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Why November Matters: Obamacare

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In 2010, the Democrats passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without a single Republican vote. Obamacare mandates that all Americans, except for members of Congress, buy health insurance or pay a fine to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). President Obama and Democrat members of Congress repeated the lie “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” on multiple occasions in a pitch to promote this law during the 2012 Presidential election.

However, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance as a result of this law. Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) also knew that Obamacare was sold on a lie and is appalled at President Obama for blatantly lying to Americans. Yet Gillibrand, Frank and their colleagues voted to impose Obamacare on us.  65 million Americans could lose their employer sponsored health insurance. The law also contains 21 tax increases, including 12 increases on middle class Americans. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms that Obamacare is a $1 trillion tax hike that Americans cannot afford.

Obamacare is more unpopular than ever. The Democrats did not seem to receive that memo.

Forcing Americans to buy health insurance that they do not want or face the wrath of the IRS does not mean that Obamacare is working. Uninsuring the insured to insure the uninsured does not mean that Obamacare is working.

We have seen the effects of this disastrous law: large companies are cutting back on hiring more workers, employers are reducing hours employees may work, employers are sending their employees to the Obamacare exchanges rather than provide them health coverage, young Americans are not signing up for the exchanges and older and sicker Americans are experiencing soaring premiums as a result, people are losing their jobs, insurance premiums are increasing across the board, etc. If this were not bad enough, Americans’ private health and financial records are becoming part of a national database. There is even hidden code in the healthcare.gov site stating that applicants have “no reasonable expectation of privacy.” Make no mistake: Obamacare is not about health care. It is about government expansion and control of its citizens, bringing us one step closer to the fundamental transformation of America. As the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin said, “Medical care is the keystone in the arch of socialism.” After being instituted, no country has ever reverted from a government-run healthcare system back to a free market healthcare system. The goal of Obamacare is to take away our freedom and give it to the all powerful in Washington, DC.

We have Obamacare because in 2009 Democrats controlled the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Democrats passed Obamacare even though they knew that if we liked our health care plans we could not keep our health care plans. Many conservatives have legitimate issues with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). However, McConnell presided over a Senate minority in which every single Republican Senator voted against Obamacare. Obamacare passed because voters stayed home on election day. It is imperative that we rid Democrats of control of the Senate this November. If we let Democrats win just to teach Republicans with whom we are dissatisfied a lesson, then what we are effectively doing is sending the message that voters like Democrats and therefore Republicans need to be more moderate, pushing our country further to the left. Beating those who are fundamentally transforming America is all that matters. Democrats and only Democrats brought us Obamacare. Remember that this November.

 

We Are Living in 1984

Unfortunately, I do not mean that we are living in the year 1984. If we were, Ronald Reagan would be President, spandex and big hair would be our go-to style choices, Jane Fonda would be teaching us aerobics, the Rubik’s Cube would be everyone’s game of choice and we would have our MTV.

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Instead, I am referring to George Orwell’s novel 1984. The novel is set in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. In 1984, the political system is under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes independent thinking as “thoughtcrimes.” The Party leader is Big Brother, who enjoys a cult of personality. Big Brother and the Party justify their oppressive rule in the name of the greater good. In Orwell’s world, the Ministry of Plenty rations and controls food, goods and domestic production. The Ministry of Truth controls information, such as news, entertainment and education. Sound familiar?

As in 1984, the National Security Agency (NSA) is engaging in mass surveillance by collecting and storing all phone records of all American citizens. NSA spying is governed by secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts. To illustrate the consequences of such a mass spying program, a 2005 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) training manual instructed agents to take information provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Special Operations Division to begin new “independent” investigations of American taxpayers. Not only has it been revealed that the IRS has been using information obtained through the NSA to launch criminal investigations of American citizens, the IRS has admitted that it improperly targeted conservative groups, thus suppressing free speech.

Today Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chair Lee E. Goodman stated that, “The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications.” Goodman, a Republican, went on to say, “The picking and choosing has started to occur. There are some in this building that think we can actually regulate.” If that were too occur than Goodman is  “concerned about disparate treatment of conservative media.” What is interesting about the FEC is that, in 1986, Lois Lerner was the head of the enforcement division at the FEC. Lerner, the former Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, is the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal. One of Lerner’s former colleagues, Craig Engle, said that Lerner harbors a “suspicion” that conservative groups are intentionally flouting the law. Judicial Watch has obtained email exchanges between Lerner and FEC enforcement attorneys indicating that she had provided the FEC confidential tax returns of conservative groups. The IRS is persecuting conservative groups who are engaging in independent thought. It is clear that the IRS is this administration’s Ministry of Truth.

What greater good is this administration protecting by using federal agencies to suppress free speech? What greater good is worth the willing sacrifice of individual liberty? Imagine if a Republican administration had been so blatant at suppressing free thought and free speech? The Democrats would prosecute any Republican involved in such contemptible behavior. Remember when liberals protested against The Man? Now they have become The Man. They have shown themselves to be cowards in the face of opposition. They brand anyone who disagrees with their views a racist, a sexist, a classist or any other form of -ist they deem appropriate. They wield federal agencies like weapons to shut down those who dare to disagree with them. They control the mainstream media so that only their message is told. Now they want the FEC to regulate conservative media outlets like The Blaze and Drudge Report, further suppressing free thought. They rally around their Big Brother, who has certainly enjoyed a cult of personality.

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Remember when in 2008 then Senator Obama said “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?” To bring about this transformation, American could no longer be a free country. We would have to forsake our individual liberty for the greater good. President Obama’s signature law, Obamacare, has taken away our freedom of choice for the greater good of insuring the uninsured. In true Big Brother fashion, President Obama has called upon his Ministry of Truth, the IRS, to enforce Obamacare. The personal information with which Americans enter into healthcare.gov goes directly to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and to the IRS. Why does the DHS need to be involved in health insurance? President Obama uses his executive power to ignore parts of laws with which he disagrees, to selectively enforce laws and to legislate whatever he wants. When Obama said that he wanted to fundamentally transform our country, the hairs on the backs of our necks should have stood at attention. The tyranny he promised us has arrived. 1984 is here. And we are living it.

 

 

Lies, Lies, Lies (They’re Gonna Get You)

Remember the Thompson Twins?

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How interesting that their new wave song Lies, Lies, Lies (They’re Gonna Get You) was foreshadowing the lies told by the Obama administration. Ok, the Thompson Twins song was really about a scorned love interest, but I do think the title of it is appropriate with regard to events of the past few years.

Since 2008, President Obama and his administration have told three major lies to the American people. So big were these lies, that they played a part in his reelection in 2012. They are:

1. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.”

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According to President Obama, we could also keep the doctors we liked under his new healthcare plan.  None of this turned out to be true. Unlike House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Republicans read the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before debating it, and therefore no Republicans voted for this bill.  Section 1251 of the ACA states that people who had health insurance prior to March 23, 2010 would be able to keep those policies. But, the Department of Health and Human Services further regulated this provision so that “if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered,” according to NBC News. This means that the administration knew that people would not be able to keep their existing health care plans.

In true Obama administration style, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that people would not be able to keep their existing health care plans, but that they would know be able to sign up for better plans. “What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there are going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage,” Carney said. “… So it’s true that there are existing health care plans on the individual market that don’t meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act.”

Nice. I know many of us (myself included) believed that if we liked our health care plan and if we liked our doctor we would be able to keep both under Obamacare. Because of this, many of us voted for President Obama in 2012. This lie was repeatedly told to manipulate people into voting for President Obama for a second term. That is outrageous.

2. “There were line employees at the IRS who improperly targeted conservative groups.”

On May 10, 2013 at an American Bar Association conference, Lois Lerner, former IRS Director of Exempt Organization, stated that, beginning in 2010, rogue IRS agents in its Cincinnati office targeted applications from Tea Party groups. In May 2013 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released an audit report confirming that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to scrutinize Tea Party groups. This report also confirmed that Cincinnati IRS employees were in constant contact with the Washington, DC IRS headquarters as they targeted conservative groups.  In addition, IRS attorneys in Washington, DC approved intrusive questions of tea party groups and even wrote them. Rich Lowry writes that, “Staff in Cincinnati complained that all the micromanagement from Washington was gumming up the works.”

Following the Inspector General’s report, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began an investigation into the IRS. At the House Oversight Committee hearing, Lois Lerner read an opening statement asserting her innocence in the events surrounding the IRS scandal, before invoking the Fifth Amendment when asked questions by members of the Committee. According to Lerner, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that Republicans have blown the IRS targeting issue out of proportion and that Republicans should instead be focused on strengthening the middle class. Uh huh.

Remember that according to President Obama, there is not a smidgen of corruption with regard to the IRS scandal. Yet another lie.

If there is not a smidgen of corruption, then why did Lois Lerner plead the Fifth instead of testifying to the House Oversight Committee?

3. “This was a spontaneous response…in reaction to this very offensive video…”.

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In an email uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought about by Judicial Watch, Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, told intelligence officials, including Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, to blame a You Tube video for the attack in Benghazi and to deflect from broader policy failures. This email proves that the White House was involved in lying about the origin of the attack in Benghazi which led to the deaths of 4 Americans, including Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, to save political face.

The CIA never connected the video with the attack in Benghazi. CIA deputy director Michael Morell testified that when Rice “talked about the video, my reaction was, that’s not something the analysts have attributed this attack to.” The CIA station chief during the Benghazi attack testified to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the attack was a terrorist attack and not a demonstration that had gotten out of control. Gregory Hicks, Deputy to Ambassador Chris Stevens, testified last year that he told then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that there was no demonstration on the night of the attack.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently issued a subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry because the State Department has failed to produce all documents relating to the attack in Benghazi. Secretary Kerry apparently refuses to comply with the subpoena. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out once the Benghazi Select Committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is formed.

Why would the administration refuse to cooperate with the Benghazi investigation if everything related to it is on the up and up?

How could anyone trust anything this administration says after this documented pattern of deliberate deceit?

 

 

 

Open Forum: Obamacare

For Politisphere’s first Open Forum, I thought I would start with a bang by asking you to discuss Obamacare.

I know that this topic tends to make one’s blood boil, so I thought I would provide a little bit of direction.

How has Obamacare personally affected you?

Is there anything you find positive about Obamacare? If so, what?

What do you think should be done about Obamacare, i.e. do you think it should be fixed or repealed?

With what would you replace Obamacare?

Since this is an open forum, please feel free to say anything you want about Obamacare. I know its difficult, but please remember to keep the discussion clean.