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The United States already has a multi-billion-dollar system of socialized medicine, called
Medicare and Medicaid. Federal, state and local governments spent a total of $783.8 billion on
health care in 2006.*
Any deadbeat who doesn't have private insurance (which one ordinarily acquires by purchasing it with
part of his or her income) can take advantage of Medicaid.
Other taxpayer-funded "safety nets" include SCHIP and a relatively new prescription drug
entitlement. In reality, Obamacare extends beyond medical care. It is a system of
unmitigated socialism which promises to improve service and low costs for everyone. Only
those who attended public schools could possibly believe that the government can make anything
more efficient and more convenient while lowering costs. The government is
parasitic. Everything the government undertakes is paid for by taxes and debt.
When this idea was proposed in 1993, it was derisively called "HillaryCare" because president Clinton
put his wife in charge of its development. The idea was even more unpopular that she was,
so it was tabled until the return of the Democratic Party in 2008.
Obamacare is being developed by leftist politicians who are determined to take over the
medical care industry regardless of public opinion. Liberals simply do not care if
they're out of step with mainstream America. This is about control, not medicine.
Subsections on this page:
President Obama apologizes
The aggressive marketing of Obamacare
Nullification: The Governors Resist the Implementation of Obamacare
Obamacare is political poison
Obamacare is wildly unpopular and is sure to result in voter backlash
Pelosi and Reid forge ahead, ignoring public outcries
Democrats have been obsessed with socialized medicine for decades
Can Obamacare be stopped?
Totalitarianism = Unstoppable one-party rule
Who is to blame for all this? Who are the enablers?
Obamacare will affect families and small businesses
The Obamacare bill is over 10,000 pages long. Who knows what's hidden inside?
Does Obamacare include blanket amnesty for illegal aliens?
Obamacare is HillaryCare in a new wrapper
Obamacare is RomneyCare in a new wrapper
Obamacare kills jobs
Other objections to Obamacare
Similar subtopics on other nearby pages:
Liberals are using lies and deception to sell this idea.
Liberals resort to lies and emotional outbursts to silence their opposition.
Examples of dishonesty and prevarication related to Obamacare.
What's the rush?
Secrecy, closed-door meetings, and midnight votes.
Liberals are not telling you that Obamacare will bankrupt the United States.
Obama's Big Health Care Summit.
Obamacare is obviously infeasible.
Obamacare does not work as promised.
Congressional investigations and political stonewalling
The coercion and scapegoating of insurance companies
Low enrollment numbers, especially in critical demographic categories
The Obamacare law is in a constant state of flux
They knew the web site wouldn't work before it was launched
Scapegoats and rationalizations
Parts and pieces of Obamacare are delayed until they become feasible.
Obamacare depends on the "honor system" -- in this country?
Obamacare won't work as advertised. The promised benefits will never come to pass.
Doctors won't work under these conditions!
Obamacare solves problems that don't exist and doesn't address problems we already have.
Obamacare horror stories:
Billing errors / fraud
Enrolling in Obamacare is not user-friendly
Miscommunication and data errors
Unpleasant surprises await, if and when you sign up
You have just signed up for Medicaid-plus
Your private information is in a big leaky bucket
Unexpected insurance cancellations
Obamacare will result in the loss of your freedom...
Obamacare is socialism -- or worse!
Obamacare opens the door to tyranny.
The suppression of dissent.
The Senate bill includes an unprecedented trap: It can't be repealed!
...or perhaps your life.
Rationing and "End of Life" issues: Death panels; IPAB.
Obamacare will cost far more than the Democrats are letting on.
Obamacare will be horribly expensive.
Obamacare is an affront to the rule of law.
Obamacare will be mandatory -- and therefore unconstitutional.
Despite what you may have heard, health care is not a right.
Reid, Pelosi and Obama shamelessly buy votes
Obamacare carries an odor of corruption.
Legal Challenges and Court Decisions Opposing Obamacare:
Legal challenges: Let the lawsuits begin!
Barack Obama attempts to intimidate the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court decides Obamacare is a tax
Court decisions against Obamacare
Related topics on other pages:
Waivers, Favoritism and Unfairness.
Look at the British experience with socialized medicine.
Other countries' experiences, especially Canada's.
Lies about Obamacare.
Tea parties, town hall meetings and other organized rejecion of Obama's plans.
The Privacy of Medical Records
Medicare, Medicaid, and Prescription Drug Benefits
SCHIP: (State Children's Health Insurance Program)
HillaryCare -- the earlier, simpler version of Obamacare.
The Invasion of the Food Police
Liberals out out of step with mainstream America
President Obama apologizes
... but not for lying about how well socialized medicine would work,
when he must have known it wouldn't. No, he offered a half-hearted apology — for political purposes only — to
the millions of people whose insurance plans have been cancelled due to the law he and the Democrats rushed into existence.
Obama's "Apology" —
Substituting New Lies for Old. On November 7 President Obama was forced to "apologize" to the millions of Americans who are losing
their health insurance because of ObamaCare, something he repeatedly promised would never happen — "no matter what." "Period." He
was forced into a public display of faux contrition by a convergence of political realities, including a panic in his own party, led especially by the
21 Democratic senators who are facing reelection battles next year, in the vortex of the growing ObamaCare maelstrom.
The Upton Bill Is No Small Matter. Some 3 to
4 million people have already received notices from their insurers that their policies have been terminated, effective January 1, 2014, due to the
provisions of Obamacare. These cancellations make it absolutely clear that the president's signature Obamacare pledge — that no one
will be forced out of insurance plans they like — is not true. The broken pledge has been made worse by the utter mismanagement of the
Obamacare enrollment system. People with cancelled plans can't even find out what their options are under the new law.
These Lies And Incompetence, Too. 'It is so bureaucratic and so cumbersome that a whole bunch of it doesn't work or it ends up being way
over cost." No, that wasn't some hard-core Tea Party lawmaker calling for a radical downsizing of the federal government. That was Obama
attempting to explain how it is that his administration could fail to build a working website despite spending 3½ years and hundreds of
millions of dollars on it.
Barack Obama's Pants are on Fire. Irreparable
damage on the national level aside, after hawking the Affordable Care Act like a snake oil salesman, barking "Step right up, if you like your insurance plan
you can keep your insurance plan," some gravely ill Americans are finding out that the cure-all the merchant of "Hope and Change" peddled was pure quackery.
Now, after a panicked realization has set in, the president, doing what he does best, decided he should at least make believe that he's sorry and that he's
diligently working toward rectifying the catastrophic situation he caused. Appearing remarkably serene, Obama chose to share his remorse with NBC
anchor Chuck Todd.
Obamacare Is Running Out of Bullets.
Conservatives may complain that the apology was inadequate, since the president did not admit that he'd misled people. But this is the first time
I can remember this president apologizing like this. It may be sincere. It is also a sign that his administration is backed into a corner.
It can't deny that this is happening, nor can it blame anyone else. What's left to it are expressions of regret.
The Editor says...
I disagree with the statement that Obama's apology "may be sincere." Mr. Obama is not known for sincerity, and this "apology" of his was obviously
constructed by his lawyers and then rehearsed over and over.
On Obama's Apology: "The President Now Is Toxic". ["]The thing is called Obamacare. There's no running away from it. It's
got his name on it. You see the president, you think about the policy and you know it's a disaster. And the problem for the Democrats
is, they are hostage to a bunch of geeks working right now late into the night trying to fix a system which is not just the glitches we talked about.
The architecture, the underlying structure of it is wrong. I think the likelihood of it being fixed, working like you would expect from any
normal commercial private website normally by December 1 is pretty small.["]
Obama: I'm Sorry for Obamacare
(Sort Of). Apologizing is all well and good, and yet Obama still finds himself in a tough position. It is one thing to
apologize for the disaster that has been the technical rollout, and quite another to apologize for your own dishonesty.
insurance got canceled! Here, let the taxpayers make it up to you. A round of applause for anyone who guessed that President Obama
would deal with a rising tide of public outrage over his phony "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" promise by throwing other people's
money at the problem!
Obama Burns Media Supporters with Apology.
Many were hurled under President Barack Obama's bus on Thursday night [11/7/2013] when he told NBC News reporter Chuck Todd that he was "sorry"
those who were losing their health insurance coverage were shocked by this eventuality because of repeated "assurances" he made to the contrary.
The president's supporters in the media were first among those to take a dive under the wheels of the president's forward-moving signature policy
Media Pans Obama's "Apology".
The president's passive-voice expression of vague regret was so half-[heart]ed and self-serving that conservatives can simply sit back and let the
mainstream media tee off on its inadequacy. He's not sorry for lying repeatedly in furtherance of his political goals, and he's certainly not
sorry that people are losing their coverage. His law required that outcome. His promise was an intentional lie.
The lowest low of the Obama
presidency. Here's what President Obama really wanted to tell NBC's Chuck Todd about the implementation of the health-care law in an
interview Thursday: "Look, Chuck. We're talking about 5 percent of the population who can't keep their plans. Five percent.
And once the Web site starts working right, they will realize they can get better plans anyway." Of course, when you're president of the United
States, you don't say that — unless you don't want to be president much longer. Time and time again during the interview with Todd,
Obama kept running into the political reality that the 5 percent of the country who can't keep their health-care plans isn't all that big a deal
unless you are part of that 5 percent.
The Editor says...
People have always been able to get "better plans" if they were willing to pay more for their insurance. In a free country, the insurance customers
make those decisions on their own. Under a left-wing dictatorship, such as the one Mr. Obama apparently seeks to establish, the citizens have no
choice but to buy more than they will ever use, in order to pay for the medical bills accumulated by society's dead weight.
Obama is sorry Americans aren't smart
enough to grasp what he really meant. First, what Obama didn't do. He didn't apologize for misleading the entire country for three-plus
years by saying without qualification dozens of times that if Americans like their existing health insurance plan, they can keep it. "Period."
The Real Good Talker didn't admit any mistake there, not even an inadvertent one based on his enthusiasm for what he believes is best for his countrymen.
Such bald statements, which documents show he knew were false in mid-2010, played a key role in calming latent fears about his massive federal government
plan to reshape nearly a fifth of the country's economy.
The President's Kind-Of Sort-Of 'Apology' For Obamacare-Driven Insurance Cancellations. Yesterday [11/7/2013], in an interview with
NBC's Chuck Todd, President Obama addressed the problems caused by his incessantly-repeated pledge to the American public that "if you like your
health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." As millions of
Americans receive cancellation letters in the mail, however, that pledge looked increasingly strained. "I am sorry that they, you know, are
finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me," the President said last night. In the course of his interview,
however, Mr. Obama made several other misleading statements that don't accurately reflect Obamacare's impact on pre-existing health insurance plans.
Obama offers fauxpology for 'situation'.
Using lawyerly care in choosing passive-construction words, President Obama last night apologized for something, but most definitely not for lying to the
American people in order to sell his health care plan on false promises and get re-elected. Here are the words he uttered to Chuck Todd, White House
correspondent for NBC, friendliest news agency among the progressive media toadies.
The aggressive marketing of Obamacare
There must be something wrong with a product that requires such agressive mass marketing. And you can bet that if President Bush (41 or 43,
take your pick) had people spreading out to churches and schools to sign up participants in for his pet project, we'd be hearing howls about "separation of
church and state" and "using public schools as indoctrination centers."
Obamacare is box office poison. Obamacare has become so unpopular that entertainment industry stars are discovering that
speaking out in favor of it comes at a cost. Take Will Ferrell for example.
Will Ferrell Promotes Obamacare on Facebook,
Feels Web's Wrath. Will Ferrell is the latest celebrity enlisted to help pitch the Affordable Care Act to the so-called "young invincible"
crowd that needs to sign up in large numbers for the law to function: But Ferrell's #GetCovered post on Facebook on Monday [2/24/2014] led to an
acidic sea of comments — over 4,000 and counting at press time, almost all of them negative.
Michelle Obama: 'Young people are knuckleheads'.
On the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, First Lady Michelle Obama explained that it was more important than ever for young
people older than 26 to sign up for health insurance. "A lot of young people think they're invincible, but the
truth is young people are knuckleheads," she laughed, pointing out that they often cut themselves while cooking or injure
themselves by dancing on bar stools.
Obamacare signs of desperation. After enduring gales
of laughter in response to the Pajama Boy Gambit, the folks at Organizing for Action, aka my.barackobama.com, have turned to the stalest cliché possible
in an effort to put lipstick on the healthcare.gov pig.
Is Obamacare Adorable? For Valentine's Day, the Obama
administration decided to promote Obamacare in a manner less macho than its "Pajama Boy" campaign. [...] Makes Pajama Boy look like a stroke of marketing genius.
Democrats: Speed-date for Obamacare.
First they seized on Thanksgiving, then Christmas dinner, and now Democrats and progressives want Valentine's Day to be about Obamacare.
Washington's Network for Progress is hosting a mixer and speed date night for "Hope Mongers" this week to raise money for the organization that
is helping Americans sign up for Obamacare.
Where Is the Democratic
Party's Pro-Obamacare Campaign? No headline candidate or big-money advocacy group, not even OFA, is running political ads touting
the health law's successes. Instead, they're trying to change the message.
White House Writes NFL Players' Pro-Obamacare
Tweets. Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White
House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league's players union. [...] The Ravens received a $130,000
contract from Maryland Health Connection, the state's Obamacare exchange, last year to promote Obamacare. The NFL decided to forego an
agreement with officials in charge of the Obamacare rollout.
Sebelius: Observe MLK Day by signing up for
Obamacare. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is using the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage
Americans to sign up for the troubled Obamacare system. "As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic
effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace," Sebelius said of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Magic Assists Obamacare. Magic
Johnson sold millions of Converse sneakers and hundreds of cans of Slice to young people during the 1980s. Now, the fifty-four-year-old
retired Los Angeles Laker sells ObamaCare to that healthy demographic.
Simmons Performs a Bizarre Dance-Off to Get You to Sign Up for Obamacare. There are no words to describe what happened Friday
during a live event held by Covered California designed to increase interest among young people in the Affordable Care Act. Actually...
there are words: insane, perplexing, inexplicable, and psychologically scarring come to mind. What was billed as a "live
celebration of the 35 million Americans who now gain access to affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act," the six
and a half hour event rapidly — almost immediately — devolved into a celebration of the offbeat and eccentric. And it was
fitness guru Richard Simmons who took us there.
Republicans Clueless in
Obamacare Message to Young Americans. In December, reeling from surprising unpopularity among millennials, Obama returned
to his trademark pied-piper "movement" rhetoric, likening healthcare policy to women's suffrage and the civil rights crusade.
You mustn't get discouraged when you're out to change the world, Obama said, because "change" and leadership take time and hard work!
It's a clever angle because young voters are easily seduced by two things which ordinarily would appear in tension: altruism and
Obamacare Boosters to Hold 6-Hour Livestream Event to Promote Insurance Coverage. With another set of deadlines looming
to enroll in a healthcare plan, a group of Hollywood supporters of Obamacare are staging a 6-hour livestream event on Thursday
[1/16/2014] aimed at getting young people covered. Funny or Die, Maker Studios and YouTube Studios are partnering with Covered
California and other state insurance exchanges for the event, to be held at YouTube Studios in Playa Vista.
stumps for Obamacare. NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is featured in a new Web video from the White House promoting the
Affordable Care Act. In the video, Johnson, who was diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s, says he likely would be dead right
now if he didn't have quality health insurance.
The Editor says...
This is a disingenuous means of marketing socialized medicine, because (1) a millionaire does not need health insurance,
and (2) I think it is fair to say that Mr. Johnson brought his medical problems upon
The President who stole
Christmas. Today, while you're singing about Santa Claus, celebrating the end of the year and opening gifts with your family,
you should know: You might be ignoring your presidential homework assignment. Your celebration is probably wasting valuable
time that could be spent shilling for his "signature legislation." [...] Christmas is the perfect time to discuss Obamacare with your
family. Rather than simply letting you plan a Yuletide get together you hope will devolve into a nightmare of political arguments,
the caring folks at Organizing for Action have put together a handy guide that will let you cut to the chase. Follow their simple
plan and you can rest assured that your day will be as miserable as possible.
outreach hits the clubs. Washington's new health insurance exchange dispatched a sign-up envoy to one of the city's gay clubs one recent
night to get out the word about Obamacare. [...] Like other health exchanges and coverage advocacy groups across the country, DC Health Link is
reaching out to people wherever they may be, including bars.
video has men in holiday undies promoting subsidized healthcare. The Obama administration has teamed up with a campaign called #Out2Enroll,
the brainchild of the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that focuses on "improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community,"
according to their website.
D.C. to tout Obamacare among
youth waiting for Air Jordans. The D.C. health exchange says it is launching an Obamacare blitz this weekend and knows where to go to find "young
invincibles" — in line to buy the latest edition of Air Jordan sneakers. D.C. Health Link announced on Thursday [12/19/2013] it will seek out
shoppers this weekend — the last retail spurt before Christimas — to educate them about enrollment options under the Affordable Care Act
on its city-run health exchange.
Drag Queens Promote Obamacare. A group of
drag queens in Louisiana has decided to use their cross-dressing talents to help promote Obamacare. Wednesday Night Tea — "a unique, interactive
drag queen show held every Wednesday at Central Station in Shreveport, Louisiana" — has partnered up with the non-profit Out2Enroll to help market
Obamacare to the LGBT community.
Obamacare Panders To Gay Community.
President Obama is now hoping that the gay community will "come out" and sign up for the embattled Obamacare plan, as a new video pandering to
"the boys" has just been released to help with enrollment.
Obama encourages moms to 'tell
stories in the grocery store' about Obamacare. In a meeting with "eight moms from around America," according to a White House pool report,
President Obama encouraged the mothers to sing the praises of Obamacare while they're out shopping at grocery stores. Obama, speaking to the moms
in the Oval Office, acknowledged that there have been problems with the roll-out of his signature health legislation, but insisted that a solid P.R.
campaign will rescue Obamacare.
First lady: Signing up for
Obamacare should be New Year's resolution. The administration is scrambling to sign up consumers in insurance exchanges after the glitch-ridden
launch of the healthcare.gov website in October led to lower than expected sign-ups and undercut public support for Obama's signature domestic achievement.
'Pajama Boy' Makes Obama a Laughingstock Online.
The point of the ad is to promote Obamacare among young adults. "Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance,"
says the ad copy.
Pajama Boy Nation. Somehow we as a nation went from the
iconic Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy — from the noble individual with a bad habit to the ignoble without a good habit —
without a blink in between. There are lots of revolting things in the Pajama Boy ad. After all, how can you top all at once a
nerdy-looking child-man dressed in infantile pajamas while cradling a cup of hot chocolate with the smug assurance that he is running your
life more than you his?
Obamacare's 'Pajama Boy' was accused of racism,
anti-Semitism. Ethan Krupp, the little man who played "Pajama Boy" in a widely-mocked Obamacare ad, was accused in college of racism and
anti-Semitism. Krupp, an Organizing for Action (OFA) content writer who became the face of progressive America when he sipped cocoa and smirked while
wearing a onesie pajama suit in a recent Obamacare ad, is also a failed comedy writer whose work was not appreciated in his own time.
Meet Ethan Krupp: Pajamacare boy and Organizing for Action employee.
Pajamacare boy is Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for Action employee and the subject of ridicule after OFA created a social ad encouraging everyone
to sign up for Obamacare.
Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly
mocked. The White House is trying to get families to spread the word about Obamacare coverage options ahead of the holidays. Relatives will
gather around a common table, and key deadlines loom for enrollees who want to select a plan and be covered by the new year. The Obama administration
wants young people — like the man in pajamas, say — to sign up for coverage in state-based exchanges so that healthier people balance
out risk pools when sicker consumers with preexisting conditions enter the market, because they cannot be denied.
Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child. Pajama Boy's place in Internet infamy was secured as soon as the insufferable man-child was tweeted out by
Organizing for America. He is the face of a web ad that is the latest effort by the Obama team to leverage the holidays for conversation about Obamacare.
"Wear pajamas," the ad reads. "Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance. #GetTalking."
Pajama Boy: The Obama Machine's Id.
The Obama administration isn't doing very well with putting an empathetic face on its calamitous health-insurance law, is it? First, we had Julia, the
creepy, eyeless, vision-of-horror from Brave New World whose life was run from cradle to grave by the federal government. Then, we had Adriana, the
painfully neutral and carefully ambi-racial stock-model-from-everywhere whose face became so synonymous with HealthCare.gov's hilarious launch that she had
to be replaced with a graphic plugging an 800 number. And now, courtesy of Organizing for Action, we have Pajama Boy, a metrosexual hipster in a
plaid onesie who wants you to spend your precious Christmas days talking to him about the president's vision for health insurance.
Pajama Boy: The Obama Machine's Id.
OFA, and its various offshoots, are staffed by third-growth McGovernites who have come of age at the exact point that the radicalism of the 1960s finally won
out. As David Burge of "Iowahawk" fame likes to joke, perhaps it wasn't "a good idea to turn the most successful country in the history of the world over
to the grievance faculty at Harvard." Still, that is what we have done. And we have ended up with a parade of over-educated and under-experienced
perpetual children who don't think twice before dressing a grown man up in footie pajamas.
effort moves to shoe stores, restaurants. Health Links officials are spending this weekend going to shoe stores where the latest Nike Air
Jordans are debuting and Denny's restaurants trying to convince so-called 'young invincibles' to sign up for DC's health exchange.
First lady to go on radio blitz for
ObamaCare. Michelle Obama will sit for a trio of interviews with urban radio stations as part of a coordinated White House blitz intended to
promote ObamaCare coverage among mothers and minorities. The first lady will be interviewed Wednesday evening by Yolanda Adams, Al Sharpton, and Joe
Madison, three of the nation's most popular African American talk radio hosts.
The Editor says...
Mrs. Obama only speaks to black radio hosts. But if you criticize that trait, or even notice it, you're a racist.
Sexiest Man Alive Embraces Obamacare
to Boost Enrollment. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who'll be
promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow [12/12/2013]. With enrollment totals
behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama
administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
where the liberal dream crashes and burns. On Wednesday afternoon, a bunch of twentysomethings were summoned to the White House
to hear an infomercial from Barack Obama himself. He was pitching health insurance. [...] Mr. Obama desperately needs healthy young
people to sign on to Obamacare in order to subsidize the old and sick. But the salesman-in-chief can't close the deal.
A healthcare navigator in unfriendly
waters. [Quinetta] Rascoe is one of thousands of foot soldiers hired nationwide to sign Americans up for coverage under President
Obama's Affordable Care Act. Her task is made all the more challenging because she works in one of the Republican-led states openly hostile
to the act. The GOP-controlled Legislature ordered state health officials not to cooperate with the federal program.
A Roll of the Dice. President Obama is back selling his
health-care law with the manic intensity of a late-night-infomercial pitchman who knows that if he doesn't move the product, it could be discontinued.
Here's Obama aiming his comments at young people this Wednesday: "The product is good. It's affordable. This is a big deal, to quote
Joe Biden. And if you're a student-body president, set up a conference on campus. If you're a bartender, have a happy hour."
Obama compares health
reform struggles to civil rights movement. President Obama on Wednesday [12/4/2013] compared the challenges of health care reform to
the civil rights movement as he urged young people to do "whatever they can" to help boost enrollment in Obamacare. In an address to a youth
summit hosted at the White House, Obama urged young supporters to not get "discouraged" amid the health care law's rocky rollout and with polls
showing declining support for the president's signature achievement.
embarks on new health-care push after Web site fixes, urges Americans to sign up. President Obama on Tuesday embarked on the difficult
task of persuading Americans to reconsider his landmark health-care law after its botched launch, imploring people to sign up as part of a major push
to publicize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans immediately lampooned the effort — coming more than three years after
passage of the law and two months after its disastrous rollout — and conservative activists vowed to wage a counterassault publicizing the
called 'Forget About The Price Tag' wins HHS grand prize for promoting Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a
YouTube video entitled "Forget About The Price Tag" as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare.
The video contest, announced in August — in partnership with a group called Young Invincibles — encouraged participants to produce
clips filled with pro-Obamacare messaging.
And the winner of the
HHS video contest to promote Obamacare is.... [Scroll down] The huge irony is that she won by posting a video urging her fellow
youth not to worry about the price tag, when she herself is getting her insurance paid for by the taxpayers.
Another Day, Another Obamacare Propaganda
Session. On Tuesday afternoon, in yet another example of Barack Obama's inability to start a presentation (much less a giant website)
on time, the president defended the disastrous health care law that is colloquially named for him and asked for help to "spread the word" about the
law's purported benefits.
President leads the cheers for himself. Finally,
after two months of horror, President Obama heard cheering when he discussed ObamaCare. OK, so the cheering came from members of his own staff,
who were assembled in the White House briefing room to hear him speak Tuesday afternoon [12/3/2013]. But listen, the guy has had a hard time
since Oct. 1; he can use all the cheering he can get. The speech was promoted as part of an aggressive new effort to promote ObamaCare
following the repairs (far from completed) made to the HealthCare.gov Web site. If that was the intent, it was a colossal failure.
Obama calls on bartenders to host happy hours for Obamacare. During today's
White House Youth Summit, President Obama called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law — including
plying their customers with cheap booze. "If you are a bartender, have a happy hour," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "And also probably
get health insurance because a lot of people don't have it." Obama also encouraged young people who are student body presidents or workers
at nonprofit organizations to help people get enrolled.
Pop-up Affordable Care Act enrollment center opens near S.C.
Aquarium. A new pop-up health insurance enrollment center near the South Carolina Aquarium was crowded during its first hour of
business Monday morning [12/2/2013] — but not with residents eager to sign up for a policy under the Affordable Care Act.
The small storefront, provided by the city of Charleston free of charge, was mainly full of volunteers and paid navigators. They were busy
organizing pamphlets, answering cellphones, setting up a Christmas tree — all preparing for the rush of residents they hope will walk
in over the next three weeks.
The Editor says...
A state-sponsored Christmas tree is okay as long as it is used to promote the leftist agenda.
White House 'sounds like a very cheap retailer' hawking Obamacare. Former Florida congressman Allen West mocked the news that the
Obamacare website would be down for maintenance the night of its long-awaited Dec. 1 fix, warning that the White House's repeated excuses
make it sound "like a very cheap retailer." On Fox News Channel's On The Record Friday night [11/29/2013], West told Harris Faulker that
the Obama administration's decision to delay the website fix further was "incredible."
In the Trenches With the ObamaCare Army.
How's it going? Not well, to judge from a visit with navigators in North Carolina, one of 34 states that decided not to open their own
health-insurance exchanges. Durham is a relatively low-income city — nearly 19% of the residents are below the poverty level —
that is 41% African-American and 14% Hispanic. It is the type of place that the White House expects to benefit most from ObamaCare. Yet the
navigators I spoke with there earlier this month say interest has been sparse.
Hard Sell. I've come to Florida to go door-to-door with the
foot soldiers of Get Covered America, the boots-on-the-ground division of Enroll America, which bills itself as a "nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization
whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act." These
Obamacare evangelists are very serious about the "nonpartisan" nature of their business. Nearly every Enroll America staffer I speak to emphasizes
it, often repeatedly. And while it might strain credulity that an organization is nonpartisan which seeks to make sure people are Obamacared for
by setting $100 million fundraising goals for itself, and conducting $5 million ad campaigns, and targeting 10 different states, 9 of
which are coincidentally run by Republican governors, I choose to take them at their word.
Obama's Orwellian Thanksgiving.
President Barack Obama and outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have both tried to nudge their way into America's Thanksgiving (or
Thanksgivukkah) dinners, with talking points about Obamacare and gun control, respectively. Not only is introducing contentious
political issues into a family holiday a recipe for unhappiness, but it also reflects the disturbing Orwellian ambitions of Obama's
White House returns to
Obamacare sales mode. President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats
and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place. After two months of intense coverage
of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, the president will host a White House event kicking off a three-week drive to refocus the public on the
law's benefits, senior administration officials told POLITICO.
Obama sets out to save his legacy —
will it work? President Obama has begun a new 20 day effort to sell the Affordable Care Act. And while his press conference
on Tuesday was less defensive and more forward looking than his previous comments, it very much remains to be seen whether this new initiative
will help sell the law or assuage very real concerns about its efficacy and viability.
ObamaCare PR Tour Amid Fresh Trouble. Maybe the 10th time will be the charm for President Obama and his health care law. "The
bottom line is this law is working, and will work into the future," Obama said Tuesday [12/3/2013] in a speech kicking off a month-long PR blitz
for his signature legislation. "We're not going back." Obama went on to highlight benefits he regularly touts, such as free preventive
care, prescription drug savings for seniors, and the like. And he attacked the GOP for pushing for repeal.
is President Obama trying to politicize the holidays? The administration knows many people will be unfamiliar with the
etiquette of discussing national health care at Thanksgiving. So Organizing for Action, the president's political committee, has
created a strategy sheet and suggested talking points. "Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to
start your talk," OFA advises. It's especially important, the tip sheet says, to use special circumstances that might arise during
a family celebration to press the case for health care. For example, one OFA tweet showed pictures of a young man wielding a big
knife to carve a turkey. That was followed by a picture of the man with a bandage on his hand. "Food-related injuries happen
a lot this time of year," the message said. "It's a good time to talk about getting coverage."
idea of Thanksgiving table talk: Push the Obamacare. So this is how first lady Michelle Obama imagines Americans should
spend their Thanksgiving dinner: Talking about Obamacare. That's her call to supporters, via an email invitation to Democratic
Party backers, The New York Post reported. "As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be sure to talk with them about
what health care reform can mean to them," she said, in the email that contained 14 talking points that could be raised. [...] Mrs.
Obama's tips are posted on an Internet site operated by Organizing for Action, called "Health Care for the Holidays."
received $1.1 million grant to 'produce' Obamacare success stories. A self-described non-partisan organization promoting
affordable health care has received a $1.1 million grant to create a database of Obamacare success stories, it was revealed today
[11/28/2013]. The Washington, DC-based non-profit group Families USA was awarded the grant October 4 by The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. [...] On its website, Families USA asks users to share their stories relating to the Affordable Care Act in an effort to
illustrate 'the human need for health reform.'
Collapse of Obamacare's Holiday Propaganda Blitz. The Affordable Care Act's Hindenburg-like debut has been characterized a
series of spectacular failures, the latest being an attempt by President Barack Obama's political arm, Organizing for America, to
furnish their followers with effective pro-ACA talking points. This army of true believers was instructed to bombard their
unsuspecting kin with counterpoints to deflect the unceasing stream of bad ACA news screaming at them from the television set.
Be sure to use Thanksgiving dinner to convince relatives to buy a plan on the ObamaCare exchange. Believe it or not, these
soulless robots have prepared an actual talking-points memo for the occasion replete with tips on how to plan your "talk." My
favorite: "Integrate the talk into family time." Good advice — and for my money, the more dramatic the integration,
How not to
market insurance. It's an old marketing maxim — sex sells. And since nothing else is helping Obamacare sell (fewer than
27,000 people have successfully signed up for health insurance through the dangerously insecure federal Obamacare website), supporters in Colorado
have decided to give this notion a try.
Provocative new pro-Obamacare ads urge single women to
enroll in exchanges. From the folks who brought you the "brosurance" campaign that promotes the affordable care act comes a new line of
ads aimed at reminding young women the new law will subsidize their birth control. [...] The new round of ads don't leave out the boys altogether.
Why doesn't the guy have any pants on? Who cares! He has insurance.
Talk of Penalty Is Missing in Ads for Health
Care. New York's health exchange slogan is "Today's the Day." Minnesota has enlisted Paul Bunyan. Oregon held a music contest, and
California stresses the "peace of mind" that will come with insurance. The state and federal health insurance exchanges are using all manner of humor
and happy talk to sell the Affordable Care Act's products. But the one part of the new system that they are not quick to trumpet is the financial
penalty that Americans will face if they fail to buy insurance.
Hollywood Receives Grant to Promote
Obamacare on TV Shows. The California Endowment, a foundation spending big bucks to promote Obamacare, has just delivered a $500,000 grant
to TV writers and producers to sneak Obamacare promotions into their programs. "The aim is to produce compelling prime-time narratives that encourage
Americans to enroll, especially the young and healthy, Hispanics and other key demographic groups needed to make the overhaul a success."
promoted ObamaCare now quiet in wake of website debacle. In the heady days after the October 1 launch of the Affordable Care
Act — better known as ObamaCare — Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Keys,
Jennifer Hudson, Pearl Jam, Lance Bass, John Legend, Alyssa Milano and Kerry Washington joined the President to encourage Americans to #getcovered.
Since then, technical glitches and website snafus have so marred the ObamaCare website that the team who built it has been called to testify before
Congress on Thursday [10/24/2013]. But there will be no celebrities flanking them on Capitol Hill, as the stars that helped launch the
initiative are now being advised to walk away.
Super Bowl champ Baltimore Ravens getting
paid $130,000 to promote Obamacare. Despite a decision by the NFL to ignore the administration's pleas to promote Obamacare, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore
Ravens have decided to go all in — in exchange for a $130,000 contract, according to documents unearthed by a public watchdog group. Judicial Watch told
[the Washington Examiner] that the team was recruited by Maryland state officials to help it sell Obamacare, the new health care insurance program that has run into mammoth computer and
bureaucratic troubles in its first three weeks.
If there's one thing I don't like, it's an uninvited insurance salesman.
President embraces role as 'salesman' for Obamacare.
President Obama in his weekly address Saturday [10/26/2013] said he was proud to be a "salesman" for Obamacare despite criticism over the glitch-filled rollout
of the law's insurance exchanges. "Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman. And that's okay," said
Obama. "I'd still be out there championing this law even if the website were perfect."
Obamacare Ads Push 'Brosurance'. President Obama's Obamacare
"navigators" are proving to be a troublesome lot, with one navigator having an outstanding warrant for her arrest, and others having shady backgrounds. Obamacare
navigators are supposed to help Americans sign up for Obamacare exchanges. But some navigators in Colorado are doing their jobs by creating advertisements
directed at college students.
Oprah Winfrey gave 'unequivocal no' to selling Obamacare:
report. Oprah Winfrey downright refused an invitation to the White House and the opportunity to join a host of celebrities to sell Obamacare over the summer,
sources told the New York Post.
Obamacare software mess. The success of Obamacare depends on getting lots of people to sign up. So nonprofit groups,
insurers and some states are energetically promoting the exchanges. Enroll America, a group run by a former White House employee, is
mining data to find the uninsured, then going door to door to urge them to buy coverage.
More Celebrities Stage Star-Studded Effort
to Sell Obamacare. The clip is just one example of the star-studded White House effort to deploy artists, actors and content creators to help sell
the president's signature health care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act, especially to younger Americans.
Keywords: bribery, coercion.
Obamacare phones offered to health insurance buyers.
In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away
with a free smartphone. The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee's Obamacare health insurance co-op, is
using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll.
Creepy Propaganda: High School Bands To Play
Obamacare Songs. In the sort of creepy move you'd expect to see in Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Kim-Jung-Il's North Korea, high school bands in Oregon
are being used as propaganda organs for Obamacare.
Obamacare ad agency
asks high school marching bands to play pro-Obamacare songs. The point of asking high school bands to play the Obamacare anthem is to
create more attention for Cover Oregon. It's not clear if the ad agency has asked the high school bands to play pro-Obamacare songs at football
games or at other venues. A primary reason the ads have generated national buzz is because they fail to provide any detail whatsoever concerning
the Affordable Care Act.
about using schools as indoctrination centers.
The One Word Missing From All Those
ObamaCare Ads. In a speech at a Maryland community college last week promoting his namesake health reform law, President Obama mentioned the word
"benefits" 10 times. Free preventive care, coverage for children up to age 26, a better drug plan for seniors. "We're giving more benefits
and protections," he said. But there was one word Obama didn't mention once in his entire 51-minute talk. And that word was "mandate."
The Obamacare sales effort is this
desperate. Apparently, people are not looking like they will sign up for Obamacare at anywhere near the levels necessary to sustain
the illusion of public acceptance. We know this not because any data has been released, but rather by the self-evident desperation of the
sales effort. Just as a desperate drowning man flails his arms about, seeking to hold onto something that can save him, so has the Obamacare
marketing team seized upon the cheapest of cheap tricks.
Obamacare ad agency
asks high school marching bands to play pro-Obamacare songs. The point of asking high school bands to play the Obamacare anthem is to
create more attention for Cover Oregon. It's not clear if the ad agency has asked the high school bands to play pro-Obamacare songs at football
games or at other venues. A primary reason the ads have generated national buzz is because they fail to provide any detail whatsoever concerning
the Affordable Care Act.
The mysteries of Obamacare.
State officials visited the [Chicago] Tribune editorial board Tuesday [9/24/2013], equipped with charts and graphics and website mock-ups. They
spelled out how people will get information. They offered some favorable price comparisons to other states and some highs and lows for insurance
plans. We appreciate their outreach effort. But the fact is that, five days before the launch of this massively ambitious redesign of national
health care, the insurance policies to be offered in Illinois are still a mystery. Copays? Deductibles? Premiums? Still a
mystery. Will your doctor and your hospital be included in the insurance networks? Still a mystery.
Sebelius asks mayors, health care providers to help with
Obamacare education. Eleven days before push comes to shove for the federal health insurance marketplace, the nation's top Obamacare official
on Friday [9/20/2013] used a Kansas City forum to seek help from local officials. There are bound to be some glitches Oct. 1, the first day that
consumers can shop for individual pricing information on the federal health insurance marketplace, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Obama looks to Hollywood to help promote his
healthcare law. [Mike] Farah's drive stems from a series of White House meetings, culminating in a July session in the Roosevelt Room in which
the president asked for help promoting the law from a conference table full of artists, entertainers and creative executives including Farah, Amy Poehler,
Jason Derulo, Michael Cera and Jennifer Hudson. Farah, Funny or Die's president of production, was shocked by the challenges facing the White House.
Creepy Obamacare ad hits college campuses and your nightmares.
As the Republican dream of repealing President Barack Obama's health care law in Congress crumbles, the fight over the law's future shifts from Washington to
college campuses, where the new challenge for Obamacare proponents lies in convincing young people to sign up for coverage mandated by the law.
Targeted Obamacare Ad Buy May Hurt Vulnerable Democrats. This ad buy may grow, by the way, as government programs tend to do.
Politico reported on September 5 that the administration awarded a $41 million contract to the PR firm Weber Shandwick for Obamacare
promotion. Again, this is money that we don't have, to promote a law that most Americans don't want.
Flying carrot, winged
guitar, not health care, featured in new $3.2m Obamacare ad. New Obamacare ads targeting Oregon residents never mention health care reform or the
system's new health care exchanges opening Oct. 1, and instead feature psychedelic Images of people flying through the air singing, "Long live Oregonians,
we're free to be healthy." The so-called "Free" ads cost $3.2 million. What's odd about the ads for Cover Oregon is the lack of information
about Obamacare [...]
ObamaCare 'Navigators' Allowed in County Health Clinics. After concluding Florida citizens shouldn't be giving sensitive information
to people who know little or nothing about insurance coverage, Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg issued the order to 60 health
departments across the state. Clinic employees can hand out brochures to consumers but only if requested.
Florida bans Obamacare
navigators from county health departments. The state of Florida issued a directive late Monday prohibiting the so-called Obamacare
navigators from working on the premises of county health departments. Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg issued the order to
Florida's 60 local health department directors, according to the Miami Herald.
Navigating ObamaCare Outrage. With ObamaCare scheduled
to launch on October 1, Democrats seem more than a little anxious about their ability to execute. That's the only fathomable explanation for their
nervous breakdown over a routine House inquiry. The Affordable Care Act is paying for "navigators," or non-government groups that received federal dollars
in August to help people figure out and enroll for subsidies. That such a program even exists explains a lot about the complexity of the new entitlement.
Rubio accuses Sebelius of
'misappropriating public funds' with Obamacare ads. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is railing against what he calls the Obama administration's
"blatant misuse of federal dollars to promote a fundamentally flawed law." In a letter sent to Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
on Tuesday [9/3/2013], the Republican lawmaker called on the department to cancel a planned $8.7 million advertising campaign promote President
Obama's health care law using taxpayer dollars.
Clinton sells Obamacare. With less than a month before the Obamacare exchanges open, the administration dispatched former president Bill
Clinton to tout the unpopular law. Speaking at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday, President Obama's "Secretary
of Explaining Stuff" offered up a practical sell for Obama's signature law.
The Editor says...
Maybe Mr. Clinton should be appointed as Apologetics Czar.
Rubio blasts $9M ObamaCare advertising
campaign. A proposed $8.7 million TV advertising campaign to promote ObamaCare in the lead-up to a key launch date is being targeted
by Sen. Marco Rubio, who calls the effort a "blatant misuse of federal dollars." The Florida Republican said Tuesday that such spending is
"unconscionable," considering the uncertainty of the law and urged the Department of Health and Human Services to halt the spending.
Baltimore Ravens to aid Obamacare
enrollment effort in Maryland. The team has signed onto efforts to market the health law to Marylanders, according to an announcement
from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and officials running the state's Obamacare insurance exchange, known as Maryland Health Connection.
$9-An-Hour Jobs To Have Workers Sign People Up For 'Obamacare'. Working on a tight timeframe, Illinois is building an 800-person army of
temporary workers to help people sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The "in-person counselor" jobs, located in
every corner of the state, range from a $9-an-hour part-time evening job in Clinton County to a $45,000-a-year project coordinator position in Chicago for
someone with experience in community organizing and public speaking.
ObamaCare Navigators And A
Reform Already Gone Bad. With questionable legal authority, the Obama administration has already had to postpone two major aspects of the complex
legislation, despite three full years of preparation time. Also, we now know health care will not be cheaper; premiums have already gone up.
You probably won't get to keep your existing plan if you like it. Big business, Congress and White House folks got special delays and waivers.
But we regular people still must follow every letter.
Video Contest to Attract Young Obamacare Subscribers. The "Healthy Young America" video contest announced on
Monday [8/19/2013] offers a $30,000 prize pool, with a maximum award of $6,500. HHS said it is seeking videos —
skits, music or animation — that describe the circumstances in which young people need health insurance because
of an accident.
Now hiring ObamaCare 'navigators'.
With questionable legal authority, the Obama administration has already had to postpone two major aspects of the complex legislation, despite three full years of preparation
time. Also, we now know healthcare will not be cheaper; premiums have already gone up. You probably won't get to keep your existing plan if you
like it. Big business, Congress and White House folks got special delays and waivers. But us regular people still must follow every letter.
Navigators and Salespeople.
It isn't easy getting people to buy something they neither understand nor particularly want to own. An example being Obamacare.
But the Department of Health and Human Services has a solution. First, find some money — there is some, for instance,
earmarked for prevention that is just lying around and not, at present preventing much of anything. Then, spend the money to sell
the program and employ "navigators" to assist people who find it complex bordering on incomprehensible.
Administration Slashes Obamacare 'Navigator' Training Requirements. The problems keep stacking up for the partial implementation
of Obamacare on October 1. The Wall Street Journal reports this week that the Department of Health and Human Services has
cut back on the number of training hours required for the Obamacare "navigators," federal workers who under the health care law are tasked with
helping consumers purchase insurance through the state exchanges.
Despite Cuts, Sebelius
Prioritizes Travel For Officials To Promote Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a public effort
to educate and train Americans about health insurance ahead of the implementation of parts of Obamacare this fall. USA Today
reports that HHS and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have launched a new website and videos (including this one about the Obamacare exchanges) and
will include travel by government officials to promote the law.
The Town Hall Outrage Over Obamacare
Has Begun. Getting healthy young people involved is critical for its success, which is why the president made a strong push to that end
last month. (Efforts to encourage that enrollment by Organizing For Action, the advocacy group that picked up the reins from Obama's 2012 campaign,
have gotten a slow start.)
21 federal agencies working to
implement Obamacare, but who are they? Thirty-nine Republican senators want to know who the 21 federal agencies helping to implement Obamacare
are and what those agencies are doing to promote the program. A leaked April 2013 slideshow from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said
21 federal agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture and Education, are working on an educational program to implement Obamacare.
That reference prompted the senators' curiosity.
go door-to-door to encourage enrollment in Obamacare. In recent weeks, President Obama's signature health-care law entered a new phase as hundreds
of advocates began the arduous task of identifying the uninsured and coaxing them, one by one, to sign up for coverage. For the law to succeed, groups
such as Enroll America, whose officials include several veterans of Obama campaigns, will need to cajole millions of Americans, including many healthy ones,
to enter the insurance market. It could be a tough sell.
requests IRS review of group that is promoting ObamaCare. A watchdog group is asking the IRS to review the tax-exempt status of a
organization crucial in helping to promote ObamaCare. Cause of Action has asked the IRS to investigate Enroll America, a nonprofit that is
encouraging people to enroll in new coverage options under the healthcare law.
National Marketing Campaign To Cost Nearly $700 Million. As President Barack Obama's health care law moves from theory to
reality in the coming months, its success may hinge on whether the best minds in advertising can reach one of the hardest-to-find parts
of the population: people without health coverage.
Free 'I ♥ ObamaCare' Stickers. Democrats seem to be making peace with the probable
"train wreck" of ObamaCare's implementation. The DCCC, which assists Democrats running for the House, is offering free
"I 'Heart' ObamaCare bumper stickers. The organization even took to twitter to advertise and promote its efforts.
Celebrity sales force recruited
to sell Obamacare to the young. Pitching expensive health insurance policies to young, relatively healthy adults who require little
health care in order to subsidize the costs of relatively older people who require more care is a tough sell. So it should come as little
surprise that the Obama administration is recruiting a force of celebrity pitchpersons to make the sale to the critical mass of young Americans
needed to make the economics of Obamacare's new health insurance exchanges work.
Obama meets with celebs
who want to promote Obamacare. President Barack Obama, hoping to pitch his signature health care law to younger Americans, will
get some help from a cadre of Hollywood stars who have volunteered to help promote Obamacare's insurance exchanges that open on October 1.
Obama Lines Up Celebrities To Promote Obamacare.
Obama stopped by a private White House meeting Monday [7/22/2013] with celebrities including singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Amy Poehler,
Michael Cera and Kal Penn.
Obamacare, Simplified. With open enrollment in Obamacare's
exchanges set to start in fewer than three months, the law's supporters are attempting to change the subject from Obamacare's many delays and glitches.
Instead, they're mounting a campaign to sell the unpopular measure to the public.
Obamacare Grants Will Help California Get The
Word Out About Health Care Changes. Funded by $37 million in state grants, four dozen diverse groups from around
California — including labor unions, civil-rights advocates, medical clinics and the Los Angeles Unified School District —
are preparing to launch education programs promoting Obamacare, the national health-care plan set to take effect in January. The
48 recipients were selected from about 200 that applied for the grants, chosen for their access and ability to reach the estimated
5.3 million Californians in underserved communities who will be eligible for the subsidized or guaranteed health coverage.
The Editor says...
You may have already noticed that "get the word out" is a phrase that means, "sign up everyone in the lower class for lifetime dependence on the
Obamacare Funds to Sponsor
Bourbon Festivals. One day after The Washington Post reported that federal taxpayer dollars could be used to promote Obamacare through
porta-potties, the same outlet posted this e-mail from a Kentucky state official on how the Commonwealth plans to use federal funds to promote Obamacare.
plan: Porta-john ads are gonna get this thing right back on track. Well, the nanny state wants to do everything else for us, why
shouldn't it write the jokes for us, too? Obamacare will be advertised on porta-potties. In an attempt to reach young adults without
insurance, that's just one of the ideas being tossed around by supporters. And, yes, you're paying for all of this.
The ObamaCare Spin Machine Revs Up.
There's been a recent flurry of activities attempting to boost the Affordable Care Act. In mid-June, for example, President Obama's "Organizing
for Action" group reportedly spent seven figures on TV ads (in California, Florida and Texas) claiming, "Americans are already seeing the benefits" of
health-care reform. Also in June, the administration and an allied nonprofit, Enroll America, described how hundreds of thousands of community
organizers will sign up seven million uninsured people for health coverage, once registration for subsidized insurance starts Oct. 1.
Then on July 2, the administration dropped a bombshell, delaying the employer mandate for a year. Even Democrats were taken aback.
And Then a Miracle Happens.
Pay no attention to the absurdity of using Hollywood and sports celebrities, none of whom will ever be caught dead in an ObamaCare clinic,
to sell young, healthy people on the idea that it's cool to spend money (that they don't have because they can't find jobs in Obama's economy)
on inflated health insurance premiums to subsidize their older, sicker compatriots.
NFL: we'll pass on pimping Obamacare,
thanks. Kathleen Sebelius isn't having a stellar week in terms of getting groups on board to promote Obamacare.
Yes, she had something of a win with librarians earlier, but her more recent efforts seem to be falling on deaf ears. One place
where she's pushing to find public opinion movers is in major league sports, looking for these highly visible organizations to begin
"promoting the health law's opportunities" as she did with the librarians. The most highly rated of these groups — the
National Football League — has apparently read the writing on the wall and decided to take a pass.
no to promoting ObamaCare; teachers, librarians take up the slack. Following public uproar — and a warning letter
from Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) — the National Football League
has apparently decided not to help the Obama Administration promote the joys of ObamaCare to the young, healthy suckers whose money
is desperately needed to keep the President's health care plan afloat. But there are still plans to draft other sports, perhaps
including soccer leagues, into the effort. And if sports teams won't play ball, the Administration and its allies have other
channels for reaching young people. Teachers, for example.
Libraries enlisted to
deliver Obamacare information. The White House is turning to the network of public libraries to deliver Obamacare information
and advice to the nation. As it begins promoting the program that will require all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine
starting next year, the administration is dealing with the biggest hurdle in its effort: Where Americans go to get information on the
new program. Enter public libraries, already the go-to site for many Americans looking for tax forms every April. The Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is in charge of Obamacare, has teamed with the Institute of Museum and Library Services to get
librarians ready to help citizens learn about the new system.
story of LA teachers indoctrinating kids on ObamaCare goes national. Millions of people are having second or third thoughts
as they get new health insurance bills with steeply hiked rates, as employers cut work hours to save on insurance coverage or as companies
drop the coverage plans and leave workers to go on the government's version. In desperation, the Obama administration is seeking any
way it can to promote ObamaCare to the uninformed. California's health insurance clearinghouse got $37 million in taxpayer funds
just to push the plan in the Golden state.
Newest foot soldiers for ObamaCare:
Librarians. Growing up, I had an aunt who became a librarian because she dreamed of one day helping liberals push a ruinous
boondoggle on a broke America. [...] Per Gallup's latest, fully 43 percent of the uninsured have no idea that they're now stautorily
required by Hopenchange to seek coverage. If you're trying to reach the poor to let them know that they qualify for health insurance
subsidies — or, rather, that they don't qualify — then this is a no-brainer. Coming soon, presumably: Deputizing
the postal service, another institution that's being laid to waste by technology, to start selling policies door to door.
