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  • HHS pledges more funds to enroll minorities in O-Care

    09/11/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Crystal Hill
    Federal health officials announced $3.2 million in new funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Minority Health awarded grants to 13 organizations that will help educate and encourage minority communities to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces.
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • The Real Meaning Of Halbig v. Burwell

    07/18/2014 1:03:30 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Halbig is one of four cases challenging subsidies the Obama administration is issuing through health-insurance Exchanges established by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The PPACA says those subsidies are authorized only through Exchanges “established by the State.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could issue a ruling in Halbig at any time. First, a few words on statutory interpretation. Contrary to what Jost claims, neither I nor anyone else “presumes that ‘an Exchange established by the State under section 1311’ cannot include a fallback Exchange established on the state’s behalf by...
  • Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case

    01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Liz Goodwin
    In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom. The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby’s owners, David Green and his family, are suing the federal...
  • WaPo: 'Every Democrat Should Be Scared' of this Obamacare Ad

    12/18/2013 11:06:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    National Review Online ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The conservative group Ending Spending may have premiered the ad that nationalizes the 2014 midterm elections around Obamacare. The 30-second killer ad was produced by Republican media consultant Larry McCarthy and goes after Jeanne Shaheen, the first-term Democratic Senator from New Hampshire who is likely to face former GOP Senator Scott Brown next year. The ad begins with footage of Shaheen on the Senate floor echoing President Obama by saying, “if you like your insurance you can keep it.” An overlay graphic points out that Obama was given the “Lie of the Year” award from a fact-checking group for that...
  • Obamacare Programmers obviously cannot read

    12/13/2013 11:24:18 AM PST · by SES1066 · 18 replies ^ | Long time ago | Apocryphal Murphy
    Murphy's Laws of Computer Programming 1. Any given program, when running, is obsolete. 2. If a program is useless, it will have to be documented. 3. If a program is useful, it will have to be changed. 4. Any non-trivial program contains at least one bug. 5. Any program will expand to fill all available memory. 6. The value of a program is directly proportional to the weight of its output. 7. The complexity of a program will grow until it exceeds the capability of the programmer to maintain it. 8. Make it possible for programmers to write in English...
  • Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov't Responsibility

    11/18/2013 5:38:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 18, 2012 | Joy Wilke
    PRINCETON, NJ -- The 56% of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage continues to reflect a record high. Prior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare...
  • Live Thread: Obama to Address State of the Obamacare Sham Wow 11:25 A.M. EDT 10/21/13

    10/21/2013 6:47:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 215 replies
    Monday, Ocotber 21, 2013 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama will speak to the nation today at 11:25 a.m. EDT from the Rose Garden with citizen props standing around him to tout the glories of Obamacare. The White House has leaked to the press Obama is "frustrated" about the problems with the government exchange website.
  • CNN host: Obama should accept GOP proposal and delay ObamaCare for a year

    10/11/2013 6:10:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/10/2013 | John Hayward
    It may not mark a tectonic shift in the political landscape, but it seems significant that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer expressed support for Republican proposals to delay ObamaCare for a year: Blitzer was then set upon by other CNN hosts while leaving the studio, resulting in a melee that escalated quickly, ending when Piers Morgan killed a guy with a trident. CALL TO ACTION: Should Congress be exempt from Obamacare? Sign the petition to deny Congressional exemption here! This particular conversation revolved around the epic “glitches” that have plagued the ObamaCare website. ”Glitchy” is a debatable term for a website that...
  • OPT OUT of ObamaCare’s Government Run Exchanges

    10/06/2013 11:12:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/6/13 | Doug Book
    Don’t want to become a lifelong statistic of the Democrat Party’s Affordable Care Act? The Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has created an ObamaCare Exchange Opt-Out form which can be emailed directly to the federal website. “I declare that I am opting out of any and all participation in the national Obamacare Exchange system.” And the stated reasons should cause every American to question both the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act and the true intent of its authors. It begins with the question of privacy: “Without my consent, the Exchange will...

    10/06/2013 8:43:50 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 13 replies ^ | Oct. 4, 2013 | Rene Girard
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) officially launched nationwide on Tuesday Oct 1st, 2013. Since Wednesday there have been primarily negative reviews of the new Exchange system due to poor Marketplace performance. [see Forbes article] Unexpected hold times, website crashes and delays, as well as unexpectedly high monthly premiums have prompted public outrage and frustration. Therefore, as a licensed health insurance agent and fellow consumer, I would like to present a helpful list of options to those individuals who are attempting to purchase a new "Obamacare" plan at this time.
  • Will the courts derail obamacare?

