Saturday, November 12, 2011

Barack Obama - Obamacare - #3407 - Since Obamacare's Passage, Millions Have Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance - Weekly Standard (2) Senate Votes Down Rand Paul Move to Curb EPA Regulations - Hot Air (3) Senate Rejects GOP Bid to Overturn Net Neutrality Internet Rules - Fox

Throughout the Obamacare debate, President Obama repeatedly promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Now, Gallup reports that from the first quarter of 2010 (when Obama signed Obamacare into law) to the third quarter of this year, 2 percent of American adults lost their employer sponsored health insurance. In other words, about 4.5 million Americans lost their employer-sponsored insurance over a span of just 18 months. This is not what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had predicted would happen. Rather, the CBO had predicted that Obamacare would increase the number of people with employer-sponsored insurance by now. It had predicted that, under Obamacare, 6 million more Americans would have employer-sponsored insurance in 2011 than in 2010 (see table 4, which shows the CBO’s projected increase of 3 million under (pre-Obamacare) current law and an additional 3 million under Obamacare). So the CBO’s rosy projections for Obamacare (and even these paint a frightening picture) are already proving false.

Senate Votes Down Rand Paul Move to Curb EPA Regulations - Hot Air - Yesterday, the United States Senate took up a proposal brought forward by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul which would have rolled back the implementation of new EPA “cross-state air pollution rule.” We’ve written about this impending disaster more times than I can count, and by this time I think everyone is aware of the number of jobs this is going to cost, on top of the additional strain on the nation’s power grid and the increased energy costs to consumers which will result. Senator Paul’s measure looked like a good first step. The Senate votes today on a measure that would put the breaks on one of the Obama EPA’s most destructive proposed rules, and bring a measure of accountability to the regulatory agency that has greatly overstepped its boundaries under EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. If passed, the bill, proposed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, will register Congress’ disapproval of the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution rule and, if the EPA goes ahead with the rule as planned, allow Congress to overturn it by a simple majority vote........Six Republicans voted with Democrats against the resolution. Centrist Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.) joined Republicans in voting to overturn the rule.  There were originally a small group of Republicans lining up against Paul’s bill, described by the New Hampshire Journal as “The Jackson Five.” (In honor of EPA chief Lisa Jackson.) They were Maine’s two senators, Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Scott Brown of Massachusetts. At the eleventh hour another name joined the list… Mark Kirk. (R-Illinois) So I suppose now it’s the Jackson Six? Doesn’t have the same ring to it.  Read entire article.......  AW:  How many times will I be so sorry that I made a contribution to Scott Brown's Senate campaign.  Although he is representing a very liberal state, there has been legislation such as this one, that he could have made the case to his electorate, why  support for reining in the EPA, would be economically feasible for Massachusetts.

Senate Rejects GOP Bid to Overturn Net Neutrality Internet Rules - Fox Senate Democrats have turned back a Republican effort to repeal federal rules designed to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against those who send content and other services over their networks.  Republicans argued that "net neutrality" rules announced by the Federal Communications Commission last December were another example of federal regulatory overreach that would stifle Internet investment and innovation.  But Democrats said repealing the FCC rules would imperil openness and freedom on the Internet. The White House had issued a veto threat against the GOP-backed legislation.  The rules, slated to go into effect on Nov. 20, prevent the phone and cable companies that control the Internet's pipelines from restricting what their customers do online or from blocking competing services.

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