The next ObamaCare disasters
On Friday the president used the long-awaited resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to again claim victory for his namesake health law. "She got it fixed, got the job done," Obama said. Right.
Sorry, there is plenty of more bad news ahead.
It's not called SebeliusCare, and she wasn't to blame for most of its problems. The horrors were mostly baked into the law, with some made worse by the president's dishonest hard sell to get unsuspecting Americans to sign up.
Obama claimed Friday that 7.5 million people have enrolled in exchange coverage. In fact, perhaps 20 percent haven't paid their first premium and therefore aren't covered, according to estimates by RAND Corp. and Goldman Sachs.
The bigger question is how many will keep paying premiums. That's got the American Medical Association, a chief ObamaCare booster, so worried that it's sending warnings to its members.
Why the concern? First-time insurance purchasers, especially those living paycheck to paycheck, will be shocked by ObamaCare's high deductibles, about $3,000 for the silver plan (the most commonly selected) and $5,000 for the bronze plan (the most affordable).
Basically, you'll have to pay thousands out of pocket for appointments, tests and prescriptions until you reach your deductible.
Millennials who heard Obama say on "Between Two Ferns" that they can buy a health plan for the price of a cellphone contract won't be laughing when they realize what the $5,000 deductible means. (It's like a cellphone contract that makes you pay $5 a text for your first thousand texts.) Rather than pay thousands out of pocket for care while also paying premiums, some will quit paying premiums.
That's why the AMA is worried. Section 1412 of the health law gives consumers a 90 day "grace period" before their subsidized plan is canceled for nonpayment. But insurers only have to keep paying doctors and hospitals for 30 days. The next 60 days of care are on the care provider. The AMA says "it could pose a significant financial risk for medical practices."
Consumers reeling from ObamaCare premium shock are in for another jolt when the 2015 rates come out.
Overall, consumers had to pay far more for individual plans this year. In some states (Delaware and New Hampshire), rates went up 90 percent or even 100 percent, according to a newly released Morgan Stanley analysis.
And insurance executives already are warning about double- or triple-digit hikes for next year. "I do think it's likely premium-rate shocks are coming," said Chet Burrell, CEO of Care First BlueCross BlueShield. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, one of the first to raise the alarm, said increases "could go as high as 100 percent."
In most states, insurers will be setting their 2015 rates in June, but the administration is doing everything possible to keep the grim news under the radar until after the November elections. It even postponed the beginning of the open enrollment period until Nov. 15.
Losing on-the-job coverage
But there's no way to hide the impact on the 25 million to 30 million Americans who could lose coverage in the coming months.
For the same reasons that millions of policies in the individual market were canceled last year, employers who buy plans in the small-group market will have a hard time renewing their old plans this year. Many will have to choose between providing the more costly ObamaCare benefit package or dropping coverage altogether.
Count on employers with low-wage work forces (such as retailers, hoteliers and restaurateurs) to push employees and their families into the exchanges.
Protests over cancer care
Cancer is the leading cause of death in America and our No. 1 health fear. But access to the nation's top cancer centers is becoming a hot-button issue, as ObamaCare enrollees are finding how few choices of hospitals and doctors they have.
Many plans exclude all specialty cancer hospitals, even though research shows that women with ovarian cancer, for example, live a year longer when they are treated at high-volume cancer hospitals instead of local facilities. But insurers say they'd have to raise premiums for exchange plans even higher if this growing outrage over access to cancer centers forces them to broaden their networks.
The president said Friday that ObamaCare has "turned the corner." Not exactly. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes the confirmation hearings for Sebelius' successor, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, "will be the start of a candid conversation about ObamaCare's shortcomings."
That could take a while.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Family Security Matters.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Dark days from the past are making their presence felt again in the Ukraine today. Pro-Russian government there is requesting all Jews to register. This news comes from the US Today Now.
|Leaflet passed out in Donetsk|
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.
Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.
To read the rest of the article go here. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-to-register-in-east-ukraine/7816951/
AINA via The Religion of Peace.
Syrian Extremists Threaten to 'Destroy' Canada in Online Video
The most extreme armed faction in Syria has threatened to "destroy" Canada, as Western governments are struggling to deal with radicalized citizens infatuated with Al-Qaeda ideology.
Speaking in flawless English, a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant said in an online video that after fighting in the Middle East, the group would turn on North America.
"This is a message to Canada and all the American tyrants: We are coming and we will destroy you, with permission from Allah the almighty," the unidentified foreign fighter said.
While he did not divulge his nationality, he said he was an "emigrant" to Syria and his accent sounded North American. It is rare for jihadists to mention Canada in their propaganda unless they are Canadians.
Despite the threat, the young extremist did not himself seem to have the intention of travelling to Canada to conduct attacks: he followed up his brief speech by tossing his passport into a fire.
According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, about 30 Canadians have joined Syrian extremist factions like ISIL, which is trying to impose its militant version of Islamic law in the region.
But a Canadian who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Turab and calls himself a "jihadi" said in an online post there were "many bros from Canada" fighting in Syria. In another post, he said there were "maybe 100."
