…but that’s actually good, according to Alan B. Krueger, the White House Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
And then there’s the news that, under Obamacare, the “bronze” plan for a family would cost about $20K in 2016. And the penalty for not buying it would be $2,400.
Not a surprise. Looking at these figures, it seems to me that people who don’t already have high medical expenses would of course choose to pay the penalty and wait till they get sick to get insurance, when insurers can’t refuse to cover them, and that the whole thing is part of the plan to drive private insurers out and go to single payer.
Hate to be the bearer of more sad tidings, but Scott Brown isn’t going to be running in Massachusetts to fill Kerry’s seat:
“I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time,” Brown said in a statement. “And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.”
Sounds like he got bored with the Senate. That’s really bad news, but the Republican Party has been getting almost nothing but bad news lately. Thinking about Brown, it occurs to me that his original impetus to run was to block the health care reform bill, and he must be feeling pretty discouraged about the changes of doing anything like that anymore. That’s no excuse for giving up, although it’s understandable.
Let’s see, what else? I haven’t yet covered Hagel’s abominable performance (once again, no surprise whatsoever) in his recent Senate appearance, but if you’ve been keeping up you will have noted that even some Democrats may be wondering just how very stupid this guy is, and how obvious that fact is, and how it might make them look to continue to support him.
Obama does not want smart people serving him, and he does not want knowledgeable people, either. He wants (a) people who agree with him on policy, and Hagel’s shockingly stupid and destructive policy preferences are quite in line with Obama’s own; and (b) people who will do his bidding as a good lackey should, and that’s Hagel, too.
What’s more, Obama doesn’t care much about how stupid Hagel looks here. Obama is not running for office. He know the Democrats in Congress will rubber stamp whatever he wants. He knows the Republicans have been neutered (or have neutered themselves; same difference). And he knows that not many Americans are paying close attention to Hagel’s answers in the hearings. So, in the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make if Hagel’s answers were a disgrace?