November 13, 2013

106,000 Sign Up for an Obamacare Plan; Almost 4x as Many Sign Up for Medicaid

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:28 pm

We waited 44 days for this?

HealthCare.gov has performed even worse than expected. Fewer than 27,000 people selected a plan through the website, compared with roughly 79,000 who picked a plan through the 15 state-based insurance exchanges. Unofficial estimates leaked earlier this week suggested the federal website had done slightly better.

Another 396,000 people have been approved for Medicaid benefits, according to HHS.

NYT Reporters Call Obama’s ‘Keep Your Plan-Doctor-Provider’ Guarantee an ‘Incorrect Promise’ Which Was ‘Wrongly Assuring Americans’

At the New York Times on Tuesday evening for the front page of Wednesday’s print edition, Michael D. Shear and Robert Pear wrestled with how to characterize President Barack Obama’s false guarantee that “if you like your health care plan” (and doctor, and provider) “you can keep your health care plan” (and doctor, and provider.

The headline called it a “vow” (actually a pretty good word). In their opening paragraph, they called it a “promise,” and indicated that the President’s guarantee related to “insurance coverage.” In the next paragraph, they described Obama serially presented guarantees as “wrongly assuring Americans that they could retain their health plans if they wanted.” In Paragraph 6, the guarantee became an “incorrect promise.” Excerpts follow the jump (HT Rare via Twitchy, which describes it as “epic bootlicking”; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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This Is Painful …

Filed under: Health Care,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:18 am

… but one needs to see it, to see how absolutely inane the promotions for Obamacare really are.

The name of the website (doyougotinsurance.com) is bad enough.

It goes downhill from there. Make sure you scroll down to see the mindless, insulting promos.

If you want to see some choice reactions, go to this Twitchy post.

People got paid for doing this.

Is this a great country or what? (/sarc)

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UPDATE: Cafe Mom“Latest Obamacare Ads Are an Insult to All Americans”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘What Is the Real Unemployment Rate?’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:46 am

It’s here.

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

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111313)

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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Katrina Trinko at USA Today: “Obamacare options grim for young people.” Well, Ms. Trinko, I’m sure they are, but you should try looking at the options for older, pre-Medicare people.

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It’s about time somebody besides yours truly noticed this: “Don’t Believe the Chris Christie Hype—Look at His Economic Record.” New Jersey’s August 2013 unemployment rate: 8.5 percent.

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At the New York Post: “New York Times’ Obama cheerleading harms the nation.” Well, the consolation is that it’s also hurting the Times, which has become the MSNBC of the newspaper business.

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Michelle Malkin: “John Kerry throws freedom-seeking women under the bus” in Saudi Arabia.

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AP Headline Monday evening: “WORLD ECONOMY BEING SUSTAINED BY EXTRAORDINARY AID.” Corrected Headline: “WORLD ECONOMY BEING PROPPED UP ARTIFICIALLY BY MASSIVE MONEY PRINTING.”

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At Political Outcast: “A Man’s Home is Not His Castle: Shooting Threatening Intruder Now Treated as Murder.” Readers who live in Maryland and believe in the Second Amendment and the human right of self-defense have a big problem.

Positivity: Bush 43′s Veteran’s Day Message

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:02 am

Late, but worth it: