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… What must She have been Thinking ??

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,February 28th,2014

.. I am referring to Susan Rice , our former Ambassador to the United Nations .

.. it was her participation in the Great ObamaCrap Lieathon of 2012 that cost her a chance a being Secretary of State . Well , her antics helped her boss …. but for what reason . It cost her her public reputation . She can never be confirmed for another public position ever again …

.. She is now our nation ‘ s National Security Advisor . In some ways , it makes her more dangerous . She co – ordinates our nation ‘ s security , without being subject to Senate confirmation . It means she can push around characters like the SecDef and the SecState , especially if POTUS gives their own N.S.A. their backing …

.. now , she says she has no regrets . What indeed must she have been thinking back then , when she lied to all of us during a Presidential campaign ? What must she have been thinking now that she says she has no regrets ?? …. Is she nuts …

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… An Old Bull bites the Dust [John Dingell] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,February 28th,2014

.. first , it was someone like Virginia ‘ s Jim Moran .

.. then , it was someone like California ‘ s Henry ” Nostrilitis ” Waxman .

.. Now , it is gentleman John Dingell . Yes , it was John Dingell , who today [Monday 02/24/2014] announced his retirement from Congress , effective at the end of his current term . You can like him , or You can hate him . But , no one can deny that he was a giant of his time .

.. He served 60 years on the Hill (30 terms) . Wow ! He was a committee chairman for many of those years , and had a guiding hand in pushing through many landmark acts of legislation . I do not necessarily approve of them . Far from it . But , this man is  something , and unlike many characters on the DemoCrap side through the years (including the aforementioned Jim Moran and Henry Waxman , both of whom who were very , very disagreeable) , Dingell was a congenial gentleman .

.. It does not mean Dingell was not a hard case . Also , far from it . Dingell was legendary as a chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee when conducting investigations , inquiries , or anything else that touched his immense curiosity . Especially with the jurisdiction of his committee , which was and still is as large as any in the House .

.. I am a Conservative , but I can say , in this case , with John Dingell , he will be missed ….

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… Danger through Weakness …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,February 28th,2014

.. it took me a while to come with a title for this one .

.. when i heard the meat of the Hagel presser , I had to wonder .

.. we are in ObamaCrap FantasyLand . For now , no more peace through strength …

.. we get to be an ostrich , digging a hole , and putting our collective heads in …. and praying ..

.. Earth to ObamaCraps , that is not the way the world works . Power abhors a vacumn … the more weakness that His Lordship shows , the more trouble spots crop up , and the more headaches that end up on his plate . You might figure sooner or later that the First Wuss would get it , but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!..

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… Happy Anniversary , Tea Party !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,February 28th,2014

.. you turned 5 years old today ! ..

.. you have been really something . And , you can be even more …

.. let us celebrate with Rick Santelli ‘ s world – class original award – winning rant from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange …

.. [h/t — LegalInsurrection]..
.. [link] to Rick Santelli ‘ s rant ! …

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The FCC Shelves Controversial Newsroom Study – For Now

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,February 27th,2014

… yea , they will try to sneak it through in another form , later …

Nice Deb

In the wake of a massive conservative media outcry, the FCC is retreating from its plan to put researchers in American newsrooms  to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.

Fox Newsreported:

FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed with critics that some of the study’s proposed questions for reporters and news directors “overstepped the bounds of what is required.”

The agency announced that a proposed pilot study in South Carolina will now be shelved, at least until a “new study design” is finalized. But the agency made clear that this and any future studies will not involve interviews with “media owners, news directors or reporters.”

Chalk one up for the First Amendment, but stay vigilant. Totalitarians never quit.  The “new study design” may not be any better than the old one – considering who is in charge of conducting the…

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… A Leader needs Trust to Be Able to Lead …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,February 27th,2014

.. when they do not have it , or they lose it , their ability to do their job is critically damaged .

.. Barack Obama has never seemed to understand this . People want to trust the person that they elect to lead them . They invest trust in those people . When those people lose that trust , or as it ebbs , these folks lose the ability to effect events . When that happens , they are done . Obama is ” done , ” except he does not understand that .

