After all the damage the country has taken from the train wreck that is the “Affordable Care Act”, I thought people could use some good news. Just remember: no matter how badly the Keystone Koders screw up a simple e-commerce web site, you can still get health insurance. There is still a non-Obamacare market out there.
Sure, the constitution is on fire. Yes, prices are outrageously high. I know, everybody is required to pay for services that most of us will never want or need. Even so, it is possible to get insurance at all.
Rejoice, for things could be far, far worse: at least the bastards weren’t able to pass Single Payer.
And you can see how busy they are, at alexa.com
. As of this writing, healthcare.gov's US ranking is 381, which means that only 380 other sites are busier. I'll list a few of those amazing powerhouses, to show what the puny United States federal government is up against:Verizon
, at 368. They're in the business of selling internet access, so of course they can handle a big load.Walgreens
, at 350. You know, the drugstore chain.Toys Я Us
, at 347. The toystore. A frelling TOY STORE
can handle a heavier load than the signature accomplishment of Our Beloved God-King! If you want to buy a Twilight Sparkle night light
, private industry can accommodate you, but try to buy the insurance that the fed pointing a gun at your head commands you to buy? No can do. And the toystore actually has to have a room somewhere in which they keep a stash of actual night lights; insurance just needs money and record-keeping.
I thought Barry's Bozos needed to consult with IBM, or some other computer industry heavyweight. I didn't realize that they'd benefit from the insights of Ray-Ray The Armed Robber.
Yo, like, check it. When you stick a gat in they face and be all like "Watch and wallet, bitch! Phone and jewelry, in the damn bag!", you gots to already have a damn bag to put that stuff in. Oh, yeah, not just have the bag, but have it on you, knowwhatI'msayin?
Okay, what I said about mercy in the subject line? Yeah, no. It's not the load, it's the incompetence. Your agonizer, Mister Obama. Your agonizer, please
Wed, Oct. 9th, 2013, 04:09 pm
I knew we were salted, but I didn't know we were this salted
As everybody must know by now, all Americans are required by law[sic] to purchase health insurance. The required insurance is too expensive for lots of people, so His Royal Highness, King Barack I (peasants are reminded that use of the disloyal sobriquet "the Thin-Skinned" is punishable as lèse-majesté) has generously granted subsidies from His (well, technically, the public) treasury to defray the cost of this command upon His poorer subjects.
I recently stumbled across a worrying caveat to His royal generosity, at this IRS page
To claim the premium tax credit, you must get insurance through the Marketplace.
The "premium tax credit" is how the IRS describes the health insurance subsidy, while "the Marketplace" is how they describe the Obamacare Exchange operating at https://www.healthcare.gov/
Oh, wait. I used the wrong word again, didn't I?
Well, the inevitable happened again. This time it's twelve innocent lives snuffed out at the Washington Navy Yard, and still nobody wants to confront the real issue. How high does the mountain of skulls have to get before we can take the ghouls' toys away? How much blood has to be spilled before those soulless politicians stop taking bribes?
What the hell does anybody need a Gun-Free Zone for, anyway?
I was amazed to see Eric Holder's speech about Zimmerman's aquittal. "No matter how you feel about the verdict, the rule of law is far more important. Mr. Zimmerman has been found not guilty, so that settles the matter; he has committed no crime, and must therefore suffer no punishment." It's really touching to see such a display of honor and decency
Nah, I'm just fucking with you. That nasty little street thug accepting a verdict he doesn't like, just because the law says he has to? Never. Going. To. Happen.
Since he can't figure out any way to get Zimmerman, what with double jeopardy and all, he's looking for help. There is now a tip line for wannabe Stasi goons to suggest ways to persecute one American citizen who has committed no crime. Sure would be a shame if their vendetta contact address
were to be submitted to spam lists.
Everybody reading this already knows that Massachusetts routinely violates the second amendment, right? Sure, old news. What I didn't know is that the first amendment gets the same treatment. Put away any sharp objects before reading this
Thuggo Chavez has become a good kleptocrat
. He has truly become a shining example for all dictators to emulate.
First, a hat tip to McThag
for the legal links.
I'm really getting sick of the widespread inability to learn from experience, no matter the cost. This time, it's twenty dead at an elementary school in Connecticut. Listen up, you blood-stained dumbasses: we tried it your way, and it doesn't work. It can't work. It will never work. How many children have to die before you figure that out?
I don't give a wet shit what you intended. The reality is that 'gun-free' zones
don't do anything but summon the monsters, and give them every advantage. Hey, that's more than 'assault weapon' bans
accomplish. I'm sure it felt really good, sticking it to the hated NRA with those. Congratulations, it's a massacre!
News flash: criminals break laws. It's why we call them criminals. You should have learned this during Prohibition. You should have learned this during The War On Drugs. If your reaction to this horror is to imagine that we can solve the problem by just making mass murder even more illegaller than before, pull your head out. Also, stop voting!
I must thank Ace
for this staggering revelation. I had no idea that Yahoo was part of the vast rightwing conspiracy
, but they clearly are.
According to that impossible "news article", the UK is sending experts to Iraq, in order to assist with the destruction of supposed chemical weapons. The staggering cheek of it! Do they think we've forgotten that Bush Lied People Died?
It's all right there, man. For decades now, the supreme court has been telling us to read the Constitution's penumbras and emanations, because it's a Living Document. Of course, that doesn't tell the whole story; it can't, that's the point.
How can you think that, of all the documents since the invention of writing, it just happens that only one specific one is Living? How could that be even slightly fair? If the Constitution has all those emanations, how could it be possible that, for instance, interpretations of it don't?
Of course they do. You've just got to read them. Like how Roberts says Obamacare would only be legal under the taxing power, therefore it's a tax. Now, if you just read the literal words, that sounds like he's saying that it's just plain Constitutional. But that's not how we do things in the supreme court, baby. Check the penumbras! What that really meant was that Obama gets a choice: either admit that it's a tax, like everything else he ever touched, because he's the taxingest motherfucker that ever taxed a tax on breathing, or kiss his "signature accomplishment" goodbye. Obama chose pride over power; he went on national TV (well, okay, MSNBC; forget it, I'm rolling) to declare that Obamacare is not a tax.
That's it; game over, man, game over. Roberts totally ruled that that makes Obamacare unconstitutional in its entirety, no severability, no appeals, no nothing. All you have to do is read his decision the same way the court already told you they read the Constitution.