60 Minutes does Obamacare

Featured image 60 Minutes turned its attention to Obamacare in a story reported by Lesley Stahl and produced by Rich Bonin this past Sunday. The segment promoted Steven Brill’s new book on Obamacare. According to Stahl and Brill, Obamacare’s great failure is its lack of price controls. Assuming price controls to be a great good — one of those great goods without a downside — the segment allocated no blame to Obama. »

Take Pity on the Pity Party

Featured image Don’t miss Bill Voegeli in today’s edition of The Weekly Standard on the “Liars’ Remorse” of Democrats over the ongoing albatross of Obamacare, but you should also take in the second installment of Voegeli’s conversation with Charles Kesler on The American Mind about how liberals understand “compassion,” based on his book The Pity Party (about 12 minutes): »

Schadenfreude on the Charles

Featured image Many conservatives are chuckling over this New York Times story about the impact Obamacare is having on Harvard’s health care plan: “Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty.” Heh. It was easier to promote Obamacare when they thought it was only going to apply to others: For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits »

Obamacare and the deterioration of private health insurance

Featured image Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell write in USA Today about a “reversal of fortunes” in health care. It seems that “poor, long-uninsured patients are getting Medicaid through Obamacare and finally coming to [doctors] for care, but middle-class workers are increasingly staying away.” They are staying away because, according to Ungar and O’Donnell, “coverage [under employer provided health insurance plans] long considered the gold standard of health insurance now often requires »

Obamacare in 2015

Featured image Tevi Troy says that 2015 is shaping up as Obamacare’s worst year. That’s quite a statement, considering how bad a year it had in 2014 — roll-out problems, false claims of 7 million enrollees, and the defeat of congressional supporters of the legislation. The key challenge to Obamacare in 2015 will come in the Supreme Court. A defeat there would certainly make 2015 a potentially near-fatal year for Obama’s only »

About that 5% GDP Growth Rate…

Featured image Just before Christmas, the Commerce Department announced that third quarter GDP growth came in at an upwardly-revised 5% annual rate. Nearly everyone hailed this as wonderful economic news. The New York Times celebrated the apparent return to rapid growth: [H]ere, for the holidays, is the festive news: The economy roared ahead at a 5 percent annual growth rate in the July through September quarter, the fastest quarterly growth since 2003. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns to comment on GRUBER: THE POLITICAL EQUIVALENT OF EX-LAX. She writes: I grew up in the Fiber-Free Fifties. With a steady diet of Jello, Twix, Wonder Bread, and Velveeta, small wonder laxative ads were prominent on television. Housewives discussed the issue openly in commercials, usually with their pharmacists and often volunteering that their husbands who were standing right there, humiliated, also had issues with regularity. One popular »

The man with the Gruber vids

Featured image James O’Keefe has just released a video featuring an interview of the man who brought the videos of MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber to public attention. The interview with “Rich” — the man who — is on camera, but behind a shield of anonymity. During the interview, “Rich” explains that Obamacare enacts a covert agenda: a two-hundred-and-fifty billion dollar per year tax grab. O’Keefe’s video provides a handy »

Grubered Again

Featured image I think “Grubered” should enter the modern political vocabulary along side “Borked.”  If “Borked” has come to mean “obstruct (someone, especially a candidate for public office) through systematic defamation or vilification,” then “Grubered” will mean “systematic defamation or vilification of oneself through one’s own words.” Over on TownHall Katie Pavlich has rounded several more videos where Gruber contradicts what he told the House committee earlier this week, namely, his disclaiming »

Dr. Gruber regrets

Featured image Listening to MIT Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber testify before the House Oversight Committee yesterday, we were treated to the full panoply of the Watergate variations. The text of Gruber’s opening statement is posted here, C-SPAN video of the entire hearing is posted with automated transcript here. Gruber groveled. Gruber regretted. Gruber apologized. Gruber was sorry. Gruber pleaded guilty — to vacuous offenses against taste, such as inexcusable arrogance and inappropriate »

Dr. Schumer’s weak, retrospective prescription

Featured image Chuck Schumer has caused a bit of a stir by stating that the Democrats erred in pushing through Obamacare. “Unfortunately,” said Schumer “Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them [in the 2008 election]. We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.” According to Schumer, Democrats should have focused on aiding the middle class in order to build confidence among »

Ultimate #Grubergate

Featured image Phil Kerpen et al. at American Commitment have compiled a mashup of videos that helps explain the phenomenon of Grubergate. Kerpen calls the video below “the ultimate Grubergate compilation.” The video is both instructive and entertaining. It takes a playful tone with a musical soundtrack befitting light comedy, but the video is, as Noah Rothman observes, enraging. What we have here is the residue of Gruberite sludge generated for the »

Hitler finds out Field Marshal Gruber spilled the beans

Featured image In the video below, we catch a glimpse of Hitler’s reaction to the Grubergate videos. I’d love to see Obama’s reaction. It can’t be too far off from what is depicted here. I can’t help myself; I think the video is funny as hell. The thing is full of quotable quotes, but I’m picking this one: “Even Ron Fournier knows we think he’s stupid.” Video via Pitchfork Patriots. »

Boehner hires anti-executive power extremist to represent House in Obamacare suit

Featured image The House of Representative has chosen law professor Jonathan Turley to represent it in a lawsuit against the Obama administration. The suit challenges changes the administration made to Obamacare without congressional authorization. The hiring of Turley has been praised by some conservatives because Turley is a liberal. He voted for Obama in 2008, supports national health care, and so forth. Turley’s status as a liberal may, indeed, be one reason »

Grubergate and the Romney Blowback [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Talk of running Mitt Romney again in 2016 has died down in the aftermath of the mid-term election, where so many potential candidates look a lot stronger now, but the last nail in the coffin of a Romney repeat is his connection with Jonathan Gruber.  The video below, put together by the Obama campaign in 2012, uses Gruber extensively to attack Romney (which, once again, shows that the White House »

Gruber, who? Gruber, the guru

Featured image Steve Rattner was known as the Obama administration’s “car czar.” He served as the president’s chief adviser on the auto industry and he headed up the Cash for Clunkers program. Rattner should know an Obama administration policy architect when he sees one. Rattner saw one in Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who has been caught on tape disclosing the dishonesty behind the venture, and who must therefore be relegated to »

#Grubergate for dummies

Featured image What is Grubergate all about? It’s about more than Gruber’s obnoxious account of the passage of Obamacare, an account that exposes the illegitimacy of the law’s enactment. It is about more than the corruption through which he has profited handsomely in selling the law. It is about more than the sewage intended for the consumption of the American public that he pumped out for distribution by the White House, by »