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When Bill Hemmer interviewed Frank Luntz about the Affordable Care Act, he played this Americans for Prosperity, aka AFP, ad to lead into the discussion:
The ad features Nancy Pelosi spewing the usual Democratic Party chanting points:
PELOSI: Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act.
Then, against a black backdrop, comes this simple, effective message from AFP:
Tell Congress Obamacare isn’t working. Stand tall for patients, not politics.
President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have been exceptionally stubborn in their support of the ACA. Eventually, the people will rebel against them when they see how the ACA is limiting their choices without lowering their costs.
Hemmer asked Mr. Luntz a question that led to this exchange:
BILL HEMMER: The issue is trust. How does that play out in the ad, do you believe?
LUNTZ: That’s exactly the point, Bill. You get it, that it isn’t about the health care act that’s important. It’s about politicians refusing to take accountability when they make mistakes. Clearly, the rollout wasn’t effective. Clearly, people were being thrown off their plans. And health care is just symbolic of a greater problem, that these Washington politicians like former Speaker Pelosi are making promises to the American people that they can’t keep.
It isn’t just that people think Democrats aren’t trustworthy. It’s that they’re mad politicians don’t even listen to them.
Lots of people appear on the Sunday talk shows or on FNC or CNN. They repeat their scripted message as often as it’s warranted. That’s a major mistake. Republicans, myself included, frequently disagreed with Bill Clinton. That said, they learned that listening is a virtue. Democrats seemed to have learned the opposite lesson. Michael Barone noticed that flaw in this column:
If Obamacare’s architects were keen on preventing exit, they blithely ignored voice. The legislation was unpopular when it was proposed, while it was passed and in the months and years afterwards. Barack Obama seldom mentioned it in the 2012 campaign except for the provision allowing “children” under 26 to stay on mommy and daddy’s policies.
That’s another way of saying that Democrats shoved unpopular legislation down the American people’s throats. Then they lied about what the bill wouldn’t do.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that that’s a recipe for disaster.
Rep. Steve Israel’s op-ed is long on whining. The message that comes through clearly is that he doesn’t like it that Republicans put together a strategy for highlighting the ACA’s multitude of shortcomings:
New Yorkers have two ways of looking at a problem. You can ask, “What went wrong, and who do we blame?” or you can roll up your sleeves and ask, “What went wrong, and how do we fix it?”
If anyone in America had any question about which question congressional Republicans would ask, we now have an answer: House Republicans engineered a 17-page playbook detailing how to sabotage and repeal the Affordable Care Act so they can score political points. In this lengthy manual, however, Republicans didn’t offer a single idea for solutions, for helping constituents enroll in health care or understand their benefits. Rather, the entire handbook is a tactical guide to tearing down the law.
I’m impressed with the GOP’s playbook. What’s clear is that they’re effectively attacking the Democrats and the Affordable Care Act with statistics, personal anecdotes and op-eds.
Additionally, this isn’t a policy document on how to fix the Affordable Care Act’s multitude of shortcomings. It’s a playbook for attacking the Democrats while they’re especially vulnerable.
No DCCC op-ed is complete without a healthy dose of Democratic demagoguery. This blast of BS satisfies that ‘requirement’:
Republicans have no playbook to create jobs, they have no playbook to build infrastructure, they have no playbook to pass immigration reform, they have no playbook to pass a budget and they have no playbook to propose a better health care system.
Their only playbook is to take us back to a system that didn’t work, that led hardworking people into bankruptcy and gave insurance companies unchecked power to deny care and drop coverage. Democrats, on the other hand, are going to relentlessly remind Americans that one party is willing to fix the Affordable Care Act and that one party, the Republican Party, wants to repeal the law and put insurance companies back in charge.
