While today may be the opening day for baseball, today is the final day for enrollment in the Obamacare exchange.
In trying to navigate healthcare.gov this morning, it was discovered that the website was down for maintenance. The administration was quick to put a headline on the website that said the website would be slow due to a high volume of visitors to the website, but all along this is what the White House claimed to expect during the final days of the enrollment period. Why is it that all the glitches hadn't been worked out before the day of the final deadline?
Day after day there seems to be another issue with Obamacare, it is a far cry from what was sold and pedaled to the American people. What happened to the promise of affordable healthcare, keeping your doctor and your insurance, and a website as simple as kayak.com? As we all know, these three promises, along with many more, were broken. Many visitors to the website have waited hours just to try to enroll, over six million people have lost their coverage, and premiums are skyrocketing due to the lack of enrollment by Millennials. more >>
Persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern asked why U.S. President Barack Obama failed to talk religious freedom with Saudi Arabia King Abdullah during his visit last week, after identifying the issue as a key component of U.S. foreign policy at the National Prayer Breakfast in February.
"This visit was an excellent opportunity for the president to speak up on an issue that affects millions of Saudi citizens and millions more foreign workers living in Saudi Arabia," said ICC Middle East Regional Manager Todd Daniels in a statement Saturday.
"Only last month the president clearly stated that promoting religious freedom is a key objective of American foreign policy, and then reaffirmed that opinion in remarks following his meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, according to the White House. On top of this, 70 members of Congress specifically asked him to publicly address the issue, as well as other human rights concerns, with King Abdullah today. How, despite all of this, the president could stay completely silent about religious freedom during his meeting is remarkable." more >>
Republicans just can't help reminding blacks why they should not consider voting for them, at least not seriously. In a Fox News interview, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared President Barack Obama to a "trained ape" for his failure to sign an agreement with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on the number of US troops allowed to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 to help with security.
"A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship," said Rumsfeld.
While I agree Obama's retreat from the world stage has virtually neutered America's influence globally in conflicts like Syria, Iran, and Crimea, comparing the first black president to a trained ape is just in the poorest of taste. Since slavery, racists have compared blacks to monkeys, gorillas, apes and called blacks derogatory names like nigger, coon, and darkies. After Obama's election, more than a few Republican politicians have compared him, his family, and other blacks to animals. more >>
The website of President Barack Obama's signature health care law stalled early Monday for about six hours on the deadline day for the first year of enrollment. While experts say major hurdles remain, the White House and its allies are expected to claim victory.
HealthCare.gov, which has faced technical problems since its launch in October, flashed messages that the site was down for maintenance, early visitors complained Monday morning. Some visitors were even directed to a virtual waiting room by a feature that seeks to ease the pressure on the site when the use is heavy, The Associated Press reported.
The website was brought back up shortly before 9 a.m. Eastern Time, according to administration spokesman Aaron Albright, who claimed it goes through "regular nightly maintenance" when the online portal is not expected to be busy. It's just that the off-peak period was extended because of a "technical problem," Albright added. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the Hobby Lobby case to decide whether a business that provides health-care insurance to its employees can be forced to include abortifacients in its coverage. Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obamacare mandate of providing abortifacients.
Hobby Lobby is a family-owned arts and crafts store, run by Christians based out of Oklahoma. The family has devoted itself to Christian mission work, and Christian music is played over the loudspeakers in its stores. The owners are not Catholic, and aren't even objecting to providing contraceptives, it is solely the abortifacients that they have a problem providing, believing that a fertilized embryo is a human life that must be protected. Conestoga Wood Specialties, also owned by Christians, is part of the lawsuit.
There is no legitimate concern, and it's frankly a waste of taxpayers' money that this has to go to court. In today's Internet society, any woman can purchase dirt-cheap abortifacients online without a prescription, or from Planned Parenthood and other women's clinics for free or low cost. They can also take an increased dosage of contraceptives to act as an abortifacient, since that is all abortifacients are. There is zero reason to force an employer to include abortifacients in coverage. Most health insurance through an employer includes co-pay, and since abortifacients have been made so commonplace, women are probably better off finding it discounted somewhere else. Employees of Hobby Lobby also have the option to choose Obamacare instead of their employer's health insurance. more >>
A preferred ploy of left-wing change agents is to ridicule critics when they point out the undeniable parallels between the goals of today's "progressive" movement, to include the Democratic Party in general, and the goals of the early, and very much still alive, communist movement.
If, for instance, one mentions the historical fact that nearly every adult who, at any time, was in any position of influence over a young, soon-to-be-radicalized Barry Soetoro was an avowed communist, to include his own parents, then one is immediately mocked and dismissed as a neo-McCarthyite hack pining for the bygone days of the Red Scare. This is an evasive, ad hominem strategy employed by those who are caught, for lack of a better word, red-handed.
To all this I say, if the jackboot fits, wear it. If it quacks like a commie and goose-steps like a commie, then a commie it is. more >>