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#obamacare funny stuff on healthcaredotgov

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    I can see my health care plan options now, but there’s no way to see any kind of detail about them. How can anybody make a decision based on the name of the plan and the price? There are specific things I need to have covered and I can’t make a decision without more information.

    • I could not agree with you more LOL Its kinda like buying a car or a house without so much as a picture to go by and just hoping it will be decent once you’ve bought it..I really hope they fix that.

    • You can’t. They aren’t telling the truth in this blog.

  • Why can’t I see the deductibles?

    • They might scare you

      • Hard-working Americans are doomed under this ACA mess. We desperately need to return to our heritage– a freedom-loving country where results are rewarded. Obamacare, simply put, redistributes income, stealing from some to give to others. Premiums for many of those not qualified for handouts (“subsidies”) have already skyrocketed–and will only get worse. People are forced to buy coverage that they don’t even need–e.g., a single man does not need maternity care– and others are compelled to pay for coverage that violates deeply held convictions (e.g., morning-after pill). Meanwhile, Congress has exempted some (including themselves!) from ACA provisions. ACA is unfair, against American principles, and end harmful for us all. We must elect those who will rid us of this awful law, and bring us away from the brink of falling down the slope toward socialism and a full-fledged nanny state. We are trillions in debt, and must change course to restore America to the prosperous, self-sufficent, exceptional and free nation that our founding fathers established and many have died for.

  • Thanks for the update. Should I keep trying to get through online? Or are you saying it’s time to give up on that and call?

    • If you are not in a huge hurry, just wait and try again around Nov 15. If you are, try signing up on the phone or in person. 1-800-318-2596. You can find in-person locations at

      • Sounds good! Will try around Nov. 15. Sincere thanks for your response!

  • Is there a way for me to find out which would be more cost effective; signing up for ObamaCare or expatriating to China?

    • Expatriating to China

    • You can go to China anytime.

    • China, because at least in china they aren’t trying to get rid of their healthcare market. China is not trying to get rid of Capitalism. They are embracing it.

    • Regardless, I think America would be a little better off with you in China. If you love your country, do move out!

    • Costa rica is a better option. I am actually being serious. The cost would be less than your deductable

  • I can finally get through to the application process and now I am getting stuck on the “Are you enrolled full time in school?” and then if yes it asks “Do you have a parent or guardian living in the state you attend school?” I click yes and the green save and submit button does not work. I click it, hit enter, I have tried everything and nothing on the page indicates it is loading anything it just does nothing. I have tried to “chat” about this issue and have been told that it is due to traffic. I beg to differ, because I have successfully gotten through the whole application up until that point at least 10 times and all during different times of the day as directed by the agent. It is a glitch and has not been fixed for at least two weeks now. It would be nice to be able to move on from that question at least. End rant.


    Not sure what you’re paying your chat agents, but save tax payer dollars by getting rid of them. I have used chat twice. Both times I was given multiple pieces of inaccurate information and it was clear the agents didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. Eventually, after wasting 10 -15 minutes of my time, they told me to call for support. This is shameless.


    I don’t want to register before I shop.!!!!!!! THAT IS A PERFECTLY REASONABLE EXPECTATION¡”!!!””””””


    There is not any information as to what providers accept these plans, deductibles, copays, etc. How can anyone even begin to make an informed decision. This idea is of showing the plans seems as if something is trying to be kept from people that may want to sign up. So all of this information should be available now, long before we share our information. So show us today.


    You can contact the insurance company offering the plan to find out what providers are in their network, just like you would if you were buying it the old fashioned way, i.e. last year. Hopefully that info will be included online soon, however.


    What a mess! What a waste of taxpayer money! What a waste of my money! Gotta love the Affordable Health Care Act! Looks like it tripled my monthly health premium


    I make about $60,000.00 per year and I’m self employed. I pay the additional self-employment tax. So after a mortgage that cost me about $27,000.00 per year, auto $4,000.00 per year, taxes $18,000.00 per year, insurances, water and power, food, approximately $15,000.00 per year. And then there’s miscellaneous, repairs, home maintenance, etc. Do the math. I can’t afford another 5 or 6 grand a year. I earn too much to get assistance and not enough to afford it. What are my choices. Get poor real soon. Take on yet another job and I have no time for that or fall off the grid. I guess the choice will be made for me. Thanks! And I voted for Obama. I understand the intent but it doesn’t take into consideration human behavior. It’s just insane!

#obmamcare Putting the Brakes on Unreasonable Health Insurance Rate Increases NOT!

