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Obama's lawless push back of the sign up date for Obamacare until after Nov election said to be "good news," hides insurance prices in other ways
A key feature of the Obamacare website that would let people window-shop for plans and pricing data was one of the few functions that actually worked — yet administration officials told Congress it "failed miserably" before the Oct. 1 launch, CNN reported Friday.
CNN reported that documents show the "Anonymous Shopper" function passed a key test almost two weeks before the HealthCare.gov launch, yet was turned off and is still unavailable to users. . . .
House Republicans suspect the function was turned off to hide the sticker shock of insurance plans' costs and force Americans to jump through hoops before they could shop, CNN reported.
"Anonymous Shopper" was supposed to let people compare health insurance plans without opening an account, verifying their identity, or determining whether they qualified for a federal subsidy, CNN noted.
Ironically, that's exactly the feature matching President Barack Obama's stated vision for the federal website: to operate just like retail sites that Americans browse and buy from every day, CNN reported. . . .The notion that this one month delay is "good news for consumers" is pretty funny. It is surprising that the media seems to take this claim seriously. Take the way CNN discusses this. They barely give any serious coverage to the claim that there is a political motivation for the change, providing much, much more time to the White House view. From CNN:White House spokesman Jay Carney denied Friday that next year's midterm elections are the reason behind the administration's decision to postpone the 2014 opening date for 2015 enrollment in Obamacare -- from October 15 to November 15. Pushing back the start date, Carney said, will give insurers more time to get an idea of their new pool of customers before they set their 2015 rates. Some critics, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said that the move was simply a political ploy and that any changes to health care plans, such as premium increases, for example, should be public before the election. But Carney said the administration expects more people to sign up for health care insurance at the end of the current, initial open enrollment period -- which ends March 31, 2014 -- in part because of the website problems, so starting the next enrollment window later in the year would buy insurers more time to assess the situation. . . .
Obamacare: A program costing hundreds of billions of dollars and causing tens of millions to lose insurance is being used to let Democrats identify their voters
How to make money in these days: Sell short a company's stock then hire lobbyists to get the government
Nearly a year ago, the activist investor Bill Ackman made a huge bet: that investors, if informed that a $7 billion global company with a 30-year track record was a fraud, would run for the exits. The wager was a $1 billion short against Herbalife, a multilevel marketing operation that recruits distributors to sell weight-loss products. Last December, Ackman made the case to an investor conference that the company was actually a massive pyramid scheme, preying on "distributors" who pay to sign up before realizing that the product is too expensive to sell. Eventually, he implied, it would collapse under its own weight. The stock dropped about 38 percent in a week, but that wasn't enough for Ackman, who'd set a price target of zero. And then, something terrifying happened: The stock started rising again. Activist investor Carl Icahn took the other side of the bet by becoming the company's single biggest shareholder in January. . . . But really, he's got basically one chance at salvation: governmental interference. At first, that looked like a viable option; the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation almost immediately after Ackman launched his crusade. But the regulator hasn't been heard from since, even as it shut down another pyramid scheme and issued an alert about what such schemes look like. So Ackman has brought the full court press to Washington, hiring lobbyists to counter Herbalife's own, and meeting with the enforcers to make his case. "There's reasons we're still short the stock. If we didn't think [regulatory authorities]would take action, we would've given up a long time ago," Ackman said in an interview in D.C, on Tuesday. "We've got an unbelievable amount of resources on this." . . . .
Appearance on Mike Huckabee's radio show to discuss the "nuclear option" and "Dumbing Down the Courts"
But Weaver say's this wasn't the first time he'd played it. Before he was caught, he and his friends had attacked random people on several occasions. "Not many, six or seven. It wouldn't be an every day game, just a certain game to be played on certain days. You don't even try to rob them or anything. That's the game," said Weaver. . . .
Many doctors are disturbed that they’ll be paid less – often a lot less – to care for the millions of patients who are projected to buy coverage through the health law’s new insurance marketplaces. Some have complained to medical associations – including those in Texas, California, Georgia, Connecticut and New York – saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, perhaps making it harder for consumers to get the care they need. . . . People “may experience wait times to get in, but that is not unique to people in exchange plans,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University, . . . People “may experience wait times to get in, but that is not unique to people in exchange plans,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University, . . . A survey by the Medical Society of the State of New York found that 40 percent of more than 400 physicians who had responded so far said they’d chosen not to participate in a health insurer’s exchange plan, and one-third said they did not know whether they were participating or not. . . .
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/20/209165/doctors-are-concerned-about-pay.html#storylink=cpy
Democrat congressional staff shocked that they couldn't foresee increases in their health insurance premiums
Politicians seem to think if they just pass a law they can just mandate what they want and ignore the laws of economics.
Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure. “In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.” In the email, Ta noted that older congressional staffs may leave their jobs because of the change to their health insurance. . . .
Michael Bloomberg wants people to talk about gun control at Thanksgiving dinner and tell their family incorrect claims
-- That 40% of guns are transferred without a background check? That they have stopped "2 million" prohibited people from getting guns? See the errors with the claims here.-- Reasonable limits? Well, Bloomberg thought that DC's handgun ban was a reasonable regulation. If you want to see what Bloomberg believes are sensible gun restrictions in New York City, watch this report from last week by John Stossel.What about the relationship between gun ownership and murders? See a response here.-- As to the claim that they just want to stop felons from getting guns, that is obviously not true. Just look again at Stossel's piece. $430 fee? Making sure that you know the difference between all sorts of bizarre and rare knives? Making sure that you have a good reason for owning a gun?
New York Times flip-flops on "Nuclear Option," Against it when Republicans are in charge, for it when Democrats run things
NYT 2013 (today): "a majority did the only logical thing and stripped away their power to block the president’s nominees... That means a return to the democratic process of giving nominees an up-or-down vote."
The claim that things are so much worse now is simply false. The bottom line is the confirmation rate and Obama has a much higher confirmation rate for Circuit or District court nominees that other recent presidents.
Thanks to Maxim for these quotes.