WASHINGTON -- A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama´s health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it´s headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation. "I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama´s health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense. Baucus is the first top Democrat to publicly voice fears about the rollout of the new health care law, designed to bring coverage to some 30 million uninsured Americans through a mix
Well guess what, Max. Millions of us...probably many of whom who wrote to you...saw the train wreck wayyyyyy down the tracks. The wrecks are called consequences ... and if you can´t see them coming when the signs are all right in front of you, you have no business being a senator.
Baucus is up for reElection with his new young attorney wife. He doesn´t want to lose his power and knows it is a train wreck that he helped to create and cram down America´s throat. Remember the initials roll out with Dem Scheitzer an Baucus in Montana with Obama-disgraceful sell out. Hope he goes down in flames.
Max isn´t the first one. Jay Rockefeller was saying the same thing last week. All the rest of them know it but won´t say it out loud. (Maybe I am giving them too much credit. I doubt if Pelosi or Boxer or Reid are smart enough to see what is coming.)
Exactly #6, this law was designed to destroy the U.S. health care system and cause the American people to be willing to accept fully nationalized healthcare. The Democrats had/have given up on gradually migrating us to that end and decided to implement this to destroy the existing medical establishment forcing people into dependence on the government.
We MUST fight to place all of Congress and the Supreme Court under the same law. There can be no exemptions for them. Make them walk the plank with us. We are not a caste system with different classes of people. EVERYONE is equal under the law, unfortunately they have forgotten that.
Gee, Max, a 2700 page bill set-up with 20 thousand pages of regulations - and you really think it will be a train wreck? At last you have a thought that is correct. The voting public tried for years to tell you people to leave our great medical system alone.DC critters better come to their senses and kill this monster.
He is correct; the implementation is really, really bad. Sadly, this is what you get when you try to pass one-party legislation. Dems didn´t want to listen to anyone else...but Reps didn´t want to show them where the implementation problems were. Both sides took a ´my way or the highway´ approach. Never good for Americans.
As for ´leave our great healthcare system alone´ - the system works for many people, but it is nightmare for others. In particular, people with pre-existing conditions, or with family members with pre-existing conditions cannot get private insurance and often can´t afford to change jobs. People working less than 30 hours per week - often, not by choice! - can´t get coverage. There are holes that need fixing; but not at the cost of re-making the entire system.
Gee Max, only Democrats voted for this monster. Do you think maybe you Democrats ought to say its time to shut it down before it wrecks the economy? I think you can count on some help from the GOP to kill the law.
Max, who straddled both sides of the fence when they approved Ocare.
This is the dumbest and most costly domestic program to come out of Washington since 2008. They could have paid the bills of the uninsured for less money. They could have put the uninsured into the federal employees plan-we are paying for them too.
The latest greatest dumbest part of Zippycare is the navigators who will be paid between $20-$48 an hour; thousands of them. Union workers, community organizers and so called health professionals.
Then there is the matter of shuffling money from seniors to help pay for Zippycare.
Man up. Stand at the podium and say We made a gross error in judgment and we need to rethink the issue. Stop it today.
Obama didn´t write the thing, this was 100% written by the anti-democratic controlled Senate and House. I never listen to their lies, actions speak louder than lies, when they all resign then I may notice them.
What was the song? A Spoonful of Sugar" "And ev´ry task you undertake Becomes a piece of cake A lark! A spree! It´s very clear to see that
A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down The medicine go down-wown The medicine go down Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down In a most delightful way..."
Sounds like ole Maxbaby has gotten a whiff of the medicine,it smells like castor oil laced with sulphur, he is holding his nose and running from it. He need to go back to Montana and count his accumulated cow pies.
If no other line in the motion picture "Lincoln" had gladdened the hearts of Washington liberals (and many lines did), this one attributed to Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) in a private moment surely was sufficient: "A result (the 13th Amendment) procured by corruption by the purist men in America." That is how the Left views its causes. Lies, deceit, bribery, rigged elections in service of the ultimate good are all forgivable.
Obamacare is but the latest example of the ends justifying the means. The alleged corrupt tactics by which Lincoln and his allies moved the amendment through the House of Representatives might make some think less of the great statesman. But in the minds of the Left, his tawdry methods (credit Doris Kearns Goodwin and Steven Spielberg) validate their own.
As much as I agree with what this headline implies Baucus said, please read the whole article, and others containing his full statement. He said implementation has been a train wreck due to the White House´s clumsy info campaign failing to clearly communicate with a "misinformed" (Demspeak for ignorant) public. He still loves Obamacare. He just thinks we´re too stupid to appreciate it, and that the administration is having a hard time speaking down on our level.
