Liberal Entitlement-State Dream Is Crumbling
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To continue on with my latest obsession, I read this one yesterday, and it so clearly and completely states the argument against ObamaCare that I wanted to pass it along here. The article is written by Larry Kudlow, who is an economist, television personality, and newspaper columnist. He is the host of CNBC's The Kudlow Report. As a syndicated columnist, his articles appear in numerous U.S. newspapers and web sites, including his own blog, Kudlow's Money Politic$. Kudlow is now labeled as "conservative," but there are some details in his not-so-recent past which help to put his opinions on politics and the economy in proper perspective. The following is from our friends at Wikipedia.org:

"Kudlow graduated from University of Rochester in Rochester, New York with a degree in history in 1969. He was a member of the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society at Rochester. In 1970, Kudlow joined Joseph Duffey's "New Politics" senatorial campaign in Connecticut. Duffey was a leading anti-war politician during the Vietnam war era. In this effort, Kudlow worked with Yale University student Bill Clinton as well as John Podesta and many other rising young Democratic students.

Kudlow began his career as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He worked in a division that handled open market operations, which involve buying and selling bonds to help control inflation and interest rates. During the first term of the Reagan administration (1981–1985), Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which belongs to the Executive Office of the President.

In 1987, Kudlow was rehired by Bear Stearns as its chief economist and senior managing director. He was fired in 1994 after abuse of cocaine caused him to skip an important client presentation. Kudlow later admitted to a $10,000 a month cocaine habit. In the mid-1990s, Kudlow entered a twelve-step program in order to deal with his addiction to cocaine and alcohol."

So here is a man who was born in New Jersey and in his college years was a member of SDS. He worked elbow-to-elbow with Bill Clinton. He has experienced the kinds of problems in his personal life (he's also been married three times) that most of us can relate to. In short, this guy is not just another academic snob who was born with a silver foot in his mouth and who thinks he's smarter than everybody else. This is someone who has experienced the ups and downs of life in this country, in addition to having an extensive background in business, government, and economics. Here's his article:

"Kudlow: Liberal entitlement-state dream is crumbling

Published: Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 6:25 PM ET

By: Larry Kudlow | "The Kudlow Report" Anchor

May I ask this question? Why is it that Americans don't have the freedom to choose their own health insurance? I just don't get it. Why must the liberal nanny state make decisions for us? We can make them ourselves, thank you very much. It's like choosing a car, buying a home or investing in a stock. We can handle it.

So why must the government tell me and everyone else what we can and cannot buy?

Charles Krauthammer and the Wall Street Journal's Dan Henninger noted in excellent recent columns that this whole Obamacare business represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. But I don't want that dream. And you shouldn't either.

Here's what else I don't want: As a 60-something, relatively healthy person, I don't want lactation and maternity services, abortion services, speech therapy, mammograms, fertility treatments or Viagra. I don't want it. So why should I have to tear up my existing health-care plan, and then buy a plan with far more expensive premiums and deductibles, and with services I don't need or want?

Why? Because Team Obama says I have to. And that's not much of a reason. It's not freedom.

Fortunately, NBC News pulled the plug this past week on President Barack Obama's promise that "if you like your own plan, you can keep it." Ditto for keeping your own doctor. The plug was pulled because NBC learned that Team Obama knew—for three years—that stiff new regulations would prevent the grandfathering of existing health-care plans. And not just a few plans. But plans that could affect as many as 15 million individuals.

The day after that bombshell hit, the president tried to blame insurers rather than regulatory overkill for this Obamacare shortfall. Yet both the public and the mainstream media were having none of it. In what may turn out to be a landmark moment, Americans and the media at large have turned against the president and Obamacare.

Incidentally, equally punitive regulations will hit more than 90 million employer-sponsored health plans next year. It's the same problem as the individual plan. Grandfathering won't work. Moreover, replacing these plans with much more expensive products will constitute a major tax hike on the entire economy. This point shouldn't be lost as Americans worry about being kicked from their plans. Obamacare is not only anti-freedom but anti-growth.

