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  • Obamacare offers U.S. firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

    11/25/2014 6:35:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/25/14 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Under the president's new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.</p> <p>President Obama's temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare's health exchanges.</p>
  • Schumer: Democrats Should Not Have Pursued Obamacare

    11/25/2014 9:13:30 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 96 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | November 25, 2014 | Michael Warren
    Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said Tuesday that he and his fellow Democrats made a mistake in pursuing health care legislation that eventually became Obamacare. Bloomberg Politics's Kathleen Hunter has the story: “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a national recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform.”Democrats should have addressed issues aiding the middle class to build confidence among voters before turning to the...
  • Latest Obamacare ‘Tweak’ a Doozy

    11/22/2014 4:49:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Americans are inveterate tinkerers — a trait commented on by observers from de Tocqueville to Winston Churchill. That’s why it’s not surprising that the bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would want to keep tweaking Obamacare. Mind you, it’s not so much because they think they can perfect the law. Rather, they keep tweaking the law in order to keep the American people from brandishing pitchforks and coming to Washington to tar and feather them and ride them out of town on a rail. Self-preservation can be a marvelous motivating factor. The geniuses who brought us the...
  • Serious Price Increase for Generic Drugs

    11/22/2014 11:34:59 AM PST · by knak · 48 replies
    wall street otc ^ | 11/22/14 | thompson
    Although Generic Drugs have been considered a cheap alternative to brand drugs, the recent price increase has triggered a Senate investigation. Several low-price drug manufactures were questioned by members of the Congress in October, about the changes that have happened in the last 18 months, in terms of price. The Congress meeting happened as a result of several price complaints from long patients as well as pharmacists and physicians. Some of the low-cost generic drugs’ prices have risen with up to 8,000%. The huge increase was investigated at a Senate hearing, on Thursday. It was reported that three pharmaceutical companies...
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

    11/20/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about...
  • Report: ObamaCare numbers boosted by dental [only] plans (to push ACA over 7 million)

    11/20/2014 10:39:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration’s much-touted enrollment figure of 7.3 million includes nearly a half-million people who have only purchased dental plans, the House Oversight Committee has found. Without the 400,000 people enrolled in dental-only plans, the total enrollment for ObamaCare drops to 6.97 million, according an investigation by the committee, which was first reported by Bloomberg News. “Instead of offering the public an accurate accounting, the administration engaged in an effort to obscure and downplay the number of dropouts,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee, wrote in a statement to Bloomberg. Enrollment figures have strayed from the initial 8...
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the government’s power to control people’s lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MIT’s Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters aren’t the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the “architect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesn’t understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those “stupid”...
  • Meet the Snobocrats

    11/20/2014 4:22:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud. Gruber was caught on videotape expressing the haughty attitude that drove the Affordable Care Act, deriding the "stupidity" of Americans as a way to justify misleading them. Gruber apparently thinks such deception is OK because yokel voters could not handle the truth about the looming chaos he helped to engineer in their health coverage. Unfortunately, Gruber's disdain for the proverbial masses -- he was paid nearly $400,000 in consulting fees -- is thematic of the last...
  • How ObamaCare Turned Insurers Into Big Gov't Lovers

    11/19/2014 4:12:59 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Crony Capitalism: The New York Times this week reports that ObamaCare has made strange bedfellows between the insurance industry and the federal government. Who could have imagined that?
  • Johnathan Gruber Is A Fascist

    11/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 21 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | November 19, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    Johnathan Gruber is a fascist. He’s willing to put up with a little bit of private ownership but only if the government dictates private transactions. He’s more than willing to help Congress manipulate laws in order to achieve government control. Much of the hubbub over Gruber’s comments on Obamacare manipulations put the blame on him. Make no mistake, calling the American people stupid is on Gruber. However, Gruber isn’t a politician and it’s hardly surprising when an academic with no political experience doesn’t know how to play the game. Academics aren’t nearly as smart as they or the left think...
  • All of #GruberGate, Explained in 2 minutes

    11/18/2014 4:47:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | November 18, 2014 | Leon H. Wolf (Diary)
    Our own Ben Howe made this video for the folks at American Commitment that explains the entire #GruberGate kerfuffle in 2 minutes. The video is damning and really explains what ought to be page A1 material on every newspaper in the whole country. Check it out:
  • Origins of Obamacare

    11/19/2014 4:00:37 AM PST · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    Nov 19, 2014
    The Origin of Obamacare: The Organization and Their Plan Part 1   Quentin Young, Sen. Barack Obama, 2003 Quentin Young is a founding member of the Chicago-based Physicians for a National Health Program. [1][2] Young is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America [14] Peter Orris co-founded the Physicians for a National Health Program [3]. Orris was a member of Students for a Democratic Society at Harvard [4] Physicians for a National Health Program advocates single-payer national health insurance. [10] They both serve on the National Physicians Alliance Advisory Board. [5] Obama learned about single-payer health care from his...
  • Key ObamaCare official used threats, 'tantrums' to push website launch despite concerns, email

    11/19/2014 1:53:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Stephanie McNeal
    A key ObamaCare official engaged in a “cruel and uncaring march” to launch the federal health care website last year and wasn’t open to seeking a delay despite concerns, according to a newly revealed email from her former second-in-command.The damning email from Michelle Snyder, formerly the No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was released to FoxNews.com ahead of a Wednesday House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on the security and botched rollout of Healthcare.gov.In the September 2013 email to Todd Park, the former Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Snyder characterized her then-boss, CMS...
  • Gruber Got 24 Times the Average ‘Stupid’ American’s Salary for Obamacare Work

    11/18/2014 5:14:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to government data, the nearly $6 million in confirmed taxpayer dollars that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid from 2009 to 2014—about $1 million per year—is roughly 24 times the average salary earned by full-time American workers in the same general time frame. The average annual full-time U.S. salary was about $41,600 in those years, which multiplied 24 times is $998,400, or nearly $1 million a year. Gruber, who became famous last week from a video in which he admitted Obamacare was passed due to a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter,” has received at...
  • Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies

    11/18/2014 4:55:37 AM PST · by tired&retired · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Those same insurers have long viewed government as an unreliable business partner that imposed taxes, fees and countless regulations and had the power to cut payment rates and cap profit margins. But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been...
  • Gruber-gate gets to Obama: ‘No, I did not’ mislead Americans (Says the Liar in Chief)

    11/16/2014 2:22:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    All the president’s men could not shield the commander-in-chief from fallout surrounding recently uncovered comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. The health policy and implementation expert who worked closely on the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts health care reform law has backed the administration into a corner after it was revealed he repeatedly celebrated the misleading way in which the law was crafted and the “stupidity” of the American voter over whose eyes the wool was pulled. “The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms...
  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites

    11/16/2014 8:48:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 2:07 PM EST | Steve LeBlanc
    The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. […] Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Some, like Oregon and Nevada, folded and decided to go with the federal exchange for the second round of open enrollment, which began Saturday. Others, like Maryland and Massachusetts, fired their technology contractors and are hoping for better results this time....
  • The CBO Effectively Used Gruber’s Model to Score Obamacare

    11/16/2014 9:58:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Weekley Standard ^ | November 16, 2014 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Two well-placed sources on Capitol Hill say that the Congressional Budget Office effectively used Jonathan Gruber’s model to score Obamacare. That model favors government mandates over market competition and claims that essentially the only way to achieve a large reduction in the number of uninsured Americans is to impose an Obamacare-like individual mandate. Moreover, because the model that the CBO used in scoring Obamacare is the same one it uses today, any alternative to Obamacare that doesn’t include an individual mandate — which is to say, any conservative alternative — would be scored by the CBO as falling well short,...
  • Patient Faces Bankruptcy After Ambulance Takes Her To Out-Of-Network Hospital

    11/12/2014 4:46:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Consumerist ^ | November 12, 2014
    Most of us know that it could cost us everything we own if we go to a hospital that isn’t covered by our insurance plan. But what if you’re unconscious and have no say in the matter? That’s the case for a Wisconsin woman who owes $50,000 to a hospital that claims she should just pay up and be happy she’s still alive. The woman tells WISC-TV [via Reddit] that in Sept. 2013 she went into cardiac arrest and was taken by ambulance to a hospital that was out of her insurance network instead of the one — only a...
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike (America, you got screwed by the Libs)

    11/14/2014 2:13:28 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/14/2014 | ap
    Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law will see their premiums rise next year unless they switch to another plan, independent analysts said as the government released details Friday. The Health and Human Services department released a massive computer file of 2015 premiums one day ahead of the start of open enrollment. Those numbers will take time to fully analyze. ,,,,, But there is a catch if you are already a customer: Your plan may no longer be the lost-cost benchmark in your community. In that case, you'll pay more unless...
  • Dems' path after Obamacare: Down, down, down

    11/14/2014 1:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/2014 | Byron York
    There were 60 Democrats in the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, when they voted in lockstep to pass the Affordable Care Act. Soon there will be 46 Democrats in the Senate, or perhaps 47, if Sen. Mary Landrieu manages to eke out a win in Louisiana. In plain numbers, the post-Obamacare trajectory has not been good for Senate Democrats. The 46 or 47 Democrats in the next Senate are a bit different from the group that passed Obamacare. Sixteen of them took office after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. They never had to vote for it and...
  • Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015 (More lies)

    11/15/2014 8:00:54 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/14/2014 | ROBERT PEAR, REED ABELSON and AGUSTIN ARMENDARIZ
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The data became available just hours before the health insurance marketplace was to open to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. An analysis of the data by The New York Times suggests that although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies greatly from state...
  • First-day glitch shuts state’s health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. “It’s our plan to be up as soon as possible,” said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the site’s utility. Based on an applicant’s income level, the credits...
  • More Uninsured Will Resist Obamacare This Year (Will pay the increased fines, instead)

    11/13/2014 11:14:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Next year, 35 percent of uninsured people would rather pay the upped fine for not having health insurance than buy Obamacare coverage — up 6 points from this time last year, when the penalty was hundreds of dollars lower. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 55 percent of the uninsured said they’re planning on getting coverage in 2015, but 35 percent are fine with just paying the individual mandate’s tax on going uninsured. In November 2013, just 29 percent of the uninsured said they were willing to pay the $95 fine in 2014 for remaining uninsured. But in 2015,...
  • A BRIEF INTERLUDE WITH EXPERT OPINION (Interview with arrogant Gruber, 2013)

    Gruber saves some special scorn for the Republican governors who have bravely said no to...Free Money! "What I don't get is these STUPID governors who are turning down the Medicaid expansion," he said. "This is preposterously STUPID. First of all, your low-income people get health-insurance, and you get billions and billions of dollars of stimulus in health-care spending. For example, there are one million uninsured Floridians who are below the poverty line. The federal government is saying we'll pay to insure them, and, in addition, we're sending billions of dollars to you. And Rick Scott says no. There is no...
  • Four Times Obamacare Advocates Admitted It Will Kill Old People

    11/12/2014 8:38:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ben Shapiro, Senior Editor-At-Large
    While Obamacare’s proponents continue to insist that the program presents no threat to Americans’ healthcare, new comments from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber demonstrate that Obamacare was designed to do just that. Gruber stated: You get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in, it made explicit that healthy people pay and sick people get money, it would not have passed…Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass. In other words,...
  • Obamacare's Foundation of Lies (Liberals waking up)

