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  • Kill the Obamacare Cadillac Tax Now

    12/27/2014 4:07:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2014 | Hank Adler
    The so-called Obamacare Cadillac Tax is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2018. It is a 40% non-deductible tax on the cost of medical insurance plans that exceed "predetermined thresholds". The "predetermined thresholds" will be determined by government appointees. The Cadillac Tax is supposed to raise $80 billion over ten years to finance the expansion of health coverage. The reality is that the Obamacare Cadillac Tax will ultimately diminish the quality of medical insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans because no entities will be able to afford to pay it. The cost of the tax is beyond what...
  • The Liberal Strategy for 2014: Buffoonery

    03/28/2014 4:55:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | John Ransom
    Government economists revised upwards their GDP estimates for the fourth quarter of 2013. And guess what? We did much better than anybody thought possible! The Commerce Department revised GDP upwards to 2.6% growth from the 2.4% growth that they had previously estimated for the fourth quarter. So while everybody was bemoaning the fact that the Christmas shopping numbers that came out in December were adversely affected by weather, it's clear now to government economists that the effects of fourth quarter weather were put off until the first quarter of 2014. Or something. “Robust consumer spending on services,” says Bloomberg, “particularly...
  • With Numbers Like These, No Wonder Harry Reid's Lying

    03/07/2014 4:19:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | John Ransom
    Unemployment claims came out, and WOW! So even though our economy is down, it's still up. Or we’re up, but still down. Whatever… it’s all good, because your neighbor pays. And it’s another example of the stupid math liberals use to mask reality. The unexciting nature of the newest unemployment claims is papering over all of the downward revisions that we are seeing in other areas of the economy. For new readers the sentence above is an example of a device I employ now and again called “sarcasm.” “Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted...
  • Aloha Deniers! Obamacare Costs Hawaii $27,906 Per Enrollee So Far

    02/27/2014 4:59:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    The Los Angeles Times details how despite high hopes Obamacare deniers had for welfare-friendly Hawaii, thus far only 4,300 people have enrolled in Obama’s home state. That’s $27,906 per enrollee. Aloha! Which, fittingly, in can be translated in English to mean "hello" and "goodbye." And of course, 4,300 is not the number of insured people-- those who have paid for an Obamacare policy-- just the numbers of people who have completed applications. And I suspect I know what SEIU employees have been doing in their free time. Aaaand… So do you. I think the same people who filled out...
  • The Latest From Obamacare Central (Free Republic Mentioned)

    01/21/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's time for your latest Obamacare update, and it will come as no surprise to you that things are not getting any prettier for this monstrosity. Let's just take a jog down Obamacare Avenue and see what is popping out at us from the storefronts this week. Roll down your windows so you can get a clearer look: --Obamacare devotees are still clinging to the idea that this law will expand coverage, but the most recent data indicate that it may fall short of this goal, too, just as it has failed in every other respect. Forbes reports that instead...
  • There's Time to Stop the Next Big Boondoggle

    12/01/2013 1:37:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    A few things have happened since California voters approved $10 billion in bonds for a $45 billion California High-Speed Rail project -- which promised to take passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 40 minutes -- in 2008. Most recently, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny blocked the release of $8 billion in bonds because the California High-Speed Rail Authority "abused its discretion" by not complying with the law. Kenny found that the bullet train board failed to show how it expects to fund itself and lacks all the environmental clearances needed for the system's initial...
  • Thanksgiving and Obamacare Don’t Mix

    11/29/2013 2:02:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2013 | Diana West
    When Thanksgiving 2013 is over, will Americans remember it as the holiday when the Obama administration body-snatched their friends and family and turned them into Obamacare robots? Maybe it happened to your own loved ones. Maybe Cousin Sue brought her favorite cranberry Jell-O mayonnaise salad but when she opened her mouth she sounded like Jay Carney on a roll. As for Uncle Al, there’s a reason he kept asking “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?” every time it was your turn at Scrabble. BarackObama.com told them to. Turning Thanksgiving into Obamacaring was clearly...
  • Obama Blames The GOP for The Mess He Has Created

