Atlantic Article Trumpets Success of Obamacare Based on Speculation, Caveats and “Shoulds”

Liberal St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Tony Messenger took to Twitter today to share this article from The Atlantic:

Six million? Wow. But wait a second…

 

No. No it doesn’t:

Oh, so that’s how they’re rationalizing forcing five million people out of policies they were happy with. It’s ok, because they still have “access to affordable policies.”

And that comes from “ a new report from Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,” so it’s totally believable.

The Atlantic writes:

The vast majority should be eligible to stay on their existing plans, thanks to the administration’s last-minute fix to permit this, or get subsidies through the exchanges, according to the report. The rest should be able to obtain affordable catastrophic-care plans, according to the congressional staffers.

People should be able to engage in commerce with an insurance agent without the government telling them what they have to buy, too, but that’s not happening any more than these “shoulds” are.

This whole article is garbage like this.  It’s based on unqualified projections.  For example:

More than 2.1 million have enrolled in private-sector health insurance through the state and federal exchanges.

One caveat: It’s still unknown how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured, as opposed to people who were already insured in the individual market and just used the exchanges to get new plans.

It’s also unknown how many of those have actually purchased policies, so you can’t really include that number.

Also:

3.9 million people were determined eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program during just October and November, though it’s unclear how many have enrolled yet.

Medicaid is not insurance.  And they don’t even know how many have signed up.

This is all propaganda to make this failure look like a spectacular success.

Expect more and more of this.  It reminds me of something President Obama said:

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Cross posted at The Missouri Torch

By |January 2nd, 2014|The Blog|1 Comment|

Fantastic Documentary on Vladimir Putin’s “New Soviet System” (Video)

I know it’s an hour and a half long, but this is a great documentary on Vladimir Putin. You should either watch this now, or bookmark it for later.

But you should watch it:

Putin tried to join the KGB at 16. They recruited him at 23.

And here he is testifying while in charge of a police force after the Soviet Union fell:

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One last quote: “We could see the world, in five or ten years, where the Middle East is dominated by Iran, with Russia in the background, where Americans are pushed out, humiliated.”

You really should check this video out.

By |January 2nd, 2014|The Blog|1 Comment|

Oil Trains Collide in North Dakota, Explode in Huge Fireball, Warren Buffett Hardest Hit

Big train wreck in Fargo:

A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.

Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound 104-car train hauling crude oil ran into it just after 2 p.m. CST (2000 GMT), local officials said. There were no reports of any injuries.

Oil is being carried by rail because A) there’s a lot of it coming out of North Dakota and B) the Keystone Pipeline doesn’t exist.

Why?

I explained that here:

Rail shipments accounted for up to 65,000 of the nearly 343,000 barrels of oil produced daily in North Dakota in December. That percentage is likely to increase.

Many of the rail shipments from the Bakken fields are being handled by BNSF Railway Co., which has more than 1,000 miles of tracks in the region.

Michael Bruce, the railroad’s business development director, said BNSF could ship up 730,000 barrels of crude daily out of North Dakota “contingent on facilities being built.”

North Dakota pumped a record 113 million barrels of oil in 2010. State officials estimate the state will produce 700,000 barrels daily in four to seven years.

Not only is BNSF shipping oil out, but construction and drilling materials in. BNSF says each drill rig and new well site in North Dakota require about two dozen railcars of materials for construction.

Without the Keystone XL Pipeline, those railcars are going to be filled to capacity into and out of North Dakota. And we all know that trains never derail, right?

But at least the pipeline isn’t leaking, right? By the way, Warren Buffett owns BNSF railroad.

By |December 30th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

So Predictable: As Health Care Costs Rise, Employers Drop Employees into Exchanges

The article at Breitbart focuses on the fact that auto workers are turning against Obamacare.

What I found interesting was this paragraph:

Under Obamacare, the workers’ employer faced a 50% increase in costs to keep worker plans at the same benefit and deductible levels. To remain economically viable, the dealership decided to give each worker an extra $2,400 and let them find plans on their own.

I hate to say I told you so, but…

The goal for the Democrats never was to use ObamaCare to insure the uninsured.

It was to get the camel’s nose under the tent flap, meaning once ObamaCare was passed, the left could gradually build upon its failures until they have the program they wanted in the first place:  single payer.

While Obama says you can keep your health care plan if you like it, if employers drop it, you can’t

I published that in May…of 2012.

It’s been that transparent to anyone paying attention.

These aren’t unintended consequences.

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By |December 30th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Brilliant: PA Guns Laws Disarm State Trooper When He’s Off Duty

A state trooper in Pennsylvania can’t have a gun when he’s off duty because a few years ago he was involuntarily committed for mental health reasons seven years ago:
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[Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael L.] Keyes’ latest attempt to be allowed to have a gun all the time was rejected this week by the state Superior Court.

That court upheld an earlier ruling by Perry County Senior Judge Keith B. Quigley that Keyes’ involuntary mental health commitment constitutes an unsurmountable legal barrier to his ability to possess a gun while off duty.

