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#ObamaCare Buzzword Compliance

by Smitty Via Drudge: Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to […]

What This Economy Needs Is Another Stab In The Heart

by Smitty via Drudge The river of lies is gearing up for a Spring flood, according to the Washington Free Beacon: The Obama administration has yet to finalize 28 additional regulations under Obamacare that could lead to an “avalanche” of regulatory burden on the economy, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. A […]

‘L’Etat, C’est Moi’

President Obama is a law unto himself: “ObamaCare” is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day. He has once again delayed the employer mandate. The timetable for implementation of the law — which was written into the law […]

Three Realizations About #ObamaCare

by Smitty From Is Obamacare Unraveling? . . .the administration was thinking of extending the individual health insurance policies that Obamacare was supposed to have cancelled for as much as three more years. . . .with the literal drop dead date for these old policies hitting by December 31, 2014, that would have meant those […]

ObamaCare’s Compulsory Race Question

You can’t see a doctor now unless you fill out a questionnaire about race and ethnicity, and Maetenloch comments at AOSHQ: “Thanks Obama and Congress. These days I always put myself down as ‘Mixed’ since a) it’s true in the larger sense and b) it fucks up all their statistics.” Heh. If there is an […]

Failure Is Not a Public-Relations Problem: The Brutal Economics of ObamaCare

“Obama: Anatomy of a World Leader,” by Alex Gray (detail) The Congressional Budget Office report about the economic impact of ObamaCare is out, and it paints an ugly picture. The Hill: The new healthcare law will slow economic growth over the next decade, costing the nation about 2.5 million jobs and contributing to a $1 […]

ObamaCare Is Doomed

Megan McArdle recounts the basic case: In a nutshell, Obamacare has so far fallen dramatically short of what was expected — technically, and in almost every other way. Enrollment is below expectations: According to the data we have so far, more than half of the much-touted Medicaid expansion came from people who were already eligible […]

Does Christie Add Desirable Gravitas To The Republican Governor’s Association?

by Smitty It sure is the case that outgoing disgrace Bob McDonnell did not. The surprise $1B transportation bill a year ago still hasn’t been clearly explained, but it led into the ominous ethics cloud over McDonnell. That cloud was among the minor factors that hampered Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts last November. So Ken is an […]

Stand By For GOP Disaster On ObamaCare

by Smitty Pardon the pessimism, but the GOP seems to differ with the Administration more on style than substance, as Hayward notes at Breitbart: …indications are that the Republicans are backing away from ObamaCare, or at least from efforts to kill it. Jon Terbush at The Week delivered the news in an article entitled “It’s […]

The ObamaCare ‘Death Spiral’ Debate

ObamaCare is exactly the kind of policy failure its opponents predicted, although it has also failed in a few unpredicted ways. The only way anyone can call ObamaCare a “success” is in a political sense, i.e., it helped re-elect Obama. We might also say ObamaCare is a “success” in the sense that its unmistakable failure will […]

New York Times Plays the Koch Card, Reporting Democrat ObamaCare Panic

The free market group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) opened the 2014 campaign early, running ads targeting vulnerable senators who voted for ObamaCare, as I have previously reported: Dec. 3: VIDEO: ‘ObamaCare … Just Doesn’t Work’ Jan. 2: New Ads Target Senators: ‘It’s Time to Be Honest: ObamaCare Doesn’t Work’ AFP is one of the largest […]

Obama Still Hasn’t Responded to Republican Offer to Discuss Health Care

A Republican congressman says it’s been nearly a month since he and 33 colleagues offered to meet with President Obama to discuss health care reform, and they still haven’t heard back from the White House. “In the wake of Obamacare’s numerous failures, President Obama said that if Republicans had better health care reform ideas, they […]

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