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Rep. Adam Kinzinger: We Need To Fix Obamacare, Raise Minimum Wage, No To Flat Tax

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

During a recent debate on 1430 AM WCMY Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger said that he would like to see Congress “Fix” Obamacare and agreed that the minimum wage should be increased to $10.10 an hour.

Kinzinger was debating his Democrat opponent Randall Olsen and both agreed that tax reform via the Flat Tax was out of the question.

The Ottawa Times has more:

On the question of the Obamacare ramp-up, Kinzinger claimed the country needs an alternative plan. He also was critical of his own party’s failure to officially create its own national health plan.

“I would love to repeal this bill (Obamacare), but I’ve realized this is not going to be done anytime soon,” Kinzinger said.  “We need to figure out what is not working and fix it.”

 

On the issue of raising the federal minimum wage, both the incumbent and the challenger wanted it set higher at the state level up to at least $10.10 per hour.

Kinzinger said he would like the minimum rate indexed to the rate of inflation on the federal level.

Olsen said, “There should be no person working for less than $10.10 an hour. Period.”

Concerning changes in the federal income tax system, both candidates said they would not favor a straight flat tax and also agreed about the need for real tax reform.

“The federal tax system has not been reformed since 1986,” said Kinzinger. “We now have a tax code that is entirely too large. We need to get rid of many tax loopholes and come up with a real tax simplification (solution). When the Republicans win this senate, and I believe we will, we will work on a bi-artisan effort on tax reform.”

Olsen said tax revision is necessary, but the answer is not a flat tax.

“A flat tax would (adversely) affect low income people more than those making several millions dollars,” he said.

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Subsides For States Without A State Exchange Unconstitutional

110922_gavel_ap_328A new legal blow to Obamacare has been handed down by a federal judge who has ruled that the subsides that are given via the Obamacare exchanges are unconstitutional for states that did not set up their own exchanges.

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, authorized states to establish their own exchanges where people could shop for approved health insurance and if they qualify to get a subsidy to help pay for it.  However, the law does not allow the federal government to step in and run an exchange for a state if they didn’t set one up, as nearly half of the states did.

Enter a rule/regulation issued by the IRS that rewrote the Obamacare statue and allowed the feds to set up the federal exchange and offer the subsides.

That rule/regulation was the subject of the legal challenge launched by the Attorney General of Oklahoma.

CNS News has more:

U.S. District Judge Ronald White concluded Tuesday that the IRS rule altering the Obamacare law and providing billions in subsidies is “arbitrary, capricious and abuse of discretion”:

“The court holds that the IRS rule is arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law, pursuant to 5 U.S.C.706(2)(A), in excess of summary jurisdiction, authority or limitation, or short of statutory right, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 706(2)(C), or otherwise is an invalidation of the ACA [Affordable Care Act], and is hereby vacated. The court’s order of vacatur is stayed, however, pending resolution of any appeal from this order.”

In September 2012, Oklahoma was the first of several states to challenge the legality of an IRS rule that caused billions in subsidies to be paid out, despite Congress having never authorized those payments.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt hailed the state’s victory in its lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act:

“Today’s ruling is a consequential victory for the rule of law. The administration and its bureaucrats in the IRS handed out billions in illegal tax credits and subsidies and vastly expanded the reach of the health care law because they didn’t like the way Congress wrote the Affordable Care Act. That’s not how our system of government works.”

Pruitt said the ruling proves that the administration can’t change a low by executive fiat:

“The Obama administration created this problem and rather than having an agency like the IRS rewrite a law it didn’t like, the administration should have done the right thing and worked with Congress to amend the law. Oklahoma was the first to challenge the administration’s actions and today’s ruling vindicates what we recognized early on and that is the administration can’t rewrite the Affordable Care Act by executive fiat.”

He said the victory is just the beginning, because he fully expects the case to, ultimately, be decided by the Supreme Court:

Death Panels Are Back: Medicare Looking To Reimburse “End Of Life” Talk

4916292606_Obamacare2_xlargeThose damned death panels are back.

This time in the form of Medicare paying for the “end of life” talk with patients.

God is our federal government screwed up.

From Breitbart:

The New York Times reports that “Medicare may begin covering end-of-life discussions next year if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association,” which is “the country’s largest association of physicians and medical students” and creates “billing codes for medical services, codes used by doctors, hospitals and insurers.”

According to the Times, the group “recently created codes for end-of-life conversations and submitted them to Medicare” and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to make a decision in the fall that could “profoundly affect the American way of dying.”

As the Times notes, “end-of-life planning remains controversial,” especially after Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s “‘death panel’ label killed efforts to include it” in Obamacare. The Obama administration tried to sneak in a provision in a 2010 regulation before it “had Medicare rescind that portion of the regulation” after intense political pressure.

