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Administration fears part of health
care system so flawed it could
bankrupt insurance companies

Fox News, by Jim Angle

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/22/2014 11:22:11 PM

While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything´s working fine, there´s no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their contractor." To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 1/22/2014 11:47:43 PM     (No. 9701961)

Part of it? Gosh what a good laugh. The entire mess rewrites the meaning of "flawed." I hope it sinks this fetid and corrupt Administration...!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 1/23/2014 12:01:11 AM     (No. 9701971)

Are you kidding? It´s working as planned. Seed the land with confusion and mistrust. Build an answer that is never meant to be. Then sit back and watch it burn. After the election, when all the criminals promise to fix it, declare it unfixable, and nationalize all healthcare when the insurance companies come a begging.

It´s all part of the plan.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/23/2014 12:50:38 AM     (No. 9701998)

Jim Angle still thinks Obama is trying to get a workable program running. All Zippy wants is total control. Silly, gullible journalists!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Twiggy, 1/23/2014 2:06:17 AM     (No. 9702017)

If you´re on Medicare and need to be admitted to the hospital, make sure the admission is designated ´inpatient´ and not ´under observation´ or you will be responsible for the costs. I saw this on TV and quite informative.
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/54026469/#54026469



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Reply 5 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/23/2014 2:11:14 AM     (No. 9702018)

Oh, boo hoo...don´t give me this s**t! You people and the drug companies and the bankers put Abu bin Bama where he is. If it´s going to hurt you that badly, drop out and get back to business as previously done and tell Bama to suck eggs!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/23/2014 2:18:13 AM     (No. 9702022)

Seriously, privately they are giggling with glee at the insurance companies being driven to bankruptcy to make way for their dream of a single payer system. They can´t wait. Nothing will stop them from getting their dream to come true. In the mean time Obama is announcing he will commit unconstitutional acts and high crimes and other misdemeanors, and no one will stop him. Welcome to the United States of Anarchy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 1/23/2014 2:38:44 AM     (No. 9702026)

I tried to have a sane conversation with my lib sister who thinks obamacare is wonderful--she has a pre existing condition so is thrilled to be covered.
I asked why I have to pay for pregnancy and abortions and subsidize others--why can´t they sneak back to Mexico or stop smoking cigs and guzzling beer long enough to pay for their daY(*&m insurance---she almost forced me out of the moving car.
I don´t know how she lost her way.....


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Reply 8 - Posted by: harper, 1/23/2014 3:10:35 AM     (No. 9702028)

It is the perfect crime, you have to admit.

Flawed in root and branch, Obamacare will bring the insurance companies down, then the Donks will own them like Government Motors. Bailouts in the billions with insider democrats making millions in the money shuffle. Then the feds are "forced" to go to single payer. Meanwhile the media has been told to come up with the spin to blame it all on the Republicans.

Anyone with a clue knows upfront the Democrats are fundamentally incompetent and can´t be successfully prosecuted for knowingly screwing up Obamacare, it just happened like all their other progressive inventions. Perfect cover there.

So, the only folks left to blame are the Republicans...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lewis1940, 1/23/2014 3:11:01 AM     (No. 9702029)

Isn´t it great when a plan comes together? -Sarcasm off-

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/23/2014 4:48:03 AM     (No. 9702046)

My daughter is an insurance salesman. Obamacare has hurt her paycheck deeply. She is a single mother (not by choice) with two children. Obamacare is killing her financially and she is stressed out terribly.
I help her as much as I can but she is very proud.

Just one more reason to hate the progs.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/23/2014 6:34:55 AM     (No. 9702086)

The solution is simple. Don´t cast any more votes to a demonrat. You might think they´re great but once elected, they´ll stab you in the back every time. Liars all.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hermoine, 1/23/2014 6:48:00 AM     (No. 9702101)

Since this monstrosity was rammed through Congress, I´ve been telling anyone who would listen, it is not intended to provide health care insurance to those who do not have it. It is intended to drive the country into a single payer system, and what better way to do that than kill private insurance companies so that the only alternative left is the federal government.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/23/2014 6:54:03 AM     (No. 9702105)

More "smoke and mirrors" nonsense from the Marxist hoodlums presently "occupying" The White House!---Everything about Obamacare is going exactly according to the "game plan":

"The theory of Communism can be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property."
-Karl Marx

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 1/23/2014 7:08:18 AM     (No. 9702117)

