Drudge posts photo of 'van offering free Obamacare' in Spanish as deadline looms
*March 18, 2014
Devonia SmithPolitical Transcripts ExaminerAn eye-catching photo of a traveling Obamacare ad plus an explanation byDrudge Report's creator*Matt Drudge*on hisTwitter page*was interesting enough thatDrudge*received a nod for*"Tweet of the Day,"*on Monday. Drudge explained, "Govt looking van offering free Obamacare hit Miami streets today." Drudge also quipped, "Can you throw in pair of season tickets for Heat?"
The rear doors of the white van, striped in red and blue, were wrapped in yellow with black text in Spanish which translated in English to:You can still subscribe to ObamacareApply today!800 - 419-6318Qualify and receive callsTotally freeA busy signal was the only response to attempts to call the number advertised repeatedly for over an hour this morning. However, Drudge also posted a photo of some of the targets for the mobile Obamacare ads seated in a large room with Obamacare signs.Drudge struck a compassionate tone as he included a cryptic reference to the presidential elections of 2016 in his post. Drudge wrote, "Watched as they lined up for Obamacare this morning in Miami. Warehouse setting, sad faces. No English. Hillary'16.*pic.twitter.com/DeG6ycsAdE."Over on his*Drudge Report*page, amid a constant storyboard of articles focusing on President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), an article written by one of his two additional editors, Joseph Curl, was included yesterday. Curl's conclusion was, that "Obamacare is already finished before it started," because although Democrats and the president sold the concept of the need for insurance reform based on "46 million uninsured," less than five million have now signed up for Obamacare as the deadline for open enrollment looms, ending March 31. (Refer to:*Drudge editor urges American revolt: 'Take to the street' for 'real change')Numerous reports have been made about the effort by the Obama administration to encourage*Latinos*to sign up for Obamacare.*According to Politico, of the large numbers of uninsured Latinos residing in California, Florida and Texas, nearly one in three Latinos is uninsured, a higher proportion than the national rate. The Obama administration has estimated approximately 10 million Latinos, who must be citizens or legal residents to get benefits, are eligible for coverage in those exchanges. It is also accepted fact that most will be eligible to receive premium subsidies as well.It was December before the Spanish language site,*CuidadoDeSalud.gov,*was even launched. Then attacks were quickly made claiming the site was riddled with translation errors and applicants still couldn't browse plan options in Spanish.Attempts to reach the Latino population have not been limited to the mobile ad which Drudge referenced. Outreach has included navigators and volunteers working in-person plus media outreach and community town halls. Still, tapping this population has proved difficult and across the board, "advocates of the law don’t expect enrollment among Spanish speakers to be high in the first year."Matt Drudge, himself, has vowed that he was not signing up for Obamacare. Drudge referred to the tax penalty as "Monopoly money," a comment which quickly drewangry responses. Among those who questioned his meaning, Ezra Klein wanted to know, "Are you going to be unisured?"
First lady Michelle Obama visits Miami to promote Affordable Care Act
First lady Michelle Obama returned to Miami for the second time in two weeks, stopping at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Wednesday to encourage people to enroll in an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.With less than four weeks left to enroll by the March 31 deadline, the Obama administration’s outreach and enrollment efforts have kicked into high gear with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other high-profile White House officials fanning out across the country.In Miami, Michelle Obama joked that she just happened to be in the neighborhood and then spoke about getting people — especially young people and minorities — enrolled.“In the African-American community, unfortunately, one in five of us are not insured,” she said, “and the numbers are no better in the Hispanic community.’’Obama added that federally qualified health centers, such as the Jessie Trice Center, will play a key role in the future.“Because of your work,’’ she said, “we've got four million people who have signed up for healthcare, and that is a milestone.’’The first lady said that the average adult pays less than $100 a month for health insurance under the ACA.“That's a pair of gym shoes. That's less than a cell phone bill,” she said.Obama walked around speaking with four Certified Application Counselors, who sat at tables with individuals already enrolled in health plans and four others who had yet to sign up.The counselors sat with computers, sifted through paperwork and helped consumers through the enrollment process on the healthcare.gov website.Obama spoke with one counselor, Paul Salazar, who said it takes about 20 minutes to sign up one person. Obama stressed that those who have signed up should encourage others to do the same.She also spoke to Vernon Twyne, who had already enrolled in a health plan, and Terry Rutherford, who was signing up Wednesday. Both said they did not have health coverage before the ACA passed.The first lady greeted Rutherford with a hug and kiss and thanked Suzy Diogene, the counselor working with Rutherford, for “changing lives.”“No one in this country should have to go without insurance, and now you don't have to,” Obama said.The first lady also spoke to Allen Zullinger, a law student at Florida International University, who said he signed up for insurance after an automobile collision last December.“Young people, you are not invincible,” Obama said. “Mr. Allen got hit by a car; he is now insured.”With that, the first lady thanked the group for letting her “intrude” and then left.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/0...#storylink=cpy
Shocker: Federal government’s fiscal deterioration almost 5 times official deficit
POSTED AT 8:01 PM ON MARCH 5, 2014 BY DUSTIN SIGGINS
In Fiscal Year 2013, the official federal deficit was $680 billion. Liberals have cheered this drop while subsequently ignoring how this deficit is both larger than all of Bush’s pre-recession deficits*and*is expected to grow dramatically over the next several decades.However, the Treasury Department’s annual report on the finances of the U.S. federal government shows that not only is $680 billion an incomplete measure of the federal government’s finances, it’s off by nearly a factor of five.
From Just Facts Daily:The U.S. Treasury has just released its annual “Financial Report of the United States Government,” which provides an account of the federal government’s finances using accounting standards like those that the government*requiresof large corporations. Because the federal budget is not bound by these standards, it does not have to account for all of its fiscal obligations.For example, the Treasury report reveals that the federal government owes $6.5 trillion in retirement and health benefits to federal employees and veterans. This legal responsibility amounts to $53,000 for every*household*in the United States, but none of these liabilities are reflected in the 2013 budget deficit or national debt.….During the federal government’s 2013 fiscal year, the official federal deficit was*$680 billion, but this comprehensive accounting reveals that the federal government’s fiscal position deteriorated by $3.3 trillion or an average of $27,000 for every household in the U.S.
Obama administration to further delay healthcare employer mandate
2015. They will have to provide coverage to 95% of full-time workers in 2016.The requirement that companies with more than 50 full-time workers provide insurance or pay a fine is designed to prevent firms from dropping health benefits once the government offers subsidies to help individuals buy coverage.The law's authors worried that firms would be tempted to stop offering coverage, shifting the cost of healthcare to the government.Under the law, large employers that do not provide insurance will be fined $2,000 per employee beyond the first 30 employees.The new regulations are almost certain to provide new fuel to Republican critics of the law, who have charged repeatedly that the administration has exceeded its authority in selectively implementing parts of the law.But administration officials said Monday that the law allows such adjustments.“The secretary has very broad authority to implement the tax law in a way that benefits tax administration, and we think the phase-in approach really is a way to administer the law better and enhance overall compliance,” a senior Treasury Department official said.