In North Dakota alone, as of November 10, 2013, only 30 people had signed up for Obamacare while 35,000 people had lost their existing health insurance plans. And rest assured that the losers are going to increase day by day.
Gulp! Gee, that was not supposed to happen! the liberals say. Obamacare is socialism! Obamacare is for the common good!
Friends, need we conservatives say more. The numbers in just the first six weeks of Obamacare are staggering. One million health plans have been cancelled in California. Another estimate says that 52 million people ultimately will lose their existing plans. And surprise, surprise, there are about 52 million “poor” people in America who are supposed to get “free” health insurance under Obamacare! What a coincidence!
Coincidence my foot. This is the zero-sum game of socialism. One group gives and another group takes. Period. End of story. The evidence is everywhere.
Meanwhile capitalism has provided us with abundance. Just go to your local supermarket and look up and down the aisles at the vast array of foods available, at all different prices and qualities for different budgets, and all produced by the profit-making private sector. It is amazing. Thus we can see that free market capitalism GIVES… while socialism TAKES AWAY.
But hope is around the corner. In a midterm (nonpresidential) election like the one coming up in November 2014, in which the party in the White House usually loses seats anyway, there are twelve very vulnerable Democrats in the US Senate who will be running for re-election who voted for Obamacare. And since Obama’s own popularity has taken a huge nosedive since October 1 when Obamacare went into effect, we could easily see six or more of these Democrats tossed out.
Those 12 US senators are Mark Begich of Alaska, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Mark Udall of Colorado, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Warner of Virginia and Tom Udall of New Mexico.
It is highly unlikely that they all will lose. But only Durbin and Reed could be considered “safe” and even they could lose if strong candidates come along. Just five losses could hand control of the US Senate over to the Republicans. Then if a Republican is elected president in 2016, we could be on our way to repealing or severely weakening Obamacare.
(And it is worthy to note that two of these Democrats, both elected in 2008, Al Franken of Minnesota and Mark Begich of Alaska, won under false pretenses. Franken won his election by a whisker only after several hundred pro-Franken ballots “magically” turned up when the race seemed tight. This is classic Democrat fraud. And Begich beat incumbent Alaska Republican US senator Ted Stevens by a tiny margin only after fake charges were lodged against Stevens before the election but were dropped afterward. If either of these elections had been legitimate, Obamacare would never have passed.)
In addition, and just as frightening for the liberals, five long-serving Democrat US senators are retiring in 2014 – Rockefeller in West Virginia, Johnson in South Dakota, Harkin in Iowa, Levin in Michigan and Baucus in Montana. Any one of these seats could easily go Republican because these are somewhat conservative states, and with the Obamacare disaster growing every day, the chances of a Republican rout are increasing.
That makes 17 vulnerable Democrat seats. Could the Republicans, who now hold 46 out of 100 Senate seats, actually take 14 US Senate seats from Democrats next year and get not only majority control but “supermajority” control of the Senate with 60 seats, a “magic number” that gives a party extraordinary powers?
It’s possible; the GOP ran the table in 2010. They could do it again because the Obamacare disaster is coinciding with increasing anger over the continuing Obama Depression.
Remember that the huge national Republican midterm victory of November 2010, one of the largest of the last century, came as a result of unhappiness with the passage of Obamacare itself in March of that year. In fact it is easy to forget that Republicans won just about every significant election in sight between the time Obama took office in January 2009 and the 2012 presidential election.
But then the media intervened and in hyper-partisan fashion turned the 2012 presidential election to the Democrats. It was shameful. But Democrats now have the actual Obamacare albatross around their necks. Next year could easily be 2010 all over again.
Other Democrat US senators up for re-election in 2014 are relatively safe in places like Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey. But the outlook is generally grim for Democrats but only if the Republicans run good candidates. Otherwise the Democrats and their media friends will use their sleazy tactics to win.
Of course now Bill Clinton and other top Democrats are in a panic over Obamacare, and are claiming that people should be able to keep their existing health plans. But we conservatives warned that this all was going to happen. As usual we were right.
Democrats are in an absolute panic about 2014. Here are some excerpts from an editorial at online.wsj.com, the website of The Wall Street Journal:
Fifteen Senate Democrats plus Colorado's Michael Bennet who chairs the Senatorial Campaign Committee sat down at the White House Wednesday, and they want all and sundry to know that they let President Obama have it. Alaska's Mark Begich put out a statement saying he chewed out the big cheese for "absolutely unacceptable" mismanagement and "an understandable crisis in confidence." He must have drafted it in advance.
Oregon's Jeff Merkley chimed in to report that even after the two-hour encounter session that was not on the public schedule, he was still "very frustrated" and "I remain deeply convinced that this is a 'show-me' moment." Asked by Politico if Democrats were losing credibility, an anonymous attendee said, "You got to have it, to lose it."
Mr. Obama held their hands and told them not to worry. But that's also what he, Bill Clinton and other horse whisperers said in 2010. The "moderates" who made the Nancy Pelosi majority went on to be wiped out in the largest turnover of House seats since 1938.
Mr. Obama then comforted the party regulars that all would be well once the exchanges launched. That day arrived, sort of, since the website doesn't work. He's now urging Democrats to keep calm because the public will love it once the subsidies start to roll out. Yet insurance is being cancelled, premiums are surging and patients like Edie Sundby can't keep their doctors.
…All of which has the Obamacare Dozen—the Democrats who each cast the decisive 60th vote and are running for re-election in 2014—fleeing for political cover. We offer a list of the dozen nearby, and they're right to worry that voters might punish ObamaCare's implementation as they did its passage. But so far the 12 are trying to pull off nothing more than confidence tricks.
New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen is leading a coalition asking for an unspecified extension of ObamaCare's March 15 enrollment deadline. Mr. Begich (Alaska), Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and Mark Udall (Colorado) are among those on this bus, though Ms. Shaheen has special cause for alarm given that New Hampshire's joint state-federal exchange enlisted only a single insurer, whose narrow network excludes 10 of the state's 26 acute-care hospitals. (end of online.wsj.com excerpt)
Yes, friends, the Democrats are gulping their anti-depressants by the handful and demanding action…. to save their own careers, that is. But repeal Obamacare? Are you kidding? This is their century-long dream. There is no talk of starting over again and getting rid of this disaster. Not a peep.
Now here is the Journal discussing the recent Virginia governor’s race which was won by a small margin by the Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with the Republican surging as the election neared because of dismay over Obamacare:
No doubt the ObamaCare Dozen noticed the Virginia Governor's race, which revealed that even presumably safe Democrats could be vulnerable on health care if Republicans can field decent candidates. As flawed and out-fundraised as GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli was, he closed a huge gap in the polls by relentlessly belting ObamaCare in the final stretch.
Exit polls report that only 46% of the Virginia public supports ObamaCare, while 53% were opposed, 41% strongly opposed. Mr. Cuccinelli pulled 89% of those opposed. In 2014, Mr. Udall, Mr. Merkley and Virginia's Mark Warner might not be as fortunate as Terry McAuliffe. (end of excerpt)
We shall see. The numbers look great for Republicans for 2014. It is too bad that this didn’t happen in 2009 and early 2010 when the GOP could have stopped Obamacare in its tracks.
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