Saturday, October 4, 2014

After One Year, Obamacare’s Biggest Achievement: Hiding Its Cost!

The Federalist ^ | October 3, 2014 | John Daniel Davidson 

In a speech yesterday at Northwestern University, President Obama declared that the Affordable Care Act is “working pretty well in the real world”—a claim he couldn’t have made this time last year. Now, armed with surveys of the uninsured rate and CBO reports, his administration can take credit for “good, affordable healthcare”—but only by citing choice data and dwelling on those parts of the law that disguise its defects as virtues.
Still, that’s a big improvement from where the administration was last October. It’s been a year this week since the launch of healthcare.gov, the health insurance exchange website through which millions of Americans were supposed to purchase subsidized coverage under Obamacare. To the delight of the law’s critics and the chagrin of its champions, the site promptly crashed on October 1 last year, the day it launched. It took months to get it up and running.
At around the same time, insurers began canceling plans that didn’t comply with the new law’s new rules. We may never know how many people lost their coverage, but it was most likely in the millions, perhaps as many as six million. In response to this unwelcome news, the administration unilaterally announced last November that it would not enforce the provisions of the law responsible for the cancelled plans, and entreated state health insurance commissioners to do the same while urging insurers to continue offering plans that had been, strictly speaking, made illegal by Obamacare.
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Two Illegals Allowed to Ride with President in Limo From White House, Obama Brags about it!

BizPacREview ^ | October 3, 2014 | Staff 

President Obama bragged to Hispanics Thursday night that he rode over to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala event with two illegal ‘DREAMERS.’
Despite his promise to not “give up this fight until it gets done,” a few audience members were unsatisfied and interrupted the president’s politically motivated speech.
Blanca Hernandez, an example of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was escorted from the event, according to CNS, after she demanded that President Obama “stop the deportations…we need relief now. Not one more delay. Not one more broken promise. Not one more deportation.”
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This is the new railgun for the Navy



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Obama throws liberalism under the bus!

Chicago Tribune ^ | Jonah Goldberg 

Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly.

Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world, if the people running the government are smart liberals. The Democratic Party says the exact same thing. But liberalism is an ideal, while the Democratic Party is that ideal’s representative here in the real world, and in the real world political parties disappoint.
Just to be clear — and to avoid a lot of “Oh, yeah? What about Republicans?!” responses — this is true of the GOP, too. Conservative ideology holds that government should only do those things that only government can and should do, and that list is very short. For instance, government shouldn’t be in the business of playing favorites in the economy. It shouldn’t “pick winners and losers.” Rather, it should be a fair umpire and let competition work its magic. Alas, Republican politicians routinely fall short of this ideal, preferring to be pro-business rather than pro-market. That, in so many words, is why the Export-Import Bank of the United States is immortal
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Republicans lead in Senate battleground states!

Hotair ^ | 10/03/2014 | Guy Benson 


Consistent: The topline results — Republicans are ahead. Inconsistent: The margins. NPR measures Obama’s job approval at (41/56) in states with contested Senate races, and an abysmal (29/67) among independents. But on the generic Senate ballot, the GOP leads by just three, fueled by a 16-point advantage among those aforementioned independents:

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In case you’re curious, NPR’s partisan sample is a reasonable, if slightly generous, D+4. Fox News’ pollster included two more states in their survey, but excluded Alaska. Results:

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Unless I’m missing something glaringly obvious (Fox’s poll sample is D+0, in line with 2010), I can’t quite wrap my mind around the 12 point disparity between these two polls. Any guesses? In any case, there’s a subject on which the polls agree, down to the percentage point: Obamacare disapproval. Both surveys peg opposition to the law at 55 percent, outpacing support by double digits. Some things never change. I’ll leave you with Dan McLaughlin’s top take-away from NPR’s internals:

Speaking of Dan, you may recall his detailed historical analysis of Senate races over recent electoral cycles, which predicted that many of 2014′sindividual races would eventually fall in line with the national environment. I’d say his predictions have held up pretty well so far — with the major caveats that (a) four weeks is a long time in politics, and (b) the Kansas mess is a confounding wrinkle in the path to +6.

White House Can't Hide Look Into Koch Tax Data Misuse!

Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS 

Scandal: A court tells the White House to acknowledge the existence of a probe into whether one of its advisers used private tax records for political gain. Transparency is being forced on an administration that's anything but.

In 2010, an attorney for industrialists and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch told the Weekly Standard of a senior Obama aide telling reporters on background that the Kochs "do not pay corporate income tax" through their company, Koch Industries.
How, the attorney justifiably wondered, did the White House get his clients' private information from the IRS?
The anonymous official has since been identified as former White House senior economics adviser Austin Goolsbee, and his remarks were aimed to besmirch the Koch brothers and their group Americans for Prosperity, the bête noir of Democrats and the White House for helping expose Obama administration failures and the dangers of its policies.
In a conference call with reporters, the Washington Post reported, Goolsbee used Koch Industries as an example to back up an administration claim that half of all business income went to companies that manage to avoid paying corporate income taxes.
Goolsbee could not have made his claim without access to the Kochs' private tax data, something a White House official is not supposed to have. The administration's early excuses were that he obtained the data from an unidentified government board and later that he must have read about it somewhere.
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A Cruz/Carson Ticket.Would This Be The GOP's Best Chance To Win In 2016!

 by Cruz_West_Paul2016

Whether it's Cruz/Carson or Carson/Cruz, the Democrat ticket will have reason to worry. An Hispanic&Black ticket is the GOP's best hope to beat Hillary, or who ever is the nominee. This ticket will have the left leaning media in a state of panic. They can't bash a minority ticket. And what will Debbie Wasserman do? Accuse Ted and Ben of wife beating? If Hillary is the nominee and she is up against Cruz/Carson, will be interesting to see how she tries to tear down the first "Black/Hispanic Ticket".

What’s Been Worse?

Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh 

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RUSH: This Ebola thing, folks, let me ask you a question: What has been worse...? Honestly now: What has been worse, the Bush administration response to Katrina or the Obama administration response to Ebola, especially given how relatively limited the Ebola problem is? It is literally an African problem, or it was. You see? Right there, I just know the politically correct, when you say that, that lights a fire.

"Oh, we should leave it in Africa because somehow they deserve it, Mr. Limbaugh? Is that what you're saying?"

No. You see how difficult this has become because of political correctness? The point is, it started in Africa. That's where its roots are. There were steps that could have been taken to keep it out of the United States, and those steps were not taken.

"That's right, Mr. Limbaugh! It's not fair that that it's only African."

This is how this stuff works, and if you have thinking like that in top level administration positions, you're gonna end up with Ebola outside its primary area. There's no reason for it to spread. If the existing governments in Africa aren't gonna do anything about it, we should stay steps to make sure it doesn't get into the United States, and we did not do that. It's plain and simple.

Now, the fact that there might be people that are obsessed with political correctness who think, "Well, that's only fair," the correct response is, "Screw them." It's too late anyway now. So I think it's a rational question to ask, just, again not for the answer, but to illustrate, to inform and to teach. This is not to praise the Bush administration. It's to illustrate the continuing incompetence of this one.

The Bush administration to Katrina was said to be disastrous and it was said to be uncaring and there was no urgency and Bush didn't care because it was black people in New Orleans. Remember that? That's right. In fact, Bush even steered Hurricane Katrina in there, 'cause he wanted to turn Louisiana into a Republican state by forcing the blacks that lived in New Orleans to move to Houston where they'd be outnumbered by the whites.

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RUSH: Now we've got an NBC cameraman, freelance cameraman quarantined 'cause came down with Ebola, and get this: "An unnamed, 33 year old cameraman working with NBC's News correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The man had only been working for NBC for about a week prior to his infection. Sources at NBC said the man was being flown home so that he could receive the best treatment possible.

"A spokesperson also stated that the rest of the crew would be flown back to the US aboard a private charter where they would enter voluntary quarantine for the next 21 days. ... NBC News is withholding the cameraman’s name at the request of his family." How did this happen? I thought this was hard to get. I thought it was hard to pass on. Didn't we hear that?

The Regime, the president himself said it's hard to get. The Centers for Disease Control guy said, it's hard to pass on. If somebody's not showing symptoms, you can't get it. Then we had this crew. Did you see this, the pictures out of Dallas where the Ebola victim from Africa that shows up in Dallas lives? The story's coming out about where he lives or lived, his family?

I mean, it's just gross. I mean, every story talks this guy's vomit. He vomited outside; he vomited inside. They got pictures of cleanup crews hosing it down, vaporizing it, and we're saying, "Did they use bleach? Oh, my God, did they? Are they just spreading the disease?" They're not wearing any protective gear, sweeping it up, spraying it with the fire hose or the water hose or whatever.

People living in these apartments say, "Hey, shouldn't we be tested?" "No, you just have to stay inside for three weeks. We'll deal with you later if you come down with it."

"No, we want to find out if we got it!"

"Nope. State quarantine."

It's a joke. It's an absolute joke. But it needn't have happened, folks, and now we've got audio sound bites you're gonna hear short, the CDC director said (paraphrased), "No it would have been a terrible mistake to stop this disease in Africa. It'd be a horrible mistake to close our borders." The political correctness dictates that are responsible for the irresponsible application of common sense here -- and I'm not kidding you.

When you when you point out, when you say like I just did at the top of the program, "Ebola was relatively limited"? Right there those are fighting words, to the politically correct. 'Cause what it means is, it was in a relatively few countries in the world. Three. It was in a relatively small geographic area, compared to the rest of the world, western Africa, and it would have been easy...

