Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 26, 2014 by Allahpundit

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

He was responding to the administration’s announcement on Tuesday evening that people who had begun the process of signing up for insurance through the federal exchanges would have until mid-April to do so, instead of March 31.

The Speaker called the move “another deadline made meaningless,” adding it to a litany of unilateral changes that the administration has made to the law.

“This is part of a long-term pattern of this administration manipulating the law for its own convenience,” Boehner said. “It’s not hard to understand why the American people question this administration’s commitment to the rule of law.”

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“Open enrollment ends March 31,” Mr. Albright said. But, he added, “We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone.”…

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, has said repeatedly that the federal website has been repaired and is ready to handle a surge of applications expected just before the deadline. But White House officials and some technology experts working on the exchange began to worry that the website might freeze up if the demand exceeded expectations…

If the federal website faltered just before the deadline, it could create a political fiasco for Mr. Obama and other Democrats, just as they were recovering from the damage done when the site left millions of Americans frustrated in October.

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The Obama administration is giving anyone “in line” for health coverage extra time to get it. But there isn’t really a “line” and nobody’s checking who’s on it

For Affordable Care Act coverage, federal exchange customers can simply “attest” that they attempted to enroll on time but were stymied — whether by website glitches, complex family situations or pretty much any other explanation. They won’t have to produce documentation.

“Most people are truthful when applying for those benefits,” said Julie Bataille a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the Obamacare enrollment system. On a call with reporters she declined to describe any scenario in which someone seeking to complete coverage after March 31 would be denied or told they weren’t “in line” for coverage.

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In reality, the administration is just continuing a long pattern of delays. They’re all designed to show flexibility and help the law work better, but they also fuel a public perception that Obamacare deadlines never really mean anything.

The administration already went through the same exercise in December, cutting people some slack if they were stuck in cybertraffic by the deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. Then and now, administration officials argued that it’s only fair to give people extra time if they were held up by the volume of last-minute sign-ups.

But the list of delays covers so much more. The administration has bent deadlines for the employer mandate (twice), put off the launch of the Spanish-language enrollment site and even delayed the enrollment season for 2015 — pushing it off until after the November midterm elections.

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As the White House is announcing some leeway on the March 31 enrollment deadline, about six in 10 uninsured American adults didn’t know about the deadline in the first place, according to a new poll…

Just 11 percent of the uninsured say they have been personally contacted about the health care law by phone, email, text or a door-to-door visit in the past six months.

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This latest instance is defended by the administration and its supporters as just a commonsense measure intended to help those who were stymied during the enrollment process by the glitch-ridden Heatlhcare.gov website. But the political implications of this decision are more far-reaching than the matter-of-fact announcement that sought to represent it as not a big deal. The delay seeks to get the president off the hook for the ACA likely falling millions short of the seven million enrollees that constituted the administration’s initial goal as well as the benchmark that would enable the ACA to be fiscally responsible.

At this point any excuse, no matter how flimsy, to do something to soften the blow of the expected shortfall makes sense for an administration that is already having a tough time selling the unpopular scheme to the public. But more than that, the record of unending delays and meaningless deadlines set up a situation where it will be difficult if not impossible for the federal government to police those provisions of the law that it really does want to enforce. Coming at a time when the Health and Human Services contraception mandate is under attack in the Supreme Court and, just as significantly, the system of ObamaCare subsidies is in peril of being overturned in the federal appellate courts, this new delay is just one more reason why the law is rightly viewed as having brought chaos rather than reform to the health-care system.

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[A]s antiquated and malleable as some view the Constitution, it clearly says something about the president taking care “that the laws be faithfully executed.” The ACA features no addendum stating “but if this doesn’t work out, the executive branch should feel free to make revisions to guarantee the law is a ‘success.’” So a person can be apprehensive about Obamacare on more than one level just as easily as John Harwood can appreciate the wonders of ACA exchanges and also fret over the lawlessness of implementation (a word that should be loosely used).

It must be noted that blowing Monday’s deadline wasn’t illegal, only a lie. Obamacare doesn’t specify how long the open enrollment period should last. But, as another delay is part of a slew of extensions and/or delays enacted without statutory power, it has a broader meaning. The “law” is now nothing but an ambiguous assurance that allows the administration to function — almost always for political gain — as it pleases. As Michael Cannon has noted, the administration has disregarded the requirement that recipients of insurance subsidies enroll in coverage through state exchanges. And, without any congressional authorization and contrary to the language of federal law, the administration is handing out subsidies to people enrolled through HealthCare.gov. The latest delay only adds to a far larger problem.

