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Senate Republicans took their stand -- forcing the Dems to go on record in defense of the Obamacare nightmare from which hundreds of unions have escaped. And as I noted this morning, the Dems carried out their "Talk Like a Republican" moment and voted with the GOP to pass a mini-repeal of the burdensome 1099... Read More
GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor this morning to push for Obamacare repeal. "The case against this bill is more compelling every day," he said. "Everything we learned tells us it was a bad idea." Even while Democrats cling bitterly to their failure, they have conceded error. As McConnell noted: GOP... Read More
On the heels of Florida judge Roger Vinson's decision yesterday voiding Obamacare, Capitol Hill's repeal efforts are heating up. Word in D.C. is that Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell may introduce the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill as an amendment to an FAA bill on the floor this afternoon. On a separate front, watch out for... Read More
Hey, remember when conservatives objected to the Obamacare federal individual mandate on constitutional grounds and the liberal establishment laughed? The word of the day: "Void." The constitutional clause of the day: The Commerce Clause. Via Forbes (and remember that more than half of all states are suing to nullify Obamacare and three states - Missouri,... Read More
My syndicated column today takes another thwack at Obamacare waiver-mania, with more analysis of the 182 union beneficiaries who've obtained safe harbor from the costly mandate pushed by their Big Labor bosses. Related: Unions make up 40 percent of employees exempted from Obamacare *** Waivers for Favors: Big Labor’s Obamacare escape hatch by Michelle Malkin... Read More
The nation's capital is freaking out over a winter snowstorm. But everyone else should be up in arms over the real snow job in Washington this week. While the Democrats continued to extol Obamacare and the president defended the behemoth law during the Date of the Union, HHS was quietly presiding over a massive Obamacare... Read More
The House GOP is stepping up to the plate. Newcomers on the congressional oversight subcommittee on health will probe the who, what, when, where, and why of the Obama administration's HHS Obamacare waiver program. The Hill reports: On a second front, the Energy and Commerce Committee is leaning on HHS to "provide a list of... Read More
You might call it a clear mandate for change. Today, another six states joined the legal battle to overturn the federal Obamacare mandate -- pushing the total number to 26*. (*Heritage says 27.) That's more than half the country seeking a permanent escape hatch. Waiver-mania! Via AP: Meanwhile, the Obama administration is
Newsflash: President Obama has discovered that government mandates hurt job creation. Now, the Regulator-in-Chief has launched a systemic review of federal regulations to hunt down and slay -- er, shall I say "mitigate" instead? -- all those economy-damaging bureaucratic rules: While the Sherlock
Unity!
Yes, I said "kill it." Yes, it's a "job-killer." And yes, thank goodness, the Republicans are not retreating. Via The Hill: Republicans signaled Wednesday that repealing a controversial tax provision in the healthcare law is one of their most pressing priorities. House Republicans have re-numbered the bill repealing the tax requirement as H.R. 4, signaling... Read More
"This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act."
The House Republicans have announced their plans to put the Obamacare repeal up for a vote during the week of January 10, 2011. This evening they posted the text of the proposed legislation to the GOP House Committee on Rules website. Here it is, all two pages of it: var docstoc_docid="68283700";var docstoc_title="HR__-Repeal";var docstoc_urltitle="HR__-Repeal";HR__-Repeal Finally: Obamacare... Read More
Let's briefly review the Obama administration's unprecedented transparency record: *Loophole-ridden, special interest-pandering DISCLOSE Act *Backdoor kickbacks *Secret Big Labor deals *C-SPAN camera evasion *Disclosure-ducking coffeehouse meetings *Sunlight-shirking holiday and midnight floor votes *Behind-the-scenes recess appointments That's for starters. And now, the White House is set to hold a new round of backdoor meetings with recess... Read More
The story of the day: Virginia judge strikes down a key piece of the Dems' government health care takeover -- the individual mandate. Hey, remember when conservatives objected to the Obamacare federal individual mandate on constitutional grounds and the liberal establishment laughed. Flashback October 2009 - Pelosi scoffs at constitutional concerns. Listen: Flashback October 2009... Read More
Over the past two months, we've been tracking the burgeoning list of unions, companies, and insurers who have used an HHS escape hatch to avoid the costly, destructive consequences of Obamacare for their members and employees (see here, here, here, and here). The list keeps growing. Jamie Dupree has the latest update on what I've... Read More
Another Big Labor/Big Gov pet project comes up for a vote in the House today. The federal child nutrition bill will get an up-or-down vote after wrangling on both sides of the aisle. It will be paid for through cuts in the food stamp program, which the White House promises Dems it will repay. Ha.... Read More
The backpedaling Purple Army bosses are running scared. As you know from my column yesterday, the mammoth SEIU 1199 chapter dropped kiddie coverage and specifically blamed the Obamacare slacker mandate for raising costs. Reminder from the WSJ report on the union's woes: Well, someone got to SEIU 1199 -- and now there's a new message:... Read More
The Littlest Victims of Obamacare by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 It's time for America's youth to buckle up and take a rough ride on Reality Highway. For the past two years, President Obama has promised our children the moon, stars, rainbows, unicorns and universal health care for all. But the White House Santa's... Read More
Several Obamacare Waiver-mania items for you this morning as we stay on top of this issue and force the Dems/Left to reckon with their abject failure. 1. First, here's Rush on the Obamacare escapees: 2. GOP Sen. Pat Roberts was on the floor yesterday lambasting health care rationing czar Donald Berwick during a hearing interrupted... Read More
My column today takes a closer look at the Obamacare Waiver-mania! phenomenon, which I spotlighted over the weekend. I've called dozens of companies and unions on the HHS waiver list. You won't be surprised to learn that most refused to speak on the record or failed to call me back. Torquemada Sebelius sure knows how... Read More
Let us briefly review the rapidly growing rolls of companies, unions, and states bursting out of the Obamacare escape hatch. In early September, I noted the push by Obamacare promoter and Democrat Rep. Ron Wyden for a special state waiver from the very federal mandate he advocated for everyone else. A few weeks later, McDonald's... Read More
The Obamacare individual mandate was on the ballot in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Two out of three ain't bad. Ain't bad at all, via Merrill Matthews: Most Americans got to express their opposition to those policies on Tuesday by giving Republicans a solid majority in the House of Representatives and dramatically increasing the GOP’s hold... Read More
Three cheers. There's a long road ahead, but the first obstacle has been overcome. Florida judge Roger Vinson ruled this afternoon that 20 lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Obamacare mandate can continue: You can find the order and analysis here. Constitutional law scholar Randy Barnett weighs in on the significance of the Florida ruling... Read More
Places, everyone. Places. The Democrat water-carriers at MTV need to fill a town hall for Dear Leader and they are looking for young Obamacare Kabuki theater actors and actresses to do the job no informed young person ought to be doing. In typical something-for-nothing fashion, the youth "jobs" offer "no pay." Via Jim Geraghty: Presumably,... Read More
After an embarrassing leak about the dire potential consequences of forcing one of America's largest companies to abide by onerous Obamacare coverage mandates, HHS Secretary Kathleen "Torquemada" Sebelius decided that McDonald's, a major teachers union, and several other firms deserved a break today. Old promise: Everyone gets to keep their health insurance. New promise: You... Read More
How can you mend a broken heart... Yes, I was happy to see Dem corruptocrat William "Cold Cash" Jefferson booted out of office in December 2008. But the naivete, cluelessness, and obsequiousness of Jefferson's replacement, GOP Rep. Joseph Cao, have been rather cringe-inducing. Cao was the sole Republican vote for Obamacare. He backed the S-CHIP... Read More
Last week, my syndicated column gave a brief, brutish history of Obamacare inquistions. The column ended with this warning: Well, this morning, the WSJ brings the grim, completely expected news that fast-food giant McDonald's has notified the feds that it may be forced to drop health insurance for some 30,000 workers due to the Obamacare... Read More
Our good friend and former Hot Air TV correspondent Jason Mattera, now editor-in-chief at Human Events, tried to ask White House recess appointee/Medicare-Medicaid chief Donald Berwick a few questions about his views. This is what public accountability in the age of Obama looks like: Pretty good Road Runner imitation there, Dr. Berwick!
The Obamacare Inquisitions: A Brief, Brutish History by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is just the latest creepy keeper of the Obamacare enemies list. The White House has been keeping tabs on individual and corporate critics of the federal health care takeover for more than a year.... Read More
I've written extensively on the Democrats' use of kiddie human shields to pimp everything from the health care takeover to the Chicago crony-lympics bid to the anti-obesity campaign. Now, the Education Department is signaling that it will exploit its access to federal school lunch enrollees to dragoon more kids into the government health care empire.... Read More
Watch your back(sides).
Last week, I reviewed AFL-CIO boss and new Obama BFF Richard Trumka's sordid, violence-promoting history. It's no surprise that the man who told his goons to “kick the s**t out of" workers who crossed the United Mine Workers reveled in Democrat hardball tactics to get Obamacare passed. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air spotlights a video... Read More
Hey, remember back in March when the Democrats' chief inquisitor on Capitol Hill, Henry Waxman, announced plans to haul up corporate executives who dared to speak the truth about the dire cost consequences of the federal Obamacare mandate? Flashback March 3,1 2010: Now, Waxman is targeting the heads of Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and AT&T with... Read More
Far Left Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon championed a federal individual health care mandate, wrote it into his own legislation, and voted it into law. Now, he's not so sure he wants to impose it on his own constituents -- and he's searching for an exemption for his state. From HuffPo via Brian Faughnan... Read More
Grim reaper photoshop credit: Manly Rash I said yesterday in my Beltway Chainsaw Massacre column that the GOP needs to track the Obama jobs death toll and tell the victims' stories far and wide. But there's no need to wait for the GOP. I'll keep doing it right here. The first story of the day... Read More
Building on my continuing War on the West/War on Jobs series, today's column initiates an Obama jobs death toll. The social justice Left has always used Alinskyite story-telling to get its way. Time for the Right to better tell the stories of the forgotten victims of the Obama job-killing machine. Regarding the new CBO report... Read More
Regular readers of this blog remember the town hall-ducking tactics of Democrat Rep. Melissa Bean of Illinois. (Refreshers here, here and here.) She now has a new method of shielding herself from taxpayers' tough questions. The beleaguered Democrat has apparently hired her own muscle man to glower and menace troublesome constituents. Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft... Read More
The other day, it was Virginia and Colorado moving forward with their efforts to protect their citizens against Obamacare coercion. Last night, Missouri voters voted with their feet, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their... Read More
Two items of note on the grass-roots revolt against the Obamacare power grab: *A federal judge in Virginia has allowed the state's lawsuit challenging the federal individual health care mandate to proceed: It's good news for the Obamacare backlash by state attorneys general across the country -- as well as for those sponsoring opt-out initiatives.... Read More
Captive.
Come on, Democrats. What are you so afraid of? Earlier this month, President Obama circumvented the Senate and recess-appointed health care rationing champion Don Berwick to head the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Democrats on Capitol Hill refuse to bring Berwick out for public hearings. Which closet at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have they locked Berwick in?... Read More
The Obama White House policy experts are all for health care cost-controls. They just don't want to have to defend themselves in any public forum under oath -- especially when the people in charge of allocating scarce resources have openly championed government-run health care as a wealth redistribution Trojan Horse overseas. In his usual mode... Read More
The Commonwealth Fund.
It's whistleblower week. This morning, I wrote about SEIU workers coming forward to protest their open-borders bosses' anti-Arizona electioneering. This afternoon, a journalist writes in to expose a cozy propaganda arrangement between the self-identified "progressive" Commonwealth Fund and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers: I'm a reporter at a major newspaper, and quite... Read More
Sent by GOP staff this afternoon: Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have just announced they will move to force a vote in the next 24 hours on legislation to repeal the unconstitutional “individual mandate” at the heart of President Obama’s job-killing health care law. Americans can go to this link on the America... Read More
"I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it's a controlled substance."
She nearly tripped over her gown. She called birth control a "controlled substance." She argued that contraceptives should be covered by health insurers because they are "expensive" -- and then said you could get them for "free" from your OB/GYN's office. And now she is the new Miss USA: Imagine if those words had come... Read More
My syndicated column today follows up on the cancellation of the Waxman/Demcare show trials. Alas, it's a temporary reprieve. *** The Obamacare Inquisition is on hold...for now by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 The House Democrats' Torquemada got cold feet. Self-styled "chief inquisitor" Henry Waxman announced this week that he's canceling a planned show... Read More
Victory! Democrat Chief Inquisitor Henry Waxman has retreated from his attempt to intimidate companies who dare speak out about the costs and consequences of Obamacare. His April 21 witch hunt session has been cancelled, according to left-wingers. (Update: Fox also reporting same.) The event is still listed on the House Energy and Commerce with the... Read More
Dividends.
The rallying cry of the Tea Party movement of fiscal conservatives, libertarians, and independents over the last year has been T.E.A: "Taxed Enough Already." Democrats have stubbornly maintained that you are N.T.E.: Not Taxed Enough. Rich Lowry outlines the grim forecast of tax hikes forever in the Age of Obama: It doesn't take an economist... Read More
We watched Team Obama and the Demcare mob grab any kiddie human shields they could find to help them pass the government health care takeover. They put medical professionals in lab coat costumes to shill for the plan. They peddled junk science statistics to scare the pants off voters. They bullied the non-partisan CBO number-crunchers... Read More
Stupid votes himself out.
Yesterday, I noted the anti-Stupak Tea Party Express protests scheduled today through Sunday in Michigan -- and the Gallup poll reporting the anti-incumbency backlash. Yesterday, Stupak was still insisting he'd run again. Today? Looks like the winds of change have prevailed. Politico reports the pro-life sellout isn't going to wait for voters to retire him.... Read More
Shilling for the government health care takeover is hard work, apparently. After a "grueling" two years, former ABC News journalist-turned-official Obama mouthpiece Linda Douglass has announced that she is just plum spent. That Internet snitch brigade stuff she put together with health care czar Nancy DeParle really sapped her energy. Remember? Exhausting, grueling job. Poor... Read More
When Nancy Pelosi thinks of the Demcare monstrosity, she doesn't want you to see a crap sandwich. Or a Trojan Horse. Or a mountain of red tape. Or an ocean of debt. She wants you to think of...a refrigerator: Yeah, except the transparency light was busted. And only union lobbyists and bought-off wheeler-dealers could open... Read More
Betrayals have consequences.
If Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak, who sold his Obamacare vote and his pro-life principles for a cheap piece of paper, thinks voters in Michigan are willing to forgive and forget, he's sadly mistaken. The Tea Party Express is rolling through the state -- and organizers expect record numbers: As the Tea Party Express motorcade approaches... Read More
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