HotAir Daily Express 10/31/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

140,000 Minnesotans discover they can’t “keep your plan”
10/31/2013 10:01:45 AM  Ed Morrissey
Few states are as reliably Democratic in presidential elections than my state of Minnesota. We haven’t voted for a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972, whose claim not to be a crook was a pre-eminent example of a presidential whopper until just

15 states have spent more than a billion dollars on ObamaCare exchanges
10/31/2013 9:21:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
Another line of defense for ObamaCare apologists blames Republican governors for refusing to open their own state exchanges.  If only every state would have created their own exchange, the argument goes, the federal website would have worked properly and

Video: Two commandos made it to Benghazi
10/31/2013 8:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
The official line from the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon about the US response to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi has been that we didn’t have time to send in troops to fight the terrorists that were killing Americans.

Three states forced wholesale insurance cancellations because of ObamaCare
10/31/2013 8:01:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
Democrats desperate to defend Barack Obama from his own “you can keep your plan” lie have spent this week trying to shift blame to insurers.  They didn’t have to change their plans, advocates argue, and could have had them grandfathered

Quotes of the day
10/30/2013 10:41:46 PM  Allahpundit
Amid a firestorm of criticism, President Obama today walked back his oft-repeated, unambiguous promise that “if you like your health plan, you can keep it.” With hundreds of thousands receiving cancellation notices from their providers, Republicans have

Obama: Bad apple insurance companies are to blame for all this losing of plans you liked
10/30/2013 10:01:26 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
It’s the old Big Fill in the Blank With Corporate Entity attack, with insurance companies now filling in the blank for Obama. He finds he must answer for the fact that he lied made “sweeping generalizations that can be contradicted by

Rand Paul: We know government is inept, but ObamaCare is bringing it to a whole other level of incompetence
10/30/2013 9:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sen. Paul, as you might have guessed, was distinctly not impressed with Secretary Sebelius’s testimony in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today, from which, apparently, we were meant to accept that just saying ‘I am

France’s comedy of taxational errors continues as French revolt against eco-tax
10/30/2013 8:41:06 PM  Erika Johnsen
Seeing as how they elected an honest-to-goodness Socialist parliamentary majority and president last year, I’m not exactly sure what it is that France thought they were in for — but these days, it isn’t merely French soccer teams

WSJ/NBC: For the first time, views of Obama are more unfavorable than favorable
10/30/2013 8:01:35 PM  Allahpundit
Lots of people, including NBC, are leading with the fact that his job approval is also at a new low (42/51), but that’s less interesting to me than his favorable rating. Of course his job approval’s in the tank. How could it not be?

McCain: Maybe we can pass amnesty after the primaries are over next year
10/30/2013 7:21:25 PM  Allahpundit
Via Breitbart. I don’t say this often about Maverick, but dude, I think he’s right. Sort of: Although 2014 is an election year, McCain said it’s possible that some lawmakers could be more supportive of the legislation, if they clear primary

New bill introduced by Dem senator: No, really, if you like your plan, you can keep it
10/30/2013 6:41:57 PM  Allahpundit
It’s Mary Landrieu, who, until recently, was known to say how proud she is to have voted for ObamaCare and is now reduced to floating bills in the Senate that attempt to hold the president to the most basic promises he made when selling the

Obama on insurance cancellations: “Just shop around in the new marketplace, that’s what it’s for”
10/30/2013 6:01:56 PM  Erika Johnsen
Fear not, you millions of Americans now receiving insurance policy cancellation notices in the mail: Your anger and bewilderment has not fallen upon deaf ears. In his speech in Boston this afternoon, President Obama munificently took the time to explain

New Snowden bombshell: NSA secretly tapping Google’s, Yahoo’s data pipelines to harvest metadata — and content
10/30/2013 5:21:12 PM  Allahpundit
And of course, some of that metadata and content was generated by Americans. How can the NSA get away with that? In theory, because of geography. Some of Google’s and Yahoo’s data centers and the fiber-optic pipelines that connect them are

Coburn on Congress, NPS: It’s time to stop acquiring land and start taking care of it
10/30/2013 4:41:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
As the recent government shutdown so very aptly demonstrated, the care for and conservation of many of our country’s natural treasures are currently tied to the caprice of national politics, and even worse, the federal government is constantly
More... the “progressive equivalent of declaring ketchup a vegetable”
10/30/2013 4:01:54 PM  Ed Morrissey
So says Jon Meacham on today’s Morning Joe, using an embarrassing but relatively innocuous episode from the Reagan administration to describe the impact of ObamaCare on the progressive agenda.  Meacham, a contributing editor to Time magazine,

ADP: Private sector job growth sags to 130K
10/30/2013 3:21:42 PM  Ed Morrissey
The monthly ADP report on private-sector job growth for October is a big miss, and not just from a standpoint of real economic development.  The 130,000 jobs added is the worst in six months, and below the ADP average for the past twelve months.  And in

The Ed Morrissey Show: Mary Katharine Ham
10/30/2013 2:51:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the ObamaCare meltdown and Kathleen Sebelius’ testimony from earlier today. Don’t miss it! In

“High risk”: Document shows HHS launched ObamaCare website without end-to-end security testing
10/30/2013 2:41:01 PM  Allahpundit
Via the WFB, if you watched this morning and were wondering what Mike Rogers was looking at while he was grilling Sebelius on site security, here’s your answer. The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor

Video: For some strange reason, Sebelius thinks it’d be illegal for her to buy coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges
10/30/2013 2:01:49 PM  Allahpundit
She already has insurance as a federal employee, ergo, it’s illegal for her to sign up on the exchanges for a newly minted ObamaCare-approved plan. Wait, what? And so we return once again to the central theme of the last month: Knowing lie or

Quinnipiac: McAuliffe “clinging” to a 4 point lead in Virginia
10/30/2013 1:21:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s quite the reversal from the WaPo/Abt SRBI poll out earlier this week that gave Terry McAuliffe all of the Virginia gubernatorial race’s momentum with a whopping 12 point edge, but considering that Quinnipiac’s two previous polls at

CBS: Insurance co-ops scrambling away from individual market
10/30/2013 12:41:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
After a month of the ObamaCare fiasco, insurers find themselves staring into the abyss of the “death spiral” — the risk-pool meltdown of accepting too many high-maintenance consumers without enough low-maintenance consumers to spread

Video: White House intimidating insurers into staying quiet on the ObamaCare debacle?
10/30/2013 12:01:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
It could be worse, as Audrey Hudson can tell you.  All these insurers are getting are phone calls, not raids by the Maryland State Police seizing their notes on government malfeasance.  CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports that the insurers want to get

Great news from Sebelius: “The website has never crashed”
10/30/2013 11:21:16 AM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, watch to the end or you’ll miss a cutaway on the split screen that made me laugh aloud. Can it really be true that a website that’s been inaccessible to most of the planet for most of the past month, which was so poorly designed that

Scarborough: Of course Obama “flagrantly lied” about ObamaCare
10/30/2013 10:41:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, Joe Scarborough appeared on the Hugh Hewitt show to discuss the latest revelations about ObamaCare — the cancellation of millions of policies thanks to the deliberate machinations involving the “grandfathering” process.  The