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Before the exchanges opened, the administration said it needed 40 percent of enrollments to come from young people to keep the prices of exchanges policies from spiking. The improbable worst-case scenario sketched by a December report from the Kaiser Family Foundation was 25 percent. Yet that’s where we’ve been stuck for months.

You can argue (as that report does) that age itself doesn’t matter much. But it seems unlikely that age is the only problem; if young people are staying away from the exchanges in droves, it seems likely that we’re also seeing quite a bit of what insurance experts call “adverse selection”: The folks who are buying insurance are disproportionately the ones who expect to need some costly health care in the coming year. If that’s the case, expect premiums to rise sharply — which is just what insurers have been threatening.

So again, here’s the really worrying scenario: The demographics haven’t budged, or have only barely improved from earlier months. The White House knows that means that big premium increases are in the offing for 2015, and they’re hoping to head them off at least temporarily with this delay. Extending open enrollment, which is essentially what they’re doing, would then be a desperate play to get more young, healthy customers into the exchanges, and perhaps to make it a bit harder for insurers to raise rates. In some states, insurers have to file preliminary rate increases in May. And thanks to this latest extension, they won’t have final data to back up any requests for a premium hike.

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If the administration goes into the next open enrollment with the same unattractive plan offerings costing a lot more than they do today, they will not be able to reboot Obamacare.

Simply, health insurance plans that cost middle-class individuals and families 10% of their after-tax income and have average Silver Plan deductibles of more than $2,500 a month are not attractive and people won’t buy them any more enthusiastically next fall than they already have. See: Obamacare: The Uninsured Are Not Signing Up Because the Dogs Don’t Like It

Doubling the fines for not buying in 2015 will only give the Democrats more political problems––and it doesn’t look to me like they are going to enforce the fines anyway.

Health insurance plan executives are now faced with a daunting decision. How do they price the 2015 Obamacare exchange plans?

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Pee Boy

Bmore on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Not first!

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

You were right Schadenfreude.

Bmore on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

, “We are experiencing a surge in demand…”

Sure you are.

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

…B I S H O P…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Must pause.

Duck Dynasty ain’t over. The one that wasn’t filmed yet when Phil was canned.

cozmo on March 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I saw a wedgehead today. It was cute…and wandering a parking lot near a frontage road that empties onto a highway. I so hope the little one stayed safe.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Pee Boy

Bmore on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

…nice job on Manneken Pis!…I almost peed myself

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I can’t login as Sparky. How come? I would have had a BMore. Oh wait I would have had a Bishop.

SparkPlug is too long. BMore is short. Well BMore is not short, his name is short. But yeah, SparkPlug is too long which is why I get all the hotties.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

I wish he was this frank and direct all the time. The media said nothing this time. They know.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Duck Dynasty ain’t over.

cozmo on March 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Racist.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Your mean a hedgehog, not a wedgehead.

What is a wedgehead? Is it like a honey badger? Or maybe its a cheese wedge.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Deadline schmedline. This is how Harvard graduates deal with life and why we should always have them in SMART Power!!! positions.

I got a hunski that says the deadline in going to be moved to the first Wednesday in November….for the children and people that can’t figure out the internet but mostly for democrats and their donors.

jukin3 on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Dead lines, red lines, blurred lines, flat lines.

VorDaj on March 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Health insurance plan executives are now faced with a daunting decision. How do they price the 2015 Obamacare exchange plans?

What did they thing would happen when they made a deal with the devil?

The all-knowing gubmint will be pricing all plans soon and there won’t be any health insurance plan industry remaining …

Schadenfreude pure!

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

It’s a type of Siamese cat.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Retweeted by Charles Gaba
Pauline Bartolone ‏@CapRadioHealth 5h

.@CoveredCa just gave Californians until April 15th to *finish* applications, apps have to be started by March 31st. @JasonMillman

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Gawd knows this thread will spiral out of control. Lets try to stay on the topic of Obama. Never mind I just threw up. Obama is repugnant and repellent.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said

Don’t worry, John. Issa’s on it.

