Congressional Democrats want to go party using YOUR tax money, and never MIND those sick kids!
Say what you like about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, but this is a carefully-designed stiletto. While the House ties up some legislative loose ends this week before adjourning for the year, there is one suspension bill the public — and House Republicans — might be surprised to find many Democrats opposing: a measure aimed at boosting pediatric medical research at the National Institutes of | Read More »
State Rep. Amy Stephens (R, Colorado) needs to run the state assembly primary gauntlet. #obamacare
I am (mildly) going to stretch a rule of mine and opine about the Coloradan Senate primary. Specifically, I find I have a problem with one of the candidates’ primary strategy. Full disclosure: a friend and colleague of mine works for another one of the candidates in that race. Background: Amy Stephens is a Colorado state legislator who is running for the 2014 Republican nomination. | Read More »
The Colorado #obamacare exchange is a disaster.
I’m sorry*, but there’s no other way to describe these enrollment numbers. Which are, by the way, from a state exchange – meaning that the problems of healthcare.gov should theoretically be irrelevant to the conversation: Enrollments have grown to 15,074, marketplace officials announced Monday. Marketplace officials set a goal of 136,000 people covered on exchanged-based plans by the end of 2014, but so far the | Read More »
Ann McLane Kuster (Democrat), 2011: Libya = Middle East. Kuster, 2013: …NO IT’S NOT!
For the benefit of Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, (NH-02)… Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya. Libya is that somewhat large country in North Africa between Algeria and Egypt. That particular country, desperate apologists to the contrary*, is part of what most people call ‘the Middle East,’ – including, apparently, Ann McLane Kuster. From March of 2011: Kuster said she supports Obama’s recent | Read More »
Add Minnesota to the list of “#obamacare exchanges about to wreck YOUR insurance coverage.”
Time to test Minnesota Nice to destruction, I guess: …Minnesota’s top insurers have laid out a list of technological problems that they say may keep people who’ve enrolled in a health plan from being covered on Jan. 1. Insurance carriers selling plans on the state’s insurance marketplace say enrollment information they’re getting from MNsure, is inaccurate and incomplete – and that time is running out | Read More »
Hey! They’re phishing the DC #Obamacare exchange!
Didn’t see that coming*: The D.C. insurance exchange where thousands of Hill aides are shopping has confirmed that an outside scammer is redirecting customers to a fraudulent website. Some shoppers are being directed from the insurance website to an outside site that appears nearly identical to the real exchange, officials confirmed Friday. The fraud is widespread enough that they’re considering adding disclaimers to its website | Read More »
Covered California’s war on privacy. #obamacare
Hey, did you sign up an account in the California Obamacare exchanges? If you did, guess what: Covered California gave out your personal information to brokers, the better for them to call you up out of the blue and try to sell you an insurance policy! Isn’t that nice of Covered California? Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the | Read More »
Nick Rahall (D, West Virginia) must repudiate the pension-busting financial transaction tax.
…Do not be embarrassed if you have to ask, What is a financial transaction tax (FTT)? I had to have had it explained to me, too. Basically, it’s part of the well-the-Democrats-didn’t-quite-kill-the-economy-last-time-so-let’s-try-again ‘budget’ proposal (called, with no visible awareness of irony, the ‘Back to Work Budget’) set up by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Essentially, what they want to do is tax actual stock, bond, and | Read More »
#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 »