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Michelle’s “Let’s Move” Bud Beyonce Selling Sugar Water

So is Michelle going to stop attending her concerts?

Superduperstar Beyonce, who is a member of a mutual admiration society that includes her and the first lady and who is a spokeswoman for Michelle’s “Let Move” healthy kids campaign, has a $50 million deal to sell those very same kids Pepsi-Cola.

Now, what could better for kids than carbonated sugar water laced with caffeine?

But if Mrs. Obama is even thinking of distancing herself from Beyonce – she’s not, but just play along – it won’t be so easy.

Michelle has said if she could be another person, it would be Beyonce. This summer, she jetted off to Atlantic City to take in one of her shows. Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z famously got a tour of the Situation Room, no doubt hoping to be able to use it in case Kim Kardashian attempts to take over the world.

And Beyonce repays the love, holding a $4 million fundraiser for Obama at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in September and doing this for Let’s Move.

And now look. It’s all this:

Pepsi is promoting Beyonce’s next album and sponsoring her upcoming halftime Super Bowl show, while she will appear in soda commercials and her image will be on cans and life-size cardboard cutouts in stores.

Let's get fat!
Let's get fat!

“Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve,” Beyonce said, explaining her alliance with the sugar water people.

Yes, that would be $50 million worth of empathy for the creative arts.

If Mrs. Obama is serious about slimming kids down, she should rebuke Ms. Knowles and make clear to kids that it was a mistake to include her in the Let’s Move program, and that this is the wrong kind of role model for children hoping not to spend their lives battling to stay away from sweets.

Fat chance of that.

Insurers Raising Rates by Double Digits

It looks like Obamacare’s chickens are coming home to roost.

According to the New York Times, not normally known as a bastion of right-wing anti-Obama extremism, health insurers are slapping consumers with double digit percentage increases in rates:

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.

Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own.

Obama promised during the 2008 campaign that his health care initiative would “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family.” But according to Forbes, premiums have increased by an average of $3,065 and are set to rise even further.

The reason would appear to be something the White House loves to cite during debates about the budget: math.

Insurers are now required to provide, without cost sharing by patients – that is, for free – mammograms, colonoscopies, HIV screening, contraceptives and contraceptive counseling, well-women visits, sexually transmitted disease counseling, breastfeeding support and supplies, and so forth.

Meanwhile, states are tasked with figuring out which health benefits are “essential,” and therefore must granted at no cost to the consumer. According to, various states have already announced that people simply must have things like weight loss surgery, acupuncture, circumcision, smoking cessation services and varicose vein removal, and so they can get them for free.

All of this is very nice. But someone still has to pay for it. And that’s where your premiums come in.

Obama to Announce Hagel, Brennan at 1:05 PM ET

President Obama is expected to announce that he is tapping former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be Secretary of Defense and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director during an East Room ceremony at 1:05 pm ET. I will live stream the event. Obama appears to be trying to make a bit of… Continue Reading