The Obamacare Polygraph

A couple days ago I wrote about MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s arrogant comments about how he helped construct and pass Obamacare, noting that he and others “in the know” deliberately muddled the language of the law to help it pass. The most infamous part of his comments was his putdown of American voters as stupid.

Gruber then went on MSNBC (where he was assured of a friendly hearing) to say he was speaking “off the cuff,” so we shouldn’t take his words seriously. However, shortly after that, because someone was doing some actual investigative reporting, two more videos of Gruber saying nearly identical things surfaced.

If you haven’t heard much about any of this, it’s because you watch network news, which has ignored the story entirely. Yet this is major. It strips away all the pretense about Obamacare and reveals the underhanded way in which it was developed and promoted. In short, it’s all a pack of lies.

Polygraph

This revelation, of course, is hardly a revelation to those of us who have perceived its faulty foundation from the start, and have warned that it’s a huge Ponzi scheme dedicated to the ultimate goal of placing all healthcare in the hands of the government.

The Obama administration has said virtually nothing about this. I imagine the president, if pressed on his need to respond, might have this attitude:

What Do They Know

The sad thing is that he’s probably correct, at least in the case of a certain segment of voters:

Some of the People

Gruber’s attempt to obfuscate in the language of the law helped win the day—along with the usual political shenanigans at the time that assured its passage. Anyone remember the Louisiana Purchase of Sen. Mary Landrieu?

Ironically, the law is heading back to the Supreme Court, with a case that focuses on some of its wording about how only the state exchanges can receive federal subsidies, not the exchanges set up by the federal government. Fewer than twenty states set up exchanges (some of which were complete fiascoes), so all those subsidies being handed out to the other states should be ruled illegal by the Court, if it follows the wording of the law itself.

Stupid Voters

Figuring out the precise wording, though, may be tricky, thanks to Prof. Gruber.

The Obamacare Deception

Jonathan GruberJonathan Gruber. Ever heard of him? He’s now infamous, at least for those who are paying attention to the latest Obamacare development. Gruber is an MIT health economist who was one of the key architects of Obamacare. A video has surfaced from 2013 where he is on a panel discussing the passage of that law. His comments are eye-opening.

First of all, he admits the bill “was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes.” So, it was a tax, but the wording was so convoluted that it would be hard to figure that out. Understand, this is not Gruber bemoaning that fact, but trumpeting it as a “win.”

He continued by saying that the goal was to hide the truth from the American people: “If you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed.”

Well, he’s right about that. But, as Nancy Pelosi, one of the self-proclaimed brilliant minds of the Congress, informed us back then, we needed to pass this bill so we could find out what is in it. Right. That’s how all bills should be passed—vote first, read it later.

Gruber wasn’t done. He then got to the bottom line: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”

Obamacare LogoThere you have it. The people who designed Obamacare, and those who promoted it, essentially relied upon Americans’ stupidity to make it law. There’s the demeaning aspect of Gruber’s comment—how he and others in this administration view the American public—but there’s also the element of truth in his analysis: the American people can sometimes be terribly stupid and go along with policies intended to destroy them.

Gruber concluded those comments with this: “Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Let me translate: “The ends justify the means.”

Why would Gruber be so open about this? Did he think this would go unnoticed because the American people are so stupid? Is it simply the hubris of the arrogant class that knows what is good for the rest of us and will impose it upon us without our consent?

Regardless, the most transparent administration in history—in theory, not in reality—has just had a bright light shined on its deceptive practices. This is not an isolated incident; it’s the modus operandi for this White House in all things. Think Benghazi, the IRS, the DOJ, the NSA.

If you have been an Obama supporter in any fashion, you have aided in this deception. It’s time to wake up to the truth.

Now, will the mainstream media mention this or will they once again feign ignorance or declare it’s a non-story?

If you want to view this video, I hope you can. According to the account I read, though, it was pulled off YouTube yesterday after the initial furor. The coverup begins.

Ebola & Public Confidence

The Ebola scare seems to be subsiding at the moment. We need to keep in mind, though, that there is an incubation period for the virus. Our health officials seem to be of two minds, however, as to the length of that period. Is it 21 days or 42? Whom do we trust to tell us? The information from the CDC has been wildly contradictory on all fronts.

Audit the Nurse

That’s right. We wouldn’t want the public to lose confidence in the omnicompetence of our government. Yet when any government agency, like the CDC, seems to defy logic, refusing to back a ban on travel into the U.S. from Ebola-infested countries, how are we supposed to trust?

