it says we are tired of the conspiracy theories and gotta games. It says we want
our representatives on both sides (including the President) to stop playing the
gotta game and get to work. I don't know if you noticed but no one in DC is
polling very well these days.
What it proves is so far nothing has been proven about what happened in
Bengazhi, and in fact one of the contractors stories which fueled this
speculation of a cover up... is currently now being back off by the sources that
first reported it. Seems you can't be in two places at the same time. And
that the final chapter on Obamacare ins't even in play yet. It shows that
most Americans, who aren't largely driven by a political agenda, are
patient enough to let all the facts be known before they rush to a passion
driven opinion. And I think that is goodness. And please, lets not
pretend there was not a rush to judgement by certain groups. Sometimes the
accusations turned out to be true, other times not. Iran-Contra, turned out to
be true, and yet Reagan and Bush were held absolved. It has happened in the
past, for both parties, and is nothing new.
Good point in the letter.It speaks to the political disconnect that
too many Americans have fallen into.It speaks to the degradation of
the historical norms of character and society.As we become more
secular, we find ourselves losing values of integrity, honesty, charity,
humility, and so many other qualities of goodness, as taught by God.
A president is a generalist. When he said "You can keep your insurance"
he was talking to the 97 percent of us for whom that's true. The 3 percent
with junk policies were apparently not in his sights. I don't fault him for
that. Technically, what he said wasn't right, but in the generalized world
he must live in, it was pro forma.
@David Values and religion are not the synonymous sorry.
Excusing the Benghazi fiasco and cover up because of past politicians'
misbehavior is the same as saying that such behavior is acceptable. When viewed
through a political lens, if someone is from your partisan stance, they can do
no wrong. That is a microcosm of the problems in today's politics. Shame on
In the meantime, 1,000,000 Californians lost their healthcare insurance (so far)
while Obama generalizes! Think Obamacare is bad now? Wait until the employer
mandate hits next year and the real problems begin!
@Irony GuyPro forma? Is that Latin for deception? That is perhaps the
flimsiest excuse yet put forward and really says that individuals are not
important. There was so much misinformation in the hype of the ACA, signing up
for it will be like shopping online, savings of $2500, it will bend the cost
curve down, it will lower the deficit, the total cost will be less that $1
trillion (The CBO says it will be more that $2 trillion plus.), medical care
would be universal and affordable, not to mention the promise to keep your
insurance and doctor, that it is hard to focus on just one failed promise.
@4601"Excusing the Benghazi fiasco and cover up." The problem is
not past politicians or voter apathy it is that the far right has yet to provide
any credible evidence to support their claims. Maybe the problem is they fail to
recognize it is time to give up the wild goose chase and get back to work. @MountainmanMaybe instead of worrying about playing pointless
gotta games that will lead no were you should demand that your representatives
(including the president, congress and senate) get back to work fixing the
problems the ACA?
What is nice about mountanman posts is that he always is ready to tell us what
is going to happen before it happens. How about just sticking to the one sided
jibes and letting the DNews report on what really does happen? He has proven
many times over that he is not possessed of ESP, just a wishful partisan point
@UtahBlueDevil:"What it proves is so far nothing has been proven about
what happened in Bengazhi..."Well, we know for sure that
American died and there was no help provided by the US military to try to save
them."And that the final chapter on Obamacare isn't even in
play yet."True. The final chapter is total repeal."And I think that is goodness."I think that is goodnews.
@ Grover. No, I don't have ESP but I do have a brain and knew Obamacare
would be a complete flop. Why? Because in order to force funding for 5% of the
population that for whatever reason has no healthcare insurance, especially the
very high risk policies, Obamacare has to force more expensive healthcare
policies on 95% of other Americans and they are not going to like paying much,
much more for insurance they do not need or want, like maternity insurance for
50 year olds. So far we have only seen the effects of the private payer
mandates. What do you think YOUR employer will do when he has to pay through the
nose for YOUR much more expensive healthcare insurance? Duh! I hope you are
getting ready to insure yourself on the Obamacare exchange! Its what's next
for Obamacare coming to you right after New Year's day!
