ObamaCare Supporter Rep. Jared Polis Whines About ObamaCare

There is no question that Colorado Democrat Rep. Jared Polis has been a cheerleader for ObamaCare. What does Polis want to do now that the law is having negative effects on parts of his Congressional District? Repeal the law for everyone? NO!  Not a chance. Polis wants a special interest waiver for only certain groups. Despite the law’s bad affects on everyone, Polis only wants a bailout for some. Unfair and hypocrtical? You bet. That’s Polis.

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Senate Democrats Play Politics With ObamaCare

Senate Democrats have opposed delaying ObamaCare for one year. Senate Democrats have opposed delaying the individual mandate for one year. Senate Democrats have opposed delaying the indivdiual mandate penalties for one year.  Under the law, individuals are supposed to complete the exchange enrollment process by February 15, 2014 to ensure they have health insurance by the March 31st deadline. But with the failure of healthcare.gov, there is a chance that many will not be able to complete the process in time.

So Senate Democrats are now playing politics asking for a few weeks delay of the ObamaCare’s enrollment deadline. They opposed all kinds of delays that would have mattered so they are asking for a delay that doesn’t matter much at all. The Senators who are trying to protect their “six” include:

AK: Sen. Mark Begich (see here)

AR: Sen. Mark Pryor (see here).

CA: Sen. Diane Feinsten.

CO: Sens. Mike Bennet and Mark Udall (see here).

LA: Sen. Mary Landrieu (see here).

NH: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (see here).

NC: Sen. Kay Hagen (see here).

WV: Sen. Joe Manchin (see here).

The most comical thing about this entire episode is that Democrats are blaming Republicans for the reason the health care law isn’t working properly. Readers will note Republicans tried for months earlier this year to delay ObamaCare, including the mandate, but Senate Democrats and President Obama refused to talk. In effect, Republicans were throwing Democrats a life line which the Democrats refused and now the Democrats are blaming the Republicans. There is no shame among Senate Democrats.

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Obama Administration Admits More Unworkability for ObamaCare

Great article from the American Spectator about how the Obama Administration has once again ignored the clear application of the law. This week’s unlawful delay has to do with the deadline by which individuals must sign up for insurance to avoid the individual mandate penalty. Here is the explanation:

“February 15 was supposed to be the last day to sign up for insurance on the exchange and avoid hitting the three-month limit. The reason is that health insurers require applicants to sign up for coverage by the 15th of the month for coverage that begins on the 1st of the following month. Thus, to qualify for insurance on the exchange that begins March 1, an applicant could sign up no later than February 15.

“If he signs up after February 15, the soonest his coverage would begin is April 1. That violates the three-month limit for avoiding the fine. Yet by pushing the deadline back to March 31, Obama has allowed even people who don’t get coverage until May 1—i.e., no coverage for four months—to avoid the penalty under the individual mandate.

“Here, specifically, is what the law says: Section 5000A(e) of Obamacare states, ‘EXEMPTIONS—No penalty shall be imposed…with respect to,’ and then lists the conditions for an exemption. Section 5000A(e)(4)(A) states that one of those conditions is ‘Any month the last day of which occurred during a period in which the applicable individual was not covered by minimum essential coverage for a continuous period of less than 3 months.’ 

“‘Less than 3 months.’ It’s there in black letters. And Obama is going to ignore it.”

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Fed: ObamaCare Kills Jobs

The House Ways & Means Committee recently shared data from the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book detailing that employers cite ObamaCare as a major job killing force.  From the Book, “Employers in several Districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff.”

Also from the Report:

Cleveland – “…[M]any were uneasy about fiscal issues and implications of the Affordable Care Act on their businesses.” (Manufacturing Sector” and “Many of our contacts are concerned about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the effect it will have on their total labor cost.” (Retail Sector)

Richmond – “Many contacts also commented on reluctance to expand due to uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act; some employers cut hours or employees.”

Dallas –  “Staffing services firms noted flat demand overall since the last report but saw an unexpected decline in direct hires. One contact saw a few signed contracts designed to circumvent the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by utilizing a temporary employee full time, then hiring that person on a permanent but part-time basis once the ACA goes into effect.” (Nonfinancial Services Sector)

 Chicago – “A number of contacts voiced concern about the uncertainty surrounding future employer and employee healthcare costs. In addition, several reported changing their health insurance enrollment periods this year in order to match the deadlines of the Affordable Care Act.”

Philadelphia – “Overall, most bankers remained optimistic, although they expressed uncertainty on behalf of their business customers and for themselves over the implications of both the Affordable Care Act and a prolonged government shutdown.” (Financial Services Sector)

WAM’s press statement can be found here and the Beige Book can be found here.

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Privacy Threat Under ObamaCare Website

Joe Miller, former U.S. Senate candidate from Alaska writes on his blog:

“To enroll in a new ObamaCare health insurance plan on the federal marketplace, most consumers must first provide private personal information.  But buried in that website’s blueprint (known as ‘source code’) lies an alarming warning first unearthed by the Weekly Standard. ‘You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system,’ reads the disclaimer, which does not appear on the site’s visible ‘Terms and Conditions’ page. The disclaimer continues: ‘At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.’”

 Read Miller’s full post here and more from The Weekly Standard here.

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Hollywood on the Take to Sell ObamaCare

According to Marketplace.org, “Hollywood Health & Society, a program with the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center got a $500,000 grant this week from The California Endowment to help TV writers tell better stories about the new health insurance law.”

Just who is The California Endowment? According to their website, “The California Endowment was established in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California’s creation of its for-profit subsidiary, WellPoint Health Networks.” So as costs go up because of ObamaCare, at least one of the for-profit entities that benefits from the government forcing people to buy that for-profit’s product is subsidizing Hollywood to get Hollywood to sell us the law is good for us? Outrageous.

Here is a link to the original article and to The California Endowment website.

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SF Gate: Obama Sold Voters Bill of Goods on Health Care

Debra J. Saunders recently wrote for the SF Gate:

“Now that the Affordable Care Act exchanges are open for business, voters are finding that the biggest problem with Obamacare isn’t that some Web sites crashed last week but that the Obama promise of big savings for the average family was too good to be true.

“Now that the exchanges are open for business, people who already have individual coverage have something new to not like: sticker shock. The Affordable Care Act isn’t affordable after all.”

Read her commentary here.

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