Is Obama Just Trolling America?

 

President Obama gave yet another speech attempting to sell Obamacare to a suspicious public. CBS News’ Mark Knoller and Politico’s Zeke Miller posted the highlights to Twitter:

“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” insists Pres Obama in campaign-style speech at Prince George’s Community College in MD.

Obama: “The closer we’ve gotten to this date, the more irresponsible folks who are opposed to this law have become”

“That’s not going to happen as long as I’m president,” declares Mr. Obama of GOP plans to defund or delay ObamaCare.

Obama: So what’s all the fuss about. What is it that these republicans are just so mad about?

Obama on GOP on ACA: If it actually works it will mean everything they said wasn’t true and they were just playing politics.

Pres Obama charges that some GOP governors “haven’t lifted a finger” on ObamaCare Marketplaces, tho some others doing “the right thing.”

Obama mocking GOP: “Affordable health care is worse than a law that allowed slaveowners get their runaway slaves back”

The message was strident and clear: President Obama will not negotiate with anyone who wishes to defund or delay Obamacare. In fact, anyone who dares suggest we delay Obamacare is a fool, a knave and probably a racist! But during the speech, the White House released some damning information.

The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare — this time postponing online enrollment in some of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1, sources tell POLITICO.

Small businesses looking to enroll in coverage on so-called SHOP exchanges run by the federal government will be able to submit a paper application on Oct. 1 — but they won’t be able to enroll online.

But wait — there’s more!

Separately, the administration told Hispanic groups that the Spanish-language version of its healthcare.gov website will be not be ready to handle enrollments for a few weeks. An estimated 10 million Latinos are eligible for coverage.

Why would Obama mock plans for an Obamacare delay when he himself is delaying the law? Is the President trolling us?

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    @PaulARahe

    Never underestimate the man’s vanity. We are witnessing a train-wreck, but he will never admit anything of the kind.

    If the Republicans handle this well (a very big “if), Obama will take his party down with him.

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    @

    “Vanity” is right, Paul. At this stage, Obama should be begging middle- and lower-income independents and Republicans to sign up for ACA. It would help his cause immeasurably to raise the number of enrollees. But even the success of his pet legislation isn’t as important as his need to ridicule his opponents.

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    @AlbertArthur
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: “Vanity” is right, Paul. At this stage, Obama should be begging middle- and lower-income independents and Republicans to sign up for ACA. It would help his cause immeasurably to raise the number of enrollees. But even the success of his pet legislation isn’t as important as his need to ridicule his opponents. · 7 minutes ago

    Boom. Nailed it.

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    @AdamKoslin

    HERPADERP…those two delays aren’t proof that the administration doesn’t believe in the law, they’re a delay of websites that aren’t ready yet.  Thoroughly underwhelming stuff.  The ACA may work, or it may not.  I don’t pretend to fully understand what’s going on…I studied history and political philosophy, not public policy and statistics…but this ain’t exactly a big deal.

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    @TheKingPrawn

    I’ve heard it said that God answers prayers in three ways: yes, no, and if you insist. Perhaps it’s time we answer Obamacare with the third option. Let him have his funding, let him have his implementation, and then drag Sebelius and even Obama himself before the House every day to explain why they are not complying with a law they insist on having. Revoke every waiver, damn every delay, and force this law on Obama, Reid, and Pelosi the same way they forced it on all of us.

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    @MikeH

    Most government websites are atrocious. I’m thinking it has something to do with people not being able to take their business elsewhere, hmmm….

    Even if the sites were up and running, they would be an unmitigated disaster. They will be slow, constantly down, and a chore to navigate. I think it might actually be better for people to see this than for them to delay it.

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    @LookAway
    Paul A. Rahe: Never underestimate the man’s vanity. We are witnessing a train-wreck, but he will never admit anything of the kind.

    If the Republicans handle this well (a very big “if), Obama will take his party down with him. · 18 minutes ago

    With all due respect Professor Rahe, IMO you are living the pipe dream. The fact is, like immigration, too many Republican money people want Obamacare because it is in their interest, the Frist Family and HCA to name one, and despite what they may say, no one in the Republican Party wants to make BO a martyr. 

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    @mask

    This isn’t the first time Obama’s rhetoric was miles off from reality.  This time it’s just hard for the court eunuchs in the media to hide it.

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    @DrewInWisconsin
    The King Prawn: . . . and then drag Sebelius and even Obama himself before the House every day to explain why they are not complying with a law they insist on having.

    Obama has already failed to comply with the law, altering it by executive fiat, five or six times.

    He hasn’t yet been dragged before the House. He won’t be. With a few exceptions (very few) the GOP is behaving like cowards.

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    @AustinMurrey
    DrewInWisconsin

    The King Prawn: . . . and then drag Sebelius and even Obama himself before the House every day to explain why they are not complying with a law they insist on having.

    Obama has already failed to comply with the law, altering it by executive fiat, five or six times.

    He hasn’t yet been dragged before the House. He won’t be. With a few exceptions (very few) the GOP is behaving like cowards. · 1 minute ago

    It’s hard to demand strict adherence to the law when you not-so-privately fume about the law being applied to your staffers. 

    As if they’re the only ones in their tax bracket!

     *removed extraneous apostrophe

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    @MarionEvans

    Jon

    Knoller also tweeted this:

    “Pres Obama says people will be able to buy health insurance “for less than your cable bill and probably less than your cell phone bill.””

    That can’t be possible. I know O didn’t major in math, but still.

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    @TheKingPrawn
    DrewInWisconsin

    The King Prawn: . . . and then drag Sebelius and even Obama himself before the House every day to explain why they are not complying with a law they insist on having.

    Obama has already failed to comply with the law, altering it by executive fiat, five or six times.

    He hasn’t yet been dragged before the House. He won’t be. With a few exceptions (very few) the GOP is behaving like cowards. · 1 minute ago

    Sebelius at least should be in the House every single day begging indulgences for the latest delays and waivers. She should be held in contempt of congress for every deviation from the written (but unread) law. They want this thing, and they deserve to get it good and hard. Why do we have a House if not to pound the hell out of the executive when it deviates from the written law?

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    @TheKingPrawn
    Marion Evans: Jon

    Knoller also tweeted this:

    “Pres Obama says people will be able to buy health insurance “for less than your cable bill and probably less than your cell phone bill.””

    That can’t be possible. I know O didn’t major in math, but still. · 1 minute ago

    The only people who will be able to get “health insurance” at such low rates will be those on the lower end of the income spectrum getting enormous subsidies for their “health insurance” and who are poor enough they shouldn’t even have a cable or cell phone bill.

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    @MarionEvans

    Even so, less than $100 per month?

    The King Prawn

    Marion Evans: Jon

    Knoller also tweeted this:

    “Pres Obama says people will be able to buy health insurance “for less than your cable bill and probably less than your cell phone bill.””

    That can’t be possible. I know O didn’t major in math, but still. · 1 minute ago

    The only people who will be able to get “health insurance” at such low rates will be those on the lower end of the income spectrum getting enormous subsidies for their “health insurance” and who are poor enough they shouldn’t even have a cable or cell phone bill. · 4 minutes ago

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    @KCMulville

    Well, you see, the reason why Obamacare will fail is because those nasty Republicans won’t cooperate.

    Can anyone say “set up?”

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    @TheKingPrawn
    Marion Evans: Even so, less than $100 per month?

    The King Prawn

    Marion Evans: Jon

    Knoller also tweeted this:

    “Pres Obama says people will be able to buy health insurance “for less than your cable bill and probably less than your cell phone bill.””

    That can’t be possible. I know O didn’t major in math, but still. · 1 minute ago

    The only people who will be able to get “health insurance” at such low rates will be those on the lower end of the income spectrum getting enormous subsidies for their “health insurance” and who are poor enough they shouldn’t even have a cable or cell phone bill. · 4 minutes ago

    15 minutes ago

    Does Obama even know what a cable or cell phone bill costs? His statement is, as usual, rhetoric completely disconnected from reality or experience.

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    @FrozenChosen

    The Democrats treat voters as if they are idiots.  Republicans treat them as reasoning people.  Guess who gets elected.

    Listen, the Dems believe – and recent results have backed them up – that they can lie, lie, lie and the MSM will cover for them.  This is their formula and they don’t see any reason to change.  Why should they?  It’s working fine.

    Nobody outside our little bubble knows anything about Obamacare except what the MSM wants them to know.  Nobody outside the bubble heard or cared about Ted Cruz’s long speech.  We’re just talking to ourselves, people.

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    @rico

    After reading Jon’s post and Peter’s adjacent post, I’m convinced the White House needs someone of Peter’s integrity in Peter’s old job there.

    Peter?

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    @DocJay

    Everything the man says should be viewed with the understanding that he is a malignant narcissist.  

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    @FrankSoto
    Frozen Chosen: The Democrats treat voters as if they are idiots.  Republicans treat them as reasoning people.  Guess who gets elected.

    Listen, the Dems believe – and recent results have backed them up – that they can lie, lie, lie and the MSM will cover for them.  This is their formula and they don’t see any reason to change.  Why should they?  It’s working fine.

    Nobody outside our little bubble knows anything about Obamacare except what the MSM wants them to know.  Nobody outside the bubble heard or cared about Ted Cruz’s long speech.  We’re just talking to ourselves, people.

    Stop talking.  Your truthful statements are depressing me.

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    @Goldgeller
    KC Mulville: Well, you see, the reason why Obamacare will fail is because those nasty Republicans won’t cooperate.

    Can anyone say “set up?” · 3 hours ago

    That’s exactly right. Republican’s won’t cooperate so we need Congress and the Presidency and we need more money for Obamacare. That’s probably the biggest reason why Obamacare would raise the budget deficit rather than increase it– Democrats really enjoy funding programs. Even if Obamacare could be wildly successful (I’m very dubious) Democrats simply wouldn’t be able to resist throwing money at the thing to do other things.  A major goal of the progressive/democrat/leftist agenda is to increase the size and scope of the government. 

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    @ChrisCampion
    Goldgeller

    KC Mulville: Well, you see, the reason why Obamacare will fail is because those nasty Republicans won’t cooperate.

    Can anyone say “set up?” · 3 hours ago

    That’s exactly right. Republican’s won’t cooperate so we need Congress and the Presidency and we need more money for Obamacare. That’s probably the biggest reason why Obamacare would raise the budget deficit rather than increase it– Democrats really enjoy funding programs. Even if Obamacare could be wildly successful (I’m very dubious) Democrats simply wouldn’t be able to resist throwing money at the thing to do other things.  A major goal of the progressive/democrat/leftist agenda is to increase the size and scope of the government.  · 13 hours ago

    You mean “major achievement”.

    There.  Fixed it for you.

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    @ChrisCampion

    When a fatherless crapweasel raised by Marxist crapweasels corrals a gaggle of fellow crapweaseals into passing crapweasel legislation that crapweasels who adore fellow crapweasels will vote for, the crapweasels will have finally won.

    If you put up a sign that says “Free stuff”, then a lot of people will stop by to take a look at it.  If you put up a sign that says “Free money”, then a lot more people will stop by to sign up.  If you put up a sign next to the “Free money” sign that says “Free healthcare”, then who in the hell won’t show up?

    Only the people who know that whatever sounds too good to be true always is.

    The real fix for healthcare has long been discussed, but never implemented.  If they were serious about insuring 30 million uninsured, that could have been done with phat block grants to the states, immediately, for a small fraction of BarryCare’s implementation.  And then the national conversation/nightmare would be over.

    But they’re not interested in fixing a problem.  They’re interested in power.  We are witnessing the implementation of Social Justice.

    Nothing more.

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    @ChrisCampion

    Also, there’s a Department of Justice now.  I’m going to kick back with my coffee and look for jobs that make 2X what I’m making now in the private sector in the soon-to-be-created Department of Social Justice.

    Some might argue it’s already there in the DoJ.  

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    @AlbertArthur
    Frozen Chosen: The Democrats treat voters as if they are idiots.  Republicans treat them as reasoning people.  Guess who gets elected.

    Listen, the Dems believe – and recent results have backed them up – that they can lie, lie, lie and the MSM will cover for them.  This is their formula and they don’t see any reason to change.  Why should they?  It’s working fine.

    Nobody outside our little bubble knows anything about Obamacare except what the MSM wants them to know.  Nobody outside the bubble heard or cared about Ted Cruz’s long speech.  We’re just talking to ourselves, people. · 4 hours ago

    A lot of people are in for a rude surprise.

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    @Ralphie

    He mocks them because he believes he has the only say in the law.  Some on the left have wished he’d be a dictator, and he is a defacto one.

    I just read about Gall’s Law, which states that any complex system that is created from scratch will fail.  Any complex system that works well is one that started from a small system that worked well.  Obamacare is a complex system that was created to be a patch for an existing system that did not work well.  It is becoming obvious to Obama that there are problems, and he underestimates that they are minor. 

    Remember when he told reporters that Timothy Geithner would have answers for the press, and Geithner got caught trying to play catch up to the president’s mouth?  That is what is happening here. He does not understand that his experts are not ready for his timetable.

    His vitriol for his opponents almost sounds desperate. He is defending the indefensible.

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    @kylez
    The King Prawn

    Marion Evans: Jon

    Knoller also tweeted this:

    “Pres Obama says people will be able to buy health insurance “for less than your cable bill and probably less than your cell phone bill.””

    That can’t be possible. I know O didn’t major in math, but still. · 1 minute ago

    The only people who will be able to get “health insurance” at such low rates will be those on the lower end of the income spectrum getting enormous subsidies for their “health insurance” and who are poor enough they shouldn’t even have a cable or cell phone bill. · 6 hours ago

    they already get free cell phones.

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    @
    Frozen Chosen: The Democrats treat voters as if they are idiots.  Republicans treat them as reasoning people.  Guess who gets elected.

    Listen, the Dems believe – and recent results have backed them up – that they can lie, lie, lie and the MSM will cover for them.  This is their formula and they don’t see any reason to change.  Why should they?  It’s working fine.

    Nobody outside our little bubble knows anything about Obamacare except what the MSM wants them to know.  Nobody outside the bubble heard or cared about Ted Cruz’s long speech.  We’re just talking to ourselves, people. · 6 hours ago

    Man, I wish I could refute that.  But I fear you are correct.  Which is depressing as hell.

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    @LaTapada

    How many young people will really sign up for medical insurance just so they can pay for the old people?

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    @Guruforhire

    Yes, Duh.

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