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Dropped Coverage
Politico Magazine, by Trudy Lieberman

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/3/2013 6:03:00 AM

Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO. But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/3/2013 6:25:44 AM     (No. 9637767)

Oh, look. A CYA this way cometh. This is just the first in a long line. Fox warned everyone time and time again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: avital2, 12/3/2013 6:49:13 AM     (No. 9637794)

WSJ covered the future repercussions in coverage, economy from day one.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/3/2013 6:50:44 AM     (No. 9637797)

Restoration of our democracy depends on having a balanced media -- one that will ferret out the truth in time for the electorate to take corrective actions. For years, our media has been an arm of the Democratic Party, and we have Obamacare as a result. This article shows the media´s concern that the days of their domination of America´s minds may be coming to an end.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 12/3/2013 7:00:05 AM     (No. 9637807)

I´m sorry but while there´s some good work done in this piece, the following reveals a bias that taints the rest of the article. Ms. Lieberman blames the media and the message. She never once blames the plan itself nor Obama:

Suddenly, many journalists were realizing that the real story was not the stuff of far-right paranoia—like the false “death panels” claims or the canards about “socialized medicine” that dominated the early coverage; it was the law’s messy tradeoffs, its power to create new classes of winners and losers as it tried to bring insurance to more Americans.

I don´t agree about the "winners and losers" being the biggest problem here, nor the creation of "new classes".

The fact remains -- and should continue to remain -- that millions of people who liked their health care lost or are going to lose it. Why? Because a minority of Americans needed health care they couldn´t afford. Insurance could have addressed ONLY those people. The rest of us had our freedom of choice stripped from us.

Finally, there really are death panels now and there really is socialized medicine. This is political; there is no grand desire on the part of this POTUS or Democrats to provide "affordable quality health care".

It´s sheer distribution and control over our money and our bodies. And it is still wrong.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/3/2013 7:00:12 AM     (No. 9637808)

Note that the author is a Contributing Editor at Columbia Journalism Review.

The photo caption says "the media chose to focus on sensationalistic non-issues like ´death panels,´ rather than the real problems with the health care law."

When faceless bureaucrats get to decide who gets what treatment, and whether to give life-saving treatment or palliative care (the pain pill of Obama´s speeches) to someone, based on factors such as age and value to society, that is not a non-issue. Rather, it is the essential issue.

The author purports to give a balanced view, while doing exactly the opposite. It is quite apparent where her sympathies lie.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Janjan, 12/3/2013 7:02:10 AM     (No. 9637812)

Hate to bust your liberal bubble there Trudy but the media have been lying and covering up for this Administration since Day One and never more so than when they had to hide the impact of the Obamacare debacle from the naive voters until after the 2012 election.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/3/2013 7:28:56 AM     (No. 9637844)

Nobody reads Politico for their ´´fair and balanced´´ articles. This one included.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 12/3/2013 7:32:32 AM     (No. 9637847)

And sadly the Enemedia is letting Dems get away with it again by not shouting from the rooftops the fact that the one-year delay in the employer mandate and the calls for similar delays in the individual mandate or any other provisions is simply to give cover to Dems until after the 2014 elections.
Delaying fixes nothing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 12/3/2013 7:33:37 AM     (No. 9637848)

FTA: ´´But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online...´´

Well now, that brings up another question, Trudy. ´´But did the press do a good job of vetting obama before the ´08 election?´´

I would like to hear her answer to that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: freffy16, 12/3/2013 7:36:57 AM     (No. 9637851)

No matter; he´ll have his way ´cause he OWNS the government.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/3/2013 7:57:53 AM     (No. 9637885)

A website of this magnitude is ´designed´ with no data security in the architecture? In 2012/13 ? This is not just deliberate sabotage. It is an act of war against the United States and the American people. The website problem kerfuffle and accusations of incompetence is simply camouflage to provide cover for the real intentions until it is too late. We should totally focus from now on, on what lies beyond.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/3/2013 8:00:08 AM     (No. 9637891)

#4 "Because a minority of Americans needed health care they couldn´t afford. Insurance could have addressed ONLY those people."

Those people are not even interested in health care, in the sense that we know. That portion of the 47% live entirely hand-to-mouth. They do not want a relationship with a physician where a healthier lifestyle will be encouraged, in the context of a full medical assessment. No, those people want to just walk into the ER when in pain. They do that now. Now changes were necessary.

