Hillary Clinton’s Hit List: She Kept a File of Sinners and Saints … A Special Circle of Clinton Hell Reserved for People Who Endorsed Obama over Hillary
So Democrats, are you on Hillary’s Hit List?
This morning The Politico writes about Hillary Clinton’s hit list. Who would possibly believe that some one so warm, kind and compassionate like Hillary Clinton could have a “hit list” for paybacks against individuals who abandoned her in favor of Barack Obama for the Democrat nomination in the run up to the 2008 presidential election and thus devastating her life-long political aspirations of becoming president? Hell hath no fury like a Hillary scorned. According to the Politico, those that stabbed the Clinton’s in the back after all the fundraising and political favors. Individuals were rated on a scale of 1 to 7, where 7 was considered Hilary’s “SH*T” list. Interestingly enough, then, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), who would succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, was among those who received a “7″. The list also contained, the late and former Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy.
For Hillary it is all about 2016 and her ambition to be president at all cost.
As one of the last orders of business for a losing campaign, they recorded in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the names and deeds of members of Congress. They carefully noted who had endorsed Hillary, who had backed Obama, and who had stayed on the sidelines—standard operating procedure for any high-end political organization. But the data went into much more nuanced detail. “We wanted to have a record of who endorsed us and who didn’t,” a member of Hillary’s campaign team said, “and of those who endorsed us, who went the extra mile and who was just kind of there. And of those who didn’t endorse us, those who understandably didn’t endorse us because they are [Congressional Black Caucus] members or Illinois members. And then, of course, those who endorsed him but really should have been with her … that burned her.”
For Hillary, whose loss was of course not the end of her political career, the spreadsheet was a necessity of modern political warfare, an improvement on what old-school politicians called a “favor file.” It meant that when asks rolled in, she and Bill would have at their fingertips all the information needed to make a quick decision—including extenuating, mitigating and amplifying factors—so that friends could be rewarded and enemies punished.
Their spreadsheet formalized the deep knowledge of those involved in building it. Like so many of the Clinton help, Balderston and Elrod were walking favor files. They remembered nearly every bit of assistance the Clintons had given and every slight made against them. Almost six years later, most Clinton aides can still rattle off the names of traitors and the favors that had been done for them, then provide details of just how each of the guilty had gone on to betray the Clintons—as if it all had happened just a few hours before. The data project ensured that the acts of the sinners and saints would never be forgotten.
There was a special circle of Clinton hell reserved for people who had endorsed Obama or stayed on the fence after Bill and Hillary had raised money for them, appointed them to a political post or written a recommendation to ice their kid’s application to an elite school. On one early draft of the hit list, each Democratic member of Congress was assigned a numerical grade from 1 to 7, with the most helpful to Hillary earning 1s and the most treacherous drawing 7s. The set of 7s included Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as well as Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Baron Hill (D-Ind.) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.).
Yet even a 7 didn’t seem strong enough to quantify the betrayal of some onetime allies.
When the Clintons sat in judgment, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) got the seat closest to the fire. Bill and Hillary had gone all out for her when she ran for Senate in 2006, as had Obama. But McCaskill seemed to forget that favor when NBC’s Tim Russert asked her whether Bill had been a great president, during a Meet the Press debate against then-Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) in October 2006. “He’s been a great leader,” McCaskill said of Bill, “but I don’t want my daughter near him. VIDEO”
The book by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen is called “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.”
UPDATE I: I could not agree more than with Jammie Wearing Fool who says that this jit list most likely goes back decades. Amen brother. An excel spreadsheet? More likely a Tera-byte hard drive of enemies.
Wow, Jim Brown doesn’t think Obama is the one we have been waiting for, doesn’t think he is a special kind of person … So much for ‘Hope & Change”.
Jim Brown, NFL Hall of Famer and arguably the greatest running back of all time had a few choice words for President Barack Obama while on the Arsenio Hall show. Never at a loss for words and a man that speaks his mind whether you agree with him or not I have always respected the man because of his convictions and never beating around the bush. During his appearance he was asked what he thought of Barack Obama, his response most likely shocked many libs and blacks. As reported at The Politico, Jim Brown said, “I like him as a human being, but somehow it seems like he’s over his head or maybe he underestimated the system of government we had. [...] I give him a ‘C.”
