“Funny, how you neglect to mention that about 1/4 of the enrollees have yet to pay their premiums and will get dropped WHEN they don't.
Funny how you think the total cost of obamacare has come in under the CBO's previous estimate but that it still is over 50% higher than their first estimate.
Funny how you neglect the story that the states are STILL on the hook for their share of about $2.2 trillion that the taxpayers in those states will billed for.
A cherry picking lib, imagine that.”
“Yeah, cuz dozens of European countries who are finding their similar programs as unsustainable are ALL wrong.
We are currently $17 Trillion in debt with about another $80 trillion in unsupported obligations.
What could go wrong?
Get a clue.”
“Seriously??? Millions of low information voters (like you) sure as heck DID think it was going to be free.
That is the ONLY way liberalism continues to hold an attraction. It promises to take care of people who are too irresponsible to take care of themselves and calls it a benefit.
Crawl out from under your rock.”
“Twelve million non-elderly will have health insurance that originally CHOSE not to have it before obamacare but are now being FORCED to pay for it while the taxpayer also is being FORCED to subsidize them.
The left has made it a mantra that choosing is what they stand for, unless it's choosing not to have health insurance, choosing to smoke, etc. What a bunch of hypocrites.
Yeah, great plan Grover.”
“I'd like to know how it is that when this "discussion" started the left told us that 30 million people were uninsured and now the number has expanded to almost 60 million just so they can justify this poorly designed law that STILL leaves 30 million uninsured (fig 1.) all at a cost of about $1.3 trillion of the federal tax payers money (originally we were told it would be $.8 trillion) AND about $2.2 trillion of state money that this article conveniently neglects to mention.
Yeah, great plan libs.”
“For several months Obama and the left have been telling us "It's the law" so get over it.
They have no problem ignoring immigration laws though and the fact that prohibition was not only law but an amendment to the COnstitution which was repealed is irrelevant to the left.
So, how many times has the president changed this "LAW" through executive fiat?
Is it a "LAW" or isnt it, Mr President?
You can't have it both ways you hypocrites.”
Phil Ochs1 on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:50:51
“Implementation of the law is controlled by the executive branch. Please read the Constitution.”
“You do know that most states had "high risk" pools that took care of pre-existing condition patients, right? Of course not. That was another thing that the left forgot to tell you in order to SELL this piece of junk.”
Awake-and-Sing on Feb 12, 2014 at 13:18:49
“Those "high risk" pools were more expensive than what they can get now.
But hey, go campaign this election on reallowing insurance corporations to deny coverage to or charge these 90 million plus people with pre-existing conditions more.
“Overnight?? Seriously? 150 years since slavery. When will you finally quit with the white guilt trip? How long does it take to get your due? Is there anyone ALIVE that has even a grandmother who was a slave? Get over it. The excuse is worn thin.
The black community has WAAAAAY more issues than what happened 150 years ago. Issues like high crime rate, high illegitimacy rate, high drug abuse rate ALL which didnt even exist during the worst years of the Jim Crow era. Try doing something about those instead of dwelling on slavery.”
“I have no problem with this. The original argument in favor of affirmative action (racial profiling by the way) at universities was to address the poverty gap. The erroneous assumption was that the poverty gap was due to racial demographics is in itself racist. Of course nobody on the left will think through something like this and come to the logical presumption that assuming a black person doesnt have the capability to rise up without government assistance might be terribly racist is not going to happen.
The second reason that these rules have been in place so long (when the old reason became OBE) has been the excuse of diversity and how much better the education will be because of it. Seriously? How much diversity is there in Japan? Is there even the remotest argument as to who is doing better academically between the US and Japan?
The facts are:
1. We are not doing better academically due to "racial diversity"
2 The poverty gap at the university level has not been addressed by using racial quotas when even among black students the vast majority are from upper middle or upper class economic levels.
That is the reality of Fisher vs UT. It is also support for the Supreme Court's statement (politically dissented by Ginsberg and Breyer) in Grutter vs Bollinger that these programs will be obsolete in 25 years. As it turns out it was only 10 years.
