Uninsured: The White House recently released details about how it plans to market ObamaCare to the uninsured. What it reveals is that most of them don´t want what the administration is trying to force them to buy. In a series of slides posted on the Health and Human Services´ website, the administration explains how it plans to market ObamaCare to the uninsured. Let´s leave aside for a minute the oddity of this effort. Its backers have endlessly touted ObamaCare as a miracle of modern government that will at long last bring insurance within reach of 48 million people
I am convinced that the article writer is much too optimistic about the outcome of the marketing campaign for Obamacare. I suspect that in comparison Ford´s marketing campaign for the Edsel will be seen as a triumph in marketing.
Opposition to ObamaCare hit new highs just as it officially gets off the ground, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. The survey found 54% oppose the law, up from 50% in September and 47% in July. More than half want the law delayed a year as part of any deal to raise the debt limit. The survey also found that ObamaCare is having a real and negative impact on jobs. Nearly one in 10 said that either they or someone in their household has had their hours cut back because of ObamaCare. That translates into as many as 9 million people. Meanwhile,
Glitches: The federal government had 1,288 days to build the ObamaCare exchanges, where millions are supposed to enroll. Yet they were crashing across the U.S. on opening day. Your health care is in the best of hands. Since late last year, administration officials told anyone who´d listen they were on track to open the ObamaCare exchanges on time by Oct. 1. Last December, Gary Cohen, who has been heading up ObamaCare implementation efforts, told state regulators that "10 months from today, people will be signing up for health insurance." The next month, he said again that "yes, we will be ready." In March,
In a speech at a Maryland community college last week promoting his namesake health reform law, President Obama mentioned the word "benefits" 10 times. Free preventive care, coverage for children up to age 26, a better drug plan for seniors. "We´re giving more benefits and protections," he said. But there was one word Obama didn´t mention once in his entire 51-minute talk. And that word was "mandate." That´s despite the fact that a central feature of ObamaCare is the requirement that all those adoring young people buy insurance or pay a fine, and is the key to whatever chances of
Since the beginning of this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted that the ObamaCare exchanges would be ready next Tuesday, when they officially open their virtual doors to those wanting to buy insurance. "We are determined and on track to meet the Oct. 1 deadline," she said back in April. Given the incredible IT requirements involved in getting the exchanges ready, the bureaucratic delays, and the government´s dubious track record in managing big technology projects, it always looked like a long shot. And with the deadline just days away, IT problems appear to be mounting, leaving what Sebelius will count
Health Care: Just days before ObamaCare officially launches, the Newspaper of Record discovers that those allegedly low premiums liberals brag about won´t come cheap. At least, not if you want to actually use health care. Democrats have worked overtime claiming that premiums offered in the ObamaCare exchanges aren´t as bad as everyone thought they´d be. "Show me the rate shock" is their refrain. The White House even claims that six in 10 uninsured will be able to buy coverage for "under $100 per person per month." So just how could ObamaCare pile on costly new benefit mandates, require that insurers take everyone, not
Blame Game: Everybody who dislikes ObamaCare is being duped by GOP propaganda, says President Obama. That must include all those unions calling it a disaster, and all those who´ve lost jobs and pay because of the law. Telemundo, the only news outlet that appears willing to ask Obama a tough question, pressed him this week about polls showing most Americans oppose ObamaCare. "Is everybody wrong?" the host asked. "Yes, they are," Obama responded. The problem, he said, isn´t his law. It´s those evil Republicans who´ve spent "billions of dollars ... misinforming people."
In the wake of the Syria fiasco, in which we´re trusting Mafia godfather Vladimir Putin to disarm his most bloodthirsty capo, Bashar Assad, can the U.S. still deter the kind of aggression on a world-war scale that we´ve been saved from for nearly 70 years? What would President Obama do if, God forbid, nuclear North Korea invaded South Korea? Or if China invaded Taiwan or Japan´s Senkaku Islands, near which there may be sizable oil reserves? Or if the practically nuclear-armed Iran invaded Iraq? More to the point, what do these potential aggressors think Obama would do? Would this president, who was "elected
Young people making as little as $20,394 won´t be eligible for any ObamaCare subsidies, thanks to the way that the subsidies are calculated, according to a study released on Monday. The study also found that, overall, young people will get far less generous subsidies from ObamaCare than older people. [snip] This finding could spell trouble for the success of ObamaCare health exchanges, which depend on young people buying insurance to keep the overall market stable.
When Trader Joe´s announced it was dropping health benefits for part-time workers, it reassured them that they´d be no worse off as a result. "We believe that with the $500 from Trader Joe´s and the tax credits available under the (Affordable Care Act), many of you should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little if any net cost to you," noted CEO Dan Bane in a memo to employees revealed this week. In other words, Trader Joe´s — like some other companies — has decided to shift its health care costs onto federal taxpayers via the subsidized ObamaCare insurance
Health Reform: More bad news for Obama-Care this week: Another state announced huge rate increases, and another labor union rebelled over the harm it will do to members. Yet, this train wreck just keeps on rolling. ObamaCare may very well be the worst law ever passed by the federal government in the history of the U.S. The public didn´t want it in the first place — going so far as to elect a Republican senator in solidly Democratic Massachusetts to try to stop it — and they´ve hated it ever since. The latest IBD/TIPP poll finds that just 38% want Congress to
"We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away." That was President Obama selling ObamaCare in 2009, and it was a promise he repeated on numerous occasions. As recently as this spring, Obama claimed that "for the 85% to 90% of Americans who already have health insurance ... they don´t have to worry about anything else." But this week, a survey of big businesses provided additional evidence that it´s a promise Obama won´t be able to keep.
