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Obamascare


The Obamacare Cadillac hits a wall and driver says "I need insurance on a vehicle with a pre-existing condition."
Health insurance rates are taking off under Obamacare, especially if you now carry a high deductible plan. Kathleen Sebelius agrees.

“Some of these folks have very high catastrophic plans that don’t pay for anything unless you get hit by a bus,” she said. “They’re really mortgage protection, not health insurance.”

Megan McCardle at the Daily Beast thinks Sebelius is confused about what insurance is.

Sebelius’ response is apparently that catastrophic insurance isn’t really insurance at all–which is exactly backwards. Catastrophic coverage is “true insurance”.  Coverage of routine, predictable services is not insurance at all; it’s a spectacularly inefficient prepayment plan.

Dr. Krauthammer concurs.

“This is not insurance anymore. This is regulation, this is government dictated rates, like the electrical company…”

 

Holiday Giving

In addition to raising 1.6 trillion in new taxes, and 50 billion in new stimulus, the president wants Congress to turn over the right to raise the debt ceiling.

 

Bipartisanship

funny political cartoon by Chip Bok depicts the Barack Obama and Chief Justice Roberts tax shakedown

In the Obamacare ruling shakeout over the Obama Healthcare Mandate,  it appears that Roberts changed his mind after writing the, then, majority opinion overturning the individual mandate based on the commerce clause. He later wrote the new majority opinion upholding the mandate under Congress’ taxing power.

The chief justice isn’t the only one having it both ways. Obama has loudly insisted an estimated one zillion times on national TV that the mandate is not a tax (and he still does, now that he’s won).

After Justice Kennedy’s famous question, “can we create commerce in order to regulate it?”, it looked like the court wasn’t going to uphold the mandate as regulated commerce. So, the administration lawyers argued, hell yes, it’s a tax!

Church State

The University of Notre Dame has joined Catholic bishops in a lawsuit over the president’s contraception mandate. Many of these same Catholics pushed for government mandated health care in the first place. Actually, some still do.

Mandate

The judicial branch gave the executive branch a 3 page writing assignment. The senate section of the legislative branch hasn’t turned in a budget in over 1070 days.