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The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act website-healthcare.gov has resulted in conservatives and Republicans in Congress to once again call for the repeal of Obamacare and earned the enmity of liberals who are confident that the problems that have occurred will be fixed and that the law will be a success.

What liberals like Chris Matthews rail about on a regular basis is the lack of a Republican alternative as if they need to create one.  The fact of the matter is that they do have an alternative plan.  Go back to what was in effect before Obamacare was passed.

Granted that it wasn’t a perfect system, but based on what has transpired in the last seven weeks, with the government website failing miserably along with many poorly performing state exchanges and millions of people being sent insurance cancellations notices, it is very clear that the old system was far better than Obamacare.

Instead of a free market system where individuals were able to choose the benefits and plans that they wanted and could afford, we now have a system that forces insurers to provide certain benefits- like pregnancy, whether or not a person wants or needs it, covers pre-existing conditions and expands Medicaid in states that opt-in, which drive up the cost of health care for everyone.

And while the Obama administration said that the goal was to insure the 30-40 million Americans who didn’t qualify for insurance due to their medical condition, or couldn’t afford it, the reality is that the law will wind up helping less than half that number, while adding yet to be determined costs to the health care system.

So in effect we have overhauled a system, that while imperfect was working t help maybe 12 million people out of the 315 million people living in this country.

Not only that but while people are being sent cancellation notices and being given more expensive alternatives, the taxpayers will be subsidizing many of the newly insured through tax credits that the government will give them to make insurance more affordable.  So the affordable in the Affordable Care Act needs an asterisk that should say it’s only affordable if you can get a  direct taxpayer subsidy.

Don’t forget that Obama promised that people could keep their plan and their doctor if they wanted to when he was pitching Obamacare even though he knew that it wasn’t the truth.  Even with his edict telling insurance companies to reinstate canceled plans, that doesn’t solve the problem.  For some reason Obama thinks that insurance companies and state insurance commissioners will be able to magically flip a switch and put everything back the way it was.

If you wanted a  good example of a nanny state- Obamacare is a poster child for it.

Maybe we should consider ourselves lucky that we only got stuck with Obamacare and not what the Democrats really wanted- a single payer system.

Talk about the lesser of two evils.

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On Wednesday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews too a little breather from his Republican racism charges, but let guest John Heilemann do his dirty work for him.

Matthews started off the opening segment with Heilemann and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson by saying that he wanted to get away from the racism talk because “we don’t know what’s in a person’s heart,” and then proceeded to ask Robinson ad Heilemann what the Republicans were really saying in their attacks on President Obama.

Robinson said that the Republican Party was appealing to the white working class voters and and was telling them that Obama doesn’t like them,he’s not like them and doesn’t understand them.  Matthews then said that what they are doing is charging Obama with “old big style, old big city politic of fifty years ago,” adding that they keep saying Chicago, sending the message that this guy is helping people in the poor neighborhoods and “screwing us in the burbs.”

Heilemann responded by saying “there’s a lot of black people in Chicago,”  with Matthews agreeing and adding that it may have something to do with it. “another ethnic people.”

So just because the Republicans mention Chicago, now that is hidden racism?  Maybe Heilemann and Matthews haven’t noticed, but there are plenty of white people in Chicago and references to Chicago style politics refers to the Daley machine which dominated the city for decades and was known for rampant corruption and cronyism.  Plus the fact that Daley was, ahem, white.

Once again if a conservative had made a statement like Heilemann’s , the media would hang them out t dry, but since he is a liberal on a liberal show he of course gets a pass.

Exactly who is playing the race card again?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#48833395

The Obama campaign went into damage control mode yesterday after Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, an acknowledged Obama surrogate appeared on Meet The Press on Sunday and defended private equity and Bain Capital.

“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides . It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright.”

Not only did Booker defend private equity, he also compared the Obama campaign’s attacks on Bain Capital with the Republican attacks on Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, which the Democrats have been trying to paint as racist and divisive.

Booker’s remarks set off a firestorm in the Obama campaign with senior political strategist David Axelrod telling MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Booker was wrong to equate the two and defended the campaign’s right to go after Romney’s business record.

Chris Matthews, a diehard liberal Democrat was apoplectic last night trying to figure out how the Obama campaign was going to undo the damage Booker did to the campaign by not only praising private equity but comparing some of the things he has done, like firing people to what Romney did at Bain.

Matthews argued that rather than being a surrogate for Obama, Booker was in reality a surrogate for Romney and the best thing that could have happened for the GOP.

Howard Fineman told Matthews that if the Obama campaign can’t use Romney’s Bain record, what else do they have?

Booker did issue a video to try and walk back his remarks, but as Joe Scarborough said yesterday, it looked more like a hostage video, recorded under duress than his actual opinions.

But Booker wasn’t the only Democrat to back private equity.  Former Rep. Harold Ford, once a rising political star in the party said on Morning Joe that Booker was right.

 “I agree with the core of it. I would not have backed them out… private equity’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances.”

Matthews may have summed up the damage done to the Obama campaign the best when he called Booker’s statements “the most effective bit of campaign sabotage of the campaign season to date.”   Strong words from a loyal Democrat.

With surrogates like this, who needs enemies?

 

On Hardball Tuesday night, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele told Chris  Matthews that come November the Republican candidates won’t be speaking Ebonics or hip hop when they visit Harlem.

This was in response to Matthews calling Mitt Romney, the Prince Charles in New Guinea for trying to act Southern in an effort to woo voters in Alabama and Mississippi before Tuesday’s primaries.

The only reason Steele got away with that was because he is black, though I’m surprised there wasn’t some fallout for tying blacks in Harlem to Ebonics.

See Steele’s response at 8:18

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#46724648

Chris Matthews discussed the slew of voter ID laws that have been proposed or enacted across the country coming to the conclusion that Republicans are trying to suppress the minority vote. When addressing the issue of voter fraud guest Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League said it was a “smokescreen” and that “most voter irregularities take place because of elections officials.”

Elections officials aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but when people can vote without having to prove who they are it opens the door to potential vote fraud and that’s something everyone should be concerned about.

I have worked polls in the past where voters were surprised that ID wasn’t necessary when it’s all but required when using a credit card or writing a check when shopping which to me is far less important than ensuring a fair and accurate vote count.

Until this becomes the accepted practice across the country the dead will be waiting in the wings to cast their ballots when needed.

Watch the video.

Voter ID

 

Last night on Hardball , host Chris Matthews called fellow liberal and  Morning Joe co-host Mika Brezinski an independent journalist, which led her to smirk.

Watch it at the 7:35 mark.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#46195518

Classic.

In one of the odder themes to emerge from the Iowa Caucuses is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews odd obsession with Mitt Romney’s ability to speak French.

Last night Matthews brought up the French issue in not one, but TWO segments.

The first is his informal poll at Java Joe’s where with the help of a mostly liberal audience he was able to paint Romney as an elitist for being able to speak French but declining to do so for Matthews.

It starts at about 1:30 in to the segment.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#45850043

In the very next segment Matthews played his question asking Romney to say “Let them eat cake” in French” which Romney declined to do.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#45850181

That was the burning question of the day?

Sounds like Matthews is creating a little class warfare by labeling the French as elitist.