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Sunday, November 10, 2013
ISSUE #779
Confusion reins on health insurance

Are you confused? I sure am, and I’m the first to admit it. President Obama has been saying for three years that if you like your health care plan you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Period. Exclamation point!

Before the Affordable Care Act passed, Speaker Pelosi announced that Congress had to pass it before we could find out what was in it. Now it appears that President Obama still hasn’t found out what’s in it. I rather doubt Mrs. Pelosi knows either.

President Obama said he is sorry that millions of people are losing their health insurance after he assured them otherwise. But he still did not apologize for misleading the public in the first place, and for doing it consistently for more than three years. If he had come clean after the bill was signed and finally passed muster with the Supreme Court (after changing the word “penalty” to “tax”) the present occupant of the White House would probably be Mitt Romney. How many votes would he have lost if he had announced last October, “I was wrong. Some of you can keep your health insurance, but millions will be dropped because of Obamacare. Some will save money, but most will pay more. And by the way, losing an Ambassador and three others in Benghazi to a planned terror attack was my fault.”

Now, the President implies he wants to help people get back their dropped insurance plans. How can he persuade private insurance companies to extend canceled policies when he cannot even persuade Democrats in the Senate to change part of the healthcare law? Nobody trusts Congress or the President since they exempted themselves and their staffs from paying the same out-of-pocket monthly cost as other individuals. Labor unions lobbied for the health care law, but they have also been granted an exemption.

We spent $600 Million on a website that barely works, and may cost a Billion to get it running full speed. Maybe we should have used that Billion to subsidize insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, and leave the rest of us alone. Wouldn’t that be common sense?

As I say, I’m confused. If you figure out a logical conclusion to this mess, let me know.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“This day is no doubt the greatest day in all the world history. Armistice Day, when you think that a half dozen men could sit down and casually sign a pact to stop millions of men from killing each other. But if they don’t stop these guys making these speeches over the radio on Armistice Day, why we are liable to have the same war over again, only worse.” DT #1028, Nov. 11, 1929

“Celebrated twelve years of continuous peace yesterday, and we looked about as bad as we did twelve years ago when we celebrated the end of two years of war… Peace is kinder like prosperity. There is mighty few nations that can stand it.” DT #1343, Nov. 12, 1930

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