At the end of last month Hillary Clinton 2016 began the inevitable run, away from Obamacare, on tiptoes.
Today we got a confession from Barack Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all. Also today David Jolly was sworn in as the latest Republican member of the House of Representatives even though, according to Republican officials, lobbyist Jolly campaigned for office in a “Keystone Kops” manner which included the soon to be divorced candidate, with his 14 years younger squeeze in tow, trolling for votes. Shortly after Jolly’s romp to Congress Barack Obama made moves to trip Hillary Clinton 2016 and prevent the tiptoe slink-away from turning to a full canter then gallop away from ObamaCare. Let’s unpack these related events.
Hillary Clinton 2016 is in a bind. On the one hand Obama and ObamaCare are a disaster that must be run away from. On the other hand the rot that calls itself the Democratic Party and all its D.C. office contestants decided for various reasons (hint: money) to run on a strategy which worked so well for Bill Clinton years ago when the issue was affirmative action. Back then Bill Clinton declared “mend it, don’t end it” to great success. But Barack Obama is no salesman like Bill Clinton and ObamaCare is a threat against every adult American so there is no tactical manover such as “mend it, don’t end it” that will stave the “end” from arriving. We were not surprised when Hillary Clinton 2016 began to slink away.
In September of last year we predicted much of what has happened in regards to Hillary Clinton 2016 and ObamaCare along with our dire warnings:
“The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops. Hillary Clinton 2016 thus far mumbles non sequiturs hoping no one will notice the screeching echoes of the 2008 muddled message mess (which we tried to correct) when the campaign careened from message to message while the Obama campaign stuck to it’s simple and clear lie.”
As we wrote “a double message won’t sell”. The sunken Sink is proof if any proof is needed.
Hillary Clinton 2016 is in a bind. The entire party swears and promises to run as remorseless ObamaCare congregants – which places a fork in the road for Hillary Clinton 2016. The choice is this: lead by telling the truth about the Obamaination called ObamaCare; or gallop at the head of the Crimean War Light Brigade.
Don’t think Barack Obama does not know in which direction Hillary Clinton 2016 and others running for office are going as a consequence of Tuesday’s election results. Barack Obama read what Hillary Clinton said at the end of February. Further, Barack Obama knows a united front on ObamaCare is collapsing. So Barack Obama acted to prevent the near silent tiptoes from becoming a mass breakout run away from himself and ObamaCare. Obama issued new exemptions from ObamaCare.
The new ObamaCare exemptions expire shortly before the 2016 presidential elections. Whoever gets the party nomination for 2016 will be slaughtered if the exemptions are not extended past the 2016 election. If the nominee does as Obama wants, then election aid exemptions will be issued. If the nominee does not do as Obama wants, then no exemptions will be issued and the American public will visit its vengeance against the 2016 nominee. Barack Obama does not know how to run a lemonade stand but he is a brilliant strategist when it comes to self-advancement, self-protection, and self-interest.
And so, Hillary Clinton 2016 is in a bind. To break away or not to break away, that is the question. We’ve advised a brutal break away from Obama and ObamaCare and while that debate raged in HillaryLand, tentative tiptoe steps began the walkaway:
“HILLARY PULLS INTO THE PASSING LANE ON OBAMACARE
Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton nudged the accelerator in her effort to get past the problems with ObamaCare bedeviling the president and their party. Talking to a gathering of health information specialists in Florida, Clinton sounded more than open to substantial changes to President Obama’s signature law. From Reuters: “Part of the challenge is to clear away all the smoke and try to figure out what is working and what isn’t,’ Clinton, who served as secretary of state in Obama’s first term, was quoted by CNN as saying. ‘What do we need to do to try to fix this? Because it would be a great tragedy, in my opinion, to take away what has now been provided.’” Clinton previewed her expected talking points for the 2016 campaign, praising Obama’s goals but lamenting his poor execution: “But I would be the first to say if things aren’t working, then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,’ said Clinton, who led a failed effort to pass healthcare reform during the administration of her husband, Bill Clinton. Among issues she said should be addressed were small businesses of 50 or more employees providing health coverage and companies moving people to part-time from full-time work to avoid making healthcare contributions.”
That’s a “vegetarian pork chop” in the “mend it don’t end it” vein. For the discerning it was also quite a rebuke of Obama and ObamaCare. The mention of “evidence-based changes” needed to fix ObamaCare and the adverse impact on jobs echoed the most scorching of ObamaCare critics.
Reuters linked those late February remarks as “a hot-button campaign issue in congressional elections in November and possibly the 2016 White House race.” No kidding.
The problems for Hillary Clinton 2016 oddly enough were best summarized by conservatives/Republicans at HotAir:
“Hillary Clinton aims for middle of ObamaCare debate
We can talk about mending it instead of ending it, but there simply is no mending it. What’s broken is the system itself, because it’s based on the idea that government can competently run a command economy. That’s what needs to be “mended.” By 2016, most Americans will have personal experience with the endemic failure of a command health-care economy, and Hillary will have to find a new position.”
The “new position” for Hillary Clinton 2016 predicted in late February by HotAir is urgently required in the wake of the elections results in which ObamaCare sank Sink.
Hillary Clinton cited, as good, the least controversial aspects of ObamaCare such as children up to age 26 dependent on parental insurance for protection. The problems with a continued defense by Hillary Clinton 2016 or anyone running for election this year of ObamaCare are many:
“The first change hardly required a national takeover of the insurance industry to accomplish, even though it’s still of dubious value. In an economy that actually produced above-population-growth job creation, young adults would have an easier time of getting their own insurance rather than making Mom & Dad responsible for their upkeep well into adulthood. Access to preventive care was not a big issue, either; everyone had access to it with or without health insurance, and as the premium spikes in the last few months demonstrate, they don’t come free either way.
What’s missing from Hillary’s list of ObamaCare wins? Oh, items like bending the cost curve downward, insuring the uninsured, and if you like your plan/doctor, you can keep your plan/doctor. The first two were supposedly the primary reason that health-care reform had to take the form of a government takeover of the entire system and forced participation. The third was the promise that a government takeover of the entire system would have no impact on the 85% of Americans who were already insured, with 87% of those satisfied with their health care. Instead, ObamaCare has made the system unstable, more expensive, and made many Americans less able to keep their current providers while seeing more money come out of their pockets for plans they didn’t want.”
That last sentence should have been enough to keep awake through many nights Hillary Clinton 2016 strategists. Then it got worse.
The New York Times reports today it was ObamaCare that sank Sink:
“Health Law Tied to G.O.P. Victory in Florida Race
CLEARWATER, Fla. — For Democrats hoping to claim a prized House seat in a swing district, Alex Sink seemed a shining candidate: a moderate, business-minded banker and former candidate for governor with ample experience in running a big race and raising money for it.
But in the end, Tuesday’s special election showed that her campaign could not outrun the tsunami of advertisements tying her to President Obama’s health care law. And, just as important, Ms. Sink was unable to step out of Mr. Obama’s shadow. Although he won twice in Pinellas County, where Tuesday’s vote took place, his approval ratings in Florida were a liability this year. [snip]
Mr. Jolly said he would vote to repeal the law. Ms. Sink said it had problems but should be fixed rather than discarded.”
‘Fix it don’t discard it’ is the less poetic sibling to “mend it don’t end it”. The voters decided to end it, not prolong it.
All the spin by Obama and ObamaCare apologists won’t twist the elemental truth that ObamaCare kills political careers. In 2010 ObamaCare killed a whole generation of Dimocratic Party elected officials. In 2014 the same will happen. In 2016 Obama will try to tie the party nominee to his sunken treasure.
Big Donors are hearing the very same prognosis we have been writing and that won’t encourage them to pay for suites on Titanic. Chris O’Tingles has seen the ghost of Christmas Future:
Joe Scarborough too:
For O’Tingles race-baiting and lies should be the only items on the electoral menu because ObamaCare kills political careers. Brent Budowsky has seen the ghost too:
“Obama endangers Dems
Mr. President, Democrats are alarmed. About you.
