Thursday, October 31, 2013


Out of Control Government that answers to their Boss!

Two new developments have severe implications for the IRS scandal. 

The watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Thursday that it had obtained emails showing that former IRS official Lois Lerner gave protected information to the Federal Elections Commission. 
Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee said it had identified the IRS agent who leaked National Organization for Marriage donors to gay rights activists.
Judicial Watch obtained the emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Aug. 9. They purport to show Lerner, who led the IRS Exempt Organizations division, promising full cooperation with an FEC attorney who was seeking information about the tax-exempt applications of two conservative groups, the American Future Fund (AFF) and the American Issues Project (AIP), as well as AIP's predecessor groups.
Lerner then sent "detailed, confidential information about the organizations" to the FEC, according to Judicial Watch, including tax returns and requests for exempt recognition forms. 
"Under Section 6013 of the Internal Revenue Code, it is a felony for an IRS official to disclose either 'return information' or 'taxpayer return information,' even to another government agency," Judicial Watch said in a press statement.
Judicial Watch maintains that the scandal could go even deeper. 
"These documents show that the suppression of the Tea Party and conservatives wasn't necessarily limited to the IRS.  Any criminal and congressional investigations need to be expanded beyond the IRS to the FEC.  I have the feeling that these documents are just the beginning," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Breitbart News on Thursday.
At National Review Online, Eliana Johnson reports that the House Ways and Means Committee's investigation has led to a particular IRS agent, though it is not able to disclose his identity because of the same section of the Internal Revenue Code that prohibits the sharing of confidential tax information in the first place. In an odd twist, it is the alleged perpetrator in this case, not the victim organization, whose privacy is protected.
“What makes the situation even worse is that the law, intended to protect taxpayers, is being used as a shield for those that perpetrate this wrongdoing," House Ways and Means Committee chair Dave Camp (R-MI) told Johnson. 
The IRS agent was apparently working under Lerner at the Exempt Organizations division at the time. The identity of the agent will be protected unless and until the initial violation itself is prosecuted.


Conservatives point to the Obamacare website exploiting a strange loophole in the National Voting Rights Act to question whether the President's signature healthcare law had a political motive, as well.