Who in the government is going to put the brakes on Obamacare’s
Unreasonable Insurance Rate

Learn about…
New Consumer Protections Under the Affordable
Care Act
Putting the Brakes on Unreasonable Health
Insurance Rate Increases

A new Rate Review program requires that when an insurer proposes to increase your insurance rate by 10% or more, this increase must be disclosed and justified to the public and thoroughly reviewed by State
or Federal regulators.  the Federal government will conduct the review. The review findings will be made public on for all reviews.

i looked but could not find the info they say is on the website i guess its just another glitch.

no need to read on it’s all gov BS from here

Read more below and at
How does the “Rate Review”
program discourage unreasonable
rate increases?
The Rate Review program discourages
rate hikes by ensuring that proposed
increases of 10% or more get close
scrutiny from the public and State or
Federal regulators. Starting on
September 1, 2011, if your insurer
proposes a rate hike of this size, it must
give your State insurance regulator and
the Federal government:
• Advance notice of the proposed
• An explanation of why it believes
the rate hike is necessary; and
• Additional information about its
business, such as:
o The number and size of
benefit claims it has paid;
o Its history of premium
increases; and
o Its projected medical and
administrative costs.

You’ll be able to review this information
on your State insurance regulator’s
public website and on, a public website
for consumers. You’ll also have an
opportunity to

Does the Rate Review program apply
to my health insurance policy?
The law applies to all health insurers
who sell policies to individuals and small
businesses, but not to large employer
group plans and “self-insured plans.”
Also, if your health insurance policy or
plan existed on March 23, 2010, it may
be considered a “grandfathered health
plan.” Grandfathered health plans are
exempt from the Rate Review
Consumer Tip: If you’re not sure
whether the Rate Review program
applies to your health insurance plan,
you can check with your employer or
insurer. Your State may also have a
Consumer Assistance Program that can
help. Find out more at
What size rate increase requires
For rate increases proposed on or after
September 1, 2011, States (or, in some
cases, the Federal government) will
review average rate increases of 10% or
higher to see if they are unreasonable.
An average 10 % increase means that
some enrollees may experience rate
increases higher or lower than 10%.
Starting September 1, 2012, the 10%
threshold may change for some States,
based on State trends in health
insurance premiums and health care
costs. Many states review all proposed
increases, regardless of the size.
Who reviews the proposed rate
States conduct the reviews, if their
review process meets national
standards for effectiveness. If a State
lacks the resources or authority to do an
effective review, the Federal
government will conduct the review.
The review findings will be made public
on for all reviews.
You can find out whether your state is
conducting the reviews or the federal
government on
What makes a rate increase
A Rate Review program could find that a
premium hike is unreasonable if, for
example, the premium hike:
• Makes the health benefits a poor
value for the money;
• Is based on faulty assumptions or
incomplete information; or
• Charges different prices to
people who pose similar cost
risks to the insurer.
What happens if the rate increase is
found to be unreasonable?
The Federal government will post that
finding on
If your insurer decides to increase rates
that are found to be unreasonable, it
must post both its explanation for the
rate increase and the findings of the
Rate Review program on its website for
three years. The Federal government

#obamacare HHS Public Affairs Contacts

HHS Public Affairs Contacts


If you are a reporter looking for information about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplaces:

  1. First try the All Topics section on, which has comprehensive information about the Health Insurance Marketplace here.
  2. Email our media team here. If you have already contacted CMS’ media relations team, then HHS already has your request, and there is no need to email both agencies. Please be as specific as possible about your request and deadline.

HHS Press Office Information

HHS Press Office: (202) 690-6343
Submit a Media Request
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Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) Press Information

Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
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(202) 205-4347

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) for Health Care
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(202) 690-5852

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) for Public Health
Tait Sye
(202) 205-1841

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA) for Human Services
Mark Weber
(202) 260-6412

News Division Director
Bill Hall
(202) 690-6344

Digital Communications Division Director
Prudence Goforth
(202) 690-7264

Acting Freedom of Information Act Division (FOIA)
Garfield Daley
(202) 690-7453

Media Services Division Director
Michael Wilker
(202) 260-1315

Speechwriting and Editorial Division Director
Stephen Rabin
(202) 690-7048

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The Kaiser Family Foundation health insurance cost and savings calculator

The health insurance costs and savings calculator provides only an estimate. Your final premiums and costs may differ from the estimates, perhaps significantly, depending on the coverage you select and a given insurer’s pricing policies. You’ll learn your final costs for specific plans only when you fill out an application in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Here are a few important things to know:

  • The calculator provides a rough estimate of costs for insurance. It will give you an idea of what someone with circumstances like yours could pay for Marketplace insurance in 2014.
  • The calculator accounts for some of the most important factors that affect plan costs in the Marketplace: where you live, family size and ages, and tobacco use. Individual plans weigh these factors differently to set final prices.
  • The prices are based on a plan in the Silver category. Plans in different categorieswill likely have higher or lower premiums.
  • You won’t be able to get your exact costs for a specific plan until you fill out a Marketplace application and provide details about your income and household. Then you’ll see all of the plans available to you, compare features and prices side-by-side, choose a plan, and enroll.

Subsidy NOT COST Calculator

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#obamacare How can I get lower costs on Marketplace coverage? You Can’t.

How can I get lower costs on Marketplace coverage?


When you use the Health Insurance Marketplace you may be able to get lower costs on monthly premiums or out-of-pocket costs, or get free or low-cost coverage.

3 ways to save on health care coverage

You can save money in the Health Insurance Marketplace 3 ways. All of them depend on your income and family size.

