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  • An Obamacare Christmas present (Nightmare)

    12/21/2014 1:17:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Rick Moran
    New rules being proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will give that agency enormous new powers over consumers who use the healthcare.gov website to purchase their insurance. The proposed rules would allow CMS to automatically renew consumers' policies every year if they don't visit the website to do it themselves. Without any knowledge of an individual's health care situation, their financials, or anything else that might affect what kind of policy they may need, the government wll choose and force you to pay for a policy that they think works best for you.
  • Jeb Bush and Tenet Healthcare Corp - "Bush is dragging a land mine behind him.."

    12/20/2014 1:12:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 20, 2014 | Robert Potts
    Jeb Bush left the Florida governor’s office in January of 2007, after eight years of service. Three months later, he joined the board of a hospital company that had been pillaging government health programs and abusing patients, in Florida and around the country, for most of the years he sat in the governor’s office. Apart from a very generous compensation package, why did Bush sign on with such a tarnished company? And will whatever explanation he now offers hold up under the microscope of a presidential campaign? Tenet Healthcare Corp. is a national for-profit hospital company with a sordid history....
  • Vermont Governor Suspends Single-Payer Plans After Breitbart Reporting on Jonathan Gruber

    12/18/2014 1:47:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    The shocking news Wednesday that Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) has abandoned plans to introduce his long promised single-payer health care system to the Vermont Legislature in 2015 was a huge victory for conservative new media. As observers on the ground in Vermont confirmed Thursday, Breitbart News led the way. “Governor Shumlin would not have reversed course without Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy exposing the Gruber factor and bringing the story to front of the public discussion in Vermont,” Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom told Breitbart News on Thursday. “Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy’s laser focus...
  • In Defense Of Jonathan Gruber

    12/11/2014 10:56:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    thefederalist ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Greg Scandlen
    Jonathan Gruber felt little constraint in making the various statements that have been trumpeted by conservative media because most of what he said was completely unremarkable in health policy circles. Here are some of the health care truths that few people want to hear. Employer Benefits Are Not a Gift from Benevolent Bosses Every penny spent on your benefits is a penny taken out of your wages. The richer the benefits, the less money you take home every week. Companies think in terms of total compensation. A good accountant might be worth $78,000 a year to a company. The company...
  • ObamaCare Is Funneling Billions To Defense Contractors

    12/10/2014 4:16:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Health Overhaul: Jonathan Gruber isn't the only one who got rich off ObamaCare. Several big government contractors are raking in megabucks to help the government take over the nation's health care system. Gruber made news when it came to light that the Obama administration had paid the stupid-American-calling MIT economist roughly $400,000 to help build ObamaCare, and several states paid him big bucks as well to build their exchanges. But this is just the tip of the ObamaCare bonanza. In the last fiscal year, Health and Human Services spent $21 billion on contracts with private firms. That's more than it...
  • Fox News Poll: Record 58 percent would repeal ObamaCare

    12/10/2014 3:35:04 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 70 replies
    <p>Few American voters feel their family is better off under ObamaCare, and a record number would repeal the law if they could.</p> <p>In addition, if comments by one of the health care law’s authors about lying to “stupid” Americans are true, over half of voters think President Obama or other administration officials are responsible for that deception.</p>
  • Pro-Life Family No Longer Forced to Pay Obamacare 'Abortion Surcharge'

    12/10/2014 1:22:02 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    When a pro-life family in Connecticut found that their state Obamacare exchange only offered plans that included abortion coverage, they filed a lawsuit ... because they could not purchase a plan that did not require its participants to pay for the elective abortions of others. Last month, the Bracy Family dismissed its lawsuit after the addition of health plans to the exchange that will not require them to pay for abortions. We liked our insurance plan and wanted to keep it, but couldn’t because it was cancelled due to Obamacare,” Bracy told Breitbart News during an interview that included his...
  • Sebelius has figured out why Obamacare is unpopular: It's the ‘Obama’ part

