Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why taking over the Senate may not do Republicans much good!

Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Waldman
There’s an old story about a freshman member of the House who is getting shown around by a senior member on his first day, and the freshman asks about the other party. “I want to meet the enemy,” he says. “No, son,” says the old bull, “they’re the opposition. The Senate is the enemy.” I thought about that today as the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate becomes more of a possibility. If the GOP controlled both houses, would Republicans be able to present a united front against President Obama, one that might actually accomplish any practical goals? There are some clues in the maneuvering that’s going on right now over health care as Republicans look forward to this fall’s elections. To begin with, we should acknowledge that a Republican takeover of the upper house is anything but a sure thing. The midterms are still seven and a half months away, and a lot could happen between now and then. There could be an economic crisis, or months of solid job growth, or an alien invasion, or who knows what. [SNIP] If the Republicans do take the Senate, they won’t have a lot of time to savor the victory, because two years later they’re going to be the ones defending more seats (see Sean Trende’s analysis for more details). That makes it entirely possible, maybe even likely, that Republicans will have control of both houses for only two years, and after 2016 we’ll go back to the way things are now. So can they legislate during that time?
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Sigh: No, Obamacare Hasn't Reached 'Five Million Enrollments'!

Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Guy Benson
You know the drill by now. The Obama administration releases an enrollment figure, the media credulously repeats it, then we bring you the facts. It's becoming something of a ritual around these parts. Let's begin with the spin. Get excited about these inflated numbers, America:





Back in reality, the generally-accepted estimate of the nationwide non-payment rate is 20 percent -- meaning that one-fifth of the "newly enrollment" are not, in fact, enrolled. The administration "counts" anyone who's placed an Obamacare exchange plan in their virtual shopping cart as signed up. Kathleen Sebelius again testified last week that HHS is not keeping track of who checks out and pays their first month's premium, which are necessary steps to becoming fully enrolled. (I've included that video below). As of a few weeks ago, payment delinquency rates were close to 50 percent in certain states. Nearly half of the few previously-uninsured Americans who have selected plans through Obamacare are not paid up. Also, the overwhelming majority of these "new" enrollees are not obtaining coverage for the first time. Most had insurance prior to Obamacare. According to estimate, fewer than 30 percent of those signing up are first-time enrollees. Two independent studies revealed that roughly 90 percent of eligible consumers who were uninsured before the law's implementation have chosen not to purchase plans on Obamacare's exchanges. The top reason cited was lack of affordability. Here's my back-of-the envelope math about the real progress


That's based on the White House's original target of seven million, which they've since tried to pretend never happened. If you take these calculations a step further by only tallying enrollments of (a) newly-insured people who (b) have activated their coverage by paying, the accurate "new enrollment" number sits just north of one million. And that's using the relatively generous 20 percent nonpayment rate assumption. Remember, according to the McKinsey study, the delinquency percentage among this group is more than double the broader national one-fifth figure. I'll leave you with Kathleen Sebelius testifying once again that she and her merry band of Obamacare administrators have no idea how many people are actually fully enrolled, or how many of them had coverage before this $2 trillion program took effect:
Kathleen Sebelius: 'I Don't Know' How Many ObamaCare Enrollees Have Paid Phil Klein makes a number of similar points, noting that enrollment has accelerated in March, compared to February's deceleration.

The Democrats' choice: Repeal ObamaCare or impeach Obama!

OneNewsNow ^ | March 12, 2014 | Bryan Fischer
Time to pick your poison, Democrats. Patch the boat by dumping ObamaCare and Obama - or ride this puppy to the bottom of the ocean. It's your choice. According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama's brigade of buffoons running his signature healthcare bill has waived the penalty for not buying health insurance. Yes, you read that right. The individual mandate, which we were told by Obama was the key to making the whole thing work, has been dropped out of ObamaCare until 2016. The decision "has received zero media notice," and was buried in a paragraph and footnote in a seven-page technical bulletin which is about something else altogether. This guilty furtiveness is understandable since all along we've been told that the individual mandate is the indispensable, non-negotiable lynchpin of the whole deal. In essence, we were told that without the boot-on-the-neck force of the United States government, the thing wouldn't work at all. John Roberts, who rewrote this misbegotten bill from the bench to call the mandate a "tax" instead of a "penalty," was apparently unavailable for comment on this latest development. Roberts sacrificed his judicial integrity, his legal reputation and his legacy to give Obama his law by shredding the Constitution, and now Obama has told him in effect he did it all for nothing. -
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Michelle Obama and family take another taxpayer-funded trip!