Officials are concerned about the security threat posed by foreign jihadist fighters should they return to Canada with terrorist training, combat experience and extreme anti-Western zeal.
About 130 radicalized Canadians are believed to remain active abroad, while 80 have returned to Canada from various conflict zones. "Some never achieve their intent and simply return home. Thus their depth of experience varies widely, making some individuals much more concerning than others," Michel Coulombe, the CSIS Director, testified recently.
The last Canadian known to have died in Syria was Damian Clairmont, a Muslim convert from Calgary. Another convert from Timmons, Ont., Andr? Poulin, died last summer, around the same time that Ali Dirie, a convicted member of the Toronto 18 terrorist group, was killed.
"I made hijra [emigration] to this land for one reason alone," the English-speaking jihadist said in the new video, which was posted Sunday, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. "I left comfort for one reason alone -- for Allah, glorified and exalted be He. And Allah willing, after Syria, after Iraq, after the [Arabian] Peninsula, we are going for you, Barack Obama."
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Just think if the world hadn't done a 180 and now all love us because Barack Hussein Obama is our President.
The story comes from Times of India.
The story comes from Times of India.
Yemen's al-Qaida leader vows to attack America in new video
DUBAI: The leader of al-Qaida's wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters.
In February, attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Sanaa in which 29 inmates, including 19 jailed for terrorism-related crimes, escaped.
The 15-minute video, dated March 2014 and posted on a website used by Islamists, shows masked men waving al-Qaida's black flag and celebrating the arrival of the freed prisoners.
Its authenticity could not be independently verified.
"The Crusader enemy, dear brothers, still possesses cards which he moves around. We have to remember that we are always fighting the biggest enemy," says a man speaking in the open in a mountainous area, whom the video identifies as its leader Nasser al-Wuhaishi.
"We have to remove the cross, (and) the bearer of the cross, America," said Wuhaishi, who appeared with his face uncovered, wearing a T-shirt and sporting a dagger common among Yemeni men.
The video, entitled "Images from the reception of the freed prisoners from Sanaa's central prison," included testimony from fighters involved in the jailbreak.
"We planned that we would need 10 hand grenades," said a man identified as Munir al-Bouni.
Another man said: "Once you got out, you turned right and the guys were waiting."
Largest gathering in Yemen
Abdulrazzaq al-Jamal, a journalist who has interviewed members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said it was the largest known gathering of al-Qaida in Yemen.
"It included about 400 people, and these are not all the members of the group. This gathering is a confirmation that al-Qaida is gaining strength and influence," he told Reuters.
Formed in 2009, AQAP has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in Yemen and taken over territory for long periods.
A US state department spokeswoman said in response to the video that it was "in no way breaking news that AQAP is a significant threat to the United States, the people of Yemen, to other people in the region and around the world."
Since 2009, the group had made several attempts to attack the United States and had carried out a number of attacks inside Yemen, Marie Harf told a regular briefing.
"I don't think we can make generalizations about their strength based on one video, quite frankly. We know they've been gaining in strength. ... So, I don't think this increases our concern, because quite frankly, our concern was already incredibly high."
Harf said it was interesting that Wuhaishi was not only head of AQAP, but was now number two of core al-Qaida, showing that the main body had decentralized as a result of US successes against it in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The video showed men arriving in white pickup trucks and others greeting Wuhaishi. Others carried rifles, and some sat on the ground drinking juice. Some spoke or sang through microphones and loudspeakers.
US drone attacks have killed several suspected AQAP figures, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Islamist cleric accused of links to a plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and US cargo planes in 2010.
"Al-Qaida will gain strength as there continues to be division and weakness in security performance," said Ali al-Sarari, political adviser to Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa.
"The last appearance (the video) shows that Yemen is confronting a dangerous challenge. And if the security performance continues in this manner, then Yemen will face an even bigger failure than what it has faced in the past."
Family Security Matters.
The Ultimate Source of Islamic Hate for Infidels
Who is ultimately responsible for the ongoing attacks on Christians and their churches throughout the Islamic world?
Focusing on one of the most obvious nations where Christians are regularly targeted-Egypt's Coptic Christians-one finds that the "mob" is the most visible and obvious culprit. One Copt accused of some transgression against Muslim sensibilities-from having relations with a Muslim woman, to ruining a Muslim man's shirt-is often enough to prompt Muslim mobs to destroy entire Christian villages and their churches.
Recently, for example, after her cross identified Mary Sameh George as a Christian, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood mob attacked, beat, and slaughtered her.
However, a recent Arabic op-ed titled "Find the True Killer of Mary" looks beyond the mob to identify the true persecutor of Christians in Egypt. According to it:
Those who killed the young and vulnerable Mary Sameh George, for hanging a cross in her car, are not criminals, but rather wretches who follow those who legalized for them murder, lynching, dismemberment, and the stripping bare of young Christian girls-without every saying "kill." [Islamic cleric] Yassir Burhami and his colleagues who announce their hate for Christians throughout satellite channels and in mosques-claiming that hatred of Christians is synonymous with love for God-they are the true killers who need to be tried and prosecuted... The slayers of Mary Sameh are simply a wretched mob, with the body of a bull but the brain of a worm. It's not the puppets on the string who need punishing, but rather the mastermind who moves the puppets with his bloody fingers behind closed curtains that needs punishing.
