By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
Barack Hussein Obama has issued some 15 executive changes to his monumental catastrophe called Obamacare, without consent of Congress since he signed it into law three years ago. Seems every time some group of his die-hard supporters feels they have been left out of the feeding troth gravy train, as soon as they complain, Obama issues a decree giving them a handout. A headline story in the news today confirms the suspicions I wrote about just nine days ago. Obama is concerned about the criticism his Socialized Medicine Plan //aka// the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare is getting. Here is the headline story and a reprint of my post from September 3rd.
Republicans move to halt ObamaCare ‘bailout’ for angry unions
Published September 12, 2013
Capitol Hill Republicans are trying to stop the Obama administration from offering labor unions a sweetheart deal on ObamaCare, as the White House tries to quell a simmering rebellion from Big Labor over the health care law.
President Obama and White House officials reportedly have called union leaders to try and persuade them to tone down their complaints, pledging an accommodation. The AFL-CIO, though, on Wednesday approved a resolution anyway calling the law “highly disruptive” to union plans.
But reports have surfaced on a plan that would give union workers — and only union workers — subsidies to help pay for health insurance even if they’re covered through their job. The purported “carve-out” could soothe the simmering discontent within Big Labor. The loyal Democratic supporters and early champions of ObamaCare say they have been slighted by the act’s final regulations, which they say is pushing some employees into part-time work and threatens their health insurance plans.
Conscience of a Conservative, Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Major change coming to Obamacare: Anyone who voted for or supported BO will receive an exemption.
Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, was written with explicit language that it was to include everyone. No exceptions. Even members of Congress and their staff were mandated to follow the same rules as every other American citizen. This was apparently done to appease the Republicans and get their support for the bill. Then just before the 2012 elections several unions who had endorsed and campaigned for Barack Hussein Obama began to receive exemptions from the mandatory requirements. Then it was disclosed that members of Congress were concerned that their highly paid staff members would be persuaded to leave their cushy jobs if they had to pay for their own health insurance, like everyone else. So our Great Leader issued a decree that made them exempt and the government would continue to provide their insurance. Now we read that 40,000 union members have quit the AFL-CIO because they don’t like the idea of having to pay for their health insurance.
In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.
In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the
AFL-CIO’s support of ObamaCare.
“We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,” McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.
The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their “Cadillac” healthcare plan.
What isn’t a surprise is that almost immediately after this announcement, some union leaders asked Obama to also exclude them from the mandatory coverage requirement. And it looks like they will get it. So what it all comes to is that the only people who will be forced to buy health insurance will be people who didn’t support or vote for Obama. In other words, Obamacare is really just a tax on Republicans.
In order to get Obamacare passed through Congress, then Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously remarked, “You have to pass the bill before you can see what’s in it.” But even when the bill was being written it had parts added for the expressed purpose of persuading certain groups from opposing it. Like the powerful NRA gun lobby. Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid inserted a clause in ACA that reversed a previous order to have family Physicians inquire if their patients had a gun in their house. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Obama issued his 23 Executive Orders to formulate Gun Control and one of those orders retracted the clause in Obamacare that Harry Reid inserted and once again, family doctors will be asking their patients if they own a gun. And since all medical records will be electronically stored and accessed by the government, anyone who admits they have a gun will be easily identified.
The true nature of Barack Hussein Obama’s government is becoming clearer and clearer every day. He admits he doesn’t need Congress to pass his laws, he can issue them by Executive Order. The Constitution is just an inconvenient piece of paper to him. He ignores and changes written laws to please himself and his friends and his supporters by issuing his Royal Decrees and Exemptions. It would not be surprising to learn he has a plan to remain in office after the end of his present term. And yes, there is a word for that, its called Dictator.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.
Meanwhile, the rest of the public, those lucky to just have a job, have been facing changes in their own healthcare coverage by their employers. Loopholes in the Affordable Care Act exempt employers from certain requirements for their part-time workers who work less than 30 hours a week. So they have been cutting the hours of full-time workers to make them part-time workers. Other companies are dropping spouses from their company health care plans. Bloomberg reported that two of America’s largest employers, General Electric and IBM announced they are cancelling healthcare plans for retirees.
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008, recently called for Congress to “bomb Obamacare instead of Syria”. Sarah Palin was roundly criticized in 2009 for attacking Obamacare on her Facebook page for the creation of “death panels”, a term that incensed almost every journalist and Democrat.
As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.
Now, three years later, everyone is acknowledging those “death panels” are real. As this article in The Hill reported, even prominent Democrats are admitting that it is true, the “death panels”, an unelected group, officially called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, who will decide who get approved treatments and who will be denied, does exist. The technical issue that existed three years ago used to deny the truth was that this board was not a part of the legislation that created Obamacare, it had been added to another bill that passed months before.
ObamaCare ‘death panel’ faces growing opposition from Democrats
By Elise Viebeck – 08/08/13 05:00 AM ET
ObamaCare’s cost-cutting board — memorably called a “death panel” by Sarah Palin — is facing growing opposition from Democrats who say it will harm people on Medicare.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean drew attention to the board designed to limit Medicare cost growth when he called for its repeal in an op-ed late last month.
Dean was quickly criticized by supporters of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), who noted his ties to the healthcare industry as an adviser to a major D.C. lobbying firm.
But the former Vermont governor is not the only Democrat looking to kill the panel.
A wave of vulnerable Democrats over the past three months has signed on to bills repealing the board’s powers, including Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Elizabeth Esty (Conn.).
All five are considered vulnerable in next year’s election, highlighting the stakes and the political angst surrounding the healthcare measure.
Sarah Palin was right in 2009 and is right again in 2013, and so was every other conservative who criticized this law. Obamacare is a disaster and it is not good for our nation’s health or for the health of our citizens. It may even have been planned that way on purpose from the beginning.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.