Obamacare payment system not even built yet…so is ANYBODY actually enrolled?
There were huge revelations about Obamacare’s enrollment process during today’s testimony by CMS tech director Henry Chao. Chao admitted that up to 70% of the exchange website infrastructure hasn’t even been built yet, including the payment system for purchasing new health insurance plans.
Here’s video of Chao’s testimony regarding the payment system:
We reported almost two weeks ago that the Obama administration was including in its official enrollment numbers people who had not yet paid for their plans, noting that in any industry, including health insurance, a sale is not a sale until the customer has submitted payment. Having an item in your shopping cart is not the same as having a purchased that item.
So, when I heard today’s news, I can’t help but wondering is anybody actually enrolled in Obamacare yet? If they can’t submit payment, I can’t see how there are any actual enrollments out there.
Apparently, I’m not the only one asking this question. Here’s the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein:
Unless some states with their own exchange websites have figured a work-around for the payment problem, I believe the answer to this question is “no.”
It appears not a single person may be enrolled in Obamacare after all.
2:29 pm • 19 November 2013 • View comments
Obama leaves out “under God” while reading Gettysburg address
President Obama couldn’t pull himself away from his golf and basketball schedule long enough to attend the anniversary ceremony of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Instead, he recorded a video of himself at the White House reading the speech.
Here’s the video:
Notice anything missing? If you had to memorize the Gettysburg address like I did in high school, you may have noticed that President Obama left out the phrase “under God”
Here’s the Gettysburg Address as you probably learned it in school:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
There are several original copies of the address out there, and the one above is the most prevalent. Known as the “Bliss Copy” (because Lincoln gave it to Colonel Alexander Bliss), it is the version that hangs in the Lincoln room of the White House (something Obama should be very familiar with). This is the only version of the address to which Abraham Lincoln fixed his signature.
Instead, it appears President Obama may have read that line from a “first draft” version of the address known as the “Nicolay version” (given to Lincoln’s personal secretary John Nicolay). This version is housed at the Library of Congress. It is highly likely that Lincoln read from these two handwritten pages at the battlefield of Gettysburg. However, there is some debate amongst scholars on whether Lincoln included the phrase “under God” in his actual delivered remarks.
One thing we do know for certain is that Lincoln himself included the phrase “under God” in future handwritten copies of the Gettysburg Address, including the Bliss Version that he issued for the express purpose of publication. To Lincoln, this was the official version, the text he wanted to be remembered.
Why did Obama choose to leave the phrase “under God” out? Your guess is as good as mine, but it had nothing to with preserving the integrity of Lincoln’s address.
12:06 pm • 19 November 2013 • View comments
Great news! Obama admin still hasn’t fired “black nationalist” at DHS who advocates murdering whites
Ayo Kimathi was placed on administrative leave from the Department of Homeland Security after it was revealed that he ran a black supremacist website calling for the murder of white Americans, but he still hasn’t been fired. Four months later, Kimathi is still an employee of the Obama administration.
from National Journal:
The black-nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee who was placed on leave almost four months ago for running a website that espouses the mass murder of whites has still not been fired, an agency spokesperson told National Journal.
The Southern Poverty Law Center first exposed Ayo Kimathi in August, prompting a small media firestorm that led DHS to place the procurement officer on administrative leave with pay pending review. DHS deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen confirmed that his status has not changed and that he is still on leave pending review.
Kimathi, using the online nom de guerre “the Irritated Genie,” called for “ethnic cleansing” of “black-skinned Uncle Tom race traitors” on his website, which envisioned a massive race war on the horizon. “In order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites—more than our Christian hearts can possibly count,” he wrote.
In other postings, he warned that whites and their enablers like President Obama are trying to “homosexualize” black men in order to make them weaker, and suggested that a woman’s primary role in life should be to “keep a strong Black man happy.” He also seemed to hold anti-Semitic views, claiming in a Facebook post that his website was under attack from a conspiracy of “zionist smallhats, the Uncle Tom koons,” and, naturally, “the haters.”
