Monthly Archives: July 2013

Keith Downey on Obamacare

Obamacare is showing the markings of a failed initiative.

When you see a wisp of smoke rising from the forest, odds are there’s a growing fire underneath. Obamacare is no different. Breaking his own law to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate was neither strategic nor a political stroke of brilliance by the president, despite the White House spin.

Obamacare’s implementation seems to be following a predictable pattern that we’ve seen in other big-ticket government programs. Feature reductions come first, followed by extensions of deadlines. Costs go up. The other party is blamed. Then failures are magically rebranded as successes. Soon, calls for even more time are issued, then for more money. Other units of government or the private sector are blamed.

Eventually, citizens get blamed, and then the sure sign of failure: Others in your own party get blamed. Finally, there are calls to replace it with another venture, perhaps even bigger but just as destined to fail.

The blaze under the Obamacare forest canopy appears to be growing. Consider:

• The price for individual coverage is projected to go up substantially. People will be forced to purchase more coverage than they might want or need.

• The employer mandate is too complicated to implement. Delaying employer provisions may seem like a short-term gain, but delaying violates the law itself — and if it’s too complicated now, how will they simplify it in the future?

• Individual applications for subsidies will be self-attested because the verification process is not ready. Eligibility for subsidies, typically via an extensive verification process, simply will be granted to anyone applying.

• Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to create government-run insurance exchanges that won’t be fully ready, even though exchanges are already successfully operating in the private sector.

• Young people and healthy individuals won’t sign up. The sickest will sign up because their costs presumably go down. But if you are healthy or young, the individual market will be far cheaper. Absent the young and healthy in the group, the price for the sickest will of necessity go up, too.

• We have no idea how much Obamacare will really cost. Estimates already are wildly higher than originally promised.

Conservatives rightly object to Obamacare’s massive intrusion of the federal government into 14 percent of the economy. We rightly object to bureaucratic rules dictating the decisions you make with your doctor. But pragmatists, and even good-government liberals, should take note of the obvious indications that this massive program is on its heels.

Yet, while the latest announcements seem to confirm our worst fears, don’t bet on Obamacare’s demise. After a long period of incremental bad news, beware when they come back and tell us we have to go to a single-payer system.

That may have been the goal all along.

Reprinted from the Rochester Post-Bulletin, July 12, 2013

Quick Links

Senator Torrey Westrom’s Legislative Review.

Senator Ingebrigtsen Ponders Gubernatorial Run:

When contacted by the Echo Press Tuesday, Ingebrigtsen said he’ll make a decision in the next four to six weeks whether to jump into the race. He plans to form a committee to explore the possibility.

“I think Minnesota needs a rural choice,” he said. “I believe my seven years in the Senate, including the two years when the Republicans were in control, makes me well-suited for the office of governor.”

Ingebrigtsen, a former Douglas County sheriff, said he’s received a positive reaction from politically connected people he’s talked to about a possible campaign.

He said he’s “disgusted” by Dayton’s “tax the rich” policy, which Ingebrigtsen said will impact more than those with high incomes.

“Everybody will be paying higher taxes,” he said. “You won’t get that with a new sheriff in town. When I say I’m going to do something, I will do it.”

Ingebrigtsen on State’s New Taxes

(ST. PAUL, MN) – This upcoming month of July will mark the beginning of the new tax laws put into place by the Democrat lead legislature this past session. Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) would like to inform his constituents there will be more taxes on their receipt in the near future.

“The new taxes that the Democrats put into place this past session will soon start to take effect,” said Ingebrigtsen. “The changes to broaden the sales tax will now having the hardworking taxpayers of Minnesota paying for items they have never been taxed on before. These new items range from Internet purchases to car repairs. These taxes are going to hit people’s checkbook at a tough time,” Ingebrigtsen stated.

Most of the new sales tax will go into effect July 1, 2013. While most changes made from the legislative session go into effect August 1, 2013. Sen. Ingebrigtsen always encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns.
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Ingebrigtsen Statement on Dayton’s Gun Rights Comments

“Comments made by Governor Mark Dayton in the Star Tribune titled “Dayton says Trayvon Martin cases strengthens his opposition to ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws,” should be very concerning to Minnesotans about the direction he is taking the state. Politicizing the tragedy and subsequent trial of this young man’s death is something that is very irresponsible. As a former Sherriff, I have always put faith into the justice system and allowing the court and/or jury to decide the verdict.

Governor Dayton is playing political games with our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. In my opinion, the comments Governor Dayton made in the Star Tribune is only a precursor to the assault he and DFL leadership will lead the next legislative session on the Second Amendment.
Gun owners and Sportsmen across the State should prepare for more restrictive gun laws if we allow Governor Dayton’s agenda to continue. People in the State of Minnesota have the right to protect themselves and the right to bear arms. I encourage our Minnesota Governor to respect our Constitution and more importantly be more concerned with our state than the Florida judicial system.”

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