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Obamacare Architect: States Without Exchanges Get No Subsidies

Jul 24, 2014 10:49 PM PT

Jonathan Gruber, a "key architect" of  Obamacare was caught on tape in 2012 saying states which do not set up an Obamacare exchange are not eligible for subsidies. His admission mirrors the arguments of plaintiffs in the Halbig case and has the potential to push Obamacare to the brink of collapse.

This week there were two circuit court decisions about Obamacare subsidies. A three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled that the precise language indicated people who bought insurance on the federal exchange were not eligible for subsidies. Hours later the 4th Circuit ruled the opposite, saying that the precise language was unclear but that the law's drafters nevertheless intended to offer subsidies to everyone. Many observers believe the two cases are eventually headed to the Supreme Court.

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GAO Investigation Finds Obamacare Wide Open to Fraud

Jul 23, 2014 10:42 AM PT

An undercover sting operation by the Government Accountability Office found that fake people can easily get access to insurance supported by real tax subsidies.

The GAO created 18 fake identities backed up by fake documents. The plan was for them to be split in groups of 6 and apply for Obamacare insurance online, over the phone and in person. The in-person sign ups were a bust because 5 of 6 "navigators" contacted by the investigators were unable to offer any help at all. One fake individual was correctly told they weren't eligible because their income was too high.

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Progressives Pronounce Halbig Decision 'Judicial Activism' Then Promise Liberal Judges Will Prevail

Jul 22, 2014 11:41 AM PT

Today a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court issued a ruling which could have a substantial impact on the fate of Obamacare. The panel ruled that the plain language of the law indicates subsidies are only available to states which agreed to set up a state-based exchange. That means, potentially, that people who bought insurance under the federal exchange are not eligible for subsidies to reduce their premiums.

The progressive outrage over the decision has been swift and furious. Many progressives are framing it as a clear case of "judicial activism" by conservative-leaning judges. For instance, the New Republic's Brian Beutler said the case is, "a fundamentally dishonest solicitation of right-wing judicial activism." Over at Vox, Ezra Klein doesn't use the phrase himself but his write-up does include this tweet:

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What will remain of ObamaCare?

Jul 18, 2014 1:35 PM PT

The residents of Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands just won the lottery, because the royal Obama court hath decreed that they shall be free from the seething morass of suck known as ObamaCare.  

The Washington Post says the territories "have been warning for years" that ObamaCare would "destroy their insurance markets."  Well, the rest of us have been warning the same damn thing, so how did the territories get a waiver that the fifty states can only dream of?

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ObamaCare's September Surprise

Jul 7, 2014 9:31 AM PT
The Obama/Democrat messaging machine is bracing for some bad ObamaCare news that should hit voters by early Fall - right before the midterm elections. That's when most state insurance rates are scheduled to be approved, and they're expected to sky-rocket. The news couldn't come at a worse time for Democrats.

Via The Politico:

The White House and its allies know they’ve been beaten in every previous round of Obamacare messaging, never more devastatingly than in 2010. And they know the results this November could hinge in large part on whether that happens again.

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VA set aside veterans' needs so they could work on ObamaCare

Jul 6, 2014 2:24 PM PT

The two biggest, most corrupt disasters in the history of Big Government collide, as whistleblower Scott Davis from the Atlanta branch of the VA tells the same story we've heard many times before, from around the country - 17,000 veterans' applications for health care were hidden or destroyed, to cook the books and make top officials look good - and then drops this bombshell in an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox News:

Cavuto: When you say to hit goals, is the goal a dollar goal or is it get the applications complete? Sometimes keep on top of this so there are no delays, or is it keep on top of it and get rid of something that could hurt our numbers?

Davis: Well, for what I’ve witnessed, it's based on a performance goal.

Cavuto: How is that performance measured?

Davis: That performance is measured based on our ability to turn around an application from beginning to end within a five-day turn around. There's an acceptable percentage that we have to have, which is in excess of 80% for all applications that comes into that office. What you find is that there's extensive pressure on the staff to process applications, to focus our attention to applications based on specific campaigns. For example, I shared with your producer that we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer. That's wrong. We should treat each veteran equally and focus on applications, as they come in, not because of special campaigns coming out of D.C.

