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No Telethon for Obamacare Victims!

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Originally posted at the Blacksphere

Hurricane Katrina brought devastation to New Orleans, a city that is home to over 300,000 people. And the Hollywood knee-jerk reaction was…Telethon!

For weeks there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth, hysterical news anchors, and disturbing images of suffering people on rooftops and crammed into the Louisiana Superdome.

As the sympathy and the drama wore on, the usual Hollywood-hosted telethons began to pop up.
The supposed focus of the fundraisers was to subsidize relief efforts. What they predictably turned into were showcases for rich liberals to prove again that they cared more than anyone else about poor minorities.

The added benefit was that the calamity was brimming with opportunity to criticize G. W. Bush and accuse a man whose efforts have helped save millions of lives from AIDS in Africa of not “car[ing] about black people.”

The most prominent event was Shelter from the Storm, which was telecast on six major networks.

G. W. defamer Kanye West sang “Jesus Walks.” Humanitarian extraordinaire Bono and his trendy designer sunglasses sang a moving “One Love” with Mary J. Blige. The place was full of soon-to-become avid Barack Obama supporters like Neil Young, Garth ‘I Love Obama to Death’ Brooks, Mariah Carey, who sang “Hero” at Obama’s Inauguration, as well as One Sheet Charmin Sheryl Crow, who insists that “Obama Walks the Walk.”

Those there to point out how Bush’s policies cost innocent lives included the relentless George W. Bush-bashing Dixie Chicks, the Foo ‘My Hero’ Fighters, Alicia ‘Obama’s On Fire’ Keys, Obama-loving race baiter Randy Newman, Obama endorser Paul Simon, and British rocker Rod Stewart.

Obama sycophant Chris Rock was there too, declaring that “George Bush hates midgets.”

Meanwhile, co-Michelle Obama Academy Award presenter Jack Nicholson showed up with Barack and Michelle’s frequent dance partner, Ellen DeGeneres, who promised hurricane victims “shelter from the storm.”

Pro-Choice America’s very own Jack Black, Obama fundraisers Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, Obama ad narrator Morgan Freeman, and Obama-supporting comedian Ray Romano all made appeals on behalf of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Closing the telecast was somber-looking Obama admirer Julia Roberts.

In addition, there was also SOS Saving OurSelves and the BET Relief Telethon, where Chris Rock showed up again and clarified that in addition to midgets, GW also hates “albinos.” There was even a telephone call from America’s first “black” president/attention hound Bill Clinton and film clips of Katrina victims pleading for help.

Alicia Keys reappeared at BET and was joined by “very happy” Obama inauguration attendee Patti LaBelle, the Pretenders featuring “I’m so glad he won” Chrissie Hynde, and Jay-Z and Diddy who, compliments of the NYC hip-hop community, presented a $1 million check to the Red Cross.

There were other fundraising efforts on MTV, VH1 and CMT. Music was provided by such acts as Green “Get Out and Vote!! And Vote for Obama!” Day, the Rolling Stones led by Obama supporter Mick Jagger, Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow, aka Chris Martin, and his band Coldplay, Elton John, the Foo Fighters, Fiona Apple, John Mellencamp, Kelly Clarkson, and Pearl Jam, all of whom, without exception, went on after Katrina to strongly endorse Barack Obama!

That recitation of Obamaficianado Katrina efforts was necessary to point out the hypocritical duplicity of the supposedly empathetic left.

If it were really the lives of innocent people that liberal entertainers were concerned about, they’d now be speaking out on behalf of all the cancer victims, some of whom are small children, who’ve lost their health insurance because of Barack Obama’s failed legislation.

Hurricane Katrina impacted 300,000 victims, 1,833 of which were storm-related deaths. Obamacare stands to bear down on 300 million lives, and has already negatively affected five million individuals who’ve had their insurance plans cancelled against their will.

In due time the body count will begin to rise, yet to date there’s not been one single announcement from the Hollywood elite or the music industry about plans to hold a fundraising telethon on behalf of Obamacare victims, and that’s because this time, the president responsible for the disaster is someone liberals admire and support.

In the wake of Katrina, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and “The Voice,” said that “it was particularly upsetting to watch [New Orleans] crumble.”

Eight years later, Adam has been recruited by the Obama administration to nudge hesitant Americans to surrender to the inevitable by signing up for the president’s dreadful healthcare plan.

Any celebrity who boo-hooed over Katrina that is now attempting to inspire Americans to sign up for Obamacare, even if it’s the “Sexiest Man Alive,” might as well be purposely gathering up and bussing millions of Americans toward the swollen levees of the Big Easy, knowing full well that Katrina is churning toward the shore.

A question for the benefit-concert beggars: Aren’t Obamacare victims also just innocent folks affected by a force of nature too powerful to stand against?

What’s clear is that the concern exhibited by the usual ‘compassionate’ celebrities is now non-existent, because the source of the tragedy this time around is not an act of God, but the act of a man who thinks he is God.

Obamacare Horror: Stepping Over the Dead in America’s Doorway

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Originally posted at The Blacksphere

More and more Obamacare horror stories are beginning to trickle out. 

