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Another Arbitrary Delay for ObamaCare – Hidden in Federal Register

Filed under: General — JD @ 10:38 am

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Remember that whole “if you like your insurance, you will be able to keep it” nonsense? It seems that another one of their favorite talking points, annual caps and no lifetime limits on out-of-pocket costs will be delayed until at least 2015.

First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying on the “honor system” instead. Now comes word that another costly provision of the health law—its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs—will be delayed for one more year.

According to the Congressional Research Service, as of November 2011, the Obama administration had missed as many as one-third of the deadlines, specified by law, under the Affordable Care Act. Here are the details on the latest one.

They keep pushing everything out past the next election cycle. For the same reasons that it had such a tail to begin with. They knew it was going to be horrible.


Teh One’s IRS Continues Heightened Scrutiny of Tea Party

Filed under: General — JD @ 10:31 am

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In the ongoing saga of the phony scandal that Obama and Lerner already acknowledge was wrong, and apologized for, it seems that in a recent deposition it was discovered that the IRS continues, to this day, to place additional scrutiny on Tea Party applications.

Speaking of Lois Lerner, it appears the investigation is expanding to include inquiries of the FEC, her former stomping grounds where she honed her skills at targeting conservatives. On top of that, it seems she used an unofficial email to avoid oversight, shocking isn’t it? Where could she have thought of that idea?

Below are a few excerpts …

Q: “If you saw – I am asking this currently, if today a Tea Party case, a group – a case from a Tea Party group came in to your desk, you received the file and there was no evidence of political activity, would you potentially approve that case? Is that something you would do?”

A:” At this point I would sent it to secondary screening, political advocacy.”

Q: “So, you would treat a Tea Party group as a political advocacy case even if there was no evidence of political activity on the application. Is that right?”

A: “Based on my current manager’s direction, uh-huh.”

and …

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to IRS official Lois Lerner seeking e-mails related to her official duties, in her non-government e-mail account.

“Through the course of the investigation, we have learned that you sent documents related to your official duties from your official IRS e-mail account to an e-mail account labeled ‘Lois Home,’” the letter sent to Lerner states. “This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business.”

“[T]he use of non-official e-mail accounts to conduct official business implicates federal records requirements,” Issa and Jordan continue. “It also creates difficulties in fulfilling the IRS’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act and other litigation requests. Your use of non-official e-mail account also frustrates congressional oversight obligations.”

Fortunately for them, the MFM cares more about gay Russian Olympians, rodeo clowns, and Michelle Obama’s rap album.


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