An attempt to reach Keyes’ attorney, Joshua Prince, for comment on the case wasn’t successful Thursday. Keyes has been involved in legal battles ever since completing his mental health treatment. He also had to fight to be reinstated to the state police.

Now I don’t know Keyes. He could be the best trooper in Pennsylvania.

But one has to wonder why it’s legal for him to have a gun at work, in one of the more stressful jobs in America.

Hat Tip: Say Uncle

By |December 30th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

ThinkProgress Wants To Tax Your Meat to Save the Planet

The left’s unrelenting dedication to the green movement isn’t because they want to save the planet.

It’s because they want to use it to dictate behavior.

You have to sacrifice to save the planet. Sacrifice for the collective.

That porterhouse? They want to tax it so much, people can’t afford to eat it:

Taxing meat as an attempt to discourage consumers to buy it could be an effective way to reduce methane emissions from livestock, according to a new study.

A sin tax. On meat.

Perfect.

The analysis, published in Nature Climate Change, used knowledge from previous studies on methane emissions and livestock to make the argument that meat consumption should be curbed if methane emissions are to be reduced. It’s consumer-driven change, the scientists say: if meat consumption goes down, the number of cows and other ruminants that expel methane will also decrease.

And if methane goes down, the planet is saved, or something.

One last quote:

“Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases” he said in 2009. “It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

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By |December 20th, 2013|The Blog|2 Comments|

Obama: 2014 Could Be “Breakthrough Year” – FLASHBACK: Biden: 2010 Will Be a Summer of Recovery

Today, President Barack Obama did what all progressives do.  He told people how awesome the future is going to be.

Citing progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and slow recovery.

When I read this, I couldn’t help but remember this:toon-recovery2-lg

The Administration today kicks off “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long focus on the surge in Recovery Act infrastructure projects that will be underway across the country in the coming months – and the jobs they’ll create well into the fall and through the end of the year. The Recovery Act has already funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small.

And how did that work out?

Let’s go to that right wing hack, Jon Stewart:

The NRSC released this:

As I said above, progressives have to talk about the future. It’s all they have, considering their history of failure.

They can’t talk about the past, so they have to keep pointing to the future and saying, “Gee, it’s gonna be great. Just watch.”

Unfortunately for Obama, people will be too busy looking for a new doctor to notice how awesome 2014 is.

By |December 20th, 2013|The Blog|1 Comment|

Under Armour Website Sells Out of Duck Commander Shirts

Breitbart is reporting Under Armour will continue supporting Phil Robertson’s business, Duck Commander, despite the face it disagrees with comments made by the family’s patriarch.

Wonder why:

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The Under Armour website says the Duck Commander shirts are currently sold out.

That probably has something to do with it.

Also, a little common sense:

Under Armour’s views are similar to those of TMZ editor Harvey Levin, who happens to be gay. Levin said though he did not agree with Robertson’s views or comments, his comments were “religious” and “not hate-based.”

By |December 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Update: Horrible Ohio Homeschool Bill Withdrawn

By Maggie Thurber at Ohio Watchdog

After coming under fire for what many were calling the “worst ever” home schooling bill, an Ohio state senator has decided to withdraw a controversial bill that would have required background checks for parents who decided to home-school their children.

Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, announced her decision to pullSenate Bill 248, also known as Teddy’s Law, late Thursday.

“SB 248 was never meant to be a policy debate about educating children in the home. It was meant to address weaknesses in the law pertaining to child protection. Unfortunately, the true intent of the bill to curtail child abuse has been eclipsed by the issue of home schooling.”

The proposed law was intended to honor Theodore “Teddy” Foltz-Tedesco, who was tortured and murdered by his mother’s boyfriend earlier this year. His mother had withdrawn Teddy from school, saying she was going to home-school him after teachers initiated an investigation into his potential abuse. Both adults were convicted of charges relating to his death and are serving time in prison.

The language in the bill would have required all parents who home-school to undergo a social services investigation, including interviews and background checks, to determine if home schooling would be permitted. If parents didn’t pass the investigation, an ‘intervention’ would be recommended before further consideration of their request to home-school.

“After consultation with Teddy’s family, we have collectively decided the best course of action is for me to withdraw SB 248, and instead pursue a more comprehensive approach to address the current challenges in the state’s social service and criminal justice system,” Cafaro said.

She sent a letter to the Senate president requesting that all further action on the bill be suspended, noting an official motion to withdraw the bill will be made when the Senate returns to session in 2014.

Cafaro also requested field hearings next year to address child welfare in Ohio.

“It is our hope that this new focus will bring the discussion back to where it was always intended to be: protecting children,” she said in her statement.  “I will not include any content related to education in the home in a new bill, or in any other bill.”

By |December 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

CNN Reports on Why Americans are Losing Their Insurance and the Doctors Under Obamacare…Yes, That CNN (Video)

If insurance companies can’t cut patients, they’ll just cut their doctors.

But don’t put the blame on the insurance companies. They’re only reacting to the use of force applied because of Obamacare.

This is a direct result of progressive central planning.

And it’s only going to get worse.

I’d love to say this is an unintended consequence, but honestly, I think

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Hat Tip: The Right Scoop

By |December 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|