NFL says it has no plans to help promote Obamacare.
Under pressure to promote President Obama's health care law, the administration is in talks with the National Football League to form a marketing
partnership during the upcoming season. The Department of Health and Human Services has reached out to the NFL — along with the
National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball — in hopes of reaching a key demographic of younger Americans. It
would be a big mistake for any sports league to inject itself into the contentious political battle over Obamacare, but I'd like to just focus on the
NFL for now.
'Wellness Wonder Team' teaches people to love
Obamacare. "Wellness Wonder Team members will let people know about new preventive care and consumer protection opportunities, and also
educate people about how they can sign up for new health care coverage under the ACA," the group, a project of MomsRising, announced in a statement.
The Wellness Wonder Team includes some partner organizations, such as ACORN, Artsy Mamas, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Feminist.com and Planned
Parenthood Affiliates of California.
are turning into government indoctrination centers. So, in a desperate attempt "the Obama administration created a marketing campaign for
Obamacare that made it cool and hip" by "reaching out to the NFL, the NBA and Hollywood for help, and counting down the days to Oct. 1, when
enrollment in the exchanges officially begins." Further, "The administration is in a good position to secure splashy endorsements, as Obama's
2008 and 2012 campaigns had a deep bench of celebrity surrogates."
schools use your tax dollars teaching students to sell ObamaCare at home. With great excitement, the Los Angeles Unified School District has
designed a nearly $1 million program to train teenagers to promote the glories of ObamaCare to parents, relatives and friends at home. The
state's health insurance exchange, Covered California, is handing $990,000 to LA schools, along with federal grants totaling 36-million more U.S.
taxpayer dollars to districts around the most populous state. The goal is to train millions of student messengers statewide to sell the idea
of government-subsidized health insurance to parents and relatives at home and to get more people enrolled in ObamaCare.
California Schools to Train Kids to Sell
ObamaCare. The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered
California, the state's health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.
LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, "Teens trained to be messengers to family members."
about schools being used as indoctrination centers.
Congressman Asks NFL, NBA for
Details of Any HHS Pressure to Promote Obamacare. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is asking the commissioners of the NFL and NBA for details of
any pressure the HHS has put on them to help promote Obamacare. In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA Commissioner David Stern,
Rep. Scalise today [6/27/2013] asked for further details on conversations between the leagues and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
regarding plans to cheer on and help facilitate the implementation of President Obama's health care law. Recent media reports highlight that
the Department of Health and Human Services has begun talks with the NFL and the NBA to promote President Obama's health care law. "I would
caution you against being coerced into doing their dirty work for them," Rep. Scalise says.
House recruiting Hollywood stars for ObamaCare rollout. The White House is working to recruit Hollywood celebrities to help
promote ObamaCare, a top celebrity political adviser told The Hill. Trevor Neilson, a veteran of the Clinton White House, said he's in
talks with the Obama administration and that his clients are "looking at ways to be involved."
White House launches website,
enlist NFL as part of Obamacare blitz. President Obama and his political allies are furiously touting the Affordable Care Act
less than 100 days until Oct. 1, when state-by-state health "exchanges" will start to enroll Americans without employer-based
in talks with NFL on promoting ObamaCare insurance plans. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday [6/24/2013]
she is in talks with the NFL to help promote new insurance options under ObamaCare. Sebelius said the football league has been "very actively
and enthusiastically engaged" in discussions about a partnership to encourage people to enroll in newly available insurance plans.
The Editor says...
Why wasn't I told about this sooner? Sure, if a football player comes to my door selling Obamacare, of course I'll drop all my opposition!
California Schools to Train Kids to Sell
ObamaCare. The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare to family members. Covered
California, the state's health insurance exchange, announced grants of $37 million on May 14 to promote the nationally unpopular law.
LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, "Teens trained to be messengers to family members."
Obamacare sales pitch to flood schools, churches, cell phones, computers. Here
comes the great Obamacare sales pitch. Enroll America, a group dedicated to helping the administration sell the nation on Obamacare, is planning
to make their pitch of encouraging Americans to sign up in schools, churches, and even personal cellular phones. The nonprofit group with ties to
the president's team is poised to become the president's unofficial Obamacare marketing team, announcing this week that it will put its message in every
corner of American life.
If Obamacare is so wonderful, why is it necessary to enlist celebrities to sell it?
Report: White House
seeking help from the NBA to enroll people in ObamaCare. The Obama administration has reportedly contacted the National Basketball Association (NBA)
about a role in promoting healthcare reform around the country. Efforts to sell ObamaCare are ramping up ahead of October, when people can begin signing up
for the new insurance exchanges, and January, when the exchange coverage kicks in. Many have speculated that the enrollment campaigns would benefit from a
celebrity endorsement or partnership with a major sports league.
Obama admin puts the heat on the NBA to help sell
Obamacare. The Obama administration has reportedly tried to enlist the NBA in helping it sell Obamacare to the American people. It's
unclear whether a potential marketing partnership would put big-name players at the center of ad campaigns or if it would be as simple as putting the NBA
trademark on marketing materials, Politico first reported today [6/19/2013].
Selling of Obamacare underway.
The Obama administration is reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in Congress as it gears up to try to sell Obamacare to the public
this summer. For the Democrats, the meetings are part of a substantial messaging effort that will get under way to encourage people
to sign up for health coverage through the new Obamacare exchanges starting on Oct. 1. They've involved high-level officials
and lawmakers. The message? Rely on the facts, not the politics, of the health law. Now is the time to give Obamacare
a constituent outreach touch, à la other government programs such as Medicare and Social Security: Help people sign up,
Nullification: The Governors Resist the Implementation of Obamacare
State senators hold public meetings on proposal to nullify Obamacare in S.C..
A group of state senators will host three public meetings this week, including one in North Charleston, on proposed legislation that would
nullify Obamacare in South Carolina. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, but S.C.
House Bill 3101, also called the "Freedom of Health Care Protection Act," would make enforcing parts of it illegal in South Carolina
regardless of the high court's decision.
'Obamacare' mandate delay will cost $12 billion,
affect 1 million workers. President Barack Obama's decision to delay implementation of part of his healthcare reform law will cost $12 billion
and leave a million fewer Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance in 2014, congressional researchers said Tuesday.
More States 'Just Say No' To Obamacare
Insurance Exchanges. As I and others have pointed out before, any state that creates an ObamaCare insurance exchange is getting suckered
into footing the bill for a federal program. The latest state to reject this scam is New Jersey, whose governor just vetoed a state-run exchange
proposed by his legislature.
States Give ObamaCare A Massive Vote Of No
Confidence. If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why are so many governors — including several Democrats — refusing to play
along? What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned.
If ObamaCare is such a great deal ... why aren't more states going
for it? Maybe they know a bad deal when they see it. Partisan politics can't explain all of the reluctance, especially not with the Democratic
governors who are balking at the plan. The unfunded liabilities in Medicaid expansion alone in the outer years have to be daunting, especially for states who
already can't cover their current obligations.
Most Governors Refuse to Set Up
Health Exchanges. The Obama administration said Friday [12/14/2012] that more than half the states had rejected its pleas to set up their own health insurance
exchanges, dealing a setback to President Obama's hopes that Republicans would join a White House campaign to provide health insurance to all Americans.
Only 15 States Establish
Obamacare Exchanges. State officials are very smart not to set up their own exchanges since any costs beyond what the Feds offer to help pay is
on their taxpayers' dimes. Moreover, since the Obama Administration has centralized control of setting minimum coverage standards — see the
Free Birth Control Rule — the flexibility of states to regulate in this area is severely compromised.
Governor Says PA. Won't Set Up Health Exchange.
Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said
Wednesday [12/12/2012], putting the state on a course to join others led by Republicans that will let President Barack Obama's administration
run its exchange.
Four and Counting:
Another State to Consider Obamacare Nullification. Since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion on the constitutionality of a mandatory
federal health care system last summer, many Americans consider the matter settled. But others recognize that despite the pronouncement of five
robed federal employees, the Constitution still does not delegate Congress the power to create and run a health care system for all 300-plus million
Don't Make an Exchange. The Affordable Care
Act (ACA) was a milestone in many ways, marking previously uncharted territory in federal arrogance and overreach. As health-insurance policy
goes, it promises to prove catastrophic, but its constitutional implications are more worrisome still in that it is among the most insidious
attempts yet to reduce the states to mere administrative subdivisions of the federal government. Led by Oklahoma, many states have pushed
back by declining to comply with the law's demand that states create health-insurance exchanges.
A Resistance Movement Rises
Against ObamaCare. With the election over and no chance President Obama will sign legislation repealing the law, implementation is
proceeding. But the ObamaCare Resistance Movement has begun.
The Sebelius Coverup. Many states are
wisely signaling that they aren't interested in doing the Obama administration's bidding on Obamacare. As a result, many if not
most of Obamacare's insurance exchanges — the heart of the beast — will have to be set up and run by the Obama
administration at the federal level.
ObamaCare: 21 States
Reject Exchanges On Cost, Rules. ObamaCare's subsidized insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running in little more
than a year, putting a key piece of the federal health care law into action. But it's unclear that will happen, especially with a
growing number of states saying they don't want the cost and regulatory headaches.
Joins Growing List of States Not Gullible Enough to Implement an ObamaCare Exchange. A key committee in the Michigan
legislature has voted down a proposal to create one of ObamaCare's health insurance "exchanges." The Speaker of the Michigan
House pronounced a state-run Exchange dead.
Hope and Exchange.
Liberals wanted government to re-engineer the entire health-care system and rammed the Affordable Care Act through on a party-line
vote, not stopping to wonder whether it would work. Now that implementation is proving to be harder than advertised, they're
blaming the states for not making their jobs easier.
Could Oklahoma unravel Obamacare?
With the judicial and political options for voiding Obamacare now apparently off the table, the final hope to defeat the DMV-ization of the best
medical system on the planet may be the vast law's inherent contradictions. Hastily and sloppily put together, there are loopholes in the law
that may be big enough to drive all of Oklahoma through. But only if Oklahoma's elected officials continue to exercise their options under
the law not to implement certain policies.
Will GOP Governors Really Try "Nullifying" Obamacare?
After a majority of Americans reelected President Obama on November 6, ensuring that his signature health care reform remains what even House Speaker John Boehner
acknowledged is "the law of the land," several Republican governors — Rick Scott (FL), Bobby Jindal (LA), Sam Brownback (KS), Rick Perry (TX), Nikki
Haley (SC), Nathan Deal (GA) and Robert McDonnell (VA) — announced they would nonetheless refuse to implement the state-based health care marketplace
"exchanges" that are key to reducing health care costs and expanding access.
Will GOP governors kill ObamaCare? President Obama's health law
survived the Supreme Court, but some Republican governors who have long opposed ObamaCare say they won't implement any of it.
The States Resist Obamacare. One of the few bright
spots in the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare was its 7-2 decision striking down the Obama administration's attempt to blackmail states into going along with a
massive and costly expansion of Medicaid.
States are Resisting Obamacare. After the Roberts Court
handed down the Obamacare decision, people in the states immediately taking steps to reject the act — and what they see as a supreme court ruling in
violation of the Constitution. As we reported last week, John Lynch, the Democratic Governor of New Hampshire, signed into law HB1297. The new law
declares, "No New Hampshire state agency, department, or political subdivision shall plan, create, participate in or enable a state-based exchange for health
insurance under the Act, or contract with any private entity to do so." A number of governors are lining up to follow New Hampshire's lead.
Georgia Legislature, Governor Deal:
Nullify Obamacare! As Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advised — when the federal government violates the constitution, it's up to
US — in our states — to stand up and say NO. To the Affordable Care Act — we say Nullify It!
Maine's Governor LePage Refuses To
Implement Obamacare Exchanges. Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a letter yesterday [11/15/2012] to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department
of Health and Human Services, declaring that Maine will not implement the healthcare exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
LePage Issues Letter to Feds: No Obamacare Exchanges for
Maine. Because the guidance issued in the August 13, 2012, request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not legally
binding, the State of Maine will not be submitting a Declaration Letter. Instead, Gov. LePage, in a letter to U.S. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, noted
that the State of Maine has repeatedly stated that the law has severe legal problems, is bad policy, and overreaches into the lives and pocketbooks of fellow
Montana Voters Nullify Obamacare Mandates.
The "Montana Health Care Freedom Act" otherwise known as Referendum 122, prohibits the state and federal governments from requiring the purchase of health
insurance or imposing any penalty, tax, fee or fine on those who do not purchase health insurance. The prohibition does have some restrictions, but the good
thing about this [is] these rules are being set by the state of Montana, not the the Federal Government.
Carts, Horses, and Secession. Asking the White House to
comment on the secession of one or more states won't move the President, Congress, the courts, or the military. But it is symbolic of the exhaustion many
people feel as they watch the crony political class squander their treasure and their liberty.
Perry Tells Feds Texas
Will Not Set Up Health Care Exchange. Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the
state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance.
governors decide against setting up ObamaCare insurance markets. Several Republican governors, in what could be their
last symbolic stand against ObamaCare, announced Friday that they will not set up a state-based marketplace for selling health insurance.
The governors of Wisconsin and Ohio joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others in confirming that they will not establish so-called "health
insurance exchanges," which are set to launch in January 2014.
York: GOP governors brace for fights
over Obamacare, drilling. As they hold their annual meeting here in Las Vegas, Republican governors are quick to point out that they now preside
in 30 states, with a population of about 180 million people.
states' non-cooperation be too much for ObamaCare? The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes, since by its very
nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states' freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific
health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan.
Should Absolutely Refuse to Set Up Obamacare Exchanges. Proponents of Obamacare are making one argument that some
conservatives may find appealing — namely that it is much better, from a states' rights point of view, to set up state-based exchanges
than to let the feds come in and do it themselves. This argument is absolutely wrong. Allowing your states to be deputized
as instruments of federal policy is just as bad as bowing to federal commandeering of state agencies, which is unconstitutional.
Republican governors shouldn't help
implement Obamacare. With the election over and Obama reelected, repealing the law is not going to happen over the next four years.
So 30 Republican governors will have to make a decision about whether they want to help the federal government implement Obamacare, or keep the
onus on the Obama administration.
Surprise! GOP Governors "Stonewall" Key ObamaCare
Provision. Talking Points Memo is shocked, shocked!, that Republican governors would leave the job of setting up the exchanges to the Central
Government Planning Office. ["]Late last week more than a dozen Republican governors declared that they will not build the insurance market exchanges
called for by the Affordable Care Act, including prominent names like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rick
Perry of Texas.["]
Obamacare is political poison
Governors Deeply Worried About the ACA. It's not just Democratic Senators up for reelection who are worried about being
dragged down by the ACA. Even Democratic Governors are concerned about how the law is playing out in their states. Politico
reports that Jay Nixon, Jack Markell, and Deval Patrick (Missouri, Delaware, and Massachusetts, respectively) have communicated their
concerns about Obamacare to the White House. And no wonder, with stories like this: [...]
whip urges vulnerable Democrats not to 'hide' from Obamacare. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., reminded vulnerable Democrats
that they can't "hide" from the Affordable Care Act in the 2014 elections, after a fundraising trip on behalf of one colleague whose allies portrayed
her as an Obamacare whistleblower in a recent campaign ad. "The Affordable Care Act is ours," Hoyer told the Arizona Republic. "You're
not going to hide. You're not going to duck. It is ours. We promoted it. We believe in it. Sell it. It is
good for the country. It is good for Arizona."
Obamacare is the best thing John Dingell ever did. Retiring Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., has served in the House for 58 years,
but his greatest accomplishment in all those years came to fruition very recently, according to President Obama who hailed his support for health
care reform as Dingell's most "remarkable" achievement. "[O]f all John's accomplishments, perhaps the most remarkable has been his tireless
fight to guarantee quality, affordable health care for every American," Obama said of Dingell in a press statement on his retirement. "
The Rube Goldberg Democrats. As
American voters watch ObamaCare continue its Godzilla-like rampage across the national health-care landscape, it's worth considering the
collateral damage this political monster may be doing to the Democratic brand itself. What if ObamaCare's problems become a metaphor
for the modern Democratic Party?
US Rep. Holt, D-NJ, says he won't seek re-election.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Rush Holt announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November and will retire from Congress when his term ends next year,
meaning New Jersey will have at least three new members of the House come January.
Democrats in Denial Over Obamacare. In a
memo leaked to the press, Democrats argue they can neutralize their health care vulnerabilities by promoting their desire to fix the law and blaming Republicans
for intransigence in seeking a full repeal. But dig a bit deeper past the talking points, and it's unclear what they want to fix — beyond their broken
Obama at arm's length. How times change. The giddy electoral success of 2008 has been tempered by the harsh political reality of 2014.
Implementing Obamacare, the president's signature legislative achievement, has been a logistical nightmare; millions of families have lost their insurance
coverage; and Obama's approval ratings have fallen below 40 percent. "Dance with the one that brought you," the saying goes, but when you are a
Senate Democrat stuck with the wrong prom date, there's only one thing to do: hide in the bathroom.
Dems' new 2014 plan: Neutralize Obamacare. Democrats
know their biggest problem in this year's midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP's
advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even
endangering domestic violence victims.
Democrats Running Ads
Criticizing Obamacare. In Florida's 26th district, Democrats are running away from the president completely, and Obamacare in part. [...] [I]t is
fascinating to watch a Political Action Committee associated with Nancy "we're going to run on Obamacare" Pelosi slamming the White House for "the disastrous
healthcare website" and boasting — without any time qualification, it should be said — that its man "voted to let you keep your existing
Sen. McCaskill: I Wouldn't Invite Obama to
Campaign With Me. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told Morning Joe Tuesday morning [2/11/2014] that she probably wouldn't
invite President Barack Obama to campaign with her if she were running in a state where his approval rating is underwater.
Specter of welfare state jolts
Democrats. The White House and congressional Democrats are trying to limit the fallout from the politically damaging conclusion
in a Congressional Budget Office report that the Obamacare entitlement creates a major incentive for some people not to work. While
some critics focused on a finding by the CBO that Obamacare will result in 2.5 million fewer workers over a decade, conservatives
said the bigger fundamental issue highlighted in the report is one familiar to the welfare state — that taxpayer-funded
government subsidies provide disincentives for full-time work.
Dems get the Big Kiss-off from Big Money Dem Super-PAC. A Super PAC funded by big money Democrat donors seems to have made up its
mind that 2014 is hopeless, and is concentrating its resources on electing Hillary in 2016. Tough luck for all those Democrats who bet
their political careers on backing Obamacare.
ObamaCare "Glitches" May Doom Dems. The president's State of the Union address not only glossed over the disastrous start to the
[Obamacare] law's implementation but also, in another now familiar Democratic meme, treated the debate about the issue as finished.
But unfortunately for his party, the latest batch of ObamaCare problems may serve not only to revive the discussion about the wisdom of the
law but also severely damage the electoral prospects of Democrats whose names are, unlike that of the president, on the ballot this November.
Dem Casualty List Grows. Each week, it
seems another Democrat lawmaker announces their retirement from Congress. On Thursday, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) joined the growing list.
It is only January, but 11 Democrat lawmakers have said they are quitting at the end of this current term.
Is Obama Backing Away from
Obamacare? The president devoted less than 7 percent of his State of the Union address — just 462 words in
a speech that was 6,778 words long — to an anecdotal and weak defense of his signature legislative achievement. Surely
Democrats in the Senate who are facing the voters for the first time this November after voting for Obamacare were expecting much more.
Instead, they got an anecdote, pointing to Amanda Shelley of Arizona who needed a safety net and was grateful for Obamacare. But the
president didn't mount a strong, energetic defense of the law or make any explanation for its obvious and embarrassing failures.
A spate of retirements. Obamacare has
begun a three stage descent into disaster. The first phase was the catastrophic rollout of the website. This has cascaded into a
situation where perhaps millions of Americans find themselves in the second phase of "limbo", unsure they are covered, unable to pay, incapable
of verifying their enrollment. To rescue them from "limbo" the administration will strongarm insurance companies into taking anyone who
claims to have been covered. [...] And then the bad demographics which is turning Obamacare into a sump of the elderly and infirm will drive
premiums up. And then there's the looming arrival of the Employer Mandate, which may de-insure 25 million more.
Unwinding Obamacare. Obamacare is no
longer a theoretical proposition. It is now being implemented, if with some notable exceptions for the portions of the law the Obama
administration finds particularly inconvenient. Millions of Americans are experiencing its consequences directly, and millions more
are forming their opinions of it based on what they are hearing of its effects. Those opinions are generally not positive. The
fact that many of the law's congressional supporters are now running scared for fear of voter backlash is a good indication of how poorly
the rollout is going.
Veteran Virginia Democratic
Rep. Moran to Retire. Veteran Rep. Jim Moran, a pugnacious Democrat who made headlines as an early, outspoken opponent of the
Iraq War and for saying during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that he might like to punch Bill Clinton in the nose, announced Wednesday [1/15/2014]
that he will retire from Congress after 12 terms representing northern Virginia.
Long-time Northern Virginia Democratic congressman James Moran to retire. U.S.
Rep. James P. Moran announced Wednesday [1/15/2014] that he will retire after two outspoken and controversial decades in Congress,
throwing open a heavily Democratic Northern Virginia seat. [...] Moran is the 15th member of Congress and sixth Democrat to retire this
cycle. Unlike some fellow Democrats, Moran has little reason to fear reelection or the challenge of defending his support for the
Affordable Care Act.
Vulnerable House Democrat Announces 2014 Retirement. Up next in the retirement conga line is Rep. Bill Owens, an endangered
House Democrat from upstate New York. Owens won a wild special election in 2009, voted for Obamacare the next year, and has
been clinging to his job ever since, even as his district has shifted.
Obamacare Drags Dems Down.
In 2014, very few Senate Democrats are safe from the undertow of Obamacare. [...] If Obamacare continues to unravel and Republicans are
running up big numbers against Democrats in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Alaska, Virginia, and Montana, the unpopularity of
Obama's signature reform could claim a seat most analysts still consider solidly Democratic.
to Reporter: Um, Don't Call it "Obamacare". Names have connotations, so perhaps that's why Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) corrected
a reporter Thursday [1/9/2014] for referring to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare."
Grows: Two House Dems Call It Quits. Two veteran Democratic members of Congress have decided to retire at the end of the term,
making it tougher for Democratic plans to recapture a House majority this fall. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term Democrat from New
York, and Rep. Mike McIntyre, a nine-term Democrat from North Carolina, both announced Wednesday [1/8/2014] that they have had enough.
King, director of troubled Cover Oregon resigns. The man who led Oregon's problem-plagued health
insurance exchange has submitted his resignation.
Showing How Government Fails. The
tens of millions dreadfully affected by ObamaCare all have friends and family as well. The secondary political shockwave will be the
cumulative effect of voters not badly hurt by ObamaCare — at least yet — who get an earful from all those people they know and
trust who are badly hurt. Congressional offices will tell constituents — very reluctantly, but inevitably, even for those
Democrats who voted for this legislative nightmare — that the problem is not the sluggishness of federal bureaucracy, but rather
the federal statute itself, and that nothing can be done without a repeal of the law.
Obama keeps fleeing the consequences of his own signature
legislation. Announcements are sometimes made at night, when everyone eagerly awaits the latest news on how American health insurance
will work. It was around 9 p.m. that the administration let it be known that it was partially suspending the individual mandate in
2014 by exempting people who have had their insurance policies canceled. It didn't even publicly announce its one-day extension of the
deadline to get insurance by January 1. This is not just government by diktat, but government by embarrassed diktat.
Democrats will pay political
price for Obamacare in 2014. Obama and his allies put off the arrival of Obamacare until after the president faced re-election in 2012.
His administration also delayed releasing key rules regarding the law until after the election for fear of angering voters. But now they can't
put it off any longer. 2014 will be the year Democrats pay for Obamacare.
Here comes the real Obamacare
test. The Obamacare rollout was embarrassing enough, but in terms of real-world impact, the implications are still
somewhat abstract for much of the public. Now the uninsured and those with significantly altered medical coverage will have
the chance to see whether the goods match Obama's sales pitch. Democrats, not surprisingly, are on edge.
ObamaCare botch fuels Dem feud in
Maryland. The botched ObamaCare rollout that has given Republicans a hammer going into the 2014 election cycle is now splitting
Democrats in deep-blue Maryland, as the problems become political fodder for next year's gubernatorial race.
Senate Democrat worries about ObamaCare
'meltdown'. Hours before the Monday deadline for Americans to sign up for ObamaCare in order to have coverage by Jan. 1,
a Senate Democrat warned the plan could soon collapse of its own weight. "If it's so much more expensive than what we anticipated and
if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you've got a complete meltdown at that time," Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told CNN.
The Suddenly Competent Incompetents.
[Scroll down] What's ever so surprising is that some of these solicitous senatorial signatories, Begich, Pryor, Landrieu, and Hagan, all
of whom voted for this lame legislation, are up for re-election in November. My own senator, Mark Pryor, has suddenly rediscovered the
importance of the [B]ible in this campaign year and another senator to my south, little Mary Half-Moon Landrieu, who's support for ObamaCare
came at a hefty price, has discovered that maybe she shouldn't have sold out, too cheaply or otherwise.
Democratic U.S. senator says Obamacare could have [a]
'meltdown,' hurt party. President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party
to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.
Why Obama and Obamacare may be
the death of American liberalism. It's almost impossible to exaggerate the absurdities that have attended Obamacare, beginning with the
president's infamous lies about keeping your present plan and your doctor, and continuing through the 11,000 pages of implementing regulations
written to date, according to USA Today's Jayne O'Donnell. Incredibly, thousands more Obamacare regulations are yet to be written, many of the
horrendous problems with the program's healthcare.gov website remain unsolved and 2014 promises to add millions more people to nearly six million
who lost their coverage in 2013.
Baltimore Sun: Maryland must consider scrapping its state Obamacare
exchange. What is so astounding about this is that the Baltimore Sun is usually a reliable water-carrier for Democrats in Maryland:
if you read the whole editorial, you immediately get struck by the fact that apparently in its world healthcare.gov is doing a whole lot better than
it is in ours. If the paper is seriously discussing shutting down the Maryland state exchange anyway, then things are bad for the
We need solution-oriented
conservatism. Health care was supposed to be the issue that made Americans return to the big-government fold. Instead,
Obamacare has had exactly the opposite effect, confirming people's suspicions about the ability of government activism to improve their lives.
Abandon ship! Four state Obamacare chiefs bolt post-launch. You can add Obamacare exchange boss
to this year's list of "most dangerous jobs." Four out of the 15 chiefs of Obamacare insurance marketplaces run by individual states and the District
of Columbia have either quit or gone on leave since the botched Oct. 1 launches of their health exchanges.
Pearce, director of Maryland's ailing health insurance exchange, resigns. The Maryland official who directly oversaw the rollout of Maryland's
health insurance exchange resigned Friday [12/6/2013] amid continuing technical problems that have hampered the state's online enrollment efforts.
National Lampoon's ObamaCare Vacation.
Enrollment and technical dysfunctions and security breaches akin to the 36 federal exchanges continue to beset Minnesota's operation, called MNsure.
On Tuesday [12/17/2013], April Todd-Malmlov, the exchange's executive director since 2011, resigned under political duress. [...] Out in Hawaii, Coral
Andrews stepped down from her position running that state's exchange on the same day as Ms. Pearce. Fewer than 500 people have enrolled thus far
in the Aloha State's exchange, despite having received $205,342,270 in federal exchange planning and establishment grants.
legacy: The end of the great American Dream. President Obama and congressional Democrats passed Obamacare behind closed doors, using back room
deals and political/budget payoffs and manipulation. Not a single Republican was included in the structuring of this legislation. The law passed
both houses of Congress without a single Republican vote. It was a straight Democrat partisan result. The Democrats who passed it knew little, if
anything, about the contents of the legislation. Now, with multiple things wrong with the law and new issues surfacing almost weekly, congressional
Democrats and Mr. Obama want those same Republicans to help fix the law rather than repeal it.
ObamaCare's Troubles Are Only Beginning. The White
House is claiming that the Healthcare.gov website is mostly fixed, that the millions of Americans whose health plans were canceled thanks to government rules may
be able to keep them for another year, and that in any event these people will get better plans through ObamaCare exchanges. Whatever the truth of these
assertions, those who expect better days ahead for the Affordable Care Act are in for a rude awakening. The shocks — economic and
political — will get much worse next year and beyond.
Polling reveals even worse news for Obama.
The real problem is that the Pottery Barn Rule ("You break it, you own it") is being applied to America's health insurance system [...] It used to be that
Social Security was regarded as the third rail of American politics. But now we can see that grabbing hold of health care can be politically hazardous
as much or more so.
The Democrats' Bad Credit. [Scroll down] You
can see something similar happening with ObamaCare: consistently positive press despite the public's distaste for it and the assumption that eventually,
association with the project will pay off, followed by the sudden realization that public opinion on something they hated is actually likely to stay that
way — or that the public was right all along, and the product stinks. But the "credit" extended in this case leaves the debt not primarily
on President Obama or the press. It's on the Democrats who are associated with the law and still have to stand for election.
Rollout Improves Republicans' 2014 Outlook. Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obamacare will be a vote-winner for
Democrats in 2014. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the same thing. Perhaps they really believe that. But the numbers in polls conducted
since Oct. 17, when the end of the government shutdown put the spotlight on the rollout of Obamacare, tell a different story.
Obamacare sink Democrats in 2014? In 2010, Republicans rode a wave of frustration over the economy and health-care overhaul,
recapturing control of the House of Representatives. This time around, they're focused on keeping that majority and looking toward
gains in the Senate — and they'll rely on the bungled HealthCare.gov rollout to fuel voter support.
How Much Trouble Are the Democrats In?
[T]he normal state of the generic ballot question is for Democrats to lead. Equality in the generic ballot generally translates into a big year for
Republicans. So when Republicans pulled even or took a slight lead in generic preference polling a week ago, wiping out the big lead the Democrats
held after the government shutdown, it sent a tremor through official Washington. For Democrats, the bad news is just beginning.
If they want to keep their
jobs, Democrats should ditch Obama now. The most important poll is one most people missed. A Quinnipiac survey that came out
the day before Thanksgiving made no news, but it could signal that a Democratic apocalypse is taking shape. The survey found President Obama's
job approval in Ohio falling to 34 percent, his lowest score in any Q-poll ever. It found a whopping 61 percent disapprove of his
performance. Even worse, Ohio voters say, by 57 [to] 39 percent, that Obama is not honest or trustworthy. Hide the
silverware — the president is coming to town! He also hit a new low of 36 percent approval in Colorado last month. ObamaCare
and his lies about it are driving the numbers downhill.
Review Writer: Obamacare 'The Biggest Mistake That Any Party Has Made in 100 Years'. On Thursday, National Review staff
writer Charles C. W. Cooke joined Fox News Channel's Gretchen Carlson to discuss President Barack Obama's proposed administrative
fixes to the Affordable Care Act. Pivoting to a piece Cooke recently wrote, the National Review columnist said that the ACA may be looked
on by history as "the biggest mistake that any party has made in at least 100 years." Asked first to react to the president's press
conference, Cooke said that it might be "the lowest I've ever seen him." "He looked broken," he added. "And he flailed. He
filibustered when he was given the Iran question in the middle, for example. He talked at length. He just desperately didn't want to
talk about health care."
A top Democrat
apologizes for calling the Affordable Care Act 'Obamacare'. On Tuesday [10/22/2013], one top Democrat, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, acknowledged that
the website for the exchanges needed to be fixed, but he also apologized after he referred to the law as "Obamacare." [...] When asked why he apologized for
using the term, Hoyer said: "I think it's a pejorative, I think it's used as a pejorative. Obama says Republicans will stop using 'Obamacare'
as soon as it starts working."
Even Liberals are Gagging on the Bitter Taste of Obamacare.
The Obama administration's incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its incompetent multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is but a tragic metaphor for this man's
entire presidency. (It's not hyperbole when it's true.) Nearly three weeks in and the utopian promise of "affordable care" for all has yielded but a handful of
folks who've even been able to sign up for this clinic in socialism. That Obamacare — something billed as a health-care panacea for the
collective — is something that the collective neither asked for, nor wanted, is now the back story. That it has failed so fantastically in every
respect, has taken center stage.
'Let me be clear, there is no option to
keep my current plan.'. I would take that complaint up with the local congressman, Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., who voted for Obamacare and still supports it.
Awww! Daily Kos
Scribe Whines That Obamacare Sent His Premiums Soaring. On the bright side, we could be witnessing the painful emergence of a future
conservative, his tentative stirring accompanied by a rude awakening of how the world actually works. Can't wait to see him at the polls next year.
broken website is doing more damage than the Republicans. Could bad coding succeed where Ted Cruz failed? Yesterday, President Obama came out and gave
a speech admitting that the website that is crucial to Obamacare has failed disastrously. "The affordable care act is more than just a website", he said.
That's true of Facebook too, but the point is, the whole thing won't work without the website.
bungled Obamacare long before GOP had power to obstruct. [A] memo revealed in a new Washington Post examination of the rollout shows the
administration was already on a disastrous path in May 2010, just two months after Obamacare was signed into law — and six months before
Republicans won control of the House and more Senate seats in the November 2010 elections.
Democrats Run for ObamaCare Cover. With
the GOP's antics now over, the only story now is the unrivaled disaster that is the president's health-care law. Hundreds of thousands of
health-insurance policies canceled. Companies dumping coverage and cutting employees' hours. Premiums skyrocketing. And a website
that reprises the experience of a Commodore 64.
Polls Find Big Trouble Ahead for
Democrats. Colorado has been taken over by Democrats over the past few election cycles. But left-leaning PPP's latest poll
suggests that the Democrats are losing their grip on the state. [...] The Democrats' strength in the state is social issues, specifically gay
marriage and raising the minimum wage. They can be expected to focus on those and run away from Obamacare and gun control.
Dems: Fixes not enough on O-Care.
Senate Democrats facing tough reelections say President Obama has not done enough to fix the botched rollout of his healthcare law and are
vowing to repair it themselves. The Senate Democratic leadership is not on board with lawmaker plans to begin rewriting ObamaCare and
have urged for more time to assess the changes made by Obama and his team, lawmakers say.
And they'll probably do it, too.
Harry Reid Urges
Republicans to Fix a Law They Opposed All Along. Not a single Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act, but they must
now help Democrats make the law work, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Monday [12/9/2013].
Obamacare is Obama's
failure by choice, not fate. Katrina was an act of God and/or nature, a phenomenon beyond the control of mere human
beings, a catastrophe not of choice, but of nature's necessity, outside the realm of man's will. [...] Obamacare, on the other hand,
was willed into being by Barack Obama, and driven by no external need or compulsion — only his party's desire to fill out
its wish list, and his own wish to become a historical figure. He's becoming historic, but for all the wrong reasons.
Obamacare hasn't damaged president's credibility. The White House insisted Wednesday
that President Obama's credibility had not been damaged by the botched rollout of Obamacare, despite a series of recent polls
showing his diminished standing with the American public. "I don't think I agree with that conclusion," White House deputy
press secretary Josh Earnest said of the assertion that fewer Americans trust the president because of broken promises over his
signature domestic achievement. However, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 54 percent of respondents
disapproved of the president's job performance, driven mainly by the problem-plagued rollout of Obamacare.
Obama's Democrat enemies. The unfolding
disaster of Obamacare is on track to explode in 2014, as tens of millions of Americans will lose their coverage when the employer mandate kicks in.
Starting on January first, there will be stories of people showing up for emergency care, only to discover they have been "enrolled" according to
the administration, but their insurance company was never paid so they are uninsured. There will be people on chemotherapy who are cut off
despite being told they were "enrolled." Watch for it: enrolled is going to become a dirty word, an ironic reference to the incompetence
of the Obama regime.
Among 'Obama Coalition,' Obama approval
plunges. President Obama won re-election with the rock-solid support of what has become known as the "Obama Coalition" —
young people, minorities, women, and low-income voters. Without a firm foundation — and high turnout — among those
groups, Obama would not be in the White House today. Now, little more than a year after the president's re-election, his job approval
rating has fallen among all segments of the American electorate. But it has fallen the most among those who did the most to elect him.
Obama Stars in The No-Name Law
That Sank His Party. When the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA (Affordable Care Act) over
majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the president's signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator, ObamaCare.
Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we'd
grow to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.
More evidence Obama
is in serious trouble with his own party. There is going to be a political price to be paid for wrecking long-established relationships
between responsible Americans (who already provided health care insurance for their families) and their doctors, while increasing the prices they pay
so as to finance care for the populace unable or unwilling to provide for its own health care. The fact that ObamaCare was sold with lies
multiplies the political resonance tenfold.
Recover From the Obamacare Catastrophe? No one knows for sure how the next few phases of ACA implementation will go.
Democrats' hopes that their fortunes will improve as a result of upcoming fiscal debates are starting to look pretty shaky, however.
Is Costing Democrats the White Women They'll Need at the Ballot Box. It's not the voters who hate Obamacare the most who are going to
matter in next year's elections. It's the independents who frequently side with Democrats but could, if propelled by a distaste for the health
care law, take a serious look at the GOP in 2014. And on this front, Democrats have a big problem with one of their most crucial
constituencies — white women.
Obamacare: The Exodus. The
magical Obama coalition, thought by many to be composed of mere automatons who would follow the Democratic party wherever it went, is
starting to fracture. This is not to say that its members are lining up to re-register as Republicans and subscribe to National
Review, of course. But they are expressing dissatisfaction — and, crucially, not just with this president but with
the central ideological achievement of his tenure. Obamacare, not time, is dragging the man down. Who would have thought that
government policies could lead to political change?
Democrats' 2013 Drop-Off Problem.
Probably the most jarring election story of 2013 was the successful recall of two Democratic state senators in Colorado. [...] These were extreme cases:
low-turnout recall elections where the pro-recall forces were unusually energized by the gun issue. But they highlight what is probably the most
troubling indicator for Democrats right now as we inch toward the midterm-election season: The drop-off in Democratic performance in elections
this year — Democrats have been running three to five points behind Obama's 2012 showing with surprising consistency.
Millennials Abandon Obama and
Obamacare. Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the
ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law. The most startling finding of
Harvard University's Institute of Politics: A majority of Americans under age 25 — the youngest millennials — would favor
throwing Obama out of office.
Harvard Poll: Millennials Abandon
Obamacare, Would Vote to 'Recall' Obama. [Scroll down] 52 percent of younger millennials, aged 18-24, told Harvard pollsters
that they would support a recalling of the president from the Oval Office. 47 percent of all young voters said they would support such a
measure. Fortunately for the president, no provision to recall the President of the United States exists in the Constitution.
DNC Chair: 'Any of Our
Candidates Will Be Able to Run on Obamacare'. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic Party chair, says Obamacare
is not a liability for members of her party who are running for re-election. "Any of our candidates will be able to run on Obamacare," she
told CNN's "Crossfire" Tuesday night [12/3/2013]. "Everyone is running on Obamacare — perfect," responded Republican Party
Chairman Reince Priebus, who appeared with Schultz.
Broken promise of Obamacare to haunt
Democrats' congressional campaigns. President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the
congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president's faulty health care law.
Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm
elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring
flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public's attention after the program's rollout Oct. 1.
Polls Show ObamaCare Wave Building
Against Senate Democrats. Recent polling shows that an election wave of anti-ObamaCare sentiment is growing, and it is not only likely to
hand the GOP control of the United States Senate, but might wipe out as many as 12 Democrat seats — many of which looked safe just a few months
ago. Back in July, Five Thirty Eight's election guru Nate Silver believed that control of the Senate was a tossup. That has all changed
now that voters got their first real look at the brutal consequences of ObamaCare.
Democrats in 2014, the Web site is not the problem. 5.5 million. That is how many people the administration needs to
sign up in just 23 days because Obamacare drove them out of their health-care plans. That's some 240,000 sign-ups every single
day, just to break even. Getting that many enrolled in a few weeks would be extraordinarily difficult even if the Web site were working
perfectly, which it isn't.
A Fight Over Contraception Won't Help
Obamacare. Two employers who have religious objections to the contraception mandate recently had their cases granted cert by the Supreme
Court. [...] Social media was on fire over this when it happened, and I confess that I am struggling to see why. There was a lot of outraged talk about
how corporations aren't people, of course, but a lot more about employers trying to control their employees' sex lives, treating women as second-class
citizens and so forth. To judge from these reactions, you would think that birth-control pills were a scarce resource that could only legally be
obtained through employers. In fact, generic birth-control pills are available for $25 a month through a Costco pharmacy, $50 if you want a brand
Clinton Ally: Obamacare's Problem is the President's Historic Mismanagement. Ed Rendell is the former Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, a
former DNC Chairman, and a longtime Clinton acolyte. He was on Team Hillary in 2008 and will likely feature prominently on her 2016 bandwagon, too.
His biting commentary on Obamacare's catastrophic roll-out, therefore, is noteworthy for two reasons: First, it's a partisan Democrat criticizing the
president's handling of his signature domestic initiative in unusually harsh terms. And second, it's a preview of how Team Hillary plans to
cleanse itself of the Obamacare stench.
Grandma Obamacare. Hillary Clinton is the matriarch of the disaster
that Americans now scorn as Obamacare. And helpfully for opponents, she was kind enough to detail her role in this unending rolling disaster.
As it were, in chapter if not verse. In fact, Mrs. Clinton's 2003 memoir Living History, an autobiography that takes her from childhood to
the U.S. Senate, can be viewed as something unique in the annals of candidate biographies. Hillary Clinton's book is a literary landmine.
A self-detailed look at just where all those false promises — about keeping your doctor and your health insurance if you like it —
Key Metric For Obamacare Site:
Democrats' Blood Pressure. The biggest test for Sunday's [12/1/2013] HealthCare.gov deadline isn't the number of people who can use the
site or how quickly the pages load for them. It's whether Democrats start to calm down. The White House says the site will be much better
but not "perfect." But it's got to be better enough to fundamentally change the political narrative that it's broken. If it isn't, nervous
Democrats will get more nervous, and they'll start searching for more serious ways to distance themselves from the law they passed.
worrying about re-election prospects distancing themselves from Obama over health law rollout. A month after emerging from a
government shutdown at the top of their game, many Democrats in Congress newly worried about the party's re-election prospects are for the
first time distancing themselves from President Barack Obama after the disastrous rollout of his health care overhaul.
WH-DSCC ObamaCare powwow. White House
chief of staff Denis McDonough held an unpublicized meeting with Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), chairman of the Senate Democrats' campaign arm,
amid anger and anxiety that ObamaCare's botched rollout could cost the party its majority next year.
Stunning hypocrisy from
Democrats in wake of ObamaCare's broken promises. During the debate over the deeply flawed bill in 2009 and 2010, voters were repeatedly
assured by President Obama and his congressional allies that everyone who liked their current health care plan would be able to keep it. "Period."
Now, as the new law implodes before our eyes, millions of Americans have received letters of cancellation. With approximately five million people
across the country expected to lose their current plan and millions more to follow, when all the smoke clears, it's clear that the Democrats broke their
promise to the American people.
Spreading around the
blame for Obamacare. Soon after President Obama told the White House press corps he was solely responsible for the botched
Obamacare rollout, he decided to shift part of the blame onto Republicans. A mea culpa can be hard to deliver in public when
you are the kind of politician who thinks he never makes mistakes and rarely if ever apologizes for anything that went wrong.
Heal Thyself. Obama doesn't have to
run for office again, but other Democrats do, and the big question for the 2014 midterms may be how each party handles Obamacare.
Obama has no hope to fix fractured America.
Obama's promise to heal a polarized nation has proven to be as big a lie as his promise that you can keep your health insurance. America
is now so divided and demoralized that there is no hope Obama can fix it. As last week proved, he doesn't even pretend to try any more.
ObamaCare not the 'smart political thing' in letter. President Obama admits in a handwritten letter to a Texas
schoolteacher that ObamaCare is not the "smart political thing" and that he is bogged down by a "toxic political environment."
Politico: Dems Prep to Trash
ObamaCare. It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare
rollout. [...] Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive
against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are
trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the hearings. Politico and Mike Allen, especially, are simply another
communications vehicle for the Democrat party.
Obamacare Will Cost Them The Senate. Last week, President Obama's pollster Joel Benenson sent a memo to congressional
Democrats encouraging them to refocus attention on the economy and ignore the health care chaos that has consumed the administration
for the last two months. The three-page set of talking points argued that the media's relentless focus on the Obamacare website
is a "distraction" from more important work on the minds of voters. But for Senate Democrats who backed the unpopular legislation,
avoiding the subject isn't so easy. Republicans are armed with reams of polling data showing how the health care law could overturn
the Democrats' majority, and are already hitting vulnerable Democrats on the subject.
Media ignores Democratic infighting,
abandonment of Obama. At stake: In the short term, the makeup of the Senate. In the long term, much more:
The future of liberalism. Obamacare (a term which, not surprisingly, the White House last week suddenly stopped using, opting for
"Affordable Care Act"), is the pinnacle of liberalism. The government will take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy and make all your
decisions for you. And don't worry: your most personal information is safe with us (just ask the National Security Agency).
set to turn on Obama if Healthcare.gov isn't ready next week. [Scroll down] Even inveterate website critic Bob Laszewski reports that
there have been improvements to the crucially important back end of the site, which routes information on applicants between insurers
and the federal data hub. Roughly five percent of the information that's being received by the industry, though, is still garbled or
makes room for fundraisers, golf in his schedule despite Obamacare troubles. Since the launch of the HealthCare.gov on
October 1, Obama has gone golfing five times and attended ten fundraisers — with five more scheduled for the beginning
of this week — while Obamacare's favorability has hit all time lows. And while President Obama's schedule has been open
for golf and fundraisers, he was unable to attend the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Tuesday due to — as White House
advisor Dan Pfeiffer put it — "this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the Dem Party."
Heal Thyself. According to a new
Gallup poll, only forty-two per cent of Americans now agree that the government should guarantee access to health care. In 2006, the
number was sixty-nine per cent. The technical inadequacies of healthcare.gov may prove less of a burden than the political damage
that has been done.
ObamaCare Fallout in State Government.
A great deal of attention has been focused on the political fallout that Democrats in Congress will face because of their support for
ObamaCare. Beyond video of Mary Landrieu in 2009 saying just what Obama was saying about people being allowed to keep their old health
plans, surely the video of Nancy Pelosi that we had to "pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" ought to be part of any
Republican's campaign against Democrats in the congressional midterm elections.
Poll: If voters had
known they'd lose insurance, Romney would have won. A Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research survey conducted from Nov. 18-20
asked voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012: "As you may know, millions of Americans have lost their insurance plans
despite President Obama's promise that, quote, 'if you like your plan, you can keep it.' If you knew in 2012 that this promise was not
true, would you still have voted for Barack Obama?" In response, 23 percent said they would not have voted to re-elect Obama, while
72 percent said they would still have voted for him. The largest number of defections were among female voters ages 18-54,
31 percent of whom said they would not have supported the president.
Abandoning Ship: Obama Runs from 'Obamacare' Title.
There is a certain dignity in accepting blame. A real person of character should, when confronted with failure on their part, gracefully accept
the due blame and work on remedying the problem. In the case of Obamacare, however, the president continues to duck and dodge in every way
possible as public outrage rains down upon the Obama Administration.
Round 2 of
ObamaCare enrollment to be delayed until after 2014 midterms. The Obama administration on Friday offered an extension of the current
ObamaCare enrollment period — though not exactly what Republicans were seeking. Federal health officials announced Friday afternoon
[11/22/2013] that they'd give people another eight days this year to enroll in an insurance policy and still get covered by Jan. 1. Previously,
people had to enroll by Dec. 15 to avoid any break in coverage and have insurance at the start of 2014. [...] That decision was pitched
as a way to give consumers and insurance companies more time to study their options, but also conveniently pushes the second round of enrollment
past the 2014 midterm elections.
Dem Congressional aides [complain]
about Obamacare. The German word schadenfreude is suddenly on the tip of the tongue of many conservatives, and for good reason. The
best part of it is that people who consider themselves smarter than the rest of us suddenly find themselves regretting their high-handedness in foisting
OCare on us. Democrat congressional chiefs of staff, the people who supposedly read the bill before their bosses voted on it are caught.
year-two sign ups delayed until after 2014 election. The Obama administration plans to delay by a full month the open enrollment
period for Obamacare's second year, in a move that a Republican campaign strategist called 'nakedly political.' [...] [A]n HHS official said
Thursday [11/21/2013] that the schedule has been bumped back, beginning on November 15, 2014 and ending on January 15, 2015. That
timetable will ensure that the midterm elections come and go before the new year's insurance rates are published.
Democrats Should Push for ObamaCare's Repeal. Democrats might think the Frankenstein's monster they've created with ObamaCare can be
tamed before the next election by applying a few bandages and stitches. If so, they are badly misinformed.
Just 7 percent think Obamacare is working. A
CBS News poll found that just 7 percent of Americans believe Obamacare is working well and should be kept around. Forty-eight percent think
the law needs to be changed, but that it includes some good policies, and a close 43 percent think the law needs to be fully repealed.
To Repeal the Health Law,
You Need a Republican President. Josh Kraushaar, one of my co-authors on the 2014 Almanac of American Politics, and Megan McArdle have
opined that the Affordable Care Act is so badly damaged that repeal over a veto by President Obama is now within the realm of possibility. I
suppose anything is possible. After all, seven weeks ago, very few people would have predicted that the rollout would be this disastrous.
Who knows where we'll be in two to three months?
NYT: Obamacare Debacle Could Kill Big
Blue. Does the Obamacare debacle mean the death of the American liberal dream? Thomas Edsall, an op-ed columnist for the New York
Times, thinks that it might. [...] Democrats pitched the Affordable Care Act as a law that would let the haves keep their doctors and their plans while
giving more care to the have-nots, meanwhile offering Amazon levels of service to all comers through a magical website. Now that the quest for
that kind of system is looking more like a misguided unicorn hunt, Edsall suddenly, horribly, begins to see just how foolish and utopian the whole
Dems reveal 2014 strategy: Smash and
grab. With Democrats poised to lose control of the Senate, this could be a very big deal. With new regulations set to
ban more policies and the prospect of millions of Americans being dumped from their employer-based health insurance, next fall promises to be
a painful season for ObamaCare implementation. But by delaying the start of the enrollment season, the White House may be able to push
some of the outrage past Election Day and perhaps spare vulnerable Democrats.
