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Thanks Barack… Illegal Aliens Benefitted From Up To $750M In Obamacare Subsidies

Senate Report: Illegal Aliens Benefitted From Up To $750 Million In Obamacare Subsidies – Weasel Zippers

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Didn’t Obama say illegal aliens would not be getting subsidies?

Via Fox News:
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Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News.

The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”

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Thanks Barack… Obamacare’s Penalties On Hospital Readmissions Will Kill Off The Sick And Elderly

Obamacare’s Penalties On Hospital Readmissions Will Kill Off The Sick And Elderly – Liberty Unyielding

If you have an aging parent or other elderly relative who is currently hospitalized with chronic heart or lung disease, the good news is he is coming home. The bad news is that he is likely coming home to die. That’s thanks to a strong disincentive for hospitals to readmit chronically ill Medicare patients under a provision of Obamacare.

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Called the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (Section 3025 of the Affordable Care Act added section 1886(q)), the provision took effect on October 1, 2012 and penalizes hospitals for readmitting patients with one of several high-maintenance conditions – heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia – within 30 days of discharge. Two additional expensive-to-manage illnesses, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and follow-up treatment for coronary bypass surgery, are scheduled to be phased in this year.

In the view of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MPAC), readmission of Medicare patients with any of these illnesses is an admission – of failure on the part of doctors. The government believes that if the correct treatment were administered during an initial hospital stay, these patients wouldn’t need to return. As a corrective measure, the law imposes a hefty fine on hospitals that readmit chronically ill patients. MPAC estimates that the fines collected will ultimately restore $1 billion to Medicare’s depleted coffers.

Currently, one in five elderly patients is readmitted within the 30-day window. Many of the readmissions result from unanticipated changes in the patient’s condition or a planned follow-up treatment. But roughly 12% are caused by patient confusion over new drug regimens, inadequate follow-up with primary care physicians, or a family’s inability to deal with home care. These “avoidable readmissions,” the government insists, are the fault of hospital staffs for not doing a better job of educating patients and/or administering better preventive care.

There are two problems with the approach. One, spelled out in an article at the British medical journal The Lancet, is that some of these chronic diseases in the elderly are tricky to manage. “Frequent readmissions,” the authors note, “might simply reflect the nature of the patient population rather than poor health care.” They add:

A 30-day readmission rate might be a suitable measure of health-care delivery for some conditions or surgical procedures, but for patients with COPD a more sophisticated gauge of success that incorporates medical, social, functional, and economic elements is needed.

The other problem is how hospitals and doctors on staff respond to the penalty. The most likely scenario is that they will now become de facto agents for the law’s death panels, urging Medicare patients at their time of discharge to sign do-not-resuscitate orders and seek “comfort care” instead of future medical treatment.

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Bad News For Barack And Hillary – Leon Panetta And Michael Morell Endorse Benghazi Select Committee

Panetta And Morell Endorse The Select Committee Investigation Of Benghazi – Powerline

The case against a Select Committee investigation of Benghazi took a hit when former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell agreed that the investigation is a good idea. Panetta was Defense Secretary at the time of the Benghazi attack; Morell was Deputy CIA Director at that time.

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Speaking at a press conference, Panetta said there needs to be an investigation to lay out the full story to the public. “The problem has been sometimes bits and pieces of information keep coming out” that raise more questions, he explained. Panetta added that he hopes House Democrats participate.

Morell, speaking at the same press conference, concurred. He stated:

It might be surprising for you to hear me say this, but I am a supporter of the creation of this committee because I want all the facts to come together in one place and be presented… as one thing, so the American people can see all of this.

Panetta and Morell are saying, in effect, that they have nothing to hide – Panetta in terms of the lack of a military response; Morell in terms of an intelligence failure and/or an intelligence doctoring.

Can the same by said for then-Secretary of State Clinton and for the White House? Or do they have things they want to hide? If they don’t, then they too should welcome the Select Committee investigation, or at least not bad-mouth it. And House Democrats should be willing to participate.

It has always been a bad idea for the Dems to boycott the Select Committee investigation. Now that Panetta and Morell have endorsed that investigation, it’s a terrible idea.

