November 21, 2015

AP Only Tells Readers That ‘Several’ Obamacare Co-ops Are ‘Hurting’

The press’s reluctance to relay Obamacare-related bad news has been obvious for years. Nowhere is this more consistently the case than at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press.

Over half of the state non-profit co-ops set up under Obamacare with $2 billion-plus in taxayer funding are failing. The AP has generally treated those failures as local stories, even though they relate to the Affordable Care Act, the passage of which they still call President Barack Obama’s “signature domestic achievement.” Most of the other co-ops are either incurring huge losses, becoming undercapitalized, or both. So watch, in context, how AP business writer Tom Murphy, in a dispatch primarily about UnitedHealth Group’s announcement that “it is pulling back from its push into the Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchanges”:


November 14, 2015

Chad Henderson Walls Off Twitter Account After NewsBusters Criticizes His Tweet on GOP Candidates’ Readiness

We’ll have to live without Chad Henderson’s tweets for the time being. Once again, Henderson, as he did in 2013, has taken his Twitter account private, limiting it to “confirmed followers.” This time he likely did so in reaction to a NewsBusters post earlier this afternoon by P.J. Gladnick.

Henderson first gained notoriety during the initial Obamacare sign-up process in late 2013 when he claimed to have “enrolled” himself and his father when virtually no one else could even access the web site. The press unskeptically lapped up the Organizing for Action volunteer’s story until’s Peter Suderman shredded it. It turned out that Henderson had only set up a profile for himself and had not purchased any health care plan. Henderson resurfaced on Twitter after the Paris terrorist attacks yesterday, asking: “Do Trump, Rubio, and Carson have the experience and knowledge to prevent and react to a similar Paris attack? Not at all, folks.”


November 5, 2015

AP Credited Obamacare When Ariz. Co-op’s News Was Good, Buried It When It Failed

Add Arizona’s Meritus Health Partners to the growing list of Affordable Care Act co-op failures. The Daily Signal reports that this makes 11 of 23 such state Obamacare co-ops which will have closed their doors by the end of 2015 after three or fewer years in operation.

The Associated Press, which, along with most of the rest of the establishment press, has been playing aggressive defense on behalf of Obamacare since its passage and especially since Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012, has no coverage of Meritus’s crackup at its main national or “Big Story” site. Beyond that, readers will see after the jump that the AP’s local stories about Meritus highlighted its association with ACA/Obamacare when things appeared to be going well, and buried it when they went south.


October 31, 2015

AP Story, Only Carried Locally, Fails to Tag NY Co-op’s Crackup As an Obamacare Failure

Many of the state cooperative health insurers, or “co-ops,” set up under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, have gotten into serious financial trouble quite quickly. Almost half have cracked up completely. Specifically, as noted at on Thursday morning, “[O]f the 24 Obamacare co-ops funded with federal tax dollars, one (Vermont’s) never got approval to sell coverage, a second (CoOportunity) has already been wound down, and nine more will terminate at the end of this year.”

Perhaps the most expensive such blowup to date has occurred in New York. An unbylined Associated Press blurb, seen after the jump, about how New York’s co-op will be forced to close its doors in just a month, is a perfect example demonstrating why the general public may never learn about Obamacare co-ops’ track record of miserable failure:


August 31, 2015

PolitiFact Howler: Saying That PP Does No Mammograms Is Only ‘Half True’

In the course of evaluating a claim made by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prolife group, PolitiFact Georgia’s crack investigators learned from a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America that the organization “does not provide mammograms at any of its health centers.” Since such facilities must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, no PPFA facility can legally perform a mammogram.

The claim ADF made in a tweet is that “ZERO @PPFA facilities are licensed to do mammograms.” On August 21, despite PPFA’s de facto acknowledgment that ADF is correct, PolitiFact Georgia determined that ADF’s claim is only “Half True.”


August 29, 2015

AP Treats Obama Admin’s Kansas Funding Cutoff in Planned Parenthood Fight as a Local Story

Three weeks ago, concerning Associated Press coverage of investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business, I noted that “Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage,” while “Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure.”

Add the following to that observation: Obama administration attempts to punish states for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, clearly nationally significant, only get local coverage. Kansas provides such an example.


Positivity: NFL Player, Wife Will Keep Unborn Baby Despite Defect — ‘Who Are We to Determine a Baby’s Life?’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Tampa, Florida (video at link; HT CNS News):

POSTED: 1:34 PM, Aug 19, 2015
UPDATE: 5:58 PM, Aug 19, 2015

Olivia Rodriguez, wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Evan Rodriguez, is due to have the couple’s first child together in December. They’ve already given her the name Layla Sky. “It’s because I always zone out and look at the sky and wonder what else is out there,” Evan said.

The couple is already completely in love with their unborn child, after having to make the toughest decision of their lives. “I prayed to God that I want to make the right decisions,” Evan said.

Doctors told the couple early in the pregnancy that Layla Sky will be born with the rare and severe birth defect anencephaly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in every 4,859 babies is born with anencephaly in the U.S each year.

More from the CDC about anencephaly:

Doctors told the couple Layla Sky will likely be born missing parts of her brain and skull and could only live for days, if not hours.

“From that moment on, I’m like what can we do? He was like, either terminate it or move forward with the process,” Evan said about speaking to doctors.

Evan and Olivia said they pray together each morning, but it was in these times while making this decision that they leaned on their faith more than ever before. Olivia prayed, “God, show me what it is that you want to do through all of this. What’s the good to come out of it?”

After about a week of wrestling with the decision, Evan and Olivia came to a shared decision to move forward with the pregnancy. “We decided to continue with the process because we felt like who are we to determine a baby’s life. So, we are going to leave it in God’s hands,” Evan said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 25, 2015

Remembering the Real Ted Kennedy, Six Years After His Death

This post is an annual BizzyBlog tradition.


Chappaquiddick_Kennedy_Car_25First, excerpts from Doug Patton’s barn-burner of a column in 2009, followed by a telling remembrance relayed by a close friend of Kennedy’s (the remembrance is that he liked to hear jokes about Chappaquiddick):

Let Us Not Confuse Longevity with Statesmanship
September 2, 2009

It was almost nauseating to watch the media fawning over Ted Kennedy’s corpse as though he were the last brother of King Arthur, and his passing was signaling the end of a real place called Camelot. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that Chris Matthews and company actually believe in that mythical kingdom.

… Even one of my formerly favorite columnists, Cal Thomas, had glowing, gooey things to say about his “old friend Ted Kennedy,” the most laughable of which was that Kennedy never personalized his politics. Tell that to Robert Bork. Remember Kennedy’s ridiculous speech on the floor of the United States Senate, wherein he hyperventilated that “Robert Bork’s America is one in which women will be forced into back-alley abortions and blacks will be sitting at segregated lunch counters”?

… what we have witnessed in his passing is the near-deification of a man merely because he came from a rich, powerful family, because he lived a long time and because he managed to bamboozle his gullible state into re-electing him simply because his name was Kennedy. What has been sorely missing in all this is a sense of perspective. This was more than just a flawed man. This was a man who cheated, lied and undermined his family, his friends, even his own country.

Perhaps Ted Kennedy’s most contemptible moment — many consider it treasonous — came in 1983. President Ronald Reagan was in the process of bringing the Soviet Union to its knees. In one of the hotter moments of the Cold War, Kennedy sent word to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov through an old friend and former senator offering Kennedy’s help in undermining the Reagan administration in its dealings with its old arch enemy in exchange for Andropov’s help in defeating Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Think of that. A United States Senator offers to help our sworn enemy in exchange for political propaganda to win an American election.

This country is not better off because Edward Moore Kennedy sat in the United States Senate for 46 years. He was unqualified when he was first elected. He disgraced himself, his family and our nation throughout his long, tedious career. But the event for which Ted Kennedy will be remembered by most Americans — and by historians, if they are honest — is Chappaquiddick. Forty years ago this summer, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne died in the drunken senator’s Oldsmobile when he drove off a bridge and left her to drown.

You or I would have gone to prison for the negligence he displayed that night. Kennedy went on to become “the lion of the senate.” He lived a life of power and luxury, and was even arrogant enough in 1980 to think this country would elect him president.

Ted Kennedy served a very long time in the U.S. Senate, but let us not confuse longevity with statesmanship. He died a death none of us would wish on anyone — a brain tumor at age 77 — but I’m guessing Mary Jo Kopechne would have preferred to die at age 77 of almost anything.

