published Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Haslamcare

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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mountainlaurel said...

It’s interesting that so many of the states that are in the so-called Bible Belt are so resistant to figuring out a plan to tend to the sick. . . Perhaps, it’s time to update the description to reflect reality. . . How about the anti-Bible Belt? Attitudinally, it appears to be much more accurate

December 11, 2012 at 5:51 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Well, at least some states have leadership that are earning their pay and actively working to address the health care needs of their citizenry:

“The federal government has given Washington state’s health exchange the preliminary blessing to move forward with plans to roll out the program, which is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) gave conditional approval to the blueprint plan that will become the “Washington Healthplanfinder.” The new system will be the state’s online health insurance marketplace starting Oct. 1, 2013. . .

The state was an early leader in building an exchange, even as the new federal health care policy was challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court and then became a central point of contention in the presidential election. Washington's early action to build the exchange has paid off, winning the state more than $150 million in federal funding.

“This conditional approval is a significant validation of the work that we’ve done to get our state’s health insurance exchange up and running,” Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire said in a statement. “We are clearly ahead of the curve and well positioned to remain a national leader on health care reform. Through our exchange, we will offer coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured Washingtonians and boost competition in the marketplace.”

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2012/12/10/washington-gets-preliminary-federal.html

December 11, 2012 at 6:06 a.m.
hambone said...

Would Haslam's choice have been different if he were in a second term?

December 11, 2012 at 6:15 a.m.
EaTn said...

The more we kick the health care can down the road, the more the road leads to a single payer system. What a novel idea---cut out all the wasted big-salary, no health-care value added, pencil-pushing middle.

December 11, 2012 at 6:31 a.m.
joneses said...

I support Governor Haslam's decision for protecting the citizens of Tennessee by not creating obastadcare health exchanges without knowing the true cost to the state. Sounds like a good business decision. But of course liberals have no idea of how business works. By the way if you remember the Supreme court ruled, in spite of the activist liberal Supreme Court Justices, that obastard cannot hold back Medicaid and Medicare payments to the state if they do not set up these exchanges. Obastard wanted socialized health care let obastard implement the destruction of America's health care without the help of the citizens of Tennessee.

December 11, 2012 at 7:02 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Jones said: “But of course liberals have no idea of how business works. . . Obastard wanted socialized health care let obastard implement the destruction of America's health care without the help of the citizens of Tennessee.”

Destruction of America’s health care? I believe our politicians did this ages ago which is why our citizenry has been stuck with a greedy for-profit industry notorious for charging excessive consumer coverage rates for health insurance, denying coverage to consumers with pre-existing medical conditions, dropping insurance coverage of consumers when they get ill, intimidating and cheating patients, and exploiting the Medicare and Medicaid systems.

December 11, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Tu_quoque says: "Is this really something that the TFP wants depicted on the pages of its newspaper? Its editorial cartoonist portraying the governor of the state as being dead because the cartoonist disagrees with him on a point of policy?"

Only you could come up with this one, Tu_quoque. . . Of course, there are lots of interpretations for the doctor’s emblem, but the one I remember best is that the emblem represents the Mind, the Body, and the Soul. . .The staff represents the Body, the snakes represent The Mind, and the wings represent the Soul.

December 11, 2012 at 7:38 a.m.
dougmusn said...

@TQ via Forbes: Your comments on the costs per beneficiary for Medicare v. private insurance seem trenchant until you remember one thing--Medicare disproportionately insures older Americans; private insurance disproportionately insures younger Americans. More health services are used by the elderly. Therefore, costs/beneficiary for the elderly are bound to be higher. Furthermore, private insurance companies may now engage in cherry picking those they insure. [One insurance company put its location for enrollment for seniors in a second floor office with no elevator, effectively excluding seniors with walkers, wheelchairs and mobility problems!].

BTW: What do you think might happen if the Fed Govt indicated their insurance exchanges would have a Medicare-for-all single payer option? I expect states might then trip over one another to create alternatives.

