#Obamacare watch: If you like your volunteer fire department… not @BarackObama’s problem, peasants!
Because the n-dimensional, urbane Democratic party geniuses that created this marvelous healthcare plan for us all have never actually grokked what ‘volunteer’ means in the first place. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has asked the Internal Revenue Service, which has partial oversight of the law, to clarify if current IRS treatment of volunteer firefighters as employees means their hose companies or towns must offer | Read More »
RS Interview: Dr. Chad Mathis (R CAND, AL-06 PRI).
Talked with Dr. Mathis yesterday: he’s one of the guy’s running for Alabama’s opening seat in the Sixth District. It is, for those wondering, a wondrously Republican district; so the June primary is very much a relevant one. As you can see from the “Doctor,” Chad is a surgeon in real life; and as you might imagine, he has views on Obamacare. Here’s the interview: | Read More »
Actors’ Equity might want to have a word with @barackobama on his hiring practices.
Because I’m betting that these people didn’t have union cards: Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. [snip of biographical data about Monica Weeks] There were 18 other people standing with Weeks and the president on stage. Obama began his remarks by saying, “Thanks to Monica, thanks | Read More »
@BarackObama breaks through the 40% floor. …Downwards.
Feast your eyes on this one, folks: Mark this day: Obama’s approval hits the 30s in RCP for the 1st time. http://t.co/GJLlsJDYKI pic.twitter.com/ZbfCHS6pi6 — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 3, 2013 For those without picture access, it shows that Barack Obama has dipped below an average 40% job approval rating on RCP. That more or less means that any policy-making that the Democrats want to | Read More »
No, @barackobama will not fire anybody over #obamacare. Or anything else.
I understand Ed Morrissey’s point, here… A competent executive would have made examples of a few people long ago as a message to the rest to improve their work. The problem is that we don’t have competent executives in this administration, starting at the top. Obama won legislative achievements in his first term without any operational success, which went unnoticed because either the metrics for | Read More »
So, it’s December 1, 2013. They get healthcare.gov to work yet? #obamacare
This isn’t an academic question, by the way: there are kids with cancer who would like this administration to stop wrecking their health care. Little Hunter Alford needs chemotherapy to treat the rare and deadly cancer he was born with but has lost his health insurance under an administrative blunder seemingly caused by Obamacare. While the president’s signature policy promised that no one with a | Read More »
@BarackObama’s (and the Democrats’) war on the scourge of piano teacher nonprofit associations.
Background: the Federal Trade Commission got a bug up ah, decided that some boilerplate, non-binding, non-enforceable language in the Music Teachers National Association (a small nonprofit out of Ohio) represented an attempt to jack up prices in the high-stakes, ruthlessly competitive world of piano lessons (average lesson, according to the WSJ: $30). Not having any friends in court – and no, I don’t think that | Read More »
Colorado anti-gun state Senator Evie Hudak (D) abruptly resigns her seat. #recall
Because gun control activists cannot protect their own. State Sen. Evie Hudak has decided to resign rather than risk facing a recall election that, should she lose, would flip control of the senate to Republicans, FOX31 Denver is first to report Wednesday. Hudak is expected to make the official announcement with a press release sometime Wednesday morning. Hudak, D-Westminster, could have been the third Democratic | Read More »
Hobby Lobby #Obamacare conscience exemption case to be heard by Supreme Court.
Not unexpected, but not before time, either. The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review the lawsuit filed by Hobby Lobby against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage in their health plans. Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an Oklahoma City family with strong Christian beliefs, says a 1993 law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, protects the company from | Read More »
Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D, MT) wants us to ‘cozy up’ to Iran.
His words, not mine. That first link is to the video: text below. “What’s interesting is not that we are going to have a treaty with Iran, it’s going to tip the balance away from the Saudis and the Egyptians to the Persians, the enemies for the last 3,000 years to the Arabs,” he said, pointing out that he had lived in the Middle East | Read More »
Cover Oregon giving out people’s personal #obamacare information by accident.
‘By accident’ is not a valid excuse, by the way. What we can learn from this story about Cover Oregon – yes, it’s the exchange with the songs – and its operating methodology: Cover Oregon is still incapable of processing applications online. Anyone who mailed an application will have at least a month’s lag time before they get a response. If there’s a problem with | Read More »
The Onion explains (obliquely) why Democrats should ignore #ofa’s #obamacare Thanksgiving advice.
Point (The Daily Caller): America’s families will soon get their turkey, potatoes and cranberries at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners — but some will also get a tableside political pitch for the Obamacare insurance network. President Barack Obama’s deputies at Organizing for Action are urging supporters to give an Obamacare pitch to their relatives during the most iconic of American family and religious events. “Take advantage | Read More »
“Failure is ALWAYS an option*.” #obamacare
A free hint to my fellow liberal arts majors: outside of our own, rather narrow, academic disciplines, it really doesn’t matter how hard you wish for something. You’re not gonna get it that way: The idea that “failure is not an option” is a fantasy version of how non-engineers should motivate engineers. That sentiment was invented by a screenwriter, riffing on an after-the-fact observation about | Read More »
Head’s up: apparently, there’s an Iran deal going on.
Hard to say, really: the President was supposed to be on at 10:15 PM Eastern to announce it. He’s late. As usual. (10:28 PM, no Barack Obama): Full White House fact sheet on Iran deal: http://t.co/hYEms4aI13 — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 24, 2013
@BarackObama ‘extends’ application ‘deadline’ to December 23rd. #obamacare
This is actually not going to work, you know. The Obama administration on Friday offered an extension of the current ObamaCare enrollment period — though not exactly what Republicans were seeking. Federal health officials announced Friday afternoon that they’d give people another eight days this year to enroll in an insurance policy and still get covered by Jan. 1. Previously, people had to enroll by | Read More »