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Virginia Democrat Calls For Forcing Doctors To Accept Medicare And Medicaid Patients

Virginia Democrat Calls For Forcing Doctors To Accept Medicare And Medicaid Patients

November 2, 2013 | Mason Conservative

You would think that when your party is burying a hole that is getting harder and harder to get out of, you wouldn’t want to that hole get deeper faster.  But here is Kathleen Murphy, Democrat running for the House of Delegates against Barbara Comstock, telling a forum in Great Falls that she believes it should law to force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.  Forced by government decree, mind you.  A birdie sent me this:

FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.  
She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors’ costs.  She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians now and that it is forecast to be 90,000 in a few years.  
Democrats appear to want to make physicians slaves of the state, but Democrats don’t admit they would just drive more doctors out of practice into retirement and other occupations.  The Obamacare law and regulations are causing millions of people to lose their health insurance, drop many doctors and hospitals. The HHS internal forecast is 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance due to the Obamacare law and rules about adequacy of insurance.
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ObamaCare enrollees to join president in Rose Garden

ObamaCare enrollees to join president in Rose Garden

By Justin Sink –   10/20/13 05:12 PM ET

President Obama “will directly address the technical problems” with the  ObamaCare website during a Rose Garden event Monday morning, according to a  White House official.

The president will discuss work continuing “around the clock” to improve the  website, which has been plagued by problems since its launch earlier this month.  According to the White House official, the president and his team find those  troubles “unacceptable.”

The official said the president will be joined by “consumers, small business  owners, and pharmacists,” including individuals who have already enrolled in  ObamaCare online.

Many individuals have reported issues creating accounts on the website, which  allows uninsured Americans to shop for health insurance. Healthcare providers  have also complained that the government has turned over error-riddled data for  those Americans who are able to successfully purchase coverage on the  exchange.

Read more at The Hill

 

As Obamacare exchanges open, Hollywood campaigns to enroll younger people

As Obamacare exchanges open, Hollywood campaigns to enroll younger people

By Katie McHugh 11:23 PM  09/29/2013

The Hollywood humor site “Funny or Die” is rolling out an extended campaign  to encourage young people to enroll in Obamacare exchanges beginning on Monday,  joining a slew of celebrities doing their best to convince the demographic upon  which the program depends to ignore their economic interests and shoulder the  cost of older Americans’ health care.

The studio’s first video, seemingly meant to remind the “young invincible”  demographic of 18 to 35-year olds that freak accidents and grave injuries can  befall them at anytime, depicts “a little girl tumbling head-first off her  rocking horse, a skateboarder’s ill-fated trick, a boy attempting a jump on his  bike and ending up limp on the asphalt,” according to The Chicago Tribune, which viewed a secret  preview of the propaganda campaign on Sept. 20.

“Valerie Jarrett loved this video,” said “Funny or Die” production president  Mike Farah, speaking of the the Secret Service protectee who  is President Barack Obama’s closest senior adviser.

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SiriusXM Host David Webb to Moderate BEAT LAMAR Forum in Nashville

SiriusXM Host David Webb to Moderate BEAT LAMAR Forum in Nashville

Fox News Contributor and SiriusXM Radio Patriot Network talk show host David Webb will moderate this Saturday’s BEAT LAMAR Forum in Nashville, according to event organizers. Webb told Ralph Bristol, host of Nashville’s top conservative talk radio program on his show Tuesday morning that he is delighted to be moderating the event. “I love Music City,” Webb said.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel  in Nashville from 1 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday, August 31. Audience members will be able to ask questions of the three featured speakers, State Representative Joe Carr, Brenda Lenard, and former Williamson County Republican Party chairman Kevin Kookogey. Carr and Lenard are announced candidates and Kookogey is a potential candidate.

The Nashville BEAT LAMAR Forum is one of five forums that will be conducted across the state of Tennessee in which challengers to incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will have an opportunity to make their case to grassroots activists.

The other forums will be held in Memphis on September 7, Chattanooga on September 14, Maryville on September 21, and Johnson City on September 28.

by Breitbart News 27 Aug 2013, 10:25 AM PDT

10 Things You Should Know About The NYC Mayoral Race – Part 2

10 Things You Should Know About The NYC Mayoral Race – Part 2

Bill De Blasio The Most Dangerous Man In New York City

By David Webb and Thomas J. Basile 

When people think about New York City, they think about America –the great melting pot, center of innovation, communication, arts and finance.  Many also think about true blue Democratic politics going back to the days of Tammany Hall and a chicken in every pot.  Fact is no registered Democrat has won City Hall in the Big Apple since 1989.  The results speak for themselves.  Republican leadership, or at the very least more conservative, pragmatic decision-making over the last twenty years have turned the city once insolvent and perceived as ungovernable into the Capital of the World once again.

If the silent majority doesn’t mobilize, this year’s mayoral election may turn the city so sharply to the left, there could be national consequences.  Should the numbers hold, a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday may give New Yorkers a glimpse into a very different future than their recent past.  Bill de Blasio, the most progressive candidate in the race is nearing the 40 percent mark in his crowded field of rather undistinguished Democrat rivals.  He should be considered the most dangerous man in New York.

 

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Congress Didn’t Do Much Before Leaving for Recess, But They Totally Took Care of Commemorative Coins

Congress Didn’t Do Much Before Leaving for Recess, But They Totally Took Care of Commemorative Coins

Obamacare is still standing and there’s been no real action on jobs. But, hey, at least we’ve got some coinage figured out.

By  | August  5, 2013 |  1:33 p.m.

The 112th Congress was one of the least productive Congresses ever. The current, 113th Congress is now off for a five-week summer break, and it’s not doing much better. Twenty-two bills have been passed and sent to the White House since this Congress convened in January—less than the 28 bills the 112th Congress passed by this time last session. Since January, the Senate has passed about 63 bills, and the House has passed about 210. The bills that have made it into law have largely been small: There’s been no big new jobs program, no actual repeal of Obamacare, no immigration reform through both chambers.

But there’s at least one thing that Congress has been able to come together and take action on: the regulation of commemorative coins.

On April 24, the House took up H.R. 1071, with the remarkably unwieldy title of “To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.”

Why take this on? Well, here’s the House Republican Conference with the background:

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With Bloomberg Leaving, New Yorkers Consider a New Nanny

With Bloomberg Leaving, New Yorkers Consider a New Nanny

The future of Big Gulps and Happy Meals are at stake in the campaign to succeed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

By Beth Reinhard | Updated: July 5, 2013

NEW YORK CITY—Next to a fresh produce market offering Tuscan kale, sugar-snap peas, and sour cherries, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn declared war on the Happy Meal.

Her plan to require restaurants that sell kid’s meals loaded with saturated fat and sodium to meet certain nutritional standards comes less than three months after a proposal to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. “Public health is absolutely what New York City’s mayor should be worried about,” she said after Monday’s press conference in the trendy Union Square neighborhood.

For all of the kvetching about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “nanny-state” crusades against smoking, trans fats, sodium, oversized sodas, Styrofoam containers, and even bottle-feeding, there are scarce signs of a backlash in the campaign to succeed him. Quinn is clearly embracing the mayor’s public-health agenda to appeal to his coalition of white and well-heeled voters, while her rivals have raised few objections. Bloomberg’s longtime adversary, Anthony Weiner, who once said that if elected he was “going to have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your [expletive] biking lanes,” has even warmed up to the mayor’s cycling program.

 

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The U.S. Just Became a Global Leader in Fighting Climate Change

The U.S. Just Became a Global Leader in Fighting Climate Change

Other industrial nations expect all talk and no action from Washington. But Obama’s climate plan has them finally taking notice.

By Coral Davenport | Updated: July 1, 2013 | 6:19 a.m.

The U.S. had failed to be a world leader in fighting global warming—until this week.

President Obama’s new climate-change plan, which he unfurled at a speech at Georgetown University, is a messy, second-best affair. It comes only after he failed to move an economy-wide climate-change bill through Congress, and, at its core, the plan relies on a top-down executive mandate to force cuts of carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. It will face legal challenges, cost jobs in coal country, and galvanize his political opponents, from Republicans to the fossil-fuel industry.

But bypassing Congress and using the unpopular tool of executive action also positions Obama to do what no president before him has been able to—show up at the global climate-change negotiating table with a credible, concrete action plan in hand, one that he can use to force action from other nations.

In the past, even when U.S. leaders have had the best of intentions at global climate talks, they have failed to deliver on their promises. That’s because those pledges have relied on action from Congress, which has failed to follow up. In 1997, Vice President Al Gore was hailed as a climate leader at the United Nations summit in Kyoto, Japan, when he signed the historic Kyoto Protocol, the world’s first binding global climate-change treaty. But his credibility took a nosedive after he came home and the Senate voted not to ratify the treaty—ensuring that the U.S., the world’s biggest economy and largest historic global-warming polluter, would not be able to take the lead in combatting the problem.

Obama fell into the same trap in 2009 when he showed up at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, at which nations hoped to forge a true follow-up treaty to Kyoto, one that would include real action from all the major economies. Obama pledged that the U.S. would act—the Senate would soon pass a sweeping climate bill, he said—and standing on that pledge, he attempted to muscle China and India into signing on to binding emissions cuts.

At the time, a Chinese negotiator shared with me his skepticism about Senate passage: “There’s no way Harry Reid will get 60 votes for that,” he said then.

He was right, and Obama’s promise of action from Congress was proven wrong. Senate Majority Leader Reid couldn’t even get all the Democrats in his chamber to vote for the bill, and he abandoned the effort.

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Snowden applies for asylum in Russia: immigration source

Snowden applies for asylum in Russia: immigration source

MOSCOW | Mon Jul 1, 2013 12:36pm EDT

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a Russian immigration source close to the matter said on Monday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his application to a Russian consulate in the transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport late on Sunday.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Steve Gutterman)

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