WASHINGTON - The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East - which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat - through August 10 due to caution but not the emergence of any new threat, the State Department said. Other U.S. diplomatic posts, including in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, that had been closed on Sunday, will reopen on Monday, the State Department said. Posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will be closed through Saturday.
PROVO, Utah — Time may be running short for hardcore "Star Wars" fans to see the real-life set used to portray Anakin Skywalker´s childhood home of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine. Brigham Young University planetary scientist Jani Radebaugh said new research shows a fast-moving sand dune is spilling onto streets of the set in the Tunisian desert and will eventually bury buildings. The dune was measured at 20 feet tall and 300 feet wide in 2009, and it´s been moving toward the set about 50 feet per year since 2002, she said. Research by her and two colleagues
The closure of 19 embassies Sunday and the issuing of a month-long global travel alert for all Americans abroad shows how Al Qaeda´s threat to the United States has evolved since 9/11 – and how the US response has evolved, too. The closed embassies are all in an arc that runs from North Africa through the Middle East to Afghanistan, and the information suggests that the primary threat comes from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch that many experts say is now the movement´s strongest. Officials with knowledge of the intelligence
WASHINGTON -- The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July´s job gain. "You´re getting jobs added, but they might not be the best-quality job," says John Canally, an economist with LPL Financial in Boston. So far this year, low-paying industries have provided 61 percent of the nation´s job growth
Two beliefs continue to shape debate on Obamacare. First, pre-existing medical conditions shouldn’t prevent people from obtaining affordable health insurance. And second, people who don’t want health insurance shouldn’t be forced by the government to purchase it. These may seem to be reasonable positions. But they are incompatible. That’s been shown by historical events, and it’s now being strikingly confirmed by recent experience in the emerging Obamacare insurance exchanges. The crux of the matter is what economists call the adverse-selection problem. Uninsured people with pre-existing conditions often face tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in
MOSCOW — The American rock group Bloodhound Gang was kicked out of a Russian music festival and pelted with eggs after videos emerged of its bass player shoving a Russian flag down his pants at a recent concert in Ukraine. Russian prosecutors are even considering whether to open a criminal case in the matter, which comes amid a rise in U.S.-Russian tensions. Videos posted online of Wednesday´s concert in the Ukrainian city of Odessa show bass player Jared Hasselhoff pushing the Russian white, blue and red flag down the front of his pants and pulling it out the back.
Aetna Inc has withdrawn its applications to sell insurance plans on Maryland´s individual health exchange after it was asked to lower its rates by up to 29 percent, according to the state´s department of insurance. In an Aug. 1 letter sent to the Department of Insurance, Aetna said the required rate modifications cut premiums too low on both its Aetna and Coventry products. Aetna closed on the acquisition of Coventry Health Care this spring. "Unfortunately, we believe the modifications to the rates filed by Aetna and Coventry would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost
Bears are known for their smarts, especially when it comes to getting access to food. It´s fair to say that commercial dumpsters are especially inviting to the creatures. Remember the video of the young bear cubs who were stuck in a dumpster after their curiosity got the better of them? Well, video footage captured by a Colorado Springs, Colorado restaurant is making the rounds and is equally interesting to watch. Twice in the last week, a large bear has lumbered to the back of a popular German restaurant with a penchant for authentic weiner schnitzel, and on both occasions
Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth´s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been. And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won´t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?
Zimbabwe´s presidential election was a "huge farce", PM Morgan Tsvangirai has said, alleging vote-rigging by rival President Robert Mugabe´s camp. At a news conference, Mr Tsvangirai said that Wednesday´s poll was "null and void". The largest observer group earlier said up to a million people were prevented from voting. Mr Mugabe´s party - which is claiming a victory - denied the accusations, saying the voting went smoothly. The head of the African Union observer mission, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, said his initial assessment was that the vote was free and fair. Other regional observers praised
ISLAMABAD: In an exclusive interview with Geo News senior anchor, Hamid Mir, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and Al-Qaeda were violating the sovereignty of Pakistan. When asked about US drone attacks, the US Secretary of State replied that drone strikes were conducted in the defence of the United States. He also told Hamid Mir that the US was decreasing and not completely withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan. Kerry said the issue of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was not raised by the Pakistani government. Speaking on the situation in Egypt, Kerry said
President Barack Obama told House Democrats Wednesday that his administration was looking at measures to help at-risk children, particularly minority youth — a move that comes in light of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case earlier this month. (Snip) Obama told Cummings that it was a “good time” to examine disparities in the criminal justice system, and efforts to help black, Asian, and Hispanic men and boys. The president added that officials need to look at what can be done to aid at-risk youth in general. “We’re doing that,” Obama said, according to a source
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email