One fact certainly validates this Arabic op-ed's assertions: the overwhelming majority of attacks on Christians in Egypt and other Muslim nations-including the slaughter of Mary Sameh George-occur on Friday, the one day of the week that Muslims congregate in mosques for communal prayers and to hear sermons.
The significance of this fact can easily be understood by analogy: what if Christians were especially and consistently violent to non-Christian minorities on Sunday-right after they got out of church? What would that say about what goes on in Christian churches?
What does it say about what goes on in Muslim mosques?
The Arabic op-ed also does well to name Sheikh Yassir al-Burhami as one of those who "announce their hate for Christians throughout the satellite channels and in mosques, claiming that hatred of Christians is synonymous with love for God."
For example, Dr. Burhami-the face of Egypt's Salafi movement-once issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, forbidding Muslim taxi- and bus-drivers from transporting Coptic Christian priests to their churches, which he depicted as "more forbidden than taking someone to a liquor bar."
As for hating non-Muslim "infidels," many Islamic clerics, especially Salafis, believe that the doctrine of "Loyalty and Enmity" (or wala' wa bara') commands Muslims never to befriend or be loyal to non-Muslims.
Burhami himself appears on video asserting that if a Muslim man marries a Christian or Jewish woman (known in Islamic parlance as "People of the Book")-even he must still hate his wife, because she is an infidel.
When asked at a conference how Islam can allow a Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim woman and yet expect him to hate her, Burhami expounded as follows:
Shiekh Yassir Burhami and the scriptures of Islam
Where's the objection? Do all men love their wives? How many married couples live together despite disagreements and problems? Huh? That being the case, he [Muslim husband] may love the way she [non-Muslim wife] looks, or love the way she raises the children, or love that she has money. This is why he's discouraged from marrying among the People of the Book-because she has no [real] religion. He is ordered to make her hate her religion while continuing marriage/sexual relations with her. This is a very standard matter.... Of course he should tell her that he hates her religion. He must show her that he hates her because of her religion, and because she is an infidel. But if possible, treat her well-perhaps that will cause her to convert to Islam. He should invite her to Islam and call her to Allah.... In fact, let me tell you: whoever rapes a woman, does he necessarily love her? Or is he just sleeping with her? He's sleeping with her for her body's sake only, and he does not love her in reality, because if he loved her, he wouldn't have hurt her. Therefore it is possible to have sexual relations [between a Muslim man and a Christian or Jewish woman] without love. This is possible, but as we said, he is commanded to hate her (emphasis added).
Burhami even said that the Muslim husband cannot initiate greetings to his non-Muslim wife when he comes home-according to the teachings of Islam's prophet as recorded in the hadith.
Like all other Islamic clerics, Burhami justified "infidel-wife-hating" by quoting some of the Koran verses that form the cornerstone of the doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity:
Otherwise what do you do with the undisputed texts [of the Koran], such as "Thou wilt not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, loving those who resist [or reject submission to] Allah and His Messenger, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred... "O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors..." [Koran 58:22 and 5:51, Yusuf Ali translation]. What do you do with such a verse? What do you do will all these verses?
Indeed, what does a Muslim do with all these Koran verses and sayings attributed to Islam's prophet Muhammad?
Such is the dilemma.
From here it becomes clear that the aforementioned Arabic op-ed discussing the slaughter of Mary Sameh George is only partially correct. It is true that behind the mindless mob stand Islamic clerics like Burhami, inciting hatred for Christians and other infidels. But that is not the complete picture; for behind all these clerics stand Islam's scriptures-the Koran and hadith-commanding enmity for the infidel.
In short, it's not just a few "radical clerics"-a few "rotten apples"-that incite mobs to attack Christians, but rather the core texts of Islam itself.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The story comes from Times of India.
Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school: Security official
MAIDUGURI (Nigeria): Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, a senior security source told AFP.
Asked to confirm media reports that 200 girls had been taken from a school in the Chibok local government area during an Islamist attack, the source, who requested anonymity, said "the number is not up to 200, but it is over 100."
"Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles," said Emmanuel Sam, an education official in the town of Chibok, where the attack took place on Monday.
Boko Haram is a radical Islamist militant group whose name means "western education is forbidden".
It has repeatedly attacked schools in the northeast during an insurgency that has killed thousands since 2009.
The gunmen came "in trucks and on motorcycles and headed to the school", where they overpowered soldiers deployed to guard it, said a witness who requested anonymity.
He said soldiers had been deployed to provide extra security ahead of yearly exams, but the gunmen "subdued the soldiers and took the girls away".
He was not able to provide an estimate of the number of girls abducted. In an attack earlier this year in Borno state, witnesses said Boko Haram gunmen surrounded a girls' school, forced the students to leave and ordered them to immediately return to their villages.
Sam spoke in Borno's capital Maiduguri where he said he fled after the attack at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.