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Another Top Democrat Defies Federal Law to Target Opponents

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This is from Constitution.com. 

The DemocRats think that laws do not apply to them.

This is why we need Ted Cruz as president as he appoint judges that will follow the Constitution and enforce the law.

Several years ago, we all heard about the IRS scandal where they targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups as well as Christian organizations applying for non-profit status. I reported back in 2013 that I firmly believe that the orders to target these groups came directly from the White House:

“According to publicly released records, IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House more than any other member of Obama’s Cabinet.  In hearings before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, it was made known that 118 of Shulman’s 157 White House visits were made during the period that IRS agents were intentionally targeting tea party and conservatives.  In fact, he visited the White House more times than the combined visits of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

The number of White House visits released to public records are as follows:

  • IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman – 157

  • Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank – 86

    • Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez – 83

    • Nominee for Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker – 76

    • Attorney General Eric Holder – 62

    • Secretary of State John Kerry – 49

    • Former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner – 48

    • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 43

    • Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano – 34

      • Secretary of the Department of Education Arne Duncan – 31

      • Former Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu – 22

      • Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates – 17”

        Even though the targeting orders most likely came directly from Barack Obama,IRS Supervisor Lois Lerner became the administrations scapegoat for the whole scandal to avert any blame finding its way to the White House.

        Now another top Democratic leader has followed the example set by Obama and the IRS.Kamala Harris, California Attorney General and candidate for the US Senate, is trying to extort the names of top donors to charitable organizations. Her department handles the licensing of any charity in the nation that asks for donations from Californians.

        For supposedly being the top legal expert in the state, Harris does not seem to be very knowledgeable about the law.

        For starters, there was the case of NAACP v. Alabama, in which the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the state of Alabama to demand the names and addresses of everyone belonging to the NAACP who lived in the state.

        Remember Tricky Dicky Nixon and the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s eventual resignation from the presidency? After it was learned that Nixon had used tax returns to gain information on his political enemies, Congress tightened up the tax codes to prevent that from happening again.

        But that didn’t stop Obama from trying the same thing a few years ago and it’s evidently not stopping Harris from trying it again. A federal lawsuit was filed against Harris byAmericans for Prosperity Foundation and the Thomas More Law Center. The case went before the United States District Court for the Central District of California who issued an injunction to stop Harris from obtaining IRS Form 990 Schedule B information from APF.

        However, that decision was appealed to the United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit who overturned the District Court’s ruling. In their ruling, they stated that unless the plaintiffs could show how the gathering of tax return information on major donors caused damage to the donors, they had no grounds on which to stop the Attorney General from gathering the IRS information.

        Since David Koch, one of the Koch brothers known for their conservative Republican views and support, is the Chairman of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, I suspect that the Appeals Court’s decision will end up in the hands of the US Supreme Court. The question there is whether the Supreme Court will stand by previous rulings or will the rule in favor of Harris and allow her to demand information on those who oppose her political views and agenda? At this stage of the current high court’s history, anything is possible.

         

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18 of the Most Cringe-Worthy Phrases Ever Spoken By a Politician

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

 

 

When we think of politicians, we tend to think (or at least hope) that they are somewhat intelligent people. However, sometimes even the most intelligent people have some not-so-intelligent moments. Here are 18 of them:

1.) “If a president of the United States ever lied to the American people he should resign.” – President Bill Clinton (D)

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2.) “The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.” – Senator 
Tom Harkin (D)

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3.) “I don’t understand how they can call me anti-Latino when I’ve made four movies in Mexico.” – former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

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4.) “I cook occasionally just to see how easy women’s work is.” – former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D)

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5.) “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” – Vice President Joe Biden (D)

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6.) “I am not a chauvinist, obviously. . . . I believe in women’s rights for every woman but my own.” – Chicago Mayor Harold Washington (D)

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7.) “It’s a racist tax.” – Florida Rep. Ted Yoho (R) on the civil-rights consequences of taxing tanning salons, which supposedly discriminates against white people

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8.) “I don’t care anything about your disability.” – Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D), quoted in a federal lawsuit brought by an employee who alleged failure to accommodate her disability

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9.) “I think incest can be handled as a family matter within the family.” – Arkansas Rep. Jay Dickey Jr. (R)

