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Obamacare: ‘Sorry’ doesn’t cut it



The Rod of Asclepius, symbol for doctors, came from the Greeks. But the Silk Road exhibit would suggest modern medicine really began with Muslims. In more modern times, the Star of Life is the symbol of health. But does sickness pay more than health?

Last night Barack Obama did the last thing anyone expected. He actually said he was sorry about the worse consequence of “Obamacare” so far. (Hat tips: NBC News, CBS News, and Namely: nearly five million people have lost their health insurance already. That number might swell to well over 100 million people within a year. And this is an unintended consequence? Sorry, Mr. – ah, wait a minute – de facto President. But ‘sorry’ doesn’t cut it.

Obamacare was supposed to let you keep your plan – wasn’t it?

Ever since the Obamacare debate began in Congress, and during the Presidential debates of 2012, Barack Obama said one thing at least thirty-six times:

If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.

As David Limbaugh says, those words were lies. Furthermore, Barack Obama knew he was lying when he spoke them. His aides told him what the rest of us told the country. We said those promises were actuarially and economically impossible. SecHHS Kathleen Sebelius also knew it was impossible. So she gimmicked the “grandfather clause” so that nearly every private insurance plan then in force would not comply. That’s like a lender forcing a borrower to sign a loan agreement under terms that make him technically in default the moment he signs it. Robert J. Ringer (Winning Through Intimidation) watched a lender do just that. He tartly observed:

That’s what you call a practical course at Screw U.

But Barack Obama spoke those words anyway. To do two things:

  1. To get the House Democratic caucus to pass Obamacare when every vote counted.
  2. To get the American electorate to re-elect him in 2012, when every popular vote counted.

Behold! Three ways to steal an election:

  1. Stuff the ballot box.
  2. Finance a spoiler. (Terry McAuliffe probably did that to Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Hat tip: Chip Wood at
  3. Lie your hindquarters off about what you will do in office.

That is what Barack Obama did.

Voter’s remorse

Ballot box. The best recourse against Obamacare.

A wooden ballot box, once used in the Northeast in the 1870’s. Photo: The Smithsonian Institution.

Yours truly got a cancellation notice from Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (the New Jersey chapter) in September of this year. Yours truly expected no better. Yours truly knew, to repeat, that the Obamacare promise of “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” was actuarially impossible.

The last thing yours truly expected was what has unfolded since October 1.


First, the web site (no links; CNAV does not knowingly publish broken links, or links to sites that are not secure with your private information) failed spectacularly. Even today, at best, it groans as if under a Distributed Denial of Service attack. Obama’s aides knew that in advance, too. A test with 1100 hypothetical users crashed the site completely.

Second, voter after voter got a notice in the mail, canceling his or her insurance. And they did not shrug it off, as I did at first. They howled with outrage.

The worst thing a politician can do, is deceive his base. That goes double when he harms his base, after saying he wouldn’t. And that is what Obamacare does.

Obamacare soon became a national joke. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood opened the Country Music Awards show with this memorable send-up of Obamacare, “Obamacare in the morning.” (“Over six people served!”)

At first, Barack Obama lied again. He said he never said those things before! He and his apologists also started toking about “sub-standard plans” and “junk plans.” (Even today he insists people will do better under “his” plan than under their old plans.)


But last night, the dam broke.

What that ‘sorry’ spectacle means

To repeat: ‘sorry’ doesn’t cut it. Especially not for those whose coverage has run out right now. (At least yours truly has until next year’s “anniversary date” to buy something else.)

So why did Obama say anything like that?

Because the night before last, sixteen Democratic US Senators demanded he meet with them in the White House. A meeting he did not even put on his daily schedule. By this account those Democrats gave Obama “an earful.” By other accounts they ranted and raved and screamed at the top of their lungs. Why? Because they are up for re-election. Obamacare nearly sank Terry McAuliffe. (If it hadn’t been for Spoiler Robert Sarver, it would have.) If it sinks half those Democratic Senators, it will sink Harry Reid as Majority Floor Leader. No doubt the Democratic Sixteen told Obama to think about that!

About that last: it is all very well for Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to keep apologizing for Obamacare and for SecHHS Sebelius, as he did when she appeared before the Senate Finance Committee. He won’t face the voters until 2018. (Thanks a lot, Supreme Court of New Jersey, for not letting RoseAnn Salanitri’s group force him into a recall election in 2010!) But Representative Frank J. Pallone Jr., D-N.J.-6th, might want to think twice about his own unrepentant, even defiant apologia to Sebelius last week. So, too, should Representative Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.-9th. Just how safe will any Democratic district be?


Don’t let Obama fool you. He is ‘sorry’ only that he got caught in a tissue of lies. He no doubt is ‘sorry’ his Obamacare lies already have cost the Democrats any chance they have of retaking the House of Representatives. He will definitely be sorry if his Obamacare lies cost the Democrats, and him, the Senate.

But he is not one bit sorry that people no longer have private insurance. He wants people to have government “insurance.” So he can dictate who gets treatment, and who doesn’t. Who lives, and who dies.

What can you do about it?

Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) infamously said,

The Republican plan is don’t get sick! And if you do get sick, the Republican plan is die quickly!

No, Congressman Grayson. That’s the Obamacare plan. Republicans never had a plan in the sense you mean it. Conservatives, anyway, do not write plans for scamming the public under false pretenses of good service.

But I have a plan, or at least something you can do.


Take Alan Grayson at his word. Don’t get sick. Stop doing the things that make you sick.

This might seem off-topic, but to tell people how bad things are, and offer no way out, is worse than useless. In any event, you don’t have to get sick. No politician will give you this advice. But this alternative-medical practitioner will: Joseph R. Mercola, D.O. And many others like him.

Joe Mercola had Obamacare’s number nearly a year ago. He knew it would be a tax before CJOTUS John Roberts called it that. Worse, Obamacare is wasteful. Because even at best, it feeds an already wasteful system.

In the linked article, Joe Mercola offers hints at how you can avoid getting sick.

That’s the practical thing you can do. So you don’t have to let the government take control of your life. Or leave the insurers with that control. True enough, Obama accuses them unfairly of canceling people’s insurance of their own free will. But they rode the back of the tiger. And as John F. Kennedy warned, they ended up inside.


That leaves getting your money back from the con artist who lied to win a second term, and the other con men who voted for his scheme. The way to do that is with your vote.

See you at the polls. ARVE Error: need id and provider
ARVE Error: need id and provider
ARVE Error: need id and provider


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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.


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