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Obamacare: The White House Lied

Conservative commentator Marc Thiessen accused President Obama of a “bold-faced lie” Monday after Fox News confirmed the White House knew as early as 2010 that over 10 million people would lose their current doctor under ObamaCare.

Megyn Kelly reported Monday on “The Kelly File” that an IRS regulation pushed by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 estimated that millions would be unable to keep their health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.

10/29/13 5:23 AM

We can thank Barack Obama.

Posted by Judson Phillips on October 22, 2013 at 7:18am in Tea Party Nation Forum

Thank Barack Obama?

Are we nuts?

There is one rule we should all live by.  Never complain about incompetent opposition.  They could get better.

Barack Obama has done something that we should be grateful for.

What is it?

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are the only Democrats to win reelection in the last sixty years.  There are some comparisons between the two.  Perhaps we should be grateful that Bill Clinton is not in the White House because Amnesty would be a done deal if he were.

One of the major differences between Clinton and Obama is that Clinton loved the political process.  He would get in there, back slap, shake hands, cut deals and do what was necessary to push his programs through.

Obama is the world’s greatest narcissist.  He believes he is above all of that.  He proved that when he was first elected and the Republicans wanted compromise.  His response was, “I won.”

In the recent debt-ceiling showdown, Obama refused to compromise.  He knew the Republicans would cave and eventually they did.

But there were consequences to that.

Obama desperately wants Amnesty to pass.  He knows that if it does pass, the Democrats will control American government in perpetuity, much as the Democrats control Chicago.  He knows that if Amnesty is passed, it will forever change America from the land of liberty to just another mediocre nation saddled with the yoke of socialism.

Unfortunately for Obama, he needs the Republicans to pass Amnesty.   Many of the crony capitalist Republicans don’t care that Obama basically spit in their faces on the debt ceiling deal. They want to work with him on Amnesty. 

Why any Republican would support Amnesty right now is a mystery.  It is suicide for the nation and suicide for the Republican Party.

But Obama’s narcissism has caught up with him.

At least one important Republican in the House of Representatives is now saying no to Amnesty.

Texas Congressman Ted Poe, who is the Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is now saying he will not go along with any deal on immigration. 


He cites Obama’s winner take all strategy.

Poe points out that Obama has a simply philosophy.  Those who disagree with him must surrender.  In Obama’s world, compromise is what the other side does.  Barack Obama does not compromise.  That is beneath him.

Poe isn’t the only one.  Just a few days ago, Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador came out and said the obvious.  He said that Obama wanted to use Amnesty to destroy the Republican Party.

Republicans in the House of Representatives seem to be finally seeing the light.  Amnesty is a bad idea on general principles but with Barack Obama in the White House, it is a disaster.

As with everything else Obama does, it is not about policy or fairness.  The goal is always political.

Obama wants Amnesty because he knows it will destroy the Republican Party.  The fact that people like House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor either don’t get it or purposefully ignore that is just another reason why they must go.

America is stuck with Barack Obama for another three years.  There is nothing we can do about that.   We are not stuck with John Boehner and Eric Cantor for another three.

Let’s not complain about incompetent leadership on the other side.  They could get better.  Meanwhile, let’s work on getting competent leadership on the conservative side. 

When they get better, America wins!

Longing to be a Victim

John Stossel | Oct 16, 2013

These days, being seen as a victim can be useful. You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you.

This turns some people into whiners with little sense of responsibility.

Joe Biden’s niece was arrested recently for throwing a punch at a cop. The New York Post says she’s addicted to alcohol and pills, but rather than take responsibility for her actions, she blamed them on the “pressure she faces” because her uncle is vice president.

Give me a break. America was founded by people who were the opposite of victims, by people with grit. Overcoming obstacles is the route to prosperity — and happiness, too.

