Monday, November 04, 2013

Cruising the Web

Heritage has the documentary evidence of how security flaws in have released at least one person's private information.

Megan McArdle thinks we're seeing just the beginning of people realizing how Obamacare is going to be losing their present health care plans. Just wait until the employer mandate begins next year and employers start dumping their employees into Obamacare. It's not just those buying insurance on the individual market who had plans they liked that the Democrats are now telling them were substandard.

A cancer survivor of stage-4 gallbladder cancer explains how Obamacare now means that she can no longer have the insurance plan that has paid for her care for the past seven years and allowed her to work with the doctors that she credits with saving her life. The new plan won't allow her to have doctors in both San Diego, where she lives, and at Stanford University where she sees her primary oncologist.
Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.

What happened to the president's promise, "You can keep your health plan"? Or to the promise that "You can keep your doctor"? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.

The Washington Post had a detailed piece this weekend analyzing how fear of giving Republicans any weapon in the debates over Obamacare led them to launch Obamacare even though they'd known for a long time that both the website and the exchanges were not ready for primetime. They made mistake after mistake in putting the whole Rube Goldberg system together and they just didn't want to admit their own inadequacies. They would like to blame everything on the Republicans' opposition to the program, but, as Byron York explains, the Post's story demonstrates that the problems we're seeing right now stem from decisions made back to May 2010. Remember that was before the Democrats lost control of the House.

It's not just the Obamacare website that has "glitches." The government has a problem with the computer systems that run our federal entitlements as well as other aid programs figuring out which Americans are alive and which ones are dead.
The U.S. government has a problem with dead people. For one thing, it pays them way too much money.

In the past few years, Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased. The federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who had passed away. And an aid program spent $3.9 million in federal money to pay heating and air-conditioning bills for more than 11,000 of the dead.

These mistakes are part of a surprising glitch at the heart of the federal bureaucracy. Because of a jury-rigged and outdated system meant to track deaths, the government has trouble determining exactly which Americans are deceased.

As a result, Washington is bedeviled by both the living dead and the dead living.
Just imagine how much fun there will be when they start sending out subsidies for Obamacare to dead people.

Salena Zito explains how Obama's lies have altered his relationship with the American people.
Our relationship with government is in shambles, our feeling of disconnect with Washington at an historic level.

Yet the real problem is not a health-care website that doesn’t work. The real problem is a president and a Washington culture which both believe it is okay to lie to get a bill passed.

There is no connection between such behavior and the values of most Americans beyond Washington, for whom getting what you want usually results from hard work, honest bargaining and a little compromise.

Kyle Smith nails how Obama's lies about keeping your health plan are different from his other past dishonest statements. It was a lie rather than his usual bulls**t.

Andrew Klavan explains how Obama would rather play at being president than actually be president. And the media prefer that illusion themselves.
The reason for this is that both Obama and many of our journalists were trained in the post-modern academy where they were taught that there is no such thing as moral truth but only culturally inculcated narratives. In such a world, the moral narrative that can be drummed into the head of the populace is the truth that wins. Convincing people that a good has been achieved is the same as achieving it.

Within the narrative cloud created by these journalists, Obama remains safe in his illusions while the rest of us suffer the consequences. He believes that playing the president and being the president are much the same thing. It is as if Bruce Willis believed he could save a skyscraper full of people by jumping off the roof clutching a fire hose.

For those of us who face the world head on? We don’t need Mulder and Scully to tell us: the truth is out there. Obama has lost the gains of the Iraq war and sacrificed the lives of our soldiers in Afghanistan to no purpose. He has alienated our allies in Germany, France and, God help us, Saudi Arabia, while playing the fool for our enemies in Iran and Russia. He has ruthlessly curtailed free speech by abusing the powers of the IRS against his political opponents, spying on and persecuting journalists, and encouraging the imprisonment of a video maker to suit his political ends. He has brutally hobbled our economy with anti-business regulations written by the very legislators who brought on the recession in the first place. And now, through lies and corrupt political machinations, he has saddled us with a chaotic and overbearing health care law that, even when operational, will never be worth its weight in debt and curtailed liberties.

He has done all that — and when his second term is over, he can look forward to a life of making speeches to students and waving at crowds and giving interviews to fawning journalists who will all be charmed into historical ignorance by what they feel was his Oscar-worthy performance as President of the United States.

But in this left-wing country of the blind, even a one-eyed man can see: Obama’s political achievements, like Hillary Clinton’s political achievements, like Ben Kingsley’s role in freeing India from British rule, are all of a piece — a narrative illusion fostered on us by those who do not believe there is any truth to tell.
How ironic that the charge that liberals leveled at Ronald Reagan now comes back to describe their beau ideal of a president.