On Monday's Mark Levin Show: Mark explains that the American people never voted for Obamacare - it was passed by a tyrannical government that wants to take the individual's decision making ability away from them. Mark says that they've used the law to essentially destroy our health care system where there is no recourse because after all, it is the law. This is a massive social experiment where they are using us as subjects to test out this grand healthcare scheme, which we already see can not work. Also, Mark asks what kind of government would put the IRS in charge of enforcing healthcare? Is it a government that is looking out for its people? President Obama visited the War Memorial Monday and Arlington National Cemetery - the same place that he closed during the government shut down because he doesn't respect our Veterans or military. Mark honors our veterans by playing the military hymns and God Bless America. Finally, Sarah Palin calls in about hew new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy.
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Obamacare's Washington Math
We are awaiting the official figures this week of how many Americans have bought into Obamacare. The reports are that less than 50,000 Americans have managed to enroll in the federal Obamacare exchange. This is a far cry from the 500,000 the administration predicted by the end of October. Numbers in the state exchanges aren't expected to be much better, around 49,000 enrollees. Reuters points out that this figure represents just 3% of the administration's enrollment target for 2014. It was expected that 7 million Americans nationwide would sign up for Obamacare by the 2014 target date.Jamie Dupree has a good run down of how the exchanges are fairing in each of the states that chose to set them up. This includes Oregon – with $3.2 million worth of hipster songs promoting Covered Oregon – which has yet to enroll a single person into the program!
But when the figures are released, how will we know that they are even accurate? Yet again, Washington is pulling out its magic calculator. This time it is to calculate the number of Americans enrolled in Obamacare. According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is changing the definition of who is considered “enrolled” in Obamacare. It turns out that you don't have to actually pay for Obamacare to be considered enrolled in Obamacare! According to an administration official, “In the data that will be released this week, ‘enrollment’ will measure people who have filled out an application and selected a qualified health plan in the marketplace.” So if you actually manage to get onto the website and browse for a plan, and a plan is sitting in your shopping cart but you've yet to pay for it, you would be counted as being “enrolled” in Obamacare.
The number of enrollees is a problem, along with the lack of competition, which will lead to these rising premium prices. The Heritage Foundation points out that this is another broken promise associated with Obamacare. Based on their analysis, “In more than half of the counties in the U.S., people have only one or two insurance carriers offering coverage on their exchanges.” Yet another broken promise. I'm not expecting another half-hearted apology from the president.
Defrauding, Security & Scams Under Obamacare
If you do nothing else today, take the time to watch the latest undercover investigation by Project Veritas. This is relates to Obamacare navigators. An undercover investigation at an Obamacare navigator site in Texas found navigators suggesting that you lie on your form about your health habits and income status in order to achieve lower premiums or higher Obamacare subsidies. The investigation also finds a supposedly non-project, non-partisan navigator group – Enroll America – that claims direct ties to the DNC and actively works with an organization to turn Texas into a Blue state. What's amazing is that $67 million of your tax dollars has been spent on these Obamacare navigators. Yet as we found out from Kathleen Sebelius last week, these people don't even have to pass background checks in order to qualify as a navigator. This means that convicted felons, for example, may have access to your most private information...more
Dems In Crisis Mode
The hits just keep on coming for Obamacare. It's unraveling before our very eyes. Even Democrats in Washington are pulling away from it, yet the president continues his PR parade to sell Obamacare to the American public.
Some of the latest headlines related to the Obamacare train wreck include:
- Nearly 250,000 people in Colorado have had their insurance plans canceled because of Obamacare. This means that about 4 million people nationwide have received cancellation notices for their current coverage.
- Documents released by the House Oversight and Reform Committee reveal that the administration was warned a day before the launch that the Obamacare website could only handle 1,100 users at a time. So much for that excuse they used about "high traffic" being the reason. They knew they couldn't even a minimal amount of traffic, yet they proceeded nonetheless.
-Country music stars mock Obamacare at CMA awards
- It's now being reported that a new rule issued last week would essentially carve out an exemption for some union insurance plans that would otherwise have been subjected to a new tax under Obamacare. Carve-outs for Congress and the politically connected goes a long way towards further eroding the trust of the American people.
- A whopping four people have signed up for coverage in Delaware. Four! Numbers like this are not only an embarrassment but also a problem for Obamacare to work properly.
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US Marshals Service Spent $800,000 on 'Swag'
An Inspector General with the Department of Justice recently conducted a review after an anonymous letter pointed to questionable spending by senior DOJ managers. The questionable spending was on promotional items purchased by the Investigative Operations Division of the United States Marshals Service. Here are some of the findings from the report…