Asked by Arsenio Hall for his thoughts on President Barack Obama, legendary football player Jim Brown expressed his disappointment in a man he once campaigned for in Ohio.
“That’s a difficult one,” said Brown. “I like his family. I like him as a human being. But somehow it seems like he’s over his head.”
Brown said he’d give the president a “C” grade and added that “maybe underestimated the system of government.”
Jim Brown and I agree, this is the reason why you don’t elect a “community agitator” and someone who has no qualifications to do the job, president. What is also interesting is even Jim Brown calls Obama a partisan.
“When you ask me that, that’s a difficult one. I like his family. I like him as a human being, but somehow it seems like he’s over his head or maybe he underestimated the system of government we had. When Kennedy couldn’t get the Civil Rights Bill passed he was the big liberal. Lyndon Johnson came in and got it passed and he was a conservative and a Southerner. Sometimes in politics, to get something done, it takes a special kind of knowledge and a special kind of person, but it doesn’t always follow the party lines. Obama was elected by the people, and I was glad that barrier was broken down. I did, along with my wife, campaign for him in Ohio because that was a key state. If I had to say does he rate an ‘A’ or does he rate a ‘D,’ it would be very difficult. I give him a ‘C.’”
Personally, I think Jim Brown went a bit easy on his friend, maybe a first in Brown’s career, but for Obama to get a “C”, he would have to be average. Barack Obama is not average, he is well below average and at this point gets a “D” and if Obamacare, the economy and the Middle East continue in uncertain turmoil, it will be changed to an ‘F”.
Harry Reid, the Senate Democrats, Barack Obama & Joe Biden’s Nuclear Hypocrisy … Senate Goes Nuclear with Democrat Party Vote 52-48
Partisan Democrats end 225 years of precedent … Democrats just striped the protection of “We the People” who are in the minority.
Democrats were against it, before they were for it …
Yesterday, Democrats broke 225 years of precedent, when the U.S. Senate voted along Democrat partisan line 52-48 to invoke the so-called nuclear option allowing confirmation for most presidential nominees by simple majority. Some Democrats split with the party and voted against the change; however, the 52 votes were all of the Democrat party. Hmm, isn’t how we got Obamacare? What this does is the Senate voted to severely limit the use of the filibuster, one of the few tools a minority party has in our representative democracy. This was nothing more than a “Naked Power Grab.” As Dana Milbank writes, Congress wasn’t broken before, it certainly is now. What Reid (D-NV) and his fellow Democrats effectively did was take the chamber of Congress that still functioned at a modest level and turn it into a clone of the other chamber, which functions not at all. They turned the Senate into the House.
The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress.
The move to allow a simple majority vote on most executive and judicial nominees also sets the stage for Obama to appoint new top officials to the Federal Reserve and other key agencies — probably leading to more aggressive action to stimulate the economy and housing market. And it frees Obama to make changes to his Cabinet without the threat of long delays in the Senate before the confirmation of nominees.
Laura Ingraham discuses the “nuclear option” on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’.
Remember when Senate Barack Obama said he was against the “Nuclear” option in 2005? So why the sudden change of heart Obama? Maybe because as we saw with Obamacare, you are just a lair. Hmm, did Obama also run in 2012 on the notion that “if you like the rules of the US Senate you can keep them’? What a frigging hypocrite.
HMM, WHAT CHANGED. REPUBLICANS THREATENED IT, BUT NEVER WENT THRU WITH IT. OBAMA HAS TRULY DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY AND ITS GOVERNMENT.
The Gateway Pundit has more on Harry Reid and Dems Overturn 1806 Senate Rule & Pass ‘Nuclear Option.’
Senator Barack Obama in 2005 against the nuclear option
Senator Joe Biden in 2005 against the nuclear option. Take a good listen at what Biden says when he was in the minority.
