First off, Happy Veteran's Day to all of those who have volunteered to put themselves in harm's way to preserve our way of life!  Your sacrifices on all of our behalves are appreciated beyond words.  Thank you!

There has been a continuing anger about Obamacare ever since (then) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi uttered this infamous - and all too shrill - pronouncement: "You have to pass the Bill to see what's in it.."

The almost 3,000 pages of law and more than  20,000 (and growing) pages of regulations we now know were purposely crafted to be unintelligible. according to MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the Chief architect of the Obamacare law.  He has been quoted on numerous media where he has distilled the passage of the law thusly:

  • "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies, okay?  So it's written to do that.  In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in...
  • If you made it explicit the healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, okay?
  • Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.
  • And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass."

So from the beginning most Americans including EVERY Congressional Republican were - and are - against Obamacare.
Remember that it was "passed" on Christmas Eve, 2010 along strictly partisan lines?!

Now what?  Well, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear King v. Burwell, a case that threatens to undermine the basic architecture of Obamacare.  This challenge centers on the subsidies given through States' exchanges, (e.g., State’s online health insurance marketplaces) by the Federal government as a carrot to get citizens to buy Obamacare. 
However, most of the states refused to set up Obamacare exchanges – only 14 of them did so. The White House, ignoring this development, had the federal government step in and set up its own exchanges, and then announced – with no legal justification whatsoever – that subsidies would be available on these exchanges, too.

This seemingly ignores the fact that the Supreme Court decides law and not intent (which varies according to individual perspective)

Again, chief Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber:
"Maybe most important of all.  Role of the States. The decision was made that states should play a critical role in running these exchanges and health insurance exchanges are the centerpiece of this reform.  ....But a number of states have expressed no interest in doing so. ....A number of states (36, in fact) have even turned down millions of dollars of government grants as a statement of some sort.   Now, I guess I'm enough of a believer in Democracy to think that when the voters in states see that by not accepting an exchange the politicians in a state are costing state residents hundred of millions and billions of dollars, they'll eventually throw the guys out.  But I don't know that for sure..."

We could have a decision by June, 2015 and that should give Republicans enough time to come up with a unified replacement Health Care plan.

You were granted a mandate. Time to put up.

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Ebola - life and death choices

Less than two weeks to go  before we can start to fundamentally reclaim our country.  These past six years will surely be viewed by history as the "epoch when America temporarily lost her mind."  This greatest of all countries came under the collective spell of a snake oil salesman who pressed all the wrong buttons despite our having 'supposedly' learned the lesson of  "a house divided..."

The day after an Ebola scare at Newark airport, we have the first official case of Ebola in NYC.  Of all the people who should have known better, this man, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, is a DOCTOR who was treating Ebola patients in Guinea, up until Oct. 12.  He came back to the States, on October 17.  During these past six days, his activities have included running (sweat can transmit Ebola virus), bowling and dining out in restaurants.  He has taken the subway and only yesterday, Thursday, developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue. He is in isolation after being rushed to - and treated at - New York's Bellevue Hospital; one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan.

This seems like highly irresponsible behavior (if not outright criminal). "Self-monitoring" will work about as well as "Self-deportation."

Last week, on October 16, our friend, Congressman Leonard Lance   (NJ - 7th CD) issued the following.  Please call John Byers and express your thanks and support for a travel ban:  202-225-5361

Lance Calls On President To Consider Ebola Travel Ban; Visa Suspensions

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement in response to news of a second health care worker infected with Ebola flew to Dallas earlier this week:

"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a threat to our Nation's public health.  And while I have confidence in our country's medical infrastructure, I share many of the concerns expressed by my constituents about the federal response to date.

"The House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, is actively assessing the federal health agencies' response to the crisis and hearings have already begun.  Every agency involved must be held accountable, and I am confident that the House stands ready to act in a bipartisan capacity if federal officials are unable to address the Ebola threat aggressively and effectively.

"To this end, I call on President Obama to consider implementing immediately a temporary ban on U.S. travel to and from countries afflicted with the virus and suspending visas for travelers from Ebola-stricken areas abroad until the outbreak is under control as suggested by the leaders of the House Homeland Security Committee.

"Ultimately, the best way to defeat this outbreak is at its source and I am confident that members of Congress will work with the Administration on appropriate policy options that will help slow and eventually halt the spread of Ebola both internationally and here at home."


  • Judiciary Committee Chairman - Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) - Demands Answers On Reported Plans to Bring Ebola-Stricken Non-Citizens to the U.S
  • Some 25 Countries have issued travel bans issued in reaction to Ebola Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening -- for Americans

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