An effort could have been undertaken that would not have been that difficult to keep it there. And here come the politically correct. "Oh, that's not fair! You want to discriminate against them? You want to make sure they get sick but that nobody else?" That's the way this thinking takes place now. You say something factual. I can imagine the politically correct in this audience thinking I've just said something inconsiderate, lacking in compassion.

But it's true. The Obama response to this, given how relativity limited the Ebola problem was -- given all the warnings Obama had, given the fact that nobody's trying to stop the Regime from helping -- and still it's being treated and dealt with in the most irresponsible, incompetent manner I can think of. The news reporting on this every day has... Some of these Drive-By people, the Drive-By Media interviewing the CDC guy, they're beside themselves.

They don't know what to do. He's a loyal Democrat, therefore he's gotta be propped up, but they can't believe what here hearing from the guy -- and if he were a Republican, he would be destroyed on camera. He would be out of a job before he left the studio if he were a Republican. This, they try to have to cover for the guy while maintaining credibility with their dwindling audiences by asking tough questions.

Why didn't Obama stop the flights from Africa? I keep wondering. (interruption) What do you mean, "You can't"? (interruption) What do you mean, "He can't"? (interruption) By who? Who would vilify him by stopping...? (interruption) You know why he can't stop the flights? It's not 'cause he'd be vilified. What do you mean he'd be...? He can't stop the flights because over here he's gonna do amnesty, and what does he need for amnesty?

Open borders.

He can't close the borders. It's all political. This is my never-ending point. The reason he's not gonna stop the flights from Africa or anywhere else Ebola happens to be is because he's gonna do amnesty down the road. He promised the Hispanics yesterday it's gonna happen. He was bragging about the fact that he rode to the Hispanic speech with a couple of illegals. He's bragging about it, and he's promising 'em it's gonna happen.

Well, you can't shut down flights from Africa. You can't you can't close the border. Not if you later plan on using the open border for amnesty. But again, let me just ask from a common sense standpoint and forget politics for a minute. Let me just ask the question: What would be wrong with stopping flights into the US from those West African countries being overrun with Ebola? What would be wrong about it?

You know, during the latest round of fighting between Israel and Gaza, Obama didn't have any trouble stopping flights to Israel. He said it was a matter of public safety. Remember that? He shut down flights to Israel. Remember that? From the United States, he was not letting people fly there, under the guise of safety and security. He had no problem stopping flights to Israel, and the reason for that's political.

That was to do economic harm.

So what do you mean, "He can't do it. He'd be vilified"? He already has done it. He could have stopped flights from those countries into the United States under the same premise that he used when he announced that we were eliminating or terminating temporarily flights into Israel. But no, the head of the CDC, this Thomas Frieden guy, says we have to stop it in Africa.

The problem is, it's pretty clear we're not stopping it in Africa, and this guy turns around and says we can't stop it in Africa by closing the borders here. We can't stop it in Africa. The Ebola patient in Dallas proved that. He got out of Africa (Hello, Meryl Streep) and got into the United States just as he proved the screening being done by the locals in those African countries is practically useless.

Remember the CDC guy bragging about the procedures they've set up to prevent what happened from happing? The African guy shouldn't have gotten here because, well, they have an exhaustive screening technique. They're saying this. They fill out forms, and then they're wanding 'em to see if they have fever. But this guy got past it all. Do you think Dr. Frieden at the Centers for Disease Control would let his daughter sit next to somebody from Liberia on a plane for 14 hours?

I don't know. Maybe some reports should ask him. They're not gonna ask him that. Never mind. So Dr. Nancy Snyderman and a whole NBC crew are now in voluntary quarantine for three weeks. You got a cameraman over there. These are people who know what to do to avoid getting the disease, and they still got it. We have reports of doctors in these countries in full hazmat gear getting the disease, and over here we're told, "It's hard. You don't have anything to worry about."

By the way, NBC has named that freelance cameraman. His name is Ashoka Mukpo. Any update, by the way, on the 3,000 US soldiers Obama sent to fight Ebola? Has anybody heard about that mission?

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RUSH: Did you see where the Texas hospital, that the emergency room where the guy from Liberia shows up, says he's from Liberia, and they sent him home with antibiotics -- that hospital in Texas -- is now blaming flawed software. Watch 'em blame it on Apple, blame it on iOS 8. Everybody else is blaming everything on it. Blame it on iOS 8. No, blame it on 8.0.1.

If you're in trouble, blame Apple, folks. It's what everybody else is doing. And then get this. Both NBC News and the Washington Times are reporting that a patient at Howard University Hospital who has just returned from Nigeria is being monitored for Ebola. Howard University Hospital is in Washington, DC. Now, if it turns out that this is an actual case of Ebola, and it is in the nation's capital, then everything's gonna change, 'cause that's where the establishment is.

When it's in Texas, Montana, Wyoming, it's one thing. When it's in their town? Uh-oh. I know it's a cruel thing to think and say, but it happens to be true. Human nature.
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