CDC Security

It’s not just the CDC. Does anyone remember the DOJ’s brilliant idea of tracking guns sold to Mexican drug cartels? How did that work out?

But don’t worry, we now have an Ebola czar. Never mind that there already is one somewhere in the underground caverns of the Department of Health and Human Services. No, we have to add another layer of bureaucracy. And who do we get for this new “czar”? A political hack by the name of Ron Klain, whose chief claim to fame was his connection to the failed Solyndra company that received tons of tax funding. He also was a counselor to Al Gore and Chief of Staff for Joe Biden.

So what is there about Klain’s background that’s supposed to inspire confidence in the public? Cartoonists have a common theme in their depictions of Klain. It’s not hard to discern:

Play Doctor

Not a Doctor

Ebola Czar

There’s already speculation that this is merely a steppingstone for Klain, as he has been promised a higher-profile position if he accepted this one. He didn’t exactly jump into the job, missing the first congressional hearing on the issue.

What this really says to me is that this administration is not serious about the threat. As with any crisis in this White House, the first response is how to handle it politically.

Why would we think the Obama administration is vitally concerned about the health of American citizens? Ah, Obamacare, of course. How is that working out for us?

Rejoicing Over What Has Gone Right

I’ve decided to devote today’s post to praise for a number of things that have gone right lately. It’s always easy to critique the development of current events, given the Obama administration’s penchant for upending the Constitution and Biblical morality, so it’s nice to point out the other side for a change.

All of these praises today come, surprisingly, as a result of Supreme Court decisions. After the agony of the Court’s rulings on Obamacare and the Defense of Marriage Act, it’s a relief to see the Court, once in a while, come out on the side of the Constitution, particularly religious liberty and free speech.

For instance, the Court overturned a Massachusetts law that created a so-called “buffer zone” that banned pro-lifers from entering. Outside abortion clinics, pro-life citizens were not allowed to speak to women entering the clinics in that state. They had to stay a “safe” distance away. The Court ruled that this was a direct violation of those citizens’ right to free speech. They were not protesters, said the Court, but concerned citizens who sought to engage other citizens in a discussion of issues. I’ve read where Massachusetts authorities are livid over this decision and are trying to figure a way around it, but for now, free speech and the sanctity of life prevail.

Colorado Christian University won a temporary injunction against the imposition of the Obamacare requirements for providing all types of birth control. This is similar to the Hobby Lobby case, which I’ll get to shortly.

Prior to ruling on Hobby Lobby, the Court exercised a restraining order, so to speak, on President Obama when it comes to making recess appointments. The problem was that Obama himself determined that the Senate wasn’t in session, so he went ahead and filled positions without the Senate’s approval. The Senate, however, still deemed itself in session. The president has no right under the Constitution to declare the Senate not in session. Interestingly, this was a 9-0 decision, with even the liberal/progressive justices in agreement.

In Session

Obama’s attempt to govern unilaterally was struck down, and it was only the precursor to what the Court had to say about Hobby Lobby:

Romeo & Juliet

Actually, two cases, very similar, were decided. Along with Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against being forced to offer its employees aborifacients, another company operating on its Christian faith, Conestoga Wood, had filed suit as well. Both were vindicated by the Court’s decisions. Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority opinion, made it clear that closely held corporations like these two have all the rights of individuals, including liberty of conscience in matters of religious belief. Both companies operate with Biblical foundations, and both were given exemptions from the mandate. The opinion rested on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law passed in the House by acclamation and in the Senate by a vote of 97-3 back in 1993. The president who signed it into law was Bill Clinton. It seems Democrats were for it back then; now they cry foul when it is actually put into practice.

The only sad part of this is that the decision revealed a split Court, ruling in those companies’ favor by only 5-4. This shows how we remain on a precipice as we look toward the future of religious liberty in America:

Land of Religious Liberty

Meanwhile, the silly argument that this is somehow a war on women and that women’s health is now endangered continues unabated. Never mind that no woman has been cut off from birth control; ignore that the cost is not prohibitive; and don’t let the general public know the truth about Hobby Lobby—that it does offer birth control in its health plan, just not the types that may cause abortions:

Setback

What the Supreme Court has done these last couple of weeks is rein in a president who has been acting like a king:

Three Branches

For now, at least, his pretensions have been challenged:

Gavel

On top of all this, Speaker John Boehner has announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against the president for his unlawful actions, taking upon himself the prerogatives of Congress. Obama is unbowed by this new threat to his quest for complete authority:

Executive Order

He will never allow the Constitution to get in his way. That’s why we must remain vigilant.

But, for today, I rejoice over the recent victories.

