Sunday, November 24, 2013

Obamacare Follies and the Republican Playbook

The Obamacare role out was a flub, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Why the administration didn't include a PPACA kiosk in every Social Security Administration office and field banks of 24-hour phone operators throughout the Nation is a mystery to me.

What should not come as a surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the GOP is the disingenuous despicable evil sabotage and subterfuge Eric Cantor and his party were planning because the Republicans had a playbook designed to sow discontent and anger at the PPACA.

These are the same people who decried fluoridation of water as a "commie plot". These are the same people who originated Truther Movements in the 1940's by claiming FDR knew the Japanese were on the way to bomb Pearl Harbor. These are the same people who distributed JFK: Wanted for Treason fliers in Texas just prior to his assassination.

Republicans hate the Poor, hate Government and hate everything and anything which takes away from their ability to oppress and harm Working Class Americans.

This is what we're faced with; an intransigent Party which will never argue in good faith, will never propose any government based solution, and will do everything in their considerable power to harm the Nation in service to their Moneyed Masters.

So, once the Republican Government Shutdown ended and the Obamacare Website snafus became the focus; our Elite Media reporters, bloggers and newspaper opinion pages dutifully covered Republican drones all repeating the same message from their disingenuous propaganda 'Obamacare failure... Obamacare failure... Obamacare failure... Num Num Num...' and focused on Poor Little Rich Girl sob stories about the troubles the Rich and "Low Affluent" are having with the PPACA, instead of Republican Sabotage or pointing out that Republicans have No Alternative, except if You are Poor Die Quickly."We've got to a point, where money is so powerful a force in politics and in the media that attention is paid, mostly, to people who are wealthy; upper middle class, that define what the politicians are looking at and concerned about and what the media are covering. I wish that were not the case but, in fact, as a political reality that is the case." - Robert Reich on Moyers & Company, 09/20/13

Dylan Ratigan, a multi-millionaire with a 30,000 square-foot hydroponic farm called "Archi's Acres" bemoaned that his catastrophic insurance coverage was going up $4000-a-year. Dylan is rich enough to not need regular healthcare coverage because he can just pay out of pocket. Why can't those poor moochers do the same???

Lori Gottlieb, "Obamacare or Kafkacare?" Unless you've become a Giant Dung Beetle, Lori, this is a lame comparison. But, do go on Lori and "Dare to Complain about Obamacare"

“The nation has been better off,” wrote one friend. “Over 33 million people who did not have insurance are now going to get it.” That’s all fine and good for “the nation,” but what about my $5,400 rate hike (after-tax dollars, I wanted to add, but dared not in this group of previously closeted Mother Teresas)? Another friend wrote, “Yes, I’m paying an extra 200 a month, but I’m okay with doing that so that others who need it can have health care.”
But, what about ME??????? Lori Gottlieb, in 2000, pouted when Six-Figures adds up to Zero, that when she reached an undisclosed six-figure salary in her late 20's and moved to Silicon Valley she was hurt and frustrated because she realized she wasn't wealthy and "could see the wealth all around me -- wealth that I most certainly didn't have." Won't someone please think of the poor put upon Rich Woman?

John Boehner, a chain-smoking, full on progressed cirrhosis individual staged a Obamacare Sign-up stunt which backfired upon him,
As it turns out, his willingness to “keep trying” was a good idea. Boehner, who is not yet eligible for Medicare, “called the DC Health Link help line,” and a “few hours later,” the process was complete. He’d signed up for health insurance.
Nicole L. Hopkins mother, to her shame can now receive medicaid through Obamacare, since she was "Unable to secure employer-sponsored health care," and had to settle for "$276 a month for bare-bones catastrophic coverage."
"How has it come to this?" she asked in one of our several talks over the past few weeks about what was happening. When she was a working mother and I was young, she easily carried health insurance for our whole family. "How have I fallen this far?"
How has it come to this? Because to Republicans if You're not Wealthy You don't get to be Healthy. 

Health care costs are 17-18% of GDP and rising. 20 years ago when costs were 10-12% people in the Medical Profession were alarmed. The proper time to act passed long ago, because while (((America))) is a Center-Left Nation there is a hard nut of Ultra-Reactionaries to whom no Republican is ever conservative enough. To these rabid fanatics Grover Norquist and Mitch McConnell are "squishes" who believe in policies of appeasement.

All of the firebaggers blaming President Obama for not getting Single-Payer, a proven system which has worked in multiple Nations and was recently adopted in the State of Vermont, seem to ignore the fact that a motivated and despicable section of our Nation would never approve and was directly responsible for Single-Payers doom. The United States was never going to get a National Healthcare System, ala Canada or Europe because powerful forces don't want it.

Power and Money concede nothing.

A reason Republicans loathe Obamacare is because it undermines their key 35 year running Talking Point, i.e. the Ronnie Reagan "Government is the problem," lie.

From The Impolitic, Why Mitch McConnell really hates Obamacare
Meanwhile, it will be too late for McConnell either way. He's led the vanguard against health care for his own constituents, so the newly covered rubes who once believed the lies won't vote for him now and the angry cons who won't ever sign up because, Dimmocrats invented it, won't vote for him because he signed off on a compromise or two. He's pretty well screwed.
Government isn't the problem, Republicans in Government is the Problem.

Let's keep this a secret from the U.S. corporate media, but, as Sy Mukherjee and Andrew Breiner note at ThinkProgress...
On Wednesday, the new head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a bombshell report finding that U.S. health care spending since 2010 has increased by just 1.3 percent - the smallest cost growth over a three-year period in American history - while prices in the health care sector rose by 50-year lows, thanks in part to structural changes made by the Affordable Care Act. But most media outlets ignored that story, instead choosing to focus on ongoing glitches with the website.


Jerry Critter said...

The quality of the website used to sign up for healthcare says nothing about the quality of the healthcare offered.

Patricia said...

The best part is all the people who have cancelled insurance policies, had them cancelled because they don't meet federal standards. But they act like they don't know it. (maybe because the health insurance companies don't want them to.) I don't hear anyone crying about the clause where health insurance companies can't turn you down for pre-existing conditions, or your kids being able to stay on your policy until their 26. It's just go ahead and die if you can't afford health insurance. We can't get a single payer system BECAUSE of the health insurance LOBBY. Plain and simple.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Republicans are practioniers of Sympathetic Magic, by repeating the buzzwords and phrases from their ALEC/Koch Brothers/AHIP/US Chamber of Commerce prepared scripts over and over and over again they believe the endless repetition will make their lies become truth.

Which they hope will deceiive more Working Class people.

ChickenHammer said...

These are the same people who distributed JFK: Wanted for Treason fliers in Texas just prior to his assassination.

Unknown persons distributed the fliers. An avowed communist who defected to the USSR killed Kennedy and a Dallas Police Officer.

You can't blame conservatives for JFK because it was a leftist communist who shot and killed him. Damn facts.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Robert Surrey, a John Bircher, the forerunner of the Tea Party, created the poster.

And Oswald disawvoed being a communist several times when directly asked.

But, it's good you don't believe in JFK conspriacy theories now if only you'd disavow the Right-Wing lunatics conspriacy's about our current PResident we'd be getting somewhere.

ChickenHammer said...

And Oswald disawvoed being a communist several times when directly asked.

You mean when he disavowed being a Communist and claimed to be a Marxist in order to be granted citizenship in the USSR?

But, it's good you don't believe in JFK conspriacy theories now if only you'd disavow the Right-Wing lunatics conspriacy's about our current PResident we'd be getting somewhere.

Oswald was the lone shooter in the JFK assignation.

Hillary Clinton was off the wall and wrong when she started the oBama wasn't born in Hawaii conspiracy.

What other conspiracies have you prejudged me to be a believer of?