“IF YOU LIKE YOUR OBAMACARE, YOU CAN KEEP IT”

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“If you had a law that made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people are going to get subsidies, it would not have passed,” – Jonathan Gruber on the Affordable Care Act

Time Check

Feb 14, 1899 – The US Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections.

Feb 14, 1929 – The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in Chicago, IL. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed.

Feb 14,  2012 – The Real Times was launched on Valentines Day with the Headline “IN THE BEGINNING… LOVE YOURSELF”That’s right! Today is our 5 year anniversary of Keeping it Real, and in tribute we’ve attached the link from our very first article to help spread the Love.

Happy Valentines Day. 

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Iss. 52

February, 14, 2017

Dear Thinkers, 

 

Last week, CNN hosted a debate on Healthcare between Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, focused on the merits of the Affordable Care Act. Now, before we find ourselves too far down the road, let’s clear the air. if you dear friend happen to be a proponent of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), then I regret to inform you that you are—stupid.

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Had you asked me, I assure you I would have chosen a more delicate phrase. However, it was not I who said such. This insult was slung by the very architect of the bill himself, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber.

 

Old Jonny just outright said it, basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” His words.

 

How rude. Offensive! “Basically”, if you support the idea of Obamacare, well then, according to the guy who came up with it, you’re “basically” a BASIC idiot.

As mentioned, I would have been a bit nicer. Undoubtedly, ignorance is perilous as we may now testify, but it only adds insult to injury when manipulators take advantage of one’s lack of awareness in order to deliberately deceive voters… Manipulators like Socialist, Bernie Sanders…

 

Gruber confirms this assertion saying, “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” ….Well duh.     Are you telling me that lying in order to cover up something bad, extends the time it takes for people to figure out it was bad? I know this is high-level stuff, but keep reading, soon we shall all be MIT professors.

But Gruber was not the only one to utilize this “lack of transparency”…….


“If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” said President Obama to the American Medical Association in 2009. That was prior to enactment of the Affordable Care Act, when an estimated 4 to 7 million people lost their health insurance. Even Leftist fact checking site PolitiFact pointed to this inaccuracy as the ‘Lie of the Year’ as it was repeated over 30 times leading up to the mandate.

Barack Obama acknowledged this and offered a public apology. He even rephrased his message, transforming “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”, to “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” The President got hammered for this—Deservedly so.

 

That said, isn’t it silly that some of us are so frightened about the repeal of ObamaCare? We were tricked (well not all of us) into signing onto something that wasn’t even the original promise. We have something vastly different than what was advertised, and if that happened to you anywhere else in the marketplace you’d take the product back! Some of you reading this are just learning of the deception for the first time…well this is awkward. 

And now we’re forced to talk about the actual merits of government Healthcare itself. I hear some people saying, “well it’s better than what we had, and it’s better than what those EVIL Republicans will do!”

 

First off, this is another awkward moment we need to have together. Republican, and renowned racist, woman hater, Mitt Romney was the one who the Affordable Care Act was built upon. RomneyCare (which our friend Gruber crafted). This was implemented in Massachusetts while he was governor.

Firstly, this begs the question: does the ObamaCare law discriminate against women like Mitt Romney? Or did they edit that part out? Secondly, Bernie Sanders in the Healthcare debate hailed Mitt Romney for his RomneyCare achievement and the benefits of such legislation.   AWKWARD.   This is getting really bad. 

