Monday, September 18, 2017

September, 2017, Part 3, The Unfolding Disaster That Is Obama Care: Single Payer Still Sucks and Americans Still Suffering

Every month for years now we have had to discuss how bad Obama Care is turning out to be under the continuing theme, “the unfolding disaster that is Obama Care.” This month is no different. As the legislation continues to march through America, driving up health care and health insurance prices as it serves as dead weight on economic growth, it cements its rightful place as the worst piece of legislation Washington has ever produced.

It never had a chance to be successful since it really never addressed the underlying root causes of our ever increasing health costs in the country:
  • Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, resulting in obscenely high obesity rates for the country.
  • Our food chain is infested with overdoses of high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives.
  • Americans smoke too much.
  • Americans do not exercise enough.
  • The country is in serious need of health care tort reform.
  • Barriers to insurance company competition across state lines need to come down.
  • Obama Care never “followed the money” to find out who is actually profiting from the ever escalating healthcare costs in this country and how to get those factors under control.
  • Obama Care never got the immense amount of fraud and abuse in current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, under control in order to save money to efficiently fund other government health care initiatives.
  • Obama Care never put serious research money towards curing the major diseases that drive high healthcare costs such as high frequency cancers and dementia type diseases.
You cannot resolve any problem unless you understand and address the underlying root causes. No difference here: Obama Care legislation never addressed these listed root causes and thus, has no chance of ever being successful.

But it is not just missing the root causes of our healthcare costs that makes Obama Care so horrible. It resulted in millions of Americans losing access to their favored doctors, hospitals, and insurance policies. It has caused insurance premiums, deductibles and copays to escalate substantially. It will likely add trillions of dollars to the national debt. It has exposed millions of Americans to higher than necessary identity theft chances. It has created government bureaucracies that are wastefully spending taxpayer wealth and being exploited by criminal elements. It has stifled economic growth and job creation.

These are just a sample of the types of idiocy that we have been reviewing for the past several years in this blog relative to Obama Care., To read those past posts, just enter the phrase, “the unfolding disaster,” in the search box above.

1) In our previous post we reviewed all of the analysis and studies that have been done to put a single payer health care system into effect in this country and what the cost would be. We found that even the most liberal states that have looked into a single payer system have shied away from it since it would cost so much money and deliver less than stellar healthcare. In most cases, the states found that every household in that state on average would have to see their tax burden rise by over $25,000 a year. That post can be read at:


Bernie Sanders has proposed a single payer healthcare system in this country that he has dubbed “Medicare For All.” As with any single payer system, Bernie’s system would put the Federal government in charge of every aspect of one’s health care using Medicare as the basis is for the single payer system. Never mind the reality that Medicare is rushing towards fiscal insolvency and loses about $60 billion a year to fraud and wasteful spending. Bernie wants to double down on this disaster.

How much of a disaster is this plan? Well, a recent analysis from the iPatriot website went to the Medicare website and figured out how much a young American just entering the workplace would have to pay to be part of Bernie’s “Medicare For All” system. As you will see, the Bernie claim that everyone would get “free healthcare”: is not quite accurate:
  • Using the Medicare website, www.medicare.gov, let’s start off with Medicare Part A.
  • A young person who has been the workforce for less than seven a half years would be paying $413 a month for Part A.
  • But they would not be able to access Part A benefits until the fulfilled a $1,316 deductible each year.
  • Part B would cost that young American at least $134 a month but they could only access that benefit after fulfilling an annual deductible of $183 and even after passing the deductible they would still have to pay 20% of any medical bills incurred under Part B.
  • So, already this young American is paying $547 a month before paying for deductibles but there are more Parts to pay for. Part C, which would cover vision, dental and hearing needs can range from $30 to $200 a month.
  • If we assume the midpoint or so for Part C, about $100, then the monthly “Medicare For All” cost is now $647 a month.
  • Part D, which covers prescription medicines, costs $10 to $100 a month so taking the midpoint of so, say $53, the monthly cost for the first four parts of Medicare is now about $700 a month.
  • But don’t forget you cannot partake of the Part D benefit until you fulfill the $400 annual deductible.
  • If you go for Parts G and H, which would help pay for the excess charges under Part B, that will cost you another $50 a month but only after you fulfill an annual $2,100 deductible.
Thus, using current government data, the annual Medicare cost for a single young American is about $750 a month, $8,500 a year which cannot be fully accessed until that person pays upwards of $2,700 in deductibles. This brings the possible annual cost to about $11,200 year. Does not sound like “free” healthcare to me.

And as always when dealing with government cost estimates, these are the current estimates. You know it is highly unlikely these costs will stay flat or go down over time so the $11,200 is likely a low ball estimate for one person.

The other factor that no one bothers to discuss with the single payer system is how many and what quality people will be enticed to enter medicine if the government controls everything including what the future doctors get paid and how they can practice. What quality student is willing to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to become a certified doctor only to be ruled and controlled by inane and idiotic politicians and government bureaucrats? 

Thus, not only would costs go up, but health care quality would likely go down as the number of quality, smart doctors decreases over time. Higher costs, lower quality, not exactly a winning formula.

2) As we have discussed many times, people like Bernie Sanders keep trying to apply an insurance solution to a public health problem. If you can fix some of the root causes of our high health care costs, e.g. Americans eat too much, Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, Americans do not exercise enough, etc., than overall health goes up and health care costs, and thus insurance costs, go down.

Consider some simple and stark realities about poor eating habits that were discussed in a Fortune magazine article from the March 1, 2017 issue:
  • On average, every American eats about 76 pounds of sugar every year.
  • The sugar amount a consumer eats every year on average is up 8% since 1970, i.e. Americans from a sugar perspective are eating less healthy than they did almost 50 years ago.
  • A study by The Lancet found that a whopping 74% of packaged goods on supermarket shelves across the country contain some sort of sweetener, either sugar or artificial sweeteners.
America does not have a health insurance problem, America has a dietary problem that results in obesity which results in diabetes, heart disease, hip and knee replacements, and a whole slew of other maladies. Fix the dietary problem and our infested food chain, and you go a long way to fixing the health insurance problem.

3) Every month when we address the unfolding disasters of Obama Care, we usually finish up the discussion with real life stories of Americans whose lives and health have been severely disrupted by Obama Care. The source of most of our stories comes from the website:


Let’s continue that habit below:

KEN - COLORADO: My wife and I have been on the same health insurance plan for 12 years. The cost of that plan has gone up 110% in the last three years and we had to go with different plan due to the cost. The new plan covers less with higher deductibles. It is due to the Obamacare act. We called BCBS to ask why the cost has gone up each year (that's three calls, one a year) we were told the same each time, to get ready for the new health care act. So much for cheaper insurance. IT IS A SAD, RECKLESS LAW! All those who voted for it should be ashamed for what they did!

P.S. We are now slaves to our government, we now have to buy something from a private company or pay a fine, to live in this country.

DAVID - MICHIGAN: I received a letter from my insurance company that I was going to lose my insurance coverage due to obamacare. In order to keep my plan the way I had it but to make aca compliant my premium would raise from $430 a month to $699 a month.which is not affordable at all or my out of pocket deductible would go from $5000 to $15000. Which is also not affordable[. . .]It would be cheaper for me to pay [the] fine/tax then it would be to go with obamacare.

RENAY - WASHINGTON: Our insurance has DOUBLED! My husband is self employed and we have ALWAYS had insurance we bought on the open market, meaning we don't get it subsidized by an employer or government. We had a plan with a high deductible and low monthly cost because it worked perfectly for us. Of course, we didn't get to keep our insurance if we liked it (we were lied to by Obama) and our insurance didn't go down $2500. (we were lied to by Obama). Our insurance went from $500/month to $988/month. Our deductible went from $10,000. to $12,000. and with less coverage than we had before.

When Obama realized that he was caught in his lie and started handing out waivers to 'allow' us to keep our old insurance, I called our state insurance commissioner and said Obama said we could keep it. His office said they were not going to and just keep on as they were. I had looked at the exchanges and noticed that every insurance plan sold was almost EXACTLY the same in price. I also mentioned this to the insurance commissioner office that it didn't look like competition but more like price fixing and racketeering.

