Oh. Obamacare. Is there nothing you can’t mess up? (Worse.)
What happens when the military industrial complex meets Obamacare?
We cannot have an economy in which billionaire crony capitalists bestow largess through the state to the unwashed. We need the broad based economic growth, opportunity, and dynamism that only comes in a freer more liberalized economy.
Though the intentions of most progressives are probably “good” the culture of regulation and unnecessary complexity they have instituted over the last few decades has only served to further stratify the country and to reduce social mobility.
The economy is running through bureaucratic wet concrete. The ridiculous tax code, the regs, the government “fees” everywhere, Obamacare, etc. The only people who can negotiate this concrete effectively are the very rich. The rest of us are mired, and the concrete is hardening.
It’s about time, but it’s too late now. I guess there is some comfort in knowing that the even the statist Gray Lady sees what Obamcare actually is. Though I am going to guess that the New York Times editorial board isn’t going to come out for repeal even though the program was sold with out and out lies and is pouring billions in taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the health insurance companies.
Another (not so) shocking report from the dark shadows of the #cronymedia on its coverage of Obamacare.
The the gaggle of Dem insiders tries to compare Johnathan Gruber to David Stockman which is a joke. Stockman in the 80s was exposing how dysfunctional and large the government was (is), and how no one even in the Reagan Administration really wanted the government to shrink. Gruber on the other hand was schooling other political hacks on how to lie to the American people and take advantage of the fact that bureaucrats don’t know their hindquarters from a hole in the wall. Stockman was a kind of whistleblower, Gruber is a crony capitalist and basically everything government should not be.
Mika Brzezinski, not exactly a friend to Republicans, points out that the #oldmedia, the mainstream media, the dying media, the crony media was slow to cover the story, largely because (though she didn’t say it) the (old) media is overwhelmingly liberal and was complicit in selling Obamacare to the minority of Americans who could not see what a terrible idea it was.
The media likes Obamacare even if the American people don’t. Also, though this is again not said openly, the media generally agrees with Mr. Gruber’s tactics.
Again, the voters may be stupid but their money is fun to spend.
What individual is paid $5.9 million by the taxpayers over a little more than 10 years? Apparently an individual who believes duping the American public in order to pass a massive new government program which will cost taxpayers billions (probably trillions) more is OK. But the government is US right?
Such is the life of a White House consultant I suppose. The taxpayers might be stupid but their money still spends.
(From The Washington Times)
Those “stupid” people have been extremely generous to Mr. Gruber. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2010 investigated the $297,600 that the Department of Health and Human Services paid Mr. Gruber to sing the praises of the health care scheme. Congress — or part of Congress — was concerned that this payoff violated a federal law against paid government propaganda, but the GAO said it wasn’t a violation because Mr. Gruber had written his propaganda on his own time. Officially, he was paid only to “analyze various health care reform proposals and identify cost and coverage implications.”
This video is from a recent talk done at the University of Pennsylvania by Jonathan Gruber, the so called architect of Obamacare.
Guess what? The policy guys didn’t really know what was in the healthcare law and that was by design. Why? Because it created all kinds of places for people to hide before the ACA passed. As Gruber explains in the attached video, if the Obamacare taxes had actually been called “taxes” the bill would have never passed. If people had actually been told how much their premiums were going to go up (and just you wait, the next few years are going to be brutal if this abomination isn’t rolled back) Obamacare would never have been passed.
Watch this short clip and just take in the arrogance of this fellow. Just feel the contempt he has for the people he’s supposedly helping with Obamacare. He knew he was going to hurt a large swathe of the country, but he didn’t give a damn. Those people, mostly middle class suburbanites, probably deserved it for their backward bourgeois ways anyway. Screw those people.
It’s pretty amazing if you think about it. The vote wasn’t that long ago.