.. POTUS has lied , time and time again . The lies are either big ones or little ones , but the effects are just the same . The cumulative effect of all of the lying has damaged people ‘ s ability to trust not only what he is saying , but why .

.. God in heaven help us if there is a much more serious situation . Obama will need that well of trust , and he will not have it .

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics]..

.. [link] to Mitt Romney ‘ s commentary . Mitt is spot on . He has been there , he has done that , time and time again …

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… Amazing Spin [AZ religious freedom bill]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,February 27th,2014

.. you figure that the Lamestream Media would hyperventilate over it …

.. ya got it , you would be right ..

.. boy , did they go ballistic over this one …

.. [h/t — Newsbusters] ..
.. [link] to the blogpost ..

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… Bill , it is No Kidding [comments about POTUS] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,February 27th,2014

.. Obama is no Ronaldus Magnus …

.. Ronald Reagan always believed in American Exceptionalism .

.. Barack Obama never has believed in it , not for one minute .

.. That is the biggest difference between the two men . I believe that there is one more ….

.. Ronaldus Magnus always was a patriot , while Barack Obama is a traitor …

.. [h/t — Bill O Reilly.com]..
.. [link] to the Talking Points Memo …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the commentary

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… Julie Boonstra counterattacks …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,February 27th,2014

.. she is the Michigan resident and cancer patient who is dealing with the crippling effects of ObamaCrapCare on her health insurance policy , her overall health care , and

.. she became famous as the result of issue ads run by Americans for Prosperity / Michigan . They intervened in the open seat US Senate race in Michigan , the one being vacated by Carl Levin . She also became famous because the subject of the issue ad , Representative Gary Peters [D-Mi] has attacked her with a cheap shot .

.. Peters wants to have control of his campaign message . Who wouldn’t . In this day and age , you have to deal with interest groups , and even private individuals running political ads . Technically , anyone with money can do so . Peters is , however , playing foul , by abusing his office .

.. Peters ‘ Senate campaign has been going around to various TV stations that broadcast into Michigan . That would include , in theory , Ohio , Northern Indiana , and Chicagoland , in addition to Michigan proper . The campaign has been grossly abusing the powers of his office by threatening their broadcast licences , among other offences , for airing the A.F.P. ads . Vulgar , huh ?

.. Yea , it is . She is fighting back , thankfully . This morning [Monday 02/24/2014] , she appeared on ” Fox and Friends ” for an interview . I heartily recommend it …

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics]..
.. [link] to the interview footage …

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… the ObamaCraps get Hammered [National Defense] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,February 27th,2014

.. retired Lt. Colonel (and combat vet) Ralph Peters takes the ObamaCrap Administration to the woodshed for their defense budget proposal .

.. oh boy , does he ever . He knows his own armed service (the U.S. Army) and knows well how it is put together . The very large support tail of the modern U.S. Army unit means that the number of troops that we have now does not go very far ….

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the interview footage ..

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… The F.C.C. relents …. for Now …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,February 26th,2014

.. well , the dummies at the F.C.C. realized that they got caught .

.. not only was the proposal stupid , the process that came up with it was even worse . One or more of the DemoCraps on the Commission , or senior members of the staff may well have had something to do with it . Congress itself should step in to make sure that this ugly creation stays dead , for all time …

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday afternoon that they are suspending the controversial FCC Critical Information Needs study until the agency finds a way to alleviate concerns that some of the questions were inappropriate. The commission adds that they will no longer interview media owners or journalists.

A statement about the suspension was posted on the FCC website by whistleblower-Commissioner Pai:
“ I welcome today’s announcement that the FCC has suspended its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN study. This study would have thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country, somewhere it just doesn’t belong. The Commission has now recognized that no study by the federal government, now or in the future, should involve asking questions to media owners, news directors, or reporters about their practices. This is an important victory for the First Amendment. And it would not have been possible without the American people making their voices heard. I will remain vigilant that any future initiatives not infringe on our constitutional freedoms.