Several election integrity activists have alleged that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, does not appear to have been an effort to conduct healthcare reform to fix what was described in 2009 and 2010 as a broken healthcare system. 
The law passed Congress with just Democratic Party support. Instead of being an honest attempt to fix America’s healthcare woes, “I think [it] is the biggest voter registration fraud scheme in the history of the world,” said Gregg Phillips, the founder of the election integrity group Voters Trust, in an interview with Breitbart News Wednesday morning.
Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht of True The Vote, another election integrity group, cite as proof what left-wing organizations are saying about how they plan to use Obamacare. Demos, a left-wing organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, published a report earlier this year titled: “Building a Healthy Democracy: Registering 68 Million People to Vote Through Health Benefit Exchanges.”
On page six of the report, author Lisa Danetz argues that Obamacare “will enroll 68 million individuals.”
“The ACA [Affordable Care Act] requires subsidized health insurance to be made available to low-income Americans, through a single application process, administered and operated in each state by an entity called a ‘Health Benefit Exchange,’” Danetz writes. “Governments must establish this application process by October 2013.”
Danetz is describing healthcare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website that has thus far faced enormous problems, forcing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to testify before Congress on Wednesday about the program’s ongoing failings. 
Engelbrecht and Phillips believe that all of those promises about healthcare were never meant to be true. They believe one of the underlying intents is to collect personal data and voter registration information and share it with the federal government, which would in turn share it with left-wing groups—in Obamacare they are called “Navigators”—to conduct what is essentially a taxpayer-funded Get-Out-The-Vote operation for the Democratic Party.
“Approximately 68 million individuals, most of them low-income, will eventually enroll in subsidized health care under the law,” Demos’ Danetz writes in the report. 
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that approximately 16 million people will apply for health insurance through various subsidized programs in 2014, an additional seven million will apply in 2015 and an additional ten million will apply in 2016. By 2022, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment is expected to reach 43 million individuals, a number that includes those enrolled before the ACA plus those that become eligible as a result of the ACA. Affordable Insurance Exchanges will are expected to enroll an additional 25 million individuals.
On page seven of the Demos report, Danetz ties Obamacare back to the 1993 passage of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), colloquially known as “Motor Voter” because it is the law that allowed voter registration at places like the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “In each state, a Health Benefit Exchange will handle the majority of Covered Transactions for Insurance Affordability Programs,” she writes. “The ACA requires a single streamlined application process for all programs, administered in each state by the Health Benefit Exchange. The Health Benefit Exchange will also handle renewals and changes of address for a certain subset of individuals who obtain health insurance through programs under the ACA.”
Danetz lays out how 17 states and Washington, D.C., have elected to run their own exchanges, seven states have opted for so-called “partnership exchanges,” and 26 states have decided to become a part of the federal exchange. “Under the NVRA, Health Benefit Exchanges are entities that administer public assistance, and, as such, are required to incorporate voter registration services into operation of Insurance Affordability Programs,” she writes. Throughout the rest of the report, Danetz lays out the nuts and bolts of how the left plans to use Obamacare as a voter registration tool.
Phillips, the founder of election integrity group Voters Trust and an expert in analyzingbig data, told Breitbart News in an in-person interview Wednesday that the left also attempted this in the early years of the Clinton administration. 
“All of the pieces and parts for this story have been in place for years until the exchanges were created,” Phillips said. “The exchange is sort of the catalyst... We didn’t know this until the feds started showing up on the states’ doors with tens of thousands of cases. In Texas, they have 25,000. You’ve got every state all over the country seeing these cases.” By “cases,” Phillips is talking about Medicaid enrollment numbers increasing.
Phillips said Obamacare has nothing to do with reforming people’s healthcare coverage. “When HealthCare.gov was set up, everyone was led to believe that this was about the exchange and the insurance exchange and getting coverage and what your premium is going to be, and what your deductible is going to be and all that,” he said. “It’s one piece [of what the website really is]. To get there, however, the website makes a suggestion based on your income. If you say you make zero income, you’re not going to the exchange because you’re not qualified for it. You’re going to the Medicaid side of it.” 
Income verification is not required for these submissions, so that is where much of the fear of fraud comes from. Phillips noted that Obamacare has technically undone many of the fraud protections at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that came as part of the 2002 Improper Payments Act.
Engelbrecht, the head of election integrity group True The Vote, told Breitbart News in a phone interview on Wednesday that this voter information is collected via the Motor Voter law. Motor Voter, Engelbrecht noted, “was among the first bills signed by Bill Clinton.”
“This was never about the exchanges, there’s no question about that,” Engelbrecht said of Obamacare. 
That’s why the exchanges seem now to be so ill-conceived; they weren't meant to be the focus. The administration put their time and energy and effort into developing pipes into 50 states so that they could funnel through Medicaid enrollees and voter registrations. That’s what this is about. That’s the game. As part of that strategy, we'll have millions of new voters by virtue of the new Medicaid patients that are flooding in. And if you legitimately qualify for Medicaid, so be it, but according to security experts that specialize in identifying Medicaid fraud, the federal government is not adequately checking applicant qualifications. The floodgates have been opened and now both our healthcare system and the integrity of our electoral process are in jeopardy.
After the states get the Medicaid applications forwarded to them from healthcare.gov, they will have to sort through hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of applications that are automatically generated by a computer system. Since the states likely cannot handle the high number of applications expected to come in, most of those applications will likely be hastily approved. 
After an application with a voter registration form attached to it is approved, an actual voter registration card is mailed out automatically. No human being ever sees the card between the time someone logs onto healthcare.gov to type any information, true or untrue, into the system and when a card is mailed out. At that point, when the card shows up in the mail, whoever receives it just needs to sign it and mail it back to the authorities, and they will have registered to vote without ever being in front of any official person. 
To pull this off, technically, Phillips notes, President Obama’s administration is interpreting a visit to healthcare.gov as a visit to a physical government office. “The law is clear,” Phillips said of Motor Voter. “It states that all of this [voter registration] has to happen in an office, face-to-face with an individual. The very idea that I get to open up my website and call that my office, does that mean al Qaeda on their 5,000 websites, that those are their offices? Of course not. It’s ridiculous.” Nonetheless, the administration has been able to pull that off thus far.
“What the portal does, is it forces you to get out,” Phillips said of the Obamacare website. 
It forces you to say, "I do not want to register to vote." If you don’t do that, it forces you through to registration. When it gets to the states, like Texas, it’s going to send you the voter registration no matter what you put in the exchange. It’s going to mail it to your house and no human ever touches it and no government official or even any person ever eyeballed you to verify you are a real person or what.
Unlike at the DMV or other government agencies, Engelbrecht said with Obamacare signups it is assumed people will say yes when asked if they want to register to vote—and they have to specify they would like to opt-out of voter registration if they choose not to do so. Because of this change in philosophy from how, say, the DMV registers people to vote, Engelbrecht said it allows left-wing organizations to search and target voters using the federal government collected in a way that has never been seen before.
With Obamacare, "Applicants are prompted mid-application with a request to register to vote,” Engelbrecht said. "That’s the psychology: 'After asking pages of questions related to my healthcare, now you’re suggesting to me that I should register to vote, okay, sure, whatever, why would I risk upsetting the apple cart by opting out?' Most people will just do what they think the government wants them to do. What they want is free healthcare."
Also, since technically the Motor Voter law requires that anyone who is registering to vote can receive help if they want it from those government officials at the agency they are registering to vote with, the federal government has been able to create a task force called “Navigators” who will help people register to vote and sign up for Obamacare by visiting people’s homes. The data that has been collected thus far through healthcare.gov, and data that will be collected moving forward, will likely be shared with the Navigators groups.
The Navigators groups consist of organizations like former ACORN organizers, Organizing For America (OFA)—President Obama’s old campaign spinoff—and other groups that have built themselves on winning elections for Democrats. 
Engelbrecht said people should listen carefully to what the left is saying, because they have publicly discussed this aspect of the Obamacare website. Danetz’s Demos report earlier this year, Engelbrecht notes, is hardly the only place the left has talked openly about this. Liberals have made similar suggestions on the pages of Mother Jones magazine and on the liberal Daily Kos website, both in late-September pieces. Talking Points Memo, another left-wing media outlet, has covered it as well
A coalition of left-wing organizations—Demos, HealthCare for America NOW, Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, and the League of Women Voters—have discussed elements of this plan specifically in open, publicly-available comments made to HHS about the implementation of the Navigators program. 
Rush Limbaugh hinted at the breaking of this story on his program on Wednesday, calling it a “slam dunk” theory of what is “really going on” with Obamacare. “Remember when we first learned who was getting money to set up exchanges in California?” Limbaugh asked listeners. “The SEIU covered California; it was a bunch of left-wing activists. And the NAACP. And from that universe of people, the navigators are hired. What do you think is really going on? Voter registration. In addition to you going to get your healthcare, there is obviously massive Democrat voter registration going on at these exchanges.”
Limbaugh even cited Danetz’s report for Demos, asking listeners: “What if the end result here, in addition to everything else, is 68 million new registered Democrat voters?”

Dangerous “trick or treat” media won’t cover

Trick or treat, America. I think we’ve all been mostly tricked… starting with the current (un)Affordable Care Act debacle as millions of Americans get tricked out of their own private healthcare plans and unfortunately treated to the paternalistic progressive socialist remedy.
However, there’s a more dangerous game of trick or treat being played out that the news media is hardly covering. Our best ally in the Middle East, Israel, has again been tricked, actually coerced, by the Obama administration to release murderers of Jews. This is truly a treat for the Islamic terrorists referring to themselves a Palestinians. As well today, Mr. Kerry and Mr. Lew will go behind closed doors on Capitol Hill to trick US Senators into ceasing economic sanctions against Iran, another treat for the Islamic totalitarian movement.
I don’t know how many Israelis go out trick or treating in Israel but they should recognize the lies, deceit, and abandonment of the Obama administration. As for American Jews, well, they continue to be tricked into voting for a party that will treat them to the spectacle of the potential demise and destruction of the modern day State of Israel. The joy expressed on Mahmoud Abbas’ face as he embraced released terrorist murderers is a treat from President Barack Hussein Obama.

Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2013/10/dangerous-trick-treat-media-wont-cover/#QhzTLioHFXuFYWSh.99

Obama is the One Selling Scam Insurance Policies

This Idiot is blaming the insurance companies and the people of having worthless policies?Millions of people do not need this Idiot to tell them what they need! Then he tells them to shop the exchange. So far they have not been cheap and as a male I don't need maternity care or any of the extra bullshit that they want you to buy that you don't need! 

