9:52 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In his press conference yesterday, President Obama said that the debate over the Affordable Care Act is over, or should be … and will be if he and his party have anything to say about it.
As David Jackson and Kelly Kennedy of USA Today write, after insisting that:
"This thing is working.” Obama again criticized Republicans who want to repeal the law, saying it's time to "move on" and focus on jobs and the overall economy. He called for "a change in attitude on the part of the Republicans.”
The government can make just about anything “work.” Mohair subsidies. Corporate bailouts. The income tax code. You name it. The trick is to have unlimited money, plenty of time, and a monopoly on force. Then … piece of cake.
In a few years, if the president has his way, everyone outside of Washington will be complaining about the ACA, while inside the beltway, it will be a money machine for the fixers tinkering with the machinery and getting paid handsomely to do it.
And, “If you like your plan …” will be a bitter laugh line. Sort of like, “Good enough for government work."
Repeal, now more than ever!8:40 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, the CBO projected that 9 million people would buy Obamacare-compliant insurance through newly established government-run exchanges. Now, after an enrollment period that his administration expanded by about two months—to more than half a year—President Obama says that 8 million people have “signed up” for (but in many cases haven’t actually bought) insurance through those exchanges.
3:45 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House claims 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare:
FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers
7:01 AM, Apr 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Over two dozen widows in Alabama were dropped from their health care plans due to Obamacare, WHNT reports:
7:06 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Four years after Obamacare became law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is notifying Medicare providers and suppliers of new fingerprint-based background checks. Eventually, all individuals who hold a five percent or greater stake in a Medicare supplier or provider that is categorized as "high risk" will be subject to the requirement.
11:28 AM, Apr 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a celebration ceremony for Kathleen Sebelius's resignation as secretary of Health and Human Services, President Obama excused the problems with Healthcare.gov by saying it's the "final score" that matters:
10:12 AM, Apr 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The first official word from the Obama administration on Kathleen Sebelius's resignation as secretary of health and human services is a retweet by the official White House Twitter account of a tweet by Vox.com's Ezra Klein:
Apr 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Distinguished lineage is no guarantee of good breeding, and in the case of the junior senator from Rhode Island, the gap is startling. Mayflower ancestry, a diplomat grandfather and father, railroad money, and education at the best schools seem, if anything, to have encouraged the hauteur and contempt for opponents for which Sheldon Whitehouse is increasingly known. They were on display again at a Senate hearing last week, when the senator greeted the solid testimony of economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth with gratuitous insult.
Poll shows Nebraska senate race is a dead heat. 9:19 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has been declared "Obamacare's Nebraska Nemesis," and in a new ad Sasse explains why he's personally invested in repealing the law. In 2007, his wife Melissa had an aneurysm followed by an arduous recovery, which left his family with $160,000 in medical bills. Sasse ended up waging a months-long battle against the health insurance system, and Sasse is convinced Obamacare will only make these problems worse:
2:32 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from Talk Business found Mark Pryor, the sitting Democratic senator from Arkansas, with a three-point lead over Republican challenger Tom Cotton. The survey of more than 1,000 likely voters found 45.5 percent said they would vote for Pryor, while 42.5 percent said they would vote for Cotton.
The poll also found that Pryor has a 10-point lead among women, while Cotton has a 7-point lead among men and just a 5-point lead among white voters.
7:01 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Despite the Obama administration's insistence that everyone -- the government, insurance companies, doctors, medical providers, and consumers -- will reap benefits from Obamacare, a recent grant proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suggests that the agency does have concerns about the ongoing financial viabil
2:14 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
“In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents.” President Obama, who made that statement last week, has never uttered truer words.