Within the last week, the sick in need of emergency care have been turned away in Virginia, prescription benefits have been cut or capped, and six million previously insured individuals have been thrown off adequate, affordable health insurance.

And while the Obama administration and the lapdog media would have Americans think otherwise, the situation is only going to get worse.

Doctor’s offices are spending two hours on hold with insurance companies waiting for surgery authorization that never comes. Overwhelmingly, Medicaid patients are showing up in emergency rooms. And people with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, are paying more for the health insurance necessary to cover expensive treatments they need to survive.

In other words, Obamacare confusion is negatively impacting a nation where 54% of the population already resents the government extending symbolic bureaucratic benevolence to the small percentage of uninsured at the expense of the insured.

Yet none of this surprises those who have kept their ear to the ground, monitoring the passing and subsequent implementation of Barack Obama’s devastating signature legislation.

Sure, those who’ve never had insurance but managed to surmount the website difficulties that plagued so many may be thrilled with Obamacare.Why wouldn’t they be?

The previously uninsured never had a healthcare policy, so they have nothing good with which to compare their newly-acquired substandard health insurance. It’s sort of like someone living in a washing machine box moving into an abandoned shipping container and being thrilled about the roominess and sturdy exterior walls.

That aside, what’s even more disturbing about the avalanche of misfortune called Obamacare is that as it unfolds, it seems as though not one person is attempting to do anything about it. Where is the anger in Washington DC about a bill that was sold as being necessary to solve a healthcare crisis but seems to have purposely created a crisis that is far worse?

Nobody seems outraged that Obama made a big deal about individuals with pre-existing conditions never being denied health insurance again while conveniently forgetting to mention that there would be limited access.

For lack of a better example, it’s as if America has been reduced to a version of the story that has traumatized the nation. Where cold indifference to human life was revealed during the trial of Clarence Ross, a man convicted of shooting and killing Jheryl Wright.

During the trial, security camera footage was released that caught a fatally wounded Jheryl laying in the doorway of a Quick Stop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tape shows that the 24-year-old had collapsed after being shot. Despite Wright lying prone in the doorway, the clerk continued to serve the customers who stepped over Jheryl’s dead body as they entered and then exited the store.

The customers were unmoved and indifferent. Much like Barack Obama, who goes snorkeling and visits the zoo while five million Americans, some of whom have life-threatening illnesses, suddenly find themselves unable to get chemo thanks to his policies.

After seeing heartless people stepping over her son’s body, the dead man’s mother, Jackel Wright, said:

“I just can’t believe people in this world would do something like that. I can’t.”

Believe it, Jackel. Because that is exactly what is happening on a much larger scale. Worse yet, not one person who should care seems to care.

With each passing day, as a result of the president’s policies, millions of Americans are being wounded and abandoned without help. Meanwhile, the mastermind of the calamity ignores the misfortune he’s caused, and in place of concern for others spends time on a $4 million vacation, golfing, eating shave ice, and dining in luxurious restaurants.

Adding to the alarming nature of a president who couldn’t care less about the people he’s hurting, are all the politicians who remain eerily silent.

Rather than dial up 911 and mandate emergency care for a nation whose life is slowly slipping away, silent enablers who were elected to represent those now being victimized by Obamacare, are oblivious, seemingly without a care in the world.

After seeing the footage of cold-hearted people stepping over her son’s dead body, Jackel Wright asked:

“How would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there?”

I think I can answer that. To some, the life of a human being has as much value as a wad of bubble gum stuck to the sidewalk –they just step over the blob and keep going.

As Americans cling to life, the reaction from those with the power to change things for the better has been a shrug.  Instead of standing against tyranny, the majority of Washington DC legislators go about their business as if nothing unusual is going on. Like the shoppers at the Quick Stop stepping over a dead body in the doorway, beef jerky and Blue Raspberry ICEE seem to be the priority.

Jackel Wright said:

“I hope God have mercy on your soul [sic], because you was wrong sitting there and not helping my son [sic], like he was just a doormat — walking over him, laying there dead.”

Those are pretty strong words spoken by a grieving mother.

What is even more disturbing is that what she said could easily be directed towards those standing idly by while Barack Obama treats America like Jheryl Wright — as if he’s just another bump in the road.

Happy New Year! Is Inescapable Doom Heading Our Way?

MelancholiaOriginally posted at The Blacksphere

Being one who tends toward expressing concepts, feelings, and ideas via metaphors, analogies, and hyperbole, it’s been difficult to adequately articulate the foreboding that looms large as New Year 2014 approaches. 

Thus far, I have not stumbled upon one example that can suffice as an adequate analogy to describe the dread that pervades the atmosphere as the New Year approaches.

Then, as luck would have it, a doomsday film directed by Danish screenwriter Lars von Trier entitled Melancholia, gifted with a plot, characters, and a horrifying ending, was able to give voice to the impending disaster I like to call Obamacholia, which is about be visited upon the American people.

Ironically, there is an actual asteroid named 5708 Melancholia. However, the film Melancholia is fictional and involves a mega-planet which, like Obamacare, is on a crash course with Earth. The cast of characters includes one who suffers from melancholia, a type of severe depression – like what three-quarters of America is about to experience as massive government control prepares to completely overwhelm us.

