#Obamacare Chronicles: another cancer victim loses the insurance she likes

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"You're welcome, America!"

“You’re welcome, America!”

We knew Edie Sundby wouldn’t be the only one. In Virginia Beach, grandmother and kidney-cancer sufferer Debra Fishericks was happy with the coverage she has, but the federal government wasn’t. Guess who won?

“We were happy,” says the business owner. “We had great insurance. We had continuing care for our employees.”

Says the owner, “Great–until owner Betsy Atkinson learned the policy would be terminated because it doesn’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.”

Great work there, Democrats. Your genius plan is not only making healthcare worse in this country, but it’s going to get people killed.

(h/t The Weekly Standard)

RELATED: From my beloved Golden State, read how one family is having to scrimp and save every penny, because Obamacare is wreaking havoc on their finances. At least they’re not having to consider bankruptcy because of the ACA. Yet. Meanwhile, Covered CA (the state Obamacare exchange) teamed with SEIU and the California Endowment to hold a sign-up party in Sacramento, probably because not enough of the young and healthy are volunteering to be fodder for the ACA vampire. Of the roughly 1,500 people who showed up for the one-day event, ten completed applications, while less than 50 others had even started one.


(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#Obamacare: Smug liberal explains why those who lose their plans must sacrifice

Spread the wealth

”… I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody” – BO, 10-12-08

I’ve seen a lot of “shut up and like it!” diatribes from liberals over this last few weeks, but this one takes the cake. Far leftist Paul Waldman at the reliably liberal American Prospect writes (bolded emphasis added by me):

Apparently, there was a meeting of the editors at The New York Times op-ed page in which someone said, “You know how every time someone does a story about one of these Obamacare ‘victims’ whose insurance companies are cancelling their plans, it turns out they could do really well on the exchange, but no one bothers to check? We should get one of them to write an op-ed, but not bother to ask what options they’ll have.” And then someone else responded, “Right, don’t bother with the fact-checking. But we need a new twist. What if we find someone who’ll complain that the problem with Obamacare is that other people care too much about poor people and the uninsured, while what they ought to be doing is spending more time liking her Facebook post about her possibly increased premiums?” The editors looked at each other and said, “That’s gold. Gold!”

And this was the result. Written by Lori Gottlieb, a Los Angeles psychotherapist and author, it relates how she got a cancellation letter from Anthem Blue Cross and was offered a plan for $5,400 more a year, then had a frustrating phone call with the company. Did she go to the California health exchange and find out what sorts of deals would be available to her? Apparently not. She took Anthem at their word—you can always trust insurance companies, after all!—then took to Facebook, where she “vented about the call and wrote that the president should be protecting the middle class, not making our lives substantially harder.”

And here’s where our story takes a shocking turn. Instead of expressing what she felt was the appropriate sympathy, those 1,037 people on Facebook she thought were her friends but turned out just to be “friends” had the nerve to point out that the Affordable Care Act will help millions of previously uninsured and uninsurable people get coverage. Gottlieb was disgusted with these people she termed the “smug insureds.” And none of them even “liked” her post!


How terribly smug, to think that the fate of millions of poor people who will now get insurance is as important as the suffering of this one person who might have to pay more for comprehensive coverage, and also happens to have access to The New York Times where she can air her grievances! If only it weren’t so “trendy to cheer for the underdog.”

Got that? It doesn’t matter that you liked your plan. It doesn’t matter that it was one you could afford. It doesn’t matter that you wanted to keep your same physician, same coverage.  Doesn’t matter that Obama lied. You are “one person” and your wants and needs are not as “important” as the “needs” of the many, even though many of “the many” haven’t signed up yet, even though many of the “many” are opting for MEDICAID instead of another coverage option.  YOU MUST SACRIFICE FOR THE GREATER GOOD.