This is why there are NO obamaCare success stories. Most of the folks who are getting this for free don´t even want it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/3/2013 8:03:47 AM     (No. 9637898)

Add to #12, one of the reasons for the massive increase in obamaCare premiums is not that health care will be used more. It will not. It is that there will be a large increase in the malpractice suits, the Moocher class will be immediately empowered by the malpractice attorneys. A whole new genmeration of ambulance chasing will be spawned.

ACA should have been UCA (Unaffordable Care Act)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/3/2013 8:15:43 AM     (No. 9637925)

"We did not tell you because you did not want to know."

Let´s all throw the BS flag!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 4freedom, 12/3/2013 8:49:24 AM     (No. 9637981)

Read some comments after article, had to keep looking up to make sure it was Politico (Magazine), most all comments are negative, really negative.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/3/2013 9:18:49 AM     (No. 9638035)

Like the shredded foil that is dumped from the bomber as it flies towards its intended target, the ´glitch´ aspect is but a distraction from the goal of this plan. It is, in fact, an unnecessary aspect .

The IRS (with a little help from the U.S. Census) already knows who you are, how much you make, how many dependents you have, etc..
Health insurance premiums will become just another deduction from the paychecks of those who still have a job. In little bites, it won´t hurt anymore than your payment for social security, medicare and all the other ´benefits´ provided by your benevolent masters.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Shucky, 12/3/2013 9:46:26 AM     (No. 9638083)

Responsible, truthful, professional media have covered the issues honestly for years, the rest who claim to be journalists are unprofessional untruthful partisan hacks.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Clinger, 12/3/2013 9:52:00 AM     (No. 9638096)

OK cut the you know what. How is it a surprise or emergent revelation that you can´t provide something of value to millions of uninsured and people with preexisting conditions and like magic you will have $2500 more money in your pocket if you happen to be one providing that value to the aforementioned? Seriously?

One had to intentionally ignore the greatest fraud in human history.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mulhaven, 12/3/2013 9:58:13 AM     (No. 9638118)

The reason the DNC media is proffering some "negative" comments about the health care fiasco is that they are Democrats first. Their mission statement should read, "to praise, promote and protect the Democrat party".

They need a fall guy, and it will not be the party. That is the party that is totally responsible for this corrupt piece of legislation. It is certain that the party will be exonerated by the media. Individuals can be sacrificed, but not the party.

By the way, "death panels" were not a topic for the media other than to make hostile comments against Sarah Palin. Trudy is out to lunch in her comments. But then what´s new?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/3/2013 10:06:41 AM     (No. 9638129)

Indeed, Politico is doing major Covering MSM´s A**** in this article.

The article bemoans the fact the ObamaCare was not dissected by them, as if the Lamestream has ever DISSECTED any of Obama´s failed ventures, e.g., Solyndra scandal, Benghazi scandal, IRS scandal, NSA scandal, Common Core scandal, National Debt scandal, and on and on - my brain spins. (Good article about lying posted today that Lamestream should check out.)

They didn´t even have to dissect ObamaCare themselves; all they had to do was call Betsey McCaughey and she´d bring her well-tabbed binder and answer any questions about ObamaCare that they´d deign to ask. But - -they didn´t.

And the National Journal is NOT conservative.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jglas, 12/3/2013 10:49:37 AM     (No. 9638216)

Baloney the ACA is an attempt at bait and switch, the bait being subsidized (read promoted as essentially free or at least really cheap) health insurance, the switch will be to single payer (i.e. socialized medicine). That will happen because the law enables the government to kill the health insurance industry by specifying what must be in the insurance, guaranteeing it will be expensive with high deductibles. It then gives everybody a safe way to avoid the mandate to buy the insurance by only having to pay a (much cheaper) fine/tax instead. Obama has already admitted his goal is single payer so what is the chance he won´t take the opportunity to shoot the insurance companies and then rush in to save us with single payer? Not much. The MSM was complicit in this humbug by spiking those facts and what they imply. If Obama/Reid/Pelosi really only wanted everyone to be able to buy health insurance all that was needed were appropriate means tested subsidies . . . a few pages law with subsidy rules and no mandates would suffice. No website to collect everyone´s vital statistics would be needed. The insurance companies could handle everything themselves cheaper than the government. Everyone could make up their own mind about what insurance they wanted (or that they don´t want to spend money on insurance). Most importantly the government wouldn´t have life or death control over every single citizen.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: little guy, 12/3/2013 11:10:03 AM     (No. 9638272)

This is nothing more than an attempted defense for the media not doing its job of being fair and free and looking out for the citizens. They were in bed with Obama and now its a mere oversight. Nonsense.

