A total of five Iowans have signed up for Obamacare through the state´s healthcare exchange, according to a new report. KCRG-IA reports that state Obamacare officials say, "We cannot say for sure whether anyone has successfully signed up through the healthcare.gov website." [Video] Iowa reporters tried numerous times to use the government´s Obamacare website to no avail. The government´s website experienced unending technical failures due to shoddy coding and poor design, say experts. Obama Administration officials refuse to tell taxpayers how many people have enrolled in Obamacare nationwide. DigiTrends says "taxpayers seem to have forked up more than $634 million
Tell us what you really think, James. Actor James Woods has been quite vocal with his criticism of President Barack Obama in the wake of the government slimdown, and the “Too Big to Fail” star said, as a result, he now expects to struggle to find work in Hollywood. Woods has been busy tweeting about the slimdown and the President, (Snip) “This President is a true abomination. To have barricaded the WW2 vets, but allow illegal aliens privilege...” Woods tweeted on Oct. 8. But Woods, 66, was just warming up. The actor also called Obama “just vile. A small, small
Democrats tell us that ObamaCare is "the law of the land," and that the Supreme Court declared it constitutional, and that we should get used to it -- it´s here to stay. Actually, the Court found ObamaCare unconstitutional on two counts, but let it pass anyway. The problem for defenders of ObamaCare is that its court challenges just keep coming. One place to check up on them is the website Health Care Lawsuits. In September, the American Enterprise Institute ran an article by Chris Conover headlined "Will the Courts Derail Obamacare?" The article covers several of the ongoing court challenges to
It has picked up almost universally positive reviews and is being tipped for Oscars glory next year. Now Alfonso Cuaron´s Gravity has begun to pick up praise from a surprising source - Christian critics who say the 3D space spectacular celebrates the presence of God in the universe. Paul Asay of the Christian review blog Plugged In said Gravity showed "the paradoxes of the Christian faith echoed on the screen" and appeared to reference resurrection themes, the concept of a personal interaction with God and of hope in the afterlife. "The film deals with spirituality honestly, not explicitly from a Christian
A billboard showing a tattooed Jesus Christ has stirred up quite a bit of buzz in the heart of the Bible Belt. The ad, which is the work of the website Jesustattoo.org, popped up along a West Lubbock, Texas, highway, and it’s got people talking. It shows a man, ostensibly Jesus Christ, with outstretched arms tattooed with such words as “Outcast,” “Addicted, “Jealous.” “I don’t like the picture. I think it’s very derogatory,” a local-area resident told the CBS affiliate KEYE-TV. On the website, a video casts Jesus as a tattoo artist and shows several tattooed individuals approaching him to
As many of you know, the federal budget is said to be out of control. I said this back when I was a senator from the great city of Chicago and state of Illinois, where I learned how governments can actually run properly. But what I meant wasn’t what you might think. I’m one step ahead of all of you, if you pardon my audacity. What I found out in my time at the Illinois statehouse and on the streets of Chicago is that you let your enemies do the dirty work.
This morning I was watching the Today Show and caught a segment on why Europeans are better at life than Americans. Examples they gave were cheese and vacation time. Then they struggled to think of something Americans could do better than Europeans. The discussion was accompanied by a chryon that read "American Exceptionalism." Someone, I think Matt Lauer, suggested binge TV watching. Another sarcastically said fast food. Al Roker said we actually have some pretty good cheese. Savannah Guthrie then sarcastically said, "Like Velveeta?" Al tried to insist that Americans did have good cheese, but it fell on deaf ears.
House Republicans are discussing a six-week extension of the nation’s debt limit as a way to buy time for more negotiations with President Obama. It is not clear if the hike to the $16.7 trillion debt limit would be completely "clean," meaning it would not demand concessions from Democrats. A clean hike would mark a significant concession to the White House. The legislation would not end the government shutdown, which could give Republicans continued leverage in the fight that now looks to be headed toward Thanksgiving. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) confirmed Republicans are discussing the six-week extension,
Sarah Hall Ingram, who oversees the Internal Revenue Service role in the health-care overhaul, hasn’t been “consorting with the Devil,” she testified at a hearing on Wednesday. But Republicans suggested she has been doing a few other bad things, notably discussing taxpayer information in emails with the White House, contrary to IRS rules. That’s clear from the fact that the IRS itself redacted the taxpayer identities before turning over the email conversations, citing confidentiality rules, lawmakers said. “You shared, at least by someone’s definition … personal IRS taxpayer information with the White House,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio).
In another edition of the polls the media won´t cover, between September 29 and October 6, Democrats have lost a four point lead in Rasmussen´s generic ballot that asks voters if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in the upcoming midterm elections. That poll is now tied at 40% - 40%. At the end of last month, Democrats led 42% - 38%. The media continue to run headlines that read, "Poll Shows GOP Taking Share of Shutdown Blame," which is true. Most polls show Republicans are at a single-digit deficit when compared to Democrats (still, a vast improvement over
In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Those suspected of discussing with reporters anything that the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mail records. An “Insider Threat Program” being implemented in every government department requires all federal employees to help prevent unauthorized disclosures of information by monitoring the behavior of their colleagues.
