Sunday, March 30, 2014

Will ObamaCare be Reversed? (Part 2)

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Broken Promises!
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Sen Angus King: No Such Things as "Obamacare" - It's All Private Insurance!
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If you type in “ObamaCare” on Wikipedia you will discover 25,500,000 links. That’s a lot of news coverage and related commentary about the Affordable Care Act. Most of it is negative. The more people have learned about it, the less they like it and, if we had a Congress that could or would do anything about it, it would have been repealed by now.
A March 28 Associated Press poll revealed that only 26% of Americans support ObamaCare, a point less than December 2013 and January 2014.
The Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted more than 60 times to repeal or dismantle ObamaCare. The Senate, namely Harry Reid its Majority Leader, has killed all efforts to address what is clearly a national catastrophe. When passed in 2009, not one Republican member of Congress voted for it. When it was passed, then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, famously said they had to pass the 2,700 page act in order to find out what was in it.
In 2010, voters gave power in the House to Republicans, but the Senate remained under Democrat control. The fact that Barack Obama, when campaigning to become President in 2008 and thereafter lied repeatedly to Americans about it has tarnished his reputation and his approval ratings. Since then he has altered the law unilaterally despite the fact that he utterly lacks any constitutional right to do so.
In February the Heritage Foundation’s legal experts put together a list of seven illegal actions by the President that included delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate, giving Congress and their staffs special taxpayer-funded subsidies, preventing layoff notices from going out just days before the 2012 election, as well as non-ObamaCare actions that included gutting the work requirement from welfare reform, stonewalling an application for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and making “recess” appointments when the Senate was still legally in session.
The first element of the ObamaCare catastrophe is an utterly lawless President who Congress has done little to restrain and nothing to impeach.
Another element of the ObamaCare catastrophe has been the failure of the mainstream media to address the impact the law has had on America. On March 26, the Media Research Center reported that “They’re just burying the story. They aren’t in denial. They know the truth. They’re just choosing to ignore it. They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan, or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year.”
An analysis by the Center of the three network evening news broadcasts in 2014 “found only 12 stories on three networks in almost three months.” For example, “NBC Nightly News” broadcast only one story on ObamaCare and that was on January 1 when Lester Holt called it “a new era in health care in this country.” ABC “World News” provided only six minutes and 58 seconds on ObamaCare and “CBS Evening News” managed to provide only 19 minutes and 17 seconds over the course of three months.
“None of the networks,” said the Center’s analysis, “dared to report the ongoing opposition of the American people to ObamaCare in 2014, even when they were the ones doing the polling.”
Sen. John Thune, (R-SD) posted an article from the Washington Free Beacon on his website, “Fourth Anniversary of ObamaCare Brings Billions in Costs to Economy” that cited a report by the American Action Forum that concluded that “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local government and affected entities.”
Sen. Thune said, that “Four years after ObamaCare became the law of the land, millions of Americans have little but canceled policies, fewer choices, and skyrocketing costs to show for it. From seniors to young adults, to middle-class families, and small businesses, ObamaCare has been to be an equal opportunity offender…people living under this law are acutely aware of the harm ObamaCare is causing in their lives.”
I have held back from writing about ObamaCare because so many others are doing so, but it is impossible to hold back from declaring it the worst law ever passed by Congress and to urge readers to go to the polls in the November midterm elections and remove from office those Democrats who voted for it and are seeking reelection.
There is little need for me to do an ObamaCare analysis, but I can recommend one that appeared in The Weekly Standard on February 17. Those who have been following the history of lies and broken promises will find it a detailed study. Is author, Christopher Conover, summed it up saying that “ObamaCare has failed miserably on nearly every major promise made about it. The processes used to enact and implement the law have been tarnished by actions of questionable legality and a pervasive lack of transparency.”
The ultimate impact of ObamaCare on the economy must wait for a calculation, but the demand for its repeal must increase to a point where a future Congress must respond to the voter’s demand. Without that, we are headed for an economic collapse.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
Alan has a daily blog called Warning Signs.
Alan can be reached at
acaruba@aol.com 
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Sebelius is Literally Speechless When Reporter Mentions Obamacare's Unpopularity!
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ObamaCare’s Indefinitely Extended Deadline
How the Obama administration is bypassing the insurance sign-up cut-off date
By Arnold Ahlert
Saturday, March 29, 2014

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The Obama administration’s contempt for the rule of law has hit a new low. On Tuesday night, federal officials revealed that Americans who claim they have been unable to enroll in healthcare plans on the federal exchange will be granted an extension past the March 31 deadline.
“We are .... making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment—either online or over the phone,” said Julie Bataille, director of the office of communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The move reeks of desperation. Once again, as the administration did for calculating premium subsidies based on one’s income, no actual verification is necessary. People need only check a blue box on the HealthCare.gov website indicating that they tried to enroll before the deadline, and they will have until mid-April—or perhaps longer—to ask for an extension based on the “honor system.” In other words, the government will make no effort whatsoever to determine if people are telling the truth. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is immune to the absurdity. “This is not an extension of open enrollment,” she told Michigan Fox 2 yesterday. “It is just saying, like you do on election day, if you’re in line to vote, we want to make sure you vote.”
