Obamacare’s Last Stand Or Freedom’s Final Days?

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By the time you read this, the countdown will have passed T-minus four days and counting. If those stalwart stewards of the public trust — your Congress and mine — can’t figure out a way to close the gap between the Democrats and the overwhelming majority of Americans, then the government will close for business at midnight on Sept. 30. The sticking point — beyond the usual partisan chest-thumping that passes for Congressional debate these days — is the same as it has been since President Barack Obama snuck Obamacare through the side door: We the People like Obamacare about as much as Tokyo liked Godzilla.

Despite the enormous unpopularity that has attached itself to the unprecedented expansion of government control over taxpayers’ lives, the Democrats have drawn their line in the dust. They would rather turn off the lights in Washington, D.C., than consider compromising over a bureaucratic monstrosity about which they’ve been lying since it crawled out of former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s fevered brain close to 20 years ago.

And the problem isn’t a simple matter of perspective twisted by partisanship. While the Democrats whine about conservative intransigence, they very carefully ignore the reasons well more than half the country has joined people like Senator Ted Cruz in playing Horatio at the bridge against Obamacare’s Etruscan army. From time to time, John and Jane Q. Public get tired of being treated like marks in an elaborate con. And Obamacare is the biggest con in human history.

The savings Obama promised do not exist. In fact, they are replaced by shocking cost increases that surprised even some of Obamacare’s most vocal critics. Obama promised Obamacare would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” According to Congressional numbers, individual premiums will rise by a minimum of 8 percent (Rhode Island) up to a maximum of 106 percent (Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri and Ohio). Even a Common Core victim knows that math is bad.

Obama promised we’d be able to keep our coverage if we liked it. Yet Personal Liberty Digest™ doesn’t have the bandwidth to recount the tales of every taxpayer who has received the dreaded coverage cancellation notice from his insurance company. And millions more people have found themselves reduced to part-time status or even pink-slip status, thanks to the squeeze Obamacare has clamped onto their companies.

Obamacare is a scam from start to finish. It’s a penalty; no, it’s a tax. If you like your coverage, you can keep it — or maybe not, especially if you lose your job entirely. Even the death panels are real, albeit poorly hidden behind a smooth-sided pseudonym like “Independent Payment Advisory Board.” And that’s the kind of government we can expect in the future should the Democrats manage to get Obamacare in the barn before the Republicans close the door. If the conservatives in the House can’t put a halt to a law that is already stripping millions of Americans of the quality healthcare of their choice, we’ll have given up a major bridgehead between the America envisioned by the Framers and the America envisioned by Saul Alinsky.

As the proverbial clock winds its way toward midnight, Obama and his fellow Obamacare grifters are desperately trying to make enough noise to distract us from the same questions they’ve been ignoring from Obamacare’s infancy. If Obamacare is such a boon, why has Obama lied about its particulars? If Obamacare is such a miracle, why did Congress exempt itself; and why have so many of Obama’s cronies begged for similar get-out-of-Obamacare-free cards? House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi infamously cracked: “[B]ut we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” If Obamacare is the key to a paradise of government-provided healthcare, shouldn’t its proponents — like the self-exempted Pelosi — be shouting its praises across the rooftops?

As I write this, Senator Ted Cruz has entered the 20th hour of his brave stand against a steaming pile of bureaucratic babble with which its own creators want nothing to do. He has assembled some allies, notably Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). The burning question: Shouldn’t every member of Congress who still believes that public service requires serving the public be lined up with him?

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • CWA

    Face it. This country belongs to the rabid leftists. The rest of us are just inconvenient interlopers.

    • liz

      At this point it sure looks like it. O’Bama either plans on staying forever or he is paving the way for Hillary.

      • Poe

        There is no way Hillary survives, she will be lucky she’s not hanged for treason after the truth about Benghazi finally comes out

        • jaybird

          She survived the Clinton presidency, see my comment above.

    • vicki

      We are VERY convenient. Without us who would they tax?

  • peter

    Do not argue with Obama! Just do as he says and relax. He is THE BOSS! It is not the first time a boss can be accused of stupidity, but he definitely takes the cake. Very glad he isn’t a mate of mine – oops, that couldn’t happen, my mates are real people. Please do not get the idea that I dislike him, I just don’t trust him.

