Mitch McConnell willing to repeal Obamacare with simple majority

8567879140_6f004d4c7d_bA spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Washington Examiner Thursday that if McConnell takes over as majority leader in January he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with just 51 votes:

“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.

Reconciliation is a parliamentary maneuver that allows legislation to be passed without needing the usual 60 votes to overcome blockage by a filibuster.

This comes after comments McConnell made on Fox News Tuesday, saying that, “It would take 60 votes in the Senate, and no one thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a president — presidential signature. And no one thinks we’re going to get that.”

No matter what, any attempts to repeal Obamacare would be a long, hard, complicated fight.

North Carolina Democrats encouraging non-citizens to vote

pic_giant_103014_SM_Vertitas4The evidence of voter fraud continues to pile up. Virginia Voters Alliance uncovered rampant and ongoing voter fraud in the state of Maryland. A study by two Old Dominion University professors found that illegal votes likely got Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) elected in 2008:

A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken ’s 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race as one likely tipped by non-citizen voting. As a senator, Franken cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.

And last but certainly not least, guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe caught North Carolina Democrats encouraging non-citizens to vote:

O’Keefe had a Brazilian-born immigrant investigator pose as someone who wanted to vote but was not a citizen. Greg Amick, the campaign manager for the Democrat running for sheriff in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), was only too happy to help.

Greg Amick: Here’s a couple of things you can do. You do not have to have your driver’s license, but do you have any sort of identification?

Project Veritas investigator: But I do have my driver’s license.

Amick: Oh, you do. Show ’em that and you’re good.

PV: But the only problem, you know, I don’t want to vote if I’m not legal. I think that’s going to be a problem. I’m not sure.

Amick: It won’t be, it shouldn’t be an issue at all.

PV: No?

Amick: As long as you are registered to vote, you’ll be fine.

This undercover investigator outright told Amick that he’s not a legal citizen, and Amick still said he was “fine” to vote. It’s NOT fine. Not only is it illegal for non-citizens vote, it’s also a felony in North Carolina “for any person, knowing that a person is not a citizen of the United States, to instruct or coerce that person to register to vote or to vote.”

What will be done about this? Anything?

Rand Paul hopes to make GOP more appealing to African-American voters

Many Republicans are hesitant to admit that the GOP has a branding problem. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), however, had no problem declaring Wednesday that not only does the Republican Party brand leave something to be desired for many voters, but it outright “sucks”Rand_Paul_by_Gage_Skidmore_10-11-10:

“Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans,” he said.

“Why? Because of a perception,” he said. “The problem is the perception is that no one in the Republican Party cares.”

Paul believes this perception is most prevalent among black voters. He hopes to change that perception:

For some time, he has been trying to shift perceptions by repeatedly speaking to African-American audiences and touting his proposals to reform the criminal justice program and rebuild blighted inner city neighborhoods.

“We’re also fighting 40 years of us doing a crappy job, of Republicans not trying at all for 40 years, so it’s a lot of overcoming,” he said. “You got to show up, you got to have something to say and really we just have to emphasize that we’re trying to do something different.”

Paul has sponsored six bills that seem especially relevant to concerns within the African-American community about issues such as the criminal justice system.

One of those bills is the Redeem Act, which would help juveniles with criminal records get jobs and avoid reoffending. It is co-sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the Senate’s only black Democrat.

Another bill sponsored by Paul would give federal judges greater flexibility in sentencing. A third would eliminate the disparity between punishments for cocaine- and crack-related crimes.

“We look at incarceration and we see a disproportionate number of people of color in jail and then when we see statistics on drug use, it seems to be about equal among all the different races,” he said. “Blacks and Hispanics seem to populate our jails more.”

Paul said the country “went too far in the war on drugs.”

Certainly, Paul’s harsh criticisms will be a bitter pill for many Republicans to swallow. However, there is merit in pursuing black voters. Disapproval for Barack Obama among blacks is at 12 percent, double what it was just after the 2012 elections. This likely has to do with the high unemployment rate among African-Americans, which sits well above the national average. Making matters worse, Peter Kirsanow, a U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner, recently sent a letter to Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus warning that executive amnesty will “devastate” black workers.

Indeed, it seems that Obama is more concerned about the rights of Hispanic non-Americans than he is about African-American citizens.

No matter how harsh it seems, in the end Paul is right — the GOP sorely needs to develop a more inclusive image and change public perception of the party. And given the current political climate of the country, blacks should be the first group of non-traditional Republican voters the GOP targets.

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A quarter of doctors have opted out of Obamacare exchanges

obamacare-not-acceptedAccording to an analysis performed by American Action Forum on a recent survey from Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), an estimated 214,524 doctors have chosen to opt out of Obamacare. That’s about a quarter of the 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

So why are so many doctors opting out of the program? Four big reasons:

  1. Obamacare reimbursements are even lower than Medicare reimbursements, which are already significantly below market rates. According to American Action Forum, “It is estimated that where private plans pay $1.00 for a service, Medicare pays $0.80, and ACA exchange plans are now paying about $0.60.” In California, Obamacare plans “are cutting provider reimbursement by up to 40 percent.”
  2. The federal government expects doctors to take on more patients in order to make up for lost revenue, but doctors already have more patients than they can handle.
  3. MGMA found that 75 percent of Obamacare patients that have seen doctors have plans with high deductibles. Because most of these patients are low-income, doctors are concerned that the patients won’t be able to pay the deductibles, which means the doctors will be stuck with the bill.
  4. HHS requires that insurers cover customers for an additional 90 days after they have stopped paying their premiums. The first 30 days are covered by the insurer — but the final 60 must be covered by the doctor. Currently, about a million people have failed to pay their premiums and had their plans canceled.

Is it any wonder doctors are opting out?

MASSIVE voter fraud uncovered in Maryland

Maryland-State-Board-of-ElectionsVirginia Voters Alliance, an election integrity watchdog group, is suing the state of Maryland after discovering MASSIVE and ongoing voter fraud by non-citizens in Frederick County:

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.

It is a federal crime to cast votes if you are not legally eligible to vote. Non-citizens, whether in the country legally or not, are prohibited from voting in most local and all state and federal elections. Yet the VVA investigation found that hundreds of non-citizens have been voting in Frederick County, Maryland. One in seven Maryland residents are non-U.S. citizens.

“The lawsuit is the equivalent of the lookout spotting the iceberg ahead of the Titanic,” state Del. Pat McDonough told the Tatler. He added that the group’s investigation found a voter fraud “smoking gun.”

Unfortunately, because Maryland issues driver’s licenses to illegal aliens it makes it all too easy for non-citizens to vote under the Motor Voter law. This means that voter fraud is likely occurring in every county in the state.

Are Democrats still going to argue voter fraud doesn’t exist?