“The Decline and Fall of Barack Obama’s Presidency.”

The Decline and Fall of Barack Obama’s Presidency.”—7KH. B12A

If you listen to the explanations coming out of the White House, and from Obama’s speeches, he’s doing great and everything’s coming up roses.

But if you connect the dots, as the president struggles to decide what he hopes to do in the last two years of his troubled second term, a hopeless picture emerges.

He faces increasing adversity on just about every front — in his own problem-plagued government, the Republican Congress, an underperforming economy, and a world at war in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

The president reluctantly realized by the end of his first term that Congress wasn’t going to enact his remaining agenda (if anyone knows what that is). So he decided to govern by a series of constitutionally dubious executive actions to rewrite immigration law, make periodic changes in Obamacare, and tape together some new government spending ideas to create a relative handful of jobs.

But he has run into one obstacle after another in the courts and on Capitol Hill, which to a large extent has paralyzed his presidency. On immigration, a federal district judge has temporarily blocked his executive action reforms while the case goes through the courts. Dealing with Congress is central to the way our system of government operates, but having to go into the courts to defend the constitutionality of his actions is quite another matter.

Who has jurisdiction over immigration laws. Congress? Or the president with just a stroke of his pen?But that’s not the only issue that has found its way into the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday about whether 7.5 million Americans are now illegally getting subsidies to pay for Obamacare.

A provision in the law, written by the Democrats, says the subsidies were available to people who applied and signed up through exchanges set up by the states. But 34 states did not create such exchanges, and if the court rules in favor of the law’s opponents, millions may find that their coverage is unaffordable and the program could collapse like a financial house of cards.

Meantime, Obama has been busy wielding his veto pen to block the popular, job-creating Keystone XL pipeline to safely bring oil from Canada and our northern states down to southern refineries along the Gulf.

But Obama’s presidency will be remembered most for presiding over the longest and slowest economic recovery since the 1930s.While he insists the economy is running at full throttle, its growth rate has averaged a sluggish 2.3 percent since the recovery began. This week, Wells Fargo economists forecast that monthly job creation for the rest of this year will average just 224,000. Over 10 million men between the ages of 25 and 64 “have no job,” writes economist Peter Morici.He came into office with terrorism in hasty retreat as he pursued policies of rapid withdrawal from the Middle East. And he won a second term by repeatedly boasting that al-Qaida was “on the run” and its leadership “decimated.”

But that never happened. Terrorism metastasized into a larger and far more lethal threat, and today controls major swaths of territory in Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East and across North Africa.Obama’s two previous defense secretaries have written tell-all books taking him to task for refusing to make timely decisions against terrorism and acting when it was too late to make a difference.

He delayed making a decision to use air power against ISIS armies in Syria and Iraq until it was feared they were close to toppling those countries. And after they’d begun beheading abducted Americans with impunity.

He refused to give Kiev’s army the weapons it needed to defend itself as Vladimir Putin’s forces drove ever more deeply into Eastern Ukraine in an audacious assault on a sovereign nation.

U.S. relations with our allies are the worst they’ve been in modern memory, no more so than with Israel, where Obama insists we can negotiate in good faith with Iran’s Muslim leadership who threaten the Jewish homeland with annihilation.

Source-human events, donald lambro, peter morici,

 

Hypocrite Hillary forced resignation of ambassador for using private email system

Hypocrite Hillary forced resignation of ambassador for using private email system –47JH. B43

If this email scandal wasn’t already bad enough for Hillary Clinton, it turns out she’s a complete hypocrite too. Back in 2012, her State Department forced the resignation of U.S. ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration in part for setting up an unsanctioned private email system for his office in 2011.According to a 2012 report from the State Department’s inspector general: –

[Gration] ordered a commercial Internet connection installed in his embassy office bathroom so he could work there on a laptop not connected to the Department email system. He drafted and distributed a mission policy authorizing himself and other mission personnel to use commercial email for daily communication of official government business. During the inspection, the Ambassador continued to use commercial email for official government business. The Department email system provides automatic security, record-keeping, and backup functions as required. The Ambassador’s requirements for use of commercial email in the office and his flouting of direct instructions to adhere to Department policy have placed the information management staff in a conundrum: balancing the desire to be responsive to their mission leader and the need to adhere to Department regulations and government information security standards.

