Archive for August 21st, 2009

by JC

Yesterday, at Obama’s Organizing For America town hall, he let slip a valuable piece of policy information. In what to-date has been mostly a specifics-free push for reform that meets whatever set of goals that satisfy this week’s polling needs, Obama let loose in an hour and almost 20 minute video town hall that was streamed over the internet and had almost a quarter million call-ins on the conference.

Of course, he almost made it to the end without sticking his neck out. Then, in response to a gentleman’s question about what reform would mean for his son, who would soon be leaving the family insurance plan, we got this as an addendum to his answer:

[starting about 1:14:00 of the video] “…And then there are going to be hardship exemptions, there are going to be some folks who fall in a different category. They may be a little bit older, quite poor, but even with the subsidies they just can’t afford health care insurance and we’ll have to give them some hardship exemptions. And to folks like that we say to you, ok, if you can’t make the payments for, say 10% of your income, if you are in such a strapped situation, and you just can’t afford that, then, uh, you are exempt” …[closing message, then applause]

So I guess the Obama administration and Congress haven’t yet figured out that universal means universal and mandate means mandate. Of course there has to be some sort of doughnut hole. Medicare reform taught us that.

Hardship exemption. Huh. I guess that’s the new euphemism for being uninsured in the age of Obama. A badge of (dis)honor. And to be applauded by an audience full of so-called progressives. Progressive sheep. Maybe that applause was really baa, baa, baa-ing.
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Watch the video, then contact your congressional rep to see if you fall in the new doughnut hole exemption. I know I will.

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