I asked what would happen to my complaints and I was told that they weren't even put into a complaint system and that nothing would be done about it! Yes, this is the government we have here in Washington state. We have an insurance commissioner that the only thing I can see that he does is when insurance companies ask for rate hikes (and we had double digit ones every year prior to Obamacare) he wrings his hands and allows ALMOST as much as they asked for and thinks he did a good job for the 'people.'

CHARLOTTE - NEW HAMPSHIRE: When my husband and I lost our long time insurance coverage due to the company's withdrawal from NH after ACA, we went shopping and discovered that we had only 2 options available: we could go through an exchange and lose all our doctors (because Concord Hospital was not an ACA networked provider) or we could pay $5000 more than we were paying before to get an outside-the-exchange plan that would require us to meet a $7000 deductible, covered none of our preventative care (nutrition / chiropractic / dental), but allowed us to keep our doctors. We chose the second option because losing all our doctors after working 9 years to find good ones was too much to bear. 

My family is now actively avoiding health care. We are just scraping by. Ever since the recession it's been one thing after another and now we're being nickeled and dimed to death. My husband was having chest pains / shortness of breath the other day and after speaking with a nurse he chose not to go into the ER because he said having to find a way to pay off another $3500 would have killed him for sure as he struggles to provide for our family (something that was much easier for him 6 years ago). This on top of all the infringements on conscience rights through the HHS mandate, the complete lack of private health records, and the rationing of Medicare through IPAB. 

I'm all for helping people with pre-existing conditions to get the care they need...but there were other ways of doing it without government takeover of health care.

CAROLYN - KANSAS: CBS News has confirmed millions nationwide will be losing their current insurance coverage. That's because it doesn't meet the new minimum requirements under the Affordable Care Act. There could be thousands of Kansans in that total.

The letters started going out last month, telling Kansans their insurance policies will be discontinued at the end of the year.

"I'm self-employed," said Carolyn Perry. She runs a day care out of her home. "So I need the coverage cause anything can happen at any given time."

She's among those the Affordable Care Act was meant to help.

"But the premium that I'm paying now is twice as much as what it was when I first started paying it," she said. Perry buys her own health insurance. So far, she's keeping it.

Another month, another set of stories of higher insurance premiums, higher deductibles, and politicians who still do not understand that no matter how much you apply an insurance solution to a public health problem you will still never fix the issue of high healthcare costs in this country. More unfolding disasters of Obama Care next month.



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

September, 2017, Part 2,The Unfolding Disaster That Is Obama Care: The Idiocy Of A Single Payer System, Drug Costs Still Going Up, and More

Every month for years now we have had to discuss how bad Obama Care is turning out to be under the continuing theme, “the unfolding disaster that is Obama Care.” This month is no different. As the legislation continues to march through America, driving up health care and health insurance prices as it serves as dead weight on economic growth, it cements its rightful place as the worst piece of legislation Washington has ever produced.


It never had a chance to be successful since it really never addressed the underlying root causes of our ever increasing health costs in the country:
  • Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, resulting in obscenely high obesity rates for the country.
  • Our food chain is infested with overdoses of high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives.
  • Americans smoke too much.
  • Americans do not exercise enough.
  • The country is in serious need of health care tort reform.
  • Barriers to insurance company competition across state lines need to come down.
  • Obama Care never “followed the money” to find out who is actually profiting from the ever escalating healthcare costs in this country and how to get those factors under control.
  • Obama Care never got the immense amount of fraud and abuse in current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, under control in order to save money to efficiently fund other government health care initiatives.
  • Obama Care never put serious research money towards curing the major diseases that drive high healthcare costs such as high frequency cancers and dementia type diseases.
You cannot resolve any problem unless you understand and address the underlying root causes. No difference here: Obama Care legislation never addressed these listed root causes and thus, has no chance of ever being successful.


But it is not just missing the root causes of our healthcare costs that makes Obama Care so horrible. It resulted in millions of Americans losing access to their favored doctors, hospitals, and insurance policies. It has caused insurance premiums, deductibles and copays to escalate substantially. It will likely add trillions of dollars to the national debt. It has exposed millions of Americans to higher than necessary identity theft chances. It has created government bureaucracies that are wastefully spending taxpayer wealth and being exploited by criminal elements. It has stifled economic growth and job creation.


These are just a sample of the types of idiocy that we have been reviewing for the past several years in this blog relative to Obama Care., To read those past posts, just enter the phrase, “the unfolding disaster,” in the search box above.


1)Even though  greatly enhanced government and political class interference in the healthcare market via Obama Care turned out to be an enormous failure, some liberals and Democrats are doubling down and saying the reason Obama Care failed was because there was not enough government and political class interference in the healthcare market.


These harping for more interference are calling for a so-called “single payer” health insurance process where the government controls every single aspect of your health care. But Brian Riedl, writing for the National Review website on August 15, 2017, showed how stupid this idea is:


  • Every time someone proposes a single payer system in this country the reality of the cost of such a system shows how stupid the idea is.
  • Bernie Sanders’ single payer proposal would cost $32 TRILLION in the first ten years.
  • This would be about $3.2 TRILLION a year, equal about 80% of the entire Federal government budget today.
  • This $32 TRILLION would require an annual average tax increase of $24,000 for every American household.
  • The state of Vermont looked at a single payer system for their state in 2014 and gave up when the estimated costs would require a state tax increase of 160%, about $27,500 per Vermont household per year.
  • New York also took a run at a single payer system and gave up when the costs got too high.
  • In California, the estimated cost of their entry into a single payer system was a whopping $440 billion a year, a sum greater than the entire state government budget.
  • The $440 billion came out to a per household annual cost of $26,500.
  • In Canada, a country that has had a single payer system for a long time, three quarters of Canadians also see fit to purchase supplemental health insurance to cover prescription drugs, ambulance costs, dentistry, and other services not fully covered by the single payer system, which kind of defeats the whole concept of a single payer system which is supposed to cover “all” medical costs.
  • And these cost estimates to not include the inevitable increase of tests and procedures being done if everything is “free” in a single payer system.
  • And even if a liberal thinks these astronomical costs are manageable, keep in mind that no government program has ever come in under budget so the $32 TRILLION estimate is probably too low by orders of magnitude.


Unbelievable costs for a process that has never worked anywhere else in the world. And consider the pathetic history of Washington in managing health care processes besides the Obama Care failure:


  • Medicare loses about $60 billion a year to wasteful spending, criminal fraud, and inefficiencies.
  • Medicare is hurtling towards bankruptcy with a projected $33 TRILLION shortfall over the next 75 years.
  • We have reviewed the reality that Medicaid also wastes tens of billions of dollars every year and is so ineffective as a health care process that numerous studies have shown that Medicaid customers are not any healthier than people with no health insurance.
  • The Veterans Administration was so inept as a government run health care process that people died while waiting to get an appointment with a doctor within the VA system.


So let’s review: Obama Care failed, Medicare and Medicaid are rushing towards fiscal insolvency, the Veterans Administration killed people with its inefficiency, and no country in the world has operated a single payer system that delivered quality and comprehensive health care at a reasonable cost. And yet, some American politicians still want to go forward with such a system  in this country. To use a medical analogy: there is still no cure for stupid when it comes to a single payer system.


2) According to a Wall Street Journal article that was summarized in the June 9, 2017 issue of The Week magazine, the median out of pocket cost of a prescription drug through Medicare Part D was $117 in 2015. This was higher by nearly half of the level it was in 2011, $79. But wasn’t Obama Care supposed to reduce healthcare costs when it was passed back in 2010? Obviously, it did not do the job on prescription drugs if the cost went up almost 50% in just four years.


In addition, there are now 220 Part D drugs with annual out-of-pocket costs greater than $1,000 while in 2011 there were only 118 such drugs. Out of control cost rises with no sign that Obama Care had any impact in restricting such increases.


3) We have always said that Obama Care failed because it tried to resolve the problem of ever rising healthcare costs in this country by applying a very poor insurance solution when what is really needed is a well constructed public health solution. We have listed the root causes of our high health care costs above, one of which is the reality that America is generally overweight, a major cause of high healthcare costs, from hip replacement to diabetes.


This reality was recently highlighted in a Newsmax article by Cathy Burke on September 1, 2017:


  • The 14th annual State of Obesity report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation determined that “obesity is a national security issue.”
  • This reality has resulted in that almost 25% of all military recruits are rejected because they are too overweight.
  • Furthermore, a majority of today’s kids in this country are not fit to serve in the military because they are overweight, have criminal records, are drug users, or have educational deficits.
  • And obesity is a major problem  even for those recruits that get into the military since “obese service members and their families are costly, the report found, costing the military about $1 billion every year in healthcare costs and lost productivity.”
  • Overall, in the entire U.S. population adult obesity rates are greater than 25% in 46 states.


As we have said many times before, obesity is a root cause of high healthcare costs in this country. It causes diabetes, it causes hip and knee replacements, it causes heart disease and other diseases, all of which result in higher and higher healthcare costs.

The root cause is obesity, a root cause that cannot be eliminated via insurance solutions, the base cause remains unresolved regardless of who pays for the damage caused by obesity. Obama Care never understood this basic issue.

Single payer idiocy, higher and higher drug costs, and obsesity as a root cause, mofe to follow.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

September, 2017, Part 1, The Unfolding Disaster That Is Obama Care - Higher Costs, Fewer Competitors

Every month for years now we have had to discuss how bad Obama Care is turning out to be under the continuing theme, “the unfolding disaster that is Obama Care.” This month is no different. As the legislation continues to march through America, driving up health care and health insurance prices as it serves as dead weight on economic growth, it cements its rightful place as the worst piece of legislation Washington has ever produced.

It never had a chance to be successful since it really never addressed the underlying root causes of our ever increasing health costs in the country:
  • Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, resulting in obscenely high obesity rates for the country.
  • Our food chain is infested with overdoses of high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives.
  • Americans smoke too much.
  • Americans do not exercise enough.
  • The country is in serious need of health care tort reform.
  • Barriers to insurance company competition across state lines need to come down.
  • Obama Care never “followed the money” to find out who is actually profiting from the ever escalating healthcare costs in this country and how to get those factors under control.
  • Obama Care never got the immense amount of fraud and abuse in current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, under control in order to save money to efficiently fund other government health care initiatives.
  • Obama Care never put serious research money towards curing the major diseases that drive high healthcare costs such as high frequency cancers and dementia type diseases.
You cannot resolve any problem unless you understand and address the underlying root causes. No difference here: Obama Care legislation never addressed these listed root causes and thus, has no chance of ever being successful.

But it is not just missing the root causes of our healthcare costs that makes Obama Care so horrible. It resulted in millions of Americans losing access to their favored doctors, hospitals, and insurance policies. It has caused insurance premiums, deductibles and copays to escalate substantially. It will likely add trillions of dollars to the national debt. It has exposed millions of Americans to higher than necessary identity theft chances. It has created government bureaucracies that are wastefully spending taxpayer wealth and being exploited by criminal elements. It has stifled economic growth and job creation.

These are just a sample of the types of idiocy that we have been reviewing for the past several years in this blog relative to Obama Care. To read those past posts, just enter the phrase, “the unfolding disaster,” in the search box above.

1) One of the supposed selling points of Obama Care, as constantly promised by Obama, was that the legislation would greatly reduce health insurance costs and bend downward the cost curve of medical costs in this country. We have written constantly in this blog how the legislation failed miserably on both of these counts. Rather than going down upwards of $2,500 a year as Obama promised, health insurance costs have grown by significant double digits every year since enacted. Regular medical costs have continued to increase far greater than the overall rate of inflation.