I had to overcome stuttering to work as a TV reporter. Had today’s disability laws existed when I began work, would I have overcome my stuttering problem? Maybe not. I might have demanded my employer “accommodate” my disability by providing me a job that didn’t demand being on-air.

Now that the laws exist, it’s no coincidence that more Americans say they are disabled.

Tad DeHaven of the Cato Institute writes that this is part of a disability-industrial complex : collusion between specialty law firms, doctors vouching for applicants with dubious claims and federal administrative law judges awarding benefits.

It changes the way people calculate their options.

Despite improved medical care and the workforce’s dramatic shift from physical to mental labor, the number of Americans claiming disability keeps growing. You start to feel like a sucker if you’re not one of them.

On my TV show, DeHaven said today even poor parents “try to get their kids on psychotropic medications in hopes of qualifying for a check that goes to Dad and Mom.”

Since the 80s, there has been a 300 percent increase in disability claims for hard-to-prove illnesses like back pain, stress and other “non-exertional restrictions.” Over the past two decades, the number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits grew from 4 million to 11 million.

“It’s like any other government program,” says DeHaven. “You start off with good intentions and then it becomes something that it was never supposed to be.”

We all want to help the genuinely disabled, but a wide range of subjective ailments are affected by attitude. Labeling people victims, telling them they need help, teaches some to think like victims. Social scientists call that “learned helplessness.”

Private charities are pretty good at separating real victims from malingerers. But government is not. Its one-size-fits-all rules encourage people to act like victims.

Whether people have real physical ailments or just see the economic deck stacked against them, the most damaging thing say to them is: Give up. You can’t make it on your own. Wait for help.

Pessimism changes what we think is possible. It shrinks our horizons.

We in the media keep an eye out for people who are victimized. Sometimes that’s a valuable service. But it often means looking for victims when they really aren’t there. This makes reporters feel like heroes — noble sentries protecting the powerless.

Even the newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who sure seems like a winner by conventional standards, was portrayed as a victim in many news stories. Since she’s the first Miss America of Indian descent, some trolls on Twitter made racist remarks.

But skeptical writer Gavin McInnes did a little digging. He found those racist Twitter users were almost certainly just irresponsible little kids. One of the media’s most quoted tweets, “You look like a terrorist,” was sent by a Twitter user with zerofollowers.

If millions of people are familiar with that remark now — and some Americans grow up a little bit more frightened that they will be victimized — it will be largely because media hyped racism rather than because of the handful of racists themselves.

America is full of success stories. But if we obsess over stories about victimhood, that is what we’ll get.

OUTRAGEOUS Inmates Being Paid During Shutdown But Federal Prison Guards Aren’t?!

Guards at federal prisons are not being paid during the government shutdown, but still have to show up to work, while inmates continue to receive checks for the work they do at the facility.

Exclusive: US Army Defines Christian Ministry as ‘Domestic Hate Group’

Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.

The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.

A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph of Westboro Baptist Church preacher Fred Phelps holding a sign reading “No special law for f***.”

American Family Association has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American service members.

“I had to show Americans what our soldiers are now being taught,” said the soldier who asked not to be identified. “I couldn’t just let this one pass.”

The soldier said a chaplain interrupted the briefing and challenged the instructor’s assertion that AFA is a hate group.

“The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays,” the soldier told me. “The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.”

The soldier, who is an evangelical Christian, said the chaplain defended the Christian ministry.

“He kept asking the instructor, ‘Are you sure about that, son? Are you sure about that?’” he said, recalling the back and forth.

Later in the briefing, the soldiers were reportedly told that they could face punishment for participating in organizations that are considered hate groups.

That considered, the soldier contacted me because he is a financial contributor to the AFA ministry.

“I donate to AFA as often as I can,” he said. “Am I going to be punished? I listen to American Family Radio all day. If they hear it on my radio, will I be faced with a Uniformed Code of Military Justice charge?”

The soldier said he was “completely taken back by this blatant attack not only on the AFA but Christians and our beliefs.”

It’s not the first time the Army has accused conservative Christian groups of being domestic hate groups.

Earlier this year, I exposed Army briefings that classified evangelical Christians and Catholics as examples of religious extremism.

Another briefing told officers to pay close attention to troops who supported groups like AFA and the Family Research Council.

One officer said the two Christian ministries did not “share our Army Values.”

“When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values – don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem,” the officer wrote in an email to his subordinates.

At the time the military assured me those briefings were isolated incidents and did not reflect official Army policy.

If that’s true, how do they explain what happened at Camp Shelby?

I contacted the Pentagon for an answer but they referred me to Army public affairs. And so far – they haven’t returned my calls.

And their claim that the classifications are “isolated” is not washing with AFA.

“The American Family Association has received numerous accounts of military installations as well as law enforcement agencies using a list compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which wrongfully identifies and defames AFA,” reads a statement they sent me.

Bryan Fischer hosts a talk show on American Family Radio. He called the Army’s allegations “libelous, slanderous and blatantly false.”

“This mischaracterization of AFA is reprehensible and inexcusable,” he told me. “We have many military members who are a part of the AFA network who know these accusations are a tissue of lies.”

Fischer said their views on gay marriage and homosexuality are not hate – it’s simply a disagreement.

“If our military wasn’t headed by a commander-in-chief who is hostile to Christian faith, these allegations would be laughed off every military base in the world,” he said.

Hiram Sasser, of the Liberty Institute, told me the Army’s briefing is a smear.

He recalled what President Obama said last year when Muslim extremists attacked our diplomatic outpost in Libya.

“Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths,” President Obama said. “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”

Sasser said he wished the president and the Army would treat the American Family Association with the same deference and respect they show those who mean to harm us.

“Why must the Army under this administration continue to attack Americans of faith and smear them?” Sasser wondered.

I fear the answer to that question.

Because it appears the Obama administration is separating the military from the American people – and planting seeds of doubt about Christians and some of our nation’s most prominent Christian ministries.

An open letter to the Tea Party and Conservatives

Posted by Judson Phillips on October 12, 2013 at 7:18am in Tea Party Nation Forum

To the Tea Party and the Conservative movement:

As the sun rises over Washington DC today, in the brisk Autumn breeze, the Republican Party’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender flies again.

The Republican leadership, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and many of the other usual suspects are busy working out a deal which amounts to little more than the unconditional surrender of the Republican Party to Barack Obama.

While the GOP was allegedly fighting this shutdown over a year delay in the implementation of Obamacare, they will not get that in the final deal.  In fact, the GOP will get nothing.  Obamacare will be fully funded.  The Debt Ceiling will be raised.  Spending will increase.  It will be business is usual in Washington.

While the GOP leadership is unwilling to fight Barack Obama and the Democrats, fighting conservatives is another matter.

Two of the Kings of the RINO Establishment, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu and former Mississippi Governor and RNC Chair Haley Barbour are attacking the Tea Party.  The RINOs are even recruiting candidates to run against Tea Party Congressmen such as Steve King in Iowa and Justin Amash in Michigan.  These candidates are so-called “pro-business” candidates.  They should be called, “pro-big business” candidates, as they are simply supporters of the crony capitalism that infects DC.

Sununu and Barbour are two of the Republican geniuses that thought President McCain and President Romney were good ideas.  Under their leadership, the GOP was slaughtered in 2006 and 2008.  By 2008, the GOP was on the political endangered species list and was only saved in 2010 by the Tea Party.

If the RINO establishment is more interested in fighting conservatives than fighting Barack Obama and the Democrats, so be it. 

Ted Cruz has more stab wounds in the back from the likes of Mitch McConnell, John McCain and Lindsay Graham than Julius Caesar had on the floor of the Roman Senate when he was assassinated.

If the Republican Establishment wants to play a scorched earth game with conservatives, bring it on.  To paraphrase the classic line from “Star Wars,” “You have failed us for the last time.”

If the Republican Party will not support conservative principles and will not support conservative candidates, it is time for the Tea Party and the conservative movement to create our own political identity and if necessary our own political party.

There are still good conservatives out there running as Republicans and we should support them as conservatives, not as Republicans.

In Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain are all running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General respectively.  They deserve the support of conservatives.  In New Jersey, Steve Lonegan who is running for the Senate seat, who is being supported by our good friends over at the Conservative Campaign, deserves the support of conservatives.   

But for much of the nation, it is a different story.  In South Carolina and Tennessee, conservatives are challenging RINOs Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander.  If the challengers win, they deserve our support.  If Graham and Alexander survive their primaries, conservatives should either vote third party or stay home.

The Republican establishment shrieks, that means a Democrat will win.  That is the problem the Republican Party has had over the last twenty years.  Their unique selling point has been we are the lesser of two evils.  Well, they are half right and the point they are right about is not their size.

RINOs like Lindsay Graham, Lamar Alexander, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and John McCain all like to talk about how conservative they are. 

They are not conservatives.  They are the co-dependent enablers of the welfare state. In fact, let me be politically correct for once and call them by name, undocumented Democrats.

It is time for the Tea Party and the Conservative movement to move away from the GOP.  It is not a conservative party. 

In 2009, those of us who helped organize the Tea Party movement all had the same opinion that forming the Tea Party as a new political party was not what we wanted to do.  In hindsight, that may have been a mistake.

But as with many mistakes, they cannot be undone but they can be corrected.

It is an open secret in Washington that the Republican Establishment despises its base. 

It’s time to see how well the GOP functions without a base.

Tragic: Young Mother Forced to Choose Between Obamacare Premiums and Feeding Family

Guy Benson | Oct 11, 2013

The Obama administration will rely onemotional anecdotes and incomplete data to help defend their signature law — once its websites are fixed and people can actually enroll, that is. Critics will counter with reams of statistics proving that Obamacare violates its core promises. While empirical evidence is indispensable, it’s also critical to showcase real people who are being actively harmed by the law. Meet this young, disabled motherfrom Allentown, Pennsylvania:

Heartbreaking. Obamacare will force this woman, her husband and their five-year-old son to choose between obtaining coverage and putting food on the table. The law’s “affordable” premiums will hike the family’s bills by hundreds of dollars compared to their current plan. They can’t afford the change, so a desperate decision awaits. This is why so many Americans have forcefully opposed Obamacare for so long. It’s not about “hating” the president. It’s not about racial animus. It’s not about protecting the rich. It has nothing to do with any of the red herrings proponents toss out to sully and impugn opponents’ motives. The truth is that this law hurts people, breaks virtually all of the major promises upon which it was sold, and is simply unaffordable to a federal government that’s already facing a long-term debt crisis. HHS Secretary Sebelius, who told Americans this week that Obamacare’s exchanges are “simple and user-friendly,” was confronted with a potent dose of reality in Pittsburgh yesterday; the administration is now reportedly considering dismantling andrebuilding elements of the foundering online portals. These failures are so glaring that the media can’t even try to gloss over them. CBS News ripped the Obamacare launch as “nothing short of disastrous” earlier in the week, and now NBC News is piling on:

“If it weren’t for the shutdown dominating the news, we admittedly would be hearing and covering a lot more about how things are going for these new health care exchanges, which were rolled out ten days ago,” Williams said. “Millions of uninsured Americans are being encouraged to go to healthcare.gov to sign up for coverage but it’s been a very rocky start.” … “By most accounts the website has been a complete mess, locking up, crashing and kicking off potential customers,” Costello said. “Of the 260 people who tried to sign up at this Miami clinic in the first week, only a single person got through.One, from 260 attempts,” applications counselor Cristina Marrero said, laughing.

I’ll leave you with a tip of the cap to Mary Katharine Ham. Check out herdetailed prediction from November 2012: “This is a giant tech undertaking which will need to serve many localities with different needs, link existing technologies and personnel with a new, giant federal hub, and somehow make sure all of them work together to smoothly to guide consumers who have no idea what to expect in subsidies or services through a brand new web portal for health insurance. They have less than a year to accomplish this. It seems there has been no pilot program, no training, and no beta testing. This thing is ORCA on steroids.” So right it hurts.

Millions are Losing Their Health Insurance

John C. Goodman | Oct 12, 2013

“If you like your health insurance you can keep it,” Barack Obama promised the voters on many occasions.

About 20,000 part-time employees of Home Depot recently found out how false that promise is. The company announced that it is ending its health insurance coverage for its employees and sending them to the new health insurance exchanges.

They will be joined by employees of McDonald’s, Disney, CVS Caremark, Staples, Blockbuster, and many others.

A lot of these employers have mini med plans with limited coverage. McDonald’s, for example, has a plan that limits health insurance benefit to $2,000 but gives employees the option to pay a higher premium and get $3,000 or $4,000 of coverage. At Home Depot, the coverage reaches $5,000. The state of Tennessee, under TennCare, used mini med plans with a $25,000 annual cap on benefits.

Mini med plans typically have no deductible. They usually charge a modest copayment for physician visits and drugs. But if a McDonald’s employee goes into a hospital, the co-insurance rate is 30% and the plan’s benefit cap will probably be blown right through after the first 30 minutes of admission.

These plans are being abolished under ObamaCare and if the employees end up in one of the new health insurance exchanges they will get subsidized insurance that will look very different. For one thing, the premium the employee pays will double and for many it will more than double. Then they will face, say, a $1,500 deductible for individual coverage. Surprisingly, if the employee goes into a hospital he faces a 20% copayment (comparable to the mini med plans!), but the total out of pocket exposure is limited to $2,250.

Now, which of these plans is better? For the orthodox health policy community, this isn’t even a serious question. That’s because they live in neighborhoods and associate with people who would never even consider buying mini med coverage. And, remember, imposing one’s worldview on others is 90% of what liberalism is all about.

But would you be surprised to learn that there are many people who would find the mini med plan more attractive?

Let’s begin by asking why anyone wants insurance. In every other field, the answer is obvious. Insurance protects assets. Life insurance protects the value of human capital. Fire and casualty insurance protects homes, cars and other structures. People are willing to pay a premium to transfer the risk of a financial catastrophe to others. The same should be true in health care as well. Health insurance is a way of protecting one’s financial resources against the expense of a catastrophic illness.

But if you don’t own a house, you have no need for homeowners insurance. If you don’t own a car, you have no need for auto casualty insurance. Similarly, if you have no assets at all (other than your human capital) why would you want health insurance?

For low and moderate income households, the reason why mini med plans are attractive seems to be this: People living paycheck to paycheck have trouble maintaining a reserve for unexpected medical expenses. So as an alternative to personal savings and higher wages, they appear to be willing to take less in take home pay in return for a modest amount of health insurance.

Okay, all that is rational. But what would be irrational is to buy a health insurance plan with an unlimited benefit ? one that, say, is able to pay a $1 million medical bill. Why would you buy a million dollars’ worth of coverage, if you don’t have a million dollars of assets to protect?

In the modern era, a perverse idea seems to have dominated the health policy community. The idea is that the purpose of health insurance is not to protect assets. It is to provide access to health care.

That might make some sense if it were really true. But the fact is that we have made it extremely easy in this country to obtain health insurance after you get sick. More than 90% of all the people with health insurance are in a plan that cannot deny them admission because of a health condition. For the elderly and the poor, it’s 100%. In saying what I am about to say, let me preface by saying that I am aware that there are many very, very bad studies claiming that health insurance saves lives, improves health, etc. But when serious scholars have looked at this question, the reasons to think that health insurance affects mortality or health status are few. If health insurance affects health at all, the effect is marginal.