To quote a friend of mine, those paragraphs are more full of BS than a Christmas goose. The DCCC, like President Obama and the DNC, can’t talk without piling on the BS. That’s why people don’t trust President Obama anymore. He’s repeatedly lied to the American people about keeping their plan if they liked it. Now that he’s been caught lying, President Obama’s apologists have started rationalizing those promises away, saying that you can’t reform the health care system without significant changes.
That’s indisputably true but that isn’t the point. What’s equally true is that the ACA couldn’t have passed had President Obama told the American people that they could keep their plan if they liked it and if his HHS secretary approved of people’s plans.
Next, the GOP plan for creating jobs is equal parts repealing the ACA, expanding oil, coal and natural gas exploration and cutting EPA regulations that are killing industries.
Third, there’s one party, the Democratic Party, that’s trying its best to paint the Affordable Care Act as fixable, which it isn’t, while the other party, the GOP, predicted about the cancellation notices, the crashed website, the rising premium prices. Democrats call that being mean-spirited. Truth-seeking people call that getting it right.
If Democrats don’t want to get tagged over the Affordable Care Act every few minutes, they should worry first about doing right by the American people, not about how news affects them politically. No op-ed would be complete without them lying. Here’s Israel’s lie-infested trash:
Because when Americans see Republicans in Congress sharing an anecdote or holding a hearing, they can know it is designed to do one thing: Take the country back to the dark days when our health care system didn’t work.
The “dark days when our health care system didn’t work” is now. It isn’t that the system worked perfectly before the Democrats shoved the ACA down Americans’ throats. It’s that that system worked significantly better than it’s working under the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have offered their own plans, which Democrats have refused to consider. It isn’t Republicans’ fault that Democrats, starting with Harry Reid and President Obama, are the obstructionists in DC.
Rep. Israel’s statements are misleading, incomplete or verifiably false. In other words, they’re what’s expected from Democratic leadership.
In his attempt to sound reasonable, Sen. Franken is willing to consider the possibility of what’s inevitable. According to this Washington Post article, Sen. Franken is “willing to consider” delaying the individual mandate if HealthCare.gov isn’t running soon:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he would be open to a brief delay in the individual mandate if the problems with HealthCare.gov aren’t fixed by the end of the month, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told MPR.
If Sen. Franken thinks that’s being reasonable, he’d better pay attention. HealthCare.gov won’t be operational anytime soon. Tech experts have said that it’d be easier to hire a crew of real experts build a new website from scratch rather than attempt to patch HealthCare.gov up. Couple that with this week’s testimony that the billing part of the portal isn’t built and you’ve got a full-fledged disaster on your hands.
Sen. Franken’s biggest ‘sin’ is that he had the opportunity to delay the individual mandate. During the shutdown, Republicans offered that in a bill. Sen. Franken voted in lock-step with Harry Reid, meaning he voted against it. Sen. Franken also voted against repealing the medical device manufacturing tax.
Sen. Franken voted with Sen. Reid 100% of the time during the government shutdown. That isn’t being a leader. Minnesotans shouldn’t have to pay for a puppet. Sen. Franken was Sen. Reid’s puppet on every major vote this year. It isn’t difficult to make a case that Sen. Reid or Sen. Schumer does Sen. Franken’s thinking for him. The truth is that precious little of what Sen. Franken says isn’t part of the Democrats’ chanting points.
The biggest point to remember is that Sen. Franken voted for this disaster back on Christmas Eve Day of 2009. This disaster wouldn’t have happened had Sen. Franken done what’s best for Minnesotans instead of doing what Sen. Reid told him to do.
The loudest message coming from this LA Times article is that the Affordable Care Act isn’t living up to President Obama’s promises. Here’s proof that the Affordable Care Act isn’t making health insurance affordable:
Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.
Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don’t qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.
“It doesn’t seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else,” said Harris, who is three months pregnant. “This increase is simply not affordable.”
That’s just one example. Here’s another:
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,’” Kehaly said.
Sticker shock is setting in. The middle class, whom Democrats nationwide say they’re trying to build their economy around, are getting hit with massive health insurance price increases. The term middle class squeeze certainly fits this situation. It’s statements like this that infuriate people:
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the state and insurers agreed that clearing the decks by Jan. 1 was best for consumers in the long run despite the initial disruption. Lee has heard the complaints — even from his sister-in-law, who recently groused about her 50% rate increase.
“People could have kept their cheaper, bad coverage, and those people wouldn’t have been part of the common risk pool,” Lee said. “We are better off all being in this together. We are transforming the individual market and making it better.”
Mr. Lee sounds like a Democrat shill. (I’d say he sounds like Juan Williams or Mark Hannah but that’d be harsh.) How dare he say that they’re booting people off of their “cheaper, bad coverage.” Ultimately, that should be their choice. Further, Lee’s company sold these people’s “bad coverage.”
Is Lee now admitting that they sold crappy policies?
Despite Lee’s statement, the reality is that lots of people liked their policies. They didn’t think of their policies as crappy. Their opinion should be the only opinion that matters. Instead, President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and their faithful shills in the insurance industry and throughout the Agenda Media think that government’s opinion is the opinion that matters most.
How dare they think like that. If the Founding Fathers would be alive today, they’d be spoiling for another revolution. This administration’s actions are the actions of tyrants. On July 4, 1776, brave men issued a statement to the rest of the world. Its title is the Declaration of Independence. It wasn’t titled the Declaration of Government Telling Us What’s Best.
Thanks to the Anything But Affordable Care Act, aka the ABACA, people who had done the right thing by buying health insurance on the individual market have had the government tell them that they’ve made a bad decision. Based on what we’ve seen from this administration, there’s no reason to think that their opinion is valuable.
Supporters of the healthcare law say Obama was referring to people who are insured through their employers or through government programs such as Medicare. Still, they acknowledge the confusion and anger from individual policyholders who are being forced to change.
Cavallaro received her cancellation notice from Anthem Blue Cross this month. The company said a comparable Bronze plan would cost her 65% more, or $484 a month. She doubts she’ll qualify for much in premium subsidies, if any. Regardless, she resents losing the ability to pick and choose the benefits she wants to pay for. “I just won’t have health insurance because I can’t pay this increase,” she said.
According to Cavallaro, the Affordable Care Act isn’t the right title for the legislation. How many Deborah Cavallaros are there out there? How many people are furious that the government told them that people, not politicians, shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions that affect their lives?
Ultimately, that’s the question that’ll change the terms of the debate. Should government, not families, determine what’s best for their families? I think not. Emphatically.
Technorati: Californians, Insurance Cancellations, Premium Increases, Health Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross, Covered California, Affordable Care Act, Individual Mandate, President Obama, Broken Promises, Democrats
During the last 3+ weeks, we’ve seen Al Franken make one terrible decision after another. Actually, we’ve seen Chuck Schumer make his decisions for him. Prior to and during the Obama Shutdown, Al Franken voted on multiple reasonable Republican proposals. Each time, Al Franken was a good little mind-numbed soldier for Sens. Reid and Schumer.
For instance, Al Franken voted against a proposal that said Congress shouldn’t be exempted from the laws they’ve written and voted for. When he did that, his vote said that he’s fine with getting special subsidies that aren’t available to anyone except Congress.
That’s classic stand-up-for-the-little-guy stuff, Democrat style.
According to Kimberley Strassel’s article, Al Franken is supporting Jean Shaheen’s proposal:
Jeanne Shaheen doesn’t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown “victory.” Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she’s going to lose her job.
The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to enroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her “common-sense idea.” By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for . . . what’s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right. “Delay.”
Now that it’s Jeanne Shaheen’s proposal, Franken is supporting delaying the individual mandate:
CNN reports that all 16 Senate Democrats up for re-election are expected to support Ms. Shaheen’s proposal.
This is partisanship at its worst. Saying no to the right ideas simply because he didn’t want to admit that Republicans were right in calling for delaying the individual mandate is doing the wrong thing for the worst reasons. That’s Al Franken alright.
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, Al Franken has promised he’ll vote to repeal the medical device tax. During the shutdown, Franken voted against repealing the medical device tax. Again, that was when it was a Republican proposal. I’d bet the proverbial ranch that he’ll vote for it the minute it’s a Democratic proposal.
That isn’t just foolish policymaking. It’s vindictiveness and pettiness at its worst. Worst, it’s proof that Al Franken doesn’t represent Minnesota. He represents Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. Certainly, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and other Minnesota-based medical device manufacturers and their employees would appreciate seeing the tax repealed.
Doing what’s right for these companies didn’t matter to Franken. When Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer come calling for Franken’s vote, it’s their’s.
Franken professes great admiration for the late Sen. Wellstone. While Wellstone was a partisan, he fought first for Minnesotans. Thanks to the last month, we know that that isn’t a priority for Franken. We know that because there’s a litany of votes proving Franken’s partisanship-first mindset.
Technorati: Al Franken, Jeanne Shaheen, Government Shutdown, Affordable Care Act, Individual Mandate, Medical Device Tax Repeal, Premium Support, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Democrats, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Manufacturers
Most Almanac Roundtable panelists think that conservatives are lunatics who couldn’t do anything right if their life depended on it. Friday night’s panelists were Larry Jacobs and Kathryn Pearson from the U of M, David Schultz from Hamline and Steve Schier from Carlton College. Predictably, the subject was identifying the political winners and losers from the government shutdown. Most of the conversation was about bashing conservatives, especially TEA Party activists. Just when all hope for an informative conversation seemed lost, Larry Jacobs provided this insight:
You know, it’s very interesting. We tend to be very short-term oriented. November, 2014 is the date that’s really going to really make a difference. That’s a long way off. When you look back at the 1995 shutdown, there was a big focus on ‘Did Clinton get a boomerang in his favor in the 96 election’? Research doesn’t really show that and, when you look at this more carefully, I think the news for the Democrats is not so rosy. There could definitely be some Republicans looking at the data thinking that ‘we’re gonna bide our time here. The main thing that I see happening on the Democratic side is President Obama’s approval rating sliding down. There’s been a little bit of an uptick but the general trend has been downward. The bigger point is that 71% of Americans are now saying that the economy is worse off. That’s going to further drive down the president’s approval rating. And we know, probably, that the drop in consumer confidence and other factors will further drive down. All of that will likely create a drag on Democratic candidates going into 2014.
When Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, the administration knew they’d be protected by their media allies. That meant they could stonewall investigators until after the election. That isn’t the case here. There’s tons of time for reality to set in. People are already noticing the expensive insurance premiums, the unreliable health insurance exchange website and the high deductibles.
There’s no question that President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Jay Carney and allies like Nancy Pelosi will attempt to hide the fact that the Affordable Care Act isn’t working and isn’t workable. It’s junk. This administration’s spin won’t work. Eventually, reality catches up with the spin. Jay Carney’s and Kathleen Sebelius’s insistance that things are working or that they’re working around the clock to fix things won’t mean much when the conversation at water coolers across the nation is that HealthCare.gov isn’t workiing.
As people find out that the flaws in HealthCare.gov’s aren’t glitches, people will take it out on Democrats since they’re the only ones that voted for the Affordable Care Act. When people find out that the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges aren’t working because the software is deeply flawed, they’ll have reason to think that the Party of Big Government is inept. Once that sinks in, Democrats will have a difficult fight on their hands.
Schultz, Schier and Pearson can think Republicans are big losers and that Democrats will retake the House because of that but that isn’t reality. The reality is that Republicans can point to some votes that Democrats cast against extremely popular things. That’s especially true in the Senate, where Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, Mark Begich and Mark Pryor voted against delaying the individual mandate, against repealing the medical device tax while voting for giving politicians a subsidy for health insurance that isn’t available to other people making the same salary.
People don’t like politicians who expect special treatment while shafting working people. Democrats should expect a particularly bumpy road through next November.
Technorati: Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Jay Carney, President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, Health Insurance Exchanges, Affordable Care Act, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, Mark Begich, Democrats, Election 2014
Currently, all of the attention in DC is on the US Senate. That’s understandable because that’s where the action is. That isn’t where the bottleneck is, though. Republicans who put a higher priority on the public good rather than the ‘art of the possible’ aren’t likely to support the Senate compromise:
A flurry of phone calls and meetings last night and early this morning led to that consensus among the approximately 50 Republicans who form the House GOP’s right flank. They’re furious with Senate Republicans for working with Democrats to craft what one leading tea-party congressman calls a “mushy piece of s**t.”
It’s one thing to negotiate with Democrats in a divided government. It’s another to outright cave to President Obama’s demands.
Some important points must be made at this point. First, whether Republicans enthusiastically embrace the bill or whether they vehemently oppose the bill, Democrats will blame Republicans for the shutdown. They’ve already called Republicans anarchists (Sen. Reid), likened them to spousal abusers (Sen. Boxer) and called them legislative arsonists (Rep. Pelosi).
Why wouldn’t Republicans expect them to drop their gloves during next year’s campaign?
“What they’ll come up with in the Senate will not get the support of most House Republicans,” predicts a House conservative strategist. “And thus, after a lot of hand-wringing, it’ll be DOA. Just like with BCA in 2011, the most important question is, what can pass the House? Everything else is subordinate to that. So, while the Senate is taking the lead right now, I expect the focus will soon shift back to the House, and back to the idea of doing a six-week extension of the debt ceiling. While Obama and Reid won’t like it, they don’t want to go past October 17, either. The politics of the debt ceiling are different from the shutdown. And so, we feel they’ll reluctantly accept it as a stopgap measure.”
Republicans have some leverage, at least if Senate Republicans don’t squander this opportunity. If Republicans insist that the individual mandate be postponed a year and that Congress and their staff don’t get subsidies that other Americans aren’t eligible for in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, they’ll win that fight.
That’s because President Obama can’t afford a default on his watch, especially when there’s a perfectly reasonable offer on the table. It isn’t difficult selling people on the notion that politicians shouldn’t get subsidies that aren’t available to the average Joe or Jane.
Similarly, it isn’t difficult convincing people that the health insurance exchanges aren’t operational. Connecting that with delaying the individual mandate isn’t that difficult either.
That’s how Republicans win this fight and resurrect their standing with the American people. It’s a win-win situation for the GOP — if they don’t let Senate squishies blow it for them.
GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden had another strong fundraising quarter, which establishes him as a top-tier candidate and not just because of his fundraising figures:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s campaign said on Thursday that he had raised $700,000 in the last three months and has $1.2 million cash on hand in his quest to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. The haul gives McFadden, an executive on leave from Lazard Middle Management with no political background, two steady quarters from which to launch his campaign. He raised about $700,000 in the first part of this year.
If Mr. McFadden is the GOP candidate that faces Sen. Franken next November, he’ll still be fighting an uphill fight. That doesn’t mean Sen. Franken is guaranteed victory. In the shutdown showdown, Sen. Franken voted against a) opening the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, b) repealing the medical device tax and c) for keeping a substantial special subsidy for health insurance that’s only available to Congress.
Sen. Franken has voted the way Sen. Reid has told him to. It’s noteworthy that Sen. Reid has proven to be a tyrant this past week. He told CNN’s Dana Bash that he didn’t want to open the NIH. He’s refused to fund any part of the federal government unless Republicans essentially give Democrats everything they want.
With the money he’s raising, Mr. McFadden will be able to highlight how Sen. Franken sided with DC’s special interests and his woefully misguided party rather than fighting for Minnesotans’ best interests. That’s only part of Sen. Franken’s worries. I’ve heard Mr. McFadden’s interviews. He’s quick, to the point and sincere, qualities that Sen. Franken doesn’t have.
