Obama’s Hometown Paper Takes Down President Over Obamacare: ‘Stop Blaming Republicans’

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President Barack Obama’s hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, endorsed the Illinois Senator in both his Presidential election campaigns.

But the Tribune has had enough of Obama’s accomplishment numero uno – Obamacare.

The paper ripped into Obama this week with a blistering editorial takedown of the socialized medicine mess, saying the time has come “…for the Obama administration to level with Americans about what’s happening here. It’s time to stop blaming Republicans and start talking about what needs to change.”

Last spring, President Barack Obama said “there will still be, you know, glitches and bumps” in the rollout of the new system. But what we’re seeing now is no glitch or bump. There is a growing mountain of evidence that Obamacare has fundamental problems in design and implementation.

…The Department of Health and Human Services under chief Obamacare cheerleader Kathleen Sebelius has had three years to develop this system. It has busted deadline after deadline, all the while promising that the system would be ready on Oct. 1. It has overpromised and underdelivered. The excuse? Demand was unexpectedly high, crashing servers. Unexpected? Americans have been bombarded with marketing campaigns and news stories and outreach efforts on behalf of Obamacare.

The piece takes down Obamacare’s chief conceptual pillar – that mass enrollment will buttress the government subsidies program for those who can’t afford the full cost of health care – by pointing out the disincentive of skyrocketing costs for those would-be buyers who are just starting to realize how unaffordable the Affordable Care Act really is.

Those who have managed to browse the marketplace have often been hit by sticker shock. Take Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner and single father from Carpentersville. He sought the same level of coverage on the exchange as he and his 7-year-old daughter have now, with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals. At best, Weldzius found, his monthly premium of $233 would more than double. If he chose a plan priced at the same level, the annual deductible would be $12,700, more than three times his current $3,500 deductible.

The editors reiterate their call for the President to grant the same one-year delay that’s been afforded businesses and “special pleaders,” but even they acknowledge the stubborn Administration simply isn’t going to budge just to help out regular folks.

Read the entire piece at the Chicago Tribune’s website.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Alan

    I’m absolutely shocked! Seriously! Whenever one of these news agencies takes him to task for his mendacity, which is becoming more frequent these days, I find myself re-instilled with a small degree of hope. Good for you Tribune.

    • Motov

      That’s because the honeymoon of the first term is over.
      Most second term presidents are not as good as their first.
      Reagan had the contra affair, Clinton was impeached, the Shrub’s
      ratings was lower in his second term.

      Obozo went from really sucks,…to really sucks and totally blows.

      • ChiefBoring

        “Obozo went from really sucks,…to really sucks and totally blows.” ROTFLMAO!!!

      • Alan

        So true. When your own sycophants become disloyal, slinging mud and crud in your direction, it’s time to realize that maybe, just maybe, you aren’t the King Rat you thought you were. Obozo needs to understand that he is best suited to fill the shoes of a mischievous Alfred P. Newman-like character rather than those of this countries leader.

        • Motov

          I can bet Mad Magazine is not happy of you insulting Alfred E. Newman like that,… (LOL)
          I would suggest someone like Charles Manson, or Jeffrey Dahmer,…….

  • Robert Wood

    YOU VOTED FOR THE —-“SOB ” NOW EAT IT

    • Sick of Progs

      I just love SCUMBAGS like you Robert, who say you voted for him, now eat it. How the heck do you know who voted for whom? Work for the NSA do you? I also love the Leftists who say Obamacare is the law, deal with it. Well so is the 2nd Amendment LAW, so you and your gun grabbing baby killing boyfriend will have to DEAL WITH IT.

      • Robert Wood

        SCUMBAG HERE!! EAT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JimH

    I thought they said “hometown” paper. The Trib isn’t from Kenya.

  • KennyLLC

    “At best, Weldzius found, his monthly premium of $233 would more than double. If he chose a plan priced at the same level, the annual deductible would be $12,700, more than three times his current $3,500 deductible.”

