cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Narcissist-in-Chief performed again day before yesterday with a cast of some thirteen appearing behind him. These thirteen were touted as examples of people who had made it all the way through the healthcare.gov system and actually had enrolled in a new health plan.
The only problem with that is that news people, following the ending of this performance, actually acted like news people and were able to find only three of that thirteen who claimed they had been able to enroll in ObamaCare. The other ten were simply ‘fillers’ to make the story seem better.
The President made claim after claim about how great ObamaCare was and would continue to be. He repeated the ‘800’ number so often he was likened to the “Sham Wow” hucksters on TV. He repeated his support for Secretary Sebelius, etc., etc., etc. Then he had his people locate a ‘fixer’ they had used before who is now assigned to Sebelius’ department with the direct orders from the President to fix the problem.
That would make me, if I were Secretary Sebelius, just a bit uncertain of how long I’d continue in my position. Maybe the President is hoping that she gets the none-too-subtle message and submits her resignation sooner rather than later.
This whole fiasco, ObamaCare, continues to devolve quite rapidly now. It is unraveling. The king has no clothes and we can see it more plainly every day. The fact that this system build was handled as ineptly as it has been handled is just a part of the unraveling. The ‘800’ number isn’t going to be helpful since the people on the other end must use the same system that has “some glitches”. The insurers, which had been promised scads of new insured people that would offset the people with poor health conditions that were now able to enroll in spite of their pre-existing conditions, are seeing their worlds dangerously close to imploding. The healthy young people are no longer facing real penalties (even though those are ridiculously small) and have no real compelling need to enroll. The penalty grows a bit each year but nowhere near enough to make the new premium rates seem reasonable. Add to that reality the fact that the President doesn’t seem to think insurers are necessary in the first place, and insurers develop heartburn quickly. They do have options; they can get out of the health care business and really leave the President in a tough place. Unfortunately, that would leave a lot of Americans in an even tougher place.
Rose Garden preaching or no Rose Garden preaching, ObamaCare is sick and it is very likely to get a lot sicker before there is any upturn in its health. Even the people who had been supportive are becoming concerned. The people who supposedly supported the President are beginning to make jokes at his expense. He had so thoroughly ticked Oprah in the first term that she will do absolutely nothing but watch him twist in the wind.
Premium costs are beginning to come out into the public domain. If you do not receive some tax credit to offset the cost, you will be in for a very large surprise. The costs are significantly more than the people were led to believe. Many of the plans that were filed by insurers to comply with the requirements of ObamaCare use ‘narrow networks’, to bring costs down, that will slap people in the face when they finally get through all the hoops only to see that their physician is not in the network. I don’t know about you, but I suspect, like me, you like your present physician(s). If you didn’t, you had the option of finding one that you did like. These narrow network plans make that job tougher, if not impossible.
ObamaCare is beginning to be seen in the full light of day. It is, as the result, losing that sense of allure. The idea that one gets something for nothing is again disproved. The stakeholders that were assured of getting a better deal in return for their support are having their eyes opened. Look at the labor leaders to see just how that makes these stakeholders feel. They were, in many instances, ‘had’. Pure and simple, they were sold a bill of goods by a man whom they had yet to learn could not always be trusted.
And, if you stop to realize that this is only Act 1, you begin to get a sense of just how bad this play will be by the time the curtain closes…if it ever closes.