Democrats Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of ObamaCare by Lying About It

WaPo's factchecker looks at the Democrats' claims about the President's signature law and finds, unsurprisingly, that they are making the same lies that have been debunked over and over again.

McConnell framed his speech in negative terms, citing data to back up his language. Both Democrats and Republicans can pick and choose numbers and studies to make their case, but we found that generally McConnell did not exaggerate or use bogus figures. In fact, he correctly described a Congressional Budget Office analysis suggesting a potential reduction in employment of 800,000 jobs (technically, one-half of 1 percent of household employment in 2021) that other Republicans have misrepresented.

By contrast, House Democrats appear to show little hesitation about repeating claims that previously have found to be false or exaggerated.

That's because they care nothing for the truth and know that their brain-dead followers won't either. Click over for the details, but the three claims that got WaPo's factchecker worked up are that same old fibs that ObamaCare creates jobs, reduces the deficit, and has caused small businesses to provide more health insurance.

Time and again these claims have been shown to be false. Democrats keep repeating them because they wish they were true. And here's the thing: unless the Democrats can find a way to make them true the elections in 2012 are going to be an even bigger shellacking than the mid-terms in 2010.

That's why the Obama Administration is doing everything it legally can -- and some things that likely aren't legal -- to mitigate the effects of ObamaCare.

Obama administration officials say they were expecting praise from critics of the new health care law when they offered to exempt selected employers and labor unions from a requirement to provide at least $750,000 in coverage to each person in their health insurance plans this year.

Instead, Republicans have seized on the waivers as just more evidence that the law is fundamentally flawed because, they say, it requires so many exceptions. To date, for example, the administration has relaxed the $750,000 standard for more than 1,000 health plans covering 2.6 million people.

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Waivers are usually seen as a way to deal with exceptional circumstances in which the enforcement of a law or policy might cause hardship. But with the new health care law, exceptions like these have become increasingly common. They provide wiggle room in a law originally thought to be strict and demanding.

There are three types of waivers being discussed right now. The most common are the minimum coverage waivers that have been handed out to unions, major corporations, colleges, and local and state governments. Those can be applied for by insurance providers and they're awarded to insurance providers. HHS has handed out about 1,040 of them.

The second type of waiver is the medical loss ratio waiver, like the one just awarded to the state of Maine. Those can be applied for by states that believe the new MLR rules will disrupt the insurance market in their state. It is then awarded to the state, though its effect is to waive the MLR rules' application to insurers in that state. Several more MLR waiver applications are pending with HHS.

The third type of waiver being discussed is a Medicaid mandate waiver. Several states believe that the new Medicaid coverage mandates will bankrupt them and they are accordingly seeking a reprieve. Secretary Sebelius says she does not have the authority to grant this type of waiver.

In any of these cases, there have been no waivers granted to inviduals (contra Ed Morrissey), although many individuals will certainly benefit from their insurers not having to comply with ObamaCare.

ObamaCare is so burdensome, so bad for the insurance markets generally, that not even the Administration which shares its name is standing up for it. Like the Democrats in Congress, though, the Obama Administration is hoping that the law will magically work as advertised in 2014.

Administration officials said the waivers showed a pragmatic, flexible approach to carrying out the law. Without the waivers, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, many employers would have increased premiums, and some would have dropped coverage altogether.

In other words, ObamaCare does the opposite of what the President said it did. It will raise premiums and, unless the Democrats get their individual coverage mandate, cause burdened businesses to drop coverage. The forthcoming economic catastrophe when businesses no longer have the option to structure their insurance coverage according to their needs, but rather according to the demands of HHS, is obvious.

Which is why even the President is now tepidly supporting an opt-out for states that want to come up with their own healthcare solutions. On the anniversary of ObamaCare, the stark reality is that nobody, not even the law's namesake, believes it will live up to the Democrats' lies.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 07:46 AM



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1 ALTERNATE HEADLINE

Twats twist totals

Posted by: Andrea Mitchell's Universe at March 21, 2011 07:49 AM (le5qc)

2 Women want waivers

Posted by: Andrea Mitchell's Universe at March 21, 2011 07:50 AM (le5qc)

3 Mark my words Toonces will lose when we get a candidate that attacks him and his lies.

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 21, 2011 07:55 AM (LrTjk)

4 I bet this will get about as much coverage as the WI death threats.

How can we expect Obama to deal with this when he busy with Japan, Libya, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, all of the other riots and protests in the Mid East, WI, checking his brackets and vacationing in Rio? As he said, he can't be bothered with taking up old issues, he's focused like a laser on the economy, creating saving more jobs getting his 1 billion dollar reelection campaign going.

Posted by: Damiano at March 21, 2011 07:57 AM (3nrx7)

5 3
Mark my words Toonces will lose when we get a candidate that attacks him and his lies.

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 21, 2011 07:55 AM (LrTjk)
And this will be... what, about 2025 or so? Perhaps we'll have to wait for the documentary 40 years later, like Kennedy, which will get tossed off the network because it might offend his daughters.

Posted by: Damiano at March 21, 2011 07:59 AM (3nrx7)

6 The Democraps practice the "big lie" technique. It has always worked for them in the past when they owned ALL the forms of media. Not so much now.

Posted by: Vic at March 21, 2011 08:01 AM (M9Ie6)

7 And this will be... what, about 2025 or so? Perhaps we'll have to wait for the documentary 40 years later, like Kennedy, which will get tossed off the network because it might offend his daughters.
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2012

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 21, 2011 08:03 AM (LrTjk)

8 I don't see how he can carry his coalition again. As I stated prior to the election last year that if you were an independent or a "moderate" Democrat/Repubelican that bought the Duffer in Chief's bullshit in 2008 and you hadn't hit the exits with your hair on fire you aren't any of those two classes of people.

There was a great line on Twitter last night and I used it to troll my IBEW buddy with. Hey buddy, They told me that if I didn't vote for Odumbass in 2008, there was going to be another war in the Middle East. I guess they were right, huh?

Posted by: Zakn at March 21, 2011 08:09 AM (zyaZ1)

9 RAAACIST!!!!

Posted by: Jess at March 21, 2011 08:10 AM (WyHCD)

10 We don't need a fu**ing solution!! We need the damn busy body power mad assclowns in Washington to get the eff out of the way. Allow interstate sales of insurance. Take away ALL mandates. Allow ANY menu of coverage for buyers to choose from. Take away ALL mandatory treatment mandates. Those who are truly on hard times will be given a pit pass to a government health care facility - a 'free clinic' if you will. Illegals to be scooped up and dropped into their home country as soon as detected (preferably from altitude at cruise speed).
None of that is original, but it is what's needed to be done.

Posted by: chuck in st paul at March 21, 2011 08:12 AM (EhYdw)

11 Even a brain dead leftist must ask the question.

If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people need waivers?

Posted by: McLovin at March 21, 2011 08:14 AM (j0IcY)

12 The stupid fucks lying about what the waivers *really* mean are whistling past the graveyard. Last November proved that; now if the worthless cocksuckers in Repuke command central could only realize that, the jugeared fuck would be toast.

Posted by: Captain Hate at March 21, 2011 08:14 AM (cQH/d)

13 We have to launch the missiles at Libya in order to find out what's in them.

Posted by: Nancy Pelousy at March 21, 2011 08:14 AM (GutTu)

14
And the cool thing for the administration is that, notwithstanding waivers, people will be paying for it in taxes that will make the disasterous deficit appear better than it is (at least until they can devise another mechanism to generate massive smoke screens to cover it up). Those kind of schemes are going to be harder and harder to come up with though.
When this pyramid scheme crashes its gonna hurt... bad.

Posted by: Hussein the Plumber at March 21, 2011 08:17 AM (r1h5M)

15 3 Mark my words Toonces will lose when we get a candidate that attacks him and his lies.
Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 21, 2011 07:55 AM (LrTjk)
I'm afraid we're talking about Republicans, Flapjack. Unless we get a firebrand in the primaries (a Palin-or Christie-type), it will be all graciousness and hand-across-the-aisle garbage.

Posted by: MWR at March 21, 2011 08:17 AM (4df7R)

16 If there were a Republican who was going to make an issue out of this, it would have happened already. The best we got out of any of these clowns was the token, dog-and-pony show "repeal" bill.