    11/12/2014 9:58:09 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/12/14 | Ron Fournier
    A lie is apolitical, or at least it should be. If there is one thing that unites clear-headed Americans, it's a belief that our leaders must be transparent and honest. And yet, there seem to be two types of lies in our political discourse: Those that hurt "my party" and "my policies"; and those that don't. We condemn the former and forgive the latter—cheapening the bond of trust that enables a society to progress. This truism came to mind when I read a Washington Post story headlined, "Who Is Jonathon Gruber?" It was an important and workmanlike report on the...
  • Why Obamacare risks falling into a ‘death spiral’

    11/12/2014 12:12:52 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all. It has nine members and it operates out of a marble building directly across the street from the Capitol. When the Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would take up another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in March, it delivered the threat of two mortal blows to the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. First, it raised the possibility that the justices, who narrowly spared the law in 2012, will in June come out with a new ruling that would dismantle the law on different grounds....
  • Rush: Gruber Lied in 2009 Washington Post Op-Ed

    11/12/2014 1:23:16 PM PST · by maggief · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | November 12, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Just a little more on the outrageous discovery that Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, admitted Sunday (and still this hasn't shown up in the Drive-By Media) that they lied. They had to lie. They proudly lied, happily lied, laughingly lied, in order to get this monstrosity, this disaster passed and signed into law because the American people were too stupid to understand it. We've found another Gruber lie, by the way, and I've got a little bit here on Gruber and subsidies, which is the subject matter of the latest case the Supreme Court has agreed...
  • Senate Republicans ready to use reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare?

    11/12/2014 7:40:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The bill’s destined to be vetoed, of course, but unless the reconciliation process ends up eating lots of time, there’s really no harm to it. One conservative activist told Politico he’s worried that if the GOP uses the same arcane procedural move to undo O-Care that Democrats used to pass it, Obama will turn around and whine that Republicans are doing the same thing Democrats did when they were in power. But … why would he say that? If he means to imply that reconciliation is a dubious strong-arm tactic, then he’ll be forced to explain why it was okay...
  • How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

    11/13/2014 12:08:25 AM PST · by Ray76 · 25 replies
    HuffingtonPost ^ | Mar 18, 2010 | Jane Hamsher
    (Mar 18, 2010) Up until this point, most of the attention regarding the failure to disclose the connection between Jonathan Gruber and the White House has fallen on Gruber himself. Far more troubling, however, is the lack of disclosure on the part of the White House, the Senate, the DNC and other Democratic leaders who distributed Gruber's work and cited it as independent validation of their proposals, orchestrating the appearance of broad consensus when in fact it was all part of the same effort. [] Now that we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but...
  • Follow the Money: Your Tax Dollars Bought Jonathan Gruber’s Services

    11/12/2014 10:25:25 PM PST · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    FiredogLake ^ | Jan 10, 2010 | Rayne
    (Jan 10, 2010) Firedoglake has been researching the relationship of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber with the Obama administration with regard to health care reform. You’ll find posts by emptywheel, dday and Jon Walker about the apparent conflicts of interest on Gruber’s part, that of the Obama administration and the media covering health care reform. We’re still looking at the money – yes, follow the money, as Deep Throat once said – paid out to Gruber by the government. OUR MONEY, our tax dollars, paid out to Gruber under three administrations. You can view the numbers at this link, at which...
  • (Unbelievable) ANOTHER TAPE SURFACES; Obamacare architect calling Americans "stupid"

    11/12/2014 12:17:05 PM PST · by Din Maker · 60 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 12, 2014
    <p>A new tape has surfaced showing Jonathan Gruber, once again, claiming the health care law's authors took advantage of the "stupid" American public.</p> <p>The tape, played on Fox News' "The Kelly File," showed Gruber speaking at an October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis.</p>
  • White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law

    11/12/2014 4:47:31 PM PST · by Ray76 · 71 replies
    NBC ^ | Oct 11, 2011 | Michael Isikoff
    (Oct 11, 2011) Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.” “The White House wanted to lean a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts,” said Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney administration on health care and who attended five meetings at the Obama White House in 2009, including the meeting with the...
  • Third video emerges of Obamacare architect insulting voters