    10/05/2013 3:57:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes via AEI ^ | September 13, 2013 | Christopher J. Conover
    The conventional wisdom is that John Roberts [an “evil genius,” “political genius” “coward,” “pragmatist”] settled the matter of Obamacare’s constitutionality with his [“stunning,” “convoluted,” “statesmanlike,” “bipolar,” “bold”] decision [“constitutional malpractice” “a singular act of courage,” “sophistry,” “fancy footwork,” “deft performance,” “a brilliant act of judicial statesmanship”] 14 months ago to save the law by essentially rewriting some of its core provisions. The Supreme Court has spoken, Obamacare is the law of the land, Republicans should “get over it” and, in Bill Clinton’s words it should be “all hands on board” to get it launched successfully. What if the conventional wisdom...
  • The Republican Replacement: The GOP is introducing a plan that would replace the health-care law...

    09/18/2013 10:34:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 18, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The GOP is introducing a plan that would replace the health-care law they hope to defund.As polls highlight the American public’s unease about President Obama’s signature health-care law, House Republicans on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal and replace it completely with a plan of their own. The bill, called the American Health Care Reform Act, is the product of a health-care working group convened by Representative Steve Scalise (R., La.), chairman of the 175-member Republican Study Committee (RSC). “I think we’ve done a very effective job of pointing out all the things that are bad about the president’s health-care law,...

    09/11/2013 10:42:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 215 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 11, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    If you think the Obama health law is only for the uninsured and you won’t be affected, you’re in for a surprise next time you go to the doctor. Be prepared for questions unrelated to why you are seeking medical help — questions that you don’t want to answer.Whether you’re at the dermatologist or the cardiologist, you’ll likely be asked: “Are you sexually active? If so, do you have one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”Doctors are being turned into government agents, where they’re pressured financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary and violate their Hippocratic Oath...
  • Reid Admits It: ObamaCare Just A Step Toward Single-Payer

    08/13/2013 10:17:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/12/2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Health Care: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted last week that ObamaCare was just a first move toward a fully government-run single-payer system. This should not be a surprise. Some of us knew it all along." ObamaCare, we warned, "seems to have started the process." Even before ObamaCare was signed into law, we told anyone who'd listen it was a con to dupe the public. "Once the new program is finished wrecking what remains of the private health insurance industry — as it ultimately will — we'll be stuck with the government declaring that 'the market doesn't work' and forcing...
  • Conservatism Needs a Fighting General:Defunding battle highlights the need for leaders with guts

    08/05/2013 6:02:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    am spectator ^ | 8/5/13 | d catron
    Last week, Karl Rove opined that a GOP attempt to defund Obamacare would be analogous to Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. His analogy was trite as well as inaccurate, yet Gettysburg does contain a lesson for establishment Republicans who oppose defunding. Its moral lies not in Pickett’s disastrous charge, however, but in the failure of Union General George Meade to follow up his defensive Pennsylvania victory by attacking the Confederate forces as they withdrew to the safety of Virginia. Meade’s timidity extended the Civil War by two years and rendered his Commander-in-Chief nearly apoplectic with frustration. Lincoln, who...
  • Second-Term Nightmare - ObamaCare's chickens come home to roost.

    08/02/2013 8:39:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2013 | PETE DU PONT
    Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. The Obama administration and its allies in Congress are... --snip-- Earlier this month the House passed legislation that would make it legal to delay the employer mandate. The House passed another bill to delay the individual mandate by a year, with the logic that individuals and families deserve the same break busineses are getting. Both bills will languish in the Senate, but they have led to the rather odd situation of the president actually vowing to veto legislation that would put his extralegal action on solid footing. The administration's problems...
  • The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work (Howard Dean!)

    07/29/2013 11:08:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2013 | Howard Dean
    Experience tells me the Independent Payment Advisory Board will fail... --snip-- There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical...
  • Obamacare Battle Takes Bizarre Turn

    07/23/2013 1:54:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | July 23 | Byron York
    The Affordable Care Act originally passed the House in 2009 with 220 votes, all but one of them Democrats. Recently 251 members of the House, including 22 Democrats, voted to postpone for one year implementation of the heart of the act -- the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. If this were any other issue, liberal commentators might see a governing majority emerging in favor of delaying Obamacare. In the last couple of years, House Republicans have voted over and over to repeal the president's health care plan. It got to be routine. Not long ago, however, the Obamacare battle...
  • Teamsters et al.: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy the Very Health And Wellbeing of Our Members’

    07/16/2013 8:56:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 15, 2013 | Avik Roy
    Last Thursday, in remarkably blunt language, the heads of three major labor unions – James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of UFCW, and Donald “D.” Taylor of UNITE-HERE — wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid denouncing Obamacare’s impact on employer-sponsored health insurance. Some of the highlights: “The ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” “This vision [of universal health care] has come back to haunt us.” “Our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with...
  • Forcing Christians to Eat Pork

    07/09/2013 12:24:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 9, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    While Barack Obama has often been compared to leaders of the past, it's unlikely anyone has yet associated him with Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Ruler of the Seleucid Empire between 175 and 164 B.C., King Antiochus is best known for the persecution of Jews, and one story from the second book of Maccabees is particularly relevant here. As the passage tells us, the king was bent on forcing a Jewish woman and her seven sons to, of all things, eat pork. The boys resisted and were tortured and killed one by one as their mother, who ultimately was also murdered, looked...
  • ObamaCare on the Brink

    07/08/2013 1:09:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 8, 2013 | Ben Domenech
    I hope you will forgive me for assuming the Obama administration was merely bumping their normal Friday news dump forward to before the July 4th holiday, with their announcement that they would effectively delay the employer mandate’s implementation for a year. This was not the case – instead, the much bigger news, and far more devastating to any remaining claims that Obamacare is being properly implemented, was buried on Friday: the news that the most significant entitlement increase since the Great Society will be operating on the honor system. Sarah Kliff and Sandhya Somashekhar report: “The Obama administration announced Friday...
  • White House Down: Obama Version

    07/07/2013 12:22:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    I don't know how he does it, but Internet Wit Sans Peer, Iowahawk, wrapped up the week more succinctly than anyone: BREAKING: State Department says Egyptian military overthrow spontaneous reaction to 'White House Down' movie" --snip-- For those who scream that the Republicans should sue to stop the rest of the law from being enforced, this analysis from a correspondent, Chicago lawyer Joseph A Morris, explains why this is impossible, riffing off Professor Adler's blog at Volokh Conspiracy It seems to me that, as a general proposition, the Executive has great discretion in deciding whether or not to refrain from...
  • Leftist Pols Want So-called Navigators to Monitor Fellow Citizens

    06/19/2013 7:49:15 AM PDT · by swampthang77 · 18 replies
    USBC News ^ | 13,06,18 | USBC News Wire
    Presumably due the increasing unpopularity of Obama’s controversial “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA), U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, will be responsible for $54 in funding to support a large contingent of health care officials known as, “navigators,” who will be tasked with assisting citizens with the complexity of the 906 page healthcare regulation act. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives at the time, famously justified rushing the bill through Congress at the time as a necessary procedure, because it was necessary to”pass the bill so that you can find...
  • The ObamaCare Blame Game

    06/10/2013 1:40:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Commentary ^ | June 2013 | Tevi Troy
    President Obama’s Affordable Care Act won’t be implemented fully until 2015. But by most every measure, and according to most every voice, things are not going well. Health-insurance premiums are becoming more expensive, which is particularly striking when you consider that the act’s advocates promised it would decrease costs by $2,500 per person. A majority of states have chosen not to create state-based exchanges—the highly regulated ObamaCare insurance-policy marketplaces—after the Supreme Court said it would be unconstitutional for Washington to withhold certain federal funds from states to punish them if they refused to go along. The federal government must now...

    06/03/2013 3:55:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/3/2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D. California) has equipped fellow Democratic lawmakers with an “Affordable Care Act Tool Kit.” It reveals the Democratic Party’s plan to turn the worthy goal of enrolling the uninsured into a cynical scheme for enrollling Democratic voters. The kit’s biggest tool is community organizing. Obamacare outsources the important job of enrolling the uninsured in health plans, taking it from government and entrusting it to community organizations. Why outsource? Because it eliminates public scrutiny, accountability, and the necessity to be nonpartisan. Community activists can say and do things that government employees can’t, such as urging people...
  • The Lois Lerner Defense - File it the next time the IRS calls you up. (Mark Steyn)

    05/31/2013 5:39:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 31, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    We have the president of the United States’ word as a gentleman that he knew nothing about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of his enemies until he “learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this.” Furthermore, although the commissioner of the IRS, Douglas Shulman, visited Obama’s White House no fewer than 157 times, which is 156 times more than his predecessor Mark Everson ever visited the White House, we know that this was for legitimate Easter-egg rolls, as he testified to Congress, and meetings to discuss Obamacare. The Easter Bunny, one should...
  • Time to Go for the Kill - The IRS scandal means House Republicans can defund Obamacare for good.

