Friday, February 22, 2013

Obamacare Blows Up In Dem's Face!

Okay folks, I know you think the C-Span Channel that broadcasts all those Congressional hearings is boring, but, really, you should have been around to watch the Senate Finance Committee's hearing Wednesday on the Affordable Health Care Insurance Oversight.

Folks, you haven't seen so many faces of misery since you watched Les Miserables for three and a half hours...and they were all Democrats.  And one of them, Senator Max Baucus, was the primary sponsor of Obamacare in the Senate!

Now, try to follow me here because this gets pretty complicated.  (It seems that Nancy Pelosi was right; you have to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it...and the Democrats are now learning what the Republicans warned them about.  It's an unworkable mess that is throwing millions of Americans off the health care rolls!)

Okay, apparently, tens of thousands of American employers began throwing workers off their health care plans and opting to pay the much lower federal fine for not offering health care for their workers.  Thousands more are even now converting their full time workers to part time workers by limiting working hours per week to less than 30, in compliance with Obamacare rules.  (Remember when Paul Ryan and the Republicans predicted employers would do this?  Remember when Democrats were warned that employers would move to save operating expenses by moving their entire work force into federal healthcare exchanges?)

Now, these workers who have lost their health care benefits are busy trying to sign up for state health care exchanges.  (There are internet sites available if your state has agreed to sign up to Obamacare).
However, when these American workers, soon to be without employee provided health care, go to the Health Exchange to sign up, they are finding they are not qualified!  It seems that during the signup process, applicants are required to fill in various income and benefit data, which then flows over to IRS computers who then are to spit out what your premium costs will be and how much federal tax credits you'll receive in order to receive subsidies to help you afford health care premiums that are as much as 30% more than you were paying under your employers plan!

Big Problem!  The IRS is only allowing somewhere around 9% subsidy support for Obamacare Health care Exchange premiums that are priced so much higher than the worker was paying under his employer plan!  (Surprise, Surprise!  Remember Republicans warning that forcing working Americans to pay for the 30 million tit suckers who pay nothing for their health care under Medicaid would drive the premiums of working Americans higher?)

Second Big Problem!  The IRS computers won't mate up with the Health Care Exchange computers because the IRS computer system is obsolete!  So when workers try to sign up for Obamacare the IRS and the Health Exchanges are telling applicants to go to hell!

And so fireworks really broke out at the Finance Committee hearings on Obamacare yesterday afternoon.  Senator Max Baucus, (Dem), said.."how could this happen?  I'm hearing from my constituents that they and their families have been left out in the cold and are without health care because the Exchanges are not accepting them!".  Quote from Senator Bill Nelson, (Dem), Florida "my constituents are not going to be happy to hear this administration failed to implement the necessary changes to accommodate health care applicants...someone has to pay for this!"  Similar outrage was professed by Senator Ron Wyden (Dem) from Oregon.

Sadly, Obama Program Director for the Health care Affordability Act was on hand to lend testimony.  All he could seem to do was sympathize with his Democratic buddies, saying that maybe the problems could be ironed out by the end of 2014 but could offer no ideas about how that could be done.

An Update!  This morning a Harvard economics professor came on CNBC and announced that, according to a federal study his group just completed, the Health and Human Services Secretary is going to be forced to come back to this same committee, hat in hand, and request $700 billion dollars more be allocated to Obamacare just to pay for those automatically covered under current federal programs.

Also, sadly, the Wall Street Journal  reported that, in addition to the 30 million Americans not currently covered under Obamacare, we can expect tens of millions more who will be left in the "no health care Twilight Zone"; those who were doing just fine with their employee health care plan until Obamacare was implemented this year.   And many of those who were working 40 hour weeks will find themselves deemed "part time employees" working less than 30 hours per week and unable to afford Obama's premiums even if they could get through the application process.

And, as usual, while the working poor, and the rapidly declining middle class will be out in the cold without any health care, the Medicaid/Welfare tit-suckers have no worry.  They are covered by that $700 billion dollar pot of gold Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services will be demanding from Congress soon!