In their own
words: Video targets 27 Dems who echoed Obamacare 'promise'. A new video from the conservative group Campaign for Working Families
targets the president and 27 Democratic senators who echoed his false promise that Americans would be allowed to keep their health insurance
under Obamacare. Five key Senate Democrats up for reelection get special attention in the new video: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Alaska
Sen. Mark Begich, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Second wave of health plan cancellations
looms. A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to
100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall — right before the mid-term elections. The next round of cancellations
and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the
cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the
swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.
reasons Obamacare will only get worse for Democrats: [#5] Navigators. If you liked ACORN, you'll love the Obamacare Navigators.
I'm sure there will be good, sincere people who really want to help people navigate the Obamacare maze. But there will be enough bad apples employed
as navigators to supply plenty of scary anecdotes and weird encounters that will result in a steady ridicule of the overall program.
Obamacare: So, what could
go wrong next? The stumble-filled debut of President Barack Obama's health care law is drawing new attention to the other
risks that have been on the radar screen of health care wonks for months. Think health insurance plans sinking under the weight
of sick customers, newly insured people being stunned that they still have to spend on health care, and possibly another wave
of canceled policies — right before the 2014 elections.
Why Obamacare Is On Life Support. There's
nothing that Democrats want more than to change the subject from Obamacare, despite DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's protestations
otherwise. Congressional Democrats don't want to be dealing with a drip-drip of news about premiums going up, patients losing their
doctors, and a broken health care website as they face angry voters in 2014. Hillary Clinton doesn't want this issue lingering past
Obamacare turns into a war for the President as Democrats
jump ship. "We all knew," was the money quote from Gillibrand, referring not just to herself and a small army of fellow politicians, including ones
from Obama's own party, apparently aware that the Affordable Care Act would result in cancellations.
Republicans for Obamacare Mess. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama blamed Republicans for the Obamacare mess that made
him concede he would have to "rebrand" and "remarket" Obamacare, ignoring that the law was passed with legislative gimmicks
and no Republican support in the House.
In Fracas on Health
Coverage, Some Democrats Feel Exposed. New Hampshire may be ground zero in the political war over the Affordable Care Act, a state
where the three Democratic members of the congressional delegation are under serious threat because of the fumbled rollout of the health care
law. Suddenly they must balance their loyalty to the White House with the needs of an angry constituency that has had to absorb some of
the worst problems with the new law. The problems are many.
House votes to let Americans keep
health plans; 39 Dems defy Obama. Nearly 40 House Democrats defied President Obama and helped the Republican majority pass a bill Friday
[11/15/2013] that lets Americans keep, for one year, health plans that do not comply with Obamacare. The defections from 39 members of
Mr. Obama's party highlighted the pressure on Congress to help people who lost coverage because of the president's signature law, as balky websites
keep a veil over alternative plans and pressure mounts on the Democrat-led Senate to forge a remedy.
I Lost My Seat in
Congress, and All I Got Was This Broken Website. Vulnerable House Democrats back in 2009 knew that they were risking their political
careers by casting votes for the Affordable Care Act. And more than 60 of them — including some who didn't even vote for the
bill — lost their seats the following year. So there's an extra psychological twinge for those forced to watch the administration
blunder the rollout of the very thing that cost them their jobs.
Obama on the Ropes. Obama is in a bind. To save
Democratic incumbents in the 2014 election, he'll have to accept further changes that mollify critics while undercutting Obamacare's fragile financing
The Emperor's New Rules. Stung by public anger and his
rapidly plunging approval ratings, President Obama wants to delay the cancellation of existing health care insurance policies for one year. It
has nothing to do with the public interest. It has everything to do with crass political calculations.
companies who follow the ObamaCare 'fix' could face legal troubles. Will Obama's newest "if you like it you can keep it" offer for
health insurance really let Americans get their canceled plans back? No. And the president knows it. The proposal was rushed out
on Thursday for two purposes: to give Congressional Democrats cover today [11/15/2013] before a vote in the House and shift the blame to others.
As will be explained shortly, Obama ignored that there is no way for insurance companies to ignore the current law as it stands.
Hillary Clinton can run, but she
can't hide, from Obamacare debacle. In an ironic twist, Bill Clinton is now distancing himself from Obamacare. [...] But with an
established track record of supporting Obamacare, will Hillary be able to successfully distance herself from the policy's unpopularity?
Obama-contra. Of all the analogies being drawn between the calamitous rollout of
Obamacare and other government muck-ups throughout history, one deserves a closer look. What's happening to Obamacare right now isn't this
president's Iraq war, or his Hurricane Katrina, or his Lewinsky moment. It's his Iran-contra scandal: a complicated and controversial
policy dispute that involves deception, a hostile Congress, and the bludgeoning of presidential credibility. Iran-contra marked the end of
the Reagan Revolution, and it's not hard to see how the implementation of Obamacare might mark the end of the Obama Revolution as well.
senators who promised you could keep your health coverage. President Obama has taken a lot of heat for promising that if Americans
liked the health coverage that they had before Obamacare, they would be able to keep it under the new law. But the president wasn't the only
Democrat in Washington who made that false promise. Many, many other Democratic officeholders said the same thing.
Obama Isn't the Only One Who Lied.
The Obama administration has run aground on the president's promise that if you like your health care plan, you can keep it: Scott Rasmussen
finds that 55% of voters rate Obama's performance on health care as "poor." But, as Byron York notes, at least 27 Democratic senators
made the same false promise to their constituents.
liberals are panicked about Obamacare. [Scroll down] The damage to the Obama presidency, however, is already done. His
approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, his lowest ever. And, for the first time, a majority considers him untrustworthy. That
bond is not easily repaired. At stake, however, is more than the fate of one presidency or of the current Democratic majority in the Senate.
At stake is the new, more ambitious, social-democratic brand of American liberalism introduced by Obama, of which Obamacare is both symbol and concrete
House Democratic Leaders:
We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance. Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the top four House
Democrats — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier
Becerra — were asked if they would apologize to any constituents who felt misled by Democrats. Each declined.
Why Obama lied about health care.
[E]very lie is planted for a single end: to justify increasing the power of the federal government, and with it the clout of its Number One
champion, the Democrat Party. That's why it's important to remember that it wasn't just Obama who told the Noble Lie about ObamaCare, it was
the entire Democratic party. Every member of Congress who voted for the Affordable Care Act knew its provisions would be a disaster for ten
of millions of Americans already holding health insurance policies. They knew the idea that people would be allowed to keep their existing
policies was a fiction, just as they knew that far from making health care "affordable" ObamaCare would send insurance premiums
skyrocketing — an average of 43 percent around the country.
39 Democrats Break With Obama to Pass Upton 'Fix'.
On Friday, the House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) that would allow insurers to continue to offer policies
on the individual market. The vote was 261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats voted for the Upton Amendment, which is an indication the Democrat
united front on Obamacare is cracking.
Obama in the Dark. [Scroll down] But you
can't let Congress off the hook for the underlying driver of this calamity: the lie that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it.
Period." [...] Moreover, even though the legislation may go by the moniker "Obamacare," the fact is the president didn't write the law. Congress
did, specifically congressional Democrats, with virtually no Republican input.
Obama's fallen and he can't get up.
The tangled web Barack Obama has woven for himself and the Democratic Party, which passed his signature legislation in lockstep, has left him with
no way out. The multiple deceptions inherent in Obamacare are becoming obvious, and because they affect the health, wealth and welfare of every
American, they cannot be papered over by a supportive media haze.
Dems Make Lame Duck Obama Start Quacking.
Consider the message here: Good news, holders of cancelled policies. You may not be able to get a new plan in time or afford the one you
can get, but now you will know to blame your insurance company or your state insurance commissioner. Definitely not Obama or what he formerly
called ObamaCare but Thursday knew only as the Affordable Care Act. But millions of policies will still be vaporized because of the law and
because of an intentional, ideological decision made by the president and his team. He can put his talking points into the Federal Register,
but he cannot change that.
So who's your daddy now? Everything the
president does puts him deeper in the hole. His grudging concession Thursday that Obamacare stinks like the baby's diaper was followed by the new
promise that he would fix it with instructions not to enforce the law. All the president's men and some of his women are racing for the exits,
hurrying to catch a bus, train or plane to anywhere but here.
Dems in a 'fix'. How many House Democrats will vote for a bill
today [11/15/2013] that would enforce President Obama's infamous "if you like it" pledge on health insurance? That's the question as the White
House watches a growing revolt against the president among both moderate and liberal Democrats. Rather than a "fix," the president's offer to not
enforce his own regulation banning millions of insurance plans seems to have deepened Democratic despair over the troubled law.
Can Obamacare survive an enraged
middle class? So far, millions of Americans have lost their health-insurance coverage thanks to Obamacare. Those most affected are
younger, healthy citizens as well as the middle class. Yes, this middle class includes many liberals.
Ted Cruz: Clintons fleeing
Obamacare. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday [11/13/2013] that "nobody can defend" the Affordable Care Act following its
troubled roll out, suggesting that recent comments by Bill Clinton should serve as a smoke signal to Democrats. "Three and a half years ago it
might have been possible for reasonable minds to differ," he said on Fox News on Wednesday regarding the ACA. "Today, nobody is saying that.
Nobody can defend it because millions of people are losing their jobs or are at part-time work."
N.C. Sen. Hagan:
ObamaCare Dozen's First Casualty? Exhibit A is the vanishing lead of North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, a big ObamaCare cheerleader.
A month ago, before the ObamaCare train wreck, she was trouncing GOP challengers by double digits. But that was before 160,000 North Carolinians
got cancellation notices from health care insurers, and only one person was able to successfully use Healthcare.gov to enroll in the state's biggest
exchange. Now polls show Hagan actually trailing the Republican candidate backed by the same "extremist" Tea Party she demonized during the
White House officials get earful from Democrats on Obamacare.
A private meeting on Capitol Hill with House Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday [11/13/2013] became heated when rank-and-file members
expressed frustration about continued Obamacare problems, according to multiple sources in the room. One congressional Democrat who attended
the meeting said senior Obama administration officials Mike Hash and David Simas really "got hit" by House Democrats about everything from the troubled
website to the broken presidential promise that people can keep the insurance plans they like.
The Editor says...
Instead of meeting with "White House officials," the elected Democrats need to meet face-to-face with Barack H. Obama. Otherwise, Obama
will (someday soon) claim he didn't know there was a problem until he read about it in the newspaper.
A Critical Few Weeks for Democrats? It Could
Get Worse. No wonder some Democratic strategists are nervous about the next few weeks. President Barack Obama's job approval numbers
have taken a dive in two recent polls, and party insiders fear that every other poll released in the foreseeable future will show that the rollout of the
president's health care law has been anything but a success — and has dramatically undermined the public's confidence in him. Maybe even
more important, they worry that any weakening of the president's standing will have a significant impact on Democrats' chances to make House gains and
hold the Senate.
is in much more trouble than it was one week ago. The Affordable Care Act's political position has deteriorated dramatically over
the last week. President Bill Clinton's statement that the law should be reopened to ensure everyone who likes their health plans can keep
them was a signal event. It gives congressional Democrats cover to begin breaking with the Obama administration.
CNN's Tapper: No Dems Will Talk to Us After Obamacare Numbers.
On CNN's The Lead, host Jake Tapper said that Democrats had refused to come on the program to discuss the abysmal Obamacare enrollment numbers
released on Wednesday afternoon [11/13/2013]. Dana Bash reported, "Republicans are tripping over themselves to come out and talk." She
continued, "we're not hearing from Democrats so far, the sounds of silence, tells you everything you need to know."
Walls Close In Around Obama. On
Wednesday [11/13/2013], Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health
insurance plans for a limit of two years. "I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect," Udall said,
"and it will need to be improved as it is implemented." Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the
Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall's plan isn't the only one in the offing.
White House tries to salvage
Obamacare, Democrats in distress. The White House scrambled Wednesday [11/13/2013] to find solutions for the glaring failures in
Obamacare as rebellious congressional Democrats pressured the administration over their increasing political predicament. In a closed-door
meeting at the Capitol, House Democrats blasted administration officials over their handling of the Obamacare rollout, and the White House's
failure to address Mr. Obama's broken promise to Americans that they could keep their health insurance plans.
credibility going up in smoke. The health insurance signup numbers the White House released Wednesday afternoon were deeply disappointing,
though not particularly surprising. Everyone knows that the HealthCare.gov website has been performing abysmally, and the actual numbers confirmed
what everyone could only guess at until now because the White House had withheld the data. Overall, only about one-fifth of the people the White
House expected to sign up for insurance in the first month actually did so: 106,185 against a forecast of 500,000. That's just
slightly less than a capacity crowd at Penn State's Beaver Stadium. And of those who signed up, only 26,794 did so on the federally run exchanges
in 36 states. The rest enrolled on state-run exchanges.
10 Senate Dems Who Should Apologize for
ObamaCare. Last week, President Obama apologized for misleading the American public with his false claim that "if you like your insurance,
you can keep it." Without this assurance, it is unlikely ObamaCare would have passed. Obama was not the only politician fudging the truth.
Most Democrat lawmakers repeated this claim on the campaign trail and in meetings with constituents. If Obama apologized, they should as well, as
they are equally culpable.
Reveals Electoral Flaw in Obamacare Fix: Dems Have to Campaign on 'Trust Obama'. Make no mistake, President Barack Obama is announcing an
administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act to allow individuals losing their insurance to keep their old plans into 2014 as a result of the collapse
of his and Democratic politician's support in the polls. This is a political dilemma and the president is offering a political fix. There is
just one problem, as identified by NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt: Democrats do not get to campaign on anything beyond saying they put their
trust in a president. It's a level of trust in the president that the public does not share.
scramble to keep distance from ObamaCare. Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to find ways to stand apart from the White House on
ObamaCare as the rollout of the high-profile law continues to struggle — and threatens their reelections. A number of red state
Democrats in the House and Senate are rushing to embrace legislation to amend ObamaCare, seeking to improve parts of the law that have led to public
outrage, and insulate themselves from attacks as they head into election year in 2014.
Rep. Trey Gowdy: Are You Going
to Believe What Obama Tells You? The president is expected to say that Americans can keep their insurance policies even if they don't meet
Obamacare coverage requirements. He would administratively "grandfather" more individual plans. Gowdy said Obama is seeking a "political
remedy" — "because his dream of retaking the House has now turned into the nightmare of, he may lose the Senate — because half of
the people that he works for don't believe what comes out of his mouth."
Brit Hume on
Obamacare backlash: 'This is as bad a political disaster as I have ever seen'. Brit Hume said Tuesday [11/12/2013] that California
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's call for a fix to Obamacare is a sign of just how bad things have gotten for President Barack Obama and his
administration. On Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File," network senior political analyst Hume explained to host Megyn Kelly that Feinstein's
shift, after a million Californians lost their health coverage, indicates the worst is yet to come. Many more Americans are expected to have
their health insurance policies canceled.
Dem Senator Disables
Embedding for Health Insurance Pledge Video. In 2010 Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) took to YouTube and promised the people of Virginia that he
was "not going to support a health care reform plan that's going to take away health care that you've got right now or a health plan that you like."
Just like President Obama's multiple assurances that "if you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance," Warner's YouTube assurance
is coming back to haunt him.
It begins: Dem
Congressman calls Obama's promise 'grossly misleading'. Stampedes begin with one animal making a move in fear; others follow, and soon
enough it gets crowded near the exit. A Democrat congressman has now denounced President Obama's Big Lie on Obamacare in terms that can't be
described as gentle.
Clinton May Have Just Penned ObamaCare's Epitaph. Who would think the president who proposed HillaryCare would help kill ObamaCare.
Bill Clinton just gave congressional Democrats cover to oppose their party's president — and try salvaging their political skins.
Union Front Group Drops
Out of Obamacare Navigator Program. The Restaurant Opportunities Center in New York has abruptly withdrawn as an Obamacare Navigator
for New York state. In documents obtained by ROC Exposed under NY's Freedom of Information Act, ROC provides no explanation for suddenly pulling
out of the program it had signed on to in April.
A reversal of fortune for Democrats after Obamacare. Two months ago, polls showed Democrat Kay
Hagan leading prospective opponents by double digits in her quest for a second term representing North Carolina in the Senate. So why is she so
nervous? Well, her problem begins with Obamacare, ends with Obamacare and has a whole lot of Obamacare in between.
Obamacare: Who's Crying Now? It is wrong, of course,
to take pleasure in the misfortune of others. Still, I must confess that I have derived no small amount of schadenfreude from news stories about
Obamacare advocates who have been adversely affected by the not-so-Affordable Care Act. It would take a stronger man than yours truly to suppress a
smile as the law's media pimps pule about their canceled health plans, when smug urban progressives get mugged by the reality of "reform," and lifelong
Democrats publicly denounce President Obama as a brazen liar while declaring their intention to become foot soldiers for the Republican Party.
Obamacare Will Be
Repealed Well In Advance Of The 2014 Elections. Prediction: even if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely),
Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year's election. And if the website continues to fail, the push for repeal — from
endangered Democrats — will occur very rapidly. The website is a sideshow: the real action is the number of people and businesses who
are losing their health plans or having to pay a lot more. Fixing the website will only delay the inevitable.
On Obama's Apology: "The President Now Is Toxic". ["]The thing is called Obamacare. There's no running away from it. It's
got his name on it. You see the president, you think about the policy and you know it's a disaster. And the problem for the Democrats
is, they are hostage to a bunch of geeks working right now late into the night trying to fix a system which is not just the glitches we talked about.
The architecture, the underlying structure of it is wrong. I think the likelihood of it being fixed, working like you would expect from any
normal commercial private website normally by December 1 is pretty small.["]
The ObamaCare Dozen. The torrents of
Affordable Care Act monsoon season aren't letting up, so Democrats are scrambling to help the victims: namely, their own careers. The
Senators up for re-election in competitive states in 2014 are starting to panic, though they still aren't offering solutions for anything other than
their own growing political jeopardy.
Wasserman Schultz Battles CNN's
Crowley: Obamacare Will Be Advantage to Dems in 2014. On CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning [11/10/2013], host Candy Crowley pressed
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on whether the Affordable Care Act's troubled rollout would negatively effect Democratic
candidates in the 2014 midterms. "Americans have been feeling the benefits since 2010," Wasserman Schultz said. "Democratic candidates will be able
to run on Obamacare as an advantage in 2014."'
Are Voters Finally Catching On to Obama?
[Scroll down] One difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama's decline is entirely self-inflicted. (Some would say, entirely deserved.) Bush's
decline during the first year of his second term was due largely to media hysteria over Hurricane Katrina, which struck in August 2005. Bush wasn't
responsible for Katrina, but Obama is responsible for Obamacare, which is driving voters' current revulsion toward him.
Obama Doesn't Mention Obamacare When
Campaigning for McAuliffe. Obama also mentioned a host of policies the two agree on ... but left his signature legislation off the laundry
list. That is, Obama did not praise McAuliffe for his support of Obamacare. He did not mention Obamacare at all.
The Silence of the Left. There is widespread fury at the lies
which were used to sell ObamaCare, a more than 2,000-page piece of legislation no one read before it was passed, a law opposed by the majority of voters which
was crammed down our throats without a single Republican vote. The law essentially was a mishmash blank slate which left it to the administration's HHS
head, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to write as she pleased and the president to — by Executive order — pay off with exemptions and special
treatment those cronies and rent seekers not already paid off in the legislative and regulatory process. Whether this law will continue to pass judicial
scrutiny remains to be seen, but what is obvious at this early date is that the press and the public figures who promoted it are lying low as the tsunami of
voter rage builds.
Congressman Matt Cartwright takes heat
over 'Obamacare' at town hall meeting. A critical, skeptical crowd met today [11/1/2013] at a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Matt
Cartwright about the federal health care law in the wake of an uproar over its website woes and insurers discontinuing plans that don't meet the
Desperate Democrats Propose Law to Restore Obama's "Keep Your Plan" Pledge. Louisiana's Mary Landrieu — an ardent Obamacare
supporter — is scrambling to undo one of the obvious consequences of a law she's voted to pass, fund, and retain.
A Debacle for Liberalism. The president's signature
legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is in serious trouble. As a result, so is modern liberalism. [...] Now if you believe, as we do,
that Obamacare was incoherently designed and suffers from massive structural flaws, there's no reason to think things are about to get better.
Quite the opposite. The warnings issued by conservatives during the health care debate are in the process of being vindicated.
Obamacare woes frustrating Democrats' 2014
prospects. The chaotic launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare law has Democrats in Congress increasingly anxious about its potential
impact on them in the 2014 elections and scrambling to protect themselves if the program's problems persist.
13 Democrats, Who Knew You Would Lose Your Plan,
But Lied, Are up for Re-election in 2014. If you are one of the estimated 16,000,000 people that are going to lose your plans under
ObamaCare (and that's just in the individual market), you might just be a tad bit upset. [...] Well, killing this turkey is a few years off, but
you can get yourself some payback in 2014.
Landrieu to propose halting vanishing health
plans. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance
coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law's rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat
who faces a tough reelection in Louisiana in 2014, said she would either offer her own bill or formally sign onto another measure that would ensure
that the law would not force anyone off of their existing health policies.
launching $2 million anti-Obamacare ad series. Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity plans to launch a significant ad
buy against a pair of vulnerable Senate Democrats over their stance on Obamacare. According to a statement Tuesday [10/29/2013], the group says it
will spend over $2 million on a series of TV, radio and web ads going after Senators Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
Both women face difficult re-election campaigns in conservative-leaning states.
Dems caught in Obamacare uproar. It's not the GOP that
President Barack Obama has to worry about in defending his botched health care rollout, it's fellow Democrats. They voted for the law, sang its praises for three-plus
years and still believe in the promise of health care reform. But now they face a conundrum: stay in lock step with Obama and risk their credibility as advocates for
the law's benefits or publicly criticize the administration for its recent problems — especially a failure to more quickly acknowledge, and rectify, the major
malfunction of its Internet marketplace.
congressman suddenly discovers that he would really like an ObamaCare waiver for his Colorado district. Although President Obama and his White
House generally try to frame things a little more gently, plenty of Congressional Democrats are quite open about the fact that ObamaCare, at its simplest, is
absolutely redistribution designed to force wealthier, healthier individuals to pay into the system in order to balance out the healthcare costs of sicker,
less well-off individuals. This is not and never has been a secret.
Obamacare is wildly unpopular and is sure to result in voter backlash
... at least I thought it was, until Barack Obama got re-elected.
Will Ferrell Promotes Obamacare on Facebook,
Feels Web's Wrath. Will Ferrell is the latest celebrity enlisted to help pitch the Affordable Care Act to the so-called "young invincible"
crowd that needs to sign up in large numbers for the law to function: But Ferrell's #GetCovered post on Facebook on Monday [2/24/2014] led to an
acidic sea of comments — over 4,000 and counting at press time, almost all of them negative.
ObamaCare stars fadeObamaCare stars
fade. The Obama administration is short of star power as it begins its last public relations blitz for ObamaCare. President
Obama's celebrity supporters are not in the forefront as they were during the star-studded campaign-style videos that hogged the airwaves in
2008. [...] It seems that not even the president's most fervent and committed supporters want to get too close to ObamaCare.
Do The Uninsured Hate ObamaCare? A new survey shows that ObamaCare is less popular with the uninsured than with the public.
How is this even possible? The January Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll shows that just 24% of the uninsured approve of ObamaCare.
That's down from 40% the month before the reform officially launched in October, and it's a full 10 points below the public's overall favorable rating.
Incredibly, more than twice as many uninsured say they're worse off because of ObamaCare than say it's helped.
ObamaCare, Obama Support Hit
Record Lows In New Poll. One in five Democrats now opposes ObamaCare, a record high, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.
And more than one in six Democrats now say they want it repealed, another new high.
Women comprise biggest opposition to
ObamaCare. Remember Julia? That cute little cartoon the Obama folks created to illustrate how the president's policies
would provide "health and economic security" for women at all of life's stages? The real-life Julias aren't buying. A
CNN/ORC International poll out this week finds 60 percent of women opposing ObamaCare.
Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare.
With the deadline to sign up for Obamacare having come and gone, many Americans have decided to "opt out" of President Obama's signature health
care reform law, choosing instead to pay the $95 penalty for sidestepping the individual mandate.
CNN's Christmas Present for Obama: Record
Low Obamacare Poll Numbers. President Barack Obama's days-old Christmas vacation in Hawaii will not be the jolliest if CNN has anything to
say about it. On Monday, CNN/ORC released new polling data showing that the Affordable Care Act has reached a record low approval rating in that
survey. The anchors of CNN's New Day added salt to that wound in a segment about those poll numbers on Monday [12/23/2013] by debating the
politics of a delay of the individual mandate. A new survey found that 62 percent of those surveyed told pollsters they did not approve
of the ACA while just 35 percent expressed approval.
Obama's accidental lesson for America. [Scroll
down] The Obama Democrats may have been puzzled as well when initial poll numbers showed majorities against ObamaCare. In a time of
economic distress, weren't Americans interested in getting free stuff? This assumption ignored the fact that most Americans were not
displeased with their current health insurance arrangements. And it overestimated the amount of sympathy that could be generated for
the relatively few who couldn't get insurance because of pre-existing conditions or unanticipated accidents.
Blame Obamacare for Inferior Coverage, Higher Costs. Note well, Democrats: These complaints are unrelated to Obamacare's failed
roll-out, and are being driven by the vast majority of Americans covered on the employer-based market — whom the White House has falsely
claimed will not be affected by the law's changes.
ObamaCare blowin' in the wind. The battle is being fought
across smart phones, social media and Internet sites by organizations such as Generation Opportunity, a self-described "free-thinking, liberty-loving,
national organization of young people promoting the best of being American." Generation Opportunity sponsors OptOut.org, where visitors can watch
videos of a Creepy Uncle Sam trying to get unsuspecting youth to enroll in ObamaCare.
Customers trickle to
revamped Obamacare sites. Nearly 365,000 people selected a private health plan on state Obamacare markets through the end of
November — a sign that people are flocking to the patched-up federal website, HealthCare.gov — although the new pace
falls short of long-range projections for an inaugural sign-up period that ends in March. The Department of Health and Human Services
on Tuesday [12/10/2013] announced a total of 364,682 enrollees in private health plans from all states in Oct. 1-Nov. 30.
signs up just 44 people for Obamacare despite spending $300 million. Oregon, once touted as a model for President Obama's health
care law, signed up just 44 people for insurance through November, despite spending more than $300 million on its state-based
exchange. The state's exchange had the fewest sign-ups in the nation, according to a new report today by the Department of Health
and Human Services. The weak number of sign-ups undercuts two major defenses of Obamacare from its supporters.
report shows Obamacare in deep hole on enrollments after two months. Just 364,682 Americans picked a health insurance plan
through President Obama's health care program between the Oct. 1 launch of the insurance exchanges and Nov. 30, the Department
of Health and Human Services announced today [12/11/2013]. Though the pace of signups accelerated during November, as only 106,185
Americans had picked plans as of Nov. 2, the combined signups were still less than half the administration's target of 800,000
enrollments by the end of November.
The President's Sinking
Popularity. The President's problems are not restricted to millennials — a majority of whom support throwing him out of
office. A new Gallup poll finds that his job approval among Hispanics has fallen 23% in the last year. What's more, white women
(especially blue collar white women) have turned sharply against ObamaCare.
Obama Stars in The No-Name Law
That Sank His Party. When the Pelosi-Reid-Obama troika triumphantly celebrated cramming through the ACA (Affordable Care Act) over
majority sentiment, they crowed that this was the president's signature achievement and ACA soon took on the name of its creator, ObamaCare.
Though not one of them, nor any of the Democrats in the Senate who voted it into law uni-partisanly had read it, they all assured us that we'd
grow to really, really like it. Boy, were they wrong.
Hilarious: New Jersey's
middle finger to Obamacare. The poor, pathetic Democrats trying to defend Obamacare have adopted the talking point that there is
"pent-up demand" for "affordable" (i.e., subsidized by other people) health care insurance. The citrizens of the Garden State have just
flipped the bird on this argument.
Suddenly, It's OK to
Talk ObamaCare Repeal. Polls show that the public — which never wanted ObamaCare in the first place — is
turning even more strongly against the law. The latest Rasmussen poll, for example, shows 55% want it repealed. Democrats are
beginning to attack ObamaCare in the harshest terms. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., called it "a disaster for the working families."
And even Sen. John McCain — last seen berating Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to defund ObamaCare as a "fool's errand" —
is now calling for its "total repeal."
The wheels have fallen off the Obama bandwagon.
Poll after poll shows that millions of former Obama-bots now concede he is not worthy of their trust and are stampeding off the bus. The magic ride
is over and they just want to go home and sleep it off. Even The New York Times editorial page stirred. The big cheese of the Obama Protection
Racket assailed his administration's "incompetence." Stop the presses! Finally, a great awakening is taking place.
Gallup: Disapproval of Obamacare Growing.
Fifty-five percent of Americans say they disapprove of President Obama's signature health care law, up from 47 percent who disapproved of it just a
few weeks ago, in late October. Approval numbers also dipped in Gallup's Nov. 7-10 poll: Only 40 percent said they like the law,
down from 44 percent in late October. Currently, 73 percent of Democrats, 39 percent of independents, and 8 percent of
Republicans approve of the healthcare law.
Poll: 78% of Uninsured Not
Interested in ObamaCare. One of the major selling points for using ObamaCare to disrupt our health care system (that polls showed up
to 80% of Americans were satisfied with) was to insure the uninsured. But according to this poll, only a very small minority of that small
minority is even interested in obtaining insurance. Even more troubling is the realization that a month ago, only 44% of the uninsured said
they would purchase insurance though the exchanges.
whole experience has converted a lifelong Democrat into a foot soldier for the Republican Party". Although galvanizing new Republican
converts clearly was not one of the White House's goals in foisting Obamacare upon the country, dropped coverage and rising costs for many actually
were. Team O couldn't say that out loud, of course, but without those intended consequences in full swing, the law collapses.
indicate only 6 people signed up for ObamaCare on first day. Notes from an Obama administration meeting about the problem-plagued ObamaCare
website indicate only six people signed up for the health care law on its first day, according to documents released by the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee. Fox News' Ed Henry told Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Thursday that the documents, released by committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa,
are not official enrollment numbers, but say that as of the morning of Oct. 2, "six enrollments have occurred so far with five different issuers."
Document: Just Six People Enrolled
in Obamacare Plans on Launch Day. As recently as Wednesday [10/30/2013], Sec. Sebelius refused to say how many people have signed up
for new insurance using the Obamacare exchange. The excuse has been that the numbers are not available. But the documents obtained by CBS show
that the administration was keeping track at "twice-a-day 'war room' meetings" at CMS. The notes from these meetings reveal that 6 people
signed up on day one. By the end of Wednesday (the 2nd day) the total was 248 nationwide.
Obamacare enrollments got off
to [a] very slow start, documents show. For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions
are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems. But no one in the administration has been willing to tell us
how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason: CBS News has learned enrollments got off to an incredibly slow start. [...] The
website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a
meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say "six enrollments have occurred so far."
No Such Thing as a Free Lunch.
Obamacare, even with massive Democratic supermajorities in Congress, would never have passed if Americans thought that they would be forced to
give up their current plans. The reason is simple. To begin with, Americans were overwhelmingly happy with the quality of their
Docs Resisting ObamaCare. New York doctors are treating ObamaCare
like the plague, a new survey reveals. A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not
participating in the nation's new health-care plan. Another 33 percent say they're still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.
Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they're taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.
So Sebelius shows up in Texas and then blames local officials for her own agency's mismanagement, never acknowledging the solid fact that Obamacare
as written allowed states to opt in or out of setting up exchanges. States like Texas are acting according to the law, while Sebelius allowed
waivers that are not allowed by the law. Then she has the gall to lecture Texas about Obamacare. We didn't vote for that law here.
We don't want it. We elected people who share that view. We elected officials who fought it, and who continue to fight it. That's our
right. That's how America works.
Oregon: some significant progress fixing health exchange,
still no enrollment. Officials for Oregon's health insurance exchange on Thursday [10/24/2013] reported some progress, but acknowledged a major
fix to the problem-plagued site may not happen this month as hoped. The website still has not enrolled anyone.
The Editor says...
Please note that Oregon is a very "Blue" state on the west coast, and nobody has signed up.
'HealthCare.gov is in de facto shutdown'.
There are two sides to this coin. The numbers of people enrolling and then the problems in processing enrollment information between federal government
and insurance companies. If I were spinning for the White House I would say enrollment is up 50 percent! But that's because it's up from like
10 a day to 15 a day. I haven't talked to large insurers seeing more than 100 enrollments a day.
Fox News Poll: 60 percent of
voters think implementation of ObamaCare is 'a joke'.. The new poll, released Wednesday [10/23/2013], also finds a majority continues to
dislike President Obama's signature achievement: 51 percent of voters use negative terms to describe the health care law, saying it is either
"a step backward" or "disastrous."
HealthCare.gov's Facebook page is getting a lot of
hate. Facebook users piled onto HealthCare.gov's Facebook page this week, slamming the dysfunctional website and the hugely increased cost of health
insurance. Many called the new costs "outrageous" while railing against "huge deductibles." The few Americans able to access the exchange website were
angry to discover that President Obama's Affordable Care Act isn't so affordable at all.
Unions' health gripe. In July, the presidents of the Teamsters, United Food Commercial Workers
union and UNITE-HERE (combined membership: 2.9 million) wrote a letter to congressional Democrats saying that ObamaCare will "destroy the very health and well-being of
our members along with millions of other working Americans." "We have a problem," they concluded. "You need to fix it." Forget for a moment that
organized labor supported ObamaCare. The union leaders have arguably legitimate complaints.
ObamaCare: But it's the Law! Of
course, it's an inconvenient truth that there's no people's will for ObamaCare, just as there wasn't much will or enthusiasm for Stalin's
It Depends on What the
Meaning of "Settled Law" Is. No major legislation has ever been passed like Obamacare — and I'm using the word "passed"
pretty loosely. It became law without both houses ever voting on the same bill. (Say, is the Constitution considered "settled law"?)
Not one Republican voted for it — and a lot of Democrats immediately wished they hadn't. Historically, big laws have been enacted with
large, bipartisan majorities.
Only 2 People Attend
'Obamacare and You!' Event in South Carolina. Last night [10/10/2013], the organization formerly known as President Obama's reelection
campaign, Organizing for Action, held an Obamacare event in Greenville, South Carolina. The event was called "Obamacare and You!"
"Let's discuss what this Affordable Care Act means for you and your community. This session will help you understand the benefits and
will equip you to spread the word about the benefits of Obamacare in your community. Come out and get the facts!!," the event advertisement
said. But it wasn't widely attended. Only two people, in addition to the two organizers, showed up.
Are these the people you want running
your health care? Leave aside the substance of the Republican argument that Obamacare is hopelessly compromised by the executive fiats already
issued on it by the president — precisely that selective lawlessness that the section of the presidential oath "to take care that the laws be
faithfully executed" is meant to prevent. If that is the larger point, and it is, we also all see the smaller point — that all the people in
favor of Obamacare don't want to participate in it. Companies don't want it; unions don't want it; and the people who, if they didn't read or write it,
at least passed it, don't want it.
Duties of the President. Certainly, a measure with such
profound implications for the country should have more support than a bare majority made up exclusively of one party. House Republicans have every
right to try and press the case that a law of this magnitude should have a broader base of support than the Affordable Care Act has at the moment.
It's the Law, Yes, and Most Americans
Oppose It. Today [10/1/2013], more than three and a half years after the Democrats passed Obamacare into law, the overhaul's exchanges —
its East German–like government marketplaces — will finally, sort of, open for business. The Democrats fully expect their fellow Americans
to be so excited about buying government-approved insurance through these government-run exchanges that they're choosing to shut down the government rather
than delay the individual mandate for a year. Better to shut down the government, it would seem, than let Americans freely decide — even for
a year — whether or not to buy Obamacare-based insurance.
Emergent Anti-Obamacare Senate Candidate Breaks Fundraising
Record in Nebraska. A novice Republican running in a rural state has shattered fundraising records campaigning as the "anti-Obamacare candidate."
In his first race for public office, Ben Sasse has raised nearly $750,000 in just eight weeks of the first quarter of his nascent candidacy, according to records
being filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Democrats Against Obamacare.
Texas senator Ted Cruz's 21-hour 19-minute soliloquy this week apotheosized Republican dissatisfaction with Obamacare. Likewise, the GOP House
recently voted to finance everything in Washington, minus the so-called Affordable Care Act. A real surprise lies behind these headlines:
Democrats are falling out of love with Obamacare.
How to Make Obamacare Obsolete.
The public does not like Obamacare but they do want healthcare reform, especially with regard to soaring costs. Previous Republican plans,
though sensible, have addressed secondary matters such as tax breaks, administration and insurance and have not considered the fundamental issue
of reducing costs by radically changing our antiquated healthcare processes.
Why must the American people suffer when even so
many Democrats don't want Obamacare? Earlier this week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz, some of my Republican colleagues and I took
to the Senate floor with the intent of making Washington listen. The American people have made it abundantly clear that they do not want Obamacare.
In fact, a majority of elected officials, the same officials that voted to implement this health care mandate, do not want it, either.
The Audacity of Hopelessness.
What word could describe better than audacity Obama's refusal to accept responsibility for his dreadful policies; his standing before the American
people — even today — in the face of the avalanche of evidence proving how terrible Obamacare is and continuing to lie about what it will do;
his persistence in mislabeling his unaffordable monstrosity "the Affordable Care Act;" his failure to address the legitimate, undeniable complaints
about Obamacare and his insistence — at all costs — on cramming it down Americans' throats; and his taking — in the words
of Time — an "early Obamacare victory lap" just as the horrifying effects of this law are about to descend, in full force, on the
ObamaCare's Collapse Is Living In Wonderland. Give Democrats as much ObamaCare rope as they want, then sit back and watch them
hang themselves. This advice from some pundits is the kind of thing that will make ObamaCare permanent.
Roll It Back. Obamacare remains decisively unpopular with
the American people, and most Republicans are staunchly committed to its repeal. And why shouldn't they be? The ideological core of the bill
runs contrary to the vision of limited government, market-based solutions, and individual choice that has formed the foundation of the party's economic
program since the statism of the First New Deal. Moreover, the party's purpose is to win elections, and Obamacare still looks like a winning issue
for the GOP.
fight reenergizes tea party movement. The clash in Congress over efforts to derail President Obama's health-care law has lit up tea party
groups across the country, reenergizing activists who had drifted away from the movement while intensifying the divisions tearing at the Republican Party.
The standoff, which threatens to plunge the federal government into a financial crisis, has served as a rallying cry for a cadre of conservatives, who are
bombarding lawmakers with phone calls, e-mails and social media messages backing a last-ditch effort to hobble the health-care law.
SEIU unionists strike over
Obamacare-related cuts. Members of the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 have gone on strike
over recent job cuts by a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance. The reason for the cuts? The employer says it is
because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is ironic since SEIU is a major supporter of the law.
What happens next in the
Obamacare funding fight? The GOP is factionalizing, with the conservative base backing the Cruz-Lee strategy to defund Obamacare,
and the GOP establishment attacking it directly but mostly indirectly. It is a remarkable moment, crystallizing the long-simmering revolt
against the leadership for its failure to fight on the principles the base cares about passionately. They seek a champion, and Ted Cruz
grabbed what he saw as the opportunity to spearhead the opposition to Obamacare, a new program which the public also dislikes and fears.
Vulnerable Senate Democrats Stuck With ObamaCare.
While all of the media is consumed with an internal GOP debate on this issue, the true target of such a move has escaped notice. If the House proceeds
with its vote, several vulnerable Democrat Senators face a series of bad choices.
The Idiots Guide
to Defunding Obamacare. De-funding Obamacare is tough politically. It is not complicated, though, even though some want you to think that.
De-funding is a simple idea surrounded by political jargon and double-speak. If voters are convinced that the task is too complex, they might forgive
politicians for not going all-out to de-fund it. De-funding in turn is still second-best to outright repeal.
push bill to repeal Obamacare provision that raises their costs. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., introduced a bill to repeal a provision
of Obamacare that threatens to increase costs for senior citizens after constituents brought the issue to his attention. [...] Barber wants to
repeal a provision of Obamacare that diminishes the amount of medical expenses that senior citizens can deduct on their tax filings.
"Currently, taxpayers can take a federal income tax deduction for medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income,"
a Barber aide said in explaining why the congressman wants to keep the threshold for deducting medical expenses at 7.5 percent.
Fox News poll: 68 percent
concerned about their health care under new law. Nearly 7 out of 10 voters are concerned about their personal health care under
the Affordable Care Act and a majority wants to take the health care system back to 2009, according to the latest Fox News national poll. The poll,
released Tuesday [9/17/2013], finds that 68 percent of voters are concerned about their health care under the new system.
Poll: 12% Say Obamacare Will Have Positive Impact on their Family.
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals Americans are unconvinced that Obamacare will improve the country's healthcare system. Only 12% say the law
will have a positive effect on their family and even the uninsured are skeptical Obamacare will do them any good.
Poll: Obamacare remains
highly unpopular as implementation looms. A large number of Americans continue to adamantly oppose the nation's new health-care law and believe it
will produce damaging results, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. [...] By a 45 percent to 23 percent margin, Americans say it will
have a negative impact on the country's health-care system rather than a positive one.
President of LIUNA Union:
If Obamacare Cannot Be Fixed, It Needs to Be Repealed. President of the Laborers' International Union of North America Terry
O'Sullivan emphatically stated if Obamacare cannot be fixed it needs to be repealed Wednesday [9/11/2013] at an AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.
It's Democrats Who Are Out
to Lunch On ObamaCare. [J]ust look at some of the terrible things Republicans have been saying about it in recent weeks:
middot; It will "destroy the foundation of the 40-hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class."
middot; It will "end up forcing millions out of multi-employer plans."
middot; It "creates unstoppable incentives for employers to reduce weekly hours for workers."
middot; Its "perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios."
middot; "In its rush to achieve its passage, many of the act's provisions were not fully conceived."
middot; And, repealing ObamaCare would "protect our employers, our industry and our most important asset: our
members and their families."
Oh, wait! It wasn't Republicans saying those things. Every one of those complaints was
lodged by top union officials who, despite backing the law, now see its dark side.
AFL-CIO steps up criticism of health care law.
The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama's health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials
to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent.
The Editor says...
Imagine that. The most open and transparent administration in history is putting pressure on the left-wing labor unions in an effort to suppress dissent.
How about a death panel for
ObamaCare? President Obama acknowledges there are some glitches as his massive ObamaCare reorganization launches. And one major problem is,
contrary to the Democrat's confident prediction when signing it, the more Americans learn about his signature transformation of the United States, the less they
like it. Much less.
says grassroots support building for ObamaCare shutdown. House conservatives say grassroots support is building for their effort to risk a government
shutdown to defund ObamaCare. Conservatives who back the strategy said their spines have been stiffened by support at town-hall meetings.
Obama's hometown paper: Scrap Obamacare.
The Chicago Tribune has come out in favor of delaying and re-writing Obamacare, a program they refer to as a "monstrosity."
A few radical
ways to shut down Obamacare. It is no surprise to anyone that Obamacare is a total train wreck that will so devastate
America that we may never recover from the damage. Polls show that Americans didn't want it before the law passed and still
don't want it today. But like parents force-feeding medicine to a child "for his own good," President Obama and the left are
convinced that we, the great unwashed masses, are not smart enough to make our own decisions.
Even IRS Head Would Keep His Health Plan
Over ObamaCare. The American people don't want it, even Democrats think it's a train wreck, and now members of the agency charged with enforcing it
have said it's hazardous to our health, financial and otherwise. While testifying Thursday [8/1/2013] on Capitol Hill, Daniel Werfel, acting chief of the
Internal Revenue Service, the agency charged with enforcing ObamaCare's mandates, told a House committee he would rather keep his current health insurance plan
than make the switch to one offered by the Affordable Care Act.
Repeal Obamacare: It's Now or Never.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010, it was enacted with not one single Republican vote. The
Democrats — all on their own — rammed ObamaCare into law. The day before taking over one-sixth of the American
economy, one of the Democrats' leading lights, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) then-Speaker of the House, famously advised the American public,
"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."
House votes 232-185 to block the IRS from
enforcing ObamaCare. The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an
agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law. Members approved the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act in
a 232-185 vote. Four Democrats supported the bill along with every Republican. The vote capped off several days of work in the House on bills
aimed at reining in government regulation and government overreach.
Fox News Poll:
Voters say repeal ObamaCare, expect new law will cost them. Voters think ObamaCare is going to hurt their wallet and over half want
the law repealed, according to a new Fox News national poll. By a large 47-11 percent margin, voters expect the 2010 health care law will
cost them rather than save them money in the coming year. Another 34 percent think the law won't change their family's health care costs.
are quitting on Obamacare. The landmark health-reform law passed in 2010 has never been very popular and always highly partisan,
but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a group of once loyal Democrats has been steadily turning against Obamacare: Democrats
who are ideologically moderate or conservative. Just after the law was passed in 2010, fully 74 percent of moderate and conservative
Democrats supported the federal law making changes to the health-care system. But just 46 percent express support in the new poll,
down 11 points in the past year.
Guess who's abandoning
Obamacare in droves? Moderate Democrats. I continue to fail to see how trying to repeal something a majority of Americans
have never supported, which has only steadily falling support from large swaths of even Democratic voters, is the outside the mainstream.
Todd: President 'Made Gigantic PR Mistake Embracing ObamaCare Label... Stupid!' NBC's Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd made
a stunning statement Wednesday [7/24/2013]. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Todd said, "I think they made a gigantic PR mistake by
embracing the ObamaCare label because I think when he's out there saying ObamaCare, it automatically politicizes something that when you want
Walgreens out there telling people about healthcare, you don't want to put Obama's name in front of it."
The Editor says...
I've wondered about that myself. It was during one of the debates with Mitt Romney in 2012 that Mr. Obama encouraged (or at least accepted)
the use of the name Obamacare, and I thought it was strange that he was so eager to own such a calamity.
six inconvenient truths. Unlike most previous social-policy milestones, this law was jammed through Congress over the opposition
of all Republicans, some Democrats and most of the public. The financial crisis had delivered the Democrats such large majorities in 2008
that they could accomplish longstanding ideological goals that had nothing to do with that crisis. Nor did Obama himself have a mandate
for the law, having campaigned against some of its most controversial features — for instance, the individual mandate and the new
taxes on health insurance — during his 2008 presidential run.
Permanently Delay the Implementation of Obamacare. All 45 Senate Republicans are calling for the implementation of Obamacare to be
permanently delayed. The senators make their request in a letter to President Obama.
White House: If You
Question the ObamaCare Delays, You're 'Willfully Ignorant'. Jay Carney just smeared a majority of the American people, along with
several Democrats, when he dodged a question about the Obama administration's decision to delay the employer mandate by at least a year. Among
the "willfully ignorant" is Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin, quoted in the New York Times wondering how the Obama administration can unilaterally change
a law passed by Congress. Joining Harking in "willful ignorance" is Democrat Rep. John Barrow, who just wants to scrap the mandate entirely.
Obamacare: Hollywood Doesn't Like
It and Neither Does America. According to a recent Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans believe that the Affordable Care Act will make
their family's financial situation worse. Almost half of those surveyed believe that it will make the nation's overall health care situation
worse. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, they just hate, hate, hate Obamacare. It cuts into the bottom line which is what they worry about even
more than global warming, nuclear proliferation and like ... those other things.
More Bad Obamacare News. A recent poll by NBC News and the
Wall Street Journal showed that 49 percent of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea.
Think ObamaCare Is
Unpopular Now? Wait Until Next Year. Months before ObamaCare takes full effect, its popularity has hit an all-time low. And that's
before the public experiences firsthand the many ill effects it will impose on the nation's health care system.
proposes constitutional amendment to invalidate ObamaCare mandate. The proposed amendment, named the "Right to Refuse"
amendment, would make it unconstitutional for Congress to enact a law that imposes a tax on citizens who fail to purchase goods or
services Congress has deemed mandatory. The idea is that it would apply to the so-called individual mandate, which was
interpreted in 2012 as a tax.
By 22-Point Margin, Voters Favor
Obamacare's Repeal. It would be a major understatement to say that Obamacare has had a bad spring. Around the time of Lincoln's
birthday, registered voters told Fox News that, by a margin of 6 percentage points (48 to 42 percent), it would "be better to go back
to the health care system that was in place in 2009" than it would be "to leave the new health care law in place." Three months later, as we
head into Memorial Day, nostalgia for the good ol' days of 2009 now beats Obamacare by a whopping 22 points (56 to 34 percent).
If success means fulfilling Obama's mission of substantially transforming America...
on the verge of becoming one of America's most successful presidents ever. Obamacare is an enormous deal. It directly affects about
one-sixth of the U.S. economy. It directly affects not just our well-being, but also life and death. Arguably, it provides the most significant
entitlement in American history, and certainly one of the top three. No entitlement enacted since 1964 comes close to matching it.
Potential Donors to
Enroll America Grow Skittish. The Obama administration's efforts to raise private money to carry out the president's health
care law have provoked such a strong partisan uproar that potential donors have become skittish about contributing, according to several
people involved in the fund-raising program.
Labor unions break ranks with
White House on ObamaCare. Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the president's
reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn
that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
(UFCW) — a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president — is very worried about
how the reform law will affect its members' healthcare plans.
Senate Dems prepare to throw Obama
under the Obamacare bus. We've been saying for some time that Obamacare will be a central issue in the 2014 election, and that it offers
Republicans the hope, if they nominate solid candidates, of taking control of the Senate. Now, Senate Democrats have figured this out, as well.
Shock poll: Wealthy, not
middle class, support Obama. The poll found that fewer than half of those with incomes less than $100,000 per year approve
of Obama's performance, while he enjoys a 54 percent approval rating among those with incomes higher than that. Those earning
less than $40,000 a year disapprove of the president's performance, 51 percent to 45 percent. Those earning $40,000
to $100,000 disapprove by a rate of 50 percent to 48 percent.
Even Big Labor Unions Drop
Support For Obamacare. As ObamaCare rolls out, some of its biggest backers from labor to D.C. lawmakers are having second thoughts. It's a
sign that the idea of ending this national nightmare isn't about to go away.
Entire Country Should Be Exempt from ObamaCare. The ObamaCare law is set to take effect in January, 2014. In
November of that year, voters will go to the polls to elect a new Congress. That vote could set the stage for the repeal of
ObamaCare. Voters will have the chance to exempt themselves from ObamaCare.
Obama's most fervent follower is himself.
