Obamacare Is Rapidly Becoming The Poster-Child For American Inequality

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

An architect of the federal healthcare law said last year that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve ObamaCare.

 

He suggested that many lawmakers and voters didn’t know what was in the law or how its financing worked, and that this helped it win approval.

 

– From the post: Video of the Day – Obamacare Architect Credits “Lack of Transparency” and “Stupidity of the American People” for Passage of Healthcare Law

The best thing about Obama (from an oligarch’s perspective), is his uncanny ability to push through upward redistributive wealth policies while still maintaining a phony aura of caring about the little guy amongst so many of his apparently lobotomized supporters.

Countless examples of his shameless plutocrat-pandering have been covered ad nauseam here on these pages, but what’s most embarrassing for the President’s legacy, is the fact that Obamacare itself is rapidly becoming the poster child for the dramatic wealth and income inequality that has so characterized his entire administration.

 

To see what I’m talking about, let’s take a look at a few excerpts from an article published today at The Hill titled, How ObamaCare is Splitting in Two:

Increasingly, there are two ObamaCares.

 

There’s the one in coastal and northern areas, where the marketplaces include multiple insurers and plans. And there’s the one in southern and rural areas, where there is often little competition, a situation that can lead to higher premiums.

 

“There’s really two kind of stories that are playing out,” said Cynthia Cox, who studies insurer competition at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

According to an analysis from the consulting firm Avalere, as of now, there will be just one insurer offering ObamaCare coverage next year in seven states: Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wyoming, Alaska, North Carolina and Kansas. It is possible that more insurers could enter these markets before next year.

 

In one county in Arizona, there might not be an ObamaCare plan available at all.

Unsurprisingly, it’s people living in the forgotten places who continue to get squeezed.

The trend is likely to be accelerated by the departure of Aetna and UnitedHealthcare from ObamaCare marketplaces in 2017. The loss of those insurers won’t affect all parts of the country equally, experts say.

 

The dearth of options in rural, sparsely populated areas is a far cry from what Democrats promised when selling the Affordable Care Act. 

Broken. Just like every other promise Obama made.

“Just visit healthcare.gov, and there you can compare insurance plans, side by side, the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon,” Obama said in 2013. “You enter some basic information, you’ll be presented with a list of quality, affordable plans that are available in your area, with clear descriptions of what each plan covers, and what it will cost.  You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices.”

 

In Oklahoma, Rhoads said he has been trying to recruit more insurers to join the ObamaCare marketplace, but found no takers.

 

“We see no other carriers willing to come in,” he said. “We certainly have had conversations with some of the national players.”

 

Rhoads said he spoke with two insurers that participated in ObamaCare’s first year about returning. They declined, citing the financial losses they suffered before.

 

Relying on just one insurer to offer coverage runs the risk of having ObamaCare disappear, should that insurer bail from the marketplace. 

The chaotic unravelling of Obamacare has been a focus here at Liberty Blitzkrieg for much of this year. Here are a few examples:

August 5, 2016: An Update on the Obamacare Disaster

July 15, 2016: Illinois Obamacare Co-Op Goes Bust Leaving Tens of Thousands at Risk

April 12, 2016: Sales of Short-Term Health Plans Soar as Americans Flee Expensive Obamacare

March 23, 2016: The Health Insurance Scam – “Coverage” Doesn’t Mean Affordability or Access

I’ll tell you one group of people that won’t be affected by Obamacare’s unraveling: his extremely wealthy donors.

As usual, the people who will suffer most are what’s left of the middle classes, the poor, the voiceless and the disenfranchised. The people Obama has cheerily ignored for nearly eight years now.

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wildbad's picture

great work mike!

 

we're all too stupid to know that we are being dominated by pencil necks.  remember the name gruber.  it will in the future be tied to a particular form of torture as in "oh man, did you see that mofo?  completely grubered"

Looney's picture

 

Obamacare just needs a new name. How ‘bout Bananacare?  ;-)

Looney

Zero-Hegemon's picture

"Bonobocare", my personal fav

1stepcloser's picture

Fuck you, I'm healthy care!  With a Brawndo Rx Card 

balolalo's picture

"The best thing about TRUMP (from an oligarch’s perspective), is his uncanny ability to push through upward redistributive wealth policies while still maintaining a phony aura of caring about the little guy amongst so many of his apparently lobotomized supporters."

Funny how changing one word and the quote is still 100% accurate....

Don't be an ignorant buffoon and think TRUMP is going to be any better.   You don't become an oligarch (aka billionaire), especially in Trump's case, by giving any FUCKS about the "little guys".

If you look at a millionaire/billionaire and think they are a big guy it explains why you will always be a little guy.  And if you look to the big guy to help you, this shows how patheticly stupid you are. 

TRUMP is in this for himself and no one else.  Morons.

 

roadhazard's picture

As far a ZH goes he's, The Teflon Don.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

And Killery is different from what you describe... how? He's a big meanie because he's rich? So is team Killery, maybe not "billions", but they have shown an utter lack of respect for "little" people. And have far and away abused the public trust well beyond imagining.

Krungle's picture

Bonobocare would imply there is sexy time involved. I don't really put mandatory prostate screening in the sexy category....

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Sexy time? Sure, if you are into pygmy chimpanzees. I prefer them full size myself.

RafterManFMJ's picture

So ADDING 23 million sick people who eat McDonalds twice per day to a program run by the government DIDN'T reduce costs, and is a failure?

JFC, it's like I'm taking crazy pills over here!!

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Crazy pills will be covered under "MugattoCare"

FireBrander's picture

How about naming it "Shiny thing to distract the morons"?

You fucknuts have spent 7 years "repealing ObamaCare" while the architects of ObamaCare, "THE HEALTH INDUSTRY", have stolen trillions from you via Medicare, Medicaid, the VA Medical System and a little extra profit from "ObamaCare" (MMVAO).

You've been, and still are being, played.

Hillary, with full support of the Republican Congress, will "fully fund" the MMVAO while Trump promises "something great" to replace just ObamaCare...suckers.

Never One Roach's picture

How do you spell Obamacare?

 

F-A-I-L-U-R-E!

 

It's Obama's legacy to the American people.

redd_green's picture

Lets call it exactly what it is "LobbyistCare", because they and their benefactors, health insurance companies who get paid to deny us medical care, are the only ones benefitted from that horrible law.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Crap.....we've got a gang of stupid people outside....and they look pissed!!!

 

We tried to give then a free membership to AARP.....they didn't want it.

bh2's picture

Gruber should be a warning to all those morons who believe in government guided by "experts" rather than the wrath of voters.

Any posting anywhere endorsing O-care should receive a tidy response like yours containing links to the YouTube videos showing what this moron said repeatedly on camera, apparently believing he could speak boldly and with impunity once his crime was fulfilled by legislation.

Jefferson said: where the government fears the people, there will be liberty; where the people fear the government, there will be tyranny.

Gruber is sufficent evidence to show how that stands today.

LawsofPhysics's picture

The rise of the useful idiot.  Only one way to cull their numbers, WORLD WAR.

same as it ever was...

wildbad's picture

well..there are a couple of other ways..poison lakes, poisoned skies, poisoned food, poisoned education, rockerfeller zika poisoning, rockerfeller medicine poisoning..

 

this just in at drudge..the vince foster files have gone misssing...well she can open a pickle jar too...

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3753013/Missing-FBI-files-linkin...

FireBrander's picture

Recent public TV show about pandemics...mentioned genetically modified Mosquitoes being released in Brazil to help "control the population"...failed to mention that Zika came out of the area where the genetically modified Mosquitoes were released...