Criticisms of Gration came from both sides of the political aisle. Liberal commentators took him to task for jeopardizing American security by insisting on the use of a private e-mail system. A 2012 dispatch from The New Republic about Gration’s resignation specifically noted that Gration’s e-mail gambit “put classified information about the U.S.’s operations in East Africa at a higher risk for exposure.”

SOURCE-american liberty,

The ISIS-US Empire—STILL DON’T KNOW WHOSE ON WHOSE SIDE–

STILL DON’T KNOW WHOSE ON WHOSE SIDE—-The ISIS-US Empire-21JH. B2

Let’s be perfectly clear. The United States is not actually at war with ISIS. President Obama is simply waging “a fake war” against the Islamic State forces, putting on another propaganda show for mainstream media to keep his flock of American sheeple asleep in echo-chambered darkness.

For over three and a half decades the US has been funding mostly Saudi stooges to do its dirty bidding in proxy wars around the world, beginning in Afghanistan in the 1980’s to fight the Soviets with the mujahedeen-turned al Qaeda that later would mutate into ISIS. Reagan and Bush senior gave Osama bin Laden his first terrorist gig. Our mercenary “Islamic extremists” for-hire were then on the CIA payroll employed in the Balkans during the 1990’s to kill fellow Moslem Serbs in Kosovo and Bosnia. For a long time now Washington’s been relying on the royal Saudi family as its chief headhunters supplying the United States with as needed terrorists on demand in order to wage its geopolitics chessboard game of global hegemony, otherwise known by the central banking cabal as global “Theft-R-Us.”

\George H W Bush on behalf of his Carlyle Group was wining and dining together with Osama’s brother at the posh DC Ritz Carlton while 19 box cutting Saudi stooges were acting as the neocon’s hired guns allegedly committing the greatest atrocity ever perpetrated on US soil in the history of this nation. And in the 9/11 immediate aftermath while only birds were flying the not-so-friendly skies above America, there was but one exception and that was the Air Force escort given the bin Ladens flying safely back home to their “Terrorists-R-Us” mecca called Saudi Arabia.

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in
effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has
cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are
intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also
taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these
activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of
Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to be the primary financiers of al Qaeda turned ISIS. Even Vice President Joe Biden last year said the same. If Empire wanted to truly destroy the entire Islamic extremist movement in the Middle East it could have applied its global superpower pressure on its allied Gulf State nations to stop funding the ISIS jihadists. Hiding the fact that al Qaeda-ISIS for decades has been its mercenary ally on the ground in more recent years in the Golan Heights, Libya, Iraq and Syria.
As recently as a month ago it was reported that an Islamic State operative claimed that funding for ISIS had been funneled through the US.

Turkey has historically allowed its territory to be a safe staging ground as well as a training area for ISIS. It additionally allows jihadist leaders to move freely in and out of Syria through Turkey. Along with Israel and all of US Empire’s Moslem nation states as our strategic friends in the Middle East, together they have been arming, financing and training al Qaeda/ISIS to do its double bidding, fighting enemies like Gaddafi in Libya and Assad in Syria while also posing as global terrorist boogie men threatening the security of the entire world. Again, Washington cannot continue to double speak its lies from both sides of its mouth and then expect to continue having it both ways and expect the world to still be buying it.

American historian Webster Tarpley saying that “the United States created the Islamic State and uses jihadists as its secret army to destabilize the Middle East.” The historian also supported claims that the ISIS has in large part been financed by the Saudi royal family. Turkey bordering both Iraq and Syria where the Islamic State jihadists continue to terrorize, why can’t Turkey simply use its larger, vastly superior army to go in and defeat the much smaller ISIS, especially if the US and NATO were serious about destroying their alleged enemy. Again, if ISIS is the enemy, why did the US recently launch an air strike on Assad’s forces that were in process of defeating ISIS?

The bombing was meant to afflict damage to stop Assad’s forces from beating back ISIS that the US is clearly protecting.