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Nevada Officials Knew the Silver State Health Exchange Was Not Working Last October

Jul 2, 2014 11:26 AM PT

In response to ObamaCare Claims A Victim in Harry Reid's Backyard:

If this story is accurate, and it seems several people close to it believe it is, then Linda Rolain's death is partly a result of her inability to sign up for insurance prior to the December deadline for January coverage. That's believable since a lot of people were unable to sign up for coverage in Nevada thanks to a glitchy, untested and incomplete exchange rolled out by Xerox.

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VA's Single Payer System is Pelosi's Goal for Everyone

Jun 20, 2014 11:12 AM PT

Democrats claiming they want to "fix" Obamacare are not to be believed.  As Sean Noble of American Encore noted, their goal is single-payer.  They will paint Obamacare as a failure of a "free market" system and suggest single-payer is the solution.  What you're not hearing from the media is that the VA system is single-payer.  The VA is everyone's future if Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have their way.  From Noble in Townhall:

While the major networks have covered the atrocities at the VA, none have reported why the system failed our veterans. That’s because this is what the Left’s single-payer health care looks like. Single-payer refers to a system in which a single organization or agency is responsible for organizing health care financing.

In a recent interview with Ezra Klein of Vox, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was asked about Obamacare and the upcoming election. She knows Obamacare is a loser for Democrats and Americans know that Obamacare is not working and, more importantly, it is not improving the quality of health care. When asked what would improve Obamacare, Pelosi said, “Of course, I wanted the single payer.”

Like the VA scandal, this is not an isolated incident. Prominent Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and even President Obama himself have all, at some point, voiced their support for a single-payer system.

Despite clear signs of failure, Democrats want to double-down on government takeover of your health care. As Pelosi said, their only “fix” is to put every American in a system like the VA’s. If you don’t want to take her word for it, just look at some of the mechanisms of the broader Affordable Care Act itself.

Aside from the glitchy websites and unprecedented mandates, the legislation gutted Medicare Advantage in order to incentivize seniors to abandon their choice-based private plans and enroll in single-payer Medicare. In addition, Obamacare’s insurance “markets” (a serious misnomer) jammed over 6.7 million more individuals into Medicaid, a single-payer healthcare entitlement, in just six months.

Keeping the single-payer-for-all prize on the horizon, the Left touted the “success” of the VA in its support for Obamacare. Klein, then with The Washington Post, said the VA was “one of the most remarkable success stories in American public policy.” He also said it was an example of “when socialism works in America.”

Now the Left feigns outrage over a system they want to implement for everyone. In a press conference, Rep. Pelosi said, “Again, on the battlefield, we leave no soldier behind, and when they come home, we leave no veteran behind. This is an oath, this is a pledge, this is a commitment, and we have to get this done, and now we have to put it on a path of getting it done right.”

As with Obamacare, they have no real fix for the VA’s problems other than calls for more funding and finger-pointing at the previous administration.

Poll: Voters Increasingly Sour On ObamaCare

Jun 9, 2014 6:35 PM PT

In the wake of the still ongoing Veterans Affairs scandal, a new poll indicates "less than a third of voters believes that the government will do a better job with ObamaCare than the VA did managing care for vets (31 percent). Over half believe it won’t (55 percent)."

Furthermore a majority of voters regret ObamaCare was passed into law and think the nation is worse off because of it.

By a 55-38 percent margin, people wish the Affordable Care Act had never passed and the 2009 system were still in place. That includes a quarter of Democrats (25 percent), a majority of independents (58 percent) and most Republicans (85 percent). 

Over half of voters under age 35 (53 percent) along with a majority of those ages 65 and over (58 percent) regret ObamaCare passed. 

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ObamaCare Demotivating Democrats?

Jun 4, 2014 7:03 PM PT

Aaron Blake at The Fix points out that while ObamaCare is motivating Republicans, there is no equal but opposite force to serve as motivation for Democrats.