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… Ray Rice should be Suspended …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,February 26th,2014

.. immediately , by the Baltimore ugh – Ravens , unless the N.F.L. beats them to it …

.. there is no place in pro sports for players who behave like bullies . Especially players who beat up on those who they supposedly love , and treat them like a punching bag . Assault , public drunkeness , and felonious assault , those are the least of Ray Rice ‘ s troubles right now ….

.. Rice is a quality player . He is a little guy , out of I am not sure where [ ] . He is probably one of the better receivers for a running back . He is the ugh – Ravens feature – tailback . What could have posessed him to do such a thing …

.. [h/t — YouTube]..
.. [link] to the security footage ..

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… Watch the AG make an Ass of Himself …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,February 26th,2014

.. there was an oversight hearing , recently , for the Department of InJustice .

.. Well , one would think that the Attorney General would have been better prepared . Well , one would be wrong . He bombed , royally …

.. Senator Mike Lee [R-Ut] had AG Holder on the hot seat . Well , to put it honestly , Holder got burned . He made a fool of himself . If he cannot product the legal reasoning for POTUS ‘ executive actions , or the memos , then he should quit , today …

.. [h/t — YouTube]..
.. [link] to the oversight hearing footage ..

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… Fascinating Interview [Kirsten Powers] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,February 26th,2014

.. albeit short ..

.. this is a clip from RealClearPolitics ‘ Morning Commute series . They interview people from various walks [politics , media , etc] to glan info about them , about the impact of various things on others …

.. wish I had the full interview . I think that this thing is longer than this , but I am not sure how much longer …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..

.. [link] to the interview..

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… Talk about Intimidation Tactics …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,February 26th,2014

.. here we have a Congresscritter having a temper tantrum over not getting his way in the world of the political debate …

.. Representative Gary Peters is a DemoCrap Congresscritter . This year , that is not such a good thing . However , he is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Michigan . That is right , it is the one that is being vacated by current DemoCrap officeholder Carl Levin .

.. Any officeholder worth their salt wants to control the terms of debate . Well , sometimes  , if you are a good enough debater , you can do that . Most of the time , you have to deal with the back and forth  of the campaign trail . These days , it also includes interest group ads . There is no way to avoid them . There are many , many people with beaucoup $$ out there and the moxie to want to run these ads . So , it is tough cookies …

.. It seems Gary Peters thinks that he is above all of this . He got tagged with a dandy interest group ad (link [here]) starring Michigan resident and cancer patient Julie Boonstra . It seems ObamaCrapCare turned her medical treatment world upside down . So , she decided , somehow , to get even . Oh boy , did she ever …

.. Peters decided to retaliate . He basically sent out intimidating letters to broadcast stations in the state of Michigan seeking to have the ads be pulled . Well , so far , the stations have told him to go pound salt …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..

.. [link] to the campaign ad …

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… Another Fascinating Interview [Ajit Pai] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. you are wondering , who ? ..

.. Ajit Pai is a Republican and he is a commisioner on the Federal Communications Commission . He is the person who blew the whistle on the so – called ” Critical Information Needs ” study , which has , for now , been put on the shelf …

.. I believe that this interview was from Thursday night on Greta van Susteren ‘ s show on FoxNews ….

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..

.. [link] to the interview footage ..

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… More on Medical Madness [Justina Pelletier] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. have a link to Lou Pelletier ‘ s interview on the Kelly File from last night …

.. [h/t — MichaelGraham]..
.. [link] to the interview footage ..

.. evidently , Lou Pelletier struck a nerve today [Friday 02/21/2014] . When Linda Pelletier showed up for the weekly visit with Justina , the Massachusettes folks showed up in force . Folks from the Department of Health , the state Department of Children and Families , and several state troopers , along with several social workers , showed up at the visit . However , Lou Pelletier was not there …

.. The Massachusettes folks wanted to know where he was . Evidently , they wanted to arrest him , I would guess . They were not happy , to say the least . Their secret was out . Both the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe have done extensive reporting on this issue . Now , FoxNews is invested in it . It will spread at Fox , without question . Who else will pick up on it ? I wonder …

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… Remember Uncle ” Hot Mike ” [Michelle Obama] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. did not anyone tell Michelle Obama that she was going to be on the newly revised Tonight Show , starring Jimmy Fallon ?? ..

.. obviously not , because now the reaction is coming , and it is not pretty . She should remember some old maxims (and some  new ones) …

… [-] Connect Mouth  to Brain , before putting Mouth into Gear , or putting Finger to Send Button … , and

… [-] Remember when that you are in public , any microphone is live [ ” hot ” ] , and

…  [-] in the Internet age , any boo – boo is going to go viral , and fast . It does not take a rocket scientist to upload video footage to a web page or a facebook page …

.. [h/t — theWeeklyStandard]..

.. [link] to the show footage …

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… Ouch !! [Great ObamaCrapCare Ad] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. this one is skated to Michigan ..

.. Gary Peters [D-Mi] is a Congresscritter . He is running for the soon – to – be vacated US Senate seat in Michigan . Boy , oh boy , is he in trouble ..

.. the state of Michigan is changing and has changed , markedly . It is now , what I believe is a ” White ” state . It has a Republican governor [Rick Snyder] , and has a Republican – controlled legislature . The Michigan Supreme Court is narrowly controlled by conservatives , over the liberals .

.. However , recently , it has been voting , albeit narrowly , for DemoCraps in Presidential elections . Both of their US Senators are DummyCraps , although I believe that is about to change .

.. this ad is a beaut . It is going to be shown , time and time again . Peters ‘ opponent (likely Terri Lynn Land) does not even have to run it . The news media is going to run it over and over . Conservative interest groups are also going to run it over and over . Boy , is Peters going to come to hate this woman . God in heaven help Peters if she dies , though . Then she becomes a martyr for ObamaCrapCare …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the campaign ad ..

.. so far , Land is ahead of Peters , although it is a narrow lead . Peters is an elected official . Normally , that is an advantage . This year , i believe that it will not be one . Peters has been in Congress for several terms , and voted for ObamaCrapCare , which will be an anchor draped around his neck . I am will to bet that Terri Lynn Land will beat Peters in the Senate race …

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… I thought Al Sharpton was a Race – Hating Jockey , But …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. jeez .

.. the Washington Free Beacon really did the legwork on this one . They assembled all of the footage on the so – called ” Reverend Al ” going crazy on race either on his own show , or elsewhere , on pMSNBC …

.. [h/t — WashingtonFreeBeacon]..
.. [h/t — AmericanGlob]..

.. [link] to the assembled footage …

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… What could the F.C.C. have been Thinking ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 25th,2014

.. to even propose , much less develop a study on ” Critical Information Needs , ” or CIN .

.. Guys and Gals , those parts of the newsroom are none of your business. See the First Amendment …

.. what you dummies are doing are trampling on our rights . Knock it off …

.. [h/t — NationalReview]..
.. [link] to the commentary ..

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Obama Regime Slashes Military Spending to Pre WWII Levels (Video)

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

… with ” Dutch ” Reagan , it was called Peace through Strength …. with Barack Obama , it is called Danger through Weakness …

Nice Deb

At a time when the the Regime is calling for “an end to austerity” on Domestic spending, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other military cuts.

Fox Newsreported:

Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.

That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, warned that the cuts would hurt military readiness. And he said the country is only in this position because the Obama administration and Congress will not seriously take on cuts to entitlements.

“It’s all being sacrificed … on the altar of entitlements. This president…

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Susan Rice – Still In Cover-Up Mode After All These Months (Video)

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

… Susan Rice is in FantasyLand … what an idiot !! …

Nice Deb

In fairness – after going on five Sunday talk shows to spout the Regime’s phony cover story – what else is she gonna do? Admit it was all a huge lie to deflect from the ugly truth that al Qaeda was not “on the run” in 2012, but “on the offensive?”

Still, thisis pathetic, and it inspired John McCain to burst out in derisive laughter when he saw it.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice says she has no regrets about her Sunday show appearances where she peddled the false talking point that the Benghazi terrorist attack was a spontaneous reaction to a video.

Actually Miss, what you peddled on the Sunday talk shows was not the best you had at the moment, and contrary to your assertions,  your bogus narrative has not been validated. Your “best information” defense has in fact been, invalidated. We know the White House knew,

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The Word Of God Saves Man – Bus Driver’s Bible Stops Bullets Fired By Three Teen Thugs In Dayton Ohio

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

…. thank God ! … and good luck ! …

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… I hope John McCain runs again …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. no , not for POTUS .

.. for his Senate seat . He is an old fart , but he is doing better than ever .

.. Yes , I know , he is a moderate . He will likely move to the right , considering that he will face a primary challenge the next time up . McCain moving towards the right will give the Tea Party a boost .

.. However , McCain will be in the Senate leadership next year . My guess is that McCain will be the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee . He will give the military (with broad strokes) what they want , but only within certain limits .

.. McCain is no soft touch . He will be a hardass on Pentagon oversight , and will work with Chuck Hagel (a fellow Vietnam vet) and the House to cut the civilian side down harshly as part of a way to help finance an overhaul and updating of weapons systems . The military needs an overhaul , and with McCain riding on them , they are going to get it , along with the budget $$ that they need …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the interview footage …

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… No , Mr. Vice – President [on ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. you will not even get to that point .

.. you are thinking that the ObamaCraps will get 5 million to 6 million new enrollees for ObamaCrapCare . Not even close . There is close to 8 million to 10 million health insurance policies from the individual insurance market that were canceled . Does that make a difference ?

.. You will better believe it that it does . Each and everyone of those folks is going to want to replace their health insurance . Their replacement policies will not necessarily be picked up in the government stats , because those bureaucratic dummies will not think to look there . The ‘ crats will only look at ObamaCrapCare enrollees …. Even then …

.. You have :

5 million to 6 million , minus 8 million to 10 million cancelations … . That equals a net LOSS of 3 million to 5 million health insurance policies , folks , not a net gain . Oops ….

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics]..

.. [link] to VPOTUS  ‘ stupidity …

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… Extending the Risk Corridors [ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. this one is the insurer bailout provision ,folks .

.. it seems that His Lordship wants to extend it beyond 2016 …

.. with what controlling legal authority one might ask . The risk corridors program expires at the end of 2016 . So that is that …. or with this crowd , is it ? …

.. from HotAir [Allahpundit] …

White House weighing plan to extend ObamaCare’s “risk corridor,” i.e. bailout, program beyond 2016?

posted at 4:41 pm on February 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

The program’s supposed to be transitional, sunsetting in 2016 after the new exchanges have had a few years to launch and then stabilize.

Emphasis on “supposed to be.”

Industry insiders told the Washington Examiner a plan to extend the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridors” are under discussion, but that administration officials have not made a final decision…

The Obama Administration is now weighing a plan to grant an additional three-year extension for non-complaint plans on the individual market. Such a move would prevent millions of people from losing their policies in the critical weeks and months before the 2014 election.

But it would also allow people on the individual market to keep non-compliant plans beyond the risk corridor’s 2016 expiration date, leaving health insurance companies serving the exchange vulnerable to financial losses as the more healthy customers continue to stay out of the exchanges.

Health insurance companies are looking for something in exchange for the three-year extension, which will make it much harder for them to sign up healthier and younger customers. Extending the risk corridor program is part of that conversation with the White House, industry sources said.

Remember back in November when Obama was eating truckloads of crap for breaking his “if you like your plan” promise? His solution was to let insurers “un-cancel” canceled plans — but lost in the hubbub at the time was the fact that he said he’d allow it for just one year. The obvious problem with that timeline is that it means this issue will bubble up again this fall, just in time for the midterms. New solution, then: Quietly allow insurers to keep un-canceled plans in effect past the midterms, for another three years. That’s how Obama just “solved” his little electoral problem with the employer mandate, isn’t it? Three-year extensions across the board, to minimize the damage to Democrats from his pet boondoggle in November. The problem is, because the old un-canceled plans are typically cheaper than expensive new “comprehensive” ObamaCare exchange plans, the extension means insurers are suddenly looking at less revenue than they counted on all the way through 2017. That’s where the “risk corridors” come in. Assuming the Examiner’s report is true, the White House is going to make this worth the industry’s while by extending the timeline for the bailout program too. Any losses they suffer in 2017 would, presumably, be partly offset by Uncle Sam even though the “risk corridor” is supposed to have terminated by then. Your tax dollars will buy insurers’ complicity in yet another illegal extension.