As for the grandfathering lie, Obama's HHS staffers were the saboteurs. They undoubtedly acted with full knowledge of what they were doing, and thus trapped the president in three years of falsehoods that were essential to selling Obamacare.

And I just love it when they tell me that so many of these existing plans are substandard "bad apples." Do the president and his people not know that insurance at the state level is one of the most regulated areas of the economy? They're blaming insurance companies, not their own new regulations. The stupidity of that is hilarious. Do they really think salesmen are out selling these policies off the back of trucks?

No, this is federal coercion at its worst. And that's why the public is turning against it. It's not freedom.

Of course, there are other structural problems to Obamacare that are both unfair and unaffordable. Mainly, younger healthy people are not going to subsidize older sicker folks. We should take care of the latter with transparent government subsidies, and not by trying to redistribute resources (again) from the young to the old.

Or then there's the Medicaid entitlement. It's already out of control and close to bankruptcy. But in the early days of Obamacare, Medicaid sign-ups are exploding, all while sign-ups for private plans on the new exchanges are minuscule.

Between the president's broken promises, the millions of policy cancellations, the continued website breakdowns and the unaffordable, unfair con game between the healthy young and the sicker old, this Obamacare monster is well on its way to collapsing of its own weight.

But here's the bigger point: All this is the inevitable result of massive central-planning exercises to control the economy. That's not freedom.

No amount of rescue legislation is going to change this. It's the elections of 2014 and 2016 that will allow citizens to reject this Soviet-style planning. But I'll reference my conservative colleagues in the media once again: Obamacare represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. And you know what? That dream is crumbling and dissolving before our very eyes.

And that is freedom."

See: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101164217


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sebekm commented on Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 at 16:34 PM
Sheran commented on Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 at 18:22 PM

What do you think would happen if no one signed up for Obamacare for 1 year? Meaning only the poor, welfare, signed up... Not the working people. What do you think would happen?

sebekm commented on Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 at 20:59 PM

I don't know - but there will be some enrollees. Just not enough to pay for the program. On the health care side alone, it's a triple whammy:

*They're robbing from Medicare to subsidize ObamaCare - so Medicare loses.

*As mentioned above, Medicaid will gain a huge number of enrollees as people choose it instead of ObamaCare to save money. The problem: No additional funds for Medicaid, which is ALREADY going broke.

*Those who sign up for Medicaid (i.e. the young) WON'T be signing up for ObamaCare, which desperately needs their premiums to fund the OLD ObamaCare enrollees.

The only ones who make money off this scheme are the insurance companies - as they cancel the previously "affordable" health plans in favor of the more expensive LESS-affordable ones. If they don't make massive changes to the law, they'll have to raise taxes to pay for it. That's MORE tax dollars on top of the higher premiums and tax increases built into the law already.

Sheran commented on Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 at 21:32 PM

I have to agree with you on "Medicaid" it's dumb a$$ like this this that steal the money from the needy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnXnEW...

sebekm commented on Saturday, Nov 02, 2013 at 23:52 PM

I'm missing something - unless the rock is supposed to symbolize ObamaCare....

Sheran commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 00:09 AM

I messed up on this. The guy who pushed off the bolder had filed a law suit 2 week earlier saying he was disabled.

http://wqad.com/2013/10/22/man-seen-t...

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 05:43 AM

Excellent blog.

I hope all of us who visit this blog site will take the time to read it carefully and to consider the video of the idiots who are so proud of the devastation of a natural thing of beauty in nature.

Our students ,who "went off for some learning" and actually became brainwashed by near communist liberal collage professors and then made their way through life to this point in time, have all but destroyed this nation.

Now they proudly proclaim that the Republicans did it all and that my friend is simply another lie.

The "lock" on the primary elections held by the Democratic and Republican parties is why our government is dysfunctional.

Please sebekm continue to carry on with our obsession.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 11:03 AM

TOT: It shall be done.

Sheran: No problem. Now I see...