 

Now this serves as a quick reminder to us Constitutional Conservatives out there who often make the case for just ‘Electing Republicans’, may come with some caveats. It can easily be argued that in Massachusetts, under a Republican governor, the worst, most intrusive, statist, wasteful and expensive Healthcare program in the Nation then existed. And yes, Mass. is a Leftist haven, but nobody put a gun to Romney’s head, and told him to sign on the dotted line. Mitt (so far as I’ve observed) is a man of impeccable character—minus all the woman hating stuff—but this was a BAD move. Sorry buddy. There’s nothing Conservative about forcing people to buy a product. (And I still haven’t seen the evidence that he hates women, another reason the Left lies and is full of crap, but I digress)

Oh the irony… Implementation of Government Healthcare, by definition, does threaten you by hoisting a gun to your head. (If you fail to pay for it, you will be marched to prison with officials wielding guns—I wonder if the Left will have a problem with them owning guns?) There is nothing ‘Liberal’ about becoming a hostage of the government. If ‘Liberalism’ is the advocation of freedom, allowing you to choose what to do with your own life, then the Federal Government mandating that you buy a product is tyrannical. What happened to the Left’s affinity for PRO CHOICE? After all, speaking of Massachusetts, wasn’t that what the Boston Tea Party was all about? No it wasn’t a big boat filled with Health insurance agents… but there are striking similarities.

Sit down class. HISTORY LESSON!


The Boston Tea Party

Well, those of you who were educated by the Leftist Controlled school system probably don’t know the full story. Yes, I’m sure you learned that it was a form of PROTEST. That must have been your favorite part since you’ve been indoctrinated into marching every weekend. But the British Parliament back in England mandated that all other forms of imported tea be #banned. (And yes they did have hashtags, King George Tweeted quite often) Why banned? Well the government-run East India Company (you might recognize it from Pirates of the Caribbean of all places) was going out of business. What a phenomenon, a government run company having trouble staying afloat—in this case literally… who would have thought? 

But when the state has ultimate power, as Parliament then possessed over the colonies, there arose an easy solution. MAKE them buy our product. Sound familiar? And the pitch, it was a good one…

 

“Listen you guys, we’re not gona let you buy any more imported tea. The tea is gona be great, it’s gona be the best tea you’ve ever had, it’s gona be hUUGE. And the way it is, there’s so much tea on the market, it’s confusing, and now it’s gona be so cheap, it’s really gona be cheaper, and better. Trust me. It really will.”  

Except it may have sounded a bit more British, which when translated, might have emitted itself as exceedingly bounteous and proper, if you know what I mean.

 

But the colonists were like, “Dude, this tea sucks,” in their most eloquent English accents. (remember they were still British) “There’s a reason nobody’s buying it. There’s a reason your company is going out of business! Not to mention, it’s NOT cheaper. We can still get smuggled tea for dirt cheap, and did we mention we like VARIETY!”

 

But most of all, the Colonists hated the fact that they were being threatened with a musket-to-their-head (as the saying went in those days).

Even if the tea started at an “Affordable” cost, if the government is forcing a product upon you there is no recourse. Suddenly any check in place is squandered and nothing is preventing those in power from raising the price and providing crap as far as quality. Humorously, this is the very point that Bernie makes against the free market. He says, insurance companies have the power to raise prices leaving you stranded! First of all, this is only true because the government is so deeply intertwined already in regulating the Healthcare industry. Furthermore, what is the solution Bernie? Letting Parliament—I mean Congress—control the price? What happens when they inevitably start losing money? Think they might raise the prices to cover their own ass? Class adjourned.  


Well here’s the fun part Dear Thinkers, now you’ll see exactly why slimey deceivers like Jonathan Gruber and Barack Obama sullied the waters of “transparency”.

  1. It’s because Premiums ARE skyrocketing. In other words, you are paying more for Health Insurance today than before the Affordable Care Act. (Shouldn’t that be enough to at least question it?) The name in itself, “AFFORDABLE Care Act” has proven to be laughable. Bernie acknowledged this fact so it is not worth covering any further except I’ll add: His defense wasn’t “if we do BLANK, then we can get the premiums lowered,” no it was BUSH HAD HIGH PREMIUMS TOO. Though, I don’t remember Bush touting the end-all, nirvana, of Healthcare. Bernie has, as he says, devoted his life to it.
  2. ObamaCare is not sustainable. Like the historical example mentioned earlier, and like all more direct examples of Socialized Medicine, ObamaCare cannot pay for itself. In France, the country ranked first on the WHO (not the British rock band, the World Health Organization), they are having trouble even financing their operations. Quality of care pales in comparison to the United States, and the French pay massive taxes in order to cover the costs. Yeah I guess it’s free… just as free as your tax return that comes in the mail and the idiot yells, “MOM, FREE MONEY!” But then again, thinking that this is FREE would make you not an idiot, but, stupid. Not my words…the brilliant architect of ObamaCare.
  3. YOUNG PEOPLE GET SCREWED – This is a very important part of Socialized Medicine and Gov. Healthcare. Young People, the healthiest people, always get screwed. If you drink green juice, all day and exercise, you are forced to pay for the old, the sick, and most importantly the guy who eats cheeseburgers all day, the lifelong smoker, and worst of all Ke$ha who brushes her teeth in the morning with whiskey. This is not only a rip-off, it’s immoral. Once again, the government FORCING YOU TO DO THIS is not Liberal. It is not moral. It is not even beneficial. Because this opens opportunity for the government seek out avenues of saving money, and thus, grabbing more control of your life in the form of taxing cigarettes, shutting down fast food restaurants (with stricter regulation), limiting the amount of soda you can drink (Like controllist mayor Bloomberg in NYC–I wrote about this in 2013), and in regard to Ke$sha, they might even outright ban alcohol… It’s not like that’s been done before… hmmm… wait it has…by progressive controllists…I’ll spare you the history lesson for now, we’re still at recess. Point being: Young people take up the tab. Sadly, my generation supports the Bernies of the world wholeheartedly. Questioning this assumption is heresy! And Bernie knows he needs us, so that his old, sorry, butt can leach off of us while we pay the check. PROBLEM: Not enough young people HAVE signed up at Healthcare.gov. Partially, because they couldn’t get the website to work, just like the post office sucks, just like the DMV (as I’ve covered),  just like the VA, and exactly like the East India Company. How many of us want our Healthcare service to look like the lines at the U.S. Dpt. of Veterans Affairs? Like the breadlines of the Soviet Union? Like the shortage of toilet paper in Venezuela? Like the horrid service we receive at the DMV? That’s the kind of service you get when the government runs any sector of the economy (let alone one that amounts to ⅕ of the entire pie).

 

I’ll let our buddy, the Grubes, sum it up, his words: “If you had a law that made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people are going to get subsidies, it would not have passed,”

My words: If you support Government Healthcare, then you are radically misled, misinformed, and victim to the Leftist deceivers in Washington. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”, was a lie. Or as you may say, #fakenews. Obama conceded, “There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate,” But he didn’t say so while he was structuring the bill, he didn’t raise concern when he signed it, he cheated and he apologized after he got caught ~ Happy F’ing Valentines Day ~ And now he and Bernie are out there lobbying the populous and the Republicans to keep the Affordable Care Act in place, not modify it to reflect the original pitch. But the reason is that the nirvana that was advertised simply does not exist. Obama knows that. Bernie knows that—I hope at least…(never know with Bernie). That’s why those of us railing against Obama back in 08, and 09 actually understood something that the “stupid…American voter” did not: Economics. Grubes, in that moment of rare honesty further expounded that he wished “we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Dear Leftist, you were sold. I was not. Old Jonny even said the bill was “written in a tortured way” on purpose.

 

But enough with that guy, I think we’ve all had enough of him… Let’s let someone else drive my point home. And I’ll let you guess who said it… Probably an evil Conservative like Ted Cruz or someone like that:

Facing criticism over the ability to let people opt out of Governmen Health Insurance, our knight-in-shining-armor said, people are claiming that if “I don’t force people to buy health care that I’m not insuring everybody. Well, if things were that easy, I could mandate everybody to buy a house, and that would solve the problem of homelessness. It doesn’t.” -Barack Obama

He’s right.    It doesn’t.    Keep it Real.

 

Christian Rogers

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