Obama says this is not what the Founders intended … compilation of numerous Democrats who were against it, before they were for it.
Joe Biden calls it a “naked” power grab and says, “you will not be in the majority forever”.
Former Obama Adviser David Plouffe Says on ABC’s ‘This Week’ … Republicans Running On An Anti-Obamacare Platform In 2014 & 2016 is An “Impossibility”
Is it any wonder that if Barack Obama only surrounded himself with political advisers like this why Obamacare has been such a mess both in implementation and policy.
Former Barack Obama adviser David Plouffe appeared on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday and showed us once again that “Denial” is not just a river in Egypt. Plouffe actually said that it was an “impossibility” for the political notion that the GOP would run on an anti-Obamacare platform in 2014 and 2016. Wanna bet? For some reason Plouffe, Obama and his minions think that the issue Americans are upset is because they can’t log on to the “glitchy” web site, Healthcare.fail. Wishful thinking. The problem is that Americans were purposely lied to for political purposes so to pass Obamacare and 5+ million Americans to day find themselves with a canceled insurance plan when they were told they could keep it if they liked it. Sorry Dems, you will pay a dear price for lying and them ramming Obamacare down the throats of Americans in a 100% partisan vote. There is a reason why Americans no longer trust Obama and Democrats will feel the effects.
But even when caught with defending the indefensible, the Obamacare just continues to spin.
Simply amazing he can make such comments and keep a straight face
“But where could we be in four or five months?” Plouffe continued. “Hopefully the website is working fine and people are enrolling for health care. Hopefully, we won’t have another Washington dysfunction—which is one of the reasons people are upset, it’s not just health care—and we pass a budget and move forward, and the economy continues to strengthen. So we could be in a much different place three, four months from now. No doubt this is challenging time, but I think you have to have some perspective here. The story could change.”
“The political notion that next year’s election, or 2016, the Republican platform is going to be getting rid of health care?” Plouffe continued. “Millions of people will be signed up. It’s an impossibility.”
Barack Obama Offers One Year “Fix” to Obamacare Until After the 2014 Midterm Elections Are Over … Insurers Will Be Able to Keep Currrent Substandard Policies For a Year
Barack Obama once again playing political games with Americans and America … All he did was trade one lie for another!!!
WHAT A FIASCO ... Today, President Barack Obama presents a one year
joke fix to his disastrous Obamacare. As reported at the WSJ, Obama was forced to announce because of poor poll numbers and pressure from Democrats up for election in 2014 that insurers will be able to continue health-insurance coverage next year for current policyholders that otherwise would be canceled under Obamacare. Hmm, but I thought their insurance plans were such “bad apples” and “substandard? They were junk plans, they were terrible and Barack Obama and the Democrats were going to ride in on their white horses and safe the ignorant masses from themselves. Obamacare was forcing people from their terrible policies because they were so bad for Americans. You mean now they are okay? What planet is this guy from? Just what turnip truck did he just fall off of? Exactly how is it that Barack Obama is allowed to change a law all by himself? We are still a Federal Constitutional Republic, are we not? So after Obama set new standards forcing insurance companies to change their policies and discontinue other
All Obama effectively did was kick the can down the road and create more uncertainty for America. Now they are supposed to change everything because Obama said so. The insurance companies had to prepare for the regulations inflicted upon them by Obamacare and had to act accordingly. Now Obama says, oops, my bad. Who operates like this? But guess what happens next year as well … the “employer mandate” kicks in as well and more individuals will be tossed off their plans as businesses will stop covering their employees.
President Barack Obama said Thursday that insurers will be able to continue health-insurance coverage next year for current policyholders that otherwise would be canceled under the new health-care law.
The change marks a significant policy retreat by the president, one that he hopes will quell an intensifying protest over his faulty promise that Americans can keep their insurance plans under the new law.
Mr. Obama’s announcement came on the eve of a House vote on a Republican bill to alter the law, which was gaining traction among Democrats, particularly after the administration’s release Wednesday of low enrollment figures for the first month of the federal government’s problem-prone online insurance marketplace.
