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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Finance Protection] bureau, like Obamacare or any other reform aimed at helping working Americans, needs to be repealed."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.

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.


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Oct 28, 2016 11:49 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Less than 7% of Americans covered by ACA. Election changer? Keep dreaming.

Oct 28, 2016 12:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

An expensive, unwieldy, byzantine government program foisted on Americans by the liberal elites in Washington is FAILING????? STOP THE PRESSES! (Oh, and let's see if I understand your logic, Anon. 11:49: It's fine with you if 21 million Americans get hit with steep increases in their insurance premiums as long as it doesn't interfere with Hillary's political ambitions.)

Oct 28, 2016 01:23 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Dave, glad to see you're following Krugman so closely. Start doing it more regularly and you may learn something.
All the other advanced nations of the world seem to have figured out how to provide their citizens healthcare. None of them would trade what they have for the goofy, inefficient, expensive, profit-based system that we have. But, "We're number one!" No, actually we're number 37. At least we beat Slovenia.
Man, do I miss the HMO I used to belong to in Madison. Here in the free market reddest of the red state we now live in, the insurance we have, provided by my wife's employer, is high-end coverage, but still maddeningly incomplete. We live in a medical hub city, yet they're all private little businesses and clinics that don't communicate or play well with each other, despite employing plenty of (low paid) administrative staff. What I wouldn't give for a single payer system, or at least to have a public option, like Medicare for all. Sorry free marketers, but capitalism sucks when it comes to healthcare delivery.

Oct 28, 2016 01:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

ACA: Developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation, and promoted and signed into state law by Gov. Mitt Romney, R-MA. Elites, yes. Liberal, no way.

Oct 28, 2016 02:15 pm
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Take Zweefs seriously? HAHA! I can't help but laugh at everything he writes. And I am surprised Alfred Nobel isn't rolling over in his grave after they gave Krugman one of his formerly coveted prizes. Dave, if they gave that idiot a Nobel Prize, you should have at least two!

I think the greatest concentration of poll monitors should be in Madistan, Milwaukee and along the Illinois border where all those buses come from. Those are the centers of vote cheating going on in this state. Our commie friends won't accept the results of the vote unless Hildebeast and Foolsgold win by wide margins. If Ron Johnson wins they'll be asking for a recall vote. It sure must suck to be a democrat.

Oct 28, 2016 03:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Obamacare may be performing poorly, but it's not "cratering." What keeps it from cratering are those mandates and subsidies, and of these two the subsidies are by far the stronger medicine. .

It's performing poorly because, despite the penalty, it remains a poor deal for the young and healthy who are, therefore, declining to buy it. BUT it remains a good deal for those who receive large subsidies, especially those who are in poor health. And the penalties may convince at least a few that paying something for (an overpriced) something is better than paying something for nothing.

In short, the mandates but especially the subsidies insure that Obamacare will continue to be able limp on for some time and will not die in a death spiral. IF Obamacare were truly terminal then those who would replace it would be in a far stronger position, but, that's just not the case.

Oct 29, 2016 01:53 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

21 million Americans WON'T be hit with steep increases. 84% will be NOT be affected because of subsidies. My logic and me continue to await the details of the assuredly brilliant repeal and replace plan. Hillary's political ambitions and Dave Blaska's electoral wishes are two sides of the same coin. One guess as to which way it''s going to land.

Oct 29, 2016 08:02 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

We must ask ourselves if it is more hideously ironic to call the signature legislation of our lame duck president ObamaCare or Affordable?
Or as Jon Stewart posed the question, "How are they going to spin this turd now?

Oct 31, 2016 09:09 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

you meant that the ACA decreased the number of americans who were previously uninsured from 18 to 13%, didn't you? Because if you didn't mean that, your stat is incorrect.

Oct 31, 2016 09:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

How's it working for you, Dave? Aren't you covered for life? Why can't everyone be covered for life like you? Because we didn't get cupcake jobs with the state?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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