Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Politico -- As Obamacare continues to come under bipartisan attack, Nancy Pelosi offered a full-throated praise of the law, saying she wished it would’ve gone further.
The House minority leader, speaking to reporters Wednesday morning, said she wants to “say every chance I get how proud we are of” Obamacare.
“It was a heavy lift to pass,” Pelosi said of the 2010 law, which she helped write and shepherd through the House. “I myself would’ve preferred single payer or public option, but this was a compromise, this is a compromise. But it does many of the things that we would’ve done under a public option. So we have a plan that is named affordable. That’s a very important word. Affordable. Because no matter what people say about whether they like their plan or not, their plan was not going to be their plan. Everybody’s premiums were going up.”
Pelosi’s defense came as Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was testifying about the law’s glitches to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
House Republicans are not only seizing on the flawed website – which the Obama administration says they will fix – but also that some Americans appear to be getting kicked off their current insurance plans, despite promises from President Barack Obama that that wouldn’t happen. Pelosi said that represents a small portion of Americans, who shop for insurance on the individual market.
Blog author's comments - Pelosi is no doubt 'proud'...America is now much closer to the government control that Obama, Reid and most of the Democrats want. Pelosi has no worries about her own healthcare, she is a multi-millionaire, so she doesn't even need the government subsidized health plan she has. I am hopeful that the Republican Party can at least maintain control of the House and possibly pickup some Senate seats in 2014. They have to have some power in an attempt to restrain Obama during his last two years in office.
This is why I have always been against halting the 'Individual Mandate' until 2015. I want many of the voters to see how Obamacare will impact their lives. This has started to happen but will become more evident when Obamacare is fully implemented January 1, 2014. The employer mandate was put on hold until 2015, but most of the business owners are bright enough to know what will happen and are already making plans to deal with it.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Coverage And Higher Premiums
wreaking the best healthcare system ever.
Served" By Kathleen Sebelius As HHS Secretary
to cover for Obama but I don't believe it is working.
You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It" Isn't True
are losing their health coverage of the benefits of the ACA.
Americans: "If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan."
Does this surprise many people?
Blog author's comments - I have to wonder how many of the people who are losing their healthcare plan which they may have had for years and are happy with, voted for Barack Obama. There has to be quite a few who now regret they did not educate themselves about him before going to the polls and putting him in the White House to govern America.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Daily Caller -- Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princton Alumni.[...]
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account.
On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.
Blog author's comments - "The Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account." Well, Obama did not lie when he said he wanted to spread our wealth. It looks as though the First Lady is sharing some of it with her college friend. Could this be simply a coincidence? Possibly, but it seems like more Chicago style politics.
This sounds similar to Michelle Obama's cushy deal when she was promoted and given a raise in salary to $317,000 a year at the University of Chicago Medical Center, shortly after Barack Obama was elected to the state Senate. He goes to the White House, she resigns, and that job disappears.
It never stops with Obama and the Democrats. It seems as though it is something new every week...it becomes difficult to keep track of what they just did or are doing.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
CNN Money -- Experts say the major problems with the Obamacare website can't reasonably be solved before the end of 2013, and the best fix would be to start over from scratch.
After assessing the website, Dave Kennedy, the CEO of information-security company Trusted Sec, estimates that about 20% of Healthcare.gov needs to be rewritten. With a whopping 500 million lines of code, according to a recent New York Times report, Kennedy believes fixing the site would probably take six months to a year.
But would-be Obamacare enrollees only have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage starting at the beginning of 2014. Nish Bhalla, CEO of information-security firm Security Compass, said it "does not sound realistic at all" that Healthcare.gov will be fully operational before that point.
"We don't even know where all of the problems lie, so how can we solve them?" Bhalla said. "It's like a drive-by shooting: You're going fast and you might hit it, you might miss it. But you can't fix what you can't identify."
Several computer engineers said it would likely be easier to rebuild Healthcare.gov than to fix the issues in the current system. But it's unlikely that the government would toss out more than $300 million worth of work.
The sheer size of Healthcare.gov is indicative of a major rush job. Rolling the site out too quickly likely increased the number of errors, and that makes the fixes more difficult to implement.
"Projects that are done rapidly usually have a lot of [repetitive] code," said Arron Kallenberg, a software engineer and tech entrepreneur. "So when you have a problem, instead of debugging something in a single location, you're tracking it down all through the code base." [...]
But the Obamacare website has bigger problems than simply getting people registered for health care. The code is also riddled with security holes, according to Kennedy, who outlined his cybersecurity concerns on Trusted Sec's company blog.
"If someone can't register, that's obviously bad -- but if the information gets hacked, you're talking about one of the biggest breaches in American history," Kennedy said. "I think security is an afterthought at this point."
That might not be a major issue now, as people are still having trouble logging onto the site. But once it's up and running, that code had better be made more secure.
"At this point, the car isn't even moving," Bhalla said. "But once we're speeding down the road, you're going to want that seatbelt to work."
"If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan. Period." It Was a Lie!
Prices, Displays Dramatically Underestimated Premium
Website Wasn't Going To Work When They Launched It
Blog author's comments - Thousands of consumers who have had healthcare for years, are receiving insurance cancellation notices due to health law changes because of Obamacare. As soon as Obama signed the bill into law he obviously did not follow up with the members of his administration who were in charge of the ACA website or any of the major components such as the plans offered and affordable cost for the plans. The government had over three years to put the entire package together and oversee and provide input while Healthcare.gov was being developed.
The head of HHS Kathleen Sebelius obviously should not be in the position she holds, she has proven that she is not capable or qualified. And Barack Obama has shown from the beginning of his first term that he is not qualified to be the president. With Obama in the White House for another three years, we are going to be in a very, very deep hole in this country because of the policies of the Obama administration. Obamacare is just one of the problems.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Virtually anyone who has tried to purchase insurance in the individual market will attest that it was complicated and time consuming. People were denied and priced out, and they had few if any real choices. This is why the Affordable Care Act Marketplace matters. It is simple and user-friendly, and the coverage is affordable.
-- Kathleen Sebelius
Republicans have had a very bad week. On the same day that Democrats in Congress delivered quality, affordable health insurance to tens of millions more Americans, Republicans in Congress delivered the nation a government shutdown.
-- Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid
What the speaker is doing is doubling and tripling down [on] a path that it was always intended to take us to shutting down government," Pelosi said. "They have wiggled this way and that to keep being very resourceful to come up with ways to shut down government. Because as [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid said, they don't believe in government. They're anti-government ideologies.
-- Nancy Pelosi
The product is good. The health insurance that's being provided is good. It's high quality, and it's affordable. People can save money - significant money - by getting insurance that's being provided through these marketplaces. And we know that the demand is there. People are rushing to see what's available.
-- President Obama on Obamacare
I didn't set a red line. The world set a red line.
-- Obama on Syria
There are no more cuts [in spending] to make, It's really important that people understand that.
-- Nancy Pelosi
The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing the will of the legislature and the people. This was voter suppression, pure and simple.
-- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Friday, October 18, 2013
Sign-Up Difficulty; Duplicate Data Being Sent To Insurers
Blog author's comments - The Obama administration has huge problems to solve concerning what was supposed to be the easy part...the people signing up for Obamacare. They had years to get this ready but obviously it is not ready. The sign-up computer system was slated to cost $93.7 million. So far, it has cost $634 million. If they have the current problems, can the Obamacare users envision how difficult it will be for them to receive answers to their questions about actual healthcare issues they will have?
I do hope Obama does not roll back the individual mandate for Obamacare for another year. I do not believe he will, he is not one to acknowledge a mistake. I want those who have to use Obamacare to see what they will pay in monthly premiums, their deductibles and co-pays for medical coverage and procedures.
Because of the government shutdown the failure of the Obamacare rollout got unnoticed. But now the people may start to pay attention about what Obamacare will do to America. It can help the Republican Party as we move towards the midterm election in 2014. The GOP needs a repeat of what happened in the midterm election of 2010. And they may receive it with the help of Obamacare.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Blog author's comments - Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and other members of the GOP gave Obama and Reid everything they wanted because Obama was never going to negotiate on anything. McConnell at times talks the good fight, but when it comes to following through with what he says there is no action.
McConnell is another Republican who will always go along to get along. This may change in 2014, McConnell has a primary election. And if the Republican Party retains control of the House, it is time to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House.
Monday, October 14, 2013
At World War II Memorial To Support America's Veterans
that the administration is barricading and trying to shut down memorials."
Discusses Harry Reid's Latest Attack
They are playing politics with the American people.
Embarrassing And Someone Should Be Fired
Secretary during Obama's first term call the ACA launch embarrassing.
Blog author's comments - Obama keeps talking about a default if an agreement is not reached soon and he does not get everything he wants concerning the government shutdown. I also hear about a default from lawmakers on both sides of the isle and the mainstream media. This is not true. There is no way that we will default on paying our bills unless Obama refuses to pay them. We have roughly $200 to $225 billion of tax revenue coming into the government every month. The service on the debt every month is about $18 billion. We have the money so there should not be a default.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Daily Caller -- After his recent 21-hour filibuster-style marathon speech on Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found himself heckled over and over again by liberal activists during remarks at a conservative conference in Washington D.C. on Friday.
The constant interrupting by hecklers throughout his speech at the Values Voter Summit led the Republican lawmaker to throw out a number of crowd-pleasing one-liners:
In response to one heckler, Cruz said: “Thank you, sir, for being here. You know, look, it is a great thing that people can express their First Amendment rights. And I only wish the Obama administration respected First Amendment rights that much.”