Senator John McCain is actual buddies with ISIS kingpin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Recall that iconic photo from June last year of American supplied trucks traveling unimpeded in the ISIS convoy kicking up dust in the Iraqi desert fresh from the Syrian battlefields heading south towards Baghdad. It was no accident that they were equipped with an enormous fleet of brand new Toyota trucks and armed with rockets, artillery and Stinger missiles all furnished by US Empire. Nor was it an accident that the Iraqi Army simply did an about face and ran, with orders undoubtedly coming from somewhere high above in the American Empire. The Islamic State forces were allowed to seize possession of 2500 armored troop carriers, over 1000 Humvees and several dozen US battlefield tanks all paid for by US tax dollars. This entire spectacle was permitted as ISIS without any resistance then took control of Mosul the second largest city in Iraq including a half billion dollars robbing a bank. Throughout this process, it was definitely no accident that the United States allowed the Islamic State forces to invade Iraq as with advanced US airpower it could have within a couple hours easily carpet bombed and totally eliminated ISIS since the Islamic State possessed no anti-aircraft weapons.

US and allied intelligence has the means of accurately locating and with far superior firepower totally eradicating ISIS if the will to do so actually existed. But the fact is there is no desire to kill the phantom enemy when in fact it’s the friend of the traitors in charge of the US government who drive the Empire’s global war policy.
Washington’s objective last year was to purposely unleash on already ravaged Iraq the latest US-made, al Qaeda morphed into the Islamic monster-on-steroids to further destabilize the Middle East, seek a regime change to replace the weak, corrupt, Sunni persecuting Maliki government in Baghdad and ‘balkanize” Iraq into three separate, powerless, divisive sections in similar vein of how the West tore apart and dissected Yugoslavia into thirteen ineffectual pieces.

After Yugoslavia came Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine. It goes on and on all over the globe. The all too familiar divide and conquer strategy never fails as the US Empire/NWO agenda. But the biggest reason ISIS was permitted to enter and begin wreaking havoc in Iraq last June was for the Empire to re-establish its permanent military bases in the country that Maliki had refused Washington after its December 2011 pullout.

Commander General Lloyd Austin defended Obama’s policy insisting that ISIS can be defeated without use of heavy ground forces, feebly claiming that they’re on the run because his commander-in-chief’s air strike campaign is actually working. 62% of Americans want more GI boots on the ground in Iraq to fight the latest made-by-America enemy for Iraq War III.

Efforts by Washington to “prep” Americans for these “inevitable,” open-ended wars around the globe are designed to condition them into passive acceptance of lower intensity, “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” conflicts specifically to minimize and silence citizens from ever actively opposing yet more human slaughter caused by more US state sponsored terrorism in the form of unending imperialistic wars.
Every one of these “current events” have been carefully planned, coordinated, timed and staged for mass public consumption, none more so than those beheadings of US and British journalists, aid workers and Middle Eastern Christians along with the desecration of ancient Iraqi history with dozens of destroyed museums, churches and shrines. Obama and the Empire want us all to be thoroughly horrified and disgusted so we fear and hate the latest designated Islamic enemy.

If only six organizations control the entire planet’s mass media outlet that feeds the masses their daily lies like their daily bread, another winning bet would be that in a heartbeat they could also effectively shut down the internet pipeline that showcases ISIS horror show theatrics on the global stage. But by design, they are willingly, cunningly disseminated for worldwide mass consumption.
In fact the only consistent group that’s even been able to militarily hold their own and actually challenge ISIS, the Kurds, are watching UK ship heavy arms to the same losing team the Iraqi army that ran away from defending Mosul. The last time the West gave them weapons and supplies, they handed them right over to ISIS.
In a recent Guardian article, a Kurdish captain said that the Kurds offered to even buy the second hand weapons from the British used in Afghanistan. But because the West is afraid the heavy arms might empower Kurdish nationalism into demanding their own sovereign nation for the first time in history, the US wants to ensure that Iraq stays as one nation after implanting its latest Baghdad puppet regime.

But when permitting an ancient ethnic group its proper due by granting political autonomy risks interfering with the Empire’s rabid exploitation of another oil-rich nation, all bets are off in doing the right thing.
The mounting evidence is stacking up daily to unequivocally prove beyond any question of a doubt that ISIS is in fact a US mercenary ally and not the treasonous feds’ enemy at all. 19 coalition allies have flown more than 16,000 air strikes over Iraq and Syria ostensibly to “root out” ISIS once and for all.

But the records show that all those air strikes are purposely not hitting ISIS forces because they are not the actual target. Many air strike missions from both the US Air Force as well as Israeli jets have been designed to destroy extensive infrastructure inside Syria that hurts the Syrian people, causing many innocent civilian casualties, while not harming ISIS at all. This in turn ensures more ISIS recruits for America’s forever war on terror. Repeatedly oil refineries, pipelines and grain storage silos have also been prime targets damaged and destroyed by the West.