Now, the federal government may try again.

Doctors and bureaucrats have insisted that end-of-life counseling would not lead to rationing, but “Burke Balch, director of the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee,” disagreed, telling the Times that many doctors actually believe in “hastening death for those deemed to have a ‘poor quality of life.’” He said that doctors and bureaucrats may use these sessions to pressure patients to “to reject life-preserving treatment,” according to the Times.

Lib Ghoul Threatens To Rape Teen Daughter Of Leading Obamacare Critic

C. Steven Tucker with Bill Elliot

C. Steven Tucker with Bill Elliot

Insurance broker and Chicago Tea Party leader C. Steven Tucker is one of the leading critics of Obamacare having done multiple appearances over the last four years on Fox News and Fox Business Channels and regularly appearing on talk radio shows based out of the Midwest(Joe Walsh Show, Chicks On The Right).

Last fall Tucker gained even more notoriety when he helped cancer patient Bill Elliot regain his health insurance after it was cancelled thanks to Obamacare, story here. They both then went on to become apart of another story when they where both audited by the IRS following Bill’s story, and Steve’s help to him, ran on Fox News.

Steven also happens to be the father of two teenage daughters.

So you can imagine his response when a liberal ghoul out of Florida took to Twitter Wednesday and threatened to rape one of his daughters.

 

After this threat was made Tucker filled a complaint against @common_alias whose real name is Preston Smith of Miami, Florida with the FBI. According to Smith’s Facebook profile his is a member of the American Socialist Democratic Party and a self-described atheist. The threat to rape Steve Tuckers daughter, who I will have you know is very well versed in the use of the Second Amendment(as is the whole Tucker family), appears to have been triggered after Steve sent out the following tweet regarding the call to impeach President Obama which gained traction yesterday following former VP candidate Sarah Palin’s piece at Breitbart.

Preston responded at first with this tweet.

 

After that is when the rape threat was made.

A review of the rest of Preston’s twitter feed shows someone who is A) a backer of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, B) really hates religion, C) has contempt for the economic growth of the Reagan years, and D) appears to support granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.  O’ and he does all of that with a potty mouth(or keyboard).

And the left says we conservatives are the ones waging a “war on women”.

Stay classy Preston and please let the FBI know what you really think when they come knocking on your door in the next day or two.

Sen. Ron Johnson Gets Into It When Sen. Jay Rockefeller Says Opponents Of Obamacare Are Racist

Sen.Ron Johnson(R-WI)

Sen.Ron Johnson(R-WI)

West Virginia Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller during A recent Senate committee hearing said that opponents of Obamacare were racists.

That angered Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, who was part of the 2010 Tea Party/Anti-Obamacare wave, to the point that he went into an epic rant.

(H/T The Right Scoop)

Fortune Favors The Bold

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker

It has been a bit comical to see what Democrats have been doing so far in their general election campaigns here in Illinois and the key themes they think will carry them, and Democrats nationally, to victory in November.

Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker Michael Madigan have been highlighting the Democrats desire to raise taxes here in Illinois by pushing to make our supposedly temporary  income and corporate tax increases permanent, proposing a new millionaires tax, and pushing a state constitutional amendment to impose a Marxist progressive income tax.

Then there are Democrats such as pollster Celinda Lake who have been advocating Democrat candidates run on fixing Obamacare because they have come to the realization that defending Obamacare is a certifiable loser.

There has also been talk from President Obama on down of Democrats also running on such things as raising the minimum wage to $10 and some odd cents an hour, giving 11-20 million illegal immigrants amnesty, trying to curtail Americans second amendment rights, and arresting industrial and energy production under the pretenses of the man made global warming hoax.

O’ and we can certainly expect to hear some chatter about some kind of Republican war on women, the urgent need for women to have unfettered access to abortion and contraceptives, and the civil rights issue of the century redefining the meaning of a thousands of years old institution(marriage).

These aren’t the kind of bold reforms necessary to help a state with the second worst unemployment rate in the nation, a $100 billion unfunded pension liability, billions in unpaid bills, and a city, Chicago, on the verge of being the biggest municipal bankruptcy in the country.  Nor are they the kind of reforms a nation that has seen years of economic stagnation, a $17 trillion national debt, and $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities that future generations will one day have to pay off needs, ever.

As the ancient saying goes, fortune favors the bold.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 budget and collective bargaining reforms are the kinds of bold reforms are nation needs right now and the more conservatives and Republicans get behind bold reforms the better their fortunes will become.

If Republicans running for Congress nationally all unite behind the bold notion of totally repealing Obamacare they can expect to have happen to them what happened to Mr. Jolly in Florida’s recent special election, and that is victory at the polls.

