Morning Action: The Iran Nuclear Deal Could Lead to Armed Conflict
IRAN. The Heritage Foundation explains why the Administration’s decision to ease sanctions on Iran was a mistake that could lead to armed conflict and war, potentially with Israel. The deal undermines the possibility for better negotiations in the future, because the U.S. should be increasing, not decreasing, sanctions on Iran at this time. The deal also flies in the face of advice from both Congress and U.S. allies:
The deal that the Obama Administration struck at the Geneva talks yesterday amounts to a flawed agreement that risks reducing sanctions pressure on Iran over next six months in return for easily reversible Iranian pledges, some of which Iran has given before but subsequently reneged on. The deal requires Iran to curb some, but not all, of its nuclear activities over the next six months in return for about $7 billion in sanctions relief.
The Administration has resisted bipartisan congressional efforts to impose new sanctions on Iran. White House spokesman Jay Carney has warned that additional pressure on Iran could derail diplomatic negotiations and put the U.S. on a “march to war.”
But as Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Peter Brookes has noted: “On the contrary, not being tough enough on Iran—whether with new sanctions or at the Geneva talks—may actually propel the simmering crisis toward armed conflict despite intentions to do otherwise.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the deal as a “historic mistake” and warned that Israel “has the right and duty to defend itself by itself.” This is a signal that Israel could take preventive action to protect itself against Iran’s nuclear threat in the future.
Top lawmakers from both parties disapprove of the deal:
Top lawmakers on both side of the aisle on Sunday voiced skepticism about the newly struck agreement with Iran, and vowed to keep up the pressure with sanctions.
Senior members in both chambers said that, at first glance, Iran got the better end of the deal with western powers, China and Russia – effectively exchanging looser sanctions for very little progress in impeding Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.
DOCTORS. Obamacare is harming doctors across the country:
Eye doctor Patricia McLaughlin has been blindsided by ObamaCare — twice.
The Upper East Side ophthalmologist just got word that Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield has excluded her from its network of doctors to serve patients enrolled in its new individual and small-group medical policies under the Affordable Care Act.
That means her patients who join the new policies will have to pay entirely out of pocket if they want to keep her as their doctor.
McLaughlin expects an uproar when patients find they can no longer see their regular doctor.
“There’s going to be mass confusion come January,” she said.
It was the second ObamaCare shock for the doc, who had previously gotten a letter from Empire Blue Cross telling her it had canceled its coverage of her own four-person office to comply with ObamaCare. She expects to pay more for a new policy now.
OBAMACARE. Obamacare discourages both work and marriage, meaning that it will hurt the very people it was supposedly designed to help:
While President Obama and his fellow liberals may have held the best of intentions while ramming Obamacare through Congress, the law’s policies are far from compassionatetoward the uninsured and Americans with low and modest incomes.
In fact, the law perpetuates some of the country’s worst trends that trap people in poverty. It includes disincentives for individuals to marry and for Americans of low and modest incomes to work. Discouraging work and marriage will only perpetuate poverty and income inequality, not alleviate them.
The way Obamacare calculates federal premium subsidies and cost-sharing subsidies includes several “cliffs.” A person might qualify for a hefty subsidy at his current income, but if he gets a raise and makes a little more, that Obamacare subsidy disappears.
Obamacare contains not one, but two penalties on marriage—one for families with low and moderate incomes and another for families with higher incomes. By continuing failed policies that undermine the institution of marriage, Obamacare will accelerate a root cause of income inequality in the United States.
REID. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% is doing what he can to distract the American people from Obamacare:
Senate Republicans all but shouted that Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to go nuclear was about one thing: changing the subject from the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
While Democrats pushed back and focused on what they called GOP obstruction, it’s clear that any shift away from Obamacare is a buoy for Democrats, especially those facing reelection in 2014.
Uncertainty surrounding what will happen next with President Obama’s signature program and whether the outcome will be positive is making Democrats anxious; political polling justifies that anxiety, and Reid has signaled he’s prepared to tackle a bevy of high-profile bills that could distract from the troubled law.
Politically, the problem-plagued rollout of the new health care law appears to be taking a toll on Democrats. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has seen her approval rating drop more than 10 points in a new poll. Earlier this month, 39 House Democrats defected and voted for a bill to “fix” Obamacare drafted by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Landrieu and other senators facing voters in 2014 have offered their own bills aimed at repairing the legislation’s flaws. Obama himself memorably admitted during a recent news conference just how problematic the issue had become for Democrats.