Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:50 pm

Oh, I’M sorry, you were worried about the DEFICIT and not whether Americans had health care?

Read this and weep, you freakin’ sociopaths:

The Affordable Care Act is already working: Intense price competition among health plans in the marketplaces for individuals has lowered premiums below projected levels. As a result of these lower premiums, the federal government will save about $190 billion over the next 10 years, according to our estimates. These savings will boost the health law’s amount of deficit reduction by 174 percent and represent about 40 percent of the health care savings proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform—commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles commission—in 2010.

Moreover, we estimate that lower premiums will lower the number of uninsured even further, by an additional 700,000 people, even as the number of individuals who receive tax credits will decline because insurance is more affordable.

In short, the Affordable Care Act is working even better than expected, producing more coverage for much less money.

And just because you’re evil and you suck, you should also read the whole damn report, while I make an adult beverage out of vodka and your bitter, bitter tears.


  1. The authors of your cited report aren’t exactly independent, non-biased or neutral;

    “The Center for American Progress is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Its website states that the organization is “dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action”.[2] The Center presents a liberal[3] viewpoint on economic issues. It has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.[4]

    Its President and chief executive officer is Neera Tanden, who worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations and for Hillary Clinton’s campaigns.[5] Its first President and chief executive officer was John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to then U.S. President Bill Clinton. Podesta remains with the organization as chairman of the board. The Center for American Progress has a campus outreach group, Campus Progress, and a sister advocacy organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Citing Podesta’s influence in the formation of the Obama Administration, a November 2008 article in Time stated that “not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan’s transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway”.[6]

    The ACA needs about 2.5 million younger healthy people to sign up in the first year to offset the rest of the 7 million projected.

    I am reading many are qualifying for Medicaid, rather than purchasing a private company policy on the exchanges.

    The “doc fix” wasn’t instituted.

    I believe, as do most, that this thing is FUBAR.

    Comment by hartzman — Monday, October 28, 2013 8:46 am @ 8:46 am

  2. Government Is Magic

    ” If the government can’t build a health care website, how is it going to actually run health care for an entire country is the obvious question that so many are asking. And the obvious answer is that it will run it the way it ran the website. It will throw wads of money and people at the problem and then look for programs it doesn’t like to squeeze for extra cash.

    The Navy had to be cut to the bone and the Benghazi mission had to make do without security so that a Canadian company which began employing a classmate of Michelle Obama’s could score over half a billion to build a broken website. Obama mocked Mitt Romney’s criticism of his Navy cuts by telling him that we don’t fight with bayonets and horses anymore. Bayonets and horses are outdated. In our glorious modernity, we spend fortunes to build websites that don’t work instead.

    Modernity has to be built. It has to be constructed brick by bit by rivet by cable by people who know what they are doing. Modernity without competence is as worthless as the ObamaCare website which looked pretty enough to give the illusion of technocratic modernity, but didn’t actually work.

    Competence is the real modernity and it has very little to do with the empty trappings of design that surround it. In some ways the America of a few generations ago was a far more modern place because it was a more competent place. For all our nice toys, we look like primitive savages compared to men who could build skyscrapers and fleets within a year… and build them well.

    Those aren’t things we can do anymore. Not because the knowledge and skills don’t exist, but because the culture no longer allows it. We can’t do them for the same reason that Third World countries can’t do what we do. It’s not that the knowledge is inaccessible, but that the culture gets in the way.”


    “Because government is progress. Government is modernity. Government is magic.

    The cargo culters on the islands, who once witnessed the might and power of the American military during WW2 make American flags and uniforms, they build airstrips and wooden control towers, and wait for the planes to land and make them rich. They don’t understand why these things should work, but they do them anyway because that is how they remember it happening.

    Our own cargo culters invoke FDR and JFK, they talk about the New Deal and the Great Society, they make grand promises and roll out big programs, and then they wait for it all to work. They don’t understand themselves how or why it would work. But government is magic and the appearance of a thing is just as good as a real deal.

    Build a website and it will work. Pass a law and they will come. Get a degree and you’re competent.