With millions of Americans set to lose their current health insurance, Mr. Obama said he understands that getting a cancellation notice is upsetting, “particularly after assurances they heard from me that if they had a plan that they liked they could keep it.” He added: “To those Americans, I hear you loud and clear. I said that I would do everything we can to fix this problem. And today I’m offering an idea that will help do it.”
He said that while Americans who received cancellation letters can renew those insurance plans next year, they should examine other options available on state and federal insurance marketplaces since they may be cheaper and offer more coverage.
“This fix won’t solve every problem for every person, but it will help a lot of people,” Mr. Obama said.
But as The Heritage Foundation discusses, Obama’s fix is just as flawed as his lie of promising to keep your plan if you like it. Now, Obama says it is okay for individuals to keep plans that may not cover “pre-existing” conditions, one of the main requirements of Obamacare. And what happens to those who have already had their insurance canceled? It is not like they can get their old policies back at the same price. What a cluster.
There’s one problem—the President’s promise that his new “plan” can allow people to keep their plans is just as flawed and false as his original “like your plan/keep it” pledge. The law itself is clear: Obamacare’s new benefit mandates—the requirement to cover all individuals with pre-existing conditions, the new “essential benefits,” and mandates increasing the percentage of health costs insurance plans must cover—all take effect on January 1, 2014.
The fix truly is in … Obama did this today to shift blame elsewhere and try and save the political butts of Democrats. This had nothing to do with helping the American people and healthcare.
Barack Obama Apologizes For Americans Losing Their Health Care … But Not for Lying Over and Over to Them that They Could Keep Their Healthcare When He Knew
Now He’s Sorry?
Brenda Lee sings ‘I’m Sorry’ for Barack Obama … “I’m sorry, so sorry. That I was such a fool”
President Barack Obama was forced into saying he was sorry for some Americans losing their current healthcare plans because of Obamacare. Some? Some? Really, just some, how about 4.2 million and counting! Hmm, wasn’t it just the other day that Obama and his minions were saying, “what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed?” As Legal Insurrection opines, So today Obama is sorry” for making the promises he previously denied making. HUH, more lack of credibility or sincerity from an individual watching his presidency fall apart. Obviously, Obama has been told that his current set of spin is not working, his poll numbers are plummeting and Democrats facing elections are freaking out. But no where in his apology did Obama say he was sorry for purposely lying to “We the People”.
President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
Obama’s comments come 10 days after NBC News’ Lisa Myers reported that the administration has known since the summer of 2010 that millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the law.
Obama has made repeated assurances that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” with Obamacare.
Obama’s definition of “some”
YIKES, the liberal MSM is not buying Obama’s apology either as the WAPO writes, watch Obama, kinda, sorta apologize. They point out that unlike the Obamacare web site that is riddled with glitches and moronic code writing, something that was not intended to be a disaster … the elimination of individuals insurance plans was intended as it “is a feature, not a bug” of Obamacare.
President Obama is offering an apology to Americans who have received insurance cancellation notices–sort of.
What Obama isn’t offering is an apology for the cancellation notices themselves. Eliminating certain health plans from the market — ones that the White House thinks are too skimpy — is a feature, not a bug, of the Affordable Care Act. You can read more about that here in our FAQ on why about 7 million to 12 million health plans are being terminated under the Affordable Care Act.
HA, maybe The Lonely Conservative states is best … “Obama’s Really Sorry For That Law He Rammed Down Our Throats.”
UNREAL … HHS Sec. Sebelius Admits to Senate Panel that Obamacare Navigators Don’t Need Criminal Background Checks … A Convicted Felon Could be a Navigator
ARE YOU KIDDING ME … THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A CRIME AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
The Obamacare “Navigators,” the very people who Americans give their person information to and are supposed to help navigate individuals through Obamacare are not required under federal guidelines are not required to undergo criminal background checks. How on earth could the government open Americans up to such identity theft and fraud? Isn’t there enough fraud in healthcare without Obama and his minions opening up more individuals to more? How could this possibly be considered HIPAA compliant?
