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The Slavemasters Have Been Very Busy [Updated Below]

15 June 2010 @ 14:28

Nancy Pelosi on 09 March 2010:

But we have to pass the [health care ‘reform’] bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.

It was passed later that month, but there’s still present the fog that emanates from the law itself.  Like many fogs, it’s not static and occasionally you can make out objects through it.

Medical doctor Scott Gottlieb of AEI has been patiently sitting with his binoculars and has been able to see some very disturbing images which he writes of in the New York Post [worth quoting at length]:

The 3,000-odd pages of legislation left most of the really important (and controversial) policy decisions to the regulations that government agencies were told to issue once the bill passed. Now that those regs are starting to take shape, it’s clear that the Obama team is using its new power to exert tight control over the payment and delivery of all formerly “private” health insurance.

The ObamaCare law references the Secretary of Health and Human Services almost 2,200 times and uses the phrase “the secretary shall” more than 725. Each reference requires HHS to set new rules on medical care, giving control to an existing federal office or one of 160 new agencies that the bill created.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (who was once the Kansas state-insurance commissioner) has taken to these tasks with zeal. In some circles, she’s now known as the nation’s “insurance regulator in chief.”

She’s starting off by applying new regs to health plans offered by large employers — even though these costly rules were supposedly only going to apply to plans sold in the state insurance “exchanges” that don’t get created until 2014. This twist is spelled out in an 83-page draft of a new regulation that leaked late last week.

Bottom line: Sebelius means to dictate what your insurance plan must look like almost from day one, no matter how you get your coverage.

Indeed, the draft regs envision more than half of all policies having to change within three years — an unmistakable break with President’s Obama’s oft-repeated promise, “If people like their insurance, they will be able to keep it.”

Yet that may be the least of the broken promises.

Ultimately, these rules force consumers to buy one of just four health policies — which vary mostly only by trading off higher co-payments for lower premiums, while offering essentially the same actual benefits. In arguing for passage of the law, ObamaCare’s defenders claimed the rules were aimed at health plans sold in the “exchanges.” Oops: Now Sebelius is applying them to employer plans. Eventually, this would force all but the very wealthiest Americans into a single government-designed insurance scheme.

This is far from the only area where Secretary Sebelius is exploiting the law’s fuzzy language to tighten her control over the private insurance market. In recent weeks, she has said that the new law gives her authority to review and even set the rates on health policies sold in private markets, a role previously left to state insurance regulators.

Washington insiders refer to this HHS team as “true believers” — a group of earnest, left-leaning activists who’ve long favored a single nationalized health plan. They are massaging the law’s vagueness to give themselves the tight federal control over health care that will bring their vision into practice.

God save us from ‘True Believers’.

HHS and Imperator Sebelius are moving fast, trying to fly under the American Radar.  This is what happens when you pass vague laws that let departments use the mighty regulatory power [which, as I’ve tried to get across many times, have the force of law] without restraint, without statutory strictures.

Not only must we, the believers in America, retake the Congress this Fall, but we must find ways to resist these regulations just like the citizens of the American Colonies resisted the tyranny of Parliament.  As I explained here, we are under no obligation to respect or obey the illegitimate unconstitutional law known as ‘Obamacare’.  In this case, any resistance is moral and is our duty if we dare call ourselves ‘Americans’.  I have no idea how we can resist, but I have utter and total faith in the ingenuity of the American mind to devise means and methods so that we can resist these evil measures.

Over at Paco Enterprises, Paco offers some very good commentary that includes a call to arms.

Stacy McCain is depressed and needs some bucking-up.  As I just commented over at his site:

We’re NOT SWEDEN.  We’re the Goddamn United Goddamn States Of Goddamn America, Stacy!

Nil Desperandum – Never Despair.

Fight the bastards for every inch of ground.

Resist the regulations!

Roxeanne [de Luca’s] ready and willing. Don’t let the bastards get you down.

WOLVERINES!

UPDATE on 16JUN2010 at 0815….

Over at the Conservative Hideout, Matt has more information on the leaked documents and shows himself to be, I think, psychic with eight predictions as to what will be the results of these regulations.  All of them point to the same end, as he puts it:

…Lots of dead people, horrendous waste, and terrible care….

As a certain lady with natural cleavage and great gams would say: ‘You betcha!’

5 Comments
  1. Roxeanne de Luca permalink
    15 June 2010 @ 16:18 16:18

    I would be more depressed, but every day I see my formerly moonbat state turning conservative because… drumroll… people cannot stand what is going on in Washington.

    When I look at PA-12 and NY-23, sometimes I get depressed and pissed off; other times, I realise that everyone is running on an anti-Obama platform.

    I would be depressed if I saw people around me, even in moonbat Massachusetts, that were okay with all of this. I would be filing for citizenship of a newly-formed country, Roxeanne-tupia, if Obama were progressing a bit more slowly. As it is, we don’t have to wait for our vindication: it’s obvious, so very soon, why all of this is a bad idea.

    If that doesn’t cheer Stacy up, maybe he should think of all of the hotties – I mean, brilliant young conservative women – who are taking over politics. If that doesn’t do the trick, one can always delight in the sheer misery that we are causing for the Left. That Palin’s Facebook page is one of the most influential publications in the country ought to be, itself, a reason to rejoice. That she’s backed up by a small army of Palinistas is pretty awesome – and would never have happened if mere socialists were running this country.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      15 June 2010 @ 16:31 16:31

      1) Did you tell all of this to Stacy?

      2) Don’t put too much faith in the citizens of Taxachusetts – they’ll break your heart every time.

      3) I like ROXEANNIDA better.

  2. Roxeanne de Luca permalink
    15 June 2010 @ 16:54 16:54

    No, I didn’t tell this to Stacy, because Stacy doesn’t listen to me. 🙂 (This could be a direct result of having met me .)

    From Hot Air. California going GOP?!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      15 June 2010 @ 17:20 17:20

      He listens, Roxe.

  3. Erich Madden permalink
    16 June 2010 @ 02:37 02:37

    What are the immigration policies of Roxeanne-tupia? I’m very interested in moving there as soon as possible. I hope that I will not be discriminated against, just for being an American, and I promise to try to learn Roxenglish as soon as possible after moving there, so as not to be rude to the natives by continuing to speak American.

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