And the fiasco continues:

*The Associated Press reports more anecdotes on the "sticker shock" now being experienced by those affected (i.e., the foistees) by ObamaCare:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/...

Two points about this one:

--The article says: "It's unclear how many individual plans are being canceled - no one agency keeps track. But it's likely in the millions. Insurance industry experts estimate that about 14 million people, or 5 percent of the total market for health care coverage, buy individual policies. Most people get coverage through jobs and aren't affected."

Uh, not exactly. People who get coverage through jobs WILL BE affected, though not in this round of "sticker shock." As reported in the next link:

"Thousands of small businesses around the U.S. are racing to renew their health insurance policies Dec. 1 to beat large premium increases their brokers say will hit them Jan. 1 when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect."

You better believe that those increases will not be completely avoided. Small businesses may be able to avoid "large" increases, but you can bet your life that smaller increases will occur - and these will be passed along to the employee in the form of premium increases.

*USATODAY.com reports:

"Beginning this past summer, insurance companies warned brokers and companies that rates could rise dramatically because of the ACA, and some of these agents say they are seeing increases of 30% to even 100% in premiums, especially for businesses that have young workforces."

See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/na...

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 11:08 AM

....and in Virginia, they are trying to shoot themselves in the foot - not with a measely .22 - but with a 4 gauge shotgun:

http://masonconservative.typepad.com/...

....and Heathcare.gov website security still STINKS:

http://blog.heritage.org/2013/11/02/e...

....and he's STILL a meathead:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-she...

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 11:22 AM

"Please Sebekm continue on with OUR obsession." sayeth ToT.

Gee Sebe, Tot considers YOU his ideological soulmate. Care to run some of the positives re: BHO you ran by me a little while ago to legitimize the bonding process and clarify to Tot what space your chips are on?

As I understand it, you are a confirmed Center-Right Independent. By his comments and observations here, Tot is not of that persuasion.

And to Tot: I am not using this as a jumping off point to come after you.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I took the "obsession" comment made by TOT to refer to my "continued obsession" comment in the first sentence of the basic blog post above - which referred to a comment by PolNat in another blog asking me what I would write about besides ObamaCare. I am pleased and proud that somebody - ANYBODY - would share my obsession with revealing online the massive flaws of ObamaCare that the Dems knew about when they passed the legislation and that they have been trying to explain away for the past five weeks.

People across the entire ideological spectrum can share ideas with others who are not in their "niche," as it were. I often share points of view with YOU - a self-proclaimed liberal - even though probably nobody would label me as a "liberal" after reading my comments here.

ObamaCare cuts across all party lines and ideologies. 85% of the American population is NOT "conservative." It is the 85% who are going to get screwed by ObamaCare - either through increased premiums; plan features they don't need or want; losing their doctors or hospitals; and the substantially depressing effect this legislation is going to have on jobs and the American economy.

Sure - people who couldn't get health insurance or "affordable health care" before may be helped. But at what price??? THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENTLY AND DONE IT BETTER. If this president had spent his political capital on jobs and the economy and THEN introduced "affordable health care" legislation that made sense, the country would have been behind him and we wouldn't be experiencing this fiasco. HE DID IT BASS-ACKWARDS.

Now we all have to pay. If TOT shares those feelings with me, I APPLAUD HIS CLEAR THINKING.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 11:57 AM

OK. But we are talking about someone who had to have the difference between Pedophilia and Homosexuality explained to him. That was what I was getting at.

I, for one, would be interested in how he absorbs the above information also.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 14:14 PM

I dunno....the focus here is on ObamaCare. We'll have to revisit pedophilia and homosexuality some other time. Perhaps the new health care provisions will say something about them; maybe the insured will have to have to swear or affirm (wink/wink, nod/nod) that they won't harbor any negative feelings about these "character traits."

Who knows? As Pelosi said - we're still experiencing the effects of the law so that we can REALLY know what's in it....

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 15:40 PM

Ok then . Sebe. Here's a factoid for you. It took TWO (2) solid years to get the glitches out of Romney Care. Website included. Obamacare has had a THREE (3) weeks!! I predict it will not take near the same amount of time for Obamacare. Once established in Massachusetts, it is now praised by folks living in that state to the tune of 84%.

I predict that in the end, the same thing will happen with Obamacare for the Nation and all this hyperventilating here will look silly.

Oh Yeah...The Big Lie. Obama was misled by his minions. Either way you want to spin it Sebe, I gotta tell you this: Even if he wasn't misled or misinformed, THEY ALL LIE. You might just have to live with that once all the hoopla dies down.

Sorry. Feel free to resume your obsession.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 17:33 PM

The web site is the LEAST of the problems. You are ignoring (I think intentionally) what is outlined above. RomneyCare was a state-run program which I wouldn't have agreed with if I lived in MA. But RomneyCare is NOT ObamaCare. Not in scope, not in the details, not in its administration.

I hate to cut and paste, but it's quicker here and says the same thing. From my above posts:

"ObamaCare cuts across all party lines and ideologies. 85% of the American population is NOT "conservative." It is the 85% who are going to get screwed by ObamaCare - either through increased premiums; plan features they don't need or want; losing their doctors or hospitals; and the substantially depressing effect this legislation is going to have on jobs and the American economy."

""Beginning this past summer, insurance companies warned brokers and companies that rates could rise dramatically because of the ACA, and some of these agents say they are seeing increases of 30% to even 100% in premiums, especially for businesses that have young workforces."

"Thousands of small businesses around the U.S. are racing to renew their health insurance policies Dec. 1 to beat large premium increases their brokers say will hit them Jan. 1 when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect."

"Of course, there are other structural problems to Obamacare that are both unfair and unaffordable. Mainly, younger healthy people are not going to subsidize older sicker folks. We should take care of the latter with transparent government subsidies, and not by trying to redistribute resources (again) from the young to the old.

Or then there's the Medicaid entitlement. It's already out of control and close to bankruptcy. But in the early days of Obamacare, Medicaid sign-ups are exploding, all while sign-ups for private plans on the new exchanges are minuscule.

Between the president's broken promises, the millions of policy cancellations, the continued website breakdowns and the unaffordable, unfair con game between the healthy young and the sicker old, this Obamacare monster is well on its way to collapsing of its own weight."

NONE of this has anything to do with RomneyCare and little to do with the web site problems. The law is MASSIVELY FLAWED. The website is MASSIVELY FLAWED. The web site can be fixed a hell of a lot easier than the law can. The basic flaws in the law is what I have been talking about in this blog.

The obsession continues...

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 03, 2013 at 17:42 PM

....and his approval rating is now down to 40%:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gal...

...but he is channeling his inner Al Gore:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2...

...and he still has his sense of humor:

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/1...

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 05:03 AM

yada, yada, yada...

Another day of gloom and doom.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 05:12 AM

No failed Obama Care here:

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!!! ORDER HAS BEEN RESTORED IN THE UNINVERSE. THREE YEARS IN A ROW.

OmbamaCare, SchlamaCare!

Sorry bout that. Just one brief moment of levity. Now a return to Armageddon.

The Republican Party will implode, Obamacare will emerge as a valid choice, the Tea Party will be purged from the Republican Party, and last but not least Hillary will win the Presidency.

HMJC commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Wow...can't say that is a whole lot to look forward to...

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Dream on. More on the main topic of this blog:

Part I:

*This woman considers ObamaCare a death sentence. My hunch is that she is not alone:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...

*Who are the "winners and losers" under ObamaCare? They are discussed in this article. The key part says:

"If the poor, sick and uninsured are the winners under the Affordable Care Act, the losers appear to include some relatively healthy middle-income small-business owners, consultants, lawyers and other self-employed workers who buy their own insurance. Many make too much to qualify for new federal subsidies provided by the law but not enough to absorb the rising costs without hardship. Some are too old to go without insurance because they have children or have minor health issues, but they are too young for Medicare.