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Retweeted by Charles Gaba
Covered California ‏@CoveredCA 5h

#CoveredCA keeps March 31 deadline but will help those who started applications to finish by 4-15. Requirements here: http://bit.ly/1iBrOUv

https://twitter.com/charles_gaba

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Siamese cats are chi-comm communist aren’t they? They are oriental.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

“Open enrollment ends March 31,” Mr. Albright said. But, he added, “We are experiencing a surge in demand

Yeah, that it be Repealed…

ToddPA on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

We don’t have hedgehogs here. We don’t have armadillos here either. We do have black widows(the 8-legged variety), killer bees, rattle snakes…and prairie dogs.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Gawd knows this thread will spiral out of control. Lets try to stay on the topic of Obama. Never mind I just threw up. Obama is repugnant and repellent.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

a) If DeathCare is spiraling out of control … and

b) If this thread will spiral out of control … then

c) This thread will still be on topic, no?

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 10:53 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Armadillos are in Amarillo Texas. Someone made a typo back in the 1850s and it stuck.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Sasha’s a Meezer-mix. They’re great cats.
Lubbock has a lot of strays-but since animal control only exists to kill…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM

“Smile you sonofabKABOOM!”

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Missed last week’s episode of Vikings. Rerun of that one is tonight.

Must. Watch.

predator on March 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Spiraling out of control? Well then, this fits…
U2, Vertigo

Doc Holliday on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Wow!! Awesome Heat – Pacers game.

Those guys do NOT like to lose.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I sense more Schadenfreude coming to a blog near you…

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

This is my single biggest gripe about Boner.

He gives a good statement today, and that will be it.

No follow up….the media will ignore this and move on….

He should call this a Joke every day to the media for the
next month.

ToddPA on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

I wish he was this frank and direct all the time. The media said nothing this time. They know.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

You gotta watch his delivery. What a joke. This guy is worse than some drunk at the local comedy club amateur hour.

Hill60 on March 26, 2014 at 10:59 PM

It is my understanding you can not buy insurance from any insurance cos. or from healthcare.gov after March 31, except for the following reasons. This is crazy.

•Getting married.
•Having a baby or adopting a child.
•Permanently moving to a new area that has different health plan options.
• Losing other health care coverage that is considered minimum essential coverage.
•A change in income that would affect an enrollee’s eligibility for financial assistance.

Barred on March 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

“Even as the Obama administration struggles to deal with the approaching end of open enrollment for health care exchanges, one critical part of the website has yet to be fixed.

Earlier, administration officials had predicted ObamaCare could be seriously jeopardized if the key back end of healthcare.gov were not fixed ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

The back end of the website is the two-way connection between the government and insurance companies aimed at telling each other who signed up for what.

“Insurance executives just see this as a major nightmare,” says Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. “I mean, when are we finally going to be able to reconcile all the data, to know who is really covered, who is really paid, and what the insurance companies should be paid for?”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, raised concerns over it at a recent hearing with Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“The number that’s really important,” Doggett said, “is not how many people have enrolled, but how many people have paid their premiums that are actually getting in exchange-base coverage. A number,” he said pointedly, “we’ve never been given.”

Former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Holtz-Eakin says,”Nobody knows.There remains no clear information about who has paid the premium and as a result, who the insurance companies need to get reimbursed for.”

Though some analysts believe the administration knows a lot more than it is saying, officials deny having any reliable information.

Industry sources and surveys show that while officials boast 5 million sign ups, about 1 million of them are not paying premiums, and therefore not officially enrolled.

The administration hired the firm Accenture in a no-bid contract to fix the site after a previous contractor failed, arguing in official documents last December that there was no time for competing bids,since mid-March was a key turning point in the law, and any delay would, as the document put it, “… result in financial harm to the Government…”

It even went so far as to say that “… the entire health care reform program is jeopardized” by any failure of the back end, and it laid out a list of things that could go wrong, including “Inaccurate issuance of payments to health plans which could seriously put them at financial risk; potentially leading to their default and disrupting continued services and coverage to consumers…”

“This had to get fixed right now,” says Laszewski. “Well it’s past ‘right now’, it’s – you know we’re into March and we don’t have the back end of the system done, we don’t have the ability for insurance companies to be paid, we don’t have the ability for reconciliations to be done.”

Those reconciliations include who has really signed up, who has paid, and if the subsidies are accurate — something officials say they don’t currently know.