Repeatedly, both before and after passage, President Obama promised the American people, "If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period."
But, now that millions of Americans are receiving letters from their insurancecompanies informing them that their current health care plans are being cancelled thanks to Obamacare, every honest journalist who has looked at the matter has admitted that Obama lied.
But, instead of admitting he lied, and apologizing, Obama doubled-down on his deceit yesterday, accusing his critics of being "grossly misleading" about Obamacare:
So anyone peddling the notion that insurers are cancelling people’s plan without mentioning that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier, and stronger benefits and stronger protections, while others will be able to get better plans with new carriers through the marketplace, and that many will get new help to pay for these better plans and make them actually cheaper -- if you leave that stuff out, you’re being grossly misleading, to say the least.
But is that true? Are the new plans on the exchange really that much better than the plans currently sold by insurance companies?
Not if you want to receive care at the nation's top hospitals they aren't. U.S. Newsreports:
Americans who sign up for Obamacare will be getting a big surprise if they expect to access premium health care that may have been previously covered under their personal policies. Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare.
Regulations driven by the Obama White House have indeed made insurance more affordable – if, like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, you're looking only at price. But responding to Obamacare caps on premiums, many insurers will, in turn, simply offer top-tier doctors and hospitals far less cash for services rendered.

Watchdog.org looked at the top 18 hospitals nationwide as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014. We contacted each hospital to determine their contracts and talked to several insurance companies, as well.

The result of our investigation: Many top hospitals are simply opting out of Obamacare.

Chances are the individual plan you purchased outside Obamacare would allow you to go to these facilities. For example, fourth-ranked Cleveland Clinic accepts dozens of insurance plans if you buy one on your own. But go through Obamacare and you have just one choice: Medical Mutual of Ohio.
You can read the full U.S. News report here, as well as previous reporting on how Obamacare limits patient choices here.
this link shows stupidity
And more Liberal stupidity
Wow, now they want a fix


These Idiots Demonized the Republicans and Ted Cruze was a terrorist to them because the wanted a delay. When the vote came up all these idiots voted to keep the government going and Obamacare. Now they want to distance temselves or delay it. SCREW these ASSBAGS! They voted it in with Obama at midnight with no GOP votes. Its there's, they own it! When elections role around they change their tune a little! 

With the 2014 midterm elections just a year away, nervous Democrats have begun distancing themselves from what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now calls the Obamacare "debacle." 

"Our guys are frustrated by Obama's unforced errors," a Senate Democrat aide toldReuters on Wednesday. "How could the president not be ready for the rollout?" 
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) expressed frustration last week with the Obama Administration'sfailed rollout of Obama's signature legislative achievement.
"Some of us, myself included, are somewhat resentful [and] upset about the apparent incompetency in designing and rolling this thing out," said Nolan. "Who was it that said we are going to go ahead knowing it doesn't work? I would fire that person."
The number four Democrat in the House, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), said, "I absolutely believe that somebody should be held accountable."
Other Democrats now say they agree with Republicans that a delay of the individual mandate may be the only way to salvage the disaster and save face. 
"I think the administration is going to have to look at it [delay of the individual mandate]. and I'd encourage them to do so," said Rep. Gene Green (D-TX). 
Five Democrats have now asked for the Obama Administration to seek a refund from thecontractors responsible for the Obamacare website fiasco. Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ), William Enyart (D-IL), Pete Gallego (D-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Filemon Vela (D-TX) wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the reimbursement effort.
The Democrat defections come as conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity have poured an estimated $2 million into ad buys targeting Democrats in vulnerable districtswith messages highlighting their embrace of Obamacare.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Obama Administration Says Treaties Trump the US Constitution (SHARE)

A short while back Obama said (we) need to earn back the trust of the people.......With all his lies I have no trust in him. When I see this stuff I still have no trust in him!

The Obama administrationis arguing before federal court that TREATIES should trump the CONSTITUTION… please SHARE this.
His goal is total power. He wants to be able to bypass the constitution to regulate guns, the Internet, and who knows what else. This is tyranny. Barack Obama must be removed from office… IMPEACH and CONVICT.
The Constitution is the standard we should evaluate treaties — and not the other way around. If a treaty violates the constitution, then the treaty was never signed in a legal manner in the first place.

