Tagged Jay Carney

More Gruberisms

Oy. In a 2011 conversation about the Affordable Care Act, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of the law more commonly known as Obamacare, talked about how the bill would get rid of all tax credits for employer-based health insurance through “mislabeling” what the tax is and who it would hit. In recent days, the past comments of Gruber — who in a 2010 speech noted that he “helped write the federal bill” and “was a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop the technical details as well” — have been given renewed attention. In previously posted…

Utterly Shameful

I am more than a little late to this story, but let it be noted that there is something rotten in the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Amid contrived outrage over Benghazi and the improving fortunes of its healthcare reform, the Obama administration could be facing a genuine scandal about its treatment of military veterans that has the potential to attract broad political condemnation of its competence. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing mounting evidence that some of the hospitals it runs have been keeping two sets of books to make it look as if they were reducing…

Obamacare Deceptions Continue Apace

At the risk of asking a naïve question that will live forever on the Internet, how much worse do things have to get before someone from the Obama administration gets fired for deliberately misleading the public? In the opening days of Obamacare’s October 1 launch, federal officials touted high web-traffic numbers, but repeatedly refused to provide enrollment data for the federally facilitated exchanges. On October 3, White House spokesperson Jay Carney, pressed for enrollment numbers, said, “No, we don’t have that data.” On October 7, in an appearance on the Daily Show, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius repeated the claim…

The Bottomless Disaster that Is the Obamacare Rollout

Once again, they pull me back in: Obamaphiles are finally forced to admit that the White House’s previous assurances regarding Obamacare–that it would allow those who like their insurance to keep it–had the unfortunate tendency to not coincide with the truth. David Axelrod now informs us that “most people” will be able to keep insurance plans that they like–a far cry from the president’s promise that all people could keep their insurance plans if they liked those plans. The White House confirms the walkback from the president’s original promise. In the meantime, don’t expect for a moment that this is an isolated…

Accountability Has Become Such an Antiquated Concept

Gene Healy  on the president who is never there: “Hey, don’t look at me — I’m just the president!” That’s the common thread in President Obama’s response to his recent scandal eruptions, from IRS harassment of Tea Partiers to his Justice Department’s spying on AP reporters. Like everybody else, Obama learns about these things via cable news, according to press secretary Jay Carney.Obama’s flight from responsibility punctured the stratosphere in his recent speech on “the Future of Our Fight against Terrorism” at the National Defense University in D.C. In the speech Obama seemed to position himself as the loyal opposition…