Morning Action: The Spookiest Thing This Halloween Is Obamacare
HALLOWEEN. Obamacare is raising your premiums, taking away your insurance policy and reducing your quality of care. Halloween creatures are fake, but Obamacare could not be more real:
SECURITY. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could not say if HealthCare.gov is secure during her testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
Sebelius, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce committee, said she didn’t know whether each line of new code for the website was being tested and was secure.
When asked by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., whether each new piece of code added to the website was security tested, Sebelius first said that, according to her understanding, that yes, the code had been tested.
But after being pressed by Rogers, Sebelius said “I don’t know” but that the security of the site was an “ongoing operation.”
IN DENIAL. The Heritage Foundation explains President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are denying that Obamacare means a government takeover of healthcare, even though that is precisely what it means:
Obamacare dictates what government-approved health insurance looks like.
That’s the whole point of the law. You must buy government-approved health insurance, and the bureaucrats will tell you what it must cover.
But President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are now denying this.
Yesterday, they both came out publicly to tell America that it’s not Obamacare that’s causing you to receive a cancellation notice—it’s your insurance company.
AMNESTY. The House and Senate should not go to conference with the Senate-passed amnesty bill, which is what Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) 68%told House leadership Wednesday:
A key House Republican said Wednesday that he was urging his leadership to back off any formal negotiations with the Senate on immigration reform, reflecting a growing refusal from the GOP to reconcile the Gang of Eight legislation with any immigration bill that the House may pass.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, has been advocating for a bipartisan border-security bill that cleared his panel with unanimous support in May. That bill has lagged on the way to the House floor since, but McCaul indicated that his legislation isn’t meant to be a jumping-off point for broader discussions on overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.
And McCaul said he has relayed that message to the chamber’s top Republican — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — directly.
TOO EXPENSIVE. One Obamacare “navigator” has failed to sign up a single person for Obamacare because it’s simply too expensive:
“So far, no one,” says the Obamacare navigator. “Thus far everybody has taken a look at the rates and they’ve walked out the door. There’s sticker shock. They just can’t afford it.”
YOUNG PEOPLE. It’s very unlikely that young people will sign up for Obamacare, despite the Administration’s aggressive but futile advertising:
HealthCare.gov is not the biggest problem with Obamacare, though it’s getting the most media coverage. The real problem is the law’s viability (or the lack thereof), and even some of the law’s most prominent supporters, like Bill Clinton, have said without healthy young people, Obamacare doesn’t work.
The website may get fixed, but if and when that happens, the underlying policy remains just as unworkable.
Will young adults become more likely to buy insurance when it becomes more expensive for them to do so? I guess we’ll have to see how compelling a case Kathleen Sebeluis and the Administration can make for their failed law.
ENDA. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson explains why the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which the Senate is expected to consider soon, is terrible policy:
Part of the genius of the American system of government is our commitment to protecting the liberty and First Amendment freedoms of all citizens while respecting their equality before the law. But ENDA would create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity, backed up by coercive enforcement.
ENDA would make it illegal for organizations with 15 or more employees to “fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual . . . because of such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The bill defines “gender identity” as “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms . . . of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.” In other words, it creates special rights for transgendered individuals — males who dress and act as females, and females who dress and act as males — and forbids employers from considering the consequences of such behavior in the workplace.