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Obamacare: If you like your plan you can keep it…unless HHS decides to change it

November 22, 2014

obamacare-logo_full  We all remember Barack Obama’s promise that under his healthcare proposal if you liked your healthcare plan you would be able to keep your healthcare plan, right? And we also remember his promise that the average family would save about $2,500 in healthcare premiums, right?

  Of course we do but things did not pan out that way did they? In the case of the former many people lost their healthcare coverage and in the case of the latter healthcare premiums continue to rise.

  The Department of Health and Human Services has come up with an ingenious way to hide the premium increases for those who signed up for healthcare insurance using the exchanges.

  Here is more about the proposed changes in Obamacare’s auto-renewal policy:

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House Intelligence Committee releases its Benghazi report

November 22, 2014

 The House Intelligence Committee has released its final report on the investigation into the Benghazi scandal.

  Here are the major findings from the investigation:

  1. There is no evidence of an intelligence failure. Prior to the Benghazi attacks, the CIA provided sufficient strategic warning of the deteriorating threat environment to U.S. decision-makers, including those at the State Department. 
  2. CIA provided sufficient security personnel, resources, and equipment to defend against the known terrorist threat and to enable CIA operations in Benghazi.
  3. State Department security personnel, resources, and equipment were unable to counter the terrorist threat that day, and they required CIA assistance.
  4. The CIA was not collecting and shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
  5. A mixed group including members of al-Qa’ida in the lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), the Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN), Ansar Al-Sharia (AAS), and Abu Abaydah Ibn Jarah Battalion (UJB) participated in the attacks, along with Qadafi loyalists.
  6. Appropriate personnel on the ground in Benghazi made the decision to send CIA officers to rescue the State Department officers at the TMF.
  7. Although some security officers voiced a greater urgency to depart for the TMF, no officer at CIA was ever told to stand down.
  8. The decision to send CIA officers from Tripoli to Benghazi to rescue the Ambassador and bolster security of the U.S. personnel in Benghazi was a tactical decision appropriately made by the senior officers on the ground.
  9. The Tripoli team’s decision not to move to the hospital to retrieve Ambassador Stevens was based on the best intelligence at the time.
  10. The CIA received all military support that was available. Neither the CIA nor DOD denied requests for air support. One CIA security officer requested a Spectre gunship that he believed was available, but his commanding officer did not relay the request because he correctly knew the gunship was not available.
  11. Ambassador Rice’s September 16 public statements about the existence of a protest, as well as some of the underlying intelligence reports, turned out to be inaccurate.
  12. Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell made significant changes to the talking points.
  13. CIA’s Office of Public Affairs also made substantive changes to the talking points by removing the reference to “ties to al-Qa’ida” in the second bullet of the original draft.
  14. Overall, the CIA could have placed more weight on eyewitness sources on the ground and should have challenged its initial assessments about the existence of a protest earlier.
  15. CIA did not intimidate or prevent any officer from speaking to Congress or otherwise telling his story.
  16. There is no evidence that the CIA conducted any unusual polygraph exams related to Benghazi.
  17. While at times the agencies were slow to respond, ultimately the CIA, NCTC, FBI and other Executive Branch agencies fully cooperated with the Committee’s investigation.

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DHS issues new deportation rules after Barack Obama’s immigration Executive Order

November 22, 2014

 It is only natural that after Barack Obama issued his illegal immigration/amnesty Proclamation that the Department of Homeland Security would have to release new rules concerning illegal immigration and deportation and that is exactly what the agency has done.

  Here is more:

The Department of Homeland Security has just released new “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Designed to fill in the details after President Obama’s announcement that at least four million currently illegal immigrants will be given work permits, Social Security numbers and protection from deportation, the DHS guidelines are instructions for the nation’s immigration and border security officers as they administer the president’s directive.

  First the good news, if you believe these rules will be enforced that is:

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Barack Obama quietly extends the war in Afghanistan

November 22, 2014

 Back in May in the Rose Garden, and to much fanfare, Barack Obama announced that he was ending the war in Afghanistan at the close of 2014. He told the American people that there would be some troops left behind which were going to be used to train Afghans, but combat missions were over.

  Then, during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, he assured the troops the war was ending and he even went on to say this:

He cited progress in Afghanistan, adding, “I will be honest with you, it has gone better than I might have expected a year ago.”

  Finally after six years in office the President was able to make good on this campaign promise. But that was then and this is now. Things are apparently not going better than he expected any longer, as he stated above, because the New York Times is reporting that Barack Obama has quietly reversed his decision and the combat mission will be extended through 2015. What happens then, well that is anyone’s guess.

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Gunrunner: Newly released emails show the White House and the DOJ targeted Sharyl Attkisson

November 22, 2014

fastandfuriouscoverup_12 With Eric Holder officially on the way out we are now starting to get some interesting revelations on the Department of Injustice’s probable role in trying to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal. Perhaps the emails which Barack Obama tried to hide through Executive Privilege–which a judge ordered released–are beginning to give us an insight into how far the regime was willing to go in order to hide what was really going on in arming Mexican drug cartels. It appears as if Eric Holder is leaving just in time, could it be related to these documents?

  Judicial Watch received another 42,000 pages of documents last week and is now reporting that the DOJ and the White House targeted Sharyl Attkisson because they felt she was “out of control.” Of course by out of control they meant she was doing her job…

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The IRS has recovered 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s missing emails

November 21, 2014

 After claiming for months that Lois Lerner’s lost emails were most likely gone for good the IRS has notified Darrell Issa that they have recovered up to 3o,ooo of the emails in question.

  Here is more:

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

In June Koskinen told Congress the emails were probably lost for good because the disaster recovery tape holds onto the data for only six months. He said even if the IRS had sought the emails within the six-month period, it would have been a complicated and difficult process to produce them from the tapes.

  This is good news of course, but does anyone find it interesting that the emails which were supposedly gone forever before the mid-term election were recovered so shortly after the election was over?

  Yeah, me too…

Vermont dumps Jonathan Gruber over his “stupidity of the American voters” comment

November 20, 2014

  Consider this to be your feel-good story in a week which has been less than stellar to say the least. In the wake of Jonathan Gruber’s “the stupidity of the American voters” comment controversy, and all that has ensued since then, the state of Vermont has terminated its contract with the beleaguered Obamacare architect.

  Here is more:

Following an embarrassing string of missteps, Vermont has stopped paying controversial economist Jonathan Gruber for his work on the Affordable Care Act.

A spokesman for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday that the state would no longer pay the ObamaCare architect.

 “As the Governor and I have said, the comments by Mr. Gruber are offensive, inappropriate and do not reflect the thinking of this administration or how we do things in Vermont,” Lawrence Miller, said Wednesday in a statement. “As we have also said, we need solid economic modeling in order to move forward with health care reform.”

Miller continued that he told Gruber, “that I expect his team to complete the work that we need to provide the legislature and Vermonters with a public health care financing plan. I’ve informed Mr. McGruber [sic] that we will not be paying him any further for his part in completing that work.”

Gruber’s original contract with the state was worth more than $400,000. He’s already been paid $160,000.

The news about Gruber was made public at an informational session for Vermont’s legislators.

  Despite the mainstream media ignoring this story, and despite the leaders of the Democratic party’s Gruber who? defense,  perhaps it will have some repercussions after all.

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