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits in a Senate hearing on Obamacare that a felon could be a navigator. And you think the worst part of Obamacare is the website. It would appear your biggest problems may occur once you log on. Good grief, is there any aspect of Obama care that is worth a damn! How could anything this poorly constructed ever get out of the planing stage of project management?
“So I want to ask you about the navigators,” said Senator John Cornyn at a hearing today on Capitol Hill. “The president is in Dallas, Texas today, touting the navigator program, which, as you know, are people who are hired to help people navigate the Affordable Care Act. But I would just like to ask you this question, if you would answer it: Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive personal — sensitive personal — information from the individuals they help to sign-up for the Affordable Care Act?”
“That is true,” said Sebelius. “States could add an additional background checks and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement”
“So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?”
“That is possible,” said Sebelius.
This must be a part of Obama’s felon jobs program.
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Democrat Minion Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) Says Americans Weren’t ‘Myzled’ on Obamacare … Obama & I Said “Nothing That Was Not True”
LIAR, LIAR … Democrat Rep from Florida and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz also got Barack Obama’s “double down” revisionist history talking points and spewed the unbelievable comments on MSNBC as seen in the below video, “No, there was nothing about President Obama or that I or any other Democrat supporting the Affordable Care Act said that was not true.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee, told viewers of MSNBC Tuesday that Americans were not “myzled” by President Obama when it came to being able to keep their health plans under Obamacare.
“At the end of the day, Americans were not only not myzled [sic] by the president, the overwhelming majority of Americans are already insured,” Wasserman Schultz said, apparently mispronouncing the word “misled.”
“At the end of the day, Americans were not only not myzled [sic] by the president, the overwhelming majority of Americans are already insured.”
Apparently Debbie Wasserman Schultz could not read her own Democrat talking points and mispronouncing the word “misled” reading from dummy cards, or was it the White House teleprompter?
Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants us to believe that even though President Barack Obama spewed from his lips, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period! If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. period!” And in some cases he even added the caveat, “No one will take it away, no matter what.” However, it has been discovered that Obama and Democrats knew in advance that individuals would lose their insurance. But some how knowingly lying to the American people and knowingly misleading them is not “myzled” to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Even though Democrats like Joe Trippi and former Obama spokesperson Robert Gibbs called it for what it was, wrong and a lie.
But you do not need to take our word for it, watch Obama mislead and lie to the American people below. So ask yourself, does Debbie Wasserman Schultz credible? Hell, are any of them that attempt to defend the indefensible? How is it that Obama cannot say, I take responsibility for it, I knew it was wrong and I said it anyhow in order to get my healthcare plan passed because I know better than you plebes.
DEMOCRATS OWN OBAMACARE 100% AS IT WAS PASSED ALONG A PARTISAN VOTE AND RAMMED DOWN THE THROATS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT ONE GOP VOTE …
Don’t look now but the rats are jumping off the SS Obamacare as they fear a backlash in the 2014 midterm elections. Not only is the Obamacare, Healthcare.gov web site roll out been a complete disaster, the few that have been able to log on have sticker shock at the price of what Obama and Democrats call “affordable” care. However, what is going to cause the most problems for vulnerable Democrats in 2014 and 2016 elections is that Barack Obama and Democrats knew in advance it was a lie when the Obamamessiah said … “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period! If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. period! No one will take it away, no matter what.”
Lies, lies, lies!!!
The WSJ reports, Democrats Run for ObamaCare Cover:
After 16 long days of vowing to Republicans that they would not cave in any way, shape or form on ObamaCare, Democrats spent their first post-shutdown week caving in every way, shape and form. With the GOP’s antics now over, the only story now is the unrivaled disaster that is the president’s health-care law.