As imminent disaster unfolded, Richard Wagner‘s tragic opera Tristan und Isolde added a heartrending score to the grey and depressing movie. Likewise, Tristan und Isolde could add appropriate textural background music to the current political climate currently dogging our nation, defenseless against a larger-than-life president who seems determined to rain destruction upon everything in his path.

The bulk of the 2011 film chronicles the days leading up to the end of the world as three family members with starkly different psyches face their destiny.

The reactions of the characters can easily be likened to the different responses the American public is currently exhibiting as our own private hell careens toward us, promising to abolish life as we know it.

In the movie the main character, Justine, suffers from a clinical case of melancholia. Watching closely, Justine is acutely aware of a red star in the sky that appears and then disappears on the night of her ill-fated wedding. Similar to the hope that Obamacare will be repealed, which is not likely, the planet Melancholia disappears behind the sun, teasing its victims, only to circle back around on a path headed straight for Earth.

As a symptom of her illness, in the past Justine had repeatedly visualized the end of a world she considers evil and deserving of destruction. Yet, despite her psychological disorder and emotional weakness, when reality hits, unlike the others, as the massive blue sphere approaches she is better able to resign herself to the coming apocalypse.

Justine’s sister, Claire, cares for the emotionally ill Justine, who is so crippled by depression following her wedding that she’s unable to even bathe herself. Melancholics are often unruffled when situations are most ominous, which is when “normal” people like Claire – and most of America – typically fall apart.

Claire behaves very much like the Americans who are currently overcome with the dread of what is heading our way.  Refusing to accept the assurances that all is well, Claire fears the worst and endeavors to face those fears and find out for herself.  When she does, her reaction is pure terror and uncontrolled panic.

Then there’s John, Claire’s husband.  John typifies a liberal, living life in total denial.

John agrees with the experts: in the movie the experts are scientists, and in America’s case, the “experts” are left-wing politicians and the lapdog media. John is led to believe, by the hopers, that if he insists that the planet will fly past the Earth and provide a stunning planetary show, all will be well.

Ever the optimist, John even sets up a high-powered telescope for a nighttime viewing of Melancholia. In desperation, looking skyward, clinging to false hope and sounding like a skeptical but hopeful Obamacare enrollee, Claire says, “It looks friendly.”

Listen to the Left and they’re convinced that Obamacare is wonderful and that in due time, if they repeat the talking points often enough, their socialized medicine dreams will be realized.

As it turns out, John is a cowardly man. After repeatedly reassuring his hysterical wife, confused son, and resigned sister-in-law that they have nothing to fear,  John realizes that Melancholia is about to strike the Earth.  To escape the fear and horror of being hit with what he once considered harmless and intriguing, John steals and then downs a lethal dose of his wife’s pills .  Sound familiar?

Beautifully filmed with a magnificent score, the catastrophic film does not end well. And despite Justine building a magic tepee with twigs to sit in while holding hands with her sister Claire and her nephew Leo, the rogue planet eventually collides with Earth, obliterating all.

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So as January 1st approaches, with it comes a ne’er-do-well policy 10 times larger than any negative force America has ever had to deal with.

Rest assured that what is coming is not going to be stopped: it is enormous and indisputable. And unfortunately it could annihilate everything in its path.

What remains to be seen is whether or not the havoc Obamacholia wreaks on this nation can be compared to a movie where a huge planet hurtles toward, collides with, and ultimately destroys our world.

Michelle’s Christmas Message to Moms

President Obama And First Lady Meet With Mothers To Discuss Health CareOriginally posted at American Thinker blog

Now that it’s been firmly established that nothing Barack Obama says has one iota of credibility, the newest addition to the “Shove ObamaCare down America’s Throat” Brigade is Mama Michelle Obama.  Since she’s a mother and all, the White House has decided that she’d be a better person to promote the ACA hooey than Barack, who thus far has proven to be less than straightforward.

Michelle Obama, who, Jay Carney pointed out, is both a mom and “a great messenger,” is the same woman who once encouraged mothers across America to breastfeed their babies.  Now, on behalf of her husband, Michelle has been recruited to harangue mommies into goading the kids toward suckling at the government teat for life.

Obama has already said that “face-to-face interaction” is vital in selling his health insurance plans.  Therefore, know this — when Mrs. Obama has her hands clasped on her lap and leans forward in a chair to address anyone, the woman means business.

In a nutshell, her words of wisdom to mothers, who obviously don’t know what they’re doing without her guidance, is that truly nurturing moms hand the well-being of their own offspring over to the government, and then navigate the village that it takes to raise a child to “sign up their [children’s] friends” for ObamaCare.

Although the first family’s Christmas card made no mention of “Peace on Earth” or “Goodwill toward Men,” Michelle said that when she thinks of ObamaCare, “the words that come to mind … are peace of mind.”

