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Suspicious Timing of Census Bureau’s New Health Insurance Questions Helps ObamaCare

After compiling three decades-worth of responses to health insurance questions, the U.S. Census Bureau is about to implement a new version that will make it impossible to compare insurance coverage data before and after ObamaCare.

Coincidence?

It gets better.

“An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a ‘total revision to health insurance questions,’ and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured,” reports the New York Times.

In practical terms this means “it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.”

According to the Times, the new survey has been in the works for awhile. But there is no explanation given for…[more]

April 15, 2014 • 06:31 pm

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On Obama Administration Tax Increases:
 
 

"Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015. 

The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare. 

'History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do,' said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform."

 
 
— Max Velthoven, John Kartch and Ryan Ellis, Americans for Tax Reform
— Max Velthoven, John Kartch and Ryan Ellis, Americans for Tax Reform
Posted April 15, 2014 • 07:58 am
 
 
On AG Holder's Department of Justice:
 
 

"A veteran Justice Department lawyer says that Attorney General Eric Holder has politicized the department in a way he hadn’t seen before. In short, 'Holder is the worst person to hold the position of attorney general since the disgraced John Mitchell.' 

"Now in his sixth year as attorney general, Holder has increasingly tilted the department in an ideological direction. ... 

"Of course, when you call Holder out on his biases and selective enforcement, he cries racism. ...   

"Congress is angry at Holder not because of race, but because justice is only reserved for his Democratic allies.

"His only respect for the law is his belief that he and President Obama are above it."

 
 
— John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky, Co-authors of “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department”
— John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky, Co-authors of “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department”
Posted April 14, 2014 • 08:14 am
 
 
On Global Warming Thought Police:
 
 

"Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Post, demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy. 

"The column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. 

"The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced."

 
 
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist
Posted April 11, 2014 • 07:56 am
 
 
On the IRS Scandal and Minority House Oversight Committee Communications:
 
 

"New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings' staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.  

"Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

"'Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,' the letter to Cummings states. 'As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.'"

 
 
— Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com News Editor
— Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com News Editor
Posted April 10, 2014 • 08:04 am
 
 
On the Democrats' War-on-Women Baiting:
 
 

"It’s an election year, which means the Democrats’ crass politicization of important women’s issues is gearing up once more. ... 

"By reintroducing political documents disguised as legislation that doesn’t actually solve a problem, and then screaming about the anti-women Republicans who have the audacity to question whether or not these bills are necessary or effective, they’ve turned women into political pawns in an effort to distract voters from economic policies that have failed women — and men — in nearly every aspect of their daily lives. ... 

"The cost of college tuition is at an all-time high, as is student debt. And many experts are bracing for the cost of health-insurance premiums to skyrocket under Obamacare.  

"But never mind all that — the President wants you to know he supports women, and those meanies in the GOP don’t."

 
 
— S.E. Cupp, New York Daily News
— S.E. Cupp, New York Daily News
Posted April 09, 2014 • 07:43 am
 
 
On the Gender Wage Gap Myth:
 
 

"If women were paid 77 cents on the dollar, a profit-oriented firm could dramatically cut labor costs by replacing male employees with females. Progressives assume that businesses nickel-and-dime suppliers, customers, consultants, anyone with whom they come into contact — yet ignore a great opportunity to reduce wages costs by 23%. They don't ignore the opportunity because it doesn't exist. Women are not in fact paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men. 

"Administration officials are (very) occasionally challenged on their discrimination claims. The reply is that even if lower average female pay is a result of women's choices, those choices are themselves driven by discrimination. Yet the choice of college major is quite free, and many colleges recruit women into high-paying science or math majors. Likewise, many women prefer to stay home with their children. If doing so allows their husbands to maximize their own earnings, it's not clear that the families are worse off. It makes no sense to sue employers for choices made by women years or decades earlier. 

"The administration's claims regarding the gender pay gap are faulty, and its proposal to make it easier for women to sue employers for equal pay would create a disincentive for firms to hire women."

 
 
— Mark J. Perry and Andrew G. Biggs, American Enterprise Institute
— Mark J. Perry and Andrew G. Biggs, American Enterprise Institute
Posted April 08, 2014 • 08:13 am
 
 
On Uncovering the Truth About Benghazi:
 
 

"Last week's encounter between former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence may have brought us a bit closer to the truth of how four Americans came to be killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how their countrymen came to be lied to about it. But the progress toward truth was probably not made in a way that Mr. Morell intended. The encounter on Capitol Hill also made clear that the forum that will take us all the way to the truth must be something other than a congressional hearing. ... 

"The Kabuki of a House intelligence hearing — with the witness delivering prepared remarks and committee members keeping one eye on the television cameras and relying on small staffs with many other responsibilities, questioning in five-minute bursts — is not suited to the sustained and focused effort necessary to test a witness's story and to pursue leads, even for members who wish to conduct a serious inquiry. The rules of Congress permit the appointment of a select committee to investigate a particular topic when circumstances warrant — a committee staffed for the job and with no other mandate. Notwithstanding Secretary Clinton's immortal 'what difference at this point does it make?,' the creation of such a committee is overdue."

 
 
— Michael B. Mukasey, Former U.S. Attorney General
— Michael B. Mukasey, Former U.S. Attorney General
Posted April 07, 2014 • 07:53 am
 
 
On Upcoming Senate Midterm Elections:
 
 

"Right now, the Senate midterms feature crucial races between well-known, well-defined Democrat incumbents and lesser-known, largely undefined Republicans. The political map and landscape favors the GOP. But dislodging a sitting U.S. senator is hard — and Republican hopes of taking the Senate depends on doing exactly that. Republicans should be encouraged but not complacent. Mr. Reid and his allies will make certain these races get very intense and very ugly soon."

 
 
— Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
— Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
Posted April 04, 2014 • 08:26 am
 
 
On Campaign Finance Restrictions and Political Speech:
 
 

"The Supreme Court took another step toward protecting political speech Tuesday by rejecting arbitrary campaign-finance restrictions. In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Court struck down an aggregate limit Americans can contribute to political figures during an election cycle. ... 

"Ultimately, this decision is a significant victory for the First Amendment. Perhaps more important than the immediate result is the insistence that the government must have an actual, rather than conjectural, theory of corruption to be prevented. The 'monsters under the bed' theory of constitutional jurisprudence seems headed for the dustbin.

"As Justice Roberts wrote, 'If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests, and Nazi parades — despite the profound offense such spectacles cause — it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.'"

 
 
— Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former Federal Election Commission Chairman
— Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former Federal Election Commission Chairman
Posted April 03, 2014 • 08:04 am
 
 
On ObamaCare's 7 Million:
 
 

"All the 7 million number the White House will be touting for months to come really achieves is an end to the 'website is broken' storyline which began unexpectedly last fall. Opponents of the law, who had expected all the other disruptions that Obamacare spawned (the substance story of people losing their plans, losing access to their doctors, the broad disruption to employers and employees), were given an additional process story in the broken exchange and bungled launch and collapsing state exchanges. That latter storyline overwhelmed people in both parties – it was such a public faceplant that it made things seem even worse. But it was also a story that was destined to end eventually – indeed, it’s surprising it lasted for a full six months! – and it has largely ended due to all the exemptions, waivers, loopholes, and extensions the Obama Administration has slapped all over this launch process, like using bumper stickers to hold a jalopy together. 

"This is why talk of the 7 million figure as salvation from supporters of the law is completely bonkers: all you did was meet your lowered policy expectations."

 
 
— Benjamin Domenech, Heartland Institute Senior Fellow and Publisher of The Federalist
— Benjamin Domenech, Heartland Institute Senior Fellow and Publisher of The Federalist
Posted April 02, 2014 • 08:17 am
 
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"Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.  The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare. 'History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list…[more]
 
 
—Max Velthoven, John Kartch and Ryan Ellis, Americans for Tax Reform
— Max Velthoven, John Kartch and Ryan Ellis, Americans for Tax Reform
 
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