Obamacare is here!

Obamacare is here!

Megan McArdle:

Democrats have been complaining — loudly and repeatedly — that Republican opposition tactics on the Affordable Care Act are unprecedented. This is true, but not for the reasons that Democrats are telling themselves. No political party was ever foolhardy enough to pass such a big bill, with such sweeping consequences for so many people, without the support of a majority of their countrymen and at least a few members of the opposite party. Once they had done this unprecedented thing, the unprecedented reaction was predictable — and indeed predicted by myself and others.

The mistake that Democrats made is akin to that made by a brash new outsider who is brought in to make over a government agency or turn around a company. Occasionally, folks in these roles think their job is just to come up with top-notch orders to give to their subordinates, and maybe have some meetings with key “constituents” like politicians or board members or customers. What happens next is generally a spectacular crash and burn, because they alienate the folks they need on board to make their new program work.

A smart leader knows that big strategic thinking and giving orders are the smallest parts of her job. The biggest is persuading people who are not invested in her agenda to carry out her grand plans — and, equally important, figuring out which plans to abandon because they can never get enough support to work.

This is the constant danger of any law whose political foundations are built on sand. Any flaw in the structure atop them is likely to bring the whole thing crashing down. The architect may blame the wind or the rain or, well, sabotage. But that won’t put the house back together.

In theory, socialism works really good. In theory it is far superior to any other economic/political system ever imagined. In practice, not so much.

That is why socialist countries are invariably authoritarian. It needs coercion to function at all. People have to be forced to participate in socialism, otherwise they will drop-out or emigrate to somewhere else. Socialist nations are the only ones in history that built walls to keep people IN.

Socialism requires micro-management of everything. That is the beauty of a democratic free-market system – it doesn’t need to be managed.

The free-market is really just democracy in action. Instead of casting ballots we “vote” with our money, labor and property. Hundreds of millions of people making billions of decisions each day about how to best utilize their resources.

Democracy is messy. Some people waste their resources, but most of us muddle through and a few excel. And the resources we get are not distributed equally or even fairly but there is very little that government can do to change that.

So what happens when you take 1/6 of the largest economy in the world and hand it over to a bunch of academics and politicians who are a mixed bad bag of socialists and crony-capitalists?

You get Obamacare.

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106 Responses to Amateurs

  1. The Klown says:

    That is the beauty of a democratic free-market system – it doesn’t need to be managed.

    In socialism, government is the manager. In a democratic free-market system, government is a referee and only manages the infrastructure.

  2. helenk3 says:

    not only in America has backtrack become an incompetent laughing stock but worldwide he is considered weak. Putin is taking the best opportunity in his lifetime to become the major world leader

  3. Propertius says:

    That is why socialist countries are invariably authoritarian. It needs coercion to function at all. People have to be forced to participate in socialism, otherwise they will drop-out or emigrate to somewhere else. Socialist nations are the only ones in history that built walls to keep people IN.

    Yup, the Swedish and Norwegian walls have become quite the tourist attractions. 😉

    • The Klown says:

      They aren’t socialist. They are capitalist countries that have adopted some socialist policies.

      • Propertius says:

        It’s hard to imagine a more “capitalist” nation than “Communist” China. Yes, it’s totalitarian.Yes, the ruling party proclaims itself to be “Marxist”. But the economy (and total lack of regulation) would make a 19th Century robber baron blush.

        Contrast this with Norway, where the largest enterprises (banks, energy, shipping, and telecommunications) are all state-owned. You don’t have to be totalitarian to be socialist, and vice-versa.

    • piper says:

      And they tax the heck out of you to pay for their welfare state. My relatives who live there said approx. 50%tax. We would be screaming here if we were taxed at that level.

  4. helenk3 says:

    pro obamacare team trains reporters covering website problems


  5. helenk3 says:

    sebelius to make an important announcement during a speech in Atlanta tomorrow

  6. The Klown says:
  7. underwhelmed says:

    It is possible to put together a mix of socialism-lite and capitalism, and make it work for most of the time. Australia gets it fairly right. The problem is when the balance tilts too far one way or the other. But when you have utterly dedicated totalitarian fascists (maybe that’s tautology but I don’t care!) driving the bus – like we did until a few weeks ago and you do right now – then the only possible outcome is disaster. Marry that to entrenched corruption – which we do have, thanks to the unions, just like you – and everyone except the corrupt fascists is in for a world of pain.

    Keep fighting, guys.

  8. The Klown says:
  9. helenk3 says:

    backtrack thanks navigators after sebelius admits they could be felons

    random thought

    can you picture any company getting a resume from one of these navigators. do they or don’t they have a record

  10. Somebody says:

    Completely OT…….I am done with buying things on ebay!