If Ken Cuccinelli had just a little bit more time(and some more help from national Republicans like the RNC and Chris Christie) the terrible roll out of Obamacare could have easily pushed him to victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

As Republicans saw in 2010 with the help of the Tea Party and an aggressive stance against Obamacare(i.e total repealment) the voters can and will reward them with massive and even historic wins.

And it is not just reforms that a candidate has to be bold about in order to win.

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Should Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP be bold and attack Gov. Pat Quinn relentlessly over the $50 million in anti-violence money that went missing during his 2010 election and the recent report from Open The Books that the vast majority of heads of the Quinn administration are willfully not in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act and the Freedom Of Information Act they can turn what has been handicapped as a 50-50 race into another Governors mansion occupied by a Republican.

Nationally Republicans should be using the recent arrest of numerous Democrat lawmakers in New York, Illinois, North Carolina, and in California in a bold fashion and hit the entire Democrat Party hard for being corrupt just as the Democrats hit Republicans for being corrupt in 2006 for that whole Mark Foley incident.

On a more long term scale if we take a message of bold reforms into say the African-American community or to the nations young people we can have a groundswell of new support of our candidates and cause.

If Republicans and conservatives where bold and went into the inner city, and the black churches, and the poorest of neighborhoods and talked to the people about their support for defending the traditional definition of marriage and advocate for school choice, school vouchers, and other education reforms that person(s) would see the 99% African-American vote that goes to the Democrats change into 95, then 90, then 85, then 75%.

If Republicans and conservatives did the bold thing and went into the nations high schools and universities and talked about the need to have the 4th and 5th amendment with the NSA spying being a hot button issue with them we would see that millennial generation start to listen to us when we talk about people like Milton Friedman and the positives associated with Capitalism and free markets.

If more people of national political prominence than just Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former congressman Joe Walsh, Senator Tom Coburn, and nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author Mark Levin would be bold and endorse the use of an Article V convention of the states in order to propose constitutional amendments to fix some of the systemic problems gripping the country and the body politic posterity will look fondly upon those people.

Being bold about education reform, balancing the budget, growing the economy, getting congressional term limits to restore the peoples trust in government(at least in part), and not being afraid to go after the other side is what this country, and to be honest the Republican Party, needs right now.

It isn’t like being bold hasn’t worked in the past.

Ronald Reagan was bold when he told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

Kennedy was bold when he set to put a man on the moon.

Abraham Lincoln was bold when he freed the slaves.

Our Founding Fathers where bold when they set out to establish this nation free from the tyranny of the British Crown.

It takes boldness in order to do big things and the big things are the only things in life worth doing.

Diane Harris GOP Candidate For IL 3rd CD: “What War On Women”

Diane Harris

Diane Harris

Diane Harris is seeking to be the Republican Party nominee to run for Illinois’s 3rd congressional district against incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski.

As Diane Harris is an African-American female running for office as a Republican I simply had to ask her about various political issues such as the Democrats so called “Republican war on women”, and the GOP’s effort to reach out to minorities.

First off I asked Diane about the “war on women” meme and about attacks that have been leveled against prominent African-American Republicans like South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former congressman Allen West, and Justice Clarence Thomas.

No matter the amount of education, money or success an African American may have the fact remains they will never be exempt from the various attacks the left and the media will bring. One would wonder why someone educated, successful, financially secure and exercise their 1st amendment right so eloquently, would be a target. African Americans are more critical of each other than most any other race and this fact is certainly known by the media. Example: Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Should we beat our own or should we take the opportunity to help by enhancing, supporting, sharing views and encouraging? I can only imagine what’s in store for me being single, an African American female, sustaining member of the Republican Party, but, from humble beginnings, faced marital and financial struggles now speaking out in support of conservative principals. I can only wonder if that makes me a target. Now you ask about the war on women and I ask “what war on women? Statistics prove the Republican Party has more women in elected position from government down to local offices. The prolife issues are designed to create awareness and protect women from harmful futures and they all have been intentionally misinterpreted as a war on women by the left. The war is waged in the minds of the left wing leaders wondering how to continue the fight to keep the doors open to the immoral organizations located in these already destitute communities. Also wondering how long before their political career will be over as a result of the voters waking up to find that the shackles were removed since
1865.

Here are the rest of my questions to Diane Harris and her answers:

Q: It’s been hard for Republicans to win in the Chicagoland congressional districts like the 3rd for decades, is there anything that can be done/or will happen in this election cycle that will break the trend of Chicago’s CD’s going to the Democrat?

A: Yes, it has been, but my hopes are that I will be elected as Congresswomen to represent the 3rd. Congressional district that will break the trend starting in 2014. This is a new day for the Republican Party. I believe inclusion is unfolding and slowly being seen not only by Democrats but all voters. Voters are educating themselves and finding the previous path taken has not provide the desired results in terms of reaching economic recovery. The messages from Republicans are keys that are crucial to the issues and will unlock the strongholds currently held on the backs of the people within the 3rd Congressional District. Winning the fight for growth and opportunity, economic recovery, financial freedom and most importantly job recovery is the focus for the Republican Party and should be for all voters within the 3rd congressional district who are interested in fighting for the same issues.

Q:Obamacare is obviously a big issue this campaign, Lipinski has been critical of it at times and even was among a few Democrats who voted against its passage, with that in mind is there anyway you can use the publics outrage over Obamacares rollout and tie it to Dan(and/or his party)?

A:There has never been a question about the spending record of the left and whether their spending habit has put a burden on the people and on this economy. I’m sure the focus was to see that the uninsured were insured but the burden is not warranted to the taxpayers as the Constitution doesn’t mandate health for all. Because the ACA was implemented during the current administration, history will remember the public outrage and the political leaders such as Congressman Lipinski, Democrat from Illinois, who was instrumental in promoting a bill with all new taxes hikes, costing Americans an estimated 1 billion dollars to roll out have everlasting effects on our economy. His no vote to repeal will be helping to leave debt to our children and grandchildren, to the seniors, the veterans, and all the people within Congressional 3 for years to come. Congressman Lipinski’s voting history is 85% part of the fabric from the Democratic Party; therefore, he is also responsible for this public outrage.

Q: As a believer in the Flat Tax and being pro-life and a supporter of the 2nd Amendment what do you make of Democrats claims that wanting to lower/reform the tax code, make Washington fiscally responsible, being pro life and pro gun are “extremist” positions that shouldn’t be the political views held by elected office holders?

A: As a matter of fact these are views that should be held by all elected office holders. First and foremost these views are in line with the United States Constitution. A tax issued by Congress can be controlled and can limit over taxation. Pro life issues should not have gotten to the point where we need to have it weighed in at the government because the right to life is giving to all and is also stated in our Constitution. That’s why I will continue to speak for the one’s who cannot speak for themselves and continue to protect the rights of the unborn. The 2nd amendment right is clear, the Constitution gives us the right to keep and bear arms. If these positions are said to be extreme then Americans should consider becoming extreme in order to get back to the basic of a limited government, land of hope, and respect for individual liberty for others but most importantly financial freedom. That is why it is important to vote for candidates, such as myself, who will fight for the rights of others and have respect for our U.S. Constitution.

Coercion: Stiffling Political Decent In Obama’s America

Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D’Souza

With the recent arrest of film-maker Dinesh D’Souza over an alleged illegal campaign contributions that ended up going to 2012 Republican New York Senate candidate Wendy Long combined with a whole host of other items that will be discussed later on in this piece, it is quite evident that political decent of the policies and agenda of President Obama and the extreme liberal Democrats is being stifled with the whole brunt of brute government power creating than a state of coercion in this country.

Dinesh came to prominence because of his widely popular film “2016: Obama’s America” which looked into the family and background of President Obama and pointed out who that background was one that was unfriendly to the United States.

His arrest comes on the heels of former Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonald being indicted for accepting gifts and the one going bridge-gate scandal clouding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

And it is not like it isn’t uncommon for Democrats in government in recent years to use office and the law to try and punish, attack, and imprison political opponents. Such as the case of former congressman Tom Delay, railroaded into prosecution for legally raising funds for political purposes.  And then there is the ongoing investigation in Wisconsin by partisan Democrats there targeting conservative groups that assisted in the recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

This pattern of behavior is troubling enough but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Having personally lead the Rockford Tea Party protest of the IRS office there last year how can I forget the crimes that were done to my fellow Patriots seeking tax exempt status just because they wanted to do such simple things as register people to vote and be poll watchers or give children copies of our founding documents.

And who still isn’t outraged over the closure during the partial government shutdown of the open air World War II memorial, Mt. Rushmore, or the Grand Canyon, let alone the many private businesses that were told to close all at the direction of the director of the National Park Service and President Obama.

Why go after the Tea Party, our greatest generation, successful(Walker) Republican Governors?

Because in this age decent cannot be tolerated.

Things like Obamcare have to be accepted hands down otherwise you get audited like C. Steven Tucker and cancer patient Bill Elliot know first hand.

You can’t report on the administrations failures or you will be spied on as the Associated Press and Fox New reporter James Rosen experienced.

O’ and Heaven forbid you are a Christian business owner and you don’t believe in abortion or same sex marriage.  Our government is going to use its powers to force you to take part in those activities whether you like it or not.

In New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, photographers, florist, and bakers have been told that their religious beliefs are irrelevant they must accommodate the same sex community and their wants and whims not matter how greatly those wants go against the basic tenants of their faith.