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10.) “The roads in Missouri were much more terrifying to me than the attacks on the World Trade Center, because I really did think my life was far more at risk.” – former HHS Secretary and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D)

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11.) “No, no. I have been practicing… I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” – President Barack Obama (D)

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12.) “I know what Victoria’s Secret is. She’s a slut.” – Wyoming Rep. Barbara Cubin (R)

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13.) “I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns and women join the unqualified men in running the government.” – Texas State Rep. Frances “Sissy” Farenthold (D)

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14.) “I’m not against the blacks, and a lot of the good blacks will attest to that.”- Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham (R)

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15.) “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs.“- California Rep. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D)

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16.) “In two previous gentlemen’s statements on the amendment, both of them referred to the Affordable Care Act, which is the accurate title of the health care reform law, as ‘ObamaCare.’ That is a disparaging reference to the President of the United States. … It is clearly in violation of House rules against that.” – Florida Rep. and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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17.) “My fear is that the whole island [of Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.” – Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson (D)

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18.)  “I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children. An alien to me is someone from out of space.” – Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson (D)

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Makes you wonder how they managed to get elected in the first place…

Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare

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This is from  U. S. News and World Report.

Obamacare is the spawn of Lucifer.

It looks like health care rationing is close at hand.

 

Americans who sign up for insurance on the state exchanges may not have access to the nation’s top hospitals, Watchdog.org reports.

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University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, Best Hospitals, Honor Roll

Though top-ranked hospitals like Case Medical Center accept plans from dozens of private insurers, if you buy your insurance on the Obamacare exchanges your options for treatment may be limited.

 

The Obama Administration has been claiming that insurance companieswill be competing for your dollars under the Affordable Care Act, but apparently they haven’t surveyed the nation’s top hospitals.

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.

[CHART: Which Top Hospitals Take Your Insurance Under Obamacare?]

“This doesn’t surprise me,” said Gail Wilensky, Medicare advisor for the second Bush Administration and senior fellow for Project HOPE. “There has been an incredible amount of focus on the premium cost and subsidy, and precious little focus on what you get for your money.”

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.

And that’s not because their exchanges don’t offer options. Both Ohioand California have a dozen insurance companies on their exchanges, yet two of the states’ premier hospitals – Cleveland Clinic and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – have only one company in their respective networks.

A few, like No. 1-rated Johns Hopkins in Maryland, are mandated under state law to accept all insurance companies. Other than that, the hospital with the largest number of insurance companies is University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland with just four. Fully 11 of the 18 hospitals had just one or two carriers.

“Many companies have selectively entered the exchanges because they are concerned that (the exchanges) will be dominated by risky, high-using populations who wanted insurance (before Obamacare) and couldn’t afford it,” said Wilsensky, who is also on the board of directors of UnitedHealth. “They are pressed to narrow their networks to stay within the premiums.”

Consumers, too, will struggle with the new system. Many exchanges don’t even list the insurance companies on their web sites. Some that do, like California, don’t provide names of doctors or hospitals.

The price differences among hospitals “can be pretty profound,” said Joe Mondy, spokesman for Cigna insurance. “When you are doing a cost comparison with doctors, you should look up the quality of the hospital as well. Hospital ‘Y’ could be great at pediatrics and not great at surgery.”

Insurers operating in the exchanges are apparently hesitant to talk about the trade-off between price and quality. Two of the nation’s largest insurers – Wellpoint and Aetna – refused to respond to a dozen calls and emails placed over the course of a week.

Wellpoint and Aetna’s decision to not educate the public on its choices doesn’t sit well with two experts.

“There is no reason to keep that quiet. It’s not going to be a good secret for very long when people want to use the plans,” Wilensky said.

“In many cases, consumers are shopping blind when it comes to what doctors and hospitals are included in their Obamacare exchange plans,” said Josh Archambault, senior fellow with the think tank Foundation for Government Accountability. “These patients will be in for a rude awakening once they need care, and get stuck with a big bill for going out-of-network without realizing it.”

All of this represents a larger problem with the Affordable Care Act, said Archambault, who has extensively studied the law.

“It reflects deeper issues in implementation,” he said. “Some hospitals and doctors don’t even know if they are in the network.”

Just look at Seattle Children’s Hospital, which ranks No. 11 on the U.S. News & World Report best pediatric hospital list. When Obamacare rolled out, the hospital found itself with just two out of seven insurance companies on Washington’s exchange. The hospital sued the state’s Office of Insurance on Oct. 4 for “failure to ensure adequate network coverage.”

“Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in King County and the preeminent provider of many pediatric specialty services in the Northwest,” a hospital press release said. ” Some of these specialized services not available elsewhere in our area or region include acute cancer care, level IV neonatal intensive care and heart, liver and intestinal transplantation.”

And for doctors in Texas, “Basically, we don’t know,” said Stephen Brotherton, president of the Texas Medical Association. “We can’t find out. At this point, it’s part of the various unknowns with the marketplace. There are ways you can be on plans and not even realize it.”

 

 

Obama blames ‘bad apple insurers’ for canceled insurance plans

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This is from The Washington Post Politics.

Everyone is to blame except Obama.

The insurance companies are evil according to Obama.

The true evil is Obamacare and Obama.

 

President Obama tried a new tack Wednesday as he fought back against criticism of his Obamacare claims.

Fact-checkers and journalists have ruled that Obama wasn’t being truthful when he claimed that people who liked their insurance could keep it. Obama during a speech in Boston sought to cast the issue Wednesday as trying to weed out “bad apple insurers” who don’t provide enough coverage.

“One of the things health reform was designed to do was to help not only the uninsured but also the under-insured,” Obama said. “And there are a number of Americans, fewer than 5 percent of Americans, who’ve got cut-rate plans that don’t offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or an accident.

“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy.”

Obama also said that he is responsible for fixing the HealthCare.gov Web site — even as Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said earlier in the day that Obama isn’t responsible for the botched Obamacare exchanges rollout.

“Right now, the Web site is too slow, too many people have gotten stuck, and I am not happy about it,” Obama said at a speech in Boston promoting the similar Massachusetts health-care law.

Obama added: “So there’s no excuse for it, and I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP.”

The administration has set a late November deadline for fixing the Web site.

At a hearing earlier Wednesday, Sebelius said she and her department were responsible for the rollout’s failings, not Obama.

“No, sir,” Sebelius said when asked directly whether Obama is responsible. “We are responsible for the rollout.”

 

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

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This is from The Daily Caller.

A crony of Moochelles and an Obama contributor is at

the company that got the no bid contract for the ACA website.

One more example of Obama corruption.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.

Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998

George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.

As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.

On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services.

Update: The Daily Caller repeatedly contacted CGI Federal for comment. After publication of this article, the company responded that there would be “nothing coming out of CGI for the record or otherwise today.” The company did however insist that The Daily Caller include a reference to vice president Cheryl Campbell’s House testimony. This has been included as a courtesy to the company.

8 hours ago Stewart to Sebelius on health care law “Am I a stupid man?”

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This is from CNNs Political Ticker.

I think Jon Stewart is an  pompous arrogant ass.

That being said he did  rip Sebelius a new one.

I heard the audio of this on Rush’s program.

 

(CNN) – “The Daily Show” took a more serious turn Monday night when host Jon Stewart introduced his guest for the evening, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius, who has been on a media blitz in recent weeks as the health care exchanges for the Affordable Care Act opened for business on October 1st, has appeared on multiple networks to promote the new law and to attempt to tamp criticism of its rollout.

As the secretary sat down to begin the segment, Stewart opened a laptop on his desk. “I’m going to attempt to download every movie ever made, and you’re going to try to sign up for Obamacare, and we’ll see which happens first.”

Sebelius admitted the website rollout “started a little rockier than we’d like,” but said the administration had been working to make improvements. “It’s better today than it was yesterday, and it will keep getting better.”

The sign-up websites were offline for part of the weekend as efforts were made to fix multiple glitches that caused delays for many who attempted to use the program in the first few days.

When asked how many individuals had signed up for insurance so far, Sebelius admitted, “I can’t tell you, because I don’t know … we will be giving monthly reports.” She added that hundreds of thousands of accounts had been created, which indicated to the administration that those consumers “are going to go shopping” for insurance as the next step.

The segment became more contentious as the Comedy Central host turned to the subject of the individual mandate, specifically the fact that while many businesses were given a one-year delay to comply with the law, individuals were not.

