ObamaCare Waivers and Newt Walks The Line

Check the Waiver Wire.  The ObamaCare waivers continue to climb.  Waivers as of today total 1372.  So, in this election year, how many more waivers will be issued?  We can’t have too many businesses or associations going under due to the high costs of insuring their employees or members.

In numbers, the waivers total about 3.1 to 3.2 million.  Slightly more than half are union members.  Coincidence?  Some think not.  Unions are also receiving exemptions from paying taxes on their Cadillac health plans until 2018.  You can read more about, and find a link to, a list of those receiving waivers here:  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/over-half-all-obamacare-waivers-given-union-members_561115.html  and here:  http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/approved_applications_for_waiver.html.

Do all these waivers suggest a problem with the plan?  Just Asking.

Newt What Up?

Many are asking what’s up with Newt?  The guy just officially entered the Republican Presidential run and may have just ended four days in!  His slamming of Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan, with its retooling of Medicare, may have been too much for Republicans to tolerate.  Newt called Ryan’s reshaping of Medicare, “Right Wing Social Engineering.”  Ryan, when questioned about it simply said, “With allies like that, who needs the left?”

I think Newt is trying to alienate as few voters as possible by “Walking The Line.”  Medicare is one those entitlement programs (like Social Security) that no politician wants to mess with.  With such a large budget deficit, the Republicans are finally beginning (as are many Americans) realizing that nothing should be off the table.  Newt’s problem now is that he may have alienated his conservative base.  Newt was so villified in the media when he was Speaker of The House, that I think he may be gun shy.  Remember “The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas?”  I can understand his being extra careful,  however now is not the time to try and please those who are more than likely not going to vote for you anyway.

Today on Fox News, Charles Krauthammer said that Newt “…committed a capital offense against the 11th Commandment,” Thou shalt not attack a fellow Republican.  Watch the video.  Krauthammer’s comments are about 1:14 into the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlLZPo1M9dQ&feature=player_embedded

Fox News’ Britt Hume weighed in as well,  saying that Newt Gingrich is what he’s always been, “a provocative thinker but a promiscuis talker.”  Watch the video:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/4696814/brit-humes-commentary-what-will-gingrich-say-next

Politics. Ya Gotta Love It.

Can Newt recover and soldier on?  Just Asking.

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