How many Obamacare “enrollees” does Kathleen Sebelius say have actually paid for their plans?
Health and Human Services once again testified before Congress today and was questioned about Obamacare’s payment system (which has yet to be built). Without a payment system in place, it seems difficult to imagine that very many of the supposed enrollees are actually enrolled in anything.
So, how did Sebelius respond when directly asked how many enrollees have paid for their plans?
Here’s the video:
As you can see, Kathleen Sebelius is not a very good dancer. She calls them “enrollees” but can’t say how many are actually covered because she has no clue who has found a way to pay for their selected plan.
If you’ve been paying attention at home, anytime the Obama administration refuses to give numbers on something, it’s probably not a very good sign.
I’ve got some news for you, Kathleen Sebelius: you’re not enrolled in something unless you’ve paid for it. Sebelius’s nuanced argument here would be basically the same thing as me saying that I’ve “bought” a new 4K super-HD TV for everyone on my Christmas list when all I’ve done is add a bunch of items to my Amazon shopping cart without paying for them.
The worst part of it is, even though people can’t get covered through the Obamacare website, they still face fines under the individual mandate come January 1. That’s the way the Obama administration is administering Obamacare:they create a problem by knocking you off your old insurance, they make it nearly impossible to get new insurance coverage, then they fine you for not having health insurance.
11:26 am • 11 December 2013 • View comments
Missouri School District cuts teacher hours after Obamacare threatens budget with $150,000 in fines
Obamacare keeps on chipping away at the economy, at the employment level, and even at education. One Missouri school district is reeling after they found out their schools face fines as large as $150,000 under the new health care law. Because they cannot afford health insurance for all of the teachers that now fall under Obamacare’s mandates, the school district is being forced to cut those teachers’ hours to avoid the penalties.
Here’s the local news report:
As Obamacare moves forward, stories like these will become more and more frequent. Obamacare is damaging to virtually every aspect of American life, including (ironically enough), our health care itself.
11:03 am • 11 December 2013 • View comments
FCC considers lifting ban on in-flight cell phone use but progressive Republicans say ‘not so fast’
The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to potentially lift the ban on in-flight cell phone use is being met with resistance from…Republicans. They’re worried that people might talk on their cell phones too loudly. Facepalm. It’s as if liberty is a foreign concept…in America.
From The DC:
With the Federal Communications Commission considering lifting the ban on in-flight cell-phone calls, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster announced Monday a bill to pre-empt the possibility.
“For passengers, being able to use their phones and tablets to get online or send text messages is a useful in-flight option,” Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican, said announcing his bill to prohibit in-flight cell phone communications on commercial flights. ”But if passengers are going to be forced to listen to the gossip in the aisle seat, it’s going to make for a very long flight.”
Shuster’s bill, “Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act of 2013,” would prohibit all passengers from speaking on their cell phones while in flight.
…Last month Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced that he too would introduce legislation, if it got to that point, to prevent in-flight cell phone conversations.
“Imagine two million passengers, hurtling through space, trapped in 17-inch-wide seats, yapping their innermost thoughts,” Alexander said in late November. “The Transportation Security Administration would have to hire three times as many air marshals to deal with the fistfights.”
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This is so typical. Let’s look to the government for everything…even problems that don’t exist yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting in any way that I wouldn’t be annoyed if the person next to me was talking loudly on the cell phone as I was trying to take a nap. But, if I may, what business is it of the Federal government’s to be angry on my behalf?
This should be settled by the market. Every private airline company is perfectly capable of setting their own policies regarding in-flight calling. And as a consumer, I then have the ability to choose between airlines. We don’t need a nanny government telling private companies what they can and can’t do.
What saddens me even more is that Lamar Alexander is one of my two progressive Republican Senators (Although he’s up for reelection in 2014 and he’s got a challenger).
2:44 am • 11 December 2013 • View comments
37 Reasons why we’re not in an economic recovery
Remember Obama and Biden declared the summer of 2010 to be “Recovery Summer?” Yeah, not so much. Zero Hedge has a fantastic article that lists 37 things that suggest that we’re nowhere near an economic recovery.
Here’s a sample from Zero Hedge:
"If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it." Sadly, that appears to be the approach that the Obama administration and the mainstream media are taking with the U.S. economy. They seem to believe that if they just keep telling the American people over and over that things are getting better, eventually the American people will believe that it is actually true.
On Friday, it was announced that the unemployment rate had fallen to “7 percent”, and the mainstream media responded with a mix of euphoria and jubilation. For example, one USA Today article declared that “with today’s jobs report, one really can say that our long national post-financial crisis nightmare is over.”
1) The only reason that the official unemployment rate has been declining over the past couple of years is that the federal government has been pretending that millions upon millions of unemployed Americans no longer want a job and have “left the labor force”. As Zero Hedge recently demonstrated, if the labor force participation rate returned to the long-term average of 65.8 percent, the official unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent.
2) The percentage of Americans that are actually working is much lower than it used to be. In November 2000, 64.3 percent of all working age Americans had a job. When Barack Obama first entered the White House, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job. Today, only 58.6 percent of all working age Americans have a job. In fact, as you can see from the chart posted below, there has been absolutely no “employment recovery” since the depths of the last recession…
3) The employment-population ratio has now been under 59 percent for 51 months in a row.
4) There are 1,148,000 fewer Americans working today than there was in November 2006. Meanwhile, our population has grown by more than 16 million people during that time frame.
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There’s 33 more where that came from.
I highly recommend clicking through and not only reading the entire list, but saving the page as a resource for the next time your Obamabot, co-worker wants to talk about how totally awesome Obama is.
Zero Hedge is exactly right. We’re not in a recovery. And the country knows it. But many on the left will never admit it (and if they did, they’d find some way to blame it on the Tea Party). They’d much rather ignore it and talk about pressing issues like, you know, the mascots of NFL teams.
2:00 am • 11 December 2013 • View comments
Video: Six-year-old suspended for ‘sexual harassment’
Sexual harassment. Remember, he’s six. And what was his crime, you ask? He gave his girlfriend a peck on the cheek.
Here’s the video:
From the New York Daily News:
Theirs was a forbidden love.
A 6-year-old Don Juan has been suspended from school in Colorado for kissing a classmate on the cheek because his principal considered it sexual harassment.
Hunter Yelton, of Canon City, gave his “girlfriend” a peck on the cheek at school, leading to his suspension from school on Monday, KRDO in Colorado reported.
"It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her,” Hunter told the news station.
“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry.”
But Hunter’s mom, Jennifer Saunders, said the school’s decision to suspend Hunter for a day was an outrageous overreaction and that her son and the girl are “boyfriend and girlfriend.
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Sexual harassment. Wow.
I can’t imagine how out of touch a teacher would have to be to suspend a six-year-old for sexual harassment at all, much less for kissing his girlfriend on the cheek. It just goes to show you how unbelievably PC we’ve gotten in our society.
Like we’ve said before, this kind of thing will continue to happen as long as the citizens of each respective community let it happen.
12:36 am • 11 December 2013 • View comments
Photo of the Day: Obama snaps a funeral selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial
Today the Preezy of the United Steezy joined the distinguished crowd who take “funeral selfies.” Obama couldn’t resist the opportunity to snap a sweet pic with Danish Prime
hottie Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime playa Minister David Cameron. What a bunch of narcissistic jerks!
You might call it classless, but the Obama administration calls it “foreign policy.”
10:55 am • 10 December 2013 • View comments
Colorado judge orders baker to serve cakes for gay wedding ceremony against his religious beliefs
A judge in Colorado has completely decimated the 1st Amendment rights of a baker who refused to serve wedding cakes to gay couples. The baker, who said he’ll make any other kind of cake for homosexuals, said that participating in a gay wedding would violate his religious beliefs. Now he faces a court order to ignore his religious convictions and bake the cakes any way.
from ABC 10:
The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig, 33, and David Mullins, 29. The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.
Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake in July 2012, but when Phillips found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple of away, according to the complaint.
Nicolle Martin, an attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop, said the judge’s order puts Phillips in an impossible position of going against his Christian faith.
"He can’t violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck," she said. "If Jack can’t make wedding cakes, he can’t continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for."
The Civil Rights Commission is expected to certify the judge’s order next week. Phillips can appeal the judge’s order, and Martin said they’re considering their next steps.
Mullins said he and Craig are “ecstatic.”
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So, answer me this: what kind of jerk gets “ecstatic” about forcing another person to violate their conscience?
The gay rights crowd famously crows about “tolerance,” but when this baker told a couple that his religious beliefs prohibited him from participating in their marriage, what did they do? They went straight to the ACLU who filed a legal complaint on their behalf. I guess the liberal idea of “tolerance” only goes one way.
from Erick Erickson over at Red State:
There will be no accommodation between gay rights activists and those seeking religious freedom to opt out of the gay rights movement. Gay rights activists demand tolerance for their lifestyle, but will not tolerate those who choose to adhere to their religious beliefs.
Increasingly, courts around the country are siding with the gay rights movement against those relying on the first freedoms of the country. While many would prefer to sit this out, they will be made to care.
Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominate and then it seeks to silence good. We are more and more rapidly arriving at a point in this country where Christians are being forced from the public square unless they abandon the tenets of their faith. In our secular society, Christianity is something you do on a Sunday and who you sleep with defines you.
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Got Biblical moral convictions? Sorry, no tolerance for you!
Be warned, America. There will come a day when the government begins ordering Christian pastors and priests to officiate gay wedding ceremonies. It will happen. We’re only a short hop away now unless more people begin to stand up and push back against the liberal anti-religious fascism.
10:44 am • 10 December 2013 • View comments
MSNBC: The word ‘Obamacare’ is totally racist you guys
MSNBC is doing what they do best: labeling everyone and everything they disagree with racist. Now it’s the word “Obamacare”. You know, dog whistles and such. The claim was so incredibly ludicrous that even the leftists at Politico thought she was crazy for stating it.
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said Sunday that “Obamacare,” the nickname for President Obama’s healthcare legislation, was a “derogatory term… conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man.”
The article goes on to ask four basic questions of Melissa Harris-Perry. Things like: Was term Hillarycare racist? What about the first article in which the word ever appeared? It mentions Giuliani-care, Obama-care, McCain-care, and Edwards-care. Are those all racist too? But my personal favorite is the last question:
What is your evidence, if any, for the assertion that Obamacare is a racially loaded term?
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That’s a very poignant question but almost laughable at this point. MSNBC has never had evidence to back up their racism claims but that hasn’t stopped them from accusing people and things of racism. Evidence to back up the claims is irrelevant. They know they can silence anyone with whom they disagree by simply convincing everyone that they’re racist. It’s a lot easier than arguing on principle, logic or facts.
Exit question: Until recently, Obama himself has used the word many times, even famously saying that Republicans would stop using it once the law was implemented. Does that mean that Obama is a racist too?
H/T: HotAir and WZ
9:39 am • 10 December 2013 • View comments
Global Warming Alert! Antarctica sets record for coldest Earthly temperature ever recorded
According to a new report, Antarctica has just set a new low temperature record: -135° Fahrenheit (-93.2° Celsius). This might help explain why the continent’s ice levels are growing.
From the AP:
Feeling chilly? Here’s cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for “soul-crushing” cold.
Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that’s 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don’t try it. That’s so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.
A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.
The old record had been -128.6 degrees, which is -89.2 degrees Celsius.
Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is “50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota.”
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Make of this what you will. One temperature reading doesn’t necessarily mean much in the grand scheme of things. But it sure must be an “inconvenient truth” for global warming alarmists.
9:38 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
Feds sell remaining shares of GM…at a $10 billion loss to taxpayers
The good news: The federal government is no longer in the car business, at least not where General Motors is concerned. The bad news, it only cost taxpayers $10.5 billion. Tell me, why do some people think government is the answer to everything?
From USA Today:
U.S. taxpayers no longer own any of automaker General Motors. The Treasury sold the last of its remaining 31.1 million GM shares today. It started with 500 million shares in 2010.
The taxpayer loss on the GM bailout is $10.5 billion. The Treasury department said it recovered $39 billion from selling its GM stake, and had put $49.5 billion of taxpayer money directly into the GM bailout.
The total bailout rises to $51 billion, including another $1.5 billion that Treasury put into programs to keep GM suppliers afloat and to make sure owners’ warranties were honored, plus some into the old GMAC finance company that’s now known as Ally — separate from a much larger Ally bailout.
That $1.5 billion didn’t go directly to GM, but was spent largely on its behalf.
...The Obama administration emphasized today that the loss it took on GM shares was far less costly than allowing GM to fail.
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This is maddening. The president is a liar, plain and simple. The federal government bails out and unconstitutionally takes over (like the United States is some sort of banana republic) a terribly run company whose unions were driving it to the ground, then sells it a couple of years later at a $10 billion loss to taxpayers and we’re suppose to be grateful that it wasn’t worse?
What, exactly, was “far less costly”, Mr. President? Detroit went bankrupt, the economy is awful, taxpayers lost billions, an unimaginably terrible precedent was set that seems like something right out of Atlas Shrugged and the Constitution was completely ignored. Yeah, I don’t expect to be thankful for this any time soon.
8:56 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
Names and contact info of Californians who visted O’care site given to insurance companies without consent
Surprise! The names and contact information of those who simply visited California’s Obamacare web site were given to private companies without the consent of the user.
From the LA Times:
Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn’t ask to be contacted.
The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.
State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time. But some insurance brokers and consumers who were contacted said they were astonished by the state’s move.
"I’m shocked and dumbfounded," said Sam Smith, an Encino insurance broker and president of the California Assn. of Health Underwriters, an industry group.
