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Oh-bummer for Obamacare

Written on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by

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President Barack Obama’s pride-and-joy health care reform law (aka the Affordable Care Act of 2010) suffered a super setback last Friday, when an appeals court ruled that it is unconstitutional to penalize Americans who do not purchase medical insurance.

Reuters reported, “The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.”

Do you hear angels singing, too?

Of course, it ain’t over until the Supreme Court sings a similar judgment. It is upon the high court’s voice that the legality of the individual mandate ultimately hinges, and the court will decide whether it will be placed upon the already burdened backs of Americans in 2014. And the Supreme Court’s ruling could be handed down a few months before the November 2012 presidential election.

The White House wasted no time in denouncing Friday’s federal court ruling: “We strongly disagree with this decision and we are confident it will not stand.”

The White House loves to cite how a few other courts have upheld Obama’s health care law. But last week’s ruling was the first time a Democratic-appointed judge ruled against a critical aspect of Obamacare.

The president knows everything rides on the perpetuity of Obamacare’s individual mandate. Without it, the entire law collapses. So Obama adviser Stephanie Cutter reiterated in the White House response the administration’s same weak defense and rhetoric in hopes of sparing what the president calls the “individual responsibility provision.”

First, she wrote, “The Congressional Budget Office estimated that only 1 percent of all Americans would pay a penalty for not having health insurance in 2016.”

But how can the government-instituted CBO project the number of Americans who in some way will renege on Obamacare in 2016? If citizens can’t afford to buy medical insurance in 2016, what makes the feds think they can afford to pay a penalty for not having it? What are the feds going to do then, throw the economically downtrodden in jail? Who is going to pay for the incarceration of 1 percent of society, or roughly 3.5 million potential new inmates?

Though the CBO says only 1 percent will pay penalties, you can bet that 100 percent will pay for this mammoth health care reform law one way or another via taxes and trickledown costs for employer mandates, Medicaid expansions, tax credits for uninsured, funding grants for states, additional government personnel, etc.

In June, the nonprofit Employment Policies Institute released new research from economists at Cornell University and Indiana University that not only exposes the bias of the CBO but also posits that Obamacare has been grossly underestimated and will result in “much higher costs for taxpayers” than the CBO has estimated.

Friday’s White House blog rebutting the appellate court’s decision also alleged: “Without the individual responsibility provision, people could wait until they’re sick or injured to apply for coverage since insurance companies could no longer say no or charge more. That would lead to double digit premiums increases — up to 20 percent — for everyone in the individual insurance market.”

Wrong again.

Just this past week, Forbes reported on the annual projections from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Forbes’ article is titled “Medicare Actuary: Obamacare Will Triple the Growth Rate of Net Insurance Costs.” It says that in 2014, “the actuaries find that growth in the net cost of health insurance will increase by nearly 14 percent, compared to 3.5 percent if (Obamacare) had never passed. The growth rate of private insurance costs will rise to 9.4 percent, from 5.0 percent under prior law: an 88 percent increase.”

Why is it that anytime the feds talk dollars and financial projections, they are in diametric opposition to the experts?

I don’t care how the Obama administration bends the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution; Obamacare is unconstitutional and going to run U.S. commerce further into the ground. Any junior certified public accountant knows the last thing our flailing government and economy need is another entitlement! (There’s a reason the majority of the states in our union — 26, to be exact — have defied Obamacare’s legality and are fighting its enforcement right now.)

One conclusion the White House did get right in its rebuttal to the appellate court’s ruling is this: “Today’s ruling is one of many decisions on the Affordable Care Act that we will see in the weeks and months ahead.”

The feds’ constant botching of facts, figures and our future leaves me thinking that too many kids are running our country. And just for them, I’m wrapping up this column with a poem that a friend sent me from the Internet. I don’t know the exact source, but I know I’d like its author. It is titled “Dr. Seuss 2011″:

I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like White House backdoor deals.

I do not like when they kick the financial can, I do not like this ‘YES, WE CAN!’

I do not like their spending sprees. Why can’t they get it — nothing’s free.

I do not like their smug replies, broken promises and corruption ties.

I do not like this kind of hope. I do not like it — Nope nope nope!

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  • Captain PJ

    This is just the first major setback for Obamanation and his wallet-busting ObamaCare. The really big setback is awaiting him and is lawyers when it gets to the U.S. Supreme Court. And he knows it, which is why he’ll avoid challenging the 11th Court’s ruling until after the 2012 election.

    • Whackajig

      I sure hope pj is correct, but I hope that when he said that ovomit will not challenge the ruling until after the 2012 election, does not mean that pj believes ovomit will be in a position to challenge anything after the next president is installed.

    • Dave Langdon

      Put Obummer, Pelosi and Reid and all of the House and Senate on Obummercare and we will see how fast it is repealed

    • Patricia L Brake-Ludwig

      yep. social security and medicare for all pols. no more specials. one term limit,even pres and audit expenses and trips and no more air force one unless a real emergency.do not go give out more foreign aid to terrorists. stop him. cut all pol expenses and salaries in half or to zero until debt totally repaid, principal and interest.that ought to be a good sacrifice we can believe in. real sharing and caring.

    • daves

      What does that mean to you “put them on Obamacare”? That they have to buy insurance? I suspect they already have insurance.

    • Ed Hoy

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!

    • Retired USAF MSgt

      Obama’s long held contempt for the Supreme Court was on display yesterday when he said that if the Supreme Court abides by US law, they will rule in favor of the individual mandate, and if they don’t…

    • Patricia L Brake-Ludwig

      I wish Supreme Court would hurry up and veto obamacare unconstitutional mandate. It is so obvious. Are they really not up to the job? Are they all bought and paid for except Alito and Thomas. I thought there were more supremes who do not like gov overextension and who realize we are broke, and do not need more messy,corrupt finances.cut,cap, balance asap.No to ocare oversized,costly bs.

    • helm

      One would have thought that after his attack on the supreme in his address to the nation, they would have already let him know just who was in control. Guess not.

    • Nunya

      Obama adviser Stephanie Cutter wrote “The Congressional Budget Office estimated that only 1 percent of all Americans would pay a penalty for not having health insurance in 2016.”

      what they fail to mention is the top 1% of the richest people in America own 90% of the wealth, so that 1% she mentions is the poorest people…

  • blackhawk

    The ruling of the Supreme Court is not guarented.You forgot Justice Kennedy.

    • shoals

      Kennedy may not be the deciding vote. Kagan absolutely has to recuse herself.

    • peggy

      Oh, YES she certainly does!!! if she doesn’t there will be an uprising!!

    • No fool

      Oh-Bummer has planted a few Supreme Court justices that should not be allowed to vote due to conflict of interest.

    • TooToo

      Let us not forget Sotomaier.

  • http://http/aol.com sean murry

    Lets have more set backs for obummer.

  • http://Yhahoo Raeman Haines

    I fail to see how Obama Care will help the poor, the very people he says it is intended to help. If you cannot afford coverage you get fined ,jailed or both ? Something wrong with that picture . I suppose Obuttwipe will create a special tax for those who can afford it to pay for those who can’t .

    • RoBoTech

      That’s easy enough to anwer.
      it’s called a “waiver”, and is an Obama Rule staple.
      And this waiver won’t be about the “poor”, it will only include Blacks and Hispanics, to include Illegals.
      THIS is what this Socialist LIAR does.

    • daves

      The bill includes assistance for low income people.

  • Tom Stewart

    The One Thing That Obamacare Proves Is That They Can Lie, Lie, Lie And Then Swear Too It, Yikeess,God Bless America And The One Group That The Imposter Muslim Pres Obama Can Not Force His Kool-Aid On, You Got It “The Tea Party Patriots” With Postive-ly Palin.

