HotAir Daily Express 10/30/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Sebelius: “I apologize, I’m accountable”; Update: Nat’l Journal wonders why “accountable” means “blame everyone else”
10/30/2013 10:01:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
What is the meaning of accountability?  In the Obama administration, it’s mostly just a defense mechanism to defang critics and keep your job.  Kathleen Sebelius offered an apology for a “miserably frustrating” launch of the

Kessler: Four Pinocchios for “you can keep your plan”
10/30/2013 9:21:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
In my last post, I critiqued the Washington Post for its inability to directly state what has become obvious about the Barack Obama presidency — its incompetence and its dishonesty.  Give credit where it’s due, though, because the

WaPo: “Obama’s inattention to detail” threatens to derail his legacy, or something
10/30/2013 8:41:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Welcome to Euphemism Day, where the media gets to work on its weasel-word usage in a crisis.  At least it’s Euphemism Day at the Washington Post, where two stories work mightily hard to avoid calling Barack Obama a liar and an incompetent. 

Open thread: Sebelius to testify in House over ObamaCare success* (live video embed)
10/30/2013 8:01:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will take testimony today from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a hearing scheduled to start at 9 am today. Yesterday, the Ways and Means Committee heard from Sebelius subordinate Marilyn Tavenner, head of the

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Video: Mike Lee’s speech on “what’s next for conservatives”
10/29/2013 10:41:08 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, this is a better use of your late-evening hours than any “Quotes of the Day” post would be. Skip to 53:30 to watch or click here and read the transcript of his address today to the Heritage Foundation. Here’s the passage

The best euphemisms for Obama’s giant “if you like your plan you can keep it” lie
10/29/2013 10:01:13 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
1. Dan Amira of New York Mag: “overly simplistic guarantee” 2. Rep. Steny Hoyer, Minority Leader, House of Representatives: “accurate…not precise enough.” 3. Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico: “sweeping generalizations

George Will: ObamaCare is pretty much “applied Bloombergism”
10/29/2013 9:21:09 PM  Erika Johnsen
An apt assessment by George Will from his new outpost on Fox News this evening, and a similar one to Krauthammer‘s last night; but the emergence of the new, obfuscatory defensive line that “insurers are responsible for canceling plans, not

Brutal: The “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” compilation clip
10/29/2013 8:41:03 PM  Allahpundit
The clip is brutal enough in isolation, but the fact that it’s the normally sympathetic New York magazine that’s dropping it on O makes me think he’s even more vulnerable on the Big Lie than we all thought. They didn’t go looking

Wow: Support for the death penalty falls to 40-year low
10/29/2013 8:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
Support has been dropping at a rate of about a point year for the past 20 years. If that continues, it’ll sink below 50 percent sometime around 2024. The good news? The big gay-marriage debate and probably even the big marijuana debate will almost

Revealed: HHS was given “stark warnings” about ObamaCare website problems a month before launch
10/29/2013 7:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
Looky what landed in CNN’s lap just 14 hours or so before Sebelius is scheduled to testify before the House. I assume the source is some staffer on Issa’s Oversight Committee, which received a copy of the report from CGI while investigating

Carney on cancellations: Insurers “basically threw you off that plan,” you know, not ObamaCare
10/29/2013 6:41:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Gone is yesterday’s equivocating defense on the millions of distributed insurance cancellations currently shattering the great ObamaCare myth that was “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” After Valerie Jarrett‘s…

Cybersecurity expert after finding an easy way to hack HealthCare.Gov: “This seems really sloppy”
10/29/2013 6:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
The many “glitches” still plaguing the ObamaCare website are making it evermore apparent that the many Congressmen, officials and IT experts warning about the potential for major security breaches in the online system were most definitely not

Video: CMS chief spends four minutes avoiding question of how many people have enrolled in ObamaCare
10/29/2013 5:21:58 PM  Allahpundit
Excruciating fun from this morning’s House hearing with CMS director Marilyn Tavenner, who apologized for the apocalypse and then claimed that “we have a system that’s working,” just not quite at the speed

Video: Iowa navigators not aware they are?
10/29/2013 4:41:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
By now, the story from Iowan Terry Jones is tragically familiar.  The 58-year-old diabetic had his existing plan cancelled, and now he can’t find a plan that will cover him at anywhere near the prices and deductibles he previously had.  However,

Stewart: Say, is Obama in any loops at all?
10/29/2013 4:01:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
Does he mean President Ida Know? Jon Stewart skewered Barack Obama personally last night for the White House’s threadbare refrain that the President has no knowledge of what happens in his own administration.  Stewart picks up on the obvious

Chris Christie: The real problem with ObamaCare is that “people weren’t told the truth”
10/29/2013 3:21:26 PM  Erika Johnsen
In an almost amazingly polar opposite scenario from what’s going down with the Democratic candidate well-positioned to take red-turned-purple Virginia in the other gubernatorial race going on this year, Republican Gov. Chris Christie is poised for

Pitiful: Sebelius to blame contractors, not HHS, for problems in House testimony tomorrow
10/29/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
Not only is this an egregious understatement of her own culpability, it’s horrible politics. Everyone knows that when a political crisis strikes, the surest way to soothe public/media outrage is with a phony, half-hearted “the buck stops

June 2010: HHS predicted “most” of 17 million people would have plans change
10/29/2013 2:01:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
This little tidbit comes to us via our old friend Morgen Richmond, who used the Wayback Machine to peruse the old FAQ about ObamaCare from June 2010.  After NBC’s scoop last night that the White House knew three years ago that

Steny Hoyer admits: We knew that not everyone would be able to keep their plan; Update: 13 more liars
10/29/2013 1:21:21 PM  Allahpundit
This is the same guy, remember, who wants to throw more money at the ObamaCare website even though he says he’s not sure that would actually help. I wonder what his “solution” to the insurance industry’s developing

Obama to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia just before election day
10/29/2013 12:41:12 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week’s Rasmussen poll with McAuliffe running the Virginia gubernatorial race by seventeen points was rather an eyebrow-raising outlier, but a new poll does corroborate that McAuliffe may be entering double-digit territory in the homestretch,

Krauthammer: Carney, Obama arguing Americans too stupid to choose for themselves
10/29/2013 12:01:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
Now that the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie has been thoroughly exposed, ObamaCare defenders have taken to arguing that what replaces the millions of cancelled plans will be much better for people than what they chose

Dianne Feinstein, who defends NSA data-mining of Americans: I’m outraged we’re spying on foreign leaders
10/29/2013 11:21:26 AM  Allahpundit
An amazing footnote to this week’s diplomatic trainwreck. Feinstein isn’t any random Democrat, remember; she’s the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She’s also a loud-and-proud defender of data-mining digital

Matthews: Say, why didn’t we respond to Benghazi attack?
10/29/2013 10:41:42 AM  Ed Morrissey
It only took 13 months and two weeks, but Chris Matthews now wonders why the US provided no response to the terrorist attack.  Thanks to the 60 Minutes story on Sunday, the Hardball host also wonders aloud why Americans don’t have an answer to the