The legacy of the Obama presidency could well include the destruction of Democratic control of the House, the Senate and a majority of governorships and state legislatures across America. Democrats can prevent this. My warning to Democrats and to Obama — whose presidency will effectively end if the outcome in 2014 is unfavorable — is that they must understand the gravity of the danger and the urgent need to improvise, adapt and do some things very differently.”
Paul Begala tweeted “Dems should not try to spin this loss. We have to redouble our efforts for 2014. Too much at stake.” If Begala looks out his window he can see Hillary putting on some running shoes and about to hit the road far far far away from Obama and ObamaCare.
Conservative Byron York laid out once again why fix = repeal:
“They have to say they want to fix the program because almost nobody (a bare eight percent in the latest Kaiser Foundation survey) wants to keep the law as is. But to fix the aspects of Obamacare that are imposing new burdens on millions of Americans — higher premiums, higher deductibles, a hugely unpopular mandate, and narrower choices of doctors, hospitals, and prescription drugs — Democrats would have to advocate fundamental changes in the law that they have so far steadfastly refused to accept. Get rid of the individual mandate? To do so would rip the heart out of Obamacare, tantamount to repealing it altogether. Many Democrats would rather lose than do that.”
At National Journal Josh Kraushaar sees a Republican wave already building offshore ready to sweep away the detritus which is Obama’s presidency.
Charlie Cook surmised that sunken Sink was not the worst news of the week, “even worse news came in the form of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll released last night, along with four statewide surveys conducted by a highly-regarded Democratic pollster in key Senate race states.”
Such is the panic that Big Media Obama acolytes are banging the drum for Justices Ginsberg and Breyer to retire so that Obama can appoint young’uns to the court and thereby have some sort of legacy other than the soon to be dead death-dealing ObamaCare. The desperation is for Supreme Court retirements now because the Senate will likely go Republican this year and these acolytes don’t know when there will be another Democrat in the White House. “Yes, some Democrats (and perhaps some pessimistic Republicans) have convinced themselves that Democrats now have a demographic or electoral college lock on the White House, but that’s hooey. At best, Democrats have a very slim edge, one that could easily be swamped by the normal ebbs and flows of events, or disappear just as rapidly as it emerged.”
If there is a swamp to be seen it is ObamaCare. Candidates running for office in 2014 and 2016 cannot continue with “mend it don’t end it”. To do so will be the end of them.
The flawed David Jolly has made Obama supporters and ObamaCare defenders sad.
Deceivers like Nancy Pelousy will lie to all willing to be deceived that she and her ilk are not worried that Sink sank. But even as the lies come from her mouth the Obama leadership is taking action which betray the lies as the lies they are:
“House Democrats are looking for a way to blunt their Obamacare woes.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House Democrats’ campaign arm, is about to embark on a large-scale public opinion survey that will – in part – seek to uncover how voters in key districts across America feel about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
The DCCC bi-annual National Research Project, which begins in the next several weeks, will also include focus groups across several dozens competitive districts. The DCCC is devoting much of its energy to uncovering how – and how much – they should talk about the battered health care law. [snip]
Key Democratic strategists, who spoke anonymously to discuss party strategy, were blunt about Obamacare’s problems, especially from the political angle. They said Alex Sink’s loss in the Florida special election was a “nightmare.” Sink campaigned on Obamacare, and couldn’t beat the deeply flawed Republican David Jolly. Democrats know they can’t ignore Obamacare — they need to find a successful way to talk about it. [snip]
A Democratic strategist involved in House races said, “We’re going to test the the hell out of this. We’re really hurting from Obamacare.”
At the same time, a number of other disparate dynamics are surfacing. There is a fear that more and more will join Republicans to vote to change the law – a phenomenon that has recently worsened.”
Perhaps by 2016 ObamaCare propagandists will devise new brainwashing techniques to fool the public. But we doubt it. It’s been years now and thus far all we have gotten is a potted plant selling ObamaCare between two ferns.
That potted plant is full of fertilizer.
Worse, the Obama/ObamaCare cult persists and demands that ObamaCare be defended without mending or tending. The Obama/ObamaCare cult screams, ‘give no quarter’ ‘ do not retreat’ ‘do not equivocate’ – “It’s Time for Democrats to Embrace ObamaCare:“
“Trying to pussyfoot around Obamacare was an awkward strategy, and, evidently, it didn’t work. If other Democrats are to avoid meeting Sink’s fate in November, they need something more convincing to say about the Affordable Care Act than “mend it, don’t end it,” which is now their default position. But what could that be?
Here’s a heretical idea. [snip]
What better way to do it than by turning Obamacare into a great progressive cause, rather than something to avoid or be embarrassed about.“
“A great progressive cause”? This is madness!
How to explain “a great progressive cause” opposed by your strongest allies who demand change? How is it not madness to insist, fingers firmly in ears that all is well and no need to mend nor end when your strongest allies yell “stop!:
“Union: Obamacare will slash wages by up to $5 an hour
A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.
Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.
“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from Unite Here. “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report, titled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse.”
“Mend it don’t end it” is indefensible and cannot be sustained as an election year message. However, “don’t mend it and don’t end it” is certifiable lunacy. This is a cult mentality not politics. Two alternatives then remain: repeal or single payer. Single payer after Obama and ObamaCare is a double down on madness. Why? Because if Obama cannot manage to establish and run a website and made a mess of his singular legacy “achievement” how can anyone believe that he can run the entire health care system?
Today we heard of the latest resignation from the overseers of ObamaCare:
“A Department of Health and Human Services official resigned from his post in a scathing letter that ripped the agency for profound dysfunction.
David Wright headed the Office of Research Integrity for two years and wrote in his letter dated Feb. 25 that his time with the agency left him “offended as an American taxpayer.” [snip]
The letter, which was addressed to Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, goes on to accuse top agency officials of caring more about their personal advancement than about doing their jobs well.
“Since I’ve been here I’ve been advised by my superiors that I had ‘to make my bosses look good.’ I’ve been admonished: ‘Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players,’” the letter reads. “Recently, I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government service, I had to ‘lower my expectations.’ The one thing no one in OASH [Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health] leadership has said to me in two years is ‘how can we help ORI better serve the research community?’ Not once.”
Wright went on to note that Koh himself once described the office as operating in an “intensely political environment.”
A “political environment” is a mild phrase for crony corruption and willful deceit. Bad enough in any government agency or department but corrosive to democracy in a government entity with the power of medical life and death.
We began with some of Hillary Clinton’s tiptoe critiques of ObamaCare from late February. Little noticed, Hillary Clinton made additional remarks late in February when she spoke before that group of health care technology professionals:
“Clinton tells health-care conference: Good data make good decisions
Clinton was speaking to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention at the Orange County Convention Center. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state and presumed Democratic presidential candidate spoke mostly about information technology, sometimes making it a metaphor for governing, in her 22-minute speech.
Yet during a 38-minute question-and-answer period she assumed her past roles and often sounded as if she were talking about presidential politics.
“Good data helps to make for good decisions. That’s true in medicine. That’s true in business. That’s true in government,” she said.”
What is it that is most sorely lacking, other than common sense, good policy, and decency, in ObamaCare? Why metrics of course. Obama does not know how many of the uninsured have enrolled in ObamaCare. Obama does not know how many of those enrolled in ObamaCare have paid for coverage. On question after question Obama does not have the metrics to substantiate his not to be believed claims about ObamaCare. This of course is from the man whose campaign supposedly relied so effectively on… metrics.
The metrics on ObamaCare doom ObamaCare. ObamaCare is simply not sustainable. For Hillary Clinton 2016 this truth requires a new strategy and a new mantra on ObamaCare: END IT, CAN’T MEND IT!!!