Abortion is a difficult topic for me to address. I immediately become so utterly overwhelmed by the insanity, barbarism and hatred often displayed by the "pro-choice" side. If I wade deep into this subject, and spend time thinking about it, I begin to feel smothered by it all. There is a darkness that surrounds these infanticide proponents -- a madness, really -- and I sometimes feel like I might suffocate under the weight of it.
"Kids won't make me happy." I've heard that statement, or statements to that effect, thousands of times. Enough that I should, by now, have a response prepared. But when a guy said it to me a few days ago, I fumbled the answer. I failed him.
"I don't know, man. Don't get me wrong: I think it's cool that you've got kids and everything.
November 28, 2013 | by
Friends, I know, it’s Thanksgiving, and the last thing you want to hear from your tongue-pierced Anthropology major nephew is how unbelievably fantabulous ObamaCare is. Grandma’s stuffing is out of this world, to be cherished — no, worshipped; yet the White House, via Organizing For Action, is encouraging the Zombie Faithful to shanghai dinner.
So we must respond. How? Well, first, you might seize Billy’s plate, and every time he mounts the Obama Flag, take something off it — redistribute! — so that by the time he’s done, the plate is empty, vacuous — like his head.
Play on instinct — whatever seems right. But, of course, you may engage him intellectually…. *cough* …. and if you choose this path you are not only brave, you’re in the right place! Keep reading. Below lies the distribution of knowledge and, with hope of redistribution, the refutation of Billy:
OFA Talking Point #1: Healthcare.gov has had difficulties but the state exchanges are working well.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Like Oregon? They spent $45 million, give or take a million – who’s counting? — and signed up the same number of people clamoring to see Michelle on the cover of Sports Illustrated in a thong. The states are signing up Medicaid enrollees, at a 4:1 ratio, a fiscal time-bomb that will ravage their budgets and lead to LESS care for those supposedly “covered.”
OFA Talking Point #2: The website’s problem is demand and once the front-end problems are fixed, it will work.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Healthcare.gov project manager, Henry Chao, told Congress last week that 40% of the website isn’t even built — there’s NO payment system set up. Are you majoring in Comedy?
OFA Talking Point #3: Only a few young and healthy people will pay more — for most people, they will keep their plans, or have something better.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Costs are going through the roof in 41 states, and the other nine are treading water. Five-million people have already lost their plans, with tens of millions – and next year as many as 100 million — to lose their plan and their doctor, when both group and individual markets are forced into compliance with ObamaCare mandates.
OFA Talking Point #4: The pre-ObamaCare health insurance market was a “free market” full of junk plans, which screwed people over and dropped their insurance when they got sick.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Who feeds you this garbage? Prior to ObamaCare, 87% of Americans reported a high level of satisfaction with their insurance, and, indeed, 85% had insurance. These plans were not, by law, able to drop coverage for “sick” people — and by the way, did you know that Medicare denies more coverage — by a greater than 2:1 ratio — than private insurers?
OFA Talking Point #5: ObamaCare is already controlling health care costs, and it will eventually lower premium costs.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Per/capita health care spending is down across the globe due to economic stagnation borne of government policies. Obama’s clown act has stifled growth, led to unemployment levels not seen since the Depression, and clobbered the private sector. The Unicorn Prince’s promise that “our plan will lower premiums by an average of $2500 per/family” turned out to be an Orwellian lie so colossal that he had to recruit an Army of Drones to continue to spread it, over the holidays, like manure.
OFA Talking Point #6: Once you’re able to get onto the website, you’ll have plenty of cheaper/better choices and be able to qualify for a subsidy.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Even for those who “qualify” for the “right” to use someone else’s money to pay for what they won’t, premiums aren’t affordable. Premiums are rising because ObamaCare forces insurers to offer “free” this and “free” that, with no regard for what consumers need or want. ObamaCare decreases choice and competition, adds layers of burdensome regulation, and does nothing to address the problem of 3rd party payment that inexorably hides, and therefore inflates, costs…. Will you pass the stuffing?
OFA Talking Point #7: When people get covered under ObamaCare, they’ll start liking the new system because they’ll get the same health care, but cheaper.
