July 29, 2014

WaPo’s Sargent Cites ‘Bombshell’ ACA Legislative History Which Really Helps Halbig Plaintiffs

At the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog this afternoon, Greg Sargent argued that the legislative history of Obamacare supports the argument that Congress intended that participants in federal exchanges be entitled to premium subsidies (alternatively referred to in some quarters as “tax credits”), and that the history should doom the Halbig suit, which contends that tax subsidies cannot be disbursed to Obamacare participants who purchased their coverage through the federal exchange.

Unfortunately for Sargent, the history really makes the opposite legal argument, significantly strengthening the Halbig side’s hand. First we’ll look at what Sargent wrote. Then we’ll see how a RedState diarist nuked his argument within two hours.

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This Is Just Creepy

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:33 pm

Now deleted at HealthCare.gov’s Twitter account:

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They want us all to be Big Daddy Government’s kids.

July 26, 2014

Wasseman Schultz Says Nev. Governor Didn’t Implement an Obamacare Exchange; But He Did

It seems that Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz has herself programmed to automatically criticize any Republican governor in the U.S. for refusing to implement a state Obamacare exchange.

Wasserman Schultz made that contention on Tuesday about Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. She did so on Nevada’s “Ralston Reports,” a TV program hosted by Jon Ralston, whose bio indicates that he is “a contributing editor at Politico Magazine” and that he has appeared “on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS.” There’s only one problem: Nevada tried to set up an Obamacare exchange, but decided to “scrap its crippled Obamacare exchange and join the federal HealthCare.gov for at least a year.” Video and a transcript follow the jump.

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July 23, 2014

Quote of the Day: On Halbig v. Burwell

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:50 pm

Sean Davis at the Federalist:

In 2010, Nancy Pelosi famously claimed that Congress needed to pass Obamacare in order to find out what’s in it. Well, a federal court just read Obamacare and found out what wasn’t in it: tax credit subsidies for federal exchange health plans.

A full DC circuit court failure to acknowledge this clear, irrefutable fact will mean that the rule of law is on death’s door.

If it gets to that, a Supreme Court failure to uphold Tuesday’s DC circuit court panel ruling will mean that the rule of law really is dead.

July 22, 2014

Aww: Politico’s Glenn Thrush Doesn’t Like ‘Abortion Barbie’ Nickname For Wendy Davis

Politico reporters are badly burning themselves on Twitter these days.

Last night (as yours truly noted this afternoon), the web site’s Roger Simon, apparently upset that Rick Perry is doing his job, tweeted that the Texas governor is “sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border to shoot small children.” Yet 12 hours later, Glenn Thrush, another longtime Politico veteran, tweeted a plea for civility, begging people not to use a popular opponents’ nickname for Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (HT RedState):

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July 18, 2014

Latest PJ Media Column (‘D’Souza’s Next Film’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

July 17, 2014

Megyn Kelly Eviscerates Jon Stewart, Leftist Ideologues on Abortifacient Birth Control Methods

Fox News’s Megyn Kelly has clearly had it up to here with the disinformation, misinformation, distortions and outright lies coming from the left in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. A recent dishonest rant by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart (noted at NewsBusters by Jeffrey Meyer early Tuesday morning) and attempts by certain doctors to deny scientific truth caused Kelly to correct the record on the air.

The topic is the science behind whether or not the contraceptive methods Hobby Lobby’s owners would not cover in its employee health insurance plan on conscience grounds are or are not abortifacient in nature. In the video seen after the jump (HT Gateway Pundit), readers will see her identify certain perhaps unexpected entities which have admitted that they are:

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July 11, 2014

Bizarre Quote of the Day: Ted Strickland

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:15 pm

Former Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland reacts to Lebron James’s decision to come back to Cleveland:

“He’s obviously an exceptional player,” Strickland said. “I know there was a lot of criticism when he left Cleveland, but he was a kid, really. I think Ohio ought to be proud that he came from us and still has remained active with his hometown.”

Lebron James, who is now 29-1/2, was a 25-1/2 year-old “kid” when he made The Decision. Wow.

On second thought … In a country where “kids” can stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until age 26, and where the nanny state’s goal appears to be to do all of our thinking for us, maybe Strickland’s take isn’t that bizarre — as seen from loony leftyland.

July 9, 2014

NYT, MSNBC Uncritically Relay Reid’s ‘Five White Men’ Rant Against Supremes’ Hobby Lobby Majority

On Tuesday, Harry Reid told the press that “the one thing we’re going to do, during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men. This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we’re going to do something about it.”