Of all the illegal and unconstitutional extensions implemented by the Obama administration, this one is the most egregious. Previously, when the president and his minions rewrote the bill passed by Congress, signed by the president and reverently described by Democrats and their media allies as the “law of the land,” they cited the “statutory authority” to do so.
This time they can’t even hide behind that dubious facade. In a conference call with reporters on March 11, DHS officials insisted that March 31 was the hard deadline for ObamaCare enrollment. HHS official Julie Bataille took it one step further. “We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period,” she promised. “In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” Michael Hash, who directs the Office of Health Reform at HHS, affirmed that statement, noting that the healthcare bill states that the HHS Secretary must set the deadline for open enrollment dates by June 2012. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did just that. “Once that 2014 open enrollment period has been set, they are set permanently,” Hash declared.
Sebelius herself also confirmed that reality a day later. During a March 12 congressional hearing she told Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) that there would be no extensions. “Are you going to delay the open enrollment beyond March 31?” Brady asked. “No, sir,” Sebelius replied.
Despite such transparent lying, the Washington Post was more than up to the task of attempting to give the administration wiggle room. “The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm,” the paper states. “The extra time will not technically alter the deadline but will create a broad new category of people eligible for what’s known as a special enrollment period.”
So why would the administration need a “special enrollment period”? The implications are obvious: enrollment is nowhere near where the administration needs it to be. “I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014,” Sebelius said during an NBC News interview on
September 30, 2013.
The administration soon backed off that number, and Vice President Joe Biden ratcheted it down even further last month. “We may not get to seven million, we may get to five or six, but that’s a hell of a start,” he said.
Yet even Joe’s “hell of a start” is problematic. As the administration itself was forced to admit last week, at least 20 percent of so-called ObamaCare “enrollees” are people who haven’t paid their insurance premiums. “We can point you to major insurers who have placed that figure at 80 percent, give-or-take, depending on the insurer, but we don’t have specific data that is going to be in a reliable enough form to provide,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The White House has repeated that mantra, claiming that they only have data about those selecting plans, because those enrolled are expected to pay insurance companies directly.
Two Republicans aren’t buying it. On Tuesday, David Camp (R-MI) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced they have uncovered “new evidence” that “strongly suggests that the administration knows who has enrolled and paid their first month’s premium.” They cited CMS regulations that require insurance companies to inform the agency of “the full enrollment and payment profile” for consumers on a month-to-month basis. A letter sent by Camp and Brady to Sebelius states, “On January 16, 2014, CMS posted a series of FAQs on the www.regtap.info portal. The portal is used by insurers to receive basic information about how to receive payments, what information is required of them and in what format, etc.” Based on the requirements contained in those guidelines, Camp and Brady contend “there is specific information about who has paid their premium that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is collecting and using to make payments to insurers,” and they “want this information in its most updated form immediately.”
HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters indicated that HHS wouldn’t comply. “As we have said previously, information about who has paid his or her premium is collected by individual issuers and is not reported to CMS directly by enrollees,” she contended. “Until the automated payment and reporting system is completed and fully tested, and CMS is able to access individual enrollment and payment information from individual 834 forms, the payment information that CMS receives from insurers is neither final nor complete. When we have accurate and reliable data regarding premium payments, we will make that information available.”
That in and of itself is a remarkable statement with respect to the 834 forms. Those are the forms that are supposed to be sent early each night from the federal exchange system to participating insurers, telling them who has signed up. In turn, insurers send each customer a bill, and those consumers have to pay their first month’s premium before coverage begins. The error rate, which had been as high as 25 percent last November, has ostensibly been reduced to 10 percent. Yet now the administration is admitting that the system has neither been completed nor tested. If that’s the case, how is it that the administration can give out any reliable numbers, even those regarding signups?
Yet the administration has done just that, contending that 5.2 million Americans have signed up for the plan as of the middle of March. Thus it appears Sebelius and/or Peters is lying. Camp and Brady believe it is Sebelius, who they accuse of giving “evasive and perhaps misleading” testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee on March 14.
So what? Sebelius is hardly the first Obama administration official to do that, and there have been no consequences whatsoever for any of them. Thus, when Peters insists the elimination of the deadline is due to a “surge in demand,” all we get from Republicans such as John Boehner (R-OH) are complaints, absent any threat of concrete action. “The dates are the dates, and the law is the law,” Boehner groused. “The president doesn’t have the authority to change the law whenever he wants, which he continues to do.”
With impunity. A CMS source has told the Daily Mail there is no set date for the extended deadline, and the Washington Post insists that even if people can no longer get extensions through the HealthCare.gov website, “consumers will be able to request one through one of the federally sponsored call centers nationwide.” Comically, the paper further notes that the grounds for granting such an extension “will become narrower, matching rules for special enrollment periods that have existed for the past few months.”
Sure they will—unless there’s another “fix” implemented, any time the administration decides to do it. Obama and company have made it clear there are no aspects of this law that are above manipulation.