Sure, it passed. But the Affordable Care Act didn't become law because Mr. Obama ignited a populist prairie fire in favor of it.
He dedicated vast, vast swaths of his time and energy trying to sell the American people on Obamacare. He never made the sale (and still
hasn't). The misbegotten law's passage is attributable entirely to the fact that Democrats rammed it through Congress with a 60-vote
majority in the Senate using the sorts of backroom deals and corporate giveaways the American people despise.
Boom: First union
officially calls for the repeal of ObamaCare. Labor unions largely came out swinging in favor of ObamaCare's passage in
2010, but many have been growing increasingly wary of ObamaCare's incoming provisions, fearing that the law's requirements will raise the costs
of health plans for unions members and make them less competitive compared to non-unionized workers. On Tuesday [4/16/2013], one such
labor union that initially backed the health care overhaul became the first union to officially revoke their support for the law.
A totalitarian says she is surprised by the resistance.
Obamacare More 'Difficult' Than Anticipated. The Hill noted that Sebelius, speaking at the Harvard School of Public Health, said
Republican governors who have rejected the health exchanges and Medicaid expansion have frustrated the administration's efforts to smoothly roll out
the law. As a result, she said the administration faces "state-by-state political battles" they had not anticipated.
To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures. As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as
midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans.
Here's Why Obamacare Has Become Irresistible.
It has been federal law for three years. It has brought chaos to the labor markets. It has cost people their livelihoods and it
is more unpopular than ever. So why does "Obamacare" (officially known as the "Affordable Care Act") remain so irresistible for so
many of our fellow Americans? Because at its core Obamacare is not about health care, so much as it is about the redistribution of
wealth, and for those who are on the receiving end of the redistribution the agenda is completely irresistible.
News: Republicans May Be Tempted to Embrace ObamaCare to Win Over Latino Voters. ObamaCare was and is among the most
destructive policies ever devised. It is killing jobs as Republicans predicted, and is also an intrusion on religious freedom.
It threatens to put government between citizen and doctor, and creates unaffordable entitlements. Over time, it stands a good
likelihood of bankrupting the private insurance industry, paving the way for a full government healthcare takeover.
Repeal Obamacare. Liberals had hoped,
and some conservatives had feared, that the legislative Frankenstein's monster known as Obamacare would become more popular as its sundry
measures were implemented. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is no more popular now than when it was passed, as
Americans have come to realize that it will neither protect patients nor provide for affordable care.
After 3 Years, ObamaCare
Repeal [is] Still A Viable Option. Despite endless promises from liberals that Obama-Care would grow more popular once it
was enacted, the public has instead grown more concerned. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll, released Wednesday [3/20/2013],
found just 37% have a favorable view of the law today, down from 43% a few months ago. Even Democrats are less supportive, with
only 58% expressing a favorable view of ObamaCare. No wonder, since every day brings more bad news.
warns GOP to abandon efforts to repeal healthcare law. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned his Republican
counterpart on Friday [3/15/2013] that the GOP will have no hope of finding bipartisan agreement on any issue if it continues to
insist on repealing the 2010 healthcare law. "If we want to do something in a bipartisan fashion, if we want to get to an end
here, we ought to stop pretending that we're going to repeal the Affordable Care Act," Hoyer told Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
"We had an election about that. We won. The president won."
The Unions vs. Obamacare.
"I heard [Obama] say, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,'" John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health,
representing 260,000 union workers, recently told the Wall Street Journal. "If I'm wrong, and the president does not
intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law." Besides Wilhelm, some of the nation's
largest union bosses have taken to publicly criticizing the Affordable Care Act.
Care Act Is Unaffordable And Onerous. Does anyone remember hearing that one of the blessings of health reform would be doing
your taxes a second time? Filling out fifteen pages and paying $1 trillion in taxes are just the latest ObamaCare surprises.
Senate Republicans Vote to Defund Obamacare. On Wednesday [3/13/2013], every GOP senator voted to defund Obamacare on an
amendment to the Continuing Resolution that funds government for the rest of the fiscal year. The amendment from Texas Republican
Sen. Ted Cruz failed to pass, as all 52 Democrats voted against it.
Obama's Dystopia. [Scroll
down] Against the wishes of 60-70 percent of Americans, and without the vetting of Congressional legislators
who rammed through the legislation, the United States Federal Government took control of a full one-seventh of the American
economy, which had the net effect of driving up the cost of health care for all involved, taking away freedom of choice,
relegating freedom of conscience incompatible with the party line to irrelevancy, while at the same time having the no-doubt
intended effect of casting a chilling pall on America's ability to sustain economic growth and prosperity.
Democrats Starting to Run But There's No Place to Hide. It was inevitable that once the blanks contained in Obamacare
began to be filled in, that even Democratic supporters of the law would start running away from it, so toxic it is going to be to
any politician who supported it. The unintended — and intended — consequences are proving to be a nightmare
for the health insurance consumer and the government seems powerless to do anything about it.
Rubio's Impressive Response to Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address. In [...] one paragraph, Sen. Rubio captured the
fundamental flaw in the so-called Affordable Care Act: it makes health insurance more expensive, in turn making hiring more
expensive, and our health-care entitlements more expensive.
Some Unions Grow Wary Of Health Law They Backed.
Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration's health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is
rolling out, some are turning sour.
Delay, Repeal, Replace. Watching
Congress take the final steps to pass Obamacare in March 2010 was a bitterly disappointing moment for the law's opponents. They
didn't have to be told that what was being rammed through the House and Senate was the largest power grab by the federal government in
at least a generation, with immense consequences for the nation's economic vitality and political health. Opponents understandably
redoubled their efforts to see the law repealed and replaced, and Republicans rode the popular revolt against the excesses of Obamacare
all the way to a landslide midterm victory.
Anxiety rises as Americans face start of
Obamacare. This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans' lives.
That's the way President Obama and the law's Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health
care well past their re-election campaigns.
Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of
ObamaCare. Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President
Obama's signature health care law. Using "Republican" language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding
mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law.
Obamacare is an Unpopular, Shoddy Trainwreck. A new poll reveals that the same people who re-elected this president
by a three-point margin still oppose his signature "accomplishment" by double-digits. Independents remain particularly sour on
the law, the worst bits of which are slated for implementation over the next two years.
ObamaCare Faces the Implementation
Iceberg. Because the law put off implementation of most key provisions until after the 2012 election, voters cast their ballots on November 6
without knowing what Obamacare's true effect will be on their tax bills, insurance costs, or access to care. Delaying implementation until 2014 helped the
president win re-election, but now the bill is coming due.
Obamacare implementation could spell
trouble for Democrats in 2014. The good news for Democrats is that Obamacare will now be implemented. But the bad news for Democrats is also that
Obamacare will now be implemented. President Obama's re-election ensures that his signature health care law will not be repealed before its major provisions go
into effect. But that also means, to borrow a phrase from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Americans will begin to find out what's in the law.
now reality. If you are uninsured because you can't afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million
Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead.
A thank you note from an average American.
Thank you, America. Thank you for re-electing Barack Obama. Thank you for solidifying Obamacare. Thank you for ensuring that my
health insurance rates will rise to the point where my employer drops my coverage.
Post-election flood of 'Obamacare' rules expected. The bottled-up rules
to set up President Barack Obama's health care reform law are going to start flowing quickly right after Election Day. But how long will that
last? That depends on who wins the presidency.
Poll: Majority Still Want Obamacare Repealed.
A majority of voters still want Obamacare repealed heading into the final weeks of the presidential election. According to a new Rasmussen Reports
survey, 54% of likely voters said they wanted Obamacare repealed while only 39 percent opposed. The intensity among people who wanted the law repealed
was greater than among those who did not. Forty-three percent strongly favored repeal while only 30% "strongly opposed" it.
Top 10 reasons to vote Obama out of
office. [#3] Obama's signature achievement — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act —
is more unpopular today than it was when he signed it into law. Obamacare adds to the deficit, while raising taxes on Americans of
all stripes, even while harming job creation. Many families will lose their current health care coverage and surveys of doctors
show many will flee the profession.
Name a single thing that has improved under his rule.
Obama's Dangerous and Disastrous Presidency.
Gasoline prices are twice what they were when Obama took office — and rising again. The housing market remains in the doldrums.
Food stamp use is by far at the highest level in history, and poverty is markedly up. Food prices are markedly higher. Small businesses
are jettisoning the health-insurance benefits they offered employees until Obamacare made it prohibitively expensive. Doctors are retiring in
record numbers rather than face Obamacare's scourges — and most of the law hasn't yet taken effect.
The Obamacare Gift Basket. Something remarkable
happened at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month. After three years of reeling from the political damage wrought by
Obamacare, which stroked even Massachusetts with a red brush, Democrats stood up and defended their law. [...] But then something even more
remarkable happened. Despite the Democrats' collective bear hug, the polls didn't budge. And they still haven't. According
to a Rasmussen survey taken last week, likely voters favor repealing Obamacare by 11 points. The numbers have been fairly static
for two years.
The emerging Obamacare truth is
disarray. The Obama team is woefully behind its own schedule for implementing features of the legislation. The critical regulations
outlining what the Obamacare insurance benefit will look like was supposed to be out more than six months ago. Now it looks like this regulation
won't be dropped until after the election. This is just one key aspect of the program that is way behind the administration's own timeline.
These facts alone should give proponents of the law pause. But the early experience with the elements of Obamacare that have already kicked in is
Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.
[Scroll down] In 2008, most voters were in favor of health reform, but very few envisioned anything resembling the intrusive, job-killing,
regulatory monstrosity that Obama and his congressional allies had in mind. Indeed, when the voters realized what the Democrats were up to,
they organized huge public demonstrations against it. They even put a Republican in the Senate seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy based
on a promise to oppose Obamacare. These things meant nothing to Obama. He behaved as if the voters were so many dull-witted children
and signed a health care "reform" law that still remains astonishingly unpopular with the public.
Our Immature President. As the newly
elected president, Barack Obama had two major opportunities to demonstrate leadership. The first was the passage of his
stimulus package, and the second was ObamaCare. In both cases, he more or less shut out the Republicans. Armed
with a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, he got 100% of what he wanted, and Republicans got nothing. [...] President Obama
arrogantly thought he was going to receive 100% credit — instead, he now finds that he's getting 100% of the blame for
the ineffective stimulus and for the unpopular ObamaCare plan, deservedly diminishing his chances for re-election.
Democratic platform on Obamacare: 'No law is perfect'.
The health care plank of the Democratic Party's platform, released on Monday [9/3/2012] ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., praises President Barack
Obama's 2010 health care reform law, but admits, "No law is perfect." A 15-person committee prepared the draft platform.
The New Face of Health Care — the IRS. When
President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka "Obamacare") goes fully into effect in 2014, the American people will only then begin to
see the implications of its thorough government takeover of health care, in all its glory. But what they are not expecting is the massively expanded role of
the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") in our lives, as the IRS is the chief agency responsible for enforcing the Act.
House committees investigate whether the IRS illegally expanded
tax subsides to strengthen Obamacare.
Obamacare Is Becoming a
Racket for Overpaid Government Bureaucrats. I've certainly complained about Obamacare from a fiscal perspective, warning that it means higher taxes and more
spending. And I've also warned that it will make our health care system less efficient and could lead to some of the horrifying examples of rationing and poor care
that you find in the United Kingdom. But if you need another reason to be upset, it turns out that Obamacare is going to be a very lucrative gig for a new crop of
Exceeding its Mandate. Two House committees are investigating
whether the IRS illegally implemented an important provision of Obamacare. House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp
(R., Mich.) and Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) sent a letter on Tuesday [1/29/2013] to the acting secretary
of the Treasury Department and the acting commissioner of the IRS requesting documents and interviews with specific officials.
The Closer One Looks At
Obamacare, The More It Looks Like Medicaid. So far, President Obama is withholding the final set of regulations that describe just what
health benefits the Obamacare plans will deliver. He may be waiting until after the election. But there's enough detail already in the law
to make decent estimates. The answer turns out to get a lot worse, the closer one looks. There's good reason to believe that in short order,
the health plans sold in Obamacare's heavily regulated, state-based insurance exchanges will degrade into something akin to today's Medicaid managed
The Cloward-Piven strategy applied to the medical profession:
Why the Doctor Can't See You. Are you having trouble
finding a doctor who will see you? If not, give it another year and a half. A doctor shortage is on its way. Most provisions of the Obama
health law kick in on Jan. 1, 2014. Within the decade after that, an additional 30 million people are expected to acquire health plans —
and if the economic studies are correct, they will try to double their use of the health-care system.
53% Want Health Care Law Repealed.
Most voters still aren't convinced: They want President Obama's national health care law repealed as they have said consistently since the
measure was passed by Congress over two years ago.
Seven Most Disturbing Moments So Far in Barack Obama's Presidency. [#2] Obamacare passes: Never before in
American history has one party been arrogant and paternalistic enough to push through a massive entitlement program that was wildly
unpopular with the American people and had zero votes from the opposing party. If it isn't stopped, Obamacare will destroy
America's health care system by dramatically driving up the cost of care, rationing care, instituting death panels, driving tens
of millions of Americans off their health care policies, adding trillions to the debt, and dramatically reducing the number of
doctors available to treat patients.
Watch out: Democrats
are trying to implement Obamacare at the state level. If you think the Supreme Court's upcoming verdict on Obamacare will be the
final word, you're in for a surprise. Here in Delaware, the Democrats who control the state legislature and governor's mansion have just
floated a bill to mandate single-payer health care in the state. If your state government is controlled by the Democratic Party, brace
yourself. It's clear Democrats have decided that if Obamacare doesn't survive a federal court test, they'll battle it out state by state.
The Paternalism of ObamaCare Supporters.
The paternalistic pre-postmortem of ObamaCare by its supporters is entirely consistent with the paternalistic nature of the legislation itself.
At every step, the crafters of the legislation have behaved as though the people covered by the law were too stupid to have their own opinions on
it. From drafting the legislation behind closed doors to the bill's impossibly opaque verbiage to the late-night votes on it to Nancy
Pelosi's "Are you serious?" answer to a question on whether the bill passes Constitutional muster, the process of ObamaCare proved offensively
Liberal and Incompetent.
[Scroll down] The liberalism part is widely understood and easily documented. After running a clever campaign in 2008 where
he positioned himself as a centrist, President Obama has been the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter. He
jammed through a government takeover of health care that has never enjoyed the support of a majority of Americans, not
on even one single day. It is bad policy and it is unpopular and he jammed it through anyway. It cost the
Democrats control of the House, but President Obama considers that a small price to pay. This Administration
lurches America every day toward a model of government that is patterned after European style socialist policies.
The folly of
Obamacare. We pay our presidents for judgment, and President Obama committed a colossal error of judgment in making health-care
"reform" a centerpiece of his first term. Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and regardless
of how the court decides — it's clear that Obama overreached. His attempt to achieve universal health insurance coverage is a
massive feat of social engineering that, by its sweeping nature, weakens the economic recovery and antagonizes millions of Americans.
Mainstream Media Ignore Major ObamaCare Protest.
On June 8, 2012 many thousands of people took to the nation's streets to protest the Obamacare contraceptive mandates and to support religious freedom in the
United States. The mainstream media hardly covered the protest. The turnout in Chicago was in a conservative estimation about 1,500, although others
estimates make the turnout to be about 3,500.
I Am Barack Obama's Worst Nightmare.
The MSM and Kool-Aid addicted left-wing pundits have praised Obama for his leadership. I haven't seen any evidence of leadership.
I have seen coercion. I have seen bribery. I have seen "bait-and-switch" policy pronouncements. But I have not seen
leadership. [...] Saying "I won" is not leadership. Bribing Senators to vote for your health care plan is not leadership.
Speaking over 50 times to the nation about your healthcare plan and still not achieving the support of a majority of its citizens
certainly does not indicate leadership.
The Obama administration just inked a $20 million deal with PR firm Porter Novelli to help promote ObamaCare. Why do they
need to promote a law that was supposed to get more popular once it passed?
Mourdock's Democrat opponent lies about voting for Pelosi as Speaker.
The big news out of Indiana on Tuesday night was Richard Mourdock's victory in the GOP Senate primary. He will now face current Rep.
Joe Donnelly, who is posturing as a "moderate" Democrat. In reality, that always endangered species died for good with the passage of
ObamaCare... which Donnelly voted for. We all know how this game is played. The media is filled with reports that the genial
Mourdock is some sort of tea-swilling right-wing madman who might be too "extreme" for the sensitive independent voters of Indiana.
Meanwhile, Donnelly's left-wing voting history will be papered over.
independents want Obamacare overturned. A growing number of Americans, 59 percent, believe the Supreme Court will find President Obama's
signature domestic accomplishment unconstitutional, and a majority of independents, 52 percent, would be happy if that happened.
expressing buyers' remorse on Obama's healthcare law. An increasing number of Democrats are taking
potshots at President Obama's healthcare law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it. The
public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of November's elections.
Mobilize to Save ObamaCare. The Obama administration has enlisted one of America's leading economic
terrorist groups to help defend and promote the president's widely unpopular socialist healthcare scheme. [...] This
ongoing collaboration with radical left-wing community organizers is also part of the Obama reelection campaign's
divide-and-conquer strategy: Inflame the base and attack opponents relentlessly to draw the public's attention
away from the worsening economy.
don't feel so good over Obamacare. When Obamacare passed through Congress by the hair on its chinny-chin-chin, the
optimistic Pelosi prognosis was: Be patient and call back in two years. The people will love it the more they learn
about it. Well, it's been two years. They've learned more about it, including its dishonest cost estimates and
politically-tinged bureaucratic exceptions. And as the Supreme Court decides about euthanizing the entire legislation on
obvious constitutional grounds, Americans have already decided: They don't like it.
Ways that Barack Obama has Decimated the American Economy. Obama's attempt to take over health care has been an unmitigated
disaster. The CBO now projects the cost of Obamacare has doubled to 1.76 trillion, it says 20 million Americans could lose
their health care, and premiums will increase between 10-13%.
Ripping out Obamacare by the
roots. No one should believe Obamacare is simply a bill to increase health care coverage. Instead, it is
this president's method of exacting social change on the fabric on our country. For this reason, I introduced a bill to
repeal it minutes after its passage. Additionally, this is why the Supreme Court should find its mandate unconstitutional.
The Obama White House and campaign (sometimes one and the same) are fully aware of the significance of the decision and recently
launched their own public-relations campaign to demonstrate public support for the bill. Yet the bill remains widely unpopular
with the American public.
5 stages of Obamacare. Two years ago,
liberals rammed an unconstitutional health insurance bill — Obamacare — through Congress without a
Republican vote. They libeled opponents as racists and touted a new age in Washington. James Carville said
Democrats would rule for 40 years. But the public hated the law and voted Democrats out of the House.
Now the Supreme Court will vote 6-3 to nullify this unconstitutional attack on our liberty. The spin from
Democrats is hilarious.
Two-Thirds of America: Throw Obamacare
Out. Almost two-thirds of Americans believe the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments
about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act beginning next week, should declare at least part of the health
care law unconstitutional, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Obamacare at two. Democrats
observed the second anniversary of Obamacare in silence yesterday [3/22/2012]. Obamacare must really be a problem for
them, because they're yakking nonstop about everything else with a lower than usual ratio of veracity to baloney.
Looks to Keep Liberals in Line on Health Law Ahead of Supreme Court Hearings. Gallup surveyed
voters three weeks ago in the dozen swing states that will decide this year's presidential election and found
that the 2010 Democratic health law was still a toxic asset in President Obama's political portfolio.
In the swing states, 53 percent of registered voters had negative views on the law compared to 38 percent
who saw the new slate of regulations, entitlements and welfare benefits positively.
poll: 72 percent of Americans call individual mandate 'unconstitutional'. Even among Americans who support President
Obama's health care overhaul, a large majority believe that the law is out of step with the U.S. Constitution, a Gallup poll released
Monday [2/27/2012] revealed. The poll, conducted Feb. 20-21, indicates that 72 percent of Americans believe the individual
mandate — the government's requirement for Americans to purchase health insurance — is unconstitutional.
Even among Americans who feel the president's health care law is a "good thing," 54 percent think the provision is unconstitutional.
Americans Who Dislike ObamaCare Are Stupid. Democrats used to say the more people knew about ObamaCare,
the more they'd like it. Well, the public has had almost two full years to soak it in, and more want it
repealed than ever.
More Bad News for Obama on
Obamacare. Whatever the press corps may think the upcoming election will be about, one thing remains clear:
Americans overwhelmingly support the repeal of President Obama's centerpiece legislation. According to the latest
Rasmussen poll of likely voters, Americans support the repeal of Obamacare by a margin of 15 percentage
points — 53 to 38 percent.
Most Say High Court Should Reject Health Insurance Mandate. A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation
shows that more than half of Americans say the Supreme Court should rule that the health overhaul law's requirement to
have health insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional.
Pipes calls for Americans to repeal, replace ObamaCare.
At the Jan. 26 launch party in Washington for her new book, The Pipes Plan, the president of the Pacific
Research Institute called on Americans to reject and dismantle the president's healthcare reform agenda before
it is too late. When then-speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass a 2,700-page healthcare reform bill
no one had read, so people could find out what was in it, she decided to write a 270-page book that everyone
could read to learn how to get rid of it, said Sally C. Pipes, whose book is a 10-step plan to repeal
and replace ObamaCare.
It Isn't Just the
Mandate. Most people have heard that Obamacare is being challenged as unconstitutional because it
contains an individual mandate forcing people to purchase health insurance. That challenge is due to be
heard by the Supreme Court this year. But while the mandate is certainly problematic in a system that, at
least notionally, is one of limited and enumerated powers, the mandate is not the worst part of this
bill — not by a long shot.
Repeal Is Overwhelmingly Popular.
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by the whopping margin of 20 percentage points — 55
to 35 percent — Americans support the repeal of Obamacare.
Constitutional or Not,
ObamaCare Has Got To Go. ObamaCare was shoved through the sludge of parliamentary trickery, lies,
horse trading, cooked-up numbers, and false promises. Even after waiting to see what was in the bill, as
Nancy Pelosi suggested, there was a historic electoral backlash. As for the court's decision, it probably
won't imbue many people with any more confidence in process. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan —
only recently charged with defending the administration's positions in federal courts as solicitor general, working
there while the health care law was being written and picking the legal team to defend it — will
be rendering her entirely untainted decision on the matter.
It's the Obamacare,
Stupid. We are just past the halfway point between the last congressional election and the
next one, and the conventional wisdom is that the upcoming election will be all about the economy.
Elections during the Obama presidency, we are continually assured, are not about profligate federal spending,
federal arrogance and irresponsibility, our colossal national debt, the consolidation of power and money at
the expense of liberty, or the legislation that best encapsulates all of these: Obamacare.
Poll: Obamacare support hits
all-time low. Support for President Obama's health care reform law has reached an all time low, in part
because of Democrats' diminished faith that the law will improve their lives, a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation
finds. Only 34 percent of Americans now support Obamacare, a 16-point drop from an all-time high of
50 percent in July 2010. A small majority of Americans, 51 percent, now say they oppose the law.
A Bad Day for Liberty.
On March 22, conservatives mourned ObamaCare's anniversary. In one quick 2,700 page bill, our
healthcare system was stripped of its last vestiges of free market characteristics. ... The problem with
ObamaCare is that it made a system with flaws much worse by eliminating more choice, and distorting the
price mechanism further. Expensive, inefficient, rationed care that further exacerbates our fiscal
outlook is the future of American health care.
a difference a year has made for Obamacare. When President Obama signed the $938 billion
Obamacare into law ... it capped a long march by advocates of nationalized health care that began in this
country years before Medicare was approved in 1965. Obama's signal legislative achievement avoided a
health care system run entirely by the government, which was the goal of national union leaders and liberal
politicians like Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Tom Harkin of Iowa. But it mandated the transfer
by 2014 of one-fifth of the national economy from the private sector to the government. So even if
Obamacare isn't quite the perfect replication of the British National Health Service romanticized by Donald
Berwick, Obama's man in charge of managing Obamacare, it is still a government-directed health care system
with roots deep in the European welfare states of Britain, France, Sweden and Germany.
Don't Forget Obamacare.
Obamacare's individual mandate — requiring that all Americans purchase government-approved health
insurance beginning in 2014 — has always been the law's most vulnerable provision. It is incredibly
unpopular, and not just among conservatives. Polls consistently show that a large majority of the
electorate opposes it, including a good portion of registered Democrats.
wrecks Medicare by design, but why? "We don't want to take away people's health insurance,"
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so graciously declared earlier this year. But then
she quickly qualified that with these ominous words: "before they have some realistic other choices."
17 Percentage Points, Americans Support Repeal. The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows
that, by a margin of 17 percentage points (55 to 38 percent), Americans support the repeal of
Plan: Destroy U.S. Healthcare So They Can Re-Build it in Socialist Image. Obama and his Democrat
pals have been lying to you, America. They do not want to find a cure for America's obviously ailing healthcare
system. They want to erect its headstone. Democrats want to destroy every aspect of our healthcare system.
They have to, you see, because if they don't they cannot rebuild it to operate under a socialist model.
Medicare plan bankrupts 25% of all hospitals by 2030. Democrats claim Ryan's budget "ends Medicare
as we know it." Problem is, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) detailed in a report
released Friday [5/27/2011], under the Democrats plan, Medicare "as we know it" won't be around for much longer. Democrats
are claiming that Ryan's plan will force seniors to pay $6,400 a year more for health care than current law.
If Elected. Twenty-six States
have joined in a court case against the implementation of Obamacare and the House of Representatives has
voted to repeal it. It was, if you recall, the central focus of Obama's first two years in
office. During those two years unemployment increased and the value of the dollar declined. He
didn't take notice until it came time to run for the office again.
ranks with Prohibition, 55 mph speed limit. When the first OPEC oil shock hit the U.S. in 1973,
President Nixon encouraged Americans as a voluntary gas-saving measure to drive 55 mph on the interstate.
Not long after, the infamous "double nickel" became mandatory as Congress made states choose between adopting the
lower speed limit and losing millions in federal aid. For two decades, most Americans voted with their gas
pedals and flagrantly ignored the federal speed limit. It had become the least respected law since Prohibition
by the time President Clinton repealed it in December 1995.
The Editor says...
Yes, but the 55 mph speed limit led to the CB radio fad, which was the best thing
that ever happened to Radio Shack.
support melting away. Pretty much as expected by conservatives, Obamacare has remained
unpopular with the public. It's under attack in the courts. And now, vulnerable Senate
Democrats are running for the hills.
So many failures so little time Obama.
We already saw the House recently, vote for repeal of the Health care bill and now it has landed in the
Senate, where it is being tossed around like a red hot football. Harry Reid is trying to create a
dictatorship and stop the filibusters by the minority GOP. Anything but a public vote where people in
all 50 states can see what the vote was with elections coming up for Senators in 2012.
Gallup Poll, Worse News for Obamacare Than the Headline Suggests. Gallup's headline is, "46% Favor,
40% Oppose Repealing Healthcare Law," but I think they're overlooking the bigger news. First, the idea that
14 percent of Americans have no opinion whether or not Obamacare goes into effect is pretty surprising and
interesting. Note that Obama and the Democrats need this to be a driving issue for voters in 2012; put
another way, only 40 percent of adults (not registered voters, not likely voters) say they want to keep
Obamacare as it is.
Nov. 2 is the nation's referendum on Obamacare. No other issue has so polarized the public and shed
light on the policy failings of the left. The midterm elections represent the last, best hope for
millions of Americans who don't want to see the health care law's most onerous provisions ever take effect.
While the president's veto power increases the difficulty of a complete repeal, Republican control of the
House — and perhaps the Senate — certainly would deflate Mr. Obama's Democratic dreams.
ObamaCare: What's Ailing
Democrats. In a stunning about-face, West Virginia Governor and Senate hopeful Joe Manchin
publicly rebuked President Obama's health care overhaul bill, the heretofore signature legislation of the
Democratic Party. ... Clearly a maneuver to assuage restive West Virginia voters, Manchin's statements only
seem to confirm what many have suggested — that, above all other factors, ObamaCare weighs heavily
on voters' minds, and even heavier around the necks of Democratic candidates.
Reasons Barack Obama Should Apologize to America. [#3] For Obamacare: Everybody in
D.C., Barack Obama included, knew the American people didn't want Obamacare. The polls showed that they
hated it. Scott Brown won "Ted Kennedy's seat" by promising to vote against health care reform.
There were angry townhalls, Tea Parties, and tens of millions of phone calls and emails spurred by that legislation.
Yet, Obama helped push it through anyway, methodically lied about what the bill would do, and arrogantly
claimed people would learn to like the bill in time.
Perhaps the single biggest complaint against Obama and his Party by the portion of the electorate that has
turned against them is that the Dems haven't listened to them, most notably when they pushed Obamacare through
despite its obvious unpopularity. When Obama condescendingly accuses voters of disregarding facts, science,
and good arguments, and tops off his disdain by offering a pyscho-physiological explanation for their defective
thinking, he reinforces the very perception that is driving down his standing.
blowback. "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it," House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi said last spring about her party's 2,000-page health care overhaul. What she didn't
realize was that the more Americans find out about ObamaCare, the more they turn against it. Virtually
from the day it was signed, a majority of Americans have favored repealing the massive law.
Find Careers Threatened by Obamacare Votes. Seven months ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent a busy
week rounding up votes to pass the Senate version of the Democrats' health care legislation. It wasn't
easy. She had to get Democrats who had voted no in November to switch to yes in March. ... She took the
unusual step of scheduling the roll call for Saturday — so members wouldn't go back to their
districts and be besieged by Obamacare opponents. Those opponents, according to polls at that time,
included most American voters.
highlights unpopular health care reform. Blaming himself for coolness to his health care overhaul,
President Barack Obama is seeking to reintroduce the law to voters who don't much like or understand it six months
after he signed it.
Take Back the 20. Despite overwhelming public dislike
of Obamacare, we were told that Washington knows best and there was nothing to worry about. Nancy Pelosi
said Congress had to pass the bill so that Americans could "find out what is in it." We found out that
it's even worse than we feared. Join me in standing against those who stood with Obama and Pelosi in
voting for this disastrous bill.
November Is Just the
Beginning. It's beginning to look like the Republicans will win both Houses of Congress this
fall. But a Republican Congress won't be enough repeal the disaster of ObamaCare. President Obama
will be able to veto any repeal effort at least through 2012. And even with a Republican president in
2013, Democrats may still be able to filibuster a repeal bill. So what's the point? The point is
that from now until its actual repeal, in three years or thirty, ObamaCare is going to be an issue that cuts
against the Democrats.
can't blame Bush for ObamaCare. While the trifecta of stimulus/bailouts/ObamaCare is what is
mostly touted as the explanation for the waning Democratic political fortunes, ObamaCare is the mother-lode
of straws that broke the camel's back and crushed it. Democrats know this, but can't acknowledge it.
Why? Because they can't blame ObamaCare on George W. Bush. And that leaves them with nothing,
and nowhere to hide.
Obama Vs. Majority Public Opinion. Take ObamaCare, for example. Ramming it through Congress,
overriding regular legislative procedure and the opposition of the American public, he deluded himself into
believing that once it became the law of the land, the people would dutifully support it. But they
didn't. Even after passage, the Rasmussen survey reports this month that 66% favor repeal of the
Health Control Law, and 50% say repeal will benefit the economy.
Above The Law. We first witnessed
the unabashed arrogance of the Obama administration when it pushed through the health care bill, using any
parliamentary trick it could think of to accomplish its mission despite overwhelming, deeply-felt
opposition throughout the country.
America flooding Congress with telephone calls. "Calls to the
House numbered close to 100,000 an hour, creating a bottleneck in a phone system only meant to handle 50,000 calls
an hour. The chamber has been similarly overloaded for four consecutive days, beginning on Tuesday [3/16/2010]
when radio host Rush Limbaugh told viewers to call the Capitol switchboard phone number," Roll Call said.
What Americans Don't Understand
about Obamacare: How will our health care system improve by giving a $300-million payoff to Democratic
Senator Mary Landrieu in Louisiana in exchange for her vote? ... Why are labor unions singled out from all other
Americans and given an eight-year pass on paying taxes, while non-union workers have to pick up the tab? ... Why
should taxpayers be forced to pay for elective abortions?
Is It Popular Yet?
The Democrats are convinced that ObamaCare will be their ticket to political survival, the only way of
avoiding a 2010 wipeout. So far, it doesn't look that way.
Enough About Jobs, Have You Heard About My Health Plan? Half (49%) of Americans say the
economy is the country's top issue, with health care a distant third at 11%, according to January's IBD/TIPP
poll. Among independents, 54% say the economy should be the No. 1 priority vs. just 8% for health
Is Obama Steering the
Ship of State Toward the Rocks? Obama's Medi-Grab is the biggest wedge the Democrats can drive
into the body politic, intended to turn the U.S. forever into a socialist, Left-controlled zombie state, just
like Europe. Medi-Grab couldn't pass the Senate when the Democrats were playing by the rules. But
now Harry Reid, the electorally doomed Majority Leader, is said to be signaling his willingness to commit
hara-kiri for Obama.
Doesn't Even Fake Bipartisanship Well. How long will it take for every last American to realize
President Barack Obama is not about bipartisanship, reconciliation (other than as a process to cram his health
care bill through Congress) and uniting Americans? As his latest gyrations on health care demonstrate,
he will not be deterred in his quest to saddle Americans with socialized medicine, even if it greatly increases
the likelihood he won't be re-elected.
Ramming Speed. A mere three days before President Obama's supposedly bipartisan health-care
summit, the White House yesterday released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress
with or without Republican support. So after election defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and even
Massachusetts, and amid overwhelming public opposition, Democrats have decided to give the voters what
they don't want anyway.
Did someone mention Obama's
Health Care Summit?
not worried about post-vote backlash at home. Democrats today have repeatedly expressed a
confidence that they won't face a backlash for their votes when they return home for the holidays, which
would stand in marked contrast to the August recess.
The Tyranny of
the Majority Party. The most striking example is health-care reform. It is intensely
unpopular but was approved by the House in November and the Senate on Christmas Eve. Asked in a
Rasmussen poll in mid-December if they'd prefer no bill to ObamaCare, 57% said they would. Only 34%
said they'd rather ObamaCare be enacted. Yet Democrats are forging ahead as if the public actually
approves of their health-care reform. Why, when Republicans are preparing to hammer them on the issue
in next year's elections, would they do that?
The Beginning of the End.
Democrats declare themselves unconcerned about a "backlash" in 2010. The public will come to appreciate
their health-care handiwork, they suppose. ... All the talk-show appearances and all the speeches haven't
sold the public on a big government takeover of health care. Quite the opposite.
Obamacare Disapproval at New High. Rasmussen's health-care polling results since Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the Christmas Eve vote are full of undeniably bad news for Democrats. ... There
are far more likely voters who "strongly" oppose Obamacare (46 percent) than there are likely voters who
support it even "somewhat" (39 percent).
New Reasons Why Obamacare Can Still Be Killed. The American people oppose Obamacare by almost
two to one in the latest CNN poll. Other polls show lopsided opposition to passing either the Senate or
House health care bill. Public opinion is against the bill because of its obscene costs in higher taxes,
burdensome debt, anti-freedom mandates, rationing and reduced care for seniors. The American people have
awakened to the fact that Obamacare is transformational legislation that will drag us against popular will
into European-style socialism.
Arrogance. The only thing healthy about Congress' health insurance legislation is the healthy
skepticism about it by most of the public, as revealed by polls. What is most unhealthy about this
legislation is the raw arrogance in the way it was conceived and passed.
The Origins of
Obamism. Such a strange scenario we have found ourselves in -- a clear majority of
Americans is opposed to almost everything Obama has to offer; congressional representatives know
they are acting against the will of the people, but know too that they are offered all sorts of
borrowed money for their districts to compensate for their unpopular actions.
American People Don't Want Obamacare. In the last two weeks, eight national polls have been
released showing what the American people think of Obamacare. The results of those eight
polls — Pew, ABC/WaPo, PPP, CNN, CBS, Quinnipiac, Fox, and Rasmussen — show that by
an average margin of 8.5 percent (49.0 percent to 40.5 percent), more people oppose Obamacare
than support it. That's greater than the margin by which John McCain lost last November.
Trying to Sell ObamaCare.
Maybe the liberals didn't see this setback coming because they still believe in the proudest creation of the
New Deal, Social Security. But many Americans — particularly younger ones — don't.
In fact, poll after poll has shown widespread doubt that Social Security will be there for today's
workers when they retire, even though Uncle Sam regularly sweeps large amounts out of their paychecks
to fund it. If you don't believe in Social Security — and if you believe that Medicare,
another great coup of the entitlement mindset, is another intergenerational Ponzi scheme — then
you're unlikely to think that a government that's straining to sustain two massive obligations
should be adding a third.
Obama's Health Bill Has No Clothes. Due to pressure from enraged Americans, the most pernicious
features of Obama's health care legislation have, for now at least, been stripped from his bill. This is
no time for complacency, however, since the liberals are trying to push back and get the provisions back in.
As the bill now stands, it doesn't have any teeth.
public backlash over Obamacare. Two-dozen Democrats from Republican-leaning districts, who
voted for the House version of President Obama's increasingly unpopular health care reform, are beginning
to feel a growing public backlash. ReversetheVote.org has already raised $123,105 that will be
dedicated exclusively to defeating all 24, including Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., in 2010 if they don't
reject the final conference committee version of the bill.
Falling in the Polls. The Senate's compromise bill on health care was announced on Wednesday [12/9/2009]
to much fanfare. But there's not much there for moderate Democrats to write home about. It waters
down a provision creating a "public option," but it also expands (to include people over 55) Medicare, a
program already expected to go bankrupt in 2017.
Democratic freshman abandon the health care bill. Some of the most vulnerable Democrats in the
House are starting to flake off the health care bill. There are a dozen first-term Democrats representing
districts that Republican presidential nominee John McCain won last year. So far, six have announced
that they will vote against their party's health care bill.
ObamaCare Reaches New Low. A new poll by Rasmussen Reports finds that President Barack Obama's
plan to take America's health-care system in an even more statist direction has less support now than ever
Charlie Rangel says Obamacare Doesn't Spend Enough Money.
[President] Obama has announced his determination not to sign a bill that adds "one dime" to the deficit and he's also
said that "his" bill will feature a low, low $900 billion price tag. Both of these Obama points seem to be
vexing Rep. Rangel because, well, it's just not enough.
Likely Voters Overwhelmingly Disapprove
of ObamaCare. A Zogby International/O'Leary Report poll of 4,200 likely voters has some startling results
concerning attitudes toward health-care reform. ... The numbers are dramatically worse for ObamaCare in this poll than
in other polls. Part of the explanation lies in the sample — likely voters seem to hate ObamaCare a
lot more than do Americans generally (who may not even be registered to vote).
54 Percent Say the More They Learn About ObamaCare, the Less They Like It.
Washington Post Ignores its Own Poll Finding. A
Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in the three days following President Barack Obama's speech to Congress about
his health care plan discovered that 54% say the more the hear about the plan the less they like it. This
particular poll result was not mentioned anywhere in the story about the poll that was posted by the Washington
Post on its Web site on Monday [9/14/2009]. The result did appear in the data sheet from the poll that was
linked to the story.
Aren't Buying What Obama Has To Sell. The president claims he has "no interest in putting insurance
companies out of business," but that is exactly what will happen if the government forces them to expand the services
they cover while simultaneously preventing them from charging higher fees, especially if the expanded pool of
beneficiaries includes many of the least healthy individuals.
Health Campaign. It didn't take chaotic town-hall meetings, raging demonstrators and consequent
brooding in various sectors of the media to bring home the truth that the campaign for a health-care bill is,
to put it mildly, not going awfully well. It's not hard now to envision the state of this crusade with
just a month or two more of diligent management by the Obama team — think train wreck.
care debate confirms this is not the Barack Obama we elected. Americans, more of them every day, are growing
disenchanted with the expansion of government and the massive pile of debt. Yet the President, certain he can change
their minds if only he talks to them again, keeps trying to sell bigger as better. The public's not buying it. ... He's
the rock star-turned-salesman, and everything in his administration depends on his stage act.
Matey, I Know a Dead Parrot. As
in the Monty Python sketch, in which a pet-shop owner repeatedly denies that a certain dead parrot is dead, the purveyors
of Obama's health-care turkey claim it is merely stunned. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the public
has "misconceptions" and that our President soon will set them straight. Misconceptions? Clearly, people are
revolted by the plan, a fact that hasn't been lost on many lawmakers up for re-election next year.
Health Care, 51% Fear Government More Than Insurance Companies. When it comes to health care
decisions, 51% of the nation's voters fear the federal government more than private insurance companies. The
latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% hold the opposite view and fear the insurance
companies more. Seven percent (7%) are not sure who they fear the most.
The left can't
understand why people don't like Obamacare. America's liberals have gone from swooning over
Barack Obama's ascension to the White House and gloating over their Bush-induced domination of Congress to
near-hysteria because ordinary middle-class Americans are rising in anger against the Democrats' planned
hijacking of the nation's health care system. MSNBC's Chris Matthews worked himself into his
characteristic spittle-laced frenzy while sputtering about the legions of protestors showing up to make
meetings designed to sell Obamacare into "Town Hell" occasions.
Obamacare: It's Even
Worse Than You Think. President Obama's strategy to pass sweeping health care legislation rested on stealth
and speed. The idea was to fill the conversation for months on end with vague talk about expanding coverage, "bending
the cost-curve," improving quality, and rooting out waste, without showing the public how the plan would actually work or
what it would cost. ... But things have not gone as the Democrats intended. As details have emerged, an extraordinary
wave of public concern has washed over the debate and left the plan's champions reeling.
ObamaCare is a sick
joke. By 52 percent to 40 percent, voters are opposed to the healthcare bill
introduced on July 14 to the House of Representatives. Independents now oppose ObamaCare by a ratio
of almost 2:1. The World Health Organization ranked the United States No. 1 out of 191 countries
for being responsive to patients' needs, including providing timely treatments and a choice of doctors.
Among those currently insured, 84% are satisfied with their healthcare.
Oppose Government Health Insurance Company. Just 35% of U.S. voters now support the creation of
a government health insurance company to compete with private health insurers. A new Rasmussen Reports
national telephone survey shows that 50% of voters oppose setting up a government health insurance company as
President Obama and congressional Democrats are now proposing in their health care reform plan. Fifteen
percent (15%) are undecided.
Congress set to create Frankenstein
monster, not health care reform. Most Americans say they're happy with the health care they have. But
that doesn't stop the Democratic leadership in Congress from trying "fix" the system to their own liking, starting this
week. What they like, and what most Americans like are nothing alike.
facing some doubts among Americans. He remains personally popular, but President Barack Obama is starting to
see signs that some of his economic policies are causing doubts among many Americans. Two polls published on
Thursday [6/18/2009] illustrate the political risk Obama faces as he turns his attention toward an overhaul of the
U.S. healthcare system, an issue so contentious that previous attempts have failed to address high cost and availability
Reasons Why Obama and The Dems Are in Big, Big Trouble: [Reason #1] Health care reform
is not popular. An ABC News/Washington Post poll published on January 19 has 51 percent against
current congressional plans and just 44 percent in favor, numbers that haven't moved in a month.
Other polls show even greater percentages oppose the plan, with all the trend lines over the past year
working heavily against the Democrats.
ObamaCare: The White House made a decision months ago to drive ObamaCare through Congress
on sheer power politics, but the balance of power has suddenly shifted. ... The real problem is that
ObamaCare is a deeply unpopular bill — even in Massachusetts.
Constitution: Another Victim of Obamacare. Reports have come out today [3/12/2010] that
the Parliamentarian has not ruled that the President must sign a law before it is considered a law for
reconciliation purposes. First, they came up with a strategy to get Obamacare passed in the House
without the House ever voting on the bill, now they have come up with a strategy and a ruling to get the
Obamacare bill to qualify as law without the President signing the law.
Prospects For Spendthrift Democrats. It is old news that many congressional Democrats are on the
road to political oblivion — 33 House members and nine senators are already on the endangered
list. Now, however, even incumbents in "safe" seats are looking toward the future with fear and trembling.
Daddy? Now even liberals are denying paternity. "I know this is a tough vote," President
Obama told House Democrats at a March pep rally merely hours before they passed national health care.
But he added that he was "actually confident" that "it will end up being the smart thing to do politically
because I believe that good policy is good politics." Apparently not, as even some liberal lobbies are
now being forced to concede.
'They're betting that between now and November, you're going to come down with amnesia," President Obama told a
Milwaukee crowd on Monday [9/6/2010], vilifying the Republicans who "helped devastate our middle class." But it
seems as if the real case of amnesia — or maybe post-traumatic stress disorder — has
struck the Democrats, who are now doing everything they can to help voters forget ObamaCare.
Erroneously Reports that 'Opposition' to Obamacare is Easing. A widely reprinted AP story, based
on a recent AP/GfK poll, is entitled, "Opposition to health care law eases." Don't believe it. What
has eased isn't the level of opposition to Obamacare, but rather the level of effort that AP/GfK has made to
ensure that its polling sample is representative of American voters.
Pelosi and Reid forge ahead, ignoring public outcries
Obamacare is being developed by leftist politicians who are determined to take over the
medical care industry regardless of public opinion. Liberals simply do not care if
they're out of step with mainstream America. This is about control, not medicine.
There are a few power-crazed people in Washington who have lots of power and want to
make it permanent. The American people are overwhelmingly against the implementation of socialized
medicine, yet the socialist Democratic Party is determined to take over the medical profession,
even if it means resorting to subterfuge and treachery.
Obama gets an 'F' for management. Early in his presidency, Barack Obama flaunted U.S. constitutional tradition
by pushing through major social legislation, Obamacare, without a bipartisan compromise and consensus. And he relied on a
legislative sleight of hand to pass the U.S. Senate. Simply, Obama's hard left agenda requires him to treat the constitution
and Congress as mere inconveniences — expediency is his ethical standard.
Wake up, America: Democrats aren't
Democrats Anymore, They're Communists. [Scroll down] Scott Brown, a Republican, was
elected to Edward Kennedy's old Senate seat, and just like that the Democrats no longer had the votes needed
to pass their freedom-killing legislation. That should have been the end of the story, but Democrat
politicians, like the communists of old, aren't so concerned about the rules. As long as the state grows
stronger and the individual grows weaker, they don't much care how it gets done.
Pelosi's Kamikazes? Pelosi is
ordering her fearful members to vote for the Obama-cum-Pelosi healthcare "reform" bill that has voters up in
arms all over the country. House Blue Dog "moderates" are already caught in a crossfire between their
constituents and their leadership. The Tea Partyers have been heard, and they are watching carefully.
The Worst Bill
Ever. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose
seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder. The health bill she
unwrapped last Thursday [10/29/2009], which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst
piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced. In a rational political world, this 1,990-page
runaway train would have been derailed months ago.
Congress and Obama Show Contempt for Americans.
Congress is showing contempt for the American people by excluding them from the crafting of Obamacare. The president
promised in his campaign he'd deliver transparency, saying, "I'm going to have all the negotiations around a big table" with
everybody involved. Those that can't make it would be able to see "the negotiations televised on C-SPAN." Too
bad this isn't happening: yet another broken Obama promise.
Obama At Odds With Majority but Undeterred.
While I couldn't bring myself to watch President Barack Obama's 1,000th-1,004th health care propaganda spiels on the
Sunday shows, I did read some transcripts and watch a few video highlights. What is it about this guy's personality
that compels him to keep beating his head against the wall? Why does he keep doing the same thing over and
over expecting a different result?
Maybe it's because
The Obama Administration and the Congressional Democrat leadership are desperately trying to create the false
impression that the government takeover of health care now pending in Congress is rolling towards inevitable
victory. But the truth is that the legislation is now hanging by a thread, and can be routed by the
growing tide of public opposition.
Did Reid Kill ObamaCare?
[Scroll down] In a sense, Reid clarified what many suspected was going on. The Democrats had
ceased trying to craft a workable bill and had decided to pass something, anything, and fix it later.
By choosing an approach so obviously hare-brained, however, Reid deprived his party of the pretense that
they were engaged in serious lawmaking.
The Reid bill is really tottering now. "If this thing falls apart, you can look back to today [12/11/2009]
as the tipping point," says a Republican aide in the Senate... First, there was last night's CNN poll
showing 61 percent opposition.
Senate Can Pass Health With
51 Votes, Van Hollen Says. Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts
senator Tuesday [1/19/2010], Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation,
a top House Democrat said. That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans
from blocking votes on President Barack Obama's top legislative priorities.
First Year: A Near Total Disaster. President Obama has led the charge to have the federal
government assume control of one-sixth of our economy through a nonsensical 2,000+ page bill whose ramifications
NOBODY knows. What we do know, however, is that there will be higher taxes and over a hundred new boards
and commissions to control our lives.
Week. Ever. A supremely aloof and arrogant president whose chief policy idea was to ignore what
Americans wanted on nearly every front was humbled if not humiliated. Nancy Pelosi herself admitted that
the Senate health care bill she darkly promised to ram through Congress "one way or another" was, as of a
couple days later, resolutely non-rammable.
Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi work to save health
care reform. Struggling to salvage health reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi have begun considering a list of changes to the Senate bill in hopes of making it acceptable
to liberal House members, according to sources familiar with the situation. ... But the move comes with political
risk, because it would open Democrats up to charges that they pressed ahead with roughly the same health care
bill that voters appeared to reject in the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday.
Health-care bill: Sinister prescription
based on misdiagnosis. Under the guise of assisting Americans in obtaining much-needed health
care, Congress is expediting foolhardy legislation fueled by tax increases and draconian Medicare cuts, using
every trick in the book to ramrod it through.
House Panic Week Yields No Change in Direction. Unfortunately, Obama remains completely tone deaf to
the will of the people. In fact, the only thing that has changed in his White House as a result of these
repeated electoral setbacks is the way he is pursuing his socialist agenda. ... Obama has been meeting regularly
with Congressional leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in a no-holds-barred effort to ram his socialized medicine
proposal through Congress despite its collapsing public support and weakened legislative position.
Political Death Wish: Harry Reid may well have given up serious hope of being re-elected in Nevada
and is thus willing to go over the cliff with President Obama. The defeat of Nancy Pelosi is less likely
than any of the Supreme Soviet losing one of their contests during the '70s. ... But even the modest assessments
of the undertow threatening Democrats puts the loss of seats in the House nearing takeover land of 40, and as
many as nine Senate seats now in play.
Remembering the Dream of
America. Most people on the Left are True Believers. This is critical to understand.
