y’all can thank me later.
And I really hope you win.
Sorry for the lack of production.
Even with massive, rampant fraud they still couldn’t meet their enrollment targets
Eleven out of 12 fake applications for government-subsidized health insurance got through a verification process and the bogus beneficiaries are still covered, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.
The GAO launched the sting to check to see how well the Obamacare process checks for counterfeit applications. The results were messy, GAO’s Seto Bagdoyan says in testimony prepared for a hearing Wednesday of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee.
“The federal marketplace approved coverage for 11 of our 12 fictitious applicants who initially applied online, or by telephone,” Bagdoyan, who directs GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, said in testimony obtained by NBC News.
I for one am comforted that these poor fictitious folks are still covered.
Worse and worse each day, actually
In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are not legal under the Affordable Care Act.
In its decision, a three-judge panel said that such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. Plaintiffs in the case known as Halbig v. Burwell argued that the ACA, as written, only allows that often-significant financial aid to be issued to people who bought insurance on a marketplace set up by a state.
The decision is certain to be challenged by the Obama Administration, and does not immediately have the effect of law. But if it is ultimately upheld, it would cause insurance rates for those people who lost the subsidies to dramatically rise.
HealthCare.gov serves residents of the 36 states that did not create their own health insurance marketplace. About 86 percent of its 5.45 million customers received a subsidy to offset the cost of their coverage this year because they had low or moderate incomes.
This shows again and again the hubris and arrogance of the Democrats in Congress, who continually insisted that they knew best (in their Super Genius way) and continually derided both the intelligence and motives of any and all who dared to question or disagree with their ideas. And so by allowing no debate on the specific details of this bill and thus eliminating any chance of free editing and logical review by their opponents they ended up “crafting” this monstrosity of complication and contradiction, and they own it.
And thank god we still have a few judges who hold the government to the laws as they are actually written, not as they “meant’ to write them.
James Garner has died
NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.
James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.
This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome. The persona he perfected was never less than manly, good with his dukes and charming to the ladies, but his heroics were kept human-scale thanks to his gift for the comic turn. He remained one of the people.
He burst on the scene with this disarming style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick,” which led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance.”
The 86-year-old Garner, who was found dead of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, was adept at drama and action. But he was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially on his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”
One of the few shows I watched constantly.
Yep, I’m at the airport bar.
Remember when we used to give Angela Merkel back rubs?
Ah, good times, good times
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government expelled the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin over allegations of espionage, escalating a clash that one of her top aides said has caused “grave” political harm.
The U.S. embassy official was asked to leave German soil following the Federal Prosecutor’s investigations into spying practices, the Federal Chancellery said today in an e-mailed statement.
“The government takes these activities very seriously,” the Chancellery said in the statement. A trustful relationship with the U.S. remains “indispensable” to Germany, it said, “but for that, mutual trust and openness are necessary.”
President Obama, when asked to comment, said that “There was not a smidgen of spying” going on, before adding that “Ms. Merkel should really get a plan with unlimited texting.”
There is one country more hated than the US in Latin America
Sensitive, concerned type that I am I wake up before my alarm goes off (at just shy of 4 in the morning) 9 days out of 10, well more like 19 out of 20, really, and shut it off so as not to disturb my Bride’s blissful slumber. After all these years of doing this I just wake up, no alarm required.
This morning being no exception, I clicked off the alarm and got in the shower as always.
I was rather surprised a few moments later to hear my Bride’s voice saying “um, you do realize that it is 2:52 am, not 3:52?”
I hates when I does that.
What better way to celebrate than with Australian wine?
For all the screaming that the Hobby Lobby decision is the WORST THING EVER it seems to me that there are a few things to keep in mind.
Firstly, this column from Megan McArdle calmly addresses some of the issues.
Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Bennett (R-UT) Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM) Bond (R-MO) Boren (D-OK) Boxer (D-CA)
Bradley (D-NJ) Breaux (D-LA) Brown (R-CO) Bryan (D-NV)
Bumpers (D-AR) Burns (R-MT) Campbell (D-CO) Chafee (R-RI)
Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Cohen (R-ME) Conrad (D-ND)
Coverdell (R-GA) Craig (R-ID) D’Amato (R-NY) Danforth (R-MO)
Daschle (D-SD) DeConcini (D-AZ) Dodd (D-CT) Dole (R-KS)
Domenici (R-NM) Dorgan (D-ND) Durenberger (R-MN) Exon (D-NE)
Faircloth (R-NC) Feingold (D-WI) Feinstein (D-CA) Ford (D-KY)
Glenn (D-OH) Gorton (R-WA) Graham (D-FL) Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH) Harkin (D-IA) Hatch (R-UT)
Hatfield (R-OR) Heflin (D-AL) Hollings (D-SC) Hutchison (R-TX)
Inouye (D-HI) Jeffords (R-VT) Johnston (D-LA) Kassebaum (R-KS)
Kempthorne (R-ID) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerrey (D-NE) Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT) Lott (R-MS) Lugar (R-IN) Mack (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Metzenbaum (D-OH) Mikulski (D-MD)
Mitchell (D-ME) Moseley-Braun (D-IL) Moynihan (D-NY) Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA) Nickles (R-OK) Nunn (D-GA) Packwood (R-OR)
Pell (D-RI) Pressler (R-SD) Pryor (D-AR) Reid (D-NV)
Riegle (D-MI) Robb (D-VA) Rockefeller (D-WV) Roth (R-DE)
Sarbanes (D-MD) Sasser (D-TN) Shelby (D-AL) Simon (D-IL)
Simpson (R-WY) Smith (R-NH) Specter (R-PA) Stevens (R-AK)
Thurmond (R-SC) Wallop (R-WY) Warner (R-VA) Wellstone (D-MN)
Look at the bolded names who were very much in favor of this back then…does Harry Reid now agree with Jesse Helms?
