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Obama, the Mandate, and the Americans

The openness White House buried what is a de facto elimination of the individual mandate in some technical mumbo jumbo so that it was only uncovered a week later.

It was a huge deal, but the White House wanted to avoid blowback, so it tried to hide it from you as long as possible. Obama and his minions – on the up and up as usual.

The Wall Street Journal smoked it out this week, a rule that will allow people to easily qualify as “hardship” cases who don’t have to buy health insurance:

In 2013, HHS decided that ObamaCare’s wave of policy terminations qualified as a “hardship” that entitled people to a special type of coverage designed for people under age 30 or a mandate exemption. HHS originally defined and reserved hardship exemptions for the truly down and out such as battered women, the evicted and bankrupts.

But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you “believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy” or “you consider other available policies unaffordable.”

This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person’s belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that “you experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance,” which only requires “documentation if possible.” And yet another waiver is available to those who say they are merely unable to afford coverage, regardless of their prior insurance. In a word, these shifting legal benchmarks offer an exemption to everyone who conceivably wants one.

I can think of a couple of good reasons for this thoroughly sneaky and dishonest – remember, the White House has long argued, including before the Supreme Court, that the mandate was essential – move. There are probably more.

One is that we are eliminating the safety valve for insurers – the big guaranteed market they were supposed to get of consumers forced to buy their product. As the insurers suffer, the feds must step into their business even more, and we get closer and closer to truly socialized, single-payer medicine.

But also, imagine the political outcry when millions of people get fined for not having insurance. Because – sorry Justice Roberts – it’s not a tax, it’s a fine. And when they have to pay their fines, Americans will realize how distinctly unAmerican Obamacare is.

Obamacare REQUIRES YOU TO BUY SOMETHING. OR ELSE. And that’s just not how we roll in this country.

We are adults, individuals. The Framers of the Constitution assumed that we can think for ourselves – and that the worst thing was to have government thinking for us. And yet that’s exactly what Obamacare does. It tells us what to do. No one tells us what to do.

In other countries – most other countries – there is far greater acceptance of the “right” of government to tell us our business.

Blois castleI remember once being in France, touring a castle. There were two hallways where we were walking. There was a rope separating them, so that you had to go down one hallway before you turned and went down the other. And so you had to see what was in the other hallway, whether you wanted to look at all the medieval junk there or not.

There was absolutely no reason for the rope, for keeping us out of one hallway, so I stepped over the rope.

Well, that really pissed off the authorities. I got a stern talking to. I don’t like stern talkings to, so I gave a stern talking back to. This nearly drove the authority in charge of the hallways to assault me. The other visitors, mostly Europeans, looked unsympathetic, as if saying, Don’t you see the rope?

I forget exactly what I did. I know I didn’t clock the authority in his Gallic nose, because I don’t remember going to a French jail. I know I wouldn’t have obeyed him either. Probably I stayed stepped over the rope, took a little look around the other hallway, which I was viewing prematurely and in contradiction of the Law of the Rope in French Castles, and then walked away. Screw you and your castles.

Obama would have understood the logic of putting a rope up for no reason. Because people have to follow the rules. Rules are rules. Someone – someone smarter than us – must have thought of it, and they must have their reason.

And he, Obama, has his reason for making you buy Obamacare.

Except those stubborn Americans. They want to be free to see the other hall, or not. And if you give them a stern talking to, they’ll give you a stern talking back to. On Election Day.

We’re not yet fully brainwashed into meekly taking orders from the authorities. And Obama knows that. But he’s working on it.

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20 Responses to Obama, the Mandate, and the Americans

  1. Ahhh, the French. The great social experiment of this age…gone so, so, so wrong.
    And, in the words of Dr. Phil, “How’s that work in’ for ya?” Democrats and RINOS? Those people have all gone mad.

  2. Many Americans may use double negatives etc but they have fairly good BS detectors and know when they are getting their pockets picked or are otherwise being played–and this is seeping in. And yes, we are stubborn and mavericky and hate being told what to do, esp when the BS detector is going ooga ooga.

  3. Not so long ago, Bullhead City’s airport was located behind the local convienence store. To access the check-in counter, you walked through the store to the back room. Our of the back room was the tarmac and planes.
    Someone would announce that Flight XX was loading at “Gate 1”.
    The only thing was that there were two gates 10 feet apart and only one plane loading area.

    it’s my “Elsa” theory. “Elsa” works at all government offices, airports or police stations. Some of them work at local schools, too.
    They design redundant forms that can never be filled out correctly, offer ridiculous solutions to non-serious problems, and enjoy every
    minute of pushing others around.
    “Elsa” is the one who points at a seat at the DMV, she’s the one returns your application for anything with red marker lines over your “mistake” and she’s the one who never smiles, never says please, and considers you and yours a pain in her neck.
    “Elsa” lives everywhere.

    • oops, Bullhead City, Arizona is across the Colorado River and Laughlin, Nevada. Laughlin NV is a huge casino center that draws a lot of Arizonans who want to gamble and don’t want to go to Las Vegas.
      Bullhead City is also the hottest city in Arizona, but they never reveal the temperature because it would hurt tourism in Laughlin.
      The temp there can rise to 125 in the summer. That’s hot.

      • The notorious Lois Lerner is an “Elsa”. You just know that she enjoyed every moment that she and her sister “elsa”s could confuse and intimidate anyone that they didn’t like with their IRS powers.
        They returned applications, asked for ridiculous answers that couldn’t be determined, wanted more and more information, only to delay and return the applications asking for more additional information.

        I’m guessing the IRS’s attack on tea party applications is just the tip of the intimidation iceberg floating around.

    • This may not seem the best time to compare. However I feel their are now Elsa in stores, malls, etc.
      In other words when I was a teenager, I said Yes Sir to everyone. Ask: May I help you?
      Those days are gone. I am looked at like I am from third world, and a bother to most people in a store, etc.
      My point: Elsa is everywhere around. Why don’t managers of stores pull their employees to the side and tell them act right, or your fired? Same with Elsa in the government postions?

  4. Boy, I’m with you Keith. Just look upon that rope as an Obo red line and ignore it any way you want.

    I remember being at a tourist spot where the emcee had all the nationalities at different tables so that they could sing their country’s songs. There weren’t any seats left at the American table, so I sat down with the Germans. When they started to sing their country’s song, I happened to know it and sang along. The Germans at the table took a few minutes before they realized what I was doing and started to laugh and laugh and then stood up and clapped for me.

    Can you figure out that thinking? I’,m open to suggestions. maybe John Kerry should learn to sing.. Might be more effective as a communicator than his preaching and demands.

  5. OT I was just doing some general reading on foreign affairs etc., and it occurred to me Obama rarely talks about America, the country. And as for Americans, the closest he comes is “folks”.

    Unless it’s one great American — but that one usually has to be dead, or a member of the ideological cult of Obama progressivism.

    • On the rare occasions ,such as the end of his SOTU speech when he actually refers to America, i.e. “God Bless America”, I always cringe. He has the strangest way of pronouncing “America”…it’s sounds like “Amerka” (without the ‘i’). I realize, of course, he is simply in a hurry to get those words out of his mouth as fast as possible. He probably runs to his ‘body man’ for the mouth wash.

  6. Scusi, re cancelled insurance policies:
    Have i missed something here, OR
    are those policies that are cancelled, not going to be restarted? Once the insurance companies cancel this many policies, it seems to me that those cancelled programs/policies no long exist, no matter what that incompetent buffoon in DC says.
    Have you seen ANYWHERE, that insurance companies are opening new-but-at-the-old-rate programs/policies that have been unilaterally cancelled?

    • And no one mentions the “administrators” (I don’t remember the exact term for them) in the individual states, many of whom have not bought into this sleight of hand by Dear Leader.

      I also read the other day that in addition to paying the “tax” if you don’t have insurance, you will be liable for ALL your health costs. None of it will be paid by Obamacare.

  7. Excellent article and bravo to you, Keith, for standing up to authority. So odd how the current regime and the ideology of the 60’s radicals from which they sprang always preached about standing up to the man, but now they are the man. They have become the authoritarians they once despised.

  8. as they pointed out on Bret Baier’s show last nite, what’s really ironic about the “hardship exemption” is that OBAMACARE ITSELF IS THE HARDSHIP.

    if we had a real media in this country anymore, we might–well, I will stop myself right there, because if we had a real media, people wouldn’t have reelected Obama in the first place, and President Romney would have repealed Obamacare. so nevermind.

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