In the ultimate testimony to Democratic arrogance, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) attempted to shift the blame for the law’s disastrous rollout onto the American public, “because people are not educated on how to use the Internet.”
And so it goes for a Democratic Party and an Obama administration for whom the rule of law has become little more than what they say it is, until it must be changed for nothing more than political expediency. In reality there is only one “law” to which the American left religiously adheres: by any means necessary. Whether our democratic republic can survive three more years of such overt contempt remains to be seen. We are truly in uncharted waters.
Arnold was an op-ed columist with the NY Post for eight years, currently writing for JewishWorldReview.com and FrontPageMag.com. Arnold can be reached at:
atahlert@comcast.net
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Valerie Jarrett’s in Hollywood - trying to get ObamaCare inserted into movie and TV scriptsIf it's so popular, why does she need to.... Oh never mind.By Robert Laurie
Saturday, March 29, 2014
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This week, Valerie Jarrett has ventured into the uncharted waters of ...Hollywood. It’s a place where a liberal President like Barack Obama almost never goes. At least, that’s what the talking heads on a web show called Top That! at PopSugar.com would like you to believe.
The host (who appears to be a peroxide blonde version of the cocoa-drinking pajama boy from the ObamaCare ads) interviewed Jarrett and asked the following:
“You’ve been reaching out to people that are, you know, outside of the norm of what the president might work with. Who else are you working with? Like celebrities, personalities, things like that?”
I know, I know. For Obama, dealing with Hollywood is the norm. Reaching out to politicians - particularly those of the opposing party? That’s outside the norm. But let’s set that aside for now. We know it. They don’t. Moving on…
Jarrett answered:
“You name it. That’s part of why I’m in L.A. I’m meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts.”
The “it” she’s referring to is, of course, ObamaCare. Jarrett is on what amounts to a propaganda mission. The hope is that we’ll soon see positive mentions of the ACA inserted into our favorite shows and movies. Imagine the cast of NCIS looking at a body, lamenting the fact that it would be alive - if only they’d had ObamaCare.
“We’re talking to celebrities. We’re talking to athletes, because obviously they get injured a lot and many of them are the same age as the market we’re going after. And what they can say is, ‘Look, you never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball. You’re walking down the street, you’re a little clumsy, you trip, you fall—where do you end up? Emergency room. A couple grand just to walk in the door. Who can afford that?”
“Nobody,” answered the host.
So remember, the next time you’re watching Game of Thrones, and the Lannisters say they have to get covered “because a Lannister always pays his medical debts,” you have Valerie Jarrett to thank.
Oh, OK, fine. I wasn’t going to, but I’ll do it. “If ObamaCare is so popular and worthwhile, why does it take so much propaganda to convince people of its greatness?”
Happy now?
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Robert Laurie’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com
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Harry Reid: Why, I never said Republican stories about ObamaCare were lies
Whatever could you be talking about?
By Herman Cain
Friday, March 28, 2014

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You have to see this one to believe it, folks. In fact, even that might not be enough. I’ve seen it, and I can’t believe it. I yield to no one in my subterranean opinion of Harry Reid, but how can you . . . what could possibly lead you to . . . who would ever think they could get away with . . . just watch:
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 Harry Reid Says He Never Called ObamaCare Stories Lies
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Seriously, what is this? We all know Reid is shameless and will say anything, presumably operating on the theory that the media will never call him out, no matter what he says. But . . . this?
I tried to come up with a scenario in which he had honestly forgotten having said it, but with as much coverage as it received, there is really no way you can find that theory plausible, unless he is simply not all there in some way that’s above my pay grade to diagnose. Maybe someone just writes this stuff for him and he just gets up there and reads it and really doesn’t give too much thought to what’s he’s saying. It’s entirely possible that he doesn’t read the conservative media that repeated his statement for weeks on end, but surely he has aides savvy enough to keep an eye on these things, and who would know that he couldn’t get up and deny what there is clear video evidence of his having done, yes?
Or . . . is Reid just amusing himself here? Is he so confident that the media will never call him out that he is willing to get up and say something this brazen - knowing full well that everyone’s jaws are dropping - and simply walk away grinning and muttering under his breath, “You’ll never catch me”?
All I know is this: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the leader of the United States Senate. If you are not recoiling in horror at that realization, I do not know what else to tell you.
Herman Cain’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com
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Also See:
ObamaCare - Health, Euthanasia, Life in Jeopardy!
(Part 1)
20 July 2009
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(Part 2)
10 August 2009
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(Part 3)
27 August 2009
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The Last Word on ObamaCare - Maybe!
20 March 2010
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Coming Soon - Death Panels!
23 August 2010
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How is Obama's Healthcare Working Out?
14 October 2010
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More about ObamaCare!
24 January 2011
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ObamaCare is Still an Issue!
(Part 1)
03 April 2012
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(Part 2)
28 June 2012
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(Part 3)
08 August 2013
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(Part 4)
27 October 2013
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(Part 5)
19 December 2013
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Will ObamaCare be Reversed?
(Part 1)
03 January 2014
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