Friday, December 27, 2013

Another day, another terrible headline for Obamacare. Under the banner "Lack aid? Many counties have only pricey plans," USA Today repots:
More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan that's affordable — by the government's own definition — for 40-year-old couples who make just a little too much for financial assistance, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Many of these counties are in rural, less populous areas that already had limited choice and pricey plans, but many others are heavily populated, such as Bergen County, N.J., and Philadelphia and Milwaukee counties.
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The USA TODAY analysis looked at whether premiums for the least expensive plan in any of the metal levels was more than 8% of household income. That's similar to the affordability test used by the federal government to determine whether premiums are so expensive consumers aren't required to buy plans under the Affordable Care Act.
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The number of people who earn close to the subsidy cutoff and are priced out of affordable coverage may be a small slice of the estimated 4.4 million people buying their own insurance and ineligible for subsidies. But the analysis clearly shows how the sticker shock hitting many in the middle class, including the self-employed and early retirees, isn't just a perception problem. The lack of counties with affordable plans means many middle-class people will either opt out of insurance or pay too much to buy it.
USA Today's findings mirror those of The Heritage Foundation who conducted a similar county-by-county analysis of Obamacare's impact on insurance markets earlier this year. Here it what Heritage found:
  • In the vast majority of states, the number of insurers competing in the state’s exchange is actually less than the number of carriers that previously sold individual market policies in the state.
  • At the local level, in over half of the 3,135 counties in the U.S., consumers will face an exchange market that is either a duopoly or monopoly. In 78 percent of U.S. counties, exchange enrollees will have a choice of coverage from three or fewer carriers.
  • The exchange market in over 94 percent of U.S. counties will feature competition among five or fewer companies. In Alabama, about 96 percent of that state’s counties will have only one insurer offering coverage in the exchange.
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A recent Heritage study found that 42 of the 47 states for which comparable premium data is available will see significant average premium increases—in many cases, over 100 percent—for individuals purchasing from the exchanges.Competition has the ability to lower costs and improve quality, but Obamacare exchanges do not achieve this goal.
Considering how many millions of Americans will find health insurance "unaffordable" according to Obamacare's own definition, expect the pressure for a full repeal or delay of the individual mandate to grow.


A group of 51 school children in Texas spent the week before Christmas making Christmas cards for veterans. According to the VA, the kids made a mistake by saying "Merry Christmas".

Fox News reports VA hospital refuses to accept 'Merry Christmas' cards.
Boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., spent most of last Friday making homemade Christmas cards for bedridden veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas.

Fourth-grader Gracie Brown was especially proud of her card, hoping it would “make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with.”

Gracie’s card read, “Merry Christmas. Thank you for your service.” It also included an American flag.

But the bedridden veterans at the VA hospital will never get to see Gracie’s card. Nor will they see the cards made by 51 other students. That’s because the Christmas cards violated VA policy.

Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute said "Targeting the benevolent work of little children for censorship is disgusting. Do the Grinches in the administration of the VA really believe our bravest warriors need protection from the heartfelt well wishes of small children saying Merry Christmas?"

The cards will not be thrown away -- they are being shipped to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio and to a private facility for veterans in Louisiana.
Offending Cards

The VA is protecting our soldiers from receiving "offensive" such as the following.





Also consider this image fom Breitbart Veterans Affairs Bans Christmas Cards to Troops over Religious Content.



Lack of Common Sense

Banning "Merry Christmas" has nothing to do with banning school prayer. It does have everything to do with lack of common sense.

Christmas is a day. It is also a national holiday. If one wants to assign religious meaning to the day, one can. If one wants to treat it like a national holiday with no religious overtones, one can do that too.

If the VA wanted to remove cards with "clear" religious messages such as "Christ Died for You", I would not have a problem with it. But, "Merry Christmas" is a ubiquitous phrase.

Christmas is December 25, every year, like it or not. And it's a national holiday, every year, like it or not.

Banning "Merry Christmas" is absurd.

American kidnapped by Islamic jihadists asks for help from US in video


The U.S. says it won't negotiate with al-Qaeda. Why not? The U.S. negotiates with the Taliban and supports the Muslim Brotherhood. What's the difference? "American kidnapped by al-Qaeda asks for help from US in video," from the Associated Press, December 26:
ISLAMABAD — A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaeda more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten.” 
The video of Warren Weinstein was the first since two videos released in September 2012. Weinstein, the country director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based firm that advises a range of Pakistani business and government sectors, was abducted from his house in the eastern city of Lahore in August 2011.
In the video sent Thursday to reporters in Pakistan including The Associated Press, Weinstein called on the U.S. government to negotiate his release.
“Nine years ago I came to Pakistan to help my government, and I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here, and now when I need my government it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten,” Weinstein said during the 13-minute video. “And so I again appeal to you to instruct your appropriate officials to negotiate my release.”...
Al-Qaeda has said Weinstein would be released if the U.S. halted airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen and also demanded the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world.
The White House has called for Weinstein’s immediate release but has said it won’t negotiate with al-Qaeda....

Click on link to see the video...
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/12/american-kidnapped-by-islamic-jihadists-asks-for-help-from-us-in-video.html

Barack Obama’s Lie of the Year

by / Personal Liberty Digest
Barack Obama’s Lie of the Year
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Is the tide finally turning against the left in this country? Two important issues suggest that it may be. We’re a long way from being able to proclaim victory. But we’re winning some important battles.

Let’s look at the evidence.

Let’s begin with the most vilified piece of legislation in recent years: Obamacare. The latest polls say that 62 percent of the public are now opposed to the measure, while just 35 percent favor it. That’s one heck of a black eye for President Barack Obama’s major legislative accomplishment.

It’s by now common knowledge that Obama was knowingly and deliberately lying through his teeth when he repeatedly promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” In fact, PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize winning feature of the Tampa Bay Tribune, named this Obama whopper as its “Lie of the Year.” After the newspaper announced its selection, readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the selection.

For a while, the President tried to deny that he said what he clearly and repeatedly promised. Here’s how he tried to rewrite his own history, in remarks to political supporters last month:

“Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”
PolitiFact promptly labeled this as a “pants on fire” falsehood. And it noted that it had counted 37 different times before that, when the President had included no such caveats in his promise.

Even many Obama supporters cried foul over this obvious effort to deceive. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page declared that the public “was entitled to hear the unvarnished truth, not spin, from their President about what they were about to face. I don’t feel good about calling out Obama’s whopper, because I support most of his policies and programs. But in this instance, he would have to be delusional to think he was telling the truth.”

No, Mr. Page, our President wasn’t delusional; he was desperate.

Obamacare supporters claim that the measure’s website is now largely fixed. Therefore, they hope, the problems are largely behind them
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Not a chance. Nearly 10 times more people have lost their insurance than have been able to sign up for a new policy. Millions more will be told in the coming year that their old policies are being canceled.

Many of those who do apply through Obamacare are finding that their premiums will be significantly higher — in many cases, more than twice as much as they had been paying — while their deductibles (that is, the amount they must pay out of their own pockets) have gone through the roof.

More and more Americans are realizing that this massive government takeover of our medical system is a disaster. Fixing the website won’t change the fact that the program is fatally flawed.

This one issue could be enough to decide several Senate seats this fall. Let’s make sure it is.






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Egypt has it right...America sadly does not         By: Diane Sori

"It's not possible for Egypt the state nor Egypt the people to submit to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorism" - Hossam Eissa, Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister

Did hell just freeze over as Egypt did what Barack HUSSEIN Obama dares NOT do...as their new military-backed interim government has officially designated the 80-year-old islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Wednesday's decision to give this designation to the Muslim Brotherhood came after Tuesday's suicide bombing attack against a police headquarters in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura...an attack that killed 16 people, most of them police officers.

“The Muslim Brotherhood remains as it was,” the Egyptian Cabinet said in a statement after the attack. “It only knows violence as a tool."

And in the aftermath of this latest attack all Muslim Brotherhood activities in Egypt have been criminalized. The government also now has the authority to seize Muslim Brotherhood financial assets and anyone giving the group financial support can be arrested and imprisoned. Even those simply having membership in the Muslim Brotherhood are now deemed terrorists unless they publicly renounce the group. In fact, it's now a crime to promote the Muslim Brotherhood 'by speech, writing or any other means,' and this new edict imposes a maximum five-year sentence for joining any banned group, and allows judges to impose lengthier sentences if terrorism is involved.

Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa's words sum up Egypt's decision quite well, "The government reiterates that there will be no return to the past under any circumstances and Egypt, the state and the people, will never succumb to the terrorism of the Muslim Brotherhood whose crimes have gone far beyond all moral, religious and human limits."

Simply, the bottom line is that all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are now banned, including the demonstrations that are usually staged to instigate violence, with the military having even broader authority to move against anything they perceive as being a problem or anything they deem might turn into a problem.

And with the majority of the Egyptian people wanting a secular form of democracy, and with a constitutional referendum scheduled for January to be followed by presidential and parliamentary elections later in 2014, Obama's firmly and stubbornly held position that the Muslim Brotherhood have a say in Egypt's new government is being completely ignored and dismissed by Egyptian leaders. And smart they are for Egypt's leaders know that Obama has appointed Muslim Brotherhood operatives in positions of power within our American government, and they do NOT trust him at all in anything to do with the Muslim Brotherhood or with their new government.
 
And so ends the Egyptian people's nightmare of Obama's support for the Muslim Brotherhood as our miserable excuse of a president has been put in his place...for now at least...by the very Egyptians he stabbed in the back with his support of Muslim Brotherhood puppet President Mohamed Morsi.

Now if Egypt can do all this why can't we at least declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization for that is what they are. Oh wait...Barack HUSSEIN Obama is a 'card carrying' member of the Muslim Brotherhood it's been said. But rather 'card carrier' or NOT Obama's actions and the people and groups he and his advisers associate with say it all as to why the Muslim Brotherhood is still NOT on the US Terrorist Watch List.

Remember Obama's hissy fit over Morsi's ouster that resulted in his recent withdrawal of his promised millions of dollars in military aid and hardware to Egypt just because 33 million Egyptians...more than double the amount who voted for Morsi...marched in protest against Morsi and his government just last summer.

Remember when Obama had Ingrid Mattson, president of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked group the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), give a prayer during his 2009 Inaugural Prayer Service at Washington's National Cathedral.  Well, this is the same Ingrid Mattson and the same ISNA that helps certify muslim chaplains for federal prisons.  And Mattson also heads a program at the Hartford Seminary that trains muslim chaplains for the U.S. military...the very same bunch who complains when Christian and Jewish religious leaders try to administer to our troops...and Obama goes along with it NEVER criticizing the muslim chaplains but has much to say about the Christian and Jewish chaplains...all NOT good.

Remember in April 2009, Obama appointed Arif Alikhan, the Deputy Mayor of LA, to the position of Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security. Alikhan has direct ties to the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) which has direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Obama appointed this practicing muslim to Homeland Security...says it all doesn't it. And this is only one of the Muslim Brotherhood supporters and members he's appointed to US government positions.

Remember June 4, 2009, when Obama invited as honored guests Muslim Brotherhood leaders to attend his speech to the islamic world in Cairo...a speech that was basically an apology and a bowing down to our enemies. Never mind that he knew well the Muslim Brotherhood’s publicly stated goal of “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within”...a goal that he obviously heralds and supports.

Remember that Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama...who was the best man at his wedding to Michelle in 1992...serves as the executive secretary of the Islamic Dawa Organization (IDO), a group created by the government of Sudan and is considered by our State Department to be a terrorist state as well as being an umbrella organization for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Remember that Huma Abedin...who has deep family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood...was Deputy Chief of Staff (with Obama's approval) when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and as such had privy to top secret government information.

Remember that the infamous Valerie Jarrett, Obama's chief adviser, addressed the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) 46th Annual Convention, and that ISNA was a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case (the HLF is actually part of the US Muslim Brotherhood group ISNA), and that this group was found guilty of funneling millions of US dollars to Hamas...the very same Hamas who has direct ties to and is financed by Muslim Brotherhood operatives in the Middle East. 

And remember Barack HUSSEIN Obama's taped video address to ISNA...which again is directly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood...an address where he said, “my administration is proud to be your partner” and what an important part muslims are to the fabric of our American society.

Hear it for yourself...don't take my word for it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l235zyfsdQ

And these are but a few examples of Barack HUSSEIN Obama's both direct and indirect ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and why as long as he's president the Muslim Brotherhood will NEVER appear on the US Terrorist Watch List.

Sad isn't it...for the harsh reality is that America's current president by mere association is a terrorist himself...so sad indeed for America but good move on Egypt's part as they have the backbone to do what our Congress should be doing but won't...demanding that Barack HUSSEIN Obama declare the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization and thus 'person non-grata' in these United States...period.