One reason for the botched October 1 Obamacare website rollout was a time crunch created when the White House stopped issuing guidance to contractors, insurance companies and state governments in the months before President Obama´s 2012 re-election. The result was a system doomed to fail as the administration placed the entire process ´on hold´ until after Election Day. A Republican election strategist told MailOnline that ´everybody knew´ the president was ´holding back on the more controversial stuff on his agenda during the re-elect[ion] season.´ ´The last thing he wanted was a bunch of news stories in mid-October about how big Obamacare
President Obama told Republicans in Congress that he doesn´t want to hear about additional cuts to government programs after the 16-day shutdown. The president said the country can afford to make investments in areas like education, and he noted that the shutdown cut into the economy. “Don´t tell me we can afford to shut down the government, which costs our government billions of dollars, but we can´t afford to invest in our kids,” Obama said at a school in Brooklyn. “This obsession with cutting for the sake of cutting hasn´t helped our economy grow, it´s held us back,” Obama said.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (CFPPC) is attempting to link the Koch brothers to violations of campaign finance disclosure laws without any evidence the Koch’s were involved. Ann Ravel, the outgoing chair of the CFPPC, has accused libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch of funneling “dark money” into two ballot initiatives in 2012 despite the fact that the Kochs did not donate directly or indirectly to either measure. Two nonprofit groups, the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR) and Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL), reached a civil settlement with the California Commission on Thursday, agreeing to pay a $1
Trying to sign up for Obamacare the old-fashioned way — paper, pen or telephone? Good luck with that. With the supposedly state-of-the-art $600 million HealthCare.gov portal malfunctioning, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to go ahead and try to get health coverage by mailing in a paper application, calling the helpline or seeking help from one of the trained “assisters.” But the truth is those applications — on paper or by phone — have to get entered into the same lousy website that is causing the problems in the first place. And the people processing the paper and calls don’t have any cyber
Britain is now on high alert for a devastating and historic storm to tear across the country in the next few days. This weekend, the UK is set to be hit with torrential downpours and motorists have been warned against any unnecessary travel. Some regions can expect intense showers to dump more than two inches of rain in a matter of hours on Sunday. But come Monday, hurricane-force winds of up to 100mph--strong enough to uproot trees, cause severe structural damage and tear down power lines--are expected to hit. [Snip] Met Office forecaster Dan Williams said two weather systems over
One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to offer safe, good-quality care to all its patients, a damning report has shown. Out of 161 trusts in England, 44 have now been labelled as ‘high risk’, with serious concerns raised about their performance. Shockingly, a number of the hospitals now marked out as risky were classified ‘safe’ as recently as earlier this year. Some of the hospitals have been flagged up because of high death rates while others have been identified because of frequent ‘never events’ - serious incidents that should never occur in hospitals, such as amputating the wrong limb.
From listening to the banal musings of inside-the-beltway Republicans, one would come away with the impression that we are just six Senate seats away from curing all our political and policy ills. These wizards of smart believe that we must refrain from engaging in risky policy battles until after the next election, when presumably, we stand to win back the Senate. To that end, they accuse some conservative groups of working to undermine a Republican majority, both by engaging in “unwinnable” fights and by working to replace incumbent Republicans instead of focusing exclusively on growing our numbers from 45 senators
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA — An angry group of victims and survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lectured the media Friday, accusing the press of forgetting about them and neglecting to properly cover the ongoing war crimes commission. The commission concluded a week of proceedings Friday afternoon, consisting of 21 hours of hearings and the discussion over 20 motions in the ongoing attempt by the U.S. government to convict five men for conspiracy in the 2001 attacks. But for victims and survivors of the attacks, the judicial process has dragged on for far too long — leading some of them
NHS hospitals are to be banned from fitting most metal-on-metal hip replacements after a study found unacceptably high failure rates among implants in 17,000 patients. The devices have already been subject to safety alerts, amid fears they can leak toxic metal. Surgeons are concerned that they fail far too early as joints wear away. Two common models have been taken off the market and thousands of patients fitted with the implants have been told to have annual checks, often including blood tests. New draft guides drawn up by regulators say the NHS should stop using any hip implant with a failure
The chairman of the House oversight committee and ranking Republican member of the Senate health committee threatened to subpoena documents tied to the rocky rollout of Obamacare. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, demanded that she turn over information that could shed more light on what exactly went wrong with the healthcare.gov website, which has been plagued with problems. “It is clear that you and other high-ranking HHS officials either provided false testimony to Congress or did not know how badly the development of
ON THURSDAY, representatives of the federal contractors who built HealthCare.gov stated the obvious in front of a House panel: The government did not leave enough time to test the Web site before its error-filled Oct. 1 launch. The next question, a growing number of lawmakers now insist, is whether the government will leave people enough time to sign up for coverage before they are fined for lacking health insurance. “Given the existing problems with the website,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wrote to President Obama on Tuesday , “I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date
If you hadn’t heard, there are a growing number of Democrats wanting to delay the implementation of the ObamaCare individual mandate as a result of the disastrous rollout of the health insurance exchanges. With this in mind, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg on Fox News’s Special Report Friday marvelously quipped, “I’m scandalized by these racist, anarchist, extremist, hostage-taking Democrats who want to delay ObamaCare which is the law of the land” (video follows with commentary): Indeed. If the media are going to be consistent, these Democrats looking to delay this implementation should be just as vilified and excoriated as Republicans that tried to
Thursday´s CBS Evening News poured cold water on President Obama´s now-infamous "if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it" promise. Scott Pelley noted how the President has "repeated one reassuring phrase" about the American people being able to hold onto their health insurance, and bluntly pointed out that, contrary to the Democrat´s vow, "hundreds of thousands of Americans...are being told that their health plans are being cancelled." Carter Evans also spotlighted a California woman´s nightmarish experience as a result of the passage of ObamaCare. Her self-purchased health care plan was cancelled, and as a result, she was being "forced
The company chosen by the Obama administration to oversee the repair of the new federal health insurance Web site faced questions from lawmakers a year ago about whether it was an appropriate choice for earlier work on the site, given that it is owned by the country’s largest health insurance company. Columbia-based Quality Software Services Inc. — known as QSSI — was purchased by UnitedHealth Group in September 2012, months after it was picked by the Department of Health and Human Services to help set up the Affordable Care Act Web site. That called for work on three areas: build
After Breitbart News reported on Thursday an official Department of Defense (DOD) document approved the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a trustworthy source for information on dangerous “extremist” organizations and movements, Fox News released a letter dated Oct. 18 from Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh. He begins his letter noting a string of anti-Christian presentations and says the material is “inaccurate, objectionable and otherwise inconsistent with current Army policy.” McHugh criticized SPLC for labeling Christian ministries, public-interest groups, and other conservative organizations as extremists, adding the “groups identified in the instruction were not ‘extremist’ organizations as that
The severe technical problems that continue to plague the federal Obamacare exchanges (and some state-run ones) have got people contemplating some pretty extraordinary scenarios. Some of these have to do expressly with the fact that people cannot readily obtain coverage. The idea of delaying the individual mandate, which not two weeks ago was dismissed by the Democrats as a right-wing fantasy, is now being advanced by some Democratic senators, since you can’t very well fine people for not being able to use a site that doesn’t work. We may (and should) soon be talking about “grandfathering” all 2013 insurance plans,