  1. You may be able to lower costs on your monthly premiums when you enroll in a private health insurance plan. These plans all cover essential health benefits andpre-existing conditions.
  2. You may qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs for copaymentscoinsurance, anddeductibles.
  3. You or your child may get free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or theChildren’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Some states will be expanding Medicaid eligibility in 2014, so you may qualify even if you have been turned down for Medicaid in the past.

You can apply any time during open enrollment, which began October 1 and continues through the end of March. You’ll find out what plans and premiums are available to you and see how much you will save. Most people who apply will qualify for lower costs of some kind. Coverage can begin as soon as January 1, 2014.

Get an estimate of your costs and savings

You can get a rough estimate of your potential costs and savings by browsing plans and sample prices in your area or by using the Kaiser Family Foundation calculator.

Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

What if I can’t afford insurance?

When you fill out a Marketplace health insurance application, you’ll find out whether you can get lower costs on your monthly premium or out-of-pocket costs. This may make insurance more affordable than you think.

Depending on your income, you may be able to get free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid is expanding in many states in 2014, meaning you may qualify in 2014 even if you haven’t qualified in the past. When you apply, the Marketplace will tell you if you qualify under your state’s rules.

In the meantime, you or your child may qualify now for free or low cost health coverage through Medicaid and/or CHIP.

When you apply for coverage, the Marketplace will determine whether coverage is affordable for your income level. If coverage is not considered affordable to you, you will not have to pay the fee that other people who do not have coverage may face.

If you have no insurance, you can use a community health center in your area to get health care.

#obamacare Marketplace Application Checklist

Marketplace Application Checklist

When you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll need to provide some

information about you and your household, including income, any insurance you currently have, and

some additional items.

Use the checklist below to help you gather what you need to apply for coverage. Open enrollment

starts October 1, 2013 for coverage starting as early as January 1, 2014. Open enrollment ends

March 31, 2014.

Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)

Employer and income information for every member of your

household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2

forms—Wage and Tax Statements)

Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering

members of your household

A completed Employer Coverage Tool (see page 2 of this checklist)

for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible

for. (You’ll need to fill out this form even for coverage you’re eligible

for but don’t enroll in.)

Stay up-to-date about the Marketplace. Visit to get email or text

updates that will help you get ready to apply.Form Approved EMPLOYER COVERAGE TOOL OMB No. 0938-1191

Use this tool to gather answers about any employer health coverage that you’re eligible for (even if it’s from another person’s

job, like a parent or spouse). You’ll need this information even if you don’t accept the employer insurance you’re eligible for.



EMPLOYEE information

The employee needs to fill out this section.

1. Employee name (First, Middle, Last) 2. Social Security Number

– –


EMPLOYER information

Ask the employer for this information.

3. Employer name 4. Employer Identification Number (EIN)

5. Employer address (the Marketplace will send notices to this address) 6. Employer phone number

( ) –

7. City 8. State 9. ZIP code

10. Who can we contact about employee health coverage at this job?

11. Phone number (if different from above)

( ) –

12. Email address


Yes (Go to question 13a.)

13a. If the employee is not eligible today, including as a result of a waiting or probationary period, when is the employee eligible for

coverage? (mm/dd/yyyy) (Go to next question)

No (STOP and return this form to employee)

Tell us about the health plan offered by this employer.

Does the employer offer a health plan that covers an employee’s spouse or dependent?

Yes. Which people? Spouse Dependent(s)


(Go to question 14)

14. Does the employer offer a health plan that meets the minimum value standard*?

Yes (Go to question 15) No (STOP and return this form to employee)

15. For the lowest-cost plan that meets the minimum value standard* offered only to the employee (don’t include family plans): If the

employer has wellness programs, provide the premium that the employee would pay if he/she received the maximum discount for any

tobacco cessation programs, and didn’t receive any other discounts based on wellness programs.

a. How much would the employee have to pay in premiums for this plan? $

b. How often? Weekly Every 2 weeks Twice a month Once a month Quarterly Yearly (Go to next question)

If the plan year will end soon and you know that the health plans offered will change, go to question 16. If you don’t know, STOP and return

this form to employee.

16. What change will the employer make for the new plan year?

Employer won’t offer health coverage

Employer will start offering health coverage to employees or change the premium for the lowest-cost plan that meets the minimum

value standard* and is available to the employee only. (Premium should reflect the discount for wellness programs. See question 15.)

a. How much will the employee have to pay in premiums for that plan? $

b. How often? Weekly Every 2 weeks Twice a month Once a month Quarterly Yearly

Date of change (mm/dd/yyyy):

*An employer-sponsored health plan meets the “minimum value standard” if the plan’s share of the total allowed benefit costs covered by the plan is no less than

60 percent of such costs (Section 36B(c)(2)(C)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).

NEED HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION? Visit or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. Para obtener una

copia de este formulario en Español, llame 1-800-318-2596. If you need help in a language other than English, call 1-800-318-2596 and tell the

customer service representative the language you need. We’ll get you help at no cost to you. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.

