Monthly Archives: July 2014

Jonathan Gruber and Obamacare: The Tale of the Tapes

Here at RedState, we’ve already spilled a lot of digital ink on Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s supposed “speak-o” that government subsidies for Obamacare wouldn’t be available in states that didn’t set up their own exchanges. Now, American Commitment has a new video out showing us in a way that should be beyond a doubt that Jonathan Gruber’s assertion was no mere misspeak. He made the statement numerous times to several difference audiences. Check it out:

To further the case against Gruber, as Greg Sargent has shown us, the language to permit subsidies for those on the federal exchange was in the first draft of the bill, but Congress took it out because they didn’t want it to be there in the final copy. Any reasonable person would assume, based on this, that it was not Congress’ intent for people on the federal exchanges to be eligible for subsidies. This isn’t because of a typo in the bill. It was deliberate on the part of Congress.

While this should confirm that Jonathan Gruber’s attempt to cover his tracks is a lie, one has to wonder if the media will do their job and hold him accountable. Don’t hold your breath.

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BREAKING: House GOP Pull Their Immigration Bill

House Republican leaders do not have the votes to fund Barack Obama’s amnesty/immigration plan. So they pulled it.

The House leaders are thus far insistent they will not close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They would rather be embarrassed in their failure to do anything than do the right thing and close this program.

They even had some Democrat support, but could not muster enough votes to give Barack Obama more money to cause more problems. So much for the new McCarthy-Scalise team.

This, by the way, is a big win for Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama Both Senators have come out forcefully against the House plan not including DACA. It appears enough Republicans in the House listened.

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Democrat in Ohio-GOV losing ground among people who… know who he is?

I almost don’t want to write about this.

Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat running against Gov. John Kasich, is somehow less well known today than he was a few months ago.

A Quinnipiac University Poll out Wednesday shows 65 percent of registered Ohio voters didn’t know enough about FitzGerald – who announced his campaign in April 2013 – to form an opinion. (The numbers are within the polls’ margins of error.)

That’s actually up from a similar poll in May, when 63 percent said they didn’t know enough about him.

I mean, I have professional pride. And while I do certainly have tendencies towards cruelty I also have a bad habit of being a big softy when the chips are down. How do you snark on that? What can I say about whatshisname that is actually worse than the news that after three months of campaigning people remember him less?

[time passes]

Seriously: I sat at the computer and thought about it for a while. Then I went and took a shower. Got a cup of coffee, straightened up the kids’ bedroom a little, discovered that the youngest somehow managed to make a half gallon of milk (unopened, thankfully) appear out of nowhere, did this and that… and I still got nothing, sorry. Reality has defeated me.

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Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: People may want to get accustomed to the idea that Gov. John Kasich may very well be on any number of VP shortlists for 2016. Whether he becomes the VP nominee is currently a matter of some debate (or, in fact, derision): just because I think the Matter of Ohio looms over us apparently does not mean that it looms for everybody else. Guess we’ll see…

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