Is the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) a job killer? Along with the fate of HealthCare.gov, this question stalks the ACA. Critics — including me — say "yes." We argue that businesses will try to avoid the requirement to provide health insurance to workers by changing their employment practices. This would include cutting hours to ensure that workers are "part time" under the ACA, exempting them from coverage. But in a study, the White House Council of Economic Advisers found "no economywide evidence ... (of) increasing part-time employment" tied to ObamaCare. Who´s right? Maybe we both are. The case against ObamaCare is straightforward. For many employers,
Deception: In the face of millions of cancellation notices, Democrats want to downplay the president´s "keep your health plan" pledge as standard political hyperbole. It was, in fact, a calculated lie that got ObamaCare enacted. To understand why, let´s freshen up on a little health care reform history. Back in 1994, when Bill Clinton was pushing his own version of "comprehensive health reform," the insurance industry launched its infamous "Harry and Louise" ads to deliver a simple message: The Clinton plan would force families to give up their own health plans. In one of these, the middle-class couple pours over a pile of
The troubled rollout of the new health-care law and recent government shutdown have exacted a major toll on President Barack Obama´s standing, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has found. Obama´s job approval rating has tumbled by 5 percentage points in less than three weeks, the survey showed. In the weakest showing of his five-year tenure, just 42 percent of Americans approve of the president´s job performance, while 51 disapprove. The poll underscores the fact that Obama and his GOP adversaries have been hit by what NBC/WSJ pollster Bill McInturff called a public opinion "shock wave" this fall.
Poor, mostly black neighborhoods face double jeopardy when it comes to supermarket access, according to a study recently published by the journal Preventive Medicine. That may not sound like news at all: Scholars and activists have long fretted that poor, minority neighborhoods have worse access to supermarkets, which is tied to less healthy diets. But researchers from Johns Hopkins University wanted to see how different neighborhood traits -- poverty and racial makeup -- were related to the problem. For instance, what did it mean to be in a poorer white neighborhood, versus a wealthier black neighborhood? Researchers compared access to supermarkets,
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was shouted down by protesters at Brown University, forcing administrators at the Ivy League school to call off his lecture on "Proactive Policing in America´s Biggest City." More than 100 students and social justice activists turned out Tuesday to protest the NYPD´s stop-and-frisk policy and its surveillance of Muslims. Many of them began shouting and chanting inside the lecture hall as the event began. Brown officials asked protesters to allow Kelly to speak and reserve their comments until a question-and-answer session. When the shouting continued, the hall was cleared.
With the latest controversy in Germany and the ongoing scandal over priests charged with sexual abuse, it is clear that the Catholic Church, being a human enterprise, occasionally falls short, and its leaders sin greatly. But these lapses do not overshadow the good the church has accomplished in the past and — more to the point — can accomplish in the future. Although the church has been disparaged at times throughout its long history, and sometimes for good reason — critics can point to instances in which its power has been misapplied, from the Crusades through the Inquisition, right up until
The Herald will be live blogging President Obama´s visit to Boston today -- including the latest traffic reports and his Faneuil Hall address -- as the city hosts both POTUS and Game 6 of the World Series. The speech on the botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act is now over and the president is moving next to a fundraiser in Weston (see that story here.) TRAFFIC ALERT: The Mass Pike westbound out of the city was at a standstill, the Herald´s Margery Eagan reports. The latest pool report confirms it: "Dream evening commute for POTUS on a cleared westbound
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer slammed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s congressional testimony as “pathetic” in an interview set to air on Wednesday’s Hugh Hewitt radio show. The author of “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics” said Sebelius’ performance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee left much to be desired, even if viewers took into account there wasn’t much she could have said. “To her credit — and it was a pathetic, horrible, mortifying performance. She wasn’t holding a lot of cards,” Krauthammer said.
This baby’s got the blues. A 10-month-old baby girl was brought to tears by the sound of her mother singing a lullaby. Little Marie-Lynne Leroux’s eyes start glistening just a few seconds into her mom’s rendition of Rod Stewart’s “My Heart Can’t Tell You No.” The wide-eyed baby from Ontario, Canada, bravely tries to regain her composure. It isn’t long before tears are rolling down her tiny face. Mom Amanda Leroux, says that this isn´t the first time her child has picked up on the emotions of a song. But for some reason, this particular ballad always evokes a strong reaction. "It´s almost as if
Several noisy protesters interrupted President Obama’s health care reform rally in Boston on Wednesday afternoon, stopping the commander in chief’s speech dead in its tracks. The demonstrators shouted for Mr. Obama to “stop the pipeline” and to confront climate change, referencing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project which the president must personally approve or deny. Pausing for a few moments, Mr. Obama then attempted to make light of the situation. “We’re talking about health care today … That is the wrong rally,” he said with a smile, telling the crowd he is in Boston to talk health care, not global
Every insurance plan in the Washington, D.C., health-insurance exchange forces consumers to pay for abortion coverage, despite provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring that at least one plan without abortion coverage be offered, according to Anna Higgins, director of the Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity. She reported on Wednesday for Townhall: As a pro-life American and resident of Washington, D.C., I wanted to make sure that there was a plan available under the exchange that did not cover elective abortion. After making quite a few calls to insurance companies and D.C. health exchange representatives, it appears that there
Jessica L. Wright, the acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said today that the Defense Department must maintain its commitment to diversity and inclusion, which contribute to mission success. She asserted that diversity helps civilian and military employees perform well because they “represent the nation in our workforce.” The Defense Department not only talks “about diversity in terms of race and gender, and ethnicity, but it is much more than that in my mind,” Wright said. She declared that diversity included “your thought process, how you grew up, [and] what you can add to the greater good
Anthony Weiner has found another person to blame for the implosion of his mayoral campaign: the profile writer who never explicitly asked him whether he had kept sexting internet strangers after resigning from Congress. Weiner launched the trial balloon for his mayoral bid with an 8000 word profile in the New York Times Magazine - a largely flattering look at his relationship with wife Huma Abedin and his redemption after being forced to resign over his online sexual behavior. Left unmentioned was that Weiner had carried on at least three raunchy online relationships after his resignation, including one with Indiana
President Obama stood by his dubious and increasingly controversial promise that Americans can keep their insurance plans under his health-care law, and accused those making claims to the contrary of being “grossly misleading.” He claimed critics are not providing the full context of changes to previously “substandard plans,” and argued the plan terminations are caused by insurance companies rather than the new health-care law. Nonetheless, in his speech today in Boston, the president encouraged those that have received letters of dropped coverage to look for a new one on their state marketplace or the Healthcare.gov website. “Just shop around in the
In the semi-disastrous testimony of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — with such doozies on Healthcare.gov as, “The Web site never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability,” with a split scene of the site down — there was more than a new batch of gotcha moments for the Republicans to gloat about. There is a fundamental assumption critical to not only Obamacare, but also to the liberal welfare state more generally, namely that it requires a sophisticated and competent bureaucracy. In its collapse and in the testimony of Sebelius,
David Barton, an Evangelical Christian historian who recently made headlines for a controversial history of Thomas Jefferson, is seriously considering primarying Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas), per multiple sources. Rick Green, one of Barton’s closest advisers, tells National Review Online the following in an e-mail: More than 1,000 (zero exaggeration, that is an actual number) tea party and republican party leaders have asked David Barton to run. Polling says Sen. Cornyn is vulnerable and that’s why he is running ads right now. Like America’s Founding Fathers, David Barton will not “seek” this office, but if the people of Texas speak loud
