10 more reasons I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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November 19, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 7 comments.

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said Obamacare was passed due to “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter”

In October 2013, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said:

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO [Congressional Budget Office] scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass….Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G790p0LcgbI

November 17, 2014. Tags: , , , . Health care, Politics. 1 comment.

306 reasons why it’s OK to laugh at anyone who thought Obamacare was a good idea

I’ve updated my list of Obamacare criticisms. The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/

These are the new entries:

301) Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said Obamacare was passed due to “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter”

In October 2013, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said:

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO [Congressional Budget Office] scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass….Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

302) Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber lied to the New York Times in a disclosure contract that he signed

In January 2010, the New York Times wrote:

Corrections

January 9, 2010

Editors’ note

On July 12, the Op-Ed page published an article by Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at M.I.T., on health insurance and taxation. On Friday, Professor Gruber confirmed reports that he is a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, and that his contract was in effect when he published his article. The article did not disclose this relationship to readers.

Like other writers for the Op-Ed page, Professor Gruber signed a contract that obligated him to tell editors of such a relationship. Had editors been aware of Professor Gruber’s government ties, the Op-Ed page would have insisted on disclosure or not published his article.

303) When M.I.T. economics professor Jonathan Gruber wrote a pro-Obamacare opinion piece for the Washington Post, he did not disclose the fact that the Obama administration had paid him $392,000 to help write Obamacare

In December 2009, when M.I.T. economics professor Jonathan Gruber wrote a pro-Obamacare opinion piece for the Washington Post, he did not disclose the fact that the Obama administration had paid him $392,000 to help write Obamacare.

304) Obama ordered Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber to lie about Obamacare’s Cadillac tax

In July 2009, Obama ordered Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber to lie about Obamacare’s Cadillac tax.

305) Obama administration falsely said that Obama had never worked with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber at the White House

Although the Obama administration said that Obama had never worked with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber at the White House, White House visitor logs show that Obama and Gruber were together in the same room in the White House for nearly four hours on July 20, 2009.

306) Nancy Pelosi gave Obamacare waivers to 38 restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in her own Congressional district

Although Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-California) voted for Obamacare, in April 2011, she gave Obamacare waivers to 38 restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in her own Congressional district.

November 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

I just added these 23 new items to my list of Obama criticisms, which brings the total to 878

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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October 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

I just added 16 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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October 4, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

I just added 14 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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September 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

I just added these 5 new items to my list of Obama’s misdeeds, bringing the total to 826

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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September 2, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 12 comments.

I just added 21 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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August 18, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

I just added 20 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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July 30, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

296 reasons why it’s OK to laugh at anyone who thought Obamacare was a good idea

I’ve updated my list of Obamacare criticisms. The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/

These are the new entries:

291) Obama illegally created a new Obamacare rule and penalty without approval from Congress

In May 2014, the New York Times reported:

Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health care law, the administration said, and employers may be subject to a tax penalty of $100 a day — or $36,500 a year — for each employee who goes into the individual marketplace.

Obama’s actions here are illegal. There is nothing in Obamacare that gives Obama or the IRS the power to prohibit employers from dumping employees onto Obamacare exchanges, or for fining them $100 a day per employee for doing so. The President does not have the legal authority to change the law without those changes first being approved by Congress.

292) Obamacare forced colon cancer survivor Janet Grigg to lose her doctor. Her new Obamacare policy covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius of her home.

Janet Grigg lives in Oklahoma and is a survivor of colon cancer. Obamacare caused her to lose coverage for her doctor. Her new Obamacare policy covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius of her home. You can see a video of her at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FoyREgDH_8

293) Obama gave bonuses to employees who created Oregon’s defective Obamacare website

Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build its defective Obamacare website. As of February 28, 2014, exactly zero people had signed up at Oregon’s Obamacare website.

However, in June 2014, it was reported that the employees who had built Oregon’s defective Obamacare website had been given $650,000 in taxpayer funded bonuses.

294) After cancer patient Linda Rolain paid her Obamacare premiums, Obamacare refused to pay for her medical treatment, and she died

Linda Rolain lived in Las Vegas. She had brain cancer. After she paid her Obamacare premiums, Obamacare refused to pay for her medical treatment, and she died.