Now to a 2009 remembrance of Ted Kennedy ‘s alleged sense of humor. I’ll never forget it, and I intend to make sure readers here don’t either.

It came in an interview between Katty Kay of NPR and former Newsweek editor Ed Klein shortly after Kennedy’s death:

Former Newsweek Foreign Editor: Chappaquiddick One of Ted’s ‘Favorite Topics of Humor’

… Klein: Well y’know, he, I don’t know if you know this or not but, one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?”

I mean, that is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (background music begins building), but that he still always saw, um, the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

Kay: Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and author of a new book on Ted Kennedy.

Audio of the full interview is in the YouTube that follows (direct link):

What a guy.

Too bad Mary Jo Kopechne was never available to join in the laughter.

It is mildly comforting to know that what the Democrats called “Ted Kennedy’s seat” really wasn’t.


UPDATE, August 31, 2010: An example of the type of pathetic attempts at historical revisivionism we’ll probably be seeing for the next hundred years –

Rewriting History on Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Accident

… Now, a year after Kennedy died, his lifelong biographer Burton Hersh, armed with fresh interviews with Kennedy’s mistress at the time, tells Whispers that the whole July 1969 episode should have been handled as a simple crash, leaving the senator’s legacy untainted. “It was a car accident,” he says. “Ted was a terrible driver. He never paid much attention to where he was going.”

“He took a tremendous blow on the head,” says Hersh. In interviews following the crash, Kennedy displayed confusion and amnesia, he says.

“If the thing had been handled properly, the first thing they would have done is put him in a hospital. Then they would have said he was a victim of an auto accident and didn’t know what he was doing and couldn’t be held responsible for anything that happened really after that, which would have been a fair explanation,” says author-journalist Hersh, who knew Kennedy since they were classmates at Harvard. “But instead, he felt terribly guilty about the whole thing … tried to take responsibility and … just confused the issue.”

Horse manure.

August 22, 2015

Defending Planned Parenthood, LA Times Relays ‘Abortion Is 3 Pct. of Its Services’ Myth

Earlier today, I noted that Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga compared the heroic undercover work done by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress to the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. She meant it as a negative, claiming that the Swift Vets’ assertions about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s service in Vietnam and his antiwar activities after he returned home are “considered by many one of the ugliest, most unfair attacks in recent political memory.” She even claimed — knowingly engaging in falsehood, in my opinion — that “the Swift boat claims were later discredited.” Sorry, ma’am. The Swift Vets’ truths stand tall to this today.

Though the Times Seattle bureau chief doesn’t reference it in her writeup, an Associated Press chart contained therein relays a falsehood Planned Parenthood routinely promotes. This one claims that “Abortion is 3 percent of Planned Parenthood Services”:


August 5, 2015

Politifiact: Harry Reid’s ’30 Percent of Women Served’ Planned Parenthood Claim Is a ‘Pants on Fire’ Lie

Call the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” people.

Politifact, the alleged fact-checking site which has for years almost invariably insisted on calling obvious truths stated by Republicans and conservatives “Half True” at best and often worse, while taking flat-out lies by leftists and pretending they contain some element of truth, has issued a “Pants on Fire” rating on Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s outrageously false claim last week that Planned Parenthood is “the only health care that a significant number of women get,” specifically contending that this is the case for 30 percent of women.


July 25, 2015

AP’s Lederman Really Believes That Obama Got ‘Three-Quarters of a Loaf’ in Iran Deal

I’m virtually certain that he wouldn’t dream of it, but the Associated Press’s Josh Lederman seriously needs to consider correcting two extremely embarrassing paragraphs he wrote in his coverage of President Obama’s appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show earlier this week.

At the 15:03 mark of the Comedy Central video following the jump, Obama treated Stewart as if he’s a legitimate journalist, telling him that “It’s not your job to focus on the three-quarters of a loaf or half a loaf that we get. Your job is to point out what we still haven’t gotten.” Actually, after enduring the video, it seems far more correct to say that Stewart’s job was to make it look like he was challenging Obama by giving him a bit of grief several minutes earlier about the still-scandalous situation at the Veterans Administration, and then to give him a virtual open mic the rest of the way. But I digress.


July 23, 2015

Positivity: Our ‘Life-saving Angels’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Carly Fiorina’s question in the wake of Planned Parenthood’s now-exposed sale of fetal body parts (“What has gone wrong in our nation?”) is valid. The answer is that our government and our courts have devalued human life, and many Americans, a large majority of whom have no idea what supporting abortion really leads to in the read world, have followed them down that depraved path.

The following reminder of the heroic efforts of those who work in neonatal care contained in Michelle Malkin’s latest column is quite timely (bolds are mine), and shows that there is still a mainstream respect for life which cannot and will not be extinguished:

it is worth pausing from this avalanche of evil to remind the nation that there are thousands of miracle workers in the health care industry who value life and honor their professional oath to first do no harm.

I know this firsthand as the proud daughter of a neonatologist who dedicated his life to using his medical training to save lives, not destroy them. Nowhere is the sanctity of life more vividly illustrated than in a NICU. A father in Texas wrote me with his own personal story and wanted me to share his message:

“I read your piece (last week) regarding the monstrous doctor from Planned Parenthood. Though I have tried, I really cannot grasp the horror of the PP abattoirs or the blackness of the souls that labor within.

“I want to tell you about my family’s encounter with another place that is the antithesis of the Planned Parenthood slaughterhouse.

“My wife and I had the great misfortune three years ago of finding ourselves with two beautiful but tiny children in the Level 3 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston.

“Our beautiful daughter spent the first five months of her life there, and our brave son spent the entirety of his life there, all 44 days.

“I want to tell you this, because I want to tell you about a very bright light that shines in this world, but it shines behind the wall of privacy and quarantine that is a necessary function of NICU life. The six neonatologists and all of the amazing nurses who cared for our children are some of the finest, most decent, devoted and caring people I have ever encountered.

“They work tirelessly to save every life, to give every child in their care as much of a chance as possible, and they truly do care for the ‘least of these.’ They go to work every day in a place where, in spite of all their efforts, tiny children pass away in their care. They are people who deserve to have the veil lifted from their works.

“I am sharing this with you as answer to the final paragraph of your moving piece. You ask what kind of a country we live in? I want you to know that we also live in a country that God has truly blessed with these amazing souls and hundreds more like them: Dr. Alagappan Alagappan, Dr. Talat Ahmed, Dr. Salim Bharwani, Dr. William Caplan, Dr. Peter Haney and Dr. David Simchowitz.

“In the face of evil, it is easy to see only the darkness. There are lights burning still.”

Thanks to the father in Texas for that timely reminder.

July 21, 2015

Not News: Publisher Wins Permanent Injunction Against HHS Mandate Enforcement

In a ruling handed down on July 15, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the federal government’s Obamacare contraception mandate against Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The same establishment press which gleefully and virtually instantly covered the July 14 setback suffered by the Little Sisters of the Poor in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the order “must allow employees to have contraception coverage,” has from all appearances ignored the Tyndale ruling for six days.


July 16, 2015

Perry Turns Planned Parenthood Scandal Back on MSNBC’s Halperin (See Note and Update)

Note: The NewsBusters post was update to reflect Mika Brzezinski’s actual reaction, which I did not properly, and for Mark Halperin’s appalling response to a question from Joe Scarborough shortly after the exchange with Perry.

As usual, much of the press has responded to scandalous behavior by leftist sacred cows by making the story about Republicans criticizing the actions instead of the scandal itself.

On the one hand, are we really supposed to believe that only pro-lifers are horrified by the evidence that Planned Parenthood, aka Planned Parthood, sells the body parts of aborted preborn babies? Gosh, I hope not. So it’s more than fair to turn the question around on anyone who tries to isolate the objections in that way. Mark Halperin at MSNBC tried that on Rick Perry, asking him, “Why are you so troubled by this video?” — as if the former Texas governor is the one with a problem.


June 25, 2015

Legal Language Means Nothing Any More When It Conflicts With the Agenda

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:23 am

Obmacare wind, and the English language loses:

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The court has decided that the Obamacare exchange was “established by the states.” No it wasn’t.

Nothing will ever change the fact that this court defied the language of the Affordable Care Act as written.

1984 becomes more of a user’s manual than a warning with each passing day.