    I ordered a math curriculum second hand but not written in to save myself $30. I received an empty freaking box the other day and am in the process of trying to get my money back. I thought that was bad, but I had no idea how bad, bad could be.

    I just got a large lot of science equipment that I also purchased on ebay, along with a couple of guided lab books. I opened the box and ants came pouring out, fire ants. OMG, OMG, OMFG! I’m not sure if everything is there because my husband bravely took it outside and sprayed the entire box with poison. You have no idea how horrific it was when I opened that heavily taped box and ants came pouring forth. The only thing worse would have been spiders or snakes. OMG! Both of these sellers were from central FL and I wonder even though they have different names if they are one in the same or if this was just a conicidence?

    When I first started homeschooling I bought everything new and too the time to photocopy workbook pages so I could resell it. Quite often I recouped a lot of my money, a few times more than what I’d paid, plus I felt like I was also helping somebody else out. Since hubby is retired now I figured I’d try to save a little money and but some used items off ebay, but I’m done with ebay, DONE!

    • helenk3 says:

      take powdered sugar and baking soda mix with a little water and make a paste. put where you see any ants even thought the box was taken outside there might be one or two inside so if you see any try this.
      ants will go for the powdered sugar but can not digest the baking soda and explode

      • Somebody says:

        Thanks I’ll try that, btw I ordered chemistry and physics lab equipment I didn’t order an ant farm. I thought about it after I posted vague “science equipment” somebody might think I ordered an ant farm……but in fact I seemed to have gotten one as a bonus with purchase!

        My heart is still pounding, you have no idea how freaked out I was. My daughter said I screamed like an actress in a horror movie, LOL!

    • wmcb says:

      Best and safest fix for bugs of any kind is diatomaceous earth. It’s a silica powder. It’s usually with the pool stuff at Lowes. It will kill everything from roaches to bedbugs, but is completely non-toxic to people, pets, etc. Sprinkle it all over.

      • The Klown says:

        Silica get is a dessicant. It works fine in dry areas but it’s not magic. Neither is boric acid. Other options include freezing and insecticide dust/flea powder (garden section).

        Any package from overseas should be opened and inspected outdoors. Discard the cardboard and any packing material. Look for egg capsules and pinholes in wood.

    • The Klown says:
    • t says:

      That happened to me once when I opened a well spigot at a campground. It was night-time. I was filling my dog’s water dish. I couldn’t see what I was doing in the dark, didn’t bring a flashlight. It was warm so I didn’t care if I got a little “wet”.

      I opened the spigot, filled the dish, looked down and thought, eww, this water is full of dirt. Then I realized that the dirt specs were crawling. It was ANTS and that the wetness on me was also crawling ants. They had apparently nested in the spigot and were everywhere. I screamed, threw the water dish and ran, shaking and slapping myself.

      It was like a scene from Raider’s of the Lost Ark!

      Of course my husband has to tell the story to everyone we know.

  11. helenk3 says:

    this dem’s concerned for the people he is supposed to represent is just so underwhelming.

    poster boy for today’s democratic party

  12. swanspirit says:

    Bringing this up from downstairs , because this whistleblower was fired by the O’Malley administration in Maryland , and besides the financial disclosure she made , she also reported that the department was filled with incompetents … sound familiar??

    O’Malley Administration Fired Developmental Disabilities Admin Whistle Blower

    At the time advocates were lobbying for an alcohol tax increase to raise revenue for the disabled, the Developmental Disabilities Administration knew about and covered up $38 million in unspent state and federal funds from fiscal year 2010, according to court documents filed by a whistleblower.

    Carrie Phillip, former Chief Financial Officer of the much-beleaguered agency tasked with administering services to Maryland’s disabled community, filed a complaint in Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleging she discovered and notified top agency officials about the unspent funds, top officials in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordered her to hide the surplus funds in 2011, and that she was subsequently terminated for blowing the whistle.
    Phillip also alleges she alerted her superiors about inadequate internal controls, and agency staff doing work they were unqualified to perform.
    uring the 2011 legislative session, disability and public health advocates lobbied for an increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax, citing a lack of funding and a long waiting list of disabled residents needing services. They were ultimately successful in increasing the state sales tax from 6 to 9 percent on alcohol sales. DDA received $15 million of the extra revenue generated.

    Later that year, DDA officials revealed they had discovered a $38 million surplus from fiscal year 2010, $25 million of which had to be reverted to the general fund.

    Phillip, a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters degree in accounting, alleges she discovered and disclosed that DDA hid the $38 million, while the agency denied services to the disabled to cut costs.

    • Somebody says:

      This happens more than you know in the public sector. There are honest people within a lot of the public sector, but when they speak up TPTB don’t get mad they get even. That’s why a lot of public employees keep their mouths shut and their heads low. People love to hate public employees and there are surely bad apples out there, but not all of them are worthless leeches.

