Republicans excluded from obamacare briefing
It seems the administration hasn’t briefed lawmakers on the obamacare debacle (debacle: a total, often ludicrous failure) since the first of October. They’ve finally decided to do so; however, they’ve only invited Democrats. From the Washington Post:
Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The reporter addressed the affront in this manner:
Update: House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office is crying foul that House Republicans aren’t included in the briefing. It is asking that the same briefing be provided to the GOP.
Imagine the outcry if Democrats had been excluded. The mainstream media would be all over it. Nevertheless, this is very troubling. What are they hiding? And what does the official exclusion of an entire political party mean for our Representative Republic?
All-Payer Claims Databases
This appears to be the official term for the databases collecting and storing our personal healthcare information. You can read more about them at the website for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
President didn’t know obamacare website was in trouble
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, said in a CNN interview Tuesday that the president wasn’t aware of the problems with the obamacare website. However, not only were insurance companies complaining about the site before October 1st, but it crashed in a test run.
Sebelius and others say the problem is that the website is being overwhelmed with too many people trying to enroll. Really? Whether that’s true or not, the website, and obamacare itself, is a joke being played on the American people.
According to Luke Chung, a database software developer who was interviewed on Fox News, the obamacare website cost taxpayers $200 million. At $200 an hour, that would pay for one million man hours, or 5,000 man years of work on the fiasco (fiasco: a complete failure).
The president has suggested that people sign up over the phone, but it seems those who’ve tried got nothing but a busy signal.
I don’t believe the site was meant to work. Imagine: People can’t sign up for obamacare or decide not to because it’s too difficult and/or costly. Therefore, the government doesn’t have to pay benefits but gets to collect fines for non-enrollment. In addition, they have an excuse to raise rates and fines even higher by stating that the payments of those enrolled are not covering the expenses of the program.
There’s also this statement by Kathleen Sebelius:
We anticipated at the outset that everyone would never use the website…
Did she really mean to say that they didn’t expect anyone to use the website? Hot Air called it a “Kinsleyan gaffe”, which is when a politician unwittingly tells the truth. I think it’s part of the joke. It’s a double negative, like the slogan, “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee”.
House passes bill to make school districts check whether potential teachers are sex offenders
I’m not in favor of government interference; however, since they meddle so much anyway, they might as well address something worthwhile, like the safety of children. From an AP article:
The bill would forbid public schools to employ people convicted of crimes against children including pornography, or of felonies including murder, rape, spousal abuse or kidnapping. It would bar school districts and state education agencies from transferring workers who have engaged in sexual misconduct with minors to another location.
Apparently, teachers’ unions are having a problem with this:
The bill has run into objections from major teachers’ unions like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. In letters to lawmakers, their criticisms included concerns that the measure might jeopardize workers’ protections under union contracts.
They’d prefer to have their union contracts protect criminals rather than innocent children?
In addition, the NEA wrote that criminal background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact” — a reference to critics’ complaints that minorities make up a disproportionately high proportion of people convicted of crimes.
Does this mean that schools will end up with quotas as to how many convicted criminals from minority races they must hire? This is what happens when too many laws are passed. “Non-discrimination” laws often trump common sense.
Unfortunately, this bill is “part of a broad overhaul of federal laws on elementary and secondary schools.” Terrific. Along with Common Core, the feds are taking control of schools away from the states. That’s a bad sign.
Woman nearly faints while president reads teleprompter
I’d think this was staged, but the president seems rather annoyed by it. Here’s the video (the shortest version I could find):
Speaking of the obamacare joke, how about the official phone number?
Coincidence? See the middle finger president for a few examples of his disdain.