I, for one, will remember who helped foist this disaster on all of us. If you sat by quietly while we all lost our doctors, then you get part of the blame. And many of us will remember that!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: chicodon, 12/3/2013 12:40:41 PM     (No. 9638450)

Obamacare was designed so that 50% of the country will love it and 50% will hate it.

Obamacare is a Marxist wealth redistribution scheme that affects the middle class most dramatically. The upper middle class will contribute and the lower middle class will receive. Basically 50% of the country will subsidize the other 50%.

Given the following set of numbers, in the macro sense, who do you think will be contributing to Obamacare and who do you think will receive?

Median Income 2009

Asian: 75,027
White: 62,545
Latino: 39,730
Black: 38,409

Obamacare is just so... Obama.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Libertygal, 12/3/2013 9:53:00 PM     (No. 9639137)

400 x the poverty level is not upper middle class anymore.

With everything costing more, gasoline, heating, cooling, and food, no disposeable income. In fact, we now live paycheck to paycheck.

This was Obama´s goal. He did not like ipads, and cell phones, and didn´t like the people having disposeable income. The ACA was designed to take it away.

Premiums from my EMPLOYER went from 159.00 every two weeks, to 335.00 every two weeks.

The car is paid off, but things like the mortgage are what they are. If the car breaks down, or needs tires, it means skipping some meals.

My employer contribution is small compared to the 3,200.00 deductible BEFORE insurance kicks in. My only other option? To stop my 401, but that would be giving up "free money" in matched contributions. With 15 years to retirement?

The middle class, all of it, has now officially been rendered neutral by the ACA.

No campaign contributions, disposeable income, no toys that allow us to share competitive views against Dems and progressives.

THAT was what he wanted. See his speech, Hampton, Va. 2010.

" "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion,..."

" He bemoaned the fact that "some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction," in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets."

He is trying to stifle dissenting opinion by breaking people. Who are most likely to read blogs and listen to "certain talk" (Rush Limbaugh) radio outlets?

Then, he was moaning, "A tax increase on the middle class at this time would be devastating." What is Obamacare? A huge tax increase on the middle class. He lied and it took the SCOTUS to out the truth.

"The cost of energy will necessarily skyrocket", "I will bankrupt the coal industry."

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Libertygal, 12/3/2013 10:05:08 PM     (No. 9639144)

#12, I agree 100%. It changed NOTHING except forcing that low income group to sign up for Medicaid BEFORE they get to the ER. Not one person bothers to mention that prior to this, they got Medicaid upon visiting the ER. Healthcare for the poir won´t change one iota, because the PEOPLE will not change. It is more convenient to go to the 24/7/365 ER than to be botheted with actually giving a damn and bothering to schedule an appointment. Their COVERAGE has not changed.

All it accomplished was to give a visual number ofthe sheer multitudes of people that qualify for it, and exactly the numbers the middle class is being destroyed to subsidize. Those numbers are a direct correlation to the true unemployment level, and a window into how poor this nation´s people have become.

We do not even need to take into account the 30-49 million odd illegals getting their share of "free" healthcare.

Not even taking into account Medicare, where have our taxes for Medicaid gone? Votes, that´s where. Two elections, how many bailouts of hidden pork, all to buy votes for two terms. And all the money for that website, that vanished into Canada, tax free.

Someone should investigate. Indeed.

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President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

White House Denies ’09 Fort Hood Victim´s
Request for Meeting With Obama

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ABC News, by Lee Ferran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 6:08:03 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama spoke of old "wounds” at Fort Hood this week, the White House declined a request from a survivor of the 2009 massacre there to meet with Obama for a few minutes so the veteran could explain face-to-face how he believes the government has mistreated and disrespected the victims of that attack. Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford (ret.) was shot seven times in November 2009 when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Despite Hasan’s admission that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Taliban and revelations that he had been

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Obama decries ‘bogus’
voter fraud complaints

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 8:18:44 PM     Post Reply
President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud “bogus” and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton. Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make “it harder, not easier to vote.” And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred. “So let´s be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” Obama said. Obama

Victory for Nevada´s last rancher!
Federal government backs down and
says it will NOT try to seize cattle from
cowboy at the centre of armed showdown

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/12/2014 2:34:02 PM     Post Reply
The last rancher in southern Nevada has won his battle to graze cows on public land after a week-long stand off with federal agents. The Bureau of Land Management today said it would stop trying to seize the cattle of Cliven Bundy after armed militia members today continuing to gather in Nevada in a confrontation with federal agents. BLM Director Neil Kornze said: ´Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

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