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Dying for One’s Art

Nothing will match the piping hot schadenfreude we enjoy at the affected outrage (“I say!”) of the Harvard professors, the crimson crackpots, faced with the reality of the ObamaCare they supported—still support—now that it’s taking a bite out of their spotty white behinds. (Can you tell how much we enjoy it?)

But this runs a close second:

Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.

They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able to get lower insurance rates through group plans, typically set up by their professional associations or chambers of commerce. That allowed them to avoid the sky-high rates in New York’s individual insurance market, historically among the most expensive in the country.

But under the Affordable Care Act, they will be treated as individuals, responsible for their own insurance policies. For many of them, that is likely to mean they will no longer have access to a wide network of doctors and a range of plans tailored to their needs. And many of them are finding that if they want to keep their premiums from rising, they will have to accept higher deductible and co-pay costs or inferior coverage.

Wait, what?

We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.

That was Nancy Pelosi almost five years ago. The Speaker of the House promised—she promised!—that you could sing Traviata and still have that bunion on your big toe looked at. But now, the “cultural elite” find “to their surprise” that she’s as much a liar as the Messiah is.

I’ve already written about karma this morning (see below), and I’m becoming a big fan.

It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in.

“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists.

“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

The Buddha couldn’t have said it better himself.

PS: Oh, to have been a fly on the wall of those “dinner parties”! However did they digest their quinoa?

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Hey Pelosi! What Happens When You Pass A Bill Before Reading It?

Let’s call this The Pelosi Effect™

A so-called “family glitch” in the 2010 health care law threatens to cost some families thousands of dollars in health insurance costs and leave up to 500,000 children without coverage, insurance and health care analysts say.

That’s unless Congress fixes the problem, which seems unlikely given the House’s latest move Friday to strip funding from the law, which is also called the Affordable Care Act.

Congress defined “affordable” as 9.5% or less of an employee’s household income, mostly to make sure people did not leave their workplace plans for subsidized coverage through the exchanges. But the “error” was that it only applies to the employee — and not his or her family. So, if an employer offers a woman affordable insurance, but doesn’t provide it for her family, they cannot get subsidized help through the state health exchanges.

That can make a huge difference; the Kaiser Family Foundation said an average plan for an individual is about $5,600, but it goes up to $15,700 for families. Most employers help out with those costs, but not all.

“We saw this two-and-a-half years ago and thought, ‘Has anyone else noticed this?'” said Kosali Simon, a professor of public affairs at Indiana University who specializes in health economics. “Everyone said, ‘No, no. You must be wrong.’ But we weren’t, and that’s going to leave a lot of people out.”

So the moronic Democrats have had this information for over two years and simply ignored it?

The issue has recently received attention, especially after former president Bill Clinton highlighted it in a recent speech.

“The family glitch is definitely a drafting error that Congress made that needs to be fixed,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “But that seems unlikely.”

Hmm, wonder what Pelosi & Co. will do about this little boo-boo?

– Aggie

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Pelosi’s 5 Year Old Grandson Gets It

My own view is more nuanced, as John Kerry would say. Since both Barack Obama and John Kerry have a long history of lying to the American public, especially about events overseas (Benghazi, Vietnam, to name just two), I don’t believe them. This doesn’t make them wrong; it just means that they are untrustworthy. Why should we expend any assets, human or otherwise, based on their assurances?

– Aggie

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We’re All Netroots Nation Now

Today, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of Netroots Nation (whatever that is):

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by progressive activists Saturday for defending President Obama on the NSA’s surveillance programs and suggesting that alleged leaker Edward Snowden broke the law…

As Pelosi was saying the country needs a “balance” between security and privacy, Marc Perkel, a 57-year-old activist from Gilroy, Calif., started shouting at Pelosi during her answer and was escorted out of the room.

“It’s not a balance. It’s not constitutional!” he yelled. “No secret laws!”

Others in the room began shouting as well, saying things like “Leave him alone!” or “That’s what a police state looks like right there!”

