Ted Cruz faces criticism for Obamacare hypocrisy | MSNBC

Ted Cruz faces criticism for Obamacare hypocrisy | MSNBC.

Addicting Info – GOP Congresswoman Asks For Obamacare Horror Stories, Gets Dose Of Reality Instead (SCREENSHOTS)

“This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law,” she wrote on Facebook. “Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it.”

The Congresswoman linked to her website, where she claims:

Year one of Obamacare was defined by lost coverage, lost doctors, increased premiums, and a broken website.

And as this disastrous law continues to be implemented, the problems continue to get worse. The Obama Administration itself predicted premiums could rise by as much as 20%. And 800,000 Healthcare.gov customers received faulty tax information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am listening, and I will continue to listen,” she adds.

Hopefully she is listening, as her Facebook post filled up not with horror stories — but with criticisms of her unabashed hatred of the ACA:

Well, that had to be humiliating.

According to the Health and Human Services Department, the Affordable Care Act saved hospitals $7 billion (with a “b”) last year alone. The Washington Times reports that, according to HHS, “states that opted to expand Medicaid accounted for $5 billion of the $7.4 billion reduction, which also factored in people who found private plans on the law’s health exchanges.”

Rodgers is a long-time opponent of the ACA, pushing against provisions that would allow a woman to exercise her right to choose to have an abortion, supporting “personhood” legislation that would elevate the status of a fetus above that of the mother, eliminating all family planning assistance that includes abortion, and more. She has even introduced fake Obamacare “horror stories” of her own.

“Not long ago I got a letter from Bette in Spokane, who hoped the President’s health care law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month,” said Rodgers’ chosen anti-ACA champion Bette Grenier, who claimed she faced a $700 premium increase because of the law. “No, we shouldn’t go back to the way things were, but this law is not working.”

TPM reported in January 2014:

Here’s what happened. Grenier was paying $552 per month for a catastrophic, bare-bones plan that was (like many others) canceled because it didn’t meet Obamacare’s minimum benefits standard. A replacement plan cost $1,200 per month — hence the “nearly $700″ hike. But that happened to be one of the more expensive policies, and a cheaper one was available for $1,052 per month. In addition, the 58-year-old Grenier admitted to the Spokesman-Review that she could probably have lowered that figure by $100 if she bought from the state-based Obamacare exchange, but she didn’t want to do that.

“I wouldn’t go on that Obama website at all,” Grenier told the paper. “We liked our old plan. It worked for us, but they can’t offer it anymore.”

So a more accurate telling of the story is that Obamacare will force Grenier’s monthly premiums to go up by about $400 and improve her benefits. Still a lot of money, but much less than $700, and that extra money will protect her in the event of illness from cost increases and prohibit her insurer from throwing her off her plan.

“Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week, and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Emily Bittner.

Instead, despite glaring inaccuracies and outright lies, Rodgers refused to back down. “It’s sad partisan politicians are attacking Bette, whose premiums would’ve skyrocketed,” she said on Twitter. “Bette and millions more are being hurt by this law.”

Her office maintains that the information is accurate, even though it isn’t.

Perhaps it is time for the Congresswoman — and conservatives in general — to give up on their quest to destroy anything that can help the less fortunate in society, and solve some of our actual problems. But we know they won’t. It’s all Obamacare and Benghazi with these people.

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Lobbyist Fails His Own Pesticide Challenge On Camera | Crooks and Liars

Here’s a lesson for lobbyists: eating your words is a lot safer than drinking the poison you help sell.

Today’s lesson is brought to you by Dr. Patrick Moore, who has worked for pesticide manufacturers like Monsanto, refusing to drink Monsanto’s product just seconds after claiming it’s safe to do so:

Once upon a time, Dr. Patrick Moore was an early Greenpeace member. Now he is a public relations consultant for the polluting companies that Greenpeace works to change: Big Oil, pesticides and GMO agribusiness, forestry, nuclear power… anyone who puts up the money for truth-benders who appear to carry scientific and environmental authority.

via Lobbyist Fails His Own Pesticide Challenge On Camera | Crooks and Liars.

GOP blocks Warren’s student loan plan | TheHill

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an effort by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to attach an amendment aimed at lowering student loan rates to the budget.

Senators voted 46-53 against Warren’s amendment to the Republican budget resolution.

Warren’s amendment would have allowed people with college loan debt to refinance at interest rates from the 2013-2014 academic year. The Massachusetts Democrat, who is rejecting calls to run for president, said the move would allow undergraduates to refinance their loans to a 3.9 percent interest rate, with a “slightly higher” rate for graduate students.

“Millions of borrowers are still stuck paying interest rates at 6 percent, 8 percent, 10 percent and even higher,” she said.

via GOP blocks Warren's student loan plan | TheHill.

With $8.5 Trillion Unaccounted for, Why Should Congress Increase the Defense Budget? | The Fiscal Times

The U.S. military is good at fighting wars, but it sucks at managing money. Partly because of its convoluted bookkeeping systems, $8.5 trillion—yes, trillion—taxpayer dollars doled out by Congress since 1996 has never been accounted for.

That was also the first year that Congress passed a law requiring the Defense Department to be audited, which it has failed to do. In 2009, Congress passed another law requiring the DOD to be audit-ready by 2017.  After spending—no wasting—billions on failed accounting software, the department is likely to miss that deadline, too.

via With $8.5 Trillion Unaccounted for, Why Should Congress Increase the Defense Budget? | The Fiscal Times.

Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe

John Menard Jr. is widely known as the richest man in Wisconsin. A tough-minded, staunchly conservative 75-year-old billionaire, he owns a highly profitable chain of hardware stores throughout the Midwest. He’s also famously publicity-shy — rarely speaking in public or giving interviews.

So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and help advance his pro-business agenda — he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret, three sources directly familiar with the transactions told Yahoo News.

via Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe.

#WalkerTheDog: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class : Ct

If you feel like you’re working harder for less money, it’s not your imagination.

Wisconsin ranks worst among the 50 states in terms of a shrinking middle class, with real median household incomes here falling 14.7 percent since 2000, according to a new report.

The Pew Charitable Trust report showed Wisconsin with the largest decline in the percentage of families considered “middle class,” or those earning between 67 and 200 percent of their state’s median income.

In 2000, 54.6 percent of Wisconsin families fell into the middle class category but that has fallen to 48.9 percent in 2013, according to U.S. Census figures compiled by Pew.

All other states showed some decline but none as great as Wisconsin’s 5.7 percent figure.

via Report: Wisconsin worst in nation on shrinking middle class : Ct.