Tag: Obamacare

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            Should the Supreme Court decide that subsidies are not available for Federally established exchanges, the pressure to provide relief for millions of people who relied on them will become enormous. Of course, Republicans who oppose doing anything will be called cold-hearted and uncaring.   Preview Open

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A Bomb I’m Throwing At My Health Policy Class

 

shutterstock_228600766For our first discussion assignment in my “Nursing 614: Healthcare Leadership, Policy, Politics, and Ethics,” I am making the following statement:

To preserve my own intellectual honesty, I would like to challenge the supposition of this entire field of academic study. Namely that it is somehow the role of central planners, policy makers, or government officials to improve the health of any population or individual. Our modern system of socializing the costs of healthcare creates stakeholders in private personal and economic behaviors that otherwise have no natural interests in these areas. Private behavior should be just that: private. Like all things, healthcare choices of individuals are based on a complex web of tradeoffs and assessments of relative value. There is no fundamental reason any government should be involved in this assessment outside the aforementioned current payment system.

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Fast and Visible

 

6921367897_363133b9da_z-2I just discovered a new writer — The Brooklyn Investor — whom I’m (slowly) catching up on. His most recent post — an analysis of the fast food business, and of an upcoming IPO specifically — had some great insights on why Chipotle (Ticker symbol: CMG) is such a big hit:

This is a true story: I usually only go to CMG right before lunchtime. If I can’t get there by 11:30 or something like that, I don’t bother. But one time (actually more than once) I did go during the rush. The line was really long going all the way to the front door (the line was the full length of the store). Out of curiosity, I looked at my watch and noted the time. I got my burrito in five minutes. Here’s another true story: Not too long after that, I was at McDonald’s (MCD) and I was second in line. And MCD wasn’t crowded; I wasn’t second in line with five or ten registers open. I was second in line, period. There was nobody else. And it took me TEN minutes to get a happy meal (not for me) and a chicken club sandwich meal. How does this happen? I have no idea. But it happens all the time. I remember when MCD used to give something back (food is free or something) if you don’t get your stuff within a minute or two. Now it’s a disaster whenever I go (and I do go to many different MCD’s quite often).

What I like about this is, first, I agree: Chipotle is fast. But it isn’t just speed. The transparency of the process is also really important. I can see them making my burrito. They’re all moving back there. There’s no “behind the curtain” stuff going on: everyone is visible and at work. Not the same at any other fast food place.

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We received our notice today of our 2015 health insurance rates.  As per predictions, our costs are going up dramatically.  For our Bronze HSA plan, our rates for 2015 are going up by 25.55%. You read that right – our insurance costs are going up by over 25% this year, on the cheapest, most bare-bones […]

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In a previous post, I disclosed how my family’s health insurance was cancelled because my husband and I, with two college degrees and three advanced degrees between us, were too stupid according to Obama to discern what health insurance policy coverages we need.  Anywhoo…our previous policy is no more so we had to do something. […]

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You Agree with Jonathan Gruber (And He Agrees With You)

 

Gruberhog DayAsk any conservative why their fellow Americans elected Barack Obama President of the United States not once but twice and you’ll usually get a variation on the theme that includes the phrase “low-information voters.”

In other words, your countrymen are stupid — exactly what MIT professor Jonathan Gruber has been saying very publicly since he helped engineer the beginning of the end to private healthcare in America. This doesn’t necessarily put us on his plane, because we decry the situation while he believes in celebrating it and taking advantage of it. Still, we too should be ashamed — ashamed because we’re not doing a helluva lot to counteract that ignorance, neither as individuals or collectively as members of the center-right.

Sure, we blog. In the almost five years that this site has been up and running there isn’t a topic I haven’t opined on or scrawled my electronic box of crayons over. Yet I do so mainly for the amusement of the choir. (Like the church I’ve accepted that “like” is the new “amen.” Retweets are a “hallelujah!”)

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Earlier this week, a reporter asked President Obama about MIT Prof. Jonathan Gruber. Specifically, the reporter asked whether the Obamacare architect was correct that the law passed only through deception. The president answered, We had a yearlong debate. I mean, go back and look at your stories. The one thing we can’t say is that, […]

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Obamacare Suit Might Offer Path to Challenge Immigration Order

 

I just returned from a week of sun, fun, and politics with the happy National Review cruisers of the Allure of the Seas. One of the frequent topics of conversation (other than favorite Democrat loser on Nov. 5 or the Republican presidential nominee in 2016) was the White House’s coming order deferring the deportation of illegal immigrants. President Obama is flouting his fundamental duty, set out in Article II of the Constitution, to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” The President can only refuse to carry out an Act of Congress if it violates the higher law of the Constitution – which no one seriously claims is at issue with the immigration laws.

