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  • 296 reasons why hypocrite Dems & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    07/27/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 2 replies
    wordpress ^ | Last updated July 27, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 296 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on July 27, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • (Exempt) Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    07/26/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/26/14
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.</p> <p>Obama is denouncing "tax inversions" in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says companies are essentially renouncing their citizenship to avoid paying their fair share.</p>
  • (Exempt) White House Working on More Fixes for Troubled Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/20/14 | Elliot Jager
    The federal government and state insurance regulators are coming up with new rules in response to unexpected bills that have resulted from narrower choices, constricted coverage, and misunderstandings over insurer networks, The New York Times reported. A number of insurers have sought to reduce their costs by excluding cancer treatment centers and children's hospitals in their networks. Some consumers signed up for the cheapest plans without reading the fine print about provider network limits. And staff working in some doctors' offices are confused about what networks their physicians were in. Even consumers who tried to sign up with insurers that...
  • Why (exempt) liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate

    07/07/2014 5:05:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/06/14 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM, KYLE CHENEY
    Robert Gibbs prediction that Obamacares employer mandate would and perhaps should be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April. By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they dont offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good. Among them are experts at the Urban Institute and the Commonwealth Fund and prominent academics like legal scholar Tim Jost....
  • Democrats Work to Mitigate VA Scandal as Political Issue (Scandal?)

    07/02/2014 7:48:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/01/14 | Kyle Trygstad, Colin Diersing
    Politicians have always touted their support for military veterans back home. The willingness to expend federal dollars to provide the best care possible is popular across the partisan spectrum and is rarely cause for controversy. But the issue has been turned on its head in recent months, with the fallout from the Veterans Affairs scandal prompting even the Obama administration to admit a corrosive culture at the VA affecting facilities across the country. Its also invited criticism of vulnerable House and Senate Democrats from Republican candidates and outside groups. For Republican challengers and operatives, the VA scandal offers a striking...
  • How (still exempt) Mary Landrieu's Escaping Her Democratic Shadow

    06/10/2014 2:56:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6/10/14 | Jason Plautz
    **SNIP** And while Democrats haven't done much to promote the environment with their majority, they have beaten back efforts they say would harm the climate. That included a Landrieu-led effort to get a vote approving Keystone, a failure she blamed on Republicans. But opponents are pointing out that those failures weaken her message of political clout and it's led her to lose a potentially powerful ally at home. Don Briggs, the head of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, is backing Cassidy in what is essentially a proxy vote against Majority Leader Harry Reid. "I know Mary very well and...
  • Stranded Carbon Democrats (Exempt RAT Mary Landrieu wants to overrule Hussein)

    06/04/2014 4:14:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    **SNIP** Don't expect Hillary Clinton to repudiate the EPA rule as she campaigns in 2016. She also knows where the muscle is in the new Democratic coalition. There is one political catch, however, and that is the composition of the Senate, where North Dakota gets as many votes as California. That reality might haunt Democrats this year because they are trying to hold or gain Senate seats in Kentucky, West Virginia, Montana, Alaska and Louisiana, among other right-leaning states. If voters ever figure out what Mr. Obama's carbon rule really means to their state economies, Democrats would lose every one....
  • (Exempt) Dems don't want to talk O-Care

    04/27/2014 4:58:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/14 | Sheila Timmons
    To many Democrats, ObamaCare is a four-letter word. Most Democrats in competitive elections are seeking to avoid the topic, opting not to tout the controversial law on their campaign websites. In a review of battleground races, The Hill found that out of 50 Democratic candidates with active campaign websites, only 11 mention the healthcare law by name, either as "ObamaCare," "Affordable Care Act," or "ACA." Fourteen more mention the law, but not its name, and half the candidates omit it entirely from their websites. President Obama has trumpeted that more than 8 million people have enrolled in ACA-related plans. Meanwhile,...
  • (Exempt) Harry Reid blocks Republican request to pass bill cracking down on rapists

    04/12/2014 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/11/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled a Friday session that won't have any votes, rejecting Republican and Democratic requests that he allow a vote on a bill that would allow rape kits to be processed more quickly. Debbie Smith is an extraordinary woman and an effective advocate," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. "She's personally asked me, John Cornyn and others to pass this critically important legislation that bears her name, and it's deeply disappointing that the majority leader is blocking it from reaching the president's desk. I will fight to get this done for...
  • (Exempt) Obama at (snitch) Sharpton Event: Voter ID Supporters Are 'the Real Frauds'

    04/12/2014 4:12:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/12/14 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention on Friday in New York City, President Barack Obama revealed that he believes voter fraud does not exist, everyone who wants to should be able to vote, even if they cannot provide identifying documentation, and Republicans are plotting to take the franchise away from minorities. Obama, who hails from a city known for the Daley Machine and its "vote early and vote often" slogan, ripped Republicans for trying to preserve the integrity of the ballot by reducing voter fraud and requiring voter IDs. He made the accusation that there is a "well-organized...
  • Student pushes lawmakers to fix DWI loophole

    04/06/2014 9:24:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-6-14 | Rubn Rosario
    Hope Baker is one determined young lady. She won't take no for an answer, even though it looks like her Don Quixote-type quest has run smack into a legislative windmill up at the state Capitol. Along with Jayne Jones, her Concordia University political science professor, and six like-minded classmates, the 22-year-old Alexandria native and law school aspirant wants to add impaired driving as a specified exclusion to a state law that grants lawmakers immunity from arrest in certain cases while the session is underway. But the push to clarify a centuries-old state Constitution provision has not gone over well with...
  • Moran: Members Cant Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid, Moran told CQ Roll Call. I understand that its widely felt that...
  • (Exempt) Dems ramp up offense on ObamaCare

    03/23/2014 12:16:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/14 | Justin Sink, Elise Viebeck
    The White House and congressional Democrats are ramping up a coordinated effort to celebrate ObamaCares fourth anniversary this weekend, looking to go on offense ahead of the final week of open enrollment. The effort includes a social media campaign by members of Congress and administration officials, enrollment events featuring lawmakers and Senate floor speeches marking the four-year anniversary. The tightly coordinated final push was the result of work between the White House and House and Senate healthcare strike teams, which were created in the aftermath of the botched ObamaCare rollout to push back against a flood of bad headlines. The...
  • The Senate race that worries Democrats most (The still exempt LA RAT Mary Landrieu)

    03/17/2014 4:52:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/17/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has been near the top of the list of the most vulnerable senators facing reelection since day one of the 2014 election cycle. But notable developments in recent weeks suggest her seat is increasingly at risk of falling into Republican hands. Republican groups have blitzed Landrieu over the airwaves while she has gotten limited cover from Democratic allies; polls show she is locked in a close race against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R); and now, Landrieu is reserving $2.6 million in airtime between April and June, an apparent recognition that the cascade of opposition ads has forced...
  • After missing talk-a-thon, (exempt NC RAT Kay) Hagan speaks out on climate change

    03/15/2014 3:35:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    News Observer ^ | 3/14/14 | Renee Schoof
    **SNIP** This current path is unsustainable, and we must take steps now to slow and stop the effects of climate change. Hagan also brought out her own record as a state senator, and said she was proud of it. She mentioned that she had supported a mandatory renewable energy standard and a law that required emissions reductions from coal-fired power plants. She also cited efforts in North Carolina to develop clean energy technology. Hagan wrapped up with a call for Democrats and Republicans to work together on commonsense measures on energy, without spelling out what that might be. Congress hasnt...
  • First on CNN: Republicans hit (still exempt LA RAT) Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon

    03/11/2014 4:26:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/11/14 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action. But Sen. Mary Landrieu, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was noticeably absent from the demonstration. The vulnerable Democrat faces re-election this fall in Louisiana, a state with large swaths of conservative voters. And Republicans aren't letting her absence go unnoticed. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which aims to get Republicans elected to the Senate, put out a...
  • O'Reilly Bets Dinner With Carville That (still exempt LA RAT) Sen. Landrieu Will Lose

    03/03/2014 3:31:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/03/14 | Drew MacKenzie
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has waged a bet with liberal commentator James Carville that Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana will lose her seat in November, the New Orleans Times Picayune reports OReilly said on his show that the Democrats would relinquish their Senate majority in the midterm elections, and he cited Landrieu as one of the incumbents who would be trounced by Republicans. "She better be looking for another job," the outspoken conservative critic said of the three-term senator. She's out."
  • Could Bill Clinton help (exempt NC RAT) Sen. Kay Hagans campaign?

