Grubergate: The Lies and Deceit of Jonathan Gruber (and Friends)

This video from American Commitment completely brutalizes the pathetic fraud that is “ObamaCare Architect” Jonathan Gruber.

At least seven times Gruber indicated on tape that states had to set up exchanges or subsidies would stop flowing. and refusal of states to play along would  threaten the law’s effective existence.

The following video highlights the duplicity of a man ridiculing the idea that anyone ever believed that which he was caught on tape saying.

John Sexton reports at the Conversation that Gruber was not the only Obamacare wonk to have a “speak-o” about the issue of subsidies and state exchanges.

Back in 2010, after the Senate bill was passed but before it became law, health care wonk Jonathan Cohn gave an interview with NPR‘s Fresh Air in which he suggested there might be an opt-out for states (hat tip to American Commitment for the clip):

Via Ace of Spades HQ: Leftwing “Wonks” Shocked Again to Learn Basic Things:

I would propose a simple definition of “expert:” One who is not surprised or even stunned to learn the basics of his claimed field of expertise.

By this definition, the left has a serious lack of experts.

I might add to the definition of “expert:” One who is interested in a subject matter and motivated to learn as much about it as possible, even if such fresh learning might cut against his base partisan impulses.

 

Cruz: Halbig Decision Is A ‘Repudiation Of Obamacare And All The Lawlessness That Comes With It’

Senator Ted Cruz Speaks At The Heritage Action Defund Obamacare Town Hall
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the federal subsidies for health insurance were not properly designed.

Nobody tried harder than U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas to stop Obamacare from being implemented.

Cruz released the following statement in reaction the Halbig v. Burwell decision.

 “The D.C. Circuit’s decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it,” said Sen. Cruz. “The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies. This is a significant victory for the American people and the rule of law, but we must not rest. Americans will continue to lose jobs, pay higher premiums, and receive fewer healthcare choices because of this disastrous law. Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed to restore jobs, growth, and opportunity in our country.”

UPDATE:

Krauthammer’s take: ACA Language is not ambiguous:

SEE ALSO:

The American Thinker: Circuit Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies (updated)

The Conversation: Halbig Ruling Could Free More Than 57 Million Americans From ObamaCare Mandates

The Conversation: The Obama Regime Responds to Halbig Ruling: ‘The Subsidies Will Keep Flowing’

Twitchy:‘In light of Halbig, thank you,’ Nancy! Pelosi’s refusal to read the bill may have helped screw Obamacare

 

Shock: Dingy Spends Nearly 15 Minutes Railing On The Senate Floor And Doesn’t Mention The Koch Brothers Once (Video)

Harry Reid shocked the nation, today when he spent 15 minutes on the Senate floor complaining bitterly about John Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama. The newsworthy thing about it wasn’t the fact that he was taking up the Senate’s time to complain about the Speaker of the House’s lawsuit – we’ve all come to expect hyper-partisan mud-slinging  from the Majority Leader. It was that he didn’t mention the Koch brothers once during the entire rant.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel responded on Twitter:

 

 

IG REPORT: Nearly 1.3 Million of Obamacare Enrollees May Be Illegal Immigrants

Okay, so – when we say, “the word got out” to explain the flood of illegals coming across the border –  it’s not only about the Regime not enforcing immigration laws. It’s about them not enforcing laws requiring US citizenship in order to receive entitlements, too. That’s why they’re coming – they get free health care – and likely other entitlements, while the Dems get millions of new voters. Not bad for a day’s community organizing.

Via Gateway Pundit,  Wynton Hall of Breitbart.com reports:

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A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country.

The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application “inconsistencies” are related to verifying “Citizenship/national status/lawful presence.” Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.

Moreover, the Inspector General report only covered the federal Obamacare exchanges to determine how the Obama administration resolved verification problems through December 2013. As for the 15 state-run Obamacare exchanges, the report says four–Oregon, Nevada, Vermont, and Massachusetts–are simply “unable to resolve inconsistencies.”

Obama is a Marxist in a hurry. Time is running out and the transformation isn’t going to happen without some major prompts. One party rule is just around the corner unless Republicans take some drastic actions.

SEE ALSO: Mark Levin: We have a full-fledged IMPERIAL PRESIDENT who has no respect for the rule of law or YOU:

Levin calls this a disaster and suggests that it is no accident considering the anarchy on the border right now.

We have a full-fledged imperial president on our hands. A man who has no respect for you, no respect for the rule of law, no respect for our history and tradition. And there’s 2 and a half more years of this. And he’s supported by the fascist party, the Democrat party which supports all of it and wants him to go even further.

The lawlessness on the border is already proving to be a health hazard for American citizens as Todd Starnes reported for Fox News: Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest:

The Security detail at these holding facilities call themselves BROWN SHIRTS.

A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.

In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.

My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps.

“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”

The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the BCFS, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”

“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.

“Everyone was paranoid,” she said. “The children had more rights than the workers.”

She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues.

“It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair.”

A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw.

“We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,” she said. “We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.”

Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.

“When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”

The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic – but everything was kept “hush-hush.”

“You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”

The nurse told me she became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes.

“That’s what alerted me,” she said. “Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.”

The Daily Caller: U.S. Congressman Blocked From Entering Child Immigrant Facility:

An Oklahoma Congressman who visited an Army base being used to house illegal immigrant children now wonders what the federal government is hiding after he was denied access to the facility.

“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton.

The Department of Health and Human Services has set up housing at Ft. Sill and two other military bases – Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Cali. – to house thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who were apprehended at the southern U.S. border.

Bridenstine went to Ft. Sill to observe the conditions under which the 1,200 UACs there are living and to find out to whom they would be released.

But when he showed up at the facility, Bridenstine says he was told by a guard withsecurity unit which calls itself the “Brown Shirts” that he could not observe the children or their living conditions.

When the congressman spoke to a manager and HHS official, he was told he would have to schedule a formal visit for July 21.

More links via Drudge:

 

Where are the Republicans on this?

ObamaCare Still Failing – Still Unpopular – Still An Albatross Around The Necks Of Democrats (Video)

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Image via the Senate Conservatives Fund

You may have heard some Democrat strategists crow that Republicans have given up on fighting ObamaCare and have changed the subject to other Obama failures like Benghazi and the IRS scandal because ObamaCare is such a raging success with its 8 million sign-ups or something.

But upon closer examination, those numbers are nothing to brag about. 74% of  new sign-ups were previously insured. And of the previously insured that signed up, only 22% have paid up.

Avik Roy of Forbes, does the math.

Combining all of this data: of the 8 million sign-ups on the exchange, we can only be confident that around 1.7 million are previously uninsured and enrolled. We can add another 865,000 or so for those purchasing coverage off the exchange, for a total of 2.6 million previously uninsured individual-market enrollees.

The American people haven’t been fooled by the false bravado coming from Democrats. A recent poll showed that only 12% of Americans believe that ObamaCare is a success. TWELVE PERCENT, people. More people believe the moon is made out of cheese.

According to a new CNN/ORC International Poll, only 12 percent of Americans call Obamacare a success, compared to 39 percent that believe it is a failure. Forty-nine percent say it’s too soon to tell.

The poll found that 38 percent want the Affordable Care Act repealed. Only 12 percent want the law to stay as is, while 49 percent would like to see some changes made to Obamacare.. Despite a barrage of negative attack on

Not surprisingly then, ObamaCare continues to haunt vulnerable Democrats. The latest poll in New Hampshire shows Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen statistically tied  despite a barrage of negative attack ads on Brown.
 Obamacare’s favorability in New Hampshire is  34% Fav/58 Unfav- which is pretty much in line with the rest of the country which continues to revile the ill-gotten law.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb appeared with Neil Cavuto on Fox to discuss the Obamacare numbers.

“Most of the people who were uninsured and got insurance as a result of ObamaCare actually ended up on Medicaid,” Gottlieb said, “and most of the people who got private coverage on the exchanges were people who were dropped from their existing private coverage, or they’re people who self-selected – they dropped their coverage and went into ObamaCAre to take advantage of the subsidies. “

SEE ALSO:

The Blaze: These States Could See Huge Insurance Rate Hikes Because of Obamacare

 

ObamaScare: OK Man Who’s Never Been On Healthcare.gov Gets HHS Letter Pressuring Him To Sign Up For ObamaCare (Video)

An Oklahoma man is a little freaked out because of a menacing letter he received from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Via Washington Free Beacon, 

A letter from the Health Insurance Marketplace, the division of government where Americans can enroll in Obamacare, was sent to Kini Kay last week. The letter listed his address and an application ID (similar to an eight digit number), and asked him to confirm his information and visit healthcare.gov.

The letter also claimed that he submitted an application for health coverage. But Kay never signed up for Obamacare and says he has “never been anywhere near that website.”

The letter warned of the March 31 enrollment deadline and threatened to deny Kay’s tax credits should he not make contact with the division within 45 days of the letter being issued. The letter is dated April 1. Kay did not receive the letter until April 14.

Kay expressed his frustration with the Obamacare letter: “Sentence after sentence- it’s bizarrely contradictory and confusing. And it’s dishonest. I never started an application.”

***Senator Harry Reid  just emailed to inform me that Mr. Kay is a liar who was paid by the Koch brothers to say those things.

HHS confirmed that they’ve been sending letters, but claimed it’s impossible for Kay to have received a letter if he did not apply at the Marketplace.

I suppose it’s possible that someone in his household went on the website and looked around without telling him. But it just goes to show you how out of control things have gotten that even if you haven’t personally visited the website, you can still expect to get harassing letters from the government.

I’m like Mr. Kay. You couldn’t pay me to go anywhere near that website.

Hat tip: Tammy Bruce

Rand Paul: 80% of the New ObamaCare Enrollees Are Free or Subsidized (Video)

Senator Rand Paul says 80% of the 7.1 million new ObamaCare enrollees are being subsidized by those who are working. (See Obamacare enrollment in three charts for confirmation of this. Also, numbers from a RAND Corporation study suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have actually paid for new policies.)

The Kentucky Senator said in his home state, “everyone is getting healthcare but it’s all free or subsidized.”

Appearing on the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Friday night, Paul said, “the bill is going to come due at some time, and one of the ways the bill becomes due is through rising premiums – I think people are going to pay more for their insurance.” Van Susteren noted that Blue Cross/Blue Shield is already warning that sticker shocks are coming.

Paul said that this is of course why Obama has moved back the next enrollment period to  after the election.

Greta noted that at least in Kentucky, the sticker shock shouldn’t matter since most people are getting it free or subsidized.

Paul told her, “it’s even worse than that. 80% are getting Medicaid – completely free – the other 20% are getting subsidized. Almost no one in my state signed up to pay for insurance. Almost everyone signed up for free or subsidized insurance.”

He continued, “he governor of Kentucky is a big ally of Obama. He goes around saying it’s a $15,000 billion dollar stimulus for Kentucky….the money’s got to come from somewhere!”

Greta asked, “where is it coming from?”

“It’s coming from the taxpayer,” Paul answered. He  later explained that it will probably not be through raised taxes but “we will either borrow or print the money.”  He explained, “the repercussions are the same. Let’s say your goal is to to help poor people – you give them free health care. Sounds noble. But then, by printing up money to pay for it, you raise their prices at the pump, you raise the prices for their food, so as the currency loses its value they think, ‘oh I got something for free’, but then it turns out all their other stuff costs more, and in the end they say, ‘gosh, I’m still poor’ because big government doesn’t really help poor people.”

SEE ALSO:

Washington Times:  Paging Dr. Carson! GOP makes House call for surgeon to replace Obamacare:

With a major Obamacare sign-up deadline past, Republicans are turning their attention to the “replace” half of their repeal and replace strategy, hoping to make up ground lost over the past four years as they seek to show voters that they have an alternative to the president’s health care overhaul.

Retired surgeon Ben Carson sat down with the House Republican health care caucus Thursday to hash out ideas. The doctor urged lawmakers to set some deadlines of their own for writing a plan.

“It doesn’t do any good to have a lot of good ideas but not to get behind one and really push it,” said Mr. Carson, who has been mentioned as a potential Republican presidential contender.

The first enrollment period for Obamacare has ended, and President Obama has claimed success with the sign-ups of 7.1 million Americans in the federal and state health insurance exchanges set up under the law.

Democrats say the final tally means millions now have coverage thanks to provisions that prohibit caps on spending and prevent companies from denying insurance for pre-existing health conditions. They argue that a repeal by Republicans would leave all of those Americans worse off.

Republicans were already under pressure to elucidate how their vision contrasts with that of the Democrats they hope to unseat in November’s midterm elections, and to offer a realistic alternative to Obamacare.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said this week that the party is seeking consensus around an alternative plan.

 

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