Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ObamaCare at its best...



Khamenei, Rouhani "not optimistic" about Iran nuclear talks

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

Which means they are going to continue to develop nuclear weapons, and aren't going to give an inch. They may well, however, wring important concessions out of the U.S. side, given its leadership.

"Rowhani not ‘optimistic’ about Iran nuclear talks," from Al Arabiya, November 4 (thanks to Lookmann):
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is not “optimistic” about ongoing nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 countries, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday. 
“The government is not optimistic about the Westerners and the current negotiations,” Rowhani was quoted as by the state news agency according to Agence France-Presse.
“But it does not mean that we should not have hope for removing the problems,” he said referring to international sanctions hurting Iran’s ailing economy.
A new round of talks between Iranian negotiators and representatives from the P5+1 group of world powers is due to take place in Geneva for November 7 and 8.
The talks are aimed at reducing Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a relief from international sanctions.
The Iranian president’s comments come a day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed his support for Iran’s nuclear talks but also said he was not optimistic.
No one should see our negotiating team as compromisers,” Khamenei was quoted as saying on his official website, AFP reported.
I am not optimistic about the (nuclear) negotiations but, with the grace of God, we will not suffer losses either,” he added.
The West and Israel suspect Iran’s nuclear is aimed at gaining atomic weapons.

Without A Legal Debt Limit, Government Borrows At Historic Pace

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Without A Legal Debt Limit, Government Borrows At Historic Pace
As Congress naps between fights over whether (or, rather, when and by how much) to raise the Federal debt limit, we’re technically without a legal cap on how much money the government can owe.

And it shows. According to the Treasury Department’s Oct. 31 statement, the Federal debt jumped in October by the second-largest margin in the Nation’s history. Last month, the Federal debt increased by nearly $409 billion, surpassing the $17 trillion mark for the first time.

That’s the largest single-month increase in history, behind only another Obama-era month: October 2008, when Congress passed the TARP bailout and the debt limit climbed by $545 billion.

From CNS News:
At the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013, the last day of fiscal 2013, the federal debt subject to limit stood at $16,699,396,000,000. At the close of business on Oct. 31, 2013, the first month of fiscal 2014, the debt subject to limit stood at approximately $17,108,378,000,000.
Thus, during October, the debt increased $408,982,000,000 — or about $3,567 for each of the 114,663,000 households the Census Bureau estimates there are in the United States.
Much of the $409 billion increase came all at once, as the temporary end of the Congressional debt limit fight opened the way for an immediate infusion of borrowed Federal money. The government hiked the debt by $328 billion in a single day as soon as the government shutdown ended.

“The giant jump comes because the government was replenishing its stock of “extraordinary measures” — the Federal funds it borrowed from over the past five months as it tried to avoid bumping into the debt ceiling,” The Washington Times wrote at the time. “Under the law, that replenishing happens as soon as there is new debt space.”

Until Feb. 7, the government exists in a no-man’s land of legal exemption that affords President Barack Obama to set the de facto debt limit because Congress chose to set a deadline — and not a dollar cap — on spending under its so-called “clean” continuing spending resolution. As the Times story reports, “[T]hat means debt can rise as much as Mr. Obama and Congress want it to, until the Feb. 7 deadline.”

Still More on Obamacare Security (Or Lack Thereof)

Mike Shedlock / Townhall Columnist


In response to the curious statement in Obamacare website source code: "You Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy" one reader wondered if that was just "standard disclosure practice".

If so, then why didn't Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal Inc., the company that built the Obamacare health care exchange website, simply say so?

The reason is now apparent. The website design is a clear breach of privacy.

Clear Breach of Privacy

The Foundry reports HealthCare.gov Users Warn of Security Risk, Breach of Privacy.
Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.

Hadley wrote to Heritage on Thursday night and also contacted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers HealthCare.gov, as well as elected officials in his state. He has yet to hear back from HHS, even though HealthCare.gov still displays the personal information of the South Carolina residents on his account.

Dougall said he was able to register on HealthCare.gov, but decided not to sign up for insurance. “The plans they offered were grossly expensive and didn’t provide the level of care I have now,” he said.

After learning of the privacy breach, Dougall spent Friday evening trying to contact representatives from HealthCare.gov to no avail; he spent an hour waiting on the telephone and an online chat session was unhelpful.

“I want my personal information off of that website,” Dougall said.

Security Risk

Last week, the Associated Press disclosed a government memo revealing the “high” security risk for HealthCare.gov. Those concerns surfaced at Wednesday’s hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who claimed the system was secure.

Heritage cyber-security expert Steven Bucci, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, said users of HealthCare.gov are leaving their personal information unsecured.

“Once it goes out over the system, it is vulnerable,” Bucci said. “There appears to have been a singular lack of concern for security. The site needs to receive and transmit sensitive personal information, yet it has less than state of the art security.”

Memo Raises Security Concerns

Let's dig a little deeper. Please consider Memo raises security concerns about government health website
The nation’s top health official tells lawmakers ‘I’m responsible’ for the problems with the launch of Healthcare.gov.

Defending President Barack Obama’s much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll.

The document, obtained by The Associated Press, shows that administration officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were concerned that a lack of testing posed a potentially “high” security risk for the HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states. It was granted a temporary security certificate so it could operate.

Security issues are a new concern for the troubled HealthCare.gov website. If they cannot be resolved, they could prove to be more serious than the long list of technical problems the administration is trying to address.

“You accepted a risk on behalf of every user ... that put their personal financial information at risk,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during questioning before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Sebelius Says "American's Deserve Better"
 
“So let me say directly to these Americans, you deserve better. I apologize.”, said Sebelius.

That's a start. Not many politicians apoligise when they make a mistake. President Obama should try the same, first by firing Sebelius. Second, and more importantly, Obama should offer his own apology, then reach out to Republicans and health care officials in an attempt to fix Obamacare. Better yet, he should start all over.


Now that true horror stories of Obamacare's wrecking ball are finally reaching the public, the White House doesn't like "anecdotes." Live by tale-telling; die by tale-telling.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney huffed that stage-four gallbladder cancer survivor Edie Littlefield Sundby's personal account in The Wall Street Journal of seeing her health insurance plan canceled and her access to doctors cut off was "sensational." Not a shred of compassion for her predicament. No sorrow for her loss. Must. Attack. Messenger.

There are millions out there like Sundby who are using Facebook, Twitter, Twitchy.com and a new website called MyCancellation.com to share their plights. White House flacks and hacks are working overtime to "debunk" their experiences, bash insurance companies and deride individual market consumers losing their plans as stupid dupes whose stories don't add up.

Here's the thing. This Alinsky-steeped administration has relied on an endless stream of sensationalized, phony personal dramas to sell Obamacare. Last month, Organizing for Action (previously Obama for America) promoted the "success story" of Chad Henderson, a supposedly random young person who miraculously enrolled in Obamacare while everyone else in America experienced major tech meltdowns and sticker shock.

Turned out Lying Chad was actually an OFA volunteer who hadn't really enrolled in Obamacare yet because he was "joking." No matter. Yesterday, Obama appeared before OFA to solicit even more stories from the group to help propagandize Obamacare. A refresher course on the White House Fable Factory's greatest hits:

--Stanley Ann Dunham. Obama cited his mom's deathbed fight with her insurer several times over the years to support the Obamacare ban on pre-existing condition exclusions by insurers. During a 2008 debate, he shared her plight: "For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that." But New York Times reporter Janny Scott discovered that Dunham's health insurer had in fact reimbursed her medical expenses with nary an objection. The actual coverage dispute centered on a separate disability insurance policy.

--Otto Raddatz. In 2009, Obama publicized the plight of this Illinois cancer patient, who supposedly died after he was dropped from his Fortis/Assurant Health insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about. The truth? He got the treatment he needed in 2005 and lived for nearly four more years.

--Robin Beaton. Also in 2009, Obama claimed Beaton, a breast cancer patient, lost her insurance after "she forgot to declare a case of acne." In fact, she failed to disclose a previous heart condition and did not list her weight accurately, but had her insurance restored anyway after intense public lobbying.

--John Brodniak. A 23-year-old unemployed Oregon sawmill worker, Brodniak's health woes were spotlighted by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof as a textbook argument for Obamacare. Brodniak reportedly was diagnosed with cavernous hemangioma, a neurological condition, and was allegedly turned away by emergency room doctors. Kristof called the case "monstrous" and decried opponents of the Democrats' health care proposals as heartless murderers. The truth? Brodniak not only had coverage through Oregon's Medicaid program, but was also a neurology patient at the prestigious Oregon Health and Science University in Portland (a safety-net institution that accepts all Medicaid patients). Kristof never retracted the legend.

--Marcelas Owens. An 11-year-old boy from Seattle, Owens took a coveted spot next to the president in March 2010 when Obamacare was signed into law. Marcelas' 27-year-old mother, Tiffany Owens, died of pulmonary hypertension. The family said the single mother of three lost her job as a fast-food manager and lost her insurance. She died in 2007 after receiving emergency care and treatment throughout her illness. Progressive groups (for whom Marcelas' relatives worked) dubbed Marcelas an "insurance abuse survivor." But there wasn't a shred of evidence that any insurer had "abused" the boy or his mom. Further, Washington State already offered a plethora of existing government assistance programs to laid-off and unemployed workers like Marcelas' mom. The family and its public relations agents never explained why she didn't enroll.

--Natoma Canfield. The White House made the Ohio cancer patient a poster child for Obamacare in 2010 after she wrote a letter complaining about skyrocketing premiums and the prospect of losing her home. After Obama gave Canfield a shout-out at a health care rally in Strongsville, Ohio, and promised to control costs, officials at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, which is treating her, made clear that they would "not put a lien on her home" and that she was eligible for a wide variety of state aid and private charity care.

Phony manufactured tales built Obamacare. Real stories of Obamacare wreckage will bring it down.
Op-ed: 
Obama's LIES can kill you
By: Diane Sori

“If you had or have one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was, you could keep it…if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.” – Barack HUSSEIN Obama 11/4/13

NO…that is NOT what he said at least 29 times on camera and countless times in print over these past three years.