Unexpected Video Report: CNN Reports Obama Admin Bullying Insurance Companies to Keep Quiet About Obamacare - See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/unexpected-video-report-cnn-reports-obama-admin-bullying-insurance-companies-to-keep-quiet-about-obamacare/#sthash.QAR6HRho.dpuf

The Obama administration is openly throwing the insurance companies under the bus on Obamacare. When asked about people being kicked from their plans, the White House blames insurance companies… even though Obamacare forced the companies to make changes that would render their existing policies obsolete.
Now the Obama administration is trying to force the insurance companies to remain silent about it all.

This is about as clear of a picture of a dictatorship as you can get. Obama’s new America. - See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/unexpected-video-report-cnn-reports-obama-admin-bullying-insurance-companies-to-keep-quiet-about-obamacare/#sthash.QAR6HRho.dpuf

Valerie Jarrett: Obamacare doesn’t force you off your plan; your insurance company does, by complying with Obamacare!

This kind of explains about the Regulations of Obamacare that is forcing Insurance companies to drop people, and its not by evil choice that the liberal Hacks are blaming it on!

It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did.
It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily smeared those who suggested otherwise. Tonight, the president’s right-hand woman tries the lie again, even as it’s demonstrably unraveling before the nation’s eyes.
FACT: Nothing in forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.

Obama’s legacy of ObamaCare LIES

The ObamaCare fiasco…screw-ups that know NO bounds…where his ‘truths’ are NOTHING but LIES.

ObamaCare…the biggest policy LIE ever concocted and perpetrated on the American people by a sitting president….this will be Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s legacy…and ‘We the People’ will in the end have the last laugh for the main stream media seems to be turning against their self-appointed ‘supposed’ savior of us all.

And if the media does walk away from Obama maybe then the ‘truths’ they’ve hidden these past five plus years will suddenly see the light of day…will suddenly be told…and it can start with the LIES about the scandal de jour (and YES the so-called Affordable Care Act is indeed yet another scandal)…otherwise known as ObamaCare.

LIES…ObamaCare is NOTHING but LIES for to-date…and released via the main stream media…2 million Americans have already lost their private health care coverage…lost the coverage they were happy with and lost the doctors they knew and trusted...because of ObamaCare and Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s LIES.

And finally picking up on ‘We the People’s’ collective anger, some media outlets are actually reporting that the number of those being cancelled by their current insurance carriers, when all is said and done, could actually reach upwards of 16 million once happy with their plans American citizens…in other words 75% of the 19 million Americans who purchase individual health insurance will get cancellation notices because their policies do NOT meet the standards required under ObamaCare….and Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Barack HUSSEIN Obama alone will own that.

And with Obama now telling the American people what insurance companies they can buy into and what insurance companies they cannot…with Obama telling the American people what coverage they must have (like older women and older men being forced to pay for maternity care…I guess hell has indeed frozen over as it seems in Obama's world menopausal women and older men can now ‘birth’ babies) and what coverage they can NO longer have…let’s NOT forget that ObamaCare actually dictates what people must pay…and the payments are high…higher than what people paid before ObamaCare.  And why is that...simply because overcharging...subsidizing actually...is necessary to pay for the poor and those with pre-existing conditions, both of whom were once shut out of the system, and who are now signing up for either ObamaCare or for Medicaid enrollment...which by the way will soon reach a bursting point and then what happens when it does...just another disaster in waiting.

Obama’s game of ‘bait and switch’ first began with the LIES he told to get ObamaCare passed… knowing that without the LIES it would NEVER pass…and burying those LIES in legal mumbo-jumbo amongst a bill over 2700+ pages long…mumbo-jumbo that each and every American should be infuriated about…well almost every American because those with their hands-out…those existing solely by way of the ‘gimme-gimme you owe me’ mentality…will NEVER bite the hand that feeds them.

Or will they when the sticker shock of ObamaCare hits them…at least hits those that do NOT qualify for subsidies that is.
And the ultimate LIE of all LIES has now rightfully come back to haunt Obama as his words said to the American Medical Association and repeated to the American people time and again in 2009 is now being broadcast over and over by many media outlets…“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people…If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

In other words, Obama was saying that those happy with their insurance policies and wanting to keep those policies would be ‘grandfathered in’ under ObamaCare…but he NEVER told the American people that after the bill was passed that HHS under Kathleen Sebelius adjusted and amended some wording and inserted regulations into the bill that took the ‘grandfathering’ clause out.