    11/12/2014 3:46:01 PM PST · by SteveH · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    Weinstein tells CNN he has many more videos in his collection.
  • Jonathan Gruber speaks to Noblis about Obamacare 01-18-2012

    11/12/2014 11:21:04 AM PST · by machogirl · 37 replies
    me ^ | November 12, 2014 | me
    I took one for the team and listened to this guy on a new tape for 52 minutes. Another Gruber video. This guy did travel the Country, speaking about the Obamacare-sham and DID REPEATEDLY to many groups, that O'care was: complicated, political, that the STATES IF NO EXCHANGES are set up their citizens will pay the "tax" but NO tax credits, and blah blah blah, and some INTERESTING NUGGETS.
  • Another tape surfaces of ObamaCare architect calling American people ‘stupid’

    11/12/2014 11:15:37 AM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    <p>ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber apparently doesn't think much of the intelligence of the American people.</p> <p>A new tape has surfaced showing Gruber, once again, claiming the health care law's authors took advantage of the "stupid" American public.</p> <p>The tape, played on Fox News' "The Kelly File," showed Gruber speaking at an October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis.</p>
  • How Mitt Romney's Health-Care Experts Helped Design Obamacare [Gruber Flashback]

    11/12/2014 10:59:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 76 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 11, 2011 | by Avik Roy
    It’s actually old news that Mitt Romney’s health-care experts helped design Obamacare. Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who was the architect of both laws, received nearly $400,000 as a consultant to the Obama administration for “technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform.” And, as Isikoff notes, while President Obama may not have called Romney, he did call Gruber. Indeed, White House visitor logs show that “senior White House officials had a dozen meetings in 2009 with three [Romney] health-care advisers and experts.” These included Gruber (five); Jon Kingsdale (three), executive director of Massachusetts’ new subsidized insurance exchange; and...
  • Hearings floated as Hill Republicans seize on Gruber Obamacare comments

    11/12/2014 12:42:15 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 56 replies
    WaPo ^ | Robert Costa and Jose A. DelReal
    Congressional Republicans seized Wednesday on controversial comments made by a former health-care consultant to the Obama administration, with one leading House conservative suggesting that hearings could be called in response as part of the GOP effort to dismantle the law in the next Congress and turn public opinion ahead of the 2016 election. "We may want to have hearings on this," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an influential voice among GOP hardliners and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in an interview at the Capitol. "We shouldn't be surprised they were misleading us."
  • Obamacare begins to unravel

    11/12/2014 8:54:51 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/12/14 | Rick Newman
    There was strong opposition to Medicare before it went in to effect in 1965, but after that, the health program for seniors quickly became an accepted and even popular part of the U.S. medical system. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s bold health reform law, often highlight the similarity to Medicare in terms of initial opposition. But Obamacare, as the ACA is known, is hardly catching on like Medicare did (at least not yet). In fact, the law suddenly seems more threatened than at any time since it was passed in 2010, and it’s now possible the whole...
  • In Third Video, Obamacare Architect Talks About ‘Basic Exploitation’ Of American Voters [VIDEO]

    11/12/2014 7:48:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 12, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A third video has surfaced of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber bragging about pulling the wool over the eyes of the American public in order to help implement Obamacare. “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said during a speech at the University of Rhode Island in November 2012. He was discussing what is known as the Cadillac tax and how it came into being.
  • Penalty For Uninsured Not Signing Up For Obamacare To More Than Triple

    11/12/2014 8:30:50 AM PST · by knak · 37 replies
    cbs ^ | 11/12/14
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Americans will see their bank accounts shrink if they don’t sign up for Obamacare in its second enrollment season. Uninsured Americans who decide not to enroll will face a penalty of $325 per person, more than tripling the $95 penalty those who did not enroll had to pay the first time around. Children under the age of 18 will be fined $162.50. The maximum amount an uninsured family will be penalized is $975 under the flat-rate method. “The penalty is meant to incentivize people to get coverage,” Laura Adams, senior analyst of InsuranceQuotes.com, told CBS News. “This...
  • An army of One: Ted Cruz is leading the charge against Obamacare. But no one's following.