To another heckler, Cruz responded: “Ma’am, thank you for being here. I wish you would participate in the democratic process through speaking respectfully. … It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today. And you know why? Because the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them.”
Interrupted again, Cruz took aim at the president: “You know what? I’m curious. Is anybody left at the Organizing for America headquarters? I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country.”
When another heckler yelled out a question, Cruz responded: “You know what’s striking, actually? In the course of this brief speech, we’ve heard more questions than President Obama has allowed in the last year.”
The heckling then led Cruz to “make an offer” to Obama. “I would welcome the president, if he wants to get a hundred of his most rabid political operatives in a room, I’ll answer their questions on television as long as he likes. And in exchange, all that I would ask, Mr. President, is you take not a hundred, but ten of the men and women in this room, and spend 30 minutes answering their questions for the American people.”
To another liberal activist, Cruz responded: “Oh, they don’t want the truth to be heard. They definitely don’t want the truth to be heard.”
After the crowd broke into chants of “USA, USA” in response to another interruption, Cruz said: “You know the nice thing? The nice thing is the left will always always tell you who they fear. You. They fear the American people.”
Cruz received a rock-star-like reception from the conservatives in attendance. “I receive that blessing. And let me say to each and everyone of you, I am inspired by you. I am invigorated by your passion for this great country,” he said.
“These are extraordinary times,” Cruz said at the beginning of this remarks. “These are not typical times. The challenges facing this country are unlike any we have ever seen. You look at our Constitution, you look at our Bill of Rights. This is an administration that seems bound and determined to violate every single one of our Bill of Rights.”
Blog author's comments - I believe it would be much better if we had more lawmakers in the Republican Party like Ted Cruz. He has his plan to turn things around, it's called the Constitution. Way too many Republicans have succumbed to the trappings of DC.
Many members of the party dislike Ted Cruz because after they were elected they left their principles at home. And look where the Republican Party is today. No doubt in the minds of the leftist hecklers, they walked away from the meeting thinking they won. They had no clue that Ted Cruz politely walked over them.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Have We Ever Had A More Dishonest President?
Against Raising The Debt Limit Before They Were For It
Monday, October 7, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Daily Caller -- In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.
“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”
According to its website the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.”
In his piece, Schlageter worries about this restriction as Sunday nears. “If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors,” he wrote.
Because of the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains, the military relies on hiring civilian priests to serve as government service and contract ministers. Those civilian priests are not allowed on the bases during a shutdown, Schlageter wrote.
Blog author's comments - The fact that Obama is doing things like this shows what a petty person we have in the White House. Obama really does dislike the military and Christians. He and his band of Democrats are making this government shutdown as difficult on the people as they can. If it lasts a few weeks we will no doubt see the Democrats stoop even lower. They are in this to win it all, everything Obama wants, which includes an increase of the debt ceiling with no give on his part. He continues to say he refuses to negotiate on anything.
If the priests and ministers are willing to donate their services what business is it of Obama? Refusing the troops the right to practice their religion has to be against their Constitutional rights. Obama has moved well beyond acting like a spoiled child, he is playing dictator. Obama's people who head the various federal agencies will do anything to please their boss. I seriously doubt that the liberal media will inform the low-information voters about this story and the many other stories like it that show what the Obama administration is doing. The liberal media will also portray the government shutdown as entirely the fault of the Republican Party.
If Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised They May Not Receive Their Checks
And Cease Pursuing Illegal Aliens And Drug Smugglers During Shutdown
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 70, H.J. Res. 71, H.J. Res. 72, H.J. Res. 73, and H.R. 3230, making fiscal year 2014 appropriations for very limited activities. Consideration of appropriations bills in a piecemeal fashion is not a serious or responsible way to run the United States Government. Instead of opening up a few Government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the Government. The harmful impacts of a shutdown extend across Government, affecting services that are critical to small businesses, women, children, seniors, and others across the Nation. The Senate acted in a responsible manner on a short-term funding measure to maintain Government functions and avoid a damaging Government shutdown. The House of Representatives should allow a straight up or down vote on the Senate-passed H.J. Res. 59.
If the President were presented with H.J. Res. 70, H.J. Res. 71, H.J. Res. 72, H.J. Res. 73, and H.R. 3230, he would veto the bills.
Blog author's comments - What a small, little man. Obama is used to yes men and groveling subservient liberals, I doubt he has had much experience in dealing with men like our war veterans, with their honesty and integrity. In fact, I don't believe he cares that much about our veterans and what they have sacrificed and done for our country.
Obama is an incompetent person yet his goal to dismantle America is working according to his plan. The Obama administration with the help of the liberal media is building a country for the low-information people, the lowest common denominator among us. This is what bothers me the most because it is not a plan for a great country.