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Michele Bachmann – an ideological loony tune

Rep Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) made a statement on CNN’s “The Situation Room” (hosted by Wolf Blitzer) that’s being reported by virtually every news outlet today.

She’s saying she lost her health care coverage (because of Obamacare — but she didn’t provide any hard reason) and refuses to use the exchange because it’s glitchy — but here’s the interesting thing: she states in her argument that it’s the DC exchange (that’s not the same thing as HealthCare.gov — the national exchange for states that didn’t want to invest in their own exchange — DC actually operates it’s own exchange).

If you watch the video (linked below), you’ll also notice she’s obviously reading from a teleprompter — her eyes are fixed on something other than the hosts she’s talking to.

The best quote:

I’m not gonna waste an hour on that thing.
· Michelle Bachmann

That’s fine with me; she can just pay the IRS fines for not complying with the new law (the law that the Supreme Court has already ruled is constitutional) and continue to be a burden on society (something she appears to be very good at).

While I’ll be one of the first to rant on how botched the roll out of the national health care exchange has been; I’ll also quickly point out that states had the option of coming up with their own exchanges, and the ones that did aren’t having anywhere near the number of issues.  I personally didn’t care for the health care reform, my feeling was that we needed to implement a single payer system much more like what Canada has (but that didn’t happen because health care dollars line the pockets of too many senators and representatives).

I’ll be honest, I think Michele Bachmann is crazy (and probably should be in a padded room), but this is just absolutely ridiculous — get over it, and vent on your insurance company, they’re the real villains in all this.

Bachmann: I lost health insurance

Originally posted 2013-11-15 13:00:25.

Obamacare Tech Fix

Obmacare - Dilbert

Joe Heller / PoliticalCartoons.com

Riddle me this…

OK, so someone needs to explain this to me, since UC Hasting refused to accept me as a part time law student I just don’t have what it takes to figure it out on my own.

In June the Supreme Court ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)…

Part of the ruling; the so called “individual mandate” was upheld by the court as a “tax”.

Part of the ruling indicated that the Federal Government could not force the states to expand Medicaid (so that clause was stricken).

The lack of Medicaid expansion in some states creates an insurance “gap” where “financially challenged” individuals and families will have to pay for insurance (the Federal income tax credit won’t completely pay for insurance, and certainly not in all states since insurance rates vary widely from state to state).

So riddle me this… how can the Supreme Court basically create a tax that isn’t level across all individuals in the same economic bracket across the country???  Doesn’t that by definition violate the equal protection clause of the constitution (Fourth Amendment)?

I mean come on now… isn’t it a fundamental precept that federal taxes are supposed to be uniform with no regard to what state you live in?

Someone with a degree in constitutional law is going to have to explain it to me in terms that a lay person can understand — or maybe someone is going to have to explain the constitution to the Robert’s court… it just seems like they may have been too busy walking a political tight-rope to refresh themselves on constitutional law.

How to force an Obamacare delay…

It seems to me if the Tea Party wants to force a delay of the individual mandate of Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that the simple way to do it would be to return to the courts on the grounds that the government has not complied with the statute by implementing an operational health care exchange by the established deadline of 1 October 2013.

Any reasonable person can clearly see that the exchange operating today (ten days after the exchange was supposed to be operating) simply does not provide the services it was required to provide on the first day.

I personally have tried every day to register on the exchange, and today I called the service center (since it appeared to have created an account for me, but didn’t allow me to log in — I had fewer issues when it just told me it wasn’t available, but when one wastes half an hour to be told the site was having a problem, that’s another story).

Clearly under USC the laws cannot create a paradox; and that is exactly what has been done — simply put, you can’t require someone sign up for insurance through an exchange that simply doesn’t work (and wasn’t available on the specified day).

Of course, perhaps the Tea Party doesn’t want to take this tact — it doesn’t provide nearly as much publicity as shutting down the government.