Everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged when it comes to setting up a website. But they’ve demonstrated the ability to dole out a huge amount of taxpayers’ money for millions of people signing up for Medicaid, a welfare program. And they’ve proved they can send hundreds of millions of federal taxpayers’ dollars to their bureaucratic counterparts in states, like Maryland and Oregon, that can’t manage their own exchanges. But there are many other lessons to be gleaned from Year One of Obamacare. Here are three of the most important ones.
1. Health costs jumped—big time. Huge increases in deductibles in policies sold through the exchanges were a big story in Florida, Illinois and elsewhere. While the average annual deductible for employer-based coverage was a little over $1,000, the exchange deductibles nationwide normally topped $2,000.
2. The law reduced competition in most health-insurance markets. A limited analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that in 2014, large states like California and New York were more competitive, but Connecticut and Washington were less competitive. The Heritage Foundation conducted a national analysis and found that between 2013 and 2014, the number of insurers offering coverage on the individual markets in all fifty states declined nationwide by 29 percent.
3. We still don’t know for sure how many people are actually insured. Following the disastrous October 2013 Obamacare “roll-out,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that about 6 million (rather than 7 million) would enroll in the exchanges. Last April, administration officials reported that they reached and surpassed their goal, enrolling over 8 million people in the health-insurance exchanges. The administration now concedes that there are 700,000 fewer persons in the exchanges. Between October 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, there was a net increase in individual coverage of 2,236,942, but there was a net decrease in group (employment-based) enrollment: it fell by 1,716,540. Enrollment in Medicaid and the Childrens’ Health Insurance Program (CHIP) increased by about 5 million over that same period.
Read the full article at The Daily Signal.
During yesterday’s game between the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was seen sitting next to Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly. The photo, which has quickly gone viral, features the Navajo Nation president sporting Redskins attire.
Additionally, the Navajo Nation recently held a golf tournament that was sponsored by the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” an organization run by Snyder.
Last season, in a game between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers, four Navajo Code Talkers from World War II attended and were recognized for their service–all while wearing Redskins jackets bearing the “offensive” Redskins’ logo.
Read the full article at IJReview.com.
A progressive organization is out with a new issue ad blaming congressional Republicans for the Ebola outbreak. In the disgusting minute-long ad, titled “Republican Cuts Kill,” the Agenda Project Action Fund uses clips of Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KY), urging more spending cuts to the federal budget. It also features footage of Obama administration officials discussing budget cuts and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) purported inability to deal with viral outbreaks.
Unsurprisingly, however, the ad is wholly misleading. The ad — meant to play on Americans’ fears about Ebola — makes note of the $446 million budget cut to the NIH funding, but the agency saw its budget increase by nearly 23 percent, adjusted for inflation, between FY 2000 and FY 2013. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, points out that “[b]etween 2000 and 2014, CDC outlays almost doubled in 2014 constant dollars, from $3.5 billion to $6.8 billion.”
A brief look into how the National Institutes of Health (one of the organizations mentioned in the ad) chose to spend their money might give some clues as to why some of their funding was cut.
In 2009, NIH spent $423,500 in tax payer money on a study about why men don’t like to use condoms.
In 2011, NIH blew $386,000 on a study to determine how to best massage rabbits.
In 2013, NIH decided $325,525 dollars was worth investing for a study about how wives would be happier if they calmed down faster during arguments with their husbands.
In 2014, NIH invested over 3.2 million in a study to get monkeys to drink alcohol in order to see what kinds of effects it has on their body tissue.
A White House petition has been created to urge the president to direct the FAA to ban all incoming and outgoing flights to ebola-stricken countries.
As of this time the signature count is at about 25,000 of the needed 100,000 for the president to respond with his usual double-talk, then completely ignore the petition.
The petition states…
The Ebola virus has reached unprecedented epidemic proportions in West Africa, and has been joined by another unrelated concurrent outbreak in the Congo. Experts had stated it was ‘highly unlikely’ that ebola would show up on American soil. But now it has, in the City of Dallas, Texas, brought here by an individual who entered our country from the West African nation of Liberia, where ebola is rampant. The citizens of the US are scared. We do not want any more ebola-infected individuals bringing the epidemic to our shores. The longer we allow people to enter our country from ebola-stricken areas, the higher the chance another person infected with ebola will arrive here, putting ALL of our citizens at risk. Please tell the FAA to ban ALL incoming flights from any/all ebola-stricken regions.
If you want to participate in forcing the president (or to be honest, one of his staff) to spend 2 minutes concocting a meaningless response to an issue he’s perfectly happy to ignore, you can also add your name to the petition.
Failing to persuade voters to support their discredited agenda, Democrats are now determined to use a false flag strategy to advance their plan to steal a Senate majority this November.
Masquerading as independents in four key Senate races, Democratic candidates are embracing a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing tactic to fool voters into believing that they are not the party hack/Obama rubber stamps they truly are.
By pretending that they are Independents, they can take power and help Obama implement his plan to create a single ruling party government in the U.S.
Were these “independent” Democrats true Independents, their presence in our national politics would be welcome. But they are not.
If elected, they would each meekly cast their ballots for Harry Reid to be Majority Leader and form a tame part of his bloc that controls the Senate.
In South Dakota, former Republican senator turned liberal Democrat Larry Pressler is running as an “independent” against former Governor Mike Rounds, the Republican candidate. The latest polling puts him only two points behind Rounds. Having served three terms as a GOP senator, Pressler backed Obama in 2008 and 2012 and supports Obamacare. His strategy is either to win or to take enough votes away from Rounds to elect Rick Weiland, the overt Democratic candidate. The South Dakota seat had been written off as a certain Republican pickup until Pressler implemented the false flag strategy.
In Kansas, Republican Pat Roberts was coasting to a fourth Senate term when Greg Orman jumped into the race as an independent. Orman, who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, backs Obamacare, embraces the Democratic platform in toto, and actually tried to run before as a Democrat. But now he’s an “Independent.” The fact that George Soros’ son is reportedly hosting a fundraiser for Orman should make clear he’s no independent.
In North Carolina, Republican Thom Tillis is locked in a close battle against Democratic Senator Kay Hagan. The only reason the race is close in this state Mitt Romney carried in 2012 is the presence of Sean Haugh, a pizza delivery man running as the Libertarian Party candidate. Haugh draws between 4 and 8 percent of the vote, in various polls, but all of it comes from Tillis, the Republican candidate. Where is Haugh getting his support? His money? Ask the Democrats.
In Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes — running against Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — refuses to say if she voted for Obama in 2008 or 2012. Obviously, she did. And just as obviously, she is running away from it now. She says she will oppose Obama’s war on coal, but, if elected, it is clear she will toe the party line as Reid demands.
Read the full article at NewsMax.com.
Calling good, evil…