Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the “public opinion will take care of itself” on President Obama’s signature healthcare law, despite polling that shows the reform legislation remains deeply unpopular.

“The picture that has been painted by opponents does not represent the truth,” said Carney, who also noted that “there has been a constant effort by Republicans to undermine the law, try to repeal the law, try to obstruct the implementation of the law.”

“The fact of the matter is millions of Americans are already receiving benefits because of the Affordable Care Act that they did not have prior to its passage,” Carney said.

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Two U.S. government officials warned on Wednesday that the launch of new state healthcare exchanges could potentially be delayed, raising further doubts about the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

Alan Duncan, an auditor with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, an Internal Revenue Service agency that monitors performance, said testing the systems needed to implement the exchanges “will be difficult to complete” by the October 1 start date.

“The lack of adequate testing could result in significant delays and errors in accepting and processing … applications for health insurance coverage,” he told the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform committee.

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Less than a third of small businesses say they’re prepared for the regulatory mandates under ObamaCare, a new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found…

“Excessive regulation is having a crippling effect on job growth among small businesses, as our latest small-business survey makes clear,” said Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s senior vice president. “In fact, the only thing that scares small businesses more than the current business climate is what Washington bureaucrats will do next.”

The survey found that 30 percent of businesses were not ready to comply with the new rules. Roughly 25 percent reported not knowing what they had to do to follow the law.

Seventy-one percent of the more than 1,300 small-business executives polled said they would be less likely to hire employees because of the healthcare law, according to the survey.

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One person who was decidedly not in the audience Thursday was Mary Miller, the CEO of Jancoa, a 41-year-old, family-owned janitorial business in Cincinnati, Ohio. Miller shared her grievances with Congress last year.

“This will destroy the foundation on which this company was built, and the quality of life we are trying to help our employees achieve,” Miller said on the House floor last July.

Miller has 340 employees, and the law will soon require her to provide them with health insurance. Miller said she now faces the choice of $1.4 million for employee healthcare, $640,000 in fines for not buying them healthcare, or cutting hours for employees so they are no longer full-time, and thus not required to be insured.

I’m going out of business that’s not okay with me. I have 340 employees and their families depend on that,” Miller told CNN.

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I think we’ve reached sort of an interesting moment in the post-passage of the Affordable Care Act because until this point you’ve sort of seen cracks in the foundations, people who have been following this closely like Jim Angle and others have understood that we were about to see an unraveling, that we were about to see a crumbling. But what we’ve seen in recent weeks, whether it’s Max Baucus calling it a “train wreck” or Tom Harkin suggesting delaying the employer mandate was not going to be lawful or this stunning letter from unions going after the president, saying that this will have disastrous effects not only on union members but millions of Americans, the NFL distancing itself from comments that Secretary Sebelius has made. All of that taken together, you’re now seeing the public collapse of Obamacare.

So, we’re seeing the edifice of Obamacare I think start to collapse. And that’s something that the White House has to be tremendously concerned about. And what these votes in the House are doing today is putting Democrats in the House in a very difficult position to vote either in favor of suspending the employer mandate, which is what the White House has argued in favor of doing but instructed Democratic House members not to vote that way.

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Since the end of 2010, those viewing the law unfavorably have — with a handful of exceptions — always outpaced those who see it in a favorable light. In June, 43 percent regarded the law unfavorably while just 35 percent had a favorable view of it. (Worth noting: Eight percent of those who had an unfavorable view of the law did so because it didn’t, in their minds, go far enough to overhaul the health care system.)…

Looking at the data, it’s readily apparent that views about the law have cemented in place. When that sort of thing happens in public opinion, virtually no external event — no matter how dramatic or seemingly important — can change perceptions in any statistically meaningful way. (One foreign policy example: Once the public soured on the war in Iraq, there was nothing anyone could do to change that sentiment.)…

And so, President Obama’s speech today will almost certainly not move the needle on the issue. People who already like the law will still like it. Those who don’t won’t.

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But despite the administration’s messaging efforts, news in the days that followed did little to dispel the perception that the Obama administration may not be up to the task of implementing the law. That’s not an unusual turn of events. So far, the law’s implementation has been marked by missed deadlines, mismanagement, and general bureaucratic ineptitude…

GAO has provided other reasons to be skeptical about the health department’s competence as well. In a separate report in November, the office also found that HHS was among several government agencies failing to properly assess the cost and effectiveness of internal IT systems. Another GAO report warned that the health department was not exercising sufficient oversight of contractors in its Medicaid audit program. An audit of HHS finances last year by an independent contractor, meanwhile, found that the agency had ongoing material weaknesses in its financial management, owing in part to the department’s size and complexity. HHS has known about some of these weaknesses for years.

This is the wing of the federal government primarily tasked with implementing the largest, most complicated, most expensive social insurance scheme in decades: an agency that has demonstrated repeated failures to manage its own technology infrastructure, its fleet of contractors, or its sprawling financial controls.

