Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Opinion

November 18, 2013

Stumptalk: Presidential Liability

CROSSVILLE — There has been a tsunami of criticism and bad news about the awful Obamacare medical insurance rollout. More to the point we now have reason to conclude that our top political executive is, and has been, shall we say, “less than candid” for the better part of three years, if not longer. After examining his words and promises regarding his “signature legislation” named the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA, commonly known as “Obamacare”), one can only conclude that our chief political executive purposely and willfully misled us all. With full knowledge and understanding, he misled the entire country and branches of government regarding the benefits, cost and coverage of the federal insurance program. In order to pacify the populace, he promised time after time that “If you like your plan you can keep your plan. Period. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Period.” He said they would reduce insurance costs by $2,500 per year and bring an additional forty million people under the federal medical insurance umbrella. After the October 1 rollout deadline, people rapidly became aware of the extent of harm the President has caused.

Obama acknowledged that millions of people have already been harmed. Millions of people have received notice from their medical insurance carriers that the insurance they have relied on, often for years, was being cancelled because of legal requirements imposed by the Obama ACA legislation. In many instances, in order to meet the new regulations, new insurance was offered at anywhere from double to ten times the previous cost. In typical fashion Obama has blamed the cancellation of the insurance and increased cost on “bad apple policies,” while refusing to accept responsibility for the overburdened Obamacare regulations that increased costs so outrageously. Many of the federal ACA policies contain absurd costs and coverage, such as charges for pediatric care for elderly unmarried people, prostate care for females, and maternity care for women well beyond childbearing age. It makes no difference if people want that coverage or not, Obama decided that their previous insurance was inadequate “bad apple” coverage. It has been explained that everyone must have the same coverage in order to pay for those who do need it. Obama knows what insurance you need. Never mind that young healthy people will skip the “mandated” ACA coverage and just pay the $95 penalty, if the IRS is able to find them and withhold that penalty from their income tax rebate.

Presidential speeches are written and re-written by White House political and legal staff. Obama did not merely “misspeak” in an off the cuff remark twenty-nine times. The Federal Register is the government journal that contains most routine publications and public notices of government agencies. In 2010 a report in the Federal Register estimated that by 2013, 93 million people would lose their insurance due to ACA regulations. The White House clearly knew that. Now Obama’s political operatives still claim that he merely “misspoke” twenty-nine times. Obama relies on his belief that we are all fools. He may be right. Obama, if arrested as a pickpocket, would claim it was the victim’s fault for carrying a wallet. This is the man who, during his May 5th Ohio State University speech, chastised those who do not trust large government. Obama attempted to quell the Obamacare political firestorm during an NBC interview on November 7 when he said “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances from me.” If that were said by a company CEO in a product liability lawsuit, millions of people would have a cause of legal action. One must ask Obama the critical question, “If you are sorry and really accept responsibility, what are you going to do to make whole the people you have harmed”? He has not answered that. He never will. He has expressed false regret just for political purposes. No one is to be trusted in this administration. No one. Think Benghazi. Fast and Furious. Keystone. IRS scandal. If he gets away with this, our entire society is in serious trouble. Not just because of the medical insurance fiasco, but because we have accepted broad political deceit from our leaders. In the meantime, the bureaucrats will be saying, “Move along, move along. Nothing to see here.”

 

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Lion and the Lamb: Our war on women

    Jimmy Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, has had quite an impressive career as an author. His first book was published in 1975, and he has now written a total of 37 books, 23 of them after his presidency. He has set a high example for other past presidents, especially those who would like to find ways of being as beneficial to their nation as possible in the days after their retirement.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tidbits: "Selfie" destruction

    Technology continues to profoundly impact our daily lives, from the Heartbleed Bug that put hundreds of thousands of websites at risk of compromising customer usernames and passwords, to the little light that tries to tell me I'm about to run out of gas. Technology also impacts our language, with new words being created to describe the latest gizmo, gadget or trend.

    April 21, 2014

  • Stumptalk: It depends on what you mean

    A writer’s headline asks, “Do we really believe in democracy?” To which I answer, “What do you mean by democracy?

    April 21, 2014

  • LION AND THE LAMB: Four ways to demonstrate opposition

    Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan mention in their book, “The Last Week,” that Roman-occupied Palestine during the first century was under the control of Pontius Pilate who lived in the coastal city of Caesarea. Each year at the beginning of the Passover observance when Jews celebrated their liberation from Egypt, Pilate feared that they might be getting ideas about revolting from Rome, so he would come with additional soldiers on horses to beef up the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. 

    April 15, 2014

  • WE THE PEOPLE: Is it (new) party time?

    The Democratic and Republican parties are toast, according to Joe Trippi. The Republican Party is coming apart at its Tea Party seam. Democratic candidates struggle to celebrate President Obama’s health care successes, while responding to criticism of his failed promises, e.g., government transparency.

    April 15, 2014

  • TIDBITS: I found it at the library

    I have such fond memories of going to my local library as a child, searching through shelf after shelf and finding a book that would make me a Little Princess in World War II England, or bring me along as Nancy Drew solved the Secret in the Old Attic.

    April 14, 2014

  • STUMPTALK: The reason words have meaning

    If words did not have accepted meanings we would not be able to communicate effectively and civilized society would not exist.

    April 14, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Do we really believe in democracy?

    The recent Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, is in a long line of debates about power in a democracy. Should power be in the hands of all the citizens or should it be in hands of those who have greater wealth and social position?

    April 8, 2014

  • We the People: Public education or business opportunity?

    A month ago, we followed the money trail left by a ‘think tank’ to the major sources funding an attack on our traditional, locally controlled public schools. We saw that a handful of billionaires provide major support to many organizations lobbying for change.

    April 8, 2014

  • Stumptalk: Just another government lie?

    There is a vault located in Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was built in 1936 and encased in 16 cubic feet of granite and 4200 feet of cement. The door is made of 20-inch thick material that is immune to drills, torches and explosives.

    April 7, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice