A Plea To The GOP: Enough Already! Stop Talking About “Tactics”. The Country Needs More From You.

Originally posted at Ace of Spades HQ by DrewM

Team GOP keeps talking about how conservative insurgents don’t understand tactics and how we all want to get to the same place but disagree on tactics. “Tactics” is the new “electability” (which itself is really a tactical concept) and we all know how well that worked out.

Tactics exist to advance a strategy which in turn is the plan to achieve a goal. This focus on tactics is masking a major flaw in the Republican party…it has no overreaching goal let alone a strategy for achieving it. Republicans lack a reason for being beyond winning elections and enriching the various donor and political structures that exists in its orbit. There is simply no Republican vision for the country, no coherent ideological vision that it presents to the country as a viable alternative to the Democrats.

The Democrats can broadly be said to have a vision for America that is based on an ever growing and more powerful public sector (especially at that the federal level). From that basic vision all other things flow. What is the corresponding vision from the GOP? It’s clearly not the opposite. No one seriously suggests that the overreaching vision of the Republican Party is to shrink the government at every level and to minimize its impact on the lives of Americans. At best one could argue that the GOP wants to present a somewhat less grand vision of the role of government in people’s lives. And they certainly want to be the ones running that slightly smaller beast. But actively shrink it? There’s no evidence of that. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of evidence that the GOP is quite comfortable with increased spending and the scope of the federal government as it exists.

I’m not saying there are no differences between the parties but they aren’t as great as some pretend or as they should be in a healthy democracy. Don’t believe me? Think of the areas where the GOP-Democrat divide is supposedly the greatest…social issues. And then look at how many Republicans want to de-emphasize abortion and surrender entirely on gay marriage. At one point national security/defense was a significant point of distinction between the two parties. But as many onetime hawks sour on the notion of a robust program of intervention, which is a distinction that has narrowed greatly. With the rise of Rand Paul within the GOP, that’s an area that will continue to lose its ability to differentiate the parties.

Only on spending is the gap still large and when it comes to elected officials that gap is mostly rhetorical.

It’s this lack of a stark competing vision from the Democrats that forces the GOP to constantly focus on “tactics”.

Continue reading…

Advertisements

[VIDEO] Salem, OR: Governor John Kitzhaber Refuses Questions Regarding Cover Oregon Corruption

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber babbles on at the gun bill hearing, in the midst of an FBI investigation into his state version of Obamacare.

More on this story can be seen at KATU

h/t Laughing at Liberals

Oregon: Consituents Voice Dissent At Merkley Town Hall

Published on Jan 3, 2014

After only answering a few questions from a room full of concerned Oregonians, Senator Jeff Merkley blathers on and is called out from folks in the crowd. Immediately after the event, one of the fed up citizens chats about Merkley’s disastrous record with Jeff Mapes from the Oregonian, one of Oregon’s largest newspapers.

h/t Laughing at Liberals

Oregon Senator Merkley Taken To Task On Obamacare

Published on Jan 3, 2014

“If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley attempts to defend the most egregious lie from the Obama administration and his lackeys in the Senate and House, as a fed up constituent hits him with the tough questions at a town hall.

h/t Laughing at Liberals

Small Business Owner Lays Into Oregon Senator Merkley

Published on Jan 3, 2014

This small business owner, who has 12 employees, has had to cancel insurance their plans, thanks to a massive increase in cost. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley brushes him off, tries to pass Obamacare off as being amazing, and basically belittles the guy and tells him to sign his employees up for Cover Oregon, which still doesn’t function. Notice the part where he says that some small businesses have reported only small increases in insurance costs, where others have reported large increases. Apparently none of them have cheaper insurance now!

h/t Laughing at Liberals

Little People, Big Lie – Obamacare Cancels Healthcare for Stars of “Little People, Big World”

Posted by Oregon Media Watchdog on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Obamacare has forced the health care cancellation of the stars of the television show “Little People, Big World” according family patriarch and Oregon businessman Matt Roloff.

Matt Roloff

From Matt’s official Facebook page: “Today I got the dreaded letter in the mail telling us our company Health care plan is being eliminated. (Up to this point ..I thought it was just scare tactics) We’ve been paying our own Health Care for many, many years due to pre-existing conditions etc etc. Now they are forcing my provider to cancel me?? How is this reform? I thought it was suppose to help those that couldn’t afford care to find it… How is canceling those that can.. going to accomplish that?? I’m confused.”

roloff

Matt is an American success story with a diverse career as an actor, author, farmer, speaker and businessman. He is best known for participating with his family on TLC’s “Little People, Big World” and beloved locally by thousands of visitors to their amazing farm. Matt, his wife Amy and one of their four children have dwarfism.

Sadly, this story is just one of millions playing out all over the country to Americans that were promised by President Obama that if they liked their insurance they could keep it. In this case, all we can say is “Little People, Big Lie”.

h/t Oregon Tea Party PAC

Thanksgiving 2013: ObamaCare Talking Point Survival Guide

November 28, 2013 | by Greg Halvorson at American Thinker

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.

UPDATE: Insurance Company Plan Renewal Deadline Approaching

No-Obamacare

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 

President Obama in 2010: HealthCare.gov “Easy To Use”

From the White House Blog:

“It’s not every day that the President takes time out of his schedule to record a video about a website.  But that’s just what happened with HealthCare.gov, the new consumer-oriented website from the Department of Health and Human Services.  In the video, he shows how anyone can learn about new rights and benefits available to them as a result of health reform law, and, for the first time ever, see all their insurance coverage options in one place.  Check it out:

Obama

Making useful, easy-to-use information available online is a priority for this Administration.  And putting power back into the hands of Americans is a primary focus for the President.  HealthCare.gov accomplishes both.  So, take a moment and check it out.

And don’t forget to leave your feedback in the yellow boxes throughout the site.  The team at HHS is reviewing them on a regular basis and it’s a great way to help make HealthCare.gov a better resource for all of us.”

Democrat Voters Confused: “I Didn’t Realize I Would Be The One Who Was Going to Pay For It Personally”

October 8, 2013 by Mac Slavo | D.C. Clothesline

Dazed and ConfusedBack in 2008, when then-candidate Obama promised Joe the Plumber and the rest of America that he intended to spread the wealth around, most democrat and liberal voters embraced the notion of wealth redistribution under the guise of equality. A universal health care plan, that would be free for all Americans, was the promise from the candidate of hope and change.

Tens of millions of Americans jumped on the bandwagon waving their flags, fainting at his appearances, and fawning over his every word.

None ever thought about where the money would come from for all this new found wealth he promised to bestow upon them.

But those who understand that socialism, communism and governance by the collective are failed experiments, warned where that money would come from. It would be taken by force from the toils of the middle class, and it’d impoverish them in the process.

Now the myrmidons who once vehemently supported the policies of President Barack Obama without question are coming to the realization that when Obama spoke about spreading the wealth he actually meant their wealth too!

Cindy Vinson is one such supporter. This month, like many Americans who have health insurance through their employer or private insurers, Vinson got an unwanted awakening to the reality of government sponsored wealth confiscation and redistribution:

Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurancethey were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

Both Vinson and Waschura have adjusted gross incomes greater than four times the federal poverty level — the cutoff for a tax credit. And while both said they anticipated their rates would go up, they didn’t realize they would rise so much.

“Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”

Continue reading…