The same is true for businesses like Hobby Lobby, and the wonder Little Sisters of the Poor, among others, who are being forced to carry insurance, or be fined millions of dollars, that includes abortion inducing drugs which are in direct contradiction to their religion beliefs that consider abortion to be a sin and something to be avoided at all cost.

That doesn’t matter to Obama and the Department of HHS who are forcing them to carry that insurance anyways.

With us being coerced to abandon our religious beliefs when it comes to life and marriage, to abandon Republican Governors who do such things as take on the public sector unions and balance their states budgets in the process, and attempts being made daily to silence critics even a blind man can see that our liberties and freedoms our under assault like never before and that our nation in is serious peril of failing into a self perpetuating tyranny.

Thank God we have some options to reverse this distribing chain of events, namely the Article V Convention of the States amendment proposal process.

Just waiting and hoping we can win back the Senate and elect and Republican President(Say Ted Cruz), isn’t enough to stop the serial abuse of government against the people, action to preeminently restore our constitutional republic is and it requires your involvement.

So get off your butt and get going, your country needs you. Or does the IRS have to come after you for not trying to expose yourself to identity theft at that debacle of a website called healthcare.gov and buy health insurance that cost more than most new cars.

The GOP Establishment Cannot Be Defeated Unless You Help

No-More-RINOs-2We all know the names of the GOP establishment RINOs whom we love to hate; John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell in the Senate, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Pete King in the House.

They and others are the ones pushing the Republican Party to embrace amnesty, they are the ones who wouldn’t support defunding Obamacare, they are the ones attacking Ted Cruz, and they are the ones whom we conservatives and Tea Party patriots are trying to oust in the 2014 primaries.

But as badly as we want to send these establishment RINO hacks packing it will not, it cannot happen unless each and every last one of you is willing to step up and take part in the effort to unseat the GOP establishment in each and every race.

One of those races involves the new fresh young face of the GOP establishment, Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger and his genuine Tea Party opponent David Hale.

Kinzinger has been called a young John McCain by nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author Mark Levin and for good reason.

Like McCain Kinzinger whole heartedly supported the US military getting entangled in the Syrian terrorist on terrorist civil war.

Like McCain Adam Kinzinger has repeatedly spoken ill of Senator Ted Cruz, the effort to defund Obamacare and the subsequent partial government shutdown.

Whereas John McCain infamously called the Tea Party “Hobbits” Adam Kinzinger used an appearance on ABC’s This Week to attack Heritage Action, Club For Growth, and FreedomWorks in one breath.

Time and again when a big vote has come up in the House from the debt limit, to the fiscal cliff “crap sandwich”, to the terrible deal that ended the partial government shutdown Adam Kinzinger has voted the way Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor wanted him and the rest of the establishment RINOs to vote.

Because of his record of attacking conservatives like Ted Cruz and former congressman Don Manzullo and his history of attacking conservative organizations(in 2012 Kinzinger attacked Illinois Conservatives and its President Zach Oltmanns) not to mention his support for bombing Syria Adam Kinzinger has drawn a primary challenge from Rockford Tea Party leader David Hale.

This congressional race between Adam Kinzinger and David Hale is a textbook example of the Conservative/Tea Party base rebelling against the GOP establishment and it is a race everyone in the nation should pay attention to(and help out).

With a campaign war chest of over half a million dollars and a ton of money at his disposal in the form of PAC’s affiliated with Boehner and Cantor coupled with money from big corporations that he helps scratch the backs of(think crony capitalism and corporate Republicanism) Adam Kinzinger has an air about him of invincibility.

Nothing would please me more than to see the grassroots toss a monkey wrench into the dreams and ambitions of Adam Kinzinger.

But that can’t happen unless you are willing to send a donation David Hale’s way, or walk precincts and knock on doors, or do something else to sway voters in Illinois’ 16th congressional district(which is a very big and rather rural chunk of Northern Illinois) to support David Hale.

It doesn’t take anything big to unseat an incumbent establishment candidate just tens of thousands of people doing the small things; send Hale your checks not the RNC, write letters to the editors, don’t sit around an complain to the walls call into your local radio station and promote David.

Don’t wait for Heritage, FreedomWorks, or Club For Growth to jump into this race before you get involved, be involved at the grassroots level so that those and other conservative and Tea Party groups and organizations have no choice but to join in because they want to be a part of a monumental victory where you helped a true advocate of conservative and Tea Party principles defeat a Boehner yes man.

This race is truly a David versus Goliath(aka Adam Kinzinger) affair and it can have the same result as the Biblical story but only if your willing to hand David Hale a figurative stone.

#DavidHale4Congress

Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation Ask Gov. Quinn How Medicaid Eligibility Will Be Varified Under Obamacare

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn

Among other things Obamacare allowed states to do was to expand Medicaid to more people, many states including Illinois jumped at the chance to put more people on the welfare rolls.

There is just one problem with the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, those seeking to get added only have to self verify that they are eligible leaving it up to the states to make sure someone isn’t trying to defraud the system.

Which brings up another problem, the state of Illinois is terrible at verifying the eligibility of Medicaid recipients already.

And ongoing independent audit of the states Medicaid rolls has found that half of those currently on Medicaid in Illinois are ineligible.

Hence every Republican member of Congress in Illinois has sent Governor Pat Quinn a letter asking him how the state of Illinois is going to check to make sure that people signing up for Medicaid under Obamacare are actually eligible for the program.

Illinois Review has more:

The letter followed the state’s announcement earlier this month that with the ObamaCare changes working their way through the state’s uninsured, only 1,370 had selected private health insurance plans and nearly 20,000 were deemed Medicaid eligible. The letter explains:

“We are writing to gather more information regarding those estimates to better understand how many Illinois residents have: (1) completed applications and purchased a private plan, and (2) been deemed possibly eligible for Medicaid but not previously enrolled versus those newly eligible to the program.”

The state will bear a higher burden of the cost of those who were previously eligible for Medicaid yet were not signed up. Newly eligible Medicaid recipients are reimbursed higher under Obamacare. And an audit for fiscal year 2010 showed Illinois overpaid $171 million under Medicaid.

Obamacare Navigator Willing To Release Private Information For Political Purposes

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas has another undercover video of an Obamacare navigator in Texas, who turns out is a major player with Organizing for Action, willing to release the private information for political purposes.

Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL) Won’t Say If She Would Have Voted For Obamacare

Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL)

Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL)

Freshman Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos of northwestern Illinois’ 17th congressional district was recently asked by the Sauk Valley Media if she would have voted to pass Obamacare if she were a member of Congress in 2010 when the law was passed.

She Won’t answer.

In a telephone conference with reporters Wednesday, Bustos declined to answer Sauk Valley Media’s question about whether she would have voted for Obamacare – yes or no.

She didn’t answer “yes” or “no,” though she said she had voted to correct problems in the law since taking office this year. She also said she wanted to make sure “we are as good as our word.”

That was likely a reference to President Barack Obama’s repeated promises that people would be able to keep their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But insurance companies have canceled millions of individual policies that don’t meet Obamacare’s standards.

In her 2012 campaign, Bustos issued a statement that the Affordable Care Act “is not perfect, but makes real improvements in our health care system.”

“It lowers costs for small businesses and makes sure you have coverage that cannot be taken away,” she said.

Bustos pledged to oppose efforts to repeal the reforms, saying the new law would save money and lives.

New Obamacare Website Problem, It Can’t Process Premium Payments

687474703a2f2f69312e77702e636f6d2f746869736973747769746368792e66696c65732e776f726470726573732e636f6d2f323031332f31302f6f62616d61636172652d3430342e706e673f6669743d3136303025324331363030The Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, is chalk full of glitches, errors, security vulnerabilities, and as the Weekly Standard reports can’t process premium payments for the handful of people who have been able to select an insurance plan using it.

However, paying the premium is not necessarily a simple matter.  An online chat with a Healthcare.gov representative revealed that the site is not recommending using the exchange to make the initial premium payment. The representative was not even completely sure the option was being offered.  Here is an excerpt from the chat [emphasis added]:

Healthcare.gov Representative:  To have coverage effective January 1, 2014, you must make your first premium payment by December 15, 2013. Your health insurance company can tell you how to make your premium payment. If you do not make a payment on December 21, 2013, you may have to fill out another application.

TWS:  I can’t make a payment through healthcare.gov?

Rep:  It may give you that option when you complete your enrollment.

TWS:  If I don’t pick a plan until 12/15, won’t it be too late for my info to go to the insurance company, them to bill me, and me to make a payment by 12/21?  Seems pretty tight.

Rep:  You must make your first premium payment by 12/15/13 for your coverage to begin January 1, 2014. If you make your payment by the 21st, your coverage will begin in February 1, 2014.

TWS:  You said above “It may give you that option” to pay on healthcare.gov.  Does that mean it’s not available yet?

Rep:  We are still experiencing some technical difficulties with the website, which is why it would be best to possibly go through the insurance company to make your first premium payment.