Oh sure, I am certain that there will be some fiery rhetoric when one of the candidates shows up at a Tea Party rally. Otherwise, same old weak sauce, reach across the aisle bullshit.

Posted by: Damiano at March 21, 2011 08:25 AM (3nrx7)

17 So this means... I still have to pay my own rent?

Posted by: Peggy Joseph at March 21, 2011 08:25 AM (V3JvX)

18 I agee with MWR...Obama will win unless we get Christie or maybe Daniels( with height shoes) to run against him.

No to Mittens, Huckster, Good and Pawlenty,
...maybe Paul Ryan?

Posted by: ford the IINO. Independent in name only at March 21, 2011 08:28 AM (Ki7fm)

19 ...and this is with Obama vacationing and talking brackets.

Posted by: ford the IINO. Independent in name only at March 21, 2011 08:29 AM (Ki7fm)

20 correct Damiano

Posted by: ford the IINO. Independent in name only at March 21, 2011 08:30 AM (Ki7fm)

21 I'm afraid we're talking about Republicans, Flapjack. Unless we get a firebrand in the primaries (a Palin-or Christie-type), it will be all graciousness and hand-across-the-aisle garbage.

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Im banking on palin. Christie would not attack obama, he never really has

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 21, 2011 08:32 AM (LrTjk)

22 Palin will atack. She did really well in india

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at March 21, 2011 08:34 AM (LrTjk)

23 I want one of those waiver thingies everybody else is getting.

Posted by: Case at March 21, 2011 08:37 AM (0K+Kw)

24 Definition--Truth \trooth\ n 1. To a conservative, a fact, statement orconcept that can be proven by examining existing evidence. 2. To a liberal, a goal or desire; something you WANT to exist whether or not it is even possible. The fact it is wanted by a liberal is proof enough.

Posted by: Brumby at March 21, 2011 08:40 AM (fV31f)

25 That's because they care nothing for the truth and know that their brain-dead followers won't either.

Well, that pretty much sums up the problem, now doesn't it?

If they won't then there may be reason to keep acting, if they can't then WASF, aren't we?

So, even if "we" all are DOOMED, structurally, what then?

Same old, same old?

Hordes of itinerant tribal-lords periodically laying waste to peaceable subsistence farming or fishing communities on just enough of a schedule to spread the rapine and misery and loot around on a "sustainable" schedule?

Little Lord Albert Gore has entirely 'another think' coming, if that silver spoon, Fauntleroy who even managed to FAIL, 5out of 8 required classes at Vanderbilt fucking Divinity School wants to teach me about a new global religion, that he wants to helm?

I'm an agnostic and even I can't figure out how to FAIL at divinity school.

Other than conspicuously not ever showing up for anything, ever on such a big campus just because your daddy was a big Donor and a big Democrat from Tennessee so much so as to piss off your Professors!

Even then, it seems that ALGORE has always been sort of a dim-bulb, Leisure-Suite Larry. I don't blame young Albert for playing hooky, apparently he was always in, over his head.

I do, and will blame Al Gore for a lot of things in his post VP career.

You grew a beard and went crazy and shouted and asked for it.

You are a dick!

Now I know that.















Posted by: Deety at March 21, 2011 08:48 AM (Jb3+B)

26 Deety, that's what I think frustrates the true modern conservative. Our "representatives" still don't understand that it's pointless to argue in good faith with those who have no desire to have a true grip on reality. They need to be politically defeated, scorched earth style.

Posted by: grognard at March 21, 2011 08:53 AM (NS2Mo)

27 It is doing what it was designed to do: Destroy the insurance industry to create a single payer program.

Posted by: daybrother at March 21, 2011 08:53 AM (+aMaK)

28 Hey Gabe. Can you take a look at O'Dipshit's 11th circuit appeal. I've read a fw places that's not really well written and thought-out. Can you enlighten the morons?