Sebelius tolda congressional committee recently,”people are buying a product in the private market. As soon as we have accurate information, we will give it to you but we do not currently have information about how many people have paid.”

Officials now tell Fox News, however, that the dramatic language predicting possible disaster is “no longer an accurate assessment”because they’re using temporary workarounds with insurance companies.

But the companies themselves say a reckoning is coming … that could cost them tens of millions of dollars when the books are finally reconciled. And that could take months, well after insurance companies have to set new rates for 2015….”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/26/critical-part-obamacare-website-still-not-fixed/

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Boehner got a soundbite..

The Republic is saved.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 11:02 PM

As the White House is announcing some leeway on the March 31 enrollment deadline, about six in 10 uninsured American adults didn’t know about the deadline in the first place, according to a new poll…
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Say Whats:

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2014

Mar 26, 2014 | Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie

Findings
Methodology
****************

As the clock ticks down on open enrollment for new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that six in ten of the uninsured are unaware of the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage. When reminded of the deadline and the fine for not getting covered, half of those who lack coverage as of mid-March say they plan to remain uninsured. Meanwhile, four in ten of the uninsured are still unaware of the law’s subsidies to help lower-income Americans purchase coverage, and half don’t know about the law’s expansion of Medicaid. Among the public overall, general opinion of the ACA moved in a more positive direction this month for the first time since November’s post-rollout negative shift in opinion. While unfavorable views of the law continue to outpace favorable ones, the gap between negative and positive views now stands at eight percentage points, down from 16 percentage points in January. Four years after the ACA’s passage, a little over half the public says they are tired of hearing the national debate over the law and want the country to focus more on other things, while four in ten say it’s important for the debate to continue. At the same time, six in ten want Congress to keep the law in place and either leave it as is or work to improve it, while three in ten would prefer to see it either repealed and replaced with a Republican alternative or repealed and not replaced.
Most uninsured unaware of March 31 deadline, half plan to remain uninsured

In the final days of open enrollment for new health insurance options under the ACA, substantial shares of the uninsured remain unaware of the law’s individual mandate and the looming deadline to sign up for coverage. A third of those who lack coverage as of mid-March are unaware that the law requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine. When it comes to the specifics, four in ten of the uninsured (39 percent) are aware that the deadline to sign up for coverage is at the end of March, leaving about six in ten unaware of the March deadline.

When reminded of the mandate and the deadline, half of those without coverage as of mid-March say they think they will remain uninsured, while four in ten expect to obtain coverage and one in ten are unsure.

(Pie Chart)

http://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/six-in-ten-uninsured-unaware-of-sign-up-deadline-half-say-they-plan-to-remain-uninsured-polling.png

A third (33 percent) of the uninsured say they have tried to get insurance for themselves in the past 6 months, including 18 percent who report attempting to get coverage through a health insurance marketplace, 14 percent from Medicaid, and 13 percent directly from a private insurance company. Still, the large majority – 67 percent – say they have not attempted to get coverage.
(More)
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http://kff.org/health-reform/poll-finding/kaiser-health-tracking-poll-march-2014/?utm_campaign=Polling/Surveys&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=4496771

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:02 PM

ObamaCare. Because government wasn’t FUBARD enough already, it needed a Marxist pipe dream to really scrotch up the works into an Anthrax chernobl three mile Island Katrina blow fest.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said….

Obama is a joke…and there are still…

40% of his dumb a$$es in this country that are a joke…

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

cozmo on March 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Racist.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yup

I would like to see the scumbags try and trash this episode.

cozmo on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

It is my understanding you can not buy insurance from any insurance cos. or from healthcare.gov after March 31, except for the following reasons. This is crazy.

•Getting married.
•Having a baby or adopting a child.
•Permanently moving to a new area that has different health plan options.
• Losing other health care coverage that is considered minimum essential coverage.
•A change in income that would affect an enrollee’s eligibility for financial assistance.

Barred on March 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Even if you bought the insurance on an Obamacare health exchange would you have the insurance?

A lot of people have paid and their money was taken…but the record of that transaction seems to have disappeared.

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM

ObamaCare. Because going full Monty with a shrew pud is the way government shows its impotence.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

As the White House is announcing some leeway on the March 31 enrollment deadline, about six in 10 uninsured American adults didn’t know about the deadline in the first place, according to a new poll…
canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:02 PM

You live by the LIV. You die by the LIV.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Evening All

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

You gotta watch his delivery. What a joke. This guy is worse than some drunk at the local comedy club amateur hour.

