October 29, 2013

Megyn Kelly Reminds Viewers: Obama Said You Can Keep Your ‘Acme’ High-Deductible Plan

Originally posted very early Tuesday morning. Moved to the top because of the topic’s importance.

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Monday night on her Fox News program, Megyn Kelly played a clip of President Obama going beyond the now-infamous “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promise. Earlier Monday, as Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters noted, Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye at NBC News revealed that the Obama administration knew three years ago that “more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”

At the 0:59 mark of the video which follows (HT Mediaite), viewers will see Kelly introduce and then replay Obama’s February 2010 promise that “any insurance you have will be grandfathered in,” even if it’s an “Acme Insurance, just a high deductible catastrophic plan”:

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Three Admin Officials Swing Back Furiously at NBC Over Obamacare-Driven Health Policy Cancellations, Miss by Miles

Originally posted very early Tuesday morning. Moved to the top because of the topic’s importance.

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On Monday, as Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters noted, Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye at NBC News reported that the Obama administration knew three years ago that “more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.” This of course directly contradicts President Obama’s repeated promises that “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

I will get to the gambit the administration used to convince people that it wouldn’t do what it originally intended to do in the runup to Obamacare’s passage, a strategy which may have resulted from objections raised in a July 2009 Investor’s Business Daily editorial, later in the post. But first, we have to look at tweets sent out tonight by three Obama administration officials in response to the NBC report, all of which dodge NBC’s substantive point that the Obama administration knew policy terminations would occur, and claim that “the ACA” (the Affordable Care Act) is not to blame:

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Mind-Boggling Attempts at Blame Shifting’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Look at the results of [HealthCare.gov "Republican sabotage"] (Web) (News [without quotes]).

The left’s fever swamp is boiling over.

As I wrote at the end of the column:

The reality-avoidance community simply refuses to recognize that Obamacare’s failed implementation is a direct result of presidential detachment, Sebelius’s proven track record of government website management incompetence, and an atmosphere of paranoia and intimidation the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime.

Sorry, lefties. This one’s all on you, and only your desperate ilk will buy what you’re trying to sell.

NewsBusted (102913)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:17 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
– Obamacare
– Website Glitches
– HealthCare.Gov
– Rose Garden Press Conference
– Kathleen Sebilius
– Senator Ted Cruz
– Tavis Smiley
– Bacon-Scented iPhones

Best Line (among many): “Senator Ted Cruz was criticized for joking that the Obamacare web site is run by Nigerian email scammers, which of course is totally unfair — to Nigerian email scammers.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102913)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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“We don’t want to take people’s guns.” Oh yes they do — in a storm or similar government-declared disaster, when you most need to be able to defend yourself.

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Not establishment press news outside of Mississippi: “4 Teens Charged in Death of WWII Veteran, Hot Tamale King.” The victim, who is white, was 87. The perps, who are black, are teenagers.

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Michelle Malkin asks a great question: “What happened to all of Obama’s technology czars?” They’re all sham and no wow.

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Some states not participating in the HealthCare.gov exchange are processing applications through their own portals at a tolerable rate, but the problem is that most of those enrolling are qualifying for Medicaid and not getting into Obamacare.

But others are vying with HC.gov for the most incompetent trophy. As of Thursday, the “Oregon ACA exchange (was) still 0 for October.”

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In early 2009 and several times since, I have written that thanks to America’s Victory in Iraq under George W. Bush, Iraq was now Obama’s to lose.

It’s well on its way to being lost:

Nearly two years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is in the midst of a deepening security crisis as an al-Qaeda affiliate wages a relentless campaign of attacks, sending the death toll soaring to its highest level since 2008.

… The bloody campaign has virtually erased the security gains made in the past five years. More than 5,300 Iraqis have been killed this year.

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Warner Todd Huston: “Gay Marriage Makes Just ANY Relationship OK” — despite same-sex “marriage” apologists’ insistence that it would go no further, moves to legitimize bigamy and worse (far worse) are in the works.

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“Uncomfortable truth” in Matthew Shepard’s death: He wasn’t killed because he was gay. He was killed over drugs. Actually, it’s only uncomforable if the truth makes you uncomforable.

Positivity: Marine Marathon participants run for military archdiocese

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Oct 29, 2013 / 04:09 am

As tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line in the Oct. 27 Marine Corps Marathon, 24 participants completed the race having raised over $25,000 for the Archdiocese for Military Services.

Matt Smith, president of the Catholic Advocate, ran his first Marine Corps Marathon with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and said to CNA Oct. 28 that it “was a great experience,” and it was “rewarding” to do “so as part of Team AMS, knowing you are helping their ministry.”

“I had tried to enter the race when the general sign ups opened and was unsuccessful,” Smith said, explaining how he joined the archdiocese’s team.

“Then, when I saw the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA listed as a charity partner, I knew it was meant to be to run the race and help their efforts on behalf of our service members and veterans.”

The Marine Corps Marathon, also known as “The People’s Marathon,” is the fourth largest annual marathon in the United States, and the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money.

The race started in 1976 with 1,175 runners, in order to raise awareness and support for the Marine Corps and to help Marines living near Washington, D.C. qualify for the Boston Marathon.

This is the first year that the archdiocese has joined the race as a charity partner, allowing runners to raise money for the archdiocese.

By doing so, the Archdiocese for the Military Services raised $26,155 to support its ministries and to raise awareness among the public for its mission. The runners for the archdiocese included archdiocesan staff members, military chaplains, seminarians, military personnel, and civilians.

In the nearly 40 years since the Marine Marathon’s beginning, the race has grown into the ninth largest marathon in the world, with over 23,480 participants in the 2013 race – including 100 wheelchair and hand cycle participants- according to an Oct. 27 press release.

There was also a simultaneous 10 kilometer race sponsored by the Marine Corps Marathon.

The marathon course begins near Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon in northern Virginia, travelling into Washington, D.C, where it loops through parks and around the city’s national monuments including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Monument.

Afterward, the race crosses back to Virginia, around the Pentagon and 9/11 Memorial and ending at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

U.S. Army Captain James Hickman, a seminarian and a West Point graduate, ran the race in order to “personally contribute to the cause” of the archdiocese, he explained in an Oct. 24 press release before the race.

Hickman explained that by running, he is “raising money and awareness for a cause centered directly on Christ.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.