Health Care: In Iowa, the state´s sole remaining insurer announced on Thursday that it wants to boost ObamaCare premiums by 57%. This isn´t exactly the vibrant, competitive, low-cost market that Democrats promised. But it is the inevitable outcome of ObamaCare´s government-knows-best approach to health care. Earlier this year, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced that they were pulling out of Iowa´s ObamaCare exchange, leaving only Medica, which was also threatening to leave. Not surprisingly, Medica has used its newfound monopoly status to push for increasingly higher rates, while trying to pin the blame President Trump for the
Thanks to BarackHussein´s Loyal Enablers, I mean the GOP, the Enemedia will now be able to blame the injustices of Obamacare on President Trump. Too bad for them that Deplorables will never fall for it.
At my hospital of choice yesterday (I won´t name it) for a quarterly back shot, I was asked to use the desktop germ-killer, then sign a form assuring I had used the germ killer.
I was stunned, but knowing those good people from frequent visits to the hospital, I did as asked. But why was I pressed to sign that damn form? One of the nurses whispered that she brought her own killers because constant use of the desk stuff would make certain germicide used throughout the hospital would produce germ immunity to the desk stuff. I thanked her, saying next visit (to various docs in the hospital) I would bring out my own germicides to use in rotation.
Bureaucracy marching into the future, thanks to Dr. Donald Berwick--look him up) and Obama.
An additional note: Until now, the years spent at the hospital have produced happy, skilled personnel. In the last year staff have become unhappy with the new rules and regs; vacant places will be difficult to fill. As was the result for UK, vacancies will become filled by eager, less qualified foreigners, often speaking in accents to strong to understand. Medical care is already costing more and will continue to inflate, Medicare (that we paid/pay)--and now veterinarian prices have suddenly shot up to unaffordable.
Corruption: A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he´s found guilty it could have major political ramifications. Haven´t heard about this case? That´s because the Senator in question is a Democrat. A CNN story this week about the opening of the trial against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez noted that "Democrats are eager to avoid the subject of Menendez´s bribery trial." That headline would have been just as accurate if it said "Reporters" instead of "Democrats." Menendez in on trial for allegedly having sold his office in exchange for luxury vacations, private flights, and piles of campaign cash.
Agenda: Less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover. So Republicans in Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda. At a retreat for Republican lawmakers back in January, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan laid out an ambitious agenda they planned to achieve in their first 200 days — before the Senate would go on its monthlong break in August. They would: Repeal and replace ObamaCare, pass a sweeping tax reform, fund the border wall,
Rule Of Law: What happens when the president of the United States decides to uphold the Constitution´s separation of powers and appropriately defers to Congress on immigration law? If his name is Donald Trump, everyone has a nervous breakdown. At a news conference on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump was rescinding Obama´s "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," an executive order that let young people in the country illegally apply to get a renewable two-year work authorization and other benefits, including participating in Social Security. Obama enacted DACA in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass immigration reforms he
President Trump´s approval rating hit 38% in the latest IBD/TIPP poll after what pundits routinely described as a terrible month for the president. While still low, that represents a six-point gain over the previous month. Regionally, Trump´s gains were strongest in the South, where his approval jumped 13 points to 48%. He firmed up support among Republicans as well, with an 8-point increase to 79%. He gained 14 points among those with a high school education, 10 points among conservatives, 7 points with white men, and 4 points among those living in rural parts of the country. What´s more, Trump gained 12%
Global Warming: When a controversial climatologist claims Hurricane Harvey´s brutal downpour that devastated Houston is a result of global warming, it warrants examining the claim. We have, and it appears baseless. But that won´t stop climate-change extremists from making that claim again in the future. First, a little background. Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann has gained dubious renown for something no scientist desires: fiddling with data, and getting caught. In this case, it was temperature data. Mann´s famous "hockey stick" rendition of temperature and climate changes makes it appear as if temperatures began rising sharply in the 19th century as carbon
Sometime in September, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to unveil his "Medicare for all" bill, which would have the government pay 100% of the nation´s entire health care costs. Sanders, like all of his kindred single-payer advocates, claims that every other industrialized country in the world provides guaranteed universal coverage, and has lower health costs and better health outcomes as a result. But what Sanders and Co. never, ever, say is that those countries also require their citizens to pay a far bigger share of health care dollars out of pocket than the U.S. does today, or that most of them
Corporate Politics: Wasn´t it just a few weeks ago that the left was cheering Google for firing an employee who dared to question the company´s liberal orthodoxy? Now the company is getting battered by the same crowd for allegedly causing a critic to be fired from a think tank. Shortly after the European Union announced a $2.7 billion fine against Google (GOOGL) in late June for supposed antitrust violations, a scholar at the liberal New America Foundation posted a statement praising the decision. The EU, wrote Barry Lynn, who directed the foundation´s Open Markets program, "is protecting the free
Tax Reform: It´s been clear from our economy´s near-decade of underperformance that the U.S. is badly in need of a fiscal shot in the arm in the form of tax reform and tax cuts. After his speech to factory workers in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, President Trump has made it clear he expects Congress to do something big. Calling on Congress not to miss a "once-in-a-generation opportunity," Trump pushed for a massive tax overhaul that, he promised, would cut loopholes and simplify the tax code from its current labyrinthine complexity into one that is "simple, fair and easy to understand." "It´s time
Economy: Even before Harvey finishes wreaking havoc on Texas and now Louisiana, economists are trying to guess at its impact on GDP. Oddly, many think it could boost growth overall. The Commerce Department reported on Wednesday that GDP growth was 3% in the second quarter, which is higher than the previous 2.6% estimate. That´s the highest quarterly GDP number in two years. That´s undeniably good news. But what about Harvey? What impact will this megastorm have on growth going forward. You´d think the answer would be obvious. Harvey will cost tens of billions of dollars in lost economic activity and physical damage. Nobody
Flood Damage: Whenever a disaster of the size of Hurricane Harvey occurs, causing billions of dollars in damage, it´s natural to have sympathy and to want to help in any way possible. But it´s also natural to ask whether we´re insured for all this. And, for the most part, the answer is no. The problem, once again, is government. In this case, FEMA. It runs the National Flood Insurance Program, which since 1968 has insured people in coastal flood zones against catastrophic loss. Sound like a great idea? Well, maybe not so much. After massive losses with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and
Charity: Disasters like the one unfolding in Houston show the worst in Mother Nature, but also show the best of a free society. Even before any government agency could act, volunteers, private businesses and charities from around the country were organizing relief efforts. There has been plenty of attention given to how well the government — particularly the federal government — is responding to the unfolding disaster in Houston. President Trump´s tweet praising FEMA´s response, for example, was instant news. But while there´s no doubt that marshaling government resources in a time of crisis is vital, all this attention on
Income Taxes: With President Trump turning his attention to tax reform, Democrats are busy dusting off their shopworn claims about federal income taxes. Almost nothing they say about taxes is true. Trump plans to make a pitch for tax reform on Wednesday at an event in Springfield, Mo. He will likely explain that tax cuts are the key to a bigger economy, more jobs and increased incomes. Pundits are busy explaining that getting tax reform done this year won´t be easy. True enough. But it will be made more difficult because of misinformation spread by Democrats and their allies in the
Washington - Hillary Clinton on Sunday called Donald Trump’s inaugural speech as president “a cry from the white nationalist gut”. Clinton was speaking in her first televised interview since her stunning defeat in the election in November, two days ahead of the publication of What Happened, her book about her defeat. (Snip) During the campaign, in a moment widely criticized and weaponised by the Trump campaign, Clinton memorably referred to half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables”. She expressed regret at the time. On Sunday, Clinton was unapologetic for the context of her remarks and said Trump’s base
Hillary Clinton was so confident of victory last year that she bought a second house next to her residence in Chappaqua, New York, to accommodate White House staff during presidential retreats there. "I thought I was going to win," she said. The New York Post reported last year on the Clintons paying $1.16 million for the three-bedroom, ranch-style home next to their house in Chappaqua. The newspaper´s source said at the time it was thought to be a weekend retreat for their daughter Chelsea´s family. In an interview from her home on the CBS program "Sunday Morning" delving into her
On the same day that Fox News announced that it had “agreed to part ways amicably” with suspended conservative host Eric Bolling, Bolling’s son Eric, Jr. was found dead in Boulder, Colorado. (snip) A strange anomaly in this story is that Yashar Ali, the HuffPost freelancer who wrote the August 4 article alleging that Eric Bolling was guilty of inappropriate behavior years earlier, claims to have been the first one to break the news of Chase Bolling’s death. For example, in a HuffPost article on September 9 time stamped 2:31 P.M. E.T., Hayley Miller writes “Yashar Ali, the HuffPost freelancer