What exactly is meant by "single payer"? Medicare can´t be it. Medicare operates like most insurance: a deductible (now over $1200 per year) and a 20% co-pay, so that most recipients buy a supplement to cover those expenses; from private insurers I might add.
How do single payer systems acquire their funds?
And rationing has to be part of it, too. In fact, a couple of years ago I saw a chart that showed Medicare at the top of the list of first time claim denials. It was around 6%, if memory serves.
I would ask how anyone thinks this will work, but in the bizarro world in which we now live only intentions matter not reality.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/23/2014 7:25:23 AM     (No. 9702136)

The kick in the pants is that no matter what plans are forced on us, our betters (those in government or connected to government) will have the best of care. In any communist country that´s that way it is. Already terminally ill patients are being kicked off their insurance and are unable to continue treatment. This is just the beginning. There will be death panels and they are intended to use them to thin the herd. Anyone 65 and over will be in their crosshairs. Stay healthy, my friends. Your life depends on it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: edgar, 1/23/2014 7:35:18 AM     (No. 9702150)

The American people need to see the plan to correct this debacle. What are the issues? What is the action to correct resolve the issues? When will these ations occur? What are the benchmarks to measure the success of each corrective action? How many people need to sign up to prevent disaster? How many people signed up? How many paid?
The "press" appears incurious and accepts Jay Carney´s Sargeant Schultz approach to responsibilty.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 1/23/2014 7:56:37 AM     (No. 9702172)

In the headline replace "fears" with "hopes" and "could" with "will" and you will have the truth.

Administration hopes part of health
care system so flawed it will
bankrupt insurance companies

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snapper451, 1/23/2014 8:04:42 AM     (No. 9702177)

This is one of the most egregious stories I have seen in some time. In what world would this not be an emergency where Congress would be called into session and it would be fixed? Just because we have a racist President, we can not criticize "his" legislative masterpiece? Roughly one-sixth of our economy is in peril and nothing is being done, Democrats continue to lie, the HHS head continues to say all is well...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: gone2pot, 1/23/2014 8:18:17 AM     (No. 9702193)

Sebelius insisted once again Wednesday it would all come together and insurance companies will get their money.

If they want to get paid they will get paid...but that all depends on what the meaning of "it" is.

The administration emphasizes that fixing the site by mid-March is urgent. Otherwise the system could descend into chaos and threaten the future of ObamaCare.

By design, it WILL fall into chaos but the future of Obamacare is quite sound. Yours on the other hand is well past being threatened, also by design.





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Reply 20 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/23/2014 8:23:52 AM     (No. 9702201)

Don´t play with me; the Administration doesn´t FEAR it so much as INTENDS it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: dodge boy, 1/23/2014 8:32:17 AM     (No. 9702213)

Thanks, Roberts.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/23/2014 9:01:05 AM     (No. 9702254)

If insurers go bankrupt - doctors and hospitals will follow.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Clinger, 1/23/2014 9:01:24 AM     (No. 9702255)

Ayn Rand wrote about Obamacare:

"One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary." --Ayn Rand

I would suggest that the tying of hand and foot predates Obamacare causing the disproportionate rise in healthcare costs to begin with leading to the government solution. Now we´ll need the complete take over to solve the problems caused by the solution.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: owl, 1/23/2014 9:02:25 AM     (No. 9702258)

A thousand pages of what it would do , yet no one, not even the authors, were aware of the consequences ?. Pass it to find out ?. Pull the trigger to find out what happens ?. May every single signatoree in congress lose their ´ job´ very soon.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/23/2014 9:17:58 AM     (No. 9702283)

Let´s not forget that it was the entire Democrat Party who gave us this. It is the Republican Party who has done nothing to dismantle or defund it. Leads one to believe that they´re all good with it.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/23/2014 9:44:24 AM     (No. 9702322)

I´m trying to stay positive about our nation´s future. Americans have a way of self-correcting its mistakes. I take heart in our history, especially the big mistake of the 18th Amendment. We self-corrected with the 21st Amendment.

Obamacare was not an Amendment - it was a law and laws are easier to repeal, I would guess, than a Constitutional Amendment.

**Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment.[bold mine]

The other method of passing an amendment requires a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the States. That Convention can propose as many amendments as it deems necessary. Those amendments must be approved by three-fourths of the states.**
**from Lexis/Nexis

Since Obamacare is a law, and, one not many Americans like, we just have to elect candidates who will vote to repeal it, unless the Supreme Court wakes up with one of the cases now challenging Obamacare´s Constitutionality. - Pray, pray, pray - be confident that prayers are answered.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 1/23/2014 9:49:01 AM     (No. 9702334)

What makes anyone think it is not deliberate?

It´s the fastest way to single payer which is the real goal of taking over 1/6 of our economy by government thieves. Use the useful idiot people to gain power then legally steal taxpayer money to enrich themselves.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/23/2014 10:15:59 AM     (No. 9702372)

Well, Obamacare has been good for corporations like Target, Home Depot, etc. who have dumped their part-time employees health coverage so these same people can go on Obamacare.

Seems that if you have a powerful and rich lobbyist to represent you - you´ll do okay with this government. Of course, one would have thought that the ultimate lobby group is the US Congress representing We The People, but apparently not.



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Reply 29 - Posted by: Democracy First, 1/23/2014 10:55:24 AM     (No. 9702432)

In the Must Reads section , change the subtitle of this article...replace the word "if" with "because". There. Fixed it for you.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 1/23/2014 11:02:37 AM     (No. 9702446)

I can´t believe we are still discussing if this was all deliberate.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 1/23/2014 11:17:02 AM     (No. 9702470)

What liars. Repeal and repeat until clean.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: maryc, 1/23/2014 11:19:03 AM     (No. 9702476)

This administration fears nothing but folks discovering that obama´s swing is really less masculine than a 70 year old woman. I just love hearing that the medicare reimbursements to hospitals is going to be less than what they reimburse for medicaid. No costly care, just pain pills and hospitals rewarded for getting them out as quickly as possible. How many medicare patients will have to suffer and die because obama wants to control the populace ? Survival of the fittest is coming again...unless you are part of the govt.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/23/2014 11:46:06 AM     (No. 9702515)

One of the wonders of the world is the medical and health technology in the American medical culture.
A couple of destructive, no talent, elected crooks, stick their dirty fingers into this incredible machinery, and,OF COURSE, destruction, ruin will follow, no matter how much the lying likes of Diane Sawyer and Puglosi ignore the truth.
The good news is that with this crazed destructive attempt at a Communist takeover, FORCING Americans to buy a deeply flawed, messed up product (and disservice), more Americans now are waking up to the massive Communist driven plot, than ever before.
Of course it was meant to break the backs of all America
It was designed to destroy, nothing else!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/23/2014 11:51:39 AM     (No. 9702526)

Perhaps this is the reason they didn´t even finish the "back end" of the software, which is the part where the insurance companies get paid.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/23/2014 12:14:53 PM     (No. 9702554)

Leftists are basically a band of thieves who believe that everything should be free and that money grows on trees. They live in a phantasy land and refuse to accept the responsibility of adulthood. They are incompetent and impractical by definition. When the real world slaps them they blame it on conservatives and demand an entitlement to fix things. Working for the necessities of life is unthinkable to them. Their whole dream is to reverse the decree of God in Genesis - You shall earn your bread by the sweat of your brow! If they get to sell the single payer as a solution to this it will be a case of continued refusal to accept the responsibility of adulthood! Obamacare takes the idea of insurance which is sharing a risk and makes it into a wealth redistribution scheme and patches that with government coercion. Insurance companies return on investment is much lower than pharmaceutical companies. They are actually an efficient way to organize the health care industry so they are not the real villains. The waste with obamacare will be much more but since it is not called "profit" that will be OK. The GOP needs to put forward somebody like Ted Cruz that can articulate these truths otherwise we will get more of the same.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/23/2014 12:16:28 PM     (No. 9702559)

#24 – Ayn Rand understood statists in a clear and uncompromising way. Her great novel “Atlas Shrugged” lays out their ideology, strategies and tactics, and paints a vivid picture of the inevitable results. The Cartel Party has run every gambit and scam described within its pages. Its almost like they’re using it for their playbook.

However, we must remember that she also correctly identified the only effective response to this tyranny, the individual withholding their consent. The statists crave the consent of their victims whether it is voluntary or coerced through threats and violence.

“Atlas Shrugged” should be our playbook as well because Rand also detailed how that refusal to consent can be effected by everyone in society. People tend to focus on the refuge of the successful industrialists in Galt’s Gulch, but fail to appreciate that she also explains tactics that can be employed by every strata of society. If a person needs to work to survive, then work at the lowest level that will sustain you. Do not give the statists the best you have and avoid interaction with government agencies and agents to the best of your ability. Individuals must decide for themselves what they are willing to sacrifice to remain free.


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Reply 37 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/23/2014 12:17:11 PM     (No. 9702560)

Waddya mean "will be"??

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Reply 38 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 1/23/2014 12:17:45 PM     (No. 9702562)

Another problem with single payer is that it dictates a payment schedule rather than negotiating between medical groups and multiple group insurance plans (multiple buyers and multiple sellers). Eventually if doctors opt out and go private, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that doctors would be required to accept the single payer plan in order to practice.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/23/2014 12:22:44 PM     (No. 9702573)

That is precisely what Obamacare was DESIGNED TO DO...to pave the way to single payer! The Insurance companies signed on to this thinking they would make boatloads of money...now they realize they were lied to, BIG TIME, and now they are facing certain bankruptcy...

Obama likes to blame everyone else and accept zero responsibility...I´m sure in this instance he´ll blame the Republicans when in fact the Dimocraps in Congress at the time they ´illegally´ jammed this monstrosity through were working directly with Obama HIMSELF to put all these onerous provisions into the law to get to their Marxist dream..."Single Payer" (Single being everyone that works hard to support the BUMS that do not.)

The only problem with that is Obama´s MARXIST STINK is ALL OVER this law and everyone that isn´t a useful idiot KNOWS IT!

OK, GOP, WHEN are YOU going to put this bad law in a grave and Impeach it´s author?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/23/2014 1:00:52 PM     (No. 9702625)

Even if Obozo and company are aiming for a single payer type of healthcare, currently there is one big stumbling block in their way. The Republican controlled House. In order to implement single payer, it would have to have to have a large healthcare tax placed on the citizens of the country to pay for it. And there just might be enough dims to join pubis to vote something like that down. And it would be living he$$ on those running for re-election to go out and tell potential voters that he/she will increase their tax burden. That usually doesn´t go to well with voters. And count me as one that doesn´t cry any crocodile tears for the insurance companies. As previous posted, they thought they saw a way to rake in boat loads of cash and supported Obozocare to the max. Paybacks are he$$.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Aria, 1/23/2014 1:35:50 PM     (No. 9702685)

On MLK day I took 2 kids to see Nut Job (the movie). Surprisingly, I heard a conservative message buried in the film.

There is a raccoon who is the leader of the park and he says he is only for the good of the park and all the animals therein. Turns out he is sabotaging the food supply because he finally says "the way to control the animals is to control the food". Fortunately a few unhappy squirrels save the day and supply the park with the food they need.

To me Obamacare is no different.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ChazzPalm, 1/23/2014 2:04:41 PM     (No. 9702736)

....duh!

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Reply 43 - Posted by: nevernaught, 1/23/2014 2:09:15 PM     (No. 9702746)

Actually Obumcheck is bankrupting the world. When we go down (inevitable with socialist governments) so goes the world. The happy thought in all of this is that China´s economy depends upon our economy, and we aren´t paying our world wide debts, so their economy sinks along with ours.

!929, although bad, was child´s play compared to what we are facing. All those Billionaires are going to end up with worthless paper.



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Reply 44 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 1/23/2014 5:39:07 PM     (No. 9703085)

In other words, raise the debt ceiling and gouge the taxpayers for a bailout of these
insurance companies which were promised special treatment by the Government if they supported the ACA law; basic crony capitalism.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: lencu255, 1/23/2014 6:34:40 PM     (No. 9703132)

I don´t know who reads anything we write on conservative blogs, or is it just for us, poor schmucks, to vent?
But I want to explain something to you, fellow Americans: after we start dying in droves with this fascist/commie one payer system, we will find doctors who will take our cash and cure us. The old dirty capitalist way. This is how it worked (works) in any country with universal "health"-care system. This is how it worked for us in old USSR, that´s why Swedes (Germans, and I suppose everybody else) get supplementary medical insurance. The only question will be if our fascistic gov´t will allow it?

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Reply 46 - Posted by: strike3, 1/23/2014 6:39:39 PM     (No. 9703140)

I hope they all go under with companies like Blue Cross and their multi-million salaried CEOs who kissed obama´s skinny Kenyan butt being the first to bite the dirt.

