Took a tumble (none worse for the experience) fractured a bone, bruised my shoulder and knee. My tumble wasn’t as bad as BOs’. He’s at an all time low on approval…..heh. He’s off trying to convince anyone who will listen (mostly the college crowd and highschoolers) that he is focused laser like on the economy and jobs. In the meantime, he keeps killing off the jobs he claims he’s working so hard to keep. It’s hard to be a mining engineer in the US when BO is using the EPA to destroy those jobs. See how that works? While MO runs around whining about the lack of fresh fruits and veggies in her famous ‘food deserts’, the water that irrigates the farms in the CA Central Valley gets shut off and turns the farms into ‘food deserts’. See how that works? In the meantime, their cronies get wealthy through the creation of new bureaucracies and appointments, through contracts and manipulation of markets, and through government handouts (paid for by the taxpayers) to prop up failing ‘green’ energy projects. See how that works? So, when the Dems (Harry Reid in particular, the most hated man in Congress) whine about ‘ethics’, it’s because they want to hold everyone else to a much higher standard than they live by. Instead of working for the people, Dems are now solely working to keep failed policies in place. Funny how BO can ‘negotiate with Assad and Rouhani but refuses to do any negotiating with the R-words. I think he has more in common with the little dictators in the ME than with a freely elected Congress.
Want to know how Obamacare came about? Read the rest here……..
Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA [in January 2007], when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment.
Why not just announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term?…
“We needed something to say,” recalled one of the advisers involved in the discussion. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”…
The candidate jumped at it. He probably wasn’t going to get elected anyway, the team concluded. Why not go big?……. [snip]
When insurance marketplaces open on Oct. 1, most of those shopping for coverage will be low- and moderate-income people for whom price is paramount. To hold down costs, insurers say, they have created smaller networks of doctors and hospitals than are typically found in commercial insurance. And those health care providers will, in many cases, be paid less than what they have been receiving from commercial insurers.
Some consumer advocates and health care providers are increasingly concerned. Decades of experience with Medicaid, the program for low-income people, show that having an insurance card does not guarantee access to specialists or other providers.
Consumers should be prepared for “much tighter, narrower networks” of doctors and hospitals, said Adam M. Linker, a health policy analyst at the North Carolina Justice Center, a statewide advocacy group.
There are at least 1.9 million Fed employees who will be subsidized by taxpayers for their Cadillac health plans. If this Obamacare is so great, why is everyone working so hard to be exempted from it? To pass a bill that the majority of Americans hate with a passion and, exempt yourself from it, is the height of hypocrisy from our Congress critters. Totally unethical. Enter Rand Paul who thinks this is also a disgrace. Read it all here
Arguing federal workers should not get special treatment, Rand Paul says he does not want taxpayers subsidizing the personal health-care plans of any federal employee — including Chief Justice John Roberts — anymore.
With some in Congress arguing lawmakers and their staff should not get subsidies to cover their health insurance as President Obama’s health-care law goes into effect, the Republican senator from Kentucky told The Daily Caller on Sunday that he’s going to start pushing a constitutional amendment that goes even further.
Paul’s proposal — outlawing any special exemptions for government employees — would mean all federal workers would have to purchase health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges instead of getting taxpayer-funded subsidies. Some critics say those subsidies amount to special treatment.
and this ….”“Members and staff are advised that they should delay enrolling in health insurance plans until we are able to offer further guidance as to how they should enroll in these insurance plans for 2014,” the Senate disbursing office said in an email to staffers Monday. “Premature enrollment could adversely impact eligibility for the employer premium contribution.” We pay 72% of their premiums
While the Dems beat their scrawny little chests over a victory, 2014 looms large. As for Ted Cruz, he knew there was no winning the government funding bill that defunds Obamacare. But, he did something no one else did. His petition gathered millions of signatures, e-mail addresses, and those will be more than useful in 2014. See how that worked?
Here’s the key: The motion to end debate will require 60 votes, which a unified Senate GOP can defeat. Doing so would preserve the House continuing resolution that defunds Obamacare and vindicate Cruz, at least temporarily, by preventing the second simple majority vote that Democrats will surely win.
By voting first to silence Cruz and then casting a doomed vote to defund Obamacare, McConnell, Cornyn and other Senate GOPers who follow their lead will appear to be opposing Obamacare, but in reality will effectively be protecting President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
And now you know the conclusion……”Character is what you are in the dark”
- Internal Senate email warns lawmakers not to sign up yet… (washingtontimes.com)
- Politico: Obama Dramatically Revealed His Plan for Universal Health Care… Because He Had Been Invited to a Health Care Forum and Had Nothing to Say (minx.cc)
- Lessons From Obamacare History (blogs.the-american-interest.com)
- Kathleen Parker: Delaying Obamacare only sensible (omaha.com)
- Obama lied, my health plan died (michellemalkin.com)