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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The Obamacare Disaster Plays Out

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A pro-Obamacare group called the Commonwealth Fund has just released a very detailed and revealing poll report and charts on the impacts of Obamacare. Of course, Commonwealth spun the poll results as a solid step forward. Here is what they did not mention:

Like the Gallup poll, Commonwealth misleadingly starts its uninsured calculations in the summer of 2013 when Obamacare compelled insurers to terminate millions of individual policies and expanded the pool of uninsured. However, Commonwealth found more uninsured than did Gallup both before and after the Obamacare exchanges went into effect.

Like the administration, Commonwealth is counting all those who “enrolled” for insurance rather than the lesser amount who actually purchased insurance and the even lesser amount who provided accurate, non-fraudulent income and citizenship information qualifying them for subsidies.

99% of the newly insured claim to earn less that 400% of the poverty level, which means that nearly all of the Obamacare “enrollees” qualify to have their taxpaying neighbors subsidize some or all of their health insurance premiums. This is far more than what the administration has admitted.

40% of those who “enrolled” for Obamacare exchange insurance and 33% of those enrolled into Medicaid were previously insured through their employer, self insured individually or were on Medicaid.

Employers appear to have dumped 18% of these polled enrollees onto the exchanges (or 2.7 million of the 15 million combined Obamacare and Medicaid “enrollee” estimate Commonwealth is using from another source). This suggests that the Obamacare mandates increasing the cost of employer group health insurance are causing businesses tho shift their insurance costs onto the taxpayers and increasing future costs can be expected to make that problem worse.

9% of overall “enrollees” (or about 1.35 million) used to buy their own insurance before making their neighbors pay for the Obamacare or Medicaid insurance. These numbers are far less than the estimated 6 million folks Obamacare uninsured by outlawing their individual health insurance policies. The poll does not tell us what happened to the millions of those involuntarily uninsured who did not enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.

4% of those who thought they enrolled in Obamacare were previously Medicaid dependents. I suspect that these poll respondents are confused and simply re-signed for Medicaid on the exchanges. The exchanges automatically move you into Medicaid if you qualify and do not allow you to purchase Obamacare insurance. Thus, the number of Obamacare “enrollees” are actually smaller and the number of new Medicaid dependents larger than this poll suggests.

The younger enrollees mostly signed up for Medicaid and the older enrollees mostly signed up for Obamacare exchange insurance. Additionally, the number of uninsured reporting fair/poor health status, chronic conditions or a disability fell from 20% to 16%. These figures suggest that risk pool for the Obamacare exchange insurance is going to be disproportionately older and unhealthy, requiring taxpayers to spend billions of dollars bailing out the insurers selling government designed health insurance on the exchanges.

The administration has admitted that over 2 million of the Obamacare “signees” provided identity, earning and citizenship information that does not match government records. This poll appears to catch the reported fraud plus far more.

9% of the Medicaid signees report earning 250% or more of the poverty level, which means that they do not qualify for Medicaid even under the Obamacare expansion and have signed up illegally.

Obamacare nominally prohibits illegal aliens from obtaining taxpayer funded Medicaid or Obamacare exchange insurance. However, the uninsurance rate among Latinos free fell by 1/3 and the uninsurance rate in CA and TX fell by 1/2 to 1/3 respectively. This suggests that either every single Latino citizen is now insured or Obamacare is illegally signing up illegal aliens by the millions.

Pretty much every disaster scenario predicted for Obamacare is now playing out.

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Our Once And Future Declaration of Independence

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Today, it is worth rereading the Declaration of Independence setting out the meaning of the holiday and to note the parts which apply today:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government… The history of the present King…is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good…

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation…

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent…

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

Happy Independence Day.

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Action And Reaction

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President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today…

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say the country would be worse off…

American voters say 54 – 44 percent that the Obama Administration is not competent running the government…

Today, the president gets negative scores of 10 – 88 percent from Republicans, 31 – 59 percent from independent voters, 37 – 57 percent from men and 42 – 49 percent from women. Democrats approve 79 – 13 percent…

Obama gets negative grades for his handling of most key issues:
Negative 40 – 55 percent for handling the economy;
Negative 37 – 57 percent for foreign policy;
Negative 40 – 58 percent for health care;
50 – 40 percent for the environment;
Negative 44 – 51 percent for terrorism

Most people can now see the emperor is pretty darn naked.

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The Obama JV Foreign Policy Team

Megyn Kelly puts on a clinic on how a reporter should cross examine a lying government official.

There is a reason why Megyn Kelly is a rising star over at Fox News.

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When A Clinton Loses The “Clinton News Network”…

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