The D.C. Gun Raid You Won’t Believe with an Ending You Might Not Be Able to Stomach |


Oct. 24, 2013 9:26am Dave Urbanski


When more than 30 police officers in full tactical gear descended upon the house of a successful Washington, D.C., businessman with no criminal record last summer, they were looking for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts,” The Washington Times reported.

Mark Witaschek. (Image source: The Washington Times)

But what did police find after they shut down the streets for blocks around Mark Witaschek’s Georgetown home, broke down a bathroom door with a battering ram and pulled his 16-year-old son out of the shower naked, pointed guns at the heads of Witaschek and his girlfriend, handcuffed them and then “tossed the place” for two hours?

Very little, according to the Times’ Emily Miller:

“One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition” — actually an inoperable shell that misfired during a hunt years earlier that Witaschek kept as a souvenir.

“One handgun holster” — perfectly legal.

“One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition” — a spent brass casing.

“One box of Knight bullets for reloading,” according to police notation on the warrant. Except, Miller reveals, they aren’t for reloading — they’re for antique-replica, single-shot, muzzle-loading rifles.

And after all that, in the wake of a raid which Witaschek estimates resulted in $10,000 damage to his house, he faces two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition, the Times reported.

D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail, the Times noted.

While Witaschek has never had a firearm in Washington, D.C., Miller wrote that he’s being “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” The trial starts Nov. 4.

More from the Times:

This was the second police search of his home. Exactly one month earlier, Witaschek allowed members of the “Gun Recovery Unit” access to search without a warrant because he thought he had nothing to hide.

After about an hour and a half, the police found one box of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition, one gun-cleaning kit (fully legal) and a Civil War-era Colt antique revolver that Witaschek kept on his office desk. The police seized the Colt even though antique firearms are legal and do not have to be registered.

Witaschek is a gun owner and an avid hunter. However, he stores his firearms at the home of his sister, Sylvia Witaschek, in suburban Arlington, Va.

Two weeks after the June raid, D.C. police investigators went to his sister’s house — unaccompanied by Virginia police and without a warrant — and asked to “view” the firearms, according to a police report. She refused. The next day, the D.C. police returned to her house with the Arlington County police and served her with a criminal subpoena.

The Office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia Irvin Nathan signed an affidavit on Aug. 21, 2012, in support of a warrant to arrest Witaschek. A spokesman for Nathan would not comment on a pending case. […]

In September 2012, the attorney general offered Witaschek a deal to plead guilty to one charge of unlawful possession of ammunition with a penalty of a year of probation, a $500 fine and a contribution to a victims’ fund.

Witaschek turned down the offer. “It’s the principle,” he told me.

via The D.C. Gun Raid You Won’t Believe with an Ending You Might Not Be Able to Stomach |

“President Obama’s people can be quite nasty;

Liberal TV host Bob Beckel on Wednesday claimed he was “bludgeoned” by a White House official over the phone after he criticized the Obamacare rollout and suggested the law’s implementation should be delayed for 6 months to a year.

“I said, ‘look, you can’t do this thing — yes it’s true, [Obamacare is] not a website, but it’s a portal to get through to get insurance,’” Beckel said.

Beckel’s claim line up with other media personalities that have made the same type of allegations against the Obama administration.

CNN’s Carol Costello on Wednesday morning said “President Obama’s people can be quite nasty.”

“They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job,” she added.

(H/T: National Review)

via Liberal TV Host Says White House Called and ‘Bludgeoned’ Him After He Criticized Obamacare | Video |

Restrict our freedoms to “sooth” the phobia of a few?

The Texas Penal Code makes it illegal to display “a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm.”

what the hell does that mean? alarm who? “people leaving the store “expressed concern,”” and ‘men had the rifles “on their laps and in hand.””

in their hand how? as they set it down by the table? there are tons of stories about LIB’S “alarmed” by the site of a gun that isn’t a “gun” a drawing a pic on a t shirt a hand gun that’s really a hand of a 6yo even a POP TART

why should we have laws that restrict our freedoms to “sooth” the phobia of a few?
Look Mr.,Miss. Lib in your average week you are next to , in proximity of 100’s of “arms” just like spiders, snakes, and other dangerous things that can wound or kill.

you are more likely to die in your bathroom than get shot especially by a Law Abiding Citizen. Make no mistake the law abiding is what we are talking about in every gun law debate. criminals by definition do not fallow LAWS.

plans for Mao’s birthday: 70 million dead

the lefts fav bff from the way past is mao he killed  because of his glorious revolution 70 million people, can you say  Liberal Death Culture. here’s what China should do take the $2.5 billion  divide it by the  70 million dead  35.714285714285714285714285714286 per person killed by MAO say you’re sorry and set them FREE to live their own lives. BTW  China’s “Great Leap Forward”, sounds an awful lot like the obama/left slogan how many will they KILL here ?