Ann Althouse explains:

Gottlieb got seriously burned, but had she really never noticed this form of liberal disciplining before? It’s funny to act surprised that these people are suddenly “such humanitarians,” but she’s experiencing heightened awareness because $5,400 is so specific and real, and she, in her personal anger, made the mistake of thinking her “friends” (Facebook friends) were people of empathy toward individual others. But sober observation should have taught her that left-liberals expect individual self-sacrifice for the good of the group.

Oh, yes, liberals looove sacrifice as long as they aren’t the ones having to do it.  And they’re quite ok with theft, too, as long as it’s done by Uncle Sam.

Spread the wealth! It’s patriotic, didn’t ya know? :-w

(Via Memeorandum)

#RockTheVote: Hey, let’s equate voting to having sex or something

As usual, the liberal-leaning Rock the Vote crew are working hard to appeal to the lowest common denominator:

This isn’t a new tactic, of course. The Obama campaign used Hollywood actresses last year to treat voting for the first time like your first time having sex — ‘do it with someone special.’

While I find such “motivational” tactics cheap, degrading, vapid, and ultimately self-serving, in one way Rock the Vote, Dunham, Judd and others who take this route are unintentionally right – because after you vote, ultimately the voter usually gets, well …



…. in one way or another.

But I don’t wanna be an, um .. downer, today. Happy Friday! ;)

#NewTone: Unhinged Rep. @AlanGrayson fundraises off of “Tea Party=KKK” email

Rep. Alan Grayson

Unhinged liberal hate on steroids.
(Photo via AP)

The Hill reports that liberal icon/Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) is engaged in his usual unhinged activities, you know, like raising money off of equating the Tea Party to the KKK and stuff (via Memeorandum):

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a liberal firebrand known for his controversial comments, compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email to supporters that features a photo of a burning cross.

In an interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton, quoted in the fundraising email, Grayson declares that “the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan.”

He also charges that the “ultimate Tea Party Republican desire” is to “bring about the End of Days.”

The comments were blasted to Grayson’s supporters in a Monday email that also features a picture of a burning cross, with two KKK members in the background, forming the first letter T of the words “Tea Party.” The KKK is known to burn crosses near communities they hope to intimidate.

“Now you know what the ‘T’ stands for,” reads the caption on the photo.

Clicking the photo directs supporters to a contribution page.

In case any of you might be thinking that Grayson (who refuses to apologize) is a one off, a guy who doesn’t speak for the rest of his party, think again. He’s just bluntly saying what many in the Democrat party already feel about the Tea Party – and Republicans in general, but are too chicken to say. With exceptions, of course, like his Congressional colleague and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also from Florida, who has talked in the recent past about how Republicans want to “drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws” with Voter ID laws.  And using the word “drag” was not by accident.  Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s comments – as well as Grayson’s – have been echoed in milder terms (sometimes not so mild) by Democrats right here in North Carolina in response to our recently passed and signed into law Voter ID legislation. This in spite of the fact that it was North Carolina Democrats who instituted Jim Crow laws  here  and who also passed laws making it legal to forcibly sterilize ‘undesirables” (hint: black citizens). But we won’t waste any more time on pesky facts …

It’s interesting. For a party that is supposedly in such “good shape” prior to 2014 elections, the Democrats sure are desperate to use the race card quite often. Usually they use it when they’re in political trouble.  But now …? Hmm.

Anyway, I tweeted to Grayson that I would guarantee there are a many, many, many more Commies/Socialists in his party than there are racists in the Tea Party. However,  I didn’t think about it until after the fact that he would probably consider that to be a compliment. Oh well … ;)

Flashback: 9/28/10 – Rep. Alan Grayson’s ‘Taliban’ ad backfires

29,000 unhinged leftists: “Arrest” House GOP leaders for “seditious conspiracy” against US

Dissent is patriotic

… but only if you’re a Democrat.

Far leftists get battier and battier by the day (hat tip):

A petition on the MoveOn.org website is calling for the Department of Justice to arrest some House Republican leaders for their roles in the government shutdown and debt-ceiling debates.

