November 9, 2013

HuffPo and AP: Obama Admin Considering ‘Administrative Fix’ For ‘Sticker Shock’; Not Curious About Potentially Steep Cost

Sam Stein, who poses as a journalist while toiling at the Huffington Post (he lost any legitimate claim to the title when he wouldn’t back away when caught red-handed pretending to know something he couldn’t possibly know about John McCain’s vetting or lack thereof of Sarah Palin in September 2008), wrote on Thursday (HT Hot Air) that “The Obama administration is considering a fix to the president’s health care law that would expand the universe of individuals who receive tax subsidies to help buy insurance.”

Of course, Stein didn’t look into how much this “fix,” better described as a “huge spending increase,” might cost, and “somehow” forgot that any such “fix” substantially increasing tax subsidies would destroy President Obama’s unqualified 2009 pledge that “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future. I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.” Neither did the Associated Press’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in a Friday evening writeup. Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner did remember Obama’s pledge. He also engaged in genuine journalism by looking at what kind of cost might be involved in the “fix” (bolds are mine):

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Is Bloomberg News Bowing to Chinese Govt. Thugs?

ITEM: At the New York Times“Bloomberg News Is Said to Curb Articles That Might Anger China”

CARTOON (somewhat difficult to follow, but worth it):

Bloomberg News reporters are hardworking. They toil at their desks for long hours. And Bloomberg’s famous well-stocked pantry ensures endless workdays.

But lately, Bloomberg reporters in Greater China are finding their stories spiked. The stories are deemed too sensitive, sources tell NMA.

According to sources, in the past two weeks Bloomberg killed stories that investigated corruption at state-owned enterprises and implicated several high-level officials.

The spiked stories come as founder Michael Bloomberg prepares to leave the New York mayor’s office. After leaving, Michael Bloomberg has said he plans to visit leaders in Beijing and give speeches about Bloomberg’s business.

In addition, Editor in Chief Matthew Winkler in a conference call compared China to pre-war Nazi Germany and said Bloomberg reporters should find a way to cover China just as AP reporters did in Germany.

Bloomberg terminals are a cash cow. Subscriptions cost as much as $20,000 per year. But much of the customer base in China is state-owned financial institutions. Is this why Bloomberg is reining in its reporters?

Axelrod: Insurance Cos. Should Have Given Customers Advance Warning About Cancelling Plans Obama Guaranteed They Could Keep

Assisting the Obama administration in its perpetual flight from responsibility for anything, former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod, who now campaigns from a paid propaganda perch at NBC and MSNBC, tweeted the following on Friday afternoon (HT Twitchy): “Wonder how many Insurance cos that sold junk policies after ACA was signed told customers at purchase that they’d have to eventually switch?”

Yeah, David it was their responsibility to inform their customers about a law whose constitutional fate wasn’t decided until June 2012, and about which President Obama issued dozens of guarantees — not promises, guarantees — that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” as recently as late September of this year. And who believes, if they had tried to communicate the likelihood of cancellation before they legally had to late this year, that the unhinged wrath of the Obama administration and its leftist smear apparatus wouldn’t have rained down mercilessly on them? I’ll have more on that topic after the jump, but first, let me highlight several choice responses to Axelrod’s tweet out of hundreds:

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Battleground Texas, Campaigning on Behalf of Wendy Davis, Committed This Horrid Gaffe a Month Ago

This missive from Battleground Texas, the Obamabots Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has allowed to become intensely involved with her electoral effort, was supposed to be funny:

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Texas women who follow politics at all in Texas are clearly smarter than the jerks at Battleground Texas.

You see, Greg Abbott can’t walk:

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This would have been a national topic of conversation if a Republican or conservative candidate had done this to a Democrat.