The federal government run exchange is not the only one to experience problems with premium payments.  The Maryland Health Connection, that state’s version of the Obamacare exchange, announced a week ago Friday that it was suspending the bill-pay feature indefinitely:

Sen. Kristin Gillibrand(D-NY): “We All Knew” Obama Was Lying About Keep Your Plan Promise

BVCzOF7CAAERD0g_zpsf05f8d2cI cannot believe it Senator Kristin Gillibrand, Democrat New York, was actually honest today on ABC’s This Week and admitted that Democrats knew President Obama was lying when he repeatedly said that if you liked your plan you could keep it.

h/t Gateway Pundit

Obamacare “Fix” Criticism Gets D.C. Insurance Commissioner Canned

943487_10152858596750515_2004321361_nThe first commandment of Democrats is, Thou shall not criticize his holiness Barack Obama.

The insurance commissioner for the nations capitol broke that commandment this week when he was critical of President Obama’s “Fix” of Obamacare and was promptly canned.

Breitbart has more:

William P. White, the D.C. insurance commissioner, told the Washington Post that D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s top deputies said Gray “wants to go in a different direction” after White was one of the first commissioners to push back against Obama’s “fix.”

Though White said he was not told that he was specifically fired for his criticism, he “said the timing was hard to ignore.” He said that 24 hours after his criticism, he was ‘basically being told, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’”

Obama, in a Thursday White House press conference, announced an administrative fix that would allow insurance companies to extend plans that they have cancelled for another year. After that press conference, White, according to the Post, said Obama’s “action today undercuts the purpose of the exchanges, including the District’s DC Health Link, by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate.”

He also said that he concurred with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’s assessment that Obama’s administrative fix “threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”

According to the Post, “White’s statement was removed from the department’s Web site sometime before Friday morning.”

Final Nail in the Obamacare Coffin?

filepicker-eX2vlXUQkeOo9KIDsulO_nail_in_coffinby Randi Rossi

For those people that have been paying close attention to Obamacare over the last three years, the chaos that everyone is now seeing is not a surprise. It was all forecasted and predictable because it is simply math. For anybody that read the law or read professional analysis of the law and understands business; there was no doubt that Obamacare would cause millions of people to lose their health care, cause millions of people to lose their jobs, increase health care costs, create a gigantic deficit, and drain money from Medicare to fund Obamacare. The first nail in the Obamacare coffin was when union bosses like Jimmy Hoffa said that Obamacare would kill the 40 hour work week and the backbone of the middle class. The second nail in the coffin was when Obama delayed the employer mandate because he knew that millions of people would lose their jobs as a result of that mandate. The next nail in the coffin was the disastrous failure of the web site. Even those of us who knew Obamacare was a disaster could not imagine that the government could be this incompetent. The second to last nail was the millions of people that lost their health care after Obama promised they could keep it. The final nail may be Obama’s own unilateral decision to allow those millions of cancelled policies to continue despite the law. The problems with that announcement are 1) it may be illegal, 2) it is a massive project and insurance companies only have about 30 days to complete and communicate it, 3) according to insurance companies it may create even more chaos and confusion. Time to bury Obamacare and stop pouring money down a rat hole and start over!

Time for Health Insurance CEO’s to Show Some Spine

spineby Randi Rossi

Winston Churchill best described the predicament that health insurance CEOs now find themselves in, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last”. All of America now knows that Obamacare is a disaster. It is just math and health insurance CEOs knew very well what would happen. But they played ball with President Obama for two reasons. First they thought they might make more money as 30 million more Americans would have insurance, even though they knew it would hurt middle class Americans through higher rates. Second, they didn’t want to irritate President Obama even though they knew Obamacare would be a disaster. They were hoping to skate by behind the scenes. Well now the “cat is out of the bag”, and everybody now understands how destructive Obamacare will be as President Obama essentially admitted it and threw insurance CEO’s under the bus. How? By announcing that he would be now willing to allow the millions of policies that have just been cancelled to be reinstated, he has just thrown the insurance CEOs an impossible task. They have essentially 30 days to do three years of work by redoing millions of cancelled policies, getting state approval, communicating them to customers, receiving responses, processing, and implementing those policies. This is an impossible task thanks to Obama’s last minute “dive for cover”. Health insurance CEOs now need to be honest with America and say that and also say that they can’t provide cover for President Obama’s disastrous and epic Obamacare failure. If they don’t, the Obamacare debacle will grow exponentially and tens of millions of Americans will suffer.

Project Veritas Obamacare Navigator Video #2: More Lying

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas have released the second in a series of undercover videos of Obamacare navigators telling people to lie and defraud the government as they enroll in Obamacare.

39 House Dems Join GOP In Passing Rep. Upton’s Keep Your Plan Act; White House Issues Veto Threat

Rep. Fred Upton(R-MI)

Rep. Fred Upton(R-MI)

Earlier today the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve congressman Fred Upton’s version of the Keep Your Plan Act which would make President Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance plans if they like them the act would also make President Obama’s “fix” announced yesterday legal.