And so Barack HUSSEIN Obama willingly and knowingly NOT only bold-faced LIED to the American people but also did NOT divulge…deliberately kept hidden…important information and continued to do so for these next three years. Barack HUSSEIN Obama broke his promise to ‘We the People’ so he could further his socialist agenda…an agenda that includes his so-wanted federal government takeover of America’s health care system.

And the harsh reality is that America’s health care system was NEVER the problem…the problem was the way insurance coverage itself was handled as costs continued to rise. But these were fixable problems…ObamaCare is unfixable as it's based on LIES and malignantly growing through those LIES.  ObamaCare is fundamentally flawed and unworkable, and should be completely scrapped as because of those LIES America's middle-class and working poor will both see major increases in their insurance premiums while getting less coverage, rationed medicine, and death panels as an unwanted bonus while Obama gets his wish of remaking our medical industry into a European style socialist health care system.  

Calculatingly but oh so stealthily taking away even more of our once but NO longer taken for granted freedoms, the once honored, and respected office of President of the United States has been bastardized by this incompetent, usurping, lying and traitorous miserable excuse of a so-called president…bastardized by a man who has turned both the office of the presidency and our country itself into a worldwide laughing stock with NOT only the nightmare that is ObamaCare itself but with its companion joke of a non-functioning, seems to be unfixable in its current form, website...a website NO one will take the blame for.

But if we’re lucky, all Obama’s LIES maliciously done for political expediency alone...all the ObamaCare website screw-ups coupled with the sticker shock to ‘We the People’s’ pocketbooks...just might do what the birthers, the previous scandals, and Benghazi could NOT do…and that is call Obama to task as public support for Obama’s so-called signature piece of legislation is falling by the day...by the hour…and the main stream media for once is starting to report this truth.

See...miracles do sometimes happen.








Former Congressional Democrat Staffer Trashes Obamacare After Her Private Insurance Rates Doubled! - See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/former-congressional-democrat-staffer-trashes-obamacare-after-her-private-insurance-rates-doubled/#sthash.dAWoVCmQ.dpuf

Meet Sue Klinkhamer.
Sue worked for Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), who lost his reelection bid in 2010 over his support for Obamacare.  Sue backed the ACA until she watched it kill her private insurance this week.
She now believes she was “very wrong” about Obamacare’s ability to actually provide people with affordable healthcare, reports The Blaze.
Her newly discovered disdain for Obamacare even led her to pen these scathing words to leading Illinois Democrats:
I spent two years defending Obamacare.  I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger.  When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job.  I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price.  I have now learned that I was wrong…Very wrong.”
Here’s the shocking premium increase that changed her heart and mind, according to The Blaze:
Before Obamacare took effect, she was paying, “$225 a month with a $2,500 deductible.”  
As the Oct. 1 implementation deadline loomed, “Her rates steadily increased and she was paying $291 a month with a $3,500 deductible as of Sept. 1.”
This week however, her monthly rates and co-pays essentially doubled, making healthcare absolutely unaffordable to her.  She said:
“Blue Cross stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible!”
She quipped that the Affordable Care Act should really just be called, “The Available Care Act.”
- See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/former-congressional-democrat-staffer-trashes-obamacare-after-her-private-insurance-rates-doubled/#sthash.dAWoVCmQ.dpuf


Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper contradicts White House, says Obama was aware of spying on allies

America’s top intelligence official acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama and other senior White House officials were well aware of U.S. surveillance activities targeting leaders of friendly foreign nations — a stark contradiction of the administration’s insinuation in recent days that the president was unaware of such spying.
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper described the targeting of foreign leaders, including American allies, as a “fundamental” aspect of intelligence gathering, and said neither the CIA nor the National Security Agency can tap into a given leader’s private communications without White House oversight.