The late leader’s legacy is often associated in the West with events such as China’s Great Leap Forward, when tens of millions died through famine, as well as the Cultural Revolution.

via Outrage over China’s plans for Mao’s birthday.

agency downgrades US credit rating

Chinese agency downgrades US credit rating
A teller counts US dollars and Chinese 100-yuan notes at a bank in Hefei, east China's Anhui province on January 16, 2011

A teller counts US dollars and Chinese 100-yuan notes at a bank in Hefei, east China’s Anhui province on January 16, 2011

AFP – A Chinese ratings agency downgraded its US sovereign credit rating Thursday despite Washington’s resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, warning that fundamentals for a potential default remained “unchanged”.

Dagong lowered its ratings for US local and foreign currency credit from A to A-, maintaining a negative outlook, the agency said in a statement.

The announcement came after the US Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed a bill that extends the nation’s borrowing authority and ends a two-week government shutdown.

“The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged,” Dagong said in the statement, adding Washington’s solvency was vulnerable as old debts were still repaid through raising new debts.

“Hence the government is still approaching the verge of default crisis, a situation that cannot be substantially alleviated in the foreseeable future,” it said.

Dagong made headlines in August 2011 when it lowered its main rating for US sovereign debt after Congress passed an earlier bill to raise Washington’s debt ceiling.

The agency, which is far less prominent than long-established Western competitors including Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s, has been working to further raise its profile.

China’s official news agency Xinhua said Thursday in a bylined commentary that US politicians had held the rest of the world hostage in the crisis.

But Beijing welcomed the agreement, saying it will contribute to global economic stability.

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Voting no 0 Democrats and 144 Republicans.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bill to reopen the government and avoid a potential national default, bringing a certain end to the 16-day partial government shutdown.


Democrats — Sewell, Y.

Republicans — Aderholt, N; Bachus, Y; Brooks, N; Roby, N; Rogers, N.


Republicans — Young, Y.


Democrats — Barber, Y; Grijalva, Y; Kirkpatrick, Y; Pastor, Y; Sinema, Y.

Republicans — Franks, N; Gosar, N; Salmon, N; Schweikert, N.


Republicans — Cotton, Y; Crawford, Y; Griffin, Y; Womack, Y.


Democrats — Bass, Y; Becerra, Y; Bera, Y; Brownley, Y; Capps, Y; Cardenas, Y; Chu, Y; Costa, Y; Davis, Y; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Garamendi, Y; Hahn, Y; Honda, Y; Huffman, Y; Lee, Y; Lofgren, Y; Lowenthal, Y; Matsui, Y; McNerney, Y; Miller, George, Y; Napolitano, Y; Negrete McLeod, Y; Pelosi, Y; Peters, Y; Roybal-Allard, Y; Ruiz, Y; Sanchez, Linda T., Y; Sanchez, Loretta, Y; Schiff, Y; Sherman, Y; Speier, Y; Swalwell, Y; Takano, Y; Thompson, Y; Vargas, Y; Waters, Y; Waxman, Y.

Republicans — Calvert, Y; Campbell, N; Cook, Y; Denham, N; Hunter, N; Issa, Y; LaMalfa, N; McCarthy, Y; McClintock, N; McKeon, Y; Miller, Gary, Y; Nunes, Y; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, N; Valadao, Y.


Democrats — DeGette, Y; Perlmutter, Y; Polis, Y.

Republicans — Coffman, Y; Gardner, Y; Lamborn, N; Tipton, Y.


Democrats — Courtney, Y; DeLauro, Y; Esty, Y; Himes, Y; Larson, Y.


Democrats — Carney, Y.


Democrats — Brown, Y; Castor, Y; Deutch, Y; Frankel, Y; Garcia, Y; Grayson, Y; Hastings, Y; Murphy, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y; Wilson, Y.

Republicans — Bilirakis, Y; Buchanan, Y; Crenshaw, Y; DeSantis, N; Diaz-Balart, Y; Mica, N; Miller, N; Nugent, N; Posey, N; Radel, N; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, Y; Ross, N; Southerland, N; Webster, Y; Yoho, N; Young, X.


Democrats — Barrow, Y; Bishop, Y; Johnson, Y; Lewis, Y; Scott, David, Y.

Republicans — Broun, N; Collins, N; Gingrey, N; Graves, N; Kingston, N; Price, N; Scott, Austin, N; Westmoreland, N; Woodall, N.


Democrats — Gabbard, Y; Hanabusa, Y.


Republicans — Labrador, N; Simpson, Y.


Democrats — Bustos, Y; Davis, Danny, Y; Duckworth, Y; Enyart, Y; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, Y; Kelly, Y; Lipinski, Y; Quigley, Y; Rush, X; Schakowsky, Y; Schneider, Y.

Republicans — Davis, Rodney, Y; Hultgren, N; Kinzinger, Y; Roskam, Y; Schock, Y; Shimkus, Y.


Democrats — Carson, Y; Visclosky, Y.

Republicans — Brooks, Y; Bucshon, N; Messer, N; Rokita, N; Stutzman, N; Walorski, N; Young, Y.


Democrats — Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.

Republicans — King, N; Latham, Y.


Republicans — Huelskamp, N; Jenkins, Y; Pompeo, N; Yoder, N.


Democrats — Yarmuth, Y.