“If I’m an individual that doesn’t want this, it would be hard for me to look at a big business getting a waiver,” Stewart said. “I would feel like you are favoring big business because they lobbied you … but you’re not allowing individuals that same courtesy.”

Sebelius denied that was the case, but danced around answering the question directly, sticking instead to talking points.

After pressing her further on the issue to no avail, a somewhat exasperated Stewart finally smiled and asked, “Am I a stupid man?”

Later, as he threw to commercial, Stewart said he still was “not sure why individuals can’t delay” and asked the secretary if he could keep asking her that same question when they returned.

Later, while addressing the issue of businesses cutting back hours for employees to avoid having to provide health care under the new regulations, Sebelius held firm. “Economists, not anecdotal folks, but economists, say there is absolutely no evidence that part-time work is going up. In fact, it’s going down,” she said. The secretary also said that for the first time ever, part-time employees in the United Sates would now have the option to purchase health insurance under the new law.

Toward the end, Stewart argued that a market-based strategy toward health care is a flawed concept in itself and that a single payer system would have been a more simple approach. But Sebelius jumped in, saying, “if we could have perhaps figured out a pathway, that may have been a reasonable solution.”

“So this is jerry-rigged to deal with the crazy people?” Stewart asked.

“I think the president did not want to dismantle the health care that 85% of the country had,” Sebelius responded.

 

Need health care coverage? Just dial 1-800-FUCKYO to reach Obamacare’s national hotline

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Do Not think for one second this phone number is an accident.

The Obama Regime feels this way about the American people.

Obama rammed this through a DemocRat controlled Congress.

Then Obama and his goons intimidated the Supreme Court into ruling for Obamacare.

Now so far we are getting this rammed down our throats.

The Obamacare hydra needs to be beheaded and destroyed for ever.

 

Need health insurance? The Obama administration has you covered. Simply dial 1-800-FUCKYO to reach the next available health-care provider.

Far from being a mistype, that’s the official number that Health and Human Services wants Americans to dial when seeking health care. Obamacare’s national call center really did list its number as 1-800-318-2596, helpfully spelling out President Barack Obama’s tendency to blatantly flip the bird in plain view.

After allowing for the lack of letters attached to 1 on a traditional American telephone keypad, the number spells out a clear message. For every duped voter, every young invincible weighing the cost of a penalty versus a newly tripled yearly deductible, every ailing old granny in a wheelchair (whom, remember, Paul Ryan wants to push off a cliff) who needs adequate and affordable health care, Obama’s message is:

1-800-3(F) 8(U) 2(C) 5(K) 9(Y) 6(O).

That’s 1-800-FUCKYO. Sadly, the Obama administration failed to swap the useless 1 for a more functional 8 to complete the heartfelt message, perhaps in consolation to former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s tragically shortened middle finger.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched a media campaign this week to propagandize the transformative health-care overhaul. She compared the sweeping, coercive law that gives government huge power over the health-care industry to an iPhone system update.

“Everyone just assumes, “Well, there’s a problem, they’ll fix it, we’ll move on,’” Sebelius said about Apple’s iOS updates. “And like many of their customers, I put the ‘new’ system on my phone and went on my merry way, but it was just a reminder that we’re likely to have some glitches. We will fix them and move on. Is this a sign that the law is flawed and failed? I don’t think so. I think it’s a sign that we’re building a piece of complicated technology. We want it to work. We want it to work right. We’ve got an incredible team working 24/7 to do just that.”

“Hopefully they’ll give us the same slack they give Apple,” Sebelius said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/03/need-health-care-coverage-just-dial-1-800-fuckyo-to-reach-obamacares-national-hotline/#ixzz2ggtWBevT

 

States raise privacy concerns over health law navigators

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This is from The Hill.

This is typical  modus operandi for the Obama regime.

Obama wants confusion and to break people down and strip them

of any resistance.

 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued late Friday that new hires under ObamaCare could threaten the private information of people trying to get health insurance.

Bondi said that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making it easier for someone to be hired as a so-called navigator, cutting back on background checks and eliminating a fingerprinting requirement, which could make it easier for a person’s private information to fall into the wrong hands.

