This explains why the "backend" of the website is so important. Can you imagine the news stories if people who thought that they had bought insurance find out that it isn't valid because the information that was actually filed isn't valid? Transcript:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, I thought one of the most telling elements of all of this was the government's own report on the website improvement which it said that the website is now going to begin operating at a "private sector velocity," which was unbelievable in its irony. Here is an official government document, which is openly admitting that the private sector is infinitely superior to the public sector in doing stuff and it does this in a document which is trying to reassure us about an enterprise, Obamacare, which in fact is a de-privatization, a nationalization of the entire universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the economy. It makes you wonder if these guys even read their own stuff. The problem here is, number one, the capacity is quite low. 50,000 is a very small number. Amazon handles over a million an hour. And here if you go to 50,000, you end up like Peter Doocy where you have to wait five hours until you get in a queue, a lovely British word, meaning in an endless wait until the website is ready for you. Second is security. All the experts who were before Congress a couple of weeks ago have said it is utterly insecure and they wouldn't use it in the absence of security. All kinds of information is now vulnerable. And the third is what you mentioned, the backend. Which means all these people are shoving information into a system which is either reaching the insurers incorrectly, in which case there are going to be huge complications. It could take eons to actually undo the bad information or is not reaching the insurers at all. In which case somebody will show up January the 1st thinking he has insurance who doesn't and we're going to have all hell break loose.
With all this money being spend on mental health, it would be helpful if someone actually looked to see whether mass public shooters were actually not receiving care. From Politico:. . . At least 37 states have increased spending on mental health in the year since Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children
, six school employees and his mother in Newtown, Conn. It’s not just about money, either. States are experimenting with new — and sometimes controversial — ways to raise awareness about psychological distress, to make treatment more accessible for children and adults and to keep firearms away from those struggling with mental illness. . . . Nevada, for instance, is launching a pilot program to screen children in secondary schools for mental health concerns. Texas not only boosted mental health funding by a record $300 million over two years, but required public school teachers and students to be trained in recognizing mental illness. Utah will require school districts to offer parents an annual seminar on mental health, including depression and suicide. Colorado established a 24-hour crisis hotline. The new initiatives don’t make up for the more than $4 billion cut from state mental health budgets during the lean years of the recent recession. And they weren’t universal: A half-dozen states cut funding on mental health this year, including Louisiana, Maine and North Carolina. But overall, advocates say they are thrilled at the breadth and depth of the commitments from lawmakers of both parties. . . .
As previously reported, the Delafield Common Council met last night to hear an appeal from the Hartland Sportsmen’s Club relating to the reopening of its five firing ranges. Despite providing documentation of safety improvements and testimony from range experts, the council voted unanimously to reject the club’s request for an operating permit. According to a local news article, lawsuits will likely be filed.
If you thought Obama's Organizing for Action propaganda machine couldn't get anymore ghoulish in the name of politics, it just did. Late yesterday the organization sent out an email to supporters urging them to hold events on December 14 for the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
With the expiration of the so-called Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) rapidly approaching on December 9th, misinformation over this issue and NRA’s position on it has unfortunately reached a heightened level.
We would like to make our position clear. The NRA strongly opposes ANY expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act, including applying the UFA to magazines, gun parts, or the development of new technologies. The NRA has been working for months to thwart expansion of the UFA by Senator Chuck Schumer and others. We will continue to aggressively fight any expansion of the UFA or any other proposal that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.
Of course, the Senate gun control bill that Obama is pushing wouldn't have stopped Newtown, but that seems largely besides the point. And of course the claims being pushed by Obama to get these new gun control rules are completely inaccurate
. From The Hill Newspaper:The political advocacy group born from President Obama's reelection campaign is encouraging supporters to host "anniversary events" marking one year since the Newtown Elementary School shooting.
Organizing for America (OFA) says it intends the events to be a "powerful reminder of what we lost a year ago, and a reminder that we as a nation need to do more to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe." OFA says that the events will be held in towns and cities across the country and will be used to "call on Congress to finally take action to make our communities safer." . . . Some Republicans accused the president and his allies of exploiting the victims of the tragedy to build support for the bill. . . . OFA held a similar round of events at the six month anniversary of the shooting. According to the group, more than 1,000 people attended nearly 80 vigils and remembrance events across the country.
Apple's "Find my Mac" application was used to find a person who bought the stole Mac and the police then traced the Mac back to the persons who had originally stolen it. From the Detroit Free Press:. . . It had been more than two months since a popular University of Michigan medical student was shot to death, and police seemingly had few leads.
