More ObamaCare high jinks: Conflicts of interests, rising costs

posted at 7:01 pm on November 3, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Of course, this was pretty much bound to happen, as it always is with any ill-thought-out, behemoth legislative overhauls of an entire industry, but that doesn’t make it any more pleasant when it does. Spoiler alert: Big government leads to rent-seeking, and President Obama’s erstwhile promises of transparency aren’t really worth a hill of beans. Via The Hill:

The Obama administration is relying heavily on outside contractors to implement a core component of healthcare reform as it races to set up a federal health insurance marketplace before 2014. …

The purchase of one of these contractors, Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), by UnitedHealth Group, a major healthcare conglomerate, has sparked concerns about a potentially uneven playing field.

QSSI, a Maryland-based contractor, in January won a large contract to build a federal data services hub to help run the complex federal health insurance exchange. …

The quiet nature of the transaction, which was not disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has fueled suspicion among industry insiders that UnitedHealth Group may be gaining an advantage for its subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare.

UnitedHealth Group’s acquisition has caught the attention of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee. He has expressed alarm over what he calls a lack of transparency in setting up a national insurance marketplace covering more than 30 states.

The Hill’s story has much more on the detail on the potential conflicts-of-interest that are going on here, if you care to try and stomach the rampant cronyism, underhandedness, and “business as usual” in the federal government that’s only going to metastasize with the continuing onset of ObamaCare — but that’s the Obama Way, I suppose: When in doubt, just add more bureaucracy, because it’s not like that ever creates a whole host of problems of its own or anything.

In that same vein, California is one of the few states that’s actually charged forward in creating one of ObamaCare’s prescribed state insurance “exchanges,” and they’re already trying to combat what’s looking like substantially rising costs, via the LATimes:

California insurance officials have expressed concern about substantial rate hikes for some existing policyholders going into the exchange.

Under a new rating map approved by state lawmakers, the Department of lnsurance estimated that premiums for similar coverage could increase as much as 25% in West Los Angeles, 22% in the Sacramento area and nearly 13% in Orange County.

Janice Rocco, the state’s deputy insurance commissioner for health policy, said her agency is pushing a new rating map that would cap increases at 8%. That proposal could be considered during a special legislative session in the coming months.

Yes, by all means, let’s try to legislate caps on price increases — I’m sure that insurers not being able to cover their costs won’t have any adverse effects at all, right?


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Just retire this creep now!

OmahaConservative on November 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

“But you’ll get to keep your doctor!”
/BISHOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on November 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

always thought it was “Hijinks”.

Tim_CA on November 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

always thought it was “Hijinks”.

Tim_CA on November 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

It is…

OmahaConservative on November 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM

******************* ALERT ***************************

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

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Updated: Friday at 5:11pm (ET)
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canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Shouldn’t the tile read “Conflicts of interest”? Just saying…

Nob on November 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Spoiler alert: Big government leads to rent-seeking, and President Obama’s erstwhile promises of transparency aren’t really worth a hill of beans.
=================

Exactly Erika,

or,a pile of Donkey Poo,either!

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM

The quiet nature of the transaction, which was not disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has fueled suspicion among industry insiders that UnitedHealth Group may be gaining an advantage for its subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare.

Hey all you big evil corporations, you should have watched the jaziah debates on CSPAN .

burrata on November 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Janice Rocco, the state’s deputy insurance commissioner for health policy, said her agency is pushing a new rating map that would cap increases at 8%. That proposal could be considered during a special legislative session in the coming months.

Let’s see, can we force insurers to offer policies at whatever price-point we say? Why stop at 8%, why not just make the policies free?

Stupid is as stupid does.

STL_Vet on November 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

…crooks!

KOOLAID2 on November 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Overall, the Post-ABC poll found that 13 percent of 2008 Obama voters have decided to back Mitt Romney.
…………

Even if that figure overstates defections by 50 percent, the race is a statistical tie… without any increased Republican turnout. And if we turn out in droves, if we muster everyone we can to try to save this Republic, then I think we may have an election result that truly is… historic.