 

“Because of time constraints, HHS [is] cutting back on the requirement to become a navigator, meaning they’re not going to be doing background checks. They’re not going to be fingerprinting these people,” said Bondi in an interview with Fox.

“And it’s more than navigators. It’s people that assist the navigators. Now, these navigators will have our consumers throughout the country’s most personal and private information — tax return information, Social Security information. And our biggest fear, of course, is identity theft.”

A navigator is a federal employee who helps those wanting to get insured navigate the paperwork of the new healthcare system.

“What if they’ve been convicted of committing identity theft or grand theft before?” asked Bondi. “They could potentially still become a navigator.”

Earlier this week, Bondi and a dozen other Republican state attorneys general sent HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a letter calling her attention to this privacy issue and asking her to implement more stringent privacy requirements and safeguards. They’ve given Sebelius until Aug. 28 to respond.

The letter was organized by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and signed by attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

Bondi said she wants to know who will be in charge of monitoring the navigators, who is going to be liable if someone’s identify is stolen, and who is responsible for educating the American public and the navigators on fraud prevention.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/317513-state-attorneys-general-raise-privacy-concerns-over-obamacare-navigators#ixzz2cNuLASuH
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Sebelius: Obamacare Opponents Like Those Who Opposed Civil Rights

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This is from CNSNews.

Secretary Sebelius better review her history.

It was DemocRats that opposed civil rights.

Then why was your time getting the facts before speaking.

 

(CNSNews.com) – Addressing the annual NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that opponents of Obamacare are the same kind of people who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

Her comments on Tuesday came one day before the Republican-led House votes to delay key provisions of the law.

“The Affordable Care Act is the most powerful law for reducing health disparities since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, the same year the Voting Rights Act was also enacted,” Sebelius said. “That significance hits especially close to home. My father was a congressman from Cincinnati who voted for each of those critical civil rights laws, and who represented a district near where the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth lived and preached.

“The same arguments against change, the same fear and misinformation that opponents used then are the same ones opponents are spreading now. ‘This won’t work,’ ‘Slow down,’ ‘Let’s wait,’ they say.

“But history shows that upholding our founding principles demands continuous work toward a more perfect union…And it requires the kind of work that the NAACP has done for more than a century to move us forward.

“You showed it in the fight against lynching and the fight for desegregation. You showed it by ensuring inalienable rights are secured in the courtroom and at the ballot box. And you showed it by supporting a health law 100 years in the making.

“With each step forward, you said to forces of the status quo, ‘This will work,’ ‘We can’t slow down’ ‘We can’t wait,’ ‘We won’t turn back.’

Sebelius then hailed the “voices of progress” that “we hear and honor this year,” as people start signing up for mandatory health insurance on Oct. 1:

“They echo from church bells rung at midnight 150 years ago to educate our nation of a people’s emancipation. They echo from a speech on our nation’s mall 50 years ago next month about the promise of our nation’s dream. And they still echo and guide us today in a second term of a historic presidency.

“So let us seize this moment. We can’t slow down. We can’t wait. We won’t turn back. We move forward.”

In another part of her speech, Sebelius told the civil rights group, “The debate in Washington is over. The Supreme Court has issued its decision. The people have spoken. President Obama was re-elected. And to paraphrase Stevie Wonder, the Affordable Care Act is signed, sealed, and it’s delivering.”

Sebelius spoke one day before the House of Representatives votes on delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate as well as its individual mandate.

According to House Speaker John Boehner, the first bill “will provide the authorization the president should have sought” before he unilaterally delayed the employer mandate’s reporting requirements. The other bill “will provide families and individuals with the relief they’ve been unfairly denied by the administration.”

Obamacare requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide affordable health insurance to their employees or else pay a fine. Individual Americans are required to purchase health insurance, or else pay a tax to the IRS.

The Senate is unlikely to pass the House legislation, and even if it did, the White House has promised to veto it.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/sebelius-obamacare-opponents-those-who-opposed-civil-rights#sthash.Hgx0UiLz.dpuf

 

Sarah Murnaghan lung transplant case: Sebelius ordered to make exception on transplant

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This is from The Politico.

Kathleen Sebelius said “Some Live Some Die.

She is echoing Obama.

If you doubt me listen to Obama talking to Jane Strum

about her mother.

I personally am afraid my medical treatment I need to

repair my body under Obamacare will stop.