  • Wolf-Talker1

    Obammacare such a wonderful idea I wish I had thought of it. Of course if the dolts on the supreme court rule in favor of it everyone will pay for the ones who cannot afford it, its called TAXES!!

  • peggy

    Well soon they will run out of our money, then guess what, the government will step in and take control of all businesses, take over private property and the whole nine yards, SO IF YOU DON’T WANT THAT MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MARK OBAMA’S BOX IN ’12

  • Vexed Vet

    If these comrades can force Americans to buy ANYTHING we can be forced to by EVERYTHING they demand, (for our “collective good” of course). This is only the thug’s foot in the door.

    What’s next their ‘tin foil” mobiles that kill more people per pound reduced from car weight? C.A.F.E. kills.

    How about Michelle approved food. “Eat your peas”. Can we say forced arugula I.V.s!

    We do not have “food deserts” we have “freedom deserts” everywhere these wanna be Marxists….er progress-o-crats have power above dog catcher rank.

    They should be forcably transported to a state they have already distroyed and let them micro manage each other to death! Other wise we are becomming a “state of the UNIONS.

    • Patricia L Brake-Ludwig

      Let us deport all political crooks. they can live in 3rd world shack with no utilities nor food, or actually with their stolen millions they will have island mansion paradises and hope to have guards so they can stay elite and immoral and unethical thieves of taxpayer money and see how many terrorists they can outalk and outsteal.

  • http://rebelforiam.com m. sharpe

    Please don’t forget that this was initially Hillarycare,then Obamacare, then…….We must realize that this is a Progressive agenda.It is the shadow gov. at work;the same handful of Elitist that think that they are running the world. They truely are representing the New World Order. Remember Whom We are fighting-its not Obama.

    • Patricia L Brake-Ludwig

      anyone who is antiAmerican, antifreedom, anticapitalism, and anti individual rights and responsibilities does not deserve to live in America. We can be great again. Get rid of all terrorists,illegals and criminals including disbarred lawyers. Deport them all. Time to slam shut the borders,no 80000 muslims here every year,no UN,no foreign aid,all troops home,deep cuts,cap and balance.Clean up USA asap.vote tea party/repub.ABO.not o because o needs to go.

    • Kurt

      “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”
      Ephesians 6:12. KJV
      I hear you.

  • http://rebelforiam.com m. sharpe

    I recommend everyone search ‘Monopoly Men’, hosted by Dean Stockwell. Phenomenon the lost archives. A 47 minute vidieo that explains the players, and their objectives.

  • Bob Hocks

    Obama is for Obama , the hell with the rest .

    IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH

    He would be found guilty on all counts.

  • chris

    i really love how these crooked bastards go from calling it the individual mandate(which is what it really is) to the individual responsibility. do they really think we are as stupid as they are? that changing one word will somehow make this utter abomination seem in some way palatable? liberalism truly is a mental disorder.

  • am2sweet

    Obama doesn’t care about anyone other than himself and those who are handing money to him. I found this and it certainly fits the situation.

    The Ten Commandments According to Obama

    I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.)

    II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore.

    III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama.

    IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy.

    V. Honour thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money.

    VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby.

    VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed.

    VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you’ve been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives.

    IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian.

    X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet.

    Gee, it sure sounds familiar.

    • Dodi

      am2sweet, you summed the arrogant ass up quite accurately and appropriately! It is too bad we have to have this idiot for our leader but until 2012 we’re stuck.

  • Yellow Eagle

    As I understand it obummer has most of the judges 0n his side !!! Don’t hurah as yet…

  • http://yahoo.com tod

    Barrycare is 100% Unconstitutional,Period!

  • raygun

    Yeah, Chuck, the wheels are coming off everything BO and his minions touch. Maybe even his (or the tax payers) new busses. November 2012 can’t happen soon enough. Regards, George Reagan, Fort Worth, Texas.

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com Adrian Vance

    This thing belongs in the Supreme Court where can put a wooden stake through its’ heart.

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