December 8, 2013

Zeke Emanuel on Fox: You Can Keep Your Doctor, But You May Be Fully Responsible For Paying Him or Her

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:25 pm

In promoting the Affordable Care Act, or what has come to be known by friend and foe alike as “Obamacare,” to the American public, President Obama spent at least four years making two fundamental guarantees: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” and “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” It is quite well-known that the first guarantee has been proven untrue with private individual plans. Less known is that the guarantee is destined to become more untrue as employer-sponsored plans throughout 2014 decide whether to comply with Obamacare’s costly plan design and compliance requirements and continue to cover their employees, or abandon that effort entirely and pay the related fines for not doing so.

This morning on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of Obamaare’s chief architects, attempted to claim that the President’s second guarantee was not a lie. Want until you see his “reasoning.” Wallace, to his credit and unlike what we’ve generally seen from his other Sunday morning competitors, wouldn’t let go of his questions until he got direct answers, deservedly annoying “Zeke the Bleak” (bolds are mine throughout this post; numbered tags are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Nobody’s This Stupid and Incompetent’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday morning (link won’t work until then) after blackout expires.

The final two paragraphs (but do read the whole thing):

This enterprise’s screw-ups, missed assignments, unaddressed problems and management failures have collectively created a level of disarray I have not seen in my lifetime — one which promises to sustain itself well into next year, if not longer. It’s likely that all we’ve seen so far represents the very small tip of a huge iceberg aimed straight at the economy and our civil society. Just wait until consumers get turned away because there’s no record of their enrollment, doctors and hospitals don’t get paid, and the frauds begin to be exposed.

Considering that the people involved are supposedly our best and brightest — as they and their media lapdogs constantly remind us — is it really possible that utter stupidity and incompetence fully explain what has transpired? I think not. Until someone can prove otherwise, the default position has to be that chaos is what they want, and that they will continue to work to deepen it.

The Obama administration laughably accuses its opposition of sabotaging Obamacare’s implementation, when it is they who are sabotaging health care, the economy, and the country.

Not News in Calif. Press: Doctors Not Joining Covered California Exchange

On Friday morning, Richard Pollock at the Washington Examiner (HT Ed Driscoll at PJ Media) broke an important story about the the large number of doctors choosing not to participate in Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange.

The odds that the agenda-driven press in the formerly Golden State of California was already aware of this problem and chose not to report on it would seem to be pretty high — and they’re still ignoring the story, despite its obvious impact on the availability of medical services once Obamacare kicks in on January 1. Excerpts from Pollock’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):
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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: If Pope could perform one miracle, it would be ‘to heal children’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Dec 4, 2013 / 12:37 pm

During a recent visit to a parish on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis revealed that if he had the power to conduct one miracle, it would be to heal suffering children.

The Pope was visiting St. Cyril parish to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation, and afterwards spent several hours visiting with the people there. One of the teenagers who was being confirmed asked him what miracle he would perform if he could.

According to Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy Father’s answer was: “To heal children, because it pains me to see children suffer.”

The Holy Father greeted the sick people at the parish one by one, embracing them with a smile and sharing words of comfort. Some wept for joy at seeing him.

He also spoke with the people present. He asked the children receiving First Communion, “Are you good? Do you know how to pray? Thank you for being here to spend this time together and get to know each other better.”

To the parents of children baptized during the year, the Pope said, “When they are baptized, we bring home not only our child but also a seed of divinity that we must help to grow.”

Patience towards children is important, he continued, “and talking with them and teaching them is wonderful.” Even more wonderful, however, is the awareness that with baptism, “A divine sign comes into the home.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.