Kimathi, who has been at DHS since 2009, works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and made $115,731 in 2012. Civil service laws make it difficult for the federal government to fire employees.
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For the record, Kimathi was one of the people at DHS in charge of buying firearms and those millions of rounds of ammunition that have made news in recent months. If the Obama administration can’t legally fire this guy, we’re screwed. How backwards could our legal system possibly be that this would not be grounds for permanent dismissal?
11:24 am • 19 November 2013 • View comments
BOOM! Justice Depart files court briefing admitting Obamacare will end MOST employer health plans
After promising Americans that they could keep their health insurance plans, President Obama now erroneously claims that only 5% of Americans will lose their plans under Obamacare. However, the Justice Department just filed a brief in court saying that up to 80% of employer-provided health insurance plans will lose their grandfathered status be forcibly cancelled under Obamacare’s regulations.
According to the administration’s numbers, nearly 80 million additional Americans, “a majority” of those on employer-sponsored health plans, may also be out of luck.
“It is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on,” DOJ lawyers wrote in response to court challenge to the law’s requirement that insurance plans provide coverage of contraception. “Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end 2013.”
The DOJ cites the June 17, 2010, edition of the Federal Register, which acknowledges that within the first year of Obamacare’s employer mandate, the insurance plans offered by many employers will be canceled because their policies will not be grandfathered under the administration’s regulations. ”The Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small-employer plans and 45 percent of large-employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013,” the Register says. “The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large-employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively.”
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This is President Obama’s own Department of Justice, using the Obama administration’s own numbers.
President Obama continues to lie to the American people on a daily basis. He knows that Obamacare’s central function is to push people onto new government-run plans. This is by design. It is how Obamacare works.
The bottom line is this: you will not be able to keep your health plan…period. You can keep whatever plan Obama says you can keep until he says you can’t.
2:49 am • 19 November 2013 • View comments
Woman Obama touted as Obamacare “success story” finds out her insurance is unaffordable after all
President Obama proudly stood in the rose garden and told the world Jessica Standford’s story of finding affordable health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. She wrote him a letter thanking him for his benevolence.
But then she found out that there was as glitch in the system, and she had been quoted the wrong premium price. Instead of $169 per month, her new premium quotes shot up to between $500 and $600 per month. Suddenly her new health insurance plan wasn’t very affordable after all.
from Washington Wire
Now she says her dream of affordable health insurance has gone poof. She can’t afford it. She’ll have to go without. “I’m really terribly embarrassed,” she says. “It has completely turned around on me. I mean, completely.”
The state sent a letter saying mistakes were made. And so she went back to her broker and tried again. They went over her income and made a more careful calculation of her business tax write-offs. But this time the website showed she qualified for a much lower tax credit, just $110.
With a gulp, she signed up for a less-expensive “silver” plan from Premera – meaning that it had higher deductibles and copays. Still her premium went up. “I knew I would be struggling in my slow months. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But honestly, I just wanted to get it in my budget and start working on it right away and start working on saving money toward it – that was all I could do, just work at it and hope for the best and try to take the money from here or there or wherever.”
Sanford had managed to save enough money for half of the first month’s payment when she got another letter from the state last week. It had goofed again. She qualified for no tax credit at all.
Now she says her health-insurance dream has gone bust. Without a tax credit she has to consider the cheapest “bronze” level plans, but the deductibles are so high that couldn’t afford to purchase prescription medication. “I was like, forget that – I’m not going to pay.”
read the rest (h/t Weasel Zippers)
Now, instead of having affordable health insurance, Jessica Sanford will have no health insurance whatsoever. Oh, and she’ll have to pay a fine of $95 for not having health insurance.
This is what Obama calls a “success story,” ladies and gentlemen.
Ms. Sanford doesn’t need government run health insurance. She needs real solutions that will actually lower the cost of health care.