    If he thinks he’s pissed now, just wait ’til he gets the bill via his 1040 tax return after a few years of tax credits paid to his insurance company !
    He will have to pay it all back, while the insurance company gets off scott-free !
    By then, Obama will be out of office, …and he can blame it all on the new administration.

  • Susan Watts

    It is time Obama stop presenting himself as the innocent party in the mess in Washington. He is every bit to blame for the shut down and the mess with Obamacare. I guess the fools who voted this guy in office didn’t learn the first time around.
    Put on extra strong safety belts Americans, unless Obama gets impeached it is going to be a very, very, very rough and painful ride the next 3 years.

    • jaybird

      He will probably declare martial law and stay in office forever.

      • puglianana

        Actually martial law is in the works as we speak.

        • Liz

          I absolutely agree with you and this paper had better watch out because it will be shut down, the IRS and Homeland Security will get the Editor and reporters.

        • jaybird

          I saw a video where 3 18 wheelers were seen hauling martial laws signs on them in Illinois.

  • mistyl@windstream.net

    This was never about Healthcare.Do You really think anyone in Washington cares about Your Health this is about control of the People.This was set up to get rid of the old and the sick no matter how young you are.The only way to get rid of Obamacare is to let it crash on its own.If no one buys it it will defund itself.

    • puglianana

      I believe it is just another TAX hike/increase. You are correct, if no one signs up for it, it will crash.

    • Vis Fac

      Liberals care as much about your health as they do protecting children It’s a matter of PEOPLE control plain and simple Why do you think the IRS (the most feared and powerful agency that reports to no one) was charged with administering ODUMBOCARE? Intimidation and control.

      Every day they find more control measures to add to that monstrosity it is ever morphing and out of control. “we first must pass it so we can know what’s in it” The most bizarre inane comment ever made and I doubt anyone will ever know it’s full impact.

      Watch this 10 minute video it was produced before the vote and pulled now that ODUMBOCARE is the (ever changing ) law of the land they leave it up to rub in your face

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Lizard

    I will go against Muslim Obama every way possible .. I refuse to follow any new laws or sign up for Obama scum care

  • chubby

    All the old people that voted for this communist bastard the death panels are waiting for you, next I expect you will want sympathy, and yet you still can’t see him for what he is. No sympathy here

    • puglianana

      Actually, it was mostly the college age children that voted this guy into office. Please show respect to seniors. They are mature people not old..

      • Liz

        Thanks, I am a senior and I, unlike some people, researched O’Bama as much as I could and did NOT vote for him either time. I became irritated because the other side seemed to play into the Democrat’s hands, especially running against O’Bama for his second term. They should have been ready for the plants in the debates and the smears.

        • Vis Fac

          Liz there is no difference between either the DUMBOCRITE Party or the Repugnant Party both have done harm to this nation although one party has been recently doubling down on its efforts.
          I am neither I am an independent leaning towards the Tea Party Candidates who scare the crap out of liberals.

          America in general is a hoard of soft self centered apathetic people unwilling to make sacrifices for the good of the nation. As long as their rights aren’t usurped their property is not confiscated or their lifestyle isn’t affected they’re fine with what ever happens UNTIL they are affected then by that time it’s too late. The old story of first they came for the (favorite ethnic group) ending and there was no one left to stand up for me.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • ChiefBoring

          Here, here! We old folk are not stupid, nor do we march in lock step like BHO’s base, spouting the same talking points. We, as a body, are not responsible for voting him into office. The first time, some did (not my family!) in hopes he would unite us, and put away the claims of racism. The second time, many millions stayed at home because the opposing candidates were not perfect in their eyes. See what that got us! Study, learn, VOTE! Do not sit on your hands and grouse about the result. Pardon my French, but if you don’t vote, don’t BITCH! If you do, and still aren’t happy, like most of us today, then get involved, and BITCH, and act within the rules. No third party, no revolution!

      • Vis Fac

        Apparently chubby is one of those college kids and has no respect period.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • Vis Fac

      Why are you targeting the “old people” when you should blame anyone who voted DUMBOCRITIC? DUMBOCRITES are known for restrictive controlling statutes. 90% of all statutes are written by DUMBOCRITES and all are restrictive or banning something. When was the last time you heard of a law ALLOWING something? I cannot recall When you read our Bill of Rights you will see the only the government is restricted from perpetrating crimes against the citizens. It’s all bass ackwards the government is telling US what we can and cannot do.

      It’s time for people to stop being apathetic and let things slide VOTE even if the candidate of your party isn’t perfect ODUMBO won by default because Romney wasn’t supported most people stayed home and didn’t vote and they’re the ones who complain the loudest.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Liz

        You are right, the majority of people I see that complain are people who did not vote. They have no right to complain because they helped make it worse by NOT voting.

        Romney should have been stronger and more prepared for the last debate. It could have gone his way and made O’Bama look like the liar he is even with the planted moderator in place. Instead you saw a smug, arrogant O’Bama standing there with his arms crossed ready to lie and Romney with no reply.

        No one wanted to believe Romney did not take a salary as Governor or bailed out the Olympics and boy did the media play up the Morman and Romneycare issues. O’Bamacare is modeled after Hillarycare that didn’t pass because the Republicans were in control of both houses during the Clinton Presidency. The Morman issue is funny to me since this Senate has done more to ruin the Catholic Church than all the Priests in the world (Pelosi) and Catholics still voted for them.

        Americans are so use to the greedy, crooked, low moral politicians they see in government that they don’t recognize decent people.

        • Vis Fac

          I have yet to miss voting in any general election and I don’t understand why people are so cavalier regarding their rights. Not only voting but sitting on their duffs while the governments gradually enslaves us stripping us of our rights and no say a word or put up a fuss. It’s like everyone’s in a trance.

          I was not so shocked at the last DNC not allowing an opening prayer for the DUMBOCRITES have forsaken God and the country is going down the toilet because of it. When you shun God God will shun you. You might find this article interesting as it supports my position of the term DUMBOCRITE hybrid for dumb hypocrite. This is a scientific study and we all know that DUMBOCRITES love to cite science (their science)

          http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2012/10/pew-report-republicans-smarter-than-democrats-tea-party-more-educated-2509406.html

          You will recognize and understand the effects of liberal one dimensional idiot-ological indoctrination camps that produce the functionally illiterate dependent on government and lame stream media.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • jaybird

          I don’t think the Repubs know how to run a campaign anymore.

        • Motov

          First thing people need to realize is our Bill of Rights are GOD given rights, not man, nor government given rights.
          So any law written that denies our GOD given rights, should be null and void, and we would be wise to point out those who do write such laws, are in violation of their oaths to uphold the Constitution, and must repent or they shall be impeached!

  • Jamie Higdon

    They do not care about you. They are not servants of the people they are self-servers and you are nothing but scum to them.

  • lokiswife

    They are still writing more rules and regulations to Obamacare, it is up over 10,000 pages now , an estimated 11 MILLION words. We will find out what is in these new rules and regulations when they become law….Obamacare was never intended to be healthcare, it was written to make such a mess of our healthcare that we would be lining up and begging to go on a one-payer government program, also known as socialized medicine. That was Obama’s agenda in his early days in politics, and from that angle, it is succeeding very well.

  • Brinkman

    Obama I will not comply.

    • Quester55

      Ever Read, on The Beach?
      De Fuhrer will give you the same choices that Those Folks where Given, Near the End.