NOT even trying to rationalize his LIE, Barack HUSSEIN Obama is simply denying he ever spewed it. Trying to pull a ‘do-over’…to rewrite history if you will to suit his nefarious ObamaCare agenda…as try as he might Obama CANNOT deny these previous words now come back to haunt, “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away.”

“Period”…as in definitely…NO problem.  ”Period”…as in its written in stone…that is if you are NOT someone who talks out of both sides of their mouth…someone who knew three years ago that there was NO way people would be able to keep their current plans or the doctors they liked… someone who let his policy advisers be overruled by malicious and vindictive political players… political players the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi who veraciously pushed for ObamaCare but freely admitted they had NOT even read it.

Obama LIED…out-and-out LIED to the American people and he now has the gall to spew a new LIE to rationalize and justify how his first LIE is actually his version of a truth being kept…and the sheeple, the ‘sponges’ and those still enamored of him will fall for it as they will hear the new spin quite differently than the rest of us do, simply because it benefits them to do so and the rest of us…the vast majority of Americans…will again be the ones getting screwed by yet another Obama LIE.

And so it seems that both ObamaCare and its namesake are the gifts from hell that keep on giving for the undeniable reality is that to date almost 4 million insurance policies people were happy with got cancelled by carriers they liked, and are now forced into the anything but wonderful ObamaCare exchanges to get coverage they do NOT need…do NOT want…and have to pay more for. And it does NOT stop with those four million for you can feel the angst in the air as every walk to the mailbox becomes a crap shoot of who will be getting cancelled next.

And here’s another little Obama giftie soon to become reality… according to Chris Conover, economist and research scholar for the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at DUKE University and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), once the employee mandate kicks in next year 129 million...YES you read that right…129 MILLION Americans… including 35 million directly losing actual employee coverage… translates into a whopping 68% of all Americans currently with private health insurance losing their coverage.

And Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his anything but a health care bill built this sad scenario and completely owns it.

Adding insult to this grievous injury is that when someone is cancelled they have to hear Obama bloviating that their policies were cancelled because he…the media anointed ‘savior’ of us all’…deemed their policies and their coverage ‘inferior’ as they did NOT cover enough of what he…Barack HUSSEIN Obama…says needs to be covered. What that really translates into is that those policies did NOT cover things the policy holder did NOT need or want, therefore could NOT be charged for…which means there will be less of ‘We the People’s’ hard earned dollars in the system to pay for Obama’s party loyal ‘you owe me’ supporters…the ‘sponges’ of our society…those who now get free health care by just walking into any emergency room in this country.

And if being cancelled itself wasn’t enough of a sucker-punch, so many ‘surprises’ still await those who now must go into the dreaded exchanges…surprises that can be dead right dangerous to one’s health…surprises like under ObamaCare you may NOT have access to the nation’s top tier (18) hospitals…the very hospitals on the cutting edge of the newest medical and surgical treatments… hospitals with America’s leading cancer specialists on staff… hospitals that could save your life if faced with this or any other catastrophic disease.

Remember, in pre-ObamaCare America the top-tier hospitals accepted insurance from dozens of private carriers, but it now seems that these hospitals…as leery of ObamaCare as ‘We the People’ are…will only accept but a few out of the 36 federal exchanges ObamaCare offers…and these same hospitals will only offer limited treatment and surgical options from those they do accept. So being denied treatment at these hospitals…unless you sign onto one of the few extremely expensive and high deductible Obama-approved exchanges…means basically that you have been subjected to the decision of a ‘death panel’ but you’ll NEVER see those words in print.

And many other non-top tier hospitals are saying ‘NO’ to ObamaCare as well, because the ObamaCare caps on premiums means that insurers will offer said doctors and hospitals far less reimbursement wise for services rendered than they were offered before ObamaCare reared its ugly head.

In fact, provisions in ObamaCare actually cut reimbursement rates for patients on Medicare… the very people most likely to be hospitalized…those older Americans Obama has NO use for…as in pay hospitals little for their treatment so that it becomes cost prohibited to treat them…can anyone again say death panels.

And to make the hospital situation even worse is that many people perusing the exchanges are doing so with much needed information being deliberately omitted…as in the listing of exactly what doctors and what hospitals are in the exchange they might choose. This means that some people might inadvertently purchase policies that actually have NO hospital coverage at all…forcing those who need hospitalization to be hit with a huge bill for having to go out-of-network for treatment when chances are the policy they had before being cancelled would have allowed them to to go to the hospital of their choice…including to the top-tier hospitals.

In NO uncertain terms ObamaCare is a nightmare for America’s hospitals for NO hospital wants to turn away the sick…to have chose who they will service and who they will NOT or CANNOT service because some narcissistic, anti-American bloviator of a president has decided to make and initiate for us all what are really medical decisions that he has NO right making.

And the sad reality is that with ObamaCare in place it will only get worse for America’s hospitals and for “We the People’ before it gets better…that is if it ever does.