So, back to the original question. If you are making say, $15, $20 or $25 an hour, the ObamaCare plan is unlikely to look very attractive. Yes, it provides catastrophic insurance, which the mini med plan does not. But if you have a catastrophic medical event without ObamaCare insurance, odds are that you will be able to rely on the social safety net ? uncompensated care or even Medicaid. And if that doesn’t work, odds are that you or a member of your family will be able to sign up for an employer plan that pays full expenses.

People with modest incomes are going to need help from others if they have a catastrophic medical event. What’s the best way of getting help? Is it by obtaining subsidized health insurance with high deductibles and high out-of-pocket payments? Or is it through obtaining help to pay medical bills after the event occurs?

Ironically, the very people that ObamaCare is designed to help may be the ones most hurt by its enactment.

But I am open to the possibility that I am wrong. So let’s entertain a market test. Instead of abolishing mini med plans, let people choose between those plans and ObamaCare’s mandated benefits. Let’s give people what they want.

A & E–Anti Christian

October 11, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star: Name of Jesus Too Hot for Television
Posted by Staff

In today’s television world, anything goes. We’ve seen shows about everything from sewage treatment, meat slaughtering, trash collection, and prostitution houses. Yet for all the unvarnished look at life that “reality” shows bring to viewers, there is one thing that is apparently too hot for television: praying to Jesus.

According to Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s mega-hit series “Duck Dynasty,” the producers of the cable program deliberately removed his and other family members’ references to Jesus in prayer.

Robertson revealed the censorship in an interview with small Christian sporting magazine called Sports Spectrum over a year ago. He also revealed that the editors of the show would insert fake beeps in the audio tracks to make it look like Robertson and his family were using profanities when, in fact, they were not.

“These people [the viewers] thought there was some profanity when there was zero,” he disclosed.

3 Insane Laws Just Signed in California

Nicole Bailey | Oct 10, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown has been on a signing spree, and the new laws are quite controversial. Some have pointed out that the Right’s reaction has been “surprisingly muted” – but it might be that conservatives cannot decide where to begin on the shocking new legislation. Three of the most insane laws going into effect in California are:

1. Illegal Immigrants Can Drive Legally

Although its supporters have good intentions, the new law allowing driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants is dangerous.

By passing the law in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform at any level of government, California is blatantly challenging the U.S. Constitution. Under the full faith and credit clause, a citizen can take a Virginia state driver’s license and drive through or even move to another state with no problem. California is indirectly forcing other states to accept illegal immigrants’ driver’s licenses.

In addition, because the document requirements would be less strict for illegal immigrants (by definition without secure documentation) this law poses a national security threat. The Federation for Immigration Reform has more on how this and similar laws can and have been abused by terrorists.

2. Non-Doctors Can Administer First-Trimester Abortions

Feminists are celebrating a law allowing nurses and midwives to administer first-trimester abortions as a major victory for expanding abortion access to low-income women and promoting first-trimester abortions more generally. (Advocates of the legislation argue that first-trimester abortions are “safer and more affordable.” The life of an unborn human being must not factor into the calculation.)

3. Children Can Have More Than Two Parents of Any Gender Combination

The fact that a law passed that completely rejects the traditional family – even in California – is telling about American society. The rationale seems to follow an ‘anything goes’ mentality (emphasis mine):

The measure, authored by a Democratic state senator, was aimed at upgrading the law to reflect supposed modern changes in the family structure.

For instance, same-sex couples who use a member of the opposite sex to produce, would fall under this category.

Of course those who will be most affected by the legislation, children, will have no say in the matter until it is too late for their own upbringing.

As Rush Limbaugh said, “This is the kind of thing that we used to be mocked for saying could happen someday.”

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