Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Obama’s pledge that ‘no one will take away’ your health plan (Four Pinocchios)!

Washington Post ^ | 10/30/2013 | GLENN KESSLER

“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. 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.” – President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009 (as the health-care law was being written.) “And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.” – Obama, remarks in Portland, April 1, 2010, after the health-care law was signed into law. “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.” – tweet by Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, Oct. 28, 2013, after NBC News airs a report that the Obama administration knew “millions” could not keep their health insurance.
Many readers have asked us to step back into time and review these statements by the president now that it appears that as many as 2 million people may need to get a new insurance plan as the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, goes into effect in 2014. As we were considering those requests, one of the president’s most senior advisers then tweeted a statement on the same issue that cried out for fact checking.
The Facts The president’s pledge that “if you like your insurance, you will keep it” is one of the most memorable of his presidency. It was also an extraordinarily bold — and possibly foolish — pledge, unless he thought he simply could dictate exactly how the insurance industry must work.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...

Sources: White House told insurance execs to keep quiet on Obamacare!

CNN ^ | 10-30-13 | Drew Griffin and Chris Frates, CNN Special Investigations Unit

(CNN) -- White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN.
After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said.
Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution.
Can people keep plans under Obamacare?
Keeping Obamacare's promises
Obamacare's messaging problem But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.
"The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet," he said.
Laszewski, who's been a vocal critic of Obamacare, said he's been asked by insurance executives to speak out because they feel defenseless against an administration that is regulating their business -- and a big customer.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...

Obama blames 'bad apple' insurers for lost coverage!

Reuters ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Roberta Rampton and David Morgan

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that "bad apple" insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.
As administration officials scrambled to fix technical problems on an online insurance marketplace that is central to the success of the Affordable Care Act, Obama blamed private insurers for a separate problem that has critics questioning his honesty.
The president has repeatedly promised that people who are happy with their health plans would not have to change coverage. But the termination of individual policies has given his Republican opponents scope to criticize the program they have tried to stop since its inception in Obama's first term.
Republicans' assertion that Obama had broken a major promise to the electorate was seen as potentially more damaging than the glitch-ridden website rollout on October 1
The law, known popularly as Obamacare, requires insurers to offer a higher level of coverage. Individuals who do not have policies that meet the new standards may see their policies canceled at the end of the year, or may find that the monthly payments are beyond what they can afford.
Speaking in Boston, Obama said those who are getting dropped will be able to find new options through the online insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, established under the 2010 law.
"Just shop around in the new marketplace," he said. "You're going to get a better deal."
He stressed that the law included a provision that allowed Americans to keep bare-bones plans created before the law was signed as long as insurers did not change or cancel them.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...

I know that Obama isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer!

WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/30/2013 | Burt Prelutsky

Barack Obama says more dumb things in a day than some people say in a lifetime. For instance, regarding the shutdown, he said: “The House Republicans are holding the government hostage.”

I know that Obama isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer and that he has only a passing relationship with the Constitution, but someone should tell him that the House is a part of the government, no matter how he feels about it. So, were we to take him at his word – always a bad idea! – the House Republicans would be guilty of holding themselves hostage.

One always hears that the president, whoever he may be, commands the bully pulpit, but only under Obama has it been changed into something that could better be called the bully’s pulpit.

(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...

Obamacare: If you like your president you can keep him!

The Washington Times ^ | October 30, 2013 | By Eric Golub

As President Obama is accused of broken promises, an interesting irony is developing: Every meaningful comment regarding Obamacare can be applied to Obama himself. The policy represents the heart of Obama’s beliefs. He takes criticism of his policies personally because he and his policies are inseparable.
With that, take the policy promises, replace it with the person, and observe the results.
“We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it…”
We have to elect Barack Obama to find out who and what he is. Questions about his beliefs were dismissed as partisanship, allowing Americans to invest in a completely blank slate of hope and change.
Obamacare is “working.”
These people think Obama is successful. After all, catastrophic failure is now known as “moving in the right direction.” Endless foulups are “slow, steady progress.”
Obamacare is “settled law.” It is “constitutional.”
So is Obama. Legally he is in charge. That does not mean he is moral, ethical, competent or wise. Winning an election means an ability to campaign. It imparts no ability to govern.
(Excerpt) Read more at communities.washingtontimes.com ...

President Lied, Media Credibility Died

Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Ben Shapiro

On Monday evening, NBC News reported that President Obama wasn't just wrong, he was willfully lying when he said that if Americans liked their insurance plans, they could keep them under Obamacare. "(T)he administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them," NBC News reported. To clarify, that's some 7 to 11 million Americans.

