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Report: Without Subsidies, ObamaCare Enrollment in Death Spiral

“Without [ObamaCare’s] premium support, premiums rise by nearly 45 percent, and enrollment falls by nearly 70 percent,” says a report by RAND Health.

The analysis is part of an evaluation commissioned by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency in charge of ObamaCare implementation.

The report’s publication follows on news that a federal district judge in Oklahoma ruled ObamaCare’s premium support (i.e. subsidies) mechanism is not available in states that use Healthcare.gov, the federal ObamaCare exchange. According to the text of the law, eligibility for subsidies depends on a citizen’s state operating its own exchange. If the law’s plain meaning is followed, RAND’s analysis will apply to citizens in more than half of the states.

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October 21, 2014 • 01:50 pm

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On Questioning the Administration's Ebola Response:
 
 

"[I]t's up to Republicans to expose the bureaucracies and criticize the orthodoxies -- to ask why visas for travel to the United States are still being issued in West Africa and why American military forces are being deployed there without a workable plan or intelligible purpose, why CDC spending priorities are so skewed and CDC management so weak, and why here at home routine police powers aren't being used and routine public health measures aren't being implemented.

"Republicans can also point to an alternate path. They can draw upon genuine experts to explain what should be done. ...

"'Don'€™t politicize the tragedy of Ebola,' the liberal media will say. To the contrary, we say: Don'€™t be afraid to politicize the Ebola crisis -- but in the right way. What we need is politicization rightly understood, in which the opposition party exposes the failures of the administration in power and lays out a path to a better response. In so doing, conservatives -- who don'€™t worship at the altar of liberal bureaucracy and aren'€™t intimidated by the dogmas of progressive orthodoxy -- can make a case for their ability to effectively and faithfully discharge the duties of public office in the 21st century."

 
 
— William Kristol, The Weekly Standard Editor
— William Kristol, The Weekly Standard Editor
Posted October 21, 2014 • 11:48 am
 
 
On the White House's Ebola Messaging Problem:
 
 

"Much public skepticism about the government's response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video message early last month on stopping the virus, for example, President Obama asserted that 'we know how to do it.' He was wrong. ...

"To fix his messaging problem, President Obama has appointed political fixer Ron Klain as its new Ebola response 'czar.' Mr. Klain's most significant contribution to public-health spin control came when he was Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff during one of the worst public-health communications missteps of recent memory. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, Mr. Biden said on NBC'€™s 'Today' show that 'I wouldn'€™t go anywhere in confined places now.' The White House press office scrambled to walk back Mr. Biden's words, which threatened to disrupt public transportation and air travel."

 
 
— Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA Deputy Commissioner and Tevi Troy, Former HHS Deputy Secretary
— Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA Deputy Commissioner and Tevi Troy, Former HHS Deputy Secretary
Posted October 20, 2014 • 11:48 am
 
 
On a Change of Fodder for Late-Night Comics:
 
 

"Something peculiar has happened. As I write, none of the Republican candidates for Senate has become a public embarrassment. On the contrary: For the first time in a decade, it is the Democratic candidates, not the Republican ones, who are fodder for late-night comics. That the Democrats are committing gaffes and causing scandals at a higher rate than Republicans not only may be decisive in the battle for the Senate. It could signal a change in our politics at large. ...

"There is plenty of time for Republicans to have a Macaca moment. But right now, as of October 17, 2014, the Republican Senate candidates have performed better than they have in years. For the moment, today, as you read this, the Democratic candidates are the jokes.

"Savor it."

 
 
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
Posted October 17, 2014 • 11:32 am
 
 
On America's Dangerous Ebola Advice:
 
 

"Early on, official narratives from the CDC and the president loudly assured Americans that they could catch Ebola only from 'close contact' with exotic 'bodily fluids' like blood and semen. Americans were simultaneously assured that there was no way you could catch Ebola on, say, a bus or a plane, and that they were silly and paranoid to think otherwise. Later, of course, the CDC quietly admitted that the Ebola virus can survive on dried surfaces for hours and could even potentially be passed through a sneeze.

"Oh, well. Details, details. The official, high-level strategy to combat Ebola -- which, it bears repeating, is a contagious virus that can literally liquefy your insides -- appears to be the same foolproof strategy that was recently used to not lock the front door of the White House. It is, in other words, completely devoid of common sense."

