Obama’s ‘Administrative Fix’ Speech: There’s No One Left To Shaft

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President Barack Obama’s Thursday switcheroo announcement that he (not Congress, which makes laws, but he himself, alone) would unilaterally cut people a break under Obamacare into 2014 ought to vindicate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whom the mainstream media exiled to buffoon island after his stand against implementation of the Affordable Care Act last month.

But media moves on. That won’t happen.

Just about the only people or groups who by now haven’t been directly shafted by Obamacare, along with Obama’s new “administrative fix,” are those who’ve become eligible for Medicaid and, perhaps, supporters of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential ambitions.

Congressional Democrats are panicking over how to spin their role in the Obamacare disaster with the 2014 midterm elections looming.

Many Congressional Republicans are wondering how Obama is capable of saying, with a straight face, that he wants to do the same thing they attempted to do when they sent draft after draft of a bill delaying the Obamacare individual mandate – a bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the Congressional Obama contingent shut down the government in order to avoid passing.

People who had individual coverage – five million of them and counting – are now without individual coverage thanks to policy cancellations brought about by Obamacare’s supposedly “higher” standards of coverage.

Full time employees are becoming part time employees, as businesses try to keep their expenses in check by eliminating the number of employees eligible for higher-priced, employer-subsidized insurance plans, thanks to Obamacare.

Governments in States that accepted the Obamacare yoke, along with its mandate to expand the Medicaid base, have to come up with incrementally more money without a commensurate expansion in their revenue bases to support the additional cost.

And now insurers – a group that Obama certainly never intended to ostracize – are beginning to see just how deeply Obama’s signature law, as well as the enforcement liberties he’s threatening to take to “fix” its many problems, will affect their profitability.

After Obama revealed his illegal plan today to bypass Congress and force insurance companies to continue offering plans that many of them have already cancelled (thanks to Obamacare), the industry started biting back. And for good reason: insurers have played along as the health care exchanges have been set up, perhaps benignly convinced that whatever market changes Obamacare brought about would just be passed along to consumers. The President’s revelation Thursday that he’d now “allow” these same companies to violate the law by offering their “substandard” policies for another year left many in the business wondering why they’d just sent out millions of cancellation letters.

It also left them wondering how useful their idiocy had been to the President’s Obamacare politics this whole time. “[N]ow the Obama administration wants to make them [insurers] into a scapegoat,” wrote The Washington Post Thursday afternoon:

“This doesn’t change anything other than force insurers to be the political flack jackets for the administration,” an insurance industry insider told Evan McMorris-Santoro. “So now, when we don’t offer these policies, the White House can say it’s the insurers doing this and not being flexible.”

“Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers,” industry trade group representative Karen Ignagni told The Hill right after the President’s speech.

Sounds like Obama’s scapegoats are already playing right into his hands.

Watch out for Hillary, though. The Democrats need an Obamacare savior – and it has to come from someone on their side. GOP conservatives, which in this instance were right all along, will never have their voices heard – at least not unless Congress undergoes a major restructuring next year.

“[T]he Obamacare battle is destined to become a proxy battle over control of the Democratic Party: a battle between presumed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton, and President Obama,” Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro wrote Thursday. “Obama wants to defend his program; Hillary wants to run against it, recognizing its inherent unpopularity.”

Here’s a link to the full text of Obama’s Thursday Obamacare announcement.

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  • Shorty Stuff

    When did Obama become a dictator/emperor/king, and who gave him the right to change the law? When is Congress going to get their thumbs out of their butts and so something about all the unconstitutional acts that have come from the white house? I look forward to Tea Party candidates against all the incumbent RINO’s in Congress, who might actually take cues from Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Rand Paul and have the guts to stand up against the usurpers in D.C.

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

      If Conservatives stay out of the Direct Line of Fire……The D****RATS and the “Little Boy Dictator” and the rest of the USELESS IDIOTS in his Regime……Will go up in FLAMES….The problem is that all the ESTABLISHMENT RINO REPUKES…..Led by Boehner and McConnell….will step in front of the Explosion….SO AS TO LESSON THE IMPACT…..on Dirty Harry and the rest of the D****RATS…..

      • Roy Fredrichsen

        “Viva La Revolution” Let’s have another “Tea Party”.

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

          Only this time lets throw all the USELESS SCUMBAGS THAT RESIDE IN THE DC CESSPOOL INTO THE OCEAN…With plenty of weight to make sure that they sink to the bottom in record time…With NO Chance of surfacing…

  • Lizard

    Well i hope that 5 Million that lost heath insurance does not vote for democrats this time

  • Lizard

    We need to put stop to B.S of Obama like yesterday .. America can not survive an idiot for President

  • alboy5

    We must bow down and let our lives be burdened with Obamacare, because a mentally challenged monkey must be satisfied.

  • JimH

    This bill is so FUBAR it can’t be fixed. It needs to be repealed before anymore damage is done.
    Obama needs to put on his big boy pants and admit it is a lost cause and gt rid of it.

    • Warrior

      It’s worse than FUBAR. This whole “PROGRESSIVE SCHEME” is CRIMINAL. What the h$ll were you thinking John Roberts?

      • JimH

        I concur.

    • Andy

      He doesn’t have any “big boy pants”–that’s the problem…(panties, maybe).

      • JimH

        Maybe his big girl panties then. :)

  • 5live5

    They want a “fix”??? Defund it, repeal it, Burn the draft of it, and bury it at sea!! although that would no doubt contribute to water pollution!!

  • hippybiker

    It would be nice if Obama and Mooch took a ride in an open car in Dallas.

    • jimwilson81

      But then we would have to put up with Biden and he is three beers short of a six-pack.

      • vicki

        That is a far better fate then the one that is planned for us under obama.

        • jimwilson81

          You are probably right.

        • jimwilson81

          Obama, too, is 5 beers short of a 6 pack. So it might not be so bad with Biden.

  • Warrior

    Ponder this, we have a gubmint COLLUDING with private business to set insurance rates that will cover the gubmints cost to provide favors to those which they are attempting to collect votes from. People, there is a CRIME being committed before our very eyes. This situation is truly unbelievable! Good Lord, stop this entire FRAUD!

  • Hap Harris

    This is only one indication that America has fallen into the great abyss.
    FOLKS; Only a benevolent God could fix this mess…AND…right now I doubt He is interested in helping America until its people amend there depraved ways and return to Him.

    • Jana

      God does care, and His people who are called by His name need to pray!
      This country can turn around if we will do our part.

  • CTConservatives47

    How could the American people be so stupid to vote for this jerk and traitor.

    He is determined to carry out his real daddy, Frank Marshall Davis’ dream of destroying this country. And as if things aren’t bad enough, he persists in his other pernicous agendas: cap and trade by regulation, immigration “reform.” appointing more radicals to his administration and the courts, EPA control over ponds in our backyard, domestic spying,and further inflating the currency under Yellin, the new Federal Reserve chief. All of this has to be purposeful, yet the MSM can’t figure it out.

    • mathis1689

      I personally think that the CMSM aka Communist Main Stream Media not only have it figured out but they fully and completely agree with the Dear Leader and his entire Communist agenda.

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      Such is the power of a SUPER SALES CON MAN. He “pulled the wool” over all the democrats and they “bought” his load of manure. Serves them right they got shafted and now they are running away, leaving us to deal with his skulldruggerly..Try him and Holder for treason and malfeasance against the United States.

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    Call them “gormless” leaders, and they will have to spend time looking up the word, thus keeping them from destroying America even more
    Read Wayne Allen Root’s column today telling it like it was at Columbia, where no one seems to remember Obama at all. O was under the tutelage of Professors Cloward and Pivens, so perhaps he was there on 0$ and only having their classes.

  • Muffin Man Mashinksy

    The GOP is blowing it big time here….they should be SCREAMING OVER & OVER: “here is our bill now to (1) institute tort reform to cap malpractice payouts (2) open up purchases of insurance across state lines to drive competition & lower premiums”…..these were their ideas when Obummer asked for their input before bill was crafted & of course, he blew them off…this would show that it is only THE LOONY TUNES LIBs that are in bed with Big Pharma & Big Insurers & Big Lawyers….Both McCain & Romney kept saying that before any real health care reform, we have to open up purchases of insurance across state lines. They both made it seem like they could it via ex. order, but it is only Congress that can do it. Since there never has even been a vote in Congress on this, I have to assume that Big Insurers Lobbyists have been paying off Congressmen & senators to stifle it…was the GOP just full of BS when they offered these ideas before ObummerCare was shoved down our throats, or do they really mean it?

    As far as Obummer, there has never been a more evil prez & his signature legislation from day one has been a satanic twisted example of facism!!

    • Warrior

      I believe it is worse than how you portray. We now have a fraud, telling us that well, maybe I will allow you “folks” to keep the insurance you paid for with your own resources for a little while longer while we try and figure out what is going wrong with our initial fraud! I’ll tell you what, there’s a whole lot of insurance exec’s that are now second guessing their decision to get into beddy with these charlatans! Jail em all!

