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Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44078 Nov 4, 2013
Since her hire in April, the four-woman firm has picked up Health Care Service Corp. as a client, and Fontenot is now lobbying for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association as well.

The Democratic firm banks about $3 million in revenue per year, records show, but is on pace for growth in 2013, earning $1.8 million through the first half of the year.

It’s not just ex-staffers who are becoming trusted ObamaCare guides — former members of Congress are lobbying on the law as well.

Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) joined Alston & Bird in 2011 after dealing with healthcare and tax issues as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Now Pomeroy and his one-time chief of staff, Bob Siggins, are lobbying on ObamaCare for clients such as clients such as Vision Service Plan, the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans and Medicare — a health insurance provider.

Consulting is another avenue former staffers and officials can take to work for outside interests while they look to comply with and shape the impending regulations.“This is not a do-it-yourself project; it's complicated,” said Adler.“They need help from insiders to help navigate this thing correctly.”

Former senior counsel to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Dora Hughes became a senior policy adviser at the law firm Sidley Austin last year.

Hughes is not a registered lobbyist, and told The Hill she mainly provides “strategic policy advice” while abiding by the ethics pledge not to lobby the administration. She has no congressional contacts in her sights, either.

Even the president needs some lobbying know-how when it comes to advancing ObamaCare.

The White House brought on Clinton administration veteran and former lobbyist Chris Jennings last month to help navigate the implementation of the law.

During a call with several directors of the state healthcare exchanges on Wednesday, Jennings was seated in a plum position — right next to Obama." And you talk about Republicans and greed....run.

“This is not a do-it-yourself project; it's complicated,” said Adler.“They need help from insiders to help navigate this thing correctly.”

Former senior counsel to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Dora Hughes became a senior policy adviser at the law firm Sidley Austin last year.

Hughes is not a registered lobbyist, and told The Hill she mainly provides “strategic policy advice” while abiding by the ethics pledge not to lobby the administration. She has no congressional contacts in her sights, either.
Taxpayer

Point Harbor, NC

#44079 Nov 4, 2013
TSF wrote:
NC was a leader in k12 education nationally. Now, these idiot republicans have crippled education. NC was a national leader in R&D. Now these idiots have defunded the Universities by 800 million dollars . They have tried to establish a state religion. They have outlawed science in discussions of sea level rise. They are still attempting to seize Charlotte's airport. They have seized Ashville's water supply. They have declared war on the poor , refused Medicaid expansion which would have brought 25,000 jobs to NC, They have fired 1200 more teachers. They have made it difficult as possible for college students to vote. They tired to make it a 2 year felony for a woman to expose her breasts. They have made it legal to use silencers on weapons while hunting (really) they have legalized possum dropping. They have given more tax breaks for the rich and increased taxes on working people.. The governor replaced the entire elections board. coincidentally, the previous elections board was investigating the governor for accepting illegal internet gambling "donations". You can't make this shit up. There is entirely too much inbreeding going on among republikans.
DA BS
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44080 Nov 4, 2013
Seven new states added and 4 million with canceled insurance. Yep, it's a great thing, best thing since sliced bread, that Obamacare. Sorry, I mean the Affordable Care Act. Liar, liar.
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44081 Nov 4, 2013
"The McKinsey researchers also found that about half of the people eligible for zero-premium plans were under 39 and uninsured. The Obama administration has been emphasizing the affordability of its plans for young people, a critical group because their participation in the marketplaces will help keep overall premiums low." Were not the young crowd going to pay for this mess?
Waco 1909

Lenoir, NC

#44082 Nov 4, 2013
State of Florida wrote:
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Waco think women are the only ones involved in pregancy, and when aborted, men carry no responsibility. It's just the woman's fault and her burden to bear.
Like I said,I don't believe in butchering babies,just people like you!
TSF

Greenville, NC

#44083 Nov 4, 2013
Republikans hate education and most of their following are uneducated. As a result of their ignorance and stupidity, they cannot follow a logical argument nor can they develop a vision for the future farther than the next quarterly reports. With no vision and no logical arguments, political decisions are made on the emotional basis of campaign slogans deficient of truthful information . This is why, for example, they think shutting down the government and costing the economy 24 billion dollars in 16 days had a positive effect on the national debt. To compensate for a lack of logic and vision, they criticize, obstruct and wonder why they are losing..
State of Florida wrote:
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I will give them this. They are never boring with their supidity.

