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Jonathan Adler has spent the past three years explaining the many illegalities involved in Barack Obama’s spontaneous “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act. According to Barack’s latest effort to evade the legal requirements of his Administration’s greatest achievement, Obama has announced that “…insurance companies will be allowed to renew policies that were in force as of October 1, 2013 for one additional year, even if they fail to meet relevant PPACA requirements.”
“What is the legal basis for this change,” asks Adler? There is none. The only offering from the Regime is that it will “suspend enforcement of market provisions” for plans currently in effect. That is, Obama has unilaterally decided that the Executive Branch will NOT enforce relevant provisions of the ACA as passed by Congress and signed into law by Barry himself! So even though the renewed plans may be “substandard,” according to the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will not enforce penalties as required by the law.
Unfortunately, two little problems persist: 1.) these “plan extensions” will remain illegal under federal law regardless of Barack’s sudden benevolence; and 2.) insurance companies would still have to “…obtain approval from state insurance commissioners” in order to keep the plans in force. Naturally, Barack doesn’t get involved in such trivia. If he believes something will look good to voters, he jumps right in (always making certain there will be an ample supply of fall guys should things not work out.)
But here, Adler raises the following question: What would happen if an insurance company “…denies payment for something that is not covered under the [existing] policy but that would have been covered under the PPACA and the insured sues?” The insurance company would be forced to “…seek judicial enforcement of an illegal insurance policy.” Worse yet would be the resulting public perception that a company was trying to withhold the legally mandated treatment of an insured! The fact that Barack said it was OK would not carry much weight and would ultimately be forgotten.
What it all means is that Barack is cleverly and conveniently throwing insurance providers–from which he has demanded support, trust, and massive financial concessions–directly under the infamous Obama bus. Whatever providers wind up doing, they will eventually find themselves between a rock and a hard place while Obama–by once again ignoring the terms of his own law–makes himself appear the friend of the people.
To those who lost their insurance coverage, Obama said “I completely get how upsetting this can be” to lose insurance plans that I promised Americans would be able to keep. “To those Americans, I hear you loud and clear.” Funny how tone deaf Barack was when ObamaCare was being shoved through Congress.
And since when has Obama been concerned about keeping promises to the American people?
Jonathan Adler has raised a good point. But the more important question must be, what is the Obama Regime’s REAL purpose for this latest, illegal ObamaCare fix? Will the DOJ be “forced” to take action at some point against insurers foolhardy enough to fall for Obama’s political gamesmanship by extending the existence of illegal policies? When his wholly owned DOJ files suit against these insurers, will Obama simply shrug his petite shoulders and claim he was only trying to help, but was unsuccessful?
Remember that the entire purpose of ObamaCare is the construction of a road to single payer. In order to accomplish this, insurance companies must first be destroyed. How many millions–or billions–could the nation’s insurance providers be fined by a DOJ or HHS in Barack’s back pocket? And how much trust in these providers would be lost by the American public?
Is this latest example of presidential largesse just another planned step down the road to a federal takeover?
Last Sunday, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported that Valerie Jarrett, the Iranian-born senior adviser to Mr. Obama, has been holding secret talks with Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, for about a year. The so-called P5+1 powers and Iranian negotiations in Geneva were nothing more than a “facade,” the actual terms of the deal having already been decided. Channel 10 News quoted an unnamed senior official who told the reporter that the real behind-the-scenes power in the White House, Valerie Jarrett, has been making secret deals with the Islamic Nation for a year.
At the Geneva talks, France wasn’t too happy about the sucker deal that American Secretary of State John Kerry had readily accepted. All the talk by the Secretary was just for show for the U.S. media and almost undoubtedly a lie to distract the world from the fact that Obama and Jarrett had already made a deal. Of course, Kerry knew about it all along. It was the Nation of Israel that released the facts about these secret negotiations between Jarrett and Iran, no doubt a bittersweet undertaking for Benjamin Netanyahu as he exposed the corrupt Obama Administration while feeling the sting of America’s betrayal of Israel. Certainly, the exposure will prove extremely embarrassing for Obama, Jarrett, and Kerry. During the next round of talks, the Secretary will have no credibility in any of the negotiations, being seen as either a liar, a fool, or both.
The Times of Israel reported that, “In the course of the talks… the Americans offered the Iranians a series of ‘confidence-building measures,’ which underlined American readiness to conclude a deal and undercut sanctions pressure.” In other words, the Valerie Jarrett administration had already made an agreement with the Iranians to lift sanctions without assurances that the Islamists would give up their weapons program. This is probably what the French called the “suckers deal.”
Only a prop in this dangerous charade, John Kerry may well be known as the most inept U.S. Secretary of State ever. Valerie Jarrett is conducting the actual negotiations and making agreements behind the backs of members of the UN Security Council. Apparently, “Jarrett served as the personal and direct emissary of the president to secret meetings with the Iranians, which are understood to have taken place in one of the Gulf principalities.” This undercuts the efforts of the UN, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China to reign in the activities of a rogue nation. This has not been a good month for the United States or the American people.
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Hawaii has legalized same-gender marriage. The Aloha State gays have been handed everything they demanded; but alas, they are not happy. It seems like they never are.
During the public hearings on the question of gay marriage (SB 1), people lined up (and in some cases waited four days) to exercise their right to speak for just two minutes as they expressed their opinion on the matter.
Although everyone knew the outcome was a foregone conclusion that would see the gays winning the day, the hearings and subsequent final vote produced an unexpected result. After actually listening to the points the speakers made, lesbian State Representative Jo Jordan voted “No.”
While Hawaii is a super stronghold of liberalism, a stray “No” vote on an issue like this is not surprising unless it comes from an open lesbian. Jordan explained that she came to the hearing with an open mind; but after listening to explanations of the damage SB 1 would do to churches, she concluded that it would not be “protective enough” of the rights of Hawaii’s conservative minorities. Seeing there was neither a way nor a will to address these concerns, Jordan became the first openly gay legislator in America to vote against a gay marriage bill. Her vote popped the lid off a Pandora’s Box of reactions from both sides that surprised her.
Although she had expected to be attacked by the religious right, nothing of the sort happened. Instead, she was politely thanked for “at least listening.” It was the people from her own LGBT community that unleashed a torrent of bile and hatred toward her that“took her aback.”
The attacks opened Jordan’s eyes. She reports having thought, “Wow, so much for minorities that have been suppressed.”
The lesson here is nothing new to those of us on the Right. We know the Left demands absolutely 100 percent worship of their issues and never allows diversity of thought or speech. This is especially true when they push their own people against a wall and “get in their face,” as Barack Obama has recommended.
Unfortunately, their intimidation works every time we let it.
Russia’s GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), is a space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. It is the Russian version of America’s military GPS and is currently the only alternative navigational system in operation capable of global coverage. GLONASS first become operational in 1982 and achieved global coverage in 2011. During the first reign of Vladimir Putin, GLONASS became the first priority of the Russian Federal Space Agency, consuming nearly one third of the Agency budget. It was, after all, imperative to duplicate the accuracy of America’s GPS system.
Obama’s State Department will soon consider allowing Roscosmos to build monitoring stations on United States soil in order to improve the accuracy of GLONASS. The New York Times reported that Russian and State Department officials met in April to negotiate “general requirements for possible GLONASS monitoring stations in U.S. territory and the scope of planned future discussions.” According to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, “no final decision has been made.” In the big picture, Secretary of State John Kerry believes that Mr. Obama should accede to the wishes of Vladimir Putin as it would improve America’s relationship with the Russian Government. Naturally, allowing Russian assets on American soil is a sign of weakness. Liberals, like bullies, are basically cowards; and Vladimir knows that.
CIA, Other Intelligence Agencies, and the Pentagon
The intelligence community are warning the Obama Regime’s “teacher’s lounge theorists” not to allow Roscosmos to construct GLONASS monitoring stations on American soil. They are concerned that the stations would greatly enhance the capability of the Russian space system, significantly improving the accuracy of Russian weapons against U.S. targets. Stations on US soil might also enhance Russia’s capacity to collect intelligence on all Americans within American borders, with U.S. government approval. The stations could be used to interfere with U.S. GPS systems, allowing Russia to disrupt commercial and military navigation and tracking. It will allow the Russians and their proxies easier access to vital infrastructure assets.
The State Department, in its haughtiness, would insist that US-based monitoring systems were being used for peaceful purposes only, just like Iranian nukes. Then again, this may be a part of Agenda 21, surrendering American sovereignty to protect the “One.”
This is a story that must be followed by every American who wishes to protect the sovereignty of the United States. The treacherous and traitorous Barack Hussein Obama must not permit a perpetual enemy to obtain a foothold in the US.
With media attention laser-focused on the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it is understandable that other matters related to health care have been overlooked.
Since the ACA is largely concerned with insurance, the notion that affordable insurance equates with affordable health care has caused an unfortunate conflation of insurance and care. Moreover, this verbal shell game has been proffered to hide the sad fact that health care in the US is anything but affordable. In fact, Americans pay at least 50 percent more than all other countries for health care. Even worse, on the whole, our outcomes are mediocre, at best.
More comprehensive insurance, without major changes in how this care is dispensed, will only increase the costs. The public has apparently swallowed the big lie that the “best” care is that which is the most high tech, the most aggressive, and costs the least—to the insured. The results of such care, if considered at all, are only secondary. Please note that there is no other human enterprise that is judged in this manner.
Further complicating the verbal masquerade is that this “insurance” is not really insurance at all, but is rather a sort of extended warranty plan. Furthermore, if pre-existing conditions cannot be invoked, but are built into the overall pool, this “insurance” has no legitimate actuarial basis. Imagine buying fire insurance based on an overall risk pool of all properties in your city, regardless of condition or individual fire risk.
And, if this weren’t bad enough, what is called “health care” is really disease care—mostly acute disease care. Much of what passes for “preventive” are little more than fads—and expensive fads at that.
The Merriam- Webster dictionary defines a pyrrhic victory as one which is achieved at excessive cost. It is costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits. The word’s origin can be traced to a victory won by Greek King Pyrrhus over the Romans that was so costly that he ultimately won nothing.
In their dangerous flirtation with granting amnesty to millions and millions of Illegal aliens, House Republicans are heading for a pyrrhic victory that will bring them not only the death of their party, but the death of America as well. The list of those willing to bribe these House Republicans is long and impressive. It includes virtually every fast food restaurant chain and corporation that relies on cheap unskilled labor. Once the dam is broken by the corrupt Republicans they will be flushed with cash and smiling ear to ear. The photo ops will be plentiful. They will be lining up to have their pictures taken with Democrats and joining in at “fast track” citizenship swearing in ceremonies.
Nevertheless the festivities will last only until the polls close on the first election night after our “new Americans” are able to vote. The vacations disguised as “fact finding trips” will be taken by the Democrats who will no longer find it necessary to even report them. The corporations will have won their pyrrhic victory as well since their importation of “hands” will lead to a greatly diminished economy which will make selling their hamburgers quite difficult.
Since the economy will be dead, there will be no need for the legal services the freshly unemployed lawyers who were once Republican House members have to offer. The scarlet R on their foreheads will make life quite difficult.
The one bright spot in the flood of newly documented Democrats will be the end of voter fraud. The Democrats will no longer need to commit voter fraud because they will actually win fairly. There is no need for voter fraud when you win 75/25 after all.
The Whigs took longer to die than the Republicans will and no one remembers them. Soon no one will remember the Republicans either.
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Everything Barack Obama says is a lie.
Aside from his lies about Obamacare and global warming, Barack Obama’s biggest lies are about the “growing” recovery of employment in America. All of what he says is a lie.
Here are the facts to counter Democrat lies.
There are 102 million Americans of working age who don’t have a job. This number represents 58.3% of working age Americans, the highest percentage since 2000. This means that for fifty straight months, there has been sub 59% participation in the job market.
Last month alone, America lost 623,000 full-time jobs. How does that stack up with what the Obama administration tells us?
In the same month, 357,000 women lost their job. More lies.
The average duration of unemployment is almost three times as long today as it was in October 2000.
In October of 2013 alone, the number of Americans falling out of the labor force hit 932,000. Think of that: almost a million people’s lives and futures disappeared in a single month.
The 62.8% of people who fell out of the work force in October puts us at the highest level since Jimmy Carter’s numbers in 1978. How can we accept this lie? How can the media keep ignoring this point?
An honest evaluation of the unemployment statistics would put the number of jobless Americans near 11 percent.
Almost 25% of American workers can only find part time work, which keeps them below the poverty level.
In 2000, there were 75 million Americans who could be working but weren’t. Today, there are 102 million. That’s roughly 1/3 of America. We are being lied to by the media and Barack Obama.
Remember these numbers the next time you hear Obama tell you he will not rest until anybody who’s looking for a job can find one.
When Trevor Colestock, an award winning librarian at the Miami Norland High School, reported a cheating scandal on standardized tests, he believed he was doing the right thing. But when a Miami-Dade Public Schools Inspector General verified Colestock’s claims, the teachers union–of which Colestock is an elected union steward–and Miami-Dade Public Schools decided that too much honesty is bad for business.
According to the Inspector General, Norland students “…were allowed to cheat on a computerized test designed to prepare students for quality employment after graduation.” Apparently, a number of students “…were provided with a cheat sheet or were allowed to use study guides to pass the Photoshop and/or Dreamweaver certification exams.” The IG went on to say that the school “…received a higher evaluation grade that may have led to performance pay bonuses.”
How was Colestock rewarded for being an honorable individual? Well, in very short order, Colestock was: informed by Miami-Dade Public Schools that he would face an involuntary transfer to another school; two fellow whistleblowers on the scandal either retired or accepted a similar transfer, each fearing retaliation for their actions; Colestock faced “union charges” that were soon dropped “…due to a lack of probable cause;” and Colestock was made the subject of a civil rights complaint charging “discrimination and harassment” filed by one of the teachers charged in the cheating scandal. The complaint was dropped after Colestock met with a District official.
To top it all off, when the Florida Department of Education was contacted concerning a performance grant given to the school as a result of the cheating scandal, the FDE responded that “…the IG report had been reviewed and the school grade had been recalculated.”
Incredibly, the “recalculated” grade, “…remained an ‘A’ and [Norland is still] entitled to School Recognition Program funding.” And it’s a safe bet that the teachers involved will still receive their performance pay bonuses.
Not only is Trevor Colestock the victim of typically thuggish, union behavior; the entire episode helps explain the reason generations of American kids have grown up believing that lying and intimidation are perfectly acceptable alternatives to doing the right thing.
Congratulations, Norland and Miami/Dade Public Schools for setting such a sterling example for the children you profess to teach.
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Having lost a 17 point lead in a month, North Carolina Democrat Senator Kay Hagan is in big political trouble. Her blood is in the water, and the sharks are closing in on her.
North Carolina is swimming in the opposite direction of its neighbor, Virginia. The Tar Heel State is run by Republicans, and many of them are conservatives. One of them who is not a conservative is Thom Tillis; and predictably, he is Karl Rove’s candidate in the coming Republican primary to run against Hagan.
Although he is the Speaker of North Carolina’s House, Tillis is not a reflection of the conservative energy that brought his party a clean sweep of Raleigh. He let the state’s gas tax cap expire and has expressed his feeling that North Carolina’s marriage Amendment, which affirmed marriage as a union of a man and a woman, would “probably be overturned.” While he may be right, saying this tips his hand about a basic conservative issue. Tillis is not leading the fight to reduce the size of government, as must be demanded of a Speaker whose very position was made possible by conservative voters.
More than this, Tillis seems to be unconcerned with the state’s illegal immigration problem, which is glaringly obvious to anyone even driving south on I 95.
This brings us to Tillis’ shameful leadership of the effort to ram through a pro-illegal alien bill that must have the pro-amnesty Karl Rove’s heart beating faster.
Tillis is a big government, pro-tax, pro-illegal alien model of that kind of puppet Karl Rove wants to fill our senate with. If you think for a minute that anything in his background besides being a sure vote for amnesty is important to Karl Rove, think again.
His fake conservative American Crossroads organization is already running spots in North Carolina attacking Kay Hagan. This is designed to endear him to voters who don’t know his real agenda, which is exactly how he hopes to stab us in the back.
The irony of Rove’s furtive support of a “Democrat lite” is that it will fail. By Election Day 2014, if the Republicans in the House cave and hand the Democrats amnesty, conservatives will stay home (and Hagan will be easily reelected.) He will have put both America and his own consulting business to death.
Candidates only use consultants when they think they can win.
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Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) are introducing legislation to suspend penalty fees for one year if individual U.S. citizens do not register for healthcare coverage. This remarkable bipartisan effort is a broadly worded bill that will appeal to both sides of the aisle, now deeply riven by the failed Obamacare initiative. “No individual or family should be penalized while the problems in new healthcare exchanges are being addressed,” is a key finding in the Kirk-Manchin proposal. This outstanding bipartisan effort would eliminate the $95 (or 1%) penalty slated to take effect in 2014 under current law and would push back the individual mandate of ACA from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2015.
The disasterous implications of the ACA act never hit home with the D. C. establishment until cancellation letters started appearing in American mailboxes, or until the Healthcare.gov debacle began to unravel the left’s attempt to put U.S. citizens under the failed European model of socialized medicine. “Individuals and families are ultimately responsible and accountable for their own well-being and long-term health, and our laws should reflect this reality,” is a main tenet of this new legislation. While conservatives may not like this one-size-fits-all bill, they may want to take whatever they can get for the time being.
Democrats are also hearing horror stories from their voters; and with the 2014 election battle looming at Congressional doorways, they are desperately looking for a face-saving move. The Kirk-Manchin bill is just what is needed right now as Americans are fed up with a legislative branch that has been unwilling to compromise. Even President Obama has signaled this week by very obliquely worded messages that he, too, is looking for a way out of this mess. Up on Drudge is the cringe-inducing headline that 52 million Americans have lost or will lose their health insurance coverage by the end of this year. In North Carolina, only one person signed up so far for the NC Health Exchange. And the Country Music Awards video of Carrie Underwood panning Obamacare hit just the right mark as she sang, “Only six people have been served!”
Senator Kirk, age 54, is the perfect person for the crisis at hand because he was brought back to productive life from a stroke in January 2012 that sidelined him for months. The Navy Reserve Commander received outstanding care from the Chicago medical system known internationally for its world class standard of care! The picture of the Illinois senator walking up the steps to re-enter the halls of Congress is the best possible testament of the care he received at the Chicago Rehabilitation Institution. He is intimately aware of what could be lost if socialized medicine destroys the world’s best medical traditions. These two compassionate legislators are making a real bipartisan effort to help a country now deeply hurting.
The Obamacare debacle is due in large part to the fact that NO practicing doctors ever were brought into the initial development and research stages. NO families who had been saved by America’s world class medicine ever were consulted. This huge attempt to put our country under the European model of socialized medicine was doomed from the outset.
Changing the doctor-patient paradigm into one in which anonymous federal bureaucrats make a patient’s and family’s medical decisions is anathema to the very soul of Americans.
“If you like your own insurance and your own doctor, you can keep them” are the very words of President Obama sinking this IRS/bureaucrat/federal governmental overreach to take away Americans’ free choice. Let’s get behind these two brave men; call them and your Senators and Representatives at 1-877-762-8762, and demand delay of the ACA now!