"Welcome to 2014," the email began. "We believe that this will be a great year for Democrats nationwide.”
The same “we believe that 2014 will be a great year for Democrats” message appears on the DNC website, adding the “with your help” caveat to pressure you to donate money.
We're hitting the ground running to make our nation stronger, cleaner, fairer, and healthier.
Sunday’s delusional email explained how Democrats plan to do all of that, beginning with the theory on how their party -- which has overseen record numbers of Americans living in poverty and depending on food stamps and increased the income gap wider than ever since Obama became president -- will make the nation "stronger."
With employment at a five-year high, we’ll put more Americans than ever back to work.
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that “the unemployment rate declined from 7.0 percent to 6.7 percent in December,” the mathematically challenged DNC doesn’t seem to understand -- or doesn't want you to realize -- is why the employment number went up.
“The reason” Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge explained, "is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978.”
And the piece de resistance: Americans not in the labor force exploded higher by 535,000 to a new all-time high 91.8 million.
In other words -- before the DNC can say Democrats really “put more Americans than ever back to work” – they’ll first have to come up with a way to get 91.8 million Americans to reenter the workforce, then add at least one more.
The next reason why the DNC believes 2014 "will be a great year" for their party is that Democrats -- yes, only they -- "can make our air cleaner, our water clearer and our kids healthier.”
Unfortunately for the Democrats, they're the only ones still obsessed with that whole environmental thing.
According to the multi-nation poll released Feb. 25, 2013 by Global Scan Radar, “environmental concerns among citizens around the world” – including those in the United States – “have been falling since 2009 and have now reached twenty-year lows.”
Meanwhile, a Dec. 12 Gallup survey showed that -- of the 14 issues cited by Americans as the most important problems facing the country -- “dissatisfaction with the government,” “the economy in general,” “healthcare” and “unemployment” topped the list of concerns – in that order.
Environmental worries didn’t even make the list.
To make our nation “fairer,” the DNC boasted that Democrats are “building the best voter protection program in our party’s history.”
Coming from the party that had eight people arrested for voter fraud in Florida and got busted for violating election laws in Arkansas in 2010, had a congressman’s chief of staff resign over his plot to manipulate Miami's primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests and another congressman’s son resign from his father’s campaign when he got caught on video plotting to cast ballot in the names of 100 registered voters in Virginia and teamed up with the president to sue the state of Ohio to suppress the Republican-leaning military vote and had four Democratic officials arrested in 2012 for forging Democratic presidential primary petitions during the 2008 election to get Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot, it’s a bold – if not laughably hypocritical – declaration.
“Today,” the DNC boasted of its endeavor to create a “healthier” nation, “it’s illegal for insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.”
But with the multitude of Obamacare website problems still unresolved, the millions of cancelled policies, the ever-changing rules and deadlines and the skyrocketing prices of replacement policies, the “pre-existing conditions” thing appears to be all Democrats have left in their desperate effort to make their increasingly loathed health care debacle -- referred to by anyone other than Democrats as Obamacare -- look good.
But there’s a problem with that, too.
According to an Oct. 31 report by Kaiser Health News, two insurance companies that cancelled policies to “customers who had pre-existing medical conditions when they signed up” will only allow policyholders who “did not have health problems” the “option to extend their coverage through next year” and “consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees.”
The Heartlander reported in May 2013 that, while Obamacare “allocated $5 billion for a program to help uninsured people with preexisting conditions get insurance” -- providing "temporary bridge coverage" until the law took full effect in January 2014 -- the Obama administration “closed enrollment to any new applicants" 18 months early, saying it needed "all the remaining money to cover the medical costs of the 100,000 people already enrolled.”
And the costs are significant: the average cost per enrollee in 2012 was $32,108 a year.
That “money” came out of – and will continue to come out of – the pockets of American taxpayers.
While Neil W. McCabe reported for Human Events in October 2012 that the America Association of Retired People -- one of Obamacare’s biggest advocates and profiteers -- was already discriminating “against senior citizens with pre-existing health conditions,” a You Tube video published Thursday by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy reveals that an entire family in Michigan – all with pre-existing conditions -- has also fallen victim to Obamacare.
The father, Ken Davert, has cerebral palsy and asthma. His wife, Melissa -- and their young, twin children – have brittle bone disease and a high susceptibility to lung infections.
They use to have an affordable health care plan.
But, thanks to Obamacare, they were among the 4.7 million Americans who had their policies cancelled and – despite three months of effort by computer and by phone – they had no luck finding replacement plans through the federal government’s health care exchange.
While the White House has promised that “children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage,” an Obamacare representative told Melissa that she couldn’t buy insurance for her children through the exchange.
The kicker was that the representative couldn’t even explain why.
The Daverts replacement policy will cost them around $10,000 per year – every year -- for the rest of their lives and – most likely -- for the lives of their two disabled children.
Despite their "pre-existing conditions" and fixed income, they don’t qualify for subsidies.
Faced with paying a 300 percent increase in their health care expenses, Ken is looking for a job. Because of his disability, he can only handle working about 20 hours per week.
According to Thursday’s report by Michigan Capitol Confidential, the Daverts are also “looking at taking out loans” to help them “pay the increased costs.”
So much for Obama’s assurance that “if you've got a pre-existing condition, this structure will make sure that you are not left vulnerable,” and his monotonous pontifications that nobody “should go broke” or “bankrupt if they get sick.”
While the DNC, Organizing for Action, President Barack Obama love to keep telling Americans that – because of Obamacare -- insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for “people with pre-existing conditions,” what they don’t tell you is that Obamacare forces American taxpayers to cover three quarters of the losses incurred by insurance companies to treat “their most costly enrollees.”
As Jeffrey H. Anderson reported for The Weekly Standard Monday -- because of Obamacare’s “Reinsurance Program that caps big claim costs for insurers” on individual policies” and the “Risk Corridor Program that limits overall losses for insurers” – insurance companies won’t suffer financially from Obamacare’s “pre-existing conditions” rule – you will.
Despite the DNC’s best effort to put on a happy-face, 2014 is shaping up to be an unmitigated disaster for Democrats – and they know it.
“How does this sound?”
Obama’s approval numbers are in the tank and December polls by CNN-ORC and Quinnipiac showed that -- due to mounting opposition to Obamacare and the growing belief that Obama isn’t “honest or trustworthy” -- the majority of Americans now want Republicans to control both houses of Congress.