Shocking News! Obamacare to Cause Health Insurance Rates to Triple

Stop the presses. When government demands that people be permitted to avoid buying “insurance” for years, only to be entitled to do so after they discover that they are sick, (1) that’s not insurance and (2) as result, current costs for “insurance” will necessarily skyrocket. Think about it. If you could avoid buying auto insurance knowing that you could never be turned down, even after you have a serious accident and suddenly realize that you need to buy it, what would you do? You’d save the money that you would have spent on premiums until you need “insurance.” Of course, that’s not really “insurance,” is it? Of course it isn’t! As soon as you say people can’t be turned away for “pre-existing” conditions, that’s the end of medical underwriting, and hence the end of insurance. All that is left is government-mandated income redistribution, which of course was the plan all along.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year, while the premiums paid by sicker people are set to become more affordable, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of coverage to be sold on the law’s new exchanges.

Read the article. It’s quite interesting.

I haven’t been so shocked since Ellen DeGeneris announced that she is a lesbian.

Scalia Tells Truth. Left Goes Nuts.

Also Posted  at ClashDaily.

The re-election of Barack Obama, inspired a lot of discussion of the phenomenon of the “low information voter.” That’s understandable. Throughout 2012, pollsters told us that the most important issue to the American people was the economy and jobs. Then in November they elected a guy who has as much interest in economic growth as Ellen Degeneres has in a romantic dinner with George Clooney (and vice versa). So some people were left scratching their heads. I was not. I said it in November 2008; that is, the genius of the Obama campaign was getting people whose only previous experience with voting consisted of texting in the number of their favorite “American Idol” contestants. Perhaps that’s why some of them thought it was acceptable to vote more than once. The fact that many of them can’t name their congressmen at gun point should distress you. If it doesn’t, just look at the the result. The Lo-Fo’s voted for a celebutard, Barack Obama. He’s cool! He sings like Al Green! He cares! To quote Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make that he has contempt for the Constitution? What’s a “Constitution?”

One consequence of dragging the vapid, the distracted, the intellectually lazy, and even the completely clueless away from “TMZ” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and involving them in the political process is that there are many more people available for political operatives to manipulate. These are not serious people. On a scale of 1 to 10, if 10 were Victor Davis Hansen and 1 were Snooki, many of them would be a -17.  Unfortunately, we live in a time of many serious issues. Often these serious issues end up being debated and decided in the U.S. Supreme Court. Such was the case with last week’s oral argument in Shelby County, Alabama v, Holder.  At issue: the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Wait, wake up! OK, now don’t stop reading. I’m not going to launch into some arcane legal argument. I’m not even going to use words like “arcane.” I want to talk about something much more interesting, and hilarious; specifically, what happens when those -17 serious scale types end up trying to understand a legal argument presented by someone who is probably about a +50 on the seriousness scale, and who also clearly has an I.Q. at least two standard deviations from the mean on plus side, Justice Antonin Scalia. Expecting the the bunch at MS-NBC to understand Scalia is like expecting a chimpanzee to know how to use an electron microscope. Is it any wonder that when they try, hilarity ensues? I think not!

During last week’s oral argument, Justice Scalia used a phrase which to those who understand the arcane (damn-I’m sorry) legal issues being discussed is not only perfectly acceptable, but spot on accurate. It describes the issue at hand precisely. To appreciate that, though, a person has to have the ability to understand the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (the “VRA”), Section 2, 4, and 5 thereof, the amendments added during the reauthorizations in 1970, 1972, 1986 and 2006, the relationship of those enactments to the Fifteenth Amendment and Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, plus the relevant case law. Maybe I’m being a tad presumptuous, but based on what I saw while watching the 24/7 televised insane asylum last week, these items might be just a teensy weensy bit beyond the knowledge and intellectual capacity of the average MS-NBC host or daily bloviator, including several alleged law professors. That didn’t stop them from enthusiastically expressing their opinions. I can report that these commentators not only didn’t agree that this was the perfect phrase. Hours of broadcast time that would have been better spent showing an infomercial for the Shake Weight were consumed by outraged rants condemning Scalia, and expressing shock that anyone could use this phrase in 2013. One especially unhinged loudmouth wailed that Justice Scalia may as well have used the ‘n’ word, and declared that he was ashamed to have him on the Court.

What was this horribly offensive, insensitive, borderline obscene phrase that exposed Justice Scalia as a racist? Did he advocate the repeal of the VRA, the Fifteenth Amendment, which guarantees the right to vote, and the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery? Not exactly. What he did was accurately describe the requirements imposed by Section 5 of the VRA. These requirements are not imposed nation-wide, but only on 16 states, and some counties, including that notorious hot bed of racism, Brooklyn, New York. If a state, or part of a state, is lucky enough to be covered by Section 5, it cannot make any changes to its local election procedures without permission from the U. S. Justice Department. That means any changes. If you want to move a polling place one block, you need permission. Section 5 is like “double secret probation.” It’s like when you got grounded after that thing we won’t talk about, and could drive only to school, the library and grandma’s until your parents decided you had reformed. This unprecedented intrusion on federalism was justified because the covered states had done bad things to keep black people from voting, like literacy tests and poll taxes. That’s a huge oversimplification, but it’s generally accurate. You might think that the law was designed to make elections color-blind, but that wasn’t the goal. It was designed to make up for the racist policies that these states and counties had, which is a very laudable goal. Unfortunately, the law provides that officials in these states prove that they are no longer behaving in an illegal racist way, is to make sure that the winners of elections are members of a certain race. They are required to create legislative districts that ensure that result.

