HotAir Daily Express 11/05/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

CBS: Obama admin ducked final HealthCare.Gov security requirements; problems rolling in
11/5/2013 10:01:41 AM  Erika Johnsen
The confidence in their big-government agenda that the Obama administration daily instills in me is truly overwhelming. Via CBS News: As was being developed, crucial tests to ensure the security and privacy of customer information fell

Obamacare’s latest talking points: “Bad apples” and road apples
11/5/2013 9:21:18 AM  Karl
To the surprise of no one, President Obama has been busy deflecting criticism of his “If you like your plan” lie by blaming insurance companies: “Just shop around in the new marketplace,” he said. “You’re going to get

D.C. backs off on vote on drivers licenses for illegals
11/5/2013 8:41:49 AM  Jazz Shaw
In case you missed it previously, the DC Council was planning on a special vote today, though it had nothing to do with the general election going on. They planned to hold a final vote to approve drivers licenses for illegal immigrants which were

NY’s Township 40 and the battle for property rights
11/5/2013 8:01:05 AM  Jazz Shaw
I’ll be the first to admit that this story doesn’t apply to everyone… but it could. As you have no doubt been reminded numerous times, election day has arrived, and even though it’s an “off year” for the majority of

Quotes of the day
11/4/2013 10:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
The New Jersey governor’s race, where Republican incumbent Gov. Christopher Christie maintained leads of about 2-1 for months, ends with the governor leading State Sen. Barbara Buono, his Democratic challenger, 61 – 33 percent among likely

Study of 49 states: Obamacare hikes individual market premiums an average of 41 percent
11/4/2013 10:01:40 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Notably, this doesn’t count co-pay and deductible hikes. Avik Roy offers the third in a series of maps meant to show, state by state, the impact of Obamacare on the individual insurance marketplace: One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable

The best euphemisms for victims of Obamacare losing their insurance plans
11/4/2013 9:21:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Like my first installment, “The best euphemisms for Obama’s giant ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ lie,” this will be updated to reflect new euphemisms as the story progresses. Tweet or e-mail with additions to the

Most Transparent Administration, Evah to allow for input on “social cost of carbon,” and only five months late
11/4/2013 8:41:25 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration’s official estimate of the so-called “social cost of carbon” — i.e., a supposedly dispassionate accounting of the costs and externalities resulting from carbon dioxide emissions, used in assessing the

Vermont extends insurance expiration dates while their also-”glitchy” exchanges keep struggling
11/4/2013 8:01:03 PM  Erika Johnsen
Vermont was another of the fourteen states that happily jumped right in to the task of creating their own fully independent ObamaCare exchange system, but much like its federal cousin, their marketplace has proved to be nothing short of an unmitigated

“Walking Dead” grumble thread: Hit the road, jack
11/4/2013 7:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
And so, as happened once before with Shane, the most interesting character on the show is sent packing so that we can spend more time on Rick’s eternal struggle with the dynamics of leadership. Let me blow your mind here with an alternate ending to

Report: Campaign that pushed dirt to reporters on Herman Cain and Mitch Daniels’s wife was … Jon Huntsman’s?
11/4/2013 6:41:57 PM  Allahpundit
To think, we’ve spent two years believing it was Romney that had the nastiest, most relentless seek-and-destroy oppo operation on the GOP side. Now I feel like Frank Drebin discovering the missing evidence in the Kelner case. My god — he was

CNN: ObamaCare “war room” worried about reaction when some enrollees figure out they can’t keep their doctors
11/4/2013 6:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
This is the big unexploded landmine in the ObamaCare mine field. There have been little booms about it here and there — the NYT story last week about rural counties suffering under O-Care is one, as was that U.S. News story about high-end hospitals

Pelosi: It’s fine, the people receiving these insurance cancellations “will do better”
11/4/2013 5:21:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
Overlooking for a moment the Democrats’ mounting near-dismissals of the mere “five percent of Americans” in the individual market who are liable to be forced off of their current plans (never mind that still more insurance cancellations

Video: Jay Carney getting pretty tired of questions about ObamaCare phone applications
11/4/2013 4:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
Via NRO, the exciting conclusion to ABC’s report this morning. It’s all worth watching but the outright mockery begins a little after 2:45. Simple question from Jon Karl: How can Obama claim that users can bypass the website and apply by

Nobel Peace Prize winner to aides: Let’s face it, I’m really good at killing people
11/4/2013 4:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
Actually, as a Twitter buddy said this morning, Obama’s being too modest. Read this WSJ op-ed by a cancer patient whose insurance just got dropped and you’ll say he’s legitimately great at killing people. In fairness, in the annals of

USA Today: Small businesses scrambling to renew health plans ahead of more cost hikes
11/4/2013 3:21:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama administration has been generally and glibly adamant in their talking point insisting that the “Affordable” Care Act’s  is in fact a major boon to the economy and not the uncertainty-inducing scourge of jobs and small

AP estimate: At least 3.5 million people have had their health insurance canceled
11/4/2013 2:41:03 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace, emphasis on “at least.” Remember the number, because ObamaCare fans much prefer to talk in percentages when discussing the program’s losers. Jon Gruber told New York magazine last week that, of the roughly six percent of the

CNN: Aren’t Republicans vulnerable on ObamaCare for, er, opposing the debacle all along?
11/4/2013 2:01:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
After watching this exchange between Candy Crowley and Sen. Kelly Ayotte on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday, I had to go back and read the transcript to be sure I heard it correctly. Perhaps Crowley intended to play devil’s advocate here

Election eve in the Old Dominion
11/4/2013 1:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
With t-minus one day to go until Virginians starting hitting the voting booth, both Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli were out in full force with their top-tier surrogates over the weekend, and Quinnipiac’s latest poll of the past few days

Romney: ObamaCare rotting out Obama second term
11/4/2013 12:41:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
How bad has the ObamaCare debacle gotten for the White House, and the media that failed to report the obvious flaws until it was too late?  NBC’s Meet the Press brought back Mitt Romney to grill Mitt Romney over it, trying to get the former

House GOP: Let’s back off and let ObamaCare speak for itself
11/4/2013 12:01:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
Napoleon once said, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” House Republicans have decided to follow that advice, often reiterated by John Boehner, according to National Journal’s Tim Alberta and Billy House.  Rather than launch a

New White House ObamaCare strategy: Let’s talk about something other than ObamaCare
11/4/2013 11:21:26 AM  Allahpundit
Tough call for O. Does he try a big ObamaCare cheerleading offensive in order to counterprogram the horror stories about how stupid and hubristic his team was in building and how unhappy millions of consumers are to be losing their

Gibbs: I don’t remember discussing “keep your plan” lie, but it was certainly a wrong move
11/4/2013 10:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Robert Gibbs ran communications for Barack Obama from the beginning of his presidential campaign in 2007 all the way into early 2011.  As Barack Obama’s “media enforcer,” he had the task of crafting the campaign and presidential