Thursday, 14 November 2013


Ken Berwitz

With a tip of my hat (if I ever wear one) to David Martosko of London's Daily Mail, the following memo, from HHS Insurance Oversight Director Gary Cohen, speaks for itself:  particularly the highlighted part:



Smoking gun: The Obama administration has admitted that 'in many cases,' insurance policies offered through Obamacare cost more than consumers' previous plans, even when they get federal government subsidies


Remember President Obama and his cohorts telling us how much less ObamaCare coverage would be than current policies?

Another lie exposed.
How many more to come?  The prospects are limitless.
Why would anyone believe a word from any of these people?


Ken Berwitz

It pains me to write this blog, because I have a great deal of respect for Jake Tapper.  But things are as they are, so here goes.

On yesterday's show, Mr. Tapper interviewed a Ms. Flora Brewer of Fort Worth Texas, who had little other than wonderful things to say about her experience with ObamaCare and is very happy with her coverage.

Ok, fair enough.  If there are people with positive views of ObamaCare, we should be hearing from them no less than those who have problems with it.


It turns out that Flora Brewer is not just some nobody who had a great experience with ObamaCare;  she is a big-time Democrat supporter who has contributed thousands and thousands of dollars to its various components. 

From Mike Bates, of

What wasn't mentioned by Tapper is that, according to Federal Election Commission records, Flora Brewer of Ft. Worth, Texas has contributed thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and causes, including $2,750 to Obama for America and $1,000 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012. Her most recent recorded contribution was April of this year, when she gave $2,500 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Brewer's FEC record shows she worked at a company whose Web site states it "employs, trains and monitors personal attendant care providers," so this would seem to be the same happy lady.

Does that look like just some random person-on-the-street to you?  Or does it look like a Democrat plant, who managed to get on Jake Tapper's show and pretend to be one?  If it is the latter, I congratulate Democrats for pulling it off, and probably bamboozling a good many viewers in the process.  You continue to be very talented at this kind of stuff.

As for Jake Tapper himself, I prefer to give him him the benefit of the doubt and assume he did not know who Flora Brewer really was. 

However, if Mr. Tapper does not mention the fact that she was about the last thing in the world from a neutral witness for ObamaCare on today's show, I have to say my opinion will change.

Do the right thing, Jake.


Ken Berwitz

President Obama has said, dozens of times, that our bond with Israel is unshakable.

Just as President Obama has said, dozens of times, that with ObamaCare if you like your policy you can keep it.

Get the point?

Excerpted from Rosie Gray's truly disturbing article at (and please pay special attention to the segment I've put in bold print):

Republican senators sharply criticized the administration's closed-door presentation to the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday, an appeal that was designed to convince them to hold off on a new round of sanctions against Iran. The committee chairman said he was left "undecided."

"It was an emotional appeal," Sen. Bob Corker told reporters after the briefing. "I have to tell you, I was very disappointed in the presentation."

Corker said that senators were given no details of the interim deal being formulated in negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva this month. Secretary of State John Kerry briefed the committee, along with Vice President Joe Biden and the State Department's lead Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman.

"I am stunned that in a classified setting when you're trying to talk to the very folks that would be originating legislation relative to sanctions, to have such a lack of specificity - I feel I may get that over the next 24 hours in another setting, but it was solely an emotional appeal," Corker said.

Sen. Mark Kirk was even more forceful in criticizing the officials' presentation, calling it "very unconvincing."

"It was fairly anti-Israeli," Kirk said to reporters after the briefing. "I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service." He said the Israelis had told him that the "total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days."

A Senate aide familiar with the meeting said that "every time anybody would say anything about 'what would the Israelis say,' they'd get cut off and Kerry would say, 'You have to ignore what they're telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.'"

"They had no details," the aide said. "They had no ability to verify anything, to describe anything, to answer basic questions."

Democrats coming out of the meeting were tight-lipped, with Sen. Joe Manchin the only one who said anything further than "no comment."...(but) would not comment on whether he supported additional legislation.


-John Kerry, who ended a remarkably accomplishmentless 30 or so years in the US Senate by being named Secretary Of State, has cooked up a "deal" to ease sanctions on Iran in return for promises about not pursuing nuclear capability - a topic Iran has lied to us and the rest of the world about for years.

-Israel, one of our staunchest allies in the world - not to mention the single most likely victim of an Iranian nuclear attack - is being crapped on, with Kerry telling his former colleagues in the Senate that the Israelis are not to be believed:  i.e. Iran is believable, but not Israel.

-And all this without specific details to back a thing up.

Why would any sane person buy this garbage?  Why would any sane person take Iran's word over anyone, let alone an ally like Israel? 

How can this be seen as anything but Israel being sold out by the Obama administration?

And - as I have asked so many times in previous blogs - what happens when Israel, its very existence endangered by this lunacy, decides it has to take matters into its own hands and attack Iran's nuclear facilities?  What will John Kerry and his boss Barack Obama say then?  Will they object?  Will they take Iran's side by demanding sanctions on Israel, for acting to avoid its own annihilation?

Would you bet against it?

Let me end by addressing the "Lost Tribe" - i.e. the Jews and non-Jews who support Israel but supported Barack Obama as well:  I hope you are very happy with this turn of events.  It couldn't have happened without you.

Have you woken up yet?  Or will it take more than even this? 


Ken Berwitz

For the second time this week, a commenter gets Quote Of The Day honors.

And I won't even have to tell you why, because what he/she said is so funny that it speaks for itself.

First, we have this, excerpted from Jennifer Haberkorn and Jose Delreal's article at 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Congressional Democrats are working on a solution to the mass health insurance cancellations associated with the Affordable Care Act.

