No Snickering While You Read This!



Well, maybe a little.

“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

For Klinkhamer, 60, President Obama’s oft-repeated words ring in her ears: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”

When Klinkhamer lost her congressional job, she had to buy an individual policy on the open market.

Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. Each year it went up a little to, as of Sept. 1, $291 with a $3,500 deductible. Then, a few weeks ago, she got a letter.

“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”

She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”      

The sticker shock Klinkhamer is experiencing is something millions of individual policyholders are reeling from having gotten similar letters from their private insurers.

Go here to read the hilarious rest at the Chicago Sun-Times.  It is one thing to hand down the law to the peasants and quite another to suddenly find oneself a peasant subject to the same law.


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  1. President Obama has a proven track record helping the little people from his prior career in community organizing.

    WSJ editorial, “The Obamacare Awakening”, conclusion: “ . . . Once customers are herded into the exchanges, HHS has the power to further standardize benefits, further limit choices by barring certain insurers from selling through selective contracting, and generally police the insurers to behave like the government franchises they now are. The state-run exchanges in Vermont and the District of Columbia have already barred individual coverage outside their exchanges.

    “None of this is an accident. It is the deliberate result of the liberal demand that everyone have essentially the same coverage and that government must dictate what that coverage is and how much it costs. Such political control is the central nervous system of the Affordable Care Act, and it is why so many people can’t keep the insurance they like.”

    Binyamin Applebaum in the Boston Globe:
    “[A] Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

    “Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.”

    Exhibit A is the horror of South Chicago where Obama’s cronies (Resko) bilked the city of millions for “public housing.” Housing so shabby that it was condemned in less than 15 years as uninhabitable. But Obama and company lined their own pockets with cash and power. The poor had “victory” courtesy of Obama for three or four years…until the roofs leaked and the doors warped and the plumbing rusted.
    Today the poor of South Chicago are still poor, and poorly housed. But Obama, following the Alinsky model he applied so astutely, is hailed as a redeemer, a power-broker for the poor. Who was served? The poor or a Marxist politician with dreams changing America into a nation of “organized” serfs?

  2. Who was served?

    Answer: both. The Marxist (I’d say fascist, but why quibble?) was served. The poor got served, as the kids (used to?) say.

  3. Insane. I have a question. Even if this horrendous law was repealed tomorrow – would the price go down to pre-stupid law values? I think this is just the tip of the avelanche…

  4. If I were not so lazy and had a stronger stomach, I would look into clocking the revolutions per minute currently being logged by M.Z. Forrest and Morning’s Minion. Maybe Darwin will do it for me.

  5. Alinsky model indeed T. Shaw.
    Liar from the very beginning.
    Used Catholic school in Chicago to get things going….then tries to disembowel the Holy Catholic Church with HHS mandate.
    This ego maniac transparent as crude oil radical Muslim is no President of these United States.
    He is a agent of darkness.
    A son of Satan and our prayers for his soul might be the only lifeline for him.
    Jesus saves sinners with a contrite heart.
    May this imposter pray for change in his heart.

  6. If Obamacare doesn’t work out as promised it must be due to the greed of the private sector, “wreckers” if you will. Fixing it will demand even more gov’t control.
    Harry Turtledove wrote an alternate history “Joe Steele” in which Stalin’s parents immigrated from Georgia to the US. Listen to it free at:

    I don’t think we’re _quite to the show-trial phase but just wait.

  7. Another Obamacare defense talking point is that while some premiums are going up, the average premium price is going down. I don’t see how it’s possible. I hope we get some real numbers from mostly reliable sources.

    Read the comment by cyclicrate in above blog

    The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, most of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these properties will fetch about $19 billion.

    A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI and it belongs to a man named Richard Blum.

    Richard Blum is the husband of Senator DianneFeinstein. (Most voters and many of the government people who approved the deal have not made the connection between the two because they have different last names).

    Senator Feinstein and her husband stand to

  9. A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI and it belongs to a man named Richard Blum.

    Well I remembered her husband’s name. A dear friend of mine experienced in the ways of state and local politics in New York was insistent on this point: hunt for your truffles where the no-bid contracts be.

    Blum is 78 years old and was already rich a generation ago. Feinstein grew up upper class and married well several times over. That these geezers are raking it in should be a scandal of scandals.

  10. Let’s see. I’m a numbers type of guy.

    Fifty-six buildings for $19 billion, that averages at about $399 million per postal palace. Assuming even a low 3% commission that’s $570 million.

    Much of it will wend it’s way back to Barrack and Holder through Acorn, Rezko, et al.

    “That these geezers are raking it in should be a scandal of scandals.” Only where there is a (R) in parentheses behind their names.

    I take solace in the knowledge that they can’t take it with them. It will burn.

    Fienstien and her husband are oligarchs. They will be exempted from the death panels.

    To the viscous go the spoils.

  11. Now – there must be the skulduggery of George Bush weaving its mayhem here.
    Surely SOMEONE can find facts to support its George Bush’s fault –


    (maybe the Tea Party………can we blame the Tea Party?.)

  12. Is Ms. Klinkhamer offering us an example of invincible ignorance?

    Not that I could this as an example, the temptation to indulge in schadenfreude makes her story a near occasion of sin.

  13. Oh, I haven’t noticed if anybody so far has mentioned Obama’s promise that under the Obamatopia regime, the average household would save $2500 per year on their health plan.

    We were warned way back when that all of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date. Every. One. Of. Them.

  14. With all of the “savings” from lower insurance premiums I’ll be able to contribute to the brownshirt “no child left-in-the-womb” programs.
    Thank you Obama.
    You are sooooo cooool.

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