Pelosi said it’s unfair to equate Obama and former President George W. Bush on the issue of surveillance.

“People on the far right are saying oh, this is the fourth term of President Bush,” the California Democrat said. “Absolutely, positively not so.”

She’s right about that. Bush never could have gotten away with this. Never would have tried.

But I bet this sort of treament really opened her eyes. Heh

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Boy, is that ever a loaded question.

Look closely a the two images. See the difference?

Here’s a hint:

Why didn’t they just “deem” them photographed and be done with it?

It’s a historical photo which shows the 61 Democratic Congresswomen who were sworn in on Thursday.

Except it never (fully) happened.

Pelosi explained why the photo her office released and posted online shows four more faces – all members of Congress – than does one taken by other photographers at the photo opportunity.

“Is that what they did?” she asked when a reporter questioned her about the apparent technical addition – “Photoshopping” – of (left to right) Reps. Yvette Clarke, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Shelia Jackson Lee, and Corrine Brown to the official photo.

Pressed further as to whether the photo she distributed was an accurate historical record, she said, “Yeah, but [it’s a] historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are.

“And also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold, and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive, and that I had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members to get ready to the – go to the floor,” she said a press conference. “It wasn’t like we had the rest of the day to stand there.”

We all know what it’s like to wait for a woman to get ready (oh BTL, you’re going to pay for that!), but in this case, they were all women. Why were four of them so inconsiderate to keep the rest of their sisters (57 out of 61) in the freezing cold?

Not that Pelosi would have cared: her face has been frozen since the Clinton administration.

Pelosi said the photo “was an accurate reflection of who the 61 members – the Democratic women members of Congress are.”

“And not only were they women, but they reflected the beautiful diversity of our – our country. Women who are – from every community, as well as every religious faith. So we were pretty excited about it,” she said.

The newly inaugurated Congress includes 78 women voting members. Nineteen of the congresswomen are freshmen. Pelosi’s count included three non-voting delegates to Congress.

How symbolic of Pelosi’s entire view of the world. The image is the reality, even if the numbers don’t quite add up. It’s fake but accurate.

PS: “Is that what the did?” Is she saying she didn’t know? Then why defend it? Just shrug it off. How typical also of Pelosi to defend something she doesn’t understand in terms irrelevant to the story. The story hardly matters; her instinctive weaselness does.

PPS: “Women who are – from every community, as well as every religious faith.”

Except there are no women Muslims in Congress. Other than that, the claim is accurate.

Though Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu, is my new favorite congresswoman!

Holy cow!

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Pelosi Declares National Laundry Day

I didn’t know Nancy Pelosi had the authority to do that. Maybe she deemed it to herself:

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says Democratic members should stay home and campaign in their districts rather than go to the party’s national convention in North Carolina. “I’m not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election,” Pelosi said in an exclusive interview for POLITICO

And if they’re caught up on laundry, they can always wash their hair or paint their nails. Anything but have their faces show up on national TV (well, MSNBC anyway) next to He Who Must Not Be Framed.

I just wonder who will be there to cheer the “This Was the Time…” speech?

This was the time when we made the sun rise in the west and set in the east! This was the time when we made the national language of the United States Swedish, when we insisted that underwear be changed five times a day; and so we could check, it would be worn on the outside. [Plagiarism alert!] This was the time when a party so lost itself in idolatry that they would drink bitter almond flavored Kool-Aid if I told them too. G’ahead, Nancy, Barney. Bottom’s up! No wait, uh, Barney that’s just an expression! I was just messin’ with you anyway. Uh, Nancy…? Nancy…?

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Win the Election? Ask Me How!

It’s the taxes, stupid:

Addressing the percentage of taxpayers who do not pay any income tax, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said these Americans have “skin in the game” since “they pay payroll taxes,” adding, “I wish they would earn more so they can pay more.”

“Well, you know, they do pay taxes. They pay payroll taxes. And this is a tactic that the other side uses to make it sound as if these people are not paying taxes. They are paying taxes. They do have skin in the game. And I think that that should be respected,” said Pelosi at the Capitol Thursday.

“I wish they would earn more so they can pay more.”

Doesn’t that say it all? Instead of wishing for people to do well so that they can take care of their families and leave the rest of us alone, Democrat policy is to wait for them to fatten up and harvest them.

And what does it say about our tax system that both sides can be right? Poor people don’t pay federal income tax (when almost everyone else does), yet they do pay other taxes (if they work). It’s a shell game. Simplify, simplify, simplify—and let us see where the money’s coming from and where it’s going.

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Didja Hear the One About the Former House Speaker?

Let her tell it:

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today said she has “no idea” whether the Supreme Court will strike down a key provision of the health care law that she guided through Congress during her reign as speaker of the House two years ago.

“I have no idea. None of us does,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “We are all now talking about something of which we have no knowledge because we’re not members of the Supreme Court. We have knowledge of the legislation [and] we knowledge of the arguments, but we have no idea what the outcome will be.”

Pelosi said congressional Democrats “have long believed in judicial review” as part of the country’s constitutional process, but said that as Democrats wrote the Affordable Care Act, “We were careful to honor our Constitution.”

Like “deeming” it passed? Offering kickbacks and side deals to buy swing votes? Creating a bureaucratic monstrosity that compels supposedly free citizens to purchase a health insurance plan of the government’s liking? Maybe Pelosi was speaking of the South African constitution (Justice Ginsburg’s preferred charter), ’cause she sure as heck ain’t speaking about the US Constitution.

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Nancy Pelosi née Mussolini

Deeming bills passed, leaking private testimony public (or threatening to), hers is the permanent rictus of liberal fascism:

“The ‘something’ Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be President of the United States. She made that clear last night,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.

“Leader Pelosi previously made a reference to the extensive amount of information that is in the public record, including the comprehensive committee report with which the public may not be fully aware,” Hammill said.

Pelosi made headlines on Tuesday when she told CNN Gingrich would not be president, and that “there’s something I know.”

She’s made that insinuation before, and it’s beyond inexcusable. It’s actionable:

“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”

[Gingrich:] First of all I’d like to thank Speaker Pelosi for what I regard as an early Christmas gift. If she’s suggesting she’s gonna use material she developed while she was on the ethics committee, that is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it.

What a reprehensible human being she is.

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Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CAsh)

The former speaker and her husband have participated in at least eight IPOs, one of which was from Visa in 2008 – just as a troublesome piece of legislation that would have hurt credit card companies began making its way through the House. The Pelosis purchased 5,000 shares of Visa at the initial price of $44 dollars. Two days later it was trading at $64.

…this stock purchase was made as Visa was engaged in a full-court press to lobby Pelosi to stop legislation to curb credit-card swipe fees to vendors.

In 2007, Visa used an army of lobbyists to try to influence Pelosi, including one of her former advisers, Dean Aguillen… In addition to exploiting the revolving door between Congress and lobbying firms, Visa’s political action committee made a $1,000 donation to Pelosi’s re-election campaign… Two days after that donation was made, Pelosi met with Visa executives in her office. Aguillen also contributed $1,000 to Pelosi and another $1,000 to the campaign arm of the House Democratic caucusin the first half of 2008.

Crony capitalism: it’s everywhere you don’t want it to be, but always expected it was.

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The “Make Nancy Pelosi Cry” Bill

That would pass on a voice vote alone, although I’m not sure one’s tear ducts are still functional after so much Botox:

The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would amend the health care law to bar federal funding for health plans that provide abortion services.

The vote was 251 in favor and 170 against.

The bill, the Protect Life Act, was sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts and gathered overwhelming Republican support. Only two Republicans voted against it, along with all but 15 Democrats.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the bill during earlier debate, arguing that if it passed, “women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene.”

Democrats opposed to the bill charged that the GOP majority was ignoring the nation’s top priority and instead spending time on a bitterly divisive issue.

“Instead of focusing on jobs, Republicans are continuing to wage their war on women,” California Democrat Barbara Lee said on the House floor.

