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Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success
The Moderate Voice ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dr. Ron Chusid

Posted on 04/18/2014 9:15:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a high percentage of young people.

Good news means more positive head lines, such as National Journal writing that Obamacare is on a Winning Streak. The political climate is changing, with some Democrats now being more willing to run on its success. I think it is essential that they do this to reduce the risk of the loss of a large number of seats this November. The evidence shows that Obamacare is a success but if Democrats don’t defend it, voters will only hear Republican attacks. Hiding from Obamacare will only make Democrats look weaker, and will not protect them from voters who vote against Democrats based upon Republican misinformation.

Ezra Klein writes that the right suffers from Obamacare Derangement Syndrome, being unable to admit that it is working:

Republicans used to talk about Bush Derangement Syndrome. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer defined it as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency?— nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.” Republicans like Krauthammer understood that BDS helped the Bush administration in two ways: it fired up their supporters and it distracted liberals from more modest, but effective, critiques.

Today, the right struggles with Obamacare Derangement Syndrome: the acute inability to see Obamacare as anything but a catastrophic failure that the American people will soon reject. For those suffering from ODS, all bad Obamacare news is good news, and all good Obamacare news is spin. In this world, delays of minor provisions in the law prove that the entire structure is collapsing, while surges of millions of people enrolling in insurance don’t prove anything at all…

But it’s coming at a moment when Obamacare’s successes are getting tougher and tougher to deny. The law signed up more than 7.5 million people in the exchanges, more than 3.5 million people in Medicaid, and it led millions more to get health care through their employers or directly through insurers. Premiums are lower than the Congressional Budget Office predicted when the law passed, and insurers are already thinking about how to compete for applicants in 2015. The White House has a much better story to tell than anyone — including me — thought possible in December.

For Republican pundits it might not matter that Obamacare is a success. Republicans show more intensity in their views, and very little concern for the truth. Campaigning against Obamacare might still motivate Republicans to get out and vote.

Andrew Sullivan might be a bit overly optimistic about the political effects of the success of Obamacare, but I hope he is right:

There’s simply no denying that the law has been rescued by an impressive post-fiasco operation that did to ACA-opponents what the Obama campaign did to the Clintons in 2008 and to Romney in 2012. Obama out-muscled the nay-sayers on the ground. I have a feeling that this has yet to fully sink in with the public, and when it does, the politics of this might change. (Since the law was pummeled at the get-go as something beyond the skills of the federal government to implement, its subsequent successful implementation would seem to me to do a lot to reverse the damage.) There are some signs that this is happening. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds the following:

Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats’ plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. This marks both an uptick in support for Democrats and a slide for Republicans since a similar poll in February.

That’s mainly because of renewed confidence and support from previously demoralized Democrats. But it’s also a reflection, it seems to me, of the political vulnerability of Republicans who have failed to present a viable alternative to the law, and indeed seem set, in the eyes of most voters, merely to repeal ACA provisions that are individually popular. And this bad position is very likely to endure because of the intensity of the loathing for Obama/Obamacare among the Medicare recipients in the GOP base. It seems to me that right now, the GOP cannot offer an alternative that keeps the more popular parts of Obamacare without the air fast leaking out of their mid-term election balloon. And so by the fall, the political dynamics of this may shift some more in Obama’s direction. By 2016, that could be even more dramatic. One party – the GOP – will be offering unnerving change back to the status quo ante, and the other will be proposing incremental reform of the ACA. The only thing more likely to propel Hillary Clinton’s candidacy would be a Republican House and Senate next January.

It’s that long game thing again, isn’t it? Like the civil rights revolution of the Obama years, it seemed a close-to-impossible effort to start with, and then was gradually, skillfully ground out. It also seems true to me that the non-event of the ACA for many, many people will likely undermine some of the hysteria on the right. The ACA-opponents may be in danger of seeming to cry wolf over something that isn’t that big a deal. Yes, they may have premium hikes to tout as evidence of the alleged disaster. And every single piece of bad news on the healthcare front will be attributed to the ACA, fairly or not. But the public will still want to know how premiums can go down without people with pre-existing conditions being kicked out of the system, or without kids being kicked off their parents’ plan, and so on. I think, in other words, that the GOP’s position made a lot of short-term political sense in 2010 and even 2012. But it’s a much tougher sell in 2014, let alone 2016. Once again, they have substituted tactics for strategy. Every time they have done that with Obama, they have failed.

Sullivan described how he has benefited from the Affordable Care Act and concluded, “Yes, I am just one tiny, and rare example. But for me, at least, Obamacare has over-delivered and over-performed. If my experience is replicated more widely, then I suspect the polling and politics will shift yet again.”

Dr. Ronald Chusid


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014; democrats; obama; obamacare
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No, he's serious!
1 posted on 04/18/2014 9:15:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You misspelled series.


2 posted on 04/18/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Propaganda piece for the low information voter, nothing to see here.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 9:21:08 PM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m having trouble seeing the downside of ObamaCare for poor or subsidized folks. Seems a lot of votes there if they can attract them.

I have no trouble seeing how ACA will kill middle working class folks and destroy the economy.


4 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:12 PM PDT by umgud
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obamacare..a success..OMG I almost just peed myself..yeah its such an awesome success that’s why every Dem running for re-election won’t utter the word..but hey I guess it’s a success if your comparing it to health care in Venezuela, which to libs is a huge success


5 posted on 04/18/2014 9:22:27 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The first sentence of this article is a lie. Eight million is the number we’ve been told by the very same government that rolled out this monstrosity. The number itself is suspect, not to mention the breakdown of actual premium payers, medicaid enrollees etc. Bogus from the get-go. And even, for the sake of argument, if the number is factual, it translates into a complete disaster.


6 posted on 04/18/2014 9:23:30 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wait till the “Insured” find out that their insurance does not cover anything including a Doctor or a hospital.


7 posted on 04/18/2014 9:23:46 PM PDT by funfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

success???? HAHAHAHAH


8 posted on 04/18/2014 9:23:49 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Trueblackman
Propaganda piece for the low information voter, nothing to see here.

That's right -- the numbers are cooked. And obama's goose is cooked because of the colossal failure of the UNaffordable Care Act.

9 posted on 04/18/2014 9:23:54 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: funfan

there is anecdotal evidence from all parts of the country that this is already happening.


10 posted on 04/18/2014 9:26:45 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is hugh... and series.


11 posted on 04/18/2014 9:27:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Trueblackman

Knowing this administration they probably paid our tax dollars to Section 8 housers to get them to sign up ...nothing about this administration or their claims is the truth


12 posted on 04/18/2014 9:29:14 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Each new sign up means higher costs and bigger losses to the taxpayer. But we’ll make it up in volume.


13 posted on 04/18/2014 9:30:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Success? Success of what?

The Nazi Gun Control Act was successful too. That’s about the only comparison I can make between the two.


14 posted on 04/18/2014 9:30:09 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: umgud

“I’m having trouble seeing the downside of ObamaCare for poor...”

They’re put into Medicaid and few doctors are accepting Medicaid so they have insurance but no medical care.


15 posted on 04/18/2014 9:30:34 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So... The Moderate Voice is meant to be irony?
16 posted on 04/18/2014 9:32:04 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: kingattax

I would bet that it is happening to Non Republicans as well.
Hopefully they will see who is to blame for Obamacare and voted for it come election time.
Every time I think about this idiotic piece of crap legislation it makes me ill.

The man who wrote the article can drop dead.


17 posted on 04/18/2014 9:32:29 PM PDT by funfan
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To: umgud

“I’m having trouble seeing the downside of ObamaCare for poor or subsidized folks. Seems a lot of votes there if they can attract them.”

You hit it on the head. Medicaid rolls are swelling tremendously on this.

The middle class is getting screwed again and it will really hit when and if the employer mandate kicks in because this is where the vast majority of the middle class gets it’s healthcare.

Obama delaying it prevented that until after the mid-terms as we know.

The left is now in the process of trying to control the narrative and instituting the “big lie” with their sycophants in the media. As usual, the GOP is nowhere to be found.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 9:35:00 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Considering that Obamacare was conceived and given birth with the idea that it would fail, I am surprised that It’s failure is a surprise.

The only way to a one payer medical system is to get rid of any other system and that is what Obamacare is doing. It has destroyed medical insurance as we knew it and will give us only one way out ... single payer insurance like that in England.

Socialism, here we are.


19 posted on 04/18/2014 9:35:09 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This isn’t a moderate website. It’s a far left website.


20 posted on 04/18/2014 9:36:29 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: umgud

He already has those votes.

21 posted on 04/18/2014 9:37:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

Well, it might if it ever succeeds.

...Oh, wait. Are they saying this is what success looks like?

:-D )))

22 posted on 04/18/2014 9:42:17 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In addition to all the organizations and corporation putting out propaganda for Obamacare we can now add the investment firm of Edward Jones. Why in Hades are they supporting it when so many of their customers hate it?


23 posted on 04/18/2014 9:42:27 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sad to say it but this guy is ‘correct’.

All BO and Co have to do is keep 40% or so happy, and there is at least 10.1% of the faithful (probably higher than that - but that runs on all sides) that would vote for a pile of horse apples if it had a D by its name -and they come out ahead.

Along the lines of the two guys in the woods stumble on a bear.
One bends down, ties his shoes and flexes while the other says “It will take more than that to outrun that bear”.

“I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to keep ahead of you”.


24 posted on 04/18/2014 9:46:02 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Premiums are lower than the Congressional Budget Office predicted when the law passed, and insurers are already thinking about how to compete for applicants in 2015. Don't count the subsidized policies and get back to us in the morning.

Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats’ plan, policy or approach to healthcare. Keyword online -- also why didn't he specify ACA instead of some ideal "Democrat approach to health care"?

Republicans who have failed to present a viable alternative to the law No one had a "viable" health care plan through the years of massive advances in technology and medicine -- it's called free enterprise, you idiot "doctor". That's the basis of America's plan.

.. or is this a Obama Jivethon Lying Circus skit?

25 posted on 04/18/2014 9:46:22 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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late enrollees included a high percentage of young people.

Well either that, or a young percentage of high people.

26 posted on 04/18/2014 9:48:03 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Everytime I see that stock photo of obamafoam lady, my eyes fixate on the chewing gum in her mouth. Our cities are human sewers.


27 posted on 04/18/2014 9:52:56 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Marcella
They’re put into Medicaid...so they have insurance but no medical care.

It's not insurance, it's medical welfare.

28 posted on 04/18/2014 9:54:49 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Depends on what the meaning of success is. Or what some paraphrased definition is. Is you know what if means.
Or something like dat.


29 posted on 04/18/2014 9:56:26 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder what kind of Dr. he is, and who pays his salary?


30 posted on 04/18/2014 9:59:14 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Your government lies to you and your press is no longer free. What country are we in again?


31 posted on 04/18/2014 10:00:36 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s roll another one!


32 posted on 04/18/2014 10:03:30 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: MNnice

These idiots sure are running the same story over and over right now.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 10:03:59 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Please, oh PLEASE let the left run on the success of “Obamacare”. There could not possibly any other scenario that would benefit the majority of Americans in this country, IMO.
34 posted on 04/18/2014 10:04:33 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Trueblackman

Even Low IQ voters know Obamacare is horrible.