Try some research outside of Huffpo for a change.”
“This is exactly the kind of "news" I expect from Huffpo. OMG it's military glorification and to make matters worse a Palin is in it. You are about the most hateful people I know of. I bet you have no problem with that vapid glorification of social dysfunction and idiocy called the Kardashians.”
“This hypocrite calls this "defending" choice when for most of us the choice to decide if abortion is legal or not was taken away by an activist Supreme Court. Where was my vote? In most cases before RvW states, through the DEMOCRATIC process, proved that abortion WAS NOT mainstream and generally rejected it except in cases of rape/danger to the mother. Of course this wasn't enough to liberal judges so the legality of abortion was forced on everyone.The left touts "separation of church/state" when they want to remove crosses from public parks but don't give a d4mn about forcing religious based insurers to offer the abortion pill. Just think what this sets up for people of faith:
1.Give money to a health care provider that is being forced to perform free abortions (abortion pill).
2.Or not have health insurance because of above (nobody should be put into that position said Obama).
It's OK for people of faith to CHOOSE not to have insurance but millions of young yuppies that were healthy and CHOSE not to have health insurance (in spite of their $60k salaries) were always counted as millions of people who were "denied" healthcare as justification for Obamacare.
4.Health providers are now forced to offer FREE birth control and abortion pills so our premiums will go higher in spite of Obama telling us that his plan was to lower our health care costs.
What a joke this president is.”
goatini on Jan 24, 2012 at 18:54:06
“My civil rights are not up for your vote, or for anyone else's.”
travelingblogger on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:19:35
“YOU are the joke. Move to Iran or Saudi Arabia since you don't like it here. You won't last a week anywhere but here. I guarantee you that.”
Lady1genius on Jan 23, 2012 at 23:47:10
“There are just some things that shouldn't me up for the popular vote, and the right of women to make their own decisions concerning their body is one of them.
Your "facts" are pretty fact-free as well. Insurance may or may not cover RU486 which is the abortion pill, they aren't mandated to and never were. They will cover regular and emergency contraception only by regulation.
Covered or not covered, abortions are never "free." PP and other clinics charge for abortions, including medical abortions (RU 486). They charge everyone, and abortions can be had only if the woman can afford private pay, has insurance or is poor enough to qualify to recieve funds provided by private donors.”
Laurella Desborough on Jan 23, 2012 at 20:22:15
“You know what...the person who USES the pill or HAS the abortion is the one who has made the choice...not the health care provider. It is not the health care provider's business as to whether or not a person chooses to use the abortion pill. What is wrong with birth control...it has been used since humans learned to live in caves instead of in the trees as primates. Birth control in the early days before modern medicine was tossing the newborn into the river or over the cliff. Do you prefer that technique? Or the abortion pill???”
Beckel411 on Jan 23, 2012 at 19:34:39
“Pray harder. God must not be hearing you.
Maybe try louder.”
Mile End on Jan 23, 2012 at 19:24:48
“You don't get to "vote" on civil rights issues. A woman's right to control what happens to her own body, and to consult in privacy with her doctor, that is a right. And you don't get a say. Period. As for coverage of birth control pills by insurers, it's about time the discriminatory practice of excluding those prescriptions came to an end. Men's prescriptions for Viagara have been covered since the drug came out, but I don't see you howling about having to subsidize those. Birth control is legal. Abortion is legal. And the majority of people want to keep it that way.”
anothervoice2 on Jan 23, 2012 at 19:15:07
“What a load of SPIN! People of faith don't have a monopoly on how our taxes are used. They are used for wars, and the real "pro-life" movement (i.e. pro-choice) is against our monies being used for that. Do we have a choice?! 1. health care providers cover the blue pill for men. As long as they provide coverage for that, they should cover abortion. BUT Abortion is NOT covered by health plans in many states, courtesy the GOTP. 2. What does that even mean? 3. 60K salaries for independent contractors is not a lot of money. On the private market monthly premiums can run upto 1K!! Get a clue! 4. There is ZERO evidence that abortion or birth control raises the costs of health insurance any more significantly than people who smoke, are diabetic or have any other chronic condition. Do we ban humans from any of those conditions too? If you want to lower abortions, you SHOULD provide coverage for birth control. If you don't, you are being hypocritical.”
