Thus Spake Obama

The incompetence of our neo-monarchy

Mark Steyn
National Review Online

It is a condition of my admission to this great land that I am not allowed to foment the overthrow of the United States government. Oh, I signed it airily enough, but you’d be surprised, as the years go by, how often the urge to foment starts to rise in one’s gullet. Fortunately, at least as far as constitutional government goes, the president of the United States is doing a grand job of overthrowing it all by himself.

On Thursday, he passed a new law at a press conference. George III never did that. But, having ordered America’s insurance companies to comply with Obamacare, the president announced that he is now ordering them not to comply with Obamacare. The legislative branch (as it’s still quaintly known) passed a law purporting to grandfather your existing health plan. The regulatory bureaucracy then interpreted the law so as to un-grandfather your health plan. So His Most Excellent Majesty has commanded that your health plan be de-un-grandfathered. That seems likely to work. The insurance industry had three years to prepare for the introduction of Obamacare. Now the King has given them six weeks to de-introduce Obamacare.

“I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this,” mused former Vermont governor Howard Dean. But he’s obviously some kind of right-wing wacko. Later that day, anxious to help him out, Congress offered to “pass” a “law” allowing people to keep their health plans. The same president who had unilaterally commanded that people be allowed to keep their health plans indignantly threatened to veto any such law to that effect: It only counts if he does it — geddit? As his court eunuchs at the Associated Press obligingly put it: “Obama Will Allow Old Plans.” It’s Barry’s world; we just live in it.

The reason for the benign Sovereign’s exercise of the Royal Prerogative is that millions of his subjects — or “folks,” as he prefers to call us, no fewer than 27 times during his press conference — have had their lives upended by Obamacare. Your traditional hard-core statist, surveying the mountain of human wreckage he has wrought, usually says, “Well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” But Obama is the first to order that his omelet be unscrambled and the eggs put back in their original shells. Is this even doable? No. That’s the point. When it doesn’t work, he’ll be able to give another press conference blaming the insurance companies, or the state commissioners, or George W. Bush . . .


The article continues at National Review Online.


Related: What the Obamacare Shipwreck Tells Us About Liberalism: Part One

…Obamacare is a vast Rube Goldberg machine that, it turns out, doesn’t work at all–an airplane that has crashed on takeoff. And the fiasco that we have seen so far is only the tip of the iceberg. The thing will unravel further and cause even more damage and disruption if a stake isn’t driven through its heart soon. What does this episode reveal about the nature of liberalism?…




Update: Shock: Obama Didn’t Consult With Insurers Before He Announced His “Plan” to Rewrite the Law Yet Again

…The day after they were caught off guard by President Obama’s proposal to prevent cancellation of insurance policies for millions of Americans, top executives of some of the biggest insurance companies emerged from a meeting at the White House on Friday, expressing mixed feelings about whether the idea could work in every state.

The hastily called meeting was an attempt by the White House to address the growing frustration of the nation’s insurers over the administration’s fumbling of the health care law…



Insurance Expert: It’s logistically IMPOSSIBLE now for insurance companies to let people keep their plans…

Bob Laszewski says that insurance companies can’t just turn on a dime at the whim of the president and start offering old plans. Considering what’s entailed in offering plans to people, Laszewski lays it out step by step and says it would be logistically impossible for insurance companies to do as Obama suggested today because there just isn’t enough time…



BCBS Of North Dakota Official: “I Don’t Know What To Advise Anyone Seeking Health Insurance”

The email below was sent out (and forwarded to me by a SAB reader) by James Nichol, Consumer Sales Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota in response to President Obama’s announcement today regarding insurance policies that were being canceled because of Obamacare’s regulations.

As you can see, the announcement has clearly turned an already bad situation for BCBS – by far the largest provider of individual health insurance policies in the state – into an even more chaotic one…




Update 2:  Dennis Miller: Where are the big brains on Obamacare fix?



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