Politico notices how bad Obamacare’s been.
(H/T: Instapundit) So, Politico publishes this story called “Four hard truths of health care reform“ – which is Politico’s way of saying ‘Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster, but we’re going to try to spin it as well as we can anyway’ – and there’s two reasons why the tone of said story is amazing in its effrontery. The first reason is the way that | Read More »
Wisconsin labor union reform: saving jobs, money, schools.
There is a striking (if you’ll pardon the pun) dichotomy taking shape in the Wisconsin public school system right now, and it’s one that should hardly be surprising to anybody who was paying attention to this spring’s labor union reform struggles. Said dichotomy is as follows: School districts that were able to institute Scott Walker’s & the GOP’s reforms to collective bargaining procedures have generally | Read More »
RedState Interview: Senator Ron Johnson (R, WI) on Obamacare repeal.
The topic was on Obamacare: specifically, its repeal. Senator Johnson had an article in the Wall Street Journal today on his personal issue with health care rationing; we discussed that, the ongoing judicial struggles over Obamacare, and what activists can do to help resolve this problem. Senator Johnson’s decision to run for office in the first place can be ‘credited’ with the passage of Obamacare, | Read More »
Barney Frank calls Barack Obama dumb.
(H/T Instapundit) Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I respect Barney Frank‘s political skills. I absolutely can’t stand what he uses those skills for, but I recognize that Rep. Frank has them, and that he knows how to use them effectively. To give just one example, Rep. Frank was about the only Democrat to make it through last year’s August health care meltdown without | Read More »
Unpacking the Berwick Surprise.
[UPDATE]: Ben Domenech over at the New Ledger calls this a “formality.” Roll Call reports: President Barack Obama sent the Senate his nomination of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday — a move that comes two weeks after Obama bypassed Congress to put his stalled nominee in the post until the end of 2011. Via Senatus: background | Read More »
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D, TX-23) gets cranky.
Ah, to be an Entitlement Democrat these days. Apparently, Rep. Rodriguez is not particularly happy with the idea that his constituents are checked out on the CBO’s revised scoring of Obamacare. Or that they feel entitled themselves to talk back to the man. Shouting, smacking a newspaper against the table, a general ‘Do you know who I AM?’ – is this what Nancy Pelosi meant | Read More »
One preloaded racism explanation, coming right up!
Via the Daily Caller we get to see the latest use of mass therapy to treat the crippling scourge of liberal lack of self esteem. Using your money. If you think $50,000 doesn’t buy what it used to, think again. For that rough sum, a professor at UCLA has agreed to draw up a report that proves opponents of the Democrats’ health-care bill aren’t motivated | Read More »
Rasmussen: Support for Obamacare repeal almost 2-to-1.
I almost wish I hadn’t written this: it would have been perfect for this Rasmussen poll on Obamacare. Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama | Read More »
Administration caught lying on insurance relief law.
(via @amandacarpenter) Let us walk through a test case on the administration’s claimed insurance support for small business owners. Zach owns a small business (24 employees, average salary $35K) and provides them with health care ($79.2K/year). He has already seen a 15% increase in health care costs this year, so he is quite keen to hear about insurance relief. The White House’s PR flunkies were | Read More »
Health Care? *Ahem.* I told you so.
Good news! We don’t actually live in a Matrix-style computer simulation of the world. How do I know this? Simple: If we did live in a Matrix-style computer civilization then this news report, summarized by Gateway Pundit as:
‘Health Law Implementation Timeline (H.R. 3590 as Revised by H.R. 4872)’
Fifty-three pages of fun, fun, fun. If you ever wanted to know the precise timetable of the government doing to health care what they did to the US housing market and manufacturing sector – more likely, if you gloomily think that you need to know – well, here you go. I’ve been told that there may be some multimedia of the more… typically Democratic… parts | Read More »
What to take away from this Rasmussen AZ-GOV poll.
The very short version: all four GOP candidates for Governor beat the likely Democratic nominee. The hidden message: Arizona voters don’t like the Democrats’ health care debacle. Over the past month, despite even higher opposition to the new national health care plan in Arizona than is found nationally, [state AG General Terry] Goddard has refused to join other state attorneys general in suing to stop | Read More »
Are you a brave Republican Congressional staffer?
Because if you are, you have a destiny. Congress may be fined tens of millions of dollars a year under its own health-care law, in part because the bill dumps members of Congress and their staffs from their current health-care plans. [snip] Before Congress incurs any fines, a complex series of events would be required to happen under the law. Generally speaking, an lower-tier aide | Read More »
Congressional Democrats muck up Congressional insurance coverage.
Via Just One Minute (indeed…) comes your feel-good story of the day: Congressional Democrats have managed to thoroughly muck up Congress’ own health care coverage, particularly for new hires. Both staffers and legislators: The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known | Read More »
Quote of the Day, insulting analogies edition.
(Via neo-neocon, via Instapundit) Nancy Pelosi: ”It’s like the back of the refrigerator. You see all these wires and the rest,” said Pelosi. “All you need to know is, you open the door. The light goes on. You open this door, you go through a whole different path, in terms of access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.” So, you know, never you worry | Read More »
Please upgrade Phil “I read the bill 3X” Hare’s (D, IL-17) status, Mr. Cook.
Because after this performance surely ‘Safe Democrat‘ is too generous. Phil Hare did everything wrong: …from claiming that he didn’t worry about the Constitution, then proving it by mixing it up with the Declaration of Independence; to bragging that he read the bill three times, after falsely claiming that said bill protected uninsured children; to running away at the end, only to have to sit | Read More »
Man, I’m worried about getting punched by that Obamacare bill!
Because when they finally pass that thing, it’s supposed to have this massive and immediate effect on public opinion (ten points to the President was former President Clinton’s guess, I believe)… What? It passed last week? Well, what was the result? One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation’s likely | Read More »
In an ideal world, this post would start a duel.
[UPDATE] I’m fronting this because I just read the letter – also, did you know that the courts have just ruled that “the government has no anti-corruption interest in limiting contributions to an independent expenditure group”? Translation: a group that wants to simply let people know , say, that Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak aspire to the level of East German rubberstamp apparatchiks can now | Read More »
‘This is a patient’s bill of rights on steroids’
(Via Hot Air Headlines) The AP did not so much bury the lede as it dismembered it and hid the pieces in separate locations, so we need to do some stitching: Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be | Read More »
‘Stuck-on’ Stupak… stuck on Stupak’s EO.
Turns out that the Obama administration is taking Stupak’s Executive Order as seriously as… well, everybody else: President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday. He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in an 11th-hour arrangement that may well have saved the entire health care reform effort. A White House official told Fox, | Read More »