Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 18, 2013

Stumptalk: Presidential Liability

By Ted LaVaque
Chronicle contributor

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.”