    12/10/2014 1:43:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2014 | Noah Rothman
    <p>Former Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius is back, and she has figured out why the Affordable Care Act is so unpopular.</p> <p>No, it’s not the law’s imposition of new taxes on those who have health insurance, or the “fines” levied on individuals who are now forced to purchase insurance whether they want it or not. It’s not the limits the law places on access to preferred health care providers. It’s not the fact that millions in the individual market lost the plans with which they were happy with but did not comport with new ACA coverage standards, nor the fact that millions more are set to lose their policies when the law is eventually fully implemented. It’s not the law’s deleterious impact on the labor participation rate, which remains at its lowest point since the Carter administration.</p>
  • McDermott: GOP Created Name "ObamaCare" to Symbolically Destroy Obama

    12/10/2014 8:11:23 AM PST · by tellw · 60 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10 December 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    A Washington state Democrat said that Republicans dubbed the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” so that they could symbolically destroy President Obama when they destroy the bill. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said GOPs in Congress are just trying “more of the same game” in efforts to defund and dismantle Obamacare. “They’ve been trying to discredit it. Tear it apart. Tear it down, repeal it. Whatever you want to do. They’re trying to do it as long as they get rid of healthcare for the American people,” McDermott told MSNBC, branding Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber’s comments “careless remarks people make in situations.”...
  • Gruber Grilled By Trey Gowdy

    12/09/2014 11:19:26 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 76 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec 9, 2014 | Rshill7
    Trey doing what he does best!
  • Stupid Gruber Faces House Oversight Ctte (Live Thread 9:30 ET)

    12/09/2014 6:15:01 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 577 replies
    C-SPAN 3 ^ | December 9, 2014 | C-SPAN
    "Voters are stupid" economist Jonathan Gruber and Marilyn Tavenner face Issa and the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee today on C-SPAN 3. FOX News reports that Tavenner has asked that she be seated anywhere but next to Gruber. Apparently, Gruber is radioactive. Time will tell whether this affliction is covered under Obamacare.
  • Federal Health IT Strategic Plan open for 60-day comment period

    12/09/2014 9:22:16 AM PST · by Jumper
    HHS.Gov ^ | 12/9/2014 | self
    The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 can be found at http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/health-it-strategic-planning. The period to comment on the Strategic Plan ends Feb. 6, 2015.
  • Jonathan Gruber ADMITTED That Obama Lied…They Knew It Would Not Control Costs!

    12/09/2014 3:24:16 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Dec 8, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Infamous Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber told people not to read Obamacare, admitted he never knew how to control costs in the law and said he designed it by “throwing stuff at the wall” in one of his most characteristic public speeches. In between taking personal shots at conservatives, he actually thanked congressional Democrats for voting against their constituents.
  • Circus set for Gruber at Capitol

    12/09/2014 12:21:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2014 | Sarah Ferris with Elise Viebeck
    The Jonathan Gruber show is coming to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with House Republicans set to grill the former ObamaCare adviser for his controversial remarks about the “stupidity” of voters who let the law pass. The hearing is likely to be a spectacle, with cable news networks planning heavy coverage, as Gruber takes the witness stand to answer questions about his ties to the Obama administration and his consulting work for the Health and Human Services Department. “Tomorrow is all about giving him the opportunity to say something stupid,” a Republican aide said. “It’s going to be a lot of...
  • Shrinking reimbursement from insurance threatening outlook for rural hospitals

    12/08/2014 7:30:20 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/8/2014 | Don Weber
    LEXINGTON — Rural hospitals in Kentucky are facing some of the biggest challenges in their histories and some may be forced to close their doors state auditor Adam Edelen told the Kentucky Chamber on Monday. Edelen, who will be releasing an audit on the plight on the states rural hospitals in January, told members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce who were attending their annual legislative preview conference, that the difficult economy and managed care are the primary drivers of the difficulty in rural health care. Generally, Medicare reimburses hospitals around 90 percent of cost while Medicaid reimbursement is around...
  • Awkward: HuffPo realizes that maybe Obamacare causes doctor shortages after all

    12/08/2014 4:52:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Twitcy ^ | December 8, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Earlier this year, the Huffington Post published a Kaiser Health News story scoffing at the notion that Obamacare could make it more difficult for patients to see primary care physicians: TWEETS ON LINK But, as tweeter @back_ttys has found, HuffPo should be feeling pretty foolish right about now: TWEETS ON LINK Whoops!
  • McConnell: We’ll Make 'Every Effort' to Repeal Obamacare — But Its Namesake is Still in Office

    12/08/2014 1:54:09 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 20:47 GMT | David Sherfinski
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, says he has every intention of voting to repeal Obamacare with a new GOP majority in January, but also said people should be realistic about what to expect in the way of repeal with President Obama still in the White House. “We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It was a very large issue in the campaign,” Mr. McConnell told Roll Call. “We’re certainly gonna keep our commitment to the American people to make every effort we can to repeal it. “It is a...
  • Dems pick witness for 'stupidity' hearing

    12/08/2014 11:27:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    A D.C. resident who gained healthcare coverage under ObamaCare will sit alongside the administration’s former adviser Jonathan Gruber during Tuesday’s high-profile hearing. Democrats have picked Ari Goldmann, an independent contractor who lives in D.C., to help defend ObamaCare during a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a Democratic aide told The Hill. Goldmann will testify alongside Gruber and Marilyn Tavenner, the head of Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS), at a hearing that the GOP hopes to use to refire attacks at the president's healthcare law. His appearance goes against the Obama administration’s request that Tavenner appear...
  • Half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare won't be part of new Senate

    12/08/2014 10:38:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12-6-14 | Philip Klein
    On Dec. 24, 2009, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed President Obama’s healthcare law with a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, triggering a massive backlash that propelled Republicans to control of the House the following year. On the Senate side, going into this year's midterm elections, 25 senators who voted for Obamacare were already out or not going be part of the new Senate being sworn in next month. After Democratic losses on Nov. 4 and Saturday's defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., the number has risen to 30. In other words, half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare will not be part...
  • Republicans set to relaunch Obamacare attack in new year

    12/07/2014 8:03:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Sean Lengell
    Republicans are ramping up for a fresh fight against Obamacare in the new year, banking on Democratic support to repeal a key component of the law. Republicans have slowed their anti-Obamacare drumbeat in recent months, with their success in the midterm elections, President Obama’s executive action on immigration, government funding and end-of-year business dominating the GOP agenda. But come early 2015, Republicans will restart their push to repeal the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that kicked in last year as part of the Affordable Care Act. And with the GOP controlling both chambers of Congress in January — and...
  • Civil War Erupting Among Democrats Over Obamacare

    12/07/2014 12:14:48 PM PST · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    Brietbart ^ | December 7, 2014 | Winton Hall
    A civil war has opened up inside the Democratic Party over Obamacare. With half of all Senate Democrats who voted for Obamacare no longer in office, top Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and outgoing Tom Harkin (D-IA) have begun trashing Democrats' decision to embrace the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. Indeed, even progressive New York Times columnist Tom Edsall now concedes that Obamacare is partly to blame for working-class Americans' all-time low 27% approval rating of Democrats, which Edsall says has now nosedived to "dangerous levels." [Snip] "If more Democrats had been willing to defend the best thing they've done in...
  • Newly Insured Struggle to Find Primary Physicians

    12/07/2014 2:21:57 PM PST · by wtd · 36 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Dec 7, 2014, 11:34 AM ET | KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press
    Newly Insured Struggle to Find Primary Physicians "When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn't try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists. She called the doctor's office several times without luck. "They told me that they were not on the plan, they were never on the plan and they'd been trying to get their name off the plan all year," said Papa, who recently bought a plan...
  • HHS asks GOP: Keep us away from Gruber (Optics?)

    12/06/2014 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 5, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking lawmakers not to seat ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber next to Medicare's top official when the two testify on Capitol Hill next week. HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation Jim Esquea wrote to the House Oversight Committee with the request, stating that government witnesses are "almost always afforded an opportunity" to sit alone or with other federal officials. “The accommodation of separate panels for government witnesses reflects important comity in congressional-executive relations,” Esquea wrote. “The relatively few exceptions to this practice reinforce the seriousness of this accommodation.” The Oversight panel, led by...
  • GOP asks Supreme Court to take on another ObamaCare case

    12/04/2014 9:45:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | sarah Ferris
    Members of the GOP are asking the Supreme Court to take up another case against ObamaCare, this time challenging a controversial medical board that the party has called “a death panel.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and several other Republicans will file an amicus brief Thursday urging the court to reconsider a case against a piece of the healthcare law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. “Because the law frees [the board] of any checks and balances, waiting could be dangerous. The Supreme Court should hold that the time to answer these constitutional questions is now, not...
  • Dems on O-Care: Was it worth it?

    12/04/2014 6:43:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats are arguing among themselves about whether to focus on the poor, who are not reliable voters, or the middle class, who have started to turn to the Republican Party.Influential Democrats who have strongly defended Obama-Care for years are now publicly questioning whether the law was worth the political fallout. Passage of the Affordable Care Act marked the start of a political unraveling for the Democratic Party, which lost huge majorities in Congress and control of a majority of state governorships in the last four and a half years. Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic...
  • EEOC: Obamacare ‘Workplace Wellness’ Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace “wellness” programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.’s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan that...
  • STEYN: OBAMA INCENTIVIZES THE LAWLESS AND PENALIZES THE LAWFUL

    11/30/2014 10:03:59 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/2014 | Jeff Poor
    In filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his Friday show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn scoffed at the notion Republicans would handle impeachment well enough to even attempt. The author of “The Undocumented Mark Steyn” responded a caller’s question about impeachment and acknowledge that Obama penalizes the lawful, while incentivizing the lawless, but was skeptical congressional Republicans would do anything about it. As it pertained to impeachment, he pointed to the impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s and explained that based upon the Republican Senate leadership’s handling of impeachment at the time, there is no reason to...
  • Dark days ahead for ObamaCare (not like the dark days due to forced fraudulent coverage)

    11/29/2014 4:45:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration is facing a slew of healthcare challenges as the winter holidays approach. While this fall has been a far cry from last year, when HealthCare.gov was melting down, 2014 has brought wholly unexpected problems to the fore for federal health officials and the White House. Take the conflict surrounding Jonathan Gruber, the ObamaCare consultant whose suggestion that a "lack of transparency" and voters' "stupidity" helped the law pass, went viral. Though Democrats have sought to distance themselves from Gruber, his remarks have become a new flashpoint in debate over healthcare reform, invigorating GOP critics as the party...
  • Agency: $443,000 on Gruber analysis of Obamacare in Wisconsin long spent

    11/28/2014 12:56:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-25-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The “architect” of Obamacare who suggested the “stupidity of the American voter” helped pass President Obama’s signature health-care reform law hauled in $200,000 from Wisconsin taxpayers for his analysis of the potential costs and impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the Badger State, according to the state Department of Health Services. In total, taxpayers spent $443,718 for MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and a firm to analyze the actuarial and economic impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Wisconsin health insurance markets, according to records obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The remaining $243,718 went to Gorman Actuarial LLC,...
  • Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare in 2010 Was a Mistake

    11/27/2014 11:36:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sarah Mimms
    Sen. Chuck Schumer upbraided his own party Tuesday for pushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010. While Schumer emphasized during a speech at the National Press Club that he supports the law and that its policies "are and will continue to be positive changes," he argued that the Democrats acted wrongly in using their new mandate after the 2008 election to focus on the issue rather than the economy at the height of a terrible recession.(snip) The third-ranking Senate Democrat noted that just about 5 percent of registered voters in the United States lacked health insurance before the...
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDA’s calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • Top Democrat (Schumer) sets off intraparty fury after saying Obamacare passage was a ‘mistake’

    11/26/2014 4:14:13 PM PST · by shove_it · 46 replies
    Fusion ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) comments on Wednesday about Democrats’ misguided focus on health care in President Barack Obama’s first term prompted backlash from top Democrats and left-leaning groups, who accused him of being politically craven. At a speech before the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, Schumer said Democrats made a mistake by entering into a fight over health care after they passed the 2009 economic stimulus. His reasoning: Democrats were targeting the uninsured, a population that he said makes up only about 5 percent of registered voters. Only about one-third of the uninsured, he said, are registered...
  • Schumer: Dems erred with ObamaCare

    11/25/2014 10:39:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats made a strategic mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday. Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare reform instead of legislation to boost the middle class. “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus,” he said. He said the plight of uninsured Americans caused by “unfair insurance company practices” needed not be addressed but it wasn’t...
  • New deception questions: Obamacare adviser warned of premium increases as Obama vowed savings

    11/25/2014 5:57:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show...... [MIT economist Jonathan] Gruber’s study predicted about 90 percent of individuals without employer-sponsored or public insurance would see their premiums spike by an average of 41 percent. Once tax subsidies were factored in, about 60 percent of those in the individual market were projected to see their premiums go up 31 percent, according to his analysis.......
  • Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity

    11/23/2014 6:40:29 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    "Imprimis" (Hillsdale College) ^ | NOV2014 | Casey Mulligan
    CASEY MULLIGAN, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and Clemson University, and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Population Research Center. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and is the author of three books, including Side Effects: The Economic Consequences of the Health Reform....
  • Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts' thinking on new ObamaCare case

    11/23/2014 10:12:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 79 replies
    triblive.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Richard L. Hasen
    The Supreme Court's surprising decision to hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act once again has focused attention on Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote in a 2012 decision that saved ObamaCare from being declared unconstitutional. Many court watchers expect that he will once again be the swing vote in deciding a case crucial to the health-care law, this one involving questions about who qualifies for subsidies under the law. But Roberts' vote in a recent voting rights case suggests he might not step in to save the health law this time. At issue in...
  • NPR, PBS Finally Touch (Dismissively) On 'Pretty Obscure' Jonathan Gruber

    11/21/2014 5:31:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    How many days in and they are only mentioning his name?
  • Ted Cruz Mad Libs a Cicero speech to protest Obama's executive action on immigration

    11/20/2014 12:39:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2014 | Justin Green
    Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor Thursday to deliver a slightly changed version of a very old speech as a form of protest against President Obama's planned executive action on immigration. The Texas Republican, in a four-minute address, gave a gently edited version of Cicero's first oration against Cataline. Obama was substituted for Cataline, the U.S./Mexico border was swapped in for the Palatine Hill, "women" was added to references to men, "pen and phone" made an appearance, "execution" was changed to "defeat" and the IRS scandal showed up near the end. The video is above, and the text...
  • 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...
  • ABC, NBC Nightly Newscasts Now 10 Days into Ignoring Gruber Scandal

    11/20/2014 8:27:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/20/2014 | Joe Concha
    America loves streaks. For our parents and grandparents, it was witnessing (via radio or the morning paper) Joe DiMaggio‘s 56-game hitting streak in 1941, a record that will likely never be broken. For later generations, it was Cal Ripken playing in 2,632 consecutive games — another record that won’t be touched. There are streaks in broadcasting as well. The most notable being broken two years ago after ABC’s Good Morning America finally beat NBC’s Today Show after an astounding 852 consecutive weeks at the top, a streak spanning over 16 years. But then there are dubious streaks as well, like...
  • Gruber's bad political analysis driven by bad economics

    11/20/2014 4:42:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2014 | Benjamin Zycher, ohn G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    Professor Gruber has written a textbook on public finance, and one of the standard topics that he covers is the problem of pollution externalities, along with a discussion, again standard, of tax remedies. Does Gruber recognize that he is very likely to have polluted the public view of economists and their policy pronouncements? Perhaps he will consider a self-imposed tax on his consultant earnings paid by the taxpayer.Like the never-seen "Secretary" in the "Mission: Impossible" series, President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — she was the Speaker until the voters responded to the enactment of the Patient...
  • Obama promised Obamacare wouldn't do exactly what Gruber says it will do

    11/19/2014 2:37:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    <p>"....At a town hall meeting on health care on July 23, 2009 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Obama explained that the thinking of the Cadillac tax was to target plans that spend unnecessarily and excessively, thus driving up health care costs, such as a $25,000 plan, "so one that's a lot more expensive and a lot fancier than the one that even members of Congress get."</p>
  • 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...
  • As New Enrollment Period Starts, ACA Approval at 37%

    11/18/2014 5:32:13 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period begins, 37% of Americans say they approve of the law, one percentage point below the previous low in January. Fifty-six percent disapprove, the high in disapproval by one point.
  • 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:
  • Blue Cross Affordable Care Act rates to rise (Pennsylvania)

    11/18/2014 4:09:04 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    CitizensVoice.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Michael Iorfino
    Members enrolled in Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Affordable Care Act plans will see their premium rates rise by an average of 6.9 percent in 2015. Officials for the Wilkes-Barre-based insurer declined to specify how many members are covered by its Affordable Care Act plans. Its website shows 12 available 2014 “Blue (Affordable Care Act) Metal” plans. “The increases are necessary to meet the coverage requirements, including essential health benefits, of the (Affordable Care Act) and to keep up with the cost of care for members in our ACA products,” said Anthony Matrisciano, spokesman for Blue Cross of NEPA, which...
  • White House: GOP fanning 'stupidity' flames for political advantage

    11/18/2014 11:24:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Republicans are hyping past comments from ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber as a way to distract from what’s going well for the healthcare law. After saying that Gruber’s view that the healthcare law was passed partly because of the “stupidity” of the American voter is not shared by “anybody at the White House,” Earnest challenged claims that ObamaCare was not passed in a transparent way. He also suggested that few Americans are paying attention to the controversy. “People are understandably pretty tired of relitigating all the fights from 2009 and 2010,” Earnest said Tuesday at...
  • ‘Gruber gremlins?’: Jonathan Gruber videos reportedly disappearing from university websites

    11/18/2014 3:26:35 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 18 replies
    Twitchy/Twitter ^ | November 17, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Phil Kerpen âś” @kerpen Penn and now URI both leave broken embeds on their sites after deleting Gruber vids. Way to cover tracks, my fellow stupid Americans.
  • Obama in 2006: I've 'liberally' stolen ideas from Gruber

    11/18/2014 2:07:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | Elise Viebeck
    President Obama said in 2006 that he had stolen ideas "liberally" from the professor under fire for saying voter “stupidity” aided ObamaCare’s passage. Video unearthed by the conservative Washington Free Beacon Monday showed Obama praising Jonathan Gruber and other liberal policy experts as some of the "brightest minds" in academia. "Many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from [economist] Robert Gordon to [economist] Austan Goolsbee [to] Jon Gruber," Obama said in the clip. Gruber is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose past criticism of voters has gone viral in the last week. He...
  • What to replace Obamacare with

    11/17/2014 5:50:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | November 17, 2014 | Don Surber
    Nothing. The government already has made a mess of it with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which fixed a minor problem by turning the health insurance industry upside down. I would call it Rube Goldbergian, but his intention was to mock overly complicated inventions to perform minor chores.Now Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner has an opposite opinion: "Obamacare repeal is more likely, and now GOP needs an alternative." His argument is that the court will smite the Obamacare beast and we must do something immediately, immediately, immediately. Passing a “fix” would require Republicans to pass...