Mama Obama’s seasonal “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” advice was also timely.  The first lady suggested that when the “horse that carries the sleigh” pulls up in front of Granny’s house, the old lady has a public service to perform.  Forget the candy canes, the figgy pudding, and the presents; according to Michelle, “[y]ou know, if you’ve got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care.”

Can you see it now?  Kids with “visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads,” and Grandma gathers them around the table to talk about health care?

Nonetheless, while Michelle is wiggling her toes in the Oahu sand on a $4-million vacation, back home in Peonville, nothing says “Christmas treat” better than getting the grandkids together to “gather around” and talk about ObamaCare.  Or better still, if Grandma misses the chance on Christmas, when the Times Square ball drops and Obamacare D-Day arrives, she can, “[y]ou know, ring in the new year with a [conversation about] new coverage.

Speaking on behalf of her husband, who glared at her silently throughout her mom-to-mom ObamaCare monologue, Mama Obama insisted that prodding the reluctant toward her husband’s signature legislation is “not about politics”; it’s about a “safety net.”  That’s right — government welfare is no longer about politics; it’s merely a tool to safeguard endangered Americans by way of socialized medicine.  It’s to ensure that individual bankruptcy is caused through government over taxation, not by paying hard-earned money to evil insurance and pharmaceutical companies…or worse yet, enriching greedy physicians.

Mrs. Obama stressed that this Christmas, it’s a mother’s job to convince the unconvinced, especially the “young invincibles,” that despite their youthful bravado, they aren’t as invincible as they think.  The message is that until they’re 26-year-old fully grown adults, they need to remain dependent on Mom and Dad, and then, after slowly weaning off the parental pap, they should be encouraged by Mom to make a smooth transition onto government pabulum.

Mama Obama reminded the other moms that although they have zero choice when it comes to health care, the “beauty” of Obamacare is that “[p]eople have choices.”  They can choose a health care plan that they have no choice but to sign up for.

“They can go onto the website” — which is almost impossible to get on — where, Michelle said, “they can talk to a navigator,” who can tell them how to defraud the system so that “they can learn for themselves what the law means and [mostly] what it doesn’t mean.”

Michelle said, “And that’s really, really what we want people to do, is educate yourselves. Get that education. Make the choice that’s best for your family because the options are there.”

Prior to Michelle sharing her thoughts, President Obama already had said that despite the “rocky start” with the healthcare.gov website, hundreds of thousands of people are signing up for health insurance.  At the same time, they’re also having their personal security breached and their premiums made unaffordable, not to mention coming to the harsh realization that the choices they don’t have include keeping trusted family doctors and retaining coverage for prestigious cancer or research hospitals if need be.

That’s why, after giving her ObamaCare-for-Christmas exhortation, besides serving a slice of holiday pie to moms who’ve forfeited most of their own personal pie already, it would have been wonderful if, off the record, Mrs. Obama had revisited words of wisdom she imparted in days past.

With the president smiling proudly, the first lady could have reminded the moms she was addressing of a similar health care reform talk she gave, where she cudgeled another group of guilt-ridden women with the words: “in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Heads up! Obamacare ‘Clarification’ Keeps on Coming

sabelOriginally posted at Clash Daily

Dollars to donuts, Florida + library = senior citizens, which is why being prematurely gray makes Sebelius so approachable for certain age groups. That’s good, because the chief Obamacare spokes-falsifier, Kathleen Sebelius, matter-of-factly surprised a group of local residents at a Miami library with the news that “There are some individuals who may be looking at increases” in health insurance premiums.

Standing in the shadow of the stacks, the HHS secretary clarified for the timeworn that you “cannot make a statement based on cost unless you compare what they had to what they’re going into.”

Sebelius, bearer of good tidings and more bombshells, popped in on the Sunshine State to badger shell-shocked residents to enroll on the website that isn’t working. In addition, she informed a group that probably hasn’t even fully mastered the computer mouse that if they manage to live long enough to get enrolled, they shouldn’t be surprised if, despite their fixed incomes, they end up paying higher premiums.

In other words, henceforth, the advocates of freedom of choice will be doing the choosing, and if that choice happens to cost more than Americans are able to afford, then pipe down, Pops, and buck-up, Grams, because you’re either going to pay the fine or prepare to deal with a nasty squad of IRS goons.

Hey, stop complaining! Costs will be higher for some because the government is mandating coverage for things that retirement home residents aren’t aware they need.

Barack Obama is hoping to facilitate scenarios like the one where a randy 96-year-old named Ramajit Raghav of Delhi, India, when not working the fields, found the energy to sire a son with his 52-year-old fertile wife, Shakuntala Devi.

Ramajit and Shakuntala prove that although Gramps and Granny may not realize it, by universally folding maternity leave into their health insurance policy Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius have the best interests of older Americans at heart. In fact, it would be a great promotional gimmick if the president could recruit Ramajit to accompany him on his next “Shove Obamacare Down America’s Throat” tour.

For those who want to exercise their reproductive rights, if, down the road, Ruth and Melvin decide that an unplanned pregnancy would cut into Mahjong tournaments and country line dancing at the community center, it’s comforting to know that abortion-on-demand coverage is included in Obamacare for everyone.

Either way, from Miami to Mukwonago, grateful people of all ages are slowly acknowledging that gross personal incompetence is what prevents Americans from governing their own lives, and in turn are becoming more appreciative by the day that the Obama administration is anxious and willing to accept the responsibility for making every life-and-death decision for us.

Take for instance the Obama administration’s FORWARD-looking plan to advance the common good by canceling perfectly adequate, affordable individual health insurance plans. How about government central displaying how much they care by removing trusted family doctors from the list of available healthcare providers? And let’s not forget fostering fairness by making world-renowned cancer and research hospitals off-limits to those whose lives depend on them.

And to help the president advance this superb agenda, everyone, including Americans on fixed incomes, will have to pay more, and should be happy to do it!

Next on the itinerary, hopefully Kathleen Sebelius will clear up the misunderstanding about Obama’s pledge that the elderly, chronically ill and those with preexisting conditions would be covered for healthcare, because that’s not really what he meant at all. The smiling HHS secretary can drop in on hospitals and retirement communities and help ease anxieties by calmly clarifying that what the president meant to say was that Obamacare will permanently alleviate suffering and then subsequently cover burial costs.

 

Death Panels: The ObamaCare Real-Life Nightmare

death1Originally posted at The Blacksphere

It started out as an ‘I have a dream’ come true in 2008, but it’s nearly 2014 and that dream has transformed into a nightmare.

Five years after openly weeping in response to America rejecting its racist past, people are weeping again, but not for sentimental reasons.

In 2010, despite a complete lack of Republican support and contrary to the will of the American people, the Affordable Healthcare Act was signed into law. Liberals were so elated at the potential for the progressive dream of socialized healthcare coming to pass, that as a symbol of triumph, then-Speaker of the House Queen Nancy Pelosi strutted around Capitol Hill with a huge gavel in her hand.

The Affordable Health and Patient Care Act, which was sold as long-overdue bureaucratic benevolence toward those without health insurance, is currently absorbing the healthcare future of one-third of the US population.

Such a monumental takeover translates into control of 1/6th of the US economy and, if truth be told, limits healthcare choices, intrudes upon freedom and privacy, and forcibly pilfers the blood, sweat and tears of hardworking Americans.

At that time, America didn’t know that Pelosi’s gavel would become an oppressive sledgehammer used to bludgeon the living daylights out of the perfectly acceptable American healthcare system.

Initially, in an attempt to issue a warning that liberal insistence on altering the health insurance of 270 million already-insured Americans as an excuse to insure 40 million uninsured Americans was a bad omen, vocal conservatives spoke out. Realists like Sarah Palin were scoffed at as alarmists and publicly ridiculed for insisting that costs would inevitably take precedence over patient need.

What started out as 40 million uninsured has grown to 45 million uninsured Americans, five million of whom were the first victims of the Obamacare lie. Next in line it’s predicted that 100 million already affordably and adequately insured Americans will lose their employer-provided healthcare and be forced, along with the first five million, into an Obamacare exchange scam whose suffocating grip restricts quality, access, and doctor choice.

It doesn’t end there though. Regulations, mandates, and government intrusion are forcing physicians to retire early rather than have government so thoroughly impact their patient care.

It gets worse. Obamacare marketplace policies also will limit access to the nation’s most prominent hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centers, Sloan-Kettering in Manhattan and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, as well as top research and teaching hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California.

As industry experts confirm that insurers are being forced to limit patients’ choices by pushing them away from hospitals that provide treatments that are considered too expensive, those who warned about impending “death panels” are being vindicated.

Health and Human Services hid behind the excuse that ‘health insurance companies are notorious for canceling policies’ when five million Americans were left without insurance. HHS is again passing the buck by saying, “Decisions about which private health insurance plans cover which doctors is a decision currently made by insurers and providers and will continue that way.”

How typical. Obamacare imposes “new costs,” and then, when access and quality are limited by insurance companies because of those higher costs – that famous gavel cudgels insurance companies.

Health policy expert Tim Jost explained that in order to cut costs, it’s necessary to limit the sickest patients’ access to certain high-end facilities that offer “the most cutting edge medical care.”

In other words, thanks to Obamacare, insurance costs have sky rocketed. As a result, it’s necessary to compensate by placing the focus on cost control rather than necessity. That means hospitals that cater to “life threatening illnesses” will no longer be able to provide high-cost “innovative care” to those who require specialized attention and will choose not to participate in Obamacare.

As it now stands, the people who decided American consumers were incapable of selecting their own individual health insurance plan and so cancelled those plans and then provided them with choices made by someone else, will be the same people who will choose the extent of care every American gets based on the bottom line.

Barack Obama is right. Healthcare is about to become more affordable because, more often than not, out-of-pocket costs for many will be the onetime fee for funeral expenses.

Too harsh? Not really, because persons with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied healthcare outright. They’ll just be denied access to lifesaving treatment at top-notch research and cancer hospitals.

That’s why denying a sick person the right to access the best specialist or hospital is really not much different than a “death panel.”

Either way, like it or not, the healthcare apocalypse is due to arrive on January 1st.