Bob Laszewski kinda sorta saw this coming, by the way. Last month he published a post arguing that, for all its faults, ObamaCare won’t cause a death spiral in the insurance industry anytime soon. The reason: The “risk corridor” program. Since Uncle Sam’s on the hook for any heavy losses in the industry, insurers are under no immediate pressure to raise premiums, the potential trigger of a death spiral. They can keep premiums artificially low — at least for a few years, until the “risk corridor” sunsets. Laszewski figured insurers would give the White House one more chance next year to get their act together on implementation and to start signing up the uninsured en masse; if they failed, he said, he expected companies to start parachuting out of the exchanges in 2016 before the “risk corridor” program expires. Which is to say, it’s very much in the White House’s interest to keep the program in effect, if it can, to keep insurers from abandoning the exchanges, especially if HHS has reason to think the risk pools they’re projecting will be less young and healthy than they had hoped. (And they do have such a reason at the moment.) The last thing Democrats need in a presidential election year is “Insurers give up on ObamaCare” headlines. Promise them some more sugar and you can avoid that. Maybe.

It seems naive at this point to ask whether the White House could extend the “risk corridor” unilaterally or whether that would be illegal. If they want to do it, they’ll do it regardless. O’s theory in issuing periodic delays or extensions for ObamaCare’s provisions is that, during the law’s transitional phase, he has some latitude legally to tweak implementation to make it go more smoothly. Extending the “risk corridors” past 2016, though, would mean the “transitional” phase had lasted past the end of his own presidency. It’s dubious, but it’s also in character. Here’s a question, though: Why would insurers leak this info now, when Marco Rubio’s trying to build support within the GOP for a bill to repeal the “risk corridor” program? He’s had little luck getting it on the leadership’s radar but his luck could change now that rumors are swirling that the bailout provisions might be extended into 2017 and beyond. The recent CBO numbers that found that the “risk corridor” could actually make money for taxpayers is a problem for the GOP, but (a) CBO’s numbers can be challenged and (b) CBO assumed that the “risk corridor” would be gone by 2016. Even if O decides to unilaterally extend the program, a new Republican Senate next year could join forces with some red-state Dems and Boehner’s House majority to repeal it, forcing Obama to either acquiesce in the repeal or to veto it and be seen as singlehandedly defending indefinite bailouts for insurers. Very strange that insurance industry sources, who stand to benefit, would be blabbing about this now.

… from the Washington Examiner [Susan Ferrechio] …

Obamacare changes may include extension of risk corridors

 Susan Ferrechio                             | FEBRUARY 17, 2014 AT 5:18 AM

The Obama Administration may extend beyond 2016 a federal reimbursement program for health insurance companies that lose money by participating in the newly created health care exchanges.

Industry insiders told the Washington Examiner a plan to extend the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridors” are under discussion, but that administration officials have not made a final decision.

The risk corridor program was written into the 2,700-page health care bill to help the insurance companies offset losses if they enroll too few healthy customers and sign up too many people with high health care costs.

Risk corridors are aimed at keeping premiums from skyrocketing by requiring the government to “share in the risk associated with the new marketplace,” according to the health care lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

Insurance companies pay into a pool to cover losses for companies that fare poorly but the federal government must step in if there is widespread loss, which some say could happen due to the lack of participation on the health care exchanges from young and healthy individuals.

The program, however is only meant to be short term, AHIP said, to “ease the transition between the old and new marketplace.”

But the disastrous rollout of the law resulted in millions of people on the individual market losing health care policies that did not include the “essential benefits” required under the new health care law, including maternity care and pediatric dentistry. The resulting public outcry prompted President Obama on Nov. 14 to announce that health insurance companies could allow customers to keep their old plans for an extra year.

The Obama Administration is now weighing a plan to grant an additional three-year extension for non-complaint plans on the individual market. Such a move would prevent millions of people from losing their policies in the critical weeks and months before the 2014 election.

But it would also allow people on the individual market to keep non-compliant plans beyond the risk corridor’s 2016 expiration date, leaving health insurance companies serving the exchange vulnerable to financial losses as the more healthy customers continue to stay out of the exchanges.

Health insurance companies are looking for something in exchange for the three-year extension, which will make it much harder for them to sign up healthier and younger customers. Extending the risk corridor program is part of that conversation with the White House, industry sources said.

“If the extension increases adverse selection, premiums will go up and taxpayers will be on the hook for more money through extending the risk corridors,” Mike Tanner, a health care policy scholar at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, said. “The question is, how much? And I don’t think anybody knows because I don’t think anybody knows how many people we are talking about.”

John C. Goodman, the president and CEO of The National Center for Policy Analysis, believes insurance companies participating on the exchanges are headed for significant losses as the sickest and most medically vulnerable get dumped into the exchanges and waivers and delays are granted to the healthy.

In Detroit, for example, city officials are considering pushing onto the health care exchanges municipal retirees who are too young to qualify for Medicare.

“I can understand why they are talking about extending the risk corridors because I think the losses are going to be quite large,” Goodman said.

Health care law supporters point out that the federal government can make money off risk corridor programs. A Congressional Budget Office report last week predicted the federal government won’t lose a dime through the risk corridor program but will end up netting $8 billion.

The CBO based its estimate on the performance of risk corridors established under the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program passed by a Republican-led Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003.

“The risk corridor program was a good idea during the Bush administration, and it worked,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said during a recent hearing on the program. “Rather than a bailout for insurance companies, the program has resulted in $7 billion in net gains to taxpayers. But now since these same mechanisms are part of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans argue that they are a bailout for insurance companies.”

Critics in and out of Congress want legislation to repeal the risk corridors and warn that Obamacare won’t yield the same kind of results as Medicare Part D because of the much larger size and scope of the new health care law and the potential for a much larger pool of sick and unhealthy on the exchanges.

“Medicare Part D made money, but I don’t think that’s going to be true here,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former director of the Congressional Budget Office who now runs American Action Forum, which describes itself as a center-right policy institute.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. has introduced legislation to repeal the risk corridor provision in the health care law, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has no plans to take up the bill.

… LEC here again — no controlling legal authority …

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… Project Veritas strikes Again …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. bravo , James O ‘ Keefe .

.. Batttleground Texas is at it again . Project Veritas caught them in the act of committing multiple state – level and federal – level felonies . Huge Oops ..

.. They already got caught playing footsie with Enroll America and the Texas Democratic party . Even more , they are NOW playing footsie with Texas Democratic candidates , including the campaign of state senator Wendy Davis [who is running for Governor against Greg Abbott] ..

.. the video makes for interesting viewing …

.. [h/t — theGatewayPundit]..
.. [link] to the video report …

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… Bravo , Patricia [Heaton] !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. Patricia is an amazing woman , an excellent actress , and is a courageous activist conservative …

.. she practices what she preaches , especially as being married and the mother of 4 sons …

.. in this case , she tweets and zings the pro Death crowd , and gets them but good …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..

.. [link] to the tweet / post ..

also , I give you a link to the article that she quotes …

.. [link] to the National Review piece …

… especially the results of that piece … that there were about 6,600 MORE abortions than there were live births in New York City among black women …

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… Bravo to a Brave Mother …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. you all have to watch this .

.. this is a young mother in Detroit (yes , she is black) . She has 2 young children at home . These three young punks (one of whom is armed) invade her home . Not for long ….

.. Mom is armed with a shotgun . She is also an expert shot . She shot to warn , not to wound or kill . You get to watch these three toughs go hasta la vista bye – bye real fast when they face off with her ….

.. her home has a home security system , with security cameras . It is the security cameras that capture the action …

.. the punks are lucky . They are alive and uninjured . They are also now in jail ….

.. Bravo to a brave woman !! …

.. [h/t — HotAir]..
.. [link] to the action footage / news report

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