Obamacare is a boon to Republicans in the 2014 election; this much is clear. The issue is galvanizing conservative voters like none other right now, and that's important. But the real reason it's benefiting Republicans? Because there is basically no equal-but-opposite force -- i.e. it's motivating almost nobody on the Democratic side.

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GOP Congressman Sees Supreme Court Future For Obamacare Origination Clause Lawsuit

May 28, 2014 5:58 PM PT

Forty Republican House members are counting on the success of a lawsuit filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation that challenges the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that it violates the Constitution’s Origination Clause. Article I, Section 7, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.

“We now have it in two different courts—two circuits. We have it in the DC Circuit and its been stacked by Mr. Obama. That court seems to be more political than constitutional, but in the fifth circuit the Hotze case is going to be moving forward this year,” Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), Chairman of the subcommittee on the Constitution, told Breitbart News last Wednesday.

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GOP Cries Foul Over Obama Admin's Plan To Divert Funds For Health Insurance Bailout (Video)

May 22, 2014 9:18 AM PT

In recent weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations that pave the way for a tax-payer bailout for insurance companies that lost money on ObamaCare. 

Originally, the Obama administration promised its so-called "risk corridors"--a program to shift money from profit-making insurers to underperforming insurers to keep down premiums--would be temporary. On Friday, however, HHS said despite the fact that it expects there will be sufficient funds available, "in the unlikely event of a shortfall for the 2015 program year... [the Department of Health and Human Services] will use other sources of funding for the risk corridor payment" and that additional funding would "be subject to the availability of appropriations."

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The VA Scandal, Like ObamaCare, Lays the Soul of Big Government Bare

May 21, 2014 1:12 PM PT

In response to The VA is a Vision of the Future Under Obamacare:

The VA and ObamaCare look quite symptomatic of Big Government to me.  It's all about cover-ups, cooking the books, wasting huge piles of taxpayer money - the VA is an under-funded agency that still managed to blow millions on plump administrator bonuses and expensive office renovations - and shifting the blame.  You get the same thing from every quarter of Big Government.  

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The VA is a Vision of the Future Under Obamacare

May 21, 2014 10:12 AM PT

Death panels, it turns out, gave the government far too much credit. That phrase evokes the image of gathered experts making educated if potentially callous decisions about someone's medical care. At the Phoenix VA, people were cut off and left to die by bureaucratic malfeasance and systemic indifference which makes death panels seem dignified by comparison.

In Phoenix, veterans who requested an appointment were entered into the system. Then, once they walked out the door, their request was printed and the computer record was deleted. The printed record was added to a secret list of people waiting for appointments and then the printed record was shredded to hide any paper trail. When there was an actual opening in the schedule, someone was taken off the secret list and re-entered in the computer.

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Insurance companies secure their ObamaCare bailouts

May 16, 2014 1:48 PM PT

Remember a few months ago, when Democrats were pretending that the "risk corridor" provisions of ObamaCare wouldn't function as a high-pressure pipe of taxpayer money to bail out insurance companies that don't pull enough Young Invincible suckers into their networks - a demographic balance that would ensure healthy people were over-billed enough to cover money-losing mandated coverage for the older and sicker?  Marco Rubio was pushing a bill that would stave off the bailouts, and the Administration said he was crazy to think the risk corridors would be used for that purpose.

Flash forward to today, as the Washington Examiner reports that insurance companies have acted to secure their ObamaCare bailouts, and nobody's really even trying to pretend that's not what will likely be coming our way in the next couple of years:

Bowing to an aggressive lobbying effort by insurers, the Obama administration announced Friday it would use "other sources of funding" if needed, to finance a bailout for insurance companies if the industry racks up excessive losses through President Obama's health care law.

The news, buried in a 435-page regulatory filing by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, undermines prior assurances by the administration that the program would be budget-neutral.

The regulation centers around the risk corridors program, which was created to stabilize premiums in the early years of the implementation of Obamacare by compensating insurers for larger than expected losses with money the Department of Health and Human Services collects from insurers who do better than expected.

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Video: ObamaCare's Potemkin Processing Center

May 15, 2014 11:19 AM PT

It used to be that you only heard stories like this one coming out of places like North Korea, but in Obama's America, we now have our own modern-day Potemkin where office workers - hundreds of them -  are paid $17.00 an hour to sit around and look busy shuffling papers and staring at their computer screens.

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The Obamacare Letdown

May 14, 2014 11:39 AM PT

New evidence suggests most Obamacare enrollees were previously insured. Once again it seems we didn't get much bang for our Obamacare buck.

A McKinsey and Company survey of nearly 3,000 Americans who were eligible to buy insurance on the Obamacare exchange found that only about half enrolled in a plan. Of those slightly more than half chose to renew a plan they already had. And among the remainder who bought new plans 74 percent of them had been previously insured. Just 26 percent of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured.

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A lot more people are about to learn they can't keep their plans if they like them

May 8, 2014 7:27 AM PT

It's almost time for Stage Two of the great ObamaCare dump, as the truly breathtaking depths of Barack Obama's Big Lie are exposed... and America is shoved closer to the howling abyss of single-payer health care, the transformation nobody voted for.  

Kaiser Health News explains something that ObamaCare critics predicted, with typical accuracy, years ago: employers have strong incentives to chuck their employees into those hideous ObamaCare exchanges, rather than continuing to provide the sort of health insurance we're all accustomed to.  For the cost of a modest trans-Constitutional tax/penalty, the corporate world can wash its hands of health insurance entirely:

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants.

“It’s all over the marketplace,” said Todd Yates, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody, a North Carolina benefits consulting firm. “Employers are inquiring about it and brokers and consultants are advocating for it.”

Patients with preexisting medical conditions like diabetes drive health spending. But those who undergo expensive procedures such as organ transplants are a burden to the company as well. Since most big corporations are self-insured, shifting even one high-cost member out of the company plan could save the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year—while increasing the cost of claims absorbed by the marketplace policy by a similar amount.

And the health law might not prohibit it, opening a door to potential erosion of employer-based coverage.

“Such an employer-dumping strategy can promote the interests of both employers and employees by shifting health care expenses on to the public at large,” wrote two University of Minnesota law professors in a 2011 paper that basically predicted the present interest.

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About that 67% Obamacare Payment Rate

May 1, 2014 2:52 PM PT

Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a statement about the Obamacare payment rate which got a lot of attention. The committee reached out to individual insurers in states using the federal Obamacare exchange and then collated the response. What they found was "as of April 15, 2014, only 67 percent of individuals and families that had selected a health plan in the federally facilitated marketplace had paid their first month’s premium and therefore completed the enrollment process."

The 67% claim surprised a lot of people because, for several months, we've been hearing that the payment rate was closer to 80-85 percent. Could it really be that much worse than expected? How did this happen?

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ObamaCare and GDP: yet another broken promise

May 1, 2014 7:19 AM PT

Yesterday I mentioned that increased costs and mandatory spending due to ObamaCare were given credit for keeping the U.S. economy from slipping into negative growth in the first quarter of 2014 (by the slimmest of margins, as GDP growth weighted in at just 0.1. percent.)  I forgot to mention that ObamaCare supporters were the primary purveyors of this claim.  ThinkProgress actually had a post entitled, "Health care spending is on the rise, and that's a good thing."

Sean Davis at The Federalist reminds us that not only is that an unbelievably stupid thing for liberals to say, but it's the exact opposite of what we were told ObamaCare would do to the economy - a promise made at great length in a 56-page 2009 White House report that predicted "slowing the annual growth rate of health care costs would increase real Gross Domestic Product," "prevent disastrous increases in the Federal budget deficit," and even lower the unemployment rate.

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Obama's Broken Windows economy

Apr 30, 2014 3:43 PM PT

Bastiat's "Broken Windows" parable illustrates the absurdity of claiming that a broken window counts as economic "stimulus," just because a little tornado of economic activity appears as the window is replaced.  Most people over the age of five can at least dimly grasp the idea that you can't achieve prosperity by destroying your own stuff.

But for the Left, Bastiat wrote an instruction manual, not a warning about a fallacy.  We live now under the most purely absurd mega-scale demonstration of the Broken Windows ideal.  It's illustrated in the lunacy of the President trying to portray ObamaCare as successful because he killed millions of good private-sector insurance policies, and forced the victims to buy lousy new policies from the federal exchanges at gunpoint.

