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Obamacare was designed to fail, but to do so in a way that it destroys the insurance market for healthcare. This will leave single payer as the only viable option. The fines are so low to encourage people not to sign up for care. There is no other logical explanation. If they wanted you to sign up, the fine would be larger than the price of the insurance. This will create a death spiral where the only people signing up on the exchanges will be people who have high medical costs. Healthy people will avoid the exchanges and pay a fee. Companies are already dumping or limiting insurance coverage putting millions more people into this completely unworkable system. Remember, the government is only setting up the exchanges; it is insurance companies signing people up. They can't charge more for people who will cost more. Those costs must be distributed to the healthy and the young. Insurance companies cannot stay in business if they can't attract enough healthy and young people to offset the high cost of people with prior conditions.. The only flaw in the plan is that the abject failure of the website is making people doubt the ability of the federal government to pull off something as critical and vital as running healthcare. But it does not matter to the democrats. They want single payer.
I fear you are wrong. It does not matter how much contradictory evidence emerges. They are making money/gathering power, and the media industrial complex (MIC) is in bed with them. Read the treatment of the new IPCC report in the NYT, CNN, etc. ACC is accepted "science" and those who disagree are paid stooges or besotted right wingers. For the general public who uses the MIC to learn about the world (or kids in school), there will never be an honest discussion of the facts, or the failure of climate models, or the routine violation of scientific best methods. So even though the IPCC admits that its predictions are wrong, it elevated its level of confidence in the theory that man-made CO2 emissions into the atmosphere is the primary cause of climate change. Once you start thinking this way, your mind becomes controlled by the narrative fallacy--you only see confirming evidence and disregard anything that runs contrary to the narrative.
Are you confusing Sebelius with Senator Warren?
Cannot believe that more has not been made of the massive cost overrun of this website that can't handle as much traffic as Netflix. This was supposed to cost $93 million and is now at $634 million. Think about that--it's a website. It is more than 600% over budget. And it doesn't work. Who would choose to entrust their most important and sensitive information to a company that can't get it's website up and running with that much money.
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A Double Standard on Deadly Weapons

Neale2 Wrote: Sep 19, 2013 2:38 PM
Possibly the worst reasoned argument I have ever read. The vast majority of people who use guns in the US only do so on a range shooting at targets, not to take a life. The tremendous increase in gun ownership in this country has correlated with a dramatic decrease in crime. What does she mean by a lack of respect for fire arms? I find that when everybody is armed, people are very civil to each other.
This is really the core distinction in our society. The left truly believes that the role of government is what Ellison states, poverty programs, housing programs, and other mechanisms where the government takes from one group of people to give to another group of people. In their minds, this is what government is supposed to do. The conservative argument about the Constitution, Founding Fathers, and individual rights means almost nothing to this person and his ilk. And at the core of their beliefs is the need for politicians and bureaucrats to be in the middle determining who gets taken away from and who gets given to. This is why liberal politicians cannot be reasoned with based on conservative principles; they don't believe they should hold sway in the modern world.
And these are the principles we fail to promote internationally. After 'freeing' Afghanistan and Iraq, we allow those countries to write constitutions that ratify Sharia law that subjugates women and makes leaving Islam a capital crime. In Iran, we fail to support the Green Movement so Obama can work his magic on the Mullahs. In Egypt, we back Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood who immediately put a Sharia constitution in place. In South and Central America, we support left wing dictators. That our country is unique in the world in that it was formed to protect the God-given rights of the individual is still as revolutionary today as it was in 1776. Our founders understood Lerner and Holder (but probably in their wildest imagination could not have foreseen the EPA, Labor Dept., Energy Dept, Department of Education, etc.). We have a long struggle ahead of us.
I wish just once someone would ask these liberal commentators if they feel they have the right to enter another country illegally? What country do they feel they can enter illegally and then expect to not be deported? And which country do they think they can enter illegally and then expect to receive legal status and even citizenship? Then ask them why they should believe anything politicians promise them after they have failed to meaningfully address one of their most basic duties, maintaining the integrity of the border. For 25 years, we have been promised that the issue of people entering our country ILLEGALLY from our southern border would be fixed, and we have a few miles of fence to show for it. I loved the way the commentators kept forgetting that Labrador could actually hear them insulting him and the Republican party and how he politely kept interrupting them. I doubt he will be asked back on the show.
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Obama Wings it in Egypt

Neale2 Wrote: Jul 10, 2013 3:32 AM
Sorry for repetitions; traveling and have bad Internet access. Looked like it wasn't posting.
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Obama Wings it in Egypt

Neale2 Wrote: Jul 10, 2013 3:06 AM
Each day I become convinced we elected Chance 'Chauncey' Gardner (Being There) as president. Both came from obscurity and uttered simplistic and often stupide statements misinterpreted by the press and elites as deep metaphoric wisdom. Nothing in Obama's background showed he had experience, skill, or aptitude in economics, healthcare, defense, energy, or foreign policy, yet his failures in each are not viewed as an inevitable outcome of electing someone just winging it. There was a brief moment where the US could have played a pivotal guiding role in helping the mideast leap forward into modernity, and Obama could have played that role. But he offered nothing to the millions of people in that region because like Chance he has nothing to offer.
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Obama Wings it in Egypt

Neale2 Wrote: Jul 10, 2013 3:05 AM
Each day I become convinced we elected Chance 'Chauncey' Gardner (Being There) as president. Both came from obscurity and uttered simplistic and often stupide statements misinterpreted by the press and elites as deep metaphoric wisdom. Nothing in Obama's background showed he had experience, skill, or aptitude in economics, healthcare, defense, energy, or foreign policy, yet his failures in each are not viewed as an inevitable outcome of electing someone just winging it. There was a brief moment where the US could have played a pivotal guiding role in helping the mideast leap forward into modernity, and Obama could have played that role. But he offered nothing to the millions of people in that region because like Chance he has nothing to offer.
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