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Pro-ObamaCare Group Holds Rally On Barack’s Birthday – One Person Shows Up

OFA Attracts One Person For ObamaCare Event – Big Government

Organizing for America, the advocacy off-shoot of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, has declared August as a month of “action.” It is taking a page from the Tea Party playbook and trying to show grass-roots support for Obama’s agenda. Its first event on Sunday, Barack Obama’s birthday, was to promote the benefits of ObamaCare. In Northern Virginia, a base of support for Obama, it attracted one volunteer. One.

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From Politico:

The Centreville event’s lone attendee, Lynn Duvall of Fairfax, Va., told POLITICO that it was her family’s own medical burdens that fueled her passion for Obamacare. Duvall’s son Logan has Crohn’s disease and under the law’s provisions can stay on her health plan until he turns 26, next January. Then he’ll be able to get coverage in the health exchange, despite his pre-existing condition.

I have a very good friend with Crohn’s disease. That didn’t stop her from founding a very successful software company. That said, I don’t want this to be about the specific situation of Lynn Duvall. This story is about OFA’s failure.

OFA is trying to translate Obama supporters of his reelection into an advocacy network for his agenda. The challenge, though, is that there is less support for Obama’s policies than for him as a politician. That it could only attract one volunteer in Centreville, VA, which is full of federal workers, is evidence of the vast disconnect between Obama’s policies and the general public.

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Biden Implies That He, Barack, And Their Wives Are Too Inept To Have Succeeded Without Government Help

Jill And Michelle ‘Would Not Have Any Chance’ Without Govt. – Washington Free Beacon

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his wife, as well as the wife of President Barack Obama, would have had “no chance” in life had it not been for government help. According to vice presidential pool reports:

Vice President Biden met with leaders from 10 colleges this afternoon to kick off a new effort to increase transparency in financial aid packages…

“I know, literally, Barack and I talk about it. Neither one of us would have had any shot,” Biden said. “The same with our wives. Both wives are smarter than both of us. Literally, these very accomplished women would not have any chance without some help.”

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Obama: “We’ve Begun To See What Change Looks Like” – America: “No Thanks, Barack!”

Obama: “We’ve Begun To See What Change Looks Like” – America: “No Thanks, Barack!” – Kelly OConnell

In a startling, unprovoked admission of a failure to embrace the American Vision, Obama recently summed up his first three years, stating “We’ve begun to see what change looks like.” That’s called taking ownership.

Now the question is, what does Barack’s “change” resemble? Candidly, Obama’s America has entered a retrograde orbit. For example, the most recent jobs figures looked superficially promising, with official “unemployment” down to 8.1%. This bettered the 10%joblessness of the past few years. Yet, when scratched just below the surface, the figure casts an ominous shadow of decline. For the reason unemployment is down results almost entirely from the 500,000-plus Americans who stopped looking for work. And consider a further illustration of America’s pathetic economy – the USA workforce is the smallest since 1981.

“We’ve Begun to See What Change Looks Like…” Across the gamut, Barack’s rhetoric rings hollow; his talking points as genuine as a pressed-wood chopping block. Should he end after 4 years, in no area of public policy will Obama leave America better off because of his “wise stewardship.” Instead, his decisions reveal a combination of socialist fantasies, craven politicizing, graphic ignorance, callow indifference, or blatant anti-Americanism. Overall, Barack has proved himself a piss-poor leader, a veritable Piss Messiah – to put it into the lingua franca of Post-Modern Art.

I. Obama: “We’ve Begun to See What Change Looks Like”

What exactly is the change of which Obama presently boasts? Unfortunately, his “change” appears to look exactly like that which deformed and debilitated Europe over the last few decades, and now threatens the European Union with economic insolvency. Take, for example, Greece’s bankruptcy and Spain’s current 25% unemployment – matching USA’s rate during the Great Depression (One Spanish area suffering 32%). All resulting from socialist policies which, even conceptually, were doomed to fail. Consider the following statistics and trends revealing an American death-spiral:

A. Massive Food Stamp Increase

Reports one source:

Since Obama became President in January 2009, 14 million additional Americans received food stamps as of May 2011, up 43% increase over the period. This includes nearly 15% of the total U.S. Population.

Now 46 million residents collect food stamps, up from 31 million 3 years ago. Heritage Foundation reports food stamp spending has doubled since 2008, the year of Obama’s election.

B. Work Force Smallest Since 1981

The percentage of Americans working is smallest since the early 1980s, according to the Financial Times:

Unemployment fell from 8.2% to 8.1%, more a sign of economic weakness than strength as driven by people leaving the labour force. The proportion of Americans either working or looking for work fell to its lowest level since 1981.

The WaPost reports if today’s figures were used in 2007, unemployment would be 11%.

C. Gross Domestic Product Growth Slumps: 2012 GDP 2.2% Not Even Treading Water

ABC news reports:

The U.S. economy expanded 2.2% in the first quarter, failing to increase employment. “In reviewing the numbers, we may be running out of runway before the onset of another recession,” said Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks. “Unemployment is not decreasing fast enough. In the 34th month of recovery, yet, unemployment remains too high. If we don’t increase employment, we may bump into the next recession, when we cannot expect job growth.” Growth was an anemic 1.7% in 2011.

Okun’s Law says only higher GDP will help improve joblessness. In fact, unemployment can only rise with 2% GDP growth.

A key reason for concern over continuing below-average GDP growth is Okun’s Law, which says for unemployment rates to decline by 1%, we need a year of GDP growth 3% above average.

Obama cites Ronald Reagan as a role-model as change agent. Yet, in Reagan’s 4th year, GDP grew at 7.2%. But Obama boasts only 2.2% GDP in his 4th year. So much for Barack’s “Reaganesque” legacy. Of Reagan’s economic successes, one author writes,

During the Reagan Era, Gross Domestic Product, or the total output of the nation, grew substantially. Overall, the economy expanded by a third, or the equivalent of the entire West German economy. This was the longest period of growth in peace-time history.

When Reagan’s economic program took effect in 1982, the economy expanded at an average annual rate of 4.3%. As a comparison, average annual growth from 1990-2001 (since Reagan) was 2.95%, for 1991-2001 (previous trough to peak) it was 3.05% and for 1992-2001 (the last expansion) it was 3.4%.

So the Reagan expansion growth was better than the last expansion by almost 1% per year and growth for all the Reagan years was greater than the growth since by half a percent. That’s a lot of evidence for the claim Reagan’s policies produced the best growth in a generation. (The average growth for the eight Clinton years was 3.55%, and it was part of the last expansion period.)

D. Nat Debt Skyrockets: At BHO Inauguration $10.6 Trillion; Now $15.6 Trillion

CNS News reports:

On Jan. 20, 2009, the day Obama was inaugurated, the federal government debt was $10.6 Trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury. By April 16, 2012, the debt was $15.6 Trillion. The extra $5 Trillion of U.S. government debt during Obama’s 39 months is more debt than the federal government accumulated in the first 219 years of the Republic.

E. Record High US Poverty: NY Times – 1 in 7 Families Living Poor

The NY Times reports:

The percent of Americans living in poverty last year, 15.1%, was highest since 1993. Minorities were hit hardest. Blacks experienced the highest increase, at 27%, up from 25% in 2009, and Hispanics rose to 26% from 25%. “This is one more piece of bad news on the economy,” said Ron Haskins, of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. “This will be another cross to bear by the administration.”

F. Children Living in Poverty: Up by Millions Since Obama Inauguration

According to CNN, almost a quarter of US kids live in poverty, a shocking increase since Obama became president:

The poverty rate for children under age 18 increased to 22% in 2010, meaning more than 1 in 5 children in America are living in poverty.

Also, the NY Times reports:

Poverty has also swallowed more children, with about 16.4 million in its ranks last year, the highest numbers since 1962, according to William Frey, senior demographer at Brookings. That means 22% of children are in poverty, the highest percentage since 1993.

G. Chronic Long-Term Unemployment Doubles, Up by 3 Million

According to the US Bureau of Labor, long term unemployed were 2.6 million when Obama entered office, but now measure 5.6 million, an additional 3 million persons.

H. Almost 90 Million Work-Aged Americans Unemployed, An All-Time High

The SF Chronicle reports, “Number of the day: 88 million – That’s how many working-age Americans don’t have a job and aren’t trying to find one.”