Obviously, Reid’s statement assailing the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby decision is incorrect, as black African-American Clarence Thomas was among the five justices who defended the religious freedom of the Green family which owns and runs Hobby Lobby. Ordinarily, in an obvious gaffe involving a Democratic Party politican, coverage would be sparse. But in this case, there are at least two instances where an establishment press outlet actually reported Reid’s statement without pointing out that it was wrong. One occurred at the New York Times.

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July 7, 2014

Donna Brazile Approvingly Tweets Links to Yours Truly’s NB Post Ripping AP’s Coverage of ‘Humming’ and ‘Rising’ U.S. Economy

Donna Brazile apparently liked yours truly’s NewsBusters post yesterday. That post ripped the Associated Press’s Pollyanna-like coverage of the U.S. economy, and carried the following headline which may have caused several spilled drinks and soaked monitors among the genuinely informed — “AP: ‘Humming’ and ‘Rising’ U.S. Economy Is a ‘World-Beater.’”

About five hours after the post’s appearance, Brazile tweeted her clear approval (HT Twitchy). While we appreciate any traffic which might have come this way as a result of Brazile’s tweet, it’s hard to imagine that Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign manager has switched sides. It’s far more likely that she didn’t bother reading the underlying post. The tweet follows the jump:

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July 3, 2014

Press Largely Fails to Note Or Downplays That New VA Director Was Forced Out of P&G

The identity of President Obama’s nominee to head the scandal-plagued, bloated mess known as the Veterans Administration was known on Sunday.

Very few news outlets (the Fox news item just linked is an exception) noted that Obama’s pick was particularly odd because McDonald’s run as CEO at Procter & Gamble was not considered a success. He was essentially forced into retirement after four years at the helm in May 2013.

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July 1, 2014

Mark Levin: Hobby Lobby Decision Still Damaged First Amendment

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:35 pm

Go here for great and unfortunately sobering points.

If anyone can figure out how to post the video here, please let me know.

At AP, When EWTN Lost a Round in Contraception Case, It Was National News; But Not Its Yesterday Win

On June 18, Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network suffered a serious religious freedom setback when “A federal judge in Alabama … dismissed a Catholic broadcaster’s legal claim that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional.” The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, felt that story was important enough to merit coverage at its national site — and in fact, two weeks later, the story is still present there (also saved here for future reference and fair use and discussion purposes).

After that June ruling, EWTN promised that it would appeal. A July 1 compliance deadline and daily fines which would have almost certainly put the network out of business loomed. Yesterday, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, EWTN scored what Life News’s Steven Ertelt called “a resounding victory,” when it “was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals,” thus enabling it to “freely practice what it preaches while it pursues its claims in court.” A search on “EWTN” at the AP’s national site indicates that it has no story there on this development. The wire service does have a Monday afternoon local/regional story on the news:

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Nationally Promoted Hobby Lobby Protest at Flagship Store Draws (at Most) ‘Several Dozen’

Shortly after 3 PM Eastern Time this afternoon, an outfit called “Faithful America” issued a “Media Advisory” for an event which would take place at 7:30 PM Central Time.

In the email, Faithful America claimed to be “the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians taking action for social justice,” and to have 300,000 members. They may have that many members, but only about 0.01% of them showed up for the event involved: a “vigil” opposing today’s Supreme Court decision at Hobby Lobby’s flagship store in Edmond, Oklahoma. In covering the titantic event, Edmond Sun reporter Mark Schlachtenhaufen appears to have exaggerated the puny turnout, and made the same misstatement concerning the circumstances of the case we’ve seen constantly in the national press (bolds are mine):

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June 30, 2014

NPR’s Hysterical Totenberg Thinks Only Anthony Kennedy Stands in Way of Sex and ‘Foreign Origin’ Discrimination

In an MSNBC interview today, Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s longtime Supreme Court watcher, attempted to portray the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision as possibly wide-ranging, and even advised viewers that Anthony Kennedy’s presence on the court may be the only thing preventing it from bringing in an era of sex and “foreign origin” discrimination by “hundreds and hundreds and thousands and thousands of companies.”

Video follows the jump (HT Hot Air). Be sure to hang in there until the end, where Totenberg stammers as she appears to be grasping for more fuel to throw onto the fire, and ends up ridiculously claiming that a person’s “foreign origin” may become a basis upon which employers can discriminate (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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