Maybe it’s time to change the name from Obamacare to Obama-couldn’t-care-less.
It’s getting prickly over there in D.C.
Facing the latest round of bitter recriminations over the mess he’s made and the fact that millions of Americans are losing their health insurance, Obama blamed insurance companies, for cancelling policies, conveniently sidestepping the fact that they are cancelling policies because of Obamacare.
Then he offered this sage advice: “So if you’re getting one of these (cancellation) letters, just shop around in the new marketplace.”
That’s pretty far from “if you like your insurance policy, you can keep it.”
But Obama’s let-them-eat-cake moment was surpassed at congressional hearings on the un-Affordable Care Act, when Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky told people worried about Obamacare’s myriad problems to just “get over it!”
Talk about shades of Hillary Clinton’s “what does it matter?” during the Benghazi hearings. This sort of condescension is a hallmark of the Obama Administration.
Of course, among those who might actually be willing to submit to Obamacare, the ability to “shop around” or “get over it” is limited by a website and infrastructure that isn’t broken so much as it is stillborn. At the hearings in Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Administration’s No. 1 scapegoat, was testifying that the website isn’t broken, it actually works … just very, very, very, very, very, very slowly and unreliably.
“I would suggest the website has never crashed,” Sebelius testified. As she did so, CNN ran a live shot of the website showing an announcement that the site was at that moment nonfunctional.
The disaster stories around the Obamacare roll-out continue to accumulate. One of the latest is the case of a Maryland man being told he was ineligible to buy insurance because he’s not a citizen, even though his family has been in this country since their ancestors arrived on the Mayflower.
During the congressional hearing, Rep. Renee Ellmers cornered Sebelius on the question of why Obamacare requires so many add-on coverages that people don’t need. Ellmers pressed particularly hard to find out why men had to pay for maternity coverage in their policies.
“Men often do need maternity care for their spouses and for their families, yes,” Sebelius deflected.
“… To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?” Ellmers demanded.
Ellmers forgot she’s talking to liberals.