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More Americans fall victim to ObamaCare sticker shock

Many Americans have found out exactly what ObamaCare means for them, and they’re not happy. Sure, some will be able to obtain cheaper coverage, thanks to subsidies that hide the true cost of coverage. But too many people are getting stuck with sticker shock.

“My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible,” wrote Tirge Caps on his diary at Daily Kos, a leftist blog. “We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.”

“Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is [going] to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284,” he continued. “I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any f**king penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?”

“Oh, ok, if we qualify, we can get some government assistance. Great. So now I have to jump through another hoop to just chisel some of this off. And we don’t qualify, anyway, so what’s the point?” he asked. “I never felt too good about how this was passed and what it entailed, but I figured if it saved Americans money, I could go along with it.

“I don’t know what to think now. This appears, in my experience, to not be a reform for the people,” he added.

This reflects the feelings of many people, including some who were previously ObamaCare supporters. The San Jose Mercury News recently told the stories of two Californians, both of whom voted for President Obama, who are seeing premium increases because of ObamaCare.

Democrats and libertarians

In 2006, the Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas claimed he was a “libertarian democrat” and argued in favor of the concept not just at his site, but also at Cato Unbound.  I don’t agree with a fair amount of what Moulitsas said, as he spends a good deal of time talking about how government is need to protect us from corporations while missing that corporations are only a threat because they’re empowered by government.  From his 2006 post at The Daily Kos:

The problem with this form of libertarianism is that it assumes that only two forces can infringe on liberty — the government and other individuals.

The Libertarian Democrat understands that there is a third danger to personal liberty — the corporation. The Libertarian Dem understands that corporations, left unchecked, can be huge dangers to our personal liberties.

Libertarian Dems are not hostile to government like traditional libertarians. But unlike the liberal Democrats of old times (now all but extinct), the Libertarian Dem doesn’t believe government is the solution for everything. But it sure as heck is effective in checking the power of corporations.

In other words, government can protect our liberties from those who would infringe upon them — corporations and other individuals.

Whack jobs don’t NEED encouragement

The left is in attack mode. The Arizona shooting and attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has caused many of them to circle the wagons and attack folks ranging from Glenn Beck to Sarah Palin. Truth be told, they’re reaching in almost every instance, and they forget that the insane can make up their own encouragement.

I remember the horror of Oklahoma City, seeing that smoking crater where hundreds lost their lives to a madman. Timothy McVeigh has become a household name, a whack job intent on killing people who had nothing to do with the problems he perceived. Jared Loughner is cut from similar cloth, an insane man with murder in his heart and a head that needed serious psychotherapy.

Soon, renewed calls for gun control will echo throughout the land. I fully expect some to suggest draconian laws to squelch speech that many claim inflamed such a man (though I doubt he leans right politically…one of his favorite books is The Communist Manifesto after all). People will quit asking “why” and start trying to prevent the next such tragedy. I understand the intent. I understand why they would want to try. The thing is, they won’t succeed in doing a damn thing to stop it.

Those with murderous intent will find a way to kill. You will never stop that. You will never stop rhetoric that you feel is harmful either. It will find a way to filter out into the world. For those who think we should stop such speech, ask yourself if you feel like you would want to live in a world that does that?

Would you want to live in a world where you’re not free to speak your mind? Would you want to live in a world where your ideas could be deemed harmful to society and therefore regulated? Would you want to live in that world? Freedom isn’t pretty. It’s messy, with people being able to say whatever they want. But it’s worth it in the end.

WI Senate: Daily Kos shows Feingold down by 11 points

If you remember, Rasmussen recently showed Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) down by seven points to his GOP challenger, Ron Johnson. This wasn’t the first poll to show Johnson building a lead, but the first to show a lead outside of the margin of error.

On Monday via Twitter, Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos, gave a teaser of the results of a new poll in the Senate race in Wisconsin:

New PPP results for dkos, will post tomorrow — Feingold down by double digits, MASSIVE intensity gap. W/o gap, it’d be tied race.

So here are the results of the Daily Kos-sponsored poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (crosstabs available here):

  • Johnson: 52%
  • Feingold: 41%
  • Undecided: 7%

And that enthusiasm gap? It’s an issue for Feingold:

Wisconsin is seeing one of the most severe enthusiasm gaps in the country.  If turnout matched 2008 Johnson would be leading Feingold only 47-46 and Barrett would be ahead of Walker 46-44.  Right now these races look very difficult but if Democrats wake up between now and November they have the potential to become toss ups.

Feingold is underwater in his approval rating, 40% approve, but 53% disapprove. Forty-six percent approve of Johnson, while 34% disapprove. Johnson also has an 11 point lead over Feingold among independent voters, 51% to 40%.

NY-23: New poll shows Hoffman surging

“What I find extremely disturbing is that now that it’s clear that Hoffman is in the lead, Newt is not backing down, he’s digging in and he’s spreading the idea that Dede is the only one who can win. And that’s now hurting us. It’s not only hurting us, it’s helping the Democrat. So now his own words are coming back to bite him and I think the best thing he could do right now is to just be quiet.” - Andy Roth

The Republican establishment has a big problem on it’s hands as a third poll shows Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is in a statistical tie with Bill Owens, the Democratic Party candidate:

Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has a clear shot to win next week’s New York special election and is within one point of the lead, according to the latest Daily Kos poll out today.

The poll shows Democrat Bill Owens holding a tiny one-point lead over Hoffman, 33 to 32 percent, with Republican Dede Scozzafava lagging behind in third with 21 percent of the vote. It’s clear Hoffman is gaining momentum – in the Daily Kos survey of the race last week, Hoffman was still in third place, trailing Owens 35 to 23 percent (with Scozzafava at 30 percent).

in fact, both Owens and Scozzafava have lost ground since last week’s survey, while Hoffman has been gaining steam.

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