    11/29/2013 1:52:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Donald Lambro
    Soon after President Obama told the White House press corps he was solely responsible for the botched Obamacare rollout, he decided to shift part of the blame on Republicans. A mea culpa can be hard to deliver in public when you are the kind of politician who thinks he never mistakes and rarely if ever apologizes for anything that went wrong. But Obama's apologies have a brief shelf life, and a few days later they had reached their expiration date. So at a gathering of business executives on Tuesday, Nov. 19, the president concluded that he had done enough...
  • What I’m Thankful For (Lots Of Sarcasm)

    11/28/2013 6:59:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    It’s Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to acknowledge some of the things I’m thankful for this year. Problem is, I’m a cynical man. So, I’m truly thankful for some things on this list, but others are there purely for purposes of sarcasm. You decide which is which. First, my friends and family. Blah, blah, blah, love them, blah, blah, blah. They’re “insert your favorite positive adjective here” to me. Without them…I’d probably leave the house less often and spend a lot less time on the phone. I’m kidding, of course, I am thankful for them, but...
  • “Give Truth a Chance” Message Key to 2014 Republican Sweep

    11/25/2013 1:05:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2013 | Fred J. Eckert
    For Republicans, winning enough races next year to take control of the Senate and expand their current majority in the House is suddenly oh so easy. Democrats are already underwater because of a flood of clear and compelling evidence that Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. And there’s no end in sight to the rising tide of bad news, which won’t begin to ebb until painfully close to Election Day 2014. Horrendous as the stories about the damage Obamacare has inflicted upon the individual market have been, certain to be even worse will be news yet-to-come about its damage to both...
  • Democrats, Republicans Failing To Live Up To Brands

    11/22/2013 6:23:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    If the Republicans can't fight wars and the Democrats stink at socializing medicine, what good are they? That would not be an altogether unreasonable question for a typical American today. No doubt spokesmen for the respective political parties would offer all sorts of objections to that summation. And many of those objections would be fair. A defender of George W. Bush's stint as commander in chief would point to the quick toppling of Saddam and the Taliban. He or she might argue that the Democrats undermined a wartime president and fomented defeatism. As for the Democrats, a partisan might...
  • The CoveredCA.com Con and Other State Exchange Black Holes

    11/22/2013 5:35:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    "It's not my dog. He didn't bite you. Besides, you kicked him first." Thus the trial lawyer's complete defense. And President Obama's too when it comes to the epic fail of Obamacare: "He didn't know it was so badly constructed." "It's working better now." "And besides, the state exchanges are running so smoothly that they prove the concept is a good one. Too bad those Republican governors blocked other state exchanges" This last bit of malarky seems to have been swallowed whole by a media eager to spin for the floundering, fading, 37% approval-rating president. One example: The reliably left-wing...
  • Obamacare-Speak Fails to Mask an Evolving Fiasco

    11/21/2013 4:29:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama administration once gave us "man-caused disasters" for acts of terrorism and "workplace violence" for the Fort Hood shootings. Now it has trumped those past linguistic contortions by changing words to mask the Obamacare disaster. The president and his advisors apparently knew long ago that millions of the insured would face cancellations or premium hikes once Obamacare would be fully implemented. Yet to get the 906-page bill passed, they had to convince the public of the very opposite scenario. So they repeated ironclad guarantees that no one would lose their coverage or doctors -- "period!" Now the administration explains...
  • Obama's Soft Despotism

    11/19/2013 5:17:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The talking heads love presidential analogies. Is Obamacare's rollout Obama's Hurricane Katrina or his Iraq? Is Obama's false promise that you could keep your health care plan like George H. W. Bush's "read my lips" pledge, or is it like Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"? Iran-Contra anyone? These comparisons don't take you far. The president's troubles are unique to his particular vanities and blind spots. Some of Obama's most devoted admirers are at pains to distinguish his current fall from grace from George W. Bush's. Chris Matthews, for example, argues: "The problem with Katrina...
  • Obama's Obamacare Deception: You May Not Know the Half of It