Health Overhaul: In the latest and most desperate promotion of ObamaCare, the president is invoking Martin Luther King Jr. But the only "fierce urgency of now" is stopping ObamaCare before it can do more damage. You wouldn´t think a law that claims to provide a product millions are desperate to buy, and have to buy whether they want to or not, would need so much promotional help. But the Obama administration has been trying furiously to get some good PR about the still hugely unpopular ObamaCare in the weeks before it launches.
Get ready for Chelsea Clinton Bump Watch 2014 — the only daughter of the former president and former secretary of State is declaring next year the “Year of the Baby.” In an interview for the November issue of Glamour magazine on her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton reveals that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are planning for a bouncing addition to their household. According to the 33-year-old Oxford grad, the pair, who married in 2010, sat down together a year after tying the knot and made a list focused on their future, saying, “We want,
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
President Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that while he’s been president, he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican party.” Obama boasted: During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm. And am I exasperated? Absolutely, I’m exasperated. Because this is entirely unnecessary. I am exasperated with the idea that, unless I say that, ‘Twenty million people, you can’t have health insurance,’ these folks will not reopen the government. That is irresponsible. The President asserted that he’s
More than a dozen House Republicans who want to drop attempts to undermine the health-care law and reopen the government are meeting among themselves and with House Speaker John Boehner -- and he’s listening. For the past few weeks, Boehner’s hand has been guided by a group of Tea Party-aligned Republican House members who’ve urged little compromise in their three-year drive to undo the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now, the agitation is coming from the other side of the caucus. A bipartisan group of about 40 House lawmakers are holding private talks to find a compromise
Despite an emergency meeting at the White House, congressional leaders reported no progress late Wednesday on trying to reach a budget deal -- while over on Capitol Hill, tempers were flaring and lawmakers were melting down on the floor of the House. The top four congressional leaders took a stab, during an hour-long White House meeting, at negotiating with President Obama over the impasse. There was no breakthrough. House Speaker John Boehner emerged saying he had a "nice, polite conversation" but complaining that Obama would not budge off his demand that Congress pass a straight budget bill -- one that does not
DALLAS —In a shopping center parking lot 1,300 miles from Washington’s bureaucracy and bickering, teen mom Karina Luciano loaded a watermelon and baby formula into her car. Luciano didn’t realize the federal assistance program that just purchased the food items for her children, Aimee, 2, and Jaiden, 11 months, is now in jeopardy because of the government shutdown. “Oh my god, I think I’m going to cry,” Luciano said upon learning the news. “This is really bad.” Nearly 9 million low-income mothers and children receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Congress’ inability to
The shutdown battle has become, essentially, a high-stakes blame game.(snip)But in a note to clients, Potomac Research Group´s Greg Valliere says that President Obama still has one "trump card" of his own left to play, Social Security: THE HEAVY ARTILLERY: We have thought for weeks that Obama would play the Social Security trump card if there was no deal on the debt ceiling by mid-October. This is one of several reasons why we think a default is unlikely, and it´s one of several reasons why Boehner will capitulate; the only questions are when and under what terms. We think he may
Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. Things
The revisions downward begin. Yesterday, Obamacare exchanges were melting down because of the intense interest in signing up. All the citizens were flooding the gates for all the insurance! Why, in California there were 5 million visitors. No technologist could prepare for such an onslaught. Here’s what really happened: California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday. The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a
Conservative talker Mark Levin has a stern warning for President Barack Obama and his administration: Don’t mess with the World War II veterans. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” told his audience on his Wednesday radio show should there be any action taken against those veterans for visiting the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, even with the government shutdown, he would bring 500,000 people to march on the Washington, D.C. in response. “I want to tell you folks something — I want to say this loud and clear to the people
A woman has been shot dead today after she rammed her car into a White House barricade with a young child inside then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, witnesses said. Up to 15 shots were fired at 2pm (ET) on Thursday with officers swarming the scene with machine guns while hundreds of staffers and tourists fled in terror or took shelter in buildings at the political heart of Washington D.C. The female suspect was shot dead by police officers but is not believed to have returned fire. She is reportedly a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.
The government shutdown will temporarily slash the staffs and operations of every “nonessential” federal program — which, as you can imagine, adds up to a whole lot of programs. There are the ones you know about, like the national parks and the panda cam. Then there’s everything else. Here’s 21 effects of the shutdown you might not have heard about. 1) No one will oversee the program that makes sure your organic food is actually organic. That’s called the National Organic Standards Program, and its entire staff was furloughed. Also on the Department of Agriculture furlough list: the people who check