The administration, NBC News said, had known all of this since 2010. Even as President Obama repeatedly told the American people that nobody had to lose their insurance, he recognized that millions would lose their insurance. But just as importantly, the Obama-defending media knew all of this years before the 2012 election ... and they downplayed it or ignored it altogether. In June 2012, PolitiFact, a supposed nonpartisan fact-checking site, said that Obama's "if you like your health plan, you can keep it" language was "half-true." The media routinely ignored President Obama's provably false promise.
And so he was re-elected.

And now, here we are, almost a year after that re-election, and some in the media are now telling the truth about Obama's lies. Too little, too late.

But Americans should be glad to get any honesty at all from the Obama sycophant media. A huge swath of the media continues to maintain that Obama never lied. Even when called on their "half-true" rating, after it had been completely debunked, PolitiFact stood by it: "Overall, Obama's statement was partially accurate but left out important details or took things out of context." CNN's Joe Johns explained that the statements might have been "over broad."

In fact, the media went even further. The NBC News scoop prompted Obama administration matriarch Valerie Jarrett to tweet-lie that insurance companies were truly to blame for tossing people off insurance -- a nonsensical take given that insurance companies must throw people off non-complying insurance plans under Obamacare.
Nonetheless, that falsehood quickly became the favored meme of the media echo chamber, with Chuck Todd of NBC News stating, "They were making promises that that they were hoping the insurance companies were going to keep." President Obama's favorite "conservative" columnist, Josh Barro of Business Insider, actually tweeted that Americans should be fine with the government throwing them off their insurance policies, since Americans are stupid anyway: "Vast swathes of policy are based on the correct presumption that people don't know what's best for them. Nothing new." He added, "Elitist technocrats are also the ones making you buy pasteurized milk and buy cars with seat belts."
So, for many in the media, Obama's lie didn't matter in the slightest. Obama clearly fibbed to the American people when he told them they could keep their insurance, but that was of no consequence: the tyrannical ends justified the corrupt means.
That always seems to be the case with the media, which ignored the Internal Revenue Service scandal, Obamacare lies, Benghazi, and the failing economy to boost Obama back to power. And now, the coverup continues -- a "60 Minutes" feature on Benghazi this week failed to mention either President Obama or then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. No wonder our power-hungry president thinks he can get away with anything. To this point, he has.

House hearing exposes reasons for failure of Healthcare.gov

Coach is Right ^ | 10/30/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi

The Affordable Care Act rollout on October 1st is “one of the biggest IT disasters in government history,” Representative Joseph Pitts (R-PA) told four vendors testifying before the House Oversight Committee about what went so horribly wrong with the Healthcare.gov website.

Multiple vendors each seemed confident in assuring legislators that separately, each system worked. But “no beta end to end testing” was completed until just two weeks before the rollout date of October 1! In spite of a lot of double speak and non answers, an official high up in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) apparently offered this statement about ObamaCare enrollees and website plans to a HealthCare.gov vendor:

“YOU’LL GET FINAL QUOTES FOR SPECIFIC PLANS BASED ON YOUR INCOME AND HOUSEHOLD AFTER YOU COMPLETE A MARKETPLACE APPLICATION.”

This website monkey wrench appears to have been a political decision thrown in at the last minute to hide the sticker shock of premium costs...

(Excerpt) Read more at coachisright.com ...

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The Smell of Panic [call for bipartisan fix so GOP "owns" part of Obamacare]!

Ricochet ^ | October 30, 2013 | Pejman Yousefzadeh

Jonah Goldberg has a lot of fun at the expense of Greg Sargent, who is less a journalist and more a hack on behalf of the Obama administration, and the Democratic party. But in the midst of the entirely warranted Sargent-bashing, let’s not forget that Sargent’s calls for a bipartisan fix to Obamacare’s problems reek of fright and desperation.

As Goldberg properly notes, “[t]he president and the Democrats lied us into a bad law. The Right opposed the law on principle. A single party — the Democrats — own this law in a way that no party has had complete ownership of any major social legislation in a century. They bought this legislation with deceit and the GOP said so.” I am sure that this fact has dawned on even the likes of Sargent, and heck, he may be aware of the fact that the problems with the health insurance website actually do jeopardize the workability of Obamacare in general.
So I am willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that Sargent’s calls for a bipartisan fix to Obamacare’s problems stem from the fact that he doesn’t want Democrats to own Obamacare anymore. He is worried–rightly–that if the Internet registration problems are not fixed, if people continue to suffer from sticker shock, and if outrage increases over the fact that millions of people cannot keep their plans, even if they like them (the reassurances of the White House and Obamacare supporters to the contrary notwithstanding) then support for Obamacare will plummet to rock bottom in the polls and those who support it (Democrats) will suffer and suffer mightily when election seasons roll around. Sargent wants Republicans to have some ownership in the event that Obamacare crashes and burns; that way, he figures, Republicans won’t be able to use the crash and burn of health care “reform” as a political weapon.
Republicans should, of course, heed Goldberg’s advice and refuse to make Obamacare a bipartisan project. The legislation is terribly flawed and it was passed using utterly deceitful tactics. A price should be paid for the dishonesty and incompetence with which Obamacare was designed and implemented. And no matter what Greg Sargent might want, the political pain for Obamacare’s failure should fall entirely on those who assured us from the beginning that Obamacare was the best thing since sliced bread.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending? [It's been nothing but lies]

American Thinker ^ | October 30, 2013 | Jeffrey T. Brown

Every day,it seems, more people who have been screaming their hatred for those who predicted all we see coming true are admitting what we have known all along. The president is incapable of telling a truth,and what conservatives have been predicting for three years about ObamaCare has been entirely correct. Indeed,we haven't seen anything close to the worst of what is to come,since the system hasn't even begun to function in its utmost state of disarray and confusion. We've seen a website and estimates of premium and deductible figures which have been panic-inducing all on their own. There is not one single fact about this monstrosity that has been truly presented by the president,and his law,its destruction of lives and fortunes,and the pattern of fraud that have accompanied it rest solely and squarely on the DemocraticParty. They did this to the United States of America and they did it on purpose....
We now have a teachable moment. A window has opened for many who have been lifelong Democrats to see what they have been suckered into doing to themselves and their fellow citizens,and for whom. Perhaps they possess enough remnants of objectivity,and a long enough memory,to recognize in hindsight the purposeful falsity of the vicious and very personal attacks they saw,and possibly cheered,from their own party representatives during the recent government shutdown,and for years before that. Maybe there is enough intellectual honesty left in some of them to finally understand the extent to which they are misled,misinformed,manipulated,and misrepresented by those who pretend to stand for anything constructive or beneficial to their country or its future. The very same people angrily uttering those lies proudly voted to impose ObamaCare upon them,along with financial hardship and the loss of health insurance. Pathological liars are not especially selective. They lie about everything to everyone......
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius

Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Michelle Malkin

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare's Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies.
Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare's damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate's costs. Obama singled out the company in a "60 Minutes" interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem "justify" its rate hikes to the federal government.
A private company trying to survive in the marketplace was forced to "explain" itself to federal bureaucrats and career politicians who have never run a business (successful or otherwise) in their lives. Sebelius went even further. She called on Anthem to provide public disclosure of how the rate increases would be spent -- a mandate that no other private companies must follow.
In an even more heavy-handed effort to suppress criticism, Sebelius wrote America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, "calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act." The threatening cease-and-desist letter commanded: "I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. ... Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections."
The speech-stifling gag order declared war on every opponent of Obamacare who dared to question the administration's phony claims of cost-savings or expanded access. When McDonald's notified the feds that it might have to cancel health insurance plans for 30,000 workers because of Obamacare's effective prohibition on low-cost plans, Sebelius slammed The Wall Street Journal for reporting the story. She then rushed to issue McDonald's an Obamacare waiver, the first of thousands to quell criticism and bleeding.
Health care policy analyst Merrill Matthews points out that Sebelius cracked her whip against health insurer Humana even before the law had passed. When the insurer warned seniors that an Obamacare proposal to cut reimbursements could harm their Medicare Advantage benefits and coverage, Sebelius demanded that the company "suspend potentially misleading mailings to beneficiaries about health care and insurance reform."
The warning, of course, proved true. In September 2010, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care canceled MA policies covering 22,000 seniors precisely because of Obamacare rules on reimbursements and MA-style plans.
Sebelius' power-mad partner on Capitol Hill, Henry Waxman, targeted companies including Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and ATT in a brass-knuckled effort to silence companies speaking out about the cost implications and financial burdens of Obamacare. After the firms reported write-downs related to the Obamacare mandate (disclosures that are required by law), Waxman scheduled an inquisition hearing to berate them publicly. After the Democrats' own congressional staff pointed out that the companies "acted properly and in accordance with accounting standards" in submitting filings that were required by law, Waxman called off the hounds.
It was a temporary reprieve. Caught with their pants down on the Obamacare website abomination and unable to stifle the cries of millions of Americans who are unable to keep the plans and doctors they like, Sebelius and her corrupt company are now blaming insurers, contractors and customers for the Obama administration's ideological mess. In short: They lied, but for your own good. Culture of Corruption 101.

Never Fart

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HELP

Deceit & Lies

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MSNBC's Ronan Farrow: 'The Clintons Represent a Style of Honesty That the Public Craves Right Now'

http://newsbusters.org ^ | October 29, 2013 | Noel Sheppard


When you think of the Clintons, does the word "honesty" come to mind?

It does to new MSNBC host Ronan Farrow who actually said on Tuesday's The Cycle (readers are strongly advised not to have any food or fluid in their mouths before continuing reading), "They represent a style of honesty that the public craves right now" (video follows with transcript and commentary): (video below)

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ... see video here.