LATEST OBAMACARE LIE SHREDDED: 7.1 million enrollment number is bogus; only 858,000 have paid premiums

Gee, 858,000 is a far cry from the “7.1 million” signup number that the White House pulled out of its keister estimated as having signed up by the March 31st deadline.

Even worse? 858,000 is an infinitesimally small fraction of the “46 million”* uninsured Americans that Obamacare was supposed to address.

Yes, it’s true: Democrats destroyed the American health care system for nothing.

A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America’s health care system ‘a lot better’ in a Rose Garden press conference… But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.

Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

…Others were already insured, including millions who lost coverage when their existing policies were suddenly cancelled because they didn’t meet Obamacare’s strict minimum requirements.

…The president took no questions from reporters, but celebrated the end of a rocky six-month open-enrollment period by taking pot shots at Republicans who have opposed the law from the beginning as a government-run seizure of one-seventh of the U.S. economy.

‘The debate over repealing this law is over,’ he insisted. ‘The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.’

The president also chided conservatives ‘who have based their entire political agenda on repealing it,’ and praised congressional Democrats for their partisan passage of the law without a single GOP vote.

As Aleister observes, For months we were told it was impossible to quote exact ObamaCare enrollment numbers yet somehow, one day after the close of open enrollment the Obama administration has suddenly announced the incredibly specific number of 7.1 million enrollees.

* 46 million uninsured? Yes, that’s another lie. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Dems Push Executive Orders For Full Employment: “Should Be Our Number One Agenda”


The honorable Congresswoman from Texas, who recently argued that welfare should be renamed to a transitional living fund, has another brilliant idea up her sleeve. Given the overwhelming success of the Patient Affordable Care Act in reducing premiums, providing high quality health care to all Americans, and improving the economy, Congressional democrats have established a “Full Employment Caucus” which aims to give every American who wants to work a job.

According to Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) you’re either going to support it, or President Obama will use his Executive Powers to push it through without Congressional approval.

This one is straight out of the Communist Manifesto and like any good collectivist approach it will be mandated by our benevolent central leadership committee:

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said that the new Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.”

Jackson Lee added that writing up executive orders “should be our number one agenda.”

“We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” the Texas congresswoman said.

“I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength”…

“In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment,” Jackson Lee added.

According to a recent commentary by Rep. Fredrica Wilson and Rep. John Conyers, who are part of the Full Employment Caucus, this is an absolute necessity in America because of the widening income inequality gap:

We need a movement for a full employment society.

Every American has a stake in stopping unemployment. So it’s time to kindle a new movement built on a simple vision: Every American who wants to work should have the right to either employment or training.

Someone may want to get in touch with these Congressional Representatives, because last time we checked, every legal resident and citizen who wants to work already has a right to work in the United States of America. That’s been the case for quite a while, but we understand if these Congressional democrats weren’t aware of it because it appears in an obscure little document called The Constitution of the United States of America.

Wilson and Conyers continue, in an attempt to educate us about how big government isn’t really big government, and this regulatory environment is necessary for the optimum functioning of capitalism:

A 21st Century New Deal would establish public trusts to create work opportunities and training programs in needed areas including construction, infrastructure repair, energy efficiency, education, health care, and neighborhood renovation.

Some of our conservative colleagues in Congress might call this approach “big government.” To the contrary, we know it’s the way to optimize free-market capitalism. When every person is trained, working, earning a salary, and contributing to the tax base, we have less need for government assistance and higher levels of consumer demand and investment. We therefore have less debt and more economic growth.

This sounds great on paper. Free health care and 100% employment always do. But as we’ve seen throughout history, it doesn’t always work out that way in the real world.

You cannot mandate full employment, otherwise you end up with mega-cities that lack people. Or, as was often done behind the Berlin Wall in the East Bloc during the cold war, tens of thousands of products would be built, only to be destroyed later because no one could afford to buy them. Everyone was employed, but the economies of these communist nations collapsed in on themselves because market participants were not free to do what the market demanded. They were forced to do what government demanded.

Here’s a thought for Sheila Jackson Lee and her Caucus colleagues. Since the idea is to establish a “New Deal” for the 21st century, perhaps we could get all of those folks on “transitional living funds” and instead of doling out thousands of dollars in government distributions to people who essentially sit on their butts all day waiting for their next check, we have those folks earn their keep. We’re already shelling out billions of dollars a year to cover their “salaries,” so why not do with welfare what Ms. Jackson Lee suggested by making it a truly transitional and temporary government assistance program?

Let’s transition those folks from their couches into actual productive human beings.

If you want a check from the government and you have two functioning arms and two functioning legs, then get to work!

Here’s an example of someone who’s itching to transition right now:

Shock Interview: Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed… We Still Gonna Get Paid”

While workers out there are preaching morality at people like me living on welfare, can you really blame us?

I get to sit home… I get to go visit my friends all day… I even get to smoke weed…

Me and people that I know that are illegal immigrants that don’t contribute to society, we still gonna get paid.

Our check’s gonna come in the mail every month… and it’s gonna be on time… and we get subsidized housing… we even get presents delivered for our kids on Christmas… Why should I work?

Ya’ll get the benefit of saying “oh, look at me, I’m a better person,” but when ya’ll sit at home behind ya’lls I’m a better person… we the ones gettin’ paid!

Full employment mandates are so going to work. Let’s break out the pens and Executive Orders and get this economy fixed!

SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

THANK A DETROITOCRAT: The Number of Americans Who Left the Labor Force Hits Another All-Time High

I’m trying to get the term “Detroitocrats” — referring, of course, to the members of the hard left Democrat Party who ruin everything they touch — popularized. Today’s jobs report can only help my cause.

…The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation’s labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000 in September…

…In January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, there were 80,507,000 Americans not in the labor force. Thus, the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 10,102,000 during Obama’s presidency…

Please take a closer look at the chart. Notice that around May of 2010, when Obamacare was jammed through Congress without a single Republican vote, the labor-force participation rate started heading south. And it hasn’t let up since.

In fact, less than 150,000 people in the U.S. — total — found work last month. That’s less than 3,000 people per state — or about the number of people who attend a high school football game.

…just 148,000 people found work last month.

“I think it is an absolute disaster,” says Brian Sozzi, chief equity strategist at Belus Capital Advisors in the attached video, where he calls today’s release a “horrifically depressing report.”
As Sozzi sees it, “there’s stuff going on out there in the economy that nobody is talking about.”

Specifically, he cites the need to listen to what companies such as Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) and Hasbro (HAS) are telling us this earnings season, and to take heed of the restructuring plans, earnings misses, and soft revenue results.

The Detroitocrat Party is literally turning all of America into Detroit.

They have no blueprint, no master plan, no overarching document describing their endgame they can share with us. They will continue to tinker, to social-engineer, to “fix” society using increasingly totalitarian methods to address the “non-compliant”.

And like D.C., like Chicago, and — yes — like Detroit and all of the other bankrupt cities in California, jobs, opportunity and hope will disappear from the landscape like a wheat field devastated by a swarm of locusts.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Growing number of media stories focus on Isaiah 17 & Jeremiah 49 prophecies on the future of Damascus.

Headline on The Drudge Report today.

Headline on The Drudge Report today.

(Washington, D.C.) — As the crisis in Syria intensifies, interest in Bible prophecies concerning the future of Damascus are growing. People all over the world are increasingly, and understandably, interested in the prophecies found in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah. Do they describe a future judgment of the city of Damascus and its utter destruction?

Now, a growing number of media outlets are covering the growing interest. Most of the articles are dismissive, some are snarky, some find it all ridiculous, but at least the articles are making people aware that these Bible prophecies exist.

Here are a few examples:

I’ve been writing and speaking about these prophecies for some time. Most recently, my novel, Damascus Countdown considered this very subject, the coming Biblical judgment of the Syrian capital. We don’t know, of course, whether the prophecies of Scripture will come true in our lifetime, much less soon. But the novel provided me an opportunity to imagine one possible scenario of how they could unfold. What’s more, the novel has made many people aware of the prophecies who otherwise had never even heard of them, much less considered them seriously, and encouraged them to go back into the Scriptures to study the texts for themselves.

Given the growing interest in these specific prophecies, I have posted 23 pages of my personal study notes on Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah and the future of Damascus. I hope they are helpful both to pastors, Bible study leaders and lay people who want to study these issues more closely. Reporters are welcome to study them, too.

That said, let me make a few last points:

  1. First, these prophecies are very sad and sobering — Christians should not be gleeful or excited about the coming judgment of any city or nation. After all, Jesus told us to love our neighbors, and our enemies. Love does not hope for something bad to happen to other people.
  2. Second, the prophecies have not yet come true yet — As I explain in the study notes, Damascus has been attacked and conquered numerous times in history, but it has never been utterly destroyed and uninhabited, as the prophecies foretell. Rather, Damascus is widely regarded as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on the planet. What’s more, while prophecies found in the first few chapters of Isaiah do describe the conquering of Damascus in 732 BC, the prophecies of Isaiah 17 were not even given to Isaiah until the year King Ahaz died (see Isaiah 14:28), which was in 715 BC. Thus, Isaiah 17 could not possibly have been referring to the events that had happened two decades earlier. Rather, Isaiah 17′s description of Damascus’s complete destruction is eschatological. It will come to pass in the End Times, at some point prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. And, of course, Jeremiah’s prophecy about the destruction of Damascus was written more than a century after the events of 732 BC., and has not yet come to pass either.
  3. Third, while it is important to study the Bible and know what the Scriptures say about the future of the Middle, Christians should not argue and/or become divided over the interpretation of Bible prophecy. Rather, we need to be both hearers of God’s Word, and doers, as well, according to James 1:22.

That means that we need to understand the “whole counsel of God” and obey faithfully. Thus, we should be praying for peace in the Middle East. We need to be praying for safety and security for the people of Damascus and Syria. We need to be praying for an end to the horrific civil war there, and a diplomatic resolution. We need to pray for our President and Congress and national security leaders to have wisdom, and praying for the leaders in the region to have wisdom to do the right thing, as well. We also need to pray for the Arab Christians there to be strong and courageous amidst terrible darkness and persecution, to care for the needy and suffering around them, to show the love of Jesus, and to share the Gospel of Christ to everyone in Syria. And we need to be doing all we can to encourage the local Arab Church in the region, stand with them, help them provide humanitarian relief to Syrians who are fleeing from the bloodshed and cruelty, and let them know they are not alone. Numerous churches and Christian organizations are doing this and for this I am grateful. My colleagues and I at The Joshua Fund are certainly trying to do our part, as well. Real people are suffering.

Real people need the Church to step up show the love of Christ. This is our most important mission, for Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors, and our enemies.

Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog