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  • California was warned of computer system’s troubles

    02/25/2015 7:04:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Before the panicked phone calls and the embarrassing state audit, Ganesh Kumar knew the BrEZe computer program would flop. For seven years, Kumar has worked at the Board of Registered Nursing’s call center where he uses computer data to answer questions when nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing school graduates want to know the status of their license applications or renewals. So Kumar was all for it when Department of Consumer Affairs officials six years ago announced a new $28 million, off-the-shelf computer program, BrEZe, would replace obsolete, narrow systems used by the board and most of the other 39 regulatory...
  • MNsure’s birth: A tale of incompetence, report suggests

    02/18/2015 5:45:22 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    MPR ^ | 2-17-15 | Bob Collins
    Today’s release of the review of MNsure from the Office of the Legislative Auditor leaves a big question for MNsure’s board of directors and the Commerce Department: What were you thinking when you put such incompetence on the payroll? This one page in the report concerning the development of the technological infrastructure by MNsure is a how-to on developing something that is sure to fail. MNsure rejected the auditor’s finding on this point, saying it contradicts the facts. It contends the I.T. agency’s participation was robust, although it acknowledges its expertise “was not utilized in the early stages of the...
  • Venezuela Shoppers Paying $700 for Condoms Amid High Rates of HIV, AIDS & Teen Pregnancies

    02/09/2015 4:06:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Latin Post ^ | February 9, 2015 | By Jaclyn Diaz
    Trojan condoms now cost a month's wages for an average person in Venezuela. A box of 36 condoms can cost upwards of $755 for Venezuelans. A long line in supermarkets for corn, milk and sugar has been customary for a few years in the country, and the skyrocketed price for common goods like condoms in the country stems from the flailing economy and the shortage of goods throughout the nation, according to a report by Bloomberg Business. Venezuelans are facing inflation of more than 60 percent, exacerbated by falling oil prices that have reduced the country's oil export earnings. Venezuela's...
  • Fannie, Freddie 3%-down mortgages can be safe, FHFA director says

    01/27/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 27, 2015 | By Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON — Mortgages with low down payments can be just as safe if other underwriting conditions are met, a federal housing regulator said Tuesday. Mel Watt, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, was testifying in front of the House Financial Services Committee, after Fannie Mae FNMA, +0.47% and Freddie Mac FMCC, +0.47% both started making mortgages available to those who make down payments of just 3%. That has raised the ire of Republicans, who say the move risks a repeat of the housing bubble. “All things being equal, is a 3% down loan riskier to the taxpayer than...
  • Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies

    01/27/2015 5:57:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | by Chad Terhune
    * Almost 90% of Obamacare enrollees in California qualified for financial help based on their income last year. * Average monthly Obamacare subsidy in California was $436 per household last year. * A big challenge for California's health insurance exchange is signing up more middle-income people. Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies during the rollout of the federal health law last year. Those individuals and families paid $1.1 billion in premiums themselves, meaning for every dollar they spent the federal government paid an additional $3 to their health insurer. Health policy experts said the fact that subsidies covered...
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • State of the Union Television Ratings Drop to 15-Year Low

    01/21/2015 4:23:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew the second-lowest television viewership in 15 years. According to Nielsen data, 31.7 million viewers watched Tuesday night's prime-time address on broadcast and cable networks. That's the lowest television viewership for a State of the Union address since President Bill Clinton's final speech.
  • Ratings: State of the Union Dips vs. 2014

    01/21/2015 9:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    TVLine ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Matt Webb Mitovich
    The Big 4’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night amassed 19.4 million total viewers, down 6 percent from a year ago. Last year’s SOTU went on to total 33.3 million viewers with cable coverage folded in, marking a 14-year low.
  • US Military Ready If Needed to Evacuate US Embassy in Yemen

    01/20/2015 4:31:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 20, 2015 | By LUIS MARTINEZ
    With the worsening security situation in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, the U.S. military has moved two Navy amphibious ships into the Red Sea to assist with any potential evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel should the State Department order its personnel to leave the country, Pentagon officials said today. The U.S. embassy there remains open as of now. A State Department spokesperson told ABC News that officials are "continuing to closely monitor developments in Yemen and will adjust the embassy’s security posture response in accordance to the situation on the ground." "The embassy has been operating with reduced staffing and heightened...
  • Americans newly see Obama as a ‘dictator’ and ‘impressive’

    01/20/2015 9:41:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 20, 2015 | By Ruth Mantell
    While name calling isn’t new to the president, ”dictator” and “impressive” are a couple of fresh labels that Americans have for Barack Obama, according to survey data released Tuesday. Also of note, the most common words to describe Obama have stayed the same in recent years. When Pew surveyed adults earlier this month, the most frequently cited words were “good” and “incompetent,” the same results as in mid-2013. Back in 2009, the most common descriptors were “intelligent” and “good,” trailed next by “socialist.”
  • Shortages Undermine Venezuela's Teetering Socialism

    01/17/2015 8:30:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015
    Socialism: Venezuelans are being arrested for posting Internet photos of shortages in stores. So let's get this straight: Murder and mayhem are de facto legal in that crime pit, but posting evidence of socialism's failure merits jailing. As socialism plays out to its logical conclusion in Venezuela, the specters of long lines, rationing, troop enforcers, bizarre edicts and desperate statements are now the order of the day. Not only have more than a dozen Venezuelans been arrested for posting photographs of empty store shelves on social media, three governors have responded to long lines by — prohibiting them; ordering the...
  • Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some Patients In California

    01/16/2015 4:37:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 15, 2015 | By Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio
    When Dennie Wright went to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance last year, it wasn’t a hard decision. His insurance agent told him he had only one insurer – Anthem Blue Cross – that he could buy from on the exchange, Covered California. Wright lives in a modest house overlooking a pasture in Indian Valley. It’s a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra Mountains, close to the border with Nevada. He lives in one of 250 zip codes where Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual insurance policies in 2014. “That was new to us,...
  • I Am Not Making This Up; Venezuela Bans Queues To Beat Product Shortages

    01/15/2015 9:32:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 15, 2015 | by Tim Worstall
    There are times when a little piece of news comes in from some far flung corner of the world and it’s necessary to wonder whether one should laugh or cry about it all. So it is with this remarkable story from Venezuela. The wonders of Bolivarian Socialism are so great that governors in some parts of the country have decided to ban queuing. No, really, I promise you that I am not making this up. Here’s the news about the queuing: Governors in three Venezuelan states have banned overnight queuing amid huge and sometimes rowdy lines around shops across the...
  • This is Obama's Last Foreign Policy Chance

    01/15/2015 6:21:01 AM PST · by libstripper · 29 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Jan 14, 2015 | Leslie H. Gelb
    The failure of Obama or Biden to show up in Paris made clear that most of the president’s team can’t be trusted to conduct U.S national security policy and must be replaced—at once. Here’s why America’s failure to be represented at the Paris unity march was so profoundly disturbing. It wasn’t just because President Obama’s or Vice President Biden’s absence was a horrendous gaffe. More than this, it demonstrated beyond argument that the Obama team lacks the basic instincts and judgment necessary to conduct U.S. national security policy in the next two years. It’s simply too dangerous to let Mr....
  • Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

    01/14/2015 11:55:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Jay Hancock
    Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law's $10 billion innovation lab wouldn't always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed. Only a small minority of community groups getting federal reimbursement to reduce expensive hospital readmissions produced significant results compared with sites that weren't part of the $300 million program, according to partial, early results. Dozens of community agencies on aging, from Ventura County, Calif., to southern Maine, were offered money to try to ensure that older people leaving the hospital received care that reduced their chances of being readmitted within...
  • Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa (Obamacare death spiral)

    01/14/2015 8:00:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio
    ... CoOportunity Health has failed. The Affordable Care Act set aside funding for health care co-ops, to enable the organizations to compete in places where there aren’t many insurers. CoOportunity Health was the second largest co-op in the country in terms of membership, and one of the largest in terms of the federal funding it received. But then CoOportunity hit a kind of perfect storm, says Peter Damiano, director of the University of Iowa’s public policy center. First, the co-op had to pay a lot more medical bills than those in charge expected. “CoOportunity Health’s pool of people was larger...
  • Might Your Workers Be Eligible For Medicaid? Start-Up Helps Employers Find Out

    01/07/2015 3:36:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Phil Galewitz
    The Gold ‘N Silver Inn in Reno, Nev., has long offered health coverage to its employees — but many of the cooks, dishwashers and waiters who make close to minimum wage can’t afford the $100 monthly premium. Last January, when Nevada became one of more than two dozen states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, 10 of the diner’s 55 employees qualified for the government insurance program for low-income Americans. None of them realized it, however, until the family-run restaurant hired BeneStream, a New York-based start-up funded partly by the Ford Foundation. BeneStream charges $40 to screen each...
  • McDonald's Runs out of French Fries in Venezuela

    01/06/2015 11:01:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 6, 2015 | By HANNAH DREIER
    Forget the French fries. How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca, a starchy staple of traditional Venezuelan cooking. McDonald's franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country. The dispute also caused several days of French fry rationing in Japan last month. But Sonia Ruseler, who runs McDonald's restaurants in Latin America, declined to say Tuesday why other countries in the region are...
  • Obamacare's Annus Horribilis

    12/31/2014 5:36:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    There's no candy coating the truth: Obamacare has had a very terrible, horrible, crappy, none-too-happy year. What it really means is that the victims of Obamacare -- taxpayers, health care consumers, health care providers, employers and employees -- have had a hellish, nightmarish 2014. Let's start with premiums. President Candy Land promised that he'd "lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year." But premiums for people in the individual market for health insurance have spiked over the last year. In fact, Forbes health policy journalist Avik Roy and the Manhattan Institute analyzed 3,137 counties and found...
  • As U.S.-led combat mission ends, Afghan women fear oppression

    12/30/2014 4:11:01 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2014 | BY JESSICA DONATI
    ... The U.S.-led coalition invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban and stayed on, in part, to build a western-style democracy, including legal safeguards for women. A quota was mandated for women in public offices, such as parliament and provincial councils. Earlier this year, however, conservative lawmakers rolled back the quota reserved for women in provincial councils to 20 per cent from 25 per cent. Last Sunday marked the formal end to the international combat mission in Afghanistan. And while huge progress has been made getting millions of girls in school and putting women in positions of formal authority,...
  • Survey: Obama gets thumbs down from the troops

    12/22/2014 2:15:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | December 22, 2014 | By Jeremy Diamond
    President Barack Obama has struggled with sagging approval ratings over the last year, but the commander-in-chief's numbers may have dropped further among active-duty troops. Just 15% of active-duty servicemembers gave Obama a thumbs up in the annual Military Times survey and more than half -- 55% -- say they disapprove of Obama's job as commander-in-chief. Troop morale has slumped during the Obama administration, falling to 56% this year from 91% who were satisfied with their quality of life in 2009.
  • A Lull Before the ObamaCare Rate Storm

    12/15/2014 3:27:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 15, 2014 | By STEPHEN T. PARENTE
    Americans visiting Healthcare.gov to purchase 2015 health-insurance plans are finding a nice surprise: Average premiums for the cheap “bronze” plans have increased only by 3.4% and premiums for the middle-of-the-road “silver” plans are rising by 5.8%, according to the American Action Forum. Where are the double-digit premium increases that so many predicted? Check back around this time in 2016. That’s when you’ll see the real spikes. The Affordable Care Act includes two temporary programs that make compliant health-care plans temporarily appear far cheaper than they are: Risk corridors and reinsurance. Both programs will expire on Jan. 1, 2017. By November...
  • Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

    12/15/2014 11:41:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Jay Hancock
    For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious – though not easy – choice. Companies like Dunn’s — those with fewer than 50 workers — provide medical coverage to roughly 20 million people. Unlike larger employers, they have no obligation under the health law to offer...
  • Father sought in death of Brooklyn Park baby boy

    12/11/2014 5:47:28 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-12-14 | BRANDON STAHL and KAREN ZAMORA
    A fugitive suspected of killing his 1-year-old child was reported at least three times to Hennepin County child protection for abusing the boy and his sibling, public records show. Brooklyn Park police were called Tuesday night to the 2100 block of 74th Court N. on a report of the child not breathing, authorities said Wednesday. First responders and paramedics administered CPR at the residence, then rushed the boy to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died. Witnesses told police the child’s death was due to an assault. The boy’s father, Reggie Delanie Harper, 23, fled the residence before...
  • After six years of Obama's damage, Democrats are at war with Democrats

