November 1, 2013

Really, How Can You Top This? (‘HObamacare’)

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:08 pm

Now we have “HObamacare” HT Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters:

Sex workers embrace Obamacare

A burlesque dancer dressed as a nurse taunts her co-performer with a toy syringe, dangling the medicine seductively in an act that’s meant to reflect the cat-and-mouse game of U.S. healthcare. They shimmy and eventually end up topless.

The risqué performance was part of an Obamacare registration drive last week in San Francisco, dubbed the “Healthy Ho’s Party.”

Organized by “Siouxsie Q,” a Bay Area sex worker, the event was meant to encourage other sex workers to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. It was a rousing success: Nearly 40 men and women attended and almost all of them filed enrollment paperwork.

In the all-cash, off-the-books sex industry, workers can be particularly high risk and insurance is often out of reach.

This would be Exhibit A in “adverse selection.”

So we have high-risk people signing up and regular- or low-risk people who have “just walked out the door. It’s sticker shock. They just can’t afford it.”

It’s hard to imagine how this can end well.

O … M … G: Worst Organizing For Action Video Ever

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:52 pm

If it weren’t for “What Does the Fox Say?“, it might be the worst video ever, anywhere, anytime, period.

It’s about how parents should “Get ready to have the talk” (YouTube link) with their adult children (HT Twitchy).

Advance Warning: Readers are strongly encouraged to do something intellectually stimulating for at least 10 minutes immediately after watching the video to recover IQ points lost due to exposure to its contents:

Legitimately Good Obamacare News: Ohio Company Wins Tentative Victory Against Contraception Mandate

An Ohio company has prevailed thus far against Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, which is in western Ohio about 40 miles north of Dayton, “offers flexible and dependable truckload and LTL backhaul services from all destinations in our distribution area in the eastern half of the United States.”

Anyone in a position to do so should consider steering (excuse the pun) some business their way as a form of gratitude for the owner’s principled prolife stand.

Here’s the news:

Appeals court deals blow to contraceptive mandate

A divided appeals court panel sided Friday with Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law.

The business owners are two brothers, Francis and Philip M. Gilardi, who own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio, and challenged the mandate on religious grounds. They say the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage would force them to violate their Roman Catholic beliefs and moral values by providing contraceptives such as the morning-after pill for their employees. The law already exempts houses of worship from the requirement.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is one of several on the birth control issue, which likely will be resolved by the Supreme Court. There are at least three other rulings by federal appeals courts on the mandate: One sided with Oklahoma businesses; and two sided with the Obama administration in challenges brought by Pennsylvania and Michigan companies.

Let’s hope at least five Supremes agree.

Pedophilia Is Now a ‘Sexual Interest’

Filed under: General — Tom @ 3:27 pm

Y’know, sort of like a hobby, only weird but not necessarily harmful.

From Liberty Counsel (bolds are mine throughout this post):

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has changed the definition of pedophilia again. In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) of Mental Disorders, the APA changed the classification of pedophilia from a “disorder” to a “sexual orientation,” but following the public outcry, APA released a statement that it was a mistake. “‘Sexual orientation’ is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder, and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read ‘sexual interest.’”

Whether it is classified a “sexual orientation” or a “sexual interest,” any effort to legitimize pedophilia will provide pederasts with all the arguments they need to remove age of consent laws, and children will suffer.

Here’s the full text of the APA statement:
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For the ‘Look at the Bright Side’ File: On HealthCare.gov’s Poor Security

Filed under: Health Care,Privacy/ID Theft,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:29 pm

Instapundit, regarding HealthCare.gov (link included):

THINKING ABOUT HEALTHCARE.GOV’S SECURITY PROBLEMS: Ironically, the glitches may be the best security tool yet. “In fact, the site’s stability issues and lack of usability to this point may be its best security: Even hackers haven’t been able to get in long enough to make it work.”

So we don’t need to get really concerned until it starts working decently.

At least that won’t be for a while. (/understatement)

October ISM Manufacturing: Up to 56.4% From 56.2%

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:06 am

From the Institute for Supply Management:

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

“The PMI™ registered 56.4 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from September’s reading of 56.2 percent. The PMI™ has increased progressively each month since June, with October’s reading reflecting the highest PMI™ in 2013. The New Orders Index increased slightly in October by 0.1 percentage point to 60.6 percent, while the Production Index decreased by 1.8 percentage points to 60.8 percent. Both the New Orders and Production Indexes have registered above 60 percent for three consecutive months. The Employment Index registered 53.2 percent, a decrease of 2.2 percentage points compared to September’s reading of 55.4 percent. The panel’s comments are generally positive about the current business climate; however, there are mixed responses on whether the government shutdown and potential default have had any effect on October’s results.”

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 are reporting growth in October …

It’s an unequivocally strong report. But …

Some of its results are inconsistent with hard data (e.g., employment rising for four straight months, when government stats show seasonally adjusted manufacturing employment flat since June and down 25,000 since February). This report also hasn’t been consistent with several regional PMIs which are nowhere nearly as positive and which have shown significant recent declines in their degree of positivity.

An obvious exception, though, is yesterday’s stellar October Chicago PMI, so I’ll hold my skeptical fire until the government’s October employment report comes out next week.

On Obamacare, Sebelius Has Been All About Intimidation and Bullying Since Day One

Timely remembrances from Michelle Malkin’s Wednesday column (links added by me; bolds are mine):

The thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare’s Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies.

Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate’s costs.

… In an even more heavy-handed effort to suppress criticism, Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, “calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act.” The threatening cease-and-desist letter commanded: “I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. (The letter claims that the “Affordable Care Act will help lower costs” — It hasn’t exactly worked out that way, has it? — Ed.)
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Ohio Supreme Court to Hear Lawsuit Challenging Kasich’s Medicaid Controlling Board Move

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:26 am

In the Toledo Blade (HT Tom Z in an email):

The Ohio Supreme Court today put on the fast track a lawsuit challenging Gov. John Kasich’s move to use a legislative panel to clear the financial path for expansion of Medicaid.

Six conservative House Republicans have joined with pro-life organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati to ask the high court to overturn the 5-2 decision of the Ohio Controlling Board to accept $2.56 billion in federal funds for pay for expansion.

Mr. Kasich turned to the panel, consisting of six legislators and a member of his administration as chairman, to do what the General Assembly as a whole would not—expand the federal-state health insurance of last resort by an estimated 275,000 Ohioans earning as much as 38 percent over the federal poverty level. That’s the equivalent of about $32,000 a year for a family of four.

The Supreme Court agreed with the plaintiffs that the case should be expedited because of the Jan. 1 date looming for implementation of the expansion. It set a 32-day briefing schedule that should carry the case at least into early December. The court did not set a date for oral arguments to hear personally from both sides.

The lawsuit contends that the Republican governor could not use the quasi-legislative budgetary panel to sidestep the wishes of the legislature.

Let’s hope the Ohio Supremes turn back John Kasich’s authoritarian Medicaid move. I’m not optimistic. This is mostly the same bunch who let our current Secretary of State violate clearly written law by letting him reside in Columbus while “representing” a State Senate district in Metro Dayton because he “intends” to move back to the area after his legislative career is over.

Sebelius’s Sickening Feigned Ignorance on Taxpayer-Funded Abortion in Obamacare

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:19 am

It’s easy to forget that Obamacare has been designed to have pro life customers fund the abortion industry against their will, as the following email from Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council explains (links are in original; bolds are mine):

Crock of Ages: Sebelius Plays Ignorant on Abortion Funds

If the White House told insurance execs to “keep quiet” about ObamaCare, they certainly listened when it came to abortion coverage. Yesterday, even the boss of the entire system, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, managed a surprised expression when Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.) asked her why the agency was hiding coverage details from pro-lifers. Without skipping a beat, the HHS chief insisted she didn’t know what she so clearly knew in 2009, which is that ObamaCare is the biggest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in U.S. history.
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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110113)

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.

Positivity: Pope Francis — No one can be Christian without love of God

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 31, 2013 / 10:45 am

In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of God’s love in order to be faithful, and encouraged those present to make love the center of their lives.

“Without the love of Christ, without living this love, without recognizing it, without nurturing this love, you cannot be Christian,” the Pope reflected during his Oct. 31 homily.

The Pope celebrated his Mass this morning in the St. Sebastian Chapel near the tomb of Bl. John Paul II inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where a group of Polish faithful gather to celebrate the Eucharist every Thursday.

Saint Paul’s words to the Romans from the day’s first reading when he tells them that “no one can separate me from the love of Christ” formed the basis for the Pope’s reflections.

Having lived through many difficulties, including persecution, illness and betrayal, the pontiff noted that at the center of Paul’s life was a specific reference; “the love of Christ,” and that without recognizing and allowing that love to grow in us, we cannot be true Christians.

“The Christian is one who feels loved by the Lord,” he stressed, “with that beautiful gaze, loved by the Lord and loved until the end. The Christian feels that his life has been saved by the Blood of Christ.”

“And this is what love is: a relationship of love.”

Pope Francis went on to contrast this attitude with the image of the “sorrow Jesus when he looks to Jerusalem,” who did not understand his love, which is like that of a mother hen who wants to gather her chicks under her wings.

“It didn’t understand the tenderness of God,” he said, noting that this is the opposite of how Paul felt when encountered with the love of God.

“Yes, God loves me, God loves us, but in an abstract way, it is something that does not touch my heart, and I organize life the way I want. There is no fidelity there.”

The cry in Jesus’ heart, stressed the Pope was “’Jerusalem, you are not faithful, you have not allowed yourself to love, and you have entrusted yourself to many idols that promised you everything, they said that they’d give you everything, and after they have abandoned you.’” …

Go here for the rest of the story.