Despite the Government shutdown, one of Obamacare´s most important functions has gone live today, but the launch has been far from smooth. While the shutdown could dampen the rollout as insurance markets open around the country, it has not stopped the healthcare scheme´s online marketplace from opening as scheduled. [Snip] Federal officials are aware of the website problems and say they are working to address it as quickly as possible. U.S. Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters says officials "have built a dynamic system and are prepared to make adjustments as needed and improve the consumer experience."
Comments: I did look for a previous post of this piece and used several means--didn´t find one. If this does turn out to be a duplicate, I apologize in advance.
While I was away being Radley´s Provocateur-in-Residence (yes, it went very well, thank you) someone calling himself Sai Gon Seamus (an expatriate Irishman living in Vietnam, I´m guessing) Tweeted this at me: @JamesDelingpole Hey s***bag, just remember they hanged Lord Haw Haw. #Haiyan If it hadn´t been for the hashtag, this would have puzzled me greatly. But I think I can roughly guess what he´s struggling to articulate. He´s saying: "As an evil climate change denier you are as bad as a Nazi propagandist. Just as William Joyce was hanged for his complicity with a regime responsible for so many
Prescribing statins to millions more healthy people would make only a minimal difference to their average lifespan but risk exposing thousands to harmful side effects, a leading doctor has claimed. [Snip] Side effects experienced by up to one in five patients include severe muscle aches, memory disturbance, sexual dysfunction, cataracts and diabetes. New US guidelines on statins, issued on Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, recommend that doctors should consider prescribing the drugs to all people with at least a 7.5 percent risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke within the next decade.
Thousands of patients are needlessly going blind because they are waiting so long for appointments at NHS eye clinics, a report warns. As many as four in ten eye specialists and nurses admit that their patients are losing sight unnecessarily as they cannot get vital checks or treatment. The report by the RNIB says NHS eye clinics are struggling to cope with the rising numbers of elderly patients losing their sight on top of cuts to their budgets. One mother of three was forced to wait 18 months for a check on a condition triggered by diabetes which has led
Passengers on a U.S. Airways flight stood up in defense of a blind man who they believe was wrongly kicked off the plane. The stand-off came after Albert Rizzi´s guide dog became ´out of control´ according to crew on the flight from Philadelphia to MacArthur Airport on Long Island. Travelers claim that Mr Rizzi was mistreated by a flight attendant on the Wednesday evening flight. Passengers refused to travel after the crew told Mr Rizzi to get off the plane and were taken to Long Island by bus instead. The flight attendant would not allow the plane to take off because
Brazilian Roberto Unger is a leading political philosopher and an advocate of progressive politics. He has taught at Harvard Law School for about 40 years and US President Barack Obama was one of his students in the 1980s. Asked why he moved from welcoming Obama´s election in 2008 to calling him a "disaster" for the Democratic party, Mr Unger told HARDtalk the president had failed to "come up with a sequel to Roosevelt´s New Deal" of the 1930s. "There is no project in the United States responsive to the needs and aspirations of the broad working class majority of the
Mavis Batey, who has died aged 92, was one of the leading female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, cracking the Enigma ciphers that led to the Royal Navy’s victory at Matapan in 1941. She was the last of the great Bletchley “break-in” experts, those codebreakers who found their way into new codes and ciphers that had never been broken before. Mavis Batey also played a leading role in the cracking of the extraordinarily complex German secret service, or Abwehr, Enigma. Without that break, the Double Cross deception plan which ensured the success of the D-Day landings could never have gone ahead.
