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Sen. Hatch releases statement of apology for crude remark

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H/T Dennis Micheal Lynch.

If you support Obamacare you are a dumb-ass.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has issued a statement of apology after facing backlash for an off-color remark he made Thursday about people who support ObamaCare.

While speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Sen. Hatch told a conservative audience that supporters of Obamacare are “the stupidest, dumbass people” he has ever met.

“We also finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called Obamacare – now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic,” Hatch said. “That was the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen.

“Some of you may have loved it,” he continued. “If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met. And there are a lot of them up there on Capitol Hill from time to time.”

Hatch faced massive backlash from the left over the statement, and Friday issued the following statement of apology:

“Yesterday, I made a poorly worded joke about Obamacare supporters – a joke that was not reflective of my actual feelings towards my friends on the on the side. Throughout my term of service, I have always recognized the importance of civility, particularly in engaging with those of different political perspectives. While I occasionally slip up, I believe that my legislative record reflects my commitment to bipartisanship and civility much more than my flippant, off-the-cuff comment.”

Senator Hatch has just issued an apology an off-color joke he made yesterday about supporters of the Affordable Care Act.

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First in the Country: All Obamacare Insurers in AZ County Ready to Pull Out of Obamacare

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H/T Freedom OutPost.

Obama said,

There is a video but I am unable embed it.

So far this year, many Obamacare insurers have pulled out of the unconstitutional and lawless Affordable Care Act that bears the nickname of the usurper-in-chief. Now, all the Obamacare insurers in one Arizona County are poised to pull out of Obamacare. This would make Pinal County the first county in the nation to lose health coverage tied to Obamacare.

12 News reports:

Pinal County could become the first county in the United States to lose Affordable Care Act coverage after Aetna’s announcement that it’s pulling out of Arizona.

Aetna’s withdrawal follows the exit of United Healthcare and Humana from Arizona. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Health Net announced in June they would end coverage in Maricopa and Pinal counties.

The mass exit by the health insurers, all citing financial losses, will force tens of thousands of Arizonans to look for new coverage next year from a dwindling pool of providers. Several rural counties have just one health insurance option on the Obamacare marketplace next year.

 Statewide, 200,000 people are insured under Obamacare, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. About 126,000 Maricopa County residents are insured; 9,700 people in Pinal County are covered.

Business Insider adds:

Pinal County, Arizona, right next to Phoenix, was founded in 1875 and is home to roughly 400,000 people.

It’s also the county that Obamacare forgot.

After Aetna’s announcement that it will roll back 70% of its offerings in public exchanges, Pinal County appears to be the only county in the US with a public exchange but zero insurers offering Affordable Care Act plans in 2017.

 

Many other insurers have already pulled out of Obamacare because it is unprofitable for them.

For instance, The Washington Free Beacon reported on August 17, “Participation by insurers in the Obamacare exchanges has already declined by 27 percent since the law took effect. In 2013, just before Obamacare took effect, 395 insurers offered individual market coverage. In 2016, that number dropped to 287, according to an analysis by Ed Haislmaier, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.”

“Haislmaier projects that next year there will be roughly 45 fewer insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges, a 15 percent decline from the previous year,” the reported added. “Haislmaier, who tracks the numbers daily, says the picture will become more clear when insurance arrangements are solidified around the end of October.”

In the meantime, the fraudulent “Affordable Care Act” is becoming less and less affordable for Americans. From taxes imposed illegally by the pretended legislation for those who don’t have health insurance to the skyrocketing of health insurance premiums, there is no doubt that Obamacare does not need to be repealed and replaced, just simply repealed.

New England Journal of Medicine: Doctor Knows Best! Gun Control for Everyone! – 

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Doctors need to stick to practicing medicine and stay away from politics and gun control.

My doctor knows I carry a handgun she does not mention anything about guns to me.

She knows I am a former Correctional Officer and some of the punks from the prison are still in the county where I live.

I have had some threats made but nobody was ever tried to carry the threats out.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine: Doctor Knows Best! Gun Control for Everyone! – The Truth About Guns

Obama is gutting Medicare 

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Here come the death panels that the leftist loons and the RINO’s  made fun of Sarah Palin for saying they are part of Obamacare.

 

Under the guise of “reform,” President Obama is dismantling Medicare — dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives. The stakes are high, because Medicare and the

Source: Obama is gutting Medicare | New York Post

Obamatrade cost GOP congressman his job

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Taking down RINO’s one at a time.

The populist uprising against phony “free trade” and Republicans who love it has taken its first scalp. Rep. Randy Forbes, GOP establishment stalwart and longtime Obamatrade supporter from Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, will soon be unemployed. Voters rejected him in favor of his primary opponent Scott Taylor, who stridently opposed Obamatrade. Taylor blasted Forbes for […]

Source: Obamatrade cost GOP congressman his job

A Gun Owner Goes to the Doctor

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This is from AmmoLand. 

