Conservatives are expressing shock and outrage that the Obama administration knew that many people in the individual insurance market would not be able to keep their plans once the Affordable Care Act took effect. Such shock is not surprising; overblown outrage is the stock and trade of conservative politics these days. But here´s what conservatives won´t tell you, lest it undermine their theatrics: Many insurance plans are shutting down because they don´t meet the higher bar of quality benefits required under Obamacare, and of those people who lose access to their plans, many will pay less and all will have better
Chinese officials have captured several suspects in connection with Monday´s deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square, state media report. Police have described the incident as a "terror attack" for the first time, state broadcaster CCTV said. Police had been looking for at least eight people, mostly from the restive Xinjiang region, earlier reports said. The incident, in which a vehicle crashed into a crowd and burst into flames, killed five. "The arrests were made 10 hours after the incident, which has now been identified as a terrorist attack," CCTV said on its verified microblog account. At least five suspects in relation to the incident
From Florida to California, consumers are getting notices their health plans are cancelled. They were promised they could keep their plan if they liked it. That was a lie. They’ve been duped and dropped. The liar is none other than the President of the United States. On June 15, 2009, President Obama told a town hall meeting that “No matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise…. if you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
The recent government shutdown was, as to be expected, a time of great joy for the assassins in the mainstream media; revolted as they are by Republicans and enamored with big government. But a funny thing happened on the way to their latest lynching of folks like Ted Cruz. It turns out that the GOP was both justified in the reason for the shutdown and correct in their assessment of the character of President Barack Obama and friends. Because with the typical short-sighted megalomania and overweening hubris they have displayed for the past five years, the Obama Administration refused to negotiate
Although federal officials have known for at least three years that Obamacare would cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage, that didn’t stop President Obama from lying repeatedly, reassuring voters the law would not adversely impact their existing coverage. In an uncharacteristically media-savvy move aimed at capitalizing on current affairs, Republicans compiled a list of 13 Democrats –including Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)– who deceived voters by obediently repeating Obama’s lies.
Prince Charles courted controversy last night by blaming the Syrian conflict on mismanagement of the country’s natural resources. In a speech to leading members of the Islamic community, he claimed President Assad’s bloody war against his own people was in part caused by drought and mishandling of the rural economy. The prince blamed the same problem for other recent global conflicts, and although he did not name any in particular, many will take them to include Britain’s forays in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles, who recently sparked division after hitting out at Britain’s ‘failing’ pensions industry, said:
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare’s Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies. Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue
New documents have been released showing that one of the top contractors warned President Obama´s team that the health care website was facing fatal flaws in the weeks before it was launched. In the September 6 report, the tech contractors explicitly lay out the fact that they have ´limited testing timeframes´ and classify it in the highest of terms, saying that it was a ´near certainty´ that there would be problems as a result. They go on to warn of the dangers that lie in only testing ten predetermined scenarios and a lack of both time and necessary engineering programs.
While only she knows for certain if she’s running for President in 2016, it sure seems like Hillary Clinton is laying the groundwork for another go at it. After leaving the State Department, she’s hardly rested at all, making public appearances and speeches wrought with increasingly strong political undertones. But as much as Democrats, many of them convinced of her inevitability, may be urging her on, she’s got more than a few hurdles lined up before her, not the least of which is a country that’s changed drastically since she last ran. More on that in a minute. The first
Given the Affordable Care Act´s multiple crises in its first month of implementation, there´s no way President Obama and his fellow Democrats could be having a good time right now. But imagine if, instead of passing national health care legislation with only Democratic votes in 2009 and 2010, the president´s had won even a little Republican support for his health scheme. What if Obamacare had passed with ten GOP votes in the Senate and 30 or 40 in the House? If that had happened, the program would still be a mess, but Obama´s political problems would be far less serious.
First he ruins the health care system. Now he wants to come in and wreck the World Series. Say it ain’t so, B.O. How can we miss this guy when he won’t go away? Yesterday, the White House was dithering back and forth over whether to go to Game 6 tonight. They haven’t been this confused since they were trying to decide whether to bomb Syria. Listen, Mr. President, I understand that sports is one of many subjects you know absolutely nothing about. But trust me on this — tonight is going to be a big night for what the mayor calls “knuckleheads.” Local knuckleheads.