Oh, and Ebola...they tracked down "Patient Zero"...a toddler whom they suspect drank raw palm juice...bats carry Ebola, bats LOVE palm juice, Africans love raw palm juice too...film producers had a night cam video of a bat urinating into a palm juice collection bucket...bingo...the boy drank raw palm juice, contaminated with bat piss and the Ebola virus.

BlindMonkey's picture

Failure was a feature, not a bug.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Agenda 21

 

Which has been renamed....due to some bad press.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Obamacare may have been "deemed to pass", but was alwasy doomed to fail

HelluvaEngineer's picture

At the time it was written, healthcare.gov had more lines of code than any other known software system.  Not surprisingly, it didn't work.  Who pocketed all the left over hundreds of millions after the third-world knucklehead programmers were paid their $15/hr?

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

A friend and college classmate of Michelle Obama - Toni Townes-Whitley, vice-president of CGI Federal, the company which built the site (and couldn't get it right).

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/michelle-obamas-princeton-classmate-is-executive-at-company-that-built-obamacare-website/

redd_green's picture

well I don't know about 'more lines of code than any other known system' but I would agree that it was the most ridiculously overpriced, botched web site that was ever undertaken.    Botch, botch, botch.    It still doesn't work and . . . who knows how much it cost.  3x the billion we were told?  4x?

wildbad's picture

yeah, obamacare 1.0 will need to be "enhanced" which means single payer , which means gummint owned, which means no service and tax & jail ramifications for slackers

Bill of Rights's picture

Stay healthy is all I have t say....

FireBrander's picture

"Single Payer" my ass; turn off fucking Limbaugh and pull your head out of your ass.

Do you believe for a fucking second the "Health Industry" wants a "gummint owned" system? That the  "Health Industry" is LOBBYING to kill their cash cow?

Dream on...those SUITECASES FULL OF CASH going into DC to "LOBBY" are not there to buy a "gummint owned" system...they are buying increased Federal Funding for the PRIVATELY OWNED SYSTEM!

No Fucking Way is the "Health Industry" going to sit idly by while a "gummint owned" single payer system takes it's place...no fucking way!

Iam_Silverman's picture

"No Fucking Way is the "Health Industry" going to sit idly by while a "gummint owned" single payer system takes it's place...no fucking way!"

You mean sorta' like how SNAP is a government "owned" system, yet is administered by TBTF banks*, and represents a good part of their annual profit?  Like the EBT and WIC programs too?  Since the government has no "internal expertise" at administering a nationalized health care plan, don't be surprised when only one or two of the largest providers out there are tapped to run a Single Payer System (SPS).  That is the prize in their sights, don't think otherwise.  But first, they must force the formation of the SPS, and then the strongest one will be left as a monopolistic beast that has swallowed all of the competition - sorta' like Goldman-Sachs wanting to be the largest and onliest bank in da world!

 

* JPMorganChase/CitiCorp.

FireBrander's picture

Well, we're jumbling together single payer and socialized medicine.

Single payer would wipe out the private insurance companies while Socialized Medicine would wipe out the entire private Health Industry.

Would the private Health Industry sacrafice the Private Insurance Industry to gain a Single Payer system? Maybe, but not without a huge lobbying fight.

Would the private Health Industry sacrafice itself for "Socialized Medicine" (another VA System)? no way.

To me, Single Payer and Socialized Medicine are both "No Chance" issues as long as the current Crony Capitialist System is properly lining everyone's pockets.

 

 

Iam_Silverman's picture

"Would the private Health Industry sacrafice the Private Insurance Industry to gain a Single Payer system? Maybe, but not without a huge lobbying fight."

Valid question, but.....

How many hospitals are now owned by the largest of health insurance providers?  Remember, they build "networks" in order to "offer greatest cost benefits to our members", while conveniently steering almost all of their insured to their own hospitals.

It's not a one-step process to figure out how to profit under a government mandated insurance scheme (SPS).  First you have to force people to purchase the product (insurance) and then coerce them to spend those insurance dollars at your store (in-network providers).  The private health industry has been consolidating at a record pace here lately.  They see the writing on the wall.  Be the largest, win the contract to "administer" the new healthcare insurance juggernaut, steer patients to your facilities.  Win-win-win.

