DANIEL GREENFIELD: FIXING THE NEWS

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/fixing-the-news/print/ The media spends almost as much time covering various debates about how to “fix the news” as it does itself and the treatment of Ezra Klein’s announcement that he is leaving the Washington Post to create a political blog for Vox Media (co-founded by the creator of Daily Kos) is a perfect example of […]

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: THE POISON OF POSTMODERN LYING ***

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/369820/poison-postmodern-lying-victor-davis-hanson When truth is relative, political expediency becomes the truth. All presidents have, at one time or another, fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their résumés and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore — a reflection of the […]

JEFFREY SINGER: THE ACA- A TRAINWRECK AND A LIE

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/369891/print

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama repeated one of the biggest lies behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it wasn’t that you could keep your health-care plan or your current doctor. In fact, most people don’t even know it’s a lie.

That became obvious when he received a standing ovation after saying it: “Because of this law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain, or cancer.” The president and his supporters keep pretending that, before the ACA, an insurance company could drop individual policyholders, when in reality it could not.

Comes as a shock, doesn’t it? But the truth is that for decades there have been safeguards in our health-insurance system to protect people just like the physician’s assistant, Amanda Shelley, mentioned by the president.

Before 1996, if you purchased individual health insurance through a broker, you would have been offered a “guaranteed renewability” option. This would guarantee that your policy could not be canceled if you developed an expensive and chronic condition. The insurance company would also have to renew the policy on its anniversary date without charging a higher premium because of the chronic condition. This option was so popular that, by 1996, 75 percent of people buying individual health insurance also bought the guaranteed-renewability option.

Then, in 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Among HIPAA’s many mandates was the requirement that all individual insurance plans have guaranteed renewability. It also prohibited all group health-insurance plans sold to businesses from denying coverage to individuals because of preexisting conditions.

And so, for the past 18 years, all insurance companies have been legally forbidden from dropping an individual policyholder who developed a chronic illness and have not been able to raise anyone’s rate because of it.

MARK KRIKORAN: ENFORCEMENT FIRST….THEN AMNESTY IMMIGRATION

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/369869/enforcement-then-amnesty-immigration-mark-krikorian President Obama’s State of the Union address all but ignored immigration, so as not to further complicate Speaker Boehner’s efforts to get the House GOP to pass an amnesty and increases in immigration. In furtherance of those efforts, House Republicans will discuss immigration this afternoon at their annual retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The […]

OBAMA’S INSURANCE COMPANY BAILOUT: BETSY MCCAUGHEY, PHD

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/obamacares-insurance-company-bailout?f=puball Last Thursday, Moody’s rating agency downgraded its outlook for the health-insurance industry from stable to negative, blaming ObamaCare. Few will shed any tears for insurance companies – but John Q Public is about to get clobbered again, thanks to a taxpayer bailout of the insurers written into the ObamaCare law. Section 1342 of the […]

ALAN CARUBA: CLIMATE WARMING? A VERY COLD REALITY ****

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/a-very-cold-reality It’s not as if those in the Northeast have not experienced bone-chilling cold or that it is predicted to extend from the Midwest down into our southern States. There may possibly be a snow storm that will require the National Football League to reschedule the Sunday, February 2nd Superbowl at the MetLife stadium in […]

DIANA WEST: SO THAT’S WHY BUSH WANTED TO PREVENT ISRAEL FROM ATTACKING IRANIAN NUKES

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2759/So-Thats-Why-Bush-Wanted-to-Prevent-Israel-From-Attacking-Iranian-Nukes.aspx The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus has extracted some other items of interest from Robert Gates’ book, Duty (noted earlier here). These include the forgotten fact that the Bush administration discussed withdrawing the “surge” in Iraq even as it was getting underway, much as the Obama administration would do more emphatically vis a vis Afghanistan. […]

NOTES ON THE SOTU: SYDNEY WILLIAMS….SEE NOTE PLEASE

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More than anything, the State of the Union is a chance to see and be seen. Even those on the Republican side of the aisle vie for seats on the aisle, so their constituents can see them shaking hands with the President they have vowed to oppose. It is an opportunity for this President to use the soaring rhetoric, which is his greatest strength, and to bask in the applause of those who fervently admire him, as well as from those who despise him, but who do not to appear small-minded.

The Constitution, in Article II, Section 3 states: “He [the President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The founders would be appalled at the imperial extravaganza that annual message now entails. In the last few decades this event, of a republican country, has assumed the trappings of the royal Court at Versailles in the years just preceding the French Revolution.

Mr. Obama is fond of his voice, so he speaks for a long time, giving little consideration to the overweight and out-of-shape Congressional members and others who are required by custom to be there, and who must leap from their seats every minute or so, exhausting themselves as though they had been in a spinning class. They look like the teenage girls who once did the same thing for Frank Sinatra and the Beatles. The difference is that the girls’ enthusiasm was real, while what we see from our comfortable seats in our homes is often feigned.

WHO IS THE EXTREMIST? SYDNEY WILLIAMS ****

We live in a in a pluralistic country. New York State, with a population of about 19.6 million people encompasses people from across the political, economic, social and religious spectrums. Governor Cuomo acted like an elitist and nativist when he said that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay…have no place in the state of […]

SARAH HONIG: MORAL OBTUSENESS

http://sarahhonig.com/2014/01/29/moral-obtuseness/ Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the European Commission, issued a statement on January 27 marking international Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was commendable that the EU at all chose to note the day, but what Ashton said on its behalf was surreal. She managed to […]