Why Use Facts and Logic?
Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
I have previously pointed out the tactics used in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals.
President Obama uses these tactics over and over again to attack his opponents, obfuscate reality and confuse the public.
The public has figured out President Obama out. Reality is now in healthcare and Americans are feeling it.
The middle class independents voters are feeling the most pain.
If someone points out the truth he is attacked, belittled and marginalized. President Obama is using executive powers to attack the constitution in order to restrict Americans’ rights to freedoms.
The most recent FCC foray to determine the quality of news reporting was cancelled immediately by the uproar about its attack on free speech.
President Obama has tried to shift public attention away from Obamacare by bringing up many topics at once.
The traditional media goes along with this because President Obama is the number one newsmaker. The media have only a limited time or space to cover topics.
Let’s face it. These important topics are not entertainment. They are boring.
A story that floored me was President Obama’s austerity claim. He said his new budget would finally end the dreary "era of austerity."
Did he think increasing Americans national debt $6 trillion dollars over 5 years was austere?
“ The federal government will still spend $561 billion more this year than it did in 2008.”
I was under the impression that the Republicans took a shellacking from President Obama once again by the way the recent budget and debt ceiling resolutions were reported. The opposite is true.
President Obama wanted the sequester abolished, roughly $2 trillion more in spending, and almost $1 trillion in higher taxes over the next decade.
The latest budget deals delivered none of that. While the sequester was relaxed, all the additional spending was offset with no higher taxes.
Speaker Boehner did not do so bad.
In 2014 President Obama’s take on the debt ceiling is extremely interesting.
- President Obama’s take on the debt ceiling when running for office in 2008 was a little different.
In the last few weeks President Obama has been telling his base over and over again that Obamacare is going to be a non-issue in the November 2014 elections. He told Bill O’Reilly in his Super Bowl interview that 6 million people have already received insurance.
Both were lies. It doesn’t seem bother him to lie.
Dick Durbin, the second man in the senate, told a Sunday morning talk show that 10 million have signed up by end of January.
On February 25th President Obama announced that 4 million have signed up. He did not say how many of those were on Medicaid, how many bought private insurance, how many lost their insurance because of Obamacare, how many bought private insurance on the health insurance exchange and how many never had healthcare insurance.
He has used the 6 million over and over again even though he received 4 Pinocchio’s from the Washington Post fact checker.
The traditional media just publishes what he tells them even though they have stories with facts that contradict his pronouncements.
President Obama has henchmen at the New York Times. Paul Krugman is the chief henchman.
He makes pronouncement without facts.
His February 23, 2014 article “Health Care Horror Hooey” is one of those articles. He starts by brow beating his audience about the death tax (Estate Tax).
“You might think that such heart-wrenching cases are actually quite rare, but you’d be wrong: they aren’t rare; they’re nonexistent. “
No evidence was presented for the statement.
In particular, nobody has ever come up with a real modern example of a family farm sold to meet estate taxes.
One reason is that there are few family farms in existence today.
The whole “death tax” campaign has rested on eliciting human sympathy for purely imaginary victims.
The problem in my view is people paying estate taxes are being taxed a second time on the same money.
I do not care how rich a person might be the government should not be entitled to tax money twice.
And now they’re trying a similar campaign against health reform.
This statement is nonsense
“I’m not sure whether conservatives realize yet that their Plan A on health reform — wait for Obamacare’s inevitable collapse, and reap the political rewards — isn’t working.”
My sense is Paul Krugman views conservative as shiftless idiots. He presents no proof as to whether Obamacare is working or not. He simply declares Obamacare isn’t collapsing.
“But it isn’t. Enrollments have recovered strongly from the law’s disastrous start-up; in California, which had a working website from the beginning, enrollment has already exceeded first-year projections.”
Mr. Krugman ought to read his own newspaper. The New York Times reported that California does not have enough physicians participating in Covered California to service its subscribers. Many subscribers have not paid their first premium.
The mix of people signed up so far is older than planners had hoped, but not enough so to cause big premium hikes, let alone the often-predicted “death spiral.”
There is absolutely no information about age mix and health risk available for Covered California that I could find.
It is clear the administration is withholding this information.
In fact, Covered California has had to close its website in order to try to cover the discrepancies.
Paul Krugman claims insurance premiums and deductible have not gone up. I think he ought to look at the health exchange insurance premiums and deductibles for the individual market on the health insurance exchange.
He does not talk about the reasons for all the waivers given by President Obama. He does not talk about the congressional exemption.
He does not speak about the exemption delay for the corporate insurance market. Why not?
Millions of families will lose their insurance coverage and be driven into the Obamacare health insurance exchanges or face government penalty.
The IRS sent out a warning this week that if person does not have adequate qualified healthcare insurance a penalty would be assessed on to their tax bill in 2015.
Paul Krugman is being intellectually dishonest with the American people. The American people are being forced into an entitlement program they do not want.
This is not “Health Care Horror Hooey Mr. Krugman. It is reality. At the time of Krugman’s article a CMS report was publish that found 65% of small businesses that offer insurance will likely see their premiums rise thanks to ObamaCare. That translates into higher insurance costs for 11 million workers.
“No doubt, Obamacare boosters will charge that this information is from some right wing think tank. “
The Obama administration immediately started shouting foul to the CMS study. They said the study was incomplete and the conclusions will change.
This is a typical use of an Alinsky tactic by President Obama.
David Horowitz writes in his book Barack Obama’s Rules For Radicals, "There can be no conversation between the organizer and his opponents. The latter must be depicted as being evil."
In this case his own CMS is depicted as being evil.
One study, for example, found that 63% of small employers in Wisconsin will see premiums jump 15% because of ObamaCare. A separate study found that 89% of small companies in Maine would see rate hikes of 12% on average.
Another, by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, concluded that ObamaCare would push up small group premiums nationwide 20%.
As soon as the CMS report came out, Democratic leaders rushed to the microphones to dismiss it.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's spokesman said it was "incomplete" and that the GOP would use the report "to mislead and deceive Americans."
President Obama, the American people got it. After all the lies, deceptions and misrepresentations we know what you are doing with your people and your shills.
We do not trust you!
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.
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