    03/02/2014 2:58:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    News Observer ^ | 3/01/14 | Renee Schoof
    **SNIP** Republicans dismissed the idea that Clinton would help Hagan on economic issues or health care, at least not with people who dont approve of Obama. No matter how many times Bill Clinton visits North Carolina, the fact is Kay Hagan has voted in lockstep with President Obama, said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Brook Hougesen. But Clinton could stir up the party faithful, said Thomas Eamon, a political science professor at East Carolina University and the author of a new book about North Carolina politics, The Making of a Southern Democracy. I also think that probably right at the...
  • (Exempt RAT) Senator Kay Hagan confronts the burning question that could make or break her campaign

    03/01/2014 11:13:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 3/01/14
    **SNIP** Senator Hagan released the following statement to ABC11: "When this law was written, we established a three-year transition period so that insurance companies had time to begin offering plans that met the requirements of the law for the 5 percent of people on the individual market. As I've made clear, I didn't know that some insurance companies would use that transition period to sell outdated plans without fully notifying consumers that they would no longer be available in 2014. But as soon as it came to my attention last fall when I heard from constituents who felt blindsided by...
  • (Still exempt NC RAT Kay) Hagan makes re-election bid official, dodges health care

    02/26/2014 2:34:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    News Observer ^ | 2/24/14 | John Frank
    **SNIP** Pressed on the question two more times as reporters followed her outside to the parking lot, Hagan did not answer. She offered this explanation without further details: it wasnt clear that insurance companies were selling substandard policies. Blue Cross Blue Shield, the states largest insurer, responded by saying Hagans comments are simply not true and she should know better. Company spokesman Lew Borman said the insurer notified customers that they could keep a grandfathered plan. Customers were also given an opportunity to return to a grandfathered plan, Borman said. The fact is that every step along the way, we...
  • Then & now: What (exempt) Dems say about Obama

    02/25/2014 2:44:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/19/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) embraced President Obamas lofty call for hope and change when he and other Democrats gathered in Denver six years ago to celebrate the Illinois senators nomination. The festive buzz has long since faded and Udall has dropped his talk of our time and our moment when discussing the president. Hes not even sure if he wants Obama back in his state after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act left some of his constituents fuming. Coloradoans are going to re-elect me based on my record, not the presidents record. Not what the presidents done but...
  • Strassel: The Many Faces of (still exempt NC RAT) Kay Hagan

    02/15/2014 1:44:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/14/14 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Defying physics, ObamaCare has managed to create energies where none existed before: confusion over policies, anger over lost doctors, panic over costs. Most amazing has been the laws ability to produce entirely new Washington life forces. The scientific formula goes like this: Another day + Another ObamaCare disaster = A New Kay Hagan. Back in 2008, North Carolinians were introduced to Bipartisan Kay, a hope-and-change candidate who argued that Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a lackey for a partisan George W. Bush. It is time for someone to reach across party lines, explained Bipartisan Kay. Voting 92% of time with the...
  • (Exempt Mary) Landrieus gavel comes with risks

    02/14/2014 4:04:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/14 | Alexandra Jaffe, Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. Mary Landrieus (D-La.) new powers as chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee could end up being a double-edged sword for her already-difficult reelection chances. The Bayou Democrat took over the plum post on Wednesday evening, which could allow her to push legislation popular back home that boosts the oil industry, all while distancing herself from an unpopular President Obama. But it also raises the pressure on her to deliver for home-state constituents. If she falters, her pitch risks ringing hollow as voters questions her ability to deliver. Republicans like Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere are already pledging...
  • (Exempt NC RAT) Kay Hagan slams the Koch brothers

    02/13/2014 8:18:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/13/14 | TAL KOPAN
    **SNIP** A key part of the barrage against Hagan and other Democratic senators that Republicans perceive as vulnerable in 2014 is tying them to Obamacare, something Hagan defended. The people in North Carolina have the fifth-highest signup on the exchanges, after Florida, New York, California and Texas, its North Carolina, so theyre very interested in this, Hagan said. We want to show that the Affordable Care Act is something whose time has come. Its going to really change how the cost of health care will not have these huge increases that weve been seeing every year. Hagan also referenced the...
  • MILLER: Prideful (& exempt) president refuses to admit Obamacare is a disaster