When this law was passed in 1965, it supposed to be a temporary. The thought was that after 5 years, it would no longer be necessary. Isn’t that adorable? I’m sure that the earnest, well-intentioned, albeit naive lawmakers who passed a law called “The Voting Rights Act” meant well, and really believed that something with that name would be allowed to expire. Of course, they were wrong. It has been reauthorized four times, the last time in 2006, for 25 years.

You need all of the foregoing background information to appreciate and enjoy the hysteria Justice Scalia set off on the Left with the phrase “racial entitlement.” That’s the horrendous collection of words that sent them into full, mouth-frothing race-obsessed insanity. I know what you’re thinking. How dare this man use such an evil, loaded expression to describe a law requiring the creation of legislative districts that contain specific percentages of people divided by race, with the specific objective of making sure that the winners of elections are members of designated racial minorities?

Or perhaps you are thinking, like the officials in Shelby County Alabama no doubt were, that since we now have a president who is often described as “African American,” ironically, since it’s only by virtue of the old Jim Crow “one drop” rule that makes him so, and since he carried two states of the Old Confederacy in the last election, it might be time to let them run their own elections without the boot of the federal government on their necks. Isn’t it time to dispense with a remedy that was originally supposed to last for 5 years to redress racial discrimination? Isn’t this fixed? No, it will never be fixed. That was Justice Scalia’s point. He nailed it when he said “Who could vote against something called ‘The Voting Rights Act?’” Once these special accommodations are put in place, they are impossible to take away. An obvious and simple point, unless you are a race-obsessed, intellectually stunted pinhead, which qualifies you immediately for your own show on MS-NBC.

The Celebutard Factor: Barack Obama Appears on Jimmy Fallon’s Show

As we repeatedly discuss here, and on the Teri O’Brien Show, one of the Obama campaign’s major constituencies is the low-information potential voter. In 2008, they managed to convince millions of dolts who couldn’t name their members of Congress at gunpoint and whose only previous experience with voting consisted of texting in their votes for their favorite would-be “American Idol” to vote for the One. The BS (Barry Soetero) continues. Michelle “Reparations Have to Start Somewhere” Obama has appeared on nearly every media outlet that will have her, including iCarly, Ellen, Jay Leno, Top Chef, and Sesame Street to name a few. Indeed, her legendary media whoring has made her the most televised First Lady in history (warning: hurl alert if you click that link. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.) Tonight the One Himself will appear on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Recalling the very unfortunate decision by Mr. Fallon’s house band to bring on Rep. Bachman with the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” I wonder what song they’ll choose for B. Hussein? Suggestions? How about “The Great Pretender?”  

Of course, the reason for this incessant media carpet bombing is to make sure that clueless, emotionally-driven types will vote for Barack in November.

As this post from the Atlantic notes, there’s a method to the Obama campaign’s media madness, and it all started back in 1992:

President Obama will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC on Tuesday, and we can probably blame this on a 1992 memo from a Bill Clinton campaign staffer on the necessity of doing “UnPresidential” stuff to get voters to like the candidate.

On Monday, Lapham’s Quarterly posted an April 27, 1992 memo from Mandy Grunwald in which she encouraged the campaign to be openminded about getting free media from low-brow soft-focus interview shows like The Tonight ShowLate Night, and yes, The Arsenio Hall Show. Just over a month later, Clinton appeared on Arsenio and famously played the saxophone.

 

Elspbeth Reeve’s piece continues:

The Obamas are probably going on these shows for the same reason Grunwald suggested the Clintons should:

We know from research that Bill Clinton’s life story has a big impact on people… We know that moments of passion, personal reflection, and humor do more for us than any six-second sound bite on the network news or for that matter any thirty-second television spot…

I understand that many people will say these kinds of things are “UnPresidential.” Bull. This is how people get information. These are forums for more personal and varied looks at Bill and Hillary and Chelsea.

Obama’s job approval rating has been stuck just under 50 percent for several weeks. But voters aremore likely to like him personally. All the more reason to talk about basketball with Jimmy Fallon than health care with George Stephanopoulos.

 

Anything to avoid discussing his failed record.

UPDATE: Remember back in December when Donald Trump was planning to host a GOP debate and the LSM went nuts, lamenting the lack of seriousness in the process of selecting a nominee? Here’s one example. Yet, the Obamas’ endless appearances on entertainment programs and sporting events is never characterized as diminishing him as a serious person.