Posted by: Sukiei Tawdry at March 21, 2011 08:55 AM (ignKC)

29 If you like your propaganda, you can keep your propaganda. Taste the rainbow!

Posted by: B. Hussein Soetoro at March 21, 2011 08:57 AM (Klxrr)

30 Wonder if those teabaggers will be spitting on the Capitol Hill steps again this year...
s/

Posted by: Jess at March 21, 2011 08:58 AM (WyHCD)

31
By contrast, House Democrats appear to show little hesitation about
repeating claims that previously have found to be false or exaggerated.The Dems are resorting to the tactics of their socialist hero that they venerate in secret, Adolph Hitler:

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at March 21, 2011 08:59 AM (9hSKh)

32 BREAKING NEWS: Democrats, still lying pieces of shit. Minorities and women hardest hit.

Posted by: Evil libertarian at March 21, 2011 09:04 AM (XV/Eq)

33 Christie does not have to openly attack Obama...in fact not attacking him is a road to victory.

You just keep beating up "the policies of this administration"...and Joe Biden...lots of beat up on Joe Biden..otherwise..

racists.

Posted by: ford the IINO. Independent in name only at March 21, 2011 09:08 AM (Ki7fm)

34 A question on waivers: What is the constitutional basis for declaring "eh, this law doesn't apply to you"? I know the 14A "equal protection" clause doesn't apply to the federal government, but isn't this at least a violation of the 5A's "due process"?

Posted by: Cortillaen at March 21, 2011 09:14 AM (KncNq)

35
The shameless lying is a BFD. Folks here are pretty much sold. It is time to evangelize.

Whenever somebody raises the topic of that shitstain, Princess Barack, bring his complete lack of integrity to the forefront. I do it with a resigned/defeated, "I don't see how I can believe anything he says. . ." From there, the menu of options puts Cheesecake Factory to shame.

Increase the doubt. Get past the fact that it feels wrong to work to undermine peoples' trust in the POTUS. Anything bad for Obama is good for America.

Posted by: FRONT TOWARD LEFT at March 21, 2011 09:19 AM (Pzf4N)

36 The silence of the professional left on the ObamaCare waivers, and now on the new (undeclared) war on Libya, is deafening.

Posted by: Boots at March 21, 2011 09:22 AM (neKzn)

37
I agee with MWR...Obama will win unless we get Christie or maybe Daniels( with height shoes) to run against him.



No to Mittens, Huckster, Good and Pawlenty,

...maybe Paul Ryan?

I caught Haley Barbour on C-Span last evening. I liked what I heard...quite a lot. And I think he had a commanding presence about him. A quite affable personality, clear thinking and pulled no punches about the Obama administration. At this point, I'll say I'm curious about him and see potential. I think he's going to be worth the look.

Posted by: Lady in Black at March 21, 2011 09:29 AM (x9xik)

38 Say, it's almost like you're trying to tell me that my insurance premiums won't be reduced by 3000%.

Posted by: Marmo at March 21, 2011 09:30 AM (InrkQ)

39 >>>I caught Haley Barbour on C-Span last evening.
If I had to vote today.....I would probably go with Barbour. His knocks are that 1) he represents what a sterotypical Republican is (e.g.....he is white and from the south - hence, he must be racist) and he used to be a lobbyist. However, contrast his handling of Katrina in Mississippi to how it was handled in Louisianna and you see something woefully lacking with our current President --- a hidden trait called leadership.

Posted by: Mallamutt at March 21, 2011 09:47 AM (OWjjx)

40 "Obama administration officials say they were expecting praise from critics "
Really? "You'd think they'd be thanking me" line again?

Posted by: Randy at March 21, 2011 10:58 AM (D0PNd)

41 BREAKING NEWS: Democrats, still lying pieces of shit. Minorities and women hardest hit too busy collecting Obama Money(tm) to care.

FIFY.

Posted by: Layers of editors at March 21, 2011 11:03 AM (p05LM)

42 Every time any Dem talks about wanting to create jobs or stimulate the economy I want to scream at the tv or radio B---S--t If you gave a dam about jobs and the economy you would not have passed that monstrosity of a health care bill.

Posted by: Palerider at March 21, 2011 11:11 AM (5CusZ)

43 The demacRATS up to being as rotten as they always can be and crooked all the way and whats more their the worst bunch of lowlife no account sidewinders and lilylivred polecats

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44 Did they really believe they would be praised for saying "On the one hand, this monstrosity will create jobs and save money, but on the other hand, we're going to give 1000 crony waivers to companies because it will otherwise bankrupt them"?

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