Could ObamaCare, the goal of which was universal health coverage, actually increase the number of uninsured? If it does, the blame will fall almost entirely on provisions in the law, not Republican opposition to it. ObamaCare has three key parts intended to greatly expand the number of Americans with health coverage: (1) The individual mandate requiring nearly every American to have insurance or pay a penalty tax; (2) health insurance exchanges, where people below 400% of the federal poverty level will get federal subsidies (i.e., tax dollars) to help pay for coverage, and (3) a massive expansion of Medicaid up to 138%
HOW large a path of destruction will Obama leave in his wake before Congress wakes up? HOW much can we citizens take before we start speaking out in great numbers? Are we going to wait until we are shuffled into boxcars to be taken to Obamacare facilities?
It makes no difference what the disastrous unintended consequences of this law will be, the media, ever carrying water for the socialists in Washington, will hail it as a success, and too many people will believe them.
What a depressing article. How can you leave something as important as health care to democrats, liberals and progressives? They have zero core values and are always all over the place, making a mess of things, just like they are with this issue. This is like asking toddlers to repair the car brakes.
True, #3, but you must understand; They feel GOOD about themselves because THEY care. It doesn´t matter that they make a hash of things, and don´t know what they´re doing even though they loudly claim to be smarter than everyone else; they had GOOD intentions!
No matter what ANYONE says, if you have an health insurance policy, but cannot afford the deductibles, the co-pays, and/or the co-insurance, or you cannot find a doctor to treat you on a timely basis, or the treatment you require is not covered, effectively you have NO policy. You are better off saving your money than paying a "cheap" premium for a worthless policy. The facts are that much of what Obama promised when the law was passed has turned out to be false.
The true, underlying purpose of socialism is not to "help people", it is to punish the achievers and the successful. So the actual number of "uninsured" under Dear Leader´s dishonest plan will matter didddlysquat to him and the Demtards. What will matter is that enough of the "1%" are losing assets to his greedy "progressive" State. That´s what the Left is really after here, not a healthier nation.
FALLS CHURCH, Virginia -- While giving a speech endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia gubernatorial bid at a small concert and theater venue just outside Washington, D.C., former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took several veiled shots at President Barack Obama and the way her 2008 Democratic primary opponent has run Washington since being first elected five years ago. While Clinton never mentioned Obama by name, she used innuendo and some indirect references to try to separate herself from the president ahead of what is widely expected to be another run at the White House for her in 2016. “I thought hard about
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is standing firm in his fight against ObamaCare, undeterred by party elders and poll numbers that suggest his unflinching crusade against the president´s signature legislative accomplishment has badly bruised the Republican Party´s national brand. The Texas senator was the unquestioned focus of Sunday morning´s talk shows, sitting for a pair of interviews himself and providing fodder for nearly every lawmaker interviewed. Echoing the determination he voiced in Senate hallways and in secret meetings with House Republicans throughout the shutdown, Cruz said he was "not remotely" upset that party leaders had chastised him over a legislative strategy many believe
One of Washington´s most prominent watchdog groups is seeking the legal reasons behind President Obama´s long-standing refusal to hike the debt ceiling unilaterally. As the recent fiscal battle unfolded, the White House said repeatedly that Obama does not have the authority to extend the Treasury´s borrowing powers without congressional action. But Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is challenging that claim, noting that the Obama administration has, in the words of CREW chief counsel Anne Weismann, adopted "an expansive view of executive power" in everything from the surveillance of U.S. citizens at home and the killing of Americans overseas. Given that
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President Obama "will directly address the technical problems" with the ObamaCare website during a Rose Garden event Monday morning, according to a White House official. The president will discuss work continuing "around the clock" to improve the website, which has been plagued by problems since its launch earlier this month. According to the White House official, the president and his team find those troubles "unacceptable." The official said the president will be joined by "consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists," including individuals who have already enrolled in ObamaCare online. Many individuals have reported issues creating accounts on the website, which allows uninsured Americans
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Former Republican Governor of Florida Jeb Bush and his son are at odds over Ted Cruz and Obamacare. The younger Bush, George P. Bush, who is a candidate for Texas land commissioner, had supported efforts by Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare in the fight to fund the government. The elder Bush has criticized Cruz’s tactics. “I agree with this effort to defund it, or keep Texas out of the program unless we can modify it to a Texas-specific solution,” George P. Bush said, according to the Dallas Morning News. On ABC’s This Week Jeb Bush attacked the efforts and tactics by Cruz
Is it possible for liberal media members to hold back their glee concerning Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016? Consider ABC´s Martha Raddatz who on Sunday´s This Week actually said to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), "She´s got to run, right?" Potentially even more sick-making, the show actually teased Clinton speaking at Virginia senatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe´s fundraiser Saturday, and then began the program with pictures of her on the screen as substitute host Raddatz gushed with guests: (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) HILLARY CLINTON, FRM. U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: Recently in Washington unfortunately we have seen examples of the wrong kind of
Although Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) is known as the first pilot to cross the Atlantic solo in 1927 piloting the Spirit of St. Louis, his Nazi sympathies are often downplayed, and few know that he was an extreme environmentalist. Strangely enough, the very man who helped kick-start the space age became less interested in aviation late in life. In fact, he came to believe that technology and machines were the enemies and destroyers of the natural world. The man who became a notorious recluse due to the political firestorm he created by becoming a national spokesman for an isolationist organization with Nazi
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A reader who says that he has done large software installations for one of the big accounting firms wrote the following in an email. It seems to validate the concerns discussed in my Washington Examiner column on the Obamacare IT mess.1. The integration aspect is most difficult. In this case, the integration of various Federal Systems to determine subsidies is proving a daunting task. You are dealing with legacy systems that don’t integrate very well. Also the integration with the insurers consisting of sending an insurance application to the insurance company, a much easier task, was also screwed up. 2. The
During an interview for “This Week,” former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – who told ABC News that he would do “anything” to stop Obamacare – to come up with an alternative and show some restraint if his aim was to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law. “I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative...we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles...and two, show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush
President Barack Obama will declare the glitches in a new healthcare website ´unacceptable´ on Monday as his team scrambles to fix problems that have tainted the roll-out of his signature healthcare law. Fresh from two weeks of budget battles that have consumed Washington, Obama will hold an event at 11:25am in the White House Rose Garden with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have been affected by the new law. The move is the highest-profile step in a broad damage control effort that the administration has launched since technical problems with the website, healthcare.gov, have prevented Americans nationwide from signing up
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton formally endorsed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Saturday, signifying her first high-profile public foray into elective politics since leaving her post earlier this year. Mrs. Clinton helped fire up an overflow crowd of an estimated 800 people at the State Theater in Falls Church there to support Mr. McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee Chairman and prolific fundraiser who was a rainmaker for President Clinton during the 1990s.