They are willing to lose Congress; Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are prepared to lose both houses to get this
through. Why? Because losing an election cycle means nothing compared to taking over more of the
Ego, Obama's Achilles' Heel.
[Scroll down] At town hall meetings across America, "we the people" passionately said "no" to government-run health
care. As an exclamation point to our national "no," hundreds of thousands of protesters showed up in Washington,
D.C. Unbelievably, the Reid/Pelosi tag-team are still conniving and scheming to force Obamacare down our throats.
Truth and Reconciliation.
Those unversed in the arcana of Congressional procedure should familiarize themselves with "reconciliation." It's
just another word for nothing left to lose — that is, it's the tactic Democrats seem increasingly likely to
use to bypass the ordinary legislative rules and railroad Obama Care into law with a bare partisan majority
of 50 Senators, plus Vice President Joe Biden.
Congress drags health-care
reform into the mire. [Scroll down] As the year went on, health-care reform grew more
unpopular. If you average the last 10 polls, 38 percent of voters support the reform plans and
53 percent oppose. Obama's reform is more unpopular than Bill Clinton's was as it died. As
the political costs rose, members of Congress squealed louder. Congress is not a bastion of courage in
the best of circumstances. When it is asked to actually pay for its expenditures, it verges on hysteria.
A Historic and
Dangerous Senate Mistake. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that while Democrats
have a number of options to complete health-care legislation, he may use the budget reconciliation process
to do so. This would be an unprecedented, dangerous and historic mistake.
Senate has the votes to pass public option via reconciliation. The Senate has the 50 votes
necessary to pass a public health insurance option using the budget reconciliation process, Sen. Bernie
Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday [2/25/2010]. Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist" who
supports the government-run plan, urged President Barack Obama to push for the public option even though
the possibility of passing it appeared to die this week.
The Charge of the
Democratic Health-Care Brigade. I don't think there's ever been a situation like this
in American political history. Every way you look at it, Democrats are boxed in, forced to choose
between extraordinarily unattractive options. What makes it especially noteworthy is that this
was a calamity they summoned entirely upon themselves.
Obama and Democrats' Unprecedented
Attack against American People and the Obama Summit: During Thursday's Health Care
Summit, I viewed the patently totalitarian Marxist-Democrat Party telling We-the-People that we no
longer matter to them. Our voices are — once and for all per the Democrats — of
no further importance. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and
Dictator-in-Chief Obama made it crystal clear that the American people WILL accept whatever draconian
plans they force upon them — and like it — or else.
wants an up-or-down vote 'in the next few weeks'. In touting his health care plan today [3/3/2010],
Obama did not use the word "reconciliation," the legislative process congressional Democrats may try to use to
avoid a Senate Republican filibuster. But he did demand an up-or-down vote, and recited a list of programs
that have passed as part of reconciliation bills, including ones devoted to children's health care, unemployment
insurance, welfare reform, and the George W. Bush tax cuts — "all of which had to pass Congress
with nothing more than a simple majority."
The Big Problem with
Health Care Is Cost, Not Access. The year the administration and Congress have spent on health
care reform — with all the backroom deals and bribes, the lack of transparency, and the 2,000-plus-page
bills drafted by lobbyists and unread by House and Senate members — have attached an unsavory smell to
the process that has soured it for many former supporters of the reform effort. Now the decision to try a
"jam it through" final push using the budget reconciliation process seems to demonstrate to the public a heightened
arrogance by those in power, who seem to be ignoring the public's wish for a smaller, less partisan reform effort
at this point. Since 85% of the population is insured, the primary concern for most of the currently insured
is cost control, not expansion of access.
Squad: Over the weekend, Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally acknowledged that, for many of the House
members whose votes she needs, casting a vote for Obama's health-care bill would effectively doom them in
November. But, for those faced with that difficult choice, Pelosi thinks the right call is to defy
their constituents and vote for a bill their districts deeply dislike, even if it guarantees defeat this
fall. "We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. ... We're here to do the job for
the American people." So far, nine House Democrats are hearing the call ... for political suicide.
[Ellipses in original.]
Abuse of Power.
A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can't stop Democrats from their
self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny — ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan
vote. What we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules to pass
a bill merely because they think it's good for the rest of us, and because they fear their chance to
build a European welfare state may never come again.
Why Democrats Believe They Must Pass Health Reform. President Obama confirmed the worst kept secret
in Washington this week: Democrats will move health legislation forward in Congress without any Republican support,
despite a bevy of polls saying slow down or start over.
calls Dems to Pickett's Charge. They started out in perfect alignment, 12,500 men stretching more
than a mile, battle flags waving, bayonets fixed, and gazes focused on the enemy across the valley, tensely
waiting for them on Cemetery Ridge. Less than an hour later, it was over, with more than half of them
dead or wounded, their cause having reached its high-water mark and failed. It was Pickett's Charge of
the Confederates at Gettysburg in 1863, a horrendous, bloody carnage that could have been avoided, had not
their commander, Gen. Robert E. Lee, been so determined to do it his way — a massed frontal
assault against a nearly impregnable position.
Obama Goes Nuclear.
[Scroll down] Any chance Obama had of living up to his well-honed image as a post-partisan leader was
tossed aside on Wednesday [3/3/2010], as the president urged Democrats in Congress to disregard public opinion
and ram through his health care bill using a parliamentary maneuver that doesn't require bipartisan support. ... Obama,
whose entire candidacy was built around the idea that change must begin from the bottom up, is now pursuing a
top down strategy.
The Great Healthcare Robbery.
"No one has talked about reconciliation," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared during last week's health
care summit. It was a lie shocking in its boldness. ... [A] week before, Reid himself had said publicly
that reconciliation was an option for passing the plan, Politico.com reported. Of the Senate's
59 Democrats, 23 had already signed a letter urging the president to pass the plan via
reconciliation by the time Reid said "no one" was even talking about it.
turn risky health vote into manhood contest. There's no way around it. Things in the
House of Representatives are about to get very, very rough. With their backs to the wall, Democratic
leaders are preparing a complicated plan to pass their national health care bill. Standing in the
way are Democrats who oppose the bill, whether on principle or out of fear that voting for a wildly
unpopular measure will spell defeat for them in November.
One Major Poll Favors Obama's Health Proposal. Folks, this is nothing more than a
power grab. It's an effort to take one of the most essential elements of every person's
life — their health — and put it under the control of government. ... I now
believe there are many in Washington who not only consider themselves a cut above the rest of us, but
who believe they must manage every aspect of our lives because we are just the common folks who need
to be tended to like cattle on a ranch. This thing is an act of madness. What the White
House and Democrats are hoping is that, after the legislation passes, people will forget about the
costs and the hassles in the several years that the whole thing takes to implement. They
Democrats. [Scroll down slowly] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid have no qualms about moving forward even when the voters are opposed. Pelosi has told
Democrats that they should sacrifice their own re-election if necessary: "We're here to do the work
of the American people," she told ABC last week in an interview that aired Sunday. The statements
reek of elitist self-importance.
about Reconciliation. How could you tell when the Democrats had finally settled on the
reconciliation route? It was at some point between the time Harry Reid told Republicans at the
health-care summit that "nobody has talked about reconciliation" and the time the White House stopped
uttering the word altogether. But though their diction has changed, the Left continues to perpetuate
a number of myths about reconciliation that should be dispelled before Democrats in Washington use the
procedure to force-feed the American people this $2.3 trillion behemoth.
president intends to overthrow American capitalism. Mr. Obama is engaged in an abuse of
power. He is thwarting the will of the majority of the American people who do not want socialized
medicine. ... Mr. Obama is willing to sacrifice his party's political fortunes in November — and
even his own re-election in 2012 — because he understands one fundamental fact: Nationalized
health care is the heart of cradle-to-grave statism. No country that has ever embraced socialized
medicine — Canada, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy — has ever been
able to regain economic freedom.
Left Rallies for Obamacare's Final Stand. The Religious and Evangelical Left, plus the
Islamic Society of North America and a few others, are making a final Custer-like stand on behalf of
much cherished Obamacare. ... The old Religious Left, joined increasingly by Evangelical Left wannabes,
leaves almost no civic space for the private sphere. In their almost totalitarian perspective, the
state is an endless cornucopia of goods and services providing for every human need. Families,
churches, businesses and charities become almost inconsequential, or are, at best, mere compliant hand
maidens to an all powerful government.
aren't so democratic. The president, House speaker and Senate majority leader appear ready to defy the
American public and ram a disastrous and unpopular overturn of health care down our throats, regardless of the
consequences to the country or their own political futures. There is something deeply disturbing about this
turn of events — and undemocratic. There was considerable evidence that Barack Obama had these tendencies
even before he became president.
Saddles' of reconciliation. The Democratic leaders' "Blazing Saddles" hocus-pocus comes via their
proposal to use the rare parliamentary maneuver of "reconciliation" to force their health care takeover into
law. As currently described, the reconciliation plans are a charade.
promised, the White House has unveiled the latest tweaks in its plan to take over the U.S. medical care
system. Both parties in Congress should beware: You vote for it, you own it.
We will campaign on repealing ObamaCare, if it passes. Republicans will run on a platform of
repealing President Obama's health care reform bill, the Republicans' Senate campaign chairman said today.
NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, R-Tex., said that he prefers both to run against President Obama's health reform
bill and to stop it in Congress, but that in the event that it passes Republicans will guarantee it remains
the main issue of the 2010 election by promising to repeal it.
Stopping the Imperial Senate:
If the Senate Democrats force passage of ObamaCare through "reconciliation," what will individual Democrat Senators
have done? First, they will have ignored the clear and consistent message of the American people in poll after
poll. In some states those who oppose the bill outnumber those in favor by 20 points or more.
Second, they will have taken the unprecedented step of passing major social legislation without bipartisan
support — in fact without a single opposition party vote. Third, they will have violated
Senate rules which allow only a limited and technical role for reconciliation, not a use that to all intents
and purposes abolishes the Senate's 60 vote rule for substantive policy issues.
the Possibility that Congress Isn't Very Smart. It's an awfully black-and-white and almost
cartoonish picture that [Matt] Bai paints. Members of Congress should, if they weren't such moral
monsters to the last, "simply do what's right and face the consequences." Instead, they are like a
deli cashier who would pass you slices of E. coli-laden ham if it means being able to clock out
earlier. "Most of us would sooner leave our jobs than follow orders to defraud clients or falsify
records." Yes, humans behave this way. Not so the sinister bunch on the Hill.
Emperor Obama and the
Kamikaze House Democrats. Under the command of Emperor Obama, and in an attempt to avoid a rout,
Democrats are being coercively recruited to take part in assault death units. What's the mission?
Prevail in the president's policy war — even if it costs political lives.
Plays High Stakes Poker On Health Care. In high stakes poker, if you're in, you're in all the way.
It appears that the president and Democrats are willing risk lasting damage to their careers, their party and
Obama, Pelosi, and Reid Won't Quit Pushing Health Care Reform: Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are
decidedly pale reds, or as was said in an earlier generation, "pinkos." But all three have grand
ambitions, make no mistake, to achieve through imposition the social — or should it be said,
socialist — democracy that lies with deadening weight across the width and breadth of Western
Europe. These three Democratic leaders are working within our system of government to fundamentally
alter government's relationship to the people. If these three succeed, the American experiment in
liberty will effectively end.
Defeat vs. Repeal.
The big question for Americans is whether they are better off defeating the monstrosity of Obamacare now or
whether it is best to let the Democrats pass it and then work to repeal it, whether it takes a day or a
decade. The short answer is: Defeat it.
be over. Even Nancy Pelosi's harshest GOP critics don't doubt her ability to wrangle votes.
She has a chance to pass ObamaCare again through the House in a bout of arm-twisting so intense it might violate
the Geneva Conventions. If Pelosi somehow succeeds, Democrats will tell themselves they've finally attained
a goal that has eluded them since Truman. But it won't be over.
by Slaughter. The sense around here for the last week or so has been that "only the House vote
matters" in deciding the fate of Obamacare. But what if the Democrats can pass the bill with no House
vote at all? Astoundingly, House Democrats appear to be preparing to do just that.
Didn't I Warn About Alinsky?
In the column I wrote the very day after the 2008 elections, I warned about how if the Obamites couldn't win
under the current rules, they would just change the rules or otherwise break them. The latest idea, the
"Slaughter Solution," is just one such example.
Slaughter House. The
chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., has found a new way to ram big government
health care down an unwilling America's throat: pass it without a vote. ... If you thought using budget
reconciliation rules to shove through health reform was dastardly, wait until you get a load of "the Slaughter
Pelosi Has the Votes, Then Why Does the House Need the Slaughter Solution? There is no chance
Pelosi has the votes to pass ObamaCare and she knows it. ... Clearly, this Congress is so desperate to pass
ObamaCare, despite the American people's utter hatred of the bill and everything it represents —
including the path to socialism and government control of the people. However, if this Congress
continues down this path of violating the Constitution, the "people" will have a viable case, class-action or
otherwise, in the US courts because it is going to be extremely difficult for a judge to ignore that the 111th
Democrat-Progressive led Congress violated Article I, Section 7 to the most obscene extent.
Democrats' Pickett's Charge: The final fight over health care boils down to a simple
formulation: The People vs. Pelosi. In district after district, the next 10 days will
feature an aroused citizenry demanding a no vote while an ideologically motivated speaker demands assent.
The echo of this push/pull will take place in the minds of the Democratic House members. Each will ask
himself whether he is really prepared to throw away his career for this vote. Is this it? Is this
legislation worth the end of line?
Ruling Kills an Option for Moving Health Bill.
The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress' original health care
reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said
Have You Ever Seen A President Act
This Way Before? I'm talking about the full-court press on the part of The Community Organizer
and the Democrats to demonize the health insurance industry. This is Obama's current tactic on trying to
get his health-care poison pill passed. The feeling is that if you gin up enough hatred of the health
insurance industry in the dumb masses, the people will crawl to Washington on their bloody hands and knees
begging their Savior, Barack Obama, to do something to save them.
They Won't Make That Mistake Again.
[Howard] Dean had a sobering message for Democrats on this healthcare vote. He says, "The plan, as it
comes from the Senate, hangs out every Democrat who's running for office to dry — including the
president, in 2012, because it makes him defend a plan that isn't in effect essentially yet." I guess
Dean just hasn't been listening to Nancy Pelosi. We were, though, when Pelosi told Democrats that they
should be willing to sacrifice their jobs by voting for ObamaCare. Yup, set the government takeover of
healthcare into motion, even if they know it will cost them re-election.
House aide confirms Slaughter Solution never used before.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have never before been asked to pass legislation by "deeming" it
approved under a House rule instead of following the process required by the U.S. Constitution in which they
actually vote on the proposal itself, according to a senior aide to House Republicans.
House Will Attach Student Loan Reform To Health Care Bill. House Democrats plan to attach reform of
the federal student loan system to the health care overhaul legislation, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said
today. Folding student loan legislation into the reconciliation bill for health care reform "fixes" could
allow the Obama administration to pass two of their top domestic priorities with a simple Senate majority vote.
Obama's Student-Loan Takeover.
Obama's healthcare "reform" legislation included a federal takeover of the college student-loan business.
Obama touted this aspect of "reform" as a way to save $68 billion over the next 11 years. The
savings would go to pay for expanded Pell Grants for low-income students and to help low-income graduates pay
back their student loans. But more is going on here than the standard Obama redistributionist impulse.
Student loans have become a weapon to attack and control private colleges.
Republicans Can Stop The Health Care Bill in 3 Steps. The stakes in the health care debate
continue to climb. For the Democrats, they truly are in between a self-imposed Barack and a hard place.
If they produce a health care bill that Obama signs over the objections of the American people, they risk
losing 55 or more House seats and 8-10 Senate seats. If they don't push through a bill, they will
have angered yet another part of their base.
Reconciliation 'Never, Never, Never' Been Used Like This Before. So much for the MSM refrain
about Republicans having previously used reconciliation just as Dems are proposing to do now on ObamaCare.
Larry O'Donnell has emphatically proclaimed that the way Dems intend to use reconciliation is "unprecedented" and
has "never, never, never" been so used before. O'Donnell's many off-his-meds rants notwithstanding, he
actually does understand the legislative process, having served as Dem Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee
on Finance back in the HillaryCare day.
Washington, Not The Individual,
Gets Control In President's Plan. On Wednesday [3/10/2010] in Missouri, President Obama delivered
his 37th speech promoting his health reform proposal, despite sustained opposition from inside and outside his
own party. Previous arguments didn't sell. In early 2009, he couldn't convince fiscal conservatives
with his pitch that "health reform is deficit reduction." In late 2009, middle America wasn't persuaded
that 2,000 pages of statutes were necessary to cover pre-existing conditions. Early in 2010, the
president tried the "it's time to get it over with" line — and Scott Brown was elected
senator from Massachusetts.
Treasure Hunt for votes isn't going well. It's official. The Senate parliamentarian has
ruled that if the House of Representatives passes the health care bill approved by the Senate last December,
President Obama will have to sign it into law before any amendments can be made. That puts House Democrats
in a real bind.
Obama's sick obsession.
As the ability of government to take over the health care system draws tantalizingly near, the president
and leaders of the majority party have become infected with a kind of mania. President Obama and
Democratic congressional leaders seem determined to ram through a severely flawed piece of legislation
by any means necessary, heedless of the desires of the American people or the negative impact on the
system they mistakenly say needs to be saved.
Slaughter Strategy: This week will be the last stand for Obamacare, and the trickery that
Speaker Pelosi is concocting to get the 2,700-page Senate bill through the House almost defies belief.
It's aptly called the "Slaughter Strategy," after Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.), who chairs the House
Rules Committee. Under this scheme, House members would vote on a bill of amendments to the despised
Senate bill, and the Senate bill would be "deemed" to have passed if this companion bill is approved.
This is supposed to inoculate House members, who could say they never actually voted for the Senate bill.
Procedure Being Used to Pass Unconstitutional ObamaCare. House leaders are preparing to ram
through ObamaCare this week without a vote. Not only is the legislation unconstitutional, but the
process being used to pass it is unconstitutional. ... This procedure is going to be debated extensively
this week and may be the key issue as to whether President Obama signs legislation to provide a de facto
government-run health care system.
Scrap ObamaCare Today. In terms
of both policy and process, this health care bill has been fundamentally flawed since the start. Now,
desperate to ram through a health care bill at any cost, President Obama and his allies are preparing to use
reconciliation, which would prove once and for all their inability and unwillingness to fix Washington and
responsibly manage the people's business. Going down this road will also make clear that the poetry and
promises of 2008's campaign have completely evaporated and given way to the dark side of Washington's
politics as usual.
This Is the Final Push!
If Senator Reid, Speaker Pelosi, and President Obama get their way, soon our country will be changed forever.
Using every partisan parliamentary trick in the book (including some they invented just last week), Washington's
Left intends to ram through their takeover of our health care system regardless of the consequences.
No Taxation with
Misrepresentation? If Congress passes a takeover of health care via dubious means, flouting
the consent of the governed, the consequences may be far more profound than dreamed by Reid, Pelosi, and
Obama. In addition to violating the spirit and perhaps the letter of the Constitution by changing the
House rules to deem that the Senate Health Care Bill has passed, Speaker Pelosi is now thinking about folding
the federal government's takeover of students loans into the process.
aren't suicidal. They're self-executing. Republicans are on solid ground when they say
Democrats are considering an unprecedented maneuver to pass their health care bill. And for what purpose?
Do Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer believe voters won't figure out who voted for Obamacare
and who didn't? That Republicans will ease their opposition because the final vote was for a rule, and not
the specific bill itself? Do they think that anyone won't get the message?
says her solution is 'constitutional'. Emerging from a meeting with Democratic leaders in House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office today [3/16/2010], House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
discussed the constitutionality of the "self-executing rule" she has condoned. This particular procedure
could be used to "deem" the Senate version of the health care legislation passed in the lower chamber without
members voting on the actual health care bill.
Slaughter Rule: Yet Another Reason Obamacare Would Be Unconstitutional. As written, the
current health care bill before Congress already is guaranteed to face serious constitutional challenges on
enumerated powers, 5th Amendment, racial discrimination, and unequal state treatment. Now the White House
seems determined to add a whole new reason courts will throw out Obamacare on sight. Director of the
Stanford Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and former-federal judge Michael McConnell explains...
Supreme Court rule unconstitutional law passed with Slaughter Solution? Democrats in Congress
might want to re-read the 1998 Supreme Court decision Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417
before moving forward with the Slaughter Solution to pass President Obama's health care reform bill. ... The
reason, according to Amy Ridenour at the National Center Blog, is that the Justice John Paul Stevens
articulated in the majority opinion the precise rationale for a similar ruling against legislation
passed using the Slaughter Solution.
Rules. We're not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught
that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this
week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely "deem" that the House has passed the Senate
health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.
Slaughter Rule Unconstitutional.
Stanford Professor Michael McConnell, writing in the Wall Street Journal, argues that the Slaughter Rule end
run is unconstitutional.
What Democrats Think of
the American People: Democratic leaders in the House are apparently moving towards the "Slaughter
Solution" of avoiding a direct vote on the health care legislation and instead passing the Senate health care
bill by voting to "deem" it passed. As they do so, they keep reassuring the media — and each
other — that the American people don't care.
Care Deception Gets Uglier & Uglier. The finale of the health-care debate couldn't be more
fitting. House Democrats are considering passing an exotic parliamentary rule relieving them of the
burden of voting for the underlying bill, which will be "deemed" passed. So a bill sold under blatantly
false pretenses and passed in the Senate on the strength of indefensible deals would become law in a final
flourish of deceptive high-handedness.
Cafferty: Pelosi 'Beyond Sleazy' For Endorsing Slaughter Solution. On Tuesday's [3/16/2010]
Situation Room, CNN's Jack Cafferty returned to targeting Nancy Pelosi, this time for endorsing the controversial
"Slaughter Solution" to passing ObamaCare through the House of Representatives without a vote. Cafferty
labeled the proposal "beyond sleazy," and later flatly remarked, "This reeks!"
Our sturdy system
of governance. [Scroll down] Now an intriguing variation on the broken-government question
has come up: Is our government broken if it permits to pass a historically significant bill against the
overwhelming opposition of an aroused public? Consider that this week — expected to be the
climactic House vote-casting week for health care — President Obama and the Democratic congressional
leadership are fighting furiously to pass, with no Republican votes, the ever-less-popular bill.
suicide mission for the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, the dominatrix of the Democrats, boasts that
she has the votes to prevail, but if she does, it's a puzzle why she and the president keep putting off the
vote. If she has the votes, why did the president postpone leaving for Guam, Indonesia and Australia
to stay here to deal with a few congressional arms that won't stay twisted?
care bill can be defeated. House passage of the Democrats' health care bill is not a foregone
conclusion despite their 75-seat majority in the chamber. ... The all-out effort to ram through the
legislation before Easter recess is telling. If members of Congress merely risked being confronted by
Potemkin crowds that don't represent the majority of voters, there would be nothing to fear.
White House's phony case for its health plan. No matter what the White House says, the public
has taken a look at the health care proposal as a whole. They don't like it. It's as simple as
Care Is Obama's Gateway Drug. With Barack Obama, his rhetoric isn't the reality. The
reality of his current message on health care is actually this: bail out my presidency because I'm too
big to fail. In rhetoric, there is what is said and what is meant. Obama publicly says his health
care reforms must pass to save money and save those at risk. But what he privately admits to
Democrats — whose arms he is twisting to vote for reforms the public hates — is that his
bill must pass by any means necessary to save his presidency.
Democrats Fly True Colors In
Health War. As of this writing, a president who seems willing to interrupt prime-time
programming on the slightest pretext has not scheduled a speech from the Oval Office to make his final
health reform appeal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working her parliamentarians overtime to achieve
the congressional equivalent of the Immaculate Conception — a law without a vote.
Wags the Dog with the Obama Intifada. President Obama's health care plan is swirling the drain.
Americans don't like it — the latest Rasmussen poll has just 43 percent of Americans in favor,
with 53 percent opposed — and that dislike has the Obama administration suggesting that polls
don't actually mirror the will of the American people. "They're waiting for us to act," Obama told a
crowd in Ohio on Monday. "They don't want us reading polls. They want us to look and see what is
the best thing for America." This is paternalism of the highest order — he knows what's
better for us than we do ourselves.
Speaker Pelosi is teetering on the edge of a cliff and it's a long way down. House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi is prepared to sacrifice her members like lambs to the slaughter. Literally. Pelosi
(D-Calif.) is so desperate to get health care passed this week before members take a break that she will
likely employ the "Slaughter Strategy" — a very appropriately named, arrogant abuse of House rules
that would allow members of Pelosi's caucus to simply vote on changes to the Senate bill and "deem" the bill
passed without a member ever having to choose "aye" or "nay."
health care interlude, 'All I Have to Do Is Deem'. To the tune of "All I Have to Do Is Dream,"
by the Everly Brothers.
I want a bill in the worst way.
I've tried the beg-and-coerce way.
Whatever I want now, all I have to do is
Deem, deem, deem, deem.
Challenge Legitimacy of Plan to Avoid Direct Vote on Health Care. As the House of Representatives
moves toward approving one of the most sweeping pieces of domestic legislation in U.S. history, critics are
fuming that Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to usher through a health care bill ... without a vote.
Not Even A Vote?!
Just when you thought Washington couldn't get more corrupt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week seems intent
on trampling representative government itself. Unable to get the votes to pass their U.S. health care
revolution, she and her fellow Democratic leaders have figured out a way to pass it without a vote.
Obamacare: Dead Man Walking.
Don't you think, if the Democrats had the votes for Obamacare, it would be the law of the land right now? ... I
know the common wisdom among the Democrat denizens of Washington, D.C. is that once Obamacare becomes law the
great heaving mass of ignorant and unwashed citizens will quickly forget about the whole thing. They
Republicans Will Force Vote on Slaughter Rule.
Republicans cannot force a vote on the actual resolution but they can force a vote on having a vote. Given
the toxic political climate on Capitol Hill right now — and people nationwide paying more attention
than ever to parliamentary process through the internet, cable news and talk radio — the vote on
whether or not to vote on the resolution could have political consequences for Democrats.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Barack Obama seem absolutely determined to get House Democrats to pass the
Senate health-care bill. Arms aren't all they're twisting: They are also bending the rules of
Congress. The latest gambit is to have the House "deem" the Senate bill to have passed without actually
voting on it. Like so much about the Democrats' health-care initiative, this tactic is both outrageous
Rips Media for Not Covering Deem and Pass; Suggests Pelosi Impeachment Warranted. [Scroll down]
"Well yeah and the other thing is treason media," Bachmann said. "Where is the mainstream media in all
of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story — that the Speaker of the House
would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on?" According to Bachmann, this is such an
egregious maneuver by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to force through health care reform using the
Slaughter Rule, as known as deem and pass, that it warrants her impeachment from the post.
and Pass' Shows Democrats' Healthcare Arrogance Problem. So Speaker Pelosi will "deem" the
$875 billion Senate healthcare reform bill to have already passed the House, a process the Post's editorial
page says "threatens to turn into something unseemly." Threatens? It turned unseemly a long time
ago — let's recall the Cornhusker Compromise — which is why the speaker can't get enough
votes to pass it.
embarrass easy,' &c.. I am not a liberal Democrat, and you may not be, either. But if we
were: Don't you think we'd be embarrassed at the way Pelosi et al are going about getting
"Obamacare" through? The parliamentary maneuvering, the skullduggery?
Pelosi Tactic for Health-Care Vote
Would Raise Legal Questions. Pelosi said this week she might use a parliamentary technique that
would "deem" House members to have passed the Senate's health-care plan by voting for a more politically
palatable package of changes. Some legal scholars question whether that approach can be squared with
the Constitution and the Supreme Court's 1998 declaration that the two houses of Congress must approve "precisely
the same text" before a bill can become a law.
run by Dems is a travesty. Any vote in support of an abomination like this "self-executing rule"
should be viewed for what it is: an abdication of responsibility regarding the most significant
social legislation in 70 years. It will not provide the cover Pelosi thinks. We will see the
Republicans Will Get Only 30 Minutes on House Floor to
Debate Slaughter Rule. Under the standard procedures of the House of Representatives, Republicans
will get only 30 minutes on the House floor to debate the special "rule" being prepared by House Rules
Chairman Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.) that would deem the Senate health care bill passed in the House without
an actual vote on the bill as required by Article I, Section VII of the Constitution.
Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation to File Immediate
Constitutional Challenge If... Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin, who served as
chief of staff in the Reagan Justice Department, said he plans to file an immediate lawsuit if House
Democratic leaders try to use an unconstitutional manuever to pass the Senate health care bill without
actually having to vote on it.
Obama Might Sign Other Bills Without Yea-or-Nay Votes.
The White House declined on Thursday to rule out that President Barack Obama might sign future legislation,
such as an immigration reform measure, that has not been put to a recorded yea-or-nay vote in both houses
Why the Democrats are on a suicide mission.
As a FOX commentator reminded viewers last night [3/16/2010], the current Obama Care strategy is the use of
"inevitability" to persuade undecideds to climb on the "bandwagon" while "demoralizing" opponents into
believing they don't stand a chance. In other words, it is no more than a "bluff." At this point,
it's looking likely this approach may turn out to be a "suicide pill" for the current Democratic party as a
Democrats in the
Deathmobile. Does anyone else remember what happened Jan. 19? ... Scott Brown won by
pledging to be the Senate's "41st vote" against Obamacare, but Nancy Pelosi and her fellow House Democrats
seem intent on pretending that Brown's historic victory in Massachusetts never happened as they prepare to
enact the president's health care plan By Any Means Necessary.
the twilight zone. Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a vote for Sunday, maybe to vote by not voting.
The president has canceled his trip to Asia and the atmosphere in Washington grows surreal and surrealer. The
speaker yearns to be a suicide bomber, blowing up her party's November prospects, or at least the leader of the
Democratic squadron of kamikaze pilots. No one can quite remember when a party in power has been so
determined to self-destruct, with the speaker as provocateur, egging everyone on.
and 'Dodgy' Maneuvers Would Invite Legal Challenges. The convoluted and questionable method
under discussion by both Houses of Congress for final passage of the long-debated health care legislation
raises serious constitutional concerns, which, at best, will lead to protracted and wholly avoidable litigation
and continued doubt about the bill's validity.
Impeached? If the President is not going to insist that the Constitution must be
followed — including that pesky little clause that bills must be approved by a vote in both
houses of Congress — then he is not fulfilling his oath to "support and defend the Constitution
against all enemies foreign and domestic." ... The "deem and pass" approach violates Article 1
Section 7: "in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and
Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal
of each House respectively."
Republican attorneys general threaten
health care suits. Numerous Republican state attorneys general announced Friday that they
are prepping to file a federal lawsuit protesting the so-called "deem and pass" procedural maneuver and
coverage mandates in the health care bill.
A Little Social Engineering is Death.
The reconciliation process was created in 1974 as part of a budget resolution primarily to deal with budget-related
bills. It was intended to deal with only budgetary issues and when used by the GOP in the past that was all it
was used for. Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, one of the primary sponsors of the reconciliation called what
his own party planned to do with his rule "misguided".
Rules Committee meeting descends into chaos. At the
House Rules Committee meeting, Democrats desperate to pass their national health care plan are running into
the barrier of basic civics. ... I just talked with a Republican rules expert, and it appears that there is
nothing in the rules of the House that will prevent Democrats from scheduling the vote for the amendments
package before the vote on the Senate bill itself — that is, voting to amend the law before
it becomes law.
The Demon Pass
and Its Self-Executing Slaughter Solution. [Scroll down slowly] The political carnage
in November will surely be breathtaking to behold, but recognize clearly that the body count has already
begun with the resignations and announced retirements of several congressmen justifiably fearful of the
harsh judgment of their constituents. Senator Mendez from New Jersey is facing a recall petition.
Several other states have recall statutes at their disposal. Watch for similar actions to be
initiated as the conflict intensifies in the coming months.
Democrats at the
Edge of the Cliff. There was always something eerie about the way the Democrats said their
health-care legislation was what the American people had waited "70 years" for. Invoking the ghosts
of 1939 was kind of creepy. Then when the moment in history finally arrived, history got no votes from
the other party. Whatever the politics, there was something ominous about all this. One felt something
else was going on. A Pew Research Center report just out, the one that says trust in government
is at an "historic low" of only 22%, looks like the something else.
listen to anybody? Large and growing majorities opposed Obamacare in public opinion survey
after survey, yet Obama and his congressional allies wrote the bill behind closed doors, made multiple
corrupt bargains to gain votes, and passed it anyway. When General Motors bondholders opposed Obama's
takeover, he flouted age-old bankruptcy law while effectively nationalizing the automaker and handing it over
to the United Auto Workers union.
Democrats have been obsessed with socialized medicine for decades
ObamaCare and the
Liberal Obsession. If President Obama's health-care initiative fails, there is no longer a
rationale for being a liberal in the United States. Everything else on liberalism's to-do list is
footnotes. Passing national health insurance has obsessed every Democratic president since Franklin
Why Dems Are Obsessed
by Health Reform. Many in the trenches are uneasy about the sprawling, complex bill they privately
acknowledge has no bipartisan support, doesn't seriously tackle soaring costs and will increase insurance premiums.
That may explain Majority Leader Harry Reid's haste — he has ordered a rare Sunday session this weekend to hurry up
the debate. Public support for the bill averages only 39.2% backing in all polls compiled by Pollster.com.
From Awful to
Worse. The Obama administration and congressional Democrats long ago gave up any pretense of
working to rationally reform American health care. The exercise now underway in the Senate is a mad
dash to get to 60 votes, and nothing more. That's why some Democratic senators who had no idea
exactly what is in the "breakthrough deal" announced by majority leader Harry Reid last week immediately
hailed it as a milestone.
Mistake. Why so much focus on health care and so little focus on the economy? Perhaps it's because
Obama — like many Democratic Presidents before him — wants to be the next Franklin Roosevelt. For
whatever reason, they seem to dream of getting themselves into the pantheon of leaders who expand the federal
government's role in the provision of social welfare. And health care is the white whale of the Democratic
Party's social welfare agenda.
Can Obamacare be stopped?
Can ObamaCare Be Stopped? The courts have not yet produced any
ObamaCare-killing rulings. John Roberts's stupefying decision to uphold the individual mandate by calling it a tax ensured that ObamaCare would go forward.
Dozens of lawsuits are pending, and once the states and the regulated community understand how overreaching the ACA actually is, a flood of additional lawsuits will
Bolling Urges Warner and Webb to Not Support Health
Care Reform. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling sent a strongly worded letter to Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner
Monday expressing outrage over special concessions given to certain states to obtain support for federal health
care legislation from their Senators and asking them to oppose this legislation, which Bolling called "misguided."
totters on the precipice. Obamacrats at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are peddling
the notion that passage of Obamacare is a stone-cold inevitability. Don't believe it for a second,
if for no other reason than the fact that nothing the Senate has done on its version of Obamacare in
recent weeks actually amounts to a legislative hill of beans.
Fight. The Founding Fathers
created a Republic, but 60 Senators are poised to take it away. With the pending disaster of the
passage in the Senate of a bill nationalizing one sixth of the U.S. economy and our entire healthcare
system at a cost of over $2.5 trillion, we are faced with a crucial question: are the
Republican senators using every means at their disposal to stop this looming, tyrannical abuse of
power? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be "no."
How is Obamacare to be stopped?
The longer this bill is on the floor being debated on the merits (or lack of them) the fewer people support
it, and the more Democrats have to answer for how bad it is.
Four Tactical Steps That Will Defeat Obamacare.
[#1.] Denounce this bill for the lying fraud scheme it is: Just as an example: The Congressional Budget
Office (CBO) "scored" the Pelosi bill to cost $1.055 trillion — far above Barack Obama's $900 billion
ceiling. Pelosi immediately held a press conference and announced her bill would cost $894 billion —
a figure that did not appear in the CBO report and which could be reached only by subtracting projected IRS-administered
penalties from the actual cost.
Dick Morris and the
Crusade against ObamaCare. But Dick Morris is doing his best work now in his crusade against
ObamaCare. He seems charged with high purpose, principle, and energy. If he continues to receive
support, he might help save America from a health care catastrophe. Catastrophe, of course, is
also the title of Morris' recent co-authored bestseller outlining the countless ways that the most radical
president in American history is leading the country towards a rendezvous with decline and doom.
No threatening to have bill read on Senate floor. Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who
developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to
have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor. Senior Senate Democratic aides had heard
Coburn was considering having potentially thousands of pages read aloud in effort to stall passage.
bill could get 34-hour reading in Senate. The 2,074-page Senate health care bill would take
34 hours to read cover to cover — and that's just what Sen. Tom Coburn wants done on the Senate
floor. The Oklahoma Republican has threatened to invoke parliamentary rules to force the Senate
clerk (or more likely, a team of clerks) to read the massive bill before the full Senate begins formal
debate on the legislation.
Can States Protect Themselves
Against Massive Health Care Intrusion? Alabama State Rep. Mac Gipson, R-Prattville, will
introduce in the 2010 session of the Legislature the Alabama Care Freedom Act constitutional amendment
that will protect the rights of patients to make their own health care choices. Further, his measure
prohibits penalties levied on patients for declining participation in any big government passed Pelosi/Obama
health care plan. To date, 22 states have introduced similar initiatives.
The Bill to
Nowhere. "This is our moment," President Obama proclaimed this weekend, shortly after the
House passed H.R. 3962, a sprawling, 1,990-page version of the health care reform that has become the
president's chief policy goal. The moment, though, proved fleeting. The House bill, which imposes
punishing new taxes even as it dramatically expands the federal government's reach into health care, is now
set to limp into the Senate with little realistic chance of passage.
Reid's ObamaCare 'by any legislative means necessary'. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,
has delivered his ultimatum to Republicans in the Senate. And it is nothing short of a coup of representative
government. Either Republicans bow to the demands of the Senate's Democratic leaders and pass a "bipartisan"
bill, or Reid will invoke reconciliation, a process that requires only 51 votes to pass the bill.
DeMint escalates attacks on Obama plan.
In unusually pointed terms, DeMint turned the tables on Obama, accusing him of blocking health care reforms while
Obama was a U.S. senator. "I've probably introduced more legislation to reform health care since I've been
in the Senate than probably any other senator. "The fact is, Barack didn't introduce any major reform
legislation, and he voted against every reform measure," DeMint said.
Health Care Plan Can Be Defeated. The Democrats' most recent answer to the question of how they will pay
for their trillion-dollar health-care reform was just announced by Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel. He
wants to impose a surtax on incomes over $280,000, which would be a staggering blow to small businesses that
create most jobs.
ObamaCare Isn't Inevitable.
[Scroll down] By a 58%-to-37% margin, American prefer reforming health care "without raising taxes or
increasing the deficit" to government investing "new resources to make sure it is done right." This is
why Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus blanched when committee staffers priced his —
which is also the Obama administration's — draft legislation at a cool $1.6 trillion over the
The GOP Can Stop ObamaCare.
It's extremely unlikely that Republicans will be able to pass their own health-care plan in this Congress.
But in politics you can't beat something with nothing, so it is critical that the GOP offers an alternative to
President Barack Obama's government-run monstrosity. Americans will listen more closely to Republicans
if they make empirical and specific arguments against Mr. Obama's attempted government takeover of the nation's
health system. But they must also offer proposals that families, small-businesspeople and health-care
providers will applaud.
How to Stop Socialized Health
Care: It was a sobering breakfast with one of the smartest Republicans on Capitol Hill. We can fix a
lot of bad stuff President Barack Obama might do, he told me. But if Mr. Obama signs into law a "public option,"
government-run insurance program as part of health-care reform we won't be able to undo the damage. I'd go the
Republican member of Congress one further: If Democrats enact a public-option health-insurance program, America
is on the way to becoming a European-style welfare state. To prevent this from happening, there are five
arguments Republicans must make.
Health Care Takeover Must be Our Top Priority. "President Obama says that the nation is in a
very deep recession and it will take considerable time to recover." Ladies and gentlemen, we are in a
bad recession precisely because of President Obama's policies. His policies have deepened the recession,
and they are responsible for lengthening it, and his announced "solutions" today to speed up more government
spending with more hiring of "shovel-ready jobs" and so forth is only going to compound the problem and make
it even worse ... The question remains: At what point will people who voted for Obama begin to
see it this way?
Alternative to Obamacare. While President Obama may believe the stars are aligned for major
health reform this year it is far from certain whether Congress will pass a bill that works. The
groups that are most likely to unravel this effort are not the president's opponents, but his allies.
Obama's liberal [health care] reforms would probably be irreversible. Most ominous is creation of a government health
insurance program open to everyone. The respected Lewin Group estimates such a program would soon cover 130 million
Americans, most of them refugees from private insurance. It would only be a short step to a Canadian-style, single
payer system run by bureaucrats in Washington.
ObamaCare. The Obama plan, whatever its tactical cleverness, will suffer from the
key drawbacks of all government-financed and managed health insurance. It would make the government the
gatekeeper — the controller of prices and the provider of coverage. Health care decisions
would increasingly be made in Washington and subject to political pressures that take into account neither
patient needs nor economic realities.
the Destruction of American Health Care. President Obama served notice on Tuesday night that he intends a
massive rewrite of the laws governing health care in the United States. Unlike the stimulus bill, such legislation
will do far more damage than just the waste of hundreds of billions of dollars. Obamacare will of course be
extraordinarily expensive, but far worse, it will radically alter the health care delivery system in the U.S.
If the Congress and the Administration get it wrong, the best health care system in history will quickly tailspin
into mediocrity or worse.
Reconciliation. For Democrats, the medicine cabinet is mostly empty, save for "a poisonous pill called
reconciliation," says Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, to National
Review Online. That's the Senate budget procedure enabling a bill to pass with 51 votes. As
Democrats plot to keep Obamacare alive, they seem ready to pop that pill and "swallow the consequences,"
in Cloud Cuckoo Land. When the majority of voters in the bluest of blue states elects a
candidate opposed to Obamacare to fill the Senate seat previously held by the man who was that proposal's
most prominent supporter, there is a clear message: You lost because of what you've been doing for
the past year, so stop doing it.
Dem health care talks collapsing.
Health care reform teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday [1/21/2010] as House and Senate leaders
struggled to coalesce around a strategy to rescue the plan, in the face of growing pessimism among
lawmakers that the president's top priority can survive.
drop health plan in face of voter anger. Congressional Democrats are abandoning their
massive health care package in the face of strong public resistance manifested in the election of
Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts to the Senate. Brown's victory Tuesday [1/19/2010] halted
the intense backroom negotiations aimed at merging competing House and Senate versions of President
Obama's health plan.
How Democrats could pass health bill with
51 votes (it isn't pretty). The procedure, known as "budget reconciliation," likely would
limit the scope of the legislation. However, it also would permit a bill to pass with a simple
majority of 51 votes.
The Editor says...
Yes, but first you have to find 51 senators who don't want to be re-elected.
Totalitarianism = Unstoppable one-party rule
Dems intend to bypass GOP on health compromise.
House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health
care legislation, officials said Monday [01/04/2010], a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their
ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.
National Health Care With 51 Votes.
Late last week President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to use "budget reconciliation"
if necessary to jam a massive health-care bill through Congress. Most Americans probably greeted this
news with the glazed eyes and yawns that should rightfully accompany any discussion of "the federal budget
process" longer than 30 seconds. But this decision is a deeply troublesome attempt to circumvent
the normal and customary workings of American democracy.
This week, there was a major development that could give one political party carte blanche to remake the country's health
care system. ... A procedural vote ... increased the likelihood of a federal government takeover of health care. Both
houses of Congress passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. Included in the conference report was reconciliation
language that would allow health care legislation to be rammed through the expedited budgetary process with no amendments,
no filibusters, and minimal debate.
Reconciliation Is Not Negotiation.
The President's plan is drafted in a way that envisions the use of a highly partisan parliamentary tactic,
reconciliation, to pass the bill. Reconciliation could allow liberals in Congress to ignore the concerns
of Republicans, moderate Democrats and the American people during the legislative process.
Their words come back to haunt them:
Obama, Biden, Clinton, Dodd & More Believe
Reconciliation is Unconstitutional. The Obama White House has recently announced that they
will go forward with a reconciliation process — sometimes called the "nuclear option" —
to try and pass their government run healthcare plan in the Senate. This process circumvents a
Republican filibuster and only requires a simple majority vote of 51 rather than 60. What did top
Democrats think of this process previously?
As Despotic as They
Need to Be. Critics of the Senate's 60-vote cloture threshold have come out in full force since
the Democrats lost their 60th Senate seat (and some before). ... The argument made is that a majority vote
carries the day. But the very structure of our Constitutional Republic sets limits on majority power.
From the amendment process to the state-strengthening 10th Amendment to the Senate itself, the American system
has built-in defenses against what Thomas Jefferson called "mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people
may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
ObamaCare is Tyranny,
Not Legislation. What we're seeing in Washington, D.C. is not "politics as usual" with the arm
twisting and "horse trading" that is typical in getting a bill passed; instead, it is ideological warfare.
What Obama, Reid and Pelosi are doing is not legislating; it is an act of tyranny — overturning all
the rules and principles of government in a representative democracy. ... Apparently Obama, Reid and Pelosi aren't
worried about losing control of Congress in 2010 or even the presidency in 2012, because their higher goal is
to irrevocably institutionalize their ideology.
The 60th Vote Regrets. One of the tragedies of
the Obama Administration is the historic political accident that it had 60 Senate Democratic votes in 2009. The ability to break a filibuster
without Republican votes empowered the left to think it could pass anything, and so it steamrolled ahead with ObamaCare, which needed every one of those
60 votes to pass. Now a couple of those Senators are expressing regrets about those votes after the fact.
A totalitarian says she is surprised by the resistance.
Obamacare More 'Difficult' Than Anticipated. The Hill noted that Sebelius, speaking at the Harvard School of Public Health, said
Republican governors who have rejected the health exchanges and Medicaid expansion have frustrated the administration's efforts to smoothly roll out
the law. As a result, she said the administration faces "state-by-state political battles" they had not anticipated.
To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures. As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as
midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans.
Who is to blame for Obamacare? Who are the enablers?
is good for AARP but not for its members. At first glance, it might not make much sense that AARP, formerly known as the American
Association of Retired Persons, would be among the most vigorous of Obamacare advocates. The group bills itself as a non-partisan advocacy
group that guards federal programs benefitting older Americans, and its 38 million members give it enormous clout: For years it has
blocked common sense reforms to Medicare. But AARP is not working in its members' interest by acting as a cheerleader for Obamacare.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program slashes Medicare spending by $741 billion through 2022, and thus endangers access
to care for seniors.
Progressives & patience:
A look at how we got Obamacare. Obamacare didn't happen overnight. For the last 75 years, progressives have trotted out
the idea of compulsory health care or subsidized national health insurance every decade or so, been defeated, and then gone back to the drawing
board. Their tenaciousness finally paid off in 2010 when Congress by the narrowest of margins passed a bill with no Republican votes, and
President Obama signed into law his "signature" achievement.
Media ignores Democratic infighting,
abandonment of Obama. Republicans, contrary to media reports, were never confused about Obamacare. Not one voted
for the bill Mr. Obama signed into law in 2010. That means RINOs, lefty-middle righties, conservatives, tea partyers, moderates,
even mavericks — the whole big tent — stood as one in opposition to a law they knew was insanity. No dissension
there. Meanwhile, on the other side, Blue Dog Democrats, moderate lefties, Reagan D's — the middle left — had
Obamacare shoved down their throats. They ate Obamacare because they had to: The party as a whole was moving left, hard, and
they had one choice — go with them, or be left behind. So, they voted en masse for Obamacare.
supported rule that led to insurance cancellations. Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that
is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out. In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a
resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack
Obama's promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.
Lies of Obamacare, Documented. [Scroll down]
The baleful consequences of Obamacare that we are now seeing — there are many more to come — were known and foreseen in 2010. The
Democrats voted down the Republicans' effort to preserve the health care plans that Americans already like on a party-line vote. The Democrats knew that
Obama had been lying through his teeth, and they voted unanimously to sustain his lies.
Want Some Cheese With That Whine?
[Scroll down] Democrats drafted the bill in secret, conspicuously refusing any input by Republicans. They jammed it through Congress by
suspending normal procedural rules during a brief moment when they controlled the House and had 60 votes in the Senate, without a single Republican
vote in either chamber. Beyond that, the law is a disaster on the merits and is deeply unpopular with the American people.
Obamacare's Media Mandate. [Scroll down] But, my
friends, the Affordable Care Act may turn out to be the best thing that's happened to our country in decades, because it has so definitively crystallized
the difference between our two political parties. The coming failure of the ACA is only more proof that big government can do nothing right; that
its intrusion into the private sector forebodes nothing but disaster; that the greatest healthcare system in the world will end up in shambles thanks
solely to the Democratic Party, because, as officially noted in the Congressional Record, not a single Republican cast a vote to enact this
Obamacare's Media Mandate. [Scroll down] So the
question is now, will the media agree that if Democrats were so thoroughly invested in Obamacare, they should now pay the price at the ballot box for
its collapse? Will they conclude that different voices are needed to moderate their ultra-liberal view of America? Will they, as often as
they have acquiesced in the blaming of George W. Bush for every Obama failure, now rebuke the latter as fiercely and frequently as they did the
former? Fat chance. No, even should pigs sprout wings, the media will defend their myopic view of the Democrat and Republican parties;
even to the political grave.
Obamacare and the Edsel: A Tale of Two Lemons.
In the case of Obamacare, the idea came from campaign aides looking for a catchy sound bite that could be used by an obscure Illinois Senator running
for President. He needed to say something about an issue to which he hadn't given much thought. Thus, without any serious policy discussion,
they suggested that he simply announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term: "Thus was born Obamacare."
Health Reform Breaks Bad:
The deceptions and disasters of Obamacare. While there are many cooks who spoiled this particular broth, there's
little question that but for Barack Obama himself, this monstrosity would unlikely ever have been signed into law.
Obama's Acorn Cronies To Profit
From ObamaCare. As Mathew Vadum reports on the American Spectator blog, United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, which is run by
Acorn founder Wade Rathke, announced on its Facebook page that it's gearing up "to do mass enrollment and help navigate people into the marketplaces in Arkansas,
Louisiana and Texas under the Affordable Care Act!" "Local 100's role as a Navigator, suggest(s) the program is less about health care and more about
building a new progressive infrastructure," says longtime Acorn-watcher Mike Flynn of Breitbart.com.
ObamaCare passed without a Republican vote for it in the Senate or House.
The ObamaCare mess is all Dems' doing.
