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Monday Morning National Politics

Monday, November 18, 2013

Protesters for and against Obamacare outside the Supreme Court. (Getty Images)

Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, looks at the politics around the twists and turns of the Obamacare rollout and other national news.

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Comments [10]

Can't happen here.

" . . . Having been caught in his perpetual lie, “if you like your insurance you can keep it,” the president this week promised to “fix” it, by allowing people to keep their insurance plans for another year, if they wanted. Not only is that genie out of the bottle and operationally impossible to put back in, but more significantly, it represented more evidence that this president feels his power is not constrained or limited by the Constitution, or by the rule of law. . . . "

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/crimes-republic-autocratic-president/#gWcZ7VdYrYeRBlwz.99

Nov. 18 2013 01:26 PM

Can't happen here.

" . . . A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.

White was called into a meeting Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction,” White told The Washington Post on Saturday. . . . "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-insurance-commissioner-fired-a-day-after-questioning-obamacare-fix/2013/11/16/b88eaea0-4f17-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html?hpid=z1

Nov. 18 2013 12:14 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“There is no doubt that the way I put that unequivocally ended up not being accurate.”

.... LOL, this is too good to forget - that is Obamaspeak for “I LIED.”

(http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/opinion/a-health-care-fix.html?ref=opinion&_r=1&)

Nov. 18 2013 11:25 AM

The Senate will not even allow debate on the supposed "fix", won't even allow a vote? Not my understanding of "transparent" nor "looking for bi-partisan cooperation".

" . . . Lawmakers and the White House say the public just doesn’t appreciate the benefits of the new health law. . . . "
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/us/politics/lesson-is-seen-in-failure-of-1989-law-on-medicare.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Public opinion can always be such a problem. "Doncha think?"

But isn't that how benevolent tyranny always needs to rule?

Nov. 18 2013 11:05 AM

The Senate will not even allow debate on the supposed "fix", won't even allow a vote? Not my understanding of "transparent" nor "looking for bi-partisan cooperation".

But isn't that how benevolent tyranny always needs to rule?

Nov. 18 2013 10:50 AM
Robert from NYC

Joe from nearby got my vote but Joe, don't forget there is some serious reporting and coverage like that of Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, Bill Moyer among them.

Nov. 18 2013 10:48 AM
barlow from astoria

Is there a connection to the National Democratic party in DeBlasio's statement "New York IS A PROGRESSIVE CITY" in his acceptance speech? When I heard it first I thought he was speaking to a NATIONAL AUDIENCE. "A new generation of Americans" is emerging, like in JFK's 1961?

Nov. 18 2013 10:34 AM
ivan obregon from nyc

http://www.salon.com/2013/11/18/capitalism_is_a_dirty_word_meet_the_nations_new_socialist_councilmember/

Progressives- the polite term for democratic socialists and others on the democratic left (the greens, humanists, worker rights' advocates)- are demanding for an alternative and genuine left-of-center voice to the neoliberal ideological limitations of the centrist Clintonians (the Obama"s, the Andy Cuomo's, the Rahm Emmanuel's, the Larry Sommer's, the Harry Reid's, the Tom Friedman's, etc.) who only keep offering "change"....we don't believe in anymore.

Nov. 18 2013 10:31 AM
Joe from nearby

Check out the youtube called "Bill Maher New Rules - Supreme Court Judges and Corrupt Americans"

It's really sad when comedians (Maher, Stewart, Colbert) are the ones telling the truth and "news people" are the ones spewing lies (e.g. the recent reporting on Benghazi).
I'll take the comedians every time.

Nov. 18 2013 10:26 AM

This week will be the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination - there will be lots of stories about how much has changed - for good and bad - over the intervening 50 years....

-The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was a lie used by LBJ to get the US in a wider role in Vietnam
-Nixon betrayed the nation by convincing the South Vietnam to pull out of the 1968 peace talks
-Reagan tripled the national debt. Trickle down apparently started with an infusion of public debt
-Bush II doubled the national debt.

And lastly, if the average 1968 wage of $4,396 had grown at the same rate as the overall economy, average wage would now be $104,186.

Nov. 18 2013 10:15 AM

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