The New York Times has published a memo that outlines ”House Republicans’ response to the Affordable Care Act” which the Times points out, “is increasingly organized and orchestrated, including collections of stories about people who say they were harmed by the health care law.” The 18 page memo details Republican Talking Points to be used in their continued battle against Obamacare: The document, the product of a series of closed-door strategy sessions that began in mid-October, is part of an increasingly organized Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republican strategists say that over the next several months, they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault. It boggles the mind that the … Continue reading
The Affordable Care Act has decidedly had a rough start, however the L.A. Times reports today, “enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama’s health law.” A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials. “What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the … Continue reading
The Affordable Care Act more popularly known as Obamacare, in the opinion of many experts is the most debated law in American history. Does anyone really know what the Affordable Care Act is? Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, in a very humorous fashion pointed out how people truly believed there was a difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare. When asked “are you for Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?” the majority of individuals asked replied the Affordable Care Act. When asked why they preferred the Affordable Care Act their reply was the Affordable Care Act was set up to help people and that Obamacare was forced healthcare and socialist in nature. You and I both know that the … Continue reading
On the 3rd day of the federal government shutdown, reports of shots fired outside the U.S. Capitol have facilitated a lock down on Capitol Hill. The shooting, at about 2:19 p.m., sent the busy Capitol complex into lockdown, with legislators and other employees told to shelter in place. It appeared to have taken place to the north of the Capitol itself, in the direction of the Senate’s large office buildings. Emergency vehicles clustered at the normally busy three-way intersection of Constitution Avenue, 2nd Street, and Maryland Avenue NE. After the first shots were heard, officers with semi-automatic weapons were seen running toward the building’s exits. Capitol Police ordered a “shelter in place” warning in the wake of the incident. AP News … Continue reading
Screw the little people… House GOP moves forward with $40 billion cut to food stamps. The bill contains twice as much in cuts as the House Agriculture Committee originally sought for the program and it was devised by a task force led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) after an integrated farm bill failed on the House floor this summer. The obstructionists Republicans in the House care nothing about anyone who isn’t in the 1%!
Some members of Congress can’t seem to stay on issue, as we witnessed yesterday when Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) “charged that the Obama administration cannot be trusted to carry out an attack on Syria due to mistakes made in Benghazi and controversies involving the IRS and NSA programs.” Duncan raised Secretary of State John Kerry’s ire and Kerry struck back, forcefully condemning Duncan for his claims. “I’m not going to sit here and be told by you that I don’t have a set of — a sense of what the judgment is,” he said. “We are talking about people being killed by gas and you want to go talk about Benghazi and Fast and Furious.” As Kerry spoke, Duncan held … Continue reading
In a speech to America earlier today, President Obama announced that he will seek a vote in Congress on striking Syria, effecting shutting down the speculation that he would order a strike without Congressional approval. Obama said in his Rose Garden speech, delivered with Vice President Biden at his side, that he had “decided that the United States should use force but would wait for a vote from lawmakers, who are not due to return to town until Sept. 9.” Mr. Obama said he believed he had the authority to act on his own, but he did not say whether he would if Congress rejects his plan. “I’m prepared to give that order,” Mr. Obama said. “But having made my … Continue reading
We’re in full court press on Syria now. The drums are beating. The debate is ongoing and looking more and more as though action in Syria is on the way. In a speech today on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry “laid out the case like the prosecutor he once was, making a closing argument to a skeptical jury.” Again and again, some 24 times in all, he used the phrase “we know” to describe the intelligence that Syria’s government massacred more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons. And then, while saying no decision had been made, he left no doubt that the United States would respond with military power. Anyone who thinks this issue isn’t weighing hard on Kerry … Continue reading