The petition singles out Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), as well as “other decision-making House Republican leaders,” for the crime of “seditious conspiracy against the United States of America.”

“The House GOP leadership’s use of the Hastert Rule and H. Res 368 to shut down the government and threaten the U.S. economy with default is an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act, and thus, is self-evidently a seditious conspiracy. Arrest the perpetrators in Congress immediately and bring them to justice,” the petition reads.

The petition presently has more than 29,000 signatures with a goal of 30,000. Merely reaching the goal doesn’t guarantee the liberal advocacy group will circulate the petition to its email list, which includes the White House, Congress, governors and state legislators. According to its website, MoveOn asks its members directly which petitions should be circulated.

No doubt this was inspired by the whole “anarchists”/”terrorists”/”hostage takers” inflammatory rhetoric deliberately used by Democrat leaders both in Congress and out of it before and during the shutdown.  Way to promote “New Tone”, Democrats, not to mention way to show complete disregard for the US Constitution – but then again, that’s not exactly surprising to anyone, considering their party has been practically lighting a match to it for decades.

NRO’s Andy McCarthy blasts the dumdummery:

I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I did prosecute the best-known seditious conspiracy case in modern American history. So I suppose I should break it to these newfangled patriots that seditious conspiracy is, in essence, about the use or planned use of force against the nation. In fact, Congress first codified the crime during the Civil War to address terrorist acts committed by confederate sympathizers. The Supreme Court explained in the 19th century that the law prohibits forcible aggression, and appellate courts have referred to it as the crime of “waging a war of urban terrorism” against our country.


To help out the MoveOn folks: terrorists are people like President Obama’s friends Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, or like the al Qaeda jihadists championed by MoveOn throughout the Bush years. Criminal statutes targeting terrorists are usually not thought applicable to elected congressional officials with constitutional speech-and-debate immunity who peacefully represent their constituents in formulating and debating legislation. But hey, I guess it’s always possible that our imperial president could “waive” the use-of-force parts of the law and that Holder’s heroes – assuming they’re done shipping guns to Mexican drug cartels – can get after those seditious Republicans.

Welcome to Obama’s America, where being forced to pay excessive taxes and rolling over for this administration is considered “patriotic”, and anything at all said and/or done to the contrary as a matter of  the principle of being the opposition is equal to “terrorism”, “sedition”, and “treason.”  Chilling.

Obama: #HarryReidsShutdown “encouraged our enemies”, you unpatriotic GOP jerks

Days after he urged Republicans and Democrats to come together in the spirit of bipartisanship to end the partial shutdown, and a hours after they reluctantly did so, here’s how the President of the United States – our celebrity President – promoted unity: by insinuating those in DC who drew a line in the sand on Obamacare and our debt ceiling were being unpatriotic (bolded emphasis added by me):

President Barack Obama launched a ferocious political attack on hardline Tea Party Republicans yesterday, accusing them of betraying the ideals of America by forcing a 16-day government shutdown that cost the economy at least $24 billion (£15 billion).

Hours after signing the legislation that ended Washington’s latest budget stand-off, Mr Obama said Republicans who had “pushed for the shutdown” had succeeded only in creating a spectacle of poor governance that had tarnished America’s credibility in the world.

“It’s encouraged our enemies, it’s emboldened our competitors, and it’s depressed our friends, who look to us for steady leadership,” he said.

Mr Obama said the crisis had caused “completely unnecessary” damage to the economy, claiming it had slowed growth, seen households cut back on their spending and worsened the deficit.

“Let’s be clear. There are no winners here,” he said. “The American people are completely fed up with Washington.”

Speaking a day after Democrat leaders in the senate had called for an end to “pointing fingers and blame”, Mr Obama pointed the finger squarely at Tea Party Republicans who had refused to raise the debt ceiling if he did not roll back parts of his signature health care reforms. “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election,” he scolded. “Push to change it. But don’t break it.

“Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country’s about.”