    11/12/2014 8:28:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/2014 | David Nather
    Ted Cruz is still ready to use any means necessary to repeal Obamacare. But even his fellow conservatives aren’t all jumping on board – a sign that the Republican repeal or bust movement is struggling while Obamacare continues to enroll millions of people with health insurance. While Cruz wants to use a draconian budget measure to repeal Obamacare with just 51 votes in the Senate, he looks to be increasingly out on a limb. Utah Republican Mike Lee, a leader in the conservative movement, isn’t sold on the so-called budget reconciliation procedure to gut the law. Rand Paul says he’s...
  • Who is JONATHAN GRUBER...? (a.k.a. "Obamacare's Architect")

    11/11/2014 7:08:22 PM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 48 replies
    FORBES ^ | 11-10-14 | Avik Roy
    ... feast your eyes on all this about 'Who is Jonathan Gruber'!
  • You supported Obama. He knew you were stupid. He counted on you being stupid. He was right.

    11/11/2014 5:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417 · 27 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-11-14 | DrJohn
    "Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."Barack Obama, January 2009. See him say it for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4AJ843ERnUThis is HUGE. It proves that Obamacare is premised on lies. And it proves more than that. Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which...
  • Obamacare Architect Gruber: I Regret Calling American People ‘Stupid’

    11/11/2014 4:16:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 148 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/11/14 | Patrick Howley
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said Tuesday that he regrets saying that aspects of Obamacare needed to be concealed from the public due to the “stupidity of the American voter.” “Do you stand by the comments in that video?,” MSNBC host Ronan Farrow asked Gruber, referring to a video of Gruber explaining how a lack of transparency helped Obamacare pass into law. “The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.” Farrow then argued on Gruber’s behalf that
  • Jonathan Gruber Delivers Obamacare Deception Video Excuses to Ronan Farrow

    11/11/2014 3:15:01 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 11, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Young Ronan Farrow of MSNBC who won a Cronkite Journalism Award three days after appearing on the air seems to have learned a grownup word that he loves to bandy about: "nuanced." It was that word that Farrow employed to excuse the infamous remarks by Gruber that it was important to deceive the public about Obamacare. Most of you have already seen the Gruber video since Newsbusters was the first major website to feature it but for those of you in the mainstream media who still pretend like Senator Angus King to know nothing about Jonathan Gruber, you can review...
  • Jonathan Gruber to MSNBC: My ‘Stupidity of the American Voter’ Remark was Inappropriate

    11/11/2014 12:53:38 PM PST · by SteveH · 140 replies
    mediaite ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    On MSNBC Tuesday, Gruber told Ronan Farrow that he “spoke inappropriately” when he made the comments, which surfaced this week in an online video. “The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”
  • Obamacare may not have enough enrollees to stay solvent

    11/11/2014 7:53:25 AM PST · by Din Maker · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2014 | Tom Howell, JR.
    The administration on Monday said fewer than 10 million Americans will enroll in Obamacare’s health exchanges this go-around, well short of the 13 million target congressional scorekeepers deemed critical to its economics, suggesting another rocky rollout in the law’s second year of full operation. Policy advisers at the Health & Human Services Department estimated that 9 million to 9.9 million people would enroll through the exchanges — or only a slight increase over the 8 million that the administration says were active at the end of the first enrollment period this April. The Congressional Budget Office, which is the government’s...
  • ObamaCare architect - lack of transparency helped law pass; 'stupidity of the American voter'

    11/11/2014 8:18:05 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller, Fox News.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting ObamaCare passed, and that it was written in such a way as to take advantage of "the stupidity of the American voter." Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during ObamaCare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score...