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#989767 Sep 26, 2013
Someone Tell Ted Cruz the Obamacare War Is Over
Last week, the Wall Street Journal editorial page compared Ted Cruz and his band of Obamacare defunders to kamikaze pilots. Today, as he neared the end of his long, weird diatribe against Obamacare, Ted Cruz thanked the staffers who “endured this Bataan Death March.” So now Cruz and his critics agree that the most apt comparison to Ted Cruz is the World War II–era Japanese military. The analogy does capture the defunders’ sheer obsessive determination to resist and utter inability to formulate a plausible strategy.
The Obama administration today released the final numbers on the premiums in the state health exchanges. This is the single most important piece of data we have to gauge the plausibility of the exchanges, which are the crucial mechanism of Obamacare. The premiums are not spin, they are the collective judgment of the marketplace. The conservative judgment of Obamacare has been a ceaseless litany of doom — rate shock, fumbling bureaucracy, unreasonable regulations. If that indictment were true, insurers would be charging higher rates than the administration initially forecast. Instead, the premiums are clearly lower than forecast — 94 percent of customers in the exchanges will have the chance to pay below-forecast premiums.
In 2010, conservatives were highly confident that the inherent awfulness of Obamacare was such that premiums would rise. James Capretta, writing at National Review, criticized the Congressional Budget Office for issuing "rosy premium scenarios." Capretta argued "this CBO analysis is terribly optimistic ... the premium estimates are based as much on judgment as analytics, and CBO’s judgment is clearly on the optimistic side." Too optimistic! Clearly! Conn Carroll, then at Heritage, enthusiastically endorsed Capretta's critique.
But now we know the CBO's forecasts of the premiums were not too optimistic but too pessimistic. Surely this might budge their evaluation of Obamacare, even a teeny bit, right? Their response? Total silence.
One might think that Ted Cruz’s filibuster?/really long speech overshadowed this major news. But the premium news has slowly leaked out over months, and has been a nonevent within the cocoon of conservative media. Not only is the news on the right entirely bad, but many conservatives appear genuinely unaware that anybody even thinks otherwise. Nick Gillespie likewise asserts there is "every reason to believe it will be a clusterfudge of epic proportions." Note the "every reason," which implies that the collective judgment of the industry with the most skin at the game does not count as a reason at all.
That is why Cruz can say,“Everyone in America knows Obamacare is destroying the economy,” and quite plausibly believe it. News to the contrary has never penetrated his mental bunker.
#989768 Sep 26, 2013
“Bill Clinton could have ”
Since: May 10
#989769 Sep 26, 2013
Democrats favor the health-care law because they consider it the president’s signature achievement. This comes from Hairy Butt Reids office--if the bill is turned-- O'bama will become a failed president--not like he isn't all ready.
Let the democrats shut the government down.
#989770 Sep 26, 2013
Obamacare is killing big bird?
"Obamacare hurting Sesame Place employees"
#989771 Sep 26, 2013
Why would they-they gots duh votes of duh fwee cell phones, fwee medical, fwee food, section 8 and all the other fwee riding off the backs of ANYONE elses entitleMentalcase program parasite loserTic sectors.
Why give a chit about the WORKING class sectors?
Since: May 11
#989773 Sep 26, 2013
I just amazes me how f*cking stupid you right whiners are.
"OMG OMG the poor in the cities are mooching of the government OMG OMG"
Then when a man goes into these poor neighborhood & helps these communities set up mechanism to help pull themselves out of poverty, you f*cking idiots have a fit.
Community organizers work within the community with their businesses, social organizations & churches to set up job training, child care, to help people improve their financial standing & become more self sufficient.
#989774 Sep 26, 2013
Not ready for primetime!!!!
"The ObamaCare exchange serving Washington, D.C. is delaying important parts of its operations less than a week before it is scheduled to open for enrollment."
The ObamaCare exchange serving Washington, D.C. is delaying important parts of its operations less than a week before it is scheduled to open for enrollment.
“Bill Clinton could have ”
Since: May 10
#989775 Sep 26, 2013
Democrats favor the health-care law because they consider it the president’s signature achievement.
That's it--shut the government down. It has been shut down over less.
The health law sets exchange enrollees’ maximum annual out-of-pocket costs at $6,350. But many people won’t get near that limit, and deductibles for typical exchange plans can run twice as high as the average employer-sponsored plan.
This is the difference between people eating or being forced into health care. No one should sign up. I am sure this is why the law is so confusing, so many pages and so many forms. Defund it now.
#989776 Sep 26, 2013
DeMint Says GOP 'Did Not Litigate The Obamacare Issue' In 2012, Blames Romney
As Jim DeMint sees it, Mitt Romney precluded Republicans from truly campaigning against the Affordable Care Act in last year's election.
“Because of Romney and Romneycare, we did not litigate the Obamacare issue,” the Heritage Foundation president told Bloomberg Businessweek's Joshua Green in a story published Thursday.
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney presided over health care reform that served as a model for the Affordable Care Act, but that didn't stop him from actively campaigning against the 2010 law in last year's campaign. The 2012 GOP nominee repeatedly vowed to repeal Obamacare on day one of his presidency.
DeMint, the former GOP senator who left Capitol Hill this year to head up the conservative think tank, has been in the vanguard of the movement to defund the 2010 health care law. While embarking on Heritage Action's nine-city "Defund Obamacare" tour in August, DeMint told supporters that President Barack Obama may actually sign a bill that guts his signature legislative achievement.
DeMint found an eager ally in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who spoke for 21 hours on the Senate floor this week to protest funding for Obamacare. Cruz's talkathon was not an actual filibuster and will almost certainly do nothing to bolster his cause.
But it's clear in Bloomberg Businessweek's profile that DeMint would like to see more of Cruz's ilk in the GOP. And moreover, DeMint said that Republicans could learn something from Democrats and liberals.
“Instead of making fun of him for community organizing, we need to realize that that’s how they’re winning on the left: empowering people on the grass-roots level and getting them organized and informed," DeMint said.
He said that Democrats who went to bat for Obamacare "were intent, even courageous, about centralizing health care and risked their political careers to do it."
you have to love: Instead of making fun of him for community organizing, we need to realize that that’s how they’re winning on the left...
that has to hurt.
#989777 Sep 26, 2013
Democrats and Chocolate city Detroit!
"The payments, which were not publicly disclosed, included bonuses to retirees, supplements to workers not yet retired and cash to the families of workers who died before becoming eligible to collect a pension..."
'...$2 billion over 23 years...'
#989778 Sep 26, 2013
Hey stupid! You leftards have been trying your War Against Poverty for over five decades now. Instead of success, we have more people dependent upon government, which you like because it brings you more votes, sleazeball.
They need jobs idiot. Not tops on how to scam the system and continue to be a drain on society. You aren't helping them, you are enslaving them.
You are a moran Kool-Aid drinker, DumbDave.
#989779 Sep 26, 2013
Show me a ghetto and I will show you liberal. Show me a blue state with a city like Detroit and I will show you more liberal and ghetto... RealDumbDave always bent over and punked by obama...
If it's ghetto, ignorant, and idiot, it's urban, loser, and liberal..
The Government Cheese and Non Sentient Welfare Crowd you old fool... The Blind Lead...
It's the culture...
#989780 Sep 26, 2013
Here are the 46 U.S. senators (44 Democrats, 2 Independents) who had voted to surrender our Constitutional rights to the UN. Note that there is not a single Republican among the 46 traitors, so don’t tell me there’s not a wit of difference between the two parties!
Incredibly, according to the Huffington Post, the National Association of Evangelicals, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Council of Churches and “numerous retired generals and admirals” are outspoken advocates for the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Christian Post reports that a left-wing “faith” group called the American Values Network — which calls itself “an organization seeking to encourage community and family values”— even launched a video aimed at the seven U.S. senators who currently oppose the ATT.
So be sure to contact your senators and tell them to vote NO when the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty comes before the Senate for ratification.
#989781 Sep 26, 2013
The Propaganda Zombie is at it again today...
#989782 Sep 26, 2013
Now what did Obama say about lobbyists and transparency....
"Obama revolving door: Apple's top lobbyist to State department"
Since: May 11
#989783 Sep 26, 2013
#989784 Sep 26, 2013
Senate Democrats are drafting a government funding bill that would allow the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” to expire at the end of the month.
According to the New York Daily News, the Republican-supported Farmer Assurance Provision rider will expire on Sep. 30 because it was attached to to the previous Continuing Resolution, and Democrats have no plans to renew it. In a last-ditch effort, Republicans have attached the rider to H.J. Res. 59, the Republican bill to defund Obamacare, but that law stands virtually no chance of passing in the Senate.
#989785 Sep 26, 2013
gotta love a comic and the compassion!
"There's one place I wouldn't mind seeing a mass shooting, and that's at the offices of the NRA"
Dan Nainan (@comediandan) December 14, 2012
#989786 Sep 26, 2013
Kerry to sign controversial treaty today
Paul Joseph Watson
September 25, 2013
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has warned President Obama not to implement the controversial UN Arms Treaty, which John Kerry is likely to sign today, without congressional authorization.
Image: The Knotted Gun.
The treaty – which critics have warned could lead to draconian gun control measures in the United States – is based around preventing illicit global weapons transfers to terrorists and other rogue agents, but its language could easily be interpreted to infringe on Second Amendment rights domestically.
Despite warnings from lawmakers that the agreement will be not ratified by the Senate, Secretary of State John Kerry is set to sign the UN treaty today, prompting Senator Corker to warn President Obama that any attempt to implement the measures without congressional consent “would be fundamentally inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, law, and practice.”
#989787 Sep 26, 2013
Aaaah, USA Today; the milquetoast of the journalism world.
Let me help you out there, french felcher:
1)Over 50% of the current generation of teens are useless, disposable illiterate retards that can accomplish nothing more than text or use social media. Most of that dearth of ability is due to the rise in popularity of negro hip hop. That musical genre encourages the gullible listener to emulate its creators as useless, sociopathic retards.
2)Odumbocare will collapse under its own weight after taking a huge toll on the health and welfare of the middle class. Odumbo himself (and the dumocratic congress) will go down as the greatest failures in our country's history.
3)You are a french queef.
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