Has this “constitutional scholar” ever actually read the Constitution, opened a law or  history book – especially when it comes to the role of  the political opposition and the options they have to oppose legislation with which they disagree? Remember: then-Senator-Obama in 2006 called raising the debt ceiling a “failure of leadership” – AND he voted against raising it.  Had he and his colleagues like Senator Harry Reid been successful at the time, would that have been “encouraging our enemies”?

Years later, both of them are still playing politics while pretending to be above it all.  What petulant jerks, with self-serving attitudes unbefitting of the respective offices they hold.  Neither of them are interested in “moving on” from “shutdown politics.” This isn’t simply about winning a legislative battle. this is about destroying the political opposition, the goal of ObamaCo. from day one of his first term.  Reasonable people on “our side” could and can disagree as to whether the strategy the GOP took this time around to oppose Obamacare and raising the debt ceiling was the right one or not, but moving forward the time for the GOP to unify in a big way to SMARTLY hold the line against this President for the next three years couldn’t be more urgent.  He’s a lame duck. He’s going to try and do whatever we wants. And the politicos in DC who oppose him need to figure out a way to fight back in a way that satisfies Average Joe supporters and doesn’t critically damage us in the polls – especially come 2016.

President Obama and Senator Reid

National disgrace.

#Shutdown follies: Park Service uses “Gestapo tactics” to harass, detain visitors to Yellowstone

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"Klink! What are these tourists doing here??"

“Klink! What are these tourists doing here??”

That’s not me being hyperbolic; that’s the very description used by a tour guide who was taking a group of senior citizens, including visitors from overseas, to see one of our great natural resources. When they got there, they were instead treated to something out of a bad episode of Hogan’s Heroes:

Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures.

Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.

Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.

The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.

The capos …er… park rangers were under orders, they said, to keep people people from “recreating,” which apparently included a prohibition against merely stopping to take pictures of bison, or even using available restrooms at a private business on the way out. (The owner of the business was threatened with the loss of his business if he let the old folks use his facilities.) At the hotel, at which they were allowed to stay only two days, regardless of their reservations, some tourists justifiably began to wonder if they were prisoners:

The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

When they left, some of the tourists said they’d never come back to the United States, and, frankly, I don’t blame them. This was an utterly disgusting, disgraceful, and outrageous way to treat guests at our national parks, whether American or foreign. Instead of showing our country at its best, Barack Obama’s Smokey the Stormtroopers made us look like something out of Eastern Europe under the Soviets.

This is the face of punitive liberalism, a feature of the American Left since the 1960s, but never shown as openly as under Obama. As Mark Steyn wrote in reference to the shutdown of the World War II Memorial and the attempt to bar WWII veterans from it:

The World War II Memorial exists thanks to some $200 million in private donations – plus $15 million or so from Washington: In other words, the feds paid for the grass. But the thug usurpers of the bureaucracy want to send a message: In today’s America, everything is the gift of the government, and exists only at the government’s pleasure, whether it’s your health insurance, your religious liberty, or the monument to your fallen comrades. The Barrycades are such a perfect embodiment of what James Piereson calls “punitive liberalism” they should be tied round Obama’s neck forever, in the way that “ketchup is a vegetable” got hung around Reagan-era Republicans. Alas, the court eunuchs of the Obama media cannot rouse themselves even on behalf of the nation’s elderly warriors.

And so, because of a policy dispute in D.C. in which the House majority is properly acting in its role as the opposition to press its policies and block or amend the administration’s, the administration Royal Court has decided to use the Park Service to harass and intimidate innocent Americans and their guests in the hope that they’ll then take their anger out on those darned upstart Republicans. And that means keeping us out of the parks and memorials we paid for, even if it means ruined businesses and lost jobs.

What this calls for is some good old-fashioned civil disobedience. A lot more signs like these, please:


via Brian Faughnan

UPDATE: William Jacobson is nicer to the Park Service than I.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

SHOCK: WH press corps ask ZERO questions about #Obamacare at #Obama presser

Obama's media cheerleaders

”2, 4, 6, 8 – who do we appreciate?!”

Not one. Zilch. Nada.  Absolutely pathetic, especially when you consider the Obamacare roll-out is what central issue is to the shutdown standoff between the GOP and Democrats.  Via Politico (hat tip):

President Barack Obama sustained an hour-long press conference today without a single question about his signature healthcare law and the glitches that continue to plague the insurance exchanges — a point that frustrated several conservatives.

“Explain to me how in a dozen questions the second biggest story of the week, the healthcare.gov debacle, doesn’t even come up,” Brendan Buck, the press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner, asked in an email to POLITICO.

“Questions from WH press corps are pathetic,” Brit Hume, the Fox News analyst tweeted. “As of this moment, not a single tough or challenging inquiry.”

Twitchy.com documented numerous complaints from Tweeters about the softball questions presser, including Hume’s thoughts as well those of Fox News Special Report anchor Bret Baier and Fox News national correspondent Adam Housley.  Twitchy also noted that CBS News’ WH correspondent Mark Knoller was the only journo in the bunch who asked the President a hard hitting question. Accusations of raaacism to follow, I’m sure.

I sure will be glad when a Republican is President again – for a multitude of reasons, among them the possibility that the press will finally wake up and hold one accountable again, albeit with their typical left wing slant. Sigh ….

Senior admin official tells WSJ “it doesn’t really matter” to WH when #HarryReidsShutdown ends

Government shutdown

To be continued …?

As Phineas indicated earlier, the GOP campaign commercials against Democrats are practically writing themselves at this point. Via WSJ (hat tip):

President Barack Obama is sticking to his stance that he won’t negotiate with Republicans over the government shutdown or the higher-stakes fight over the federal debt ceiling.

The question, for Republicans and White House allies alike: How long will that resolve last?

Mr. Obama spoke Thursday at a construction company just outside Washington and held fast to his view that Republicans must not attach conditions to bills that underpin the functioning of government.

“There is one way out,” he said: Republicans must relent and reopen the government.

White House officials believe they have the upper hand, citing evidence that some Republicans are buckling under public pressure. Mr. Obama invited the four congressional leaders to the Oval Office Wednesday, and despite the show of engagement made no concessions, according to people familiar with the meeting.

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) left the White House and said Mr. Obama “reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate.”

Terry Holt, a longtime Republican strategist, said Mr. Obama’s strategy rests on a cold-eyed calculation that Republicans are the ones with the most to lose. “As long as the president thinks his poll numbers are going to be good, I don’t expect the government to reopen,” he said.

Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

And what is that “end result”? Ultimately one-upping the GOP in the political battle, which is what this is all about to the pathetic, desperate left.  It’s the GOP who has taken more political risk here by drawing a principled line in the sand because they knew the media and liberals – working in concert, as usual – would blame them, and that most people, especially low information voters, would likely buy into it. But this week hasn’t exactly proved to be a winning one for those same Democrats when you consider the WWII Memorial visit fiasco, the threats to arrest military priests as well as our Greatest Generation,  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s heartless comments about funding clinical trial for kids with cancer, etc.  The White House and House and Senate Democrats are failing badly at the messaging war, and Boehner’s strategy of trying to pass mini-funding bills aimed squarely at groups the mainstream media would normally badger them as being “heartless” over, coupled with Harry Reid’s refusal to even entertain the idea of passing such bills, has turned the media narrative against the left for the time being. It is a sight to see – almost a Kodak moment.

This week, in summary has been a big disaster for the Pelosi/Reid/Obama Democrats, and this quote from an unnamed Park Service ranger encompasses everyone’s frustration:

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Indeed. And if it continues to go on, with Reid and Obama refusing to negotiate at the table with the GOP – which continues to strategically drum out mini-funding bills, the likelihood of more blame being shifted to Democrats on the shutdown will increase.

Stay tuned.