On June 29, 2009, Federal Judge Denny Chin sentenced disgraced financier and prominent Democratic Party donor Bernard Madoff to 150 years in Federal prison for his leadership of what has often been described as the largest financial fraud in human history. Thanks to a combination of his advanced years, the length of his sentence and the fact that the Federal Correctional Institute in Butner, N.C., doesn’t offer the therapeutic comforts of Madoff’s oceanfront estate, Madoff will leave prison toes first. It’s hard for me to suggest he deserves better. It’s also hard for me to ignore the only reason Madoff didn’t get away with it: he’s not a politician.
Barring yet another setback, Obamacare detonates in less than two months. With the employer mandate already delayed until the proverbial 12th of Never; the Obama Administration is now quietly admitting that the armies of flunkies they’re training to herd Americans into Obama’s insurance abattoir are nowhere near ready to take on their appointed task.
Although they were only expected to complete 30 hours of education on the 2,700-page legislative behemoth, they’re apparently lagging behind the curve like the Washington, D.C. government schools matched against the private citadel to which Obama and other super-privileged liberals send their own progeny. So, rather than delay implementation to avoid a General Motors bailout-type disaster, the Feds cut the training requirement by a third. With half the program already in the trash, Obama took the other half and handed it over to people who will be almost as well-trained as the overweight police department reject who strip-searched your grandmother at the airport.
At least you’ll get to keep your existing plan. When Obama rammed his healthcare folly down the throats of the majority of Americans who have never supported it, he tried to allay our fears by promising: “If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.” Like most of Obama’s promises, his healthcare guarantee ran like a Chevy Volt: short-lived and highly flammable. According to the current Department of Health and Human Services website: “Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may (emphasis mine) be able to keep your current doctor.” And if you purchased your insurance after 2010, “may” becomes “DOA.” Post-2010 plans are not eligible; meaning the newest entrants to the market — on average the youngest — lost the biggest.
But Obamacare will reduce the cost of keeping healthy. Obama first made that promise in 2008. Then, this past March, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged that those least able to afford higher premiums would be exempted from the lower cost promise like Congress and their union thug cronies have been exempted from Obamacare entirely: “These folks will be moving into a really fully insured product for the first time, and so there may be a higher cost associated with getting into that market…”
Former Democratic Party fuehrer Howard Dean admitted last week that the death panels they’ve been denying for six years not only exist, but are nothing but bad news. Congressman James Clyburn (D-S.C.) acknowledged this past weekend that “we are going to be tweaking Obamacare for a long, long time.” And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fessed up to the fraud last Friday thusly: “…Obamacare is…a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever…”
Every promise Obama and his accomplices have made regarding every major facet of Obamacare has turned out to be as honest as a Lois Lerner deposition. What’s more, thanks to the Democrats’ machinations last week, they bear none of the risk and none of the cost. If that’s not fraud, then Bernie Madoff was just a misunderstood philanthropist with a slight gambling problem. Madoff ran a scheme which torched somewhere in the neighborhood of $65 billion. If he served every minute of his sentence, he wouldn’t walk until his 201st birthday. As it stands now, Obamacare will lift nearly $2 TRILLION from our collective wallets over the next decade. By the time Obama finally vacates the Oval Office, he will have served no time at all. Let this be a lesson to future Ponzi, Bunko and flim-flam artists: Get elected first.