Two Secret Service agents on President Obama´s detail has been reprimanded after trying to force himself into a woman´s hotel room to collect a bullet that he had left there after meeting her hours before in the hotel bar. Ignacio Zamora Jr., who works as a senior supervisor in charge of more than 20 agents, was investigated by his superiors after a hotel staffer reported his unusual behavior. The ensuing investigation also found that he and another agent, Timothy Barraclough, were sending sexually suggestive emails to a female subordinate. Both men have now been suspended from the Secret Service and
Top Russian and Egyptian ministers are holding talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo that will reportedly include possible arms deals that could be worth as much as $2bn (£1.2bn). It is the first such high-level Russian visit to Egypt in decades. It follows the US´ decision to cut defence aid to Egypt in response to the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. But Egypt´s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy insisted that he was not looking for a ´substitute for anyone´. The flagship of Russia´s Pacific Naval Fleet, the cruiser Varyag, is on a six-day visit to Alexandria--the first Russian warship to visit
The union representing officers with the US Capitol Police (USCP) has called for a congressional inquiry into the decision to pull a Swat team from the scene of a mass shooting in September. A USCP tactical response team arrived first at the Washington Navy Yard but was told by a supervisor to leave instead of entering the building. Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former US Navy reservist, killed 12 people. The USCP union called a department investigation into the matter "flawed". ´Biased´ - The Capitol Police Labor Committee, which represents hundreds of officers, has called for closed hearings conducted by the House of Representatives
The middle class: the first ones slandered as bigots and louts and the first ones billed for all the latest schemes. Too rich to be poor, too poor to be rich. Too little power to rewrite laws in their favour, too much power to be gushed over by champagne socialists and metropolitan editorial boards. [Snip] Now, no nation does anger like the United States. Unlike most government programmes, which conduct their wealth-siphoning out of the public eye, the effects of Obamacare are starkly visible, especially to those it needs to exploit the most. You can complain about welfare and affirmative
The Obama administration has released the first specifics about health insurance enrollment through the federal marketplace and the numbers are very low. In South Carolina, only 572 residents were able to successfully select a marketplace insurance plan. The numbers are even lower in other states. Only 42 North Dakota residents were able to select a plan. The federal government estimates that 11,249 residents in South Carolina were able to submit paper or electronic applications to begin the enrollment process. The U.S. Census estimates more than 700,000 residents in this state have no health insurance. Most of them will need to enroll in a
The woman who was ridiculed across the nation after becoming the face of Obamacare´s shambolic website has lashed out against the ´cyberbullies´ in her first interview. The ´Mona Lisa of healthcare´ revealed herself only as ´Adriana´, a married mother of one originally from Colombia, in an interview with ABC, weeks after speculation first swirled around her identity. She said she finally decided to come forward so she could stand up for herself and set the facts straight about who she was and how her picture came to feature on the beleaguered website. Adriana´s face was mocked by late-night comedy shows, photoshopped and shared
President Obama announces today that he supports a “fix” for Obamacare that would allow some Americans to keep the healthcare plans they already had for an additional year. That was already built into the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare law. It’s not an actual change to anything, it’s just an attempt to get out ahead of the bills that Republican Fred Upton and Democrat Mary Landrieu are sponsoring in the House and Senate that would legislatively “fix” Obamacare. It’s an exercise in blame-shifting, and an abdication of leadership. As news of the plan leaked, skepticism spread.(Snip for tweets)Barack Obama’s credibility
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare. First, the obligatory caveats. It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans’ lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance, their doctors, their money, or all three. Nor is it particularly amusing to think of the incredible waste of time and tax dollars that has gone into Obamacare’s construction. And the still-unfolding violence that this misbegotten legislation will visit on the economy and our liberties is not funny either. This very magazine has been downright
In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power, Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just minutes before he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: After Obama and I slipped through a security checkpoint and he momentarily broke free from the entourage, I sidled up to him and told him that he seemed to be impressing many people of influence in this rarefied atmosphere. Obama, his gaze fixed directly ahead, never broke his stride. “I´m LeBron, baby,” he replied, referring to LeBron
On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne
Something is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative. For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be? The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are
President Obama’s former spiritual advisor Joshua DuBois joined The O’Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, “The President´s Devotional: Daily Readings That Inspired Obama.” He told Bill O’Reilly, “The president’s a committed Christian and his faith is a really important part of his life. Every single morning for the last six years he’s woken up and read these devotionals to try grow closer to God and closer to his neighbors as well.” DuBois recalled going with the president to visit Reverend Billy Graham. “He doesn’t wear this stuff on his sleeve. That’s not the kind guy he is, but he
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
President Barack Obama is expected to announce that individuals with insurance policies that are being canceled because they do not meet Obamacare´s standards will be allowed to renew them, sources told NBC News. But that insurance companies will be required to tell people re-enrolling about alternative options and the benefits they will lose. Obama, under pressure from Democrats facing angry calls from people who have lost their health insurance plans, will deliver a statement on Obamacare at the White House at 11:35 am ET, the White House said. CNBC.com will be streaming the event live.
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I
LOS ANGELES – Despite his devotion to dinner time prayers and Christian values, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson has been axed from speaking at a benefit in Bristol, Tenn. for the faith and bible-driven organization, Family Ministries. Why? Wine. The famous family announced its latest business venture last week: Duck Commander Wines. In conjunction with the winemakers of Trinchero Family Estates in Napa, the Robertsons´ own line of Red, Moscato and Chardonnay is slated to hit stores next month. According to the Ministries, Duck Commander Wines goes against the organization´s core values.
Democratic lawmakers will announce this afternoon a bill to override state abortion laws that have placed restrictions on the services. The Women’s Health Protection Act “would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by preempting restrictive regulations and laws—such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin—intended to curtail reproductive health services for women,” according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) office. Blumenthal will be joined at an afternoon press conference by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.). Also at the announcement of the bill will
There is one kind of bumper sticker I see almost daily here in my small Midwestern town: a small oval printed with "26.2" or "13.1." In case you´re lucky enough not to know what these numbers represent, let me explain: They indicate that the driver or someone in the car has run a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half-marathon (13.1 miles). There is only one reason running aficionados display the stickers. They want the rest of us to know about their long-distance feats. So let me be the first to offer my hearty congratulations. I´d even offer to give them