    There is no need to know how to do a thing. You don’t need engineers or competent men. All you need to do is remember the great dreams of the past, listen to a few inspirational JFK speeches and then carve a computer out of wood and wait for free health care to arrive.

    In cargo cult America, the food is free, the cell phones are free and the money can be printed forever because government is magic”.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, October 28, 2013 11:20 am @ 11:20 am

  3. @George: If you can point out the flaws in CAP’s research, or point to someone who can, knock yourself out. Otherwise, save the ad hominem attacks.

    @Fred: “Government is the source of all our problems” has been the prevailing mythos for 35 years, and what has it gotten us? Economically crippling income inequality, a lost decade of job creation, the least efficient health-care system in the industrialized world (including an appalling 173rd ranking worldwide in infant mortality and rebirths of diseases like smallpox and polio that had been damn near eradicated), a blown-up economy, torture as policy instead of the thing we spend blood and treasure to eradicate, utilities “screwing Grandma” while destroying their employees’ retirement savings, and on and on. The overhead on your Medicare is 2% and your Medicare works, so, really, I don’t want to hear another word out of your mouth (or a quote out of anyone else’s) about government not working.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, October 28, 2013 12:15 pm @ 12:15 pm

  4. Okay how about the words of one of your socialist media types..which is what you really yearn for.. Two words

    So what’s the overhead on medicaid upon which 58 Million rely on. Don’t bother… it’s 100% income rerdistribution.

    Get a load of this..

    More enrolling in Medicaid , in states with their own exchages, than for private plans… can you saw ubsustainable !!

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, October 28, 2013 2:41 pm @ 2:41 pm

  5. More enrolling in Medicaid RIGHT NOW, yes. Enrollment periods are just starting at most medium- and large-sized employers. And where’s the basis for your conclusion, Fred? Do you have any rational basis for believing that what’s happening right now will continue to be the norm? I’ll answer that for you: You don’t, because there is none.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, October 28, 2013 2:55 pm @ 2:55 pm

  6. Er yes, 58 million reasons and expanding ( How’s the weather in the pumpkin patch. Will the GP come ? )

    And, please don’t take my word. See CBO projections

    Obamacare’s Medicaid Problem

    ” Medicaid was always supposed to be part of the mix, and the Congressional Budget Office even projected that Medicaid enrollment would be higher than private enrollment in 2014. But the numbers we’re seeing so far are way out of proportion to what was expected.”

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, October 28, 2013 5:49 pm @ 5:49 pm

  7. Do you dislike Jon Stewart?

    Comment by NitWitCharmer — Monday, October 28, 2013 8:30 pm @ 8:30 pm

  8. He’s funny. He’s not always right.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:02 pm @ 9:02 pm

  9. Let’s see now, are deliberate untruths , told over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, lies ??

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:45 am @ 12:45 am

  10. Did the Jon Stewart link break one or more of your commenting rules?

    Help me understand so that I can better abide by site rules.

    Comment by NitWitCharmer — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:38 am @ 7:38 am

  11. Probably, although I don’t recall now. Site rules are here.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:53 am @ 8:53 am

  12. Congratulations on the deep history on the internet timeline.

    2002 is something to be proud of.

    Comment by NitWitCharmer — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:42 am @ 10:42 am

  13. Thanks.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:20 pm @ 12:20 pm

  14. Denial is not just a river in Egypt. Lex.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:08 pm @ 1:08 pm

  15. I’ve lost track, Fred. What was it I’m supposedly denying?

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:23 pm @ 1:23 pm

  16. Allow me to explain.. First I comment :

    ” MSNBC Accuses Administration of Outright Lying About Nubmer of Obamacare Enrollees .. Heh.. Double Heh !

    Is it hard to drink the kool aid with your head in the sand ?”

    You brushed that off with some reference to Barnicle’s past

    I responded : ” Pay attention. Mark Halpetrin also said the administration was inexplicably withholding information and not telling the truth about number of enrollees . Barnicle was simply expanding on what Halperin said.. BTW Barnicle is a partisan for progressive causes. That’s why this attack was surprising.”

    Now I have Joe Scarborough , using euphemisms ( and a report from Lisa Myers, NBC News ), to call the president a LIAR. And you claim to be lost.



    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:35 pm @ 3:35 pm

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