Tweet of the Day: ‘Most Famous Lies by Presidents’

Filed under: Health Care,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:40 pm

From the indefatigable Warner Todd Huston:

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NYT Puts Michael Shear’s Pathetic Coverage of Obama’s ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Excuse-Making on Page A14

In a Thursday evening writeup (HT Twitchy) which appeared on Page A14 in its Friday morning print edition, Michael D. Shear at the New York Times reported on President Barack Obama’s attempt to clean up the four-year mess he made (from June 6, 2009 through September 26, 2013) in over three dozen statements and published items. The mess was Obama’s guarantee — not a promise, a guarantee — that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

Despite the fact that Obama’s serially made guarantee doesn’t square with what has really happened, and that Obama and his administration have known for over three years that the millions of individual plan cancellations which have occurred would indeed occur, Shear blandly accepted Obama’s claim that “Mr. Obama said he had not purposely misled anyone.” He also accepted an almost definitely untrue contention Obama made as an indisputable fact: “[He] (Obama) emphasized that most people who were forced off a current plan would be able to find new insurance that was cheaper and provided better coverage.” People who have been able to do that and have said so publicly have thus far been very few and far between. Excerpts follow the jump.

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National Press Ignores Wendy Davis’s Claim to Be ‘Pro-Life,’ ‘Amateurish’ Campaign, Attempt to Bully Local Media

Recently declared Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had a really, really bad opening round of campaign appearances. Naturally, the national press, which swooned over the Fort Worth Democrat’s ultimately failed filibuster against a common-sense pro-life law in the Lone Star State’s legislature, pretended not to notice.

They had local help. On Wednesday, At The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, in an item mirrored at the Brownsville Herald, “reporter” Ty Johnson opened with six paragraphs of fanboy fawning about Davis’s Tuesday campaign appearance in Brownville, and then buried Davis’s galling attempt to portray herself as “pro-life” in Paragraph 23. Also, stay tuned until the end for how a Davis press aide tried to bully a local paper into retracting a headline.

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SLAM! ‘Bill From Kentucky’: Successfully Defeating Germany in WWII Took Less Time Than the FAILED Construction of HealthCare.gov

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:11 am

What follows is an email from “Bill in Kentucky” read on the air last night by Bret Baier at Fox News (HT Twitchy):

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All caps is usually considered bad form in an email. Not this time.

UPDATE:
- Dec. 7, 1941 to Sept. 2, 1945 (date of Japan’s formal surrender in World War II) — 3 years, 8 months, 26 days
- Mar. 21, 2010 to Dec. 17, 2013 — 3 years, 8 months, 26 days

If the administration’s promise to fix HealthCare.gov by the end of November slips by 2-1/2 weeks, it will have taken longer it to “build a working web page” than it took to prosecute all of World War II.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110913)

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: Shot in face, cop chased suspects ‘because I am a mom’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Houston, Texas (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

Oct. 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM ET

Texas police officer Ann Carrizales took two bullets at point-blank range — including one to the face — during an early morning traffic stop last Saturday. Yet she still went after the bad guys.

“It wasn’t an option for me to give up,” the 40-year-old former Marine and mother of two told NBC’s Janet Shamlian. “I had to stay in that fight because I am a mom and they shot me and they were absolutely not going to get away with that, because I will do everything I can to come home to my children every day.”

Carrizales pulled over a car in Stafford, Texas, just outside Houston, around 3 a.m. She said her instincts told her something was amiss as she walked up to the car with three men inside.

Within seconds, the front-seat passenger leaned over and started firing.

Carrizales was hit twice: once in the cheek and once in the bulletproof vest that most likely saved her life. She fired back at the car as it sped off, shattering its rear window.

Then, bleeding and in pain, she got into her squad car and gave chase. The pursuit lasted more than 20 miles.

“I knew that it was what I needed to do, to catch these guys,” she said. “You can’t shoot me and drive away: It’s not allowed.”

Officers from a neighboring police department helped apprehend the alleged gunman. Authorities continue to search for the two other suspects and are offering a $10,000 reward for their capture. …

Go here for the rest of the story.