Pure Hilarity: Detroit Plans to Dig Out of Bankruptcy By Forcing Retirees Into ObamaCare

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

No, this isn’t from The Onion. Well, it’s the New York Times, which has about as much credibility.

As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage and into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under the Obama health care law.

Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.

Nothing like knee-slapping hilarity first thing in the morning.

Obama, meanwhile, tells us how awesomely popular ObamaCare will be once it’s fully shoved down everyone’s throats.

Obama said in an interview with The New York Times that the law will gain popularity once key provisions take effect next year and people are able to more easily purchase insurance.

“But until then, when we’re getting outspent four to one and people are just uncertain about what all this means for them, we’re going to continue to have some polls like that,” Obama said. “And me just making more speeches explaining it in and of itself won’t do it. The test of this is going to be is it working. And if it works, it will be pretty darn popular.”

Being outspent four to one? Really?

The campaign won’t come cheap: The total amount to be spent nationally on publicity, marketing and advertising will be at least $684 million, according to data compiled The Associated Press from federal and state sources.

So Obama is spending nearly $700 million of taxpayer funds this year alone, and he’s being outspent four to one? Uh, not likely.

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3 Responses to “Pure Hilarity: Detroit Plans to Dig Out of Bankruptcy By Forcing Retirees Into ObamaCare”

  1. Mitch on 29/29/13 at 10:32 am

    Math is teh hard for teh One LOLOMGWTFBBQ!!!1!!1!

    Good lord this man is functionally retarded. Not to mention being raised and educated by America-hating communists didn’t exactly leave him with a “shining beacon on a hill” vision of the country going in. But I love the “IF it works, it’ll be awesome” bit. Sure thing, dumbass.

  2. Steve Cotton on 29/29/13 at 10:53 am

    So let me get this straight…Michigan’s constitution won’t allow Michigan to bail out Detroit since doing so would transfer the fiscal burden of bad policies to people who never got to vote for the bad policies and who never received any of the benefits from the bad policies.

    Instead, people even farther away from the cause of the problem get to pay for the problem. The only vote I ever cast that concerns Detroit or Michigan is when I decided to never buy another GM product.

    The UAW had great benefits that the public sector employees wanted. That was all well and good until the tax base crumbled when people like decided to spend our money on vehicles whose dashboards lights didn’t burn at 90K, whose gas gauge didn’t die at 95K (and is completely unaccessible), whose brake rotors don’t warp every 35K, whose key FOBs last more than a year….

    So what GM did to make up for the great benefits of their employees was to cut the benefits they gave to their customers; namely quality.

    Detroit has been doing the same thing. Public services are in a shambles wiht hour long waits from 911, no reliable ambulance services, etc. And the citizens of Detroit have responded by voting with their feet.

    But by pushing the costs into Obamacare…I get to pay for their lousy quality even after I decided I want no more part of it. Awesome.

    Seems like maybe this why Obamacare was passed in the first place.

  3. Tuerqas on 29/29/13 at 12:00 pm

    Repercussions, repercussi0ns. A lot of public jobs received exemptions from being forced in to Obamacare, because the Gov’t knows the crappy insurance they will be offering doesn’t hold a candle to what any full timer gets today. If this goes off, it is very likely that many Gov’ts will throw their workers (and especially retirees) under the Obamacare bus.

    In the end that will save US citizens money because we are paying premium dollars in public worker healthcare today. If this works out then tomorrow, a bunch of cities may do the same thing creating many more unhappy libs. Being put in to the great and wonderful Obamacare SHOULD have been a requirement for all public/Gov’t workers right up to the President. It saves us money right? Then it will save us bundles more when we start paying less for the top heavy public bureaucracy. Detroit is just doing what every public worker should face, and they have to go through bankruptcy lawyers to do it.