    11/19/2013 4:46:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Just when you think things can't get much worse with Obamacare, another shoe drops. Correction: This thing has enough dropping shoes to fully fit a centipede. That Obama deliberately lied (please excuse the redundancy, but it is apparently necessary to clarify one's meaning in this postmodern age) in telling people they could keep their plans and doctors is now beyond dispute. He and his handlers have tried to obfuscate the issue with further deception but have fallen way short of passing the laugh test. Some liberals have taunted me on Twitter that all politicians lie. Well, that certainly ends the...
  • You Can’t Fix Stupid… Or Crazy (Factual)

    11/16/2013 5:18:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Let’s get this out of the way right now—there is no Obamacare fix. Repeat after me—there is no Obamacare fix.Obamacare is not an epic failure simply because of its incompetent implementation best symbolized by a $94 million website that doesn’t work. Rather, Obamacare’s incompetent implementation is a symptom of its real disease. That real disease is this: Obamacare cannot possibly work because it operates outside the natural laws of economics, and it’s another ham-fisted attempt by government to do something that is outside of its God-given (or Constitutional) jurisdiction. In other words, Obamacare is magical thinking. It’s tilting at windmills,...
  • Drilling Below the Surface of Obama's Dreadfully Weak Economic Numbers

    11/13/2013 9:05:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    Barack Obama's presidency is falling apart, as a growing number of Americans now realize his promises of prosperity and jobs were bogus and his health care law a fabric of lies. A president who promised hope and change has given us despair and a failed,1930s agenda, as a once-mighty economy continues to limp toward the end of its fifth year in "recovery" -- yet with no full, lasting recovery in sight. Twelve months ago, a majority of voters handed him a second term. This week, the Gallup Poll reported that a 54 percent majority disapprove of the job he's doing...
  • John Kerry Hits A Bump

    11/13/2013 8:46:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Everything was all set. The scenery had been painted, the lighting arranged, the actors given their lines and put through their paces. The proper air of suspense had been maintained throughout the opening acts, and now the curtain was about to rise on the grand finale. The management wasn't quite ready to admit it, maybe even to itself, but the Happy Ending had already been written. All the players had to do was follow the script. The stars were already practicing their bows. The supporting cast of foreign ministers from far and wide -- Teheran to Paris, Moscow even...
  • Big Labor's Rewards Come at Public's Expense

    11/12/2013 6:41:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    Union bosses have an air of entitlement among themselves nowadays. Over the past two election cycles, organized labor has collectively spent hundreds of millions dollars electing President Obama and like-minded Congressmen and Senators. For their efforts, they have come to expect a sizable return on investment. And for the most part, their every wish, no matter how absurd, has been granted by the president himself. Since Big Labor helped President Obama pass his signature healthcare legislation, union bosses have been pushing to receive an exemption from the very same law. The hypocrisy is striking, which is perhaps why the...
  • Learning to Bask in Obama's Comforting Assurances

    11/12/2013 4:34:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    "The end justifies the means" is an unstated rationale that guides much liberal thinking and rationalizes immoral behavior in service to a supposedly greater good. But a column I've just read stretches this twisted ethical calculus to a new level. Columnist Michael Cohen, in an op-ed for the New York Daily News, tells us, essentially, that President Obama's lie that people could keep their health care plans if they liked them is not just defensible -- because it was in service to the greater good of imposing Obamacare on an otherwise unwilling populace -- but darn near laudable. Obama...
  • Getting Real Why Cuccinelli Was Defeated

    11/11/2013 4:09:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2012 | Star Parker
    Politics is in the eye of the beholder. Post-mortems now gushing forth about why Ken Cuccinelli, conservative Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a business-as-usual political retread from the Clinton crowd, tell us more about who produces this punditry than what reality actually might be. We’re hearing that the Tea Party killed Cuccinelli (according to the Wall Street Journal editorial page they “stabbed him in the back”) with the government shutdown and that, once again, a socially conservative Republican candidate has shown he can’t win the votes of women. What I see is very...
  • Media Pans Obama's "Apology"

    11/09/2013 10:25:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2013 | Guy Benson
    The president's passive-voice expression of vague regret was so half-assed and self-serving that conservatives can simply sit back and let the mainstream media tee off on its inadequacy. He's not sorry for lying repeatedly in furtherance of his political goals, and he's certainly not sorry that people are losing their coverage. His law required that outcome. His promise was an intentional lie. Let the MSM opprobrium flow: The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "The lowest low of the Obama presidency." National Journal's Ron Fournier: I'm sorry, too, Mr. President...I'm sorry you campaigned for reelection on the famous false promise: "If...
  • A Woman May Die Because of ObamaCare

    11/09/2013 7:21:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    If you are inclined to believe Barack Obama's claim that people losing their insurance are giving up skimpy coverage for much better benefits, read the editorial in Monday's Wall Street Journal. Then read it again, and again, and again. Edie Sunby has a rare form of cancer that is almost always fatal. Yet she is alive, thanks to the efforts of doctors in San Diego, at Stanford University and in Texas. Over the past year, UnitedHealthcare has spent $1.2 million on her medical expenses. But she has just been informed that her insurance is being cancelled. Worse, in the new...
  • Healthcare.gov: A Failed IPO

    11/08/2013 1:47:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2013 | Brian and Garrett Fahy
    If Obamacare’s website, www.healthcare.gov, had an initial public offering, as Twitter did this week, how might its stock price be valued after its recent performance? In Colorado, nearly 250,000 people were notified that their health insurance will be cancelled because their plans fail Obamacare's requirements. In Washington State, nearly 200,000 people received similar notices. Coloradoans and Washingtonians may be losing their doctors and health insurance, but at least they have legalized marijuana to dull the pain. Delaware and North Carolina each boast one Obamacare enrollee. Winning. Beyond under-enrollment, the Obamacare-forced cancellations portend tragic consequences. The Wall Street Journal publicized the...
  • Obama's Obamacare Lies Were Chronicled From the Beginning

    11/08/2013 6:02:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Don't you believe that President Obama's lies that people could keep their health insurance plans and doctors were his only lies about Obamacare or that these and the other lies were not demonstrably false when he uttered them. In my book "Crimes Against Liberty," I chronicled Obama's multitudinous lies about Obamacare and many other subjects, from earmarks to tax increases. Please allow me to revisit some of my reporting on the Obamacare lies in light of the recent furor over Obama's dissembling concerning health care. Let's start with the particularly galling declaration Obama made after Congress' partisan passage of Obamacare...
  • Obamacare Is Obama Unmasked

    11/05/2013 3:44:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Everyone is focusing on Obamacare because it is such an obvious disaster, but in fact, it is but a microcosm of Barack Obama's entire presidency. Obamacare is Obama unmasked. Aren't some of you tired of making lame excuses for him that only serve to make things worse? He has made a mess of nearly everything his policies have touched, and he's mostly avoided the blame; but he owns Obamacare, and he has nowhere to hide. When someone with the influence Obama enjoyed upon first taking office sets out to fundamentally transform the nation -- and he has the unqualified support...
  • “What Difference Does It Make”? The Difference Between Truth and Lies

    11/04/2013 9:36:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    Why do a vast majority of the American public continue to fall for the constant lies coming out of Washington?What is it that they just don’t see?Time and time again the rug is pulled out from under them and they still fall for the same old “bait and switch”.Politicians know it and now they have no qualms about continuing the lies even after we know they are lies! I remember a time when at least they tried to cover it up, (Richard Nixon), or they came clean after they were caught, (Bill Clinton).Today however, they fabricate a lie in order...
  • The Health Insurance Death Spiral

    11/04/2013 7:40:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2013 | Political Calculations
    http://media.townhall.com/townhall/reu/ha/2013/306/9e8d3e35-8272-4e54-9ca4-f1eb16faf5af.jpg> Let's suppose for a moment that you actually could buy health insurance through Obamacare's state and federal government-run exchanges. How high would your health care expenses have to be to really justify buying that kind of insurance? Previously, when we asked if you even need health insurance, we identified a number of situations where having health insurance would be most beneficial to you (Sean Parnell adds to that discussion here). All the scenarios came down to one basic reality: buying health insurance is most worth doing when you can reasonably expect to have high health care expenses in the...
  • Obamacare Schadenfreude