    02/13/2014 3:07:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/12/14 | Emily Miller
    President Obama is scrambling to put Band-Aids on the health care law instead of admitting that it is DOA. He pushed Obamacare through Congress with the promise that it would help the 30 million uninsured Americans and not hurt the rest of us. Five years later, the government intrusion has disrupted the coverage of the more than 300 million Americans who were content with their insurance, and it is already dragging down the economy. Mr. Obama is trying to hide the problems. Thats why the White House announced Monday it would again push back the deadline for the mandate to...
  • Guess Which Issue Is Missing from (exempt) Sen. Landrieus Campaign Site?

    02/12/2014 2:47:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/12/14 | Jim Geraghty
    For one of the Senates most vulnerable incumbents, Sen. Mary Landrieus campaign site is rather sparse right now. **SNIP** In the 29 items listed on the News & Press Releases page, the words Obamacare Affordable Care Act health care and health never appear. Insurance gets mentioned six times but only in the context of flood insurance.
  • Obama Rewrites ObamaCare (Another day, another lawless exemption, once again for business)

    02/11/2014 3:54:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    **SNIP** Liberals insisted that such arguments were false if not beneath contempt, but then all of a sudden the White House implicitly endorsed the other side. Now the new delay arrives amid a furious debate about jobs after a damning Congressional Budget Office report last week, only this time with liberals celebrating ObamaCare's supposed benefits to the job market. Well, which is it? Either ObamaCare is ushering in a worker's paradise, in which case by the White House's own logic exempting businesses from its ministrations is harming employees. Or else the mandate really is leading business to cut back on...
  • Vulnerable Democrats want credit for passing Obama's health care law, then trying to fix it

    02/08/2014 3:44:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Greenfield Reporter ^ | 2/08/14 | DAVID ESPO
    **SNIP** In one of the year's most closely watched races, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., recently aired a commercial that shows her in numerous public settings last fall sternly telling President Barack Obama to keep his promise to let people keep their current health plans if they want to and then taking credit after he took steps to make that happen. "I'm fixing it and that's what my bill does, and I've urged the president to fix it," Landrieu says of the health care law in the ad. It ends with a screen that reads: "The result: People now allowed...
  • (Exempt Mary) Landrieu eyed in anti-Keystone campaign

    02/06/2014 3:50:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/05/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is launching a new campaign against proponents of Keystone XL, and one possible target is Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.). Steyer's green group NextGen Climate Action posted a list of candidates who are strong advocates of the controversial TransCanada oil pipeline on its website, asking people to pick which one it should target for its Keystone XL television ad. NextGen Climate Action is lining up Landrieu, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) as potential targets. Also on the list is former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, who is...
  • (Exempt NC RAT Kay) Hagan responds to critics new ads

    02/05/2014 2:09:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/04/14 | Jim Morrill
    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan had a terse response Tuesday to another wave of TV ads that a conservative group is running against her. The big agenda that people need to be asking is, who is it whos funding these ads and what is their real agenda? she said, adding that their agenda includes tax cuts for the wealthy. Hagan responded to a question about the latest attacks by Americans for Prosperity, a group started with support of the conservative Koch brothers. The ad attacks Hagan over her support for President Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act.
  • Pinsonat Says (exempt RAT) Mary Landrieu Is in Serious Trouble in US Senate Race

    02/05/2014 1:48:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 2/05/14 | Bernie Pinsonat
    A new statewide telephone survey of likely Louisiana Voters finds Cassidy, a U.S. Congressman, with 44% support to Landrieus 40%. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, while 11% were undecided. The above was Rasmussens headline for the announcement of results from his recent statewide survey Louisiana Voters. These numbers are very similar to SMORs survey back in December. A couple of days ago a new report by Congressional Quarterly/ Roll Call, shows that Landrieu voted with President Obama 97% of the time in 2013. Gee, I wonder why Landrieu is stuck at 40% and now losing...
  • (Exempt NC RAT Kay) Hagan Trails GOP Challenger by 7 Points

    01/27/2014 2:28:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/27/14 | Andrew Johnson
    North Carolinas Kay Hagan is becoming the countrys most vulnerable Democrat even after distancing herself from President Obama during his recent visit to the state. A new Rasmussen poll reveals that Hagan is trailing her likely Republican opponent by the largest margin yet.
  • (The exempt) Mary Landrieu's election fate could swing U.S. Senate

    01/25/2014 3:05:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 1/24/14 | Jeff Crouere
    In the upcoming U.S. Senate campaign, Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu is facing the most difficult campaign of her career. This November, Landrieu will have to face an electorate concerned about a weak economy and upset about the Affordable Care Act. In 2010, Landrieu cast a key vote allowing the healthcare legislation to pass without any Republican support. Louisiana voters have not forgotten about that Senate vote and with a disastrous launch of the Obamacare website, it is not likely they will forget anytime soon.
  • Tea party group to take on (exempt) Sen. Landrieu

    01/02/2014 5:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    WWL ^ | 1/02/13
    A national tea party-allied group is setting up a local chapter in Louisiana. Americans for Prosperity announced the creation of a Louisiana-specific effort Thursday, with the launch of a TV ad criticizing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu for her support of the federal health care law.
  • Louisiana's (exempt) Mary Landrieu adopts risky strategy in bid to keep Senate seat

    12/26/2013 10:08:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/26/13 | Maeve Reston
    **SNIP** Landrieu's strategy is not without risk. While distancing herself from the law she must also avoid alienating black voters, whose solid support has been a key element in each of her narrow Senate wins. Complicating matters is Louisiana's complex "jungle" election system: She will not face voters until November, when to avoid a runoff she must vanquish two Republican opponents by winning more than 50% of the vote. Her current poll numbers show her well below that threshold. Interviews with voters here suggest that Landrieu's biggest challenge is rebuilding her brand as a populist, and one who is less...
  • Administration expands health law exemptions (Pelosi knew)

    12/25/2013 3:54:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/24/13 | Ben Goad
    The Obama Administration on Tuesday proposed new regulations that add to the list of benefits not subject to reforms under the presidents healthcare law. A draft rule issued jointly by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury is the latest in a series of tweaks to the Affordable Care Act announced just days before major parts of the law are to take effect. The regulations, published in Tuesday's Federal Register, amend the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which laid out a category of excepted benefits. These include workers compensation or disability coverage, accidental death...
  • (Exempt) WH releases report on what would happen if Obamacare is repealed

    12/20/2013 2:17:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Repealing the Affordable Care Act would raise costs and strip protections for families across the United States, a White House report released Thursday said. The report, aimed at congressional Republicans wanting to repeal the law, colloquially known as Obamacare, said millions of Americans are benefiting from the reforms by seeing lower healthcare costs, new protections and expanded access to quality care at an affordable cost. "The president and supporters of reform are committed to helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of the health care law," the White House said when releasing the report.
  • (Exempt) Michelle Obama steps into health care spotlight

    12/18/2013 5:14:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/18/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama has struggled to sell his health care law this fall and until now, hes largely been without his top seller: first lady Michelle Obama. The first lady has done little to promote the Affordable Care Act in recent months, marking a shift from her usual role as the presidents middle class messenger a move that allowed her to sidestep the political battles over the law, and questions about the administrations trustworthiness. Now, with HealthCare.govs glitches mostly fixed, and pressure mounting for the administration to boost enrollment numbers and the presidents approval ratings continuing to...
  • Mary Landrieu's Career Depends on Winning a Numbers Game (and the math might not save her this time)

    12/18/2013 4:06:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/17/13 | Alex Roarty
    **SNIP** "We now have a situation where you have an unpopular president on the downside and a senator who has no independence from him," said Brad Todd, a GOP consultant who twice worked on campaigns against the senator. "Mary is a tough campaigner, she campaigns vigorously, she's charismatic, she's experienced at tough races. However, she has never had to run with an anvil around her neck. She will have to do that this time." Landrieu's own position on Obamacare reflects the tension between competing demands. Earlier this year, she gave the Affordable Care Act a bear hug. She repeatedly said...
  • (Exempt) Obama has yet to enroll in health insurance under Affordable Care Act

    12/17/2013 5:46:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/16/13
    The White House said Monday that President Obama has yet to sign up for health insurance through a federal website created by his signature health care law. **SNIP** Obama is not required to enroll through an online exchange like members of Congress and staffers who want to keep insurance through their employer, the federal government.
  • (Exempt RAT Mary) Landrieu Releases Keeping the Promise campaign ad

