Monday, 28 October 2013

THE BENGHAZI AND OBAMACARE STORIES: CBS'S CHANGE OF DIRECTION?

Ken Berwitz

It took over a year.  But, yesterday, CBS - evidently deciding to hit for the daily double, given its major coverage of the ObamaCare monstrosity - has also provided a devastating, if belated, look at what really happened in Benghazi.

Click here to to go legalinsurrection.com, and see the video of yesterday's "60 Minutes" segment on Benghazi, and/or click here for the transcript.

And if that isn't enough, here are  videos of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lying to our faces about it to protect their backsides, knowing all the while that every word out of their mouths was untrue:

 

Regular readers of this blog may recall how complimentary I was of CBS's Sharyl Attkisson, while she was doing some of the only network news investigative reporting on Operation Fast and Furious, another of the many and varied scandals of this woeful administration.  And now we have the Benghazi and ObamaCare stories.

Can it be?  Can CBS finally have broken free of the Accomplice Media yoke it has struggled under all this time?  

Based on years and years of experience, I am usually highly skeptical about things like this.  But, in spite of that skepticism, I am starting to think CBS might really, truly, have recommitted to seriously presenting both sides of the story.

If so, I hope you will join me in the congratulations such a change of direction surely earns.


OBAMACARE - PIGS CONTINUE TO FLY

Ken Berwitz

CBS.  NBC.  Now Dana Milbank of the Washington Post.

Here are the first few paragraphs of Mr. Milbank's latest column, titled What did President Obama know, and when did he know it?":

For a smart man, President Obama professes to know very little about a great number of things going on in his administration.

On Sunday night, the Wall Street Journal reported that he didn't learn until this summer that the National Security Agency had been bugging the phones of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders for nearly five years.

That followed by a few days a claim by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that Obama didn't know about problems with the HealthCare.gov Web site before the rest of the world learned of them after the Oct. 1 launch.

It stretches credulity to think that the United States was spying on world leaders without the president's knowledge, or that he was blissfully unaware of huge technical problems that threatened to undermine his main legislative achievement. But on issues including the IRS targeting flap and the Justice Department's use of subpoenas against reporters, White House officials have frequently given a variation on this theme.

Question: What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Answer: Not much, and about a minute ago.

Dripping with sarcasm and overloaded with disbelief.  As it should be.

Is it finally falling apart for Obama & Co?  Are the Accomplice Media which have served him so loyally over the past five years finally pulling back the curtain and looking at what really is inside?

It is too early to tell whether this is an aberration - a helluva big one - or a true sea change. 

But we'll certainly find out soon, won't we?


JAY CARNEY EXPLAINS THE OBAMACARE INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS Ken Berwitz


This would be laughable....if it weren't so pathetic.

Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog has added up all the insurance cancellations reported so far, and we are already up to 1.5 MILLION of them - which, obviously, is the tip of the iceberg.  Many, many, many more such cancellations are sure to come.

So what does the White House have to say about this?  

Well, here is an exchange during this morning's press briefing, between Fox News's Ed Henry and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:

Ed Henry:  "The president, when he was trying to get the law passed, repeatedly said, if you currently have health insurance you will be able to keep your plan. This morning David Axelrod was pressed on that point and said, the majority -- the vast majority -- will be able to keep their plans. He no longer works at the White House. From the podium, will you admit that when president said, if you have a plan, you'll get to keep it, that that was not true?"

Jay Carney:  "So it's true there are existing health care plans on the individual market that do not meet those minimum standards and therefore do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act." 

There you have it, folks.  The answer to 1.5 million insurance cancellations - a number virtually certain to be vastly more than the number of people who have signed up for ObamaCare - is that their former health care plans "do not meet those minimum standards".  

Er, Jay, "those minimum standards" were what the 1.5 million people in question personally decided were right for them.  Like, for example, the middle aged man who lived alone and declined maternity coverage - which is a requirement in ObamaCare.  

Put another way, those health care plans are what people freely chose - when they actually had a choice, that is.  
  
And "the Affordable Care Act" is what a bunch of politicians and bureaucrats, none of whom know any of these people individually, decided they should have, regardless of whether they wanted or needed it.

What a monstrosity this is.  What an unworkable monstrosity.  

And if you think Carney was being defensive today, hold onto your hat, because there is an excellent likelihood that ObamaCare will get nothing but worse as the weeks and months roll on.

The public has been lied to.  Openly and overtly.  And - this is what the Obamas and Carneys of the world fear most - it can't be hidden from them:  they good and damn well know it.  Even Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media can't protect them anymore.

Just days ago, the tirelessly dishonest Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated that Democrats would be running on ObamaCare in next year's election.  

I don't know how to break this to her, but that is not a viable Democrat strategy, it is a Republican wet dream.


OBAMACARE: THE LIES CATCH UP WITH THE LIARS

Ken Berwitz

The ObamaCare mantra:

-It won't cost you a dime more.

-It will cost the average family $2,500 less.

-You can keep your current plan.

-You can keep your current doctor(s).

All stated as facts by Barack Obama and his Democrat cohorts.  And all lies.

Following are excerpts from the Investors Business Daily editorial of this past Friday, which summarize the truth about ObamaCare - truth this blog has been talking about for months, supplemented with new information which confirms our worst fears. 

Prepare to be infuriated:

When he was selling ObamaCare to the nation, President Obama said: "We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away."

Across the country, millions of Americans are now discovering this was an expensive lie.

These are people who buy insurance on their own in the individual market, and who are now getting cancellation notices from their insurance companies.

No matter how much they might like their current plans, ObamaCare has made them illegal because they don't comply with its vast array of costly benefit mandates and marketplace regulations.

Among the recent notices:

At least 146,000 Michigan residents are losing their plans, according to the Detroit News.

More than 800,000 New Jersey residents will learn the same thing, according to the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.

Kaiser Permanente canceled 160,000 about  60% of its policies in California.

Florida Blue terminated 300,000 policies about 80% because they didn't comply with ObamaCare.

In the Philadelphia region, 24,000 Independence Blue Cross members are getting cancellation notices.

Gerry Kominski, UCLA's director of public health policy, calculates that about 7 million people who buy insurance on their own won't be able to keep their plans, thanks to ObamaCare.

And many, if not most, will end up paying more, sometimes a lot more, for ObamaCare-approved policies.

The Democrats' response is: Tough luck. Nothing can be done since ObamaCare is "the law of the land."  Or they try to argue that these people should all be grateful, since they're getting "more robust" coverage.

Is that ugly?  Yes, and then some.

As you are probably aware, the Obama administration is not releasing data on how many people have actually signed up for this monstrosity.  Common sense tells us that if the number were in any way impressive, in any way made the administration look good, we would have heard all about them. 

To the contrary, a number of commentators have speculated (seriously, not sarcastically at al) that more people have been dropped by their insurance companies because the ObamaCare requirements made their policies noncompliant, than there are people who have signed up.

In other words we are looking at what is most likely a net loss of people who are insured - all of whom were, by definition, paying their premiums -to be replaced by a mix of people who pay their premiums and people who will be getting ObamaCare as a partial or total freebee.  (My guess is that it signees are disproportionately among the latter group:  who do you think would come running for ObamaCare?)

Let me end by repeating (with a minor grammatical correction) a commentary I wrote almost two weeks ago, when the "government shutdown" ended.  It is just as true now as it was then....and will be just as true in the future when, I have no doubt, I will be reposting it again and again:

If ObamaCare is a roaring success, Democrats will probably win both the house and the senate next year, giving President Obama the full monty he had for his first two years (not that he needs it, given his penchant for acting outside the constitution).  And y'know what?  They will deserve it.

But if ObamaCare turns out to be the disaster which I (and a surprising number of liberal and leftward people I have spoken to) expect it will be, what then? 

Let's talk real here.  If ObamaCare fails the public is going to blame Democrats, not Republicans - even if some in the media try their best to convince them of the opposite. 

And the same Republicans who are being tarred and feathered today for their opposition to ObamaCare in its current form - at a time when there is no election and it doesn't count - just might be perceived, next November, as political Cassandras, whose warnings should have been listened to, when there is an election and it does count.

Will there be a political price to pay for ObamaCare?  Are you kidding?  It already is happening. 

How bad will it be?  So bad that even some usually Obama-friendly media venues are already breaking ranks and talking about what a disaster ObamaCare is.  Jane Alexander of CBS News, for example, has done scathing reports on the ObamaCare mess - up to and including this morning (by contrast, the Today Show, with increasing desperation, continues to leave ObamaCare virtually unreported.  I wonder how long Lauer, Guthrie, Roker et al can keep up the pretense)It turns out that this morning Today did a story on the ObamaCare disaster, which you can see by clicking here.  Good for them!!).

My take?  As the weeks and months go by, with voters learning just how bad this monstrosity actually is and just how completely they were lied to, most of them are going to blame the people who foisted it on them, not the people who tried to warn them about it. 

Yes, some will buy into the premise that the ObamaCare mess is all somehow the fault of Republicans.  But let's talk read:  how many of this thoroughly benighted and/or partisan bunch would ever vote Republican anyway? 

In politics, the issue -always - is holding your base while drawing from the middle.  And, for ObamaCare, that ship is already sailing...with little doubt about which party is in the staterooms and which is left at the shore.

Zeke ..... ........ How many of the people who have signed up for ObamyKare are now paying $2,500 /yr less for health insurance ? . . . . . . (10/28/13)


NBC TURNS THE CORNER???!!! Ken Berwitz


If this doesn't shake the Obama administration to its core, nothing will.