The standard line from Democrats is that Congress passed ObamaCare and it's the law of the land, end of discussion. That disguises the ugly
truth about how the Affordable Care Act became law, why it's running into so many problems, and why it is passionately hated by conservatives.
Obamacare's Useful Idiots. The AMA and the AFL-CIO are just the
most prominent members of the not-very-exclusive society of organizations and individuals duped by the White House into supporting Obamacare. This club's
membership also includes the American Hospital Association (AHA), which ostentatiously supported the reform law and even endorsed the egregious Donald Berwick
for the post of CMS administrator.
lobbies against Medicare changes that could hurt its bottom line. As Washington debates whether to cut federal retirement
programs as part of a deal to tackle the nation's debt, one of the most powerful advocates for preserving them could have millions of
dollars riding on the outcome. AARP, the highly influential lobby for older Americans, is fiercely opposing any Medicare or Social
Security cuts and emphasizes that it is fighting for the good of its members. But the proposals for changing Medicare also could
affect AARP's bottom line.
The Love Song of AARP and Obama.
Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a
Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets
the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP's awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the "nonpartisan
membership organization" chose to serve the president's agenda. The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from
the White House, scripting the president's talking points, working to keep its board "in line," and pledging fealty to "the cause."
AARP Stands by as Obama Gets Mugged by Reality.
Having provided full-throated support to the President and the Democrats on Obamacare, and resisted Medicare reform, AARP has begun to revert to its
nonpartisan pose now that Obama appears to be in trouble.
Sorry AARP, you own Obamacare. I have written
numerous times about AARP's love affair with Obamacare, including recently disclosed documents showing coordination of strategy.
Proponents of Obamacare often cited AARP's support as the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Few AARP members
probably realize how big a role AARP played in Obamacare.
Being booed by AARP is a badge of honor.
I haven't written much lately about the insurance sales organization doing business as a senior citizens advocacy group using the name AARP.
You have AARP, among other corporate sell-outs, to thank for Obamacare, as I posted in 2009-2010. [...] So Paul Ryan being booed by an organization
which has caused so much damage to our economy and our health care system should be viewed as a badge of honor.
Ryan at the AARP. Mr. Ryan deserves credit
merely for showing up at an organization that portrays itself as nonpartisan but whose leadership is dominated by long-time liberals who consistently
pursue the Democratic Party's entitlement agenda. On Friday, [...] Kimberley Strassel reported on the long email trail showing how AARP officials
served as an arm of the White House in promoting ObamaCare.
Book: Obamacare law was designed to
unionize 21 million health care workers. In a book set for publication Tuesday [8/21/2012], a politics and government professor at The Citadel
claims President Obama's 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers. In "Shadowbosses:
Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind," Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International
Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team. That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for "increasing
the capacity of the health care workforce" as part of a larger health care reform initiative.
HHS caught campaigning for Democrats. New documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom
of Information Act request show that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent over one million
taxpayer dollars promoting Obamacare in coordination with the 2010 mid-term elections.
Klayman wins round against Obama health reform panel. The suit alleges that as the administration
pressed for passage of health care reform legislation, White House officials set up a panel of lobbyists from
the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AARP, the American Medical Association and
others to build support for the measure.
Ryan at the AARP. The AARP sometimes presents itself as a
kind of membership organization consisting of senior citizens, but it is basically a huge financial-services company with an enormous stake in the
current design of the Medicare system (it makes about half a billion dollars in revenue each year endorsing and selling Medicare supplemental, Medicare
Advantage, Medicare prescription drug, and long-term-care-insurance policies). It profits in particular from higher-premium Medicare supplemental
coverage (because it receives a royalty fee on every dollar seniors spend on premiums for AARP-endorsed products), and so would be a major loser in a
The Love Song of AARP and Obama.
Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a
Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets
the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP's awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the "nonpartisan membership
organization" chose to serve the president's agenda. The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from the White House,
scripting the president's talking points, working to keep its board "in line," and pledging fealty to "the cause."
Who's to Blame for Obamacare? Two Republicans.
The real culprits are two Republicans who ran the show the previous eight years: George W. Bush and
his "master political strategist" Karl Rove. If it weren't for these two in the White House, the Democrats
wouldn't have sixty senators, including a professional comedian from Minnesota, to close off debate and ram
down our throats a bill worse than Hillary Care.
Obamacare: A Uniquely Vicious Form of
Corruption. We have had various forms of corruption over the years, but I don't believe we have
had, within memory, anything quite this disgusting. The worst malefactor here, besides President Obama
himself, is AARP.
AARP: Money First,
Seniors Second. We've all heard of AARP: that friendly, non-profit organization that just
wants to help our seniors? Wrong. While AARP, formerly known as the American Association of
Retired Persons, is technically considered a private not-for-profit organization, they were founded in
1958 with a primary mission to sell seniors health insurance. That's right, sell. As in to make
Is AARP a Business?
Last week, two Republican congressmen issued a report about AARP — the organization formerly known
as the American Association of Retired Persons. The document questions AARP's tax-exempt status, and in
the process provides a slew of important information. The issue of tax exemption is a thorny one —
as the congressmen note, the IRS would need to conduct a full audit to sort out the group's finances. But
one thing is clear: Seniors should take the report into account before joining AARP.
Golden Years Of AARP. The tax-exempt seniors group that pushed hard to get ObamaCare passed stands
to reap a billion-dollar reward over the next decade as ObamaCare destroys the competition to the products it
[Q]: What is the greatest scandal of Obamacare? [A]: There are a lot of potential
choices — the AARP is one, the deal with PhRMA is another, the giveaways to unions are a third.
But I'm going to have to pick the decision not to include any kind of malpractice reform. That's the
clearest sign that the trial lawyers co-own this presidency, along with the unions.
sets sights on AARP over its support for healthcare reform. Newly empowered House
Republicans are getting ready to renew their attacks against AARP over its support for the healthcare
reform law, The Hill has learned. The Ways and Means health and oversight subcommittees are hauling
in the seniors lobby's executives before the panel for an April 1 hearing on how the group stands to
benefit from the law, among other topics.
AARP Latest to
Receive Obamacare Break. The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday [5/19/2011], exempt "Medigap"
policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such
providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans. Insurance providers who
aren't exempt from Obamacare's rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some
health care payment rate increases.
Billion Dollar ObamaCare Windfall. Medicare is sacrosanct among America's senior citizens.
It was unfathomable to me that the nation's largest membership association of seniors would, not just not oppose
the cuts, but would actively lobby for them. It didn't make any sense. ... The Committee found, after an
18 month investigation, that AARP stands to reap an extra billion dollars in profits from ObamaCare.
(Yes, that is billion with a B.) Worse, this extra profit is largely BECAUSE of the Medicare cuts.
AARP's members may face uncertainty over their future health care because of the cuts, but AARP faces certain
windfall profits for itself.
House Republicans seek IRS probe of
AARP. AARP lobbied for the new health care law and now it stands to profit, Republican lawmakers
charged Wednesday [3/31/2011] as they called for the IRS to investigate whether the powerful interest group
representing older Americans should be stripped of its federal tax exemption.
Curtain: Why AARP Supports ObamaCare. When the AARP began its full-throated support for
the President's Health Care Scheme many wondered why this venerable organization would support a plan which
would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, mostly by putting strict price controls on the very
popular Medicare Advantage program.
Thousands Quit AARP Over
Health Reform. CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships
since July 1, angered over the group's position on health care. Elaine Guardiani has been with AARP
for 14 years, and said, "I'm extremely disappointed in AARP." Retired nurse Dale Anderson has
12 years with AARP and said, "I don't wanna be connected with AARP."
AARP loses members
over health care stance. About 60,000 senior citizens have quit AARP since July 1 due to the
group's support for a health care overhaul, a spokesman for the organization said Monday [8/18/2009].
GOP Report Charges AARP Getting
"Kickbacks" In Dem Health Care Bills. One of the subplots to the health care debate I've been
following is the cozy relationship between AARP and the Obama administration, as the group has thrown its
full-throated support behind the Democrats' health care push even though their membership comes from the
age group most opposed to Democratic health care proposals. Today, House Republicans have issued a
report providing evidence that AARP is in a position to recieve tens of millions of dollars in "kickbacks"
if Democratic health care legislation becomes law.
Quittin' time. My only
regret about not being a "joiner" is that I don't have many opportunities to quit organizations. I am a
member of AARP, though, and this is looking like the perfect time to quit.
Insurer Gagged, AARP Rewarded.
[Scroll down] To further keep the American people in the dark, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
which administer benefits under Medicare, issued what can only be called a gag order after Humana warned its Medicare
Advantage customers in a letter that the president's plan might cause them to lose some benefits.
Endgame Revealed. We now have a clear picture of the treachery in which AARP has engaged since
President Obama took office. The Daily Caller reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services has granted Medigap policy sellers, including the American Association of Retired Persons, exemption
from ObamaCare-mandated federal supervision of insurance premium hikes. "Medigap" is an industry term for
a type of coverage that helps pay medical costs not covered by Medicare. Non-Medigap insurers, not
exempted from ObamaCare's rate reviews, must justify rate increases. In effect, the HHS exemption gives
AARP the ability to generate profits not achievable by non-exempted competitors.
Surprise: AARP Joins Waiver-gate. The seniors group that lobbied heavily for ObamaCare and
stands to profit handsomely from it now has its own waiver. As the White House picks winners and
losers, AARP wins and the rest of us lose.
Abuse Of Power. Example #2: HHS last week issued new rules which will have the effect of
rewarding the AARP, which spent millions of dollars on lobbying and advertising in support of ObamaCare, with
the opportunity to earn millions of dollars in additional profits.
The many faces of AARP. AARP Services also
spends tens of millions of dollars on lobbying, including its recent effort on behalf of the Health Care Reform Act — better
known as Obamacare. Were you under the impression that AARP promoted Obamacare because they are your enthusiastic, non-profit,
fully-charitable-in-intent advocates? Think again. AARP Services stands to rake in more than $1 billion in new
business from, you guessed it, Obamacare. The folks who run these organizations prefer you remain confused. After all,
what they're doing may not be illegal, but the arrangement provides an excellent reminder that those who confuse what's right with
what's legal are morally incompetent.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2014 by Andrew K. Dart
And then there's the AMA:
Don't Trust the
AMA. "I was surprised, shocked, and saddened." That's how Donald J. Palmisano, former
president of the American Medical Association, described his reaction upon learning that the organization had
endorsed the House Democrats' health-care-reform plan. "I am a loyal member of the AMA, a lifetime
member, but I believe the AMA made a serious mistake in endorsing this bill." He's not the only one.
What's Up, Docs? The AMA is
essentially saying that if doctors get paid more, all else is negotiable. Other industry lobbies such as
the insurers and drug makers have made the same calculation, putting their short-term self-interest —
usually ensuring that government programs remain generous (enough) — ahead of the long-run threats.
It can't last.
AMA Doesn't Speak for Most Doctors. The
American Medical Association officially endorsed the Democrats' health reform bill. An eager Barack Obama, of
course, used this endorsement to claim that "doctors" support his healthcare takeover. This misleading statement
plays on the common misperception that the AMA represents some huge block of American physicians. Not true.
In fact, excepting membership given to students and residents in training, the AMA represents only 17-19% of
physicians actually in practice.
Funding the Obamacare Campaign? If you believe the White House, there are 30 million
Americans who support a government health care takeover. But if you look at the funding behind the
Obamacare campaign, it's the same few leftist billionaires, union bosses and partisan community organizers
pushing the socialized medicine agenda. Let's connect the dots.
Are We Ready for Soros Care? Most of Barack
Obama's stated plans for America are indistinguishable from those of George Soros. As the left forces nationalized
health care on us, we may want to consider the George Soros funded Project on Death in America.
Why the AMA Wants
to Muzzle Your Doctor. The American Medical Association (AMA) is putting the doctors of America
on notice. A major cheerleader for ObamaCare, the organization is now trying to silence doctors who
oppose it. It is time the American people understood what the AMA is really all about. ... The AMA was
not only a major supporter of ObamaCare but also an accomplice in its passage. Without the support of
the AMA it is quite possible that the health-care reform initiative would have failed.
is America's Fault. America doesn't need to repeal ObamaCare so much as the contradictory,
irresponsible, and quite frankly plain stupid ideas underlying it. The fault lies primarily with the
American people, the vast majority who have refused to grow up on the issue. Maybe they won't grow up,
but they're sure going to wake up once socialized medicine becomes the full law of the land.
Obamacare will affect families and small businesses
Indiana company scraps plans for
expansion over ObamaCare device tax. An Indiana-based medical equipment manufacturer says it's scrapping plans to open five new plants in the
coming years because of a looming tax tied to President Obama's health care overhaul law. Cook Medical claims the tax on medical devices, set to take
effect next year, will cost the company roughly $20 million a year, cutting into money that would otherwise go toward expanding into new facilities over
the next five years.
Obamacare: No Free Lunches. The president loves
to cite the fact that college students are now able to stay on their parents' policies until age 26. This has undoubtedly made it
easier for some students to get or keep insurance coverage. But the additional coverage is not free. In fact, according to the
Department of Health and Human Services, the cost of continuing coverage from 18 to 26 could run as high as $3,400 per child per
year. Much of that additional cost is passed back to companies that provide insurance coverage to dependents of their employees.
The predictable result: Companies are dropping dependent coverage altogether.
The Ministry of Wellness.
As a restaurateur, I've been following the heath care debate especially attentively. I have already
determined that the health care bill, if passed, will cause a significant reduction in our net
profits — depending on how many employees we can shed. After reading the fifty or so pages of
the Senate "Affordable Health Choices Act" devoted to "Employers' Responsibilities," I still have no idea
whether my businesses are "small" or "large" — but I am pretty sure that it will cost me $100-$150 a
month in bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll service fees just to find out.
The Three-Step Plan to Stop Nationalized Health Care.
Congressional Democrats, after all their faux wrangling, open bribery and bully tactics, are poised to reach
agreement on a massive makeover of the American health system. This makeover will bankrupt the insurance
companies, raise premiums, and eventually lead to the full nationalization of health care. That's what it
is intended to do.
Merry Christmas: Obamacare Slaps $15,000 Annual
Fee on Middle Class Families. The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the final Senate
health care bill indicates it would slap a mandatory annual fee of about $15,000 on middle-class families
that earn an annual income greater than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($88,200 for a family
of four) and are not provided with health insurance by their employer.
Repeal Obamacare: Small-Business Killer.
The average small-business owner spends about 12 hours filing his taxes each year. Thanks to one of
Obamacare's oft-overlooked provisions, that figure will soon increase exponentially. The new law requires
all businesses to submit 1099 tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for each vendor from which they
purchase more than $600 in goods in a year. Business owners will now have to keep receipts and file forms
for every trip to the coffee shop, the local lunch spot, and the office supply store. After all, those
$3 lattes each day add up.
The Obamacare bill is thousands of pages long. Who knows what's hidden inside?
application asks personal questions, such as where a child was conceived. Single parents applying online for MaineCare coverage are
being asked personal questions — such as whether their child was conceived in Maine and why the absent parent no longer lives in the
home — as part of the application. From a scroll-down menu of possible reasons that the other parent left home, the MaineCare
applicant can choose "unwed parenthood, divorce, abandonment, death, separation, incarceration" and others.
in Obama Mandate: Employers Not Allowed To Fire Anyone. On Monday night's [2/10/2014] Kelly File, Megyn Kelly covered
the ObamaCare Employer Mandate delay, focusing "on one little nugget" that was "found under a mountain of new regulations" which stipulates
that in order to be eligible for this gift from the White House, "the employer may not reduce the size of its workforce or its overall hours
of service of its employees." "Basically", she continued, "what the government is telling employers is that you will not fire a single
person. You will not lay off a single person — if you want to take advantage of our gift. And you have to certify it
under penalty of perjury to the IRS that you didn't do that!" How is this not fascism as defined as "a governmental system led by a
dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc."
Employers must "self-attest" that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions — under penalty of perjury. [F.A.] Hayek
supported social insurance programs, but warned that crafting them or anything else in the nature of a command economy would not just guarantee
economic failure, but increasing lawlessness, arbitrariness, and tyranny from the government that imposes it as it gets desperate to avoid
failure. That cycle appears to be fast-tracked with ObamaCare at Treasury.
creates new ways to prosecute American business. This latest delay represents another political calculation by the White House.
They are counting on the fact that the criticism they will face now for bungling incompetence and disregarding their own law is less than the
criticism they would receive for damaging American business closer to the elections. And the fine print of the latest announcement from
the Administration is worse than the terrible headlines. This rule includes a provision that says you have to have the right motives for
having a certain number of employees to be in compliance with Obamacare. Bear with me, that's right: You must certify to the
IRS — under the threat of perjury — that the reasons for your employee head count have nothing to do with your opposition
to or avoidance of Obamacare.
You cannot Just say No to
the Obamacare race questionnaire. [A picture of a form] was sent to me by a reader who went for a visit to a physician, and
was told that she could not be seen unless she filled out this race and ethnicity questionnaire, and put her name on the form. She
initially refused, but they insisted that it was required or she could not see the doctor. The form does indicate that it is mandatory
under Section 4302 of Obamacare.
States of Obamacare Confusion, Stress, and Aggravation. No matter where you live in the United States, Obamacare is causing
headaches, stress, and aggravation for someone near you. In New Hampshire, vending-machine manufacturers are gasping at the new law's
requirements that calorie information be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines — not just on the packaging of the food
inside, but on the vending machine itself: [...]
like the government has its hand in your pocket, because it does. In real life when you find yourself paying more and getting
less, you usually search for another product or service. With the federal government, it isn't possible to take your business elsewhere
unless you are prepared to give up your citizenship, as some have done. Such a drastic step is rejected by most of us because we still
believe in the ideal that once was America, though not in the direction in which the country is currently headed. At the end of the year
comes a letter from the person who prepares my taxes. He wants me to know about changes in the tax law associated with Obamacare.
It is written in a way that only people with a gift for foreign languages can understand.
Health law to
put calorie info on vending machines. Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change
under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
May Make It 'Literally Impossible' in US Territories to Buy Insurance. Obamacare was drafted so poorly that residents in America's
territories like the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam may literally be unable to purchase health insurance on the private market next year, even if
they are healthy and want to voluntarily do so.
A Government of Laws? The ObamaCare Rot.
Nancy Pelosi is off the hook. Her famous comment that we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it will live on as a shining example of
legislative malfeasance and irresponsible governance, of course, but it's no longer operative. The reason her remark resonated was because it was
true: even the members of Congress who voted for the law seemed to have no idea what much of it said, and therefore they and the public they misled
had to find out the hard way. The reason she is off the hook, however, is that President Obama has now made it clear that it is scarcely relevant
what the law says anyway.
The Obamacare 'Shotgun Wedding' —
Marry or Lose Your Home. The problem with solutions is that few of them tend to be perfect, even if they act in a mostly benign manner.
Actions produce reactions, a principle as true in politics as it is in physics, and those tend to multiply when solutions increase in complexity.
The nature of these unintended consequences changes dramatically when complex "solutions" turn out to be poorly designed and incompetently administered.
The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has provided many real-world examples of this, [...]
Next Obamacare crisis: Small-business
costs? Think the canceled health policies hurt the Obamacare cause? There's another political time bomb lurking that could explode
not too long before next year's elections: rate hikes for small businesses. Like the canceled individual health plans, it's another
example of a trade-off that health care experts have long known about, as the new rules for health insurance prices create winners and losers.
Oppose Any ObamaCare Insurer Bailout. [A recent] survey found that 65% oppose a federal bailout of insurance companies that find
their profits hit because not enough young, healthy people sign up for ObamaCare plans. Opposition is widespread, the poll of 907 adults
found, with 51% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 76% of independents against it. It's opposed by every age and demographic group as well.
Although few people knew about it until recently, the health law contains a three-year "risk corridor program" designed to bail out insurers if costs
were higher than anticipated from too few young people enrolled.
Obamacare's Perilous Protection Plan for
Debtors. "Uh-oh." That's the sound being uttered in doctors' offices and hospitals across the country as medical providers realize
they're getting stuck with another bottomless Obamacare bill. While the White House desperately tries to pivot from the havoc wrought by the
"Affordable Care Act," its hidden regulatory bombs keep exploding.
Coming Soon: Obamacare Burns Down
Volunteer Fire Departments. Through the magic combination of Obamacare and the IRS, volunteer firefighters may be considered "employees,"
and their volunteer fire departments may be forced to give them healthcare. Or pay penalties that would force them to shut down.
First responders exempt from
Obamacare employer calculations, Treasury says. The Treasury said Friday [1/10/2014] it will not count "nominally compensated"
volunteer firefighters or emergency medical services personnel as full-time employees when the employer mandate tied to Obamacare takes effect
next year. In a blog post, the department said it reviewed the tax code and concluded it would not be reasonable to count first-responder
volunteers against the law's threshold of 50 employees.
Obama's corporatist contraceptive
mandate. The audacity and mendacity with which the Obama administration defends its illegal contraception mandate is standard
fare for politics. What's distinctively Obamian in this fight is the insidious corporatism underlying it all. Look at the
contraception mandate from almost any angle, and you see the corporatism. Sometimes it's on the surface, and sometimes it's implicit in the
arguments. The contraception mandate is nakedly a huge subsidy to the industry that most firmly supported Obamacare: the drugmakers.
ObamaCare slams smokers with
sky-high premium costs, could backfire. Unlike drug addicts, alcoholics, or the obese — all of whom represent
higher-than-average medical costs — smokers are the only such group with a pre-existing condition that ObamaCare penalizes.
It allows insurance companies to charge smokers up to 50 percent more than non-smokers for an identical policy, depending on the state
and any subsidies the person might qualify for.
Republicans tried to block Obamacare rule that caused millions of insurance cancellations. 'I'm still learning about it,' Paul said
[11/11/2013] of the Affordable Care Act. 'It's 20,000 pages of regulations. The Bill was 2,000 pages. And I didn't realize
this until this week — the whole idea of you losing or getting your insurance cancelled wasn't in the original Obamacare [law]. It was a
regulation written by President Obama, three months later.'
Obamacare Leaves Doctors On the Hook for Deadbeats.
Tucked inside nearly 11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act is a little-known provision that doles out three months of free health care to individuals who
choose to default on their premiums. People who receive the federal subsidy to be part of Obamacare will be allowed to incur a three-month "grace period"
if they can't pay their premiums and then simply cancel their policies, stiffing the doctors and hospitals. Their only repercussion is that they have to
wait until the following year's open enrollment if they want coverage on the exchange.
More hot water for Sebelius and the ObamaCare
crew. One of the reasons that allowing Sebelius to keep her job is ridiculous is that under ObamaCare, the HHS Secretary becomes the single
most powerful bureaucrat on the planet. The Affordable Care Act's huge stack of regulations include hundreds of matters left to the discretion of
the Secretary. Another example is the hangman's noose of regulations that have been strangling so many insurance plans over the past few weeks.
Fox News' Megyn Kelly Grills
Slippery 'Architect' of ObamaCare. Fox News' Megyn Kelly hosted Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on her show Friday night and called him an "interesting
guy." [...] At the heart of ObamaCare is Emanuel's 'complete lives' system proposal — i.e. reduce costs by cutting health services to individuals
who are prevented from "being or becoming participating citizens." According to the doctor, the Hippocratic Oath is way overrated. A
utilitarian-minded government panel takes the place of the doctor-patient relationship and decides who's a financial drain and who's not. On
his list of those who need care, but shouldn't necessarily receive it, are newborns, toddlers, the disabled, those with genetic disorders, late-stage
cancer, Alzheimer's, dementia, and senior citizens who have already consumed maximum resources.
Like all welfare programs, Obamacare penalizes marriage.
Tying the Knot Under ObamaCare. The heinous intrusions
into our lives as a result of ObamaCare swell each day. Now, in true Marxist form, the ludicrously named "Affordable Care Act" mounts an all-out attack
on marriage. [...] A 60-year old husband and wife, each with an income of $15,000 would pay over $4,000 per year if they remain married. Put in other
terms, the government would offer an annual bonus of $4,212 if the couple divorces and then cohabits."
11,588,500 Words: Obamacare Regs 30x as Long as
Law. What is commonly known as the Obamacare law includes both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care
and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA). Since these bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010, various agencies in the
administration have published 109 final regulations spelling out how they are to be implemented. These 109 final regulations account for
a combined 10,535 pages in the Federal Register, where the government officially published them. The Federal Register presents the regulations
in relatively small type with three columns of text on each page.
Report: Credit Score to 'Have a Big Impact' on How Much
People Pay for Obamacare. A Florida TV station reports that people's credit score's will "have a big impact" on how much they pay for Obamacare: [Video clip]
"As more and for families are looking for insurance options for the new Affordable Care Act, they're finding out their credit score will have a big impact on how much they pay," reports an
anchor. "A lot of people want to know why credit scores are determining how much they pay."
Gotta hand it to him — at least he didn't lie.
Asked If He's Read
10,535 Pages of Obamacare Regs, Sen. Warner Walks Away. When Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) was asked on Wednesday whether he has read all
10,535 pages of final Obamacare that the administration has so for published in the Federal Register, he first gave a response that did not
address the question. When Warner was asked the question a second time, he walked away without answering.
Waxman on 10,535 Pages of Obamacare
Regs: 'Is It Important That I Read It?' When asked by CNSNews.com whether he had read all 10,535 pages of final Obamacare regulations
that have so far been published in the Federal Register, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked in return whether it was "important" the he read them,
dismissed the inquiry as a "propaganda question," and did not ultimately anwer.
The Editor says...
Mr. Waxman's tacit admission that he hasn't read all 10,535 pages of obscure legalese is forgivable, since I doubt if anyone had read it all.
But the obvious follow-up question would be, "How many pages have you read?" One wonders how an elected representative can vote for a bill that he
hasn't read, or how the people of his state can repeatedly vote for him.
Business Owners May Face $100-Per-Day Penalty Under
ObamaCare. Small business owners who thought they were off the hook for ObamaCare regulations until 2015 may be in for an expensive wake-up call next month.
Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act's health-care
exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine. The requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size.
How Obamacare killed amnesty. Susan Jones had
a good story up at CNS Friday [8/23/2013], catching Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius telling a Latino group in Philadelphia Thursday [8/22/2013]
that amnesty was key to them getting access to Obamacare. "The (Obamacare) bill is crafted in such a way that those who are undocumented will not
have access to the tax credits or shopping in the (health insurance) marketplace," Sebelius said.
Rand Paul claims Obamacare will include diagnostic codes for [...]. In a little-noticed speech
to the Iowa Republican Party this month, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul mocked President Obama's signature health care overhaul, noting the
122,000 new medical diagnostic codes doctors will have to use in order to inform the government about injuries sustained by Americans. Those
codes, said Sen. Paul, a medical doctor himself, include line-items for 'injuries sustained from a turtle,' 'walking into a lamppost' and 'injuries
sustained from burning water skis.'
Obamacare's empress strikes
again. In 2010, shortly after President Obama's health care legislation was signed into law, I dubbed Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the "Empress of Obamacare" for the vast new powers she inherited. Reading through the text of
the law, I counted more than 2,500 references to the secretary of HHS, of which more than 700 referred to instances in which she "shall"
do something and more than 200 cases in which she "may" take regulatory action.
5 Ways the Immigration Bill Is Like
Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi wasn't kidding when she said Congress would have to pass Obamacare "to see what's in it." That's because
the bill gave federal agencies free rein to write regulations that would become the real-world version of the law — and even though it
passed in 2010, the regulations are still being written today.
New components are being added every week.
of thousands Obamacare 'navigators' to be hired. Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community
activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according
to new regulations issued Wednesday [4/3/2013]. The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English — no matter what their native
Healthcare application registers voters, too. The 61-page online Obamacare draft application for health care
includes asking if the applicant wants to register to vote, raising the specter that pro-Obama groups being tapped to help Americans
sign up for the program will also steer them to register with the Democratic Party. On page 59, after numerous questions
about the applicant's identity and qualification for Obamacare, comes the question: "Would you like to register to vote?"
The placement of the question could lead some to believe they have to register to vote to get health care.
Their Own Devices. The
Affordable Care Act has been a running series of nasty non-surprises, with many more on the way — gird yourself for 116%
insurance premium increases — but sometimes the surprises are real. Take the amazing bipartisan turn against the 2.3% tax
on medical device makers, even among liberals who still evince no remorse for voting for the overall bill three years ago.
Not that the media noticed, but on Thursday night [3/21/2013] ObamaCare's $29 billion excise tax on device sales (not profits)
lost on the Senate floor in a rout.
CBO: ObamaCare Kills Jobs.
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said that we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it? [Video clip] Two points
about that statement: One, we now know why she didn't want this stuff out before it passed. Two, given all the bad things
that have already come out about this monstrosity of a program, I don't really want to know more, I want it to be repealed at the
earliest possible opportunity.
Three: 10 Disturbing Facts Americans Have Learned. ObamaCare backers typically tout popular features that went into
effect almost immediately. The law expanded Medicare's drug coverage, for example, and let children stay on their parents'
plans until they turned 26. But the bulk of ObamaCare doesn't take effect until next year. That's when the so-called
insurance exchanges are supposed to be up and running, when the mandate on individuals and businesses kicks in, and when the avalanche
of regulations on the insurance industry hits.
Unions Outraged by $63-Per-Worker Obamacare Fee. A provision buried inside Obamacare will force many employers to pay an
extra $63 per employee next year. Analysts say most of the cost will likely be passed on to workers. "It's caught most
employers, if not all employers, by surprise," said National Business Group on Health Vice President of Public Policy Steve Wojcik.
"They're very upset about it."
The Editor says...
Since they call it a fee, does that mean it's not a tax?
Obamacare Nugget About To Whack Big Employers. This was one of those "have to pass the law to find out what's in it"
surprises that was buried so deep in this monstrosity that most of the companies that will be affected by it didn't notice it at
first. It's not too hard to figure out where large companies that are going to be forced to spend tens of millions extra next
year are going to get that money.
Obamacare May Bite You At The Vet's Office.
You may want to start saving more money for veterinarian care this year. The reason goes all the way back to Washington and an
unintended consequence from medical reform.
Seven Feet of Job-Killing Regulations. Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell sent out a shocking photo showing
what it looks like if you stack every page of Obamacare regulations one on top of the other. The stack reaches to more than seven
feet in height [...]
Pages of Federal Regulations Create Obamacare Tower. What a nightmare. Thank you, Democrats.
700 pages of healthcare rules released. The Obama administration on Friday released more than 700 pages of
new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act. The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in
mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts of the healthcare reform law that Congress passed in 2010. Three of the
regulations are final and roll out the multistate healthcare exchanges and reforms to the insurance market, including provisions
to encourage cost-sharing, stabilize health insurance premiums and prevent providers from denying coverage.
what! It's time for 700 pages more of fun Obamacare regulations. Nancy Pelosi was wrong: Even after passing
the bill, no one could have possibly known what was in it! That's because America's finest bureaucrats are creating a
galaxy of amazing new rules to implement provisions of the "Affordable Care Act". In the traditional Friday-night document
dump that is the hallmark of how the Obama Administration operates, The Hill writer Megan Wilson reports that over 700 pages
of new rules were released [...]
Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food
labeling rule under ObamaCare. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new
health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the
first year alone.
Secret gun-rights provision in
ObamaCare? Nancy Pelosi was right — they didn't know what was in ObamaCare until it passed! Of course, in this
case all she needed to do was ask her buddy Harry Reid, who apparently sandbagged his party's gun-control wing by inserting an interesting
clause in the 2800-page bill that no one in Congress bothered to read before voting on it.
How a Secret Gun
Provision Made its Way Into Obamacare Legislation. The Washington Post first reported on Dec. 30 about the presence of this
controversial wording. Under a section with the headline "Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights," the NRA-advocated wording is nestled
deep within the law. The Post called the inclusion, "a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to
treat firearms as a matter of public health." As the outlet also noted, it was in the final stretch of the debate over Obama's health
care legislation that the NRA successfully pushed to insert this language.
Get ready for the costs and chaos of
Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." At
the time, March 2010, Pelosi's words accurately described the Democrats' just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out
Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement Obamacare so that you can find out what is in it.
IRS Issues 159 Pages of Obamacare Rules.
It took the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 159 pages to explain one new Obamacare tax on investments that will be used to pay for Obamacare.
Only individuals and families making more than $200,000 and $250,000, respectively, will be impacted by the tax, which "applies to a broad range of
investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives."
Anyone For More Obamacare Tax Rules?
This stack explains the tax on people making more than $200,000 (individuals) and $250,000 (families), and suggests that Obama's plan to lower
unemployment is to expand the ranks of the IRS until it employs as many people as the military.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad ObamaCare. Now post-election,
new regulations are pouring out from HHS -- more than 13,000 pages so far and yet nuts-and-bolts questions are still unanswered. Most of what we know so far
comes from a 17-page question-and-answer document that HHS divulged this week, though none of the answers have the force of law and HHS says they're subject to change
at any moment. HHS is generally issuing rules with only 30 days for public comment when the standard is 60 days and for complex regulations 90 days
Surprise New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul
Law. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head annual fee to
cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in
a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be
passed on to workers.
Health care law
surprise: $63 per-person fee for three years. The $63-per-head fee — buried in a recent regulation — will
hit health plans serving an estimated 190 million Americans, mostly workers and their families.
Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul
law. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion
the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Obamacare fee of $63 per person
to begin in 2014. Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee
to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a
recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed
on to workers.
Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care
Bills. American health care consumers aren't the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for
their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday [12/7/2012] by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used
in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare's 2.3 percent device tax.
IRS aims to clarify investment income tax
under healthcare law. The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains
and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.
Obamacare regulations 620 times the
length of the U.S. Constitution. Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson commented on the release of the following info-graphic
highlighting the length of Obamacare's regulations. "Our Counsel John Vinci has noted that Obamacare's regulations are now 2,864,094 pages
long. That's about 700,000 pages more than when last reported at the end of February. This is 620 times the length of the U.S. Constitution.
32 months later, Obama administration tells us what ObamaCare plans must have in them. [T]he federal government was demanding
governors finish their detailed plans for implementing state-based health care exchanges four days before it even told them exactly what plans
in those exchanges had to look like.
"Shaping" Healthcare Reform to Advance a Pro-Abortion Agenda. In its most recent
annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America boasts of the architectural role it played in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare:
"Planned Parenthood worked... to help shape and pass the Affordable Care Act." The "shape" the ACA took under Planned Parenthood's guidance is one that benefits
its bottom-line and advances its pro-abortion agenda.
Racial Preferences in ObamaCare.
ObamaCare requires the secretary of health and human services to give priority to the entities that have demonstrated such a record in
the awarding of these grants and contracts to medical and dental schools and other entities. ObamaCare does not state what would
qualify as a "record" of such training, so we can expect medical and dental schools and the other entities to do whatever they think
they can get away with to train as many "individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups" or "from underrepresented minorities"
as necessary to have a better "record" in this regard than their competitors. ObamaCare creates a significant financial incentive
for medical and dental schools and other entities to lower admission standards for "individuals who are from underrepresented minority
groups" or "from underrepresented minorities" if that is what it takes to have the winning "record" of such training.
My Doctor Is Now the IRS. The Congressional Research Service
Report for Congress, "A Brief Overview of the Law, Implementation, and Legal Challenges," gives a new definition to Nancy Pelosi's statement that
we had "to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it." Not only did Congressmen not read the 2,700-page law before they voted and passed it by
twisting arms and briberies, but they now have to be informed of the disaster they have created.
Thanks again, Obama voters.
Subjects Nearly Every Phone and Computer to Government Control. On July 19, 2011, the Obama
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff
on Mobile Medical Applications[, i.e.,] our smartphone, tablet and computer apps.
The Obama Administration — the most unilateral-power-grab Presidency in our nation's history —
is asserting that these mobile medical apps may pose "risks." And thusly should be regulated as medical devices.
Liberal Quest for Population Control. In addition to promoting contraception, the United States
Preventative Services Task Force has also indicated that annual preventive breast cancer screening should be
considered a luxury. Thus, without yearly mammograms, if breast cancer isn't detected until it's too
late, women on birth control pills may also contribute to the left's initiative to foster fewer human beings.
From the looks of things, it certainly appears as if the Obamacare concept of prevention seems obsessed with
curtailing the population. And while birth control is not exactly a 'death-panel' per se, it could
be described as a life-preventative.
Is It Better Treatment Or No Treatment? One would like to take the best view of
this trend but given the politics and economics of the situation it is difficult to do so. These moves seemed designed to reduce up front
medical costs and prevent chronic medical conditions from being discovered until they have progressed to a point where they are serious, if not
fatal, conditions. This is a way of minimizing that 70% of medical expenses that do not occur during the last year of life by simply not
diagnosing and managing them over a period of decades.
seeks 'outrageous' vending fee hike. The Patrick administration is pitching a staggering 500-plus percent
hike in vending machine license fees — in part to meet Obama-care rules that haven't even been written yet,
the [Boston] Herald has learned.
truth about Obamacare keeps seeping out. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said that she
had to pass Obamacare through Congress so that we could find out what was in it, Americans were given a
preview of what they are seeing now — a profusion of legislative errors and broken promises
related to President Obama's virtual government takeover of health care. Just this month, we have seen
another tranche of bad Obamacare news.
Spoils System. Embedded within the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (ObamaCare)
are provisions sending tax dollars preferentially to medical schools that have robust admissions
programs for "underrepresented minorities" (meaning academically-outperforming Asians don't count).
More money flows if these schools send their doctors to and nurses to "vulnerable populations" in "underserved
areas," meaning inner cities. The focus on tipping the scales was so blatant that it drew a rebuke
from the U.S Commission on Civil Rights that such provisions were "racially discriminatory." This
rebuke was ignored; racial discrimination apparently is in the eye of the beholder.
Nancy Pelosi, ObamaCare Waiver
Queen. Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all wound up in March 2010 about the passage
of ObamaCare and told the assembled conventioneers at the National Association of Counties that the bill's
reforms were going to make health care in America "very, very exciting"? To lift "the fog of
controversy" off the legislation, all Congress had to do, she explained, was "pass the bill so that you can
find out what's in it." ... In fact, it was the same for the members of Congress. The marching order
from the White House was to pass the bill post-haste without reading it, without finding out "what's
Bureau request alarms Tulsa County Assessor. Buried deep in the bowels of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act is a provision to impose a 3.8% tax on real estate transactions. Proceeding
without regard to Federal Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the health care law is unconstitutional the Obama
administration appears to be pushing ahead with implementation of the real estate tax scheme. The Tulsa
World reports that County Assessor Ken Yazel has come under fire for comments made last month during the Tulsa
County Republican Convention. Mr. Yazel told the convention that the U.S. Census Bureau had asked his
office for information that he believed could be used to help create a data base for collection of a 3.8%
real estate sales tax. The steadfast assessor isn't backing down from his statement.
Pages of Obamacare Equals 429 Pages of Regulations. Giving proof to Main Street's worries that
President Obama's healthcare reform will lead to thousands of new and costly regulations, the Department of
Health and Human Services has taken one small section of the law and written enough new rules to every page
of Obama's campaign book, The Audacity of Hope -- plus another 45 pages. Section 3022
of the law, which is about the Medicare shared savings program, take up just six pages in the 907-page
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But HHS has turned that into 429 pages of new
regulations and that's too much, says Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a practicing doctor.
Avalanche of Paperwork. Pres. Barack Obama promised Americans "health-care reform." So far,
"health-care form" is more like it. Obamacare is devolving into the Paper Industry Salvation Act of 2010.
This new law spans 2,562 tree-killing pages. Far worse, it will force Americans to spend countless irritating
hours completing, transmitting, and filing endless reams of federal paperwork.
for America's soul. The left is lobbing nukes into the institution of marriage and the military.
Obamacare is going forward, complete with funding for abortion and massive increases in the size of the already
enormous Department of Health and Human Services. Defunding this increasingly unpopular power grab should
be in every budget bill — but it's not.
I'm from the Government,
and I'm Here for Your BMI. While the Stimulus Bill requires that the government have access to
your Electronic Health Record (EHR) by 2014, it only vaguely defines what the government will do with this
information. Herein lies the danger. Vaguely defined power in new laws always leads to broad
interpretation of power by the government.
Read The Fine Print.
[Scroll down] Greg Scandlen, a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, says due to a little-known legal
concept the entire law would unravel if a single part was found to be outside the Constitution. "Apparently
there was no 'severability' clause written into this law, which shows how amateurish the process was," he wrote.
"Virtually every bill I've ever read includes a provision that if any part of the law is ruled unconstitutional
the rest of the law will remain intact. Not this one. That will likely mean that the entire law will
be thrown out if a part of it is found to violate the Constitution." No argument from us. The bill
writers and lawmakers who voted for it without reading it were unprofessional.
Health Reform Doesn't Have To Be
So Hard. The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health care bill (as with its
2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new
provisions, regulations, mandates, committees and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions. Worse,
they're packed into a monstrous package without any regard to each other. The only thing linking these
changes — such as the 118 new boards, commissions and programs — is political
expediency. Each must be able to garner just enough votes to pass. There isn't even a
pretense of a unifying vision or conceptual harmony.
Constitution in decline.
It's time to reform our administrative state. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right when she said Congress
would have to "pass the health care bill so you can find out what's in it." That's because the
health care bill, like most major laws passed by Congress over the past hundred years, isn't really a law.
Rather, Obamacare is a series of assignments to bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services.
It is emblematic of what scholars call the administrative state, where legislative, executive and judicial powers
are delegated to unaccountable experts sequestered in a fourth branch of government.
law's massive, hidden tax change. An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is
threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork. Section 9006 of the health care
bill — just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document — mandates that beginning in
2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contract workers but to any individual or
corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year.
CLASS(less). Those of us who are
taking Nancy Pelosi's advice to "find out" what's in the healthcare bill are coming to realize that the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act is badly misnamed. As I leaf through the pages of this law, I can see the
dollars flying off nearly every page. One of its many potential fiscal nightmares is contained in Title VIII
of the law, the CLASS Act.
was right about one thing. Several weeks ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the health care bill had
to be passed so "you can know what's in it." Conservatives pounced on the opportunity to hammer
her, and the clip soon became a laughingstock. Well, it turns out Pelosi was right — we did
have to pass the bill to find out what was in it.
House health bill clocks in at 1,990
pages. It runs more pages than War and Peace, has nearly five times as many words as the
Torah, and its tables of contents alone run far longer than this story. The House health care bill
unveiled Thursday [10/29/2009] clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. With an estimated
10-year cost of $894 billion, that comes out to about $2.24 million per word.
Theater. The King James version of the Bible runs more than 600 pages and is crammed with
celestial regulations. Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathematica" distills many of the rules of physics in
a mere 974 pages. Neither of them has anything on Nancy Pelosi's new fiendishly entertaining
health care opus, which tops 1,900 pages.
Republicans Find 111 New 'Bureaucracies' in Health Care Bill. House Republicans claimed Monday
[11/02/2009] that the health care reform bill pushed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi would create a whopping 111 new
"federal bureaucracies." In its latest attempt to portray the Democrats' reform package as an unwieldy
expansion of federal government in the health care sector, the House Republican Conference circulated what it
called a list of "new boards, bureaucracies, commissions and programs" created in the House health care bill.
Connect the Dots on
ObamaCare. Critics of those who have exposed ObamCare's contradictions and incoherencies are
either unwilling to connect the dots or too stubborn (dare I say stupid) to acknowledge what the dots really
mean. Connecting the dots in this case doesn't require unusual skills, much less a background in symbolic
logic, merely perseverance in reading the text of HR 3200. Let's start with Sec 123, the formation
of the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, and Sec 124, the creation of the Health Choices Administration
and Health Choices Commissioner.
Health Care Reform
Vaporizes Obama Presidency. In the fledgling days of the personal computer industry, software
vendors frequently announced products that were not yet ready for release. The term "vaporware" was coined
to describe such software. Most of these products never reached the marketplace; some that were sold to
the public should not have been.
Dog That Was Not Allowed To Bark. On November 7th, 2009, Speaker Pelosi marched to the podium
and paraded her lap dogs to the microphone to proclaim "Victory" for herself, her Democratic House colleagues,
and President Obama. What about every other American? The "Victory" was the passage of the second
part of ObamaCare, "The Health Care Bill." That's right, the second part of ObamaCare is the 1,990 page
bill that created 118 new boards, commissions, offices and bureaus.
159 Big Spending, Big Government Features
of Obamacare: When Obama says that his Obamacare healthcare plan isn't a big government
take over of healthcare he really is simply lying outright to the nation. ... Here is [part of] a list of
159 new programs, administrative boards, and bureaucracies that the Democrat Party's healthcare bill creates:
[#50] Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (Section 3509(a), p. 1098)
[#51] Centers for Disease Control Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(b), p. 1102)
[#52] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(e), p. 1105)
[#53] Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(f), p. 1106)
[#54] Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 3509(g), p. 1109)
[#55] National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Section 4001, p. 1114)
[#56] Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public
Health (Section 4001(f), p. 1117)
[#57] Prevention and Public Health Fund (Section 4002, p. 1121)
[#58] Community Preventive Services Task Force (Section 4003(b), p. 1126)
Government Takeover. Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation
process to get ObamaCare through the Senate. Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to
that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted — programs that could never attract 60 votes.
One of these controversial measures rewrites the Higher Education Act to ban private companies from offering
federally guaranteed student loans as of this July.
Searching for Core
Beliefs. For those who have not heard, beginning July 1, student loans will no longer be
administered by banks. Instead, they will be issued directly by the federal government via the U.S.
Department of Education. Tellingly, Obama used the same line of argument when pushing for health care
reform. There, too, he argued that government takeover will save money. Such assertions are
obviously absurd. To see why, we need only to ask this question: When has any government-run
program saved money?
Obama's Costly Student Loan Takeover.
Obama and his statist allies in Congress attached this bill to the healthcare legislation. Now, with the
stroke of his pen, Mr. Obama has taken the 15 million college students who chose from 2,000 lenders for
their loans, and dumped them into the Department of Education, which will process future loans by means of four
call centers. This will be about as friendly and personal as standing in line to get a driver's license.
We don't need to
pass health care reform to find out what's in it. As you can see, the Senate's Christmas Eve Bill
originated in the House satisfying the Constitutional imperative that tax bills originate there and it gets them
around the ex post facto provision of the Constitution; you and I will be retroactively responsible for
paying the taxes on Obamacare from the January 1 of 2010. (Perhaps, as far back as 1/1/2009.)
subsidy for the sexually depraved. Senate Democrats voted almost unanimously Wednesday night to
ensure the right of rapists and child molesters to have guaranteed access to government-subsidized Viagra
under the president's health care plan. Only Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana broke ranks with his Democratic
Dems Subsidize Prescription-Strength Sex-Enhancement Medication For
Child Rapists. Last night [3/24/2010], Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted in favor of
allowing the federal government to subsidize Viagra for child molesters. So did fifty-six of Reid's
Democratic colleagues, including Sens. Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Arlen Specter (Penn.) Blanche Lincoln (Ark.).
and others facing tough re-election challenges this November.
[Scroll down] In one of a bazillion little clauses in a 2,000-page bill your legislators didn't bother
reading (because, as Representative Conyers explained, he wouldn't understand it even if he did), Congress
voted to subject the 28 percent tax benefit to the regular, good, ol', American-as-apple-pie corporate tax
rate of 35 percent. For the purposes of comparison, Sweden's corporate tax rate is 26.3 percent,
and Ireland's is 12.5 percent. But just because America already has the second-highest corporate tax
in the OECD is no reason why we can't keep going until it's double Sweden's and quadruple Ireland's.
Health Care Law Provision Is a Budget Buster, Critics Say. While Congress spent the last year
debating how to provide health insurance for the uninsured, a little-known provision slipped into the heath
care law that could cost some Americans upwards of $2,000 a year.
The Beginning of USA Disarmament.
Page 1312 of the now signed-into-law Senate version of ObamaCare provides for funding of Obama's private
militia referred to as "Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps" Sec. 5210. This "Corps" is given
broad powers to control the US citizenry. [In addition,] All Student College Loans are taken from the
private sector and placed in the hands of the ObamaGov. The better to fully indoctrinate young minds into
totalitarianism — only. No dissenting opinions will be allowed and this time it's mandated by
Obama & Co. Did you know that this is also included in ObamaCare?
Dems likely didn't read the bill before passing and signing it.
As the president has yet to admit, the health care reform bill does not prevent insurance companies from
excluding children with pre-existing conditions. HotAir's Ed Morrissey points out a release from the
Senate Republican Conference that showing a number of other omissions as well. Is it possible that
the president hasn't read his own bill?
Obama's 'Soviet-Style' Takeover of Student Loans. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), the U.S.
secretary of education from 1991 to 1993, tells National Review Online that President Obama's revamping of
the federal student-loan program is "truly brazen" and the "most underreported big-Washington takeover in
history." "As Americans find out what it really does, they'll be really unhappy," Alexander predicts.
"The first really unhappy people will be the 19 million students who, after July 1, will have no
choice but to go to federal call centers to get their student loans.
Peter to pay Paul's health care. Obamacare is a socialist law designed to take money from some
Americans and use it to benefit others. The health care bill signed into law by President Obama is full
of hidden time bombs. One costly provision buried in the lengthy reconciliation bill at the last minute
has taxpayers covering long-term at-home care for the elderly. Through the so-called Community Living
Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS Act), Americans will find between $150 and $250 taken out of their
paychecks each month to cover this program nobody knew about.
We Still Don't Know What's
In It. Nancy Pelosi promised, after all, that if we passed [Obamacare], we'd find out what
was in it. Well, this is what comes of racing through a largely secretive legislative process.
[Bill] McGurn explains "one of the murkiest bits of this legislation"...
What The "Affordable Health Care For America Act"
Actually Says: In many ways the bill is a convoluted, uncoordinated list of compromises between
thousand of legislators, legislative aides, and lobbyists. Yet the bill has two main thrusts, with one
central meaning. The first thrust is a massive increase in government power. The second is the
total rejection of the free market. The central meaning of both is the repudiation of individual
rights. No longer will Americans have the liberty to preserve their own lives in the way they judge
best[. F]rom now on, they will have to conform to government controls on the most intimate details
of their lives.
Pelosi passed it, and we just keep finding out what's in it.
Jon Ward at The Daily Caller unearths a great story from the voluminous health care reform bill that Congress just
passed. ["]Tucked away on page 466 of President Obama's 2,704-page health-care bill is a provision that
changes the definition of 'medical assistance,' the term describing what states are required to provide to Medicaid
recipients.["] The bottom line is that lawsuits against states will proliferate and probably force them to
hike Medicaid reimbursements to levels they cannot afford.
to Doctors: Now I'm "Entitled" To Your Services. [Scroll down] But thinking about
this situation more broadly, one has to ask "what is fair?" ... Is it "fair" that Barack Obama and Joe Biden
and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and every elected member of Congress and their respective staff members and
members of the United Auto Worker's union are all exempt from the heavy handed mandates of Obamacare, while
the mandates are imposed on the millions of the rest of us? Is this the "change" we were "hoping" for?
things we learned about Obamacare after it passed. [#1] Despite all of Obama's promises
and talking points, Obamacare as passed by Congress does not require insurers to cover children with expensive
pre-existing medical conditions. Immediately, the White House got an assurance from the insurers.
After demonizing them for months as callous profiteers on others' misery (in fact, the entire industry is
barely profitable), Obama now tells Americans that they can trust health insurance companies to do the right
thing out of the goodness of their hearts.
Obama's private army? [Scroll
down slowly] It's hard to see how such a civilian security force under the direct control of the President
might be justified, in view of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. This law prohibits the federal government
from using federal troops for law enforcement purposes within the United States. ... Language in Obamacare
seems to remove this prohibition.
Whets Lawyers' Appetites. It turns out the Democrats tucked away a little gift for one of
their biggest constituencies, the trial lawyers, in Section 2304 of the new health care law. It
alters the section of the U.S. code that defines what "medical assistance" means for state government
health care programs, including Medicaid. That leaves states open to far more liability.
ObamaCare's Key to the
Kingdom: The enacting legislation of ObamaCare creates a Disney World for micro-managers and
other assorted scolds. But in Title V of the bill, we find the key to the Magic Kingdom, or at least
the kingdom's treasury. Under the heading of "Health Care Workforce," this section lays out the infrastructure
for a single-payer system, while plowing fertile ground for a perpetual left-wing voting majority.
ObamaCare High School:
Reading, Writing, and Suicide Assistance? Some years ago, I was speaking to a Nebraska state senator
after testifying on a pending bill. I had explained that I wasn't saying that the bill would be
interpreted in a certain way, only that it could be. Then he said something I've never forgotten.
"Be assured that if a law can be interpreted in a certain way, it will be — by
someone. And it will all be perfectly legal."
we did that? More health care surprises. The partisans on the left who preach with
certainty about the effects of the new health care law — it will reduce the federal deficit; it
will allow you to keep your current coverage; it will lower premiums — speak from ignorance.
No one really knows what the bill will do, including the members of Congress who voted for it.
Stealth IRS changes mean
millions of new tax forms. The massive expansion of requirements for businesses to file 1099
tax forms that was hidden in the 2,409-page health reform bill took many by surprise when it came to light
last month. But it's just one piece of a years-long legislative stealth campaign to create ways for
the federal government to track down unreported income.
Obamacare at Three Months. On
the 100 day anniversary that Obamacare became law, which was Wednesday [7/7/2010], Senators Coburn and Barrasso passed
around a memo reminding folks that the law isn't actually good for America: Fact [#1]: Sixteen
million Americans are forced into Medicaid — a program that denies care, has higher rates of infant
mortality, and yields poorer health outcomes for patients. Fact [#2]: Citizens will be forced to
purchase costlier health insurance or pay a tax, but illegal immigrants will continue to get free care and
those costs will be shifted onto citizens.
Bitter Fruit of Obamacare. Get ready for your life to change. The so-called benefits of
ObamaCare don't start until 2014, but the tax increases, misallocated resources and federal regulations start
now. Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said the night of ObamCare's passage, "We have to pass the bill so
that you can find out what is in it." The emerging picture is frightening.
A Tangled Knot Around America's Throat. Those who wondered what was in the health care overhaul
bill now have a chance to look inside. What they see is a snarl of lines, arrows and geometric shapes
that will do nothing to improve medical care.
Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review. One of the more illuminating remarks during the health-care
debate in Congress came when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told an audience that Democrats would "pass the bill
so you can find out what's in it, away from the fog of controversy." That remark captured the truth that,
while many Americans have a vague sense that something bad is happening to their health care, few if any
understand exactly what the law does.
America: Part II. "We the people" are the central concern of the Constitution, as well as
its opening words, since it is a Constitution for a self-governing nation. But "we the people" are
treated as an obstacle to circumvent by the current administration in Washington. One way of
circumventing the people is to rush legislation through Congress so fast that no one knows what is buried
in it. Did you know that the so-called health care reform bill contained a provision creating
a tax on people who buy and sell gold coins?
The coming investigation
into Obamacare. The hallmark of the administration's political bribery and graft is, of course,
the so-called Obamacare legislation — legislation that contains 2,841 pages, includes some 2,200
references to the new role of the Health and Human Services (HHS) czar, and creates 600 new authorities
that CANNOT be challenged, 150 new bureaucracies and boards interposing between doctors and patients, and
17 new mandates governing insurance companies. Also slapped onto Obamacare, as you will recall, is
the unilateral takeover of the entire private student loan industry.
Nightmare. Even before a single-payer system could evolve, ObamaCare has the potential to
topple from bureaucratic overload. Uncountable unelected and untested bureaucrats will be making
life-affecting decisions. At this stage, not even experts who have pored over the
2,000-plus-word [sic] law know how many bureaucracies are hidden away in the ObamaCare statute.
Torpedo Repeal of Harmful Obamacare Provision. As the current law stands, starting in 2012, all
organizations will be mandated to issue 1099 tax forms not only to contracted workers, but to any other group
or business from which they purchase at least $600 worth of goods or services in a given year. They'll
also be required to send a copy of each 1099 document to the IRS.
The Price of "Expert" Care:
Hidden in the labyrinth of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) — ObamaCare, for
short — is a provision that symbolizes the mandatory theme that characterizes the entire nationalized
health scheme. The provision creates an appointed board of "experts" with power to dictate cost policies and
timing to Congress and to cap health-care spending. Eventually, patients, doctors, and hospitals will be under
the sway of this board. It's called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
ObamaCare Still Worse Than You Thought. The NCPA identifies 159 new federal agencies in which
bureaucrats define what medical care you may or may not receive. But is that true? The U.S.
Chamber of Commerce states there are 183 new federal agencies. It's perverse enough that all these
agencies are being created. But if two reputable organizations can analyze this legislation and still
disagree on how much bureaucracy springs from its pages, what hope will we ever have to survive this mind-warped
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the
laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
Bill Nelson, D-Fla., clearly didn't read the bill... We already have doubts about whether
senators and congressmen actually understand the bills they vote for. But surely, we can at least bank
on the idea that by now, nearly a year after its passage, they know what's in Obamacare. Right?
Post and PolitiFact Confirm $105 Billion ObamaCare Slush Fund. Today [3/9/2011] former
Congressman Ernest Istook testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee about the
$105 billion slush fund in advance appropriations liberals tucked inside Obamacare. The
$105 billion bypasses the traditional yearly budgeting process and is spread throughout the 2,700 page
legislation. It took the Congressional Research Service (CRS) seven months to identify all the
disparate funds and it was not until February (11 months after the bill passed) that all of the
funds could be totaled up.
dismantle Obamacare scam. In all the controversy around Obamacare, you've likely heard talk of
Congress defunding parts of Obamacare that the new Congress elected by a majority of American voters last November
wants to halt. But the $105 billion "slush fund" secretly stashed in the language of the Obamacare bill
was granted directly to programs, outside the normal congressional appropriation process. That's unprecedented,
deceitful and dodges the will of voters who oppose Obamacare and those in Congress who oppose it. In essence,
the Administration and congressional perpetrators of this scam silently rigged the system in order to keep Obamacare
running against the will of voters and the subsequent Congress the voters elected to stop Obamacare.
ranks with Prohibition, 55 mph speed limit. No law can command public respect if its authors felt
compelled to hide billions of dollars for its implementation.
The 'Obamacare' Gordian knot. Obamacare
is today's Gordian knot. The law was drafted to be incredibly difficult for lawmakers to unravel. When then-House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), President Barack Obama, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) drafted Obamacare,
they quietly included provisions that automatically spend $105.5 billion over the next 10 years to implement
the law. Annual congressional appropriations are the regular order of business, yet some automatic funding
continues in perpetuity.
$105 Bil In ObamaCare Is A Fat Target. Michele Bachmann has again demonstrated her extraordinary
leadership by discovering $105 billion of taxpayers' money that Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi had hidden in
ObamaCare. Now, Rep. Bachmann, R-Minn., wants her colleagues to refuse to pass must-pass bills, such as the
Continuing Resolution or raising the debt limit, unless they include recapturing that secret money.
New $2 billion bailout in Obamacare. Investigators for the House Energy and Commerce
Committee have discovered that a little-known provision in the national health care law has allowed
the federal government to pay nearly $2 billion to unions, state public employee systems, and
big corporations to subsidize health coverage costs for early retirees. At the current rate of
payment, the $5 billion appropriated for the program could be exhausted well before it is set
Prediction Backfires? Glitches Arise in Health Law. Back in March 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, D-Calif, uttered the now-famous words, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in
it, away from the fog of the controversy." Pelosi was talking about the health care law, and it appears
she was right about the fact that it was full of unknowns. It turns out that, due to a glitch in the law,
roughly three million middle-income Americans could wind up on Medicaid — which was designed to
assist the country's poorest citizens.
Another Rotten Obamacare Easter Egg. What a windfall for middle class families: Saddled
with sky-high, unaffordable family coverage rates, and "socked" with billions in new taxes. Thanks,
I do not know what the learned political scientists of the republic say about it, but it seems to me that the laws
of the land are so poorly written now that almost no one knows what they mean. That is a government bureaucrat's
delight. The health care bill, commonly known disparagingly as Obamacare, is typical. No member of
Congress could have read it before voting on it, and even now, I doubt any congressman has read it through. ... Finally,
someone over at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at least has read what it says about long-term
health care, and the authorities there made a surprising admission: It is unworkable and possibly illegal.
Obamacare: Get Ready for "Targeted Dumping" of Coverage. One of the single biggest price tags
of Obamacare is its premium subsidies, which will shoot through the roof under this scheme. As Jeffrey
Anderson notes in his post, the CBO has already severely underestimated how many Americans will require subsidies
under Obamacare. They also grossly underestimated how much the overall law would cost.
Obamacare Onslaught Begins. The law was passed a while ago, but the effects of the 2,700 page
bill misnamed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — and commonly referred to as
Obamacare — are slowly taking effect. The CLASS portion may have been eliminated and the individual
mandate will be decided by the Supreme Court, but I'd like to discuss one of the many hidden costs contained
within the legislation.
Obama's Nurse Ratched. Behind every
powerful health care mandate under Obamacare is a power-hungry woman named Kathleen Sebelius. As the Health and Human
Services Secretary, she has unprecedented power under Obamacare to control health care decisions, the approval of medical
products and the national biomedical research agenda. The Secretary is not only the key player; she is the only one
on the field. "The Secretary shall..." is mentioned more than 1000 times in the new health care law. Sebelius
is using that power to promote a liberal agenda and Obama's re-election.
Contraception Law is an Idiot's Nightmare. When the smoke clears and people start looking at this new
level of socialism, I believe that the disapproval rating of Obama will go to a new level. Look at the
Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act and you will start to understand why the communists passed this bill.
You can look through this entire bill and will find nothing pertaining to contraception for non-school age women.
So what the crooks at Obama's lair have improvised is a new concept. Under the provision in Obamacare, they
are trying to bootstrap in contraceptive care.
The Sebelius savings plan.
There's something perverse about a government $15.5 trillion in the red espousing a strategy to "save money" by
discouraging the birth of human beings. That's what Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is
advocating through the implementation of President Obama's contraception mandate.
Finding out what's
in it: Abortion coverage in Obamacare. I don't think the majority of Americans are going to be
pleased with this. They may or may not be okay with abortion, but do they really want the blood on their
own hands, per order of the federal government? Isn't there a law against that? But the Obama
administration is betting they won't really mind.
a failure, in every way possible. Stimulus packages were not to stimulate the economy but were to siphon off
money for the bonuses of executives in failing businesses. Since when does failure deserve a bonus? What else
did he do? His ObamaCare will bankrupt America and was passed with bribes, threats, arm twisting and backroom
deals. Nancy Pelosi: "Let's pass it so we can see what's in it." If that isn't buying a pig in a
poke, what is?
Pop Quiz for College Students.
[Scroll down] As of February 2012, ObamaCare is now about 2,163,744 words long. Put another way, it is three times
longer than the King James Version of the Bible.
2,700 pages are too much for justices. During the long, painful debate that led to the passage of Obamacare,
Republican lawmakers made a single request of their colleagues, the press and the public: Please read the 2,700-page
bill. That request was mostly ignored, even by many of the members of Congress who voted for what became the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now, it's someone else's turn not to read the bill.
Another $17 trillion surprise found in
Obamacare. Senate Republican staffers continue to look though the 2010 health care reform law to see what's in it, and
their latest discovery is a massive $17 trillion funding gap. "The more we learn about the bill, the more we learn it is even
more unaffordable than was suspected," said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republican's budget chief in the Senate. "The bill
has to be removed from the books because we don't have the money," he said.
Obamacare's $17 Trillion Surprise. The
federal government's unfunded health care obligations have grown by a whopping $17 trillion since the passage of
President Obama's controversial reform bill, a new study has found. Staff at the Senate Budget Committee, which
calculated the figure using methods based on those used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), found
that total unfunded obligations for federal health care programs have jumped from $65 trillion in 2009 to
$82 trillion in 2011.
Call 911: Your country is being mugged.
Here's a headline that got me riled up last week: "Montana to receive $15,598,051 in grants from the new health care law for community health centers."
That comes from a press release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was ironically (or intentionally?) issued on May 1, the international
socialist holiday known as May Day. Of course, we all know that Obamacare is socialism, but we aren't supposed to say so. Close your eyes and
pretend it never happened. That's the ticket for getting along these days. But wait a minute! $15.6 million is a lot of money to be spending
in little old Montana, and what does that have to do with health insurance anyway?
Obamacare Hubs Coming to the Nation's Schools.
As the U.S. Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the Democrats' Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is moving ahead with plans
to pour millions of dollars into "school-based health centers." On Wednesday [5/9/2012], Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
announced that $75 million in taxpayer money is available to build and renovate health clinics inside schools.
ObamaTax At 13,000 Pages Of
New Regulations — And Counting. ObamaCare, the legislation that replaced the "We the People" of the Constitution
with the insidious phrase, "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in the bill a mind-boggling 1,563 times, is still being
written. "There's already 13,000 pages of regulations, and they're not even done yet," says Rehberg. The Orwellian-named
Affordable Health Care Act is a "delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a
lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy," adds Matt Spalding of the Heritage Foundation. "We counted
about 180 or so."
ObamaCare and the missing words. The Washington Post
ran an interesting story on Tuesday [7/17/2012] about two health care experts, Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University and Michael Cannon of
the Cato Institute, who believe they have discovered a fatal flaw among the thousands of pages of ObamaCare rules and regulations. [...] But the
notion that a missing word or two in the ObamaCare legislation would somehow halt this massive power grab is hopelessly naïve. Words, and
laws, with firm definitions are for the little people, not the masters of the almighty centralized State. If you violate an obscure clause of
some complicated regulation, you'll be destroyed, but this lawless Administration will allow itself to be held to no such standard.
Obama's Second Term Transformation
Plans. [Scroll down] For example, in the 2,700 pages of ObamaCare there are more than 2,500 references to the
Secretary of Health and Human Services. There are more than 700 instances when he or she is instructed that they "shall" do
something and more than 200 times when they "may" take at their sole discretion some form of regulatory action. On
139 occasions, the law mentions that the "Secretary determines." In essence one person, appointed by and reporting to the
president, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans once ObamaCare is fully operational in 2014.
Feds need 18 pages to
define 'full-time' for Obamacare. One of the most-anticipated new federal regulations governing which companies will be
required to provide health insurance under Obamacare has finally landed — with a thud. In the latest indication of
how complicated putting the Affordable Care Act into action will be, the Department of Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue
Service issued 18 pages of regulations just to describe what a "full-time employee" is. Of note, to the Feds a full-time
employee works an average of just 30 hours a week, not the normally accepted 40 hours. The IRS rule is key because
companies with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined.
ObamaCare Calls 30 Hours of Work Per Week
'Full-Time'. A little-known section in the ObamaCare health reform law defines "full-time" work as averaging only 30 hours per
week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the ObamaCare rule that says
businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine.
rhetoric vs. its reality. Just recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued an 18-page, single-spaced notice explaining how to
distinguish between full-time and part-time workers under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The difference matters, because the act
requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance for those workers. At the same time, no company
has to buy insurance for part-time employees, defined as those working less than 30 hours a week.
Hospitals scramble to limit readmissions, avoid new
penalties. Under federal penalties that kicked in Oct. 1 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hospitals lose Medicare
reimbursements if their patients are readmitted at an excessive rate.
Nanny State: Obamacare Now
Regulating Pizza. Section 4205 of PPACA (ObamaCare) requires any pizzeria, grocery, or convenience store with more
than 20 locations to post calorie information in their store on menu boards. The way the bill is written, Dominos, for
example, will have to write out the caloric information for 34 million different pizza combinations (yes, they've done the
math on that).
Obamacare Allows Government To Use Force To Do
Home Inspections. [W]hen Obama and the liberals were trying to sell Obamacare to the American people, they certainly didn't mention that it would mean
hostile government goons could force their way into your home so that soulless, unelected bureaucrats can micromanage your life, did they? Every few weeks, some
fresh outrage from the bill is revealed. So, how many more of these ugly little surprises are there in the law?
Does Obamacare include blanket amnesty for illegal aliens?
Obama Won't Give Federal Insurance Benefits to Illegal Aliens,
He'll Make Them Legal First. It is true that both the House and Senate health care bills as they are now
drafted would make illegal aliens ineligible for federally funded health care. But President Obama has stated as
recently as last month at a press conference in Mexico that he will seek "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation
that will put illegal aliens on a "pathway to citizenship."
"Myth" that Health Care Reform Won't Cover Illegal Aliens, Is Itself a Myth. Nowhere does
H.R. 3200 say that illegal aliens are ineligible to enroll in the proposed "public option." To the
contrary, Section 202 provides that "all individuals" are eligible for benefits offered through the
government exchange unless they are enrolled in another health insurance plan.
for Illegal Aliens. Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in
America — except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means
Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called "public
health insurance option." Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure.
Illegal immigrants already
put a strain on America's health care system..
Crusaders Out To Plunder System. Since Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, proponents of
socialized medicine have bombarded us with nonstop demagoguery about the 40 million-plus uninsured to
create a crisis mentality sufficient to catalyze sweeping "reforms." Their efforts didn't stand much of
a chance until the advent of the pseudo-crisis-exploiting administration of President Barack Obama, which
never met a "crisis" it couldn't leverage.
Government Medical Care Always Becomes Political Medical Care.
Americans did not invent democracy. What America rightly did, for the first time in history, was institutionalize the
concept of limited government — based not on majority rule, but on individual rights. Sadly, this
foundation is not properly recognized and is rapidly giving way to an ever-expanding government.
Those who say that
government should seize control of all of our medical care are ultimately advocating the elimination of all restraint on
Truth Is A Casualty Of The Final
Push. [Quoting President Obama] "By the time the vote has taken place ... you'll know what's in it
because it's going to be posted and everybody's going to be able to evaluate it on the merits." The
final bill wouldn't available to the public until Saturday morning [3/20/2010], the day before the vote,
congressional sources told us Friday. So in fact, nobody would have time to digest the 2,500-page
Obamacare is HillaryCare in a new wrapper
Reading the Bill...
The White House has pointedly refused to say whether President Obama will read the 1,000+ page health care
bill — HR 3200 — now pending before the House of Representatives. ... The language
may seem innocuous, but Sec 1866D actually describes the plan for American health care that was
first proposed as HR 3600 in 1993 and known as HillaryCare.
Never Seen The Left So Out-Of-Control
Desperate. Try looking at this health care debate from the Democrat perspective. It has been
a Democrat dream for decades to control the nation's health care delivery system. They thought they had it
made in 1993 after Clinton's defeat of George H.W. Bush. Hillary got to work and created a monstrosity
of a plan for government control of our health care, and it died a well-deserved and rather painful death.
Within a year the Republicans had control of the House and the Senate.
to America: Bend Over and Cough. [Scroll down] Eighty-five percent of Americans have
health insurance, and 89 percent of them are satisfied with it. This poses a problem for "reform."
MSNBC's Chris Matthews once wrote that because HillaryCare failed to calm the satisfied, it collapsed.
"People," said Matthews, "saw their hard-won benefits and options being siphoned off to fund the health needs
of all comers. Instead of securing the health care of the 'working family,' Hillary Clinton was offering
'universal coverage' for those who didn't work, financed by those who did. It was an offer people were
eager and quick to refuse."
someone mention Hillarycare?
Obamacare is RomneyCare in a new wrapper
Mess. ObamaCare is supposed to increase health coverage and slow spending. The
promises of RomneyCare in Massachusetts were the same. But it has neither brought universal coverage
nor contained costs.
Massachusetts Meltdown A Model For ObamaCare. During the
health care debate, President Obama claimed his proposal was similar to RomneyCare, passed in 2006 in
Massachusetts under then GOP Gov. Mitt Romney. Unfortunately, RomneyCare portends a bleak future for
the U.S. under ObamaCare. Little by little, the system is falling apart in Massachusetts under the
weight of ever-increasing costs.
coverage? First, look at the disaster in Massachusetts. To much fanfare from both right and
left in 2006, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to require all residents to buy health
insurance. ... Then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, promised that "every uninsured citizen in Massachusetts
will soon have affordable health insurance." Yet just two years later, Romney's much-heralded
"solution" — touted by many as the model for a national program — has become an
who makes RomneyCare/MassCare's waiver decisions. Before there was Obamacare, there was
RomneyCare/MassCare. Before there were Obamacare waivers, there were RomneyCare/MassCare waivers.
And just as the SEIU Purple Army is smack dab in the middle of exempting itself from Obamacare, it is smack
dab in the middle of deciding who does and who doesn't have to follow the RomneyCare/MassCare rules in the
Prefers to Lose Primary Rather than Renounce Romneycare. Mitt Romney refused to criticize his Massachusetts
health-care program tonight, saying he would prefer to lose the primary rather than renounce it. "I'm standing by
what I did in Massachusetts," Romney said on Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier. "I'm not trying
to dust it aside. I'm absolutely firm that it was the right thing for our state. I'll defend that and I
understand it has political implications. And if it keeps me from winning a primary, so be it."
Obamacare kills jobs
...or at least it kills full time jobs.
Our Overregulated Government.
Last week the New York Times reported on an example of unhelpful behavior from Washington: "Cities, counties, public schools and
community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with
health insurance under the Affordable Care Act." That's right, ObamaCare's employer mandate applies to the public as well as the
private sector, and although it's been delayed until next year, "many public employers have already adopted policies, laws or regulations"
to avoid its costliest effects, the Times reports.
Study: 33,000 Jobs Impacted
Due To Obamacare's Medical Device Tax. "According to the report, the tax has led to employment reductions of approximately 14,000
industry workers and foregone hiring of 19,000 workers," the study stated.
Sebelius Lied, Jobs Died: Here Are
33,000 Jobs In Just One Industry Lost Because Of Obamacare. There are so many bad features of Obamacare we were mislead [sic] on that
we're going to have come up for a euphemism for lying — maybe the administration is "truth impaired"? "Honesty-challenged?"
The latest comes from just one industry reporting how many jobs were lost because of the medical device tax that was included in the bill in order
to raise money to pay for its poorly designed ponzi scheme:
Denies Well-Documented ObamaCare Joblessness. Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius claims "there is absolutely no evidence" that health
reform is killing jobs. Liars are legion in politics, but they usually stop short of claiming the sun didn't rise this morning.
Obama delivers on jobs. Silly us. Here we've been
criticizing the Obama administration for the dismal job growth we've seen these past five years. Turns out, we've got it backward.
We've been measuring the president by the jobs the economy has been creating during his tenure. If two top Obama officials are right,
we should count it an Obama success that more Americans will decide not to work.
The United States of Decline. Meanwhile, as the
American Enterprise Institute's Marc Thiessen wrote in the February 10 Washington Post, new Congressional Budget Office figures show that Obamacare will
reduce U.S. incomes by $70 billion annually between 2017 and 2024. The CBO also estimated that by 2021, Obamacare's disincentives to hire and incentives
not to work would slash labor hours by the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs. Rather than dispute these figures, key Democrats embraced them. [...] So,
rather than expand economic growth and jobs, Democrats applaud as Americans stop working — to do watercolors, draft poetry, and take
naps — while exhausted taxpayers foot the bill.
Sebelius claims there's 'absolutely no evidence' Obamacare will cost jobs, defying CBO estimate. Health
and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters on Monday [2/17/2014] that there is 'absolutely no evidence' that the United States will lose jobs
as a consequence of implementing the Affordable Care Act. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office declared on February 4 that the Obamacare
law would suck the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs out of the U.S. economy by 2024.
A mandate for layoffs. The White House has just made [an] admission about
ObamaCare: Its employer mandate creates an incentive for businesses to lay off workers. That's not how the administration puts it, of course.
But a new rule requiring certain businesses to certify — on pain of perjury — that layoffs they make are not ObamaCare-related rests on
this assumption. This new requirement is a byproduct of the decision to extend for yet another year the waiver of the health insurance mandate for
businesses with 50-99 employees.
Government's insane hallucinations. Once upon a time, people could
start businesses in America and run them as they saw fit. People can no longer do that. Instead, businesses must conform to insanely expensive
one-size-fits-all health insurance requirements imposed by a group of people who have never run a business, never met a payroll and never had to worry about
making a profit.
Government's insane hallucinations. Obamacare results in higher
unemployment as employers shy away from the insane expenses and government requirements endemic in the ACA. To stay in business, many employers must
reduce worker hours or reduce the number of employees.
When Will the Backlash Occur? In its most updated assessment of
the ACA, the government's own Congressional Budget Office caught the Democrats flat-footed by projecting that the law is severely flawed on a number of fronts,
matching in many ways what the ACA opponents clearly and repeatedly warned about. Aside from all of its other negative impacts, millions of jobs will be
lost, specifically due to this law.
CBO Obamacare job loss worse than reported.
The Obama machine is scrambling to minimize damage inflicted by the Congressional Budget Office's report that Obamacare will have a negative impact on employment,
delaying yet again parts of the employer mandate, and forcing employers to swear Orwellian oaths that they won't cut workers. But a full reading of the
CBO report shows that job loss could be even worse than previously reported.
An Executive Order that Hurts. Employers with 50
to 99 employees have been given yet another one of these fiat waivers from Obama. And the employers with over 100 employees can now cry foul, and even a
Democrat might see the inconsistencies and injustices of the recent waiver. Employers with over 100 employees — say 110 — are still
bound to obey and incur fines, no taxes, (or is a penalty?). They are being placed in a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.
Corruption of the English Language Comes Right From Orwell's "1984". Politicians are always trying to put the best face on unpleasant
occurrences — what we call spin. But nothing comes close to the White House response to a study from the Congressional Budget Office
that by 2024 ObamaCare will cost the economy the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs.
war on jobs. In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will
by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs. First, the Congressional Budget Office triples its estimate of the
drop in the workforce resulting from the disincentive introduced by Obamacare's insurance subsidies: 2 million by 2017, 2.3 million by 2021.
At the ObamaCare Improv. If Mr. Obama
really wanted to help alleviate labor market uncertainty, then he'd ask Congress to repeal the mandate permanently. No business is going to take
the long-term risk of hiring and staffing decisions based on a temporary mandate holiday declared through unilateral administrative discretion.
Why Democrats Hate Work. Last week, the Congressional
Budget Office released a report discussing the ramifications of Obamacare. The report revealed that the work-hour equivalent of approximately
2.5 million jobs would disappear from the workforce, thanks to Obamacare, in a voluntary process in which employees would simply dump out of their
jobs, knowing they could get health care through expanded Medicaid and federal subsidies they would lose by working.
$70 billion pay cut. In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to "give America a raise." Well,
it turns out that Obama is giving America a $70 billion annual pay cut, courtesy of Obamacare. That is the overlooked nugget
in the new Congressional Budget Office report detailing the economic costs of Obamacare.
Obama Twerks America. No... you cannot keep your
insurance, no matter how much you like it. You also can't keep your doctor, or your full-time job. Twenty-nine hours a week or less
of gainful employment will have to suffice going forward. And that's a good thing. Just ask any Democrat — it's freedom
from job-lock. Americans, thanks to Barack Obama, now have the right to be unemployed. [...] Besides, stop your whining, are there not
food stamps, acquirable in an instant? How much does he have to do for you people?
The Phony 'Job Lock' Escape
Defense. All this job-lock talk was sparked to defend ObamaCare after the Congressional Budget Office reported the work
disincentives it creates will lead to the loss of the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. But it turns out that the
Democrats' claim that millions can't escape the jobs they have solely because of health insurance is debatable. And to the extent
that job lock is a problem, it's far from clear that ObamaCare will solve it.
The Democrats' 'War on Work'. As with many
things, I don't think these liberals believe what they are saying. They have to have a "War on Work," because if work were good for you,
they'd have to explain why the labor participation rate is at or near all-time lows. Ninety plus million have given up even trying to
find employment or, if my guess is correct, are working part time under the table and not reporting their income to the IRS, who are too
busy harassing conservatives to notice anyway. We are moving toward an era like the old Soviet Union where the joke went: "We
pretend to work and they pretend to pay us." All power to the black market.
Obamacare Is Anything But
Compassionate. The verdict is in, and it's not good: Obamacare is rippling through the U.S. economy with vast implications for
American prosperity. On Friday, we learned that the Obama economy has hit stall speed, with a paltry 113,000 jobs added in January.
Two days earlier, we learned the president's health care law is discouraging Americans from working, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office. The report makes for bracing reading. The law will reduce the labor supply by the equivalent of
2.3 million full-time workers, the CBO says — up from an estimated 800,000 just three years ago.
MSM Whitewashes CBO Obamacare Report. Does
Obamacare really kill jobs? For anyone capable of absorbing objective data, the inescapable answer is a resounding "Yes." In fact,
one of the ironies of the "Affordable Care Act" is that it has already caused mass layoffs in the very industry it purports to reform. It
has, for example, forced the Cleveland Clinic to lay off thousands of employees. [...] In other words, the real issue here is that Obamacare
is a confirmed job killer. No informed observer will refute that well-documented reality.
Reduce Incomes of 80 Percent of Americans, Says Liberal Think Tank. A new study by the liberal Brookings Institution has concluded
that the overwhelming majority of Americans will have their net incomes lowered because of Obamacare. The study finds that while the bottom 20% of
income earners will see their incomes rise, the remaining 80% will see their incomes decline because of the bill passed with 100% Democrat support.
5 Devastating Obamacare
Facts From CBO's Latest Economic Report. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its latest analysis of the country's
economic and budget outlook, and it's a doozy. [...] It's so bad that there's even a report section entitled, "How Much Will the ACA Reduce
Employment in the Longer Term?" (Spoiler alert: a lot). As predicted by its conservative opponents, Obamacare has
indeed destroyed jobs, increased spending, and made health care less accessible.
The Risible ObamaCare Counterattacks.
What was striking to me about the CBO report was how it detailed a problem with ObamaCare that had gone all but unnoticed in the debates over its passage
and in the criticisms of it since: The way in which its complex system of subsidies might create perverse incentives for people who receive the
subsidies. The very real possibility is that this "disincentive to work," as the CBO's own director put it to Congress, will be the proverbial
straw that breaks ObamaCare's back. It's not the report itself, in other words; it's what the report reports.
Demonomics. The CBO report projected that by 2021 under ObamaCare
more than 2 million full-time workers will find it financially advisable to quit work entirely or switch to part-time jobs in order to get more subsidies
for healthcare insurance. To most of us who studied real economics or just paid attention to human nature, subsidizing indolence means you'll get
more of it.
Lose Your Job and Feel Liberated. This
week, a report from the Congressional Budget Office acknowledged that ObamaCare would reduce full-time employment by 2.5 million over the next ten
years. And that is on top of news that 92 million Americans who could be working are not. What a devastating assessment for the
unemployed or underemployed, particular millenials seeking to transition from internships and part-time jobs to career-building full-time jobs.
Yet the predictable spin from the White House and major media outlets is that this is good news, liberating workers from the chains of employment.
CBO nearly triples estimate of working hours lost by 2021 due to Affordable Care
Act. A historically high number of people will be locked out of the workforce by 2021, according to a report by the Congressional
Budget Office released Tuesday [2/4/2014]. President Barack Obama's signature health-care law will contribute to this phenomenon, the CBO
said, citing new estimates that the Affordable Care Act will cause a larger-than-expected reduction in working hours — eliminating
the equivalent of about 2.3 million workers in 2021.
Obamacare will push 2 million workers
out of labor market: CBO. Obamacare will push the equivalent of about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017 as
employees decide either to work fewer hours or drop out of the job market altogether, according to estimates released Tuesday by the
Congressional Budget Office.
The Jobless Care Act. There are
7.8 million Americans working part-time who want full-time work, including a fry cook whose restaurant cut his hours to avoid Affordable
Care Act mandates and confronted President Obama in an online Google Q&A last week: "We can't survive. It's not a living." Mr.
Obama changed the subject to raising the minimum wage. But he can't dodge reality forever as the evidence piles up that ObamaCare is
harming the labor market.
Elitist lipstick on the CBO pig. This
is elitist clap-trap which appeals to the kind of people who take a sabbatical, but which angers all of those people who struggle to make their car
payments, keep Mastercard off their backs, and pay for braces for little Suzie and Johnny. Jason Furman, Chairman of the White House Council
of Economic Advisers, embarrassed himself yesterday explaining why it is a good thing that 2.5 million people will leave the workforce thanks
to Obamacare, with a performance Brit Hume described as "pathetic."
Specter of welfare state jolts
Democrats. The White House and congressional Democrats are trying to limit the fallout from the politically damaging conclusion
in a Congressional Budget Office report that the Obamacare entitlement creates a major incentive for some people not to work. While
some critics focused on a finding by the CBO that Obamacare will result in 2.5 million fewer workers over a decade, conservatives
said the bigger fundamental issue highlighted in the report is one familiar to the welfare state — that taxpayer-funded
government subsidies provide disincentives for full-time work.
than 2.3 million full-time jobs will be lost because of Obamacare by 2021. The Affordable Care Act will push the equivalent of
2.3 million full-time workers out of the U.S. labor force by the year 2021, according to a stunning report from the nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office on Tuesday [2/4/2014]. The office's latest estimates threaten to puncture the Obama administration's argument that Obamacare
won't be a long-term job killer, since incentives built into the health care law appear to be discouraging taxpayers from working.
Health-care law will mean 2 million fewer workers. The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more
than 2 million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday [2/4/2014], a finding that sent the White House scrambling to
defend a law that has bedeviled President Obama for years. After obtaining coverage through the health law, some workers may forgo
employment, while others may reduce hours, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.
Left's Lamest Defense Of ObamaCare Yet. The Congressional Budget Office determined that ObamaCare would discourage work,
in large part because many middle-income families will find themselves in what amounts to a 50% marginal income tax bracket as ObamaCare
subsidies tail off. As a result, there'd be 2.5 million fewer "full-time equivalent" jobs and a 1% drop in overall compensation.
This doesn't sound so good. But to liberals, it's supposed to be music to our ears. As the New York Times explained, it's "a
liberating result of the law."
House Responds to CBO: Claims That Obamacare 'Hurts Jobs' Not Supported by Facts. On Tuesday afternoon [2/4/2013], the White
House responded to the Congressional Budget Office's new annual budget projection, arguing that the details of the report did not support
claims that Obamacare was eliminating jobs. "Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts in the CBO
report," the statement read. "CBO's findings are not driven by an assumption that ACA will lead employers to eliminate jobs or reduce
hours; in fact the report itself says that there is 'no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA."
Obamacare Doesn't Cost Jobs, It Turns Workers Into 'Free Agents'. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said
the Congressional Budget Office report that shows Obamacare will make the labor force lose 2.3 million full-time workers by
2021 is positive because it lets Americans be "free agents." [...] The CBO report primarily looked at how employers would respond
to the penalty for not offering health insurance to employees working more than 30 hours per week. Businesses could
respond by cutting people's hours, hiring fewer workers and offering lower wages to incoming workers.
Cook Shifted to Part-Time Work Confronts Obama. During a Google Hangout session on Friday [1/31/2014], fry cook
Darnell Summers told President Obama that his hours were cut due to the Affordable Care Act. "We were broken down to part
time to avoid paying health insurance," he said. Summers explained that he makes $7.25 an hour and has been on strike four
times seeking a wage increase. "We can't survive, it's not livin'," he said. The president responded by urging states
to increase the minimum wage.
favorite DC restaurant shuts down buffet due to Obamacare. One of former President Bill Clinton's favorite restaurants has
eliminated its Friday buffet due to Obamacare. "We regret we had to make this decision but unfortunately we face new expenses as a
result of the Healthcare reform and the Friday Buffet, though wonderful, was not profitable and required extra staff which we can no longer
sustain," a notice at the Georgetown Italian restaurant's website reads.
Ersatz. They said health rationing would never come, that if
you liked your plan and doctor, you could keep it. They lied, and now that that's over let's move on. Since it's the government's
doctor not yours any more, Maryland has announced a bold deal with state and federal officials not to treat people unnecessarily. [...] Yes,
progress is not treating people. Hospitals are preparing for this brave new world by firing employees.
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters from
Obamacare. Rep. Lou Barletta (R., Pa.) introduced a bill Tuesday [12/10/2013] that will exempt volunteer fire departments
from having to pay for their members' insurance benefits. The current IRS policy defines volunteer firefighters as employees for
federal tax purposes. If voted into law, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act will redefine
volunteers as non-employees, which will relieve fire departments from the burden of paying for volunteers' health insurance.
Still 7.3 Million Jobs Below Average. The average monthly growth over the past four years is just 158,000. During the Reagan
recovery, in contrast, monthly job growth averaged 244,000 (at a time when the U.S. had a much smaller population). Indeed, had Obama's
recovery been merely as good as the average recovery since World War II, there would be 7.3 million more people employed today.
Unfortunately, despite promising this week that he will "relentlessly push a growth agenda," Obama continues to saddle the economy with
anti-growth policies — massive regulations, higher taxes and, worst of all, the job-killing ObamaCare employer mandate.
Small Businesses Say ACA's Aggregation
Rules Unfair. Donna Baker of Adrian, Mich., owns an accounting firm, payroll company and retail store. Her husband, Kim, is the
sixth generation owner of a dairy farm. While the four businesses are separate entities, they count as one employer under the health-care law
due to a technicality — Mrs. Baker is a minority stakeholder in the 1,800-acre property that her husband's farm sits on, plus she helps
out with some of the farm's bookkeeping. As a result, the Bakers are subject to aggregation rules in the U.S. tax code, which means they would
be required to offer health-insurance benefits to their combined full-time staff — if it reaches 50 employees — starting in 2015,
or pay a penalty.
Top US hospital laying off
staff due to Obamacare. The Cleveland Clinic, which is ranked among the top four U.S. hospitals, is making layoffs
and cutting its budget more than $100 million as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Caller has learned.
corruption and abuse is just beginning. Stories are surfacing of cancer patients — now facing the loss of insurance
policies that paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in life-saving treatments — who cannot access the government run exchange.
Or, if they are successful, their premiums are now dramatically higher, and they can no longer access the clinics and doctors that kept them
alive. Businesses around the country are replacing full-time employees with part-time hires to avoid paying rising, burdensome premiums
for qualifying workers.
Obamacare casualty: David's Bridal moves
workers to part-time. Corporate heads for David's Bridal shops have reportedly sent out notices to their employees that due to Obamacare, their
full-time services will no longer be needed. The employees are being shifted into part-time status, The Daily Caller reported. Store managers can't
discuss the situation, the news outlet said, and have referred all calls for information to the headquarters office, located in Pennsylvania. But at
least one Twitter poster confirmed the situation and so did a handful of store employees, The Daily Caller reported.
ObamaCare A Job Killer? Evidence Suggests Yes. Is the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) a job killer? Along with the fate of
HealthCare.gov, this question stalks the ACA. Critics — including me — say "yes." We argue that businesses will try
to avoid the requirement to provide health insurance to workers by changing their employment practices. This would include cutting hours to
ensure that workers are "part time" under the ACA, exempting them from coverage.
Obamacare Costs One Indiana School
District $6 Million. It would cost $6 million a year to provide health care to every employee who works more than 30 hours, says
A job engine sputters as hospitals cut
staff. Hospitals, a reliable source of employment growth in the recession and its aftermath, are starting to cut thousands
of jobs amid falling insurance payments and in-patient visits. The payroll cuts are surprising because the Affordable Care Act (ACA),
whose implementation took a big step forward this month, is eventually expected to provide health coverage to as many as 30 million
The Editor says...
Obviously the hospital administrators know they won't be paid nearly as much by the government as they were by the private insurance
companies. It is difficult to understand how the writers at USA Today could be surprised by this news, even as they report it.
ObamaCare and the Part-Time Economy. There
are times when the Obama administration makes statements so disconnected from economic reality that you wonder if any White House official has talked
with anyone in business. A case in point: the administration's mantra that ObamaCare's definition of full-time employment as 30 or
more hours per week had no effect on employers' hiring practices.
Survey: Opposition to
ObamaCare At All Time Highs; Up to 7 Million Jobs Lost. Opposition to ObamaCare hit new highs just as it officially gets off the ground,
according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. [...] Nearly one in 10 said that either they or someone in their household has had their hours cut
back because of ObamaCare. That translates into as many as 9 million people. Meanwhile, 6% say they or another household member has
lost a job because of ObamaCare. In other words, the health law is responsible for as many as 7 million lost jobs.
Obamacare creates jobs — in India.
Obamacare has hidden benefits — for India. As millions of Americans are encouraged
to enrol in health insurance plans under the new system, executives in India's generic drug and software industries foresee an upswing in business. Nearly 40% of the
generic drugs used in the US now come from India, and industry insiders say sales will grow as the reforms collectively known as Obamacare roll out.
Study: Obamacare Costing 66,000 Jobs in Illinois.
The president's health care law is driving down employment in his home state, according to a recent report. Employers in Illinois are cutting
worker hours to avoid costly penalties from Obamacare's employer mandate, where employees in the lowest wage sectors are the hardest hit. The
Illinois Policy Institute studied the three employment sectors — retail, food, and merchandise — whose average hours were
closest to 30 hours per week prior to the Affordable Care Act.
IRS Sued Because Obama Amended
Obamacare Unconstitutionally. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, sued the IRS and the Treasury Department because Barack Obama
unlawfully amended Obamacare without Congress. That caused harm to Dr. Kawa who has 70 employees and made financial expenditures to meet the
employer mandate. There are numerous other companies across the USA that did the same. Obamacare has already caused millions of job losses
nationwide. More are anticipated. The majority of Americans have opposed Obamacare because it costs more and has inferior health care.
Emory Healthcare Lays Off 101 Workers Due
to Obamacare. 101 employees are losing their job at Emory Healthcare due to Obamacare, the WSBTV reports. This is just one layoff
out of the thousands of companies giving layoffs or reduced hours due to Obamacare. "I don't like people losing their jobs... A lot
of people are going to lose their homes and cars and everything they worked all their life for," said a local resident on hearing the news of the
Emory healthcare Obamacare layoffs.
How ObamaCare Wrecks the Work Ethic.
Before the recession, a decision to work would benefit public treasuries by an amount equal to 40% of the compensation from the job. The worker
and his family got the other 60%. In the years 2015 and beyond, full-time workers with median incomes will keep only half of the compensation
created by their decisions, with the other half going to the government in the form of additional taxes and savings on subsidy payments. By
keeping 50% rather than 60%, workers will find that the reward for holding a job will have fallen a damaging 17%.
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare
insurance mandate. Forever 21, the clothing store, told staff last month in a memo leaked to the press that it planned to cut hours and reclassify
some full-time workers as part-time. The move, which the company denied had anything to do with President Barack Obama's health reforms, the Affordable
Care Act (ACA), will nevertheless help it avoid a mandate under the legislation requiring companies with 50 or more employees to offer those
working 30 hours a week or more health insurance.
Welcome to Obamacare — fax us your money!
Months ago, the government that could hardly administer a Cash for Clunkers program had to bail on the "employer mandate," pushing the start date back to
Oct. 1, 2015. That means businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are exempt from Obamacare. But small businesses, the backbone
of the American economy, are still forced to comply with the regressive law.
Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours, Jobs. ObamaCare's impact on jobs is hotly debated by politicians and economists. Critics say the
Affordable Care Act, with its employer mandate to provide health insurance, gives businesses an incentive to cut workers' hours. This year, report after
report has rolled in about employers restricting work hours to fewer than 30 per week — the point where the mandate kicks in. Data also
point to a record low workweek in low-wage industries.
The Wrecking Ball Known as ObamaCare.
Daily, one learns that ObamaCare is a job destroyer. The
graph here shows that deep cuts to
jobs will continue as "ObamaCare kills off at least two percent of the U.S. full-time workforce." The list of companies cutting hours
for workers continues to grow. Employers seek to keep staff below the 30-hour threshold set by the not-so Affordable Care Act.
Thus, "according to an April survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 41% of 603 small business owners" are
delaying hiring. In fact, "one in five [have] already cut hours, while 20% have reduced payroll."
Obamacare May Wipe Out 2% of America's
Workforce. If this seems rather terrible, it's what some of the worst European economies already look like with part time jobs for
most younger people and a limited reserve of full time jobs for union members and government employees.
Pilgrim lays off 65 workers, almost all of them in Massachusetts. In a statement, Harvard Pilgrim said the cutback was
"part of a strategic plan to align... organizational structure with the changing health care environment."
Is there a con man in the Oval Office?
Since January 77% of all jobs created in America under Obama have been part-time jobs. Not surprisingly in a nation with only crummy part-time
jobs, the income picture is degenerating into a nightmare. Real household income has dropped in every year of Obama's Presidency. A
new Census Bureau report reveals that the typical American family under Obama now earns less today than it did in 1989.
Study: Obamacare Could Shrink
Workforce by 900,000. According to a new study, if you're single, earning less than $22,000 annually, and are getting health insurance
through your employer, President Obama's law may make you reconsider showing up for work in 2014. If low-income workers are able to buy
reduced-price health insurance through the new federal exchanges, there may be less of an incentive for those workers to keep or find a job,
according to three researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a national think tank.
Barnabas Health lays off employees, cites
healthcare reform. Barnabas Health, the second-largest private employer in the state, said today it was forced to lay off employees
because of pressures brought about by healthcare reform. The company refused to say the total number of employees who lost their jobs [...]
Lays Off 50 Workers Because of Obamacare. Indiana University, which currently spends $215 million a year on health care, will
shift 50 maintenance and custodial employees to an outside contractor that will hire them and will manage their hours. According to Indiana's
WRTV, the university is doing so to avoid paying for health insurance for the workers — Obamacare will require that all hourly employees
who work 30 or more hours a week be provided with "affordable" health insurance.
Four Years Ago Today, Barack Obama Offered
America a Pile of Empty Promises. Obamacare's 30-hour work week has made America a part-time nation. Forced with the choice of paying for Obamacare's
mandates or dropping insurance for their workers, many employers are dropping coverage and cutting work hours down to less than 30 hours per week. Nearly all
of the jobs created during Obama's presidency have been part-time jobs. Unemployment among the young and minorities is at crisis levels, but Obama is ignoring this
crisis. [...] So, rather than scrap the law that clearly isn't working, the Obama administration is going to spend 12 million taxpayer dollars advertising.
Labor Day Lies. From January 1 through July 31, 77% of
the jobs created were part-time. Less than one out of four people hired got full time work — the opposite of a normal economy. In
April, news about employers shifting to part-time hiring grew to a drumbeat. Numerous employers cited Obamacare for the change. The new
health law requires employers with fifty or more full-time employees to provide health benefits or pay a fine. Adding a $5,000 health benefit
is affordable when you're hiring lawyers but not entry-level workers.
The Obamanomics decline. In a healthy economy,
when someone leaves his job, it opens up a space for someone else. Nowadays, full-time replacements aren't being hired — more than two out of
every three jobs created this year have been part-time. That's reflected in the dismal labor-force participation rate that's 3 points lower than
it was a decade ago. That may not sound like much, but it means we have 7.3 million people who've gone from being productive members of society
to being idle. A good deal of the blame for that development can be pinned on the increased costs of hiring full-time employees under Obamacare.
Fact, Not Anecdote, That ObamaCare Is Turning Us Into A Part-Time Nation. The Obama administration continues to discount the huge impact its
health overhaul law is having in turning America into a part-time nation, calling reports anecdotal and not based on complete data. [...] An avalanche of
"anecdotes" continues to pile up as workers across the country are having their hours cut and their health benefits slashed across a broad range of industries.
Five Groups At Risk of
Losing Plans Under ObamaCare. [Scroll down] Other part-time workers who currently get coverage from their employers are at risk,
as businesses try to minimize costs involved with ObamaCare. The fact that companies know these workers will be able to buy coverage in the
exchanges will likely encourage this trend. On top of this, businesses are increasingly shifting to more part-time work to avoid the costs of
complying with the ObamaCare mandate, since the law will only require that employers offer benefits to those clocking 30 or more hours a week.
Will Obamacare Destroy Jobs? Before the
recession, Richard Clark's cleaning company in Florida had 200 employees, about half of them working full time. These days it
has about 150, with 80% part-time. The downturn explains some of this. But Mr Clark also blames Barack Obama's health reform.
Obamacare Leads to More Part-Time Employees.
In order to avoid paying for insurance benefits mandated by President Obama's health care law, employers are moving rapidly to shift their workforce to more part-time
and temporary employees. Employers are also finding other strategies to minimize their exposure to the law's heavy regulatory burdens, according to Grace-Marie
Turner, president of the Galen Institute. "ObamaCare is the single biggest deterrent to job creation in our economy," said Turner.
Uh-oh. Your job just went from 30 hours a week to 20.
Sorry: Businesses cannot
avoid Obamacare by switching to part-time staff. The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to
part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday [8/1/2013] created a website to
explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked
to essentially create a "full-time equivalent."
call center hired part-time employees — denying them the health care benefits they are promoting. A call center due to open in the
fall to tell the public about ObamaCare has been criticized for offering half of its employees part-time work, which will deny them the very benefits
they have been hired to promote. Staff and city officials in Contra Costa County have been left dismayed that the successful bid to run one
of three Californian call centers has ended in employees being left without benefits.