1:30 am • 19 November 2013 • View comments
"Consensus of climate scientists" who believe in man made climate change is actually only 75 people
Talk about facepalm. The oft-repeated “consensus of climate scientists” who believe in man-made global warming is a pure fabrication from the global warming hysteria lobby. Only 75 scientists endorsed the IPPC’s position on human-caused climate change, not the 2,500 the media usually cites…just 75.
from National Post:
How do we know there’s a scientific consensus on climate change? Pundits and the press tell us so. And how do the pundits and the press know? Until recently, they typically pointed to the number 2500 – that’s the number of scientists associated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Those 2500, the pundits and the press believed, had endorsed the IPCC position.
To their embarrassment, most of the pundits and press discovered that they were mistaken – those 2500 scientists hadn’t endorsed the IPCC’s conclusions, they had merely reviewed some part or other of the IPCC’s mammoth studies. To add to their embarrassment, many of those reviewers from within the IPCC establishment actually disagreed with the IPCC’s conclusions, sometimes vehemently.
The upshot? The punditry looked for and recently found an alternate number to tout — “97% of the world’s climate scientists” accept the consensus, articles in the Washington Post and elsewhere have begun to claim.
This number will prove a new embarrassment to the pundits and press who use it. The number stems from a 2009 online survey of 10,257 earth scientists, conducted by two researchers at the University of Illinois. The survey results must have deeply disappointed the researchers – in the end, they chose to highlight the views of a subgroup of just 77 scientists, 75 of whom thought humans contributed to climate change. The ratio 75/77 produces the 97% figure that pundits now tout.
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Instructions to mainstream media, liberal politicians, and global warming alarmists everywhere: Apply egg directly to face.
12:36 am • 19 November 2013 • View comments
Obama administration manipulated data to hide unemployment data before 2012 election
Well, surprise, surprise, surprise! It seems the Obama administration fudged the unemployment numbers prior to the 2012 election, most likely to boost Obama’s chances by making his economic policies look more successful than they really were.
from NY Post:
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.
Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy.
And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.
“He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.
The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census.
Ironically, it was Labor’s demanding standards that left the door open to manipulation.
Labor requires Census to achieve a 90 percent success rate on its interviews — meaning it needed to reach 9 out of 10 households targeted and report back on their jobs status.
Census currently has six regions from which surveys are conducted. The New York and Philadelphia regions, I’m told, had been coming up short of the 90 percent.
Philadelphia filled the gap with fake interviews.
“It was a phone conversation — I forget the exact words — but it was, ‘Go ahead and fabricate it’ to make it what it was,” Buckmon told me.
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Isn’t this illegal? Honestly, I don’t know because I can’t think of any precedent for it or any law on the books that specifically says the Federal government can’t manipulate data in order to boost a President’s re-election chances, but there’s got to be something illegal about it, right?
Look, anybody who reads this blog should know that manipulating employment numbers is not a new practice for the Obama administration. They do it every single month. The current unemployment number is being artificially held down by over-counting the number of people who have left the work force. However, this is occurrence I can think of where an administration official has actually come forward and admitted what we’ve all known all along.
11:33 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Treasury has issued $1 Trillion in new debt since October.
The US Treasury has already issued over $1 Trillion in new debt in FY2014 which started on October 1.
Between Oct. 1, 2013, the first day of fiscal 2014, and Nov. 14—which was less than a month after Congress agreed to temporarily suspend the legal limit on the federal debt—the Treasury was forced to issue more than $1 trillion in new debt.
During that time, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, the Treasury issued $1,014,215,000,000 in new bills, notes, bonds and other securities.
The government needed this $1,014,215,000,000 to cover government obligations and expenses that exceeded the $255,080,000,000 it raked in through tax revenues during the same six-week period.
Where did that combined $1,014,215,000,000 in newly borrowed money and $255,080,000,000 in new tax revenues go?
The lion’s share went to payoff maturing securities the Treasury had sold before and had now come due.