    05/22/2013 1:51:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.22.13 | Peter Ferrara
    The IRS scandal provides Republicans and conservatives with the opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare now. The House Republican majority should refuse to fund the expansion of the IRS necessary to manage Obamacare. Without that funding, and hiring thousands of additional agents, the IRS cannot even begin to manage Obamacare. President Obama may throw a fit. He may refuse to sign funding bills to keep the federal government open. No matter. Let him close his government down if he wants. Nobody wants the IRS playing political games with their health care and health records, like it did with the constitutional...
  • It’s.The.Law

    05/20/2013 10:39:08 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.20.13 | ROSS KAMINSKY
    The White House may invoke it in its peculiar way, but its occupants only show contempt for the rule of law. Last Thursday, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) started a Twitter prairie fire with his call for people to describe #ObamacareInThreeWords. (My contribution was “Sorry, Doctor retired.”) Other gems included “Max Baucus regrets,” “A massive failure,” “Rammed down throats” and the extremely uncomfortable proof of Godwin’s Law, “Arbeit. Macht. Frei.” Liberal participation brought “Win for kids,” “Republicans suck balls,” “Republicans hate me”... --snip-- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) hit the nail on the head in his opening...
  • Medicaid’s Oregon Trail - The Left, science, and the inevitable failure of Obamacare

    05/04/2013 12:21:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 3, 2013 | Daniel Foster
    Medicaid is already a $450-billion-per-year program, and a major chunk of the coverage expansion Obamacare promises comes by way of expanding it. So it would be nice to know if it worked, right? On Wednesday, a group of researchers released a new study on expanded Medicaid eligibity that suggests that it, sort of, well, doesn’t. Here’s what you need to know about it. What the Study Doesn’t ShowThe Oregon study compared health outcomes along several measurable indicators — including blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol level — between people enrolled in Medicaid and the uninsured. What’s nice about this study...
  • Reflections of a Medical Ex-Practitioner

    04/07/2013 9:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2013 | ED MARSH
    The glow of the personal relationship with patients is being extinguished A fundamental principle in medicine is that if you get the diagnosis wrong, you'll probably apply the wrong therapy. A corollary is that if the therapy isn't working, increasing the dose may make things worse. That's where we are with ObamaCare. There are shortcomings aplenty in the health-care field, and changes and improvements are required. But never have I seen so many good intentions leading irreversibly to hell. Personal experience is by its nature parochial. Yet when it invalidates much of what passes for wisdom, there may be value...
  • Democrats have doubts about Obamacare too

    04/06/2013 12:12:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 4, 2013 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama is eager to build public support for his health care overhaul in the few months remaining before its implementation, but waning enthusiasm from Democrats threatens his effort right out of the gate. Two-thirds of Democrats now believe Obama's health care reforms will either hurt them personally or have no effect on their daily lives, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows. In comparison, just 27 percent of Democratic respondents said the reforms would help them.The president has long struggled to convince independent and Republican-leaning voters that his health care blueprint would lower premiums and expand insurance coverage.However, an...
  • Obamacare Incompetence

    04/03/2013 12:09:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Time ^ | April 2, 2013 | Joe Klein
    Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores—called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so. This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all—the federal government’s own health benefits...
  • The Unaffordable Care Act

    03/31/2013 8:45:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 27, 2013 | Yuval Levin
    As Obamacare begins to roll out, its champions are beginning to have to confront reality. But because they’re getting a lot of leeway and protection from the political press, the results of this confrontation with the consequences of the law’s poor design and misguided economic assumptions often take the form of little nuggets of truth buried in mountains of frantic, wishful obfuscation. Such was the little nugget buried in the middle of a story that was itself buried in the back of the A section of last Friday’s New York Times. The story was about the enormous challenges of implementing the law, and...
  • How ObamaCare's Individual Mandate Could Go Down

    03/31/2013 3:56:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 28, 2013 | Peter Suderman
    Over at The Atlantic, Chris Frates covers Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “secret plan to repeal ObamaCare,” which turns out to be an old plan to repeal the law’s mandate through the reconciliation process after regaining the Senate majority in the 2012 election. The plan ran into a small problem with Republicans took it in the eye at the polls. They didn’t win the presidency, and they didn’t retake the Senate either. But the push to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate is not dead yet. Republicans in Congress already see it as vulnerable simply because it’s the least popular part of...
  • The doctor will see you...never

    03/24/2013 7:26:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 24, 2013 | James Warren
    <p>Jennifer Genuardi is a seemingly endangered species: a primary care doctor in an impoverished New York neighborhood.</p> <p>When she takes the subway from the upper East Side and steps out into Hunts Point, she emerges as one of just two physicians working fulltime at the Bella Vista Health Center and thus just one of two in the entire, high-poverty 10474 zip code (pop.: 12,281).</p>
  • Self-Flagellation, Republican Style - The GOP should remember that Democrats have problems, too.

    03/23/2013 2:09:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 19, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The Republican National Committee is out with a 100-page analysis of how the party can revive its sagging fortunes. Doubtless many of the recommendations are good ones — more outreach to minority and women voters, better candidate recruitment, fewer debates during the primaries, openness to immigration reform, competing with Democrats in absentee and early voting, and much more.Some of these things may help, or at least, as my grandmother would have said about chicken soup for a cold, they can’t hurt. Others sound a little desperate, such as “Republican leaders should participate in and actively prepare for interviews with...
  • Obama’s Second Term Troubles Have Begun

    03/14/2013 1:02:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Commentary ^ | 03.14.2013 | Peter Wehner
    @Peter_WehnerIn the aftermath of President Obama’s now-obvious-to-all sequester overreach–in which he first predicted the end of the world as we know it, then backed away from those claims once the cuts went into effect, then attempted to inflict maximum pain on the American people, and is now blaming the Secret Service for the stupid and unnecessary decision to shut down White House tours–something is changing.President Obama’s approval rating is in the 40s. His disapproval rating exceeds his approval rating in three different polls (Fox, McClatchy/Marist, and Quinnipiac). Congressional Democrats are beginning to grouse. And according to a Washington Post...

    03/04/2013 6:32:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/4/2013 | John Hayward
    Reuters reports a hitch in Governor Rick Scott’s plans to expand Medicaid coverage, as directed by the ObamaCare plan he once vowed to oppose: On the eve of convening of the 2013 session, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rejected the expansion. A Senate counterpart committee postponed consideration of the issue, which is sure to be one of the biggest controversies of the session.Scott, a Republican who bitterly fought President Barack Obama’s national healthcare plan as a candidate and in his first two years as governor, stunned conservative supporters on February 20 when he...
  • States fall for Medicaid trap

    02/16/2013 1:34:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 15, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform disclosed how state officials in New York scammed federal taxpayers out of billions of dollar by exploiting the Medicaid system. The federal government matches dollar for dollar what a state spends on Medicaid. New York spends $5,118 per day per patient in state facilities for the mentally disabled, equivalent to $1.9 million a year per patient. “Personal care” for the home bound is a New York Medicaid benefit that includes grocery shopping and housekeeping, and it costs as much as $150,000 a year per recipient. Overall, New York spends more...
  • NRA fingerprints in landmark health-care law

    12/31/2012 11:29:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2012 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
    <p>The words were tucked deep into the sprawling text of President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul. Under the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” was a brief provision restricting the ability of doctors to gather data about their patients’ gun use — a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to treat firearms as a matter of public health.</p>
  • Could Obamacare Go the Way of McCain-Feingold?

    12/01/2012 12:18:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.30.12 | DAVID CATRON
    The "Affordable Care Act" might die a death of a thousand legal cuts. Last June, upon learning that the Supreme Court had ruled Obamacare's individual mandate constitutional, many observers were forced to concur with the Dickens character who opined, "If the law supposes that… the law is an ass." Yet, the increasing number of anti-PPACA lawsuits that have been receiving serious attention from the courts suggests that the legal system may not be as irrational as it seemed when Chief Justice John Roberts began braying from the bench on June 28. If this seems Pollyannaish, consider the fate of McCain-Feingold....
  • Can you opt out of Obamacare?