 
 
— Heather Wilhelm, Real Clear Politics
— Heather Wilhelm, Real Clear Politics
Posted October 16, 2014 • 11:33 am
 
 
On Obama's 'Blizzard of Lies':
 
 

"In 1996, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire published a column, 'Blizzard of lies,' in which he laid out a series of falsehoods by Hillary Rodham Clinton and declared 'Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady -€” a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation -€” is a congenital liar.'

"Today, Americans of all political stripes are coming to a similar, sad realization about our president. A recent Fox News poll asked Americans 'How often does Barack Obama lie to the country on important matters?' Thirty-seven percent said 'most of the time,' 24 percent said 'some of the time,' and 20 percent said 'only now and then.' Just 15% said 'never.'

"Think about that: 81 percent of Americans believe that Obama lies to them at least 'now and then' on 'important matters.'

"That is simply stunning."

 
 
— Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
— Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
Posted October 15, 2014 • 11:36 am
 
 
On the House of Representatives Following the Midterm Elections:
 
 

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats' high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality.

"The question now is not whether Republicans hold the House - that's a given. Rather, it's how many seats could the GOP add to its majority on Election Day? And how close could it get to its post-World War II high of 246 in Harry S. Truman's administration?"

 
 
— Donna Cassata, Associated Press
— Donna Cassata, Associated Press
Posted October 14, 2014 • 11:53 am
 
 
On the Invisible Name on the November Ballot:
 
 

"'I am not on the ballot this fall,' Obama proclaimed recently. 'But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.'

"For swing-state Democrats, this is the worst of both worlds. Without Obama at the top of the ticket, they fear the president's most loyal supporters won'€™t turn out, while Republicans and independents will flock to the polls to register their opinion of an administration that has pursued a tepid foreign policy while aggressively insinuating itself into the lives of ordinary Americans.

"The polls show this dynamic. In every one of the nine tossup Senate races except Kansas, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to consider 2014 a referendum on Obama. At a recent Hoover Institution conference, Stanford political scientist Douglas Rivers put it this way: 'There is no overriding issue other than that Republicans don'€™t like Obama and Democrats are lukewarm about Obama.'"

 
 
— Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics Washington Bureau Chief
— Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics Washington Bureau Chief
Posted October 13, 2014 • 11:53 am
 
 
On War and Indecision in the Middle East:
 
 

"Obama has committed the U.S. to war on the Islamic State. To then allow within a month an allied enclave to be overrun -- and perhaps annihilated -- would be a major blow.

"Guerrilla war is a test of wills. Obama's actual objectives -- rollback in Iraq, containment in Syria -- are not unreasonable. But they require commitment and determination. In other words, will. You can't just make one speech declaring war, then disappear and go fundraising.

"The indecisiveness and ambivalence so devastatingly described by both of Obama's previous secretaries of defense, Leon Panetta and Bob Gates, are already beginning to characterize the Syria campaign.

"The Iraquis can see it. The Kurds can feel it. The jihadists are counting on it."

 
 
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated columnist
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated columnist
Posted October 10, 2014 • 11:57 am
 
 
On White House Links to 2012 Columbian Prostitution Scandal:
 
 

"As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

"But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member -- yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

"The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and firsthand accounts -- the same types of evidence the agency and military relied on to determine who in their ranks was involved."

 
 
— Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura, The Washington Post
— Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura, The Washington Post
Posted October 09, 2014 • 11:52 am
 
 
On Obama's Delays and Indecision in the Middle East:
 
 

"Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"In an interviewed published Tuesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner, allowed ISIL to build up its strength.

"'[W]e waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,' he said, using an alternate name for the terrorist group. 'Then when [ISIL] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn'€™t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.'"

 
 
— Jonathan Topaz, Politico
— Jonathan Topaz, Politico
Posted October 08, 2014 • 12:11 pm
 
Question of the Week   
Which of the following Cold War events led to the establishment of the “Hotline,” a direct telephone link between the White House and the Kremlin?
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"[I]t's up to Republicans to expose the bureaucracies and criticize the orthodoxies -- to ask why visas for travel to the United States are still being issued in West Africa and why American military forces are being deployed there without a workable plan or intelligible purpose, why CDC spending priorities are so skewed and CDC management so weak, and why here at home routine police powers aren't…[more]
 
 
—William Kristol, The Weekly Standard Editor
— William Kristol, The Weekly Standard Editor
 
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In dealing with deadly and difficult-to-curtail infectious diseases such as Ebola, should government-imposed travel bans and quarantines supersede civil liberty and other concerns?