Nice Work, CNN

For those who don’t know, CNN jumped the gun a bit this morning and announced that the individual mandate portion of the ACA had been overturned. They were incorrect.

Thanks to Dan for the picture. Classic.

21 Responses to “Nice Work, CNN”

  1. BrianN says:

    I saw that when I checked the news this morning, and heard from somebody later it was upheld. I assume it’s a conspiracy, and the media has decided to simply report the decision they were hoping for. Because that’s much easier to believe than somebody read the decision too fast and mis-interpreted it.

  2. matt says:

    I think it was a joint conspiracy between Scalia, Ted Turner, and the Illuminati.

  3. Pitt says:

    Huzzah! We all are forced to buy health insurance now, whether we want it or not! Thank you, US government, I was too stupid to take care of myself!

    Tax my ass. It’s a penalty, a penalty for doing nothing wrong. It’s like being written a ticket for having a blue car.

  4. BrianN says:

    “Tax my Ass”

    If bloomberg had his way you’d have a tax for that.

  5. matt says:

    Bloomberg’s ass tax would be entirely size dependent. It’s for your own good.

    “Huzzah! We all are forced to buy health insurance now, whether we want it or not! Thank you, US government, I was too stupid to take care of myself!”

    I think it’s more complicated than that. There are an awful lot of people who essentially have no access to health insurance, because of our country’s stupid habit of bundling it with (generally speaking) better-paying jobs. This is an attempt to rectify that, along with some other faults in our system.

    Is it perfect? No, of course not. I’m not thrilled about a mandatory handout to the jackals that run for-profit insurance agencies; I’d be much happier with a single-player or public option plan. But what we have doesn’t work, and shows all the signs of being completely unsustainable in the future. Something has to change.

  6. Pitt says:

    It really rubs me the wrong way when the government says they are doing something for my own good. I stopped needing things done for my own good when I was 18 years old.

    I agree that the current practise of bundling health insurance with job benefits is pretty asinine. (Hey, work, wanna pay for my auto and homeowner’s insurance, too?) But I think they’re going about it the wrong way. I don’t necessarily want health insurance, I want health care. This law, as you say, basically mandates we buy a product from people trying to make a profit at it. Again, I don’t have a problem with profits, or anything like that, but its essentially creating/maintaining a health care monopoly we’re forced to buy into, or pay a penalty.

    Fixing the current unsustainable system is going to require a lot more than incremental change. Especially when that change portends to do all the wrong things.

  7. matt says:

    “I don’t necessarily want health insurance, I want health care.”

    Me too. That’s why I’d like a single payer system. But when something as modest as the ACA makes people start frothing about DEATH PANELS, I don’t see it as being really likely.

  8. Dan says:

    I hope we can all agree on one thing. When a major news catastrophe occurs, we are living a magical time where someone has their finger poised on the mouse and Photoshop is open.

  9. Waterwolf says:

    Being retired I watched the entire thing unfold this morning. Mistakes were made because they were reading the comments made by the justices and not waiting to focus on the numbers. Justice Roberts threw them all a curve ball.

    I been involved in the health care system all my life. There are too many insurers…private and government. Personally, I have 2 or 3 carriers—-that is stupid. What we really need is ONE insurer. Eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, Travelers and let a nationalized Blue Cross Blue Shiels handle EVERYTHING. Lots of people in the billing departments would be unemployed BUT health care costs would decline by a lot because the administrative costs would be reduced.

  10. matt says:

    One insurer would also get rid of the stupid games hospitals have to play with different prices for everyone, because reimbursement rates would actually be standardized. Right now cash customers get much lower prices than private insurance customers, who get much lower prices than government insurance customers – it’s madness.

  11. Pitt says:

    I think we need a choice of insurers, but that insurer should cover EVERYTHING. Basically, handle it just like car or homeowners insurance.

  12. Pitt says:

    One person gets one insurer, and it’s portable- switching jobs or retiring should have no effect on your health insurance whatsoever.

  13. Pitt says:

    I thought this was funny:

    “Most of the people on my Facebook timeline barely made it through high school, and now they’re all Constitutional Scholars.”

  14. matt says:

    My favorite was all of the Tea Party types yelling about how they’re moving to Canada now.

    In addition to the awesome irony of moving somewhere with actual socialized healthcare to escape the nightmare of privatized healthcare, I keep picturing some Oklahoma refugee in Quebec City being told that they better damned well learn the language (French) if they want to stay in the country. Bunch of illegals sneaking across the Southern border…

  15. Chris says:

    Re: Waterwolf & multiple government insurers.
    My wife is a physician practicing as a hospitalist in NC. Her hospital bills NC Medicaid everyday; she has long been an ‘approved provider’ or whatever as part of her normal credentialing with the hospital. A few weeks ago she had a patient at the hospital that is covered by Georgia Medicaid. She has had to spend multiple hours filling out paperwork and pulling together documents for a GA Medicaid application to be an approved provider. This includes a copy of her NC Medical Board License (current year) and Permanent NC Wall License (you know the 18 x 24 inch license you might see framed on the wall at the doctor’s office). I pity any physician that works at a hospital in a touristy town; do you suppose they essentially end up getting credentialed with most of the 50 states Medicaid programs?

  16. BrianN says:

    @Matt on “My favorite was all of the Tea Party types yelling about how they’re moving to Canada now.”

    That one just sounded too good to be true. Quick google search doesn’t come up with much except people repeating the claim and this: “http://twitchy.com/2012/06/29/buzzfeed-uses-liberals-tweets-to-portray-conservatives-as-stupid/”

    My guess is it’s just an internet meme.

  17. matt says:

    I’m not sure what “twitchy.com” is, but the article says that at least one third of the tweets were sarcastic – meaning up to two thirds of them, frighteningly enough, were not.

    Sure, it might just be a meme, but that’s what we all said about people taking Michele Bachmann seriously.

  18. Pitt says:

    “twitchy.com” sounds like a website for rural meth producers.

  19. matt says:

    Are there non-rural meth producers?

    Never mind. There’s probably some hipster idiot in Brooklyn right now trying to come up with a recipe for small batch, artisinal meth produced with all local ingredients.

  20. Pitt says:

    Unfortunately, it’ll be double the cost and half as potent.

    Locally-sourced Sudafed?

  21. matt says:

    Of course. And it needs to be purchased from an independent pharmacy. You can totally taste the Walgreen’s when people cut corners.

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