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Section A: General News


Editorial: Playing games and paying the political piper, Part III




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October 9, 2013 | 1,903 views | 26 comments

President Barack Obama’s rules for the Affordable Care Act are like the rules my grandson used when we played cards. I’m not one to play board games or cards, so playing Pokemon with a 5-year-old was not my thing.

I didn’t understand the game, but the fact that he always won made me suspicious. I’m convinced that he made up the rules as he went along, which is the same strategy that Obama uses with the health-insurance program popularly known as Obamacare.

He’s given delays to big labor and big business, and exemptions to some of his select supporters. At the same time, he claims that the Republicans do not want to play by the rules. Whose rules might be the better question.

Conservatives in Congress have been trying to stop this train wreck of a law by presenting bills that would fund essential parts of the government while not funding Obamacare. At the very least, they would give a one-year reprieve to individuals and small businesses to put them on the same playing field as big businesses.

Meanwhile, the Marketplace opened last Tuesday to allow people to purchase their insurance online. The administration and an adoring press hailed it as “wildly successful.” They said the slowness of the website was due to its overwhelming popularity, but in reality, the program was not quite ready. It was, in fact, pulled offline for a portion of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to repair the glitches.

As enrollment in the Marketplace began, only one in eight even knew it was set to open. Paid “navigators” were hired to help spread the word. Misperceptions persist, but that’s not surprising in a law that continues to develop, and already has consumed a small forest of “trees” just to print one copy of the monstrosity. Americans are paying monetarily and personally with their loss of freedom.

As each layer of this monstrous onion is peeled back, the revelations are increasingly more chilling. Doctors are mandated to collect very sensitive information and that is fine with most folks. But it is not fine when this private information is turned over to an out-of-control federal government under Section 2716 of the Affordable Care Act.

Then there is Section 2951 creating the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program to “improve health and development” of children from birth to 5 years. At that point, presumably, these kids would be turned over to the public school system for further indoctrination. The law provides $1.5 billion to go to state agencies to grow these voluntary (for now) home-visit programs.

During the partial government shutdown forced on the American people by an administration that refuses to negotiate, the administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to make a point. It is a point that sometimes looks ridiculous because it can cost more to close an open-air park than it would to have left it open.

Another ridiculous move over the weekend was to close the national Amber Alert website. It showed this message when you clicked on www.amberalert.gov: “Due to the lapse of federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable.”

Some in the rogue press picked up on the fact that, while the Amber Alert site was closed, www.letsmove.gov, Michelle Obama’s site, was still up and running.

Word got out, though, and as of Monday, the Amber Alert site was back online. Oh, what silly games we play. Washington plays games, and we taxpayers are paying, and we are paying through the nose.
 

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squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
October 17, 2013 6:54am
 
Bob......The pot calling the kettle black. nuff said.

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
October 16, 2013 2:28pm
 
Grouch, I wouldn't be offended with that either. If something is not true, it's simply not true. Too complicated a ooncept for you?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 16, 2013 2:18pm
 
Bob......You're right....I will use the term of hypocritical conservative in the future.

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 16, 2013 1:50pm
 
Oh look, Cruz is voting with the Demos again.

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
October 16, 2013 1:18pm
 
Grouch Nah! Since there is no such word, I wouldn't know why to be offended. Would you be offended if I called you a hyposoc? You shouldn't be. That word doesn't exist either. You're getting too pathetic to play ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 16, 2013 11:46am
 
Bob.....Do you resent being called a hypocon...you know, those conservatives who trash socialism while receiving monthly socialistic payments and enjoy socialized health care. Just wondering ? Or course, this comment springs ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
October 16, 2013 11:13am
 
Alvin Calling someone a socialist when they are fawning over the greatness of a socialist program is name calling? I just consider it an expression of identification. Are they ashamed of being a socialist? I'm not ashamed ... More ›

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
October 15, 2013 10:30pm
 
Alvin: Bob is a waste of your time.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
October 15, 2013 6:14pm
 
Grow up Bob. Read your posts calling people socialists, making smart alec comments about "calling your king" Just read your own silly blabbering. Nothing youre saying is facts, its just trolling - so really act ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
October 15, 2013 3:49pm
 
Alvin, What names have I called anyone on this blog. I've just asked folks, 'facts' specifically' to give me (and others) his or her interpretation of what section 2951 means. I also questioned 'facts' on why he or ... More ›

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