    11/28/2012 12:30:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Citizens Council for Health Freedom ^ | 11-27-12 | twila brase
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out Section 1555, one of the major chinks in PPACA's armor according to an attorney at the Goldwater Institute. Section 1555 is in the law under "Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions." Since bringing this up, I've heard from some who believe that this section is limited solely to those who sell ("issue") health insurance. Here again is Section 1555: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made...
  • Catholic Ethicists: Immoral For Catholic Business Owners to Obey Obamacare

    09/26/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies ^ | September 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published an analysis saying that it will be immoral for a Catholic who owns a private business to purchase health insurance for his or her workers under Obamacare and its implementing regulations--which mandate that insurance plans bought by businesses and individuals must cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions. “Dropping all coverage appears to be the most morally sound approach,” the Catholic ethicists concluded.They further said that Catholics have an affirmative duty to oppose the Obamacare mandate.“Most importantly,” they wrote, “we are impelled to recall the...
  • Obamacare Redefines 'Full Time' Employment As 30 Hours A Week

    09/12/2012 6:48:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | 12 Sep 2012, 4:16 PDT
    A year and a half after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, bureaucrats at the IRS and Health and Human Services issued an 18-page report outlining new regulations that will dramatically increase health care costs for small and large businesses alike. The regulations, written by an IRS attorney, arbitrarily redefine "full time employee" as someone who works 30 hours a week for a business. Traditionally, most private businesses have defined "full time employee" as someone who works 40 hours a week. With this new regulation, the federal government is now removing the right of businesses to...
  • Revisiting Obamacare

    09/12/2012 12:13:25 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 4 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 12, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Could one of the main provisions of Obamacare be used to “reopen” a discussion of the law in the legislature? Cato Scholar Michael Cannon argues that state-run exchanges, or the absence thereof, can be used for this purpose. Obamacare is unstable, he argues, because it instructs insurance companies to charge citizens of the same age the same premium regardless of their health risk. “That creates a huge incentive for those people not to purchase health insurance, to wait until they get sick to purchase health insurance,” said Cannon at a recent Capitol Hill briefing. “And when the healthy people aren’t...
  • Urologists Concerned About "key aspects" of Law

    06/29/2012 4:16:11 AM PDT · by saywhatagain · 15 replies
    Modern Medicine ^ | Jun 28, 2012
    "While we strongly advocate the provision of care for the millions of uninsured Americans who will benefit from the legislation, we are concerned that there are key aspects to this law that will, ultimately, hurt this nation’s ability to provide widespread care for its citizens," the statement said. "Since the PPACA was passed in 2010, organizations representing urologists nationwide have been working with lawmakers and regulators to demonstrate how certain provisions of the PPACA—including the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board [IPAB] and the value-based modifier—will negatively impact physicians’ ability to provide quality care to patients. Though we applaud...
  • The Heavens Will Not Fall If Obamacare Does

    05/23/2012 2:02:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 23, 2012 | Stephen Presser
    As we come closer to finding out the Supreme Court’s disposition of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the PPACA), and, in particular, its individual mandate (which requires virtually all adult Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty), there is an increasingly anguished lament coming from the left of the punditocracy and the political class. There is palpable fear that the Court will (as it should, in my opinion), declare the individual mandate unconstitutional, and thereby undo the signature achievement of President Obama’s administration. Perhaps, most notable is the New Republic’s distinguished court commentator,...
  • ObamaCare Gives Federal Government Too Much Power

    04/03/2012 8:18:13 AM PDT · by forty_years · 2 replies
    The University Daily Kansan ^ | 4/3/12 | Billy McCroy
    Starting on March 26th, the Supreme Court listened to three days of arguments concerning the constitutionality of the healthcare act that has come to be known as “Obamacare.” Their ruling, which won’t come until the end of June, will shape the future of American healthcare. While the healthcare issue has been off the front pages since it was signed in March of 2010, the constituently of one of its more controversial requirements has been in and out of the federal court system. The ruling addresses an issue at the heart of how our nation is governed. The Constitution gives a...
  • Obamacare rationing panels an ‘immediate danger to seniors’: former AMA president

    03/22/2012 2:41:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 22, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    March 21, 2012 ( - Concerns over the new health care law’s system for rationing health care - famously dubbed the “death panels” by Sarah Palin - have been reinforced by a former head of the American Medical Association, who said the advisory panels “will essentially mean rationed care” for the elderly. Former AMA President Donald Palmisano wrote in a Daily Caller column Monday that the Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB), tasked with keeping Medicare expenses under control, would have little oversight as they deal with the disproportionate cost burden from seniors with greater medical needs. “The 15 officials who...