VA Healthcare & Obamacare: Only the Beginning

Add the Veterans Administration to the long list of scandals emanating from the Obama reign. Reports are beginning to abound regarding the poor treatment—or lack thereof—that veterans are receiving at VA hospitals. An increasing number of deaths are being confirmed that can be traced back to long waiting lists and apparent lack of concern for those who have put everything on the line for their fellow citizens:

Scared

Getting to the truth has been difficult, but that isn’t unusual nowadays, no matter what is being investigated:

VA Stonewall

What do we get from the president himself? The same old same old:

VA Scandal

If you don’t know what I mean, let me invite you to look into a few other actions that raised his public fury with no real response: Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the DOJ—if the list seems to be endless, there’s a reason for that.

The problems at the VA put a spotlight on this president’s self-proclaimed signature piece of legislation:

Govt-Run Health Care

Brought to You By

If you think Obamacare has been a nightmare already, keep in mind it’s not yet fully implemented. The nightmare has barely begun.

The Obamacare Chronicles (cont.)

It’s time for my obligatory Obamacare posting of the week. Why? Two reasons. First: despite all the administration’s efforts to convince people this is a success, the horror stories on how it is affecting us continue without letup. Second: the cartoonists are still having a field day with it. And why not? It’s ripe for lampooning. For instance, the administration’s theme that enrollment is rising covers up a significant factor in any numbers they put forward:

More People

That technique will become more prevalent in the future.

Then there’s the insistence that the debate is over, and it’s time to move on. One cartoonist saw a similarity with an event in a previous administration:

Mission Accomplished

The goal, apparently, is to deny reality as long as possible:

Keep Playing

As long as the media is on the president’s side, reality will be ignored in the hope of keeping the populace ignorant. Will ignorance win out in the end? We’ll find out in November.

Race, Hypocrisy, & the Coming Elections

No one can argue that racial discrimination is entirely a thing of the past. As long as there are human beings, there will be those who harbor ill will toward anyone who is “different,” a word that can be defined in numerous ways. We’re talking about a feature of life simply called “sin,” another term that has innumerable manifestations, both personally and in society.

Yet the United States has gone to greater lengths than any other nation to do whatever government is capable of doing to minimize the effects of unfair discrimination. Civil rights acts passed after the Civil War were the first steps toward rectifying a wrong; then the more well-known Civil Rights Act of 1964 further solidified the nation’s stance that we should aim toward a colorblind society, one in which all people, regardless of outward appearance or ethnicity, are to be judged equally under the law.

Some innocently thought that the election of a black president (or at least one of mixed parentage) would be the proverbial final nail in the coffin of racial tensions. But when that president continues to bring up race himself and hires on associates with huge racial chips on their shoulders, it becomes impossible to leave race behind.

Take Eric Holder, for instance, our attorney general, the man who heads up the Justice Department. From the beginning of his tenure, he has made race a feature of his concept of carrying out justice. Under this administration, we have taken a giant leap backward with regard to race relations:

Color Blind

Something tells me Holder isn’t exactly on board with that whole “equal under the law” idea. And he’s particularly upset by the most recent Supreme Court decision that allows Michigan to stop making decisions on university admissions based on affirmative action policies. Really, all the Michigan state government is saying is that we ought to stop making race a cornerstone for policy—that we should treat everyone equally. How is that unfair discrimination?

Discriminating

What the Court actually has done is reinsert a little common sense and “fair” play into the way we judge one another.

That’s not going to stop President Obama’s party from making race one of the foundations for the upcoming congressional elections. More than ever, Democrats seem determined to make a case that race is the central issue on the political scene:

Dem Platform

What this seeks to accomplish, of course, is to divert attention from the new healthcare crisis created by Obamacare, which may very well be the key factor pushing voters to the polls this November. Yet the drumbeat will go on, as Republicans will be accused of every sort of evil intent, not only on race but with regard to a supposed war on women:

Racist Woman-Hater

Don’t you love the logic in that cartoon? The real question is whether the American public is going to fall for this logic once again. Democrats will do their best to spread this type of disinformation, but it will take a lot of money to do so. That leads to another glaring bit of hypocrisy: the Democrat theme lately is that Republicans are the party dependent on the billionaires to get elected, whereas studies show that the biggest political donors are those giving to the Democrats. While Republicans stand accused of being the “fat cats,” Democrats are awash in cash:

Too Much Influence

This bit of hypocrisy needs to be exposed for what it is. Democrats truly fear what may happen in these elections, and they have good reason to fear:

Heaven Real

For the sake of the country, may their fears be realized.