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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Obama: "A New Season in America."

Posted by on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM

I have two favorite moments from today's signing ceremony (which you really should watch, especially if you've been strapped to the health care reform roller coaster over the last year and three months).

Favorite moment number one: When Obama talked about how some members of Congress took a pummeling on the way to voting in favor of reform, and someone in the audience, presumably a Democratic member of Congress, shouted out "Yes, we did!"—to which another audience member, presumably a different Democratic member of Congress, corrected: "Yes, we can!"

Favorite moment number two: Watching Marcelas Owens, of Washington State, stand right next to the president as he put his name to the legislation, making it law.


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Lord Basil 14
A leftist at Huffington Post actually debunks the myths of ObamaCare.



To think I guffawed back in 2008 when I was told the Moonbat Messiah would unite us. He's doing such a good job, he's even got Jane Hamsher at HuffPo on the same side as patriots. Hamster rips into the ObamaCare abomination by exposing 18 myths:

Myth 1: This is a universal health care bill.
Tens of millions will be left uninsured.

Myth 2: Insurance companies hate this bill.
Fascistic crony capitalism works for the established players, who will benefit in the short term when we are compelled by Big Government to buy their products.

Myth 3: The bill will significantly bring down insurance premiums for most Americans.

Myth 4: The bill will make health care affordable for middle class Americans.
Actually, ObamaCare will come down on the hated middle class (the "bourgeoisie" in BHO's Marxist circles) like a ton of bricks.

Myth 5: This plan is similar to the Massachusetts plan, which makes health care affordable.
More like: it is similar to the Massachusetts mess in that it does not make healthcare affordable.

Myth 6: This bill provides health care to 31 million people who are currently uninsured.
Mostly all it does is demand they buy insurance whether they want to or not.

Myth 7: You can keep the insurance you have if you like it.
Maybe, maybe not. Another glib lie from Chairman Zero.

Myth 8: The "excise tax" will encourage employers to reduce the scope of health care benefits, and they will pass the savings on to employees in the form of higher wages.
Bwahaha! With unemployment sky high and every act of our government driving it higher (including ObamaCare), don't hold your breath waiting for higher wages until hyperinflation kicks in.

Myth 9: This bill employs nearly every cost control idea available to bring down costs.
Nearly all cost control measures were left out. The Cloward-Piven maniacs running the federal government couldn't care less about costs.

Myth 10: The bill will require big companies like Wal-Mart to provide insurance for their employees.
Actually, it requires you to provide subsidized insurance to Walmart employees.

Myth 11: The bill "bends the cost curve" on health care.
Healthcare as a percentage of GDP will climb still higher.

Myth 12: The bill will provide immediate access to insurance for Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition.
Sure: a whole "0.7% of those without insurance now will get coverage." That's easily worth a few $trillion to the rest of us.

Myth 13: The bill prohibits dropping people in individual plans from coverage when they get sick.
No regulatory body is empowered to enforce preventing people from getting dropped.

Myth 14: The bill ensures consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to challenge new insurance plan decisions.
The internal appeals process means you can take it up with the insurance company, just like you could do if the government butted out except without government involvement, you would have an unlimited range of alternatives, so the insurance companies would have to listen to you.

Myth 15: This bill will stop insurance companies from hiking rates 30%-40% per year.
Not only does it not prevent rate hikes, ObamaCare makes them inevitable.

Myth 16: When the bill passes, people will begin receiving benefits under this bill immediately.
Most provisions don't take effect until 2014, giving Comrade Obama lots of time to get reelected and settled into a second term.

Myth 17: The bill creates a pathway for single payer.
Maybe eventually. But it looks like instead of the communist healthcare hardcore moonbats want, we'll get crony capitalist healthcare, where a few big corporations get rich by serving as extensions of the authoritarian government kind of like how things were done in Central Europe in the 1930s.

Myth 18: The bill will end medical bankruptcy and provide all Americans with peace of mind.
Having medical insurance hardly prevents medical bankruptcy, nor will it under ObamaCare…
Posted by Lord Basil on March 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Cook 12
Eli, now that I mentioned it, my interest has been piqued. Do you know if POTUS signed his middle name? I don't know the protocol for such things.
Posted by Cook on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM · Report this
"See this pen I've got? Barack Obama used it to write the top stroke of the 'r' in his signature when he signed the Health Care Bill! Pretty neat, huh?"
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on March 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM · Report this
My favorite moment is when V.P. Joe Biden is overheard telling the president, "This is a big fucking deal."…
Posted by Smartypants on March 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM · Report this
doesurmindglow 9
@7: You're right. I'm not sure if he signed his middle name or not either.

An interesting moment in this video Eli didn't mention is toward the end, when Obama's actually signing (17:50), you can hear someone say: "You almost forget how this started," which is immediately followed by someone else answering, "Yes we can."

I don't think it was an intentional answer. But even a random juxtaposition is kinda cool.
Posted by doesurmindglow on March 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
I was glad to see the markets give an overwhelming thumbs up to the bill signing today.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Cook 7
@4,5: i don't know if he signed his middle name, but for important bills they usually even use different pens to dot the i's and cross the t's. his middle name is the only i (no t's) in his name. also, if you watch nancy pelosi signing the house bill, she did the same thing with the pens. american political trivia is so interesting!
Posted by Cook on March 23, 2010 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Thomas Guy 6
You can see Jim McDermott in the right hand corner during the Pelosi applause.
Posted by Thomas Guy on March 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Eli Sanders 5
@4: So lots of important supporters can get "the pen he signed the bill with."
Posted by Eli Sanders on March 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Shena Lee 4
What's with all the pens?
Posted by Shena Lee on March 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Loveschild 3
History for all of America has been made today. No more will the American citizen have to decide between food or medicine. We are all in it together now and we're are truly on our way to a more perfect union because of this great milestone that has been crossed.
Matthew 9:12
Posted by Loveschild on March 23, 2010 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Posted by doesurmindglow on March 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM · Report this
doesurmindglow 1
"Morning in America"?

I think maybe what terrifies the teabaggers most about Obama - even more than his socialist, secret muslim Kenyan birth certificate - is the fact the left seems to have found its Ronald Reagan.
Posted by doesurmindglow on March 23, 2010 at 10:05 AM · Report this

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