GreatUncle's picture

And exactly why the FED is private, can't have the people running the money supply ... whatever next lol.

redd_green's picture

Yep, you got it.  Its LobbyistCare.     They just make it LOOK like a government owned program since the lobbyists and big health insurance compaies get all the money, and we get the cost overruns, and constantly are denied medical care that WE paid for.

Global Douche's picture

Excep[t for this protected class, and that protected class, and maybe that group too. Each vote counts, ya know!

Zero-Hegemon's picture

From the article, perhaps the "two stories" playing out are due to demographics?

White, rural, limited choice, whereas "diverse", coastal, urban, more choice?

"Hechuva job, Brownie!"

Bill of Rights's picture

As usual, the people who will suffer most are what’s left of the middle classes, the poor, the voiceless and the disenfranchised. The people Obama has cheerily ignored for nearly eight years now.

 

Umm the people cheered this on and wanted it when it was free, my how things change so quickly. The free its for me crowd  have turned into the  pay no way whiners.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

I'm 36, I've been to the doctors twice in 20 years.

I'm not buying your BS!

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

They're selling you poison and death and the people respond by demanding it be more affordable...

CNONC's picture

I'm in my fifties, wife in her forties, 11 year old daughter. In the last 10 years, our total health care expenditure has been less than 2000.00 dollars, mostly for OTC meds like Tylenol. I know men my age, work for a living, but make the mistake of going to a doctor for some minor malady. They invariably leave with at least two prescriptions. Within a year, they no longer work, walk around with a big bag of dope, and all they can talk about are their meds and Illnesses. I had one friend, big, tough guy. Hadn't been to a doctor in 40 years. He fell off a truck trailer and broke his heel. The doctor placed a left foot flex cast on his right foot. He was dead the next day from a blood clot. No wife or kids or family to sue on his behalf. Just dead.
Health care system is a dangerous scam, to be avoided at all cost.

FireBrander's picture

A friend of mine went to doctor for a "Checkup" and they found all kinds of things "wrong" with him. Recommended pills, procedures, etc...he took the pills for a few months because of the wife's nagging...pills made him sick, he threw them away...that was about 20 years ago...he's been to the doctor once since for some stitches.

Modern medicine can do miraculous things; if you need a miracle to stay alive...but if not, stay away as much as possible and NEVER blindly take the advice of someone standing to profit from you blindly taking thier advice.

PS> One of my Granpa's never went to the doctor, says when he was a kid, the only doctor available was his mom...never seen him without a cigerette in his mouth...he made it to 84 before emphysema got him..his wife is still alive and past the century mark; lifelong farmers, both of them.

Canadien françcais's picture
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it”

Thomas Sowell

baldknobber's picture

When I was a young squirt I was a little terror, always into stuff and cracking my head open. One Sunday I decided to get my cowboy on and  saddled up the family dog and rode him down a set of concrete steps. Mom calls the Doc and he says bring him over. We go to his house, which was just like a Norman Rockwell doctors house should look like. He comes in from out back wearing tennis clothes, lays me on his dining room table and puts about ten stitches in my head. Dad pulls out checkbook , pays  the man and  we go home.

At one time my parents had 4 children under the age of 7,mom would take us all to the Doc at one time and he would only charge for one office visit. Somehow the Doc not only didn't starve but was considered well off, and we got affordable healthcare.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

That sounds like an implanted memory.

baldknobber's picture

As many times as I had my head opened up they could have put all kinds of shit in there and I wouldn't know it.

Salzburg1756's picture

Hey! Lay off Gruber! He at least told the truth. That's a rarity among the elite who govern us.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

He told the truth only because he thought he was in a politically "safe space"

lakecity55's picture

I am Gruber annd I hate America!

You made the List, buddy.