We’ve all heard the expression “that is the pot calling the kettle black”, meaning that someone who is guilty of some sort of transgression blames someone else for doing the same thing. I propose another term, “that is the charcoal calling the snowflake black”, to mean someone that is guilty of a transgression claiming that someone else is guilty as well, even when the 2nd party is essentially innocent of the charge.
One prime example of the newly minted phrase, “the charcoal calling the snowflake black”, was provided by Willard Mitt Romney on Meet The Press.
Last year’s losing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s “fundamental dishonesty” on the Affordable Care Act has “put in peril the whole foundation of his second term.”
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Romney said Obama’s handling of Obamacare’s promises “has undermined the foundation of his second term – I think it is rotting it away.”
He added that what “has really undermined the president’s credibility in the hearts of the American people is that he went out, as a centerpiece of his campaign and as a centerpiece of Obamacare over the last several years, saying time and time again that fundamental to his plan was the right people would have to keep their insurance plan, and he knew that was not the case….”
Considering that he headed one of the most dishonest campaigns in American history against the man he now accuses of “fundamental dishonesty”, Romney now fact checking the president is just laughable. In fact the transparent silliness of Romney’s poutrage against the presidents integrity would be worthy fodder for the writers at The Onion, so Romney is hereby given a rarely awarded Onionism.
Romney’s history of deception was not just from the 2012 campaign. His entire political career is based upon the ability to express support for or against any position, only dependent on what Romney is told the audience he addressed believes in. His ability to flip positions on the fundamental issues facing this nation is simply legendary.
Then there are the lies contained in the very words used by Romney to accuse President Obama of dishonesty on Sunday’s Meet The Press:
“First of all, the Massachusetts experience was a state-run plan. The right way to deal with health care reform is not to have a one-size-fits-all plan that’s imposed on all the states,”
First of all, Obamacare envisions each state setting up their own plans. The only reason some states are being run by the Obamacare exchange is that some Republican governors have refused to set up their own programs. The ACA as originally passed would have required each state to establish their own plan in order to take advantage of Medicaid expansion. The supreme court ruled that the federal government could not withhold Medicaid funding from states that did not participate. States that do not take advantage of the Medicaid expansion are costing themselves billions of dollars, keeping poor folks from needed coverage and costing local economies dearly, just to make a bone headed political statement. So Mr. (thank GOD it’s not president) Romney talking about a federal one size fits all approach is wrong, except to the extent that there must be federal involvement due to activist conservative judges and certain Republicans being obstructionist idiots.
As to the main charge of dishonesty levied by Mr. Romney against President Obama… what I’m about to discuss is already surrendered territory in the great national debate about Obamacare. Republicans somehow managed to make a stink on an issue with the mainstream media actively helping to establish a false narrative, and lefties around the nation have crumbled. But I’m going to tell it like it is, widespread acceptance of the false narrative be damned.
First the charge of dishonesty as levied by Romney:
But the president’s biggest mistake, Romney said, was telling Americans they could keep their plans if they liked them. And that bout of “fundamental dishonesty,” he suggested, is “rotting” the foundation of the president’s second term.
The president insisted “time and time again that fundamental to his plan was the right people would have to keep their insurance plan,” Romney said. “And he knew that was not the case. He could know it by looking at Massachusetts and seeing people there lost insurance. He could have learned those lessons and told the people the truth, but he didn’t.”
An example of the surrender on the left was provided later on Meet The Press, when staunch Obama ally and current governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick said:
“For 95 percent of the people in America, that is the truth,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “For the small number of people who have a health care plan which in fact will not insure them when they get sick, it is not true.”
In reality the statement was true for 100 percent of the American people. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! All Americans covered by health insurance when the president signed the ACA into law were allowed to grandfather the plan into Obamacare and not face penalties under the individual mandate, even if their plan did not meet the specifications required by Obamacare.
So why are policies being cancelled with insurance providers sending out letters pointing to the ACA as the reason? Because the grandfathered junk policies could not be changed after passage of Obamacare.
In 1966, when congress mandated that seatbelts must be built on new passenger vehicles, they grandfathered in vehicles that were older than the law. All vehicles manufactured after 1966 were required to meet the new safety standard but that did not mean you had to turn in your older vehicle or have seat belts installed.
So why are vehicle safety standards and insurance coverage not exactly alike? Generally speaking you keep your vehicle for years, and you don’t sell health insurance policies from one private party to the next. Insurance policies generally renew on an annual basis and insurance providers make adjustments and updates as a matter of course during open enrollment. I am covered by employee insurance and each year in November we have a meeting to discuss the next year’s program, hospital stay coverage, doctor networks, copays, drug coverage and so on and so forth. I can’t recall any case in which the company plan has exactly continued from one year to the next.
It is not Obamacare that forced those policies to be dropped. Once a junk plan is changed, the NEW plan must meet the specifications outlined by the ACA. Naturally insurers do not want to maintain policies which they will never be able to enroll new members in and which must remain as is for the foreseeable future, so it’s no wonder they are cancelling the junk coverage, but that is the decision of the insurer, not a mandate by the law.
Why did Democrats simply cave when the Rebublicans and compliant media mischaracterized this issue? Because telling the truth requires patience and time with carefull explanations which just does not work on cable televison. As can be seen by my longwinded and tendentious explanation of the issue, this cannot be expressed in a 5 second sound bite.
So now it is just widely accepted that Obamacare cancelled junk policies and the Democratic powers that be have decided the best defense (that can be thrown out there in a 5 second sound bite) is that 95% of Americans are not affected. Mealy mouthed half apologies that the president could have been more precise in his wording are just irritating from my perspective. I yearn for the day that the professional Democratic messaging machine (if there is such a thing) churns out red meat talking points and staunch defenses of the truth, no matter how problematic.
I may have been able to accept this revolting turn of events if the talking heads and congress critters had been the only ones to pound on the issue, but to have Willard Mitt Romney taking shots at the president for supposedly being dishonest on this issue is a bridge too far for this particular lefty.