Oct 28, 201611:41 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Obamacare isn’t failing; it just needs more mandates, penalties, and taxes — seriously!
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My old editor Dave Zweifel, one of the Creator’s kinder and gentler efforts, recently wrote that, “There’s no taking Paul Ryan seriously now.”
The editor emeritus expends 609 words on why he does not take the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives seriously. The highest-elected Republican in the land? Just so much puff and piffle.
We’re guessing Mr. Zweifel meant to write that he disagrees with Paul Ryan, which one would expect from the Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice (and is exempt from campaign finance reporting requirements) — that endorses only Democrats for public office unless they can find a real live socialist like Feel the Bernie.
But Dave can’t merely disagree, he must deny that Ryan wants a better tomorrow for his two young children. No, Ryan is in league with dark, sinister forces. Perhaps even a Koch Brother or two. (Donald Trump did not invent the politics of personal vilification.) Ryan is “an ideologue,” Mr. Zweifel writes. “His right-wing zealotry knows no limits,” he adds, oblivious to the irony of his own left-wing zealotry.
"The ideologue Ryan believes the [Consumer Finance Protection] bureau, like Obamacare or any other reform aimed at helping working Americans, needs to be repealed."
“Ideologue Ryan” doesn’t have the same bell tones as “Lyin’ Ted” or “Crooked Hillary” but it will have to suffice. Historians might question how seriously Dave Zweifel should be taken, considering that he has been an apologist for every failed big government scheme of the last 50 years, from LBJ’s Great Society giveaways to Obamacare, perhaps the biggest boondoggle of them all.
Obamacare premiums will increase by an average of 25% this year. The number of health care insurance carriers in the exchanges will drop from 298 to 228 next year.
Bill Clinton called it “this crazy system” — premiums up, coverage down. In sainted Minnesota, that liberal Valhalla, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Obamacare is “no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.”
“Everything conservatives said about Obamacare has come true,” said MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Lest we forget, President Obama’s claim about keeping your health plan if you liked it was PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year.”
Not failing, just cratering
Mr. Zweifel does take some people seriously, especially former Enron adviser Paul Krugman.
- In July 2014, the New York Times columnist was claiming, “Obamacare fails to fail.”
- Two years later, this past August, even Krugman had to admit, “Obamacare hits a bump.”
- Today (Oct. 28), that wonderful Democrat(ic) program hit a pothole. (“Obamacare hits a pothole”)
Next up: “Obamacare hits the wall.” Where are those self-driving automobiles when you need them?
“Obamacare is working so well that Democrats are now pressuring Republicans to fix it,” David Harsanyi writes for The Federalist.
“So the news is bad,” even Krugman is forced to admit. “But its badness is limited. … Can the current problems be fixed? As a technical matter, the answer is clearly yes.” (“As a technical matter”?)
Dr. Krugman’s prescription should surprise no one and elicit hosannas from the Hugo Chavez wing of the Democrat(ic) party. Did over-reaching government fail? No! The answer, as always with our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances is Still More Government.
“Strengthen the mandate; expand the subsidies, close the loopholes that have allowed some insurers to bypass the exchanges; take a more active role in setting standards,” Krugman exhorts.
Batten the hatches, round up the stragglers, and salt the earth. In other words more regs and less choice — oh, one more thing: more money. “The trouble is that Congress would have to vote to spend that money,” Krugman concedes.
Yeah, that might be a problem. Even for Democrats.
Obamacare is the gift that keeps on taking. Its passage (in order to see what was actually in it) created the Tea Party. O’care swept Republicans to their most lopsided House majority in 80 years. The (Un)Affordable Care Act gave Republicans 31 of 50 governors and 70 of 99 state legislative chambers, including Wisconsin.
It might still elect Donald Trump, despite his own worst efforts.