In the weeks remaining the hope is that Americans will come to realize that after being grossly manipulated by Barack Obama’s ‘if you like your …you can keep your’ falsehood, all our lives hang tentatively in the balance.

Obamacare Metes Out Restitution

restitutionOriginally posted at American Thinker blog

It’s becoming clearer by the day that Barack Obama’s pursuit of social justice will leave bodies in its wake. 

Even if a 17-year-old girl with a rare neurological brain disease loses her health insurance, the president remains unwavering in his stated commitment to redistribute America’s wealth – even though it often goes to people with the mentality of the Obama Phone lady.

The unstated message is that after 200+ years of inequality, if the playing field that has been lopsided too long is to be leveled, unfortunately, dead children and suffering adults are necessary ‘collateral damage.’

Speaking of privilege, as the American healthcare system circles a drain of confusion and despair, taking morale and wellbeing with it, Mr. Obama is busy planning his getaway to the historical site of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii.

The yearly Obama family Holiday in Hawaii generally includes the ladies, along with pets Bo and Sunny, making an early departure; the $181K per-hour Air Force One flying Dad out to meet the girls; rent; security; family and friend tag-alongs; and 16 days of decadent dining, golf, and shaved ice.

The price tag for the jaunt is rumored to be somewhere around $4 million.  Not to be overly judgmental, but that large a ‘piece of pie’ would certainly cover the healthcare costs of many of the critically ill children inadvertently affected by the president’s insincere effort to prove he “cares.”

As the Obamas pack for Oahu, five million Americans who were adequately and affordably insured have lost their healthcare coverage.  In addition, after the first of the year, 50-75 million other currently-insured Americans anticipate losing their employer-provided health coverage.

For those fortunate enough to still have employer-provided healthcare, don’t start counting your money just yet.   Starting on January 1, 2014, while the Obamas are still funning and sunning in Hawaii, new taxes and fees will be tacked on to everyone’s healthcare bills.  These additional charges are required to support the cost of health insurance for lower-income families headed by women like Peggy Joseph, who, when Obama got elected, expressed relief that she wouldn’t have to worry about filling her gas tank and paying her mortgage anymore.

Meanwhile, so what if 17-year-old Johanna Benthel, a girl diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, has endured upwards of 80 surgeries to address her “medically fragile state?” So what if Johanna was lying in intensive care recuperating from brain surgery when her mother Eileen realized that the insurance covering her daughter’s medical needs may have been cancelled?  And so what if a cancer-stricken seven-year-old named Hunter Alford can’t get his chemotherapy because his health insurance was also lost?

This is ‘fairness’ we’re talking about here! For the first time in history, America has a president who has vowed that even if it takes three more Hawaiian holiday vacations totaling $12 million, he will never reconsider or repeal the unaffordable, uncaring Affordable Care Act.

America should just see it as belated bureaucratically-administered payback. And like it or not, come hell or high water, regardless of the devastation it causes, it will come to pass.

Why?  Because according to sycophantic reporter Jim Kuhnhenn, in an article entitled Income Inequality a Defining Challenge, when he’s not vacationing in Oahu Barack Obama is deeply concerned for those locked in the prison of income inequality.  In fact, no one is more deeply concerned than Obama.

And America wonders why millions of families in health crises are now being forced to purchase overpriced, substandard health insurance?  It’s because Barack Obama needs funds to make monetary restitution to those he deems more worthy.

Obama Warns Millennials of Bar-Related Injuries

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Originally posted at American Thinker

Something is up!  The “young invincibles” who were largely responsible for catapulting Barack Obama into the seat of power appear to be spurning ObamaCare and its joke of a website.  A recent Harvard University Institute of Politics poll revealed that 50% of 18- to 29-year-olds disapprove of ObamaCare and believe that it will raise their health care costs. 

 

Compounding that problem is the fact that less than one third of uninsured young people say they plan to enroll in coverage, which means that those the president was depending upon to carry the weight of health care costs would rather spend the little money they have trying to get their Obama logo tattoo lasered off.

 

Good for them!  America’s youth are smarter than Obama gives them credit for.  They’ve figured out that the guy who’s ruined their chances for a lucrative career now wants them to shoulder the bulk of the costs for his health care bill with money that his economic policies have prevented them from earning.  Seems those between the ages of 18 and 29 are on to the president’s Ponzi scheme, wherein the government wrangles the young into shifting their nonexistent resources to older, sicker Americans.

 

A recent Gallup survey found that more than one quarter of people without health insurance would rather pay the fine. 

 

Is it possible that wealth redistribution just isn’t sitting well with those whom Barack Obama assumed a lifetime of free contraceptives would persuade to embrace his “share the wealth” mumbo-jumbo?  If so, what better way to prove to Barack Obama that his impression of America’s youth is off-base than for them to pay the $95 fine and then purchase the birth control he’s tried to lure them with, using the money saved by refusing to purchase ObamaCare?

 

Generation Y might also be turning against the president because he acts as if he believes that their initial mindless decision to vote for him has translated into blind acceptance of policies that are not at all in their best interest.

 

Still, by now most Americans know that Barack Obama is undaunted by opposition.  This is a man who, at least when he’s armed with his trusty Teleprompter, is always on his feet and undeterred.