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The American People Won't Be Fooled Again

Apr 29, 2014 2:23 PM PT

In response to Obama and ObamaCare crater in the polls:

Just for laughs, check out this DSCC Memo from just last week expressing confidence that Democrats have gotten past the worst of the ObamaCare disaster. It  paints a rosy picture for their chances in 2014 and even goes on to suggest ObamaCare will be a plus for them.

Over the last several weeks we have seen mounting evidence that the Republican effort to turn Senate races into a referenda on the healthcare law has failed, and they are now scrambling to find an alternative strategy.

 The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the Chamber of Commerce, and other Republican outside groups have already wasted nearly$40 million on television ads manipulating the President’s image and trying focus voters’ attention squarely on the health care law. But public and private polling confirms that opposition to Republican repeal efforts has increased and voters are increasingly tired of the GOP attacks surrounding the healthcare debate. Meanwhile,Democrats have launched a multi-million dollar national assault on the Koch brothers, highlighting how Republican Senate candidates support an agenda that further enriches the billionaire brothers, while hurting themiddle class.

 In a formal announcement today, the Republican National Committee confirms that the effort to make Senate races a referendum on the President and the healthcare law has failed.  Republicans are now discontinuing the strategy they’ve employed the last 18 months, and are now mounting an aggressive defense of the Koch brothers.

Democrats are delusional if they think their idiotic and profoundly hypocritical anti-Koch brothers rants are going to save them, this November. The 2014 midterms are not going to be defined by "messaging" - not on the Republican side nor the Democrat side. The nation has had a chance to see ObamaCare enacted, and they do not like it. Period. They don't really need the GOP to tell them that their pocketbooks are taking a hit. Most people understand that they were lied to, don't appreciate it, and are no longer buying the lies. You see this in this latest poll. So Obama can cook some books to come up with whatever figures he wants to on sign-ups. He can do his little victory laps surrounded by sycophants and toadies. The American people won't be fooled again. Hey Democrats  - only 8% of the American people think your "Affordable Care Act" is decreasing their healthcare costs. 47% say it is increasing their healthcare costs. Your bogus anti-Koch brothers messaging is not going to save you from the ramifications of that.
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Obama and ObamaCare crater in the polls

Apr 29, 2014 7:47 AM PT

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with polling.  On the one hand, it seems reasonable to want a snapshot of how the public feels about issues and candidates at any given moment; it's easy to understand why political strategists and activists desire such information.  Taking polls from a number of sources, as a site like RealClearPolitics does, helps to overcome the inevitable weaknesses, sampling errors, and perhaps deliberate bias of individual polls.

On the other hand, polls are often a cheap tactic to manufacture news, and there's always the question of creating feedback loops, as people respond to media coverage of polls and change their opinions to conform with a perceived majority.  Opinions change over time.  Should our representatives be working to move the polls, as leaders, or trying to follow them?

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The Case of the Missing Cover Oregon $305 million

Apr 24, 2014 9:08 PM PT

In response to Obamacare Exchange 'Cover Oregon' Collapses in Failure:

So... where did all that money go?  Is anyone going to jail over this?  Will anyone other than a few designated fall guys be inconvenienced?  How about the geniuses who decided to hand out a no-bid contract to an "A-Team" that utterly failed to fix the nightmare created by the "B-Team?"  

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Obamacare Exchange 'Cover Oregon' Collapses in Failure

Apr 24, 2014 8:21 PM PT

Breitbart News and others have chronicled the "Unmatched failure" that Cover Oregon has now officially become. As was pointed out on March 20 of this year, "The Oregon Obamacare exchange has received $305 million in taxpayer-funded federal grants, spent $160 million on its busted website, dropped $10 million on hipster promotional ads, erroneously enrolled 4,000 illegal immigrants in full Oregon Health Plan coverage contrary to federal law, and has not enrolled a single Oregonian online."

