Monday, January 31

if obamacare is so great, then why...

From Dr. Milton Wolf, in the Washington Times:
"If you would like to know what the White House really thinks of Obamacare, there’s an easy way. Look past its press releases. Ignore its promises. Forget its talking points. Instead, simply witness for yourself the outrageous way the White House protects its best friends from Obamacare."
In other words, if this was the transformative law that will improve America and cover the hereto now insured, why is the administration granting all of these so-called 'waivers' to Obama's signature achievement?
"Last year, we learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had granted 111 waivers to protect a lucky few from the onerous regulations of the new national health care overhaul. That number quickly and quietly climbed to 222, and last week we learned that the number of Obamacare privileged escapes has skyrocketed to 733.
"Among the fortunate is a who’s who list of unions, businesses and even several cities and four states (Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee) but none of the friends of Barack feature as prominently as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
"How can you get your own free pass from Obamacare? Maybe you can just donate $27 million to President Obama's campaign efforts. That’s what Andy Stern did as president of SEIU in 2008. He has been the most frequent guest at Mr. Obama's White House."
We all remember the backroom deals, the Cornhusker Kickback for Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE); the Louisiana Purchase for Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA); false assurances for Rep. Luis Guiterrez (D-IL), former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and many others. The White House was wheeling, dealing, giving away anything and promising everything to secure votes.
"Not only are the payoffs an affront to our democracy and an outright assault on our taxpayers, the timing itself of the latest release makes a mockery of this administration’s transparency promises. More than 500 of the 733 waivers, we now know, were granted in December but kept conveniently under wraps until the day after the president’s State of the Union address. HHS is no stranger to covering up bad news; in fact, this is becoming a disturbing pattern. Last year, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hid from Congress until after the Obamacare vote a damning report from the Medicare and Medicaid Office of the Actuary showing Obamacare would cost $311 billion more than promised and would displace 14 million Americans from their current insurance.
"For this administration, transparency promises last only until the teleprompter is unplugged."
That's why today's expected ruling is such a positive development. The whole damn Obamacare thing is unconstitutional.

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