misterzay on Jan 23, 2012 at 18:32:26
“The first amendment provides for separation of church state regardless of how you feel about it. If you chose to live in a theocracy, there are plenty of places you can move to. That's your choice. What a woman does with her reproductive system is her choice, not yours or mine.”
frbridge on Jan 23, 2012 at 18:01:46
“He speaks from both sides of his mouth, our president. Tries to have it both ways. Hope it won't last much longer.”
“Well, that would depend on the same factors as for women. What CHOICES did those black men make as regards to education and lifestyle (are they felons?). This has NOTHING to do with race or gender it has to do with behavior. Wih the vast majority of single mothers coming from the black community (72% of black children raised by single mothers as reported by the 2010 census) and a high percentage of them teen pregnancies those women CHOSE a risky behavior that reduced their chances of higher education and thereby a higher salary.
DOJ stats show that 13% of black males are convicted felons and as a result will also never get good jobs. High school dropout rates in the black community (34%) are twice what they are among whites. What are the chances of getting a good job for them??
When the black community stops their anti social behavior they will compete in the market place. This is not a racial issue it is a behavior and CHOICE issue.”
“What it says is that women make CHOICES that put them in positions that make less money. That is hardly discrimination. Are you actually saying that a clerical position should be paid as much as an engineer? Get a clue. NO study that has compared apples to apples supports this bogus 77% statistic.”
cchristi42 on Apr 9, 2014 at 15:18:18
“Did I say that? though I think in some cases fields get paid less then they should because the jobs are predominantly filled by women that I file under the separate issue.
What I do consider the issue that women feel (though it's getting better) that they don't belong in those higher paying fields, and in many cases there is a boys club (IT for example) not that it's impossible for women to break in mind you.
On the 77% statistic I also agree there are way more factors then just discrimination, I just don't see why the laws that make it easier to prosecute discrimination aren't a no brainier. You seem to be saying for instance it never happens, and we have cases that have proven otherwise.”
“Yep, the reason that they make less at the White House is the same reason that overall they make less in the country. They CHOOSE to not major in the most lucrative fields at college. They CHOOSE to not work night shifts which often pay a night differential. They CHOOSE not to take dangerous or dirty jobs like oil rig wildcatters which pay excellent wages. They CHOSE to have children and stay home to take care of them.
In short women CHOOSE to overall make less than man in society. When apples are compared to apples they make as much and often MORE due to hiring incentives to get women in certain fields (engineering specifically).”
cchristi42 on Apr 9, 2014 at 15:24:05
“It does go beyond that as well, and this legislation does help in some of the instances.
btw, it's not always the women's choice in the matter, in some cases it is, and in some cases it isn't, and of course in a few cases (not all) there is discrimination at play, their are court preceding that show that, and likely many cases where the statute of limitations ran up before the discrimination was found.”
“Millions of people who have had their costs increase and the CBO itself says 30 million will not be covered. To you that is "relatively small numbers"? 30 million was the left's justification for NEEDING obamacare but now youre calling it relatively small numbers? Hows that toe jam tasting?”
“Yeah, cuz thats working well in every other country. The best system in the world (France) is bankrupt and more and more of the costs are being moved to the customer. Current tax law taxes the "rich" at 75% and the definition of "rich" keeps including more and more people. Many would be considered middle class in the US. All of this is to support their healthcare costs. In the US healthcare is about 1/5th the economy. So no single payer is a disaster. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-03/frances-health-care-system-is-going-broke”
clearasmud on Mar 25, 2014 at 22:56:50
“There is no perfect solution, but there are only two semi-reasonable ones on the table, the ACA and Single Payer. There is no longer any room for paying the insurance company profits that are basically just a subsidy for existing. The ACA has to go sooner or later as it is still a corporate subsidy, and that leaves only one. Of course, if you believe that Health Care is a "privilege" than there is nothing more to discuss.”