Last night (October 9), my wife brought home a pamphlet from our local CVS pharmacy, titled "Affordable Care Act Answers." I didn´t expect to find anything in this simple booklet that I didn´t already know, but it did refer me to their website on the topic, CVS.com/insurance, which my wife asked me to check out. On the website is this Q&A entry: Do I need to have insurance? Yes. The ACA requires all Americans have health care coverage "that meets basic minimum standards." I said to my wife, "That´s flat-out false," and I sent a brief, indignant note to CVS
A report finds the U.S. government´s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers. The Committee to Protect Journalists released its first examination of U.S. press freedoms Thursday, focusing on changes under the Obama administration. Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled "The Obama Administration and the Press." Downie interviewed reporters and editors who described a chilling effect in which "government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press." Those suspected of discussing classified information are subject to investigation, lie-detector tests and
The only piece of government economic data we’re getting during the shutdown is out, and the numbers aren’t so pretty. According to data from the Department of Labor, there were 374,000 jobless claims for the week ending on October 5. This is a 66,000 jump from last week’s 308,000 claims, and 62,000 higher than the 312,000 claims that economists had been predicting. It is also the highest number of claims reported in the past six months. The four-week moving average of claims is now 325,000, a 20,000 increase over last week’s four-week average of 305,000.
If you´re trying to access your Obamacare account on Healthcare.gov, you may be told your password needs to be reset. "All passwords were deleted for existing accounts as part of the upgrade process," a call center representative told CNN´s Elizabeth Cohen. The representative said users experiencing issues must call in to reset their password; it cannot be done online. Representatives can be reached at 1-800-318-2596. CNN is working to determine the scope of the password issue and has reached out to federal Health and Human Services officials. The federal site for the Affordable Care Act has been plagued by technical glitches since it launched
Tomorrow we hear who has won this year´s Nobel Peace Prize. Of course, many of the previous recipients have been deserving. Others less so. When Henry Kissinger was awarded it in 1973, Tom Lehrer quipped that the prize, "made political satire obsolete." The same could be said about the award that went to Barack Obama in 2009. It summed up his whole political career--celebrated before he´d actually don´t anything, the jar into which millions of liberals poured their dreams, and, most importantly, an utter disappointment when in office. Barack Obama deserves a peace prize in the way that Pat Robertson
Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday the new health care law should be an optional program for people who want it. Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, is an ardent opponent of President Obama’s signature health law, known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. House Republicans demanded a delay to key provisions of the law as part of any short-term spending deal, but Democrats held firm, and the parties now are reeling from a government shutdown and an encroaching limit on the nation’s borrowing authority. Online insurance markets tied to the health care law have been plagued by technical glitches, adding fuel to critiques from
The National Park Service’s closure of the World War II and other memorials violates rules requiring them to stay open, 93 House members charge in a letter to the agency. Led by Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga, they claim that Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is simply making up closure rules to punish the public during the government shut down and they question the costs of the random closures in Washington where not all memorials are being closed."The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to exclude veterans from memorials built in their honor and
Fundamental policy differences between Democrats and Republicans have caused this government shutdown and impasse over the debt ceiling. While Democrats are unabashedly playing politics with the shutdown, Republicans would be wise to assume the mantle of leadership abandoned by President Obama. The GOP can reopen the government quickly and extend the debt ceiling, and they can do so by reining in government excess for the long term. Here is the GOP’s best course of action: Today’s low-hanging fruit is the Medical Device Tax, and Republicans should start with its repeal. As recently as March, thirty four Democrats voted to repeal this ill-advised tax
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was caught up in a minor scandal Wednesday night when a report from the Associated Press erroneously identified the Democratic nominee as being mentioned in an indictment and saying that he had lied to investigators. The report, first sent out around 9:45 p.m., turned out to be false and the AP retracted the story shortly before 11:30 p.m. The story, which is still up on some websites with an accompanying disclaimer, claimed that, "Documents in a federal fraud case allege that...Terry McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a Rhode Island estate planner now imprisoned
Public opinion polls, the experts always tell us, are merely snapshots of American opinion at a moment in time. OK. So, let´s pull together a whole bunch of snapshots and arrange them in an album. See if collectively they perhaps tell us a larger story about the condition of America and Americans 1,724 days into President Obama´s reign of error: Six out of ten Americans now believe their federal government has become too powerful. And that’s just the beginning.
Predictably, my column last week, which expressed my extreme displeasure at the images of World War II vets being barricaded from visiting their memorial on the National Mall, produced a flurry of reactions, both positive and negative. According to the latest Associated Press poll, 37 percent of America, against all odds, still supports Barack Obama — and I heard from more than a few of them. One man, who proudly displayed the letters “PhD” after his name, took great umbrage at my final statement in that column. I wrote: “If you are not incensed by the fact that your president tried
In mid-August, US President Barack Obama interrupted a golfing trip at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts to condemn the military junta in Egypt for its violent attack on the Muslim Brotherhood government leaders. Obama canceled a series of joint American-Egyptian military exercises called “Bright Star.” But he refrained from using the “coup” word for what had happened in Egypt in July (though that is it was), because doing so would have entailed calling in question America’s $1.5 billion annual aid package to the most populous Arab state. Now, as America faces huge budgetary woes and increasingly looks to scale down its
A fight over Obamacare? That’s so last week. With the government shutdown firmly in its second week, and the debt limit projected to be reached next Thursday, top House and Senate Republicans are publicly moving away from gutting the health care law — a practical move that could help resolve the stalemate and appear more reasonable in the eyes of frustrated voters. In a private meeting among Senate Republicans, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed openness to a plan by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that includes a repeal of Obamacare’s medical device tax but nothing else related to the health care
Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town existence and the fallibility of memory, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Ms. Munro, 82, is the 13th woman to win the prize. Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said that Ms. Munro is a “master of the contemporary short story.” Ms. Munro, who lives in Clinton, a town in Ontario, told a writer from The Toronto Globe and Mail earlier this year that she planned to retire after “Dear Life,” her 14th story collection.