Friday, November 15, 2013

My View

Random ruminations from your resident curmudgeon...

How bad is the debacle known as Obamacare? Even fellow Democrats and the Left's water carriers in the main stream press are running from the Lyin' King and his signature program. Former President Bill Clinton publicly said that even if it requires a change in the law, the Lyin' King should honor his promise that he made when he said that individuals could keep their health insurance if they liked it. Part of the push back against this travesty of a health care program is that Americans have seen what is really at stake when the government gets control of this sector. This expansion of government powers over an individual's health decisions is frightening on many levels. The promise of cradle to grave health care and cheap government insurance have quickly been revealed to be a costly and inefficient monstrosity. Even worse, the hubris of Washington and its power hungry elites has been brought out to the harsh light of day. Americans, who made a free choice about the type of health care coverage they wanted and that fit their needs have lost that coverage. Why? Because a bureaucrat in Washington has deemed that freely chosen insurance coverage inadequate and unacceptable. This disaster has occurred because of the arrogance, incompetence, and lies of the Democrats, and the complicity of the main stream press in giving the Democrats a pass when it came time to ask the hard questions about this program. So the Democrats own this. And that is why there is such a high panic level now on the Left. They have been exposed even to those that don't pay close attention to the political sphere. And they should have to pay the price at the polls.

When butterflies get nervous, I wonder if they feel humans in their stomachs?

The President lied repeatedly (hence: "The Lyin' King) to get Obamacare passed. Of course, the most egregious lie was that individuals could keep their health insurance if they liked it and it fit their needs. Another lie was that insurance policy cancellations would be limited to approximately 5% of Americans in the marketplace. The reality is that over 5 million people have lost their health insurance. And the cancellations have just begun. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the same Obamacare formula that is destroying the individual insurance market is about to hit the employer based market. According to the CBO,

"The same conditions that are causing the cancellation of individual policies will eventually result in the cancellation of millions of employment based policies as well. The only reason this hasn't happened yet is that the employer mandate was postponed for a year, so employer plans don't yet have to be ACA compliant. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that as many as 20 million workers will lose their current employer sponsored plans. Combine that with losing individual plans and more than 30 million Americans cannot keep their current insurance." (emphasis mine)

Now the Lyin' King and his lackeys in the media will tell you that the majority of these plans being cancelled are "junk plans", but most of these plans are being deemed non-compliant because they do not offer a specific type of coverage, such as pediatric care or pre-natal coverage. Those coverage's are important if you have children or are expecting a child, but if you are a single male or an elderly couple past child bearing years, then those coverage's are pointless. Yet not having them disqualifies your existing plan. And that was the whole point of Obamacare- to drive more people into a government run single payer system. It is time for all of us to push back against this power grab and pitiful health care program that has been foisted on the public.

I still have my looks. I just can't find them.

While all the focus recently has been on Obamacare, there are other initiatives afoot that are seeking to limit our rights and give more power to Washington. The Lyin' King's administration is stealthily moving to limit private property rights using a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Act authority. Information released by the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee indicates that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is proposing to broaden the definition of a "waterway" over which the federal government will have jurisdiction. The redefinition of "the waters of the United States" under the act would include all ponds, lakes, wetlands, natural or man made streams that have any effect on downstream navigable waters, whether on public or private land. Who determines the "any effect" nature of a stream that passes through your property? The EPA, of course. And the EPA is rushing to move forward with these rule changes without any scientific peer review. "Why," you ask? Long time readers know to always follow the money. The EPA has made no secret of wanting to expand its jurisdiction over U.S. waterways because it gives them wider latitude to impose fines and extort resources from individuals and businesses. For example, a federal court recently threw out an EPA fine of $37,500 PER DAY against a farmer in West Virginia. Why was he fined? Because storm water ran across his property after a heavy rain and according to the EPA, wound up in the "navigable waters of the U.S." and he did not have a permit for that. Friends, pay attention to the power grabs that are happening in all areas of government. The arrogance of Washington, its elected leaders and bureaucrats, is that they believe they know what is best for each of us and that we do not deserve nor can we handle our freedoms. This mindset will only change when we become more involved as citizens.

I have to tell you- salsa dancing isn't nearly as delicious as it sounds, and it is extremely messy.

And that, my friends, is my view.

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