Friday, 20 December 2013


Ken Berwitz

If you want to see a truly offensive stereotype of gay men, watch the following video advertisement for ObamaCare:

This affront on steroids was put out by something called - part of the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, which describes itself as "a private foundation based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania dedicated to improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community"

I congratulate Sellers Dorsey...for providing visual evidence of so many homosexual stereotypes that it might be shown as a documentary by the Family Research Council.

Here is a dose of reality for them - which I would have thought this, or any, gay rights group would already be aware of: 

-There are millions of gay men who lead perfectly normal lives, just like everyone else. 

-They dress in normal clothes each morning and go to work, just like everyone else. 

-They eat at restaurants, lunch counters, hot dog carts, just like everyone else. 

-They have friends and families, business contacts, etc. just like everyone else. 

-They do not identify with hunky effeminate men who prance around shirtless, wearing tight underwear with their genital areas puffing out of their shorts while looking longingly at each other's backsides and balls. 

Incredibly, this ad, though created by a gay rights group, is little more than a confirmation of exactly what people who hate gays think of them.  And in case that didn't seal the deal, it also has a Christmas motif (another dose of reality:  many Christians, both gay and straight, will find the ad offensive for that reason too).

Can the Sellers Dorsey Foundation really believe this will sell ObamaCare to gay men?  Can they really believe gay men will look at the people in this video and say "yeah, that convinces me, I need the insurance plan Barack Obama wants me to get"?

If so, Sellers Dorsey better find another that they have a lot more insight about.


Ken Berwitz

I can't resist starting this blog with the transcript of an angry exchange between Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), regarding inexpensive insurance options to ObamaCare:

PALLONE: They tell them where to get insurance. Look the bottom line is, if you are selling a lousy policy at a price that's too high, nobody is going to buy it.
KELLY: That's not true.
PALLONE: And so they are canceling these policies because they know people won't buy them. It's a competitive marketplace. That's the problem.
KELLY: But they were buying them.
PALLONE: But they won't buy them anymore when they have a better alternative.
KELLY: There were 15 million people who bought them and said "I like them."
PALLONE: They're not going to buy them anymore when they have a better alternative.
KELLY: Thanks to you.
PALLONE: Well, I can't go out as an insurance company and sell a lousy policy anymore at a high price.
KELLY: People like - why do you get to decide what's lousy? Why can't the American people say 'it's lousy for you. For me, I like it.'?
PALLONE: It's capitalism. You can go out and buy whatever you want, but the insurance company realizes they can't sell this lousy insurance policy anymore.
KELLY: They were selling it, sir. You are ignoring my point. They were selling it. Some 15 million Americans thought it was great. You didn't like it, but they liked it. And then you and the president =
PALLONE: Now there are better alternatives

Please note that Rep. Pallone's angry, disdainful, sarcastic onslaught took took place at the end of October, less than two months ago.

I wonder what he has to say about this, as excerpted from Jennifer Haberkorn and Carrie Budoff Brown's article at

Millions of Americans who had their health plans cancelled will be exempt from the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration said Thursday - a surprise move that comes just before Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage starting Jan. 1.

"The administration is recognizing the grim reality that more Americans have lost health insurance than gained it under Obamacare," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday evening. "Holding a fire sale of cheap insurance is not a responsible fix for a broken program. This is a slap in the face to the thousands of Americans who have already purchased expensive insurance through the Obamacare exchanges."

Translation:  ObamaCare is every bit as disastrous a mess now as it was two months ago.  And if December 23 comes and goes with the currently minuscule number of people signed up for it - well below even the administration's most modest predictions - not only will it embarrass the President again (not HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who clearly has no capacity for embarrassment), but it will tank his poll numbers even further...and increase the number of people who are beyond the point of no return; i.e. they will consider it a disaster no matter what comes afterwards. 

So what is the Obama answer?  It is to suddenly u-turn on a dime, and allow precisely the same kinds of insurance that, just yesterday, were being angrily, disdainfully, sarcastically dismissed by Obama acolytes like Frank Pallone.

The fact that doing this violates the constitution, because it is unilaterally changing legislation passed by congress without congress having any say in the matter?  Who cares? 

Hey, if you can delay the large company mandate for a year without congressional approval, and delay the small company mandate for a year without congressional approval, why would you need congressional approval for this latest move.

Now:  When do media start talking about what is actually going on here:  a President acting as if there were no elected congress at all; i.e. acting like a tinhorn dictator? 

Remember when Ted Cruz was demanding that ObamaCare be defunded?  Remember the howls from media about what a fool this man was?  That ObamaCare was "settled law" and could not be changed? 

Well where the eff are they now, as President Obama again changes that law without anyone's sayso but his own?

When do media start editorializing about President Obama's usurpation of  power?  Do they think the next President - maybe someone who does not think the way their lord and savior Barack Obama does - will not use what is being done with ObamaCare as a precedent for his/her agenda as well?  If it is a Republican, will they be railing about the "imperial presidency" which does not seem to bother them one little bit when the imperial President is Mr. Obama?

ObamaCare is an unworkable monstrosity.  And media coverage of how the Obama administration is unilaterally changing the ObamaCare legislation is a journalistic disgrace.

How do these people even face themselves in the mirror?

free` I just can't help but think back to when the msm were in an uproar when Bush renewed a no-bid contract with the evil Haliburton. The funny thing is, Bush did nothing illegal unlike Obama. (12/20/13)

Zeke .... .... .... .... So, Non-Lousy health insurance covers expensive treatments that I will never use : Drug and alcohol abuse, contraception, sex change, .... and costs upwards of twice what I am now paying, PLUS has huge deductibles before it pays anything. . . . . . Now the choices are : 1) Hugely overpriced ObamieKare policy . . . 2) NO INSURANCE at all ($95 annual penalty waived for first year) ..... or 3) bare bones catastrophic (i.e. REALLY LOUSY; covers NOTHING) insurance , , , , , , (12/20/13)


Ken Berwitz

Today's Quote Of The Day comes to us from Grace-Marie Turner of The Galen Institute, which describes itself as "a research organization focusing on free-market health care reform and tax policy."

Here is Ms. Turner's reaction to the Obama administration's latest unilateral, extra-constitutional revision of ObamaCare - suddenly allowing peopel to buy the low-cost, catastrophic-coverage insurance it has been deriding as lousy, deficient, scam insurance for months:

"It shows that the Obamacare insurance products aren't selling so, at the last minute, the administration is holding a fire sale on a failed launch.  Just think how you must feel if you were one of the people who spent the last two months fighting their way through to buy a policy that will be thousands of dollars more expensive than this catastrophic insurance."

Boy does Ms. Turner ever have a point.  What does this administration say to the people who have made the herculean effort necessary to sign up for insurance that may well be far beyond what they wanted at far higher cost, but did so anyway because that was what ObamaCare required?  Do they allow them to now take the lower cost insurance they actually wanted - insurance they may well have had before giving up and taking what Obama & Co. were forcing them to?

Grace-Marie Turner is awarded Quote Of The Day honors for showing us still another way that ObamaCare is not only an unworkable monstrosity, but an arbitrary, unfair bait-and-switch scam as well.

How I wish it had not given her the opportunity to do so.


I am currently driving on route 18 in East Brunswick, New Jersey. And I just saw a car with a truly great license plate. 

It is a PT Cruiser, purple paint, with the license plate PPLEATR.  A purple PPLEATR.

The color of the car maybe ugly, but the license plate is inspired.

Ok, back to politics, where just about everything is ugly, and just about nothing is inspired.

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