December 11, 2012 at 8:11 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Tu_quoque said: "Not sure what you think its problem is."

Just that your take seems gruesome and off the wall to me, Tu_quoque. . . In the big picture, millions of people are suffering because they cannot afford healthcare. It’s critical issue and I believe everyone should be working together to help resolve the problem. . .In the case of Medicaid, the funding is a shared responsibility between the States and the Federal government. . . Governor Haslam has opted to copout and not work on the problem, which means the Federal government will have to work out a plan to help the people of Tennessee.

December 11, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
MTJohn said...

joneses said..."But of course liberals have no idea of how business works."

Au contraire. Liberals have a very good idea how business works - it works to enrich those with the power at the expense of the rest of society. That is also why liberals think that a single-payer system is the better option for health care. It would use a larger percentage of the funds for health care and make it more difficult for those who contribute no value to the health care system from skimming off the top.

December 11, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.
joneses said...

mtnlaurel,

Wake up! Would you buy a house not knowing what it cost? if your answer is no then why would you expect Governor Haslam to agree to something without knowing what it cost ? You liberals love bigger federal government and obastard so you got him. You should be happy. I believe obastard couldn't care less whether anyone has insurance or not as socializing America's health care is about more government control and has nothing to do with the welfare of others. I believe it is also designed to bankrupt the states so the government can eventually have total control of the states. Obastard appointed liberal activist Supreme Court Justices to assure his agenda does not fail.

And your comment earlier about insurance companies not covering preexisting conditions. How corrupt and irresponsible is it for someone to not choose company health care, break their arm and then deciding to enroll in the company insurance policy and go whining about the insurance company not covering a preexisting condition of a broken arm? I actually had that happen at my company. So the insurance companies are actually protecting themselves from fraud and greed of the irresponsible public like you. You liberals want obastard to take control of everything in this country. I have never heard any liberal on here say anything about obastards failures and there are many. Why do you not think he can do no wrong? Giving obastard a free pass on his failures, and there are many, is very dangerous. Why do you not admit your true communist agenda to destroy religion, the middle class, and capitalism? I know why. You are to chickens%$t to tell the truth about your true agenda that you think this country would be better of if obastard had full dictatorial control of everything. Just say it!

I have to get back to work now and have not the time to converse with illogical reasoning such as yours.

December 11, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

joneses: It's simply an emotional issue with most lefties. Facts are way back on their lists.

December 11, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.
conservative said...

MTJohn, from reading these verses could you conclude that homosexuality is rightous behavior?

MTJohn, from reading these verses do you see any indication that God approves of homosexuality?

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 18:29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

December 11, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.
potcat said...

Great Scot Con give it a freaking break!! No one is buying into your twisted judgemental Horrific Lev crap!!! STOP....

December 11, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
joneses said...

Jack,

I do not understand why they are so worried about Governor Haslam not setting up these exchanges. They will still be able to mooch of us that choose to work for a living. They will just have to depend on obastard whom they think can do no wrong for all their health needs. They should actually be ecstatic by this decision to let their god obastard supply for them what they are not capable of supplying for themselves. These liberals are a hypocritical, weak minded, pathetic, lost bunch.

December 11, 2012 at 9:26 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

joneses: Exactly. Their main beef with Haslem is the R following his name.

December 11, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.
Maximus said...

What do you know! True leadership from a politician! Thank you Gov. Haslam! Obamacare will be a never ending nightmare that we do not want in our beautiful Red State Tennessee. In particular, no one wants one of Obama's brown shirt IRS agents knocking on our door seeking payment of a big fine for not buying health insurance if we don't need to or don't want to. I'm a member of the 1% and pay cash if I need to access health care! Thanks for your support Gov. Haslam!

December 11, 2012 at 10:16 a.m.

Haslam said he thought he could do it better and cheaper than the Federal government.

Yet his leadership choice was to pass the buck, and kick the responsibility off to somebody else.

Huh. So apparently he decided that priority was more important than serving the people of his state to the best of his ability in serving their needs.

I begin to doubt his claims, given that decision.

December 11, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.

JonRoss, ah so we're supposed to NOT question the Almighty Haslam as he makes pronouncements from the mount.

Your projection is obvious, you want Republican decisions to never be challenged, no matter their reason, yet think it's somehow Liberals and Democrats that behave that way.

No sorry, it's you. And do call the TBI, tell them exactly what you think. See what happens.

December 11, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

bulbs: You are clearly racist for questioning Haslem

December 11, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Joneses says: "I believe obastard couldn't care less whether anyone has insurance or not as socializing America's health care is about more government control. . . the insurance companies are actually protecting themselves from fraud and greed of the irresponsible public like you.

Sure, sure, Joneses. . . And what about the kind of fraud that occurs within the health care industry? . . . Like dropping insurance coverage of consumers when they get ill, cheating patients, billing for services that were not provided, submitting duplicate claims for the same services, misrepresenting the service provided, "up coding" or charging for a more complex or expensive service than was actually provided? Even you can’t deny that the Obama Administration has made important strides in the fight against health care fraud:

In FY 2011, the government recovered a historic $4.1 billion and has recovered a record-breaking $10.7 billion of healthcare fraud over the last three years.

"The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint effort between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to fight health care fraud has played a critical role in these efforts. A key component of HEAT is the Medicare Strike Force – interagency teams of analysts, investigators, and prosecutors who can target emerging or migrating fraud schemes, including fraud by criminals masquerading as healthcare providers or suppliers.

In October 2012, Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven cities led to charges against 91 individuals – including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals – for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $432 million in false billing. That total includes more than $230 million in home health care fraud; more than $100 million in community mental health care fraud and more than $49 million in ambulance transportation fraud. . . In May 2012, Medicare Strike Force teams charged 107 individuals, including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, in seven cities for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $452 million in false billing.

In 2011, HEAT coordinated the largest-ever federal health care fraud takedown involving $530 million in fraudulent billing. In one action, Strike Force teams charged 115 defendants in nine cities, including doctors, nurses, health care company owners and executives, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $240 million in false billing. In another coordinated takedown, Strike Force prosecution teams charged 91 defendants in eight cities for their alleged participation in a Medicare fraud scheme involving more than $290 million in false billings."

http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/03/fraud03152011a.html

December 11, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.
hambone said...

joneses has no idea how business works.

Only make-believe!

December 11, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.
Maximus said...

Bulbs. Karl Marx would just love love Obamacare. Thanks for correcting me Bulbs I did not know that Marx had two daughters that offed themselves. Their loser Dads economic program inspired dictators like Mao and Stalin to murder millions to achieve their visions of fairness for the people. Sound familiar? Obamacare may be the law of the land but once it's fully implemented it will tank the economy and kill thousands if not millions prematurely. There will be riots in the streets when Granny can't get her heart bypass and is referred to the death panel.

December 11, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.
potcat said...

Our wonderfull DR.Desjariais gave his blessing to Haslam's LIE, "this was a business decision, if it was a political decision, i'd have made it months ago."

DR.Desjariais said he thinks Haslam"s "decision will help "protect" patients all across Tennessee, as well as our state's budget and the United States Constitution". Hmmmm, thats hmmmm.....................

December 11, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.

Jack_Dennis, keep playing that game, it'll work out for you in your own mind. Next you should play your persecution card.

Maximus, actually, no, Mao and Stalin were not actually inspired by Marx, they merely pretended to use Marx to accomplish their own agendas. They could have done the same with Jesus, Mohammed, Jefferson or Socrates with equal facility.

And I'm pretty sure Marx would consider that following the Republican plan for health care reform to not be his ideals.

He would, however, have recognized that the lies and deceptions promulgated by the opposition as all too similar to the ones used in his own time.

Really, the lies about death panels? Worried about deaths while ignoring the ones that happen already due to our broken system? Pretending that the escalation of healthcare costs isn't already doing damage to the economy?

All too familiar to Marx. He wasn't unaware of rhetorical propaganda. And you're still wrong with your claims about Marx's daughters. You weren't just unaware, you were wrong. Notice the difference.

potcat, apparently DesJarlais believes the federal government can do a better job than the state.

Interesting.

JonRoss, making up what people said or promised, and when they say no, that's not going to happen...doesn't make the people whose words you are manufacturing to be liars. It shows how you were a liar in the first place.

Do keep living in your fantasy world though. Maybe you can invite Maximus to join you there.

December 11, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Littlejohnnyross didn't hesitate to use the government system in his bankruptcies to screw over his creditors, his victims of his inept ability to run a business, and his moral responsibility to pay back his victims.

Now he wants to play victim. Poor littlejohnnyross hates government until he gets to use it to stiff the people he owes money.

December 11, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Joneses said: “Headline on TFP confirms that Obama and Sebelius lied. They are now saying states who do not submit to Sebelius dictates will not get partial funding for partial Medicare expansion.”

Exactly what is this alleged lie, Joneses? As I understand it, the 2010 health care reform law calls for Medicaid to be offered to anyone earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which according to what I’ve read is $14,856 this year. . . And under this new law, the federal government will pay the full cost of enrolling newly eligible people from 2014 to 2016, after which the share will gradually shrink until it reaches 90 percent starting in 2022.

December 11, 2012 at 1:12 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Is this really something that the TFP wants depicted on the pages of its newspaper? Its editorial cartoonist portraying the governor of the state as being dead because the cartoonist disagrees with him on a point of policy?" - T_Q

Interesting that TQ takes offense at this. First off, the message of the cartoon is simply that Haslam is "dead" on this particular issue. That is a fact. He is indeed dead to it. It's as simple as that. You have to be some kind of moron to read any more into it than that. But then...this is TQ we're talking about, so the moronic interpretation is to be expected.

Of course, let's not take offense at the fact that thousands of Americans die each year due to a lack of health insurance, and people like Haslam and the self-centered, pretentious asses who have theirs would just as soon let them go on doing without and dying before they would even think about trying to fix our brokem system. But wait...the system is not broken, is it, just as long as the "haves" have theirs. To hell with everybody else, right? You can just conveniently lump the poor, the unemployed, the disadvantaged into one category of takers and moochers and turn a blind eye. What problem, right? The fact that health insurance costs more than what a lot of people pay for their mortgage or rent is not really a problem, is it? If a family of four can't afford $1200/month for health insurance, well, by cracky, the mother and father need to get off their lazy butts and work 2 jobs each or even 3 jobs if need be, to buy that insurance. And if an insurance company denies insurance to someone who has a pre-existing condition, well, that person should have taken better care in the first place, right? Maybe then they wouldn't have come down with cancer or heart disease or lupus or MS or MD or Parkinsons or Chron's disease or any one of countless other genetic disorders that can strike someone out of the blue.

Who needs these health exchanges?! After all, like Romney and Bush both clearly stated: nobody doesn't have health care in America. You can always go to your friendly affordable neighborhood emergency room!

December 11, 2012 at 2:23 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Looks like the thug unioners are raising hell in Detroit. No surprise here.

December 11, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.
nowfedup said...

Yep ole bible belt at or near bottom of most socially responsible areas, and health is one of them. Perhaps a simple solution exists, DEMAND ALL elected get on same health care packages they off those that pay their way, same for retirement or other cushy little bennies they cut our for selves. Now chances of such a negative nr, but one can dream of elected actually serving commoner first, their owners second.

December 11, 2012 at 3:42 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

___OXYMORON FOR THE DAY_____

                      OBAMA CARE
December 11, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Why all the focus on health insurance? What about all those that are struggling to pay for auto insurance? We know having a car is almost a necessity, getting the little chillins to the doc, school and to Wal Mart. While we're at it, many who rent don't have renter's insurance to cover their belongings, or life insurance. Let's just pick up the cost of it all.

December 11, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.
conservative said...

MTJohn, continuing with your "The real hogwash in this exchange is your use of proof-texting to suggest that homosexuals stand outside of God's promise because of their orientation and/or their desire to act based on that orientation."

Again, I did through the "use of proof-texting," the term you used, prove that practicing/lifestyle homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Also, you use the word "suggest" when there was no suggestion about it. Your rejection of that Scripture passage puts you in opposition to God's word which puts you in opposition to God!

I notice by your statement that you try to place me in opposition to God. Very sly and deceitful. You use the word "promise" instead of Salvation/everlasting life or other simiiar terms because you can't refute the word of God in the passage of Scripture I have often cited which states that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. More to come.

December 11, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Joneses, JonRoss and Jack_Dennis all in the same thread!

That's a whole freaking lot of stupid in one place. Add a little Maximus and Tu_quoque and now I'm just getting ignorant by diffusion.

December 11, 2012 at 5:32 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Read and learn, Ease.

December 11, 2012 at 6:11 p.m.
jdavid said...

Kudo's to Haslam-- He knows that if Tennessee took it over, they would screw it up-- and Conservative is riding the Gays again-- oops

December 11, 2012 at 6:26 p.m.
tipper said...

Hey JonRoss: Go back to my "Cruel Class of Lawmakers" post for you and see if you can really man-up and actually answer it with some class.

December 11, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Troll_Dennis,

"Read and learn, Ease."

No and no.

December 11, 2012 at 6:35 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Michigan is what happens when Obama unleashes his union minions on law-abiding taxpayers.

December 11, 2012 at 9:18 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Troll_Dennis,

Those folks don't want to do the same work for less money. You wouldn't understand. Unions are just another thing "Conservatives" hate and you fall in lock-step with your GOP butt buddies.

December 11, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.

patriot1, public transportation is a problem, and so is disaster recovery. They are being worked on, yes, and if you have any suggestions, you can present them.

Of course, you'll probably just try to argue with absurd rhetoric to justify doing nothing, but that's going to be telling enough on its own.

PS, look up survivor's benefits. Ask Paul Ryan for help if you can't find them.

December 11, 2012 at 11:16 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Naw, Easy of many names. Those "folks" want to deny the right to work unless workers pony up union dues. It's just plain wrong. That ship has sailed. Couldn't have happened to a better bunch of thugs. You continue to display your utter lack of sense about anything outside of the community college classroom. 30-40 yrs ago you would've been wearing corduroy jackets with patches on the sleeves. While puffing on a cheap briar. And having no clue about life off campus.

December 11, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Troll_Dennis,

"Naw, Easy of many names."

Yeah, Troll_Dennis: the most idiotic of idiots, conspiracy theorist, lame insult artist, troll-at-large.

"Those "folks" want to deny the right to work unless workers pony up union dues."

That is erroneous on all accounts. The Michigan legislature ran a bills through that many opposed and bypassed the normal processes. Working people don't like Right-to-Work laws. It only leads to lower wages.

"It's just plain wrong."

Well just cry about it. Right to Work laws are what's wrong.

"Couldn't have happened to a better bunch of thugs"

Repeal is still possible.

"You continue to display your utter lack of sense about anything outside of the community college classroom."

This is a great example of you talking out of your ass. It's your forte.

"30-40 yrs ago you would've been wearing corduroy jackets with patches on the sleeves. While puffing on a cheap briar. And having no clue about life off campus."

See what I mean! LMAO!

Your ignorance is palpable. To misquote you: "You continue to display your utter lack of sense about ANYTHING."

December 11, 2012 at 11:45 p.m.
alprova said...

Jack_Dennis wrote: "Those "folks" want to deny the right to work unless workers pony up union dues. It's just plain wrong."

As a man who obviously does not work any longer, I don't see that you have a dog in that fight whatsoever.

I'm no fan of unions, but the way that this change was made up in Michigan stinks to high heaven, and I wouldn't want to be one of those Republican legislators or the Republican Governor right about now. Someone might just decide to start picking them off, one by one, given the number of ticked off people there are at the moment.

"That ship has sailed."

A last ditch effort from a dying breed of Republicans who will surely be thrown out of office, if they live to tell about it.

"Couldn't have happened to a better bunch of thugs."

A change like that, which affects every working citizen of the state, should have been put up for a vote, allowing every citizen to have a say in it.

Personally, I think it will improve the chances for Michigan to lure businesses back to the state, but to ram such a change through without consulting the citizens of that state was a very big mistake.

December 11, 2012 at 11:53 p.m.
alprova said...

patriot1 wrote: "Why all the focus on health insurance? What about all those that are struggling to pay for auto insurance? We know having a car is almost a necessity, getting the little chillins to the doc, school and to Wal Mart. While we're at it, many who rent don't have renter's insurance to cover their belongings, or life insurance. Let's just pick up the cost of it all."

As laughable and humorous as you think you are, your comparisons expose just how pathetic you truly are. It sure is funny how hypocritical people are sometimes.

The preservation of life seems to start and end with the birth of an infant for so many people. After an infant takes it's first breath, they are strictly on their own after that.

It might be politically expedient to trample on the backs of those who are without the means to pay for health care, in your smug little world, but one day, and I doubt I will become aware of it when it happens, you too will find yourself in need of assistance from someone else.

You might be riding a tiger's tail today, but are you so sure that if your health should take a turn for the worse, or you or someone close to you were to experience a serious injury due to an unforeseen accident, that you are prepared to support yourself or them for life?

Karma has a funny way of biting people on their hind ends, eventually.

Me? While I used to hold and express similar sentiment, when I too thought I was cock o' the walk, I no longer tempt fate by making fun of other's misfortunes.

I've paid the price for it several times.

December 12, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

BON VOYAGE 2014

To all you tea baggers whining about Obamcare, get over it. That ship has sailed. You all seem to forget that the origin of the Affordable Care Act is the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation. Ever hear of it? Google it. HF is a conservative think tank and one of their ideas was this: People who can afford to buy health insurance should be required to do so. The uninsured makes everything more expensive. They won't get regular check ups and when they get sick they go to emergency rooms. And they ignore the bills when they arrive and the costs are passed on to the rest of us. Obamacare says get insurance so you can pay your own damn medical bill. In the world of health insurance coverage Obamacare is the polar opposite of socialized medicine.

You guys won.

When Mitt Romney proposed Individual Mandate and got it passed through the liberal Massachusetts legislature the Heritage Foundation was giddy. Even crusty old tea bagger Jim Demint, the former Senator who just quit to take over at Heritage, hailed the enactment of Romneycare.

Why didn't you republicans know you won the health care debate? Say, where are you getting your news?

Meanwhile, the tea bagging whiners continue to rail against Obamacare even though that ship has sailed. That train has left the station. That horse is dead. That fat lady has sung, while governor Haslam joined about 20 other republican governors around the country in refusing to create state run health exchanges. They are allowing the federal government to do it for them.

I have a theory. All of these republican governors and legislatures are so afraid they'll be tossed in the next election they've decided to go all scorched earth. Pass 'right to starve, er, work' in Michigan. Pass a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. They're working fast because the clock is ticking.

Bon voyage 2014.

December 12, 2012 at 1:52 a.m.
MTJohn said...

Blackwater - the sad fact is that the conservatives are having better success with their scorched-earth approach at the state level than at the national level.

December 12, 2012 at 8:44 a.m.
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