Hill60 on March 26, 2014 at 10:59 PM

It could be better. I still like the statement.

Rush gave great advice on how to combat the Donk message of running from obamacare this fall also.

Donk: It is bad we need to fix it.
GOP: Then why did you voter for it?
Donk: I didn’t know it would have been this bad.
GOP: Then you should have read the bill.
Donk: I did read it.
GOP: Then you should have known it would be this bad. We said so.
Donk: Then … I didn’t read it but it changed. Or maybe I did read it but …
GOP: Doesn’t matter you voted for it and A, B, and C happened.

Nail them to it.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Obama is a joke…and there are still…

40% of his dumb a$$es in this country that are a joke…

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 PM

But apparently..

There is only one dumb a$$ in Europe that is a joke..

According to Obama’s European visit…

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

Actually yes, it is a joke. Obama is laughing at Congress, what the hell are you going to do about it? Don’t answer, we already know you want amnesty.

nobar on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

cEvening All

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Evening..

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Hi CL. How about a scone? A nice dry scone to go with some dunking doughnuts coffee. Or better yet a freakin doughnut.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

vote … not voter

autocomplete and auto speel …

Must … disable ….

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

This was posted already by someone else on another thread, but in case you haven’t seen it:

What Happens If A US President Stops Speaking, And Nobody Claps

climbnjump on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Even if you bought the insurance on an Obamacare health exchange would you have the insurance?

A lot of people have paid and their money was taken…but the record of that transaction seems to have disappeared.

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I know. This has got to be the biggest mess anyone has ever dreamed of for a government. Drives me crazy!!!!!!!!

Barred on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

(waving)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Hi CL. How about a scone? A nice dry scone to go with some dunking doughnuts coffee. Or better yet a freakin doughnut.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Sounds like someone is hungry. I know I am.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

vote … not voter

autocomplete and auto speel …

Must … disable ….

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Resistance is futile, you will be autoassimilated.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 PM

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I make these scones from a recipe from a Scottish MIL from way back. Although I love them, I’ll take a Duncan Donut any day of the week :)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 PM

If you check the “hardship” box,,
Without proof of hardship,,

You are simply a propaganda number as “enrolled”

That’s all it is now. Propaganda.

It will get 10x worse leading up to midterms. Lies on top of lies.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 11:10 PM

The donks humped the stump, they hit a dry well after spending a trillion dollars, they struck out three times and hit themselves with a bean ball, they fumbled and soiled their shorts, they voted for ObamaCare.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:10 PM

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

passing COL some Fudge Mint cookies I’m working on the them as I type :)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM

CHARLOTTE MAYOR RESIGNS; ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES

The Democrat took cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes and solicited more than $1 million more, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

While working with the undercover agents, Cannon touted his close relationship with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and a trip to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama and other administration officials, according to the complaint.

At one point, an undercover agent said to Cannon: “You’re operating at quite a level Patrick.”

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Can you imagine how bad those numbers are that they are moving the goalposts yet again?

And…they will also change the definitions of everything.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

passing COL some Fudge Mint cookies I’m working on the them as I type :)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Thank you. I’d share my coffee with you but I’m sure you already have some.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I’ll trade you a Cheeto_Os sammich for a scone. Wait to sweeten the deal I’ll throw in some croutons a d spray on cheese wiz.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Resistance is futile, you will be autoassimilated.

oscarwilde on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I’d rather leave a misspeeled word than some goofy out of context word that makes me look even more stupid than I am.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

climbnjump on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Had not seen that. He didn’t know what to do. Wish it would happen here.

Barred on March 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

(waving)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I like it when you say that…:)

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

That all moved fast!