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2012/11/chart-obama-defectors-and-what-they-mean.html

davidk on November 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Sadly, it is only just begun. The floorplan for single payer is set…now they are working on the building blocks.

CoffeeLover on November 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

always thought it was “Hijinks”.

Tim_CA on November 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

It is…

OmahaConservative on November 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM

It can be either.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hijinks

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/high%20jinks

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jink

Shouldn’t the tile read “Conflicts of interest”? Just saying…

Nob on November 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Both should be singular: Conflict of Interest

Touch crowd! :)

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Ha! Tough crowd. That’s what I get for not proofreading!

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Well, color me shocked. I never would have thought that large corporations would cozy up to a government program for gain nor that the costs associated with ObamaCare that covers pre-existing medical conditions would cause rates to go up. Nope, that just doesn’t make any sense when you look at the facts; somebody must be lying. /s

AZfederalist on November 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Actually, the California insurance commissioner is an idiot. What she does not understand is that Ca already has implemented limits on ‘overhead’. By that I am referring to the .85 of every dollar in premiums collected must go to annual services.

There is no means to limit rate increases without limiting services, or in this case what is to be covered. Obamacare zealots are already deciding what should be covered without any consideration for the costs. These regulators do not care as they do not actually have to supply the money or the service. (In fact, they are so politically oriented and economically illiterate, they think ‘free birth control’ is not going to cost anything!) Since this government directed cash cow does not show up as a ‘tax and spend’ policy, the regulators can in fact demand that services beyond anyones ability to pay for be included in every insurance policy.

I do not think very many people realize how much individual freedom has been stolen by the government through this socialist legislation.

When EVERYONE requires government assistance to pay for their annual multi-million dollar premiums, then we will all be SLAVES to this system!

I predict that IF this legislation is not repealed, we will soon have hundreds of millions of people that will be living outside the control of the federal government and the IRS.

Freddy on November 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Personally, I think California should just dispense with this nonsense and go straight single-payer. They could eliminate all private insurance companies, private hospitals and clinics, and force all healthcare professionals licensed with the State to become State employees.

Then, to make sure care doesn’t suffer, they could set a top income figure of say, $1M/yr, confiscating all other monies including interest, dividends, capital gains, and royalties, and limit families to no more that 4 persons.

BKeyser on November 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Every democrat I encounter that complains about any health care problem from this day forward is getting both barrels.

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

This is the last case standing:

Dismissed Obamacare Lawsuit May Return to Lower Court

In addition to making the same arguments about the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate in regards to the Commerce Clause and Congress’ taxing powers, Liberty argues that the mandate violates other constitutional prohibitions. The university contends that Obamacare violates its First Amendment religious freedoms through its funding of abortions and other practices that are contradictory to the religious mission of the university.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

ObamaCare was always about money and power.

From Reid and Pelosi and Obama to all those Congress critters who had neither the gumption nor the morals to stand up and stop the infliction of this horrible monster, this is all they ever cared about.

I’d like to see Mitt win, and then if Rudy will take it on, put him as as A.G. to scour out and bring to light every hint of corruption and payoff that has typified the Obama administration.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Breaking PPP National poll

Obama 50% Romney 47%

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

But….but…but Nancy-poo said it would SAVE money!

GarandFan on November 3, 2012 at 7:32 PM

More unintended consequences. Or perhaps they were actually intended.

Re the headline, conflicts of interest is correct.

22044 on November 3, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Obama has destroyed our health care system, and half of the country is ready to vote him back. What is wrong with our country?

kam582 on November 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Big government leads to rent-seeking

“What does ‘rent seeking’ mean?” -Average Lefty

visions on November 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Another moby?

NumbersMuncher ‏@NumbersMuncher

Like clockwork PPP releases their tracker with Obama up 3, 50-47. As I said before, PPP is working this weekend to create a narrative.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Here lies another story that WON’T make the nightly news or the major papers. R I P.

hillbillyjim on November 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Obama has destroyed our health care system, and half of the country is ready to vote him back. What is wrong with our country?

kam582 on November 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Half of our country is petrified of adulthood. Their innermost fear is the fear of growing up. They want “someone else” to do the heavy lifting, make the difficult adult decisions & trade-offs, take care of their internet, phone, mortgage, health care, education, etc.

Who better than ivy-league, highly educated technocrats? After all, people get into public service only because they want to “help people,” right?

That’s all it boils down to, pretty much.

Too bad their ideology has been tried before, and it never works. Poor and less-fortunate to be hardest hit. Please see: Europe.

visions on November 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Breaking PPP National poll

Obama 50% Romney 47%

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Ah! The PooPeePoll! And it lives up to it’s name!

squint on November 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Breaking PPP National poll

Obama 50% Romney 47%

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

loveofcountry:)
===============

http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/reuters-polls/

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You can claim conspiracy all you want. The final days of Mitt’s campaign reminds me of the final days of McCain’s campaign. The polls are turning against him. None of the major polls is showing him ahead in any of the battleground states except for NC.
Karl Rove is now hedging his bet by blaming a potential Romney loss on Sandy. Face it, Mitt might have a problem here.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Obama has destroyed our health care system, and half of the country is ready to vote him back. What is wrong with our country?

kam582 on November 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I really wonder how John Roberts sleeps at night. This nation destroying bill could have been over and done with months ago, but that traitorous no good miscreant had to legislate from the bench. And all because he wanted to be loved by liberals.

TxAnn56 on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Obama has destroyed our health care system, and half of the country is ready to vote him back. What is wrong with our country?

kam582 on November 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Cousin Pookie…

OmahaConservative on November 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

You know I don’t recall ever having seen your name here before, but you know how I knew you were a moby?

Because at this late date in the campaign, no one would use the handle loveofcountry while giving some PPP numbers without a caveat or a question.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

You can claim conspiracy all you want. The final days of Mitt’s campaign reminds me of the final days of McCain’s campaign. The polls are turning against him. None of the major polls is showing him ahead in any of the battleground states except for NC.
Karl Rove is now hedging his bet by blaming a potential Romney loss on Sandy. Face it, Mitt might have a problem here.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

You persuaded me to vote Obama. Let’s go full commie!

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

You also sound exactly like the green squishy guy.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

TxAnn56 on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I have to stop myself from thinking about him. With his position he is quite isolated from ever having to bear the consequences of his decision.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I really wonder how John Roberts sleeps at night. This nation destroying bill could have been over and done with months ago, but that traitorous no good miscreant had to legislate from the bench. And all because he wanted to be loved by liberals.

TxAnn56 on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

It truly boggles the mind. The verbal contortions required to justify the decision would be laughable were the subject not so serious and the consequences not so far-reaching and inevitably disastrous.

hillbillyjim on November 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

“My handle is loveofcountry and I have no brain”

22044 on November 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Half of our country is petrified of adulthood. …

visions on November 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Fer sure.

CW on November 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Lovely: Spain now looking for a $125 billion bailout

……and the righties continue bi$ch#ing. What else is new?

loveofcountry on June 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Just another boring and common low information mouth-breathing lefty.

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

My handle is what it is. I love the USA. And you sound foolish for Insunuating I don’t love this country simply because I am not carrying water for a politician the way you are. If polls were turning against Obama 3 days before election day, I wont have a problem posting them here.

BTW- I am happy to play the childish you hate America game with you if you want to.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Lovely: Spain now looking for a $125 billion bailout

……and the righties continue bi$ch#ing. What else is new?

loveofcountry on June 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

loveofcountry:

Meanwhile,after US Ambassador,who was left to fend for himself,
Obama went to bed,comfortably knowing that Libya,Tunsia,and other
Jihady hot-beds are still getting BILLIONS in US TaxPayer Loot!!

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

My handle is what it is. I love the USA

You love it so much that it needs to be fundamentally transformed, right?

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Oh Sh*t,…………….MORE WAIVERS,another Audacious Stellar
Foreign/Domestic Policy in Progressive Action…………..

U.S. expands Jones Act waiver to boost flows of fuel to Northeast
NEW YORK | Sat Nov 3, 2012 7:40pm EDT
*************************************

(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Saturday expanded a waiver on shipping requirements to allow foreign-flagged vessels to carry components used in the production of gasoline in a bid to boost supplies to the storm-stricken East Coast.(More….)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/03/us-storm-sandy-jonesact-waiver-idUSBRE8A20EZ20121103

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I don’t care who you vote for. All I did was post a poll and concern you are guaranteed to here tomorrow morning on the Sunday shows.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

You drop in this thread and your first comment is about a PPP poll. Totally off topic, trying to hijack the tread. This is a HA no-no. Not one of your posts is on topic. I do not believe you are non-partisan nor does anyone else. you are a MOBY thread hijacker. Go play with your buddies the KOS Kiddies.

IowaWoman on November 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

clearly not loveofeducation or loveofcommunicatingclearly…

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

***ALERT ********

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper

Des Moines Register poll of IOWA: Obama 47/Romney 42 > http://dmreg.co/SEMQ8k
=======================

Iowa Poll: Final stretch in Iowa gives edge to Obama
6:59 PM, Nov 3, 2012
*********************

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/11/03/iowa-poll-final-stretch-in-iowa-gives-edge-to-obama/article

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

You love it so much that it needs to be fundamentally transformed, right?

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

That is a right wing talking point that only the anti Obama folks believe. Tell me how many low info voters ( voters that truly decide the election) are running around claiming Obama wants to fundamentally transform America for the worse? If anything all they are saying is he may not have tried his best to turn the economy around fast enough.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

IowaWoman on November 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

And you are an IDIOT.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Des Moines Register poll of IOWA: Obama 47/Romney 42.
canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

No break down D/R/I Does not persuade me.

IowaWoman on November 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Just before the ambush in the schlock western, dialogue goes something like this:

Clem(the weather-worn erstwhile sharecropper turned tracker to the disillusioned former confederate soldier,turned freedom fighter, Brack:)

CLEM (whispers): Misser’ Brack! Misser Brack! They done got us surrounded Misser Brack! What we gownado?

Brack: “Tell ‘em, um, tell um, uh, hey, Clem, you, ah, got a white t-shirt and a stick, right?”

Chewy the Lab on November 3, 2012 at 8:23 PM

***** Alert *****

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper

WMUR Granite State poll of NH – 47/47 > http://bit.ly/SjTYnR

http://www.unh.edu/survey-center/news/pdf/e2012_pres110312.pdf

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

And you are an IDIOT.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

When someone only has name calling left they have proven your comment to be correct. The truth must have really hurt loveofcountry.

IowaWoman on November 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM

That is a right wing talking point that only the anti Obama folks believe. Tell me how many low info voters ( voters that truly decide the election) are running around claiming Obama wants to fundamentally transform America for the worse? If anything all they are saying is he may not have tried his best to turn the economy around fast enough.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

It is a right wing talking point? It is a direct quote from Barack Hussein Obama, president of the United States for the last four years.

What could Obama do to turn the economy around?

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Des Moines Register poll of IOWA: Obama 47/Romney 42.
canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

No break down D/R/I Does not persuade me.

IowaWoman on November 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

‏@NumbersMuncher said they didn’t release internals.

https://twitter.com/NumbersMuncher

just mentioned R+4 w/ indies and that R got 3% of Dems and O got 6% of Reps. Playing around it fit only with about D+5 sample. …. (D+1 in 08, R+4 in 2010).

and

Yeah. Either Obama is going to outdo 2008 in swing states or these polls are way off. O won in 08 w/ 15% lead w/ indies. Now R up 4.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Here is a video of Obama saying it.

So how is that a “right wing talking point”?

tom daschle concerned on November 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

****Alert *************

R/R Rally

LIVE FEED NOW!

http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Mitt-Romney-Campaigns-in-Suburban-Denver-Colorado/10737435575/

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Mitt’s Body Man ‏@dgjackson

Colorado Springs is Romney/Ryan Country. Thousands pack hangar to see Gov and @AnnDRomney pic.twitter.com/kk2T7Nq0

https://twitter.com/dgjackson/status/264875637674745856/photo/1

canopfor on November 3, 2012 at 8:39 PM

http://instagram.com/p/RlmSk8Mcq2/

Another monster Romney Rally jn CO tonite

Norwegian on November 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

If you love this country—and by that I mean you support our Constitution and you want it defended against all enemies foreign and domestic—and you’re also informed about what Obama has done the last four years—then there is no way on earth you can justify voting for Obama.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 8:51 PM

That is a right wing talking point that only the anti Obama folks believe.
loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Thanks for confirming your status as a left-wing troll. Your word choices give you away. Now, go away, the adults are having a conversation.

AZfederalist on November 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I really wonder how John Roberts sleeps at night. This nation destroying bill could have been over and done with months ago, but that traitorous no good miscreant had to legislate from the bench. And all because he wanted to be loved by liberals.

TxAnn56 on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM
It truly boggles the mind. The verbal contortions required to justify the decision would be laughable were the subject not so serious and the consequences not so far-reaching and inevitably disastrous.

hillbillyjim on November 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

It looked as though he didn’t want to be the one person to throw out Obamacare-like Judge Wilson in the musical 1776. If he threw it out, it would all be on him. He just let it stand, so the onus is on Obama and Congress. They’ll be the ones remembered for it.

talkingpoints on November 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I predict that IF this legislation is not repealed, we will soon have hundreds of millions of people that will be living outside the control of the federal government and the IRS.

Freddy on November 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Indeed, I have a feeling I will be one of those. The IRS will get cranky and start seizing bank accounts and homes no doubt, perhaps along with drug/kiddie porn charges against anyone who fights this.

What amuses me are the recent stories about how Obamacare will require you to list your healthplan info on IRS forms in 2014. Duh, this was already implied when it was passed.

oryguncon on November 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Very interesting. Thanks for posting this. Praying we’ll have a different outcome this time.

bluefox on November 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

It looked as though he didn’t want to be the one person to throw out Obamacare-like Judge Wilson in the musical 1776. If he threw it out, it would all be on him. He just let it stand, so the onus is on Obama and Congress. They’ll be the ones remembered for it.

talkingpoints on November 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Instead, he will be remembered as the Supreme Court judge who destroyed the Constitution of the Unites States of America by greenlighting Congress and the Executive branch to be able to pass any law, any time as long as the penalty for failing to comply with said law is called a tax. Doesn’t matter that the only direct tax allowed by the Constitution is a tax on income, that has been thrown out the door.

Benedict Roberts will be remembered for this destruction of our freedom and liberty and most likely splitting of the United States just as Obama and Congress will be remembered for jamming down our throats in the dead of night by legislative skulduggery and deception.

AZfederalist on November 3, 2012 at 9:29 PM

ObamaCare was always about money and power.

From Reid and Pelosi and Obama to all those Congress critters who had neither the gumption nor the morals to stand up and stop the infliction of this horrible monster, this is all they ever cared about.

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

So true. I watched almost every hearing, discussion, vote of all of the Senate/House activities and know of their votes. Also how Baucus of Montana and other Chairs of the various Committees ran roughshod over other members.

