OK, Maybe Some People Should Not Be Permitted To Carry Firearms

My father taught my brother, sister and I how to use firearms when we were kids. I always thought of firearms as pretty simple tools that any halfway competent human being could master.

Then I came across this video:

Good Heavens!

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You Lied, Mr. President

Do you recall when Republican House representative Joe Wilson called President Obama a liar when he claimed during his 2010 State of the Union speech that Obamacare would not cover illegal aliens?

Well, it appears Joe was 100% correct.

While the language of the Affordable Care Act does expressly prohibits the government from providing benefits to illegal aliens, the Obama administration just disclosed it is providing hundreds of thousands who have not provided proof of citizenship with taxpayer subsidies to buy health insurance on the federal exchanges. Huffington Post reports:

President Barack Obama’s administration is contacting 310,000 Obamacare enrollees starting Tuesday to warn them that they must verify they are U.S. citizens or legal residents — or their benefits will be cut off…

The recipients of these letters are people who have not responded to five to seven previous attempts to obtain their documents, according to a press release from the agency…Even after the letters are sent, federal authorities will try to make contact with these enrollees three more times before their benefits are canceled, an HHS official said on condition of anonymity.

These issues are specific to applications made through the federally run exchanges in 36 states, not the exchanges operated by the states themselves.

To prevent fraud, private health insurers require that those applying for insurance first qualify and then pay before providing any coverage.

The Obama administration has illegally provided taxpayer money to 310,000 illegal immigrants who signed up for insurance on the federal government exchanges without proof of citizenship and very likely without paying for the past year, and apparently intend to continue well past the 2014 election.

Worse still, the real number off illegal aliens defrauding the taxpayer is probably more than twice the disclosed figures because they do not include state exchanges like California’s or Medicaid managed by the states.

Currently, Mr. Obama is back on the campaign trail daring the American people and their Congress to sue or impeach him for “doing his job.”

I don’t suppose anyone will actually take up the challenge?

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I’m Melting, Melting…

Investors Business Daily reports what Team Obama refuses to:

ObamaCare exchange statistics should clear up any doubt as to why the Obama Administration has been tight-lipped about enrollment since celebrating 8 million sign-ups in mid-April.

Reality, evidence suggests, could require quite a come-down from those lofty claims.

The nation’s third-largest health insurer had 720,000 people sign up for exchange coverage as of May 20, a spokesman confirmed to IBD. At the end of June, it had fewer than 600,000 paying customers. Aetna expects that to fall to “just over 500,000″ by the end of the year.

That would leave Aetna’s paid enrollment down as much as 30% from that May sign-up tally.

Don’t worry, you and I will be paying to bail out the Obamacare exchange insurers.

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Mission? What Mission?

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Bending the Cost Curve Up and Up and Up

Barack Obama and the Democrats constantly repeated three lies in pitching and then defending Obamacare – we could keep our insurance, we could keep our doctors and our family would save $2,500 on our health insurance because the government would “bend the cost curve down.” The first two lies were outed last year when Obamacare outlawed health insurance for over 6 million Americans and then changed the health insurance of tens of millions more, often narrowing our selection of medical providers. Obamacare exchange insurance premiums were on average 41% higher in 2014 than the 2013 private individual health insurance plans they replaced. Double digit premium increases are continuing in 2015.

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The first wave of Obamacare exchange insurers have submitted the following premium increases to state regulators for approval:

Florida: 13.2% average.

New York: Up to 19.1% increase.

Tennessee: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee — the state’s dominant health insurance provider — is asking to raise rates by an average of 19 percent. (Smaller states often only have a one or so providers).

Connecticut: The state regulators have already turned down a 12% plus premium increase request from their top two Obamacare insurers. No word yet if the insurers will withdraw from the exchange or resubmit a slightly lower premium increase.

It is important to keep in mind that no Obamacare exchange insurer has actually made any money off of their prior premium increases because of the government coverage mandates and sicker than average pool of insured actually buying on the exchanges. Those of us with private group insurance are paying the difference through a variety of hidden taxes on our policies, a price tag which is inflated by massive Obamacare fraud.

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Never Ending Obamacare Dishonesty

The Affordable Care Act legislation expressly limits taxpayer subsidies to pay for the government designed health insurance to “exchange[s] established by the State.” However, when half of the states refused to follow orders and set up government health insurance exchanges, the Obama IRS lawlessly decreed that Congress also meant for subsidies to go to federal exchanges.

This week, the Federal Circuit Court for the District of Columbia disagreed and held that “exchange[s] established by the State” means “exchange[s] established by the State” and the Obama IRS may not continue to pay subsidies to the federal exchanges.

Progressives and socialist politicos and academics exploded in fury at the “Republican judges” who dared enforce the law and deny millions the benefits of Obamacare subsidies. Among those was MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber. Gruber designed the Massachusetts health insurance system. Later, Team Obama paid him nearly $400K to help design Obamacare. After the Democrats imposed Obamacare, states and tech organizations would then pay him to help design the government exchanges.

This week, Gruber joined the chorus on the left to argued that the express command in the ACA legislation that taxpayer subsidies are expressly limited to “exchange[s] established by the State” was instead “unambiguously a typo.”

However, back in 2012 when he was advising a tech company about implementing Obamacare, Gruber gave a completely different account:

What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.

From Barack Obama promising that we could keep our insurance and our doctors, while saving $2,500 a year, to sell his socialist health insurance plan to the current arguments that their plan to coerce states into building government exchanges was actually a typo, Obamacare has been one never ending lie from start to finish.

UPDATE: After Jonathan Gruber claimed that his remarks on video above were simply a mistake, the audio below of Jonathan Gruber’s prepared remarks on January 10, 2012 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco was posted on Youtube:

Liar.

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Using Obamacare To Defraud Taxpayers Is Easy And Fun

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Associated Press reports:

Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts…

The Obama administration says six of the GAO’s fake online applications were blocked by eligibility checks built into computer systems at HealthCare.gov. But the GAO says its undercover agents found a way around that, and were able to enroll anyway…

Among the findings:

—Contractors processing applications for the government told the GAO that their role was not to ferret out potential fraud.

—Five of six bogus phone applications went through successfully. The one exception involved an applicant who refused to provide a Social Security number.

—Six online applications were snagged by an identity checking system. But investigators just dialed a call center and all six were approved. That seemed to be an open pathway to coverage.

—The GAO also tried to check the reliability of counselors providing in-person assistance. In five out of six cases, investigators were unable to get help. In the final case, the counselor correctly told the undercover investigator that their stated income would not entitle them to subsidized coverage.

The Obamacare bureaucracy disclosed earlier this month that 2.6 million of their 8 million applicants submitted bogus data which does not match government records, but they are still spending taxpayer money to buy them insurance.

Who are making these false applications?

The recent Commonwealth Fund poll of Obamacare dependents suggests that they are folks lying about their income to qualify for Medicaid or exchange subsidies and illegal aliens.

This should be no surprise. Project Veritas busted the government’s own Obamacare navigators months ago for instructing applicants how to commit fraud:

The best laid plans of mice and socialists.

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