But on Oct. 3 — 45 miles from where student Paul DeWolf was killed in his Ann Arbor fraternity — a man in Detroit attempted to log onto a computer he’d just purchased through Craigslist. The man didn’t know it, but the Mac laptop had been stolen from DeWolf’s next-door neighbor around the time he was killed. That computer had an app that would lead police directly to it, and to the two suspects now charged in DeWolf’s killing. . . . On Oct. 3, Apple was alerted that the stolen Apple Air computer was turned on, and its contents were erased. Police traced the computer to a home on Glynn Court in Detroit, and a man there said he got the computer from an Ypsilanti man through Craigslist. The new owner, a 30-year-old man who asked not to be identified, told the Free Press he’d suspected the laptop was stolen because when he connected to the Internet, the screen locked. But the man who sold him the computer tried to help him with the password, so, he said, he thought perhaps it was locked by an ex-girlfriend. Then the police showed up. “I knew it was something more than a stolen laptop since Ann Arbor police came all the way here,” he said. . . . Authorities took the computer and his cell phone, which he said he offered to help with the investigation. Police used it to identify the Ypsilanti man who sold the computer and learned that on July 25 — a day after DeWolf, 25, was discovered dead in his basement apartment — the Ypsilanti man bought the stolen computer from Jordan for $200. . . .
After hearing a back window of his home shatter, a homeowner in Memphis, Tenn. called 911 and armed himself with a gun. While the homeowner waited for police to arrive, a pair of burglars attempted to enter the home through the broken window. The homeowner responded by firing at the criminals, striking one and causing the other to flee.
Following the shooting, the armed citizen’s neighbors were supportive of his actions, with one stating, “It’s not you taking the law into your own hands; it’s exercising your right as a citizen.”
They call themselves Mayors Against Illegal Guns. But apparently not all of them are against all illegal activity.MAIG was co founded in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg and his counterpart in Boston, Thomas Menino.But come January, the two men will be out of office. When they depart, attention will likely focus on some of their less well known members and that could be a problem.The latest of the legally challenged is Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Monticello, NY. Last week, he was arrested for driving under the influence and for literally punching a police department clock, which forced cops to handcuff him to a chair.
The perennial gun control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany's Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not.
Sometimes the worst possible gift for a liberal is to give him everything he wants. President Obama no doubt feels this after getting his way on Obamacare, which is easily the biggest disaster of his presidency. Colorado Democrats are likewise stinging after they rammed a gun control scheme through the legislature in March that has the public screaming for their heads. These Democratic lawmakers ought to warn their newly elected colleagues in Virginia against repeating the same mistake.
A National Rifle Association affiliate says Massachusetts is "abusing" law abiding citizens by delaying the issuance of firearm licenses beyond the time frame outlined by state law. The Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), which represents 16,000 members in Massachusetts and is the official state affiliate of the NRA, reports that many people applying for licenses have been experiencing long delays.
Regardless of the office they’re seeking or its duties, Republicans’ statewide campaigns are heavy on two themes: antipathy toward the Obama administration and devotion to all things gun.Almost every candidate has a video, website or campaign ad that shows the contender firing or carrying a gun. They also all promise to fight President Barack Obama on myriad issues, be it environmental protections, health care or banking regulations — but especially on gun control.
A group of congressional Democrats pressed the Justice Department Tuesday to gather new data about the effects of so-called “stand your ground" laws on public safety. Roughly two dozen states have adopted laws authorizing citizens to use deadly force if threatened, even if they could retreat instead.
Nearly 50% of all gun homicides involve only 4% of inner city gangsters. This is common, but not widely publicized, knowledge. It’s a fact deliberately underemphasized by the Brady Campaign, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and other gun ban advocates at the Happy Acres Home For the Terminally Bewildered. But a recent study by a sociology professor at Yale, who explored a poor Chicago neighborhood, evaluating homicide victims and their associations should reduce such willful ignorance.
The Well Armed Woman -- their slogan is "Where the Feminine and Firearm Meet" -- advertises stylish purses designed for concealed carry.Another online retailer, Pistols & Pumps -- "Concealed and High Heeled" -- offers pink camouflage hats and bra mounted holsters.Gungoddess.com -- the name, apparently, is sufficient -- sells a variety of "gun bling," including leopard print handgun grips and zebra print ear protection.Such items may seem odd to some, but these retailers understand their customer base a group of young, strong, determined and armed women. And just because their bullets may be fired from pistols with rhinestone studded grips doesn't mean they shouldn't be taken seriously.
A state security panel backed the idea of more regular permit checks for gun owners who want to carry weapons in the State Capitol, but fell short of votes Tuesday on a proposal to ban guns altogether in certain state government buildings or areas.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state's concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.