The policy director for Grover Norquist´s Americans for Tax Reform apologized Friday for inflammatory remarks in which he said some Tea Party supporters were "retarded" and reportedly referred to those who wanted to defund Obamacare as terrorists. Ryan Ellis @RyanLEllis Re: My recent harsh language and over the top analogies--I apologize to one and all, esp. ATR staff. My personal fault not to be repeated. 2:06 PM - 25 Oct 2013 7 Retweets ReplyRetweetFavorite The Daily Beast reported that Ryan Ellis, on a "list serv informally called the Repeal Coalition List, comprising about 200 leading conservative activists and writers," compared those who supported
The National Security Agency’s public website NSA.gov was down for several hours Friday, and a hacking group claimed credit on Twitter. There was no evidence anyone actually broke into the NSA’s network or stole any data. Rather, the NSA’s public facing Web server appeared to be overwhelmed. Hacking techniques that involve sending a large amount of useless traffic to take down websites are common, and called denial of service attack. It’s unclear exactly what happened Friday. NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said the agency is looking into the matter when asked if the site had been the victim of a denial of service
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will receive the National Defense University Foundation´s American Patriot Award, backed by a committee of people who could provide an oral history of Bill Clinton´s most controversial moments. There are five honorary co-chairs of the award ceremony, three of whom have close Clinton ties: Madeleine Albright, who served as Secretary of State under Bill Clinton; former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who spent two years as Clinton´s White House chief of staff; and Vernon Jordan, who became a household name when he attempted to cover up the Monica Lewinsky scandal by getting the then-White House intern
The Left’s obsession with Charles and David Koch continues unabated. Today’s exhibit: this New York Times article on a press conference by California campaign finance officials on a fine that they levied against an Arizona group called the Center to Protect Patient Rights. ...So the story apparently is all about the Kochs. Does this mean that the Koch brothers ... contributed some of the $15 million that was involved in the incident that gave rise to the fine? Um, no.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Texas today. She visited something called CommUnityCare in Austin. One should not be surprised that CommUnityCare leans heavily on government programs including Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and presumably Obamacare for its business. Why was she in Texas? That’s an interesting question. Her Obamacare implementation is burning down around her ears, its five-alarm conflagration threatening to burn up the entire health insurance industry along with it, but evidently the “tech surge” needed to fix it does not need the head of the agency that’s in charge of the surging. The mismanager doesn’t need to stick around in
HOUSTON, — President Obama’s legacy may include a stake in the heart of a cherished dream of the progressive left: complete government control of healthcare in America. Obama has always wanted a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, and he set out a complicated but achievable path to get to that goal through Obamacare. The eventual failure of Obamacare would set the stage for single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately for him, he designed Obamacare to fail in the wrong ways at the wrong times, making it harder, not easier to achieve his goal of completely socialized healthcare. If Obamacare dies an early and spectacular failure, it will
Every American should be aware of the recent reports in major news outlets that describe the Obama administration’s abdication of a leadership role in the Middle East and its serious consequences for U.S. national security interests. Nothing highlights these failures more vividly than the administration’s abandonment of the Free Syrian Army and other moderate opposition forces in Syria. President Obama specifically committed to us in the Oval Office that his strategy in Syria was to degrade the Assad regime’s military capabilities, upgrade the capabilities of the moderate opposition and shift the momentum on the battlefield, leading to a negotiated end to
Despite official statements in recent days, the problems at the federal and state health insurance exchanges are far from merely "technical." Based on my experience trying to navigate the utter confusion at the "Cover Oregon" health exchange over something as simple as determining one´s income and eligibility for tax credits, I wonder if they´ll ever get ObamaCare working. And I´m someone who would love to sign up for one of the plans. Consider, for example, that under the Affordable Care Act, income for self-employed people like myself is supposed to be determined by one´s estimated 2014 modified adjusted gross income, or MAGI.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Al Qaeda ties was in Benghazi the night of the Sept. 11 attack, according to a source on the ground in Libya. The source told Fox News that ex-detainee Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some of the assailants trained, is also a "respected member" of Ansar al-Sharia -- one of the Islamist groups identified in State Department email traffic two hours after the attack. Two sources familiar with the investigation, when asked about bin Qumu´s whereabouts the night of the attack, did not dispute the claim he was