    • Vis Fac

      Neither will I I’m retired don’t file a tax return so I am not subject to ODUMBO’S PEOPLE control tax.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Carolyn

    Obamacare, or the Affordable Act Health Care is not Law of the Land!! Hang in there and keep fighting it. Obama since the Affordable Act Health Care was passed, has went in and changed it 19 times. No way, can it be the Law of the Land. Plus if it is Law Of the Land, everyone has to be on it, Obama has exempted 9 million people, from it. It is the biggest Joke in History, Obama needs to be impeached for making the democrats to pass it.

    • jaybird

      I don’t think he made the Demorats pass it, he seems to be a god to them and they do everything he says. I don’t understand it. I have always asked questions before doing anything that changes me or my families life. I have tried to point things out to these dumba…. and they believe everything he says, some have children that are going to live under this mess. I even wrote to Jewish friends (??) and asked how could they vote for him?? I should have asked them “didn’t they learn anything from their ancestors” since they don’t speak to me anymore. Their loss.

  • Motov

    I’m gonna use the “Lemon Law”, Like buying a new car, if you have to return it (to be fixed over and over again) You have the option of getting something else!

    Obozocare is a LEMON!!!

  • Quester55

    If WE Americans Give in to De Fuhrer’s ” Obamacare Scam”, Then We Deserve the Crap it Gives out, However, If WE The People, Stand United, Against This Common Foe, We Can Overcome this Little Fuhrer, Kick his Butt back to the Hole he crawled out of, & put Back in A Plan, that Has been Working for the past 100 years!!
    De Fuhrer’s Idea of ” FORCED Change “, Has Failed, Now is the Time to Listen to the NORMAL PEOPLE & go with Something that Works!!
    As A Bonus, We Need to Remove those ILLEGALS that have over Burdened Our Country, Or Place THEM in those Many Hundreds of F.E.M.A. CAMPS, That Stand Empty around Our Country. Thus Allowing them to Be Registered & Educated in our language, & allowed to become Full American Citizens, Once & For All!
    after All, That is what would happen if WE Americans Flooded over to Mexico, Uninvited!

  • Quester55

    just HOW are the MILLIONS that are Currently OUT of Work, Going to Afford De Fuhrer’s obamacare if They Join or To PAY those UNLAWFUL FINES if they Don’t?
    And Just What is De Fuhrer going to do if Millions of us Ban Together & March On D.C. To Show the Fuhrer, that WE ARE NOT going to Take His B.S. any longer? Kill Us, He’d be Doing most of us a Favor! ( YES, Myself Included)
    Better Death, Standing Up to His Tierney, And Anti-Jesus, Hatred, Then Bowing Down at His Feet like a DOG!!

    • Vis Fac

      Those who are out of a job and cannot pay are subsidized by guess who? Der Fuhrer doesn’t care neither does the lackey congress Just so ODUMBO has his legacy and congress gets fatter from the lobbyists.

      Why should they give a damn about you? They’re set for life now you try and get yours.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • lg

    if our news networks will not be equal in reporting instead of making up there propaganda then we should start protesting at there headquartwes enough is enough they are not jurnalists they are yoyos of the administration

    • Vis Fac

      Seeing as how lame stream media is corporately owned and those same corporations OWN ODUMBO you will never get an unbiased report. 95% Journalists are liberals and liberals never say support or do anything other than to support their agenda.

      My faith in journalism was forever tainted when Walter Cronkite “the most trusted name in journalism” admitted to “cooking” story’s (LYING) just so he could affect the Vietnam war Journalists have an agenda and it is NOT reporting facts.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Quester55

    I’ve just read the 42 comments from ” Friends & Foe’s ” alike, And noticed a disturbing fact, [with very few exceptions] you-all seem hell-bent on playing the Fuhrer’s Fools. His agenda seems to be geared at ” Tying you down at this one topic [brush fire], & keeping your attention on this one spot, while he trots off, setting the forest ablaze with other ” Crimes against humanity “!
    Wake up people, De Fuhrer is playing the old,” Fox & Hound” Routine & your falling for it!
    When will we ever learn our lesions about this S.O.B.’S, M.O.?