Monday, November 25, 2013

Andrew C. McCarthy This Week on Obamacare

Here Is the Obama Administration’s Brief That Admits You Won’t Be Able To Keep Your Employer Health Plan Either By Andrew C. McCarthy November 19, 2013
We’ve posted the video of my conversation with Megyn Kelly last night on The Kelly File at Fox News. We discussed the Obama administration brief that I mentioned in my last Obamacare column: the brief filed in federal court by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, on behalf of Kathleen Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services, in which the administration admits “that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.”
Patrick, your post on the new PR guy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds me of this excellent piece by Avik Roy, which I discuss in my Obamacare column today. It was a CMS spokesman — Gary Cohen, director of something called the CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight — who advised state insurance commissioners on the nitty-gritty of the “fix” Obama proclaimed last Thursday. As Avik recounts, No sooner had the president done his schtick on how it’s just the teeny-tiny individual health-insurance market that’s been affected by his lie inaccurate promise about being able to keep your insurance when Mr. Cohen sent out a letter to state insurance commissioners that mentioned the inconvenient fact that people who get their insurance from the employer market have started losing their coverage, too.
It’s a 100 percent lie, according to the White House’s own figures.  
Last Thursday, President Obama purported to undo the “Affordable” Care Act (ACA) mandates that he and congressional Democrats quite intentionally designed to force Americans off their health-insurance policies . . . notwithstanding the president’s promise, repeated over and over again since 2009, that Americans would be able to keep their health-insurance policies. In my weekend column, I argued that Obama’s latest unilateral diktat is lawless and transparently political. With each passing day, however, what becomes more breathtaking is the depth of systematic, calculated lying that went into the extensive — the criminal — Obamacare fraud.
Insurance companies would be insane to offer plans that failed to comply with the ACA.
Barack Obama could not have been more unequivocal. The telecommunications companies had to be punished for violating the letter of federal law. He didn’t want to hear about how President Bush told them it was okay.
One laughs now remembering how Obama’s base, the anti-anti-terrorist Left and its lawyer legions, used to call Bush the “imperial president” and thunder for his impeachment. Bush couldn’t hold a candle to our incumbent Caligula. He had no idea, for example, that presidents can just “waive” inconvenient parts of congressional statutes, like FISA…….Oh no you don’t, Obama and his base shrieked…… Then-senator Barack Obama, himself a hard Leftist and an opportunist (yes, that’s redundant), realized that captivating the party’s Marxist wing — the anti-business, blame-America-first activists — was vital to capturing the nomination…….The purpose here is not to prove, yet again, that Obama is a fraud, which would be like proving that Detroit may be a tad mismanaged.

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