In an appearance on Sunday Morning Futures, Toby Cosgrove, President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, told host Maria Bartiromo that Obamacare will have a “major effect on healthcare providers” because they will be paid less. He also explained that “about three-quarters of [people who have enrolled] find that their premiums are higher than they had been previously with other insurance.”
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On the CNN Sunday morning show, Inside Politics, host John King asked his panel of political journalists:
“And so if we’re having this conversation six weeks ago we’d be saying nine or ten Democratic Senate seats — Senate seats. But well let me start with this — anyone here think the House is still in play?”
They literally burst into laughter at the thought of Democrats taking back the majority in the House. Because of a variety of factors, the Republican majority in the House is quite safe and may even expand after this year’s elections.
And for this year at least, it looks like the Senate might flip back that way as well. Sure we all thought the GOP might eek out a small Senate majority in 2012, but presidential and mid-term elections are totally different. This time it’s much more likely, especially with at least half a dozen Democrats in solid red states who last won in the first Obama wave of 2008 now getting their first neutral ground challenge.
Sure it’s early, and anything could happen between March and November. But it may become just as objectively hilarious to suggest that Democrats will keep their Senate majority as it is to suggest they will regain one in the House.
During a segment this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Chris Matthews predicted that Democrats will lose the Senate in the 2014 mid-term election.
“It’s going to be very hard to hold the Senate,” said Matthews, who is ordinarily a cheerleader for President Obama and Democrats. “I think the Senate goes. I think we heard from the ‘Ghost of Christmas Future’ this week, which is [Democrats] are going to lose the Senate.”
Matthews also said Democrats have to get very tough to “minimize their losses in the House.” Just five months ago, Democrats and some pundits tough there was a chance that Republicans would lose the House.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has released a video marking the one-year anniversary of his 13-hour filibuster of CIA nominee John Brennan. Though it didn’t stop Brennan’s confirmation, it did raise awareness to the Obama administration’s drone strikes policy and, almost single-handedly, changed public opinion on the issue. You see our coverage of the filibuster here and here. You can also watch the filibuster, if you have 13 hours to spare, in full via C-SPAN.
This video shows how ridiculous Obamacare is by showing what buying a cup of coffee would be like under the same rules. For example, it doesn’t matter if you just want a simple black coffee — the government would require that the coffee shop provide you with a travel mug, straw and milk. At a cost of $743. And if you think that’s unreasonable and decide not to buy coffee, you can instead pay the government $500. It’s a humorous take on serious the problem — and highlights why the free market is so much more effective than government mandates.
CBS News notes that documents show that the Clinton administration was warned not to promise Americans that they would be able to keep their doctors under Hillary Clinton’s healthcare reform proposal. “That would have been good advice for the Obama administration 20 years later,” says CBS News, “before the President repeatedly made this promise.”
John King makes note of President Obama’s absence on the campaign trail in key states and his toxicity, which could haunt Democrats in the 2014 mid-term election. “The one person we don’t see on the road yet…is the President,” King said. “We know he’s not welcome in Kentucky, we know he’s not welcome in Arkansas.”
Via Learn Liberty: “Tired of the corruption, high crime, and poor state of the economy in Venezuela, students and other citizens are taking to the streets to protest. What kind of ideas inspire regular citizens to risk so much in the face of a tyrannical government?”
Did you know that the federal government can get access to your emails because of a loophole in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). The loophole means that after 180 days, your emails lose protected status and can be accessed by third-party providers without a warrant.
This video, produced by End180Days.org, offers a humorous and informative take on the very serious issue of electronic privacy. Three measures that would close the loophole have been introduced in Congress. United Liberty has covered two of them, ECPA Amendments Act (Leahy-Lee) and the Email Privacy Act (Polis-Yoder-Graves).