The Chicago Way comes to Obamacare

You have been warned!  President Barack Obama (D) really does practice what he preaches.  (No, it is not what you're thinking.)  According to FactCheck, Obama, an enthusiastic practitioner of The Chicago Way, did once say of Republicans: "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."

A: Yes. Obama made those remarks at a fundraiser in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential campaign. He was paraphrasing a quote from the 1987 mob movie "The Untouchables."

Keeping that in mind, the latest twist in the continuing disastrous reveal of the Patient (Lack of) Protection Act and (Un)Affordable Care Act, now rightly known as Obamacare, shouldn't surprise.  As Tuesday's Fox News home page sums up, Obama brought a fully loaded gun to the Obamacare fight. 

ObamaCare's red state rate squeeze

STUDY FINDS OBAMACARE premiums will be highest in states that did not vote for President Obama, prompting some lawmakers to say it proves 'law picks winners and losers' across the country.

There!  That will teach folks who dare exercise their right to vote

Experiencing sticker-shock at the price of insurance on ObamaCare exchanges?

That's more likely if you live in a "red state" that didn't vote for Obama, according to price data compiled by the Heritage Foundation. In red states, premiums for 27-year-olds rose an average of 78% on ObamaCare exchanges, whereas in "blue states" that voted for Obama, premiums rose a smaller 50%. (snip)

A Republican Senate staffer who does health policy told FoxNews.com that the rate changes discussed so far aren't the only way in which ObamaCare transfers money from red to blue states.

"Red states are subsidizing the blue states' Medicaid expansion... What you have is a lot of the wealthier states, a lot of the bluer states, are expanding Medicaid. And the federal government has promised to pay 90 cents of every dollar to expand Medicaid to include childless adults," the staffer told FoxNews.com.

"I don't think it's intentional on the part of the administration," he added.

Wrong! you naive Republican Senate staffer.  This was very intentional.

But why were insurance rates in red (Republican) states usually lower?  Aha! 

Health policy experts say the reason red states got hit hardest is that they had fewer regulations to begin with.
Fewer regulations equal lower prices and better care.  The government can't have that!

Bring out the guns and take their money!



You have been warned!  President Barack Obama (D) really does practice what he preaches.  (No, it is not what you're thinking.)  According to FactCheck, Obama, an enthusiastic practitioner of The Chicago Way, did once say of Republicans: "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."

A: Yes. Obama made those remarks at a fundraiser in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential campaign. He was paraphrasing a quote from the 1987 mob movie "The Untouchables."

Keeping that in mind, the latest twist in the continuing disastrous reveal of the Patient (Lack of) Protection Act and (Un)Affordable Care Act, now rightly known as Obamacare, shouldn't surprise.  As Tuesday's Fox News home page sums up, Obama brought a fully loaded gun to the Obamacare fight. 

ObamaCare's red state rate squeeze

STUDY FINDS OBAMACARE premiums will be highest in states that did not vote for President Obama, prompting some lawmakers to say it proves 'law picks winners and losers' across the country.

There!  That will teach folks who dare exercise their right to vote

Experiencing sticker-shock at the price of insurance on ObamaCare exchanges?

That's more likely if you live in a "red state" that didn't vote for Obama, according to price data compiled by the Heritage Foundation. In red states, premiums for 27-year-olds rose an average of 78% on ObamaCare exchanges, whereas in "blue states" that voted for Obama, premiums rose a smaller 50%. (snip)

A Republican Senate staffer who does health policy told FoxNews.com that the rate changes discussed so far aren't the only way in which ObamaCare transfers money from red to blue states.

"Red states are subsidizing the blue states' Medicaid expansion... What you have is a lot of the wealthier states, a lot of the bluer states, are expanding Medicaid. And the federal government has promised to pay 90 cents of every dollar to expand Medicaid to include childless adults," the staffer told FoxNews.com.

"I don't think it's intentional on the part of the administration," he added.

Wrong! you naive Republican Senate staffer.  This was very intentional.

But why were insurance rates in red (Republican) states usually lower?  Aha! 

Health policy experts say the reason red states got hit hardest is that they had fewer regulations to begin with.
Fewer regulations equal lower prices and better care.  The government can't have that!

Bring out the guns and take their money!



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