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Tag Archives: ACA

Obamacare co-opts imploding everywhere, billions of your tax dollars wasted

There are people who honestly believe that markets are some sort of human construct, that supply and demand aren’t as simple as water flowing downhill. These people have done great damage to our economy and our society over the years. The Obamacare “co-opts” are just the latest example of this kind of magical policy thinking.

Markets are natural phenomena. Ebb and flow. But they can be inconvenient for some who would like to construct a new reality out of whole cloth. Kind of like how gravity is inconvenient for those who would like to be able to jump to the moon.

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Boehner Unchained: Will The soon to be former Speaker blow things up in Congress on the way out?

We wouldn’t put it past him. Indeed you can bet that long time “friends” like Boeing are leaning pretty hard on The Tanned One to make sure the Export-Import Bank, Boeing’s Bank, the taxpayer underwritten boondoggle for a few massive corporations, is revived from the grave for instance. The people who want Ex-Im gone are the same people who wanted Boehner gone. As such watch Boehner do the wrong thing here, either for old “friends,” out of spite, or both. He’s got one last chance to come through for the cronies and to thumb his nose at those who want a smaller government.

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By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission (A Review from CEI’s Fred Smith)

We just ran a review by Charles Murray of someone else’s book so we figured we’d run a review of Murray’s recent book too.

Cronies are all over. But some of the worst reside in the belly of Leviathan, the federal bureaucracy. This bureaucracy perpetuates itself without reason often and inserts its tentacles into every nook and cranny of life. (Typically extracting wealth from the real economy in the process.) The beast is slowly strangling the spirit (and the economy) of America.

Murray says it’s time for civil disobedience.

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Where did billions in Obamacare grants go?

The Pentagon has no idea where a significant amount of your tax money money goes. It seems to spin off into some crony black hole. Same it seems for Obamacare, not that this should surprise anyone. Really the Pentagon, Health and Human Services  it’s all of government which doesn’t seem to operate by the normal rules of accounting and with any basic respect for the taxpayer.

Now, though the Feds lose, think about that for a second, LOSE, billions probably every year, you had better have everything straight on your tax filing. Because even though the government doesn’t care enough to follow your money and how it is spent once it is within the system, it sure as shinola cares about whether you pay your “share” into the black hole.

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Health Care Premium Hikes and Crony Capitalism

Obamacare is a giant jack. And no, single payer is not the solution. That is the last thing we need. Single payer is an excuse for all sorts of other cronyism. Not to mention that socializing healthcare in the 21st Century is just a backward idea. We should be opening up healthcare not centralizing it.

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Former ObamaCare official becomes top lobbyist for insurers

As one reader commented a few days ago, “It just doesn’t stop.”

Indeed it doesn’t. This is the culture of Washington. The big cash-in carrot is why many people go into government these days. In the warren of Washington regulation there are caches of dollars along the way. If you know where to look for them.

A tour (or multiple tours) in high level bureaucracy provides one with a nice map of potential taxpayer funded riches.

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One-third of veterans on pending (VA) medical care list already dead

I was talking to someone a few months ago about the medical challenges facing our veterans and this person made the point that treating vets is very expensive. Once they pass however they are much less expensive.

This is a deeply cynical way of looking at things, and disturbing. But she said what many people are thinking.

Do I think along these lines? No. But I will say that the VA system needs to be taken apart and radically reworked. But there are too many people who make their money off of the current system for such a thing to happen anytime soon.

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Get ready to pay A LOT more for health insurance (Like 40% more for some people, because of Obamacare)

Hayek had a name for the hubris which clings to big government planners like herpes – “the pretense of knowledge.

Planners always think they can plan large social experiments, but experience has shown us over and over and over, from the Soviet Union, to France, to Britain, to North Korea, to the United States, they just can not. Obamacare is just the latest example.

20%-40% increases because, surprise surprise the people who signed up for Obamacare are sicker than the planners planned and fewer healthy people signed up than the planners planned.

It’s not like anyone said this would happen. Oh wait, all the people who understood basic supply and demand said this would happen.

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What Some Conservatives Aren’t Willing To Do To Kill Obamacare

The filibuster is an important tool which, as many have observed, has halted more bad legislation than good legislation. Getting rid of it would constitute a major change, and potentially a very bad one.

Even if it meant undoing Cronycare, eliminating the filibuster would likely come back to haunt fans of small government.

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Obama’s Unilateral Presidency Crashes Into the Constitution

I remember in college my professor explaining to us that the US system of government was too slow. That it was inherently difficult – too difficult he argued. A parliamentary system was much better and would allow “things to get done.” My professor, it was clear resented the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution.

One gets the sense that Obama feels the same way.

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Hospital Profits Soar As Obamacare Creates More “Paying” Patients (You paid for them)

I was listening to a triad of wonks on NPR’s The Dianne Rehm Show last week discussing “Net neutrality.” One of the guests asserted that it was a given that business always hates “regulations.” I laughed to myself in the car. This person does politics for a living? And no one challenged her on this. (These are supposed to be smart inside the Beltway folks.)

What an ignorant statement.

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Report from The Progressive Farmer: Obamacare inflicting serious pain on small time farms

Most farming in this country is done by massive agribusiness conglomerates. But there are still a few small farmers out there. There may be fewer however once Obamacare really takes hold.

Below is yet another example of how red tape and over regulation push small businesses over the edge while large businesses benefit from the increased complexity and cost of regs. In the medium run the big guys gain market share and keep upstart innovators in check. All thanks to government “solutions.”

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