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The Obama Morning News || October 24,2013

Obamacare deadline moved six weeks . . . Washington Post
Website contractors point finger at HHS . . . Fox News
Americans getting kicked off plans . . . Washington Times
Premiums high in rural areas
. . . New York Times
Charge: Sebelius botched Kansas websites . . . Daily Caller
Obama to head out on fundraising blitz . . . The Hill
Obama aides outed Twitter mole . . . Washington Post
Hillary heckled on Benghazi . . . Washington Times
White House, Durbin at odds on insult . . . Politico
For Obama, the buck stops elsewhere . . . Washington Times

17 Responses to The Obama Morning News || October 24,2013

  1. Fundraising…LOL!…..Is the message going to be “See what I can do with healthcare? Elect all Democrats to congress and I promise I will show you what else I can screw up!”?

    I see Liberals are trying their best to walk back Obamacare. The message to them and the President as well is…..”You wanted this…you own this!”……

  2. The big story over here is that the NSA has been listening in on Angela Merkels private phone conversations. The Germans are, and rightfully so, furious about it.
    Well, if Obamas NSA can do this to high and mighty friends, imagine what they can do to you and me if it suits them.
    And please remind me again, why was Nixon forced from the Presidency decades ago ? Must have been a horrible crime, not just tapping some lowgrade persons phone…or…..
    The new “normal” is certainly different in this lawless White House.

    • The Germans do it, the French do it, the Brits do it. It’s a news story this week, but it’s old news. FISA has their computers/servers in Europe to spy on Americans, etc. in Europe so that they can “legally” track the Yanks. I don’t know your age, swedishlady and heavens no, I am not asking, but Mad Magazine wayyyy back in 1961 had a series of cartoons called: Spy vs Spy.

      • Well, during the cold war there was a common distrust between everybody but some of us imagined a tad naively that at least some of the Western countries got along much better nowadays. Obama went to Germany twice to bask in Mrs Merkels sunny goodwill ( but I always wondered why, I suspected it was one of his Kennedyimitations ). . But I suppose you are right there, it´s a matter of have power, will abuse it , it is human, or rather the politicians, nature. . And now Obama has this monstrous NSAtool at his service and he uses it however he likes. Unfortunately for him he got caught and now he must suffer the diplomatic consequences. I guess he worries most about personal PRproblems, he wants to look like the bright, shining knight all the time. But he looks quite soiled nowadays. By the way, really enjoyed the Spy vs Spy clip.

  3. What I think I know about Obamacare;
    income producing citizens will lose their current health insurance because of OC on 12/31. They will be forced to buy new health insurance or pay a tax of @1% of their income, but can’t buy government mandated health insurance because of massive confusion and mismanagement by the government.

    If the stars align and citizens can buy the government mandated insurance, there’s no guarantee that every (or any) health-care provider will accept that insurance as payment for their services, but could insist on being paid in cash, up front, or demanding that the whole deductible be paid first.

    Skipping over a long list of what can go wrong, does anyone have any information on how any amount a taxpayer spends on mandated insurance or healthcare would be a legal tax deduction?
    Does a government subsidy paid to one’s insurance company count as un-earned income, and will employer-paid insurance now be taxable earned income?

    • Cannot answer your questions but would appreciate adding a question to your list…
      Do citizens who live and/or work outside the US (with insurance where they live/work) have to register with ACA?

      • Good question. The law apparently assumes all citizens as one, where the only difference is income or location in the US.
        How will they decide a subsidy or not for a salesperson or wait-staff whose income could change from day to tday? Self-employed people, from high-end lawyers to small business owners, can only guess at their yearly income.

        This is such a grand mess. It didn’t have to be this way.

    • Nobody – not even those who are running the show – knows how this health insurance scam is going to work, srdem. Obamacare was meant to cause financial and societal chaos to the point we throw up our hands and beg the government to fix it. Obamacare was meant to fail so the commies can implement their holy grail – state-run health care for all.

    • Wait until the LIV’s find out that the IRS penalty for opting out of the ACA is monthly – not annual. The sticker price with its hidden deductibles and co-pays is prohibitive for most middle class individuals and families – and so are the IRS monthly penalties after Year One. The $95 penalty for failure to enroll is the only number that is being bandied about. The day of reckoning is here. The ACA is looking more like a video game – “Grand Theft ObamaCare”.

      The Penalties

      The actual individual mandate penalties under the ACA are perhaps the easiest part of the program to understand:

      In 2014, the annual penalty will be $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, up to a family maximum of $285 or 1 percent of family income, whichever is greater.

      In 2015, the penalty will be $325 per adult and $162.50 per child, up to a family maximum of $975 or 2 percent of family income, whichever is greater.

      In 2016, the penalty will be $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, up to a family maximum of $2,085 or 2.5 percent of family income, whichever is greater.

      “Most people think of it as an annual penalty,” notes Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at Kaiser. “But it is in fact a monthly thing, and you would pay a penalty for any month that you are uncovered.” However, a person may be without coverage for up to three months without triggering the penalty.

  4. “While competition is intense in many populous regions, rural areas and small towns have far fewer carriers offering plans in the law’s online exchanges. Those places, many of them poor, are being asked to choose from some of the highest-priced plans in the 34 states where the federal government is running the health insurance marketplaces, a review by The New York Times has found.”

    What does FCMABBHO care? Those are fly-over, mainly white residents who probably didn’t vote for him.

  5. Fox and CNN are carrying the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. MSNBC is just talking about it. Oops. Not talking about it much. Flashing back and forth between the hearing and Chuck Todd. Lotsa’ commercials. None on Fox and CNN that I’ve seen.