Obamacare Signups Send Beck Into a Tizzy

The Obamacare signup numbers topped 7 million at the end of the initial period and that fact sent Glenn Beck into a major league hissy fit. He declared Obama to be a “sociopath” and the media “rat bastards” for not exposing what he’s just sure are fake numbers. It was quite a righteous rant. And then he’s just so tired of it he isn’t going to deal with all those people anymore.

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  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    “Obamacare Signups Send Beck Into a Tizzy”

    Yes but what doesn’t these days eh?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Don’t think I’ve heard of anyone ever sounding so angry about their right to pursue happiness before.

    “You put Obama in a military uniform and he’s a full-fledged dictator” – Yeah, guess that explains why Congress is a smoking ruin and all the Repubs have been jailed indefinitely for opposing him and the 2016 election was cancelled and – hand on a minute!

    “I’m going to do what I was born to do!” Good for you Beck -but, um, that’d be what exactly? Who’s been stopping you from doing that before?

    Also what’s this about Obama designing his own uniform now? Dafuck?

  • raven

    The Obamacare signup numbers topped 7 million at the end of the initial period…

    It’s actually more than that.

    7 million private exchanges insurance, 3 million Medicaid expansion, 4.5 million adult children to 26 on their parent’s policies.

    Total 14.5 million.

    Ironically, despite the incessant Tea party/GOP sabotage, Republicans seem to have signed up in expected numbers.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Still I gotta give Beck credit for one thing. I didn’t hear him utter the “nazi” word once there so chalk that up. Maybe he’s finally getting the best of his nazi tourette’s?

  • mikeyb

    Beck is just looking into the mirror and projecting his well deserved self-loathing once again.

  • raven

    We all know how much the GOP has spent trying to sabotage the ACA.

    Among their stunning achievements was combining their War on Poor People with their War on Affordable Health Care. Roughly 25 states refused to expand Medicaid, thereby preventing roughly 3 million low income people from getting enrolled in a health care system. Most or all of them were GOP controlled.

    Despite doing all they could, including their standard tactic of incessant lying, the ACA still met their first year target.

    I suppose they will just have to find some other social safety net program to destroy. It seems to be on to the Wars on Food Stamps and unemployment insurance. If they can starve the poor, it won’t matter too much if they have Affordable Health Care.

    It’s all totally biblical. Who would jesus starve, refuse medical care to, or prevent from voting?

  • mikeyb

    Beck “I have a right to pursue my own happiness.” I no longer get the pleasure of watching middle class and poor people fucking go bankrupt or die for lack of health care. What a fucking shame.

  • ehmm

    Holy shit. Hoooly shit. The tangent about fashion design was just… holy shit. In any sane world, this clown would have been laughed out of the room a long time ago.

    I don’t understand why the right wing noise machine is loosing their shit over the enrollment numbers. Did they really think no one was going to sign up?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Who the hell else uses an oversized recording-studio microphone in the middle of a desk for a tv talk show?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Who the hell else uses an oversized recording-studio microphone in the middle of a desk for a tv talk show?

    Penis substitute. “My mic is bigger than your mic.”

  • timpayne

    I was one of those who was lied to – as a result of Obama Care, Maine state health plans were canceled as of 12/31. As an alternative, I was forced to accept superior coverage at a lower cost. GOD DAMN Obama!

  • raven

    Obamacare Can Be Repealed Even With Enrollment, Ryan Says

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Congress and a new president could still repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care law after 2016, rejecting Democratic arguments that the measure is irreversible. “I don’t think it can last,” Ryan said of the law in an interview yesterday with…

    Bloomberg

    Paul Ryan does have the GOP plan C. Repeal the ACA in 2016.

    The recent polls show there is a lot of support for the ACA. Despite GOP fear mongering, the world didn’t end because a few million people got health care insurance.

    I’ve never seen any indication that Ryan has a functioning brain.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Roughly 25 states refused to expand Medicaid, thereby preventing roughly 3 million low income people from getting enrolled in a health care system. Most or all of them were GOP controlled.

    And the immediate result was a whole bunch of hospitals in those States closing, because the money that they left on the table for Medicare expansion came from the compensation going to hospitals for uncompensated emergency care.