295) Obamacare call center employee left confidential info of Obamacare customers at a deli

In June 2014, it was reported that an employee of an Obamacare call center had left a backpack containing handwritten notepads at a deli in Hartford, Connecticut. The notepads contained names, addresses, and social security numbers of 151 Obamacare customers.

296) Obama illegally gave Obamacare waivers to U.S. territories

In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had given Obamacare waivers to U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, etc.,), which exempted them from certain Obamacare regulations. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.

 

July 27, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. 10 comments.

Obamacare author says subsidies only apply to state exchanges

On January 18, 2012, Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write Obamacare, said:

“What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”

You can see him saying it in this video. Link set to start video at 31:25, the relevant point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtnEmPXEpr0&feature=youtu.be&t=31m25s

So how is it that the federal government is giving subsidies through the federal exchange?

It’s because under the corrupt leadership of President Obama, the IRS illegally gave itself new power without approval from Congress.

On May 23, 2013, the Washington Post wrote of this:

The law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to set up federal health exchanges in the holdout states. But the statute makes no mention of the IRS providing credits and subsidies through federal exchanges.

The IRS resolved this conundrum by denying its existence. In a May 2012 regulatory ruling, it asserted its own right to provide credits outside the state exchanges as the reasonable interpretation of an ambiguous law. But the language of the law is not ambiguous. And health scholars Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, in an exhaustive recent analysis, find no justification for the IRS’s ruling in the legislative history of Obamacare. “The statute,” they argue, “and the lack of any support for the IRS rule in the legislative record put defenders of the IRS rule in the awkward position of arguing that it was so obviously Congress’ intent to offer tax credits in federal exchanges that despite a year of debate over the PPACA, it never occurred to anyone to express that intent out loud. A better explanation is that the PPACA’s authors miscalculated when they assumed states would establish exchanges.”

So: The IRS seized the authority to spend about $800 billion over 10 years on benefits that were not authorized by Congress. And the current IRS scandal puts this decision in a new light. What was the role of politics in shaping this regulatory decision? What pressure was applied?

July 25, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

Liberal and progressive hero Elizabeth Warren signs letter in support of trickle down economics

On November 8, 2012, it was reported that in response to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare, some medical device manufacturers had announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).

On December 4, 2012, Elizabeth Warren joined Al Franken, John Kerry, and 15 other Democratic U.S. Senators in signing a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts. The letter can be read here.

I think it’s great that Warren has come out in favor of trickle down economics, and I am glad that several of her Democratic colleagues have also embraced the position.

Unfortunately, the medical device tax is still in existence, and continues to wreak havoc. On February 18, 2014, it was reported that the medical device tax had destroyed 14,000 jobs, and had prevented an additional 19,000 new jobs from being created.

 

July 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics. 4 comments.

I just added 30 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:

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July 21, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

I just added 19 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:

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July 19, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 3 comments.

I just added 31 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The new entries are #701 through #731. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

July 7, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Democratic Underground banned someone for making the following post about Obamacare

A crazy person who lives in my apartment building recently made the following post at Democratic Underground:

Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges

http://news.yahoo.com/harry-reid-exempts-some-of-his-senate-staff-from-obamacare-exchanges-192925037.html

Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges

One of the biggest public supporters of the Affordable Care Act has reportedly decided that some of his staff should be exempted from the new law.

CNN reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

The offices of Ron Wyden, Tim Johnson and Barbara Boxer, all Democrats, said they were exempting some of their staff.

The text of the post has been deleted, and the person who posted it has been banned. The reason for the deletion and ban states:

A Jury voted 6-1 to hide this post on Wed Jul 2, 2014, 01:15 AM. Reason: This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. When the original post in a discussion thread is hidden by Jury decision, the entire discussion thread is automatically locked so new replies cannot be posted.

So, according to Democratic Underground, pointing out that Harry Reid and three other Democratic Senators who supported the passage of Obamacare have exempted some of their own staff is “disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.”

“Hurtful”?

“Rude”?

“Insensitive”?

Apparently, the people who run the most popular Democratic message board on the entire internet insist on being hurt and offended by… the truth!

 

July 2, 2014. Tags: , , , . Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

700 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

June 27, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Obamacare forces cancer survivor to lose her doctor, and her new Obamacare plan covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius

Janet Grigg lives in Oklahoma and is a survivor of colon cancer. Obamacare caused her to lose coverage for her doctor. Her new Obamacare plan covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius of her home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FoyREgDH_8

May 31, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics. 12 comments.

Emperor Obama just created a new Obamacare rule and penalty without approval from Congress

The New York Times just reported:

Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health care law, the administration said, and employers may be subject to a tax penalty of $100 a day — or $36,500 a year — for each employee who goes into the individual marketplace.

Obama’s actions here are illegal. There is nothing in Obamacare that gives Obama or the IRS the power to prohibit employers from dumping employees onto Obamacare exchanges, or for fining them $100 a day per employee for doing so.

 

May 25, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics. 6 comments.

Obama gave taxpayers’ money to Obamacare contractor to hire employees to do nothing

It has just been reported that Obama gave taxpayers’ money to Serco, an Obamacare contractor, to hire employees to do nothing. The more employees that Serco hired to do nothing, the more taxpayer money it got from Obama. At the time of the report, Serco was still hiring new employees.
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May 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Government waste, Health care, Politics. 2 comments.

666 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

May 14, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

283 reasons why it’s OK to laugh at anyone who thought Obamacare was a good idea

I’ve updated my list of Obamacare criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/

May 2, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

Obamacare patient who got rejected by all 96 doctors that she contacted says she is “proud” of Obamacare

In Ebony magazine, Danielle Kimberly writes:

As a proud new beneficiary of the Affordable Health Care Act, I’d like to report that I am doctorless. Ninety-six. Ninety-six is the number of soul crushing rejections that greeted me as I attempted to find one. It’s the number of physicians whose secretaries feigned empathy while rehearsing the “I’m so sorry” line before curtly hanging up.

 

April 27, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. 7 comments.

Obamacare causes pregnant woman to lose coverage for her obstetrician

Susan Estrich writes:

As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.

The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have.

The bad news: Neither the obstetrician who has taken care of her for the past six months nor the hospital where she had planned to give birth are covered by the plan.

Ouch.

Now, this young woman is really good at dealing with insurance companies. It’s what she does all day long — getting prescriptions approved, figuring out why they aren’t being approved, going back and forth with doctors and insurance companies about what they will and will not cover. No neophyte, she.

And as I signaled her that I could wait, that she should finish her conversation, she never lost her cool. Me, I would have been a wreck if someone had told me six months into a pregnancy that the doctor with whom I had developed a close and trusting relationship or the hospital that I had always relied on were no longer on my list, and that my choices — within any reasonable geographic distance — basically came down to six doctors I’d never heard of and a hospital I’d never set foot in.

She was not a wreck. But she wasn’t happy. Who would be? Six months pregnant and interviewing doctors who are themselves overwhelmed because they are, in fact, on so many plans.

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

“Confused” Obamacare supporter doesn’t understand why her insurance has been cancelled

The Staten Island Advance reports:

Obamacare confusion abounds on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Alexandra Porto believes in the premise of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — to provide medical benefits for all Americans.

But when she, along with 13 of her colleagues at the Bloomfield-based Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), received letters stating that their Empire BlueCross/BlueShield health plan will be canceled, she started to have second thoughts about what is commonly referred to as Obamacare.

“The letter said Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be ending our current policy, and it will be replaced with a new policy. It said new premium rates will take effect April 1,” said Ms. Porto, vice president of membership and outreach at the SIEDC.

“The problem is we don’t know what the new policy is or what the new premium rates will be, and we are being told by Empire BlueCross/BlueShield that we won’t have that information until Jan. 1,” she added.

And the folks at the SIEDC aren’t alone.

Ms. Porto said at least 13 SIEDC members — all small business owners with less than 50 employees on Staten Island — were informed that the health plans for their employees have been canceled.

 

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. 1 comment.

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