    11/03/2013 7:52:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    As a civilized person, you know in your mind that you should not derive pleasure from the pain of others. But periodically it is simply appropriate to do so. That is why the word “schadenfreude” exists. That is what some of us feel about the spectacle of Obamacare unfolding before our eyes. So you don’t have to go running to a dictionary, scha•den•freu•de is a delicious word of German derivation. It technically means a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people. But in reality it means so much more. And though some...
  • The Wages of Presidential Deception

    10/31/2013 4:41:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    By 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson was finally done in by his "credibility gap" -- the growing abyss between what he said about, and what was actually happening inside, Vietnam. "Modified limited hangout" and "inoperative" were infamous euphemisms that Nixon administration officials used to mask lies about the Watergate scandal. After a while, few believed any of the initial Reagan administration disavowals that it was not trading "arms for hostages" in the Iran-Contra scandal. George H.W. Bush thundered during his campaign to "read my lips: no new taxes," only to agree later to raise them. Bill Clinton's infamous assertion that...
  • Democrats Deliberating Worst-Case Obamacare Scenarios

    10/29/2013 10:17:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama's nominee to be the next Director of the National Economic Council, Jeffrey Zients, has promised that, "By the end of November, HealthCare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users." But with even Obama's own campaign tech team doubting that the job can be done in that time, Democrats are beginning to consider what happened if HealthCare.gov fails again. The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn writes: Nobody questions that a poorly functioning website would cause serious problems, particularly for people who need to find new insurance by January. But, according to experts and industry sources I consulted over...
  • The Only Way To “Fix” Obamacare Is To Let It Run Its Course

    10/27/2013 4:49:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    When I wrote last week that Democrats eventually would come to Congress seeking to “fix” the mess that is Obamacare I never thought “eventually” would be a week later, but that’s where we find ourselves. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., was the first to put fingers to keyboard this week when she wrote President Obama saying, “Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their...
  • Health Care and Shutdown Debacles Are Mere Symptoms

    10/25/2013 8:32:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen
    Many reporters caught up in the bizarre world of official Washington have written extensively on political tactics and implications of the so-called government shutdown and disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov. Typical was a New York Times headline that blared "Republicans, Sensing Weakness in Health Law Rollout, Switch Tactics." But there's been precious little analysis about the underlying realities that led us to this point. Perhaps that's because neither political party wants to face up to those realities. So, instead of substance, D.C. journalists cover politics like junior high school students trying to keep up with who's in, who's out, and who...
  • White House Twitter Terrorist Nabbed Before He Held Nation for Ransom

    10/25/2013 5:50:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | John Ransom
    Well they finished that pretty quickly. It took the White House practically no time to hunt down the offender/terrorist/extortionist/arsonist inside the Obama Compound who was outing the administration via snarky tweets. “President Obama's staff has unmasked and fired a national security official who tweeted critical comments under a pseudonym,” says USAToday. “Jofi Joseph, tweeting under the handle @natsecwonk, once wrote: ‘I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me.’ Other Obama staff members and officials — including Secretary of State John Kerry and former National Security adviser Tom Donilon...
  • What Happened to All of Obama's Technology Czars?

    10/25/2013 4:27:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Why does the White House need a private-sector "tech surge" to repair its wretched Obamacare website failures? Weren't all of the president's myriad IT czars and their underlings supposed to ensure that taxpayers got the most effective, innovative, cutting-edge and secure technology for their money? Now is the perfect time for an update on Obama's top government titans of information technology. As usual, "screw up, move up" is standard bureaucratic operating procedure. Let's start with the "federal chief information officer." In 2009, Obama named then 34-year-old "whiz kid" Vivek Kundra to the post overseeing $80 billion in government IT spending....
  • Desperation: Democrats Blame Obamacare Woes on GOP