Others are upset because they don’t want coverage for services they’ll never need or their doctors don’t participate in any of their new insurance options.

“There are definitely winners and losers,” said Sabrina Corlette, a senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. “The problem is that even if the majority are winners . . . they’re not the ones writing to their congressmen.”

*CBS News - i.e., the "mainstream" media - is getting the message and is starting to DIG. Just this morning they published an investigative piece that begins:

"CBS News is learning the Obama administration knew of the risks associated with the Obamacare rollout well before last month.

Three years ago, a trusted Obama health care adviser warned the White House it was losing control of Obamacare. A memo obtained by CBS News said strong leadership was missing and the law's successful implementation was in jeopardy. The warnings were specific and dire -- and ignored."

For the entire article, see: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_16...

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Part II:

*ABC News (more "mainstream" media) has published an AP article titled: "Obama's health law finally gets real for America." In it, they say this:

"Americans are still divided over the Affordable Care Act, with negative views outweighing positives. But they also lean against repealing it. The final judgment may be in the hands of people who now have employer-provided health insurance. They're about half the population, and they've noted Obama's assurances that their coverage won't be disrupted.

Up to now, the changes for employer plans have been incremental. They tend to expand benefits, not take things away.

But cost control provisions, mainly a tax on expensive insurance plans that starts in 2018, are converging with the long-standing push by employers to tame health costs. Some companies have raised deductibles and copayments for employees, saying they need to scale back to avoid tangling with the coming tax. Others are giving employees a fixed amount of money to shop in private health insurance markets that resemble those created by the law.

Expect cutbacks to be blamed on the law. Sorting out whether that's warranted may be difficult.

"What the Affordable Care Act did was give companies a very convenient excuse to say 'Oh, gosh, we really have to get serious about insurance costs,'" said Paul Keckley, an independent health benefits consultant. "I think there's a bit of a bob and weave. The ACA was a convenient excuse for doing what (corporate) human resources departments have been calculating to do for years."

See: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireSt...

This is EXACTLY what I've been talking about and which the Dems have either ignored or tried to minimize. Insurance companies will NEVER miss an opportunity to raise rates. ObamaCare provides them with a perfect opportunity. The President and his minions should have known this. I believe they DID. They are complicit in the rate hikes to come on ALL Americans. They should be held accountable. I believe the voters will do so.

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Part III:

*Finally (for now) - this article describes the “debacle” that ObamaCare may cause for American liberalism. Here’s the operative part:

“Critics of the president may be wrong. Obamacare may turn out to be one of the most successful and popular programs in the history of man. But whether they are right or wrong, there is at least no confusion as to who has ownership of the Affordable Care Act. We all know who stood where, when; who supported it and who opposed it; and we are now in the process of being able to judge the claims of Obamacare against the reality of Obamacare. An abstract debate can now be measured by its true effects on the nation as a whole.

It looks to us that liberalism, in getting what it wanted, will end up doing significant and sustained damage to itself, to public confidence in government (which is already near historic lows), and to its conception of the welfare state.

It would be quite an historical irony if Obama, who raised such extravagant hopes among progressives when he ran for office, turns out to have a shattering effect on contemporary liberalism. But that may be just where we are heading. Barack Obama may turn out to be the best thing to happen to conservatism since Ronald Reagan.”

See: http://www.weeklystandard.com/article...

It’s good to know that President Obama – who has often compared himself to The Gipper – is following in his footsteps.

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The link for the "winners and losers" comments in Part I above is here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/nationa...

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:23 AM

..and here's an alternate link for the ABC news article cited above:

http://news.yahoo.com/obamas-health-l...

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 04, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Sheran: Nope. ObamaCare will be the gift that keeps on giving - FOR THE REPUBLICANS. The rest of us get hammered by increased taxes, increased insurance premiums, fewer choices for doctors and hospitals, and "wealth redistribution."

It didn't have to be this way. But it is the way the Democrats wanted it.


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