Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage. April 1, 2014.
Laura Ingraham hosted Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon.
Continetti said Governor Christie is about to replicate President George W. Bush's electoral victories that catapulted him to the White House with promises that he will get things done. Both he and Ingraham agreed that Christie may not have wanted to be Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012 and that he is "Youtubable" as very few Republicans are - and that he's more conservative than portrayed in the media. If he has the expected landslide re-election win, he will make a strong case for the 2016 White House race.
Ingraham compared the New Jersey governor's race to the Virginia's governor's race where the Democrats may very well go blue as the GOP establishment hasn't supported Ken Cuccinelli. She feels Obama's appearance in the state may not have helped Terry McAuliffe and that the race is tightening, urging Virginia voters to get to the polls.
Gingrich said if Obamacare is harmful to the country, why would any Republican fund it? He sees it as a constitutional issue. Ingraham said another course would be a full delay and then a repeal which would have the Democrats own the issue. Gingrich said politicians get too clever too often and that things should be changed decisively. He sees it as a dynamic process and that the GOP should go full bore on defunding.
Ingraham compared the situation to immigration and Gingrich said the House would follow the Goodlatte approach, breaking the steps down.
Gingrich said Chris Christie is a very strong governor of New Jersey, but the GOP needs a strong debate on foreign policy. He cited the disruption al-Qaeda has created in the Muslim world. He said he's a hawk and was for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that the execution was horrible. He said the establishment will get more hysterical as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz ask important questions.
Innis said there was a meeting with the Senate caucus with the Tea Party. Senator Rubio said the first words out of his mouth were on his immigration stance which he stands by. Ingraham asked why no one pressed him further on a controversial issue and said the Tea Party is livid about this. Innis said there was a lot of back and forth with Senator McCain at the meeting. Ingraham replied that Senator Rubio was elected due to hers and the Tea Party's efforts and that he's let them down. Innis said his group spoke to the Senate caucus before the "Gang of 8" to let their views be known.
Innis said the prosecution blew the Trayvon Martin case.
'The United States spends the most per capita on health care across all countries, lacks universal health coverage, and lags behind other high-income countries for life expectancy and many other health outcome measures,' wrote the authors of the new report, published July 10th in JAMA.
'High costs with mediocre population health outcomes at the national level are compounded by marked disparities across communities, socioeconomic groups, and race and ethnicity groups,' added the authors, led by Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
First Lady Michelle Obama has already pounced on the results:
It is one of three new papers by the institute being released simultaneously at the request of first lady Michelle Obama, who plans to present the findings to mayors of U.S. cities in an invitation-only event at the White House as part of her campaign to improve the nation's health.
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The company, Serco, has extensive experience as a government contractor with the Defense Department and intelligence agencies, and it also manages air traffic control towers in 11 states and reviews visa applications for the State Department. But it has little experience with the Department of Health and Human Services or the insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, where individuals and small businesses are supposed to be able to shop for insurance.
Serco will help the Obama administration and states determine who is eligible for insurance subsidies, in the form of tax credits, and who might qualify for Medicaid. Tasks include “intake, routing, review and troubleshooting of applications,” according to the contract.
Ablow said pathologizing being overweight is a fiction and that it isn't a disease. He said there is lots of research on nutrition, hypothyroidism. He predicts there will be more doctor visits, pharmaceuticals and surgeries. He slammed Mayor Bloomberg for his control of foods in NYC.
Montana said many football players need knee surgery and to help people with arthritis, he's partnered to create an app He is bone to bone with one knee which he's maintaining with exercise.
Montana said that ironically the more players are protected, the more vicious the hits. He doesn't see blows to the helmets going away as it is essential and popular to the game.
Montana said there isn't a lot of hitting early on with children playing football, but as they come to middle school, the disparity in sizes can make it dangerous. He said separation by weight is another suggestion.
Montana said the first couple of years after retirement were tough and said the game is addicting. He misses the camraderie of the team.
Montana wouldn't coach at this point and has two sons active in football. He said coaching is extremely demanding.
Ed Henry of Fox News queried White House Press Secretary about whether President Obama is following the horrific infant murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell as well as President Obama's opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as a state senator in Illinois.
Obama opposed the Illinois state born-alive bills in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The 2003 bill was assigned to the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services committee that Obama chaired.
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Calabrese said the digital e-mail rules the IRS is following were put in place in the 1980s which still allow them to search e-mails. He said our e-mails and any digital information should have the same warrants and informing the victim as when home searches are done.
Calabrese said the ACLU is concerned about medical privacy being compromised in the gun legislation and said any expansion over mental health provisions are troubling as unintended consequences could ensue. He said the Toomey-Manchin amendment is narrowly defined, but that they are keeping a close eye on the legislation. Ingraham expressed concern about federal databases of mental health histories of citizens.
Hallowell said there is good and bad news with ADHD: that the criteria to diagnose has been refined, but the condition has been overly diagnosed.
Hallowell said there is no test for ADHD and that a careful history is the key to discerning the condition. It is complicated by the fact that society is fast paced and distracting. He cited a deficit in homan contact and connection. He agreed with Ingraham that engaged family relations is the primary solution in connecting with others. He also is affected by ADHD and remarked on the great talents of those with ADHD. Ingraham expressed concern about changing innate brain function and Hallowell said medication used properly is very helpful. He agreed it can be addictive or have side effects and said the drug must be monitored. He noted the baby shouldn't be thrown out with the bathwater albeit instances of casual and careless use of drugs to treat ADHD.
Ingraham and Hallowell discussed the problem of faking a diagnosis to get the meds.
The last-minute action, which drove the shares sharply higher before the close of trading, is throwing a spotlight on the controversial "political intelligence" industry, the subject of a report due Thursday by the investigative arm of Congress.
The instigator for Monday's rally was a report from a Washington-based investment-research firm that often ferrets out policy news and analysis for investors, according to industry experts and market data from that afternoon. About 15 minutes before markets closed, the firm correctly predicted the Obama administration would reverse course on big spending cuts that would have hit health insurers.
Carr said our brains are very good at adapting to changes in our environment and thus they are adapting to technology as we seek new information. He cautioned that the bombardment has caused people to not think deeply. He said the touch screen now allows very young children to interact with screens. He stated that moderate use is acceptable, but that children need an array of experiences and that individual children react to technology differently. He feels schools should be a refuge from the tech deluge.
Carr was inspired to write his book due to the changes in himself from being immersed in gadgets. He would put off giving children smartphones as long as possible.
Diss said Planned Parenthood have a million dollar grant for teen outreach where children are pulled out of the classroom during the school day and also have special programs in which they offer prizes as incentives to be involved.
Diss said the northeast part of Portland is a minority community where Planned Parenthood set up shop. He was contacted by concerned black pastors about this and he formed a group "Precious Children of Portland" due to his pro-life beliefs. He was forced to sit through a presentation by Planned Parenthood, even when he appealed on the basis of religion.
Diss said permission slips for the presentations were sent home with his name on them in several languages. He has been under surveillance by the Benson High School despite being a top math/tech teacher.
Diss thinks Planned Parenthood is seeking money and stealing souls via promoting premarital sex. He is currently on suspension after asking for a business card from the group and it said "Planned Parenthood". He told them to leave and the administration came right up to confront. He said he is on suspension until he's is fired.
Tarentino said veterans get excellent health care, but that the mental health side is woefully lacking. He said there is an outstanding backlog in claims, a 70% rate. This indicates that the VA can't handle the caseloads. He doesn't see how the claims will be cleaned up in three years as the administration says. He said the system is paper based and unchanged for decades.
Tarentino said there are twenty plus VA centers that vary in quality. The average veteran waits 273 days with newer vets waiting twice as long. He stated that those disabled get care for life for service related injuries and five years in transition if one isn't injured. He stated that we went to war as a nation but that the vets aren't getting taken care of post-war.