014.

The Washington Post, however, points out that in 2009 she most certainly knew of Mr. Gruber and his work.

“Our bill brings down rates. I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of what the comparison is to the status quo versus what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange. Our bill takes down those cuts, even from now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.” — Nancy Pelosi on Jonathan Gruber, Nov 5, 2009.

Ms. Pelosi thinks you are stupid. There is no other explanation for someone who acts as if the Internet does not exist. Only a woman with little to no respect for the American public would tell a blatant lie on camera in 2014 when she knows — she must know — that the power of the Internet will expose her shortly thereafter.

Her chutzpah knows no bounds. She even touts Mr. Gruber’s work on her own website:

Pelosi GruberAs I said before, these are the people who want more control of the Internet in their hands. These are the people who will make sure “Net Neutrality” provides a “free” and “fair” Internet. The same woman who obviously thinks her lies disappear down Orwellian Memory Holes wants to control the Internet like a public utility.

Wake up, Millennials. “Hope and Change” was never about “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” It was about you being the ones that shameless liars were waiting for.

They admit behind closed doors that they think you are stupid. They admit behind closed doors that they seek to exploit your “lack of economic understanding.” And they will continue to lie and deceive until you send them home and deny them of the power and influence they so desperately crave.

Obama sells generational theft on ‘Funny or Die’ while Putin dies laughing — Russia has stolen Crimea

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There is a very fine line between showing the American people that you can relate to them as President of the United States and demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that you have absolutely no shame. President Obama’s attempt to sell generational theft to young people by taking part in a Funny or Die skit with Zach Galifianakis, while funny, clearly falls into the latter category.

Political opponents who say that President Obama wasn’t funny are wrong — he was funny. That’s not the problem. The problem is that he is in a position where he must pitch Obamacare on ‘Between two Ferns’ in the first place.

Question: Is it funny to hear Zach Galifianakis ask the president the following questions?

“Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website?”

“You said if you had a son you would not let him play football. What makes you think he would want to play football? What if he was a nerd, like you?”

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is Vladimir Putin laughing his ass off as he moves into Ukraine’s Crimea region (and possibly beyond?) with thousands of Russian troops, knowing that he’s just secured for himself a warm water port?

Answer: Yes.

Mediaite is upset because Fox News anchors are panning the president’s decision. It essentially argues that in this case the ends justify the means because millions of people have seen the president’s sales pitch. Again, that’s not the point. One gets the feeling that if the president made a video on healthcare.gov with James Franco hitting him in the face with a pie that Mediaite would play apologist for the administration because “it is apparently driving some real traffic” to the site.

Is this skit funny? Yes. Does it make the president look like a desperate clown? Yes.

One would think that Millennials who pride themselves on being smart enough to appreciate Zach Galifianakis’ humor would also have the intellectual goods to understand that the president thinks they’re all morons. Mr. Obama needs them to sign up in order to pay for one of the most self-centered generations of all time — the Baby Boomers. Since liberal Millennials like irony, how is this for irony: the same kids who voted for Obama because they wanted to stick it to old “racist” white guys now are being encouraged to shell out their hard-earned cash by Obama to pay for the massive health care bills of old white guys. Classic.

Question: If you were a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, would you fear President Obama? I wouldn’t. Laugh while you can, Millennials. The world’s worst actors have also been watching Mr. Obama, and they will respond accordingly.

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard watch a missile launch, July 2012 (Associated Press)
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard watch a missile launch, July 2012 (Associated Press)

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

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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

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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.”

Classic.

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.”

DAVID GREGORY: Yeah.

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: Get cultish on Thanksgiving, annoy family with health care talking points

If you needed proof that President Obama is the Marshall Applewhite of modern American politics, look no further than his Twitter feed, where he is encouraging his followers to annoy relatives with Obamacare talking points during Thanksgiving.

Obama.Thanksgiving.TweetWho does that? It’s reminiscent of the Heaven’s Gate cult, which is interesting given that in the YouTube video put out by Organizing for Action there is a young man who imagines his parents telling him that they’ve joined a cult.

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Surrounded by friends, family and loved ones, why on earth would anyone bring up Obamacare registration? What would the proper response even be? “Yeah, I would totally register, but the website hasn’t worked for over a month now.”

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All you want to do is watch football, play Scrabble by the fireplace, maybe play a few video games  with your brother and stuff your gut with meat, but your mom insists on talking about Obamacare registration. If she insists, ask her when the Hale–Bopp comet is set to return.

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