I have never been asked this question.

I think in part because my doctor is in a small rural community where are large number of us are hunters and own guns.

Doctors and the Guns Question

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Most doctors don’t care whether you own guns and won’t bother asking because they don’t have the time, although some may enjoy chatting about them as shared interests.

But occasionally one will raise the question as if it has something to do with routine medical (“preventive”) care.

Here are some examples:

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Scene: A physician’s exam room, complete with chair, small desk, exam table, cabinets full of mystery items—and a computer. 

Version 1 (how it ought to go, if the doctor even asks):

Doctor:  “Well, what seems to be the trouble?”

Patient:  “It’s my ________ [fill in preferred physical complaint].”

Doctor (after a quick exam):  “All right, take this prescription and come back in 2 weeks for a re-check.  By the way, my specialty organization recommends that we ask and counsel patients about guns.”

Patient:  “Why in the world, doc?”

Doctor:  “Uh, because they’re dangerous.  So do you own any?”

Patient:  “You mean dangerous like driving, swimming, and using power tools and ladders?  Since that’s not why I came to you, it’s not relevant, is it?”

Doctor:  “I’ll just put that down as ‘Not Applicable’ then.”

Patient:  “Fine with me, doc.  Thanks.”

Version 2 (how it might go, if the doctor is more persistent):

Doctor:  “Well, what seems to be the trouble?”

Patient:  “It’s my ________ [fill in preferred complaint].”

Doctor (after a quick exam):  “All right, take this prescription and come back in 2 weeks for a re-check.  By the way, my specialty organization recommends that we ask and counsel patients about guns.”

Patient:  “Why in the world, doc?”

Doctor:  “Because they’re really dangerous.  So do you own any?”

Patient:  “Well, my family has always had guns.  I’m comfortable with them.”

Doctor:  “I’m sure you know that guns kill over 30,000 Americans every year, and when they are present make firearms injury and death more of a risk.”

Patient:  “I suppose.  But no one in my family or anyone I know who follow safety rules has ever even had an unintended discharge.  As I recall, less than 0.1% of gun owners are ever involved in shootings, even though most even have more than one gun.  And what do you mean by ‘guns kill’, doc?  I never saw a gun do anything without someone making it.”

Doctor:  “Maybe so.  But did you know that they should always be kept locked up with the ammunition locked separately in another room?”

Patient:  “I’ve heard that.  It’d be really tough to do in our one-room camp cabin.  And wouldn’t it get confusing if you have to go all over the house unlocking multiple storage units just to work on your gun, reload or actually shoot the things?”

Doctor:   “I wouldn’t know, but that’s what they say.  You want to know about gun safety, don’t you?”

Patient:  “Oh, do you mean Cooper’s Four Rules, NRA’s Three Rules, NSSF’s 10 Rules of Safe Gun Handling?, or maybe Revee’s Three Accident-Proof Rules?”

Doctor:  “That’s a lot of rules—what, 20 rules to remember how to use a gun?”

Patient:  “Well, there’s some overlap.  What do you mean by ‘gun safety’, anyway, Doc?”

Doctor:  “All I know is about locking up guns and ammunition in separate rooms, and that for your and your family’s safety I’m supposed to advise you to get rid of them, because so many people get hurt by them.”

 

Patient:  “Gee, I always thought that ‘gun safety’ was about using guns safely, like we always do.   But if everyone got rid of them, how safe would that be?  How would people be able to protect themselves against violence—especially women, the elderly and the disabled?”

Doctor:  “Well, I don’t have all the answers.”

Patient:  “Sounds like you just have one or two, no matter what the question is. . .”

Doctor:  “I can’t cover every hazard in detail.  Life is full of them.”

Patient:  “People die in traffic accidents, drownings and poisonings, lots more than in shootings. So do you mean we shouldn’t drive, swim or use any chemical unless it can be swallowed?”

Doctor:  “No, I that would be going too far.  There’s good in all of those, just be careful not to get hurt.”

Patient:  “Now that sounds like good advice, doc.  Hope you understand that’s what smart people do with guns, too.”

Doctor:  “Well, that does make sense.  You might know best how to handle your own guns depending on how you use them and who else might be around.”

Patient:  “Yeah, I think so, doc.”

Doctor:  “So do you own any guns?  You never answered that question.”

Patient:  “No, I didn’t.  Why do you want to know again?”

Doctor:  “It was in order to tell you how to be safe with them, but I’ve got this electronic medical record form to fill in the information, too.”

Patient: “Well, I know what your advice was now.  What happens to information about guns in that record?”

Doctor:  “Oh, all your information is confidential and can’t be shared without your permission.  Unless, as you’ve already signed for, it has anything to do with coordinating treatment, quality reporting required by insurers or the government, or communicating for any business purposes with other organizations.”