Oregon was even given "a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation." While the money was spent, clearly, that promised was never fulfilled

State officials may finally be coming to grips with the idea that they have failed completely. It looks like the exchange will be closed down and turned over to the feds. Perhaps fittingly, the White House's favorite exchange will be turned over to the White House.

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Major Flip-Floppage on ObamaCare From Rep. Gary Peters in MI Senate Race

Apr 23, 2014 9:59 PM PT

Until very recently, MI Congressman Gary Peters was one of ObamaCare's biggest fans. In fact, only last year, he was still gushing about the unpopular, toxic law. 

But it was when it mattered most, before the law was passed, that Peters was at his most enthusiastic. At a townhall in August 2009, he was asked by some ObamaCare supporters why Democrats weren't doing a better job of "defusing the right-wing agitators."

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Obamacare Ends Dozens of Poor Alabama Widows' Healthcare Plans

Apr 17, 2014 6:33 AM PT

According to this story from WHNT News in Alabama, several dozen widows of county employees - many of them elderly and with little income - lost their health insurance due to ObamaCare.  It's going to cost a cool $25 million to restore it, due to "Affordable" Care Act mandates.  

Therefore, under Democrat Party dogma, these widows have ceased to exist.  If you listen carefully, you'll hear an audible pop as they become non-persons and vanish from mediaspace, never to be mentioned by anyone in President Obama's newsroom palace guard.

Sebelius' Shameful Legacy

Apr 14, 2014 11:30 AM PT

Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be remembered by most for the insanely botched roll-out of ObamaCare, but her most shameful legacy to those of us who remember it, will always be her disgraceful tenure as Governor of Kansas because of her unwavering support for illegal late term abortions, and her role in vilifying the attorney general who was trying to put a stop to them. 

Infamous late term abortionist,  Dr. George Tiller, who practiced his shady, sordid business in Wichita, was able to game the system through strategic donations to Democrat politicians, most particularly, Kathleen Sebelius.

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Ted Cruz and the 'Broken Window' Theory of ObamaCare

Apr 6, 2014 7:49 AM PT

When I was marveling at the spectacle of Barack Obama killing six million insurance policies, then celebrating the "achievement" of selling those people more expensive coverage at gunpoint, I compared it to Obama running a tire shop with a line of tire-puncturing spikes deployed on the road outside.  "Wow, shame about how your wheels just blew off!  Lucky for you we sell tires here!  You'd best buy a set, before the cop up the road arrests you for driving on four flats!"

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the same point with a reference to the classic "Broken Windows" fallacy outlined by Bastiat:

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HHS Started Obamcare Applications For Americans, Without Consent

Apr 4, 2014 1:22 PM PT

In the closing days of  the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application for them.

The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare. In this particular case, the State of Florida was responsible for submitting personal records to HHS.

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House Removes ObamaCare's 30-Hour Full-Time Workweek

Apr 3, 2014 6:10 PM PT

Eighteen Democrats joined with Republicans in a 248-179 vote to eliminate an ObamaCare provision which would have defined a 30-hour workweek as full-time employment. 

The GOP's concern was that the limitation would cause employers to reduce some employee's hours to below 29 so as to avoid being forced to provide them coverage under ObamaCare. Seven Democrats co-sponsored the Save American Workers Act, or H.R. 2575.

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Gibbs Calls Eliminating ObamaCare's Employer Mandate A "Common Sense" Improvement

Apr 3, 2014 5:53 PM PT

Calling it a "common sense" improvement of ObamaCare, former Obama advisor and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs recently predicting that the law's employer mandate will eventually be eliminated.

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” said Gibbs, speaking at the 2014 Benefits Selling Expo. Gibbs also noted that the mandate has been delayed twice and that most employers with over 100 employees already offer healthcare coverage to employees.

In his hour-long speech — which included questions and answers — Gibbs admitted to questioning whether the individual mandate as part of the law was the way to go; being embarrassed and critical over the “truly horrible” exchange rollout last fall; and cringing when former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi infamously quipped “we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it.”

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Jimmy Fallon Zings President on ObamaCare and Ukraine - Invites Sarah Palin to Pile On

Apr 3, 2014 12:12 PM PT

Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon isn't known for being an Obama critic, but he has been slamming the president and his signature health care law fairly hard in recent weeks.  He has been especially hard on the mandatory nature of the law.