Keep your knickers on, toots. Didn’t Congress just pass a couple of trade bills? I didn’t hear you whining when Harry Reid said he’d get to the America Jobbed Act after he sorted his sock drawer.

And what are you going to do with those 15 Democrats? Sounds like the support for the bill was a lot more bipartisan then the opposition.

Lastly, Nancy, women won’t have to die on the floor. They can have comfy chairs or throw pillows if they like, even a divan. Still, if ObamaCare comes to be associated with corpses of women strewn across the linoleum, I won’t complain.

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The Roach That Survives The Nuclear Blast

IPAB

A small army of health policy wonks helped Democrats pack ObamaCare full of big ideas that they hoped would transform American health care, making it less expensive and more effective. Perhaps the biggest of those ideas is IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel of bureaucrats appointed by the president and tasked with holding total Medicare spending to predetermined spending targets. The panel’s name suggests it’s merely an advisor to Congress, which has traditionally been in charge of Medicare spending, but its “recommendations” have the force of law unless Congress holds down spending enough to meet the target or eliminates the board, which it can only do with a supermajority vote in the Senate.

Death Panel, right? Was Sarah Palin correct?

…IPAB is intended to take tough decisions about Medicare spending out of the purview of politically motivated legislators and turn those decisions over to a board of independent, unelected bureaucratic experts. Health wonks, in other words, convinced Congress to put a panel of health wonks in charge of the nation’s biggest health insurance program.

In a major speech on the federal debt earlier this year, President Barack Obama took this big idea and proposed to make it bigger by tightening IPAB’s official spending targets. Spending control and reduced political liability for Medicare cuts—what’s not to like?

We once had a conversation with a middle-aged British couple, who explained that although their community in England had overwhelmingly voted for such-and-such, the bureaucrats overrode it. The opposite to the vote was instituted.

How many times have your heard your friends on the Left bemoan the fact that the US isn’t more like Europe? We don’t have six weeks of vacation. We can’t retire at age fifty. We aren’t cultured enough.

The trade-off for all of this is Liberal Fascism, the State taking over the role of the voters:

But according to Cohen, IPAB’s mandate is so broad, and the checks on it so few, that it tests the limit of even the most deferential standard. “It’s like the perfect storm of bad elements,” she says. Among the problems? “Overly broad delegating authority language, no judicial review, no administrative review, no rule-making. There’s no meaningful congressional oversight and it’s not repealable except for under the most draconian and limited circumstance.”

That’s the other catch: ObamaCare doesn’t just create IPAB. It also sets in place a series of barriers designed to make it extremely difficult to repeal. So if Congress wants to get rid of IPAB, it will have to jump through a complex set of hoops first.

During the Bush years, liberals fretted that we were “losing our liberties”.

That means acting swiftly and with great unity. The health care overhaul contains a provision labeled Joint Resolution Requirements to Dissolve the Board that lays out exactly the steps that Congress must follow if it wants to take down IPAB. The provision lays out in great detail what a joint resolution to dissolve IPAB would have to look like, and then sets out a further requirement that it must be introduced between January 1 and February 1, 2017—meaning Congress would have to act in just a few working days.

Following the introduction of the legislation, Congress would have to pass the joint resolution with a supermajority of sworn members by August 15 of the same year. “If you don’t do that,” Cohen says, “Congress has no option, at all, to repeal the board.” Meanwhile, even if the board were successfully dissolved, IPAB would keep issuing its recommendations, which would still have the force of law, until 2020.

The protections erected around IPAB make it all but impossible to repeal. “We kind of joke about that,” says Cohen, “the idea that the whole bill comes down but the only thing that stays is IPAB, like the roach after the nuclear blast.”

IPAB supersedes any changes made to Medicare, and in fact, IPAB trumps Congressional authority. Congress will not be able to institute any other system, because the rules of IPAB take precedent and cannot be overturned.

So, to all those liberals who dreamed of a European system, welcome to Paradise.

– Aggie

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