The presidential shame goes back much, much further than Eisenhower.Let's try 1804, when Thomas Jefferson unilaterally entered into a land
purchase, from France, the Louisiana Purchase, which was absolutely
unconstitutional, and vigorously opposed at the time on constitutional
grounds.So, where does that leave us? Evidently the USA
has been presidentially embarrassed and undermined since shortly after our
George Bush lied and thousands are now dead. Why didn't the author mention
this? Partisanship, of course.
@ Ranch... good point!@ Mountainman... you're right, it's going
to be ugly. So far all that seems to be happening is the ACA is uninsuring the
insured.@ Utah.. true, the story has been reneged. It's so hard to
get something out of the public mind once it's in place. My favorite
example of this is the old "Wine is good for you according to
research"... the guy who published that study was fired for faking the data
but everyone still thinks it's true.
@Mountanman"Obamacare has to force more expensive healthcare policies
on 95% of other Americans"The idea that 95% of Americans are
having more expensive healthcare under Obamacare is a lie.
Those on the left that post here can't be bothered by the facts and those
on the right that post here shouldn't be bothered by name calling.
@Irony Guy "When he said 'You can keep your insurance' he was
talking to the 97 percent of us for whom that's true."That
is a bogus number. The individual mandates are only the beginning. When the
employer mandates kick in a year from now, another round of Americans will lose
their insurance. The Obama administration estimated three years ago that a total
of 51% of Americans would be affected (mid-range estimate) and up to 69%
(high-end estimate).Obamacare is based on the idea that young,
healthy Americans pay more for their insurance in order to cover the costs of
older, less healthy Americans and the newly insured. This transfer of wealth
cannot take place if everyone keeps their existing plan.Obama knew
this. Yet he was going around telling everyone "If you like your health care
plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period." It was a
4601 - no one is excusing misbehavior or leveraging past behavior as
justification for current events. What is being asked is that judgement be held
off until the "facts" are fully in. What we have with Libya is a lot
speculation, and a failure to publicly disclose the mission and capability of
the CIA contingent on the ground. No one should be surprised or shocked to
anyone. No one has brought any proof we had any capability in theater that we
choose not to bring to bear. That doesn't change the need to
fully explore all the facts. But this falls a long way short of a cover up. If
it is possible that we had a multi year operation where the US was selling drugs
to fund and provide weapons, operate a paramilitary army in central America and
funnel funds to Iraq, all without Bush or Reagan knowing about it.... is it at
all possible that Obama was not at the helm of decisions about actions that were
happening in real time on the ground in Libya.The politically
convenient memory and conditionality of judgement never ceases to amaze me....
on both sides.
What is shows in large part is that America only pays attention to what the
mainstream media, NBC, ABC, CBS, ect. want them to pay attention to. In spite
of Fox News and a few conservative outlets, the major news organizations still
have by far the largest audiences and carry the water, or spill it, on who or
what they want. If a big deal gets made by them, the people will care. If a
story is ignored by them, the people will ignore it. In the case of Hillary and
Benghazi, the fact that it hasn't gotten traction now may be good if she
runs. When the commercials start coming out in the summer of 2016 of her making
her famous statement, the impact will be more profound. And she will on the
defensive trying to explain what she meant, which is a position no one running
for President want to be in.
"Well, we know for sure that American died and there was no help provided by
the US military to try to save them."And we KNOW that the same
thing happened many more times in the years prior to Obama being elected
president.Off the top of your head, can you name 3 or 4 of those
embassy and consulate attacks and the number of dead Americans?Probably not. But they certainly happened.But, somehow this is
First of all Hillary's statement was specifically in response to the
chiding of Darrell Izza about the video being used as the reason for the attack.
Her response was what difference does it make now what was said at the time
about the cause (not a direct quote but close) we have problems to solve and
decisions to make. She was not saying what difference does the attack make.
That's pure Republican fabrication. The other talking point
here that needs clarification is the "administration estimated 51% of
Americans would lose their insurance". I presume folks like Nate
haven't looked at the details of this. It was an estimate in 2010 based on
pre ACA company practices of increasing deductibles, co-payments, out of pocket
expenses, and enrollment restrictions that if continued would disqualify them
for the grandfather clause. Point being this is exactly why the ACA
was passed because the employer sponsored health insurance practice was
unraveling and leaving everyone in the lurch. Estimates now are much lower..the
point of the law.
One supposes that it is ok and excusable for someone to deliberately lie, when
they know, or are informed that what they will say is a total lie. Also this
new term 'junk' insurance - just what does that mean? Evidently
millions of citizens had, by their own choice, what is now termed, by this
administration, as 'junk' insurance.
Has anyone noticed that when this POTUS misspeaks it's a lie and when the
previous POTUS spoke he was misled? It's time for you all to become part of
the solution rather than corporate shills and parrots. When will we realize that
just because you are sitting in your comfortable compound in Northern Idaho or
brick rambler in South Jordan there are millions that have no access to
affordable healthcare. Good healthcare should not be a privilege but a right as
it is in the rest of the industrialized world. If you are truly concerned about
your children and grandchildren then educate yourself and dump the me, me, me
business. A healthy and educated society is what will bring our nation back, not
feeding the Buffets of the world.
MTman: Guess you didn't notice that the cost of buying health insurance
has been going up at double the inflation rate for over 20 years even without
the ACA. The ACA is an attempt to deal with the affordability issue. The only
thing the Pubs brought up at the time the law passed was: 1. "The free
market will fix it," when it hadn't in 20 years. 2. Tort reform will
limit malpractice premiums and bring down the cost. Two days ago Sarah Palin,
luminary of the right said the exact same two things will fix the problem. So do
it and then lets talk. Has anyone proposed an alternative? No. Why
hasn't the House who has passed repeal of the ACA over 40 times come up
with ONE alternative bill? Because they know when they do the reality will set
in that both of those claims have been tried in various States and failed. Finally, without the ACA employers have gotten out of the health care
business because they can't control costs. If the ACA fails the choices are
two: Another plan to lower cost or National Health Insurance.
Joan: You are right. "Junk" is an inarticulate term to describe
policies that have to be canceled to make way for the ACA. There is an easy way
to keep the old separate from the new type policy that is easy to remember. The
policies that are being canceled now are individual market policies. In the
individual market, all policies are written on an annual basis vs. group
policies which can be written for a longer term. All individual policies are
able to be canceled by the company at the end of each year. Why would they
cancel when you paid your premium? If you had too many claims or had a
catastrophic illness. The ACA specifies that you cannot be canceled for the
condition of your health. Hence all policies will have to be rewritten
eventually. Why that point wasn't made before the rollout is a mystery to
both sides, but I would describe the old as much worse for the consumer than the
new mandated forms.
As for tort reform."In a letter to Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch
of Utah, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf said that a package of changes including
limits on malpractice awards "would reduce total national health care
spending by about 0.5 percent (about $11 billion in 2009)."According to the Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, the following states have imposed limits on non-economic
damages ranging from $250,000 to $750,000.These states include:AlabamaAlaskaCaliforniaColoradoFloridaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaKansasLouisianaMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMissouriMontanaNew MexicoNorth DakotaSouth DakotaTexasUtahVirginiaWest
VirginiaWisconsinThere are about 12 percent more physicians per
capita in states with damage caps than in states without caps, according to
HHS.Example:A case in CA, Stinnett v. Tam, involved a
medical negligence claim against the defendant-physician. The jury awarded the
injured plaintiff $6 million in noneconomic damages. However, the trial court
reduced the amount to $250,000 based on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform
Act (MICRA), which capped noneconomic damages in “any action for injury
against a health care provider based on professional negligence.”