Sad.  Damned Sad.


Carol said...

Thank you for writing these blogs! They are quite informative & I enjoy all the reads!!!

A Modest Scribler said...

Thank you for the kind words, Carol. And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment.

MaryAnn said...

Stupid is what Stupid is! They did not read it.
Nancy Pelosi said that. Lets past the Bill so we can read it.
I hope the print is LARGE enough for her.

A Modest Scribler said...

Hi Mary Ann. Thanks for the comments. You have probably read by now that Obamacare does indeed include illegals. Last week the Repubs tried to pass a bill that precludes illegals from getting care. The Dems defeated it in the Senate.

The Music Man said...

Your blog is fowarded to me by a friend. I am happy to get the information. The crude language does not strenghen your position. You can get your point accross without the name calling at people who did not vote for the bill.

A Modest Scribler said...

I'm sorry that you're offended Music Man. In re-reading the blog the only term that even hints at fowl language was the term "tit-suckers". I'm sorry but I make no apology for that.
As far as I'm concerned we are in an ideological war for the survival of American and I have no "kumbaya" to offer to those whose liberal ideas I strongly oppose.

LegalAmerican said...

Well, it has been 4 years that the ideologue has been President. Not one thing has he done that is good for America. Mitt Rommey was right 48% of dependent American voted for Stuff. The other 3% voted for Obama because they were angry that Rommey was not conservative enough..... How stupid could anyone be, to not really recognize the grave dangers of reelecting Him. By the time this man is finish, America will be done. A very sad American....

Mark said...

This is a great article you plagiarized. Nice cut & paste.

A Modest Scribler said...

Mark, re your allegation of plagiary, I dare anyone to copy and paste the link you cited and come up with the notion that I plagiarized that is not even close to what I wrote.

You know, Mark...I sometimes wonder how pitifully ignorant liberals are; I mean, I know your ignorant enough to swallow Obama's Kool-Aid, but to not be able to distinguish two very different pieces of writing is astounding.

Or could it be that you are just lying...and attacking because your Anointed One has failed you so miserably with Obamacare?

I am very happy you made these comments because liberals always prove my point! Sadly, everyone who reads this can follow the link you provided, only to find out how supremely stupid you are.

Sad. Damned Sad.

Philtac said...

Modest: I looked for a youtube on C-span of this hearing th
...would you have any Idea where I could find it. did not find it when I searched C-span... thanks

A Modest Scribler said...

Philtac, all I can tell you is that the hearings were held the week of 13th and 14th of Feb. That I found on C-span but I don't know if they archived the remarks. But, if you read the Baucus headlines (train wreck says he) you know Baucus was highly upset, just as he voiced at the hearings. Baucus is now pulling out of th 2014 race because he knows his sponsorship of Obama care was a career killer, now that it has gone so badly.

If anyone is that interested in the transcript, call C-Span and asked them for it.

A Modest Scribler said...

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama's health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it's headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation.

"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama's health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense.

Baucus is the first top Democrat to publicly voice fears about the rollout of the new health care law, designed to bring coverage to some 30 million uninsured people through a mix of government programs and tax credits for private insurance. Polls show that Americans remain confused by the complex law, and even many uninsured people are skeptical they will be helped by benefits that start next year.

A six-term veteran, Baucus expects a tough re-election in 2014. He's still trying to recover from approval ratings that nosedived amid displeasure with the health care law in his home state.

Normally low-key and supportive, Baucus challenged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Wednesday's hearing.

He said he's "very concerned" that new health insurance marketplaces for consumers and small businesses will not open on time in every state, and that if they do, they might just flop because residents don't have the information they need to make choices.

"The administration's public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade," he told Sebelius. "You need to fix this."

A Modest Scribler said...

Here's another link that referred to those feb 14th hearings; if you want the transcript call cspan an order it.