“Seek ”

Since: May 12

Houston

#44084 Nov 4, 2013
Democrats hate the truth, and will stop at nothing to obfuscate the truth.Democrats also seem incapable of simple math.Now what we have here, is me making an almost identical post, as the one just proffered by TSF. NOT based in fact, but emotion.Look in the mirror,TSF.Your rhetoric is predictable, and highly emotional, and based only on your various biases.
Electra

New Orleans, LA

#44085 Nov 4, 2013
That's telling them Waco!
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44086 Nov 4, 2013
waco1909 wrote:
Democrats hate the truth, and will stop at nothing to obfuscate the truth.Democrats also seem incapable of simple math.Now what we have here, is me making an almost identical post, as the one just proffered by TSF. NOT based in fact, but emotion.Look in the mirror,TSF.Your rhetoric is predictable, and highly emotional, and based only on your various biases.
That's telling em waco, even though you don't any idea what the hell you posted. You should't be using words like 'obfuscate' and 'proferred' because that's too far above your kindergarten 15 IQ level. It must have taken you over a week to find and copy those words out of your 'Thesaurus For Dummies' book.
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44087 Nov 4, 2013
Ben wrote:
<quoted text>That's telling em waco, even though you don't any idea what the hell you posted. You should't be using words like 'obfuscate' and 'proferred' because that's too far above your kindergarten 15 IQ level. It must have taken you over a week to find and copy those words out of your 'Thesaurus For Dummies' book.
Yeah, that's telling them. You have them so pissed they are confused as to who they are. Talk about "Dummies", the people who voted for this big lie from a big liar: "One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive. Today, the Manhattan Institute released the most comprehensive analysis yet conducted of premiums under Obamacare for people who shop for coverage on their own. Here’s what we learned. In the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent. As we have long expected, the steepest hikes will be imposed on the healthy, the young, and the male. And Obamacare’s taxpayer-funded subsidies will primarily benefit those nearing retirement—people who, unlike the young, have had their whole lives to save for their health-care needs."
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44088 Nov 4, 2013
"We’ve known for at least nine months that Obamacare’s website could turn out to be a “third-world experience.” In recent weeks, we’ve learned that there hadn’t been an end-to-end test of whether Americans could enroll as late as September 26, five days before the October 1 launch. So the obvious question has been: if the administration knew the website wasn’t ready, why did they roll it out anyway? An explosive new report confirms that the decision was political. Some staffers were so desperate to persuade the President to change course that, during a September 5 demonstration of the healthcare.gov website, they “secretly rooted for it to fail so that perhaps the White House would wait to open the exchange until it was ready.”

The report comes from Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post. Goldstein and Eilperin interviewed “more than two dozen current and former administration officials and outsiders who worked alongside them” to get to the bottom of why the rollout of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges has been so problematic. One of the individuals they interviewed was Harvard’s David Cutler, who served as a senior health policy advisor to the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign. On May 11, 2010, Cutler sent a searing memo to former Harvard President Larry Summers, now serving as director of Obama’s National Economic Council, relaying his concern “that the personnel and processes you have in place are not up to the task, and that health reform will be unsuccessful as a result.”

“While this memo is my own,” wrote Cutler,“the views are widely shared, including by many members of your administration (whose names I will omit but who are sufficiently nervous to urge me to write), as well as by knowledgeable outsiders such as Mark McClellan (former CMS administrator) and Henry Aaron (Brookings). Indeed, I have been at a conference on health reform the past two days, and have found not a single person who disagrees with the urgent need for action.”“They were running the biggest start-up in the world,” Cutler told Goldstein and Eilperin.“And they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business. It’s very had to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills.” In the 2010 memo, Cutler complained that the Department of Health and Human Services was “far behind the curve on the key long-term reform efforts.” Don Berwick, Obama’s choice to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,“has never run a provider organization or insurance company, or dealt with Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. On basic issues…Don knows relatively little.” Senior staff at CMS has “no experience running a health care organization,” Cutler said. Cutler also criticized the person tasked with setting up the insurance exchanges, because that person was ideologically hostile to the industry.“If you cannot find a way to work with hesitant states and insurers, reform will blow up. I have seen no indication that HHS even realizes this, let alone is acting on it.”
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44089 Nov 4, 2013
"Jeanne Lambrew,“the overall head of implementation inside HHS…is known for her knowledge of Congress, her commitment to the poor, and her mistrust of insurance companies. She is not known for operational ability, knowledge of delivery systems, or facilitating widespread change. Thus, it is not surprising that…exchange administration [is] receiving little attention. Further, the fact that Jeanne and people like her cannot get along with other people in the Administration means that…valuable problem solving time is wasted on internal fights…no one I interact with has confidence that your current personnel and configuration is up to the task.”

White House feared GOP criticism of its ‘intricate charts’

A running theme in the Goldstein-Eilperin piece is political paranoia, the degree to which the White House kept key details of Obamacare’s implementation secret—from its own allies—because they feared that even modest efforts at transparency would lead to criticism from Republicans. It was “a sensitivity so intense that the president’s aides ordered that some work be slowed down or remain secret for fear of feeding the opposition.”

“According to two former officials,” they write,“CMS staff members struggled at ‘multiple meetings’ during the spring of 2011 to persuade White House officials for permission to publish diagrams known as ‘concepts of operation,’ which they believed were necessary to show states what a federal exchange would look like. The two officials said the White House was reluctant because the diagrams were complex, and they feared that the Republicans might reprise a tactic from the 1990s of then Sen. Bob Dole (R., Kan.), who mockingly brandished intricate charts created by a task force led by first lady Hillary Clinton.”

“In the end…the White House quashed the diagrams,” which prevented states from learning about how the administration wanted the insurance exchanges to be designed. The administration blocked the release of key regulations until after the election, for fear of their unpopularity.“The dynamic was you’d have [CMS’s leaders] going to the White House saying,‘We’ve got to get this process going.’ There would be pushback from the White House,” said one former official."
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44090 Nov 4, 2013
The White House even refused to share key information with Democratic allies in Congress. Key Congressional leaders were only notified a half-hour before the public was that President Obama was to delay the law’s employer mandate by one year.(The employer mandate requires companies with more than 50 workers to provide health coverage to each full-time employee.) In a meeting with Democrats a week before the announcement, Jeanne Lambrew “gave no hint” that a delay was imminent.

Richard Foster, the former chief actuary at CMS, described these delays as a “singularly bad decision,” one that put “short-term political gain” ahead of the successful implementation of reform.

Some staffers advocated a delay of the rollout, to no avail

A number of people buried within the administration were concerned about a botched rollout, and tried to make their concerns known.“By late 2012,” Goldstein and Eilperin write,“some staffers were aware…that the work of building the federal exchange was lagging…a much earlier timeline than has been previously disclosed. Some employees in the main office involved with building the exchange repeatedly warned at meetings late last year and in early 2012 that so many things were behind schedule that there would be no time for adequate ‘end-to-end’ testing of how the moving parts worked together.”

“People were like, well…it’s a dynamic we can’t change,” a former HHS official told the reporters.“There wasn’t a way to push back or challenge it up the line. You had the policy people, largely at the White House, pushing the deadlines and tinkering with the policy, rather than the people who had to run the critical operating path design and program the system.”

On August 17, Shabnam Shahmohammad of CGI Federal—the main IT contractor for the exchange—sent an email to Tyrone Thompson of CMS, and several others, stating that they had only completed 55 percent of the tasks that they had been assigned.

"On September 5—less than a month before Oct. 1 launch date—officials from the White House went over to CMS to see a “final demonstration” of the healthcare.gov website.“Some staff members worried that it would fail right in front of the president’s aides. A few secretly rooted for it to fail so that perhaps the White House would open the exchange until it was ready.”