    Apparently the legislatures and governors of those states are catching a whole heaping load of flak as a result. That wouldn’t be so much of a problem except that the hospital execs are big players in the Party and the hospitals going down are in hard-core Republican (rural) districts.

  • caseloweraz

    Beck: There has never been any president who has done anything like this.

    Horsepucky.

    I’m not going to waste my life. I’m going to do what I was born to do.

    Retire?

  • Michael Heath

    raven writes:

    Roughly 25 states refused to expand Medicaid, thereby preventing roughly 3 million low income people from getting enrolled in a health care system.

    It’s my understanding that the Supreme Court ruling and some red states obstructing expansion of Medicaid will result in nearly 5 million people not able to obtain health insurance. From the Kaiser Foundation:

    In states that do not expand Medicaid, nearly five million poor uninsured adults have incomes above Medicaid eligibility levels but below poverty and may fall into a “coverage gap” of earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for Marketplace premium tax credits. Most of these people have very limited coverage options and are likely to remain uninsured.

  • raven

    17,000 People Will Die Uninsured in Red States Because …

    https: //aattp. org/17000-people-will-die-uninsured-in-red-states-because-g…‎

    Feb 6, 2014 – 17,000 People Will Die Uninsured in Red States Because GOP Leaders Refused Medicaid Expansion. Posted by: Simone Sanner in Economic …

    A study from Harvard states that 17,000 people will die for no good reason due to GOP sabotage.

    17,000!!! Is that all? This must be a huge disappointment to them.

    Maybe the GOP will have better success in their War on Poor People when they cut off Food Stamps. Starvation kills just as well even though it is slower.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Do you know who else signed legislation giving people who didn’t get healthcare coverage from their employer or the State access to transparent, relatively standardized private healthcare insurance on public exchanges?

  • Michael Heath

    timpayne writes:

    I was one of those who was lied to – as a result of Obama Care, Maine state health plans were canceled as of 12/31. As an alternative, I was forced to accept superior coverage at a lower cost. GOD DAMN Obama!

    I don’t see any close seconds to the pervasive voice the Koch brothers have in Michigan politics. For several months they’ve been relentlessly running TV ads of people who claim to be worse-off due to Obamacare. Every single fact-check story I’ve seen reveals the opposite for these characters, except for one family. And that family is worse-off because they refuse to take advantage of increased health coverage for less money because, Obamascare. Conservative fealty to evidence-less, false, illogical, ideology trumps results – even when it harms their own freaking children.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “Conservative fealty to evidence-less, false, illogical, ideology trumps results – even when it harms their own freaking children.”

    YES BUT ITS ALL WORTH IT KNOWING IM ALSO HARMING PEOPLE OR GROUPS I FEAR AND HATE! AND ANYWAY ITS THEIR FAULT THAT IM HARMING HARMING THEM!

  • thebookofdave

    0:38 into the clip:

    right now, we’re allowed to say this is completely bogus

    ZOMG!!!!11!!!onety!!! Look how Obama crushes free speech and dissent with his permissive tactics! TYRAANNY!!!

  • anubisprime

    Michael Heath @ 18

    except for one family. And that family is worse-off because they refuse to take advantage of increased health coverage for less money because, Obamascare.

    Tempted to saunter on by whistling a jaunty tune about natural selection.. but deliberately endangering their kids because they were lied to by fuckin’ 18th century wannabe cowboys with IQ scores dangling around their ankles, goes beyond triteness and trespasses into tragedy and utter immoral stupidity.

    I wish the cousins well…but fear that the clowns of self inflated pompous egoism will finally transport a country, that has so much potential, back to the frontier of ignorance and the township that laid the mountains low. while the town got high!

  • lanir

    I have a right to do what I want to do, not what they tell me to do…

    I think he’s cribbing his ideas from movie trailers now. Totally sounds like the synopsis for Divergence. Doubt he’ll get accused of plaigarism though. I know if I wrote something the last kind of publicity I’d want is linking my creative work to some random idiot’s foam-flecked incomprehensible rant.

  • caseloweraz

    Writing in Friday’s paper, Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. asked,

    “Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones?

    The fact that the Affordable Care Act hit its original goal this week of signing up more than 7 million people through its insurance exchanges ought to be a moment of truth. It ought to give everyone pause over how reckless the opponents of change have been in making instant judgments and outlandish charges.”

    But we know it won’t. The usual suspects will keep right on lying. To quote Rep. Boehner, “Is this a joke?”

    Yes it is — but not a funny one.

  • felidae

    Does Obama’s fascist uniform look anything like this?

    http://www.amazon.com/Arguing-Idiots-Small-Minds-Government/dp/1416595015/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396836020&sr=1-15&keywords=glenn+beck

    maybe Glenn is worried he will steal his design

  • Christoph Burschka

    I have a right to pursue my own happiness.

    I get that he likes pursuing his happiness, and that’s a completely normal thing and nothing to be ashamed of.

    But couldn’t he maybe pursue his happiness in private like everyone else, instead of on national television?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Ironically, despite the incessant Tea party/GOP sabotage, Republicans seem to have signed up in expected numbers.”

    I was drinking some beers on Friday night (I was just waiting for my turn to expound on the weighty scientific, political and sportsification questions of the day) at my local drinkin’n’debatin’ club. A staunch republican (30+ years at the only non-union plant in his companies holdings*) whose very well educated son-in-law and daughter make $10K a year while his son-in-law pursues a 3rd degree (if I heard him right) and his pregnant daughter stays home. She has no income so she qualifies for medicare and the gummint is paying for EVERYTHING–NO co-pays. He is very conflicted about the situation, but not so much so that he told her to ditch the WELFARE and let HIM pay for everything:

    This:

    “The hospital is facing serious sanctions over the issue, including a possible termination from the Medicare and Medicaid programs which pay for the majority of patients treated in hospitals.”

    is from a story, here:

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/feds_say_syracuse_doctor_slapped_sedated_patients_on_butts.html

    about a surgeon who abused his comatose patients for over a year due to people being afraid to report him OR being afraid to confront him on those occasions on which he was reported.

    I asked an economist of my acquaintance whether there is any data on how many ER’s or even entire hospitals are in a position where, absent the “charity” cases they’d be unable to remain open. He has not gotten back to me, yet.

    “The hospital is facing serious sanctions over the issue, including a possible termination from the Medicare and Medicaid programs which pay for the majority of patients treated in hospitals.”

    * And maintaining their non-union status by a margin of 13 votes out of about 800 cast in a recent union election. They’ve succeeded in keeping the plant non-union by paying their employees union scale wages and giving them union scale benefits and retirement packages.

  • eric

    And that family is worse-off because they refuse to take advantage of increased health coverage for less money because, Obamascare.

    Don’t know about other folks, but I was able to find the exact same health care plan on the exchange as what my employer provided to me from 2004-2013. The idea that these are “Obamacare” plans is just meaningless – they are plans already created by Blue Cross, Kaiser, Aetna, etc. and concurrently offered through corporations. There is a lot of overlap, and most of the people complaining about Obamacare being some sort of scam probably have a plan that is offered under the ACA.

    ACA may not be a tax-supported single-payer system, but I think over the next 10-20 years it will still make the vast majority of employer-based care obsolete. When a corporation has the options (1) employ people to run the corporate health care system and contribute to each employee’s health care costs via some centrally managed benefits service, or (2) just give each employee a couple hundred bucks a month extra and dispense with their health benefits packages (and support personnel) altogether, most are very quickly going to decide to do the latter.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    You know what? Of course you don’t know what, so I’m going to tell you.

    Glennie fucking Bek is all over the airwave bloviatin’ about his idiotic ideas for, what?, 30 or so years? Always complaining about the moocherz on teh welfare and whatnot.

    Well, here’s the thing, douchebek; when it comes to openin a can’o’whupass on the TAKERZ, it takes one to know one.

    When was the last time, Glennie, that YOU or your employers wrote a fucking check for usin’ MY airwaves? Huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought, fucktard.

  • pickwick

    One spring, many years ago, a tiny human-interest sidebar appeared in my local paper with the heading, “Happiness is Nesting Bluebirds.” By mathematical substitution, you can see that means we’re actually guaranteed a slightly different set of rights than we often think: the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of nesting bluebirds.”