Sixteen thousand Iowans won’t have health care because of @BruceBraley. #obamacare
Why is that? Nearly 16,000 Iowans who tried to apply for coverage via the glitch-plagued federal health insurance website are being told to apply separately through the state Department of Human Services. The Friday afternoon announcement stems from a kink in healthcare.gov, which is a key part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The issue affects Iowans who entered their information into healthcare.gov and | Read More »
Do you take George Soros’s money? Congratulations: you’re pro-fracking!
Works like this: George Soros bought into Pioneer Natural Resources. Billionaire fund manager George Soros now owns 964,000 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD), one of the biggest players in the Texas Permian Basin. Soros’s stake is worth about $180 million. [snip] Pioneer also has assets in the West Texas Spraberry Wolfcamp. The company estimates Wolfcamp holds 50 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil. Pioneer Natural Resources | Read More »
Mary Landrieu expected for Energy chair, #Keystone approval, defeat in re-election.
Some people might think that this news might disappoint me, given that I am of course a partisan hack. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana will probably become the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee early next year, giving the gavel to a lawmaker with deep ties to home-state oil producers and refiners. The shift stems from President Barack Obama’s nomination of Democratic | Read More »
@BarackObama extending #obamacare deadline more or less indefinitely at this point.
Eventually, they’re just going to announce that everybody’s deemed to have been in compliance with Obamacare’s individual mandate tax. It’s the logical progression to this nonsense, really. The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would provide more time for people to sign up for health insurance if they could show that they missed the Tuesday deadline for applications because of problems with the federal health | Read More »
Maryland’s clown-show gubernatorial Democratic primary heats up. #Obamacare
This is going to be a gloriously ugly primary campaign… Washington has been locked for months in a series of partisan battles over the law known as Obamacare, as well as battles within the GOP over how best to oppose the ACA. But it’s the state just to the north that has served up the country’s first Democrat-on-Democrat brawl over the inept implementation of the | Read More »
24 hours to go on #Obamacare deadline!
So, the Obama administration needs to sign up – four million? Five? Six? …LOTS – of people tomorrow if they hope to hit their original target numbers. Let me do some spoilers: The Obama administration is not going to hit its target numbers for federal exchange signups. The state exchanges are not going to hit their numbers, either. The best percentage that any state exchange | Read More »
Cover Oregon: “SAUVE QUI PEUT! HOME! HOME! PICKUP AND HOME!” #obamacare
“Any beacon you can hear. Six minutes! All hands, save yourselves, pick up your mates. Home on any beacon! Sauve qui* -”… I am not exaggerating: Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange began robocalling applicants Friday, warning them that if they don’t receive enrollment confirmation by Monday, they should seek coverage elsewhere for Jan. 1. “If you haven’t heard from us by Dec. 23, it is | Read More »
New York Times *finally* tells its readers: #Obamacare is awful for the middle class.
The New York Times is starting to get a bit nervous about this health care law thing. Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff. The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month, 12 percent of their annual income of around $100,000 and | Read More »
#Obamacare watch: latest rules openly trampling on the uninsured.
So, here’s Bob Laszewski’s description of the latest way that the Obama administration rewrote the law and tax code: If you had a health insurance policy that was cancelled, you are now exempt from the individual mandate and its tax penalty should you not decide to buy a replacement policy. In addition, you can now sign up for the very high deductible Catastrophic Plan that | Read More »
So. @barackobama took away your plan, but now won’t fine you for not having one.
Big of him. And the rest of the Democratic party. And by ‘big of him’ I mean… something unprintable. The Obama administration will not require the millions of Americans who received health-insurance plan cancellation notices to purchase a new policy next year. They’re granting those consumers an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a Department of Heath and Human Services spokeswoman confirmed. The | Read More »
“Nonsensical in all dimensions:” healthcare.gov about to switch #obamacare web hosts.
Oh, dear. This seems… ill-timed. Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government’s plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal, HealthCare.gov, in the midst of an expected last-minute rush to beat a March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage. Switching hosts is not in and of itself a huge risk if it is done carefully and with lots of preparation, | Read More »
Amanda Renteria’s (D CAND, California-21 PRI) official site is a #NRCC attack website.
Buzzfeed: Amanda Renteria is a Democrat challenging Rep. David Valadao in California’s 21st district. She also has a perfectly good campaign website, [site link removed]. But on her FEC Statement of Organization, Renteria lists her official website as renteria4congress.com, which is actually an attack website set up by the National Republican Congressional Committee. CA-21 is currently Lean Republican according to Cook, but if this is | Read More »
Baltimore Sun: Maryland MUST consider scrapping its state #obamacare exchange.
The sound that you just heard was Martin O’Malley’s Presidential ambitions getting shot in the gut: …the pace of enrollments is still far too low. If the [Maryland state] exchange is able to replicate its best weekday and weekend performance during every one of the 104 days between now and the end of the open enrollment period on March 31, Maryland will still only achieve | Read More »
Jim Matheson (D, Utah-04) cuts and runs.
He just can’t take it anymore: It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives. Better to go out on his own | Read More »
#Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid asset seizure bonanza.
Hey, you had to pass the act to find out what was in it: It wasn’t the moonlight, holiday-season euphoria or family pressure that made Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, suddenly decide to get married. It was the fine print. As fine print is wont to do, it had buried itself in a long form — Balhorn’s application for free health insurance through | Read More »