But that demonstration—which didn’t incorporate several of the flawed back-end IT processes—seemed just fine. And so the White House stormed ahead, into the biggest blunder of Obama’s presidency." Yeah, healthcare for all will be great as everyone stands in a bread line. You just can't make this crap up.
State of Florida

Charlotte, NC

#44091 Nov 4, 2013
Waco 1909 wrote:
<quoted text>Like I said,I don't believe in butchering babies,just people like you!
My, My, look at this. Waco has captured the Republican perspective in one very simple sentence. Let's look at this. Waco doesn't believe in destroying the fetus in the womb (" all life is sacred"), however, once you are here on the planet as a living human being, butchering the human being is OK! It appears that the life changes from "sacred" to "non sacred" only when living and breathing. So therefore, bring the child on to the planet, but once here, slowly and systematically starve the poor ones as well as other "undesirables" you don't agree with you to extinction. Thank you, Waco, you are a true Republican. You are certainly in the right camp with many other 'like thinkers.'
Ben

Lenoir, NC

#44092 Nov 4, 2013
WTF??????????
Taxpayer

Point Harbor, NC

#44093 Nov 4, 2013
A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Such power should be watched with a jealous eye." In the state of nature men may, as the patriarchs did, employ hired servants for the defence of their lives, liberties, and property; and they should pay them reasonable wages. Government was instituted for the purposes of common defence, and those who hold the reins of government have an equitable, natural right to an honorable support from the same principle that " the laborer is worthy of his hire." But then the same community which they serve ought to be the assessors of their pay. Governors have no right to seek and take what they please; by this, instead of being content with the station assigned them, that of honorable servants of the society, they would soon become absolute masters, despots, and tyrants. Hence, as a private man has a right to say what wages he will give in his private affairs, so has a community to determine what they will give and grant of their substance for the administration of public affairs. And, in both cases, more are ready to offer their service at the proposed and stipulated price than are able and willing to perform their duty.
In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. Samuel Adams
State of Florida

Huntersville, NC

#44094 Nov 4, 2013
Taxpayer wrote:
A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Such power should be watched with a jealous eye." In the state of nature men may, as the patriarchs did, employ hired servants for the defence of their lives, liberties, and property; and they should pay them reasonable wages. Government was instituted for the purposes of common defence, and those who hold the reins of government have an equitable, natural right to an honorable support from the same principle that " the laborer is worthy of his hire." But then the same community which they serve ought to be the assessors of their pay. Governors have no right to seek and take what they please; by this, instead of being content with the station assigned them, that of honorable servants of the society, they would soon become absolute masters, despots, and tyrants. Hence, as a private man has a right to say what wages he will give in his private affairs, so has a community to determine what they will give and grant of their substance for the administration of public affairs. And, in both cases, more are ready to offer their service at the proposed and stipulated price than are able and willing to perform their duty.
In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. Samuel Adams
In the context of history with slavery remaining as the economic backbone of the south for wealth gained on the backs of black people who were not allowed to share any part of the wealth, Samuel Adams should have prefaced this statement with "White Only" because his eloquent statement only applied to them.
DJ Dula Town

Lenoir, NC

#44095 Nov 4, 2013
Yo Vote For my Uncle Ike Perkins and my girl Crissy for Lenoir City Council...
Allen

Penrose, NC

#44096 Nov 5, 2013
NC Govener Pat McCrory has had the govener's mansion renovated, at a cost of $167,000.00. This renovation includes, bullet proof windows, fireplaces replaced with gas logs and bathrooms remodled.
TSF

Greenville, NC

#44097 Nov 5, 2013
Governor McCrory had to fire 5 teachers and deny supplies to children so he could have bullet proof windows? Gov McCrory didn't get the $250,000 bathroom upgrades even though he felt the bathrooms are not fancy enough for him to shit in. The negative publicity was too costly to his pompous self image. Possibly some internet gambling interests would be able upgrade his toilet so that the public doesn't recognize the smell coming from the governors mansion.
Allen wrote:
NC Govener Pat McCrory has had the govener's mansion renovated, at a cost of $167,000.00. This renovation includes, bullet proof windows, fireplaces replaced with gas logs and bathrooms remodled.

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