Morning Bell: What the Media and President Don’t Want You to Know About Obamacare
OBAMACARE. President Obama and the leftist media don’t want you to know that Mr. Obama’s failed government takeover of the healthcare system in America, Obamacare, can and must be defunded. Mike Needham and Jim DeMint explain that Republicans may be blamed for a potential government shutdown, but it will be Mr. Obama who makes that call. Conservatives want to fund the government while defunding Obamacare (sub. req’d):
Few Americans are clamoring to shut down the federal government, but polls indicate that a majority of Americans agree that ObamaCare will be a disaster for their family’s health care and for the nation’s economy. So why is President Obama threatening to shut down the government if Congress sends him a year-end spending bill to fully support government operations but without funding for his (unfair, unworkable and unaffordable) health-care law?
President Obama, along with all the Democrats, will accuse Republicans of trying to shut down the government by giving the president a spending bill that he must veto. But there is no “must” about it. If the president opts to shut down all of government instead of just ObamaCare, that will be his choice, not the wish of conservatives.
On CNBC’s Kudlow Report, Heritage Action’s Dan Holler explained how Congress can actually defund Obamacare and why we cannot afford to play small ball if we want to stop the new entitlements:
PRIVACY. Heritage’s Chris Jacobs explains that thanks to Obamacare, your privacy is under threat:
Who has access to your Social Security number, your bank information, and your tax records?
When Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges open, your data could be exposed to shysters and hackers, thanks to serious vulnerabilities in the system.
The exchanges are scheduled to open on October 1 (just 53 days away). But the list of implementation failures keeps growing, and the security of Americans’ data is threatened.
THREAT #1: Obamacare “Navigators”
Navigators are a group of people and organizations that are going to be facilitating signups for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges.
THREAT #2: Obamacare’s Data Hub
The data hub is a massive compilation of tax filings, Social Security reports, and other government data that will be used to determine eligibility for subsidized insurance.
OBAMA. Mr. Obama’s approval ratings have continued to fall:
At his first news conference in four months — 3 pm EDT — Obama also carries a public approval rating running at about 44 percent. The results of several surveys taken since mid-July range from a high of 48 percent at CBS News to a low of 42 percent in the most recent at Fox News.
At his last White House news conference, at the end of April, he had to answer a question about losing his juice. “As Mark Twain said, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point,” Obama replied then.
The president has a lot more to talk about today, as he prepares to leave Washington for a week-long vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. With Congress gone for the month, Washington is likely to get pretty quiet pretty quickly.
Still today, there are a lot of questions.