The Obama administration isn’t good at much, but it has mastered the art of burying bad news by releasing it late on Friday afternoons.
The theory is that most reporters have taken off early to investigate the effect of bloody Marys on the human body, so bad news will get lost in the weekend shuffle.
The Obama administration has mastered the fine art of the Friday afternoon document dump
Fortunately, this story didn’t slip by the folks over at The Hill:
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats’ healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.
The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans to offer at least $750,000 worth of annual medical benefits before leaving patients to fend for themselves. Still, Republicans have assailed the waivers as a sign of both favoritism and of major problems with the law.
“The fact that over 1,000 waivers have been granted is a tacit admission that the healthcare law is fundamentally flawed,” Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in March. Upton is one of three House committee chairmen who has used new oversight powers to investigate the annual limit waivers.
We haven’t yet seen this new list of exemptions, but if it looks anything like previous lists, it’s a hodgepodge of unions, healthcare providers and other big Democrat contributors.
Would someone please grant us a waiver from this administration?
According to Genius Jackson, Jr, we need to change the Constitution to give everyone a free house, free medical care, free educations, free iPods and free laptops.
Why stop there? You left out free cars and free gasoline. Free wide screen televisions and free HBO. Free Grand Slam breakfasts at Denny’s and free dinners at Outback Steakhouse. Free smoothies at Jamba Juice. Free shirts. Free underwear.
In fact, we’re pretty sure Genius, Jr. thinks everything should be free except elections.
For some of you, playing doctor probably brings back some embarrassing childhood memories you’d just as soon forget. Unless you live in Wisconsin, that is, where playing doctor continues on into adulthood.
According to Fox News, “…alleged doctors were handing out ‘fake’ sick notes to protesters – allowing them to call in sick while the budget impasse continues.”
This genius doctor wrote a note for a genius teacher for February 19. That's a Saturday, guys!
It seems that the “alleged doctors” in question were “standing on street corners handing them (notes) out to whomever asked” and were not even performing alleged exams or asking alleged questions about the protestors alleged health conditions before passing the notes out.
Could it be that the Most Union-Loving President That Ever Was Or Ever Will Be convinced the medical professionals of Wisconsin to go out and show America what we have to look forward to under ObamaCare?
Just think America! No more long waits in the doctor’s office reading last year’s issues of Sports Illustrated and Gallbladder Monthly. No more embarrassing coughing. And no more sinister “Bend over and spread ‘em.” Just an immediate fake diagnosis and immediate fake treatment.
We’re pretty sure that most doctors are not members of a union, so what prompted them to begin writing fake notes? We’d guess they just got caught up in the fake patriotism of the moment.
Many cities schedule orientation meetings for their new employees. But in the near future the liberal bastion of Berkeley, California may have to schedule re-orientation meetings. Sexual re-orientation, that is.
CNSnews.com reports on the ol’ switcheroo:
Berzerkeley, California: Now providing legal tender for the transgender
“While other cities are slashing employee benefits, Berkeley is slated to add one more: paying for sex-change operations,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
The Berkeley City Council was expected to vote Tuesday night on a proposal to reserve $20,000 annually for city employees’ gender-reassignment surgery, which is not covered by the city’s health insurance providers, the newspaper reported.
The benefit, to be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, would allow employees to collect the money before the operation.
And now, friends, you understand why the town is nicknamed Berzerkeley.
Heartbreak Update: The sex change surgery vote has been delayed. According to KTVU.com, “The Berkeley City Council Tuesday night postponed a vote on a staff proposal to appropriate $20,000 a year to pay for sex-change operations for city employees. Council members on Tuesday decided to delay a final decision on the issue until Feb. 15.” Stay tuned for the latest in transsexual news here at IHateTheMedia.com.
These two short videos pretty much sum up sad situation we find ourselves in with ObamaCare.
In the first clip, Nancy Pelosi tells the fawning press that the Democrats would have passed ObamaCare “even if everyone was happy with their health coverage.” For once, Pelosi unwittingly told the truth, because polls at the time showed that somewhere north of 80% of Americans were satisfied with their healthcare prior to ObamaCare.
To see your unfortunate medical future, watch the second video.
We learned from the Radio Equalizer that Rosie O’Donnell has a satellite radio program. Yeah, we were as shocked as you are, but not as shocked as Rosie was when she got a phone call from a Canadian listener who started off by praising Canada’s universal healthcare system and then revealed that she had been waiting for gastric bypass surgery for seven years and may have to wait several more years.
Caller: It’s not considered an emergency surgery–
O’Donnell: Oh, OK.
Caller: It’s considered elective, so if it was an emergency surgery, it would be a lot quicker. To see any kind of specialist is at least a few months, you’re not going to get into see somebody next week.
O’Donnell: If you called and sort of were persistent in saying to them, ‘I really need this’ … it doesn’t change the [waiting] list order.
Caller: … They’re telling me, by the way, it’s gonna be another two or three years … There’s still about 2,000 people ahead of me.
We recall Pelosi’s previous statement that “We had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” and think to ourselves, “No, you don’t. Just look across our northern border.”
President Obama promised Democrats that ObamaCare was the magic elixir that would make them invulnerable in last November’s elections. He said the bill would become even more popular as people learned what was in it.
President Obama practices showing compassion with his version of the patented Bill Clinton Lip Bite™
A ABC/Washington Post poll has some very bad news for the President:
Coinciding with a federal judge’s ruling invalidating a key element of the health care reform law, an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds support for the landmark legislation at a new low – but division on what to do about it.
The law’s never been popular, with support peaking at just 48 percent in November 2009. Today it’s slipped to 43 percent, numerically its lowest in ABC/Post polling. (It was about the same, 44 percent, a year ago.) Fifty-two percent are opposed, and that 9-point gap in favor of opposition is its largest on record since the latest debate over health care reform began in earnest in summer 2009.
More also continue to “strongly” oppose the law than to strongly support it, 37 percent to 22 percent.
Nancy Pelosi said, “We had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.”
Unfortunately, what they found was that the American people don’t like it.
Last week a federal judge ruled ObamaCare unconstitutional. This week Rasmussen reports that a majority of U.S. voters now think the legislative abomination will be overturned.
Nancy Pelosi was right. We had to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it. And now that we’ve found out, we don’t like it.
Rasmussen reports on the turn of the American voter:
For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the health care bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care plan will be repealed. Thirty-three percent (33%) view repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 16% who believe repeal is Very Likely and 5% who believe it is Not at All Likely.
The number who view repeal as Likely is up from 47% last month and from 38% in early April. Belief that the plan is likely to be repealed has been hovering in the 40% range in surveys since April but began to rise in late October.
It’s all good. Well, at least until you remember that this all depends on the gutless Republicans actually doing what they said they were going to do.
There’s nothing too good for our illegal aliens, damn it. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now offering illegal aliens the kind of medical treatment you’d love to have if you needed it.
Free medical care for illegal aliens. It's the American way.
And we’re sure you won’t be surprised to find out it’s all because of a lawsuit by the ACLU.
The Examiner reports the depressing details:
Among the many services which ICE will now provide illegal aliens in their custody are heart surgeries, cancer biopsies, treatment for diabetes, dental care, and treatment for mental depression.
On Thursday, Elizabeth Alexander, former Director of the ACLU National Prison Project and lead attorney in the suit said: “For the first time, ICE has committed to providing all necessary health care to immigration detainees beyond just emergency care.”
So let’s choose a random country. Mexico, let’s say. You’re a potential illegal alien sitting in your casa in Michoacan when you notice a growth the size of a grapefruit on the left side of your head. This isn’t good, you think to yourself. What should I do? Should I go to the hack doctor down the street who will probably tell me to go home and kiss my wife and kids goodbye? Or should I sneak across the border where I’ll get the kind of treatment regular American citizens can’t afford?
“Hasta la vista, honey. I’ll be back as soon as those gringo doctors fix me up.”
Our headline is actually in reverse chronological order. As you’ll see in this story.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the government can’t force you to buy health insurance. In other words, ObamaCare is unconstitutional.
With that in mind, you may recall the incident last October when a reporter asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she could pinpoint the part of the Constitution that authorized Congress to mandate that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance.
Reporter: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?
Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
Reporter: “Yes, yes I am.”
Don’t look now, Nancy hon, but we’re pretty sure Judge Hudson is serious, too.
