I sometimes write about local New Hampshire politics here on America’s Watchtower because I can do something about what is happening in my state and I like to keep my readers abreast of what is happening here from time to time. I do not generally write about the local politics of other states because I can do nothing about it. (Technically I could send money but I have a deep-seated personal belief that only the voters of a state should contribute to candidates in that state so I refuse to do so.)
However, every once in awhile a story pops up which I cannot ignore and this is one such story.
We all know that sometime after the election Barack Obama is going to use Executive action on illegal immigration, but at this point we do not know what it will entail or how big or sweeping the action will be.
However, if this story is true, we now have an idea what the breadth of the action will be and it looks to be massive.
Here is more:
Whether you like it or not the Ebola “crisis” has predictably turned into a political issue ahead of the 2014 election. Republicans were quick to jump on this issue in order to highlight Barack Obama’s lack of leadership and the Democrats jumped on this to show the American people that Republican cuts kill.
This is not entirely true, as I pointed out in this post, because in reality the CDC received an 8% increase in spending. they do not have a budget problem, they have a priorities problem.
American Crossroads has released a new ad here in New Hampshire which hits Jeanne Shaheen as being a rubber stamp for Barack Obama’s agenda. In this ad there is a spelling bee and a contestant is asked to spell ‘Shaheen.’
After asking for a definition and for an example of ‘Shaheen’ being used in a sentence the girl spells ‘Shaheen’ O-B-A-M-A and the judges look at each other and say “close enough.”
I got a laugh out of it so I thought I would share it:
Here is the open thread for Sunday, October 19th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.
Last week we covered another 14 stories here at America’s Watchtower. We had lengthy discussions on several posts this week and between blogging, work, and real life I was not able to participate in as much of the discussion as I would have liked to, which is why I simply “liked” several comments I usually would have responded to.
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The Smiths have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so I have decided to use them for the musical selection of the week, however there are so many great songs by this band that I had trouble deciding which one to post.
In the end I decided to post the song which introduced me to The Smiths. Much like the opening guitar riff to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in the ’90’s introduced me to that band, the opening guitar riff of ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ introduced me to The Smiths several years earlier.
Obamacare: Some healthcare exchange enrollees don’t want to use insurance because the deductibles are too high
If we believe the numbers roughly 7-8 millions of people have used the Obamacare exchanges to sign up for healthcare plans. Many of these people had the costs of their plans reduced because they were elegible for government subsidies. (At least right now, the Federal exchange is being challenged in the courts and others may lose their subsides for not estimating their income correctly.)
There was another way that insurance companies used to bring down the price of premiums and that was to increase out of pocket expenses, deductibles, before insurance companies would start paying for some services. In some cases it can be thousands of dollars and according to this New York Times article many people are not using their healthcare plans because they cannot afford to pay up to the deductible level.
The calls for a travel ban into Ebola stricken nations is growing all across the United States but Barack Obama refuses to take this measure because, he claims, this would actually make Americans less safe.
However, according to this report, Barack Obama is secretly preparing to fly foreign Ebola stricken individuals into the United States for treatment.
Here is more: