As 2014 nears its end, the Obama administration is facing a whole new set of challenges to its signature healthcare law, ranging from Jonathan Gruber’s upcoming testimony before the House Oversight Committee and big goals for a short open enrollment period, to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear cases that question the validity of subsidies, and revelations that the Department of Health and Human Services inflated its enrollment figures. And in the midst of these issues, President Obama may lose a vital core of ObamaCare supporters, as many big businesses are threatening to withdraw their support.
It could hardly have been more remarkable if the senior senator from New York had arrived wearing sackcloth and ashes. Charles Schumer, ardent promoter and defender of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, told a gathering at the National Press Club in Washington Tuesday that he now believes Democrats took a wrong turn in passing the ObamaCare law in 2010.
Profiting handsomely from the Affordable Care Act, big insurance companies have become some of the Obama administration's most valuable allies in promoting and defending the law.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan — potential Republican presidential contenders for 2016 — have teamed up to create a Republican alternative to ObamaCare. They are hoping to have their plan completed for a vote by next year.
When it was discovered that Jonathan Gruber, a key ObamaCare architect, had revealed that the president's healthcare law was intentionally vague in order to mislead the “stupid” American people, President Obama immediately attempted to distance himself from the man. However, evidence continues to indicate that Obama nor only borrowed a number of ideas from Gruber, but that it was Gruber who convinced the president to adopt the individual mandate.
ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber has admitted that the Obama administration’s lack of transparency was necessary in order to get the president's healthcare law passed, adding that the legislation was written intentionally to take advantage of “the stupidity of the American voter.”
While virtually all the establishment-media attention surrounding nurse Kaci Hickox in recent days has focused on her defiant attitude toward efforts to quarantine her over potential exposure to Ebola, one important detail in the saga has gone almost completely unnoticed by the press: Hickox was trained as an “intelligence officer” by the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The revelation has sparked widespread speculation, especially considering White House intervention on her behalf and the fact that most of the press entirely omitted such an important fact. So far, however, it is not clear whether her work for the federal government played a role in the ongoing story, or what that role might be.
As debate in the United States rages surrounding the Ebola quarantines implemented in New York, Illinois, and New Jersey last week for health workers returning from West Africa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon once again injected the United Nations and himself into the discussion — and into domestic U.S. affairs, part of an accelerating trend that has analysts sounding the alarm. Suggesting that the controversial quarantine policies announced on October 24 by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were inappropriate, the UN boss called for Ebola measures based on “science” instead.