On March 21, the show featured a skit in which Fallon played Vladamir Putin on a mock phone call with Obama about the situation in Crimea.

OBAMA: Don't you see what you're doing though? You're forcing people to accept something that the majority of them don't even want.

PUTIN: Yes, in Russia we have word for this. ObamaCare.

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Obamacare Delays May Mark 'major shift of constitutional power'

Apr 3, 2014 10:12 AM PT

The Obama administration has issued dozens of delays to various Obamacare deadlines. University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley says the President appears to be overstepping his constitutional authority.

Bagley teaches at the University of Michigan, specializing in "administrative law, regulatory theory, and health law." Wednesday the New England Journal of Medicine published a piece in which Bagley reviewed the legality of the President's ad hoc adjustments to Obamacare.

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Obamacare numbers are phony

Apr 2, 2014 7:25 AM PT

The 7.1 million sign-ups is a phony number and the point to note is that an administration that could not deliver accurate numbers as Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary stated many times can now deliver an accurate top line number but cannot give the basis for that number by identifying the types of sign-ups for Obamacare. 

Let's apply common sense ... To get to the 7.1 million you have to count how many people signed up and therefore you would know based on the information they've provided what the breakdown demographically - age, gender, number of people in each plan, number of people who have paid versus just enrolled. This data is generated by the same principle that any well-built website can export data by category. This function would normally be programmed into the websites at the federal and state level. This data has to exist or you cannot provide a pricing structure to the Obamacare enrollee. 

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The joys of goalpost-moving

Apr 2, 2014 6:49 AM PT

It's annoying to defenders of free-market capitalism when their arguments are misinterpreted as a blanket defense of all capitalists.  Of course, the same thing happens in the other direction with socialism - support for an allegedly compassionate collectivist agenda automatically confers sainthood upon the supporter, no matter what how he conducts his personal dealings... sometimes even when those dealings involve the kind of corruption that should outrage sincere believers in Big Government.

Speaking as a staunch defender of capitalism, I haven't a single illusion about the proclivities of the people involved in either business or government.  They all tend to act in their own best interests.  The capitalists are usually more honest about it, although they do love to buy those ersatz halos from Big Government, which is always quite happy to sell them.

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ObamaCare VICTIMS might indeed be gnashing their teeth

Apr 2, 2014 4:53 AM PT

In response to Jay Carney: ObamaCare Critics Are "Gnashing Their Teeth" :

Actually, ObamaCare critics are steadily repeating the same logical, evidence-supported points they've been making all along, while the White House and its media lapdogs caper and dance like fools, because they were able to make up a phony number that matches the reduced expectations for their health-care scheme.  Obama and his supporters have ground their teeth down to the gum line waiting for something they could portray as a victory.  

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No Mention of Kathleen Sebelius in President's Obamacare Speech

Apr 1, 2014 5:05 PM PT

While Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was present in the Rose Garden when Barack Obama took what he portrayed as something of a victory lap regarding the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, today, not only was the beleaguered Sebelius not present at the podium, Obama didn't even see fit to mention her once in his 18-plus minute address.

What's unclear is if that was because Sebelius is generally associated with some of the new law's biggest problems, including a recent outage, or if, as some might expect, Obama doesn't much like to share the spotlight when attempting to take credit for perceived positive developments.

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White House Claims 7.1 Million Obamacare Enrollments, but How Many Previously Uninsured Have Paid?

Apr 1, 2014 4:18 PM PT

The President held a celebration today at the White House to announce that 7.1 million people had signed up for insurance under Obamacare. As Jonathan Strong points out, it was a deeply partisan speech in which the President decried the partisanship of his opponents.

The real problem with Obama's announcement wasn't the tone; it was the false premise. Most of the people who he touted today had insurance before Obamacare came along. In fact, we've had two surveys in recent weeks. The McKinsey survey found that just 27 percent of sign ups were previously uninsured. Yesterday the LA Times revealed details from an unpublished RAND corp. survey which found that "about one-third" of all sign-ups were previously uninsured.

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