 

Recently, while hosting a White House Youth Summit, the president was quick to offer ideas to young people about how to convince resistant Millennials to sign up for ObamaCare.

 

The president, employing nationalistic guilt, reminded his audience that “[the] bottom line is that I’m going to need you, the country needs you.”  No, what the country needs is for this guy to follow through on his lifelong dream of working for ESPN as soon as possible.

 

At the summit, Obama hyped the cost of insurance in the exchanges as “affordable,” telling attendees that most health plan premiums cost less than a cable or cell phone bill.  He also encouraged his youthful listeners to think hard about health risks by sharing stories about his own accident-prone days:

 

Look, I do remember what it’s like being 27 or 28, and aside from the occasional basketball injury, most of the time I kind of felt like I had nothing to worry about. Of course, that’s what most people think until they have something to worry about. But at that point, oftentimes it’s too late.

 

In hopes of driving home his point, rather than sports, split lips, and stitches, the president, well-acquainted with the subject, chose to discuss substance abuse dangers.  Let’s remember, Barack Obama, Sr. was an alcoholic who lost his legs and later his life in two separate drunk-driving accidents; the president’s illegal Uncle Omar manages a liquor store and, before getting a green card, was arrested for drunken driving. 

 

Thus, “dreams from” Obama’s father and uncle must have provided the president with creative examples on how speaking hip bar lingo could help dupe…er, I mean promote ObamaCare to the younger set.  

 

Calling upon youthful clichés, the president alluded to saloons, pubs, taverns, and local watering holes as prime locations to push his signature legislation.  In president Obama’s mind, apparently the place to find ignorant Millennials is at a bar, getting hammered.  Although there hasn’t been a “happy hour” in America since January of 2009, the president instructed the summit crowd, “If you are a bartender, have a happy hour.”

 

And because one never knows when a mixologist could have a work-related injury such as losing an eye to a flying bottle cork or choking on a Maraschino cherry, President Obama also reminded the White House Youth Summit attendees that bartenders should “[p]robably get health insurance because a lot of people don’t have it.”

 

As crazy as it sounds, Barry is probably on to something!  After all, thanks to him, there are highly skilled and educated Americans working as bartenders, selling beer and liquor to other down-on-their-luck Americans who consume alcoholic beverages to help deal with the dismal reality of a bleak future.  That’s why twenty-somethings do need to be made aware of the very real possibility of inebriated people falling off bar stools needing ObamaCare to cover treatment for concussions.

 

Yet, in the end, if cautionary tales of barroom catastrophes don’t sway Generation Y to return to the fold, Obama still has a year’s worth of Fandango tickets, 50,000 fake Twitter followers, and a CD of Beyoncé’s greatest hits to fall back on.

Two Years Old and Not Part of the Family?

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Originally posted at American Thinker blog

The Obamacare elves have been busy doling out holiday tips on how to talk about signing onto the Affordable Care Act website while huddled around the yuletide fire singing secular songs with uninsured family members.

One tip the tip-givers forgot to include in the “Healthcare for the Holidays” Guide to Getting Insured was how to explain to those with children under the age of two that family insurance plans in the New York health exchange do not cover the littlest members of the family.

Wait! Maybe Peter Singer, colleague of Barack Obama’s Science and Technology Czar John Holdren, had some input in the ‘under two’ individual policy idea and New York is a pilot state. Singer, a bioethics professor at Michelle Obama’s alma mater, Princeton University, is of the opinion that disposing of children up to age two is fine because newborns and toddlers lack the “essential characteristics of personhood,” which Singer says are rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness.

So until Americans decide whether they’re going to keep the little rug rats, maybe Obamacare advisors thought it would be best to prevent the little ones from mucking up the family plan.

Does requiring a two-year-old to have their own health insurance policy sound like a joke?  Well it’s no joke, because that’s exactly what happened to self-employed title insurance business owner Cornelius Kelly and his pediatrician wife Jennifer.

The Kellys, who are parents to four small children, recently found themselves among the five million Americans canceled from their perfectly acceptable and affordable health insurance.  Preferring not to be part of the Affordable Care Act but feeling like he had no other choice, Cornelius, with hesitant but hopeful anticipation, ventured forth onto the New York State of Health Web site.

The first thing Mr. Kelly found out was that none of the plans offered out-of-network coverage, which is what he wanted.  Then it got even better when Cornelius heard that none of the plans would include the youngest member of his family who, according to a representative, until her second birthday would have to have a separate insurance policy of her own.

He, his wife and their three oldest children, ages three, five, and six, could all be together on one policy ranging in price from $810.84 to $2,554.71 a month.  The baby, because she was not yet two, required a separate plan whose options ranged in price from $117.21 to $369.31.

So, as liberal logic would have it, children can stay on their parents insurance until they’re 26-years-old, but if a child is not yet two-years-old, they’re on their own.

Mr. Kelly, diligent shopper that he is, eventually did find a private plan that accepted the whole family for about $1,250 a month, which is $250 more than he had been paying.