Technorati: Mike McFadden, Fundraising, Lazard Middle Management, GOP, Al Franken, Harry Reid, Government Shutdown, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, World War II Memorial, National Parks Service, Democrats, Election 2014
The St. Cloud Times publishes Dr. David Shuster’s column the first Sunday of each month. Dr. Shuster’s column is reliably a huge compilation of propaganda, aka BS. This month’s column certainly didn’t disappoint:
The Republican-controlled U.S. House unsuccessfully attempted to either repeal or emasculate the federal Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” at least 40 times since it became law in 2010.
With insurance exchanges, a core provision of the ACA, initiated this month, conservative legislators redoubled efforts to damage the act by linking their attack to a government spending bill, resulting in a partial shutdown of the federal government.
The Affordable Care Act damaged itself. It’s indisputable that the health insurance exchanges are deeply flawed. Systems have been crashed more than they’ve been up. I spoke with an IT professional yesterday who said that the problem is deeper than beefing up server farms.
Security of personal information (think social security numbers) is virtually nonexistent. At best, it’s inconsistent. The federal portal’s security was the subject of many headlines as being unntrustworthy.
That’s before talking about the outrageous prices through the exchanges:
“There is NO WAY I can afford it,” said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. “Heck right now I couldn’t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month…and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies.”
Another person shared a link found on the federal government’s main Obamacare page listing premium estimates for small business employers:
The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the “Premium.” It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.78 a month!!!! So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $945 a month. This is only only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me to see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!
A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living “75% below the poverty level.” She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. “Are you F’ing kidding me????” she wrote on the government’s Obamacare Facebook page. “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this ‘bronze’ health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening,” she wrote.
The inescapable truth is that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster. It doesn’t need a few tweaks here or there. It needs a major reworking, starting with eliminating the individual and employer mandates and repealing all 21 taxes originated or increased in the Affordable Care Act.
Opponents of the ACA have a catalog of oft-repeated criticisms. These include claims the law will encourage societal dependency on government, stifle innovation with a medical device tax, wipe out employer-sponsored health insurance, compromise businesses and destroy jobs as a result of burdensome regulation, ration medical care at the bidding of “death panels,” and tread on personal liberty by mandating that most Americans purchase health insurance.
This list is a witches brew of conjecture, hyperbole, insanity and falsehoods. What is true is that the mere size of the bill, spanning thousands of pages, renders it incomprehensible to many. Such mystery fosters unease in supporters, mistrust in skeptics.
Let’s go through Dr. Shuster’s list. First, the medical device tax steals money from companies. In turn, that limits the amount of money available for R & D. Next, we’re already seeing major corporations dumping their employer-sponsored health insurance policies. This isn’t speculation. It’s irrefutable fact. Third, it’s irrefutable that employers are cutting employees’ hours to limit or eliminate the damage inflicted through the fines imposed by the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Fourth, there’s no question that the Affordable Care Act limits Americans’ liberty. Government telling people they must buy something against their will is limiting a person’s liberty.
This isn’t conjecture, hyperbole or insanity. They’re irrefutable. Saying that these claims are conjecture, hyperbole or insanity doesn’t make the claim accurate. This statement, however, is insanity:
Obamacare is a legislative behemoth because it caters to capitalism rather than shackling it.
To quote Andy Aplikowski, who said (I’m paraphrasing here) that free markets don’t rely on the IRS to create markets via force. Saying that the Affordable Care Act “caters to capitalism” is total nonsense. If anything, it’s hybrid capitalism, which isn’t capitalism at all. Free market capitalism creates itself through people recognizing people’s needs, then voluntarily making that product available.
The Affordable Care Act created products against the will of the people, then ordered people (notice, it didn’t suggest to the people) to buy the product that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Max Baucus and other Democrats created and that President Obama signed into law. Simply put, ‘capitalism’ at the point of a gun isn’t free market capitalism.
Dr. Shuster’s monthly column is accurate by his standards, which is to say that it’s filled with BS. By that standard, it’s a joke.
Technorati: Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandate, Individual Mandate, Medical Device Tax, Health Insurance Exchanges, Identity Theft, Nancy Pelosi, Max Baucus, Harry Reid, President Obama, Health Insurance Premiums, Democrats
States are attempting to thwart President Obama’s and Sen. Reid’s plan to decimate small businesses, aka the government shutdown. They’re having mixed results:
The Arizona town of Tusayan, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, has 558 residents and 1,000 hotel rooms. And by Friday, it had $325,000 to reopen temporarily shuttered Grand Canyon National Park.
“The reason we exist is the Grand Canyon National Park. This closure is devastating,” said Greg Bryan, Tusayan’s mayor and the owner of a Best Western hotel. The town is offering to fund a partial reopening of the park that would allow visitors to drive through on a main road and stop at overlooks.
This week, Sen. Reid shot down the House bill that would’ve opened all national parks. In fact, he suggested that it was a gimmick. It isn’t. It’s the GOP’s attempt to not hurt small businesses. Something that’s undeniable is that Sen. Reid’s obstructionist tactics are hurting small businesses across the nation.
In Wisconsin, officials are keeping seven federally subsidized state-owned forest, wildlife and recreation areas open, even after receiving instructions from the federal Department of the Interior to close them. The state lands depend on federal funds for 18% of their budgets, or $701,000 total.
“I really don’t think it is a defiance, but fulfilling our obligations,” said Cathy Stepp, an official with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which administers the state properties. “We are doing everything we can with social media, radio outlets and news to get the word out that we’re open. The calls are coming in like crazy—people are planning to come here with camping trips every year, weddings, reunions.”
Wisconsin, thanks for keeping parks open rather than joining with President Obama and the Democratic Party in inflicting pain on American families.
This definitely caught my attention:
Lawmakers in Maryland have worked out a small exception to the federal shutdown to allow several hundred family members to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md., this weekend.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) worked with the memorial, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration to open the site briefly for the annual memorial service.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, said the brief opening didn’t present an additional cost. “They’re just unlocking the gate and allowing families of fallen firefighters to pay their respects at the memorial,” the spokeswoman said.
This is the history of the Obama administration and Democrats. They threatened to arrest World War II veterans trying to visit their memorial but they give special exemptions to Democratic allies like Steny Hoyer and Martin O’Malley.
In Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, the awe-inspiring attraction brings in millions of visitors every year and is an anchor of the state’s tourism industry, which last year accounted for $19 billion in spending and 7% of tax revenue, according to a state tourism report. The attraction creates 12,000 jobs, and tourists spend $1.2 million a day on businesses there, according to Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat who represents the district that includes the canyon, as well as seven national forests and other national parks.
Ms. Kirkpatrick said Friday she is continuing to negotiate on behalf of her district to try to reopen the Grand Canyon and other parks.
The Grand Canyon would be open if not for Sen. Reid’s insistence on hurting small businesses. He’ll attempt to explain away his refusal to fund the National Park Service by saying it’s part of his political strategy. That’s his option. Still, that doesn’t exempt him from criticism that he’s putting a higher priority on his political party’s political posturing than he’s putting on helping small businesses.
Most of the shops in and around the Grand Canyon are little mom and pop shops. Most can be run by a family. That’s who Sen. Reid and President Obama are hurting. Shame on them for needlessly tormenting these shopkeepers.
Technorati: Grand Canyon National Park, Small Businesses, Arizona, Tourism, John Boehner, World War II Memorial, World War II Veterans, GOP, Harry Reid, President Obama, Steny Hoyer, Martin O’Malley, Government Shutdown, National Park Service, Democrats