New Mexico residents resisting Obamacare ‘central control’

New Mexico residents resisting Obamacare ‘central control’

A member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange just reported only 291 people have signed up for Obamacare in her state. The New Mexico state motto is, “Crescit eundo,” which means, “It grows as it goes.” But it appears the New Mexico health exchange isn’t growing, nor is it going.

“Maybe the broken promises have turned people away,” Deane Waldman wrote in the Huffington Post Monday. “No doubt you know that the president’s ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ achieved the dubious distinction of becoming Politifact’s Lie of the Year for 2013. Similarly, he promised that you could keep your doctor. You know this to be another falsehood. With the government’s new reimbursement schedule, your doctor cannot keep you.”


Waldman appears eminently qualified to share her concern. Her bio on HuffPo reads:

“Deane Waldman MD MBA (“Dr. Deane”) is the author of newly released ‘The Cancer in Healthcare;’ Host of the free newsletter, The Hidden Enemy; a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange; Adjunct Scholar for the Rio Grande Foundation, a public policy think tank; and Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, and Decision Science at University of New Mexico.”

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange “has a well-functioning, user-friendly website, in contrast to Our call center gets you a human to talk to inside of two minutes,” Waldman wrote in American Thinker today. “Our carriers’ prices are accurate and easily comparable, again unlike the FFM (federally facilitated market). Our increase in insurance premium costs is generally less than 10 percent higher than pre-Obama, in marked contrast to our one-over neighbor Nevada, where insurance prices have skyrocketed 179 percent.”

New Mexico committed and spent $50 million on the health exchange and outreach so far, the BizJournal in Albuquerque reported.

Covered CA spin

“Washington can spin the facts into pretzels and sow its disinformation. It can outright lie about consequences, such as Obama’s Lie of the Year for 2013 (per Politifact),” Waldman said. “They can hail Covered California — the ObamaCare Health Exchange in the Golden State — as a great success, even though seventy percent of California doctors say they will not accept patients ‘covered’ by Covered California because its reimbursement schedule is below their cost of staying in business.”

New Mexico technically did everything right. The computer system works, and outreach has been comprehensive and extensive. But even with a smooth implementation, unlike the rest of the country, New Mexico residents just don’t want Obamacare.

“Mr. President, we won’t buy Obamacare because we don’t like what you are selling,” Waldman said. “And when you try to force us to buy; when you condescendingly assure us that ‘Father Knows Best,’ we do what Americans have always done since 1776. We resist central control of our lives and most particularly, of our freedom to choose.”

Waldman added that “Americans are culturally programmed to resist” authority. “The harder a central authority figure pushes us, the harder we push back.”


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 December, 2013, 16:24

    “Waldman added that “Americans are culturally programmed to resist” authority. “The harder a central authority figure pushes us, the harder we push back.”

    I disagree. If Americans were so “programmed” at resisting authority we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today, socially, politically or economically. Most Americans I meet are scared to voice their political beliefs in public out of fear of offending someone who might hear them. lol. No joke. Very strange in a nation that’s supposed to be the bastion of free expression. lol. Let’s face it. Americans mostly roll over and do as we’re told. We rolled over for TARP. We rolled over for the Main Street meltdown. We rolled over for ObamaCare. We rolled over for the Patriot Act. We rolled over for NDAA. We rolled over for Fast and Furious. We rolled over for the IRS scandal. We rolled over for NSA. We rolled over when bankers were caught willfully laundering billions in narcotic proceeds and none of them criminally prosecuted. We rolled over and let them keep our troops in Afghanistan for longer than a decade with intentions to keep them there to 2024 and beyond. We rolled over when we’re repeatedly lied to by the POTUS and other elite officials. Heck, we Americans roll over all the time. So if we were ‘programmed’ to resist authority at one time I think it’s been reprogrammed out of us over the years. If you want to meet some people who truly demand ‘consent of the governed’ go to Iceland. lol. Now those folks have some fire in their bellies. Those are some real patriots. lol.

    New Mexico has over 2M people. If only 291 have enrolled so far something is pathetically wrong. One unmentioned reason New Mexico might be having a hard time signing up O-Care enrollees is the fact that hispanics account for about 47% of New Mexico’s population. Percentage-wise the largest in the nation. Covered California openly revealed that it’s had a very difficult time convincing hispanics to enroll. Why? Who knows? Maybe as a group they are the least trustful of government?

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  2. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 26 December, 2013, 19:05

    I love how Katy won’t cover the MANY Obamacare successes!

    Carry on Katy– pls keep the half baked talking points coming and whileyou’re at it– PLEASE make certain that conservatives, Repubs and the baggers NEVER pass meaningful immigration reform so you can thankfully continue to remain out of power!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 26 December, 2013, 23:15

      LOL Steals, the Obamy clown is a joke, and you are real funny too!! 🙂

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 December, 2013, 22:09

    The more I learn about ObamaCare the more I’m convinced the concept was designed to fail from the start with the intention to gradually morph it into another system (single payor?) that would have never garnered the votes needed for congressional approval in 2010. There’s no way possible that the brightest minds in America designed this farce with so many obvious MAJOR flaws that would have raised red flags with an average 8th grader. If the ones who designed ObamaCare are really this stupid we’re in much bigger trouble than I previously thought. If this same crowd of imbeciles are in charge of strategizing our nation’s economic growth plan in the face of intense global competition – God help us. We’re done. How could a nation that put the first man on the moon back slide this far in 40 odd years? Obama’s become a clown. The only reason ObamaCare became law was because Obama lied through his teeth. In fact, the only reason he was reelected was because he lied through his teeth. How could anyone respect a guy like that?

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  4. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 27 December, 2013, 06:24

    single payor (sic)– hmm— well—– THAT would be great little buddy!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 27 December, 2013, 09:58

      Your little fantasy would never become reality in America.


      Because the private insurance companies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies and the physician associations own the democrat party and dictate the operations of our medical system. Heck, they wrote ACA. lol. Do you think Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi wrote it? lol. For God sakes, they didn’t even know what was in it before they voted for it! lol. All they knew was that the checks cleared and the ‘donations’ got deposited! lol. And with a few little lies tossed in it kicked it over the finish line! lol.

      Government run healthcare would eliminate the need for private insurance companies, shoot a hole in pharmaceutical profit margins with government bulk purchasing and drop physicians salaries by 30% overnight!

      Do you think the democrats would bite the hands that feed it??? lol.

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  5. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 29 December, 2013, 16:17

    LOL– we’ll see little buddy!

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