Republicans — Barr, N; Guthrie, Y; Massie, N; Rogers, Y; Whitfield, Y.


Democrats — Richmond, Y.

Republicans — Boustany, Y; Cassidy, N; Fleming, N; Scalise, N.


Democrats — Michaud, Y; Pingree, Y.


Democrats — Cummings, Y; Delaney, Y; Edwards, Y; Hoyer, Y; Ruppersberger, Y; Sarbanes, Y; Van Hollen, Y.

Republicans — Harris, N.


Democrats — Capuano, Y; Keating, Y; Kennedy, Y; Lynch, Y; McGovern, Y; Neal, Y; Tierney, Y; Tsongas, Y.


Democrats — Conyers, Y; Dingell, Y; Kildee, Y; Levin, Y; Peters, Y.

Republicans — Amash, N; Benishek, Y; Bentivolio, N; Camp, Y; Huizenga, N; Miller, N; Rogers, Y; Upton, Y; Walberg, N.


Democrats — Ellison, Y; McCollum, Y; Nolan, Y; Peterson, Y; Walz, Y.

Republicans — Bachmann, N; Kline, Y; Paulsen, Y.


Democrats — Thompson, Y.

Republicans — Harper, Y; Nunnelee, N; Palazzo, N.


Democrats — Clay, Y; Cleaver, Y.

Republicans — Graves, N; Hartzler, N; Long, N; Luetkemeyer, N; Smith, N; Wagner, N.


Republicans — Daines, Y.


Republicans — Fortenberry, Y; Smith, Y; Terry, Y.


Democrats — Horsford, Y; Titus, Y.

Republicans — Amodei, N; Heck, Y.


Democrats — Kuster, Y; Shea-Porter, Y.


Democrats — Andrews, Y; Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, Y; Sires, Y.

Republicans — Frelinghuysen, Y; Garrett, N; Lance, Y; LoBiondo, Y; Runyan, Y; Smith, Y.


Democrats — Lujan Grisham, Y; Lujan, Ben Ray, Y.

Republicans — Pearce, N.


Democrats — Bishop, Y; Clarke, Y; Crowley, Y; Engel, Y; Higgins, Y; Israel, Y; Jeffries, Y; Lowey, Y; Maffei, Y; Maloney, Carolyn, Y; Maloney, Sean, Y; McCarthy, X; Meeks, Y; Meng, Y; Nadler, Y; Owens, Y; Rangel, Y; Serrano, Y; Slaughter, Y; Tonko, Y; Velazquez, Y.

Republicans — Collins, N; Gibson, Y; Grimm, Y; Hanna, Y; King, Y; Reed, N.


Democrats — Butterfield, Y; McIntyre, Y; Price, Y; Watt, Y.

Republicans — Coble, Y; Ellmers, N; Foxx, N; Holding, N; Hudson, N; Jones, N; McHenry, Y; Meadows, N; Pittenger, Y.


Republicans — Cramer, Y.


Democrats — Beatty, Y; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Ryan, Y.

Republicans — Boehner, Y; Chabot, N; Gibbs, N; Johnson, N; Jordan, N; Joyce, Y; Latta, N; Renacci, N; Stivers, Y; Tiberi, Y; Turner, N; Wenstrup, N.


Republicans — Bridenstine, N; Cole, Y; Lankford, N; Lucas, N; Mullin, N.


Democrats — Blumenauer, Y; Bonamici, Y; DeFazio, Y; Schrader, Y.

Republicans — Walden, N.


Democrats — Brady, Y; Cartwright, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Schwartz, Y.

Republicans — Barletta, Y; Dent, Y; Fitzpatrick, Y; Gerlach, Y; Kelly, Y; Marino, N; Meehan, Y; Murphy, Y; Perry, N; Pitts, N; Rothfus, N; Shuster, Y; Thompson, Y.


Democrats — Cicilline, Y; Langevin, Y.


Democrats — Clyburn, Y.

Republicans — Duncan, N; Gowdy, N; Mulvaney, N; Rice, N; Sanford, N; Wilson, N.


Republicans — Noem, N.


Democrats — Cohen, Y; Cooper, Y.

Republicans — Black, N; Blackburn, N; DesJarlais, N; Duncan, N; Fincher, N; Fleischmann, N; Roe, N.


Democrats — Castro, Y; Cuellar, Y; Doggett, Y; Gallego, Y; Green, Al, Y; Green, Gene, Y; Hinojosa, Y; Jackson Lee, Y; Johnson, E. B., Y; O’Rourke, Y; Veasey, Y; Vela, Y.

Republicans — Barton, N; Brady, N; Burgess, N; Carter, N; Conaway, N; Culberson, N; Farenthold, N; Flores, N; Gohmert, N; Granger, N; Hall, N; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, N; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Olson, N; Poe, N; Sessions, N; Smith, N; Stockman, N; Thornberry, N; Weber, N; Williams, N.


Democrats — Matheson, Y.

Republicans — Bishop, N; Chaffetz, N; Stewart, N.


Democrats — Welch, Y.


Democrats — Connolly, Y; Moran, Y; Scott, Y.

Republicans — Cantor, Y; Forbes, N; Goodlatte, N; Griffith, N; Hurt, N; Rigell, Y; Wittman, Y; Wolf, Y.


Democrats — DelBene, Y; Heck, Y; Kilmer, Y; Larsen, Y; McDermott, Y; Smith, Y.

Republicans — Hastings, Y; Herrera Beutler, Y; McMorris Rodgers, Y; Reichert, Y.


Democrats — Rahall, Y.

Republicans — Capito, Y; McKinley, Y.


Democrats — Kind, Y; Moore, Y; Pocan, Y.

Republicans — Duffy, N; Petri, N; Ribble, Y; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, N.


Republicans — Lummis, N.

Dear Glenn, i don’t get you DEER HUNTER ref.

Dear Glenn, i don’t get you DEER HUNTER ref.
is anyone else confused by this or is it just me?  ok the guy shot him self in the head, is that what you think BHO will do?  just say fuck it and pull the trigger and shoot the USA in the head? for sure he would so long as he can blame the right and seize all the power. Hell what commie wouldn’t. but i still don’t get why you keep up the references to the movie? did you just see it or something?

Lots of Love TBM

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American war drama film Act I[edit]

In Clairton, a small working-class town in western Pennsylvania, in late 1967, Russian American steel workers Michael “Mike” Vronsky, Steven Pushkov, and Nikonar “Nick” Chevotarevich, with the support of their friends and coworkers Stanley and Peter “Axel” Axelrod and local bar owner and friend John Welsh, prepare for two rites of passage: marriage and military service.

The opening scenes set the character traits of the three main characters. Mike is the no-nonsense, serious but unassuming leader, Steven the loving, near-groom, pecked at by his mother for not wearing a scarf with his tuxedo and Nick is the quiet, introspective man who loves hunting because, he likes “. . . the trees . . . the way the trees are . . .” The recurring theme of “one shot”, which is how Mike prefers to take down a deer, is introduced. Before the trio ships out, Steven and his girlfriend Angela, who is pregnant by another man but loved by Steven nonetheless, marry in an Orthodox wedding. In the meantime, Mike contains his feelings for Nick’s girlfriend Linda. At the wedding reception held at the local VFW bar, the guys get drunk, dance, sing, and have a good time, but then notice a soldier in a U.S. Army Special Forces uniform. Mike buys him a drink and tries starting a conversation with him to find out what Vietnam is like, but is ignored. After Mike explains that he, Steven, and Nick are going to Vietnam, the Green Beret raises his glass and says “fuck it”.

The soldier again toasts them with “fuck it”. After being restrained by the others from starting a fight, Mike goes back to the bar and in a mocking jest to the soldier, raises his glass and toasts him with “fuck it”. The soldier then glances over at Mike and grins. Later, Steven and Angela drink from conjoined goblets, this being a traditional ceremony, and it is believed that if they drink without spilling any wine, they will have good luck for life. A drop of blood-red wine is unknowingly spilled on her wedding gown, foreshadowing the coming events.

After Linda catches the bouquet of flowers thrown by Angela, Nick asks her to marry him, and she agrees. Later that night, a drunken Mike runs through the town, stripping himself naked along the way. After Nick chases him down he begs Mike not to leave him “over there” if anything happens. The next day, Mike, Nick, Stanley, John and Axel go deer hunting one last time, and Michael again kills a deer with “one shot”.

Act II[edit]

The film then jumps abruptly to a war-torn village, where U.S. helicopters attack a Communist occupied Vietnamese village with napalm. A North Vietnamese soldier throws a stick grenade into a hiding place full of civilians. An unconscious Mike (now a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Forces) wakes up to see the NVA soldier shoot a woman carrying a baby. In revenge, Mike kills him with a flame thrower. Meanwhile, a unit of UH-1 “Huey” helicopters drops off several U.S. infantrymen, Nick and Steven among them. Michael, Steven and Nick unexpectedly find each other just before they are captured and held together in a riverside prisoner of war camp with other U.S. Army and ARVN prisoners.

For entertainment, the sadistic guards force their prisoners to play Russian roulette and gamble on the outcome. All three friends are forced to play. Steven plays against Mike, who offers moral support, but he breaks down and loses control of the gun, grazing himself with the bullet when it discharges. As punishment, the guards put Steven into an underwater cage, full of rats and the bodies of others who earlier faced the same fate. Mike and Nick end up playing against each other, and Michael convinces the guards to let them play with three bullets in the gun. After a tense match, they kill their captors and escape.

Mike earlier argued with Nick about whether Steven could be saved, but after killing their captors, he rescues Steven. The three float downriver on a tree branch. An American helicopter accidentally finds them, but only Nick is able to climb aboard. The weakened Steven falls back into the water, and Mike plunges in the water to rescue him. Mike helps Steven to reach the river bank, but his legs are crippled, so Mike carries him through the jungle to friendly lines. Approaching a caravan of locals escaping the war zone, he stops a South Vietnamese military truck and places the wounded Steven on it, asking the soldiers to take care of him.