Finally, on numerous occasions the US was caught red-handed flying arms and supply drops to the Islamic jihadists on the ground. According to Iraqi intelligence sources, US planes have engaged regularly in air drops of food and weapons to ISIS. These sighting began to be observed after one load was “accidentally” dropped last October into so called enemy hands supposedly meant to go to the Kurdish fighters. Realizing the US has betrayed them, as of late Iraqi security forces have been shooting down US and British aircraft engaged in providing supplies and arms to their ISIS enemy. This is perhaps the most incriminating evidence yet in exposing the truth that ISIS is being supported, supplied and protected by the US Empire more than even the Iraqi government forces the US claims to be assisting in this phony war against the militant Islamic jihadists.


Clearly the unfolding daily events and developments in both Iraq and Syria overwhelmingly indict the United States as even more of “the bad guy” than the supposed ISIS terrorists. Recently the US was caught financing ISIS and has all along supported Arab allies that knowingly fund Islamic extremism. During the six months since Obama vowed to go after them and “root them out,” countless times the US and allies have maintained the so called enemy’s supply line with regularly scheduled air drops. Meanwhile, in both Syria and Iraq after a half year of alleged bombing, ISIS forces are reported to be stronger than ever. The air strikes have not been hitting jihadist targets because the American and coalition forces’ actual targets in Syria have been vital infrastructure and civilians that are clearly attacks on Assad. All of this irrefutable evidence piling up is backfiring on the American Empire. The world is now learning just how devious, diabolical and desperate the warmongering, pro-Zionist powerbrokers who are the war criminals controlling the US rogue government really are. Their evil lies are unraveling their demonic agenda as the truth cannot be stopped

Sources-one political plaza, joachim hagopian, veteran today, seymour hersh,

THE GROUND SHAKES AS THEY SPEAK

THE GROUND SHAKES AS THEY SPEAK—-39H B12

Obamacare no question has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and I think we may need to call it someth8ing in the future different”–SEBELIUS

Nagging works, It does. Michelle and I are big believers in nagging”,—OBAMA

I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME WATCHING ESPN IN THE MORNING—OBAMA

I think the good book says you know, don’t throw stones in glass houses”–OBAMA

I’ve actually been very retrained. And I’ve been very restrained with respect to immigration. I bent over backwards.–OBAMA

It’s embarrassing, OBAMA – PRAISING CHINA’S CONSTRUCTION

WHEN SHE RUNS, SHE WILL WIN. AND WHEN SHE WINS SHE’LL GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE AS ONE OF THE MOST PREPARED PEOPLE IN MODERN HISTORY TO GOT THERE. PELSOI–(COMPUTER CLASSES)??????

SOURCE – ABOVE

WIMPING OUT ON OBAMACARE:

WIMPING OUT ON OBAMACARE:—23LH. B13.14

Voters gave the GOP 9 more senate and 13 house seats to work with. One would expect the election to have reaffirmed the party’s long-held position that the “comprehensive,” 2700 page overhaul of American medicine shouldn’t be “tweaked,” or “fixed” or “repaired” but comprehensively repealed.

Senate Republicans leaders think voters sent them to Washington to make OBC better—on the margins in ways that appeal to corporate interest. Republicans appear to be listening to to the lobbyist of K street rather than the voters on main street.

Republicans touted two small ball OBC fixes. Hire More Heroes Act, which the housed passed. To quote the address that act “exempts veterans already enrolled in HC plans thorough the DOD or the VA from being counted toward the employee limit under the HC law.

If president Obama were actually executing it as written, OBC would require all businesses with 50 or more full time employees to provide them with OBC complaint Health insurance, OBC defines full time employees as those who work at least 30 hours a week: house republicans voted to change that to 40 hours.

They can look to pull pieces out of OBC particularly pieces whose absence would simultaneously provide relief for Americans and undermine OBC. Good play to high-light especially egregious sections that haven’t gotten much popular attention, such as the effective ban on building or expanded doctor-owned hospitals a striking example of OBC rampant cronyism and one that come’s at the expense of a group with whom republicans would be well served to align themselves.

If they succeed in changing the definition of full-time work form 30 to 40 hours, republicans will put their fingerprints on OBCV a monstrosity not of their making, taking partials ownership of the president’s unpopular namesake.