Pray America wakes up


35 posted on 04/18/2014 10:07:05 PM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 is here)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So it is successful because people signed up for the coverage they were forced to do so as a matter of Federal law, and many did so because their previous policies were made illegal by the law. That’s “success.” No mention of course in the article how the law has endangered things like volunteer fire departments, businesses have had to scale back operations or not go forward with planned expansions, cut back on employees and their hours, etc. No mention of the fact a key part of the law went bankrupt and had to be scrapped before it was ever implemented (CLASS Act). No mention of the fact entire sections of law are being unilaterally delayed by years by Obama such as the employer mandate to avoid additional disaster headlines going into an election season, healthcare providers scaling back services and operations and raising their prices, etc. Could go on and on. What an embarrassingly false article that just omits all relevant key issues with the law and declares that because people are going through with what they are forced to do by Federal Law as a huge “success” to sign up on the exchange.

Then of course we have all of this far left wing propaganda, complete with citations of Ezra Klein, in a publication called the “Moderate” voice - LOL!


36 posted on 04/18/2014 10:09:16 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: PLMerite

He’s a D.O. who specializes in internal medicine in Muskegon, Michigan.


37 posted on 04/18/2014 10:10:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Still waitin' for that Rainbow Stew...
38 posted on 04/18/2014 10:12:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Was it Obamacare in 1994 when Hillary and the Dems were trying to ram this through?

IT’S DONKEYCARE!

Obama is not running for office anymore. Why are people on the right always trying to protect the other Democrats by letting them off the hook for passing this law?


39 posted on 04/18/2014 10:45:23 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: kingattax

Yes, cancer and MS patients (like William Rivers Pitt’s wife) being denied the medicines they need, because they’re not covered by CommieCare. Those numbers, even were they true (and who can believe anything coming from the cabal of liars known as Democrats), don’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But the msm won’t ever tell “the rest of the story”.


40 posted on 04/18/2014 10:54:16 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jsanders2001

They probably gave free computers and free internet service for life to anyone who signed up. For those who already get free internet service they probably just gave cash.


41 posted on 04/18/2014 10:58:09 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What ObamaCare “success” is he talking about? The boy thinks and talks like he might live in Colorado or Washington state, if you get my drift.


42 posted on 04/18/2014 11:29:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

And vacations in Amsterdam, if you catch my drift.


43 posted on 04/18/2014 11:33:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is Hugh!!!

Don’t check intobthe numbers and see how many are actual paid customers and how many were formerly insured


44 posted on 04/18/2014 11:56:08 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His first delusion among many is that 8 million people have signed up.


45 posted on 04/19/2014 1:04:02 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anyone who believes that ObamaCare has been, in any sense, a success is too mentally defective to credit.


46 posted on 04/19/2014 1:45:57 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most places showcase leftist nutcases and use them as part of their arguments - FR posters use them for a good chuckle.


47 posted on 04/19/2014 3:42:22 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meet your new doctor, Dr. Dre.


48 posted on 04/19/2014 3:48:49 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: umgud

You are only looking at the financial aspect of Obamacare at the beginning. There are a sparse amount of doctors and hospitals, long waits, not to mention lousy care.


49 posted on 04/19/2014 3:52:28 AM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
IF every FreeRepublic member emailed or called the HHS Inspector General's office (see below) and asked for some detail on the "8+ Million Enrollees" in OBozoCare, maybe we might actually get some serious stats about its success(?).

Details; Like...how many new enrollees were previously insured but lost their insurance due to OBozoCare's new 'standards'; Like...how many of the new enrollees are first time Medicaid participants; Like...what is the total cost (and average cost per enrollee) of government subsidy to get new enrollments in OBozoCare.

Maybe, just maybe, if the HHS OIG office gets inundated with requests for detail they will get the message that it ain't gonna be pretty when the REAL facts about OBozoCare finally see the light of day.

Bottom line; we have much to do before the mid-term elections.

From the HHS OIG Website...

For questions of a general nature regarding the Office of Inspector General, please contact Public Affairs.

Phone: (202) 619-1343
Email: Public.Affairs@oig.hhs.gov

50 posted on 04/19/2014 3:58:17 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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