“Yeah, well you might want to consider that a good chunk of that "balanced" budget was due to entitlement reform by a Republican congress which isn't going to happen now. The ONLY budget cuts this administration will EVER consider is slashing the military. Even aside from that, the so called "balanced" budget was also created through some creative accounting such as neglecting to consider the secondary debt (includes interest on the primary debt). Much of the balanced budget was accomplished with smoke and mirrors and the rest was done with spending cuts.
And while we are on the subject of that wonderfully prosperous Clinton era lets not forget that the dotcom bust happened during his administration. It put a ton of people out of work. Come to think of it I don't recall Bush EVER telling the American people about the mess HE "inherited". That is the difference between the left and the right. With the left it is ALWAYS someone else's fault.
In spite of 2008 campaign rhetoric by this administration, that was almost exclusively focused on Bush extravagance, they have done NOTHING to cut spending but have increased it. And don't give me that bull about Obama spending less because that tired old saw has been adequately rebutted. You can't blame Bush for overspending due to stimulus then turn around and take the credit for repayment of HIS loans. That's about the most dishonest thing that has come out of the left's mouth during this last election.”
groland on Nov 19, 2012 at 16:36:23
“You just cannot give any credit can you? Clinton used the same accounting tricks, I am sure that the previous GOP administrations used. Even Alan Greenspan said in 2001 "we are in danger of paying down the debt too fast".
And yes there was a tech Bubble. But bubbles are the result of investor confidence and excess cash. There are no bubbles in bad economic times.”
“Actually even Maynard Keynes disagrees with you're uninformed stance on tax increases. You remember Keynes, the guy that all leftists quote in support of trickle up economics? It is the dirty little secret of keynesian economics that it does not support tax increases to generate revenue. Even Keynes recognized that tax increases just encourages the rich to shelter their assets whereas a low tax rate convinces them into encouraging behavioral changes because money in shelters isnt taxed less than money in the economy so there is more revenue to tax. When will the left realize that 29% of a million is more than 34% of $500k and in even more extreme examples, 29% of nothing is the same as 34% of nothing?”
ernestkp on Nov 19, 2012 at 14:32:01
“Try stepping into reality for just a couple seconds.”
“A couple of things:
1. The agreement Obama signed with Karzai essentially said that they would get together to look into signing an agreement. This is not news. This was a photo op in the guise of signing an agreement.
2. He gave the order to pull the trigger. This is more than Clinton did (twice) and against his own VP's advice. I guess winning the election is more important than the good will of the Arab fundamentalists (contrary to Obama's 2008 campaign rhetoric). No "Hope and Change" here.
3. I give him props for "pulling the trigger" his ludicrous accusation that Romney wouldn't have (in spite of 2007 Republican debate responses to the contrary) is proof that this paragon of virtue is not above sleazy politics to remain in power.
4. I think that the recent budget proposal and agreement that if this president and congress couldnt find trillions in savings would mean that the money would almost EXCLUSIVELY come from the defense budget instead of grossly bloated entitlement programs is evidence that Democrats are STILL weak on defense and still hold the military in disdain and the root of American Imperialism.
About the only thing in this article that smacks of truth is the 5th paragraph from the bottom. Obama is nothing new in politics and despite the ridiculous claim that the party, which has always pretty much had the media in their back pocket, is now using GOP tactics with the media this is absolutely nothing new.”
flaconoire on May 7, 2012 at 11:56:53
“Starve the obese Pentagon. The only diet that will save this country.”
janetislight on May 3, 2012 at 17:33:02
“I'd rather give grandma a new Cadillac than buy one more bomber. It's suppose to be a defense budget, not an offense budget. I worked as a defense contractor for one year. I signed a one year contract and was so sickened I barely survived to meet my commitment. The waste is unimaginable and I am glad we are looking at allowing other countries to bid on our defense contracts. Maybe we could get the price down on a nut or bolt.”