WaPo: Maryland Democrats knew #Obamacare state exchange launch wouldn’t work.
This Washington Post article starts bad for the O’Malley administration… More than a year before Maryland launched its health insurance exchange, senior state officials failed to heed warnings that no one was ultimately accountable for the $170 million project and that the state lacked a plausible plan for how it would be ready by Oct. 1. Over the following months, as political leaders continued to | Read More »
Madre de Dios, #Obamacare.
(H/T: @allahpundit) Yeah, about the Spanish-language Obamacare site… Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties. The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late. A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form. And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes | Read More »
Robert Gates inadvertently gives us a good look at @barackobama’s war insecurities.
I’m going to show my readers this paragraph, than walk them through it. Background: it’s part of Robert Gates’ memoir on his time as SecDef. Specifically, Gates (with the help of the military brass) was trying to keep Afghanistan from sliding off of the beam under the new administration, and running headlong into the Obama administration’s apparent inherent inability to understand that wars are messy | Read More »
Mildly dissenting on Mark Levin, SCF, and disclosures.
Over the last day or so there has been a fair amount of debate about whether or not Mark Levin should have disclosed a fairly consistently large purchase history by the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) of his book before he endorsed the organization. The ire is mostly directed at National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Brad Dayspring, Communications Director, for tweeting this Thursday: Fishy: Senate Conservatives | Read More »
Michael Booth’s #Obamacare conflict of interest at the Denver Post/Colorado Health Foundation.
Ach, the tangled skeins of modern journalism/politics/NGOs. Let me walk you through the timeline. First, it just recently came out that Senator Mark Udall’s office tried to strong-arm Colorado’s Division of Insurance back in November into retracting the perfectly-accurate statement that Obamacare caused about 250,000 people to get insurance cancellation notices. Oddly enough, on 01/09/2014 the Denver Post came up with an article written by | Read More »
This 60 Minutes “The Cleantech Crash” segment is hysterical.
That’s hysterical-funny, not hysterical-froth-flecked-panic. For froth-flecked-panic, Watts Up With That? has cheerfully reproduced the Center for American Progress’s remarkably semantic-free response. I recommend reading it after you watch the video: to quote CS Lewis, you will not find a dull page in it.
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D, Colorado) pretends his job-killing 2013 policies… never happened.
Well now. Governor John Hickenlooper played fast and loose with jobs numbers during his State of the State address today. In one of the key sound bites of his speech, so critical that he also tweeted it out, Hickenlooper touted that Colorado had gone from being 40th in the country for job growth in 2010, to 4th now. Hickenlooper must want to forget everything about | Read More »
Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) tried to strong-arm CO Division of Insurance into ‘revising’ #obamacare cancellation numbers.
Executive summary: Back in the beginning of November the Colorado DoI reported that 249,199 Coloradans had received notices indicating that their insurance policies had been canceled. This apparently caused Udall’s office to flat-out freak; they started going after DoI officials to, ah, ‘revise’ those numbers. The DoI was understandably reluctant (read: “refused”) to do so, given that 249,199 Coloradans had in fact received those notices, | Read More »
Mike McIntyre cuts and ru… what’s that? CAROLYN MCCARTHY (D, NY-04) is out?
Carolyn “I’m blaming my lung cancer on my father being around asbestos and not my pack-a-day habit?” McCarthy? Carolyn “I used Heath Shuler’s money-laundering-for-lobbyists scheme” McCarthy? Carolyn “PMA Porker” McCarthy? Ayup. Announced it at the same time as McIntyre. My response? “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” He chortled in his joy.
Nick Rahall (D, West Virginia) and the carbon tax.
This ad from the American Energy Alliance against Congressman Nick Rahall is not precisely subtle: …which does not mean that it’s incorrect. Basically: in 2013 Rahall voted for the Progressive Caucus’s budget amendment. Said amendment relied on a carbon tax; carbon taxes are bad news to West Virginia coal miners, given that you tax things when you don’t want more of it; and Nick Rahall | Read More »
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D, New Hampshire) trying to find a poll-tested excuse for #obamacare.
This… does not sound like Senator Jeanne Shaheen is unconcerned about her re-election prospects in New Hampshire. Maureen Mooney told the Granite Status the Affordable Care Act was “by far the dominant issue” in what she said was a 19-minute the survey. Mooney said she was asked to assess on a scale of zero to 100 not only Shaheen, but also Brown, Rubens, Sen. Kelly | Read More »
Alan Grayson (D, FL), Barbara Lee (D, CA), & Jan Schakowsky (D, IL) tried to consult with terrorist-led group on drone strikes.
There are two problems with this. Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office. Several Al Karama officials have faced terrorism allegations. Al Karama’s founder and current president Abdul Rahman Naimi | Read More »
@BarackObama decides NOT to be the adult in the room wrt unemployment insurance extension.
You can tell by the fact that he’s demanding here that the House simply agree to allocate the money for another ‘temporary’ three-month extension of unemployment benefits for people unemployed past 26 weeks. The GOP is not adverse to extending benefits, by the way: but the House is fairly insistent that this spending be offset by an equivalent amount of cuts.
Prominent anti-war loon Michael Scheuer calls for assassination of @BarackObama.
Umm. NO. I am reluctant to provide the direct link: David Frum (!) has the details. Essentially, Scheuer was babbling about current US/UK policy, and finished up his not-actually-incoherent* screaming by quoting Seventeenth Century English republican Algernon Sydney, who got the chop** from Charles II for… well. Depends on who you ask. To be fair, the treason charges were dubious; to be equally fair, Sydney | Read More »