Sidney Blumenthal, a close adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, has reportedly undertaken an email campaign to defend a controversial book written by his son that compares Israel to Nazi Germany. The book, written by Max Blumenthal, accuses Israel of being a fascist country and has chapter titles explicitly comparing the Jewish State to Nazi Germany, such as “The Concentration Camp” and “The Night of Broken Glass.” According to the Nation columnist Eric Alterman, who harshly reviewed the book, long-time Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal has sent “nasty emails” to “our mutual friends and professional acquaintances” attacking him for “telling the truth about
On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. Just as he had promised when he began his first campaign for president six years earlier, he pledged again to turn the page on history and take U.S. foreign policy in a different direction. “A decade of war is now ending,” Obama declared. “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” Much of the media focus that day was on the new hairstyle of First Lady Michelle Obama, who appeared on the dais sporting freshly
The blond dancer who shared a romantic meal with the married captain on the Costa Concordia just before it crashed and capsized took the stand at his manslaughter trial Tuesday — and finally admitted they were having an affair. “When you are somebody’s lover, they don’t ask for a ticket,” a bashful Domnica Cemortan, 26, told an Italian court as she explained how she got a free ride on the 110,000-ton cruise ship. Cemortan, who had repeatedly denied a relationship with Captain Francesco Schettino, 53, refused three times on the witness stand to admit it. But she changed her tune when the
Obamacare is, once again, turning Capitol Hill upside down. Congressional offices this week have been forced into a frenzied, late-hour scramble to decide which of their staffers will be pushed onto the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchanges and which will be able to keep their current health insurance plans. Under rules created in the wake of Obamacare’s implementation, House and Senate personal office staffers — dubbed “official office” aides by the House administrative office — are supposed to get their health insurance through D.C.’s health insurance exchange. Committee and leadership staffers — labeled “official staff” — are allowed to keep
The State Department has no intention of providing Congress more witnesses to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, despite Sen. Lindsey Graham’s threat to hold up all nominations until he gets satisfaction on the issue. Graham’s Monday morning demand came after a new CBS 60 Minutes expose that featured an interview with a British security contractor who was on the ground and fought on the State Department compound and at the CIA annex during the attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The contractor, calling himself Morgan Jones, claimed that he had repeatedly
Never mind that “apples-full-of-razor-blades” moral panic that was debunked way back in 1985. Tireless “media myth” buster W. Joseph Campbell proposes a better candidate for the title of “Halloween’s greatest media myth”: The notion that [Orson Welles´ October 30, 1938 radio production of] The War of the Worlds convulsed America in panic and mass hysteria. Americans will get to relive the famous incident on Tuesday, October 29, when PBS airs its new “War of the Worlds” episode of American Experience. Campbell, an expert on Welles’ infamous broadcast, expressed wariness as soon as PBS announced the project: A description PBS has posted online signals that its
Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to "throw the rascals out." But there is no point in throwing the rascals out, if we are just going to get a new set of rascals to replace them. In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we call "public
Last week, the most important case that you´ve never heard of survived its first legal hurdle. Judge Paul Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that plaintiffs had standing to advance a broadside attack on the subsidy system at the heart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare. Although the Clinton appointee refused the plaintiffs’ requests to temporarily enjoin -- that is, block -- the subsidies, he did so because there would be no harm to delaying an injunction until the conclusion of the case; he did not directly speak
As Obamacare declines toward a possible fall, the assembled denizens of the professional Left are scrambling in earnest to register their excuses with the public. Thus far at least, the award for the most creative contribution goes to former labor secretary Robert Reich, whose Saturday paean to single-payer health care managed to combine all of the most dishonest talking points that have bubbled up since October 1 while constructing in tandem a counterfactual so dazzling that only the truest of apostles could be persuaded by it. Reich’s column has the Upworthy-worthy title, “The Democrats’ Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been
They have spent their lives in research facilities, been injected with miserable diseases, and used by National Institutes of Health scientists to research new medicines, but now, after being designated by the NIH as “permanently ineligible for biomedical research,” 60 chimpanzees, slated for retirement, are unable to be moved to a special sanctuary because of congressional inaction. At issue is an obscure piece of legislation, The Chimp Act, which puts a cap on the amount of money the NIH can spend, from its appropriated budget, on the care of NIH owned or supported chimpanzees housed in sanctuaries. Currently, there are 60 chimpanzees
Rrrrrchaelogists have recovered five big six pounders from t´ wreck o´ t´ famed scurvy dog Blackbeard´s ship off t´ coast o´ North Carolina. Now, for those of you who don´t speak pirate:. Five cannons from the Queen Anne´s Revenge, the sunken flagship of Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), were recovered Monday by scientists from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources after nearly 300 years under the water of Beaufort Inlet. The team, working with the Coast Guard, brought the big guns -- 2,000 and 3,000 pounds -- to the surface of Beaufort Inlet on Monday. Billy Ray Morris, who manages the expedition,
Taxpayers shell out $52,000 a year to maintain the home of Black History Month founder Carter Woodson. Yet the tiny, dilapidated row house in northwest Washington D.C., with a "No Trespassing" sign and iron bars blocking the front door and windows hasn’t seen a visitor in the seven years since the National Park Service bought it for $2.1 million and designated it a National Historic Site. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,points to the house as one tiny symbol in a sea of dysfunction in the National Park Service. The Service, with its comparatively small budget, is, he says, a microcosm for wasteful
Fox News is justifiably proud of its star commentator Charles Krauthammer, widely considered to be the most influential conservative journalist in the country. In an hour-long interview with Fox News 6 P.M anchor Brett Baier that fist ran last Friday, the usually reticent Krauthammer told the fascinating story of his life, relating how he coped with the crippling accident that left him forever wheelchair-bound and how he almost inadvertently traded the psychiatrist´s couch for the journalist´s keyboard. Listening to this remarkable man, one couldn´t help admiring his spunk, his strength of character and, above all, his towering intellect. And then