      There is a case for public unions on the one hand for protection, because without them employees are subject to political whims. However, I’ve never agreed with public sector unions having the right to strike or to negotiate salary and benefits like most of the state and local unions do.

  13. The Klown says:

    Heads are asplodin’ at Esquire:

    Apparently, the Affordable Care Act was the subject of some mockery in Nashburg last night at the annual festival of prefabricated hicks and manufactured shit kickers.

    Let’s forget, shall we, that the act is working gloriously in places like Kentucky, but that places like Tennessee, which hosted the yearly gathering of artificial redneck morons, have decided to sabotage the act because Tennessee insists on electing idiots, which is why there are a lot of the problems for Jethro and Zelda Mae to make sport of on the electric teevee. Let’s also forget how much an actual Medicaid expansion would help in all those Southern states where these posers sell records and that have governors who suddenly find themselves allergic to Free Money (!) Let’s also forget that none of the make-believe goobers on stage last night ever are going to have to make the decision between medicine for the kids and food on the table.

    Let’s forget all of that and concentrate on the main issue — which is that I think modern country music sucks gigantic bowls of monkey dick. It is, weight for age, the phoniest genre of music since Pat Boone was ripping off Little Richard. Most of what is celebrated as “country” these days is simply bad rock and roll played by people who look like they flunked the audition for a Night Ranger tribute band. I mean, Taylor Fking Swift is already a “legend,” and Patsy Cline would have eaten her on toast.

  14. votermom says:

    What do you guys think will be Cruella’s important Obamacare announcement tomorrow?

    My guess: Good news! Everyone is automatically enrolled in Obamacare. You only have to go to the website to opt out!

  15. helenk3 says:

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Obama’s visit to promote health care law: ‘… he’s coming to Texas in a desperate attempt to salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate by preaching expansion of the same Medicaid system he himself admits is broken’ – statement via @NBCNews

  16. votermom says:

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Can’t even fire it these days. 🙂

  18. The Klown says:

    One of the fundamental faulty premises of Vile Proggism:

    It’s not YOUR job unless you own the company.

  19. helenk3 says:

    this describes the backtrack bunch

  20. helenk3 says:

    this is NOT a good thing. backtrack and McCain huddle on immigration strategy

    • Constance says:

      WTF do McCain/Obama plan to do with us American Citizens once they import more cheap labor to do our jobs, force us into hundreds of extra dollars a month in health care insurance expense and don’t forget many of our homes are still underwater from the money grab of the big banks in 2007. I mean do they have a plan other than killing us all early with government run health care so they can take the Social Security and Medicare contributions we made?

  21. helenk3 says:

    FBI expects healthcare fraud skyrocket under obamacare

    I think it would be prudent to listen to them

  22. The Klown says:
  23. So what happens when you take 1/6 of the largest economy in the world and hand it over to a bunch of academics and politicians who are a mixed bad of socialists and crony-capitalists?
    You get Obamacare.

    HONK! Well done Klown!

  24. The Klown says:

    You know that Obama is desperate when he does this:

    President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.

    “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.

    “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this. ”

    Obama’s comments come 10 days after NBC News’ Lisa Myers reported that the administration has known since the summer of 2010 that millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the law. Obama has made repeated assurances that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” with Obamacare.



    • The Klown says:

      Okay, that wasn’t really an apology and he’s already backtracking.

      “I’m sorry you misunderstood what I didn’t really say.”

    • mcnorman says:

      That is not an apology. It is a bs screen for those who are not paying attention.

    • 1539days says:

      That was the LAST resort for him. My guess is that Democrats were threatening to vote a bunch of delays into the law.

    • Mary says:

      That’s NOT an apology.

      It’s more like a “I’m sorry you didn’t understand what I was trying to do.”

      What an asshat.

    • Re: Symptoms of Narcissism and Apologies. Big clue. They are incapable. When forced they mouth the words but can’t comprehend. Repeat. BIG CLUE.

      • Synopsis:

        …only 5% of the population
        …80% who get health insurance through employers will be unaffected
        …because insurers changed their policy
        …will no longer be grandfathered in
        …will get better coverage
        …rates maybe could be cheaper someday when glitches are fixed (and deductibles are met)

        All the talking points scattered like buckshot the last few weeks are there, with a giant anti-apology on top like a steaming pile of what it is: shit coming from O’s mouth.

  25. The Klown says:
  26. The White House issues The Anthology Of Obamacare Press Releases. Publisher: NBC, 2013.

  27. The Klown says:
    • lyn says:

      I would accept Obama’s resignation as an apology.

      • helenk3 says:

        if I hear one more dem making stupid excuses that just show they think we are all stupid, I want them tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail

        • lyn says:

          I feel the same way. The Democrats have lost me forever. They can keep their low-info voters, and I hope they get slaughtered politically in 2014.

      • angienc says:

        Even Nixon had the decency to resign — and his lie was to protect himself; it wasn’t to trick people into a law that is actually hurting millions of honest, hard working Americans.

  28. helenk3 says:

    backtrack refuses to say if he has confidence in sebelius

    here come the bus, here come the bus

  29. helenk3 says:

    were the democrats always the “Don’t Blame Me” party and I just did not see it? I have never seen grown people refuse to accept blame for their actions like this bunch. Little kids will try to blame others ,but they are caught they will admit what they did not the backtrack bunch

  30. SHV says:


    …only 5% of the population
    More bullshit….15-16 million is 5% of the US population but ~12-15% of the US population in the individual and employer insurance market.

    “80% who get health insurance through employers will be unaffected..”

    another lie…from the July 19 2010 IRS bulletin that described the effects of AHC act on the insurance market:

    “Under this assumption, the Depart- ments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013. The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively.”

    Probably the major reason Obama delayed the employer mandate until 2014…..90-100 million people getting cancellation notices on their employment related heath insurance should create a stir. The question will be, will businesses pick up the increased costs of the new Obamacare compliant insurance policies, or pass the cost on to the employees or use the increased cost as a reason to dump their employees onto the exchanges.

    Also Oct. 2014 is the month when the insurance companies are required to announce the prices for the insurance coverage for 2015. The costs should skyrocket since it looks as if the exchanges will be majority older and higher risk.

  31. helenk3 says:

    this man was on the Megan Kelly show tonight.
    cancer patient has his insurance coverage cancelled due to obamacare. new plan so expensive he is going to pay mandate fine and let nature take it’s course.

    a really bad direction for this country

    • votermom says:

      And I have often thought that I would make the same choice if it comes to that – I won’t put my family into medical bankruptcy for an uncertain prognosis. Gimme the pain pill and I’ll lay my death curse on the Dems.

      • Lulu says:

        I think Megan was shocked. And I understand how he feels and his intention to protect his family financially. BUT THAT IS WHAT THE BASTARDS WANT. They want to break us when we are at our most vulnerable. But I want the bastards to understand that we intend to spit in their eye. Then follow the rule of law and impeach their demi-god in 2015. I never thought I would be glad of the precedent of Big Dog fibbing and getting impeached. Such a silly thing compared to this so now maybe a conviction in a flipped Senate in 2015. Hey Biden. Want to be Prezzy for two years?

  32. helenk3 says:

    backtrack admits he is stacking courts with liberal activist judges.

    there will be no branch of government that represents the people of this country by the time the dems get done

  33. mothy67 says:

    Seeing a lot of ads for food banks. Wonder if there has been a decline in donations as in my experience it seems that the type of people who comprise the Tea party are the same that gave generously to their local communities. Read on Drudge that the average SNAP benefit is decreasing by 36/mo. I don’t know how much is given monthly but 36 seems like a pretty substantial cut.(If I understood the article correctly it’s not really a cut but a return to pre-stimulus rates- as that money has now been spent) Had no idea there were CEOs of food banks. how much do they earn? We’ve always given to the local church that twice a week allows people with income verification to get help. Suppose major metropolitan areas can’t depend on that and move a lot more volume so professionals must be needed to coordinate and deal with the myriad of laws and corporate gifts. Probably distribute stuff like cereal and bread to the smaller non-affiliated banks as well. The increase in the ads asking for donations just strikes me as being a little odd. The payments just decrease as of the first. And weren’t they offering incentives to states to get more people to enroll? Manufacture an increased need for political gain? Can they really be that vile? Rhetorical question.

    • Lulu says:

      Money was transferred from food stamps to Michelle’s fat kids program. Then food stamp participation went up due to the depression economy and aggressive marketing for sign ups. So they went through the food stamp multi-year appropriation faster than anticipated. Notice that the media and Dems have barely mentioned the “cuts”. It is because Repubs would say plenty was appropriated but Obama misused it.

      As for food banks their contributions have dramatically dropped off as has many charities and even churches. I have known the director of Catholic charities locally for most of my life. She oversees the interfaith food bank too (she is over 80 and still going gangbusters). She said it is a perfect storm. The economy is awful so more need and a shrinking donor base. Then the shrinkage of food stamps amounts. Add to that the uncertainty of how much things are going to cost next year, medical premiums and deductions, taxes, etc and any money that may have been donated disappears into new expenses or money people have to save for these expenses. It all applies to individuals and businesses. People have to take care of themselves and their own families first and the same for businesses that want to keep operating. She said the wealthy are not taking up the slack as they never do. Most of their donations come from churches and their memberships who are seeing their contributions drop as people have less money to give.

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