    10/24/2013 12:04:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Guy Benson
    The Obamacare recriminations are underway. Stuck with an unpopular law whose launch has been an unmitigated disaster, the Democratic Party has morphed from a ruthless, unified political machine to a frantic, zig-zagging tornado of blame. The White House would like you to know that the Department of Health and Human Services was chiefly responsible for the implementation process. HHS counters that the White House ultimately runs the show, and that Sec. Kathleen Sebelius' hands were effectively tied by her relative lack of power. Some Democrats are blaming the private sector contractors who were brought in to help craft healthcare.gov (conveniently...
  • With ObamaCare, The Buck Never Stops

    10/24/2013 6:15:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | Bob Barr
    When Ronald Reagan became president in 1981, the federal government’s procurement process was long beset by gross corruption and overspending. During the mid-1980s, investigations from watchdog groups such as the Project on Government Oversight (then called the "Project on Military Procurement") uncovered just how bad Washington’s spendthrift culture had become. These studies illustrated the extent of inbred and massive fraud in the procurement process, by drawing attention to the outrageous prices the government was paying for essentially everyday items such as toilet seats for government planes. The $640 toilet seat became a symbol of government inefficiency and waste. Today, that...
  • Memo for Chairman Upton: Next Week's Hearings On The "It's Really Good" Obamacare Launch

    10/23/2013 4:12:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    The president's remarkable speech in the Rose Garden yesterday, the high point of which was his claim regarding Obamacare --"It's really good!"-- sets the stage for another MSM fail, because the president made several specific, verifiable claims that ought to be the subject of real, deep and sustained reporting over the next few days. I had a lot of fun with the "It's really good!" exclamation by the president on yesterday show, mixing his remarks into a 1974 Pinto ad, and calling forth memories of New Coke, Rosanne Barr singing the Star Spangled banner, the launch of Microsoft's Zune, the...
  • Obamacare's real kink - fuzzy math

    10/21/2013 5:43:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 21, 2013 | By Debora J. Saunders
    At an event on Monday to boost the Affordable Care Act after its glitch-rich rollout, President Obama asserted that his signature health care plan is a hit because "prices have come down." That's the administration's big lie: that Washington can mandate universal health care with beefed-up benefits and somehow the plan will save everyone money. I've been hearing from healthy Californians who were kicked off their private plans because of Obamacare and were informed they would have to pay much higher premiums on Affordable Care Act exchanges. It could be that his family's boon spells a financial hit for healthy...
  • Don't Let Obamacare Crisis go to Waste

    10/22/2013 4:53:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The constipated debut of Obamacare has reduced the president of the United States to the status of TV pitchman. "Act now" to get this great product, he exhorted listeners on Monday, offering testimonials from one of the rare successful purchasers, promising limitless benefits and low prices, and even an 800 number. His operators are standing by, he urged, and they speak 150 languages! (You could sign up in Min Bei and Kazakh, if you could sign up at all.) If Obama had thrown in a free tote bag for the first 100 callers, it wouldn't have seemed out of place....
  • 5 Scandalous Obamacare Horror Stories

    10/19/2013 3:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Obamacare is hurting people. A lot of people -- and not just the ones who are wasting all day trying and failing to sign up for the dysfunctional 600 million dollar website. Millions of Americans are losing their insurance, losing their doctors, and taking huge hits to their wallets because of Obamacare. Here are some of their stories... 1) Man with leukemia loses his health insurance: Michael Cerpok is a high school drop-out, one of six kids born to a school teacher, and doesn't come from a wealthy family. He has run two businesses for more than 25 years and...
  • Bombshell: Obamacare Website Uses Decade-Old Technology, May Require 'Constant Fixes' For Six Months

    10/18/2013 8:25:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2013 | Guy Benson
    I can't believe I'm writing this sentence, but Obamacare's exchanges appear to somehow be more deeply corrupted and broken than previously known. If there were words more impactful than "meltdown" and "trainwreck," I'd use them. Instead, I'll simply present the facts as they continue to come to light. USA Today: The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY....Recent changes have made the exchanges easier to use, but they still require clearing the...
  • ObamaCare’s Day One and D-Day

    10/11/2013 11:30:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, it was the starting gun for a massive federal effort to get the new system up and running. The administration had deliberately allowed for three and a half years for the launch, October 1, 2013. That’s a long time. It’s 1,288 days. You would think in that length of time, we could have brought a system online that would not be bedeviled with “glitches.” And more glitches. By comparison, FDR had 912 days from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, to D-Day,...
  • 1-800-T-O-T-A-L-F-A-I-L: One Man's Obamawreck Nightmare

    10/11/2013 6:09:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Behold the Hollywood bubble. This week, actress Olivia Wilde starred in an Obamacare propaganda video targeting young people. "You can sign up for health care online in 10 minutes," her co-propagandist chirped as she cheered. Cue the laugh track. Back on planet Earth, Americans nationwide are still struggling with the $634 million online health care exchange nightmare. One reader asked me to share his story. Like me and 22 million other citizens in the private individual market for health insurance, he recently received his You Can't Keep It cancellation notice. Here's what happened when he went online to find alternatives....
  • Video: CBS News Slams "Disastrous" Obamacare

    10/10/2013 7:07:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Guy Benson
    A follow-up to this morning's post chronicling Obamacare's myriad failures; CBS News surveys the wreckage and renders an unavoidable verdict (via Hot Air): CBS Calls Obamacare Website Launch 'Nothing Short of Disastrous' "The president's signature achievement has become the butt of late night jokes...no one knows how many people have managed to enroll, and the administration refuses to release those numbers. The website's launch has been nothing short of disastrous. Media outlets have struggled to find anyone who's actually been successful." If a one-year delay of the Obamacare mandate tax is good enough for Jon Stewart, Wolf Blitzer and...
  • Another Obamacare Success Story: Turning a Future Lawyer into a Welfare Recipient

    10/07/2013 8:25:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | Michael F. Cannon
    The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto: Meet Brendan Mahoney, the young man who is saving ObamaCare. He’s 30 years old, a third-year law student at the University of Connecticut. He’s actually been insured for the past three years–in 2011 and 2012 through a $2,400-a-year school-sponsored health plan, and this year through “a high-deductible, low-premium plan that cost about $39 a month through a UnitedHealthcare subsidiary.” But he wanted to see what ObamaCare had to offer. He tried logging in to the exchange’s website at 8:45 a.m. yesterday…” He said the system could not verify his identity.” So he called the...
  • This Week’s Most Important Lesson

    10/04/2013 4:59:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    This week’s most important lesson does not involve the failure of Obamacare. There’s no lesson there. If you thought the government was capable of competently executing the roll-out of this abomination I have a timeshare deal you might want to buy into. The place overlooks a unicorn ranch; it’s awesome.This week’s most important lesson does not involve the so-called government shutdown. Calling the furloughing of a few glorified DMV clerks and the closing of parks to war heroes a “shutdown” is a total fraud. Don’t tease me – I want to see welfare cheats going EBTless, D.C. pencil-pushers lining Pennsylvania...
  • Seedco: Obamacare's Fraud-Stained Navigators

    10/02/2013 4:38:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to ObamaWreck! Americans nationwide spent Tuesday struggling with the much-hyped "Affordable Care Act" health insurance exchanges. Server meltdowns, error messages and security glitches plagued the federal and state government websites as open enrollment began. But when taxpayers discover exactly who will be navigating them through the bureaucratic maze, they may be glad they didn't get through. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of "navigators," "in-person assisters" and counselors, who are now propagandizing and recruiting Obamacare recipients into the government-run exchanges. As I warned in May, the Nanny State...
  • They Don’t Want Obamacare Either

    09/29/2013 8:40:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    The President and the Left have been speaking out about what they say is the “misguided focus of Republicans” on trying to eliminate Obamacare. Obama rants about how Republicans want to eliminate health care for 30 million Americans. Truth be told, he never wanted the Affordable Care Act and neither did the rest of the leaders of his team. Some news organizations have been stringing together video of prominent Democrats speaking the truth. What they want is a single-payer, government-run healthcare system where insurance companies are obliterated from the healthcare process and every healthcare dollar runs through their hands and...