Sunday, December 22, 2013

Obamacare = Calvinball

“Calvinball” is a game that Bill Watterson invented for his comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes.” In Calvinball, the rules are constantly changing.

Obamacare is constantly changing too. Obama has made a huge number of Changes to Obamacare since he signed it in March 2010.

Of course the two are not the exact same. In Calvinball, it’s a rule – a requirement – that the rules have to always be changing. But Obama’s changes to Obamacare are against the rules – his changes are illegal – because he made his changes without approval from Congress.
It’s interesting that a fictional six year old child is perfectly willing to follow the rules of his own game, while a real world “adult” President who swore to uphold the Constitution, and who has a Harvard law degree, and who taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago, is not willing to obey the rules of the very Constitution that he studied, taught, and took an oath to uphold.
Here are three Calvinball cartoons by Bill Watterson, which I post with the “fair use” policy – followed by a list 19 changes that Obama has made to Obamacare – changes which he made illegally – because they were not approved by Congress.
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19 illegal changes that Obama has made to Obamacare:
1) Within months after Obamacare was passed, Obama, without approval from Congress, illegally gave some organizations, including numerous corporations and unions, an exemption from some of the requirements of Obamacare.  As time went on, more than 1,300 organizations received these exemptions.
2) In 2013, members of Congress and their staff complained that Obamacare was going to cost them a lot of money, and said that this would likely cause a brain drain among their staff. In response to this, Obama made changes to Obamacare so that these things would not happen. However, Obama’s actions were illegal, because he made these changes without Congress voting on them first.  The New York Times wrote of this:
… the language of the health care law requires Congressional employees to obtain health insurance through an exchange created by the law, but other parts of the federal legal code restrict the ability of the federal government to pay the usual employer share for group insurance programs approved by the Office of Personnel Management.
A straightforward reading of the law thus means that Congressional staff members, starting in January 2014, will have to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act but pay for it on their own without the normal contribution from their employer — Congress. This would be a multi-thousand-dollar income hit for those affected… many… would potentially feel the pain, giving rise to concerns over a potential brain drain of Congressional staff members finding other employment.
… the federal personnel office initially ruled that Congressional staff members would not be eligible for the subsidies, and then changed this decision under pressure from the White House…
3) In July 2013, Obama illegally delayed the employer mandate part of Obamacare from January 2014 until January 2015 without Congressional approval.
4) Even though Obamacare requires the government to verify the income of people who receive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges, in August 2013 it wasreported that Obama would not be verifying their incomes.
5) As it was passed by the House and Senate and signed by Obama in 2010, Obamacare sets caps on the out of pocket payments that people pay for health care, and these caps were legally required to take effect in January 2014. However, in August 2013, Obama, without approval from Congress, illegallydelayed these caps until January 2015.
6) Obamacare requires that individual employees of small businesses be allowed to choose their own insurance plan during the first year of Obamacare. However, in March 2013, the Obama administration announced that it would not be allowing them to make this choice during the first year. Beacause Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
7) After Obamacare was passed, Obama illegally added 20,000 extra pages to it, without approval from Congress.
8) In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that Obama had illegally used Obamacare to give additional powers to the IRS, without approval from Congress.
9) In May 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius soliciteddonations from health insurers to help pay for Obamacare. Such soliciting is illegal. Obama refused to fire or prosecute Sebelius for her criminal behavior.
10) Obamacare calls for the creation of 16,500 new IRS agents. In March 2011,15 IRS agents illegally seized the medical records of 10 million people without a warrant. Obama refused to fire or prosecute them for their criminal behavior.
11) In August 2013, it was reported that Obama had illegally used Obamacare to fund pre-K education without approval from Congress.
12) In August 2013, it was reported that Obama had illegally missed 41 of Obamacare’s 82 deadlines.
13) In August 2013, it was reported that Obama was trying to give illegal Obamacare subsidies to unions, without approval from Congress.
14) Obamacare requires that the online registration for small businesses be ready by October 1, 2013. However, five days before that date, Associated Pressreported that this deadline would not be met.
15) In November 2013, it was reported that Obama was trying to illegally exempt some unions from some of the Obamacare fees, without approval from Congress.
16) In August 2013, without approval from Congress, Obama illegally gave an Obamacare waiver to Massachusetts.
17) On November 14, 2013, after insurance companies had canceled policies that did not meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare, Obama told them to restore these policies. However, he did this without Congress voting to approve these changes to Obamacare. The President does not have the legal authority to change a law that was passed by Congress, without those changes first being approved by Congress.
18) In December 2013, Obama ordered insurance companies to cover “customers” who had never paid any premiums. Obama’s action was illegal because it violated the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. It was also illegal because he did not have approval from Congress.
19) On December 19, 2013, Obama gave exemptions from the Obamacare mandate to people whose insurance had been canceled due to Obamacare. Because Obama gave out these exemptions without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.

New State Data On Obamacare Enrollment Trends Show How Scheme Is Failing!

Forbes ^ | DEc 20, 2013 | Scott Gottliev 

Most consumers who have signed up – about 85% on average — are eligible for subsidies because they fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $90,000 in annual income for a family of four). And most of these folks are choosing silver plans.
In California, just 47% of those who have signed up have received a private health plan.

The rest were put on Medicaid.

In Colorado, just 17% got private coverage, with the other 83% put on Medicaid. In Connecticut, 61% got private coverage, in Minnesota, 71%, Rhode Island 33%, and Washington State 11%.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...

This is just another income redistribution scheme. Lots of good numerical info in the article.And of course, while they are quoting the % who got private coverage, it's easy to calculate that the rest are getting Medicaid:

CA -- 53%; CO -- 83%, CT 39%, MN -- 29%, RI -- 67%, WA -- 89%. These are scary numbers -- Medicaid was never intended to cover such huge numbers of people. 

“The weighted average across all the states shows that only 36% of those who have signed up (but not necessarily paid for) Obamacare, were put on private plans.”
In other words 64% will be on Medicaid!!!!

Phil Robertson's suspension highlights A&E's bigotry toward Christians says prolife group!

Charisma News ^ | 12/21/2013 | Abby Carr 

Phil Robertson, star of the mega-hit reality show Duck Dynasty, has been suspended indefinitely for remarks made in an interview labeled “anti-gay” by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists.
“A&E has shown its cowardly bigotry toward Christians,” says Paul Rondeau, executive director of American Life League, the oldest Catholic pro-life group in the nation. “GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said, ‘Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.’
“Instead of defending the religious expression of the Robertson family, A&E sides with GLAAD as the authority on what ‘true’ Christians believe.”
Robertson was indefinitely suspended from A&E’s Duck Dynasty after he told GQ magazine that he doesn’t understand how two men could enjoy making love to one another. Using anatomically correct language, the Duck Dynasty dad said that in his opinion, a woman has more to offer a man sexually than another man.
“America was a country founded upon Christian values,” Robertson told GQ, and “the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles.”
Using the removal of Ten Commandment monuments outside of courthouses as an example, Robertson said, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine.”
When the reporter asked what is sinful, Robertson listed homosexuality and promiscuity and quoted from 1 Corinthians. After the gay rights group GLAAD spoke out against Robertson's comments, A&E put him on hiatus.
(Excerpt) Read more at charismanews.com ...


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