Fox News has more:

The House on Friday approved a bill to let insurance companies sell health plans that had previously been canceled due to ObamaCare regulations, a day after President Obama moved unilaterally to fix the problem.

The bill passed 261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats crossed over to support the GOP-backed legislation. (Click for the vote breakdown.)

The bill would go a step further than the plan Obama announced on Thursday, by allowing insurance companies to sell the old plans to customers who previously had them, as well as new customers, for another year. Obama’s plan would only apply to those customers enrolled in the plans before the cancellation notices went out.

But Republicans, in bringing the bill to the floor on Friday, raised the broader concern that Obama might not have the authority to make those changes on his own. House Speaker John Boehner said he’s “highly skeptical that they can do this administratively.”

Further, sponsor Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., questioned whether Obama could simply reverse course a few weeks or months down the road. Upton told Fox News that his bill is a “better answer — because who knows how his executive order is going to be tested?”

After today’s vote the White House issued a veto threat of the freshly passed bill. Majority leader Eric Cantor tweeted out the veto threat(via Katie Pavlich at Townhall).

BZFAmOBCAAAyfXROf the Upton bill I am rather indifferent towards it. I’m not big on passing it, just let Obamacare stand as is and let Democrats own it while the GOP works on full repeal.  I’m also not that opposed to it, however I do understand what Erick Erickson has been saying about it at RedState.

It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the topsy-turvy world of Obamacare, to keep insurance plans going.

But there is a plan than does. Senator Mary Landrieu has written legislation in the United States Senate that the Democrats love. It mandates insurance companies have to keep people on their present insurance. The GOP is supposedly against mandates and against government forcing private businesses and individuals into contracts they don’t want.

Here’s what is going to happen.

The House, with the help of a good number of Democrats, will pass the Upton plan and send it to the Senate. Harry Reid will substitute the Landrieu plan and send it back to the House. The House will be forced to either vote for the Landrieu plan or be characterized as siding with insurance companies against people.

In one fell swoop, the Democrats will have the GOP on record saving Mary Landrieu’s re-election in Louisiana by casting her as the one who saved Americans’ health care plans, and also getting on record as really being in favor of fixing Obamacare with the use of mandates.

Obama’s Issues Obamacare Fix; Comes A Month After Dems Could Have Done So During Government Shutdown

131114_Obama_2At a press conference today at the White House President Obama issued, in perfect dictator fashion, a fix to the problem 5-7 million Americans are facing in having the insurance plans canceled because those plans don’t comply with Obamacare’s mandates.

Under Obama’s decree insurance companies will be allowed to continue to offer plans to those who have had them canceled for another year.

Of course President Obama doesn’t have the constitutional or statutory authority to make this change to Obamacare.

Fox News has more:

President Barack Obama announced an administrative solution Thursday that allows insurance companies to continue to offer existing policies that don’t meet Affordable Care Act standards into 2014 if the insurer chooses.

More than five million people have reportedly received cancellation letters for having subpar insurance policies despite repeated promises from the president over the last few years that individuals who liked their current plan would be able to keep it under the legislation.

Under the president’s fix, insurance companies are now charged with undertaking the administrative work of contacting previous policyholders to explain their new options. The president’s solution  does not require legislation, and state insurance commissioners and insurance companies will have to decide whether or not to permit policy renewals. The move does not allow insurers to sell non-compliant plans.

Bretibart has a bit more:

Americans who had their insurance plans cancelled, because they didn’t meet all of ObamaCare’s coverage mandates, can renew those policies for another year. Presumably, their plans would be cancelled at the end of 2014, after the midterm elections.

Obama’s carve out for the individual insurance market is a reflection of the panic settling in among Democrats on Capitol Hill. Many of these lawmakers echoed Obama’s false claim that people could keep their existing coverage. This reassurance was critical to the health care law passing. With the midterms a year away and a number of vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states, lawmakers have been scrambling to find fixes to the insurance cancellations debacle.

All of the cancellation notices and suffering the American people are going through right now because of Obamacare could have been prevented last month during the partial government shutdown when Democrats and President Obama had the chance to delay the individual mandate by a year.

Senator Ted Cruz spoke on this matter to CNS News today:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants the media to ask Democrats why they are considering a delay to ObamaCare now, and why they voted to shut the government down instead of supporting a delay back in September.

Cruz made the comments Thursday while discussing the government shutdown at the Washington Ideas Forum.  “It’s interesting, in the last few weeks, over a dozen Democrats have publicly called for delaying ObamaCare in significant respects. The House voted to do that.

Even Howard Dean was willing to note that Obama doesn’t have the authority to issue this “fix” to Obamacare.

The only real fix to the problems of Obamacare is to get rid of the whole darn thing.