There are almost 10 times as many yearlong employees who work 40 hours as who work between 30 and 34 hours. “because many more workers work 40 hours per week than work 30 hours per week, the changes could affect many more worker than6n are affected under current law.

Large companies have historically offered HC insurance although not expensive OBC compliant insurance.

Whether this “fix” would make things better or w4rose for workers?

A third push could be to repeal OBC medical device tax, corporate interest loathe and hence are willing to put substantial mounts of money behind eliminating it,

source—weekly standard (1/19/14), jeffrey anderson, national review online, yuval levin, sherry glied and claudia solis-roman

CBO: Obamacare Rates Rising Over 8% a Year

CBO: Obamacare Rates Rising Over 8% a Year

Obamacare exchange customers set for significant premium spikes, CBO predicts.
Obamacare exchange customers are about to see spikes in their premiums, the Congressional Budget Office predicted Monday, saying insurers that offer plans are facing twin pressures from the government and the marketplace that will mean hikes of more than 8 percent a year through 2018.

The government is using tax subsidies to attract more customers to help offset costs for the rest of the system.Nearly 11.7 million Americans bought plans on the exchange in the second enrollment period, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Monday afternoon, hours after the CBO’s analysis was released.

The CBO said premiums for the key “benchmark” exchange plans will rise an average of 8.5 percent per year from 2016 to 2018, faster than the rest of the health care market.

As far as I can tell from the article, the “twin pressures from the government and the marketplace” are pulling (or pushing) in two opposite directions. The government has been trying to keep prices down for political reasons but the effort is unsustainable.

The budget analysts said part of the reason is that the plans offered now are narrower than private plans and reimburse providers at lower rates. They said both trends probably will change, forcing insurers to raise premiums.

In the meantime, the subsidies are piling onto the national debt and will only go higher. The only way the government can hold down costs is either by rationing or by lowering standard reimbursements or both. Without a market to allocate medical resources where there is demand, the prices and services can only become farther and farther out of reach for the populace. Basically, Obamacare can only lead to the further impoverishment of the American people.

Source-cbo. Washington times, mark home

For the First Time on Camera, Meet the Man Who Exposed the Gruber Videos and Obamas cover up of it

  1. For the First Time on Camera, Meet the Man Who Exposed the Gruber Videos and Obamas cover up of it—23LH. B13.14

When they said, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,’ I believed that just like everybody else,” says Weinstein. Using nothing more complicated than Google, Weinstein unearthed a treasure trove of publicly available information, including embarrassing videos starring Jonathan Gruber.

The ‘Stupidity’ Videos

In several videos unearthed by Weinstein, Gruber refers to voters as “stupid.”And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but, basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass,” Gruber says of the Affordable Care Act in an academic lecture on Oct. 4, 2013.In another, Gruber discusses how a trick in wording hides a large tax that is passed onto consumers.Because the American voter is too stupid to understand the difference,” Gruber says, prompting laughter from the audience.

Transparency Comments

Weinstein also discovered videos in which Gruber refers to the intentional lack of transparency in the Affordable Care Act.I wish … we could make it all transparent but I’d rather have this law than not,” Gruber says in one excerpt.In another, he states, “If you had a law in which it said healthy people are gonna pay in, you made [it] explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” “It’s pretty disappointing,” he says. “The media just has not had any, very little intellectual curiosity … all these videos were out there in plain sight.”

The ‘Noblis’ Video

Weinstein considers what he calls the “Noblis video” to be the most important of the bunch. It shows Gruber speaking at a technical conference sponsored by a company called Noblis on Jan. 18, 2012.The find is considered so significant, it’s entered as evidence in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act that justices will hear Wednesday. Opponents, a majority of the states, argue the law only applies to the 16 states that set up their own health care exchanges to sell insurance under Obamacare.Gruber has been quoted as calling the challenger’s theory “nutty.” Yet, in the Noblis video, recorded nine months before HealthCare.gov went live, he agrees with the opposing side. He clearly states that tax subsidies were only meant for states that established exchanges.What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill,” says Gruber. “So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens ‘you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.’” It’s estimated that more than 5 million people could lose their subsidies.

Lack of Economic Understanding’

In still more videos excerpts, Gruber talks about ways to mask a health care-related tax on the public by “mislabeling it” as a tax on insurance companies.

“…Calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, when we all know it’s a tax on people who hold those insurance plans,” says Gruber.

Gruber also explains, “We tax the insurance companies, they pass it on [in the form of] higher prices, that offsets the tax break we get, it ends up being the same thing. It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic President Obama has said he does not agree with Gruber’s assessment of the American public’s intellect,understanding of the American voter.”

The ‘Cadillac Tax’

Ask Weinstein what is the biggest shoe yet to drop regarding the Affordable Care Act and he immediately points to the so-called “Cadillac tax.”That Cadillac tax—it’s a whopper,” says Weinstein. “That’s a real problem.”The Cadillac tax is a huge tax that will be levied on high-end insurance plans—the “Cadillacs” of health insurance.Starting in 2018, Obamacare imposes the 40 percent tax on individual health plans costing more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family. The idea is to press employers to offer less generous plans.Many people, including Weinstein, believe it will prompt employers to cut out health insurance altogether, forcing some of the 158 million people who are currently insured through work onto the Obamacare exchanges for plans they don’t like as much, with limited choices and higher deductibles.The employers are gonna get frustrated, not offer employer-sponsored insurance anymore,” predicts Weinstein. “I don’t think those people are expecting what’s going to hit them.”Weinstein says thanks to Obamacare, his insurance premiums have doubled. Today, he has connected with three other “citizen journalists” who say they’re committed to doing the job that the news media is not doing well: critically investigating the Affordable Care Act.

Gruber Removed

Last week, Gruber was one of four members removed from the Massachusetts’ Health Connector Board, which oversees the state’s health care law.

In asking for the resignations, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he’s establishing a new leadership team.

OBAMA GRUBER COVER-UP:

Gruber also talked about how the “Cadillac tax” was sold as tax on insurance companies when it’s really a tax on the middle class.Under Section 36B of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or Obamacare), tax subsidies are restricted to individuals who purchase health insurance “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Similar wording occurs in eight other locations throughout the ACA. In establishing the regulations governing the tax subsidies, however, the Obama administration declared that the phrase “Exchange established by the State” refers to state exchanges, regional exchanges, subsidiary exchanges, and a federally-facilitated exchange.

But the Obama administration ignored the law and gave subsidies to all participants, arguing that the law was never intended to prohibit subsidies for those purchasing insurance through exchanges set up by the federal government.  That’s why Mr. Gruber is such a problem for the Obama gang.  Because, in another video, Gruber admitted that Obamacare’s subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges only.   In what he termed an effort to “squeeze the states,” Gruber confirmed that if states did not set up their own exchanges, the federal government would not give their health care applicants income tax subsidies. Gruber told a questioner:

 I think partly because they want to sort of squeeze the states to do it. I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), intends to negotiate with Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. on a sole source basis for technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform. The basis for restricting competition is the authority 13.106-1(b) because only one source is reasonably available to satisfy agency requirements. The anticipated contract period will be for one year … 

In a “Fact Checker” article about the Gruber “Technical Assistance” contract with HHS, the Washington Post reported:

The first four months of the contract could not be found on the FedBizOpp.gov Web site, but in June 2009, HHS renewed the contract for eight months, with a value of $297,600. Gruber in an e-mail confirmed that the first part of the contract was for $95,000.

That adds up to $392,600 – or “almost $400,000.”

 According to the Daily CallerGruber earned “at least” $5.9 million after being recruited by the Obama administration to help craft its health care law. According to the Caller’s Chuck Ross, “The federal government has paid Jonathan Gruber at least $4 million since the year 2000, for his work as an expert witness, a legal consultant and for his consultation on Obamacare. That comes on top of at least $1.6 million the MIT economist has been paid by several states to consult on their health care bills.”

It is now evident that Obama’s HHS is flouting the FOIA law to keep the truth about Gruber, not just from the American public, but also the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s why: HHS doesn’t want to disclose Gruber’s key role in Obamacare because his statements could be used by the High Court to upend Obama’s illegal tax subsidies. Why else would HHS go into full cover-up mode about contracts with one man? From its inception, its passage, its implementation, and its enforcement, “lack of transparency” has been essential to keeping Obamacare alive.

SOURCE—SHARYL ATTKISSON, THE DAILY SIGNAL, RICH WEINSTEIN, TOM FITTON