Pushing for permanent delay. “House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama should grant individuals a reprieve from his health care law’s coverage requirement — just like the White House did last week for larger employers. In a letter to the president Tuesday, the Ohio Republican and other GOP leaders said
‘we also believe American families need the same relief.’ The letter frames a new Republican argument against the law, one that could gain traction in next year’s congressional elections.”
President Obama keeps pushing up the costs to taxpayers. “Whatever political benefit the Administration accrues in the delay will come at taxpayer expense, as the move will increase the cost of Obamacare. The provision was expected to generate some $10 billion in revenue in the form of penalties that employers not offering coverage would have incurred in 2014. Adding to that cost is the fact that many workers whose employers decide not to offer coverage in 2014 will now be eligible to receive federal subsidies to buy individual insurance policies through state or federal exchanges. The delay does not change the ACA’s individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to have insurance coverage beginning in 2014.”
Those pushing for this trial look foolish now that we have actual facts. “In a long and detailed testimony Tuesday morning, defense witness and forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent di Maio testified that forensic evidence was consistent with George Zimmerman’s version of events that resulted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Di Maio spoke on a wide range of evidentiary questions, but the key moments came in his support of Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon Martin had attacked him, and was straddling him at the moment Zimmerman fired.”
The administration keeps pushing engagement but Iran has shown it has no interest in being an ordinary country in the “international community.” the latest scary report of the Iranian regime’s outlook: “Argentina’s populist-socialist president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has allowed Iran to infiltrate its economic sector and potentially use the country as a terrorist launching pad, U.S. officials and multiple experts said on Tuesday. Iranian agents have been permitted access to Latin America’s Free Trade Zones, which operate throughout the porous borders that separate Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, the terrorism experts testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.”
Still pushing half-baked claims. “Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned that the Senate bill ‘has immediate legalization … and the border security is sometime in the future, and just like in 1986, it’s designed never to come into being.’ He was right that immigrants in the country illegally could soon qualify for a provisional legal status — though permanent legal status hinges on a series of triggers, from border security to employment enforcement. But he overlooked much stronger support for border security in the current legislation, including appropriation of more than $46 billion, available immediately. (The 1986 law merely authorized security spending, but didn’t appropriate it.) We rated his claim Mostly False.” Grading on a curve, are they?
Pushing the bureaucracy is hard work. “The acting IRS chief told agency employees on Tuesday that bonuses for managers would be canceled this year, and that he was working to do the same for union staffers. Danny Werfel, who took over the reins at the IRS in May, told staffers across-the-board spending cuts had required bonuses be suspended elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy, and agency employees serving under union contracts shouldn’t be treated any differently.” Inconceivable that bonuses were considered.
Pushing for early elections may not do the trick. “A former finance minister was named Egypt’s prime minister and Mohamed ElBaradei, an opposition leader, will assume the vice presidency, even as further cracks began to appear in the political alliance that helped force out President Mohammed Morsi last week. Hazem el-Beblawi, 77 years old, was named to the premiership after Mr. ElBaradei’s earlier appointment to the post was rejected by Islamists.”