The full-time White House horror
show. If the failing economy doesn't kill you, Obamacare will. [...] Many businesses, some large and some small, are moving
toward an ever-larger part-time roster of workers, all with no health insurance. Employers are rarely happy with a part-time
arrangement; employees never are. Employers get workers only 50 percent loyal to the company, and employees are often
expected to perform full-time work at half pay.
74% of small
businesses will fire workers, cut hours under Obamacare. Despite the administration's controversial decision to delay forcing
companies to join Obamacare for a year, three-quarters of small businesses are still making plans to duck the costly law by firing workers,
reducing hours of full-time staff, or shift many to part-time, according to a sobering survey released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"Small businesses expect the requirement to negatively impact their employees. Twenty-seven percent say they will cut hours to reduce
full time employees, 24 percent will reduce hiring, and 23 percent plan to replace full time employees with part-time workers to
avoid triggering the mandate," said the Chamber business survey provided to Secrets.
Obamacare's panicked Democrats.
[Scroll down] Witness the rise of the Obamacare "Forty-Niners." No, this is not some Keystone Kops version of a San Francisco
football team. The Forty-Niners in the age of Obama is the class of struggling small businesses forced to keep their payroll below 50
full-time employees or face the Democrats' wrath. If you are the 50th employee, good luck keeping your job.
The Lawless President. [Scroll down] This
shift to part time work is only further reducing real middle class incomes, which have declined steadily under Obama's Presidency. [...] This
is directly attributable to the Obamacare employer mandate, which requires employers of 50 full time workers or more to buy the health
insurance for their workers that the government specifies they must buy, or pay a $2,000 fine per worker every year. Full time is
defined as those working 30 hours a week or more. As a result, many employers are cutting back their workers to 29 hours a
week, to avoid the cost increases of Obamacare.
second-largest employer is a temp agency. Behind Wal-Mart, the second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a
temporary work provider. Friday's disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at an all-time high, with 28 million
Americans now working part-time. The report also showed another disturbing fact: There are now a record number of Americans
with temporary jobs.
Obamacare Jobless Rate Soars from 13.8 percent to 14.3 percent. While it's true that job growth was robust, it came from the growth of PART-TIME
jobs, which are the only kind available. On a net basis, the economy lost 326,000 fulltime jobs. Obamacare changes the definition of full time
employment to 30 hour a week from 32 hours and requires companies over a certain size to purchase health benefits for all fulltime employees.
As a result, companies are doing what we all knew they would: They are cutting fulltime employment and replacing it with part-time help.
The U.S. labor market may be gaining a little more steam, judging by Friday's June jobs report. Imagine how much better it
might do if ObamaCare weren't encouraging employers to hire so many part-time workers. [...] The disappointments include a big jump
of 247,000 in the number of "discouraged workers," those who have stopped looking for a job.
June Jobs Report: Part-Time Jobs Up, Full-Time
Jobs Down. Overall unemployment stayed steady in June at 7.6%. The economy reportedly created 195,000 jobs in the month.
[But the] quality of the jobs created is not good. [...] This is the ObamaCare effect. Obama's health care law incentivizes employers to drop
workers to below 30 hours per week in order to avoid incurring liabilities or fines.
America's Job Recovery Is Only For Part-Timers.
Certainly five years of "stimulus" by President Obama and quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve haven't helped. And thousands of pages of new
regulations, higher taxes on entrepreneurs and a deep philosophical antipathy toward healthy free markets by this administration have made businesses wary
of hiring. The No. 1 culprit, though, is ObamaCare. The added costs this monstrous piece of legislation has imposed on employers of full-time
workers encourages them to hire only part-timers, who get few benefits and no health care.
Delaying ObamaCare's Employer Mandate Solves
Nothing. The reason the administration delayed the Obama-Care employer mandate was because it was turning into a monumental catastrophe. [...]
Businesses that were supposed to benefit the most from it were instead cutting workers, trimming employees' hours and doing whatever else they could to minimize
the mandate's costs. The administration made this problem worse by decreeing that 30 hours constituted full-time work.
Small Businessman Describes Obamacare Hardships.
The owner of Los Angeles based restaurant/bar chain "Barney's Beanery" David Houston described challenges Obamacare is posing to his business Monday
[6/24/2013] on "Your World." Houston said a quarter to a third of his profits "will be eaten up" by increased healthcare costs directly
attributable to Obamacare. However, predicting exactly how much of his profits will be consumed by healthcare reform is difficult because
of uncertainty surrounding the law, Houston said.
Dear entrepreneur, we are canceling your health insurance. As President Obama's health care overhaul begins
to change how Americans get their health insurance, the nearly 22 million people who are self-employed will see some of the most dramatic changes, with perhaps
half of them headed for the new health exchanges in the fall.
ObamaCare Hits School Districts,
Employees. School districts across the country are digging through the details to see how the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare,
will impact their budgets starting January 1, 2014. The law's mandates are causing schools to fire employees, reduce employee hours, and
otherwise slash education spending. "Since most of [school districts'] budget is people, it is likely that, absent special federal or state
funding, there will be some cutbacks. The exact magnitude will be driven by the size of the cost increases — something that we
will not know until they unfold over the next few years," says Michael Shires, a professor of public finance at Pepperdine University.
Poll: 41 percent of small
businesses have frozen hiring because of ObamaCare. The carnage from the worst legislation in modern history keeps piling up.
The latest damage assessment comes from a Gallup poll that shows "Forty-one percent of small businesses surveyed have frozen hiring" because of ObamaCare,
while an equally astonishing 19 percent have actually reduced the number of employees in their business specifically as a result of the President's
health care reform. 38 percent said they have pulled back on expansion plans.
Still More Evidence That ObamaCare Is Costing
Jobs. 'It's about jobs." That was how then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described ObamaCare shortly before President Obama signed it into
law. Turns out she was right, although not in the way she meant.
Donnelly proposes change to
healthcare law. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a measure Wednesday [6/19/2013] that
would change the definition of a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act. The proposal is aimed at preventing workers
from having their hours scaled back as businesses try to cope with the additional cost of providing insurance. Under the ACA,
businesses with 50 or more employees must provide healthcare coverage to full-time workers. Currently, anyone who averages
30 hours or more per week is considered full-time. But, Donnelly says that's not in line with reality.
Bipartisan bill would
soften ObamaCare mandate. A pair of centrist senators introduced a bill Wednesday [6/19/2013] to soften the employer mandate in President Obama's
healthcare law. The healthcare law requires employers to offer coverage to employees who work more than 30 hours per week. Some employers
have said they will reduce workers' hours to avoid the mandate. Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) proposed a bill to move the
threshold to 40 hours per week, saying the employer mandate should match the traditional definition of a full-time worker.
restaurant mulls cutting meal portions, staff hours to save money ahead of Obamacare. Rising costs associated with President
Obama's Affordable Care Act has a D.C. restaurant mulling the possibility of making their meals less affordable, less filling, or even
cutting costs at the expense of staff. "For one to two years [Obamacare has] been the No. 1 issue on our radar," Clyde's
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Owens told NPR. "We're not trying to run away from it, but it's a frightening proposition."
Obamacare is forcing the restaurant chain to "rethink its business plan," according to NPR.
More Bad Obamacare News. Schools in Indiana are being
forced to cut back on part-time employee hours to avoid Obamacare's mandates and penalties.
The Only Jobs Obama is
Creating Are Low Paying McJobs. It's a recovery. A recovery consisting of low end minimum jobs that the
Gang of 8 Amnesty would swallow in less than 5 minutes.
$96 an hour cost spike may end 30-hour workweek. For a worker making $16 an hour for 29 hours per week, the
30th hour of work each week could cost an employer $112.15. In other words, ObamaCare could cost an employer as much
as $96.15 extra an hour — or six times the going hourly wage in this example. Here's how: Employers who
offer health coverage that is deemed either too pricey or too skimpy will owe $3,000 for each full-time, 30-hour-per-week, worker
who taps ObamaCare subsidies.
ObamaCare's 30-Hour Work Week: Fulfilling a Longtime Leftist Dream?
It turns out that the idea of a 30-hour work week in the U.S. is at least nearly a century old. Its lineage ultimately goes back to Karl
Marx's long-discredited idea of "surplus labor." In 1919, the 30-hour week was a central but ultimately abandoned demand in nationwide
negotiations between unionized coal companies and their United Mine Workers members.
Obamacare Scares Head
Start Staffers More than Budget Cuts. You'd think that at a national Head Start conference, sequestration, across-the-board
federal spending cuts, would be the top issue. No. Instead, Head Start teachers and administrators told The Daily Caller
that the health care law is their biggest headache.
Is Blocking Job Creation, Economic Growth. On Friday the government will release its unemployment report for April.
The jobs numbers last month were a huge disappointment. Americans can't afford more bad news. Washington needs to break the
cycle of weak job growth month after month. To do that, we need to honestly deal with one of the main roadblocks to job creation:
President Obama's health care law. At a press conference this week, the president proved once again that he doesn't understand how
his law threatens Americans' jobs, their care and their paycheck.
The ObamaCare Train
Wreck Is Already Here. Democrats fret about a "train wreck" when ObamaCare goes into effect next year. But the law
is already a disaster for workers who've seen their hours and benefits cut as employers try to avoid its costs.
Train Wreck: ObamaCare
Blocking Job Creation, Economic Growth. On Friday [5/3/2013] the government will release its unemployment report for April. The jobs
numbers last month were a huge disappointment. Americans can't afford more bad news. Washington needs to break the cycle of weak job growth
month after month. To do that, we need to honestly deal with one of the main roadblocks to job creation: President Obama's health care law.
At a press conference this week, the president proved once again that he doesn't understand how his law threatens Americans' jobs, their care and their paycheck.
Employee Benefits Fall As Firms Brace For
ObamaCare. Employer spending on benefits rose at the slowest pace on record in the first quarter, as companies began bracing for higher health
costs with next year's launch of ObamaCare. Total benefits, such as insurance and pension contributions, rose just 0.1% vs. the end of last year, the
smallest gain in Labor Department data going back to 2001. By comparison, payroll employment grew by a half-million, or 0.4%, in Q1. So
benefits-per-worker declined. Total employee benefits provided outside of government jobs declined outright.
Part-timers to lose pay amid health
act's new math. Some workers are having their hours cut so employers won't have to cover them under Obamacare.
Employee Benefits Fall As
Firms Brace For ObamaCare. Employer spending on benefits rose at the slowest pace on record in the first quarter, as
companies began bracing for higher health costs with next year's launch of ObamaCare. Total benefits, such as insurance and
pension contributions, rose just 0.1% vs. the end of last year, the smallest gain in Labor Department data going back to 2001.
By comparison, payroll employment grew by a half-million, or 0.4%, in Q1. So benefits-per-worker declined.
'Obamacare will negatively hit us like nothing else'. You know it's bad when such a successful company like McDonald's says "the
future looks BLEAK!" because of Obamacare.
ObamaCare Bites Unionized
Educators. Union representatives are now sending their members letters stating that "the Affordable Care Act [aka ObamaCare]
has defined full time as anyone working over 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month." Many of these hardworking and
well-meaning local labor representatives, who were duped — I mean, told by the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT) that
Obama was the one who would bring all good things to pass — now find themselves in an untenable position.
The culture war is all Obama has left.
Obama's signature domestic accomplishment, Obamacare, remains highly unpopular. Health care premiums are rising, as its opponents
predicted, and numerous newspaper stories are now highlighting how the law is either discouraging new hiring altogether or forcing more
Americans into part-time work involuntarily.
threatens 3.2 million small business jobs. Over one-third of the 9.1 million full-time jobs among America's diverse
business franchises could be cut back or eliminated by Obamacare as small businesses struggle to maintain profitability while coughing up
money to pay for Washington-mandated health care coverage, according to the International Franchise Association. The threat of
hitting 3.2 million full-time workers as the Affordable Care Act takes effect next year is prompting the owners of fast food
restaurants, service companies and other franchises to urge Congress to make significant changes in Obamacare.
Three: 10 Disturbing Facts Americans Have Learned. [Scroll down] The Federal Reserve's March beige book on economic
activity noted that businesses "cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire
more staff." Around the same time, Gallup reported a surge in part-time work in advance of ObamaCare's employer mandate. It
found that part-timers accounted for almost 21% of the labor force, up from 19% three years ago. Meanwhile, human resources
consulting firm Adecco found that half of the small businesses it surveyed in January either plan to cut their workforce, not hire
new workers, or shift to part-time or temporary help because of ObamaCare.
Pelosi: Obamacare Means 'You
Could Be A Photographer or Writer'. Marking the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage, House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the health care law fulfills the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness because it allows people
to leave jobs that include health insurance as a benefit: You can become a "photographer or writer." "I've always said that
the Affordable Care Act is something that was transformative," Pelosi said Wednesday during a press conference on Capitol Hill marking
the upcoming anniversary of the law on March 23.
And so it begins: ObamaCare kills jobs.
When Democrats passed ObamaCare, they told us it wouldn't affect the private insurance coverage any of us already had.
"If you like your coverage, you can keep your coverage," is what Obama said. Just one problem. You can't keep your
coverage if, thanks to ObamaCare, it no longer exists.
Future costs and regulations are unpredictable.
A recent study found that 33 percent of business owners cited new requirements in Obamacare as either the biggest or second-biggest obstacle
to hiring. In addition, Dennis Lockhart, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said, "We have frequently heard strong
comments to the effect of 'My company won't hire a single additional worker until we know what health insurance costs are going to be.'"
Obamacare Kills Jobs. President
Obama may think that the private sector is "doing fine", but in all reality the last thing our economy can handle is even more hurdles to
job creation, which is precisely what Obamacare represents. Obamacare's employer mandate will not only slow growth, but will penalize
businesses that want to hire workers.
Obamacare is a Job Killer. Automation Systems Inc. has
expanded to include 37 employees today, and [Carl] Schanstra says he wants to hire more — maybe as many as 200 or
300 in the next 10 to 15 years. But once the business crosses the 50-employee threshold, it will have to pay
$40,000 in penalties, plus $2,000 for each additional employee. That's because of the so-called employer mandate, a fee imposed on
businesses that get too big without providing health care the federal government deems acceptable.
Recovery Stalled After
Obamacare Passed. The law discourages employers from hiring in several ways: Businesses with fewer than 50 workers
have a strong incentive to maintain this size, which allows them to avoid the mandate to provide government-approved health coverage or
face a penalty; Businesses with more than 50 workers will see their costs for health coverage rise — they must
purchase more expensive government-approved insurance or pay a penalty; and Employers face considerable uncertainty about what
constitutes qualifying health coverage and what it will cost.
End the Madness at the EEOC.
Over 89 million Americans are presently out of the labor force. The New York Times seems to offer a muddled explanation
for the fact that employers have money to hire but aren't doing so even when they need extra help. The Federal Reserve's vision
is less cloudy. In its latest beige book the Fed indicates that uncertainty about the impact and requirements of Obamacare is
playing a significant role in the national job freeze cutting into sales and hiring.
ObamaCare and the '29ers'.
Here's a trend you'll be reading more about: part-time "job sharing," not only within firms but across different businesses.
It's already happening across the country at fast-food restaurants, as employers try to avoid being punished by the Affordable Care Act.
The Real State of the Union.
[Scroll down] Many employers are also clearly doing all they can to keep all but a few key employees from toiling more than
30 hours per week, because ObamaCare will compel them to treat employees who work 30 or more hours as "full-time," forcing
them to either provide mandatory health insurance coverage or pay a fine if they don't.
Health Care, One Law Is Working Like a Charm. "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it," said
Nancy Pelosi during the debate over Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act passed, and Americans are now finding out.
It's not a pretty picture. Take employment. "Medical device makers in Massachusetts and elsewhere are warning of
potential job losses," reports The Boston Globe, because of a 2.3-percent tax on medical devices imposed by law.
Retail Workweek Hits
3-Year Low In ObamaCare Shift. The fly in the ointment of January's jobs report was the apparent shift to part-time work ahead of a key
ObamaCare deadline. Although retail payrolls grew by 32,600, total hours worked in the industry dipped, Labor Department data out Friday [2/1/2013]
showed. The explanation? Rank-and-file retail workers logged the shortest workweek since early 2010: just 30.1 hours, on average,
vs. 30.4 in December.
Slash Teachers' Hours to Evade ObamaCare. When the Affordable Care Act passed in early 2010, many in academia — faculty and
students alike — cheered on. But now that its provisions are going into effect, some of these same people are learning
firsthand that Obamacare has some nasty side effects.
professors shocked schools are cutting their hours to avoid Obamacare penalties. Robert Balla, an adjunct professor of
English at Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio received a letter in which he was told that "in order to avoid penalties under
the Affordable Care Act ... employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per
week." He told the Journal that the move cut his $40,000 salary by about $2,000 and that he cannot afford health insurance.
Slash Teachers' Hours to Evade ObamaCare. If you want someone to lie to you and tell you how troubling it is when
anyone's income is cut in Obama's economy, you'll want to stop reading right about now. I'm only willing to go as far as to
say that I wish ObamaCare wasn't the cause of all this. But it simply is a beautiful thing to see the very institutions that
carry Obama's water and attempt to brainwash more of his minions, deal first-hand with the consequences of their thoughtless advocacy.
and Taco Bell Franchisees Talking About Cutting Hours To Avoid ObamaCare Fines. One of the least-wise provisions of the Affordable
Care Act is a plan to fine firms with over 50 employees that don't provide health insurance to their workers to the tune of $2,000 per
full-time worker. The natural response for many firms is to do exactly what Ned Resnikoff reports some Wendy's and Taco Bell franchisees
are doing and cut workers' hours to below the 30 hours per week threshold, thus avoiding the fine.
IRS Warns Employers: Do Not Try to
Avoid ObamaCare Insurance Mandate. The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with
clever schemes to avoid Obamacare's employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue "anti-abuse rules" to discourage
employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes.
Hiring Freezes Begin. Obamacare opponents warned that forcing companies employing 50 or more full-time workers to
buy healthcare would prompt employers to slash jobs and worker hours. And that's exactly what's happening, says one of President
Barack Obama's favorite economists, Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics.
Dems Finally Spot
Blindingly Obvious Problem With Ocare's Medical Device Tax. Opponents of ObamaCare have long known that one of its most idiotic provisions
calls for a 2.3 percent tax on medical device manufacturers. This provision is not only a sure job killer, it is essentially a tax on
innovation, as Paul Hsieh explained nearly two years ago.
Nevada Restaurant Owners on
Obamacare: 'We Can't Pay For This'. Nevada restaurant owners — increasingly anxious about the future of their businesses
under the Affordable Care Act — are echoing statements by national restaurant chains about the excessive costs President Obama's health
care law will impose on them. [...] The biggest concern restaurant owners express about the law is Section 1513, the Employer Mandate.
Going into full effect in January 2014, it requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide federally approved health
insurance plans or pay penalties of up to $2,000 per employee.
The Mass Firings Begin.
Had Romney won, many of these companies would now be hiring.
CBS, Cheesecake Factory CEO Warns ObamaCare Will Be 'Very Costly'. On Monday's [12/3/2012] CBS This Morning,
Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton spotlighted the looming economic impact of Obamacare's implementation, especially on small
enterprises: "For those businesses that don't cover their employees, they'll be in for a very expensive situation."
Overton also warned that the cost of the law would be passed on to customers.
Professors Get What They Asked For, Don't Like It Much. [The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)] has just
announced that because of ObamaCare, it will have to slash the hours of 400 of its employees, about half of whom are adjunct
instructors. This is because under the new law, companies and other organizations employing 50 or more employees are
required to provide full health care insurance (at high cost, because of a host of new mandates the law includes) for all employees
working 30 or more hours a week. This means that employers have a tremendous incentive — indeed, virtually a
gun at their heads — to either cut hours for employees to under 30 hours per week or eliminate workers outright (by
outsourcing, offshoring, contracting out, and automating), or to keep the employees under 50 by simply not expanding.
Health Care Law Pushes Employers to
Cut Hours. As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is implemented, the American workforce slowly becomes a
nation of part-timers. The law is discouraging public and private sector employers from hiring full-time workers and pushing them to
slash hours for part-time workers to keep them under the magical 30-hours-per-week limit.
College cuts work hours to duck Obamacare.
To avoid paying for health insurance, a Pittsburgh community college will cut the work hours of 400 adjunct instructors and support staff.
Under Obamacare, employers don't have to provide insurance for employees working less than 30 hours a week. Community College of
Allegheny County will save $6 million.
Menu Labeling: Another
Job-Killing Regulation in ObamaCare. The government is addressing the nation's growing obesity epidemic with a regulation: Section 4205,
the menu labeling provision attached to ObamaCare meant to "aid consumers in selecting more healthful diets." As currently written, however, the regulation
will likely have job-killing effects and result in little, if any, significant reductions in obesity rates and/or improved health.
Obamacare will make us a part time nation.
There are already 8 million Americans working part time who want to work full time. It seems likely that number will skyrocket once Obamacare is implemented.
Surprise: PA College Slashes
Instructors' Hours to Avoid Obamacare. Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct
instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.
Kaiser Permanente confirms 530 layoffs in Southern
California. The Kaiser Permente [sic] layoffs come as the health care industry implements provisions of the federal Affordable Health Care Act,
commonly called "Obamacare."
Medical giant Stryker
cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare. Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs
associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs,
or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama's re-election
to charge 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation. President Obama's election
victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power — but that has left some
business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare [sic] will bring.
Chain CEO to Impose Obamacare Surcharge on Customers. It seems with each passing day since the President was re-elected
another business owner is coming out to address how he or she is going to make up for the additional costs that will occur once health
care reform is fully implemented. On Wednesday [11/14/2012], John Metz, the CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurants said that
he's going to impose an Obamacare surcharge on customers.
John's prepares for food fight over Obamacare. Down-heartened pizza tycoon John Schnatter received some pre-holiday cheer on Friday when a conservative
group declared it to be national Papa John's Appreciation Day. [...] Devastated by Mitt Romney's failure to secure the presidency and with it a repeal of the health
care legislation, Schnatter has been threatening to raise the price of a pizza by 14 cents and to lower worker's hours.
Bleary Eyes, Broken Hearts, We Lost. It is the
leftist ideal world plus the lure of free stuff that brought Obama's vote back out in sufficient numbers to give him the win. Free stuff
and the promise of more free stuff is one of the few proposals that he actually ran on. ObamaCare is sold as free stuff and enough people
believe that that's what it is, despite the fact that it's a job-killing drag on small businesses and still threatens to bankrupt reeling state
governments. If you don't have a job, ObamaCare may have something to do with that.
Applebee's, Jimmy John's warn Obamacare will cut profits,
employees. Add Applebee's and Jimmy John's to the growing list of small companies and franchisers warning that
Obamacare will kill profits and force local stores to raise prices or slash employees and their hours.
Prepping for Obamacare, Chain Cuts Workers' Hours. The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster
restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting the impact of looming health coverage requirements. Darden
Restaurants declined to give details but said the test is only in restaurants in four markets across the country. The test entails increasing the
number of workers on part-time status, meaning they work less than 30 hours a week. Under the new health care act, companies will be required
to provide health care to full-time employees by 2014. That would significantly boost labor costs for businesses. About 75 percent of
Darden's employees are currently part-timers.
Darden Restaurants cuts workers' hours to limit
impact of health care law. The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test
aimed at limiting health care costs.
CEO to Workers: You'll Likely Be Fired. David Siegel, the owner of Westgate Resorts, sent a
surprising email to his employees Monday [10/8/2012]. It said that if President Barack Obama wins re-election and raises Siegel's taxes, he will
have to lay off workers and downsize his company — or even shut it down. "If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our
current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company," he wrote.
Study: Obamacare regs have
cost $27.6 billion, killed 30,000 jobs. Fully implementing Obamacare regulations have already cost the U.S. economy $27.6 billion
and more than 18,000 jobs according to a new study released today. Just the top ten most expensive regulations have cost $24.4 billion,
according to the new non-partisan and independent American Action Forum (AAF) report. Just complying with the state health exchanges alone has
to cost employers $3.4 billion according to the AAF totals which were compiled from Federal Register data.
Obama keeps his job; others lose theirs.
After an election campaign that featured jobs as a central issue, some of the nation's businesses have responded to President Obama's victory with a series
of layoff announcements related to a variety of factors including the New Year's "fiscal cliff." A number of companies had hoped the election of
Republican Mitt Romney would raise the chances of avoiding the cliff's $1 trillion in federal spending cuts, half of them defense-related, plus
higher taxes from the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts. Other factors in the spate of layoff notices included costs related to
Mr. Obama's health care plan and environmental regulations.
boycott Applebee's after CEO threatens hiring freeze and layoffs over Obamacare. Papa John's came under fire this week when CEO John
Schnatter floated a plan to cut worker hours to reduce spiking employee health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Now, Applebee's is being boycotted after a major New York area Applebee's franchise owner Zane Tankel threatened a hiring freeze and possible layoffs as
a result of the president's healthcare plan.
spiral: Hours cut, workers pushed to part-time due to Obamacare. As Twitchy has been reporting, the layoff bomb has detonated.
Many companies, both large and small, have been forced to lay off workers due to President Obama's re-election. With no hope of Obamacare
being repealed, they are now forced to lay off employees in order to stay in business.
Progressives Launch Revenge on Applebee's
as Company Downsizes in Response to ObamaCare. The business community's had the writing on the wall for some time. The
election simply cleared up the uncertainty in the decision-making environment.
Other objections to Obamacare
welfare socialism sparked this crisis, not the Constitution. [Scroll down] On top of all of this, Obama came up with
Obamacare — the programme behind the shutdown. Crucially, the Democrats did not negotiate with the Republicans over its content
and the only way they could get its patently unAmerican concept of a mandated-purchase into law was for the Supreme Court to redefine it as a tax.
If the Republicans oppose it then they do so because it is expensive, may do damage to business and isn't concomitant with the American Way.
Kathleen Sebelius Advocates for
GaybamaCare. Along with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Barack must feel it's time that fairness be
extended to the gay community. That's why, for those who tend toward melancholy and depression, if ever there were a time to be gay,
this would be it. Why? Because in addition to reassuring college grads that free birth control should give them peace of mind
and sharing the roster at Girl Scout conferences with late-term abortionists, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants to commemorate LGBTQ
month by making it one of her priorities to actively advocate on behalf of the sexually confused, conflicted, and/or questioning.
Sebelius tells pediatricians to promote 'Obamacare'.
President Obama's top health official asked the nation's pediatric groups on Monday [5/6/2013] to spread the word about benefits within the federal health care law,
a plea that coincides with mounting pressure to implement the ambitious overhaul before its main provisions kick in next year.
Interminable Sentence Nails Obamacare.
In August 2012, a candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18, Dr. Barbara Bellar, thought she would start a fundraising event with a lighthearted
tone. She claimed that she could describe ObamaCare (the ACA) in one sentence — one very long sentence.
Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top Shows. Remember that the liberal media was furious
that the federal government would promote the war in Iraq inside Iraq, and furious that the Department of Education would hire PR flacks like
Armstrong Williams to talk up Bush education programs on cable news. So where is their outrage at the idea that federal grants would
promote ObamaCare advertising inside network TV entertainment programs?
The Strange Case of the
Obama Meltdown. Who made the following decisions?  to propose a 1,000 page bill that no one had read,
much less could explain?;  to ram down the greatest change in the US economy in fifty years by the August
recess?;  to talk loosely of the "uninsured" without knowing why they were not insured, how much it would
cost to insure them, or whether they currently in fact find some sort of care?;  to reference Rahm Emanuel's
doctor brother as a source of wisdom?  to demonize the health-care industry as greedy?
On being ruled by fanatics:
The looming ObamaCare fiasco is a classic example of a public policy plan that has never been weighed against the
alternatives. Even liberal economists are saying it. Any consistent reader of the Wall Street
Journal knows more about healthcare options than the Obama administration's "experts" do.
Care Mess. Health care is stalled and insidiously undermining the presidency of Obama precisely
because the public senses he has not leveled with the American people. Of the uninsured, how many millions
are young people who feel no need right now to buy insurance, how many million are illegal aliens, how many
millions chose to use their optional income for things other than a low-cost catastrophic health plan, how
many millions still find care outside the insurance system? Nor do most Americans feel their system
ObamaCare as a Moral Clunker. Though
a relevant consideration, cost is among the least of ObamaCare's problems. Leading the argument against ObamaCare
with cost considerations sells the American people short and betrays a moral insecurity that, if not addressed, will cause
some future form of ObamaCare to sneak in — if not now, in the not very distant future.
Obama's Health Expert Gets Political.
President Barack Obama's health-care plan is in jeopardy because of serious concerns that costs will spin out of
control. As much as anyone, it's White House budget director Peter Orszag's job to save it. Mr. Orszag
is the administration's point man for controlling health-care spending. So when the director of the Congressional
Budget Office, which Mr. Orszag used to run, testified eight days ago that none of the health plans pending on Capitol
Hill would control long-term spending, Mr. Orszag knew that meant trouble.
Politicans, Heal Thyselves!
If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted
themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?
A Cancer In The Capitol Is Killing Us.
Hillary Clinton fractured her elbow on Wednesday and was scheduled for surgery in less than 48 hours.
As a primary sponsor and advocate of nationalized, government run healthcare, shouldn't Clinton have had to
wait a year before surgery — just as she wants the rest of us to do? Apparently, the
conditions of nationalized healthcare shouldn't apply to the royal members of Congress, government employees,
or their gay partners. Those programs apply only to the commoners who pay their salaries.
Marriage Penalty in Health Care. Hidden in Obama's health care bill is a huge marriage penalty.
Both the Senate and House bills would set up yet another federal program to provide financial incentives to
subsidize marriage avoidance and illegitimate offspring.
Political plunder —
again. If President Obama and Congress have their way with the so-called health reform bill, the
American people will have had their pocketbooks and liberties plundered once again. The basic purpose of
government is to protect individuals and their property and to ensure their liberties. However, Congress
and most other legislative bodies spend the bulk of their time doing just the opposite.
These are the good old days, Part Two.
A friend and occasional Power Line contributor writes: "If [Obamacare] passes, the Dems will own every
doctor complaint out there. Moreover, the complaints will multiply, and not just because care will
deteriorate as demand increases and supply decreases."
Obamacare's Biggest Losers:
A recent study by the Urban Institute, a prominent liberal think tank, lists "the biggest losers" should congressional
health care legislation fail to become law. Interestingly enough, this is oddly similar to an earlier
Heritage Foundation assessment of the "biggest losers" — if the liberal bills do become law.
more IRS agents needed to enforce Obamacare. New tax mandates and penalties included in
Obamacare will cause the greatest expansion of the Internal Revenue Service since World War II, according
to a release from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
Obamacare's Hit Man.
Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that it expects that the Internal Revenue Service and the
Department of Health and Human Services will spend up to an additional $200 billion over the next decade
on administering Obamacare. That's in addition to the estimated $1 trillion that will be spent in
2014-2019 under the new healthcare law. Much of the money will go to hiring hundreds of thousands
of bureaucrats to administer Obamacare over the next decade.
Badder IRS: Brought to You by Obamacare. [Scroll down] And why is this tax
reporting stuff even in a health-care bill? To help fund it, that's why. To help Pelosi and
Reid and Obama get the faux deficit score they needed, the measure is expected to raise $13.7 billion
over ten years — though that's before administrative and discretionary costs, which will add
another $115 billion or so to the bill's official price tag. Pass the bill to find out what's
Painted Themselves into a Corner. The president has staked his entire administration on
getting his Health Care Reform Bill passed. If it fails, he fails. The United States will
then be shown to have a hollow leader, and the whole world — Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, and every dictator and drug lord from here to Marrakech — will know it. By
postponing his trip to Asia, first for three days, then for three months, in order to twist arms
and get HCR chiseled in stone, President Obama put his entire presidency on the line. He
has no plan "B."
Will America break
up? President Obama is splintering America. The passage of Obamacare was a historic
victory for liberal governance. Yet, its true cost may be that it triggers the eventual breakup of
Healthcare Sends America Down The Path of
Tyranny. The beginning of Spring 2010 marks an historic moment in American history:
A nation organized as a republic is being transformed into a tyranny. The healthcare bill that has
been bruited over for weeks will be law of the land giving Washington, D.C., control of one-seventh of the
national economy. More significantly, this act violates the Constitution in several critical ways.
Repeal, Replace, Rinse,
Repeat. It is a sad fact that repeal of ObamaCare will be a long, laborious process that is
going to take at least two and perhaps three election cycles to achieve. The Republicans must win the
kinds of majorities enjoyed today by the Democrats at the ballot box, while electing a president willing to
sign a repeal measure in 2012. That's a tall order.
The Unbreakable Theory That Shall Doom ObamaCare in Short Order.
Today's Democrats rail against the evil insurance companies and their profits, and once again pretend to
champion the little guy. This time it's medical care, not gasoline, that will be in short supply.
The new bill will have a significant impact on seniors, since cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage are a
large part of the plan's advertised savings, and that means more doctors will be opting out as the cost of
everything medical skyrockets.
Castro, and the Future of our Health Care. As the Obama administration and its supporters
cheer the passage of ObamaCare — the disastrous health care bill pushed through both houses
of Congress by stealth, sleazy deals and perhaps unconstitutional measures — President Obama
has received congratulations on the accomplishment from a most unlikely source who should know what
America's health care system is likely to look like in the near future — Fidel Castro.
A Declaration of
War. It wasn't just that the House of Representatives had ignored the will of the majority
of citizens in voting for the so called "health care overhaul." It was the implications behind the
act; that "they know better than we do" and that we have to take our bad tasting medicine because we will
like what it does for us in the end. ... Imagine America re-instituting slavery, but this time it is more
than 99 percent of the population that is to be enslaved for the pleasure and power of a tiny minority
of self-appointed elites.
Deere (And Others) In The
Headlights. As major businesses lay out the impact of ObamaCare in dollars and jobs, two
things are clear: the costs will be enormous, and the president's vow to focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs"
can no longer be believed.
can stop Obamacare. Even if Republicans take over Congress in November, they'll probably
lack the numbers required to repeal Obamacare over the veto of its namesake. In the short run, then,
the only way to fight this massive expansion of federal government is through the courts. If the
Supreme Court dares to rule the legislation unconstitutional, there will be cries from the liberals of
judicial activism and political bias. Nothing, however, would be further from the truth.
Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income'. After the Senate passed
a "fix-it" bill Thursday [3/25/2010] to make changes to the new health care law, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman
of the influential Finance Committee, said the overhaul was an "income shift" to help the poor.
Democrats Try to Smother the Bad
News. As I've noted during the week, the ObamaCare steamroller is already flattening the bottom
lines of a number of large employers. Not content to see billions of losses pile up, the Democrats have now
begun to berate employers for accurately accounting for the anticipated losses.
ATT, Verizon, Deere, Caterpillar Suffer Bloody Billion Dollar
Bill. For those who played by the rules, worked hard, did the right thing —
you're screwed, the man has you and your wallet and your kids' wallet by the throat. Welcome to the era
of the degenerate — they will be sucking your blood and your children's blood and your children's
children's blood for decades to come, or however long America lasts.
now? If more than 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current health care coverage, and
if they don't want to lose that coverage, why pass this bill now? If the top issue on Americans' minds is the
economy, and if the economy shows signs of a possible double-dip recession, why pass this bill now? If
President Obama said just two months ago that "...jobs must be our number one focus in 2010," why pass this
House Republicans press Sebelius on 'numerous' missed deadlines under
Obama health-care law. Key Republican lawmakers are pressing President Obama's top health-care
official for answers on why the administration has missed "numerous" early deadlines in implementing Obamacare.
The missed deadlines "are some of the most basic provisions of this law," the June 16 letter says, the
administration's "failure to meet these deadlines does not bode well for the [law's] more complicated provisions."
The Coming Obamanomics
Disaster. Barack Obama's tax plan is going to further impoverish Americans. ... Reaganomics left
more money in taxpayers' hands and American businesses thrived. Obamanomics isn't good for American business,
and it isn't good for American taxpayers. So who is it good for?
SEIU's Friendly Inquisitor. Carole Jean Badertscher was a California nurse who just wanted
to go to work and take care of her patients — but the SEIU was determined not to let that
happen. The union's contract with Badertscher's employer, the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center,
had expired, and the union had called a strike in response. Badertscher and other nurses, unwilling to
abandon their patients for the sake of a stronger SEIU hand in contract negotiations, resigned from the
union and went to work.
The Editor says...
When Obamacare gets rolling, expect to see more unionized nurses and more labor union attitude
at your neighborhood hospital.
hope with your change. In the modern era, all presidents have to some degree used their office
to promote themselves and their policies. The Obama administration, however, has taken the practice to
new heights. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month unveiled a slick, $700,000
television commercial featuring crusty old actor Andy Griffith announcing that "more good things" are coming
to seniors — thanks to Obamacare. Just add the O Force campaign logo, and the
advertisement will be ready for use in the 2012 presidential race.
Andy Griffith Ad Taxpayer Funding Probe.
Ads featuring Andy Griffith running in targeted markets during the election cycle at a reported cost to taxpayers
of over $3 million in October alone are coming under scrutiny from Republican leaders on the House Ways
and Means Committee.
investigates Obamacare advertising campaign, stimulus funding. Top GOP health-care official
Rep. Fred Upton is taking a close look at the Obama administration's advertising blitz for Obamacare, giving
the president two weeks to provide all documents related to the P.R. push that included spots by aging TV star
Andy Griffith. "Particularly when it comes to health care, we've seen the creation of veritable
government slush funds with no accountability or transparency," said Upton in a written statement.
Griffith's Obamacare Ads Cost Taxpayers $3.66 Million. Politico reports that the Obama
administration's pro-Obamacare Andy Griffith TV ad cost taxpayers $3.66 million, according to records
obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services. Actually, there were at least three such
ads, so it's not clear whether this was the cost for one, or for the whole batch. In [one] ad, Griffith
says, "That new health care law sure sounds good for all of us on Medicare!"
Health Care Law Violates
All Ten Commandments. Obama is again turning to religious leaders to convince us...or, as
Politico put it, to "preach the gospel" of the Patients' Bill of Rights. "Get out there and spread the
word," Obama told thousands of faith-based and community leaders on a conference call. So it's fair game
to check whether ObamaCare meets biblical standards. For starters, let's test it against the Ten Commandments.
Enshrines Uncertainty Into ObamaCare Regulations. "Regulatory uncertainty" is supposed to mean
that businesses are reluctant to make investments because they are uncertain about what new regulations
government will issue. With all the new health care and financial regulations coming out in the
next year, there is a lot of lingering uncertainty. One thing government is not supposed to do is make
uncertainty part of the regulation. Apparently Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Dept. of Health and
Human Services failed to get that memo.
Obamacare is a disincentive to work.
2010 a Banner
Year for MSM's Ministries of Mistruth. [Scroll down] ObamaCare's work and marriage
disincentives. Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation has shown that if ObamaCare ever takes full
effect, those who wish to advance themselves could face marginal health care subsidy-loss rates of more than
100% (I'm not kidding). A person's "reward" for earning more income would be having to pay more for
the same health care coverage than the additional wages they have earned. Additionally, couples who
marry or wish to stay married would lose thousands of dollars a year by doing so.
Ends Construction of Doctor-Owned Hospitals. Under the headline, "Construction Stops at
Physician Hospitals," Politico reports today that "Physician Hospitals of America says that construction had
to stop at 45 hospitals nationwide or they would not be able to bill Medicare for treatments."
Stopping construction at doctor-owned hospitals might not seem like the best way to boost the economy or to
promote greater access and choice in health care, but that exactly what Obamacare is doing.
Doctors. The Democrats' overhaul was supposed to increase access to health care. Yet
construction on 45 hospitals has been shut down due to the legislation. This is a step back,
Obamacare's Dirty Tricks:
[Scroll down] The resulting bottom line is that health insurance company profits are not a significant factor
in overall health costs. And those politicians who rant and rave about them, calculating that they can
take political advantage of the clueless and gullible, are shameless demagogues who dishonor our democracy by
their participation in it. Under the new federal power that Sebelius has seized, the supposed smarter,
wiser bureaucrats in Washington will review the state regulation, and Washington will decide if the state
approved rate increases are "reasonable."
Worst of Intentions. Obamacare advocates often moralize that to be concerned primarily
with one's own freedoms is selfish and irresponsible. This is when the pejorative meaning of
"selfish" leaves one wanting: it precludes the possibility that acting in one's own best
interest by one's own judgment does not constitute harm to others.
Obama's Contempt for the
Free Market. While President Obama and the then-Democrat controlled Congress strutted with
pride on the enactment of the nation's budget-busting health-care overhaul, the CEO of a major private corporation
offered to "improve the quality and reduce the cost of health-care by $900 billion" for free. But
Obama turned it down. Sam Palmisano, chairman and CEO of IBM, revealed this historic incident in a
little-known interview with The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray, editor of the paper's on-line program.
But, strangely, the jarring rebuff by Obama seemingly was brushed aside by the Journal.
Statists and the
Racial 'Health Gap'. I often speculate that deep in the bowels of the Obama administration
there exists an obscure office charged with inventing egalitarian schemes to increase American dependency
on government. Ignore the high-sounding "fairness" and "equality" rhetoric. The President's
minions just cannot stop pushing, even boldly lying until the last vestiges of limited government and
individual initiative are history.
medical records vulnerable. The nation's push to computerize medical records has failed to fully
address long-standing security gaps that expose patients' most sensitive information to hackers and snoops,
government investigators warn.
ObamaCare destroys your privacy. It soon may be difficult to keep any sensitive medical
problem strictly between you and your doctor. The 2009 stimulus and the Obama health law enacted last
year established a national electronic health database that will hold and display your lifelong medical
history — making it accessible to a troubling number of strangers, including government
employees and a variety of health-care personnel.
Obama's Electronic Medical Records Scam.
In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health care providers have already made the change. But as with many
government "incentive" programs, the EMR bribe is a tax-subsidized, one-size-fits-all mandate. This one pressures health care professionals and
hospitals across the country into radically federalizing their patient data and opening up medical information to untold abuse.
Think NSA Spying Is Bad? Here Comes
The ObamaCare Hub. The Health and Human Services Department earlier this year exposed just how vast the government's data
collection efforts will be on millions of Americans as a result of ObamaCare. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., asked HHS to provide "a
complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub." The Hub is a central feature of ObamaCare, since it will
be used by the new insurance exchanges to determine eligibility for benefits, exemptions from the federal mandate, and how much to grant in
federal insurance subsidies.
One of the taxpayer funded mandates of Obamacare is the formation of a centralized medical record
system. While it can streamline some aspects of care, it can lead to the mother of all 'wikileaks'
regarding sensitive medical records. Here is just a peek at what that may look like — a
California hospital discovered its protected patient data had been posted to a website for over a year.
HHS rule would give government everybody's health records. It's been said a thousand times:
Congress had to pass President Obama's health care law in order to find out what's in it. But,
despite the repetitiveness, the level of shock from each new discovery never seems to recede. This time,
America is learning about the federal government's plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records
for every one of us.
Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing. A Georgetown co-ed told
Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they're going
broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control. ... Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having
so much sex that it's hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke's research
about Sandra Fluke.
Obamacare will be used for much more than medical insurance:
Obamacare could increase food stamp rolls.
Republicans have another reason to hate Obamacare: It could grow the number of people on food stamps. The Obama administration has ordered a
study to determine whether the Affordable Care Act, by increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, will also increase the number of people
enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program based on how states enroll people.
Creates 50 New State Databases [for] Gathering Potential Voter Information. Since the passage of Obamacare, all fifty state
Medicaid agencies have been forced to create a new standalone database that contains nothing besides the contact information of Medicaid
applicants who used Healthcare.gov. Some of these new databases mail out voter registration forms automatically. You cannot
refuse them. No worthwhile verification occurs before the forms are mailed. Apply for Medicaid and the form will be mailed to
Obamacare eligibility info will not be used to enforce immigration law. The Obama administration is assuring immigrants that
applications for Obamacare will not be used to enforce immigration law. "[Immigration and Customs Enforcement] does not use information
about such individuals or members of their household that is obtained for purposes of determining eligibility for such coverage as the basis
for pursuing a civil immigration enforcement action against such individuals or members of their household," a U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement memo reads. The memo explains that such information may only be used for administering the Obamacare program and determining
The Editor translates...
Don't worry, you won't be deported; but as long as you're on the web site, would you like to register to vote?
Pledge: Info on Applications 'Won't Be Used For Immigration Enforcement Purposes'. Under "Disclosure of immigration status," the
[Healthcare.gov] site goes to great lengths to explain that Marketplaces, whether federal or state, are not permitted to ask for the immigration
status of family members who are not applying for coverage or benefits. States can't deny benefits because the applicant doesn't
provide the SSNs of people who aren't applicants for benefits or recipients of Medicaid or CHIP benefits, or those not required to provide SSNs,"
the site explains.
Obamacare "navigators" use third-party private properties for meeting places, without the knowledge or consent of the owners:
ObamaCare Screw Up Sends Callers
To Cupcake Shop. In yet another bungle for the botched government insurance rollout, the state Health Department has mistakenly listed
numerous non-health-related business as enrollment sites — including a Brooklyn cupcake shop that has been besieged by callers.
Cupcake store, car repair shop
listed as Obamacare signup sites. Apex Car and Limousine Service fixes bodies, but they belong to cars not people, so the owner of
this repair shop was stunned to find out it was listed as an enrollment site for Obamacare — and he's not the only one. [...] The state
Health Department said that a signup site is anywhere a navigator could meet with an enrollee, even a car repair shop.
Integrity Activists: Obamacare 'Biggest Voter Registration Fraud Scheme in History'. Several election integrity activists have alleged that
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, does not appear to have been an effort to conduct healthcare reform to fix what was
described in 2009 and 2010 as a broken healthcare system. The law passed Congress with just Democratic Party support. Instead of being an
honest attempt to fix America's healthcare woes, "I think [it] is the biggest voter registration fraud scheme in the history of the world," said Gregg
Phillips, the founder of the election integrity group Voters Trust, in an interview with Breitbart News Wednesday morning.
Designed To Register Dem Voters? The crash-prone government health-care site asks applicants if they want to register to vote as they try to
sign up for ObamaCare. By sheer coincidence, a plurality of the uninsured are likely Democratic voters.
Obamacare Websites Encourage Voter Registration
After Application Completion. The Obamacare exchange website does more than merely register you for an insurance program. According
to a report from the MacIver Institute, once you complete the process, you are then immediately asked to register to vote — a propagandistic
strategy designed to make government beneficiaries into lifetime Democratic voters.
Why Obamacare Offers Voter Registration: Because it
has always has been a vote-buying scheme. During the past week conservatives have been all atwitter, as it were, about a
development that shouldn't have surprised anyone with the slightest familiarity with the Obama administration or the Democrat party.
It seems that the online application drafted by HHS for those who wish to buy health coverage through Obamacare's insurance exchanges asks
applicants if they would like to register to vote, and facilitates that process if the answer is "yes." Conservatives are outraged
that "reform" is being used to bolster the roles of registered Democrats.
Obamacare is being used for political retribution.
ObamaCare price hikes hit 'red states' hardest.
Experiencing sticker-shock at the price of insurance on ObamaCare exchanges? That's more likely if you live in a "red state" that didn't vote for Obama,
according to price data compiled by the Heritage Foundation. In red states, premiums for 27-year-olds rose an average of 78% on ObamaCare exchanges,
whereas in "blue states" that voted for Obama, premiums rose a smaller 50%.
Obamacare discourages marriage.
Married couples at disadvantage under
ObamaCare. Couples enrolling in ObamaCare now face a de facto marriage penalty, with the law making it much harder for those who are
married to qualify for subsidies. According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, married couples could pay as much as $10,000 more per
year than their unmarried counterparts, due to the way subsidies are calculated. The subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are based on
income. The less you make, the more money you can get from the government to help pay for insurance. An individual making above $45,960
would not qualify. For a married couple, the income cut-off is $62,040.
The Hidden Marriage Penalty in
Obamacare. Any married couple that earns more than 400 percent of the federal poverty level of $62,040 for a family of two
earns too much for subsidies under Obamacare. "If you're over 400 percent of poverty, you're never eligible for premium" support, explains
Gary Claxton, director of the Health Care Marketplace Project at the Kaiser Family Foundation. But if that same couple lived together unmarried,
they could earn up to $45,960 each — $91,920 total — and still be eligible for subsidies through the exchanges in New York
state, where insurance is comparatively expensive and the state exchange was set up in such a way as to not provide lower rates
for younger people.
Report: ObamaCare Discourages
Marriage. For example: consider the case of two unmarried college students who move in together, each of whom earn about
$23,000 annually. If that same couple married, their combined household income of nearly $46,000 would rise as a percent of the
poverty level from 200 percent (individually) to 296 percent for a married family of two. As a result, their premiums in
the health insurance exchange would be capped at a higher percentage of their income, providing a smaller total subsidy. Individually
they would each qualify for a subsidy of about $1,087, or $2,174 per household. If that same couple were to marry, their subsidy
would fall to $753. Thus, their marriage penalty is $1,421.
Obamacare encourages prostitution.
Thanks Obamacare: Prostitutes
Say It Is "Truly a Blessing". Taxpayers will be happy to know they not only fund abortions under the Affordable Care Act, they also help
prostitutes stay healthy. Prior to Obamacare, brothel workers at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada said they were unable to find coverage under
Love Obamacare Because Insurers Hate STDs. "The Affordable Care Act has been touted as a boon to America's self-employed,"
reporter George Warren narrates. "That includes the independent contractors at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, otherwise known as prostitutes."
legal prostitutes say they can finally get health insurance thanks to Obamacare. President Obama's beleaguered health care programme has
received a ringing endorsement — from Nevada's legal prostitutes. The controversial scheme — otherwise known as
Obamacare — is accused of being too expensive by some critics and faced anger after crippling glitches on its website prevented many from
signing up when it first launched. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has enabled the legal prostitutes to get health
insurance cover for the first time.
Director Reveals Counselors Paid $58 for 'Each Successful Enrollment'. Dana Howard, the deputy director of California's
Healthcare Exchange program, appeared on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt's program on Friday [11/22/2013] where he revealed an
interesting detail about the incentives for Affordable Care Act navigators. Howard revealed that enrollment counselors are
paid $58 for each individual they successfully enroll in the California's insurance exchanges.
All the President's On-the-Job Training. One of the aspects that
makes Obamacare unique is its destructive speed. It took decades for the notion that FDR's Social Security was an insolvent Ponzi scheme to reach
fruition. LBJ passed his Great Society programs in the mid-'60s; it took about two decades before President Reagan could accurately point out,
"In the sixties we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won."
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