His testimony, made during a series of tacit exchanges Tuesday with members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, came as all sides in Congress have begun seriously examining legislative proposals that would rein in the legal framework surrounding the NSA’s snooping programs.
Two lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would end the agency’s legal ability to collect and store massive amounts of private, albeit basic, telephone metadata, while a separate Senate proposal would allow the data gathering to continue under new oversight requirements.
Despite his broad characterizations about the program and the White House’s knowledge of it, Mr. Clapper sought also to defend Mr. Obama during the intelligence hearing, saying that while the president is briefed “quite frequently” on the scope of surveillance operations, it would be “unrealistic” to think his staff regularly goes over specific details, such as explicitly how or when the intelligence is being gleaned.
Protesters, including Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin (left), listen as NSA Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander testifies Tuesday on potential changes to the intelligence act that is the heart of revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad. (Associated Press) Protesters, including Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin (left), listen as NSA Director ... more >
Testifying alongside Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the NSA, Mr. Clapper painted a picture in which recent revelations about American spying are obvious.
Both men said foreign leaders are disingenuous when expressing outrage over the snooping because America’s own allies have conducted similar spying operations against the U.S.
“Some of this reminds me a lot of the classic movie ‘Casablanca’: ‘My God, there’s gambling going on here?’” Mr. Clapper quipped at one point.

The remarks also added fresh context to the questions surging with Watergate-era flair through Washington in recent days, over exactly what the president knew about NSA efforts to tap into the private communications of some of America’s closest allies, including the cellphones of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mrs. Merkel, along with leaders from Mexico, France, Sweden, Spain and Italy have seethed publicly at international news reports drawn from documents leaked by Edward Snowden — the former NSA contractor now hiding in Russia — that reveal aspects of the American snooping program, including one mission that involved hacking into Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s emails in 2010.
The White House this week has dodged questions about one specific report that claimed Mr. Obama learned of the NSA program’s scope only a few months ago.
The story, published Monday by The Wall Street Journal, cited unidentified officials as saying Mr. Obama had moved to swiftly end the program upon learning that the U.S. was tapping Mrs. Merkel’s phones.
Speaking only the condition of anonymity with reporters, U.S. officials have said that during a personal telephone call with Mrs. Merkel last week, Mr. Obama, who sought to allay the German leader’s frustration about the NSA program, denied having known about it.
Hitting a nerve
While Mr. Clapper and Gen. Alexander asserted Tuesday that the surge of international news reports about the NSA program have been inaccurate, neither was willing to disclose much about what the highly classified program entails.
With the committee hearing open to the public, lawmakers were also reluctant to use anything other than vague language about NSA operations.
During the nearly four-hour session, not one Republican or Democrat asked the specific question of whether Mr. Clapper or Gen. Alexander believes that Mr. Obama knew all along that Mrs. Merkel’s cellphones were being tapped.
During one exchange, Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and committee chairman, asked whether it “would be fair to say that the White House should know what those collection priorities are,” Mr. Clapper responded: “They can and do.”
“But I have to say that that does not necessarily extend down to the level of detail,” Mr. Clapper added quickly. “We don’t necessarily review with the White House what the forthcoming collection deck is. That is done at levels below the White House or the national security staff.”
A day earlier, Senate intelligence committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, in calling for a “total review of all intelligence programs,” said neither she nor the president knew about eavesdropping on the German chancellor.
Friendly spying
American intelligence officials have been monitoring world leaders’ conversations and activities for decades, ranging from open-source data and human intelligence from attendees at events to the monitoring of phone calls, according to U.S. officials who have spoken on background with The Washington Times.
Every president in modern history has been aware of the activities and been the beneficiary of information placed into the president’s daily briefings or special topic briefings, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Although those briefings don’t always specify the exact nature of how information was obtained, presidents have known about NSA eavesdropping on allies for many years.
Mr. Obama, for instance, specifically received briefings since being in office about information learned by U.S. intelligence about Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, Pakistan’s prime minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, the officials said.
Officials said intelligence agencies have been bracing for more Snowden-related revelations about espionage involving foreign friendlies.
But during one of the more enlightening exchanges of Tuesday’s hearing, Gen. Alexander told lawmakers he had no doubt that U.S. allies are also spying on Washington.
The testimony came after Rep. Rogers asked, “In your experience as director of the National Security Agency, have the allies of the United States ever, during the course of that time, engaged in anything that you would qualify as an espionage act targeted at the United States of America?”
“Yes, they have,” Gen. Alexander responded, to which Mr. Rogers asked, “And that would be consistent with most of our allies? Well, let’s just pick a place — the European Union?”
“Yes, it would,” Gen. Alexander said.