    12/06/2014 9:31:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle. I grant that there's a lot of shouting today among Republicans. But it's a ritual skirmish over whether a government shutdown would force the president to withdraw a signature measure — last time, Obamacare; this time, executive amnesty. From opposite sides of the (Democratic) spectrum, Schumer and Warren are trying to remake and reorient the Democratic Party post-Obama....
  • Can the GOP Find Unity and Purpose?

    12/04/2014 4:07:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2014 | By PEGGY NOONAN
    The Democrats are divided. The Republicans need to resist Obama’s provocations. Take no bait. Act independently and in accord with national priorities. Cause no pointless trouble. If there’s trouble, it should have a clear, understandable, defendable purpose. That is general advice for the new Republican congressional majority. They will be proving every day they’re a serious governing alternative to the Democratic-dominated establishment that has run Washington for six years. The Republicans are being told they are a deeply divided party. True enough. But another way to look at it may prove more pertinent: “My father’s house has many mansions.” The...
  • Obama to business leaders: Raise wages

    12/03/2014 2:30:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 3, 2014 | By Zachary Roth
    In remarks that underscored an emerging concern about the direction of the economy, President Obama told business leaders Wednesday that, despite record corporate profits, stagnant wage growth is creating anxiety among workers. Obama [said] that the shrinking of wages and income as a share of overall GDP had caused an “undertow” of pessimism, despite the improving economy, and said giving workers a raise would benefit corporations, too. “When wages are good, and consumers feel like they’ve got money in their pockets, that ends up being good for business not bad for business,” he said. Obama appeared relaxed and at ease,...
  • What Top Republicans Plan to Do With Their New Majority In Congress

    12/02/2014 4:45:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 2, 2014 | By NOAH WEILAND
    The top brass of the Republican Party spent the last 48 hours plotting ways to twist President Obama’s arm while outlining the new majority agenda they intend to concentrate on come January, when the 114th Congress takes its place. A two-day, invitation-only conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal featured a pairing of top executives and political leaders. Here are three ways Republicans plan to use their new majority in Congress: 1) Get President Obama to Listen. 2) Show the country that the GOP can govern. 3) Think broad and specific when proposing an agenda.
  • Savings Blacks from Liberal Leaders

    11/30/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    I get why Blacks turned out in force to elect Barack Obama president. He was their guy – the first Black man (half Black to be accurate) to have a shot at the position of most powerful person in the world. Someone who could really speak for them and understood their lives. Bill Clinton may have been called the “First Black President,” but he was not really a “brother.” I can see Blacks turning out for Obama the second time because their guy losing reelection would have been a horrible ending. Unfortunately, Obama has not helped the Blacks just like...
  • BREAKING: West About to Cave on Key Iranian Demand

    11/22/2014 10:18:17 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 9 replies
    Jewish Press Online ^ | 23 November 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    The deadline for the talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 is now less than two days away. As the time nears for either the ability to announce an “historic agreement” about nuclear weapons with Iran or failure on yet another front, there are reports of an alarming shift in the wind blowing out of the west: a growing inclination to allow Iran to avoid admitting “possible military dimensions” (PMD) of its nuclear program in order to have a historic agreement.
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

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

    11/20/2014 10:22:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RAY MARTIN
    Folks are used to the fact that health insurance costs always seem to go up. They've done so for the last 14 years, with the highest annual increase of about 14 percent and the lowest at about 3 percent. But the increases for 2015 are staggering, ranging from 20 percent to over 60 percent. And consumers need to plan for more rate hikes over the next several years, especially those who have coverage through their employer. One of the biggest causes behind these increases is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so called because it was supposed to provide more affordable...
  • Iran not to allow "special" nuclear inspections: atomic chief

    11/20/2014 6:12:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | November 20, 2014 | by Xuxin
    TEHRAN -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Tehran will not allow any "special" inspections into the country's nuclear facilities, state IRIB TV reported on Thursday. "We will not accept any special inspections" by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that are exclusively planned for Iran's nuclear facilities, Ali-Akbar Salehi said. There is no room for "special regulations" to be set for Iran, which is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and observes all nuclear regulations, Salehi said.
  • How Barack Obama's presidency has come undone

    11/19/2014 6:18:15 AM PST · by Phlap · 55 replies
    CBC ^ | 11/19/2014 | Neil Macdonald, CBC News
    The original Obama movement was so rapturous that stating the obvious — you can't eat hope and the rhetoric was mostly empty — seemed small-minded and a cynical snub to those people who clearly felt they were about to see real change, especially black voters who were feeling the kind of fierce emotions that most of us could never understand. "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he'd tell the crowds. Whatever that meant, it sounded good. Today, though, Obama must — must — at least be contemplating the possibility that he has failed. Six years after he assumed...
  • Students Aren't Eating Healthy School Lunches, Despite Availability

    11/18/2014 11:38:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | November 18, 2014 | By Samantha Olson
    Getting fresh fruits and vegetables onto lunch trays in public schools was only half the battle, because it turns out most kids still aren’t eating them. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studied students’ eating habits and found nearly six out of 10 won’t even touch a healthy food option on their plate. "We have been thinking that if young children choose healthy food, they will eat it," said the study’s co-author Dr. Susan M. Gross, a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a press release. "But our research shows that...
  • Bernie Sanders: Republicans Are Getting Very Nervous About Obamacare’s Success

    11/18/2014 8:28:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Jason Easley
    Sen. Sanders was asked about the new ACA sign up numbers on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “It tells us that you have a program that is working well. That they have overcome the problems that they initially had. It tells me that about seventy-five percent of the people on the exchanges think that the healthcare they are getting is good, and I think this is making our Republican colleagues very nervous.” Sanders summed up the entire Republican philosophy, “What these guys want to do is to tell the American people,’Hey you think government can do something...
  • Steve Rattner: Jonathan Gruber was 'the man' on Obamacare

    11/18/2014 8:19:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | November 18, 2014 | By KENDALL BREITMAN
    Jonathan Gruber was “the man” behind Obamacare, according to a former adviser to President Barack Obama. “The problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man,” Steve Rattner, who worked as Obama’s lead adviser in 2009 for the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The problem is what he said in the last two weeks and how the White House has handled it,” Rattner added. Rattner said his influence was enormous. “Jonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care,” said Rattner,...
  • Obama in Winter

    11/18/2014 5:59:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | by David Brooks
    They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. I’m not sure why the Obama administration has been behaving so strangely since the midterms. Maybe various people in the White House are angry in defeat and want to show that they can be as obstructionist as anyone. Maybe, in moments of stress, they are only really sensitive to criticism from the left flank. Maybe it’s Gruberism: the belief that everybody else is slightly dumber and...
  • Reporter’s Gruber question prompts Obamacare flack’s eyeroll

    11/17/2014 1:50:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Chris Cassidy
    A Massachusetts Health Connector spokeswoman rolled her eyes when asked if the Patrick administration stands by embattled board member Jonathan Gruber, insisting state officials aren’t paying attention to the national firestorm. “Some of your colleagues saw me roll my eyes,” spokeswoman Kim Haberlin told a Herald reporter who asked about Gruber during a press event. Haberlin said there are no plans for Gruber to leave the board. “No, not at this time,” she said. “We’re focused on the next person getting into coverage.” Obamacare czar Maydad Cohen, Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang and Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • First-day glitch shuts state’s health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. “It’s our plan to be up as soon as possible,” said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the site’s utility. Based on an applicant’s income level, the credits...
  • Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015

    11/15/2014 10:08:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | By ROBERT PEAR, REED ABELSON and AGUSTIN ARMENDARIZ
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The data became available just hours before the health insurance marketplace was to open to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. An analysis of the data by The New York Times suggests that although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies greatly from state...
  • Obamacare’s Three Per Cent [Gruber 2013 Flashback]