"My heart sank when I got an email late last month from my friend Robert,
who has been battling multiple sclerosis for the past decade. He wrote to tell
me that he was among the many Americans who in recent weeks received letters
from their insurance companies saying that their policies won’t be
available next year.Insurance companies are sending those letters
primarily because the policies they will no longer offer don’t provide
enough coverage — or have deductibles that are too high — to comply
with the Affordable Care Act. In many cases, however, the policyholders getting
those letters are simply victims of a business practice insurers have engaged in
for years: discontinuing policies because they’re no longer sufficiently
profitable. Robert understandably was worried. Considering his
very serious and costly preexisting condition — his medications alone cost
more than $5,000 a month — Robert was nervous as he started looking for a
replacement policy. How much more would he have to pay to stay insured?Robert could barely believe what he heard: he could get better coverage than
the policy being discontinued — and pay less — thanks to
@pragmatistferlife "I presume folks like Nate haven't looked at the
details of this."You presume incorrectly.You will
not be able to produce a detail that makes Obama's lie any less a lie.
Nate... it was just announced that those policies that are being cancelled, will
still be able to be offered still.... so was it a lie for a little while, and
not a lie because those policies will now be available?And what lies
disqualifies a person? Lies about things people misunderstood or misspoke on?
Lies because of differing opinions - differing beliefs of what the truth is?
Lies when people claim one person will win an office... and they don't?
Lies to prevent hurt feelings? Lies why you were late? Lies you tell kids
about holidays..... which lies are "offensive" and which ones are
ok?I do think Obama got caught in a policy that wasn't
completely thought through.... that had holes in it. How much he knew that he
didn't know.... who knows. But every President is guilty of a
"lie" of some sort. Every President...
@UtahBlueDevil "...it was just announced that those policies that are being
cancelled, will still be able to be offered still..."Grandfathered for one year, after which they must be replaced with
Obamacare-approved policies -- at the same time that tens of millions of
employer-provided plans suffer the same fate, as demanded by the fundamental
design of the law.Compare with "If you like your health care
plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period.""And what lies disqualifies [sic] a person?"Precisely that
one. He looked straight at the American people and lied to us.
Clinton: ....Was information developing? Was the situation fluid? Would we reach
conclusions later that weren’t reached initially? And I appreciate the
--:Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead
Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk
one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What
difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened
and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now,
honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is
that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC
(intelligence community) has a process, I understand, going with the other
committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be
clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to
why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to
justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the
RanchHandBush made a bad decision based upon faulty information that
extended to previous administrations and he may have been a bad president.Obama knew people could not keep their insurance years ago but kept repeating
the lie anyhow.Not comparable.Blame Bush as much as you want,
but Obama's lies are his own and only the willfully blind still refuse to
see.UtahBlueDevilIt is absolutely clear that the Obama
administration contrived and continued the story of a phony YouTube video long
after they KNEW it was terrorism AND the Obama administration still silences
survivors.How can anyone continue to justify this corrupt
Counter Intelligence.... cherry picking the events of that day works great to
make talking points, but they don't reflect the actual events of that day.
What was going on that day didn't happen in just one city - there was at
least another eight like events happening at the same time period. And yes,
many of them were about the stupid movie... but as we know now in hind sight,
not all of them. Had those other events not been going on... sure.... I can
see your point of view. But the only way to say it was an overt cover up is to
ignore those other events.... which you can't.What amazes me is
in the years leading up to this particular attack, there had been 13 other
attacks against US facilities in which there were fatalities. This was the
second most deadly..... and yet.... somehow this is the only one conservatives
seem to care about. Evidently like events when a Republican is in office, even
if there was greater loss in life, just aren't as important. Funny how that works out that way.