 

 

A federal judge has ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old in Pennsylvania dying of cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. Normally federal policy prevents children younger than 12 from receiving donated adult lungs, but Sebelius has been under pressure to change the policy.

The parents of the girl asked the judge on Wednesday to order Sebelius to alter organ donation rules so that the dying child has a better chance of receiving new lungs. They say she is running out of time. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson granted a temporary restraining order to exempt Murnaghan from the current policy, and there will be a hearing on June 14.

Sebelius has come under intense pressure in this case, which is receiving media and online attention. Some medical ethicists, however, say that while the organ allocation policy may well need to be reviewed and changed, they worry about making case-by-case decisions based in part on emotional media attention.

(Also on POLITICO: Family goes to court over transplant)

Some GOP congressmen have also joined the fray, one quite literally “begging” Sebelius to intervene and save the girl’s life. Both Pennsylvania senators — a Democrat and a Republican — have also written on the child’s behalf.

“I’m begging you,” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) told Sebelius at a House hearing this week, asking her to suspend the transplant rules until they can be revisited. “Sarah has three to five weeks to live. Time is running out.” The child has cystic fibrosis.

At the hearing, Sebelius called the situation “agonizing” and said she had talked to the girl’s mother. She has ordered a review of the policy, which she acknowledged would take too long to have any impact on this girl’s situation but said it wasn’t her place to pick and choose transplant recipients.

(QUIZ: How well do you know Kathleen Sebelius?)

“I can’t imagine anything worse than one individual getting to pick who lives and who dies,” she said. Sebelius said putting Sarah next in line would disadvantage other young people who have also been waiting for transplants — including three in the same area. Helping one child could possibly hurt another.

Some experts agree that the lung allocation policy may need to be revisited; the policies for kidney and liver transplants have been. But they say no snap decisions should be made because of the media glare.

“Should Sebelius step in and do something? No. She doesn’t have all the facts,” said New York University bioethicist Arthur Caplan. Acting under pressure from a media savvy family “or the noisiest person in line” is bad policy, he added.

Transplant policy in the U.S. is made and administered by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network working with the United Network for Organ Sharing under contract with HHS. The issue is inherently charged and complex because there aren’t enough organs for everyone who needs them, and people do die waiting.

While Sebelius can certainly order a policy review, as she did in a May 31 letter to the procurement network, her authority to intervene in a specific case is unclear.

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) told Sebelius that “[i]t simply takes your signature” to help this child.

 

Caplan said: “It isn’t clear no matter how many congressmen yell at Secretary Sebelius that she has the ability to do anything.”

 

Setting transplant policy is complicated. OPTN has expert committees that draft proposals and submit them for public comment. Approved policies are subject to the secretary’s discretion of enforcement or reconsideration, according to a summary of the regulations by OPTN.

 

The policy that the Murnaghans and their advocates are questioning is one that puts children younger than 12 at the bottom of the waiting list for lungs from adult donors. Young children would be first in line for lungs donated by kids of similar age. But far fewer of those are available.

 

In recent years, younger kids have been given greater priority for kidney and liver transplants, Caplan said, and that is in keeping with the desire of donors that their organs provide as much life as they can. A transplant into an older patient might not provide the same number of “life years,” he said, an important consideration. But whether that’s also in order for lung transplants depends on the actual science of transplanting adult lungs into children, not just the instinct to save a child.

 

Doctors can use an adult lung for a child, but they normally use only a piece of the organ. Another option that has been tried in some occasions: transplanting from a living donor, like a parent, Caplan said.

 

The Murnaghan family has issued a statement in response to Sebelius’s comments at the hearing, saying that they weren’t asking for special treatment for their daughter alone, just that the odds be evened for adults and children waiting for lungs, regardless of the donor’s age.

 

“All we want is fair treatment for all of these children, including Sarah,” the statement said. “We have yet to hear an explanation why the secretary will not do this.”

 

Caplan noted one reason that may give Sebelius pause: By moving someone up the list, someone else goes down. One child saved could mean another child dies. Sebelius, he noted, “doesn’t have all the information.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/sarah-murnaghan-lung-transplant-ruling-kathleen-sebelius-92299_Page2.html#ixzz2VO48sWCE

 

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