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Barry crash-test-dummy Obama is the worst preznit ever.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

*********** Great News…Two DemoTards Bite Ye Dust *****************

Another one bites the dust (extended version)
*********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F-zHagEWVo

California state Sen. Leland Yee arrested
29m
California state Sen. Leland Yee released from custody, plans to plead not guilty to corruption charges – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org
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Charlotte, NC, mayor Cannon arrested
Charlotte, NC, US
3h
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon submits resignation letter following arrest on corruption charges – @wcnc
read more on wcnc.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/charlotte-nc-mayor-cannon-arrested/

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I sure do.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

LOL, just what I dream of …..cheese wiz! :)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Breitbart has about five or six of these stories at their place–all Dems.

predator on March 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM

passing COL some Fudge Mint cookies I’m working on the them as I type :)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM

CoffeeLover:OOOh dats tasty, me thinks:0

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Always good to see you too EG! Hope you and the daughter are well.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

They are almost as good as Girl Scout Thin Mints which I’m boycotting due to their support of Wendy Davis. Esh

Passing a few over to you my friend in the Great North. Just don’t pass me back cool weather.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 PM

We’re all getting older. The talk here used to be about pills and 90 proof. Now it’s pastry and coffee.

See y’all at the home. ;)

predator on March 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Even if you bought the insurance on an Obamacare health exchange would you have the insurance?

A lot of people have paid and their money was taken…but the record of that transaction seems to have disappeared.

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I know. This has got to be the biggest mess anyone has ever dreamed of for a government. Drives me crazy!!!!!!!!

Barred on March 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I think Rush is right…It’s intentional manipulation and coercion of the citizenry.

Frustrate and frighten them into accepting single payer as a solution…That’s what Killary will run on if she runs in 2016.

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM

It is my understanding you can not buy insurance from any insurance cos. or from healthcare.gov after March 31, except for the following reasons. This is crazy.

•Getting married.
•Having a baby or adopting a child.
•Permanently moving to a new area that has different health plan options.
• Losing other health care coverage that is considered minimum essential coverage.
•A change in income that would affect an enrollee’s eligibility for financial assistance.

Barred on March 26, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Not sure I follow you. My company has an annual open enrollment period. We all get to review our health care choices, and we select and enroll in our plans before the deadline. Failure to do so results in the employee not being insured for the upcoming year. This is what the government is doing. However, if an employee experiences a “life changing event” like those you’ve cited above – they can enroll. So if Billy Bob declines insurance, but gets married later – he and his bride can enroll. You seem appalled that the government has set limits as to when you can enroll – and what factors decide if you can enroll past the deadline. I believe these factors are the industry norm.

Hill60 on March 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM

CHARLOTTE MAYOR RESIGNS; ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES

kcewa

Why are they wasting time with this? Don’t they know this kind of thing is just another massive bureaucracy that is anti-conservative and all that?

Ain’t that right, Ms. Cupp?

xblade on March 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 PM

You are boycotting girl scouts? Ok I’ll girlcott the boy scouts. Equality for all.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

HERES THE VIDEO SNIPPET:

March 26, 2014, 11:29 am
Boehner: ‘What the hell is this, a joke?’

VIDEO:(0:42)
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“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

He was responding to the administration’s announcement on Tuesday evening that people who had begun the process of signing up for insurance through the federal exchanges would have until mid-April to do so, instead of March 31.

The Speaker called the move “another deadline made meaningless,” adding it to a litany of unilateral changes that the administration has made to the law.

“This is part of a long-term pattern of this administration manipulating the law for its own convenience,” Boehner said. “It’s not hard to understand why the American people question this administration’s commitment to the rule of law.”

The Speaker mocked the use of the “honor system” to determine who was eligible for an extension after the administration said it would make no effort to ensure that people had actually begun the process of signing up by March 31.

“Why don’t they just say, ‘We’ve moved the date to April 15’? Because that’s in effect what they’ve done,” Boehner said.

White House press secretary Jay Carney slapped back at the House Speaker Wednesday afternoon, noting Boehner had not protested when the Bush Administration offered a similar grace period for enrollment in Medicare Part D.

“A ‘joke’ was the indifference with which John Boehner, Congressman Boehner, Speaker Boehner, at the time, greeted the extension under George W. Bush of the Medicare Part D enrollment for certain populations compared to the response he’s given today,” Carney said.

Carney likened the extension to “what happens when you vote — if you’re in line before the polls close, you vote.”

Administration officials cited “a surge in demand” as a reason for the extension, which they said is aimed at people with “special circumstances and complex cases.”

“Open enrollment ends March 31,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters told The Hill in an email Tuesday evening. “We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone.”

Republicans have attacked the healthcare law from virtually every angle, criticizing both its underlying regulations and the administration’s repeated decision to delay or not fully enforce them. Boehner has criticized the early problems with the HealthCare.gov website, and on Wednesday, he was pressed on why people shouldn’t have more time to sign up for insurance because of them.

“The dates are the dates, and the law is the law,” he said. “The president doesn’t have the authority to change the law whenever he wants, which he continues to do.”

Boehner added later in the press conference: “The law says that enrollment stops at the end of March. That’s what the law says. I’ve got to live by the law; you’ve got to live by the law; the American people have got to live by the law. And guess what? The president needs to live by the law as well.”

In response to Boehner, Peters compared the situation to Election Day, when voters who are in line when the polls close are still allowed to cast their ballot.

“The law is the law. Consumers need to know the deadline is March 31,” she said. “But just like on Election Day, if you are in line when we close, you get to enroll. We’re experiencing near-record volume and the site, and we’re not going to turn people away who tried and couldn’t complete their enrollment. This is about helping people who want to get health insurance.”

Peters noted that a similar extension was offered under the Bush administration in 2006 for the implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
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http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/201791-boehner-what-the-hell-is-this-a-joke

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I wonder if he has any ties to Kay Hagan? I would imagine this won’t look good for her if they were allies.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:22 PM

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

2 democrats were busted in California this week…1 for child porn and another for bribes and corruption.

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM

predator on March 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM

LOL don’t think I haven’t thought that myself.

SparkPlug on March 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

LOL :)

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

sh gave great advice on how to combat the Donk message of running from obamacare this fall also. Donk: It is bad we need to fix it. GOP: Then why did you voter for it? Donk: I didn’t know it would have been this bad. GOP: Then you should have read the bill. Donk: I did read it. GOP: Then you should have known it would be this bad. We said so. Donk: Then … I didn’t read it but it changed. Or maybe I did read it but … GOP: Doesn’t matter you voted for it and A, B, and C happened. Nail them to it. hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

And they offered no resistance to changes in the bill. Admissions of failure.

That’s big too.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

You gotta watch his delivery. What a joke. This guy is worse than some drunk at the local comedy club amateur hour.

Hill60 on March 26, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Hill60: Oops,..I didn’t see your video,…a better one, I might add,
and your right, a dead-pan delivery!:)

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM

The Democrats are cleaning out their rot to help them in the election.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Breitbart has about five or six of these stories at their place–all Dems.

predator on March 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Not a good day for the party of ethics and integrity, eh?

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Don’t worry, John. Issa’s on it.

Lanceman on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

What the hell is this, a joke?

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Always good to see you too EG! Hope you and the daughter are well.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

She graduates from College this summer…

I am on pins and needles right now….:)

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

California state Sen. Leland Yee arrested

Yeah, one of the more interesting aspects of that is the Yee is fervent anti-gun, yet one of the charges against him is gun running.

Or more accurately, “Conspiracy to Deal Firearms Without a License and to Illegally Import Firearms”.

He was apparently trying to illegally import about 100 M16′s from the Philippines.

climbnjump on March 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Congrats…and ==== remember to breathe.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM

“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

Yes, obama, and all of DC, is a one big, flukeing, joke.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I wonder if he has any ties to Kay Hagan? I would imagine this won’t look good for her if they were allies.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I didn’t read anything about that in the articles I’ve checked out since he was arrested. One did mention him tout being close to Governor McCrory to a potential briber. All of the deals and greasing of rails he actually did seems to be at the city and not state level though.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

They are almost as good as Girl Scout Thin Mints which I’m boycotting due to their support of Wendy Davis. Esh

Passing a few over to you my friend in the Great North. Just don’t pass me back cool weather.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 PM

CoffeeLover:

No problem on the cool weather,………and thanks for
the virtual cookies,…, lol,…boycotting:0

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Nail them to it.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I totally agree – I just wish Boehner had sounded like he meant it. His response was too “prepared”. Hell, he’s reading from a script. If you’re pi$$ed – then be pi$$ed. Don’t read from a script. How about: “Geez, another delay in the enrollment deadline? What the hell is this, a joke? If they keep this up – they just might hit their goal of 7 million people in another couple of years or so.”

Hill60 on March 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Best laugh of the day, incl. the comments, at the leftist rag.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

If your a prog and you run on “this isn’t what I voted for, the bill has changed” ,

Why didn’t you fight against those changes?

All of them?

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Evening Schad — ain’t that the truth. I caught some of the highlights from the IRS hearing today. That was a joke.

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM

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