Famed Baltimore neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson addressed the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning on healthcare. Dr. Carson often criticized Obamacare and government intrusion in healthcare while President Obama sat in the audience. Dr. Carson encouraged a program where newborn babies are given health savings account as an alternative to Obamacare. (Snip)DR. CARSON: Here´s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed -- pretax -- from the time you´re born ´til the time you die.
Comments: As you will see from the full video that accompanies the article, Obama was about five feet away on the dais. You can watch his reactions to Carson´s speech.
Dr. Carson´s speech was terrific. I hope you will take the time to watch the video.
In the video, you´ll hear Dr. Carson talk about political correctness (bad), suppression of free speech (bad), our too-complicated tax system and the notion that someone earning a billion shoud be punished with a higher tax rate (bad), and other topics that had to make Obama wince.
Carson is a super-star in many ways. A real American.
Dr Carson makes wonderful common sense, but Obama and the Democrats would not be needed, or in control, under his proposals. There would no emergencies, Obama, the Democrats, and the unions, would not have a strangle hold, boots on the neck, of the U.S. Treasury.
This is a MUST WATCH speech....He´s fantastic!......Dr. Carson is well respected.....several years ago a movie was made about his life and it´s an amazingly good and true account!..(Cuba Gooding Jr. played Dr. Carson)....I HOPE THIS SPEECH GOES VIRAL!!!!!....Deservedly so!
Former players, players from other teams, media members and fans have all sounded off and presented different interpretations of what possibly occurred in the Dolphins’ locker room between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill finally answered questions about the situation. Tannehill’s viewpoint is drastically different than the one which has been portrayed the past week. (Snip for Tweets) Jeff Darlington ? @JeffDarlington Ryan Tannehill: "If you asked Jonathan Martin who his best friend is on this team two weeks ago, he´d say Richie Incognito."
For scientists building devices that would allow the paralyzed to interact with their environment (as well as those wishing to understand the workings of the brain), it´s important to understand that using two virtual arms is a more complex proposition than using each arm separately and multiplying by two. But with a little help and a lot of technology, a new study shows, even a monkey can be taught to do it. The latest account of a brain-machine interface that could give a quadriplegic two good hands was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The article describes a process
Kathleen Sebelius got through the latest Obamacare hearing Wednesday, but her message to Senate Democrats was a bit of a downer: Expect more bad news. The Health and Human Services secretary told the Senate Finance Committee that the Obama administration is on track to fix the sputtering federal enrollment website. Well, maybe not on track exactly — “not where we need to be.” Here are the takeaways from Wednesday’s hearing: Sebelius bets it all on “fix the website” Every time there was a pointed question — why don’t you take the website down, how are you going to take care
WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted Wednesday that it was possible convicted felons could be hired as ObamaCare ‘navigators,’ giving them access to personal information like Social Security numbers and addresses of anyone signing up for the program. Sebelius made the admission in an exchange with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas., during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. (Snip) Cornyn pressed, “So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” Sebelius answered, “This is possible.”
Nikki Finke has severed ties with Deadline Hollywood, the website that she built into a must-read for the entertainment industry. Finke is leaving after repeated clashes with Jay Penske, who purchased the site in 2009 and also owns Variety. "I´m so happy," Finke said in a brief interview. Finke said she plans to start a new website that will compete with Deadline and Variety in chronicling the ins and outs of Hollywood.
Newly minted gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, known for being among the most frequent and inflammatory speakers on the Assembly floor, released an eye-popping campaign video to coincide with his announcement Tuesday that he plans to run for the state’s top office. The two-minute video features apocalyptic pictures of the state accompanied by a voiceover ominously highlighting California’s poverty, unemployment and taxation rates. “California’s broken. The California dream has been swallowed up by ever expanding government,” Donnelly says. The web video then turns to footage of the Inland Empire Republican with his family.
The 2014 gubernatorial campaign officially began Tuesday, with tea party favorite Tim Donnelly, a Republican assemblyman from the Inland Empire, announcing that he is running for governor. "I want to let Jerry Brown know that … not only are we coming for him, but the people of the state of California are coming for their freedom back," Donnelly said, flanked by his wife, three of their five children and dozens of supporters at a sawdust-covered furniture factory in Baldwin Park. "We are going to take it back in 2014!" the lawmaker said. Donnelly cited California´s rates of poverty, unemployment and taxation to argue
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report. The report, by the Community Rights Campaign — an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities — also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from 2011-12 to 2012-13. But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice as likely to be
Now we know why Mayor Rob Ford refused to have an official driver. Who would want a chauffeur at the wheel — with long ears and beady eyes — during all those mystifying late-night peregrinations around the city: pulling over in parking lots, gas stations, Tim Hortons, near high schools; the rambles down isolated pathways, left strewn with empty vodka bottles and juice boxes? Who would want a witness — insufficiently trustworthy — to twitchy transactions, packages and manila envelopes exchanged between a chief magistrate and his bagman, content of the goods unknown, though bird-dogging cops noted the behavior certainly
The Benghazi whistleblower whose new book details massive security failures in the run-up to the September 11, 2012 attacks denies he wrote an incident report made public this week that undermines key details in his memoir. The debate over the Obama administration’s actions before and after the attack on the U.S. mission was reignited following an Oct. 27 60 Minutes report featuring an interview with Morgan Jones, a pseudonym for a British security contractor who trained and advised the local Libyan guard force for the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Jones’s book, The Embassy House, was released two days later and
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon´s Early Bird, an influential daily digest of news and opinion articles about the military that began early in the Cold War, died Friday, another victim of digital news and the government´s desire to control the flow of information. "It had become too big," said Col. Steve Warren, the head of the Pentagon´s press office, who terminated the 65-year-old clip service. "It had become too powerful, and I believe it had the tendency to take a small story and purely by accident turn it into a crisis." It did that and far more. Sent out at sunrise
PALM DESERT — Doris Payne — demure, elegant and 83 — is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn´t use muscle and she doesn´t rely on guns. Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe. Her most recent alleged theft found her on El Paseo, the luxurious row of shops in Palm Desert. Jeweler Raju Mehta thought she fit right in with his customers.
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
It was, I think, the most brazenly mendacious claim an American president has told since Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging insistence that “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” I have in mind Barack Obama’s statement, made earlier this week, in which he said this: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” (Emphasis added.) That is not, in fact, what the president said. Not by a country
President Obama said Thursday that he is "sorry" that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this," he added.
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
A spelling mistake in the words ´not recommended´ on the Obamacare website led to the site going down, it was revealed today in internal notes from ´war room´ meetings of experts scrabbling to breathe life into the shambolic operation. The error limited the choices Obamacare shoppers were offered in October and often presented them with overpriced options. Ultimately, at least some of the website´s many outages were brought about by this simple typo, as technicians struggled to give the public an experience that mirrored President Obama´s promises. ´In states where the federal government helps run these marketplaces, the average American will have more
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform. McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging. “I’m going over to the White House this afternoon to meet with him [on] immigration reform and others,” he said. “I actually have a respectful and cordial relationship with him.” McCain and Obama need to shore up the support of wavering allies such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has backed off the push to overhaul the nation´s immigration laws in a
President Barack Obama heard an earful at the White House Wednesday from Senate Democrats running for re-election next year who are fuming about the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout.During a two-hour meeting that was not on the president’s public schedule, the president met with 15 Senate Democrats facing the voters next year, as well as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska issued a release after the meeting torching the administration. “It is simply unacceptable for Alaskans to bear the brunt of the Administration’s mismanagement of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and
On ESPN’s Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone of the Dallas Morning News said that football games should not include the singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the “military symbolism.” He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a “war anthem.” Blackistone was addressing controversy over Northwestern University’s American flag-themed football uniforms, designed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. In a show segment titled “Buy or Sell,” Blackistone said that he would “sell” the uniforms: I´m going to sell it for the same reasons. If you sell this along with me, you should also be selling the
Despite polls which showed Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a solid lead, it looks like he will eke to victory in the race for Virginia Governor. With 92% of the vote counted, he leads Republican Ken Cuccinelli, 46.8% to 46.5%. Libertarian Robert Sarvis garners 6.7% of the vote. Combined, the Republican and Libertarian get 53% of the vote. McAuliffe will be elected with 47% of the vote. Just a few thousand votes separate McAuliffe and Cuccinelli. Sarvis received over 130,000 votes. Cuccinelli, it should be noted, was out-spent at least 3-1 by McAuliffe. Outside Democrat groups amplified the funding disadvantage facing