Saturday, November 02, 2013

Cruising the Web

James Taranto describes how Obama's lies about Obamacare would have been counted as fraud if he'd been the president of a private company misleading the public.

Stuart Stevens at the Daily Beast compares how Vietnam and Nixon increased American cynicism about government with what Obama's lies about Obamacare have done for a new generation's growing cynicism. Writing at CNN, a former Obama supporter, Nathaniel Morris, writes about how his joy at Obama's 2008 election has changed to despair. While Morris's emotional response to Obama seems extreme, I saw how excited and happy so many of my students were about Obama in 2008. Now I'm teaching a new generation of students and they already seem cynical about politicians' promises, including those of President Obama. These kids, mostly 10th graders, don't know what Watergate was and have little concept of the impact of the Vietnam War. But they do know that they don't believe either party's politicians today in Washington. I happen to think that such skepticism is well-deserved and healthy, but I can see how those who thought Obama showed such promise in 2008 would indeed be in despair at the reality.

As Mark Thiessen reminds us, Obama's repeated lies are much worse than the 16 words in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union that got Democrats so exorcised about Bush's mendacity.

It's not going to help Senate Democrats running for reelection when Republicans start highlighting how they all voted for the rule that allowed HHS to cancel people's individual policies. And it won't help if, as CNN reports, some of those with canceled policies live in one of those states like West Virginia or New Hampshire where there are very few options for people looking to buy health care insurance on the exchanges. And those in rural communities will see the fewest numbers of options.

Robert Laszewski demonstrates the utter fatuousness of claim that people buying their insurance plans on the individual market were getting "substandard plans" sold by "bad apple insurers" by showing how states regulated those plans with dozens of mandates. Not quite the "Wild West" that Jay Carney characterized that market as. His conclusion sums up what a lot of us have come to believe.
Given the President's comments, you really have to wonder just how well the Obama administration understands how the health insurance markets work?
And people are responding to the Obama administration's attempt to convince them that they should have been unhappy with their so-called "substandard plans." Grace-Marie Turner at Forbes links to a letter to the San Diego paper by Joe Seiley.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the ACA eliminates “substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” If my policy was substandard and did not provide the services my family needed, I would not have purchased it, or would have dropped it myself. I believe there must be much more transparency and honesty in the true costs of the ACA, both in terms of money and freedom.
Nope, Joe. You're just a substandard sucker who doesn't understand what is truly good for you.

Matt Welch examines why the media were so uncritical of Obama's claims about Obamacare and concludes that Obama was able to "work the refs" by playing into some of their favorite tropes about how the media had been duped by conservatives on Hillarycare.

A new book by Peter Schweizer, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets details how politicians find legal ways to funnel money to themselves and their family members.