"We have our own proposal, which we think is really good," Pelosi said at the Washington Ideas Forum, sponsored by the Atlantic magazine. "I think that we'll see in the next 24, 48, 36 hours something to the effect of how do we accommodate those people" who have faced cancellation of their health plans.

Although Pelosi expressed optimism that a solution could be found, she did not give details about what her fix would entail.

Brilliant.  We Democrats have a proposal, it will fix the problem, but I have no details for you.  In other words, first you get the fix, then you find out what it fixes. 

Does that by any chance remind you of anything else Ms. Pelosi has said about ObamaCare in the past?  Like, for example that "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it..."?

This latest Pelosi-ism stood a good chance of being the Quote Of The Day...until I read the comment about it which was posted by someone who goes under the name "Bill Wages".  This is his retrospective on Ms. Pelosi's earlier assurance:

"Pass it so we can see what's in it" is the same principle behind a STOOL SAMPLE.

I busted out laughing when I read that.  Even now I can't get the smile off my face.

Congratulations, Bill.  The wages of hysterically funny sarcasms is Quote Of The Day honors.  And, today, they are yours.


Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I promised you quotes from the mega-reaming Megyn Kelly gave "ObamaCare architect" Ezekiel Emanuel on last night's show.

Actually I can do better.  Here, via, is a video of the interview.  Please watch it, listen to Kelly, with increasing exasperation, try to get a straight answer out of Emanuel - whose only purpose in showing up was to give us a lecture on why ObamaCare is wonderful and virtually every criticism of it is some kind of right wing, Fox-inspired plot.

See/hear for yourself:

She's good.  Every bit as good as he is arrogant and obnoxious. 

No wonder Fox put her on at 9PM...and no wonder she has immediately taken over the timeslot by dominating the hopelessly outmatched Rachel Maddow.


Ken Berwitz

What a difference 45 days make. 

That's a lyric even the late, great Dinah Washington would have trouble fitting into her classic version of "What a Difference A Day Makes".  But it is what President Obama is singing, isn't it?

From "Hail To The Chief" to a "Hail Mary" in just a month and a half.  Wow.

It seems that Mr. Obama, watching his poll numbers dropping to record lows, and Democrats running from him faster than kids from a load of firecrackers they just lit the fuse to, has decided to change ObamaCare again.

Let's stop here for a moment and reflect on this. 

Wasn't ObamaCare supposed to be "settled law" - i.e. immune to change?  Wasn't that what we heard Democrats gleefully lecturing Ted Cruz about, when he stood on the Senate floor and demanded that this unworkable monstrosity be defunded?  

If so, how come President Obama can unilaterally change it?  (And it's not like this is the first time either - unless you consider things like suspending the employer mandate for a year to be chopped liver.)

Evidently ObamaCare is settled law for Republicans.  But, for Democrats, it magically becomes about as unsettled as a Florida sinkhole.  Funny how that works.

In any event, change it he did.  And here is how, courtesy of the following excerpts from Tami Luhby's incredulous - clearly skeptical - article at

Americans may be able to keep their individual insurance plans for one more year, under a fix offered by President Obama on Thursday to address a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The deal is meant to mollify millions of people enraged after their insurers canceled policies that do not meet Obamacare requirements. But how many it will ultimately help remains to be seen.

"This fix won't solve every problem for every person. But it's going to help a lot of people," the president said at the White House. "We are going to do everything we can to help the Americans who've received these cancellation notices."

But the fix, as reported earlier by CNN's Dana Bash, puts the onus of the renewals outside the president's control: The administration is not requiring insurers or state insurance commissioners to extend the existing plans, but instead is letting them offer an additional year of coverage.

Also, insurers must notify policyholders of the difference in benefits between their policies and the Obamacare plans available on the insurance exchanges. And the companies must inform people that additional policies are available on the exchanges and that subsidies may be available to those who qualify.

Not everyone who has received a cancellation notice, however, may be able to extend.

Since insurance is regulated at the state level, it remains up to the commissioners to permit the extensions and the companies to do so. The president noted that not all commissioners may agree to extensions. At least four states -- California, Idaho, Virginia and Kentucky -- are requiring all individual plans adhere to Obamacare rules.

So what do we have here? 

We have President Obama telling us that the insurance policies he and his fellow Democrats - such as the execrable, ridiculous Rep. Frank Pallone among others - told us just last week were garbage, were scams, that nobody wanted them, and that they should never have been offered in the first place......are ok again. 

Hey, they're not really good, but if you want them, we won't stand in your way.  Except...

...your insurance companies may not be able to offer them anymore because of the hoops we made them jump through to meet ObamaCare requirements....

...and the people who were already cancelled might have to stay that way...all 3 - 5 million of them (so far)...

...and if your state administrator says you can't keep your current policy, you're dead meat and there's nothing I can do about it...

...and, in any event, this is just for one year, and then you're stuck with ObamaCare again (but it does bring you past the 2014 midterm elections:  what an amazing coincidence.)

Every day this mega-farce goes on, Barack Obama and his pals look worse....while Ted Cruz and his pals look better. 

And if ObamaCare continues to be the cataclysmic disaster is has been so far (anyone want to take bets?  I'm giving odds), that trend is going to continue for a while:  maybe even until election day next year.

Frankly, that's just fine with me.  Democrats handed us this mess without allowing Republicans to write even one word of the ObamaCare legislation, and virtually no Republican congresspeople voted for it.  The ownership, therefore, is 100% Democrat.  So the credit, or blame, is 100% Democrat as well.

As Dinah Washington might have sung to President Obama at the end of her magnificent version of the song referenced earlier:

"What a difference 45 days made,
And the difference is you"

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