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Are you joking? The majority of people enrolling in “ObamaCare” are, in reality, signing up for Medicaid, which doctors and hospitals are refusing to accept. No, Virginia, there isn’t a Santa Claus, and no, “if you like your doctor, you will not be able to keep your doctor.” Insurers, in order to remain solvent, are narrowing physician/hospital networks, meaning that you will not only lose your doctor, but your choice of where you can seek effective treatment. Coverage is not care. Under ObamaCare, medical quality will go down, wait times will go up, and as more and more procedures are denied by government, wholesale misery will be the new “Hope and Change.”
OFA Talking Point #8: The ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, which only conservatives oppose, is giving millions of people access to affordable health care.
Rebuttal: DUDE — is there stuffing in your ears? People on Medicaid do not have ready access to health care and, indeed, are better off not having insurance at all. How is adding millions of people to an overburdened and debt-laden system that underpays providers going to improve medical delivery? All Medicaid expansion does is explode budgets, leading to greater debt and an even worse economy.
OFA Talking Point #9: This whole thing would have worked just fine except for the Republican commitment to kill it.
Rebuttal: Wow — I think Castro said the same thing about Cuba…. Or was it Sean Penn? Doesn’t matter — the fact is, Republicans have done nothing — repeat, nothing — substantive to stop ObamaCare, either legislatively or fiscally. It’s been funded, regulations have gone out, and the Sebelius-Obama Star Wars cast have had three — now four — years to make it happen — they cannot. It’s not workable. And they don’t want it to work – the entire law was written to implode, so Captain Barry could swoop in for the rescue, spew more lies, and give us single-payer. But, please, continue — you’re entertaining.
OFA Talking Point #10: We’re just trying to help poor people get health care! How can that be wrong? Why do you hate poor people?
Rebuttal: HA-HA-HA…. Did you know that the nine scariest words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? Tell me, how does a coercive, top-down, massively inefficient government monopoly do anything but play on people’s emotions in order to gain support? Did you know that poverty today is actually higher than in the 60s when we began a “war” on it? Government does not help people become productive citizens, it helps them to grow government– that is the goal, not to lower costs, not to provide better health care; the goal is to expand federal power and control over 18% of the economy, to redistribute wealth, and to create dependency on the Ruling Class that runs the Goody Train in Washington D.C. Poor people have health care in this country, what they don’t have is a thriving job market in a vibrant economy capable of creating a boom for all Americans. Again, “coverage is not care,” and when back in the day, Winston Churchill said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings, and the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery,” he was right. ObamaCare will increase poverty in America – but, do go on about who “hates” the poor.
Friends, happy Thanksgiving…. God bless you and your family — morons included — and here’s to hoping that you won’t need this article. But prepare for the Turkey, just in case.
Greg Halvorson is on Facebook at The Conservative Hammer.
I'm sure you've heard of the "Knockout Game" that appears to be sweeping the nation. If you're unfamiliar, here's how it works:
The participants of this pastime randomly select an innocent stranger, sneak up behind them, and attempt to knock them out with one punch.
That's it. That's the "game." In some corners of the Earth, this activity is also known as "attempted murder." Here, for some teenagers, it's a hobby, like collecting baseball cards.
"Dude, I have to tell you this story. Oh man, the craziest thing happened today. I was just walking downtown with John and Mikey and like, there was -- it was just this -- oh man, just look at this picture.
Look, bro, I took a picture.
What? No, it's not creepy, behind the girls, it's that... well, you can kind of see it in the background.
Update and Correction:
Steve Buckstein, policy analyst and founder of Cascade Policy Institute recently pointed out that the story, as reported by KGW, was incorrect in their assertion that individuals would have until November 22nd, 2013 to inform the state whether they intended to keep their plan. The site has since fixed the error, clarifying that it is the insurance companies themselves that need to do this.
As far as individuals needing to report whether they want to keep their plan, it is uncertain whether individuals will need to report to the state or Cover Oregon to keep their cancelled plan. It is recommended that individuals facing cancellation contact their insurance provider and remind them to contact the State of Oregon before Friday, November 22nd.
Buckstein, in a comment on the incorrect article, observed that “even though it’s not quite as bad as it could have been, for most people this is still a great insight into the incompetence of government and a warning not to let government run anything that’s so important to our lives.”
Original Story: Across the nation, massive controversy was spawned when a promise made by nation’s president and other public servants in favor of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that, if Americans liked the insurance plan, they had they could keep it, was proven to be false. In Oregon alone, 150,000 people found their insurance plans facing impending cancellation due to the plan being “nonconforming” to ACA standards.
Now, in the wake of public blowback, healthcare exchanges across the nation, including Oregon’s own healthcare marketplace Cover Oregon, are scrambling to do damage control, and have agreed to allow private citizens the right to renew their plans – at least, on a limited basis. However, the offer only allows five days for Oregonians to inform Cover Oregon about their intent, ending on November 22nd, 2013. This is made much more difficult due to the fact that neither Cover Oregon nor the mainstream Oregon news stations are particularly concerned about mentioning this any more than they need to.
The article is not displayed anywhere on the front page of the websites for KGW, KOIN, KATU, The Oregonian, and The Statesman Journal. It has been buried by the news cycle. This is very inconvenient for many, who will likely not hear about the potential to keep the insurance plan they liked until it is too late to do anything about it.
This lackluster exception barely solves the insurance problem and it also is a gross violation of personal liberty following the same thought as the initial controversy.
The question is raised: why is it the government’s decision what plans can and can not be purchased by a private citizen? If a private citizen feels that they only need a small amount of health insurance – perhaps a catastrophic insurance plan – but it is deemed “nonconforming” and “unsatisfactory” by the federal government, why does that government have the override capability to instead determine the needs of that private citizen for them?
There is a large difference between a healthcare plan that controls the healthcare decisions of American citizens and a plan that provides insurance for those who have been going without. The American Healthcare Reform Act, revealed in September 2013 during the government shutdown debacle, attempted to do this. Some claim it was too late.
Regardless, the abject failure of Cover Oregon to register even a single person, despite 18,000 backed up paper applications (due to an inoperable website), the similar nationwide chaos with the other state-based exchanges, and the new revelations that “keep your plan” was a marketing tactic and not a truthful statement suggest that maybe later is better than never.
For now, it remains to be seen whether the “limited” quantifier on the healthcare exchanges’ decision to hold to their initial promise will lead to a withdrawal of citizen rights in the future. If you want to keep your plan, you need to contact your state’s healthcare exchange by Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Make sure you insist on confirmation that your plan will be kept – with the reluctance of the exchanges to make an effort to promote this, anything is possible.
You can contact your healthcare exchange in a number of ways to tell them that you like your plan and want to keep it, just like they said.
Oregon – Cover Oregon
Washington State – Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Idaho – Your Health Idaho
It is recommended that you call Cover Oregon, due to their website remaining inoperable.
h/t Ben Nanke at WatchdogWire.com
“Do You Have a Gun On You Today?” This is only part of the harassment doled out by a State Cop as Kitzhaber again dodges questions on “Cover Oregon,” his Obamacare disaster.
Dateline November 13, 2013 – Portland Oregon: On his way to an event (to which the public was invited) Governor John Kitzhaber is peacefully approached by a Citizen Journalist. It seems Kitz’s Obamacare web site has yet to sign up a single person. Rather than stopping to answer a few questions, Kitzhaber continues to avoid any negative media coverage of his healthcare disaster. Instead he dispatches one of his State Police bodyguards, Kyle Wilson, to harass and try to intimidate the reporter. When asked what law prevents him from approaching the Governor to ask a question, Wilson retorts: “Because I told you to.” The reporter is forced to yell his questions in order to exercise his First Amendment Right.
The Oregonian reported on November 11, 2013; regarding Kitzhaber’s Heath care disaster: “Cover Oregon: Health exchange ranks last in enrollment of state-run peers” Fully aware that this debacle has put the kibosh on any fantasies he had of taking Kathleen Sibelius’ job, or dare we say a run at the Presidency, Kitzhaber has refused to take responsibility or apologize to the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who have been left uninsured under his watch. Instead “The Kitz” goes the media intimidation route. Wonder what the other half of the Royal Family, live-in “gal pal” Cynthia Hayes think about the mess he’s made of it?
Now Watch Kitzhaber Dodge Obamacare Failure Questions at youtube.com/LaughingAtLiberals.
Seriously, it hurts. Stop it, will ya? Yesterday I walked by a church and the pastor barreled out of the door, ran into the street, screamed "BIBLE!" and chucked it right at my head.
Well, that didn't LITERALLY happen. But he did say, "good afternoon, God bless," which is basically the same thing.
In any case, Christians are always shoving their religion in people's faces.
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On Monday, a federal judge once again descended from Heaven to rule that unborn humans have no right to be protected at all, in any form, for any reason, in any way, against any harm of any kind. He struck down as "unconstitutional" the Texas law that aims to put some basic regulations and limits on abortion practitioners. To quote from his decision: