Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm With Stupid

In a few days we are all lining up and signing up for our new Obamacare. The plan that I was told I could keep was cancelled, the new one that I signed up for via the State run website has also been cancelled so it requires me to get back on the labryinth of confusion and find a new policy that fits my needs and then in turn see if I again qualify for tax subsidies as none of them I can afford regardless of the level. It reminds me of LEED which clearly they borrowed the bronze, silver, gold plan levels.

Then I heard about this "architect" - not one who builds LEED buildings - but one of those who devised Obamacare. He came out in the media and stated that "Obamacare passed due to the stupidity of the American voter"

Hearings floated as Hill Republicans seize on Gruber Obamacare

By Robert Costa and Jose A. DelReal
November 12 at 12:01 PM 

Congressional Republicans seized Wednesday on controversial comments made by a former health-care consultant to the Obama administration, with one leading House conservative suggesting that hearings could be called in response as part of the GOP effort to dismantle the law in the next Congress and turn public opinion ahead of the 2016 election.

"We may want to have hearings on this," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an influential voice among GOP hardliners and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in an interview at the Capitol. "We shouldn't be surprised they were misleading us."

The firestorm began when a video emerged showing Jonathan Gruber, a high-profile architect of the Affordable Care Act and one of its fiercest advocates, suggesting that the health reform law passed through Congress because of the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” over its funding mechanisms. The remarks were originally made in 2013 during a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania but began heavy circulation on social media Monday.

"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes," Gruber said. "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the 'stupidity of the American voter' or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

Gruber apologized for his incendiary remarks in an on-air interview with MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, calling his comments inappropriate and saying he was speaking "off the cuff." On Tuesday evening, Fox News' Megyn Kelly aired a second video, of Gruber calling voters stupid, also from 2013.

Well I have long lamented that fact but that is not who passed Obamacare that was the elected officials whom we did vote for did and it was hardly a unanimous vote. It is now heading back to the Supremes who already made one notch to the bill and will now once again examine the subsidies issue that allows you to buy immensely expensive and utterly useless policies. There have been stories of success and failure when it comes to the Affordable Care Act and the biggest failure is the affordable part.

The article in Forbes with video no less is here. And I am not sure what I like the insults directed to the American people or the varying member of Congress and their staff. Okay, I prefer the latter as frankly the former is a matter of fact.

Then of course this was followed by the mea culpa on Ronan Farrow on MSNBC. Who watches that in either format? The progeny of Mia and not Frank Sinatra but Woody Allen (I would love that to be the former in that case versus the latter as who wouldn't want to be the Chairman of the Boards love child?) or MSNBC in midday. Clearly no one cared in either case as I had never heard of Jonathan Gruber. Now I have and I care even less than I did before and I have never cared for Obamacare.

But now this is all the new Republican Congress will need to fire more salvos and ammo to further break apart the Act and this will not change than in a few days I will have my third health care plan in as many years. And no I have never seen or met any Doctor for anything. When I needed a Doctor for my eye infection I went to the local public health clinic. I walked in and out in a hour and paid 30 bucks. I needed no insurance but because I did possess a policy they met the co-pay. They are looking to close these same clinics due to Affordable Care that puts people in private offices. Sure they do.

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