Here are the first two paragraphs of a just-released investigative report......from NBC!!!

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a "cancellation" letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don't meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience "sticker shock."  


Can it be true?  Can NBC be reporting that, despite President Obama's serial lies over the past three years, HE KNEW that 7 to 10.5 million people would lose the insurance he told us over and over again they would be able to keep?  And that "many" of them would be soaked for ObamaCare premiums so much higher than what they were paying, that they would experience "sticker shock"?

I have to admit that I am still rubbing my eyes in disbelief.  Is this the same NBC that has done little but support Obama & Co. over the past five years?  

And does this mean that the Obama-loving, Republican-hating crowd at MSNBC is going to follow suit?

What a stunning, unexpected development.  And - if you happen to be an NBCer - what a liberating one as well.  Truth is the most powerful political aphrodisiac of them all.

Stay tuned, folks.  This turn of events is going to reverberate throughout mainstream media.  And that is not - repeat, not - an exaggeration.


MARK LABELL AND CHARLES SCHWAB (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Earlier this month, when my situation with Hobby Lobby was a major news story, I was contacted by a Phoenix stockbroker named Mark Labell.  Mr. Labell, who is Jewish, told me he had been bullied out of his job at Charles Schwab.  I wrote about Mr. Labell and his account of what happened at Charles Schwab's Phoenix office on October 18th.

My purpose in mentioning this today is that two of the people who commented on the story, one using the name "Big Tom" and another posting as "Disgusted Dan", both put up what appear to be their own "war stories" with Schwab.  Here is what each of them has to say (typos included - I don't want there to be any doubt that their comments are exactly as written):

Big Tom I wanted to see if what the story was in fact true and during my research i came across this web site From the www.glassdoor.com web site I am so appalled with what I found, please see for yourself as to what I found. Ken thank you for bringing this issue up One should not have to live in fear of working for a large company, it is not the fear of being fired, or laid off or even not doing a good job. But rather the fear of management bullying their employees. Unfortunately we see in the news each and every day a kid bullied to the point that they may take their own life. Like what happened to that 12 year old girl in Florida. But what you do not see in the media is that fact that bullying occurs in the work place so much so that it makes people either very sick from the stress or that the employee is coerced to quit. Does this make for a good company to work for? Everything. No opportunities. Management is made up of a bunch of butt kissers that will say anything to protect their jobs. The management is extremely inept to the point they don't even realize how bad they are. Unlike the great characters from the wizard of Oz including, the Tin man or the scarecrow, imagine if you will that management is nothing more than Wicked Witches. Who are mean, shellfish and all around plain evil! Think about this the wicked witch of the west was mean and a bit of a bully with targeting Dorothy, The Tin man, Scarecrow and the lion. Schwab mangers are no different with bullying the employees. I am not sure why Schwab has an HR department as I recently learned that they are not there to help out any of the employees but rather there to watch out for the manager. I have witnessed and have heard fellow Schwabbe's being mis treated,belittled disrespected and if that was not enough I have even over heard mangers mock and make fun of an employee because of their religion and or nationality. This kind of misconduct is morally unethical. At Schwab we are all supposed to be and show higher standards I guess that does not count of you are in management as that continues to happen further more The HR reps do not do anything but cover up the mess sweep everything under the rug. And when you talk to them about it how ironically the next day you get some form management retaliation in which again nothing gets done. It is apparent to me that the HR reps are solely there to only protect the mangers which in not right. According to the Schwab company handbook mangers may not retaliate in any capacity. Can you explain why when this happens why you can find all the HR reps sitting on their hands? Bullying, religious profiling and or discrimination must be stopped! (10/20/13)

Disgusted Dan What I thought I had worked for was a good ethical company. My eyes were opened that Charles Scheab and company is nothing more then a bunch of good ok boys who enjoy bullying tactics, picking on people because of their religious beliefs and or creed. I for one will be leaving this company after nearly 25 years of service as I am sickened beyond belief that there are people that treat other people like garbage or even worse! (10/27/13)

Disgusted Dan I would like to rephrase my last post as I was not Finished with it. My eyes have been opened now to how my current and or former co workers/ schwa bows have been treated. I am deeply sadend to no end th This kind of behavior was going on. Because of how people are being treated. I am only a few urlears out of retirement however, with that being said as a brokerage professional it is appalling to me that senior management did not do anything to help out in fact they seemed to be a part of the problem.i will go on record and state it is schwab's policy to CYA (10/27/13)

As with Mark Labell's account, I have no way of confirming that any of this is true. 

But with three different people - so far - telling me this is the culture at Charles Schwab, I have to admit that it has got me wondering what is going on there.

If more people come forward, I of course will put their stories up as well.


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