A recent Bloomberg article that appeared on the Newsmax website presented another example of how horribly Obama Care failed to control any kind of medical and healthcare costs:
  • Fidelity Investments now estimates that a 65 year old American retiring in 2017 will need to spend $275,000 to cover his or her health care expenses for the remainder of their lifetime.
  • This is 6% increase in ONE year vs. 2015 despite Obama Care being in effect for years and years.
  • And this number does NOT include dental care, long term care, or nursing home care.
  • This Fidelity estimate is close to the annual 5.5% increase for medical care that Health View Services research predicts for the next decade.
  • The big drivers of higher and higher medical costs according to the Health View Services research are an annual increase of 7.2% for Medigap insurance premiums and an annual increase of 8% for Medicare Part D.
  • All other components of medical and health care, according to their research will all grow faster than the current rate of inflation.
If Obama Care was going to bend the cost curve downwards as a primary objective, then these sobering research results from Fidelity and Health View Services are pretty damning in showing what a failure Obama Care has been.

2) Let’s take a quick trip to Iowa and see what is going on there with Obama Care policy premiums. According to a recent article on the Convention of States website, the only insurance company selling Obama Care policies in that state is looking for a whopping 57% increase in insurance premiums in 2018.

If that is not bad enough, the 57% is 13% higher than the rate hike they asked for just two months ago. This indicates that the Obama Care insurance market in Iowa is deteriorating faster and faster. So not only is there only one Obama Care insurer in the state, despite Obama’s promise that Obama Care would spur competition, the lone remaining competitor is looking for a huge increase, hardly bending the cost curve that Obama promised.

3) But Iowa is not alone in this jam. According to a recent Washington Free Beacon report, as listed on the Right Alerts website:
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that a majority of U.S. cities that it tracks, 71%, will see Obama Care premiums rise by double digits in 2018.
  • A lot of this increase is driven by competitors leaving the Obama Care market.
  • According to Kaiser: “The foundation analyzed data in the 20 states and in Washington, D.C. that had submitted rate filings to examine how much premiums were rising and how many insurers were participating on the exchanges.The study evaluated the cost of Obamacare’s second-lowest silver plan. Roughly 71 percent of enrollees have this type of coverage. The second-lowest silver plan is one of the most popular plan choices on the marketplace and is also the benchmark that is used to determine the amount of financial assistance individuals and families receive,” the report states. Of the 21 major cities that were evaluated by Kaiser, 16 will see a double-digit increase in the silver-plan premiums next year. Across these 21 major cities, based on preliminary 2018 rate filings, the second-lowest silver premium for a 40-year-old nonsmoker will range from $244 in Detroit, MI, to $631 in Wilmington, DE, before accounting for the tax credit that most enrollees in the market receive. Only one city will see their premiums decline, while in some cities premiums will increase as high as 49 percent in 2018."
  • Kaiser also found that the number of insurance companies participating in Obama Care policies is also declining with 120 insurers in 2014 in the areas Kaiser studied but that has dropped down only 97 insurers today.
  • Besides losing money on Obama Care policies, companies dropping out and those asking for huge premium rate increases cite the uncertainty of future subsidies and taxes on premium revenue.
What a mess, higher costs and fewer competitors. The exact opposite of what Obama promised. More unfolding disasters to follow.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

September, 2017, Political Class Insanity, Bonus Post: Hillary - Please, Please Go AWAY!

It is the beginning of another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.


I thought we would be done with this month’s political class insanity a few days ago but one last piece of insanity cropped up so I thought I would write about this month and not wait until next month. Before we got to today’s subject, let’s review the list of actual excuses Obama constantly used during his Presidency to blame others for his economic and fiscal failures as Presidency, never accepting responsibility for his ineptness:


  • It was Bush’s fault.
  • It was the fault of the Japanese tsunami.
  • It was ATMs’ fault since they replace real bank tellers.
  • It was the financial woes of Europe.
  • It was Bush’s fault.
  • It was the Arab spring’s fault.
  • It was Republicans’ fault.
  • It was the banks’ fault.
  • It was Bush’s fault


It was never Obama’s fault, it was always someone else’s fault.


This ability to blame everyone else for one’s failure must be built into the political class gene since we are now being bombarded by the insanity of Hillary Clinton blaming everyone else for her defeat for President last November but herself.


