For starters, we now have confirmation that Barack Obama truly loves poor people.
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In a desperate attempt to avoid that result, we now enjoy Venezuelan style authoritarianism from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Earlier this month, Sebelius wrote to the health insurance industry trade association America’s Health Insurance Plans condemning insurers for attributing their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare, and warning that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”
As the Wall Street Journal explained on September 13, “The tone of Ms. Sebelius’s letter suggests that she doesn’t understand that money is exchanged for goods and services, and that if Congress mandates new benefits, premiums will rise.” Indeed, many of us warned from the beginning that Obamacare would increase health costs. Now it is just starting to do so, precisely as we predicted.
Recall the health care summit hosted by President Obama at the beginning of this year, just before Obamacare was rammed through Congress. Senator Lamar Alexander was trying to tell Obama that even CBO, under the authority of Congressional Democrats, had said that Obamacare would cause health insurance premiums to rise. But Obama imperiously disputed him as “not factually accurate,” and then launched into a confused and convoluted argument as to why CBO had really said health insurance premiums would be going down. He insisted that he was sure he was right, and that he had gone over and over this with CBO, challenging Alexander to resolve the issue publicly “before we leave today” because “this is an example of where we’ve got to get our facts straight.”
But Obama and the Democrats never did get the facts straight, insisting to this day that the Obamacare critics are just misrepresenting the truth. But the truth is that 2+2=4, and that is what the Democrats are continuing to deny. If they mandate additional benefits, that costs money, and it is just a matter of math that health care premiums must rise to pay for it. And if they create incentives to cause health care demand to soar, while causing health care supply to decline, as Obamacare does, the inevitable result is to increase health costs further. CBO just scratched the surface.
But the Democrat strategy is to demagogue these inevitable cost increases as the insurance industry’s fault, on their fundamental political assumption these days that the public is stupid and easily fooled and manipulated. Sebelius’s letter takes this a step further, to outright authoritarianism, threatening to run insurers out of business if they tell the public the truth about Obamacare causing cost increases. Indeed, Sebelius demands that insurers hide the costs by eating the losses rather than increasing premiums to cover them. The Journal continues, “In other words, insurers must accept price controls now or face the retribution of a de facto ban on selling their products to consumers four years from now. This is nasty stuff and an obvious attempt to shift political blame for rising insurance costs before the election.” This is exactly what is going on in Massachusetts right now, under their earlier adopted version of Obamacare.
But since 2+2=4, Sebelius’s demands do not add up. Insurers don’t survive in the marketplace eating losses. Ultimately, her demands will just drive private insurers out of business altogether. Smarter Democrats know, and, indeed, hope for that. For that will leave them with the complete socialized medicine they foolishly desire.
This manipulative authoritarianism, however, is not American. It reflects the emerging third world authoritarianism of the Obama/Democrat regime, which the American people need to remove from power before they lose the freedom to even do so.
The Death of Media Bias
The disgrace of what has been rightly termed The Ruling Class extends now to the Establishment Media as well. Following his Saul Alinsky rulebook, Obama has decided to demonize, mock and ridicule John Boehner, who would be the Speaker of the House under the new, emerging Republican House majority.
Right on cue, the New York Times follows this party line with a front page exposé featuring the new anti-Boehner theme. Bob Schieffer chimes in on CBS. The most they have got on Boehner is his excessive tan, and that as a long time member of Congress he has met with lobbyists representing industry. But they seem to think that is enough.
Anyone who is still looking to these old media dinosaurs for their news does fit the bill of easily fooled and manipulated. Media “bias” is dead, because bias does not remotely cover what these manipulators are up to. The New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CBS, ABC, are not journalistic enterprises with a “bias.” They are partisan political activist organizations posing as journalistic enterprises.
Even on the editorial pages, you can’t get analysis that reflects the real world. Witness E.J. Dionne’s column in the Washington Post on September 16. Dionne approvingly quotes Mike Castle just defeated in the Delaware GOP Senate primary as saying that the domination of a party by its most ideological wing “is a more extensive problem right now in the Republican Party than in the Democratic Party.”
The Democrats are led by the most left-wing President in American history, with a fully documented past of associating with Marxist extremists, and even worse, which he has never remotely disavowed. Their Speaker of the House is the ultra-left San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The Democrat House leadership includes the equally ultra-left Barney Frank from Boston, Henry Waxman from Hollywood, John Conyers from Detroit, Pete Stark, and David Obey, among others. Party councils are dominated by the SEIU, ACORN refugees, and the most extreme left-wing revolutionaries of the labor movement. And the Democrat Party has just nominated in that same Delaware Senate primary another self-avowed Marxist who supports all of Obama’s tax hikes, spending increases, record shattering deficits and debt, Obamacare, cap and trade, card check, etc.
But they tell us the domination of the party by its most ideological wing is a bigger problem for the Republican Party than the Democrat party. What most readers do not know is that Dionne himself is an unrepentant prep school Marxist, as reflected in the pages of the Harvard Crimson during his college days.
In his column, and the column by David Broder alongside, the Tea Party primary victories are explained by the assertion that so many people have left the Republican Party that it is shrunken down now to only its right wing. This is the same Republican Party that sports a record double-digit lead in the generic polls for Congressional races, where just an even split would imply a Republican House majority. Do these folks understand American politics today enough to even write about it? We will find out soon enough.
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