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Obamacare and Trumpcare – Same song, different verse

Do you remember when Barack Obama said the following words when he was promoting the Affordable Care Act to the American people? We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t…

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Three Not-so-Great Moments in Government-Run Healthcare

Government intervention has messed up the healthcare sector, leading to needlessly high prices and massive inefficiency. Fixing the mess won’t be easy since it would involve addressing several contributing problems, including Medicare, Medicaid, the healthcare exclusion in the tax code, Obamacare, and the mess at the Veterans Administration. But at least we know the right […]

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Instead of Fighting to Protect Taxpayers, Politicians Are Enabling Medicare Fraud

Yesterday, I shared several stories that exposed the festering corruption of Washington. Today, let’s look at one issue that symbolizes the pervasive waste of Washington. Medicare is the federal government’s one-size-fits-all health program for the elderly. Because of its poor design, it bears considerable responsibility for two massive problems. It contributes to the systemic third-party […]

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After 50 Years, We’ve Learned Enough to Know Medicare Should Get Early Retirement

Not all birthdays are a cause for untrammeled joy. Most of us baby boomers, for instance, don’t like being reminded that we’re getting older. And for folks who follow fiscal policy, the fact that Medicare is now 50 years old is hardly a cause for celebration. That’s because the program, as one of the three […]

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Fiscal Fights with Friends, Part II: Grading AEI’s Big-Picture Tax and Budget Reform

The American Enterprise Institute has published a comprehensive budgetary plan entitled, “Tax and spending reform for fiscal stability and economic growth.” Authored by Joseph Antos, Andrew G. Biggs, Alex Brill, and Alan D. Viard, all of whom I know and admire, this new document outlines a series of reforms designed to restrain the growth of […]

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DFL: all smears, all the time

Recently, I got another smear campaign mailer from the DFL smearing Jim Knoblach. It isn’t shocking that the DFL is into smearing Republicans. It’s that the DFL’s mailer has a picture of a senior citizen with the caption “Tell Jim Knoblach to keep his hands off our Social Security and Medicare.” It’s painfully obvious that […]

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Obamacare, Cost Curves, the Ever-Worsening Entitlement Crisis, and the Case for Spending Restraint

I’m very worried about the burden of government spending. Moreover, I’m quite concerned that poorly designed entitlement programs will lead to fiscal disaster. And I’m especially irked that Obama made the problem worse by ramming through yet another misguided and costly health care entitlement. Given this background, you can imagine that I was very interested […]

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The Medicare Money Pit of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Since I primarily work on fiscal policy, I normally look at the budgetary impact of entitlement programs. And the numbers are very grim. But I’m also an economist, so I periodically comment on how government intervention undermines the efficient functioning of markets in the healthcare field. Last but not least, I’m also a taxpayer, so […]

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We Need a Debate about the Size of Government, but It Helps to Understand Basic Fiscal Facts

Self awareness is supposed to be a good thing, so I’m going to openly acknowledge that I have an unusual fixation on the size of government. I don’t lose a wink of sleep thinking about deficits, but I toss and turn all night fretting about the overall burden of government spending. My peculiar focus on […]

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Obamacare Schadenfreude: Part 8976

OK, we’ll talk some reality about Obamacare, AKA Obamadon’tcare, AKA 404Care AKA a dozen others saying much the same thing. Personally, I think the website broke the concept beyond repair, the young people men boys he needs to subsidise everybody else have gone back to their video games and whatever else they use the insulate themselves […] . . . → Read More: Obamacare Schadenfreude: Part 8976 . . . → Read More: Obamacare Schadenfreude: Part 8976

Obamacare, Obamanomics ‘stimulus’ for parent move-ins with kids

The only “work” stimulated for non-government union employees by President Obama’s 2009 “stimulus” bill was for U-Haul to move adult children’s furniture back to their parents’ homes. Obamacare will force children lucky enough to have full-time jobs to rent Ryder trucks to transport mom and dad’s stuff to their abodes. Maybe President Barack Obama would consider issuing an executive order allowing adults to stay on their children’s | Read More » . . . → Read More: Obamacare, Obamanomics ‘stimulus’ for parent move-ins with kids . . . → Read More: Obamacare, Obamanomics ‘stimulus’ for parent move-ins with kids

Obamacare Website: No-Bid Contract to FOM*!


An Obamacare ‘Did You Know?’ (*FOM = Friend of Michelle)

Actually a better question might be if not for articles like this one, ‘Would you ever know?’

Who Built Obamacare’s 678 Million Dollar Website?

Do you think that there might  be a problem here?

Another looming scandal that is going to be ignored by mainstream media to the tune of 3/4 of a billion dollars.

Meet:


Toni Townes-Whitley
Senior Vice President at CGI Federal

The Feds only reviewed one bid to build the ACA (Obamacare website)
http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2537194#.UlvHPWwQRGk.twitter

“Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut.

Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.

CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacare’s problem-plagued web portal.”

Some allegations have come to light.

*Toni Townes-Whitley, Senior Vice President at CGI Federal for Civilian Agency programs, is Princeton Class of 1985. Michelle Obama is Princeton Class of 1985. Both are members of Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

*CGI “donated” $47 Million to Obama’s campaign.

*CGI executives were large campaign bundlers for the Obama. They helped him shut off all the security features on Obama’s campaign donation website in 2008 and 2012 in order to take multi-millions in foreign donations.

Why are members of the Mainstream Media not asking questions?

The question in the last sentence has been asked too many times with no good answer having ever been provided!

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Medicare: Recipients Pay for Hamburger, They Get a Hamburger, but Taxpayers Are Being Charged for a Steak

One of the challenges of good entitlement reform (or even bad entitlement reform) is that recipients think they’ve “earned” benefits. If you tell them that programs such as Medicare are unsustainable and need to be changed, some of them suspect you’re trying to somehow cheat them. After all, they were forced to cough up payroll […] . . . → Read More: Medicare: Recipients Pay for Hamburger, They Get a Hamburger, but Taxpayers Are Being Charged for a Steak . . . → Read More: Medicare: Recipients Pay for Hamburger, They Get a Hamburger, but Taxpayers Are Being Charged for a Steak

An Amusing Look at Why We Need the Right Kind of Entitlement Reform

According to my reader poll, Michael Ramirez is the nation’s best political cartoonist. His new masterpiece about entitlements is a good example of his talent. In one image, he manages to convey how the system lures people into danger by offering the illusion that they can get something for nothing. The cartoon is an apt […] . . . → Read More: An Amusing Look at Why We Need the Right Kind of Entitlement Reform . . . → Read More: An Amusing Look at Why We Need the Right Kind of Entitlement Reform

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Medicare Financing Plastic Surgery

What’s the most absurd “health” expenditure by government? There are lots of potential responses, including $240 million for penis pumps. Or how about the fact that Obamacare allows taxpayer-subsidized viagra for sex offenders? But another potential answer is cosmetic surgery for “droopy eyelids.” Here are some of the details from a Miami Herald report. Aging […] . . . → Read More: Your Tax Dollars at Work: Medicare Financing Plastic Surgery . . . → Read More: Your Tax Dollars at Work: Medicare Financing Plastic Surgery