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Posted on 09/27/2013 6:56:21 AM PDT by SJackson
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ObamaCare on the Edge
Posted By Tom Thurlow On September 27, 2013 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment
Recall from history that one of the Eastern Blocks longest-serving and brutal dictators, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, fell from power after a single speech in front of his subjects. On December 21, 1989, President Ceausescu spoke from a balcony in Bucharest to a group of about 80,000 Romanians, during which opposition to Ceausescus rule galvanized. A few people in the crowd began booing and jeering, totally unheard-of during Ceausescus rule. The booing spread, then the crowd began chanting opposition slogans, and eventually charged the presidential building en mass.
The popular opposition galvanized despite unanimous support of the military and state-run media. Within three days of the speech, Ceausescu and his wife had been deposed and executed, and Romania became a newly-freed, former communist country. It was a staggeringly-swift turn of events. And it all began and gathered momentum during a single speech, now known as the Ceausescu Balcony Speech.
Metaphorically, Obamacare has just now walked onto the balcony and has begun to speak to its subjects, us Americans, who will be held captive by its new regime of laws, regulations and distortions. Despite widespread positive coverage from the mainstream media, liberal celebrities, and even politicians who accuse opponents of racism, doubts are coalescing. Popular support has never been that strong, and people are only now coming face to face with the real problems of Obamacare, and they dont like them.
The media is starting to cover horror stories of healthcare premiums doubling and tripling, and thousands of workers getting laid off or converted to working less than 30 hours a week. Doctors are retiring to avoid having to deal with it. Retired workers are losing their insurance and told to go to the Obamacare exchanges or coverage. Health insurance companies are exiting states. A new problem has also emerged: Americans are being told of a newly-discovered Obamacare family glitch, in which many workers will be able to keep their healthcare coverage but their spouses and children will be dropped.
The hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the Obama administration to provide paid navigators to get the word out, and help from liberal celebrities can only sugar-coat things so long. Within the next few weeks Americans will receive notices in the mail describing the true, terrible details of changes to their healthcare coverage.
A few lucky Americans, like some unions and members of Congress and their staffs, will be exempt from Obamacare. Agents at the IRS, who will enforce Obamacare on the rest of us, are urging Congress to vote against a proposal that will place them in the same healthcare boat as the rest of us. Seems like the healthcare that is good enough for the rest of us is not good enough for the IRS.
And whatever happened to President Obamas promises? Remember when he told us “if you like your doctor or healthcare plan, you can keep it? The White House doesnt want us to remember those comments. President Obama also probably wants us to forget when he said that under Obamacare a typical familys healthcare premium will decrease by $2,500. The reality is that for most Americans, their health insurance premiums will rise dramatically, and they may not be able to keep their current insurance coverage at all.
The dynamics in Congress are just beginning to change. A few days ago the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government except for Obamacare. Even some Democrat representatives voted for it. Only a few weeks earlier, this would have been unthinkable.
While the Democratically-controlled Senate is expected to pass a resolution that will fund Obamacare, Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid is trying his best to pass the resolution in such a way that vulnerable Democrat Senators up or re-election in 2014 do not need to publicly show their support for Obamacare. Voters back home in Alaska, Arkansas or North Carolina, for example, might not approve of their senators voting to keep Obamacare in place.
Texas Senator Ted Cruzs filibuster did not win a vote on defunding Obamacare, but he was at least successful in presenting to the general public some of the arguments against Obamacare that are usually ignored by the mainstream press, and Democrats in general are on the defense.
Yes, the bottom is falling out of Obamacare support, and like the end of Nicolae Ceausescu, it could be very quick.
MAKE DC LISTEN: TELL YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE CLOTURE ON H.J. RES 59
We must oppose cloture on H. J. Res. 59, so that Harry Reid and Senate Democrats cannot sneak in funding for Obamacare. We need you to call your Senators right now: tell them to oppose cloture on H.J. Res 59 and remind them that a vote for cloture IS a for funding Obamacare.