Nick, who is psychologically damaged, recuperates in a military hospital in Saigon with no knowledge on the status of his friends. After being released, he aimlessly stumbles through the red-light district at night. At one point, he encounters Julien Grinda, a champagne-drinking friendly Frenchman outside a gambling den where men play Russian roulette for money. Grinda entices the reluctant Nick to participate, and leads him into the den. Mike is present in the den, watching the game, but the two friends do not notice each other at first. When Mike does see Nick, he is unable to get his attention. When Nick is introduced into the game, he grabs the gun, fires it at the current contestant, and then again at his own temple, causing the audience to riot in protest. Grinda hustles Nick outside to his car to escape the angry mob. Mike cannot catch up with Nick and Grinda as they speed away.

Act III[edit]

Back in the U.S., Mike returns home but maintains a low profile. He tells the cab driver to drive past the house where all his friends are assembled, as he is embarrassed by the fuss made over him by Linda and the others. He visits Linda and grows close to her but only because of the friend they both think they have lost. Mike is eventually told about Angela, whom he goes to visit at the home of Steven’s mother. She is lethargic and barely responsive. When asked by Mike about Steven’s whereabouts, she writes a phone number on a scrap of paper, which leads Mike to the local veterans’ hospital where Steven has been for several months.

Mike goes hunting with Axel, John and Stanley one more time, and after tracking a deer across the woods, takes his “one shot” but pulls the rifle up and fires into the air. He then sits on a rock escarpmentand yells out, “OK?” which echoes back at him from the opposing rock faces leading down to the river, signifying his fight with his mental demons over losing Steven and Nick. He also berates Stanley for carrying around a small revolver and waving it around, not realizing it is still loaded. Mike visits Steven, who has lost both of his legs and is partially paralyzed. Steven reveals that someone in Saigon has been mailing large amounts of money to him, and Mike is convinced that it is Nick. Mike brings Steven home to Angela and then travels to Saigon just before its fall in 1975.

He tracks down Grinda, who has made a lot of money from the Russian roulette-playing Nick. He finds Nick in a crowded roulette club, but Nick appears to have no recollection of his friends or his home in Pennsylvania. Mike realizes that Nick thinks that he and Steven are dead, since Nick was the only one who made it back on the helicopter. Mike enters himself in a game of Russian roulette against Nick, hoping to jog Nick’s memory and persuade him to come home, but Nick’s mind is gone. At the last moment, after Mike’s attempts to remind him of their hunting trips together, he finally breaks through, and Nick recognizes Mike and smiles. Nick then tells Mike, “one shot”, raises the gun to his temple, and pulls the trigger. The bullet is in the gun’s top chamber, and Nick kills himself. Horrified, Mike tries reviving him, but to no avail.


Back home in 1975, there is a funeral for Nick, whom Michael brings home, good to his promise. The film ends with everyone at John’s bar, singing “God Bless America“. Mike toasts in Nick’s honour.

Hilarious Yet Scathing Obamacare Ad From the Heritage Foundation |



Oct. 9, 2013 5:20pm Jason Howerton/ The Blaze


With Obamacare’s seriously bumpy rollout, it was only a matter of time before the parody ads mocking President Barack Obama’s signature health care law started popping up. A new video put together by the Heritage Foundation puts a comedic spin on all the glitches, endless wait times and premium rate increases that are now associated with Obamacare.

The Heritage Foundation provided TheBlaze with the exclusive sneak peak at the new ad.

“If you’ve been waiting to be covered in mandates, regulations and new fees, the time is finally here — sort of,” the ad’s narrator says as the screen shows the common “the system is down” message at the website. “You guys, stop showing that screen.”

The video goes on to rattle off a long list of warnings, similar to the kind of list you would hear during a commercial for a prescription drug.

“Obamacare may cause wait times, a decline in health care quality, money loss, political activism, anger, despair, hopelessness, frustration, European envy, dependence and nausea.”

“If you wish to opt out of Obamacare for any reason, please start a multimillion dollar business, join a union or run for Congress,” the video’s narrator concludes.

Sometimes you have to laugh so you won’t cry.

Watch the video via the Heritage Foundation:


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One King to Rule them ALL

#WhatILearnedToday Beck wrong? Obama is not just in bed with the muslim brotherhood he’s going down on’em.

Glenn Beck has the “why bho wants to bomb Syria ” wrong… sorta. It could be that the US needs to blow up the weapons “We” sent to syria byway of Benghazi so Assad can’t show them off the world. The dozen other reasons Beck explains all seem reasonable if a bit convoluted. the real and simple answer as to why BHO wants Assad out is whom is going to be in. The Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama is trying to do in/to Syria what he already did to/in Egypt, Libya and some others, install the muslim brotherhood the sets of power in as many Mideast places as possible. Bho is in bed with the brotherhood (giving them a rim job) Beck already knows why for those of you asking, in fact he’s been saying it for a few years now. The same reason BHO is helping with what he is doing is the mideast with the muslim brotherhood. First bring the middle east under the control of the brotherhood then find….

A King of Islam to rule them All.

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