What’s It All About … Tell Us Secretary Sebilius

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When Obama’s cabinet secretary in charge of rolling out electronic filing for ObamaCare benefits can’t get it right, even in her home State of Kansas, we would not be wrong in saying such failure does not come close to engendering faith or confidence in the program, the secretary or Obama.  But I have surely repeated myself in saying so.

Nationwide reports on the glitches for the enrollment process are replete with tales of poor, if not dismal, performance.  Please read the excerpt of one story found below and then view the video found at the link after the excerpt:

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 10/3/13 4:11 PM

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been President Barack Obama’s main organizer and cheerleader for Obamacare since its inception. But you know the government-run health care plan is bad when the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department can’t get anyone from her own state to sign up for it.Today, the office of Congressman Tim Huelskamp revealed that according to one of the insurance providers in Kansas, none of the 356,000 uninsured Kansans successfully signed up for insurance on the much-hyped ObamaCare exchanges the first day. Huelskamp has had his own troubles signing up in the exchanges. The Congressman has been on “hold” for over 60 hours, and is still waiting to sign up as required under ObamaCare.

Congressman Huelskamp released this statement regarding the findings:

“These results are stunning. You would think with three years to prepare, President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius could deliver an operational website – at least in the home state of the former Kansas Governor. ObamaCare was and is not ready for prime time. 356,000 uninsured Kansans – and not one single report to my office of a Kansan successfully signing up for ObamaCare.

Now follow to the rest of the story and the video by click HERE.

Paul Ryan Takes On Obama CareLies

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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Human Events is presenting a series of videos  produced by the Hoover Foundation featuring Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and what has to be done to solve the issue of ObamaCare and its terrible cost to an already mangled (or mungled) American economy. Below, in order, you’ll find links to the four segments presented in order:

Paul Ryan Takes On ObamaCare #1

Paul Ryan Takes On ObamaCare #2

Paul Ryan Takes On ObamaCare #3

Paul Ryan Takes On ObamaCare #4

Paul Ryan Takes On ObamaCare #5

If you read our article posted yesterday, you have seen that Obama has finally seen the light and his Secretary of Health and Human Services has enunciated the problem with a segment referred to as “long-term care.”

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Obama’s And Dem’s Long-Time Care Shorts Out

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How many times have Obama and his progressive minions been cautioned or outright told that his long-term care program was sure to fail because of the huge cost of the project?  We can’t know for sure, but it looks as though he and they finally have caught a clue.  The Associated Press, through their reporter,  RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, says:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Friday pulled the plug on a major program in the president’s signature health overhaul law – a long-term care insurance plan dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency.

Targeted by congressional Republicans for repeal, the program became the first casualty in the political and policy wars over the health care law. It had been expected to launch in 2013.

Republicans have fought the plan since before it passed and proponents have insisted it is a viable program.  Now after touting the program, Secretary Of Health and Human Services, Katherine Sibelius has admitted the program is not feasible:

After months insisting it could be fixed, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, finally admitted Friday she doesn’t see how.

“Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time,” Sebelius said in a letter to congressional leaders.

The law required the administration to certify that CLASS would remain financially solvent for 75 years before it could be put into place.

But officials said they discovered they could not make CLASS both affordable and financially solvent while keeping it a voluntary program open to virtually all workers, as the law also required.

Monthly premiums would have ranged from $235 to $391, even as high as $3,000 under some scenarios, the administration said. At those prices, healthy people were unlikely to sign up. Suggested changes aimed at discouraging enrollment by people in poor health could have opened the program to court challenges, officials said.

Those pushing this program were told by analysts and others back in 2009 the program was untenable and would deflate rapidly:

That’s the same conclusion a top government expert reached in 2009. Nearly a year before the health care law passed, Richard Foster, head of long-range economic forecasts for Medicare warned administration and congressional officials that CLASS would be unworkable. His warnings were disregarded, as Obama declared his support for adding the long-term care plan to his health care bill.

The demise of CLASS immediately touched off speculation about its impact on the federal budget. Although no premiums are likely to be collected, the program still counts as reducing the federal deficit by about $80 billion over the next ten years. That’s because of a rule that would have required workers to pay in for at least five years before they could collect any benefits.

Many experts and ordinary citizens feel all aspects of ObamaCare are subject to the same foibles as long-term care.  Whether ObamaCare dies on the vine or chokes to death by SCOTUS, it is not likely to get out of the chute before being hamstrung.

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A Class Act

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The Chronicle Of Higher Education reports a former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, and now President of the University of Miami was detained in Israel last month as she attempted to board a flight back to the United States after attending a conference in Israel:

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala was detained and interrogated for two hours at Ben-Gurion Airport on her way back to the U.S. after a visit to Israel last month, according to the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. She was subjected to a “humiliating” security debriefing because of her Arab last name, the newspaper reports.

In an update to the story, Ms. Shalala of Lebanese heritage, had this to say:

UPDATE:  Ms. Shalala issued the following statement about the incident after this article was published: “While I was inconvenienced, Israel’s security and the security of travelers is far more important. I have been going in and out of Israel for many years and expect to visit again.”

Through the title to this article, I have indicated that I believe Ms. Shalala’s actions rise to A Class Act. I say so because, although she could have reacted as some of our congress members have reacted when they have been requested to turn off a cellular phone or otherwise comply with the same regulations the hoi polloi comply with, day in and day out, she chose the high road.

That’s my reason and I’m sticking with it.  You can read the rest of the piece here and access other information from links found below.

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Abortions — They’ll Have Them & We’ll All Pay For Them

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It appears promises were made to be deceptive until the ink sufficiently dried on the health care bill (in this case) and the truth came out.  We do remember, don’t we, the statements of high-powered politicians, including those of our President.  There were a few statements and now we see one subjected to the light of day and found wanting for veracity.  From CNSNews.com by Senior Editor Susan Jones we see:

If you want proof that President Obama’s Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio). Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

Boehner calls the action “unconscionable.”  I would not wish to put words in Representative Boehner’s mouth, however he could just as well called it a whopper of a lie and been right on the mark.  Maybe we should retrace … Boehner says:

“Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers.” President Obama pledged that under his health care plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

In a May 13 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Boehner asked if her department has provided guidance to the states on how to implement the president’s Executive Order on abortion funding. Boehner also asked Sebelius if the new federal high-risk pools would exclude abortion coverage.

No answer was forthcoming from Sebelius according to Boehner (see sixth Zemanta link below.)   Unless he is naive, he should not expect any more than he has received, thus far. There are others angry about this deception, but they all probably expected the abortion promises to come to this, even as they hoped against hope that honor would out above trickery.  Tom McCluskey, a vice president of the Human Resource Council’s political arm, is one who seems not deceived, saying:

“This action by the Obama Administration also exposes the worthlessness of President Obama’s Executive Order that supposedly would prevent federal funding of abortion, but which both sides, including Planned Parenthood, agreed was unenforceable.

“While the American people deserve an apology from President Obama for his deception, we should only be satisfied when this Pennsylvania abortion funding is rescinded and the health care law repealed.

McClusky noted that the new health care law also includes $12.5 billion for community health centers, and $6 billion for co-ops, both of which can fund abortions.  And some people will use tax credits to help them pay for plans that cover abortion.

Are you sick and disgusted yet?  There isn’t much left of the article, so read from the start and see how you feel:

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Oh, we forgot to tell you, the abortion money thus far, also goes to New Mexico and Maryland.  We would not place too much faith (no pun intended) in the sixth Zemanta link found below.  Just the tip of the scalpel, we bet.

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