Smith said he was under the impression from the exchange that these consumers had requested assistance. He received the names of two consumers this week but has not yet contacted them.
"These people would have a legitimate complaint," Smith said.
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Here’s where the story gets even more strange. While they were perusing the site, the users were asked if they would like to share their private information with anyone. Most often, they selected “no.” But check out what was hidden in the “Notice of Privacy Practices” page:
So when users replied “no” when they were asked whether they wanted their information shared, CoveredCA just, you know, did it anyway.
There’s no private company in the country that could get away with this sort of thing but because it’s government, rest assured, there will be no repercussions.
Exit question: It couldn’t possibly be that this is a case of crony capitalism, where insurance companies in question paid in order to get a list of potential clients, could it?
7:16 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
CBO: Top 40% of earners paid 106.2% of taxes, bottom 40% received $18,950 in “government transfers”
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a stunning report about the share of income taxes each person in the United States pays. The study shows that redistribution of wealth is not some right-wing conspiracy; it’s the reality of the American economy under our absurd tax code.
The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office.
At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.
Taxpayers in the top 40 percent of households were able to pay more than 100 percent of net federal income taxes in 2010 because Americans in the bottom 40 percent actually paid negative income taxes, according to the CBO study entitled, “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2010.”
“When refundable tax credits, such as the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, exceed the other federal tax liabilities of the households in an income group, those households are said to have a negative average tax rate,” said the CBO study.
“In its analysis, CBO measured individual income taxes net of refundable credits,” it said.
In 2010, the CBO determined, American households in the bottom 40 percent paid negative amounts in income-tax dollars and a negative average income-tax rate.
“Much of the progressivity of the federal tax system derives from the individual income tax,” said the report. “In 2010, the lowest quintile’s average rate for the individual income tax was -9.2 percent and the second income quintile’s rate was -2.3 percent.”
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The next time one of your friends on Facebook shares that goofy nonsense about the “wealth gap” in the United States, you point them here and let them look at this chart:
I didn’t make it up. This chart and these figures come straight from the CBO. You can take a look at the entire study if you like (PDF).
Liberals like to talk a lot about “fairness,” but there’s nothing fair about the government stealing income away from the people earned it and transferring it to people who did not. Even with such a slanted tax code, the “income gap” in the United States continues to grow, and why? Because our government has decided to punish people for their success, and you cannot build a strong middle class or a strong economy that way. After all, why work at all if you can sit at home and wait for your “government transfer”?
4:54 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
100 lawmakers from 32 states meet to discuss Constitutional convention
It’s about time. According to a report, nearly 100 lawmakers recently met at Mount Vernon to discuss and the possibility of holding a Constitutional convention in the near future.
From the Blaze:
Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.
Such a convention, as outlined in article five of the Constitution, would allow state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.
No constitutional amendment has been added this way, but some say the Constitution specifically allows for states to use the convention as a means to push back against the federal government.
Two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34, must approve an application for a convention to occur, according to the Constitution’s article five. State legislatures would then send delegates to the convention, each state getting one vote on proposed amendments. For an amendment to pass and become a part of the Constitution, it would have to be approved by three-fourths, or 38, of the state legislatures.
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In my opinion, this is probably our best hope of restoring liberty. Sure, there are some who shudder at the mere mention of a convention of the states but it’s time we put those fears to bed. The federal government will continue to grow, regardless of what party is in power, unless the states put a stop to it.
It’s time we stop ignoring the federalism given to us by our founders, and learn to embrace it.
2:23 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Thug playing “knockout game” gets served with immediate brutal justice
Around here, we’ve made a conscious decision not to give the so-called “knockout game” very much attention, mostly because that’s exactly what the thugs playing it want. However, I’ll make an exception today for one idiot who likely regrets his decision to target a woman in a shopping mall.
Here’s the video:
For every “knockout” victim, I sincerely hope there’s a brave bystander who’s willing to kick the thug in the face. That kind of immediate justice would put a quick end to this media-hyped trend.
1:13 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments
Don’t you feel safer now? TSA seizes miniature toy gun from sock monkey stuffed animal.
The TSA proves once again that its officers are about as useful as an overweight mall cop without his Segway. Last week, TSA employees in in St. Louis disarmed a sock monkey toy of his miniature revolver. Don’t you feel safer now?
May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.
“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film “True Grit.”
May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”
May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.
“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” said May.
The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.
“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”
“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.
“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” she said.
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There you go. These are the buffoons that are supposedly keeping our airports safe. And how do they do it? By groping Granny and confiscating toy guns from toy monkeys.
12:43 pm • 9 December 2013 • View comments