Chairman’s Blog: Talk Is Cheap

davewestonWith the official implementation of Obamacare on the horizon for January 1, the president's handlers are already setting lower expectations in preparation for what must surely prove to be a case of managed chaos. Gary Cohen, a deputy at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, admitted to a friendly liberal audience in recent days, "I certainly wouldn't claim that we're not going to have any problems at [sic] and everything's going to work perfectly. I would like for that to happen. But it would be a surprise, I think, if that were to happen."

Meanwhile across the political swamp, other fellow-travelers like HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius are out drumming up support for Obamacare from unwitting dupes like the execs at the NFL and from the usual suspects among the Hollywood glitterati.  And of course the left-media are loving every minute of it, beaming that more broad-based support will help ensure larger numbers of enrollees and thus help prevent premiums from "rising too dramatically" once the law goes into effect. Never mind that Obamacare was promised never to do such a thing.

It should come as absolutely no surprise to any of us here in the reddest Red State that backpedaling and doublespeak (aka: lies) usually follow from the mouths of White House talking heads to provide cover for what are nothing more than broken promises from the most "ethical administration in history".

Lest we become too bored with his serial prevaricating, we've most recently been treated with abject hypocrisy. Let's recall just a month ago that this president who "fights for the little guy" refused to extend Oklahoma's Medicaid program, Insure Oklahoma, thereby yanking the insurance rug out from under the feet of Oklahoma's working poor (among whom are included a great deal of our state's elderly).

Medicaid Cuts2Gov. Fallin lambasted the decision, "Insure Oklahoma is a program that has been providing affordable health insurance to approximately 30,000 low-income Oklahomans since 2005. It is exactly the kind of successful, state-based solution to health care needs that the federal government should be encouraging. Unfortunately... [it] will cease to exist at the end of this year and 30,000 Oklahomans will lose their current health care plans...The president promised the American people, ‘if you like your  health insurance, you can keep it.’ He has not kept his word. Thirty thousand Oklahomans participating in Insure Oklahoma – and many more Americans across the country – are being forced off their health insurance plans...Oklahoma and other states are now finding their programs and waivers under assault by the Obama Administration."

I could not have said it better myself. Again, we shouldn't be too surprised by the lies and legerdemain of this administration; it's par for the course when a leftist administration is given the keys to the kingdom in DC. History has already shown us all too well, whether in the promises of a now bankrupt Social Security Administration, in the over-reach of the IRS, and so many more federal excesses, that a liberal humanitarian's dream nearly always becomes America's nightmare. Alas, let us not forget that next year brings not only the beginning of the Obamacare leviathan, but also one of the most critical mid-term elections of our generation. The OKGOP will be ready.

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