State Senator Party Phone
AK Mark Begich D (202) 224-3004
AK Lisa Murkowski R (202) 224-6665
AL Jeff Sessions R (202) 224-4124
AL Richard C. Shelby R (202) 224-5744
AR John Boozman R (202) 224-4843
AR Mark L. Pryor D (202) 224-2353
AZ Jeff Flake R (202) 224-4521
AZ John McCain R (202) 224-2235
CA Barbara Boxer D (202) 224-3553
CA Dianne Feinstein D (202) 224-3841
CO Michael F. Bennet D (202) 224-5852
CO Mark Udall D (202) 224-5941
CT Richard Blumenthal D (202) 224-2823
CT Christopher Murphy D (202) 224-4041
DE Thomas R. Carper D (202) 224-2441
DE Christopher A. Coons D (202) 224-5042
FL Bill Nelson D (202) 224-5274
FL Marco Rubio R (202) 224-3041
GA Saxby Chambliss R (202) 224-3521
GA Johnny Isakson R (202) 224-3643
HI Mazie K. Hirono D (202) 224-6361
HI Brian Schatz D (202) 224-3934
IA Chuck Grassley R (202) 224-3744
IA Tom Harkin D (202) 224-3254
ID Mike Crapo R (202) 224-6142
ID James E. Risch R (202) 224-2752
IL Richard J. Durbin D (202) 224-2152
IL Mark Kirk R (202) 224-2854
IN Daniel Coats R (202) 224-5623
IN Joe Donnelly D (202) 224-4814
KS Jerry Moran R (202) 224-6521
KS Pat Roberts R (202) 224-4774
KY Mitch McConnell R (202) 224-2541
KY Rand Paul R (202) 224-4343
LA Mary L. Landrieu D (202) 224-5824
LA David Vitter R (202) 224-4623
MA Edward Markey D (202) 224-2742
MA Elizabeth Warren D (202) 224-4543
MD Benjamin L. Cardin D (202) 224-4524
MD Barbara A. Mikulski D (202) 224-4654
ME Susan M. Collins R (202) 224-2523
ME Angus S. King I (202) 224-5344
MI Carl Levin D (202) 224-6221
MI Debbie Stabenow D (202) 224-4822
MN Al Franken D (202) 224-5641
MN Amy Klobuchar D (202) 224-3244
MO Roy Blunt R (202) 224-5721
MO Claire McCaskill D (202) 224-6154
MS Thad Cochran R (202) 224-5054
MS Roger F. Wicker R (202) 224-6253
MT Max Baucus D (202) 224-2651
MT Jon Tester D (202) 224-2644
NC Richard Burr R (202) 224-3154
NC Kay R. Hagan D (202) 224-6342
ND Heidi Heitkamp D (202) 224-2043
ND John Hoeven R (202) 224-2551
NE Deb Fischer R (202) 224-6551
NE Mike Johanns R (202) 224-4224
NH Kelly Ayotte R (202) 224-3324
NH Jeanne Shaheen D (202) 224-2841
NJ Jeff Chiesa R (202) 224-3224
NJ Robert Menendez D (202) 224-4744
NM Martin Heinrich D (202) 224-5521
NM Tom Udall D (202) 224-6621
NV Dean Heller R (202) 224-6244
NV Harry Reid D (202) 224-3542
NY Kirsten E. Gillibrand D (202) 224-4451
NY Charles E. Schumer D (202) 224-6542
OH Sherrod Brown D (202) 224-2315
OH Rob Portman R (202) 224-3353
OK Tom Coburn R (202) 224-5754
OK James M. Inhofe R (202) 224-4721
OR Jeff Merkley D (202) 224-3753
OR Ron Wyden D (202) 224-5244
PA Robert P. Casey D (202) 224-6324
PA Patrick J. Toomey R (202) 224-4254
RI Jack Reed D (202) 224-4642
RI Sheldon Whitehouse D (202) 224-2921
SC Lindsey Graham R (202) 224-5972
SC Tim Scott R (202) 224-6121
SD Tim Johnson D (202) 224-5842
SD John Thune R (202) 224-2321
TN Lamar Alexander R (202) 224-4944
TN Bob Corker R (202) 224-3344
TX John Cornyn R (202) 224-2934
UT Orrin G. Hatch R (202) 224-5251
UT Mike Lee R (202) 224-5444
VA Tim Kaine D (202) 224-4024
VA Mark R. Warner D (202) 224-2023
VT Patrick J. Leahy D (202) 224-4242
VT Bernard Sanders I (202) 224-5141
WA Maria Cantwell D (202) 224-3441
WA Patty Murray D (202) 224-2621
WI Tammy Baldwin D (202) 224-5653
WI Ron Johnson R (202) 224-5323
WV Joe Manchin D (202) 224-3954
WV John D. Rockefeller D (202) 224-6472
WY John Barrasso R (202) 224-6441
WY Michael B. Enzi R (202) 224-3424
Now that we have your attention, you sorry US Senators, keep in mind that we will replace you with those who will gladly correct your errors - - - .
So, scrub and clean by 2014 !
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick
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Then I look around me at my fellow countrymen and I am sad again.
And they need to start talking deductibles and copays.
That info is still secret.
Only disclosing the monthly premium is not the whole story.
The Fates will not be kind to Obamacare.
The speech was well-prepared. They had sent in bus loads of sycophants to pack the crowd and cheer lead. But, in the end, even their helicopter pilot who was a personally trusted and vetted member of their inner circle, helped them escape to the safety of the countryside . . . and then promptly turned them over to an ad hoc tribunal who would return them to Bucharest just a few days later for a drumhead trial and an ignominious end before a firing squad.
I love this article!
Reading THAT warms my heart. (:
The fall of Ceausescu didn’t happen in a vacuum; in the fall of ‘89, change was happening all throughout Eastern Europe, with many countries throwing out the old Commies.
ObamaCare, though, is all on its own, and backed not only by the Administration but legions of print-and-electronic-media lackeys, which, together, manage to create this huge climate of fear and intimidation where anyone opposing ObamaCare is whacked by insults with big racial/social tone.
I’d love to see ObamaCare go down - and so would a majority of America, apparently - but there’s so many powerful, malicious forces now fighting off any attempt to get rid of it, this WILL take a freakin’ miracle.