Earlier I posted the Obama Zombie swooning during Obama's desperate campaign style event to try and counter the all too clear consensus that the rollout of ObamaCare is a total bust. But also, I'd like to discuss more of the substance of Monday's event and put it in context.
At the White House on Moday, Obama delivered yet another long winded appeal to try and sell ObamaCare. But these appeals are starting to grow tiresome even for his supporters. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has taken to calling Obama "Sir Lecturealot." After three years and hundreds of millions of dollars Obama is left in the embarrassing position of trying to explain away the fact that the main portal that is required to sign up for ObamaCare does not work. He even resorted to repeating an 800 number for people to call instead. However, phoning that number doesn't mean you can sign up, but only get an information package. One report described reaching the number only to be told to contact the failing web site. ABC reports a man who spent 4.5 hours on the phone and still couldn't sign up.
Monday's pathetic attempt to avoid accountability for this mess stands in stark contrast to what Obama said days before the October 1 train wreck began. At that White House campaign style event in late September Obama promised:
Now, this is real simple. It’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans, side-by-side, the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak -- (laughter) -- same way you shop for a TV on Amazon. You just go on and you start looking, and here are all the options.Really? Is Obama THAT clueless? Remember that the Democrats billed Obama as the smartest guy ever to hold the office of President and he can't even manage a lemon stand let alone a complex takeover of health care.
if you’ve ever tried to buy insurance on your own, I promise you this is a lot easier. It's like booking a hotel or a plane ticket.
In September and again on Monday Obama promised that ObamaCare would be cheaper than current insurance. But that promise, along with ease of use for the web site, or "if you like your plan" (or your doctor) you can keep it.
Of course we've covered the failure of those promises before but it doesn't hurt to add to that record. NBC News (not Fox) had a story describing how hundreds of thousands of people across the country were losing the plans they liked and being forced into ObamaCare plans that cost more and deliver less.
NBC: Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.Where did Kris Malean get the impression "there would be a lot more choice, driving some of the rates down?" Why,from Obama of course. Sorry Kris!
“Some receiving cancellations say it looks like their costs will go up, despite studies projecting that about half of all enrollees will get income-based subsidies.
“Kris Malean, 56, lives outside Seattle, and has a health policy that costs $390 a month with a $2,500 deductible and a $10,000 in potential out-of-pocket costs for such things as doctor visits, drug costs or hospital care.
“As a replacement, Regence BlueShield is offering her a plan for $79 more a month with a deductible twice as large as what she pays now, but which limits her potential out-of-pocket costs to $6,250 a year, including the deductible.
“‘My impression was …there would be a lot more choice, driving some of the rates down' said Malean
It's the same story across the country and negative reports abound in even the liberal media. People are finding out that ObamaCare is not what Obama advertised. Here's a state by state comparison showing the small number of groups that will actually save money compared to the huge sticker shock for the rest of us:
Full size image here.
At Monday's White House briefing NBC's Chuck Todd (not Fox News) grilled Press Secretary Jay Carney demanding to know who misled the President on the poor state of ObamaCare's readiness. It's a fair question since Obama doesn't seem to be engaged much in the actual process of governing. As Maureen Dowd points out, Sir Leacturealot seems to enjoy only wagging his finger at the American people telling them he knows what's good for them even when he clearly does not. It's obvious to me that Obama misled himself as he must have believed that the fading power of his personality would be enough to drive forward the most audacious and destructive health care train wreck we are now witnessing!