    • jaybird

      He is not stupid, he knows the plan that he has been told to implement. We have so many factions that want control of us that we are going to be torn apart. Muslims with ties to the Brotherhood, Communist and Socialist are in our government + the politicians that want NWO. The government is going to be in control of our health care by going to a one payer system, waiting 6 mos. for surgery, lines at doctors offices (because most will have quit), trying to find an approved hospital (NH had only10 out of their 26 hospitals approved by the ACA). Muslims are in our local, state and Federal government and want to install sharia law. We are scraping the bottom of the barrel if we elect Hellary Clinton, a globalist. From the time they went into politics in AK. from Gov. to presidency there was the Whitewater scandal (bank fraud & other fraud), sicced the IRS on Billy Dale (head of the Gov. Travel Office), took bribes from the communist Chinese and others to fill their campaign coffers and pay for the Clinton Library in AK, disclosed high-tech classified information concerning missile accuracy and satellites to the Chinese in exchange for additional bribes. Threatened, smeared and attempted to destory several women that had affairs with Billyboy. Sold judgeships and other government jobs to the highest bidder and it goes on and on, even attempted to steal White House furniture when their term ended. Approx 80 people, many material witnesses, died mysteriously during the Clinton administration. Most were from gunshots to the head (classified as suicide), car accidents. Some were bodyguards others were government employees and others that knew of their crimes.

      Instead of bickering back and forth on these sites, we need to work together to inform people of what is happening to our country. All I hear from the Democratic & Republician politicians is name calling of the new constitutional candidates that are trying to change things for the better. I don’t know why anyone would want this country to become, communist, socialist or muslim.

      • jaybird

        I forgot Hellary having affairs men and women, also Vince Foster was found shot, his wife would not let Hellary come to the funeral. They emptied his office before the FBI could check it out. Nice people!!

  • Warrior

    So, last night I’m listening to Rand Paul give his interpretation of how events will play out. Although Rand says he is in support of Ted Cruz he doesn’t believe the “defund” position is going to survive. So Rand thinks instead that repubs can make “progress” on picking the bill apart and negotiating items out like the medical device “tax”. So now they’re getting cute. If they start eliminating some of the “taxes”, where is the difference going to be “made up”? That’s correct, Mr & Mrs “private sector”. And what is the hope at that point I ask? Is Mr & Mrs “private sector” going to squeal so loud that the goobermint will just throw in the towel and call it quits? Don’t think so! I’ve seen “polls” whereas up to 88% of respondents want this monstrosity “killed”. So to you “repubs” the message is “very clear”. This monster is “defunded” and the rest of the “goobermint”, including lois lerner’s, bwarney fwank’s, chris dodd’s and the rest of these overpriced retirees benefits are “safely funded”. The “only reason” the goobermint will be closed is because the “socialists” closed it down.

    “You didn’t build it”.
    “What difference, at this point, does it make”.
    “You have to pass it to find out what’s in it”.

    Are you frickin kidding me? These are “famous” quotes from the “leaders” who conjured up this “progressive” nightmare. This “bill” and these “people” are intentionally attempting to tear this country apart so they accomplish one party “rule”. This “circus” is now transforming into “thunderdome”!

  • me

    Seems anytime government gets mixed up in anything they screw it up. The people don’t want it but does that mean anything to the ones they elected. the people need to take this country back. Common people get out and vote.

    • Vis Fac

      “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted . . . . If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” — Noah Webster

      Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.- Ronald Reagan

      Man is not free unless government is limited. – Ronald Reagan

      Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. – Ronald Reagan

      Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. – Ronald Reagan

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • vicki

        Noah was counting on honest elections.

  • Larry

    Unfortunately they will prevail, which puts them one step closer to their ultimate goal of a Single Payor system.
    Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.
    Anyone who buys the noise about insurance premiums being cheaper is a fool.
    Anyone who believes they will not contribute to at least a few of the supporting taxes and fees is a fool.
    Anyone who believes we will actually cover 30 million new people as the AFCA is structured is a fool.
    Anyone who would turn over ALL of their personal information to a so called Navigater (door knocker) hired by the govt., trained for 20 hours, not background checked but will educate you on your health insurance would be a damn fool.
    Good Luck to you!

  • CYNICALZ

    If you are not contacting your representative at least once a week, expect more of the same.

  • mark

    It will neither be Obama’s last stand nor Freedom’s last days, Mr. Crystal. Obama will remain in office until January 20, 2017 when he will no doubt be replaced by Hillary Clinton or another Democrat candidate over a deeply divided (Tea Party vs. RINO) Republican Party. The Affordable Care Act will be gradually accepted with some changes as Social Security and Medicare were. Our democratic republic will continue and will prosper for several more centuries.

    • Ever Vigilant

      Did you take something this morning?

      • usaok59

        He has his rose-colored glasses on.

    • speedle24

      I do believe you will be dissapointed Marx. Cruz’ little display has brought all this to the center ring, and even your basic democrat bozo is going to be forced to take the clothspin off his nose and get a good whiff of this rancid piece of legislation. In the meantime I wouldn’t be worried about the divided GOP so long as the leading opposition is a functioning moron with a bad toupee and corrupt shrill broom rider with the personal attraction of Medusa. Our problems aren’t so bad.

  • Han Solo

    Every day I am more convinced that liberty has slipped through our fingers and its NEVER coming back. The only hope is once the country burns burn down and crumbles under its own weight, people can attempt to make something from the ashes. There will never ever be any more gain of liberty in north america until that time. Any fighting you try against the government machine at this point is swimming against a current that no matter how hard you try your going downstream. Just accept it. Stop playing their games and enjoy your life in other ways.

    • vicki

      Liberty can and will return to some parts of humanity. Getting there will be painful.

  • Robert Wood

    GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gimmesumadat Whatyougot

    If the Fed. Government closed, would anybody notice? My guess is no, except the 2.5(+)Mil. employees that would be added to the ranks of unemployment.

    When any ‘machine’ is broken, the only smart thing to do, is shut it down, tear it apart, and rebuild it. You cannot throw a wrench into a running machine and expect it to repair itself. If that is all they intend to do, don’t get too close to it, because when it goes, it’s gonna blow the whole thing wide open!

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      If the government shut down…would anyone notice…NO

  • Gimmesumadat Whatyougot

    Please tell me that your poor use of grammar, and misspelled and misused words were for emphasis, and not a result of a broken school system!

  • Eye Opener

    I keep seeing skepticism. I have read over all of the comments here. I see some just wanting to say something bad about something because they are not happy with their life. I also see others saying bad about something because what they speak up about is bad. Obamacare is bad for us all. It would be nice to see everyone pulling together. Fighting was is about to surface because soon, that’s all we’ll have is a fight on our hands. There are some who will not believe what I am about to post here, but please, don’t believe me when it’s too late. Unfortunately, I fear that many will look back at this page and what’s been written here and what they read about and watched after I put it here as public interest, but when you do it will be too late. So many worry about what others have when what others have they either earned or it was given to them. I see much resentment here. I also see some who are trying to open the eyes of those who seem to be stuck in their distracted mind on thinking that we have problems with Obama because of his color or race when he is 1/2 white, 1/4 black and 1/4 arab. So, now that we have that out of the way, do you think that makes a difference? Not at all. His lack of conviction when he speaks. His lack of caring about the American populous as he should. His lack of knowledge to handle tough situations. It is all unfortunate. I don’t expect everyone to read what I am about to place here, but I do hope that most of you do and that most of you are ready. It’s time to be strong and stand with God because now prayer is all we have left and that’s something they can’t take from us. Not all of them are bad. There are several who have spent hours in debate trying to get Obama care defunded as it should be. Let me show you a few reasons why.

    I know I’ll never take this.
    http://nationalreport.net/rfid-chip-now-being-issued-in-hanna-wyoming-as-part-of-new-obamacare-plan/

    Nor this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C-Qx4sXrVE

    This is what Obamacare promises us.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq9S5L6GJzQ

    These are facts. If any of you have read the book of Revelations in the Holy Bible, believe you me, you are about to witness it for real. Here is some more information if you would like to take a look.
    http://localboyzhometownmotocross.com/List%20Of%20All%20FEMA%20Concentration%20Camps%20In%20The%20US.htm

    Some of us take a special interest in this because we know what the United States of America was built on.
    My prayers go out to each and every one of you no matter what your situation is. God bless.

  • usaok59

    You may have a point, but I am unable to read what you wrote. I have to assume you wrote in English, but then again, I’m not familiar with it.

  • speedle24

    What in the world is this Dave?

  • Dave

    Amen! Any republican that doesn’t stand with the American people when this may be the LAST possible attempt to get rid of this Socialis Albatross, using the excuse that “tactics” are better served “after” they get control of the Senate in 2014 are obviously Not listening to the majority of the American public who are already losing their coverage or having their hours of employment cut.
    They seem to believe that this philsophy of “tactics” will insure that they can win enough seats in the Senate to make a difference. But I thik there are a lot of Americans today who will never vote for another republican, much less a RINO, if this opportunity is nt seized with GREAT GUSTO!
    If the government closes down, so be it! And let it be on the Democrats shoulders. A least we will know that the Repubicans at least tried to do something for the American small business people and workng class employees!