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So the bulk of this new debt is going to pay off old debt…and when this new debt matures, we’ll have to go even further into debt to continue paying it off. It’s a slow death cycle that won’t stop until the United States begins running a budget surplus. ”Deficit reduction” (something the Obama administration likes to talk about) is utterly meaningless because it only reduces the speed at which we incur new debt.
5:25 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: MSNBC’s Martin Bashir apologizes for saying someone should defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth
The fact that Bashir still has a TV show after what he said about Sarah Palin on Friday is a testament to how unabashedly horrible MSNBC will do. Apparently, a simple “sorry about that” is sufficient after suggesting somebody should defecate in Palin’s mouth and urinate in her eyes.
Here’s the video:
I love how Bashir said MSNBC is “a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse.” What a joke!
Obviously, Bashir did feel a considerable amount of heat, and perhaps he’ll think twice before saying anything quite so vulgar ever again (especially since doing so exposed his own massive hypocrisy), but I seriously doubt this incident will have any effect on the daily dose of leftist vitriol that seethes from his lips on a daily basis.
5:05 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Trouble in Obama’s cabinet: John Kerry defies orders while on Egypt trip
Secretary of State John Kerry bucked instructions from the White House on his recent trip to Egypt, defying orders to make statements about President Mohamed Morsi pending trial. The strings at the White House are being pulled by our old friend Susan Rice who, while no longer a cabinet member approved by Congress, is running the show behind the scenes as Obama’s top foreign policy advisor.
from Daily Beast:
Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions.
The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out her critical appraisal of the Egyptian government, which contradicted Kerry’s assessment that Egypt was “on the path to democracy.” The now public rift has been simmering behind the scenes for months and illustrates the strikingly divergent Egypt policies the White House and the State Department are pursuing.
The turf battles and internal confusion are hampering the administration’s approach to Egypt, say lawmakers, experts, and officials inside both governments.
“John Kerry doesn’t agree with Susan Rice on big portions of our Egypt policy, and he made a deliberate and conscious decision not to mention Morsi in his Cairo meetings,” an administration official told The Daily Beast. “Susan Rice wasn’t happy about it.”
Two other administration officials confirmed the Kerry-Rice rift over Egypt.
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Susan Rice holds no legal position of authority and is simply one more example of President Obama using unaccountable “advisors” to run the show behind closed doors in the White House. Susan Rice was herself first in line for the position of Secretary of State, but her role in the Benghazi coverup made it impossible for Obama to get a confirmation through Congress. She now strategically holds a position where Congress has no ability to keep her accountable short of a subpoena to appear before committee.
Last night we reported that Obama’s top advisor Valerie Jarrett, also unconfirmed by Congress, has apparently been negotiating in secret with Iran for over a year.
2:33 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Keep your doctor? Nope. Thousands of doctors being dropped from insurance networks.
Another one of Obamacare’s big lies is about to impact Americans in a big way. President Obama said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But Obamacare’s insurance plans make it less affordable for insurance companies to have wide doctor networks and also less affordable for doctors to see patients who receive government subsidies through Medicare advantage. For this reason, thousands of doctors are already being dropped from provider networks, and unless their patients can afford to pay out of pocket, they will likely not be keep their doctor after all.
from Wall Street Journal:
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest provider of privately managed Medicare Advantage plans, has dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks—spurring protest from lawmakers and physician groups and leaving many elderly patients unsure about whether they need to switch plans to keep seeing their doctors.
Doctors in at least 10 states have received termination letters, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the health-care environment.” The notices also tell doctors they can appeal within 30 days. That means many physicians and patients won’t know for sure who is in or out of UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage networks before the open-enrollment period to switch Medicare plans ends on Dec. 7.
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Many of these United Health plans are sold by AARP, a group which lobbied hard for Obamacare before its passage. There is fundamental dishonesty all the way around from Obama and the supporters of his signature achievement.
1:02 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Small business owner in NC shocked after his health insurance costs triple under Obamacare
A small business owner and his family in North Carolina are feeling the brunt of Obamacare, something millions of Americans around the country are also experiencing. Their health insurance premiums just tripled, despite Obama’s promise that it would save American families $2,500 yearly.
Here’s the video:
Increased financial burdens under Obamacare are already starting to have a domino effect on businesses and consumers around the country. The jobs market is in the toilet because business owners have their hands tied by the skyrocketing cost of complying with the employer mandate.
Obamacare needs a full repeal. We can’t just tinker around the edges or simply delay when the mandates go into effect. Only a full repeal will lift this burden off of America’s back.
11:51 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
New York Mayor De Blasio: “I am not a free marketeer…I believe in the heavy hand of government”
If you thought Nanny Michael Bloomberg was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. New York’s brand new mayor-elect Bill De Blasio is making no bones about it: he wants to crush New York with “the heavy hand of governmnet.”
from NY Post:
Business leaders in the city are scratching their heads over recent remarks by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Describing how he plans to govern once he takes office next year, the mayor-elect declared flatly that he doesn’t believe in the free-market system.
At least Comrade Bill was being honest.
“Everything you heard about me is true. . . I am not a free-marketeer. . . I believe in the heavy hand of government,” de Blasio stated matter-of-factly during an hour-long presentation to some of the city’s biggest real-estate developers.
The meeting occurred several weeks before the election with de Blasio way ahead in the polls and New York’s business elite hoping and praying he wasn’t as much of a leftist as he said he was on the campaign trail.
Now that de Blasio’s been elected mayor with a resounding 73 percent of the vote, his comments have become a hot topic for business people trying to digest what life will be like with Comrade Bill in charge.
Attendees of the gathering with de Blasio included Jared Kushner of Kushner Properties, Stephen Green of SL Green Realty, Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization and Jeff Blau, chief executive of the Related Companies. Scott Rechler of RXR Realty, who hosted the event at his offices, served as moderator (that is, to the extent it’s possible to moderate de Blasio).
“It was startling to hear someone in this day and age boldly proclaim he’s not a ‘free marketeer,’ ” said one person in attendance.
“To be fair, [de Blasio] also said he knows that the economy must grow in order to help poor people. But he did not back off his principles.”
“Scary” was how another person with direct knowledge of the event described his statements. “People were shocked and speechless,” said another person who was there.
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If you happen to reside in New York City, and especially if you own any real estate there, it’s time to get out now while you still can. If De Blasio’s anti-capitalism policies come to fruition, the Big Apple is going to start looking a whole lot like Detroit.
11:35 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Photo of the day: Obama plugs his ears after crowd as basketball game greets him with boos
How much more child-like can you possibly get? President Obama had his very own, “Nanny-nanny-boo-boo” moment when the crowd at University of Maryland basketball game greeted him with boos.
from Daily Mail:
His approval ratings are at an all time low, and there is no getting away from it for the President.
An Oregon basketball crowd greeted Barack Obama and the first family with boos last night as they watched Oregon State take on the University of Maryland.
It’s a yearly ritual for the Obama family to watch the Oregon State Beavers play a Washington-area team because Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson coaches the men’s team.
And while some fans cheered for the President as he took his seat, the leader of the free world put his hands his ears amid competing boos.
His approval ratings hit an all-time low last week as the continued problems with the health care roll out have forced him to apologize once again for his administration’s mistakes.
A poll by Quinnipiac University revealed on Tuesday that 54 per cent of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s job performance while only 39 per cent approve.
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Absolutely defiant and tone deaf…like a petulant child.
Oh, you’re unhappy with Obama? He doesn’t want to hear it.
11:04 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Saturday Night Live Lampoons Obama over Benghazi, AP, IRS, and Obamacare scandals
Saturday Night Live blasted President Obama’s failures for the third episode in a row, this time highlighting the many scandals that have plagued his Presidency. Now that they’ve taken the gloves off, SNL is actually starting to be funny again…
Here’s the video:
They just couldn’t resist adding a little jab at the Tea Party at the end, could they? It’s ironic too because the Tea Party folks have been the only consistent voices about all of these scandals since the very beginning.
12:57 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments