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GOP: Obama lied about health insurance law

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English: President Barack Obama's signature on...

 

Christian Science Monitor

 

By Brad Knickerbocker Staff writer / November 16, 2013

 

President Obama acknowledges that he was wrong when he said Americans could keep their existing health plans under the Affordable Care Act. He’s apologized, and he’s told insurance companies they should let people keep those plans for a year.

But has that mollified Republicans eager to kill Obamacare, either outright or by draining it of all meaning? No way. If anything, this perceived weakness has them sharpening their political rhetoric.

On Saturday, their designated attacker as much as said Obama lied when he repeatedly assured the public, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

Among the phrases used by Sen. Ron Johnson (R) of Wisconsin in the weekly GOP radio and Internet address: “phony…fraudulent…grand deception…false promises.”

“President Obama’s so-called apology was as phony as his fraudulent marketing of Obamacare,” Sen. Johnson said.

“Those assurances weren’t slight exaggerations or innocent shadings of the truth. They were statements that were fully vetted, coldly calculated, and carefully crafted to deceptively sell your health care plan to a trusting public,” Johnson charged. “It was a political fraud echoed relentlessly by House and Senate Democrats who should be held accountable for the disastrous consequences of their grand deception.”

Consumer fraud this massive in the private sector could – and should – bear serious legal ramifications,” he said. “For President Obama, however, it helped secure enough votes to pass Obamacare, and win reelection.”

Whether or not Obama knew early on that some people would be kicked off their health insurance policies may never be known. There’s no smoking gun – no secret Oval Office tape – so far.

But large numbers of Americans – already fed up with the HealthCare.gov debacle – are not inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Asked whether Obama “knowingly deceived the public when he said that if people liked their health insurance plans they would be able to keep them under the 2010 health care law,” 46 percent of respondents in the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll say “yes,” including 17 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents. (Forty-seven percent say “no.”)

A new Fox News poll came up with similar results: half of those surveyed believe the president knowingly lied when he made the notorious “you can keep it” pledge, nearly 60 percent believe the administration knew ahead of time that people would have their health insurance policies canceled because of the law, and 55 percent think the White House has “tried to deceive” people about it.

With midterm elections around the corner, Republicans are stalking political prey – especially any Democratic incumbents who voted for Obamacare. And they’re using Obama’s “grand deception,” as Sen. Johnson put it Saturday, in politically predatory fashion.

“There’s nothing more damaging than when your word is devalued and people think they were misled,” Rep. Greg Walden, (R) of Oregon, who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP‘s campaign arm, told the Associated Press. “And especially damaging is when it actually affects you and your family. So in terms of degree of impact, this is off the Richter scale.”

For his part, Obama might have been expected to talk about the Affordable Care Act in his radio and Internet address Saturday.

But at this point, it’s actions instead of words that will be judged. And to dwell on it in this venue – apologizing some more, promising that things will get better with HealthCare.gov – would look like he’s trapped in one issue.

In his address, Obama talked about energy policy.

“Just this week, we learned that for the first time in nearly two decades, the United States of America now produces more of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries,” he said. “That’s a big deal. That’s a tremendous step towards American energy independence.”

 

 

 

Wasserman Schultz (D) FL Involved in Police Altercation Outside FL Voting Precinct

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, U.S. Congresswoman (D-Florida, 2005-present).

, U.S. Congresswoman (D-Florida, 2005-present). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Javier Manjarres

A group of sign-waving campaign ralliers comprised of both Democrat and Republican supporters outside an Aventura, Florida polling location witnessed Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz get involved in a heated altercation with an Aventura policeman after she apparently took issue with his request to not engage in campaign activities in the street which would hold up oncoming traffic.

She listened to the police officer’s respectful and reasonable request, but Wasserman Schultz continued to argue with the police officer, according to several people who witnessed the incident.

Wasserman Schultz was greeting voters and waiving her campaign signs on a street leading into the polling site and was obstructing traffic by stopping cars before they could even enter the parking area.

The police officer respectfully asked Wasserman Schultz to move onto the sidewalk as everyone else was required to do, but the  Congresswoman was unhappy with not being able to campaign how she saw fit.  Unnerved by the simple request from a police officer, Wasserman Schultz made a “well placed” phone call to some unknown individual in a position of authority.  Five minutes later, the Aventura City Mayor came to the scene and was confronted by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and proceeded to get an earful from her as well.

Wasserman Schultz stayed about 20 minutes before she  left the scene with the six or so supporters she brought with her.  After the congresswoman left, one of the Democrat supporters who witnessed the whole incident confronted the Mayor and told him that what she did was “extremely inappropriate” for her to berate him in the manner she did.

This altercation is just a few days removed from an earlier incident in which the congresswoman took issue with a Democrat voter who refused to campaign and support her and instead supported her Republican congressional opponent Karen Harrington.

Related: Wasserman Schultz Election Day Worries

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DNC predicts Romney debate win in battle of lowered expectations

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by Lexi Stemple | September 29, 2012

It’s a further lowering of expectations ahead of the first debate in Denver  next week.

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Woodhouse says the way the DNC sees it, challengers win the first debate when  they are up against incumbents.

Mitt  Romney has had a lot more time to debate, the president has not debated in  the past four years in terms, of a campaign debate. I think the president will  hold his own, but he’s not known for sound bites. And these are 60 second, 90  second responses.”

Woodhouse says Democrats are “trying to be realistic about expectations”  because the president is “lucky to be able to devote three consecutive hours to  debate preparation.”

Woodhouse also paints Romney as a good debater and gives him credit for  “dispatching Newt  Gingrich” who Woodhouse considers a pretty good debater.

Woodhouse said he wants to see Obama “talk from his heart about where the  country was and where he wants to take the country.”

He’s looking to see the president connect with Americans during the debate,  the way Woodhouse thinks Obama was able to do in Charlotte during the Democratic  National Convention.

The first debate will focus on the economy, and Woodhouse wants specifics  from Romney on his economic plans.

“It’s going to be interesting to see if Mitt  Romney will bring more than just zingers to get under the president’s skin,”  he said. “It would be nice if he came with some substance for example like his  tax plan or his plan to voucher-size Medicare.”

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/09/29/dnc-predicts-romney-debate-win-battle-lowered-expectations#ixzz27z10fOij

Former Florida Democrat Party Executive Director Dumps Obama For Romney

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Former Florida Democrat Party Executive Director Dumps Obama For Romney

Former Florida Democrat Party Executive Director Dumps Obama For Romney – Washington Free Beacon

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Barney Bishop, the former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party, has written an article detailing why he can not support Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. Bishop had this to say on the president’s policies in an op-ed posted at sunshinestatenews.com:

In every challenge that faces our nation, Obama sees a solution that can only come with another government-spending program. He fails to harness the ingenuity of entrepreneurs; instead he actually places obstacles, like burdensome regulation, in front of their path to progress.

Bishop, a local businessman, criticizes Obama’s attacks on Romney’s business record and defends Romney’s plan to revitalize the economy:

Specifically, the attacks on the work Mitt Romney did in private equity demonstrates a dangerous lack of understanding how important risk-taking investors are in the U.S. economy…

Contrary to the failed Obama policies, informed by his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney has a plan for cutting and capping the government’s spending to bring us balanced budgets. He gets that job creators need less regulation and stable tax policy in order to invest and grow.

Bishop has encouraged other Democrats to join him in his support for Romney, claiming, “It’s just too important for the nation to let party labels cloud the clear choice we have this election.”

Obama moves convention speech to smaller, indoor venue, gee I wounder why?

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By | The Ticket

 

President Barack Obama speaks to supporters in the rain in July at Walkerton Tavern in Glen Allen, Va. (Alex Wong/Getty … Citing “severe weather forecasts,” the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama would move his prime-time acceptance speech from Bank of America Stadium to a smaller, indoor venue nearby.

“We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday’s proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests,” DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a statement.

Republicans had questioned whether Obama could fill the stadium’s 73,778 seats (and needled Democrats for holding their big event in a venue named for a bank associated with unpopular Wall Street bailouts). Kerrigan’s statement said 65,000 people had signed up for “community credentials” to see the president speak.

 

“The president will speak to these credential holders on a national conference call tomorrow afternoon, and we will work with the campaign to ensure that those unable to attend tomorrow’s event will be invited to see the president between now and election day,” Kerrigan said.

On Tuesday, Obama re-election campaign manager Jim Messina said at a forum organized by ABC and Yahoo News that the speech would occur in the stadium “rain or shine” unless the safety of those attending might be jeopardized.

 

Texas INMATE gets 40 per cent of votes against President Obama in West Virginia primary

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Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How unpopular can Obama get? Texas INMATE gets 40 per cent of votes against President in West Virginia primary

  • Prisoner Keith Judd got 40% of vote in West Virginia to Obama’s 60%
  • Inmate 11593-051 got on ballot by paying $2,500 fee and filing forms
  • Attracting 15% of vote normally qualifies candidate for a delegate to the Democratic National Convention

By Louise Boyle

PUBLISHED: 00:57 EST, 9 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:35 EST, 9 May 2012

Just how unpopular is President Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in a Texas prison received four out of 10 votes in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary.

Inmate Keith Judd, 53, is serving 17 years for extortion at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution. He was sentenced in 1999 for making threats against the University of New Mexico and is due to be released on June 24 next year.

With 93 per cent of precincts reporting, Obama was receiving just under 60 per cent of the vote to Judd’s 40 per cent.

Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd (pictured left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia's primary, coming a close second to President Obama
President Obama pictured giving the keynote address at the 18th Annual Asian Pacific American Institute last night in Washington

Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd ( left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia’s primary, coming a close second to President Obama – pictured giving the keynote address at the 18th Annual Asian Pacific American Institute last night

For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd – or Inmate Number 11593-051 – votes.

‘I voted against Obama,’ said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat.

‘I don’t like him. He didn’t carry the state before and I’m not going to let him carry it again.’

When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said: ‘That guy out of Texas.’

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Judd was able to get on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as a notarized certification of announcement, said Jake Glance, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

According to the Charleston Gazette, Judd circulated his political standpoints to local media. These include opposing national health care reform on the grounds that it violates the 10th Amendment.

He also cites the U.S. Constitution, saying that incarcerated felons should not be disqualified from voting.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Name: Barack Hussein Obama

Age: 50

Address: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.

Known as: POTUS; Commander-in-Chief

Education: Columbia University 1981-83; Harvard Law School 1988 – 91

Barack Obama

Achievements: Editor of Harvard Law Review; University of Chicago law professor; Illinois State Senator; first African-American President; Nobel Peace Prize 2009; death of Osama bin Laden

Term in office: Four years; due for renewal November 2012

Religion: Christian

Favorite president: Abraham Lincoln

Favorite sport: Basketball

Favorite actor: Jimmy Stewart

Favorite food: Italian fiesta pizza

Favorite musician: Bach; Al Green

 

KEITH JUDD

Name: Keith Judd

Age: 53

Address: Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana, Texas

Known as: Inmate Number 11593-051

Education: Member of the Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982

Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd (pictured left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia's primary, coming a close second to President Obama

Achievements: Recording Musician/Writer/Producer, Nadine’s Music, Hollywood, California, 1968-1998; Agent/Individual Contractor, New York Society of Reproductive Medicine

Term in prison: 17 years; due for release June 2013

Religion: Rastafarian-Christian

Favorite president: Richard Nixon

Favorite sport: Ten-pin bowling

Favorite actor: Gene Hackman

Favorite food: Judd answered ‘I forgot’

Favorite musician: Mozart

Judd is housed at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Texarkana, a low-security facility for male prisoners. It is located in northeast Texas near the Arkansas border, 175 miles east of Dallas.

Attracting at least 15 per cent of the vote would normally qualify a candidate for a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

But state Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd.

The state party also believes that Judd has failed to file paperwork required of presidential candidates, but officials continued to research the matter, Mr Scarbro said. There may also be issues because the man is an inmate in federal prison.

Voters in other conservative states showed their displeasure with Obama in Democratic primaries last March.

In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protestor Randall Terry got 18 per cent of the primary vote. A lawyer from Tennessee, John Wolfe, pulled nearly 18,000 votes in the Louisiana primary.

Winning: Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won West Virginia's GOP primary Tuesday with more than 69 per cent of the voteWinning: Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won West Virginia’s GOP primary Tuesday with more than 69 per cent of the vote

In Alabama, 18 per cent of Democratic voters chose ‘uncommitted’ in the primary rather than vote for Obama.

Obama’s energy policies and the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of mining-related permits have incurred the wrath of West Virginia’s coal industry.

With the state the nation’s second-biggest producer of this fossil fuel, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin – both Democrats have championed the industry – have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November.

Hillary Rodham Clinton beat Obama in the state’s 2008 primary, and he lost the state to Republican John McCain in the general election.

The latest state-by-state Gallup poll, released in January, found Obama with a 32.7 per cent approval rating in West Virginia.

The president had a lower approval rating only in Utah, Idaho, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

‘Keith Judd’s performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state,’ outgoing West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart said.

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won West Virginia’s GOP primary on Tuesday with more than 69 per cent of the vote, with 93 per cent of precincts reporting. Rick Santorum followed with 12 per cent, while Ron Paul had 11 per cent.

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