I. Spiraling Gasoline Costs

Recent downward trends in gasoline prices should not mask the overall trend of prices over the Obama presidency. Gasoline prices doubled since George W left office. Writes one author,

If Obama passed cap-and-trade proposals he campaigned on, energy prices would be even worse. (He once boasted under his proposals, electricity prices would “skyrocket” and coal companies would bankrupt. His Energy secretary, Steven Chu, admitted he wanted America to emulate European gas prices – about $8 per gallon.) Booming oil production has transpired almost entirely on private and state lands, while on federal lands it’s dropped (11% drop just in 2010 & 2011 alone). The administration slowed permitting of offshore oil and gas development to a trickle.

J. Wild Stimulus Spending While Military Slashed & NASA Mothballed

A sinister development occurred when the last two administrations conspired on the Stimulus package. Almost $1 trillion was frittered away. Meanwhile, with deficits skyrocketing, Obama slashed military spending and mothballed NASA for cost-cutting. This is the equivalent of going to WalMart to spend millions on cheap, Chinese-made junk while letting the ancestral family farm default.

These actions, and others like blocking the Keystone Pipeline project, reveal Obama as a true-blue socialist. After all, it makes no sense to claim we cannot afford military and NASA spending in the billions, while at the same time quickly flushing a trillion down the national commode.

II. Poll: Would You Prefer Piss Christ, or Obama Piss Messiah?

Post-Modern art celebrates such strange accoutrements as the infamous “Piss Christ” when “artist” Andres Serrano displayed a crucifix immersed in urine. In the aftermath of public outrage, Serrano admitted he could never achieve fame based upon sheer talent alone. So did a sacrilegious public act in the name of “Art.” (Fortunately he did not attempt the same hijinks with Muhammad.)

Serrano’s act symbolizes much about how socialist ideology applies to both art and politics. For example, according to Christopher Butler’s Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction, “Modern Art” is a creation based on Marxist ideology applied to artistic endeavors. Butler explains that Postmodern art is more ideological than actual. This explains ordinary objects displayed in museums or galleries, simply labeled “Art.”

In this sense, Postmodernism brilliantly exposes Marxism’s hatred of tradition. It is both anti-instinctual, and a savage attack against traditional Western Art theory. Here, museums do not so much display great Art, as arrogantly presume to define Art itself. By doing this they destroy the very concept of Art itself, and so disrespect humanity’s special role as creator of Art and lover of beauty. So, it is a bureaucratic and ideological movement which separates the Elites who create such doctrinaire “Art,” versus the common masses instinctively mortified by such ugly and anti-aesthetic displays. Marxism, having rejected human nature, tries to destroy and recreate Art in its own repulsive image. Their goal is to forever obliterate Man as made-in-God’s image.

In Obama’s economy, and very leadership style, we detect a socialist-styled elitism which deigns to break down reality to its very core definitions. For instance, a “successful” economy is not one which employs the highest number of people, or creates the greatest GDP. Instead, “successful” economics produces the largest amount of socialist “change.” This means a radical reconfiguring of capitalism, productivity and wealth across socialist approved values. Here, rich members must disgorge “stolen” material goods and power, while the entire economy shrinks, as government grows into a behemoth. The State then officially is unveiled as God.

III: Eric Hoffer’s True Believer as “Grope & Change”

Eric Hoffer’s seminal book, The True Believer, explains how persuasive demagogues gain power by offering voters a strikingly vague agenda of “Change” (see Obama & the Eighty-One Percent True Believers). Unfortunately, each naïve soul buying this premise embellishes in their own minds how such “change” will occur, undoubtedly favoring their own pet interests. But until each citizen accepts change is only possible as an active, not passive agent, the system cannot evolve. Instead, we will be continually impoverished, enslaved by mindless charlatans like Barack, existing only to aggrandize personal power.
Conclusion

The massive failure of Obamanomics proves Barack no savior, but instead merely a Piss Messiah, a leader so bereft of good that all his deeds are excremental. And unless Obama is replaced, and his epic designed-to-fail Obamacare, and attendant massive tax increases, jettisoned – America is set for a long, strange ride down the American commode into the sewer of history.

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