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in an interview broadcast Sunday that while she is "done" being a candidate, she is not leaving politics. "Is your political career over?" Jane Pauley asked Clinton on "CBS Sunday Morning." "Yes," Clinton responded. "As an active politician, it´s over. "I am done with being a candidate," she added. "But I am not done with politics, because I literally believe that our country´s future is at stake." Clinton´s comments come days before the release her new book, "What Happened," which accounts her experience in the 2016 presidential election. The former Democratic nominee reflects
Keep these numbers in mind: 316 to 90 and 80 to 17. They were the lopsided votes in the House and Senate in support of the deal President Trump made with Democratic leaders on storm aid, the debt limit and government funding. Remarkably, all the no voters were Republicans. The numbers shout that we are witnessing a potential turning point in the Trump presidency, one that could further shake up Washington and rattle the calcified political parties. Frustrated by the failure of GOP majorities in both chambers to pass his agenda, Trump followed through on threats to work with Democrats. Signs suggest it was
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with Jane Pauley on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ and gave her first T.V. interview since the 2016 presidential election. Hillary spoke about her new memoir ‘What Happened’ which is set to release September 12. (Photo) Not only did Hillary Clinton blame Comey for her election loss when he decided to re-open the FBI investigation eleven days before the election, she doubled down on her ‘Deplorable’ insult to Trump supporters. Hillary reacted to a clip of herself from September 9, 2016 saying, “You could put half of Trump supporters into what I call the ‘basket
An elderly white man was shoved to the floor and derided as a “honky motherf----r” by a black woman, who also told him to sit in the back of the East Side bus they were riding, police sources said Monday. The suspect, believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, is still being sought. The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. Sept. 3 when the 80-year-old victim got on a city bus near E. 34th St. and First Ave. and sat up front, sources said. The suspect apparently took exception to where he was sitting.
The Gold Star father who came to Indianapolis to speak about civil discourse ripped into President Donald Trump, calling him "illiterate and uneducated" on Saturday evening. In reference to Trump´s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, , Khizr Khan´s criticism came after a community conversation, "Talking Through Unity and Civility with Khizr Khan," on Saturday evening at St. Luke´s United Methodist Church. John Krull, host of "No Limits" on WFYI-FM (90.1), moderated the discussion. Khan is the Gold Star father who challenged Trump to rethink his stance on Muslims´ and religious minorities´ place in society during the 2016 presidential election. Khan´s son was killed in
Who would ever dream of handing political leadership to someone whose crowning career achievement was a high-paying no-show job? As its next presidential candidate, is Michelle Obama the best the Democrats can come up with? That´s the view of pollster Douglas Schoen, who thinks they don´t stand a chance otherwise. In a piece for The Hill, he writes: As I’ve said before, the Democrats need an alternative plan to rebuild and unite the party if they have any hope in winning back seats in Congress in the 2018 midterms, nonetheless the White House in 2020. This alternative plan requires a new, united
The start of the NFL season is normally a pretty big deal across the country. Apparently Los Angeles and San Francisco didn´t get the memo. The Rams and 49ers each opened their season at home Sunday, and both teams had to start their games with lots of empty seats in the stadium. The Rams are hosting the the Colts, but it seems like the Los Angeles fans are not that concerned about being there to see it in person. The 49ers are welcoming the Panthers, but not even Cam Newton could attract a crowd that wanted to show up for
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah if longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch retires. UtahPolicy.com reports that sources close to Mr. Romney say he’s making preparations to run, but some say Mr. Hatch likely won’t make a decision on whether he’ll run for another term until the end of the year. It would be Mr. Hatch’s eight term in office if he decides to run again. Mr. Hatch has said in the past that he’d be willing to step aside if someone like Mr. Romney wanted to run for the seat. Mr. Romney was the GOP presidential nominee in the 2012 elections, but lost to former President Barack Obama,
Hillary Clinton’s latest book “What Happened” and her ensuing book tour are the latest examples of the former presidential candidate creating fresh tensions within the Democratic Party. What happened is not terribly complicated: Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump and weakened the Democratic Party in the process. In her book, Secretary Clinton blames her loss on the Russians, former FBI Director James Comey and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), among others, yet the only person she does not seem to blame is herself. Clinton continues to take the focus away from the party and