Michele Bachmann, Minnesota’s fiery Republican, went after the Obama administration’s healthcare hypocrisy on Monday, pointing out the abject failure of a policy that has already granted 111 waivers (list here):
Bachmann: What an abject failure is this government takeover of health care that fully 111 waivers have been issued? What does this mean? This is an admission of failure by the White House. They may not be admitting it, but their actions are admitting it. Why? Because we see universities and unions and favored companies are getting waivers. What’s a waiver? It’s an exemption. Why do they they need an exemption? Obamacare is a cost driving hiker. It’s a failure.
We were told we had to pass Obamacare. We couldn’t wait. We couldn’t even read the bill. We couldn’t take the time to even debate it. Because why? President Obama promised us, he promised that it would drive down the cost of health care. He promised. He promised.
As Joe Biden might say, this can all be explained in one simple three letter word: Liar.
It’s an old story. A innocent immigrant is taken advantage of by a smooth-talking city slicker. Unfortunately, in this case the innocent immigrant was Republican Congressman Joseph Cao and the smooth talking city slicker was the Commander in Chief.
If we're not mistaken, that's a tear at the corner of heartbroken Congressman Joseph Cao's right eye
Fox News has the details of Joesph Cao’s heartbreak:
Republican Rep. Joseph Cao — in an act of either selfless concern or political expediency — says he “must” warn President Obama that the Democratic candidate he’s endorsed in the race has a history of ethical problems.
The Louisiana congressman is smarting after Obama used his first general election ad to endorse Cao’s opponent, Democrat Cedric Richmond. According to Cao’s campaign, he had hoped Obama would endorse him considering all he did for Democrats — like being the only Republican to cast a floor vote for the health care overhaul.
“He didn’t even have the courtesy (to call us)” before running the ad, Cao spokesman Devin Johnson told FoxNews.com. “That hurt the congressman. At least, he wanted that courtesy.”
But Cao says there must be an explanation — Obama must not have known about Richmond’s ethical problems.
“I believe that has happened in the congressional race for District 2 here in Louisiana,” Cao said in a written statement. “No one apparently told the president that Cedric Richmond had his law license suspended for lying to the voters; that he has been the subject of two ethics violations while a legislator.”
We’re sure you’re right, Congressman Cao. Because this President certainly wouldn’t associate with anyone with even the slightest ethics problems.
Engrave the trophy now. Make it read “Joseph Cao, Dumbest Republican of the Year, 2010.”
A Democrat donor and MSNBC fan has been convicted of making death threats to a Florida congresswoman because she opposed ObamaCare.
The Tampa Tribune has the story:
Eric Lawrence Pidrman is part of MSNBC's key demographic: Drunken lunatics
A Spring Hill man who threatened U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite during the health care debate will spend more than two years in federal prison.
Eric Lawrence Pidrman, 66, claims he was in an alcoholic blackout when he telephoned Brown-Waite’s office about 6:30 a.m. on March 25 and left a message saying he had 27 people who would make sure she “doesn’t live to see her next term.”
“I’m terribly sorry that it ever happened,” Pidrman said this morning before he was sentenced. At the time of the morning he made the call, he said, “I very often watch the recycled news shows on MSNBC.”
That wasn’t a recycled news show, Eric. That was just Keith Olbermann naming Bill O’Reilly Worst Person In the World for the 873rd time. It just seemed recycled.
This is a tobacco smoke enema, a medical device used back in the 18th and early 19th centuries to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, primarily to resuscitate drowning victims.
A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke towards the rectum. The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration, but doubts about the credibility of tobacco smoke enemas lead to the popular phrase “blowing smoke up your ass.”
This old tool has now been reintroduced in Washington, DC as a major component of the new ObamaCare program.
You know that anti-ObamaCare vote in Missouri last week? The one that got 71% of the vote? Meaningless, according to Fox News’ Juan Williams, because those who voted didn’t reflect an accurate sampling of Missouri’s ethic mix.
“As far as the Missouri vote, you get 70 percent inside an echo chamber of older white people, no not in St. Louis not in Kansas City, saying, ‘Oh yeah, we don’t like a requirement that everybody has to have healthcare even though the hospitals in Missouri say it’s gonna drive up our costs.’”
On a similar note, the results of last night’s Dodgers game didn’t count because the team’s roster doesn’t include enough black guys. And don’t bother paying the bills you got in the mail today. The post office doesn’t have enough Hispanics. And while we’re at it, let’s wipe the Renaissance out of the history books. Too many white guys.
The Obama administration just got caught trying to slip another one past the American people. They used data in the annual Medicare Trustees Report to prove that that ObamaCare would inject new life in the Medicare monster.
Unfortunately for the President, that argument didn’t hold up when economics21.org analyzed the report and learned that Medicare’s own chief actuary disagrees. Strongly disagrees, in fact. He says they underestimated future costs by 68%.
To repeat, the administration underestimated costs by a remarkable 68%:
68%! They underestimated Medicare costs by a remarkable 68%.
“(T)he financial projections shown in this report for Medicare do not represent a reasonable expectation for actual program operations in either the short range. . . or the long range. . . . I encourage readers to review the ‘illustrative alternative’ projections that are based on more sustainable assumptions for physician and other Medicare price updates.”
These remarkable words are found, in all places, in the “Statement of Actuarial Opinion” in the back of the 2010 annual Medicare Trustees’ Report.
It is difficult to overstate how unusual this development is. The normal process with the annual Trustees’ Reports is for the Trustees to develop and publish the best available projections for the future finances of Social Security and Medicare. The respective Social Security and Medicare actuaries then sign a pro forma blessing of those projections, which is tacked to the back of the report when released to the public.
This year, the Medicare Chief Actuary clearly did not feel he could in good conscience sign such a declaration.
Our initial inclination was to criticize the Obama administration on this error. But on second thought, we say it deserves a little credit here. After all, they’re only off by 68% and that’s a lot closer than they’ve come on any of their other economic projections.
Missouri’s Proposition C, dubbed the “anti-ObamaCare law,” would create a new state law against federal mandates that require people to buy health insurance. It passed last night by nearly a 3-to-1 margin.
The final tally: 620,284 (72.7%) against ObamaCare and a mere 233,118 (27.3%) in favor.
Consider this a shot across the bow of the U.S.S. Obama. Consider it a preview of November. Consider it Lexington of the Second American Revolution. Consider us out of metaphors.
Fox4KC reports the overwhelming ObamaCare opt out:
All eyes will be on Missouri’s Proposition C results because it’s the first time voters in the country vote for or against the new federal health care law. Basically Proposition C would create a state law against federal mandates requiring people to buy health insurance.
Missouri’s top U.S. Senate candidates are divided on the measure. If passed, it will will reject part of the new federal health care law. Republicans Roy Blunt and Chuck Purgason both support Proposition C. Democrat Robin Carnahan plans to vote against it.
Notice the liberal slant even in this local Fox News report. They interview two people: One says he’s against Measure C because he needs healthcare and the other says, “I support it, but it’ll never work.”
We can’t have a second American Revolution without some of those cool little tri-corner hats. Anybody know where we can get one?
The international symbol for "Illegal aliens taking their children to the doctor"
They said the individual mandate wasn’t a tax, but now it turns out it is. They said you could keep your own insurance, but now it turns out you can’t. They said ObamaCare wouldn’t fund abortions, but now it turns out it will. They said ObamaCare wouldn’t be extended to illegal aliens, but now…
Politico.com has the details:
A group of Democratic lawmakers wants to use the immigration reform debate to fix one of the most hotly contested aspects of the health care law … The move by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would add a contentious new element to an already monumental task — passing a bill that puts 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. But the lawmakers say they’re merely following through on a pledge they made when the health care overhaul passed in March, and they expect the White House and Democratic leadership to do the same.
"Put down the Twinkie and step away from the refrigerator. The Fat Police are watching you."
George Washington didn’t care how if your ancestors were packing a few extra pounds. Neither did Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, nor even LBJ. And Bill Clinton definitely didn’t care.
But Barack Obama? He wants to know how fat each and every American is. In fact, he demands to know.
CNSnews.com has the disturbing dietary details:
New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records — that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year — must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity.
The obesity-rating regulation states that every American’s electronic health record must: “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.”
The law also requires that these electronic health records be available — with appropriate security measures — on a national exchange.
Remarkable. Would you be surprised if this administration begins issuing tickets and assessing fines for being overweight?