2:04 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Not exactly a victory lap when, as the AP reports, the president says:
… enough people have signed up for health care to make his signature law work.
And that he:
… tells medical web site WebMD that the 4.2 million people enrolled for this year "is already large enough that I'm confident the program will be stable.”
"Stable.” And recall that this was supposed to be a program that would cover the millions of uninsured (30 million, maybe) and may leave that number unchanged – at best. Also, under this plan, you were supposed to be able to keep you doctor if you liked your doctor … and so and so forth.
Then, it was supposed to be affordable. Says so, right there in the title. And, as the president has said, it is –as long as you get rid of some of the other things in your life. This is almost self-evidently true and not much solace for people who were led to believe that “affordable” meant “cheap.” The thing is, health care is not cheap and never will be. Obamacare was an attempt to finesse the question of who would be stuck with those big bills. Those who were – or would be – are not, unsurprisingly, happy.
Still, the program will be “stable." Let’s have a parade.
11:25 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which went online early this morning, I have an article about the Nebraska Senate race. In a nutshell, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is trying to give a boost to one of the candidates due to some disagreements with outside conservative groups. This is problematic because there are two solid candidates in the race and it's an open primary -- and voters tend to resent meddling by the national party.
7:03 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration has been under heavy criticism from foes and even some friends for selective enforcement of laws. Executive orders and executive actions have contradicted, delayed, or otherwise modified laws regarding same-sex marriage, immigration, and, most controversial in the last several months, the Affordable Care Act.
2:17 PM, Mar 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
HHS is trying to jump start Obamacare signups among the young with an image that is supposed to be the universal disapproving mother scowling at her spawn while saying, “Don’t worry about me, I’ll just wait here until you #GetCovered. – Mom.”
1:01 PM, Mar 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Testifying Wednesday before the House Ways and Means hearing on the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, Kathleen Sebelius was bombarded with questions about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was asked to provide details on the administration's claims about current enrollment levels.
10:36 AM, Mar 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With Obamacare, it seems like every day brings with it a new interpretation, ruling, finding, exemption, or what-have-you. This thing is more slippery than a basket of greased eels.
1:54 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican David Jolly won Tuesday's special election for an open House seat in Florida over Democrat Alex Sink, a former chief financial officer for the state and a 2010 candidate for governor. Jolly, a lobbyist and one-time congressional staffer, is succeeding his former boss, the late Bill Young, a 43-year House veteran and Republican. Young died in October of last year, opening up the St. Petersburg-area 13th district for the first time in decades.
7:42 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Colorado senator Mark Udall, a Democrat first elected in 2008, is in a statistical tie with Republican challenger Cory Gardner, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.
The survey of likely voters in Colorado found 42 percent support Udall, while 41 percent support Gardner, a two-term congressman. Thirteen percent remain undecided.
7:34 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama joined Zach Galifianakis's “Between Two Ferns”:
Galifianakis asks, "In 2013 you pardoned a turkey. What do you have planned for 2014?" Whether he sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea -- and what we should do about "Ikea"?
Obama taunts the actor by saying it's a "good thing" he can't run a third time for president, because it would be like doing a third Hangover movie.
Obamacare is keeping health care costs down, by making it difficult to access exchanges.10:02 AM, Mar 10, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
My wife woke up Saturday with a badly swollen knee. We had no idea what could have caused it—her hot yoga class puts her in poses that put stress on the knee but she didn't remember the knee hurting during her last session.
9:05 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Late last year the Wall Street Journal reported that Hewlett-Packard was replacing Verizon's Terremark subsidiary as the host of the federal government's Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, when Terremark's contract expired in March 2014.