The Daily Caller ^ | 3/17/2014 | Neil Munro
The first lady, her mother, her two kids, plus numerous White House aides and security personnel are going to tour China this month, but White House officials are refusing to say how much the taxpayers will pay for the trip. However, they did say it would be a thrill for everyone on the trip, including for Michelle Obama’s top aide, Tina Tchen.“It is a real honor and privilege, and I think we are all, here in the first lady’s office, quite excited about the upcoming trip,” said Chen, just after she declared that “my parents emigrated from China in the late ’40s, so this … will be my fourth time returning to China but the first time, obviously, in a role such as this.”“The first lady has been looking for an opportunity to go to China,” said Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications.“I think the first lady is very much looking forward to it,” said Tchen.“We will meet [the Chinese president's wife] Madame Peng on our first day … [and] she will accompany the first lady and her family to the Forbidden City and will take the first lady through the Forbidden City before they’re able to join each other for a meal, a private meal and a private performance later on in the evening,” said Tchen. ”We’re looking forward to it.”Both officials declined to reveal the cost of flying the family to and from China.“As a general matter, we don’t disclose the details associated with the security of either the president or the first lady,” Rhodes said.“We are not discussing or disclosing information regarding the details of the logistics of the trip,” said Tchen.The first lady and the family will travel to China from March 19 to March 26. She will visit the capital Beijing and two northwest cities, Xi’an and Chengdu.She’ll be accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.The first lady has taken her mother on several previous trips, including to Spain.The 2010 trip to Spain cost taxpayers at least $487,000. A 2011 trip to southern Africa cost at least $424,142. The cost estimates were uncovered by Judicial Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog group.However, the trip will be worth the expense, officials said.“I will say this as a Chinese-American,” said Tchen, that Chinese people will appreciate “three generations of family traveling together … and the bonds that the Obama family have with one another across generations.”“I think that, frankly, the most powerful message we can deliver [to Chinese people] is one of the examples of not just the first lady’s life story but of America and our values,” Rhodes said. “That alone I think speaks to things like respect for human rights that are interwoven into the DNA of the United States of America.”“The first lady’s story itself sends a powerful message about the ability of someone of a disadvantaged economic background from a minority group to ascend to the position that she did in private life and now as first lady,” Rhodes said.Michelle Obama grew in a humble family that was entwined with the Democratic political machine in Chicago. Her father worked as a Democratic political activist in Chicago, she earned money by babysitting for Jesse Jackson, and she eventually married an up-and-coming political activist — Barack Obama — in a church whose pastor was an influential player in local politics, Jeremiah Wright.The first lady’s “focus on people-to-people relations, her focus on education and youth empowerment is one that we believe will resonate in China,” Rhodes claimed.Roughly 200,000 Chinese people are enrolled at U.S. education centers, while roughly 20,000 Americans are studying in China.“In terms of the first lady’s visit, first of all, as a general matter, the first lady has been a huge asset” on foreign trips, said Rhodes.“Everywhere that she has traveled independently, she has had a tremendous reception and has been able to connect with audiences from Asia to Africa to the Americas,” he said.However, Rhodes added, there are real political disagreements between China and the United States.“We’ve been very clear that our relationship with China is one in which we welcome the peaceful rise of China, which is in the service of global stability and greater prosperity for our people and the people of China and the people of the region. At the same time, we’re very clear when we have differences with China on a host of issues, so it’s a relationship that allows for both a constructive cooperation, and candor when we disagree.

Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama’s Sanctions!

ABCNews.go.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Kirit Radia
MOSCOW – Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list. The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev.
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