    12/12/2013 6:14:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 12/12/13
    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Senator Mary Landrieu released a new ad, "Keeping the Promise," pointing out her efforts to fix the affordable care act. The $250,000 campaign will air in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe markets. **SNIP** "Yep she is being targeted by the national republican party as one of the democrats who is most up, her seat is most up for grabs so she's trying to defend her turf this far out ahead of the election," says Young.
  • Vitter to Reid: Come clean on exemptions (Dingy a no-show)

    12/10/2013 4:33:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/13 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to publically explain why he has exempted some of his leadership staff from enrolling in the ObamaCare health insurance exchange. I think its incumbent on the distinguished majority leader to come clean, Vitter said on the Senate floor Tuesday. Reports came out last week that Reid would allow his leadership staff to remain on the federal healthcare plan instead of forcing them onto the exchanges, as required for other congressional staffers. He was the only member of leadership to announce such a move. The Affordable Care Act, also known...
  • South Carolina maybe the first state to exempt its citizens from Obamacare

    12/10/2013 2:17:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/09/13
    South Carolina legislators are looking to eliminate Obamacare in their state under State House bill H 3101, the Daily Caller reported on Monday. The bill is titled the South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act, and was passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The Daily Caller reported that the bill now heads to the South Carolina State Senate that is controlled by Republicans, is setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.
  • Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges

    12/04/2013 7:07:25 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | December 4, 2013 | Chris Frates
    Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges. Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said.
  • Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare

    12/04/2013 5:11:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    CNN.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Chris Frates
    Washington (CNN) -- Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.
  • For Congress, healthcare plans remain a notch above: They're getting better service & benefits

    12/02/2013 2:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Michael A. Memoli
    Trying to align lawmakers with the people they represent, Congress three years ago decided that when the new healthcare plan took effect, members would give up their platinum health benefits and enroll in the online marketplaces created for millions of other Americans. In typical congressional fashion, however, things have not worked out exactly as advertised. While many members of Congress are indeed signing up for health coverage through the District of Columbia exchange which was designated as the provider for all members their experiences have been significantly better than those of average consumers in several respects, including more...
  • (Exempt RAT period-NC Kay) Hagan on defensive over healthcare fallout

    11/27/2013 5:59:31 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 11/26/13 | Jon Camp
    **SNIP** Hagan was one of the speakers at Monday's forum but was attacked for her own leadership role when it comes to Obamacare. ABC11 asked Hagan about the infamous promise that the public could keep their health insurance if they wanted, but she ducked the question more than once, blaming insurance companies instead. "I think you look back at the insurance companies, for three years, sold these policies without telling the consumer that they would have to be canceled," said Hagan when asked if she knew people would lose their policies.
  • Obama speaks at DreamWorks: How liberal is Hollywood?

    11/26/2013 11:44:05 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 26, 2013 | Peter Grier
    President Obama is attending several fundraisers in California. When tracking political money for a particular industry, its good to look at group contributions in addition to individual donors.
  • Michelle Obama in 2008: Barack Will Make Us 'Sacrifice' for Health Care

    11/26/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    A video has surfaced from the presidential campaign trail in May 2008 that shows Michelle Obama talking about the sacrifices that Americans would have to make in order to achieve her husband's health care goals. The future First Lady was speaking at a meeting of military families to highlight the cost of war for those back at home. Her remarks have been referred to in several Internet postings but no video has surfaced until now. Mrs. Obama says: It's going to cost us something as a society to say, 'We can't tolerate millions of people uninsured. We can't tolerate it.'...
  • GOP blasts union 'bailout' under O-Care

    11/26/2013 8:49:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/13 | Elise Viebeck
    A top Senate Republican is blasting regulations he argues will exempt unions' multi-employer health plans from a key tax under ObamaCare. Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.) pointed to a section of a 255-page regulatory filing and said it would amount to a "bailout" for the labor moment, which has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the new healthcare law. "Despite endorsing ObamaCare and working fervently to get it passed, unions are now experiencing the ugly reality of this law, and they want out. This exemption is crony capitalism at its worst," said Thune, who is behind a bill to block...