Is it any surprise that implementation is not going entirely as planned? If anything, it’s almost more of a surprise when anything does.

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Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Evening Dire. Did you see my reply to you on the Paul thread?

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEJfPRdpxgA

Buick Mackane ~~~

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Megadeth – Into The Lungs Of Hell

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JESYf3W9mxw

Baby Strange ~~~

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Megadeth – Set The World Afire

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! ;)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

You’re sneaky. You need to be watched.

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I didn’t cheat on my rogerb imitation. You said that you could ‘go all night’ with the train songs.

Obviously, you need some Song Viagra.

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Yeah, I guess. Womens prerogative and what. Say did you get that AC serviced yet? 68 takes a gassed up unit to get to.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

5% alcohol. One “Mike’s Hard Lemonade” and I can’t feel the tip of my nose. that’s all I’m worried about at the moment. :)

I’ve become. A little girl.

I used to be feared, you know.

*thumps nose a few times*

Made women giggle nervously. I swear.

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Hungry now lol brb

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

You’re sneaky. You need to be watched.

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I didn’t cheat on my rogerb imitation. You said that you could ‘go all night’ with the train songs.

Obviously, you need some Song Viagr@.

Yes, Bmore. The same photo. No eyebrows. Kind of like Axe’s ‘No verbs.’

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Just remember sir. Red and black, a friend to Jack[ie]. Red and yellow can kill a fellow.

arnold ziffel on July 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Blue Öyster Cult – “The Red and the Black”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you?

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I love you.

**ducks and hides**

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Not like this?

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Lupus flare up, serious bad fatigue…slept a lot for almost 3 days and nights…

Glad you are doing good!!

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

I am sorry to hear that, Scrumpdillyishus :( :hug:

I’ve dealt with severe fatigue at times, but it doesn’t compare…

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

The Waiting – Petty

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

OMG! Another human being whose nose loses feeling when a bit tipsy?

WoW!!! ;)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Yeah, I believe you./ No worries. I’d still schedule the AC guy just in case.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Thank you!! I needed that hug!! :D

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Dire, have I ever mentioned how difficult holding a conversation with you as of late is. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Good good evening Jackie!! Good to see you :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I Won’t Back Down – Petty

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Good evening, Spritely One ! It’s wonderful to see you! I’m so sorry to hear that you were feeling unwell. Very glad you’re better! :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Cosmic Dancer ~~~~

Yeah I am on a Bolan ‘kick’ tonight :D

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Yes, you are! :)

Not only is the song great, so is the vid!

Funkadelic – “Cosmic Slop”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Good evening..:)

PS..Almost Famous..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Just remember sir. Red and black, a friend to Jack[ie]. Red and yellow can kill a fellow.

arnold ziffel on July 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Blue Öyster Cult – “The Red and the Black”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Good evening. :) My heartfelt thanks to both of you.:)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Hi Jackie – missed your good night and your and Axe’s excellent links last night – typed about it later today :(

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Runnin’ Down A Dream – Petty

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Thank you, I might go down, but never out!! :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Yes! TYVM!

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Good Night All.

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Hi, Scrumpy!

williamg on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I Won’t Back Down

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Good evening, Paladin. Wonderful to see you, as always.:) I thought you might see the goodnight later on. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

OMG!! They are nearly naked!! :O

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I don’t need any kind of Vi@gra.

*sip*

This is really good though.

Dire, have I ever mentioned how difficult holding a conversation with you as of late is. ; )

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Dire is very succinct. Plus, later. As in late — type… As in late at night, a late person.

Heym brb

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Goodnight, Bmore. Sleep well. (You don’t turn into a pumpkin pie if you stay around too late do you? Seems you’re checking out as I check in these days.:))

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM

In a world of hits and misses, in a world of empty wishes, in a place without time and a time without place, it is always good to see a friend again, Miss Jackie.

TXUS on July 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

EJ… haven’t heard that in ages!!

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

williamg on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Howdy doody williamg!! :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Good night Bmore sleep well :)

God Bless!!

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Don’t Come Around Here No More – Petty

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation 1973

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

TXUS on July 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

How elegantly and gallantly said TXUS. Good evening, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Bmore on July 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Yes I did..I understand what you are saying..:)

PS..Good evening..Sorry I have been “in and out” lately on HA..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you?

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I love you.

=P

Aww, I love you too!

Black Flag – “I Love You”

**ducks and hides**

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Penetration – “Come into the Open”

Maybe I should go or should I stay
Well I just don’t know
I’m scared of going out alone
The vultures wait to tear
My soul apart

[chorus]
Come into the open
There’s nothing left to hide
Come into the open
Where I can see your face
Among the crowd

I can remember feeling lost
Unwittingly I found my way
I sense the depths of your despair
The torturous guilt you carry
Everywhere you go

[chorus]

Show me, show me, lead me
Out into the open
There’s nothing left to hide
Come into the open
Where I can see your face among the crowd

And through the misty haze
Of youth and ideology
I’m seeing things more clearly now
I know that nothing can deceive me as I

Come into the open…

Come in
Come in

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

They have some really good ear worthy tunes :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

You Got Lucky – Petty

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Excellent. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Thank you!! I needed that hug!! :D

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Aww, y/w Scrumpdillyishus – I’ll always have hugs for you! :)

OMG!! They are nearly naked!! :O

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM

lol

You Brits sure are a funny lot, innit yeah?

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Free Fallin’ – Petty

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

You Brits sure are a funny lot, innit yeah?

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Yeah innit eh! The guy with the white face was super SCARY!! :O

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM

But, it most def was weird!! :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

*tips fedora*..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

It’s late, but I wanted to say hi to Jackie!

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Dire…

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

For Scrumpdillyishus and RWM (coincidentally, Pauline Murray is Penetration’s singer):

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls – “European Eyes”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

williamg on July 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Oh yeah!! More weird!! :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Very good movie also..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Burnin’ For You – Blue Oyster Cult

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Wichita Lineman

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Good evening, Ken! I’m so glad you stopped by. I hope you’re well and all is well with you. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Bookmarked! Forgot how cool punk was/is :) Thanks for posting!

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Good evening, Dire! Great to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:11 AM

OMG! Another human being whose nose loses feeling when a bit tipsy?

WoW!!! ;)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Mine might go numb from too much of this:

Eric Clapton- “Cocaine”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Rock bottom..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C89QY3S_srI

The only song I sing karaoke…

Don’t Fear The Reaper :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Lol, and a mighty big MIGHT that be!!

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

The Flame – Cheap Trick

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

If Obamacare were such a wonderful thing…then all the citizens would be flocking in droves to support it, all of it.

Not happening.

The fault of the citizens?

Or the fault of a bad law written allegedly for all the best of reasons?

Bad law is bad law…no matter how noble the intentions.

Obamacare is bad law.

The Roberts decision likewise is bad jurisprudence.

The number of local businesses which have stopped hiring full time employees is staggering.

There is nothing good about Obamacare.

Nothing.

coldwarrior on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Hey Dire. Will check out your link momentarily. I’m on:

By The Time I Get to Phoenix

right now.

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

I bet Jeantel has more free drugs from guys trying to get with her than she can handle.

Liam on July 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Nah. They’re taking those drugs…trying to forget that she’s the best they can get.

Losers all around.

Solaratov on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

PS..Almost Famous..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Good movie, and song. How are you?

Elton John – “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 AM

I am excellent! I can’t stay, but I am glad to see you and Dire. See you soon!

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

So Far Away (MK w/ Emmylou Harris)

gh on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

That didn’t make it through to the US :(

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

You have a good night Ken! God Bless :)

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

KCB on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Sleep well. Hope to see you soon. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Night Train Music Program 1965

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:22 AM

williamg on July 19, 2013 at 1:18 AM

A Trans Am eh? Your dream car or still want one or got one!!

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:22 AM

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Very nice..GC is a very good picker..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:20 AM

You mean it’s blocked? I had that happen a couple of nights ago with someone’s link. Stupidity really.

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Black and Blue – Van Halen

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Very nice..I like the older EJ the best..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Good evening. :) My heartfelt thanks to both of you.:)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

G/e, Jackie. :) How are you?

I added that [ie] to “Jack,” btw, knowing that you are a BOC fan. :) Do you happen to have a favorite album by them?

Blue Oyster Cult – “Career of Evil”

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Dire Straits on July 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

I just like those two songs … were on the radio when I was a kid. But you are right about his playing, which is something I did not realize until youtube.

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Santana – Smooth

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

STRAIGHT Outta Missouri!!!

williamg on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

I can do this all night. :)

Axe on July 18, 2013 at 1:36 AM

I quit.

Axe on July 18, 2013 at 1:49 AM

I don’t need any kind of Vi@gra.

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

*files nails*

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRkbhTmB-ao

Sad songs say so much…

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Anti-Control on July 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

LOL! All of them …just depends on the mood. :) Music is all about invoking the mood, or the memory, to me. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Sparky, where are you?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Spanish Flea

gh on July 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

*files nails*

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Axe, told you that lack of smiley is costly :)

Btw, thank you for this. I played it a few times this morn, when I finally found it.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Music is all about invoking the mood, or the memory, to me. :)

thatsafactjack on July 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

That is so true…

Well folks, time to skedaddle!!

Going hunting for an apt tomorrow!!

God Bless you ALL!!

Good night everyone :)

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on July 19, 2013 at 1:31 AM

*files nails*

Resist We Much on July 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

:) All the stuff I’m not allowed to say in public goes right here.

And a hug is involved.

Axe on July 19, 2013 at 1:32 AM

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