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Letter: Obamacare, the real question

‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance, period.”

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period.”

Not much ambiguity here, and no one should forget how these exact words were used over and over and over. People are questioning if the president knew this was not going to be the case. Of course he knew. To quote him: “I’m not that stupid.”

So what if he knew – it’s what he needed to say to get elected. It worked. The president has said if others want to change things, they should “win an election.” He is correct – say whatever you need to win and get your fellow party members to do the same.

Now New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is running for cover, as well they should; they want to be re-elected. The president isn’t running for re-election; the real effect of Obamacare won’t be felt until he is out of office. The website debacle is simply a diversion; the millions of people having their health insurance canceled are just the tip of the iceberg. The big guerilla is when private companies start dropping their employees, forcing them into public exchanges.

The real question is not whether the president knew it was a bait and switch, the question is: How could so many people have actually believed him ? I guess PT Barnum was right.



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I'm really, really looking forward to seeing how Vermont does with its single-payer initiative. Vermont has so far been proof of what can happen when a legislature and governor calmly do the right thing, even with others say will bring on the apocolypse: First same-sex unions.... now single payer health care. Vermont - the little state that could.

HEADLINES for Fern: Tiny ( Socialist Republic of) Vermont Gets $208 Million to Build Disastrous Obamacare Exchange; Where Are the Press Watchdogs?.... The nation's second-least populous state (626,000 as of 2012) has 0.2 percent of the U.S. population, but has received 4.6 percent of grants..... The situation is so bad that the Governor Shumlin has been forced to invoke a legal "safety valve" which "will allow individuals who buy their own insurance and small employers to extend their current coverage plans ..... Read more:

Sail, if you read to the bottom of the article you quoted you would see that the "disaster" is all about their standard ACA exchange, and has nothing to do with their single payer plan, which won't roll out until 2017. As far as the 4.6% goes - now I know where NH's money went when the legislature refused to accept grants for setting up our own exchange. (You didn't think it stayed here in NH, did you?)

Everyone's looking to Vermont. Rumor is the insurance companies are setting up cover organizations to fight single payer there. They CANNOT let it succeed even if it is the 2nd least populous state in the country.

They must make it succeed,

PT Barnum's quote is as fictitious as Chicken Little's. We already have a pretty good idea of how Obamacare will work since Massachusetts was kind enough to run a trial for us under another name: Romneycare.

Most expensive in the country..right?

You know what the best system to control cost is right? Yep, single payer. You on board?

I guess the answer to my question was "yes" to change the subject.

Yeah, that's it exactly. You win again, GWTW!

One prominent democrat said......when the estimated 78 MILLION people on company policies get dumped next year they will be hunting us down with dogs. Now you know why NObama and the democrats pushed that deadline until a week after the elections.

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