National Review speakers on the cruise, including me, were at a loss on how to oppose President Obama’s violation of the Constitution. Challenges to the White House’s earlier refusals to enforce Obamacare, immigration, and welfare laws have failed. Talk of impeachment may follow the Framers’ original design, but it is politically impossible and self-destructive. Conservatives are trapped because they favor a limited scope for judicial review by the federal courts. Under the doctrine of standing, long favored by conservatives, no individual can bring a claim unless they have suffered a discrete “injury in fact” that is traceable to the government’s conduct and can be redressed by the court. President Obama’s refusal to enforce the law affects us all by violating the Constitution, but it is hard to claim that it harms any individual citizen (it only benefits the illegal immigrant).

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MARIJUANA AND PLASTIC BAGS Most of us are old enough to remember when plastic grocery bags were legal but not marijuana. If envy really is the only deadly sin which does not provide even temporary pleasure, then it’s my unhappy lot to look on as Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington (state and District) legalize recreational marijuana […]

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Is anyone else here seeing a parallel between Mr. Gruber and the AGW cultists? In this case it’s much easier because it’s a single person and his statements, but: if a fellow with that much anger and hatred towards people who he thinks might try to counter his intended course of action puts together simulations of the effects of […]

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I am not very good at debating this topic.  Can you help me out?  I would love some clear, brief reasons that people on the right do not like Obamacare.  This topic has come up a few times since the Republicans won the midterms, and I would appreciate some ammo.  If possible, can you include what the main […]

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Would We Be Better Off Losing on Obamacare at the Supreme Court? A Response to John Yoo

 

384px-Official_roberts_CJA few days ago, Ricochet’s John Yoo predicted that Supreme Court will decide that the PPACA (Obamacare) does not allow for the federal exchanges to pay out subsidies in the upcoming King v Burwell case. Although I am a legal ignoramus, I have been following the excellent symposium on this case over at SCOTUSblog, and I wonder whether we might see an unexpected result here.

Based on the evidence from both sides, two points become clear. There is indeed no explicit passage in the law that mandates the federal subsidies, as exists for state exchanges. Still, there are a number of passages which make no sense if the federal exchanges are forbidden from paying out subsidies. More to the point, the law is so inconsistent and muddled that a good-faith argument could be made that it is simply ambiguous and incoherent on this issue; if so, the IRS will have the authority to come up with its own interpretation (the so-called Chevron deference).

Prof. Yoo suggests that Chief Justice Roberts may be eager to atone for his prior sins in the NFIB v Sibelius case, especially after the last election in favor of Republicans. Yet I find it strange to imagine that a man who only two years ago twisted himself into pretzel-like contortions to save the law will reverse himself and let the law twist in the wind. Instead, I wonder if he has something more nefarious up his sleeve.

“Accidental Transparency,” or “Nemesis Exacts Her Retribution on Jonathan Gruber. Again”

 

In the wake of a mini-scandal in which Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber committed another Kinsley gaffe, he went on friendly MSNBC yesterday and did a non-apology apology, saying he regretted speaking off the cuff, but not a word of regret about being accomplice to an economy-destroying series of lies.

This is sort of like his previous caught-on-video “speak-o” regarding the question of subsidies (which is going before the Supreme Court) where he claims to have just misspoken that one time, and then of course immediately after that, the fates conspired to reveal a second video where he made the same “speak-o.” Oops.

“Hey Gruber – Who’s Stupid Now?”

 

Just when you’ve convinced yourself that those crazy conspiracy theories are the effects of an overactive imagination, just an an exaggerated and unjustifiable paranoia, someone posts something like Gruber’s confession, confirming everything the counselors and analysts told us to ignore, forcing us right back into the political looney bin.  We gasp and say, “we were right all along.” Obamacare is the Soylent Green of leftist political strategy. Democrats are manipulative and disrespectful, even contemptuous of the electorate. It is a party that really is led by Czars, snarky, egotistical, academic intellectuals who have no desire to lead, not even to convince. These people have such contempt for the public that their intentions from the outset are to mislead, deceive and even coerce to achieve the outcomes they desire.

When Mitt Romney was filmed deprecating the other 47% of Americans, those who pay no income tax and those who rely on the government for welfare, housing, food stamps and other subsidies, this was an “a-ha!” moment for Democrats. “See! He does hate the poor!” they cried. No doubt that was galvanizing, but the point Romney was making generally was based in logic and fact – folks who rely on government transfer payments are incentivized to support those who support continuation of those payments, not those (Republicans) who question the economic reality that underlies them. This fact provides a built-in advantage for Democrats who promote the welfare state and court its beneficiaries.

Obamacare Architect Confesses

 

Jonathan Gruber is known as one of the architects of Obamacare. Soon, he might be known as the guy who brought it tumbling down.

Last summer, as a federal appeals court considered Halbig vs. Burwell, a 2012 video surfaced of Gruber denying the Obama administration’s current position on the issue. HHS insisted that exchanges “established by the State” was a mere “typo;” Gruber’s old video insisted that precise phrasing was by design. The court ruled against the administration, creating panic among the progressive commentariat.

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   Nothing new here, this bit has been percolating for a few months now. However I only recently came across it myself and thought some here might perhaps be interested. This is Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who helped to fashion the ACA. This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO […]

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