Five of Colorado’s 11 counties voted to secede yesterday over gun rights and oil and gas policy. Now all they have to do is get the Colorado legislature and the U. S. Congress to approve their secession, which I’m sure will be a piece of cake, probably done by the end of the week. The Dems would love to give these folks two senators and help make the Senate as crazy as the House.
But have they stopped to think how tough it is to arrange 51 stars on the flag?
Obamacare authorizes subsidies for health insurance bought on an exchange “established by a state.” So far, 34 states have refused to establish such exchanges, and people in those states are signing up — or trying to, God bless them — for insurance and subsidies on the federal exchange.
Can people using the federal exchange get subsidies? A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case, Halbigv. Sebelius, arguing they can’t. Eventually, this will go to the Supreme Court.
If people in more than half the states can’t get subsidies, it’s going to be a disaster for them and for Obamacare.
The other disaster — and it’s already here, it’s not just a possibility — is that the statute doesn’t provide subsidies for people who qualify for Medicaid. You either get Medicaid or you pay full freight. But half the states have refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA, even though the federal government pays 100% of that expansion for three years and 90% thereafter. We’re talking about 8 million people who would qualify for expanded Medicaid not getting it. By upholding Obamacare as constitutional, but finding that states can refuse to expand Medicaid, the Supreme Court created the absurd situation where people making too much for Medicaid get subsidies, but their poorer brethren don’t. The most desperate are being denied.
When the ACA was drafted, it was just assumed that every state would expand Medicaid (since it would save states billions of dollars in paying for the uninsured) and would establish an exchange. The Dems believed that GOP governors and legislators wouldn’t cut off their noses to spite their faces. There’s a lot of red states with unattached noses.
The U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Neil McBride, is resigning as of 9/13. McBride is leading the high-profile investigation of GOP Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen over their receipt of gifts and loans from snake oil salesman Jonnie Williams, whose company, Star Scientific, the McDonnells helped promote.
Williams has been cooperating in the investigation in return for not getting in trouble himself for his latest scam, a tobacco-based health supplement (great oxymoron). Williams has been in trouble with the law before for previous shady companies. You’d think McDonnell or one of his aides might have done a quick Google before getting in bed with this guy, but either they didn’t know his history or didn’t care because of the $.
McDonnell and his wife have separate lawyers (which is very interesting in itself), and those lawyers met with prosecutors this week. It’s believed that a decision on prosecution will come soon.
Greedy, sleazy, soon-to-be-ex-governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell is trying to blame his wife‘s office for his corruption scandal. In a radio interview today, he said there’s a “misconception” about his relationship with snake oil salesman Jonnie Williams, founder of Star Scientific, which is being investigated by the Feds. Williams lavished McDonnell and his wife with six figures worth of “loans” and gifts. McDonnell said the event at the Governor’s Mansion launching Star Scientific’s tobacco-based health supplement (now there’s an oxymoron for you) was organized by his wife’s office. Like Sgt. Schultz, McDonnell claims, “I know nothing, nothing.”
Hey, Bobby, look at that Rolex your friend Jonnie gave you. It’s telling you it’s time to resign.