Hundreds of thousands of health-insurance policies canceled. Companies dumping coverage and cutting employees’ hours. Premiums skyrocketing. And a website that reprises the experience of a Commodore 64. As recently as May, Democratic consultants were advising members of Congress that their best ObamaCare strategy for 2014 was to “own” the law. Ms. Shaheen has now publicly advised the consultants where they can file that memo.
Even House liberals have felt it necessary to reassure voters that they, too, are angry—though so far they are merely calling for scalps. “I’d like to see somebody lose their job over this. I think it’s outrageous,” complained New York Rep. Sean Maloney. “Somebody’s got to man up here—get rid of these people,” said Minnesota’s Rick Nolan. This is presumably a call for a certain “somebody” to do something more than 1-800 commercials from the Rose Garden.
This Democratic freakout has been building for months, even if it was masked by the shutdown headlines and the way the media reported that event. Nationally, yes, the GOP took a drubbing on the shutdown. But next year isn’t a national election. It’s a midterm that will turn on key states, where polls all along have found disapproval of ObamaCare, the president and his party’s handling of the economy.
In Arkansas, Mr. Pryor’s home state, a poll conducted by the University of Arkansas from Oct. 10-17 found that 39% of likely voters blame Mr. Obama for the shutdown (only 27% blame congressional Republicans). Just 29% approve of Mr. Obama, and Mr. Pryor’s disapproval ratings jumped 21 points in just a year, to 44%, from 21%.
More worrisome for the Democratic senator is a recent poll conducted by OnMessage for his GOP rival Tom Cotton. Only 33% of Arkansans support ObamaCare. The number drops to 28% for independent voters. Even one-third of Democrats in the state oppose the law.
Now Democrats want to pretend like they care about “We the People”.
Welcome to Obamaland: This is still America, isn’t it … For Democrats woman have the right to choose for an abortion, but doctors should be forced to accept Medicare and Medicaid, UNREAL!
Virginia Democrats are calling the forcing of all doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid. Unbelievable, but this is what we get these days from a ‘Gestapo-like’ government that believes in forcing people into doing things when it comes to healthcare. Remember when “We the People” thought it was unheard of to think that the Obama regime could force Americans to buy insurance? Currently physicians have the option of accepting Medicare and/or Medicaid patients. Many physicians do not because of the low reimbursement rate, especially with Medicaid. Imagine being paid $12 for an office visit? It is actually for profitable to see a Medicaid patient for free. However, Democrats now want to force doctors to accept government healthcare. What has happened to this country? These people will not be happy until they destroy the healthcare system in this country and force a single payer system upon us.
The Weekly Standard asks, could Obamacare affect Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election and sink poll leading Democrat nominee, McAuliffe?
From The Mason Conservative:
Kathleen Murphy, Democrat running for the House of Delegates against Barbara Comstock, telling a forum in Great Falls that she believes it should law to force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Forced by government decree, mind you. A birdie sent me this:
FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.
She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors’ costs. She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians now and that it is forecast to be 90,000 in a few years.
Democrats appear to want to make physicians slaves of the state, but Democrats don’t admit they would just drive more doctors out of practice into retirement and other occupations. The Obamacare law and regulations are causing millions of people to lose their health insurance, drop many doctors and hospitals. The HHS internal forecast is 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance due to the Obamacare law and rules about adequacy of insurance. (more)
As discussed at Legal Insurrection, one of the consequences of Obamacare is the millions of individuals going to be enroll in Medicaid. So now there will be an even greater percentage of the healthcare pool where healthcare reimbursements do not cover costs.
The great Obamacare reform is turning into the great thrust of tens of millions of people onto Medicaid.
The problem is, fewer and fewer doctors are willing to take Medicaid patients because the reimbursements are so low.
I have met numerous doctors who tell me they either refuse Medicaid patients or restrict them because the reimbursements do not cover their costs. They also double and triple book, because so many Medicaid patients who make appointments don’t show up. As to Medicare the payments currently are bearable, but only because private insurance payments for other patients make up the shortfall.
Increasingly, doctors are abandoning the government payment train wreck, and going all cash or some hybrid. This all was foreseeable and was foreseen.