By S.A. Miller
WASHINGTON — Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius fumbled for an excuse Wednesday to get out of enrolling in ObamaCare herself — falsely declaring that it would be “illegal.” Pressed to voluntarily sign up by Republican lawmakers at a confrontational congressional hearing, Sebelius offered up the excuse that it was against the law for her to give up her employer-sponsored federal insurance plan.
(CBS News) CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies — more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
…Obamacare forces them to drop many of their plans that don’t meet the law’s 10 minimum standards, including maternity care, emergency visits, mental health treatment and even pediatric dental care. That means consumers have to sign on to new plans even if they don’t want or need the more generous coverage. Industry experts say about half the people getting the letters will pay more — and half will pay less, thanks to taxpayer subsidies. Levitt said, “The winners outnumber the losers here, but because of all the website problems, it’s hard to find out who the winners are because they don’t even know it themselves.”
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By Roberta Rampton and David Morgan
BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that “bad apple” insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks. As administration officials scrambled to fix technical problems on an online insurance marketplace that is central to the success of the Affordable Care Act, Obama blamed private insurers for a separate problem that has critics questioning his honesty.
Check out the story below… A news story describing “What the President Should have said”!?… talk about the news media covering for the President, MANUFACTURING a benefit of the doubt story. There’s a reason he didn’t say “If you have insurance through your employer and you like it, you can keep it.” It’s because “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. PERIOD! Nobody is talking about taking that away from you” sounded MUCH better. You think this administration actually sat down to think the ACA through? Its real long term costs and consequences? Its clear that this administration is more concerned propping up its “legacy” than the country. There’s plenty of people who are contractors & pay for THEIR OWN insurance, a friend of mine got a notice that his plan for him and his family is going from $380 to $800 a month! He asked what he should do, I recommended he start writing some letters, which is all he CAN do because counting on our corrupt news media to look our for the people instead of the white house is a thing of the past.
By Rick Newman
Obama has acknowledges “glitches” with the ACA rollout and said he takes “full responsibility” for fixing them. He continues to insist, however, that the new law will vastly improve access to care for millions who couldn’t afford it before. And in a recent speech in Boston, he pointed out that one goal of the program was to secure better care for people paying sizable premiums for barely-there coverage. “One of the things health care reform was designed to do was to help not only the uninsured, but the underinsured,” he said.
What he should have said…
By David Frum
The president said over and over again that if I liked my health insurance I could keep it. Now I’m one of the thousands of people with canceled policies.
It’s always exciting to be part of a chapter in American history. I happen to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people whose insurance coverage was canceled for not complying with the terms of the Affordable Care Act. As a result, not only will I pay more, but I have had to divert many otherwise useful hours to futzing around with websites and paperwork.
President Obama promised, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” It was a more ambiguous promise than it sounded. Who likes his or her health insurance? But it was there, and it did its job.
The great aim of the struggle for liberty has been equality before the law. This equality under the rules which the state enforces may be supplemented by a similar equality of the rules that men voluntarily obey in their relations with one another. This extention of the principle of equality to the rules of moral and social conduct is the chief expression of what is commonly called the democratic spirit–and probably that aspect of it that does most to make inoffensive the inequalities that liberty necessarily produces.
Equality of the general rules of law and conduct, however, is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty and the only equality which we can secure without destroying liberty. Not only has liberty nothing to do with any other sort of equality, but it is even bound to produce inequality in many respects. This is the necessary result and part of the justification of individual liberty: if the result of individual liberty did not demonstrate that some manners of living are more successful than others, much of the case for it would vanish.
By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years. Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
By William Jacobson
60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. I’ll post the video when available (update – available and added), but the heart of the report is that there were clear and unequivocal warnings which were ignored, and the Obama administration lied about these warnings after the attack.
Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie.And remember how almost all of the media obsessed with Mitt Romney’s statement over Benghazi, and colluded to ask Romney gotcha questions while downplaying and obfuscating what really happened.
60 Minutes said its investigation took almost a year.
via 60 Minutes | Benghazi | Hillary | Video | Warnings.
“As usurpation is the exercise of power, which another hath a right to; so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which no body can have a right to. And this is making use of the power any one has in his hands, not for the good of those who are under it, but for his own private separate advantage. When the governor, however intitled, makes not the law, but his will, the rule; and his commands and actions are not directed to the preservation of the properties of his people, but the satisfaction of his own ambition, revenge, covetousness, or any other irregular passion…
By Gregory Ferenstein
Healthcare.gov is going to be broken until the end of November, says Jeff Zients, a consultant brought in to fix the beleaguered federal health insurance e-commerce website. On a press conference call, Zients finally acknowledged wide-spread enrollment problems, estimating that only 3 in 10 users have been able to sign up and complete an application (or a measly 700,000 total).
“We’re confident by the end of November, HealthCare.gov will be smooth for a vast majority of users,” said Zients. That estimate should scare the Obama administration: the end of November is dangerously close to the Thanksgiving deadline some experts say is crucial to snagging young, healthy consumers.
via Healthcare.gov Likely Broken Until Key Thanksgiving Deadline | TechCrunch.