Skip to comments.Press Secretary Insists President Didn't Break Promise
Posted on 11/01/2013 9:48:24 PM PDT by John Semmens
As the first wave of Americans are discovering that they can't keep heath insurance plans they like, the impression that President Obama lied to them is seeping into public awareness. Analysts predict that as many as 90 million will ultimately be forced off their current plans.
A desperate Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney strove to deflect the impression that Obama lied about the impact the Affordable Care Act would have on policyholders. The President didn't lie to anyone in any meaningful sense, Carney insisted. While it's true that a few who were satisfied with inferior plans will now be required to select new conforming plans, they need to realize that this is for their own good.
Carney likened President Obama's assurances to those that a parent gives a child. There are times when a father or mother will offer to let a child choose a toy, Carney said. However, the parent reserves the right to veto the child's choice if it would result in the purchase of a defective or dangerous product. All the Affordable Care Act is doing is vetoing the selection of defective and dangerous insurance policies.
One of the defects of the policies that many would like to keep is the failure to provide mandated coverages like maternity benefits. As Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius explained to an incredulous Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC), just because a man is single doesn't mean he can't father a child, in which case he'll be glad he has maternity coverage.
After an off-microphone whispered conversation with a member of her staff, Sebelius revised her statement. I am told that the example I just gave is incorrect, that the pregnant woman's insurance would cover maternity costs, Sebelius admitted. But, since the Affordable Care Act covers sex-change surgery a person that starts out as a single man could become a woman and then benefit from maternity coverage.
A second whispered consultation produced yet another revised statement. My staff tells me it is not possible for a male undergoing a sex-change operation to become a mother, Sebelius said. Well, we are going to look into that and see if the Act can be amended to overcome this limitation. The President is committed to making this law work and we will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
In related news, new research by scientists at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC CBSU) and the University of Cambridge has shown that some patients declared to be in an irreversible vegetative state are actually more aware of their surroundings than thought. Whether this would change the currently approve protocol of removing life support from such patients would be a matter for the Independent Payment Advisory Board to make, said Sebelius. We don't have an unlimited amount of money to work with. If keeping these patients alive means we'd have to cut back on the number of abortions we can fund, well, that would be a decision for the Board to make. The needs of the few shouldn't be allowed to trample the needs of the many.
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Like any other stool sample, Obamacare had to be passed so we could see what is in it.
“Carney likened President Obama’s assurances to those that a parent gives a child.”
And here the truth is spoken, liberals believe that the rest of us are “simple children” unable to care or make intelligent decisions for ourselves without “Daddy Government”. And of course only liberal, socialist demonrats are competent to play the role of daddy government. Well I think that finally after five years a majority of Americans are realizing that for the last five years the village idiots have been in charge.
With hours and hours of Obama’s big mouth utterances ... who you ganna’ believe. All on the internet.
“Ah, I didn’t promise you what you thought I promised! Trust me!”
It wasn’t broken, it was shot in the @$$ and vaporized.
I almost fell for it, but as semi news/satire does, it reads as almost what you’d expect!
What he meant to say was, “If I like your plan, you can keep it.”
Another good one, John!
Again, the truth is probably much too close to discern a difference.........
You're gonna make me start reading the damn news over more carefully, you keep this up....
I was talking yesterday with a dear family member who is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal Democrat and they said almost exactly what you wrote! I thought they were pulling my leg, but no, they were deadly serious.
These people are demented. Thank you for your all-too-accurate portrayal.
What a tool. And a pedantic, condescending tool at that. This particular time I’m talking about Carney, not The Won.
Many of the are sufficiently functional to arrive at polling places and cast votes for Democrats!
But unfortunately I do not think it was incompetence but rather malicious intent to grab personal data. If only we were just dealing with morons & not calculating operator.
What is wrong with you bastards, are you going to believe your own eyes and ears or the President’s Press Secretary.
This stupidity may bring the herd to this President’s door as the prices break people and their patience.
The DMV is now going to basically step in to run our health care.
When my blood pressure spikes while reading a story on FR I remember I have to check for satire. Got me again!
Not sure when the public will wake up but it seems that some in the Media have...may not make a difference though.
Once things are in place, very difficult to change...
Once the state is under the control of the proletariat, its objectives will generally include the following ten tenets (42, 43):
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance
4. Centralization of the property of all emigrants and rebels
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common play
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries ; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, but a more equable distribution of the population over the country
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of childrens factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
(Levin, Mark R. (2012-01-17). Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America (p. 73). )
After all remnants of bourgeois society are eliminated, having been replaced with a classless workers paradise, the centralized, all-powerful state shall wither away. When, in the course of development, class distinctions have disappeared and all production has been concentrated in the hands of a vast association of the whole nation, the public power will lose its political character. Political power, properly so called, is merely organized power of one class for oppressing another.
If the proletariat during its contest with the bourgeois is compelled, by the force of circumstances, to organize itself in a class , if, by means of a revolution, it makes itself the ruling class, and as such, sweeps away by force the old conditions of production then it will, along with these conditions, have swept away the conditions for the existence of class antagonisms, and of classes generally, and will thereby have abolished its own supremacy as a class. In place of the old bourgeois society with its classes and class antagonisms we shall have an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all (43, 44).
For Marx and Engels, their divination that is, communism and the workers paradise is preordained. The history of man is a history of class struggle over materialism, where the feudal lords, landowners, and finally capitalists rule over the working class. Communism is the natural and final endpoint resulting from the motion of modern society. It is not an invention, discovery, or reform; its ultimate certainty cannot be obstructed by law or politics.
It is the truth (35). Not only would Marx and Engels denounce any attempt to label their fantasy a utopia, but in The Communist Manifesto they are extremely critical of what they call Utopian Socialism and Communism. [ A] s the modern class struggle develops and takes definite shape, this phantastic standing apart from the contest, these phantastic attacks on it lose all practical value and all theoretical justification. They therefore, endeavor, and that consistently, to deaden the class struggle and to reconcile the class antagonisms. They still dream of their experimental realization of their social Utopias they are compelled to appeal to the feelings and purses of the bourgeois. By degrees they sink into the category of the reactionary socialists. (57) As such, only a complete break from the past and a cleansing of modern society can set the stage for the classless state, where there would be no need for politics or government . They insist there can be no compromise with bourgeois history or standards. There can be no remnants of what was and is.
However, in their denunciation of Utopian Socialism and Communism as violently oppos[ ing] all political action on the part of the working class, Marx and Engels demonstrate the fanaticism of their utopianism (57, 58). After all, the half measures expose communism as not inevitable but impracticable and impossible. It is one thing to espouse views about mans historic class and economic struggles and predict the future the inevitable workers revolution leading to an ultimate egalitarian nirvana.
It is another to make the fantasy tangible and develop the institutions and mechanics to institute it. As Karl Popper noted, Vladmir Lenin was quick to realize [that] Marxism was unable to help in matters of practical economics. I do not know of any socialist who has dealt with these problems there was nothing written about such matters in the Bolshevik textbooks, or in those of the Mensheviks. As Lenin admits, there is hardly a word on the economics of socialism to be found in Marxs work. 2
(Levin, Mark R. (2012-01-17). Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America (p. 75). )
This is less satire and more reality.
Thanks again, John, for the ping.
I hope they all keep up "The President Didn't Lie".
My lib relatives used to post ceaselessly on Facebook praising the many splendid glories of Obamacare. They seemed to have stopped around the time that the Teamsters decided they didn't like it.
I wonder what changed?
One of your best.
I got that email from a friend in SC the other day, and am still laughing. It’s so true.
Carney is sounding more like Bagdad Bob every day.
He didnt break his promise he just lied.
‘A desperate Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney strove to deflect the impression that Obama lied about the impact the Affordable Care Act would have on policyholders. The President didn’t lie to anyone in any meaningful sense, Carney insisted. While it’s true that a few who were satisfied with inferior plans will now be required to select new conforming plans, they need to realize that this is for their own good.
Carney likened President Obama’s assurances to those that a parent gives a child. There are times when a father or mother will offer to let a child choose a toy, Carney said. However, the parent reserves the right to veto the child’s choice if it would result in the purchase of a defective or dangerous product. All the Affordable Care Act is doing is vetoing the selection of defective and dangerous insurance policies.’
Not satire. This is how lefties truly think. They think they’re smarter than the rest of us and that were stupid children who need to be told what to do.
I’ve been calling him “Chip” Carney, because he reminds me of “Chip Diller”, the sneaky little Omega frat boy played by Kevin Bacon in “Animal House.” (”REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!!!!!”)
Is there any truth to the rumor that this administration is planning to sue God Almighty for his blatant prejudice in creating the ability in women to give birth and not offering the same benefits to men?
The explanation is that a political untruth is not a lie that matters.
But, as to your bit of satire, the Obama administration would never defend the rights of men. As a matter of fact, One of the topics in a Post modernist lecture series at the university of WA was, “Should lesbians consider cloning?”
This is beyond great. It’s all the way to “classic”!
How about gay men? Isn’t that a catagory near and dear to bammer’s heart?
What’s sad is that is how many lefties actually think.
Ask Candy Crowley to check the transcript.