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Obama: Health Insurance is a “Right”

You now have the right to health insurance. President Obama decreed it in a radio address the White House made available Saturday morning.

So, as Jefferson surely intended, you have a right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and managed care.

What does that mean, exactly, that you have a “right” to health insurance? I get that Obamacare provides everyone with access to insurance. But they’re still charged for it. How do you charge somebody for something that is a right?

As Obamacare falls apart, get ready for Democrats to insist on a government-provided single payer system. Because only government can guarantee your “rights,” not Aetna.

Here’s a portion of Obama’s remarks. Note the vicious attack on Republicans, and Obama’s suggestion that they’re opposing Obamacare just to experience the joy of “sticking it to me.”

Obama is trying to demonize his opposition – although he surely believes anyway that they are demons – to lay the groundwork for stronger medicine like single payer and unilateral executive actions to combat legitimate opposition in the legislature and the states to his policies. You watch.

Many Members of Congress, in both parties, are working hard to inform their constituents about these benefits, protections, and affordable plans.  But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government.

Think about that.  They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process.  And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it’ll hurt the country.

A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me.  But they’d just be sticking it to you.

Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help.  Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service.  And it’s not what you deserve.

Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with.  Our economy isn’t something to play politics with.  This isn’t a game.  This is about the economic security of millions of families.

See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable.

So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to.  Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right.  And we’re going to keep it that way.

Here’s the full video of Obama’s remarks:

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85 Responses to Obama: Health Insurance is a “Right”

  1. “A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me.”

    Flaming narcissism.

      • Oops. Sorry Julie thought you were referencing tax not rights. However since no one seems inclined to seriously confront the lawlessness of this Administration and this man apppeals to the Constitution are moot. Despite Obama’s incessant whining there is no meaningful institutional opposition.

  2. yup.. more affordable. “See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable.” Some of the most high cost states in the US, and their all having problems setting up exchanges. The want more big $$$ to train people to help sign up for health care.

    Meanwhile more democrats are swimming away as fast as possible to be out of the suction pool as this ship sinks.. a bit slower than the Titanic, but it’s going down.

  3. I might someday be convinced that some type of legislation should be enacted supporting health CARE for all citizens. But legislating the purchase of health INSURANCE and then trying to disguise the puchase of what should be a market-driven commodity (of sorts) as a “right?”
    Please…this is a scrape-the-bottom-of-the-barrel argument that jumps the shark.

  4. When the nasty side of Obama emerges, it’s usually a sign of desparation. It’s often worked in the past, but lately, very little that he’s tried has worked.

    The NSA has really been a killer for him in all respects: most people just don’t trust the guy any more.

  5. Why couldn’t they have just said–long ago–that encouraging and maintaining the health of the work force and population led to a stronger America and since a lot of insurance was work-based, that was fine. For the independent workers and those shut out by being sick, the many state high risk pools would be strengthened. Poor people would be folded into Medicaid. Also insurance companies could compete for the business–across state lines and every other way. But no–they had to upend the whole apple cart and scare and impoverish everyone or make them dependent on some IRS worker. And STILL 30 million will have no insurance–or will pay their stupid tax or fine or whatever they are calling it today.

  6. We have to face the fact that we live in a post-constitutional America. The ruling class has been progressively shredding our Constitution and stealing our individual liberty for more than a hundred years, but this president has done more to destroy our civil society than any of his predecessors.

    Mark Levin was discussing his book, “The Liberty Amendments”, on Hannity last night. At about 23 minutes into the video, he discusses the conservative efforts to defund Obamacare. He rightly says there is no difference between the ruling class Republicans and Democrats when it comes to spending, and they both look at defunding Obamacare as “Armageddon”. The Republican leadership is so afraid of losing, they don’t even want to try to fight. Mark suggested they just triple spending on Obamacare, change their names to Democrats, and then maybe they’ll win some seats. They might as well, because it already appears we have one party rule by elitists in Washington, D.C. We’ve got to derail this bullet train to totalitarianism, and Mark’s idea of using Article 5 of the Constitution looks to be the only way out short of revolution.
    http://therightscoop.com/mark-levin-talks-about-his-new-book-with-conservative-panel-on-hannity/

  7. This disgraceful and misleading speech is nothing more than an attempt to gin up resentment, class warfare and racial animus among what’s left of his supporters. We might call it “obamacare”, but it’s not his law; he didn’t write it, he didn’t vote for it, and it doesn’t apply to him or his family.

    As a supposed contitutional scholar, he must realize that our rights come from God/Maker/Almighty/HigherPower, whatever and not from man.

    • As I have said before, he probably has never laid eyes on an EOB. He has a hospital down the hall now, a doctor following him around a la ROYAL PAINS. He had great health care in the Senate. If at some pt he has to buy some insurance, it will be platinum coverage…the Cadillac, the Lambo, however they are positioning “the options” for the stupid little people. Most rich people will be self-insured, meaning pay their own bills. Less annoying, dontcha know. I will shut up–this whole subject frosts my cahooties!

      • The trouble with real managed healthcare, as envisioned by Obama, is that (like Hillarycare) it will be illegal to use your money to go around the system. We are all equal. Except for those of us making the rules. We’re a hell of a lot better than the rest of you.

    • “As a supposed contitutional scholar, he must realize that our rights come from God/Maker/Almighty/HigherPower, whatever and not from man.”

      His Weltanschauung is based on the opposite belief, that all good flows from humanity, most notably, the government. He’s a believer in positive liberty, in the notion that, instead of getting out of our way, the government must guide us through life.

  8. I have been a freelancer for 35 yrs. I always had health insurance for myself and my kid. But it wasn’t easy–I had some weird lashups–small unions that would take outsiders, affinity groups that offered insurance like the Cultural Alliance of DC or Wash Independent Writers. I was always scrambling. It cost around $800 a mo…when my kid turned 18, it was cheaper to drop the “fam” plan and get her a plan of her own for $100 a mo! HealthNet. Staying insured is an American challenge–and I predict it will continue to be…and with huge deductibles on top of premiums–you will rarely be able to use it and when you do, it does not insure CARE, it insures someone gets PAID.

  9. Sounds more like insurance companies have a ‘right’ to get wealthier. The already insured middle-class has seen their premiums and co-pays skyrocket since 2010 because the wealthiest of our people don’t really need “health insurance”, they pay out of pocket or have sweet coverage as part of their business packages.

    There is a ‘right’ for the uninsured to be treated despite coverage, we already pay for that in our taxes.

    I may have told this story before, went to a walk-in clinic with an earache and my “photo i.d.” had expired, so they wouldn’t take my insurance card. I got treated and sent home with abx after agreeing to pay $35 cash before I was seen. To my amazement, the checkout invoice had me as “uninsured”, the $35 payment and a $300 write off billed to the state. For an ear infection.

        • We go to urgent care sometimes–you can go, be seen, out. I am trying to get an appt at a specialist–leave a message (for an APPT!!!) and then they call six hrs later and I don’t have my stuff ready…this has gone on for days. But the last time at urgent care, my care was so bad, they returned my copays!! Two copays! Ever had that happen? Is it true that if you roll your eyes too much, they stick that way?

  10. And this idiot swore to uphold the Constitution, yet either he doesn’t understand the Constitution or he’s intentionally usurping it. Either Barack Obama is stupid or he’s lawless, both good enough reasons for the American people to demand his exit.

    • He was only a lecturer not a professor. Maybe he skipped checks and balances day. No–I think it’s more like he knows the rules so he can break them–and dare someone to do something. But what?

      • What was done to other malevolent dictators in world history?

        What’s insidious about Barack Obama is that he IS dictating on so many levels but he doesn’t have the courage to concretely explain his intentions to the American people, instead he uses catch phrases like “hope and change”, a “fundamental transformation”; and he lies, obfuscates, and deflects to keep the people from knowing the truth.

        • Jeff, he is a liar.
          I swore to uphold the Constitution also, along with every other Patriot that has served this Country.
          I will never deny my oath to the Country.
          This fraud is nothing more than a charlatan, and more and more people are beginning to realize it.

          I agree with you on his insidious, nefarious tendencies.
          All the while living the good life on our dime.

          His attempts to mislead the intelligent are beginning to fail.

  11. The dictionary defines a constitutional right as “liberty or right granted under a national constitution. Also called constitutional freedom.” I just re-read the US Consitution, and nowhere in it is health insurance mentioned. Nor health care for that matter. But we already knew that.

    If MrO was truly a constitutional law professor, would he not know the US Constitution? Or with his foreign education, is he referring to health insurance being a right in another country’s constitution?

    • Obama, per the U of Chicago, was NOT a Constitutional Law Professor, although he has publicly made this claim. (h/t Joe Wilson for telling the truth).

      Obama lectures us that not responding to constituents is “lousy service” and “not what [we] deserve. Well, I sent Obama’s own group (@barackobama.com) a simple question about one of his comments. Their website assured me that all questions would be answered in five to seven days. I got no answer, so I re-sent the same request. Then I waited and sent it again. It’s now been around ONE HUNDRED DAYS and still no response from barackobama.com. Lousy Service? Youbetcha.

      BTW: The official YouTube video launching O.F.A. was posted back on January 19. Despite over 39,000 views, there are ZERO comments posted (and I know they’ve been posted, as I submitted a few). Why the total black out on comments?

      Why the refusal to respond (as promised) to emails?

      Most transparent administration. Ever. “You Lie!”. (h/t Joe W).

  12. OT: Last week I went to the doctor. The office staff had me fill out new forms with all my medical and social history for the requirements of Obamacare. Same information that was asked and given in the past, but now it is entered into an on-line medical database. A staff member asked for my picture, too; I said no, but I think she snuck and took it anyway. She said many people don’t like all the new medical database requirements, which she seemed to think that was silly, but then she was very young. She was also very important, walking around with her iPad.

    After completing the forms, I was given a user name and password so I could access my information. I checked it out and it is frightening. Now everyone in China, the NSA, IRS, etc., except for my FAMILY, will access to my complete medical history.

    • This info can easily be wrong too–mis-entered, made up–and you are stuck with it. My mother was nailed with being diabetic, which she never was. Every time she was in the ER, I got the ER record sent to me–there it was again. I asked it to be corrected…they said I could enter a rebuttal, but they could not remove it. So this is what we are looking at. Garbage in, garbage sent everywhere. Under HIPAA, you can get your doctor or hosp record–but I have had office staff tell me HIPAA PREVENTS me from seeing it. The opposite.

      • I am so blabby today–sorry. As for filling in forms, just put whatever you feel like, not a lie, but if you don’t feel like answering, don’t–if you leave something blank nobody says anything. My sister has to do my forms bec of my vision–and she asks, “Do you want to answer this?” Usually I just wave my hand.

        • Star, you are correct….in the past few months each doctor I have seen has had me fill out their forms and each time I have left off my social security number and not one of them has noticed nor asked for it. I do not understand why an eye doctor needs my social security number.

          • Neverf give that out–I am in a Medicare plan now so they can get it. But before, I left if blank. That paper could float around the office, the receptionist or her BF who came by could see it, etc.

    • Similar story here: Went for an annual check-up to my doc of the past 20 yrs. First thiing – fill out five new forms. Present DL for identification and photo-copy. But the one that really got me was a form stating that I ‘may or may not’ be charged extra for any new complaints! Since I only visit my Internist once a year, I couldn’t even remember what my complaints were the year before. They’re constantly changing. It was so ludicrous, I nearly fell on the floor- I was laughing so hard. The receptionist rolled her eyes and said – ‘don’t worry about it – we HAVE to comply with the craziness. We don’t pay any attention to it.”

      • What’s THAT mean–they only treat pre-existings? OMG, my head actually hurts. One doc my mother had had a sign on his wall that said, “Due to Medicare rules, we can only answer one question.” Our question was–why are we coming here–and we left.

        • ONE question??? In other words rationing begins the minute you walk through the door! Unbelievable! Send that one into Dr. whatshisname on FOX, Star! Great response, btw.

          • Looking at this thread, I am thinking quiet civil disobedience in the answer. Maybe that doc even wanted to incite it–the one with the sign…don’t know. But when I get a questionnaire from my Medicare HMO about my health or what tests I had–I toss it. Come and get me, coppers.

  13. Why no mention of his decision to subsidize 75% of the Obamacare costs for those evil Republicans and their staffers in Congress? Guess it wouldn’t look good for his true believers to see he is giving those evil Republicans a sweet deal, while they are stuck with trying to find a doctor who will accept their Medicaid card as payment for medical services.

    • It’s probably how they’re getting Republican support in Congress and every place else that’s benefits Obama support.

      Like I said up thread, it’s the middle class carrying the burden of costs. Especially everytime Obama waves his magic waiver wand. ;)

  14. I thought for a moment, this was going to be one of those made up quotes you put up, because no one who even pretends to be a “Constitutional scholar” would ever say anything that absurd.

    Once again, Obama has addressed the nation weakly.

  15. It’s almost Fellini-esque to watch Mr. Prissy Poo sitting in his silk-covered chair in all of his sartorial splendor in front of the fireplace (FDR fireside chats in the middle of summer -give me a break) – and his opening salvo is “HI GUYS”. He becomes George C. Scott, the flim-flam man. Had to stop watching at this point – the extra pep in his step as he readies himself for MV is a little over the top even for those of us with a cast-iron stomach.

    The flim-flam man is selling us a Bill of Goods. Nowhere in the 10 Amendments to the Constitution contained in the Bill of Rights does it declare Americans must PAY for their God-given, unalienable rights/freedoms. We have the ‘right’ to bear arms or speak freely or assemble. Obama does not have the right to remove freedom of choice (to be insured or not to be insured) or dictate which doctors we can see. The govt. does not have the ‘right’ to interfere between doctor and patient; not does the IRS have the ‘right to impose draconian taxes for refusing to ‘purchase’ goods and services.

    Healthcare and Health Insurance are totally unrelated. Obamacare should be sub-titled: Survival of the Fittest.

    Latest Gallup Poll

    HEALTHCARE: 39%
    Overall job approval: 44%
    Economy: 35%
    Taxes: 36%
    Budget Deficit: 26%
    Terrorism: 50%
    Education: 49%
    Foreign Affairs: 40%
    Obama’s Best Subject: Race: 51%

    The American people get it.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/08/15/obamas-magical-economy-tour-going-about-as-well-as-youd-expect

  16. More tired, transparent like Saran Wrap, Alinsky garbage from the demagogue in charge. The exact things that Obama is accusing Republicans of (hurting sick people, harming the economy, and sticking it to Americans) is EXACTLY what Obama is doing with Obamacare. If that isn’t effing evil I don’t know what is.

  17. To say that health care is a “right” is to say that people have a right to the efforts, minds, and talents of everyone in the health care industry. That somehow, by the profession a person chooses in their life, they have fewer rights than that of the carpenter, painter, or artist.

    This huge offense to the rights of a minority group in American society. Coupling this with the precedent the Roberts’ decision sets in our society, as Congressman Palazzo stated in his introduction of the Right to Refuse Amendment, is the key that has opened Pandora’s Box which if not stopped will inevitably lead to a very different world for our children than we ever knew. A world in which corporations and government have an unlimited amount of power without any of the amendment protections our Founders left for us.

    The Right to Refuse Amendment is our last chance to change this, but we need help NOW before it is too late. Please join us.

  18. Thank you for pointing out what this ACA has been intended to be all along a path to Single Payer. All you have to do is read the comments to NY Times stories detailing the mess that ACA is and will be. The hue and cry from the OFA commentators to a person are calling for single payer. You can bet that when the first state exchange falls under it’s own weight with the national exchange quick to follow that OFA will call for a dismantling of the system to be replaced by Single Payer. And it will not even get to Congess. Sebelius will do it on her own.

  19. Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help. Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service. And it’s not what you deserve.

    “Some even say” — some who? the President of the United States should not be allowed to get away with some anonymous source slander. But at this point, if the Republicans are not going to defend themselves I am not going to do it for them.

    I am certainly paying more attention to Mark Levin these days. Because if we have a lawless chief executive who people refuse to even consider impeaching, and an opposition party that refuses to act in any meaningful way as rights and liberties are stripped away day by day, then I don’t see any other legal way to right this ship.

  20. SUre….Just like our Communist in Chief thinks that the Presidency is a “right”…..BTW, before Congress “broke” for vacation, why did they vote to “opt” themselves OUT of “Obamacare”???? (Plus their raises) and little else…..If what they’re trying to shove down our throats is so good….why don’t they want the same thing for themselves and “theirs”???….Maybe next election it’s time to vote all of these bastards (and bitches) OUT especially our “nannies”…..CLINTON, SCHUMER and FEINSTEIN!!!!!!

  21. The article itself glanced upon the real issue, but did not make a point of it, and everyboby else is missing the point completely.
    First of all you have to ask the question: “What is a Right?” I believe it is quite clear. A right is something that, when excercised, does not infringe upon the life, liberty, or property of another individual. Anyone who believes health care is an individual right, is infringing upon another person’s training and medical expertise….in other words, another’s personal intellectual property and ability, and you have no claim on that ‘property.’ That’s what makes the Bill of Rights so important and clearly defined. Exercising the rights described in any of those 10 Amendments does not infringe upon another person’s life, liberty, or property , EXCEPT FOR ONE, and that is the Right to a jury trial by your peers, which does, in fact infringe upon some one else’s time that would be needed to serve on a jury, which could cost them a certain amount time away from a job, for example. Something to think about.

  22. OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE A COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE & IF IT ISN’T ON A TELEPROMPTER HE CAN’T GIVE A SPEECH EITHER. LET’S JUST THINK ABOUT WHAT HE SAID. HEALTH INSURANCE IS A “RIGHT”? WHAT HE REALLY MEANS IS “HEALTH CARE” IS A RIGHT, BUT EVEN THEN YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. IT IS NOT FREE! TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT OBAMACARE MEANS FREE “HEALTHCARE”. FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU ARE POOR OR OUT OF WORK, YOU CAN APPLY FOR MEDICAID AS 50% OF THE POPULATION IS GETTING NOW. DUE TO UNEMPLOYMENT & THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CHASING JOBS OUT OF THE COUNTRY & CLOSING DOWN BUSINESSES SINCE 2009, MORE & MORE PEOPLE ARE ON FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE & MEDICAID. SO IF YOU FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY, WHICH MANY DO, YOU WILL GET FREE HEALTHCARE & AS ALWAYS WAS, IT’S PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS. SO IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY YOUR OWN INSURANCE, THE TAXPAYERS ARE STILL PAYING FOR IT, SO TELL ME, WHAT DID HE ACCOMPLISH BY PASSING THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW? NOTHING HAS CHANGED EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT YOU CAN STAY ON YOUR PARENTS INSURANCE PLAN IF YOU LIVE AT HOME & ARE UNDER 26 YEARS OF AGE. YOU CAN NO LONGER BE DENIED INSURANCE COVERAGE IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.
    IF YOU DO, YOU STILL CAN GO TO ANY ER & GET MEDICAL CARE & THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR IT IN HIGHER PREMIUMS. THOSE WHO PAY FOR THEIR OWN INSURANCE GOT A RAISE IN THEIR PREMIUMS ALREADY. ALL INSURANCE COS HAVE RAISED PREMIUMS BEFORE THE PLAN HAS GONE INTO EFFECT ANYWAY. ALL THESE ARE BASIC OBAMA LIES. THE OTHER THING IS YOUR INSURANCE CO IS GOING TO CUT SOME OF THEIR BENEFITS
    ANYWAY BECAUSE OF OBAMA CARE. HE ALSO SAID YOU CAN KEEP YOUR OWN DOCTORS. WELL, IN SOME CASES THAT IS A LIE TOO BECAUSE SOME DRS. WILL NO LONGER WORK FOR THE FEES COVERED BY MEDICARE OR MEDICAID & THE HOSPITALS ARE CUTTING BACK ON THEIR HEALTHCARE SERVICES WHICH WILL DISALLOW YOUR DR FROM PRACTICING IN THEIR HOSPITAL. ANOTHER LIE!
    WE WOULD ALL BE BETTER OFF IF CONGRESS JUST PASSED LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE HEALTH BENEFITS BY COVERING CHILDREN LIVING AT HOME TILL 26 & DISALLOWING INSURANCE PROVIDERS FROM ELIMINATING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS INSTEAD OF WRITING A 2700 OAGE PLAN THAT IS UNECESSARY TO BEGIN WITH. MOST YOUNG PEOPLE DO NOT EVEN GET INSURANCE BECAUSE THEIR CHANCES OF GETTING ILL ARE NOT THE SAME AS A MIDDLE OR SENIOR AGE PERSON. BUT OBAMA CARE IS DEPENDENT ON THE YOUNG WORKER PAYING INSURANCE PREMIUMS THAT WILL COVER THE ELDERLY NOW. ANOTHER PONZI SCHEME LIEK THEY DID WITH SOCIAL SECURITY. IN THE OLD DAYS YOUR SS PREMIUMS CAME OUTOF YOUR PAYCHECK & WENT INTO A FUND THAT DOUBLED OR TRIPLED ITSELF BY INVESTMENT BUT NOWADAYS THE SS PYMTS COMEOUT OF THE EXISTING WORKERS TO PAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE REACH 65. THAT WAS NOT WHY OR HOW IT WAS MEANT TO BE, BUT DEMONCRATS GOT THEIR HANDS ON OURMONEY & PUT IT IN A “GENERAL FUND” WHICH PAYS FOR EVERYTING. THAT’S WHY THEY CLAIM SOCIAL SECURITY IS GOING BROKE!
    ALL THEY HAD TO DO IS JUST LIKE YEARS AGO, THEY RULED THAT NO HOSPITAL CAN REFUSE TO TREAT ANYONE IN THE ER TO HEALTHCARE. GUESS WHO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF MOST OF THE FREE HEALTHCARE? THAT’S RIGHT, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO COME HERE TO WORK & GET HURT ON THE JOB OR THEIR FAMILY GETS SICK. THEY LOAD UP THE ER’S DAILY & THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR IT & THEIR NOT EVEN CITIZENS, SO THAT RULE STINKS. THEY OPENED UP A CAN OF WORMS. IF ANYONE IS HERE ILLEGALLY & NEEDS MEDICAL CARE, THEYSHOULD BE TREATED ONCE FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES SENT BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM FOR ANY FURTHUR CARE . THEY COMEOVER THE BORDER TO HAVE THEIR BABIES FOR FREE & THEN CLAIM THEIR CHILD IS A US CITIZEN. NOT ONLY THAT. THEY ALSO CLAIM THAT A DOZEN MORE PEOPLE IN THEIR FAMILY ARE THEIR DEPENDENTS & THEY GET A REFUND CHECK FROM THE IRS FOR TAXES THEY DON’T EVEN PAY. SOME OF THEM FILE A TAX RETURN & PUT IN FOR DEDUCTIONS FOR A DOZEN OR MORE DEPENDENTS & GET A REFUND CHECK. HOW MANY OF YOU GET A REFUND FOR TAXES YOU PAID? MUCHLESS TAXES YOU NEVER PAID.

  23. “Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It’s not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the “right” to education, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke
    http://www.rightwingnews.com/quotes/p-j-orourke-quotations/

  24. “…if fairness is important, what is really fair? We may say something
    like, “People have a right to food, a right to housing, and a right to a
    good job for decent pay.” But from an economist’s perspective, all those rights involve making finite goods meet infinite wants. Unless the fair society generates tremendous economic growth–which societies that put fairness first have trouble doing–the goods will come from redistribution. Try rephrasing the rights statement thus: “People have a right to my food,a right to my housing, and a right to my good job for my decent pay.” – [P.J. O’Rourke]
    http://htomc.dns2go.com/text/PJ.TXT

  25. “So, as Jefferson surely intended, you have a right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and managed care.” – Keith Koffer

    Jefferson? Dead. White Guy. Land Owner. Slave Owner. All of this makes him an irrelevant hater in Team Obama’s view. Remember, to the Obamanisas, the Constitution is a “living document” that changes meanings within the context of it’s times; and the time NOW is Obama’s time.

    And, Obama, like He-Man, need only say “I HAVE THE POWER!” and it is so. Just look at his illegal suspension of certain parts of the ACA to make it’s worst effects come AFTER midterm elections!

    “Explaining his decision to unilaterally rewrite the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he said: “I didn’t simply choose to” ignore the statutory requirement for beginning in 2014 the employer mandate to provide employees with health care. No, “this was in consultation with businesses.”

    ‘He continued: “In a normal political environment, it would have been easier for me to simply call up the speaker and say, you know what, this is a tweak that doesn’t go to the essence of the law. . . . It looks like there may be some better ways to do this, let’s make a technical change to the law. That would be the normal thing that I would prefer to do. But we’re not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to Obamacare. We did have the executive authority to do so, and we did so.”’

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-obamas-unconstitutional-steps-worse-than-nixons/2013/08/14/e0bd6cb2-044a-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html?wprss=rss_george-will

    WOAH! That’s just MAGICAL! The lord has spoken; now begone with you peasants, as I have the support of A!!ah and Heaven smiles upon me, so you will be smited with terrible racism claims if you continue your defiance of my divine rule!

    If we were still a nation of laws, one of the “co-equal” branches would stop him. Maybe the Roberts court? Nah, Roberts illegally rewrote ACA himself to get it by. It’s never been clear why. Maybe Obama has some naked pictures that Roberts needed to “buy” back? Whatever, no heip from THAT corner, since they’d just say no one has “standing” to bring a case, let alone agree to actually hear it, since 5 of the 9 “justices” are wholly owned subsidiaries of Obama Inc…

    OK, the House…Of course, that would require Establishment Republicans stop attacking Tea Partiers and Rand Paul for a minute and actually worry more about stopping tyranny than their own comfy careers. Don’t see THAT happening.