I was one of many that fought this every way we could, but in the end found out “the fix was in.”

bluefox on November 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Shouldn’t the tile read “Conflicts of interest”? Just saying…

Nob on November 3, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Both should be singular: Conflict of Interest

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Normally, yes. But since we’re talking about Obamacare, I think there are multiple conflicts of multiple interests. So I can’t really complain about the phrasing.

tom on November 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Breaking PPP National poll

Obama 50% Romney 47%

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Most of the time the PPP leans in favor of the Dems, so that should be taken into consideration.

bluefox on November 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

INC on November 3, 2012 at 7:38

PM

You can claim conspiracy all you want. The final days of Mitt’s campaign reminds me of the final days of McCain’s campaign. The polls are turning against him. None of the major polls is showing him ahead in any of the battleground states except for NC.
Karl Rove is now hedging his bet by blaming a potential Romney loss on Sandy. Face it, Mitt might have a problem here.

loveofcountry on November 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Not just a moby. The poster child for mobys.

tom on November 3, 2012 at 9:54 PM

loveofcountry

gofockyourself

KOOLAID2 on November 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Is this press corps totally bankrupt? They refuse to report on Benghazi, they refuse to report on the administration telling a company to break the law and not report a sale, until after the election, they tell defense contractors not to comply with the law to give employees layoff notices, until after the election.

Is there a new clause in the Constitution that says the first black president can override any law that might affect his re-election? Is there an unwritten law, among the press, that they don’t have to report any bad news about a Democrat administration, within 6 months of the election?

What on earth is the press going to do, when Romney is elected President and all this stuff comes out, complete with timelines, that show the public their illustrious free press completely abandoned their responsibilities to the public to support President Obama? Let’s face it, even if Obama does get elected, all of this is going to come out and there’s a possibility that impeachment proceedings could be forthcoming. How is the press going to explain that, especially when it becomes known they knew about it?

bflat879 on November 3, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Just how many of these idiots signed up to HA during last round? Any way to clean this up?

riddick on November 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

UnitedHealth Group’s acquisition has caught the attention of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee. He has expressed alarm over what he calls a lack of transparency in setting up a national insurance marketplace covering more than 30 states.

Most transparent administration evah…

Just like bulletproof glass (on top of 2 inch thick plate steel) is transparent.

Marcola on November 4, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Just how many of these idiots signed up to HA during last round? Any way to clean this up?

riddick on November 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Would be nice if they put the date joined besides everyone’s name.

JFS61 on November 4, 2012 at 5:02 AM

I’m afraid the Won has succeeded in transforming the country with the passage of Ocare. If he’s reelected the hijinks will continue in our foreign policy, religious freedom will be further eroded and the stealing of our national treasure will run rampant as the thieves will get another 4 years at the trough. If Mitt wins, he will do what he can but without the senate, Ocare will stand.

Kissmygrits on November 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

The Obama administration is relying heavily on outside contractors to implement a core component of healthcare reform

HAHAHA! So, the private sector is more efficient than government. Either they couldn’t get it up in time, which I find hard to believe given the lead time on this; or, they do it better, and cheaper, which is probably the case.

Having said that, only 3 days until this POS gets neutered.

Patriot Vet on November 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Who knew that a law which provides 16000 new IRS agents, cuts income of doctors by 20%, and penalizes manufacturers of drugs and medical devices would not actually work???

/sarc>

…So you can keep your doctor…but only IF he is still in the profession…and only IF he accepts government “insurance.” Unfortunately, the pool of doctors will drastically shrink under Obamacare…because doctors will resist government-imposed slavery.

landlines on November 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Price caps could never have a negative impact on the people of California. Just to make sure, we should consult PG&E on how best to structure it.
 
QED

CLaFarge on November 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Too bad their ideology has been tried before, and it never works. Poor and less-fortunate to be hardest hit. Please see: Europe.

visions on November 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

If they are lucky.

See Also: Khmer Rouge, Cambodia, Killing Fields.

“We only need about 1 million people to build agrarian Utopia.”
Khmer Rouge saying.
(the other 8 million were to be exterminated, they nearly succeeded, failed only because top leaders died of old age first)

orbitalair on November 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM