Did you hear the great news?
(via the Associated Press) – “…Several million people will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
That would mean job losses equal to 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021, in large part because people would opt to keep their income low to stay eligible for federal health care subsidies or Medicaid, the agency said. It had estimated previously that the law would lead to 800,000 fewer jobs by that year…”
Sure, sure, that doesn’t seem like great news. But that’s exactly why the White House’s crack PR spin-meisters (CODENAME: the “Alternate Reality Team”) was activated as soon as this news hit. The guys from the A.R.T. (motto: “Anyone can lie, but what we do is ART”) instantly assured everyone within earshot that y’all are just too stupid to understand complex economy-related terms, such as “fewer jobs” and “2.3 million of ’em“:
Posted in Obamacare, politics, unemployment
Tagged CBO, Congressional Budget Office, health care, job killer, jobs, Obama, Obamacare, politics, President Obama, unemployment
Some excellent work here by the news team at WTAE Pittsburgh.
Quote of the year:
“I don’t know how President Obama thinks that he’s helping us. Because, …because we can’t afford this”.
Being an old Sales Guy, I’m particularly aware of any time someone is trying to “sell” me on anything.
Sales pitches in and of themselves are completely fine. My issue is with scammers, preying on people with pitches which are plainly, blatantly dishonest. So when I hear how a product will cure all of what ails me, while it simultaneously cleans my toilets and saves me gobs of cash, my sales-specific Spidey Sense kicks into overdrive.
Which is no doubt why I was immediately suspicious of the superlatives and proclamations accompanying the push to enact Obamacare originally. It was as if this one law was somehow a magical Nautilus machine, Viagra, and Hair Club For Men all rolled into one. And to reap the rewards of this wondrous, Unicorn-fueled legislation, all I had to do was repeat the words “Yes, We Can!!” over and over to myself, while trying very hard to not question how it’d all work.
That was Guy Benson’s über succinct and sniper-level accurate take on the President’s latest “pep rally” on the Affordable Care Act. Nothing new, nothing insightful: just more of the same sclerotic verbiage which we’ve heard from him so often, I’m surprised I don’t mumble it in my sleep.
Maybe that’s why it reminded me of something Mitt Romney said back in January of 2012:
“…This has been a ‘Groundhog Day’ presidency. He keeps saying the same things and we keep waking up with the same things going on. Nothing changes,” Romney said.
“He keeps saying these great things he’s going to do and yet it’s the same picture every single morning…”
Posted in Obama, Obamacare, politics
Tagged ACA, Affordable Care Act, Groundhog Day, health care, Obama, Obamacare, politics, Romney, speech
Are you familiar with the term “retconning”?
It stands for “Retroactive continuity“, and basically means when a previously established fact(s) is altered in the continuity of a fictional work. Retconning happens in movies, TV shows and comic books all the time, especially when the writer wants to unmake something that’s already happened, like if a character died and they want him/her back.
But again, …comic books. Movies.
Fiction. As in: “Not real”.
Because you can’t “retcon” reality.
And yet what else can you call this?
Posted in Obama, Obamacare, politics
Tagged ACA, Ellison, health, health care, history, Obama, Obamacare, retcon, Retconning, Retroactive continuity, revised history
Glad to see Bill Whittle’s alter-ego, Mr. Virtual President, has decided to wade back into the verbal fray this week.
Bill does his normal exemplary job in the clip below, pointing out some commonsense solutions to our current self-induced health care travails. And no, his solutions do NOT include adding a staggering, stumbling Federal Government bureaucracy as a go-between twixt us and our doctors.
Posted in Bill Whittle, Obamacare, politics
Tagged Bill Whittle, Exchanges, health care, healthcare.gov, Matt Yglesias, Obamacare, politics, reality, Slate