Clinton has just released a new book on the 2016 Presidential race. The Blaze website has gone to the trouble of listing out everyone and everything that led to her defeat last year, as Hillary Clinton views reality. Not unexpectedly, much like Obama, she claims no responsibility for her ineptness in running for the highest office in the land:


  1. Russian interference through either a disinformation campaign via WikiLeaks or Trump-Russia collusion. She’s also pointed blame at Russian President Vladimir Putin. Never mind that this point has never been proven and as time goes by it comes more and more apparent that someone within the Democratic National Committee itself released damning information to Wikileaks.
  2. Former FBI Director James Comey’s criminal investigation of her use of a private email server while secretary of state. Never mind that if she had not broken Federal laws and State Department regulations by having the illegal server the server issue never would have occurred. Also, remember that last summer Comey made a strong case for putting Hillary Clinton in prison for her server performance but saved her neck at the last minute.
  3. Poor voter data from the Democratic National Committee. Clinton has described it as “mediocre, “poor,” “nonexistent” and “wrong.” Never mind that the DNC claims that Hillary’s people ignored their data findings, data findings that proved to be correct, e.g. Wisconsin.
  4. Voter suppression and voter ID laws. Never mind that there is no proof that there was voter suppression but there is ample and overwhelming data to support the reality that likely millions of illegal votes were allowed to count, the vast majority of which went to Hillary Clinton.
  5. Sexism. Never mind that over 30 million American female voters voted for Donald Trump and over 30 million male voters voted for Clinton.
  6. Racism. Never mind that racism does not apply to a powerful, rich, and greedy white woman.
  7. Barack Obama. Never mind that Obama overlooked the crime syndicate that Hillary Clinton ran under cover of the Clinton Foundation and her position as Secretary of State. If he had done his job and enforced the laws of the land you never would have been a candidate for President.
  8. Bernie Sanders and his supporters. Never mind that in America, Americans should have the freedom to choose who they want to lead them and be their candidates, it is not their duty to blindly follow someone who thinks she is entitled to be President.
  9. Jill Stein. See the “never mind” under the previous point.
  10. The mainstream media, specifically the New York Times for aggressively covering her email scandal. Never mind that the email scandal was real news and a real crime.
  11. The Electoral College. Never mind that the Electoral College was the rule of the land for well over two hundred years, has served the country well, and not a surprise to anyone. Besides, despite what Clinton claims, she did NOT win the majority of the vote, the majority of the country did NOT vote for her and she may not even have a plurality when you take into effect the voter fraud and the suppression of the First Amendment rights when Obama weaponized the IRS to suppress the rights of Republican and conservative political groups.
  12. Bad polling. Never mind that her pollsters sucked.
  13. People who assumed she would win. Never mind that well over 60 million Americans did not make the assumption.
  14. Gullible Americans”. Never mind that insulting Americans is a great way to NOT get their votes.
  15. Fake News. Never mind that most fake news was directed at Trump and Republicans by the liberal friendly press.


Let me add a few other reasons for Hillary losing to a neophyte political newcomer with serious character flaws:
  • She headed up a crime syndicate that made her husband and herself rich and wealthy at the cost of Federal government assets and favors when she was Secretary of State.
  • She called, and insulted, millions of Americans “deplorables” simply because they disagreed with her positions on the issues.
  • She abetted, protected, and condoned the sexual predator behavior of her husband for decades in exchange for the chance to be President.
  • She lied about the Benghazi scandal numerous times.
  • She lied about and flip flopped her positions on a whole range of subjects in the past including gay marriage, illegal immigration, and other topics.
  • Her Senate career was average at best, with no outstanding contributions to resolving any major issue facing Americans.
  • She threw her daughter a wedding that likely cost somewhere north of three million dollars while millions American families were struggling to survive in jobs with little or no wage growth, assuming they could even find a job in the pitiful Obama economic recovery.
  • She acted as if she deserved to be President for no other reason that she was Hillary Clinton.

She lost, and there was no other reason for her loss besides herself. She was the leader of the campaign, she had the ultimate and sole responsibility for the end results. That is what leaders do: they take the blame, and share the glory. That is a leadership lesson she never learned and the insanity of the whole situation is two fold:1)  she still does not get what a lack of leadership character she possesses and 2) she needs to just go away, America does not need someone who denies reality over and over.

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