And here America was convinced that women’s needs are of utmost importance to Barack Obama. Finding out that if women in need happen to be 18-months-old and too young to need free birth control they’re pretty much persona non grata, is just another on a long list of Obama disappointments.

Yet there is one advantage to requiring children 23 months and younger to have their own insurance policies: it will probably deter Americans like the Kellys from reproducing after January 1, 2014.   But, if by chance the prolific Kellys, God forbid, should conceive a fifth child and Jennifer chooses abortion, it’s comforting to know that children still in the womb- are covered on the family plan.

Update:

It was only after The Post called the state Health Department that Kelly said he got a call from a department representative telling him it had all been a mistake, and the baby could be covered after all under a family plan.

The department would not comment on the specifics of Kelly’s situation or why it told the family three times that the baby wasn’t covered. It would only say, ‘All children in the family are covered under a family policy. A separate policy is not needed for the 1 1/2 year old child.’

Liberal Semantics and the Redefining of Death Panels

semanticsOriginally posted at American Thinker

Semantics is a branch of linguistics that studies meaning in language.  Coupled with the interpretation of a “word, sentence or language form,” it is the perfect tool for moral relativists to use when rationalizing the liberal agenda.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in response to Bilbo Baggins wishing him a good morning, Gandalf asks, “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning … or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

Taking a page from The Hobbit, liberal politicians pervert semantics by habitually upending the literal meaning of words that should be accepted verbatim.  For those on the left side of the political spectrum, on any given day, depending on who is doing the wishing, “good morning” can take on any connotation necessary in order to advance their political ideology.

By manipulating words, employing “nuances,” and stretching the truth, former president Bill Clinton was actually able to get many Americans to agree that the meaning of “is” is subjective, which is both remarkable and chilling.

In like manner, for forty years, liberals have also utilized semantics to impact the definition of “life,” and not for the better.

Since the ruling of Roe v. Wade, supporters of abortion have been desperately trying to convince themselves and others that a growing, developing fetus is not alive and that, much like the concept of “is,” “life” is also a subjective notion that hinges only on viability.

As a result, not only have semantics specialists managed to change the foundational definition of life in the minds of those inclined to agree with them, but they’ve also been effective at keeping the idea fluid.  Far afield from where it started in 1973, “pro-choice” has now come to mean disposing of human beings up to and including the very moment of birth (and in some cases, even after birth).

That’s why, as the government gears up to assume the role of determining who lives and who dies, the nation that has exploited semantics to explain away the morally repugnant procedure called abortion is about to find itself backed into a corner of its own making.

Ever since the idea of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was introduced, and certainly since it was signed into law, realists like Sarah Palin have forewarned that a government teetering on bankruptcy would eventually have no choice but to ration health care. 

Eschewing semantics, right from the start Palin pegged the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) for what it is: a “death panel.”  Made up of 15 unelected bureaucrats, the IPAB was established expressly for the purpose of determining whether doctor-recommended treatment will be paid for or not.

Refusing to acquiesce to pressure to renounce her death panel definition, Sarah’s bold stance can certainly be likened to pro-life Americans refusing to demote an unborn child to the sanitized identity of “fetus.” 

Now, the very people who welcomed alternate meanings of the word “is” and embraced the term “fetus” are outraged that an “independent payment advisory board” is being vilified by the right even though its function is to decide which lifesaving treatments will be paid for and which ones, because of cost, a chronic condition, and/or advanced age, will be denied.

Liberal semanticists bristle at the thought that anyone would dare to suggest that a Barack Obama-appointed review board would hand over sick Americans to a Liverpool-style “die with dignity” Care Pathway merely because, for example, a patient is too elderly to justify spending otherwise better allocated funds on a pacemaker. 

Then along comes TIME Magazine‘s senior political analyst, Mark Halperin.  In an appearance on The Steve Malzberg radio show, Mark ratcheted up the debate when he matter-of-factly stated that cost-control rationing, aka death panels, are built into the ACA.  Like Palin, Halperin, who has since toned down his original comments, avoided semantics and plainly said, “It’s not like a guess or like a judgment.”  Death panels are “going to be part of how costs are controlled.”

Since more than one person has now made the “death panel” accusation, Americans are becoming increasingly apprehensive that Barack Obama, who has lied about everything having to do with his signature legislation, is also being disingenuous about health care rationing.

In response to the panic, liberals adept at contorting reality are being reduced to paraphrasing Tolkien’s old bit: “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning…?” 

ObamaCare apologists are attempting to temper the hysteria by stressing that controlling costs does not mean rationing, and that denying health care in order to control costs does not mean people who are dying are condemned to death just because they’re denied treatment that would save their lives.

Now the Roe v. Wade generation who leaned on semantics to justify “the right to choose” are precariously close to becoming victims of a government that stands poised to exercise the right to choose on them — this time not based upon anything so high-minded as a woman’s reproductive rights, but rather on cost efficiency. 

And so, the lives of all those who helped further the sacred “right to choose,” not to mention the lives of those who opposed it, are now in jeopardy as the liberal semantics that redefined the meaning of life in the womb are now redefining the meaning of death panels.

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