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Frightening: White House Intimidating Free Speech

by Keith Koffler on October 31, 2013, 3:38 pm

Okay, someone explain to me how this happens in the United States of America.

The White House is suppressing speech, bullying private citizens into not saying things that will hurt the president by calling attention to his false claim that people could keep their insurance if they like it.

According to CNN – and that doesn’t stand for Conservative News Network – insurance industry officials who criticize the Obamacare rollout are getting calls from the White House telling them to shut the &^%$! up. In particular, the White House doesn’t want them to talk about the inconvenient problem that insurers are being forced to drop people’s coverage – even though Obama promised this would not happen.

We really, really are becoming a new kind of country. These insurance executives are private citizens who have the right to say anything they want. Particularly sacrosanct is their freedom to criticize their government. While under Obamacare the feds exercise considerable sway over the insurers, THEY STILL DO NOT WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

This is exactly what happens as the government expands its purview over your life. It gets it into its thick head that it can control your life, beyond the specific provisions of any given law. Obamacare is not just going to ruin your health care. It will bite off, chew up, and spit out a nice sized chunk of your freedom.

Here’s the report, as delivered by CNN’s Drew Griffin:

What’s going on is a behind the scenes attempt to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening under this Affordable Care Act rollout. Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you are going to get a call from the White House – pressure to be quiet.

Insurance executives are being told to keep quiet . . . they feel defenseless against the White House PR team . . . the White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade organizations, to keep quiet. The sources are telling us they fear White House retribution.

(They’re being told to keep quiet about) the fact that clarifications were made to the Affordable Care Act after the law was passed and those clarifications are forcing the insurance industry to drop insurance plans that do not meet Obamacare requirements.

Here’s the video.

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rawheadrex October 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

People generally get the government they deserve.

Langley Spook November 1, 2013 at 6:46 am

Bingo.
51% “voted” for this… then again Hitler also won elections too.

Star November 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Just like men get maternity coverage, we get the govt the Obama voters deserve.

Kimbly October 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

And don’t think for a minute this is some new tactic for the White House.

AFVet October 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm

No,..it is the rule.
Intimidation is one of the best tools they have, and they are not afraid to use it.
That is how Barry moved into the White House.

Owen_Kellogg October 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm

How long before they set the Reichstag on fire?

Julie Brueckheimer October 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The more the public knows or learns, the better our chances of turning things around, but as far as CNN is concerned, they’re dumping Obama because they want to get on the Hillary bandwagon. The irony is her poll numbers are dropping too, from favorability over 50 down to 46.

Girly1 October 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

You’re on to something, Julie. I’ve noticed how CNN has been much more critical of the Messiah lately. His (Obama’s) loss is our gain. Hillary is forever joined at the hip with the liar-in-chief – I pray she is the nominee. And Bubba has been out on the stump defending Obamacare to the high heavens.

This little paragraph from the Federal Register should sink the Ship of State. It’s Obama’s little ‘blue dress’.

Federal Register – June 17, 2010
Page 16 (far right paragraph)

“The Department’s mid-range estimate is 66% of small employer plans and 45% of large employer plans will relinquish their Grandfathered status by the end of 2013. The low-end estimates are for 49% and 34% of small and large employer plans, respectively. to have relinquished Grandfathered status, and the high-end estimates are 60% and 64%, respectively.”

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-06-17/pdf/2010-14488.pdf

Marcus October 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

“Hillary is forever joined at the hip with the liar-in-chief – I pray she is the nominee.” Indeed they are, politically and philosophically. Both Barry and Hillary are politically corrupt to the core. Remember, Hillary was fired from the Watergate Commission by her supervisor, Jerry Zeifman, according to him, ““Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.” Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career. There are lots of references to Hillary’s firing, here’s one–
http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2013/01/watergate-era-judiciary-chief-of-staff-hillary-clinton-fired-for-lies-unethical-behavior-2565314.html

Girly1 October 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Thanks for the chilling reminder, Marcus. How does someone become that vile at the tender age of 27? She’s no stranger to Impeachment – but depriving Nixon of counsel? Unimaginable!
There’s an entire generation and a half that knows nothing about this woman – they need a wake-up call ASAP. Obama has the LIVs at the ready – it’s time to set the table for 2016. She has enough baggage to fill the Superdome.

Aileen November 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

She is from Chicago.

Julie Brueckheimer October 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

She is also joined to the hip of socialized medicine. Remember her plan when Bubba was President, and I remember a debate between Hillary and Obama during the 2008 primary in which he said he wouldn’t have a mandate (hah!) and she said there would be a penalty. I don’t know how to spell the word, but she said she would ‘garanshee’ wages. I suppose she would argue that she would be more efficient and effective than Obama has been, but socialized medicine is going to leave a bad taste in a lot of mouths in 2016.

just-saying November 1, 2013 at 2:17 am

(garnishee = to attach by garnishment)

garnishment = “a warning to hold money or property belonging to a debtor who is being sued by a creditor”
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Star November 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Once you give an ins co “autopay” on your acct–this is sort of what will occur. We call it the suckout.

Sadie October 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

The irony will be short lived. Following the 2014 midterms, the media will put lipstick on the pig, get her a nice “reset button” and sing her praises.

Star November 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Matthews is already saying they had a nice session giggling over things. And I remember the vile things he said about her–and also the things Olbermann said. You’re right–all will be papered over. But she is dead to me, so I won’t be on these Hillary threads much.

Stephen Hall October 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm

This is the “Smoking Gun”! This White House is corrupt.

srdem65 October 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

un-huh.
Would this be the same insurance companies that helped draw up the regulations for Obamacare that insured (!) that they would get millions of new higher-paying customers to help offset the expensive coverage that the Libs wanted?
What exactly do they want to say to the public; ‘we’re good guys, we’re going to take your money, send you information packets of medical gobbledeegook that only our lawyer understands, all to make you healthy’ and the President is lying about us.

CNN wasn’t all that outraged when the IRS intimidated and tried to silence people who identified themselves as tea-party supporters, nor were they shouting anti-American intimidation when the WashPost demanded to have access to GovSarahPalin’s personal e-mails long after she left office.
We must have missed the CNN coverage of the Park Service, the Secret Service, a SWAT team, and snipers who tried to intimidate regular citizens who wanted to view our national memorials.

If the insurance industry has something to say, but are too cowed to do so, then it’s on them. By not standing up for their rights, they have given up the right to speak freely.

CiscoKid October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Exactly srdem65, spot on.
My thoughts also, but you put it better than I could.
All the insurance execs have to say is NO, and speak their piece.

creeper October 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

There’s no love lost here on insurance companies. They’re in this up to their eyeballs. They wrote half the ACA.

Remember, though, we’re dealing with a man who got to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The CEO of Wellmark is small potatoes compared to John Roberts.

Nothing…NOTHING about this is as it seems.

ImNoDhimmi October 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Excellent points, srdem. All the other issues you mention were ignored by members of the MSM, to their eternal shame. Still, it’s a good sign that someone is speaking up at last.

Otis Driftwood October 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm

bump – bump.. bump – bump….

creeper October 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

That’s my chair!

Oh, I am SO proud.

MarjoJimbo October 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

This government is not about freedom. It is about control.

Owen_Kellogg October 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm

You obviously are not aware of how fascism works.

D.V. October 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I think it would be very encouraging if the main stream media, and CNN in particular began to critically think about all that is happening. Possibly they should be outraged by the direction that this White House is going. They have been aiding and abetting this transformation by their ignorance and silence

just-saying October 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Just as the survivors of Benghazi are forced into silence.
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Lizzy October 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm

And this comes a surprise to who exactly someone who’s been in a coma since 2009? Yes you do get the government you deserve and
lots of free stuff. Not so free for speech or those who are hard working American’s. The free phone lady just sees more phones and free ‘insurance’ which she already had I imagine. The parallels to a period in the not so distant past are striking.

Personette October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

What if all the insurance companies ignore them? What’ll they do? If the white house can do whatever, then what’s stopping everyone else?

LouisianaTiger October 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm

” America’s chickens are coming home to roost!!” Now, who was the fellow who said that?

gracepmc October 31, 2013 at 4:48 pm

All due respect but it is even more frightening that people might think this is a “first” for Obama and his gang of thugs. On a slightly disguised and larger level, go back to Gibson guitars, or the government blowback on Joe the Plumber or many on wall street or big business.

And on an institutional level, beyond the personal phone call, how is this so different from calling out the IRS on the Tea Party?

What the heck I have my doubts about John Roberts.

So, excuse me if I am not at all surprised. I got over being frightened a long time ago. This is SOP for these guys.

Lizzy October 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm

John Roberts the Manchurian Justice.

Julie Brueckheimer October 31, 2013 at 7:37 pm

good one

cincycinco November 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

Hard telling WHAT he had on Roberts. You’d think that, even if Roberts actually BELIEVED it was a “Tax”, he would have gone ON to say it wasn’t constitutional because it didn’t start in the House…

Ain’t the first time the Supremes ruled something bad “constitutional”, either. Just ask Dred Scott about that…

I guess he told Bart Stupak to shut up too? Or did Obama actually WRITE that Executive Order forbidding Obamacare from funding abortions?

Thanks for that, Bart.

And a shout-out to Arlen Specter for switching parties to make this possible, but face towards the ground when you do it so he has a better chance of hearing you in his new digs that Obama helped him secure…

We’d need a MUCH bigger Internet to contain ALL the times that THIS admin has bullied and intimidated, and betrayed even – or maybe ESPECIALLY – its “freinds”. Just a fascist tradition to burn down the rungs you climbed up, I suppose…

Aileen November 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

Read that the Roberts’ adoptions were questionable…

gracepmc October 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm

If every Republican Governor worked as hard as Duvall (at implementing Obamacare)….

I just heard that. This is fall on the floor, side splitting, laughable. Duvall? Really. Yeah, the inspiration for all the greats…Pathetic.

Lizzy October 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Remember his big apology tour where he bowed before every tinpot
dictator and despot around the world? He must have been picking up
tips. Won’t be long before he will refer to himself in the third person.
If the media continues down this road it won’t be long before even they
feel the effects of what they’ve helped to create.

Jeff1000 October 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Conservatives have been warning for four years that everything that is happening would happen if Obamacare became law, and now that these government abuses and skyrocketing premiums are happening it’s treated as if it’s shocking breaking news stories. Give me a break.

I have no sympathy for anyone who drank the Obama Kool-Aid, sucked up the Marxist rhetoric, and voted for Barry “the buck doesn’t stop here” Obama.

We told you; we warned you, but you didn’t listen.

M Catharine October 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

CNN,Woodward,CBS and the rest of the traitors are actually getting praise from conservative sites! What? Jeff you are exactly right–we hard-working taxpaying conservatives and tea partiers were voices in the wilderness 4 years ago, maligned, slandered, targeted and still are-but suddenly CNN is given orders to go ahead and issue a warning to the insurance companies via a slick news story–(I mean really people– who told CNN the WH told ins companies to keep their mouths shut?we want to say this is the most intimidating paranoid administration ever but then we believe these whores in the MSM actually go out and and report a story that will bring Obama down?)–no CNN’s board answers to Obama-can’t you hear Jarrett et al saying this?–’now go ahead and get Cooper to say we are threatening insurance companies” why-think like a Marxist-they want the public to see them as thugs who will go after anybody, Joe the Plumber or billion dollar corporations or middle-aged Tea Party Moms and Dads-they must be seen as ruthless and willing to do anything to keep people from speaking out–do not believe the MSM is putting one anti-Obama story out there without the okay of Jarrett and company.

DeniseVB October 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Back to my blog pimp on last Sunday’s Open Thread, Obama WON, per Axelrod and Plouffe, so, too bad. All this kabuki theater is election have consequences and all that marlarky. Probably why I’m drinking the Tea :)

Star October 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Just bec they won doesn’t mean they get everything their way without a peep from anyone. I spend every spare hour (way more than I should) trying to use my communication skills to undermine their activities. No plans to stop that.

LiveFree October 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm

The President has said that the insurance companies that have dropped people from their insurance are ” bad apples”. Well it is time for him to start naming the companies. Is it Blue Cross, Humana,?. Let’s list them so he can destroy the companies and jobs in this industry. Then he can move to banking, telecommunications, energy, and the rest of the economy. I assume this has been his goal all along. I just hope that every person dropped from their insurance or is forced to buy unwanted insurance voted for this jerk.

Star October 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I have a question–when those “requirements” were devised, and they were in the Federal Register for comment, did the ins cos scream–we can’t do this for $100 a mo! By the way, that $50 and $100 was utter garbage. I once got my kid a HealthNet policy for $100 and the next yr, it was $175. And this was over a decade ago.

Otis Driftwood October 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Star,

I’m sure there were documented meeting btwn the WH, the framers of ACA and insurers. And some of it was at the WH. However since the visitor logs are now close for public view (conveniently), we can only guess on when and where insurers got the bad new that the administration revised the rules. We already know changes were made after the bill was signed. Pelosi got her wish, we would have to pass it to see what was in it. *Surprise*

gracepmc October 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

OT. Way OT.

Happy Halloween at the White House all you lucky military pr shield kids! Obamas’ are giving out dried fruit! Yea!

Guillermo Grande October 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Going to the White House on Halloween? Talk about a house of Horrors….lions, tigers, michelle…oh my!@

srdem65 October 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm

They should consider themselves lucky, MrsO could have dropped one of those sweet potatoes or funky pumpkins from the Magic Garden into their goody bag.

Otis Driftwood October 31, 2013 at 10:33 pm

wow.. they went all out. (rolls eyes)

William in CA October 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Because that’s how things are done in Chicago, where Sir Golfsalot learned the political trade.

swedishlady October 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Well said, Keith. I hope that you soon will be a friend of Snowden too. Actually, Snowden is doing a great job in seriously damaging the lying dictator in the White House. Remember, he is hurting Obama, not the US. Snowden is really great PR for the US. He is regarded as one of those freethinking, smart, daring, brave Americans.

PBB October 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm

First, I congratulate CNN for criticizing the Obama administration for the first time! LOL, I guess if they go dark we know they went too far. Also, they went 2:14 without saying how bad Republicans.

The last I heard extortion was illegal, however, you have to have a person to prosecute it. Perhaps, there should be a better way to appoint the attorney general so they are more independent.

My suggestion to the Health Insurance Executives. GROW A PAIR!!!! Read about the signers of the Declaration of Independence and what those Patriots endured. The signers of the DOI did not have TV/Satellite and the Internet to spread their cause. Perhaps, this is the opportunity for these executives to be real leaders who will not yield to a totalitarian state.

As George Washington stated……….“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

creeper October 31, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Keith, thank you SO much for this report. I have been trying for days to figure out why insurance companies changed the grandfathered policies. Evidently the “grandfathering” was so weakened as to be totally inoperative.

Congress is now officially expendable.

TimW October 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hasn’t Obama been doing this to the media for 5 years now?

rawheadrex October 31, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Want WH intimidation? Get Tevi Troy’s thoroughly researched book “What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched And Obama Tweeted” and check Chp.9 “The “Vast Wasteland”:Presidents And Television” for an inside look at Great Society architect LBJ’s intimidation of the anti-Viet Nam War MSM. RMN also flexed but in a different manner and he took flak for the obvious reason.
RMN’s encounter with the producer of the Mike Douglas Show producer in 1967 is interesting. That producer was Roger Ailes.

rawheadrex October 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm

BTW, Ailes was wrong then and Fox News is not at all unlike the alphabet bunch now.

Jeff1000 October 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I’ve had somewhat of a late epiphany. Watching Obama spread more lies in Boston the other day, I couldn’t understand why with all the problems with Obamacare, real serious problems, not just the website, Barack Obama appears so serene, so confident, so arrogant in the light of so much failure.

The epiphany is this: Obamacare, as Pat Robertson said, is cemented in place, and Barack Obama knows this. He also knows that he goes down in history as one of the few presidents that can claim a massive entitlement like that next to his name. What’s chilling though is that Barry “the buck doesn’t stop here” Obama couldn’t care less, and he has no compassion or sympathy for the hardships in which Obamacare is subjecting the American people. All that matters to him is his petty selfish legacy, and the American people can just go eat cake, or call 1-800-F***YO.

gracepmc October 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm

http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/cnn-falls-to-lowest-primetime-in-over-a-year-foxs-megyn-kelly-returns-to-cable-news-ratings-top-spot/

This is a little something for all the Megyn Kelly fans. What I found interesting were the comments — fairly reasonable. I am not familiar with the site. Anyway, CNN not doing so well.

Sadie October 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I am not impressed – I am not surprised, either by WH tactics nor the MSM medias’ sudden urge to report.

The media missed two October deadlines 2008 and 2012. They’re like a fart in a windstorm at this point while all along they were morons in a maelstrom.

Susan October 31, 2013 at 8:16 pm

“We really, really are becoming a new kind of country.”

Not a new kind of country, Keith. We have a new kind of leader who seeks to destroy America as founded. We’re in the midst of a bloodless coup, and the ruling class elites seem to be going along with it.

Sadie October 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Susan: You betcha the ruling class elites are along for the ride! Just look at who they threw into the ring the last two presidential elections and take a good look at who they are castigating now.

Martha Trowbridge October 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Keith: We are only ‘turning into a new kind of country’ because the press has let “Obama” continue on with his violations of the United States Constitution – and deliberate destruction of America.

If your colleagues get together, REALLY investigate him, and denounce his bad behavior, we’d be done with him – before it’s impossible.

Due to MSM laxity, much of America has no idea who “Obama” is, or what he’s been doing to destroy the country. Therefore, it is up to your colleagues to act – now.

Langley Spook November 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

AMEN.

Mandy Manners October 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Perhaps “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” could be parodied to fit the swamp on which D.C. was built.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSM7voOCkU0

Langley Spook November 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

DC is a moral cesspool.

Ratt November 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

I started to suggest Jim Stafford’s Swamp Witch but decided that his other hit “Wild Wood Weed” might be more fitting…

cincycinco November 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

“I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

― Hillary Rodham Clinton

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/90950-i-m-sick-and-tired-of-people-who-say-that-if

Marcus November 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

For Obama and his associates, the Constitution of the United States of America is only a barrier to his tyrannical socialist agenda. I mean, who doesn’t get that by now?