Democrat Kay Hagan didn’t mince words about the Iraq War during her 2008 Senate campaign against Republican Elizabeth Dole.
“We need to get out of Iraq in a responsible way,” Hagan declared in May of that year. “We need to elect leaders who don’t invade countries without planning and stay there without an end.”
Hagan is striking a different chord these days. (Elections do that, ya know.) Locked in a tough reelection battle, the first-term senator boasts that she’s more strongly supportive of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants than her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, and says she’s been pressing the obama administration to arm Syrian rebels since early last year.
and then blames the intelligence community for failing to inform him. obama, what a leader!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CNN Money, via WCYB TV 5 ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tami Luhby
Get ready to whip out your credit card before you are wheeled into the operating room or undergo an MRI.
Hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront or before they are discharged. That's because Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don't want to get stuck with patients that can't pay.
The policies available on the obamacare exchanges are hastening this trend. Many enrollees are opting for the bronze and silver plans, which often carry deductibles upwards of $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
"The bronze plans are scaring a lot of administrators because the patient liability is so large," said Debra Lowe, administrative director of revenue cycle at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. "Patients are unaware they have this high deductible." (Gotcha! ! !)
Not really. obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015
Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/29/2014 | By CHAD TERHUNE, SANDRA POINDEXTER, DOUG SMITH
Finding a doctor who takes obamacare coverage could be just as frustrating for Californians in 2015 as the health-law expansion enters its second year.
The state's largest health insurers are sticking with their often-criticized narrow networks of doctors, and in some cases they are cutting the number of physicians even more, according to a Times analysis of company data. And the state's insurance exchange, Covered California, still has no comprehensive directory to help consumers match doctors with health plans.
This comes as insurers prepare to enroll hundreds of thousands of new patients this fall and get 1.2 million Californians to renew their policies under obamacare.
Even as California's enrollment grows, many patients continue to complain about being offered fewer choices of doctors and having no easy way to find the ones that are available.
Some consumers have been saddled with huge medical bills after insurers refused to pay for care deemed out of network.
Huntington News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tony Rutherford
obama's "coalition" continues bombing ISIS targets in Syria, but the BBC and Independent both report that ISIS fighters are pushing into Baghdad, the capitol of Iraq.
“The Islamic State are now less than 2 km away from entering Baghdad,” a spokesman for the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation told UK’s the Independent , adding that al-Qaeda militants are bolstering their ranks.
(al-Qaeda? Can't be. obama said al-qaeda "was on the run". Maybe they were running to Baghdad.)
The spokesman continued, “ They said it could never happen and now it almost has. obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well, you only need to be here a very short while to know that they can do very little.
According to a BBC correspondent a standoff continues along the main road to Fallujah, which remains under ISIS control.
Daily Mail ^ | 29 September 2014 | David Martosko,
Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president's daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,' said a national security staffer in the obama administration who is familiar with the content of intelligence briefings. (Ya really don't think a person named Hussein would do anything about the rise if ISIL, do ya?)
And we are supposed to believe our borders are more secure than ever. Of course, obama is a chronic liar, and the fools around here know that, yet still believe his BS. How dumb are these people?
You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name obama came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.
Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports.
obama, being one of them, has a lot to do with it, too.
As obama launches air strikes in Syria, anti-war activists are frustrated that he is getting a pass from groups traditionally opposed to military intervention.
According to the Washington Post, only 22 anti-war activists protested near the White House this week, and "it was the latest display of how obama has neutralized the left."
Left-wing activist David Swanson, "who voted for obama in 2008 before switching to the Green Party," told the Post that "if George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, oh, it would be flooded." But he said liberals give obama a pass because "he’s more eloquent, he’s more intelligent, he’s African American, he bills himself as a constitutional scholar.”
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink said "the black community is traditionally the most antiwar community in this country," but obama has "defanged that sentiment within the black community, or certainly voicing that sentiment.”
Someone has to tell the dopes that if you raise the cost of doing business here, it will be done elsewhere.
The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
Gina McCarthy insists reducing carbon emissions, fighting climate change boost economy. (Insanity)
Gina McCarthy argued Thursday that her home state of Massachusetts is proof you can cut greenhouse gas emissions while fostering economic prosperity, but the Environmental Protection Agency administrator failed to mention the apparent trade-off for consumers: dramatically higher electricity prices.
In a speech promoting obama’s climate change agenda, Ms. McCarthy ignored the fact that New England states — which nearly a decade ago formed the nation’s first regional “cap and trade” system — are dealing with electricity rates more than 35 percent higher than the national average.
She also argued that economic growth goes hand in hand with efforts to reduce carbon and other emissions, but data show no clear correlation between the two. In fact, the nation’s largest emitter, Texas, boasted one of the highest rates of economic growth last year.
obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance even as he leads the nation into a war against Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans expressed disapproval of the White House’s clown occupant — 37 percent of them “strongly.” Just 17 percent strongly approved of obama’s current performance. The poll is based on a five-day rolling average.
The federal government’s obamacare enrollment system has cost about $2.1 billion so far, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis of contracts related to the project. (Efficient, huh?)