Even if your worst fears are realized and single-payer is enacted, it will still work the same, the healthy will not participate in rate-gouging and the system will crash all over again. Then the long fall of the democrats will begin, better private companies will recover the business and we will be back in action. If they don´t go willingly, the revolution will ensure success by getting rid of most of the crooks and parasites. History goes in cycles and we are at the end of this one.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Proudsaber, 1/24/2014 12:55:29 AM     (No. 9703558)

So they got to fix the backend! It reminds me of the military physical we had to get in line for and go from station to station when we went in. I remember we got to a station and had to stand in a line. We were told by a Drill Sargeant to drop our drawers, bend over and spread our cheeks. The tall guy next to me did just that. He was standing there bent over with his fingers in his mouth spreading his cheeks. The drill sergeant yelled at him. What ever he said I was laughing so hard. It turns out the guy had piles. When He did it right the Doc looking at him made a face. The big guy stood up, looked at the Doc and said "What did you expect Ice Cream". What does this all mean. 1) Beware of someone trying to fix the behind, 2) Obamacare preventive medicine may turn out to be like the line we went through to get a physical during Vietnam

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little as federal agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but there is little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become a political headache for the Nevada Democrat. The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities descended on the cattle ranch outside Mesquite, Nev. Mr. Kornze issued a statement Saturday saying that the bureau would return the cattle and withdraw its agents from the ranch

Democrats settle on fairness
issues hoping to avoid a repeat
of 2010 midterm disaster
Washington Post, by Wesley Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:16:38 PM     Post Reply
On the defensive about their prospects in the midterm elections this fall, congressional Democrats have spent all of April savaging the Republican budget proposal, decrying the Koch brothers and championing a series of bills meant to ingratiate themselves to struggling middle-class voters. In promoting legislation that would extend unemployment benefits, increase the minimum wage and promote equal pay for women, the Democrats have declared themselves the party that will ensure a “fair shot” for all. Republicans, they insist, are the party of special interests. It has been a classic Washington messaging campaign for these partisan

For Hillary Clinton and Boeing,
a beneficial relationship
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:13:05 PM     Post Reply
On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing. A month later, Clinton was in China, where she jubilantly announced that the aerospace giant would be writing a generous check to help resuscitate floundering U.S. efforts to host a pavilion at the upcoming World’s Fair. Boeing, she said, “has just agreed to double its contribution to $2 million.” Clinton did not point out that, to secure the donation, the State Department

3 dead after suburban Kansas City shooting
Associated Press, by Maria Sudekum    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 5:39:19 PM     Post Reply
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Three people were shot and killed Sunday afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital said a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition. Overland Park city spokesman Sean Reilly says two people died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus and one was killed at Village Shalom, which is a retirement community that is several blocks away from the center. Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes said Sunday afternoon that one person of interest is in custody. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park

Palin on Sebelius Replacement Sylvia
Burwell: ´You Can´t Make This Stuff Up´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/12/2014 5:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for nominating as his new Health and Human Services Secretary the same woman who ordered the shutdown of the war memorials during the so-called government shutdown last year. After accepting Kathleen Sebelius´ resignation Friday, Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell, the former Office of Management and Budget director. This is the same person who sent the email initiating the barricading of the memorials, even as veterans were arriving in D.C. on their "honor flights" to see the memorials that they built. Palin, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee

The five extra words that can
fix the Second Amendment
Washington Post, by John Paul Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

U.S. blocks Iran’s pick as envoy to
U.N., setting up new confrontation
Washington Post, by Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:32:08 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Friday that it would block Iran’s nominee as ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States, setting up a new confrontation with Tehran just as relations with the Islamic republic appeared to be improving. The decision to bar entry to the diplomat, who was allegedly involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, followed intense political pressure on the administration from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. But it also marked a rare instance in which Washington has effectively vetoed another country’s preferred choice as envoy to the United Nations. Iran

Distressed homeowners seeking
mortgage relief could get
stuck with a big tax bill
Washington Post, by Dina ElBoghdady    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:28:52 PM     Post Reply
Struggling homeowners across the country could face significant new tax bills if they receive mortgage relief from their banks, a prospect that threatens to slow the housing recovery and put further strain on distressed borrowers. The collapse of the housing market and plunging home prices left millions of people stuck owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Some have worked with their banks to reduce the loan amount to avoid foreclosure or enable a sale. In 2007, Congress adopted a law that spared those homeowners from being taxed on the amount of the loan that was forgiven. But



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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one


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