  • Warrior
  • Warrior

    http://blog.heritage.org/2013/11/14/administration-offering-insurers-obamacare-bailout/#.UoV1iaVMnnZ

    Dear FBI, I want to report widespread FRAUD AND CORRUPTION. Honor your oath and arrest these perpetrators. NOW!

  • jimwilson81

    I am sorry but Obama is not in the legislative branch of the government. He cannot legally bypass Congress but he has done it numerous times. When is Congress and the Supreme Court going to take action against his madness. The Socialism Obama supports has failed in every country that has ever tried it.They define insanity as keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.It will fail here as well and leave us worse off. Couldn’t that be defined as insanity? Isn’t it about time Obama be committed to a mental institution?

    • Muffin Man Mashinksy

      First we have to commit the millions that voted for him & believed him!

  • Jana

    Now with this he has someone else to blame, the Insurance Companies. Never mind the FACT that the insurance companies have already implemented the Obamacare plans. Never mind the FACT that they have already negotiated with the Dr.’s what their fees will be. Never mind the FACT that they cannot just wave a magic wand and make it all just disappear and reappear the way it was, but be assured of the FACT that Obama the KING OF BLAME will somehow lay the blame on the insurance companies.

    He will never accept full responsibility for his own actions. Most socialists don’t.

  • Sarah Conner

    And now…wait,wait,wait for it….oh well this system is so screwed up,we’ll just implement a single payer system i.e. feral gov’ment controls your life…Are you paying attention yet ? This has been the plan all along,this obozocare was never meant to function,you were never meant to have any kind of insurance except what the gov’ment dictates to you…we are losing,lost our republic…we can no longer sit on our hands and do nothing…I am an American,I will not obey,I will not be silent,I will not comply,I will not bow down, I will not consent…I am an American,I will die on my feet,not on my knees…

  • LZ

    My god!!!! We are being governed by presidential decree!!!! GET ME OUT OF HERE!!! Do we have to start addressing him as “Your Highness”?? AND NOONE IS ACTING TO PUT A STOP TO IT!!! OR CORRECT IT!!! And I thought retirement was going to be so great. I’ve never in my life felt so dejected, discouraged. With my failing health, all that’s left, in my mind at least, is prayer. I will pray for us all.

    • JimH

      Instead of “your Highness”, I would go with “your A$$holiness”. :)

    • Guest

      I feel your pain.
      never did I feel so unhappy and discouraged in this country.
      Fear of my life savings being stolen so how will i pay my rent?
      fear of being unable to find good medecine or doctors.
      This ‘abominableruincare’ is the final straw!
      Is this why I became a legal immigrant so many years ago?

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      Those that voted for that bum are beginning to see that he IS NOT the savior they thought he was….Hope & Change they got in spades all the way to their graves.

  • vicki

    The most amusing aspect of this is that by delaying the pain for a year the American public will have a chance to vote in the 2014 election without the pain of ObamaCare.

  • terryk

    Obama illegally changes his law again so unless Congress acts and the states insurance agencies likkewise allow theinsurance companies to withdraw the cancellations nothing changes for the milions of Americans without insurance. All the Democrats now have is someone else to blame, Too bad Obama did not pay attention to those who were to see that this law was enacted.
    Maybe the public actually will win in the long run if Obamacare collapses of its own failure.

  • Al Chemist

    The present occupant of the White House will continue this nonsense for another three plus years unless there are enough people in the House and Senate wise enough to stop him. 2014!

  • http://batman-news.com Jim B

    There is only one word to describe Obama… NUTS! I’d leave it at that but I can’t, but not out of hate, hell I’d love to beat his ass at golf, and afterward sit down, order a couple of boiler makers and have a few laughs with the guy. But his politics are off the chart now, every wrong step leads to ten more wrong steps and always in the wrong direction. Meanwhile people now see a naked King, and that’s bad news. By is own admission he’s stuck between stupid and incompetent, or both…yuk! Worse, the whole world see’s it and is wondering is the entire country this stupid and incompetent. And just think, we have three more years to deal with this abomination of a WH. Three more months, three more weeks, days, hours, minutes is too much to bear. Forget about this ship hitting the breakwall, the captin and crew are stuck on stupid, this ship will sink well befored the shore ever reached. God help us!

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      The only salvation we can depend on is the veterans and the Military services Obama & company has decimated and insulted. Obamas proposed Martial Law upon an insurection will NOT be executed by our soldiers, but by mercenaries hired by Obama & company.