WASHINGTON- People buying health insurance through the new U.S. online marketplaces will have six more weeks to comply before getting fined, the Obama administration said. The adjustment, first suggested by NBC News and later confirmed by The Washington Post, makes clear those signing up through the exchange can buy coverage right through March 31 without facing an individual-mandate tax penalty, even if their coverage doesn´t start till later, the Department of Health and Human Services said. A health plan purchased March 31 would likely start May 1, given that insurance plans typically start the first of the month and carriers
On Wednesday’s edition of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer faced off against left-leaning show anchor Jon Stewart on conservative ideology and the way it is presented. In this rare appearance on Stewart’s program, Krauthammer was promoting his new book, “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics,” and explained how in working on the book he realized when he had made the transformation from liberal to conservative. STEWART: Thirty years — do you ever look back on some of these writings and think, ‘What was I thinking?’ KRAUTHAMMER: It’s worse than that.
In the Obama White House these days, the buck stops somewhere — anywhere — below the president. White House aides insisted Wednesday that President Obama wasn’t told about major problems with the Obamacare website before its failed launch, adding to the growing list of blunders in which his advisers allegedly have kept him in the dark. As the president summoned a dozen top health insurance executives to the White House for a meeting on salvaging his signature initiative, administration officials said nobody in Mr. Obama’s inner circle had any inkling of how bad the federal website for HealthCare.gov would be
On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shooed a man from a town hall after he loudly berated the senator over American military aid to Syrian rebels. Video of the event shows the unidentified man, wearing shorts, pointing his finger at the senator and accusing the him and the administration of effectively aiding al-Qaeda by providing arms to rebel groups in Syria. According to reports, McCain repeatedly attempted to calm the man down and ask him if he was finished speaking. “I’ve been to Syria,” McCain reportedly countered. “Americans have not supplied many weapons at all.” But when the Arizona resident continued to
During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website on Thursday morning, Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) severely castigated Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) for inaccurately describing a privacy requirement in the law, eventually calling the entire hearing a “monkey court.” Barton had just questioned Cheryl Campbell, the senior vice president of CGI, one of the two primary contractors that built the federal exchange website, about whether the privacy components of the site were compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which in part regulates privacy concerns in the health care industry. “I
Christian Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck (1936 – 2005) wrote the definitive book on Barack Hussein Obama in 1983, although, of course, he never met him or mentioned him. The title of Peck’s book is “The People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil.” While Dr. Peck is more widely known for his best-selling “The Road Less Travelled,” his “The People of the Lie” remains one of the most important scientific contributions to the study of the origins of evil. Dr. Peck connected evil people directly with the bane of malignant narcissism. To him, the evil are “the people of
Pirates have attacked a US-flagged oil platform supply vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two Americans, a senior U.S. official tells Fox News. The attack on the C-Retriever ship, which is owned by Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, happened early Wednesday, UK-based security firm AKE and two security sources told Reuters. The ship is around 200-feet long and was sailing near Brass, Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea. “Things are definitely getting more intense here,” a source told the maritime industry news website gCaptain. The captain and the chief engineer of the C-Retriever reportedly
New York - Foreclosure sounds like the end of the line, but actual eviction can take months or years -- even after the bank has repossessed a home. RealtyTrac estimates that 47% of the nation´s foreclosed homes are currently occupied. The percentage actually tops 60% in some hot housing markets, like Miami and Los Angeles. Those still living in repossessed homes include both former owners and renters. Either way, their time in the homes is mortgage and rent free. To arrive at its estimate, RealtyTrac compared its database of foreclosed homes with postal records showing whether mail was still being collected and
Alan Mark Grayson is the United States Representative for Florida´s 9th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. And he is dumb as a bag of hammers. In an October 22 fund-raising email, Grayson likened the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan, which in so many ways is the full Godwin. But the joke is on Grayson. And I mean beyond the mere guffaw. I'm talking about thigh slapping, horse laugh, have to take a breath before laughing again so hard you can barely control yourself. Because Grayson is a Democrat. The Ku Klux Klan was the vicious thug wing of the Democratic Party. You know, that political party which endorsed the KKK, refused to recognize the 14th Amendment?
Eye on the Instant Democrat prize… As the White House struggles to fix the problem-plagued rollout of its healthcare reform law, President Barack Obama on Thursday will try to focus attention on another policy priority – immigration reform – with a call for congressional action. The president, who listed immigration as one of three priorities for this year after the 16-day government shutdown concluded, will make a statement at 10:35 a.m. (1435 GMT) at the White House urging lawmakers to finish work on measures to strengthen U.S. borders and provide a pathway toward citizenship for millions of people who are in the
In a controversial (and possibly illegal) move, Ohio’s Controlling Board voted to expand Medicaid coverage in the state to adults that were not previously eligible by way of accepting billions in federal funds. That means 25 states, plus the District of Columbia, have now signed on to take part in an aspect of the Affordable Care Act that is both optional and ill-considered. More states are expected to follow suit, even some that, like Ohio, have Republican governors and conservative legislatures. This is bad news. Medicaid, the nation’s health care program for low-income citizens and those with certain disabilities, is
Even as Washington gets heat for snooping on ordinary Americans and warning them that they "have no reasonable expectation of privacy" on Healthcare.gov, federal officials are increasingly using the “personal privacy” exemption in the law to shield their employees from scrutiny, according to open government advocates. Information about pay bonuses, disciplinary actions and severance packages are being withheld by federal agencies citing the personal privacy concerns of their employees.
Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging. “We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DoD [Department of Defense] is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats,” one senior Marine said to The New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.” One estimate is that the new hats could cost about $8 million. The hats are thinner and smaller, aimed at looking equally good on females as well
Megyn Kelly took on former Air Force office and atheist Mikey Weinstein on Wednesday over the invocation of God in the Air Force oath, with the conversation getting so heated Kelly had to practically shout, “Mikey, chill!” at one point. Weinstein also sporadically mocked the “Fox world” he jumped into and got so frustrated he told Kelly he would try to speak in one-syllable words only. Kelly asked Weinstein why he just can’t let the invocation of God be optional. Weinstein shot back, “That’s like saying why don’t you just opt out of robbing a bank! Because robbing a bank
Someday I´d like to see an overpaid, pampered professional golfer put on a Boston Red Sox uniform and walk onto the field at Yankee Stadium. Then and only then would he realize just what real sports criticism is. Brandel Chamblee, the wonderfully outspoken Golf Channel analyst, recently delivered some of that real sports criticism to Tiger Woods. While handing out grades to various players in a year-end review for Golf.com, Chamblee, a former PGA Tour player, gave Woods an "F" for his five-win, no-major season, saying Woods "was a little cavalier with the rules." Chamblee´s take was unique, coming as it did
The 2008 to 2009 financial crisis demonstrated that gas and oil exports could no longer serve as Russia’s engine of economic progress. Russia needed to dramatically change its investment climate through deep institutional reforms that would boost economic liberty, expand the rule of law and property rights, diminish corruption, and create more political choices for its citizens. Such reforms are all the more urgent now that Russia’s economy is slowing to a crawl. Yet the Moscow Kremlin has chosen to address these challenges with authoritarian consolidation, buying short-term stability at the expense of the country’s longer-term prosperity and progress.
In the midst of ObamaCare woes and multi-million dollar healthcare-gov websites that don’t work, we could all be singing the new Barack Obama signature song, if only for Obama levity: He Didn’t Know the Gun was Loaded. Obama took aim, fired and shot America’s not-broken-don’t-fix-it healthcare in the heart, but, yeah, he didn’t really know the gun was loaded. ‘He Didn’t Know the Gun was Loaded’ was the song sung by Sebelius when she was called to face the music yesterday. “I doubt many people believe the claim of Sebelius that Obama knew nothing about HealthCare.gov’s problems until right before
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday. Issa, an influential Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, described the legislation as a “come-from-the-shadows” effort that would allow the government to do a full accounting of those who are in the U.S. illegally. Immigrants in this new status would be able to travel to their native country while on this temporary visa, he said.
Wheeling, Ill. -- Insurance brokers in Illinois vented their frustrations Wednesday with the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama´s health care law and the crippled federal website, HealthCare.gov. Dozens attended a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn´s aide Max Fletcher, a policy analyst for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Fletcher said Illinois officials also are frustrated but have no control over the federal website and don´t know when it will be fixed. Illinois chose to rely on the federal site, an online marketplace to compare and buy insurance, rather than setting up its own. "Call Obama!" some brokers shouted in jest.
Far from dismissing or ridiculing him, Glenn Beck believes liberals are actually terrified of Ted Cruz, and Beck was the first to pounce as soon as someone said out loud the exact reason why. And who was the pundit who gave away the game? None other than the fast-talking Chris Matthews. Beck first took a swipe at the “indoctrinated” and “1984 zombie-like” masses at MSNBC before saying, “If you want to know why the left is so terrified of Ted Cruz, listen.” He played audio of Matthews unloading on Cruz, likening him to Joe McCarthy and Michele Bachmann in that infamous
On Thursday morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends praised a gaggle of Democratic lawmakers who have gone beyond criticizing the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act exchange website and called for a delay of the individual mandate. “Democrats are looking at the numbers,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said, “hearing from their constituents, seeing the problem with the website itself—and that it seems unfixable, from the people they have in charge—and they’re saying, ‘We have to delay the individual mandate. This is off to a horrendous start, somebody needs to be fired.’ All this time during the sixteen-day delay in
A common argument made in favor of government-financed healthcare is that it is inherently cheaper than a private system. Strangely, however, the people who celebrate the government’s ability to hold down healthcare spending would be horrified at the same argument applied to other public-sector functions. It’s a seriously inconsistent position held by advocates of bigger government. To see why, let’s think for a moment about a different industry run by the government: K-12 education. Public schools still enjoy a near-monopoly in the districts that they serve. There are various arguments that people give for supporting public education, but you will
During the defunding fight, Republicans were stunned to see red state Democrats holding firm against not just their most grandiose demands but even their most targeted, made-for-30-second-ad gambits to split the caucus. Just a week later, panic over healthcare.gov is splitting the caucus wide open. The most immediate manifestation of that panic is a bill being drawn up by Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, to delay the individual mandate for a year. The concept of a delay is actually a good idea. (I made this case last week.) What Manchin’s proposing is a different, and terrible,
With the government shutdown out of the way for a few months, intense media and public focus has turned to the fizzled launch of ObamaScare, the new healthcare system that will be doing hardly any of the grand things Obama promised at the start. Anyway now President Obama is also in a lot of hot water abroad for embarrassing revelations about ubiquitous American intelligence-gathering operations disclosed by Edward "I´m Just Trying to Help" Snowden. Snowden´s disclosures include allegations that the U.S. spies on friendly allied governments and sometimes the actual heads of their government. So, Obama telephoned one to explain.