And actually the depressing thing, really, is how many of those 100 names are still sitting there…
And there’s this to keep in mind
Actually, the case doesn’t involve Hobby Lobby’s position on what its employees do. The case hinges on what Hobby Lobby has to provide to its employees as part of regulation from HHS. As Kessler points out, Hobby Lobby covers 16 of the 20 required contraception methods, but objects to four abortifacients. Hobby Lobby has never taken the position that its employees should not use contraception; in fact, as their attorney said shortly after their victory at the Supreme Court, they’d really prefer not to be part of that decision at all.
Oh, and it seems to me worth pointing out that male contraception, i.e. condoms and vasectomies, are not covered at all by Obamacare.
Because, you know, “equal rights.”
Are they really that surprised that their ratings are in the toilet?
…that the Media is completely ignoring
SALEM, N.J. (CBS) — A fast-food worker viciously attacked a young mother in front of the victim’s young son and the entire attack was caught on tape.
The attack happened Tuesday afternoon in the city of Salem, New Jersey and video of the assault was later posted on Facebook.
The Salem Police Chief posted on his Facebook page that the suspect has been identified and charges are being filed against the suspect.
In the video, a woman wearing what appears to be a McDonald’s uniform is shown attacking another woman.
I can assure you that were the components reversed in this “incident” this story would be leading off every news broadcast.
Sure, we can’t search your cell phone but we will comb through all your purchases
You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.
That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania’s biggest system uses household and demographic data. Patients and their advocates, meanwhile, say they’re concerned that big data’s expansion into medical care will hurt the doctor-patient relationship and threaten privacy.
Here’s a quote that should give you confidence:
“The data is already used to market to people to get them to do things that might not always be in the best interest of the consumer, we are looking to apply this for something good,” Dulin said.
Your ‘best interest’ is not for you to decide, the Experts will do it for you.
Get ready for the “It’s not Obama’s fault really it was the weather” excuses to fly fast and furious
The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter by the most since the depths of the last recession as consumer spending cooled.
Gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annualized rate, more than forecast and the worst reading since the same three months in 2009, after a previously reported 1 percent drop, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. It marked the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976, owed primarily to a slowdown in health care spending.
Total suckage on everything he touches.
The revision reflected a drop in spending tied to health care services. The Bureau of Economic Analysis had estimated that major provisions of President Obama’s signature health care law would boost outlays. A quarterly services survey released this month showed the assumptions were too optimistic. Outlays for health spending actually dropped in the first quarter, subtracting 0.16 percentage point from GDP. The Commerce Department previously estimated those outlays added 1 percentage point to GDP.
I would suggest to the editors that when you predict a policy will increase spending and it actually causes it to drop you are not “too optimistic” but in fact what we in the real world call “dead wrong.”
I love how as organizations drift to the Left they invariably take it out on the Jews
The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products that promote violence in occupied Palestinian territories.
The divestment, vehemently opposed by many of the nation’s prominent Jewish organizations, and hailed by many pro-Palestinian activists, passed by seven votes after hours of tense and complex debate. It means the Presbyterian Church (USA) will sell its shares of Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard, worth about $21 million.
The vote at the church’s biennial General Assembly, meeting this week in Detroit, was 310 to 303. It makes the 1.76-million member church the largest religious group to vote for divestment, an issue that has been fiercely debated in recent years among mainline Protestants. The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America both have rejected divestment. Presbyterians have discussed divestment for a decade, and a similar vote was defeated by a slim margin two years ago at the last church assembly.
There was an audible gasp on the floor of the COBO Center in downtown Detroit after the motion passed. “In no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Heath Rada, the church assembly’s moderator, told the assembly afterwards.
Read that revealing quote again:
“In no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Heath Rada, the church assembly’s moderator, told the assembly afterwards.
I guess they’re coming up with something really good to properly reflect their lack of love…
In other religious news here’s Pope Leo XIII rocking it in 1896
Well, hell, you just change the facts
Prior to the year 2000, NASA showed US temperatures cooling since the 1930?s, and 1934 much warmer than 1998.
…Right after the year 2000, NASA and NOAA dramatically altered US climate history, making the past much colder and the present much warmer. The animation below shows how NASA cooled 1934 and warmed 1998, to make 1998 the hottest year in US history instead of 1934. This alteration turned a long term cooling trend since 1930 into a warming trend.
You know, it almost seems as though this is all about government control.
I’m not quite sure how this works:
Buy one, get one free…no purchase necessary?