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They PUT the loopholes there!

The headline reads:

Insurance Companies Find Loopholes in New Health Bill

No.  The insurance companies were in on writing the bill.

The White House and lawmakers are bracing themselves for what is sure to be an onslaught of problems and ambiguities in the aftermath of the health care bill being signed into law.

Which sums up nicely why so many were against it, and why so many people in Congress will be looking for new jobs in the fall.

I talked about the baby with a preexisting condition here.

The unintended consequenses already started

And Waxman is going to get to the bottom of it.

Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has summoned some of the nation’s top executives to Capitol Hill to defend their assessment that the new national health care reform law will cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in health insurance expenses.  Waxman is also demanding that the executives give lawmakers internal company documents related to health care finances — a move one committee Republicans describes as “an attempt to intimidate and silence opponents of the Democrats’ flawed health care reform legislation.”

On Thursday and Friday, the companies — so far, they include AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar, Deere, Valero Energy, AK Steel and 3M — said a tax provision in the new health care law will make it far more expensive to provide prescription drug coverage to their retired employees.  Now, both retirees and current employees of those companies are wondering whether the new law could mean reduced or canceled benefits for them in the future.

The health care reform bill increases costs to companies, and those that are publicly traded are required by law to immediately make adjustments for new laws.  So a bunch of them are.  That’s apparently not what the Democrats wanted, so we’ll have hearings.   Go figure.

Any predictions on what they do when health insurance premiums skyrocket?

“Idiot” might not be strong enough

After a recent police involved shooting, the Baltimore Police Commissioner refers to the dead criminal as an ‘idiot’.  Apparently, that upset grandma.

Family members were outraged by the comments from Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. On television after officers Jordan Moore and Keith Romans were shot Sunday on McElderry Street, he called Miller an “idiot” and said shooting at police “defies logic.”

“If I could meet the commissioner I’d punch him in the mouth,” said Miller’s 80-year-old grandmother, Daisy Dawson. “And I don’t care where they’d lock me up. I’d leave my fist inside his mouth.”

Police stood by the statement.

“People can form their own conclusions about someone who pulls out an illegal gun in an attempt to kill two police officers,” said the department’s chief spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi. “I think there are many people who feel that ‘idiot’ and ‘moron’ doesn’t go far enough.”

I’m normally not one to immediately believe a police version of events, but in this case, the guy actually shot two cops.  I’m not sure what other questions need to be addressed.  Yes, he’d still be alive if we didn’t have draconian drug laws, but he shot at cops to get out of a pot charge.  I think I’d shoot for jury nullification or something.

Is Louisiana the safest state?

Well, it is if you consider keeping the public safe from poorly arranged flowers.

The new lawsuit, which was filed this week, is also backed up by a recent I.J. study in which “Louisiana-licensed florists as well as unlicensed florists from across the border in Texas were asked to judge a random line-up of floral arrangements—25 purchased from shops in regulated Louisiana and 25 purchased from unregulated Texas.” Guess what? “Not even the licensed Louisiana florists could find any difference in the quality of the arrangements.” Yet Thomas Spedale, a licensed florist in Lafayette who likes the idea of having the state artificially restrict his competition, says Louisiana’s legislators were farsighted to perceive a threat to the public from improperly arranged flowers and nip it in the bud:

“We are the only state in the union who has this law, and I think we lead the nation. I think Louisiana has this right. This is protection for the consumer.”

Some things shouldn’t even need the Constitution to be overturned, being stupid should be enough.

The folly of ‘banning’

A great post yesterday from When Falls the Coliseum on banning drinking games for children to keep them from drinking.

Because most of the kids playing beer pong and quarters and asshole are certainly buying drinking game sets and not just playing drinking games. And once they can’t buy the sets, there’s no way they’ll play beer pong, which requires obscure items like cups and a ping-pong table. And there’s no way they’ll play quarters, unless they can somehow get their hands on a quarter. And playing asshole is out of the question, because only the rich kids have a deck of cards.

My only additional comment:  While pretty much anyone can see how remarkably stupid this legislation is, we continue to support the use of force to ban any number of other things, also quite stupidly.

Link via Reason

President Obama’s Islamic Extremism Proven!

While the intelligence of the American population can be underwhelming (just look at Congress!), every once in a while I see something that’s just remarkably stupid.  This is one of those things.

The author of that blog has discovered the undoubtable link between President Obama and Islamic Fascism!  He tried to sneak it by us in a missile defense logo, but we caught on, buddy.  (I also find it rather upsetting that there are 145 comments, many of which take this blogger seriously; I don’t think 145 people even read my blog.)

Anyone reading this has to know I am no fan of President Obama or his policies.  He’s done more than expected on the growth of government intrusion, and much less than expected on reversing the course of the Bush Administration’s power grabs (Gitmo closed?  Patriot Act repealed?)  But this type of stuff brings down a lot of good things by association.

Further, the author missed the most important point:  Our tax money is being used to redesign logos?  Why are we wasting that money?

Bin Ladin is still at large…

But the ATF did seize 30 toy guns, and is serious about it.

Special Agent Kelvin Crenshaw said the toys can be easily retro-fitted into dangerous weapons.

“With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun,” Crenshaw said.

Brad Martin is furious about the loss of money, for sure, but also in what he now thinks as a loss of his time and the use of government agents to seize toy guns.

“All this manpower, all this time, all this taxpayer money, [it is] wasting my time and my profitability,” Martin said. “[Just] to seize 30 toy guns!”

Ben Martin disagrees that the toy guns could ever be considered dangerous.

“To say these are readily convertible to machine guns is absolutely preposterous,” he said. “The round wouldn’t go into the firing chamber and even if the firing pin did strike the primer the gun would basically blow up in your face.”

ATF said it also seized the toys because they are missing the blaze orange tips required on all imported toy guns.

I wonder, does that orange tip make it impossible to convert them into dangerous machine guns? I feel safer today.

Link via The Agitator

ObamaCare becomes just a little less Constitutional

There’s no way this gets past a challenge based on the  14th amendment.  Right?

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

I would like to meet someone who actually thinks this is how government should work; that government should adjust your taxes based on what you do for a living and if you are in a union.  I’m also amazed at the arrogance of the Administration and Congress that they think this is in any way legal.

I’m also curious about how this little trick adjusts the CBO estimates of ‘deficit neutrality’.  Remember, that was a campaign promise made by The One, that He would not sign a healthcare bill that increased the deficit.  Of course, He also promised he wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $250k.. that one is already out the window.

Money well spent

Seriously, I’m paying for this?

Just wonderful.

An unusual definition of “worked”

We’re in bizarro world. Homeland Security head says the system “worked”, referring to a man who boarded a plane with a bomb.

So, security “worked” when a man gets on a plane with a bomb, the bomb malfunctions, and he is subdued by passengers.  Passengers,  by the way, who will no longer be allowed to get out of their seats an hour prior to landing.

How do these people end up in charge of anything?

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