Patient:  “That doesn’t sound too private, doc.  Has patient information ever gotten stolen from electronic records?  I never heard of information from locked up paper charts getting out.”

Doctor:  “Um, well, a few times—but electronic records are supposed to increase the quality of care.”

Patient:  “So how much has been stolen?”

Doctor:  “Uh, to be honest, millions of patient records, including clinical, financial and personal information, have been hacked from electronic databases.”

Patient:  “Sounds like more good reason not to go into anything that’s not about the medical care I need, then.  You know, I just wonder why the medical world gets so focused on guns when we hear that hundreds of thousands of patients die from medical mistakes every year.”

Doctor:  “Tell you what, let’s just skip this stuff about guns—and I’ll try not to make any mistakes on you.”

Patient:  “OK, doc.”

Versions 3+:  These are the scenarios that shouldn’t happen, such as the doctor getting upset if you decline to tell about your guns or your finding out your children are being asked about it without your permission.  In these cases, see What to Do When Your Doctor Asks About Guns.

Robert B. Young, MD

Robert B. Young, MD

 

— Robert B. Young, MD is a psychiatrist practicing in Pittsford, NY, an associate clinical professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation. www.drgo.us

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Clinton Can’t Explain to Small Business Owner Why Obamacare Raised Her Healthcare by $500 a Month

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This is from The Washington Free Beacon.

Hillary sounds like Obama spreading the fertilizer about Obamacare. 

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton admitted Monday at a campaign event that she does not know or understand how Obamacare raised a small business owner’s healthcare costs by $500 a month.

Clinton was participating in a discussion with women and families on work-life balance in Lorton, Virginia, when a small business owner expressed her concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s role in raising health care costs and causing business owners to struggle with the consequences.

“I have seen our health insurance for my own family go up $500 a month in the last two years, so we went from 400 something to 900 something,” the woman explained to Clinton. “We’re just fighting to keep benefits for ourselves. The thought of being able to provide benefits to your employees is almost secondary. Yet to keep your employees happy, that’s a question that comes across my desk all the time.”

The small business owner described how she is forced to keep most of her employees as independent contractors and sees many workers leave as a result for other opportunities where there are benefits.

“If I can’t provide benefits let alone for myself, I can’t provide them for my family,” she continued, adding that the reason her health insurance has gone up so much is that she does not qualify for a subsidy under Obamacare because she “unfortunately make[s] just over too much money within that gap.”

“So, I guess my question to you is not only are you looking out for people that can’t afford health care. I’m someone that can afford it, but it’s taking a big chunk out of the money I bring home for myself.”

“What you’re saying is one of the real worries that we’re facing with the cost of health insurance because the costs are going up in a lot of markets—not all but many markets,” Clinton responded. “Right now, like with so many of these programs, there’s just a cut off instead of what I would like to see a kind of gradual diminishment.”

Clinton argued that there should not be a single income figure that determines whether someone qualifies for a subsidy or not, adding that the government needs to look at issues with out of pocket costs such as premiums and deductibles.

“But I mean that’s my point,” Clinton said. “It’s like what could have possibly raised your costs [$500], and that’s what I don’t understand. We’ve got to pick that apart to really make sure we understand it.”

The former first lady shifted the blame to private insurance companies, saying that “we have to make the insurance companies justify what they are charging because a lot of them are moving costs up without really explaining, or at least to my satisfaction, why that’s happening.”

She also said non-profit organizations somehow need a larger role in the health care market and that she favors a “public option” so people can buy into Medicare above a certain age to help alleviate the costs.

“Because a [$500] increase, assuming you didn’t have some terrible health care, which it doesn’t sound like you did—”

“I go to the gym. I don’t go to the doctor,” the small business owner interjected.

Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, suggested in March that her mother would use unilateral executive action to keep health care costs down for those who have to pay “crushing” costs under Obamacare.

Hillary Clinton said last year that the Affordable Care Act turns full-time jobs into part-time jobs as employers try to keep their own costs down.

 

 

 

 

LIBERAL MINIMUM WAGE ARGUMENT DESTROYED: GUESS WHO IS WORKING AT MCDONALD’S NOW

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This is from Patriot UpDate.

Nursing homes and long term care facilities are loosing nursing staff thanks to cuts brought about by Obamacare.

Liberals just love to use McDonald’s as an example of poorly paid workers. But for some people, it’s a better paycheck than working in the health care industry.

Some nurses and staff are quitting their jobs at Texas nursing homes for more money working at McDonald’s.

Advocates say it is a trend they are seeing state-wide causing a nursing shortage at long-term facilities. The Housing Appropriations Committee has been listening to advocates about the growing problem.

Texas has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates, which makes it difficult for nursing homes and service providers to offer competitive wages.

“You know, you can start off at McDonald’s at $13-$14 an hour in some cases, you could certainly find easier jobs for more money and that’s a real problem when you’re trying to keep good people in your facilities,” said Scott Kibbe with the Texas Health Care Association.

Believe it or not, liberals, there’s this thing called “job advancement”. yes, you might only make $8 when you start up as a burger flipper, but do a good job and you could be promoted, which means more money and benefits — or, if you’re well-qualified, you can come in working as a manager making decent money. Crazy how that works, huh?

FYI – OUR PRESIDENT HAS FUCKED THIS NATION!

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Hat Tip To Firebird@She’s Right.

I sometimes have an endless quest for knowledge, and I share pearls of wisdom with you so you don’t have to pursue the same quest.  In an attempt to achieve that honorable and lofty goal, I was listening to a radio program on Obamacare this week, and I walked away comfortable in this knowledge.

Our President knowingly fucked us.

The two largest health insurance providers in the nation have served notice that they will most likely be withdrawing from Obamacare participation next year. The number one company is projected to lose over $200 MIL in 2016 alone, and has rightfully decided that, since they are NOT the government, that loss is unsustainable. This comes on the heels of New York, New Jersey, Washington State, Oregon and Illinois being faced with the same predicament.

Perfectly predictable.      

Totally avoidable.

Completely Socialist.

Communists and their Socialist progressive little brothers live by the Marxists truisms that to gain control of a population you control their education, their health care and their reason for accumulating wealth. Let’s look at this, shall we?

These last few weeks have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that the left owns education. That national system, for which education is absolutely NOT a goal (good teachers notwithstanding) is so corrupt that it cannot be fixed. Thank you Woodrow Wilson. (Tell me anything that the federal government has taken over that is better because of that.)

The governmental tax regime and social welfare is the number one factor in the discouraging of the accumulation of wealth. Face it, in this country we pay the government to DIE. Unless you make a boatload of money, you are going to get hurt by the government. If you DO make a boatload of money you do it despite the government and it is only a matter of time until the government finds a way to get it.  (Just ask anyone who took their money and left the country with the intent of giving up their American citizenship.  Our government has tentacles in places you would never guess.)

But this one…. I absolutely cannot get my head around why so few people saw Obamacare as the national train wreck it is. And like most fakes, it was built on a system of easily identified, demonstrable falsehoods. Obamacare was a lie, and it was known to be a lie. Sure, some sincerely hoped it would be a success even while admitting that it was designed on models and predictions that have never, EVER worked before.  That is called a lie.

Fact:  Obamacare is a colossal failure. No one knows HOW this will end – just that it WILL end, and badly.

Will the government force everyone into a government, single payer plan (the goal all along, even back under Hillary’s failed attempt to socialize health care) and drop the pretense of making life better? We don’t know.  There are too many variables in the 20,000 and counting pages in the ACA (which we still haven’t read to find out what’s in it) that the government can screw up.  But you can be certain beyond all doubt that it that screw it up it WILL.

When you hear that Obamacare is ‘collapsing under its own weight’ (an outcome perfectly understandable based on the design) this is what it looks like. This is what the screwing of an entire nation looks like. Conservatives were ridiculed for saying the Liberals’ health care plan was for you to ‘get sick and die’. However, it seems the liberals devised a system that ensured exactly that.  (As an aside, the death panels were NOT a conservative idea.)

Whew….. now you know.

 

…… go forward, eat turkey, be merry with the knowledge that your insurance will pay for the subsequent heart attack….. (assuming you HAVE insurance and have met your deductible)

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/11/19/bombshell-united-healthcare-may-exit-individual-insurance-exchanges-after-2016/

The Supreme Court Just Reached a Historic Milestone It Never Wanted to Achieve

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

I am surprised the disapproval level is not much higher.

The court has screwed the pooch twice on Obamacare and big time on the Homosexual marriage case.

Public disapproval of the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a new high, just as the court is set to begin its fall term on Monday.

According to a newly-released poll from Gallup, 50% of Americans disapprove of the high court, while just 45% of Americans approve of the job the court’s doing.

The change in approval and disapproval is significant considering that the court, a supposedly unbiased body, traditionally had an approval rating greater than 50%. Gallup does note two exceptions, however:

“[A]n approval rating of 48% in June 2008, and a record low of 42% in June 2005 after the court ruled against Susette Kelo in an eminent domain case.”

Image credit: Gallup

Image credit: Gallup

Among partisan lines, the divide of approval and disapproval is even greater.

Following the court’s last term, which ruled in favor of legal same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, Republican approval of the court sank to an all-time low, while Democratic support rose to a new high.

The court is set to take on a few high profile and controversial cases this term. Those cases include the issues of abortion clinics, affirmative action, unions, and the death penalty.

 

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