U.S. authorities deported fewer immigrants in fiscal year 2013 than at any time since President Obama took office, according to secret numbers obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies which suggest Mr. Obama’s non-deportation policies have hindered removals of illegal immigrants. Just 364,700 immigrants were removed in fiscal year 2013, according to internal numbers from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that CIS released Wednesday — down 11 percent from the nearly 410,000 who were deported in 2012. The administration has testified to Congress that it has enough money to deport 400,000 every year, but Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at CIS,
Hillary Clinton spoke at two separate Goldman Sachs events on the evenings of Thursday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 29. As both Politico and the New York Times report, Clinton’s fee is about $200,000 per speech, meaning she likely netted around $400,000 for her paid gigs at Goldman over the course of six days. Last Thursday, Clinton spoke for the AIMS Alternative Investment Conference hosted by Goldman Sachs, a closed event exclusively for Goldman clients. AIMS is an annual conference that explores the latest strategies and products available to financial advisers. At the event, Clinton offered what one attendee described to
RUSH: Now, here´s my question. If Obama is gonna go out now and play dictator, let´s realize he could play dictator in any direction he wants to go. If he has the power to deny you your grandfathered plan, the one you liked and the one you were told you could keep, and if Obama didn´t know all of this was going on and he didn´t know all of these problems with the website, and if Obama really cares about being truthful and honest with you, then maybe Obama can play dictator and re-grandfather your plan. If he can play
RUSH: I want to pose another -- not a possibility. I think it´s slam dunk. Remember when we first learned who was getting money to set up exchanges, say, in California? The SEIU, Covered California, it was a bunch of left-wing activists, and the NAALCP. And from that universe of people, the navigators are hired. What do you think is really going on? Voter registration. In addition to you going to get your health care, there is obviously massive Democrat voter registration going on at these exchanges. Websites, brick and mortar, if there are any. What if the end result here,
RUSH: Okay, so let me ask you a quick question. Have you been watching the Sebelius hearings today? Good. Tell me what you think. Off the top of your head, what is your reaction to what you´re watching? Just tell me. Oh, okay. All right. Okay. So Snerdley says it´s a circus. The Democrats don´t even care how their own people are being affected. That´s exactly right. But I´m getting e-mails, "Boy, this Sebelius, oh, is she looking bad. Oh, my God, it´s embarrassing. Oh, jeez, how stupid." And my friends, I´m sorry, but I have a different take. I mean,
RUSH: Bill O´Baxter was on Fox last night. Let´s get it. Let me find the sound bite. I happened to hit it first one. Number 12. Grab sound bite number 12. This is common. There are a lot of people, particularly on Fox -- commentators, the hosts, the guests -- saying it. This seems to be a theme within the Republican Party and on Fox. O´REILLY: The question is, "Did President Obama know about the regulations and the language in the report?" I don´t believe he did because he didn´t read it. He doesn´t pay attention to details. RUSH: "He didn´t know.
Obamacare´s critics are going to town on the cancellation letters millions of Americans are receiving from their health insurers, informing them that their health plans won´t conform to the new federal standards for health coverage as of Jan. 1. We´re supposed to be scandalized by this, since President Obama himself assured everyone that if they liked their insurance they´d be able to keep it. And people just love plans that in some cases cost just $50 a month. At that price, what´s not to love? Back in March, Consumer Reports published a study of many of these plans and placed
On Tuesday´s Charlie Rose Show, former Vice President Dick Cheney came on to promote his new book about surviving heart disease and was treated to a nasty swipe from the host about his Iraq war decision making. When Cheney told the PBS host and co-anchor of CBS’s This Morning that he had wished he had gotten his heart transplant done sooner, Rose took his shot: “Might you have seen Iraq differently if we had more oxygen to your brain?” (video after the jump) The following exchange was aired on the October 29 edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose Show: CHARLIE ROSE: And you feel
Rush Limbaugh won´t say it in so many words, but he (very correctly) called into question the discernment capabilities of Charles Krauthammer and George Will this week on his show. Rush insists he was "merely flabbergasted" at their slow to evolve perception of Barack Obama -- and was only using them as examples to make a bigger point. That notion doesn´t really line up with his very words however. Very clearly, Rush is somewhat irked that Dr. K and George Will were so badly bamboozled by Obama -- while so many of us racist ´rubes´ never were. To be fair,
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