    11/14/2014 1:35:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The New Yorker | October 30, 2013 | BY RYAN LIZZA
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES. New Yorker article from October 2013 - during the Healthcare.gov meltdown - that says Obama had a private meeting with Jonathan Gruber in Boston. LINK HERE
  • Obamacare's VERY small business exchange enrollment

    11/14/2014 12:47:53 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 14, 2014 | by Dan Mangan
    Remember those "other" new Obamacare exchanges—the ones that small businesses were supposed to use to sign up workers for health insurance? A new Government Accountability Office report finds that a stunningly low number of workers have enrolled in insurance plans sold on small-business health exchanges run by federal and state governments. As of last summer, only about 76,000 people working for about 12,000 employers had enrolled in insurance plans sold by 18 state-run SHOP exchanges. One state-run SHOP—Mississippi's—had just one person enrolled, the GAO report said. Washington state had the second-lowest enrollment with 42 people. Two population-heavy states, California and...
  • Obama may be too sane for our crazy world

    11/12/2014 3:31:21 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 12, 2014 | by David Horsey
    ... Obama is the smart, well-behaved lad in the global high school that punks love to pick on. As president, he’s tried for six years to be a rational-minded conciliator. He wants his opponents, both foreign and domestic, to simmer down, dispense with threats and do the logical thing. Apparently -- from the bully who brazenly stole Crimea to the wild bunch who shut down the federal government -- everyone but him thinks that’s a lame idea. It’s doubtful anyone worries about Obama doing anything crazy. Contrary to what Nixon believed, sanity should be a good thing, right? Maybe, but...
  • In Socialist Venezuela, Barbie for the Masses

    11/11/2014 1:11:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 11, 2014 | By HANNAH DREIER
    Socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas. Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government's order that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season. Within minutes, the entire stock was gone, with the dolls selling for as little as 250 bolivars — $2.50 at the widely used black market conversion rate. Venezuela's socialist government has long imposed price caps on essential products, from milk to laundry detergent, and threatened merchants who hoard goods or sell them at...
  • Democratic Candidates Spent At Least $700K To Fly In Clintons

    11/11/2014 8:00:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 11/11/14 | Ruby Cramer
    The first estimate of the costs of bringing in the Clintons to campaign. The final total will likely top $1 million by the time more filings become available.... ....Supporters estimate that, together, the Clintons headlined 75 rallies and fundraisers — and logged roughly 50,000 miles jetting from state to state.....
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movement’s fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • Stung at Home, Obama Embarks on His Longest Foreign Trip

    11/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 9, 2014 | BY GEORGE E. CONDON JR
    The president will spend 10 days in Asia, where leaders know all about his domestic political weakness. No one could blame President Obama if he wants to get as far away as he can from the bodies of defeated Democratic candidates strewn across the American landscape, far away from the gloating of Republicans and far away from the doubts he can be an effective leader over the next two years. So it is perhaps serendipitous that the president left Saturday for the longest foreign trip of his presidency, a 24,000-mile trek through three countries and two continents that will have...
  • OBAMA: I'M BIG, YOU'RE SMALL, I'M RIGHT, YOU'RE WRONG

    11/08/2014 6:36:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 8, 2014 | by DAVID BOSSIE
    Obama took to the podium on Wednesday after the midterm elections and made it clearer than ever that he lives in his own universe. Americans sent the message loud and clear that they reject his policies and the Democrat platform as it currently stands, yet Obama drove the message home that even with a Republican Congress in control, he would continue to push his extremely unpopular liberal agenda. The wellbeing of Americans has never been the top priority in Obama-land, and his arrogant-selfishness was the resounding sentiment throughout his misguided press conference. In Obama’s mind there may as well not...
  • The Jobs Report Is Even Better Than It Looks

    11/07/2014 1:20:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | by Justin Wolfers
    The topline of this morning’s jobs report shows nonfarm payrolls expanding by 214,000 jobs in October. It’s the sort of number that suggests a narrative of a continuing, albeit disappointing, economic recovery. But dig a little deeper and you find a much sunnier story. When read carefully, today’s report provides more evidence that the labor market is improving quite rapidly, and that the recovery has gained momentum over the past year. The old saying is that the devil is in the details. Today’s report suggests just the opposite — dig into the details, and you’ll find a much sunnier story...