A federal judge on Tuesday gave the green light to a lawsuit challenging a major IRS Obamacare regulation that could cripple the healthcare law after denying the government's motion to dismiss it.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are individuals and small businesses across six states, according to a report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which first reported on the case and is assisting with its coordination.
The group also sought a preliminary injunction on Obamacare, but U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman denied it and opted to put the case on an expedited schedule. He said he would rule on the merits of the case on or before Feb. 15, 2014. more >>
It's official: the Obamacare rollout was an unmitigated, absurdly expensive disaster. When even the administration's biggest fans in the media (The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post) are forced to admit it, it's so obvious as to be excruciatingly painful.
But some of us who teach entrepreneurship could have predicted it. (Though, I will admit, even I was stunned to read that the federal government had shelled out nearly two-thirds of a billion dollars on millions of lines of garbage code.) Observing this administration's complete ignorance of (and often, hostility to) business made clear early on that such a failure would be inevitable. They made every mistake in the book. Here are just a few of them:
1. Not identifying your assumptions This is Obamacare Major Mistake #1. And to a certain extent, it's forgivable. Even businesses blow this. All first-time entrepreneurs think they are launching a product or starting a business. But they aren't. They are actually testing assumptions about that product or business: assumptions about the customers; assumptions about the features and functions those customers want; assumptions about pricing; assumptions about the competition; even just basic assumptions about human behavior. more >>
As ObamaCare apologists scramble the unprecedented commandeering of one-seventh of our economy lumbers on. Only central command-and-control, Democrat progressives could come up with a healthcare plan that is unworkable, yet mandatory.
Even when the uncoordinated GOP gave Democrats a chance to delay this train wreck last week, which would have bought them political cover to fix the glitches, Obama's ego would not allow it. Arrogant and disdainful of his opponents, he is willing to attack, hurt, and be vindictive in ways not seen since Richard Nixon. He delights only in winning, no matter how flawed the cause.
Watching Democrats defend ObamaCare is like listening to your aunt justify staying in an abusive relationship. At times like this Democrats miss Anthony Weiner, who would be on TV every day spewing the DNC talking points. Now he is banished, trying to redeem himself with his charity work-which I presume is teaching the homeless to send lewd texts on their Obamaphones. more >>
Democrats have only one goal to accomplish between now and the 2014 elections: To paint Republicans as the bad guys. In doing so, they'll win the 2014 elections, gain control of the House of Representatives, and as President Reagan once said, the rest of us will be spending "our sunset years telling our children…what it once was like in America when men were free."
Democrats are off to a good start; great, really. They, along with their willing accomplices in the media, propagated a lie by suggesting Republicans are responsible for the partial government shutdown. So far, it has worked and Democrats are hoping to cash that check on election night next year.
Unable to help himself, Obama held a victory press conference and used the opportunity to belittle the Republican Party over "manufactured crises" and "repeated brinkmanship" to "undermine our economy." If you missed the speech, you can read it online buy clicking here. more >>
Even billionaire media mogul and one time buddy of President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, wants nothing to do with Obamacare.
New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of "The Amateur," Edward Klein, reports in the New York Post that the president's point woman Valerie Jarrett asked Winfrey last summer to join a group of celebrities, including Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Amy Poehler, to meet with the president to discuss how they could help promote the controversial health care law and she bitingly skipped on the invite.
"All of Oprah's top people thought she would go, because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say yes," a close adviser to Winfrey noted in the report. "But Oprah said she didn't have the time or inclination to go. It wasn't like she had to think it over. It was an immediate, flat-out, unequivocal no." more >>
President Barack Obama acknowledged in a Monday speech that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," health care insurance exchange website, healthcare.gov, has issues far more serious than a few "glitches." The ACA is not just a website, he reminded, and encouraged those seeking insurance on the exchanges to either call 1-800-318-2596, go to a community center, or mail in their application.
"Don't let problems with the website deter you from signing up," he said at the White House as people who have benefited from the ACA stood behind him.
The product, the health insurance on the exchange, is a good product, Obama repeated throughout the speech, but the website, "there is no sugar coating it," has problems. more >>