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What if You Paid for ObamaCare, And It Didn’t Arrive

How bad if the “Healthcare.Gov” website?

So bad that if you somehow got in and actually enrolled, and paid for a policy, it might not be sent to you because the data collection end of the URL is so corrupt, it might not properly send all the information an insurance company needs to give you the policy you purchased.

CNN explains:

‘Big trouble is brewing…’

No kidding.

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The Media Really Didn’t Read the Papal Encyclical Did They?

The biggest clue was watching that the Washington Post initially assigned Aaron Blake — a political reporter, not a religions reporter — and the best he could get was “Pope Francis hates “trickle-down economics” as a headline until they sent it off to team coverage.

In a 227-page document?  Seriously?

It may be a bit of a shock to know that so did Pope Benedict XVI.  So did Pope John Paul II.  In fact, so did many popes, since the Church’s teaching is not one on wealth accumulation, or even to the shock of liberals — wealth redistribution.  No, the Church is not opposed to an individual being “rich,” it does however question what one does with it.

Are you using it to help the poor?  Are you donating it for philanthropic causes?  Are you hoarding it like a miser?  That is the true measure of a rich man to the Catholic church.  What are you using your wealth for?

The Left, confident in the welfare state and the competence of government (Hi, have you seen the ObamaCare roll out yet?), wants us to believe that the only option is higher taxes to fund more social programs.  They entice liberal Catholics with empty platitudes about “social justice” (a tenant of the Church, but not what the Left has transmogrified it into) under the belief that only the government can best care for the underprivileged in society.  This is not the truth.

Meanwhile, in the remaining 227 pages, things like this got overlooked.

The Church’s pastors, taking into account the contributions of the different sciences, have the right to offer opinions on all that affects people’s lives, since the task of evangelization implies and demands the integral promotion of each human being. It is no longer possible to claim that religion should be restricted to the private sphere and that it exists only to prepare souls for heaven. We know that God wants his children to be happy in this world too, even though they are called to fulfilment in eternity, for he has created all things “for our enjoyment” (1 Tim 6:17), the enjoyment of everyone. It follows that Christian conversion demands reviewing especially those areas and aspects of life “related to the social order and the pursuit of the common good”.[149]

183. Consequently, no one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society. Who would claim to lock up in a church and silence the message of Saint Francis of Assisi or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta? They themselves would have found this unacceptable. An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics”, the Church “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice”.[150] All Christians, their pastors included, are called to show concern for the building of a better world. This is essential, for the Church’s social thought is primarily positive: it offers proposals, it works for change and in this sense it constantly points to the hope born of the loving heart of Jesus Christ.

Two things…

1) Sounds like someone is not a fan of President Obama’s “Religion is what I do for one-hour on Sunday” mentality when it comes to interrupting the 1st Amendment.

2) Hobby Lobby has some friends in high places.

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Calvin Johnson Gets His Own Transformers Figure

It’s stories like this that make me hate cross-company, sports-related synergy.

Calvin Johnson, aka “Megatron,” now has a Transformers action figure of his own, courtesy of Nike and Hasbro.

Nike, which sponsors Johnson’s shoes, and Hasbro, which created the Transformers, collaborated for the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, a purple-and-red shoe that has a matching Megatron Decepticon action figure.

This is a first for Johnson. He said he had action figures as a kid, but never any Transformers.

Now, after sharing his nickname with one of the characters, he has an action figure too.

“Never thought that would happen,” Johnson said.

The transformer is actually part of a three-shoe package for Nike, which will have the Trainer Max, the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II and the Nike CJ81 Megatron Elite TD Cleat.

Nike is selling a limited edition Megatron Rises 3-Pack, featuring all three shoes and the action figure. There are 81 of them being made available for sale.

“They are coming out with a little package or something like that,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be cool. It’s a cool little deal.

“I think kids will like it. I think everybody will like it. It’s cool shoes, plus you get a little toy.”

For those who know and remember their Transformers toys, the toy is not the classic “Megatron” you may recall from your youth.  Panic from adults over thirty years has eliminated any chance of the evil leader of the Decepticons being a gun from his “G-1” glory anymore.  This one, which you can see here, appears to be able to turn into a B-2 Stealth Bomber.

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HHS Changing ObamaCare Year Two Calendar to Save Dems at Ballot Box

If they weren’t in the process of completely destroying the insurance industry, abandoning millions to life without coverage and decimating the economy at the same time as people sacrifice disposable income to pay for never, government-approved insurance polices; you’d almost have to applaud the political mechanics here.

Chicago politics at its finest, of course…

The second-year start of Obamacare enrollment will be pushed back by one month to give health insurers more time to prepare new plans and rates, an official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

That enrollment period, previously scheduled to begin Oct. 15, 2014, will now start Nov. 15, said the official who asked not to be identified because the decision isn’t public. The change is important to insurers that need more time to evaluate the first year of the government-run marketplaces, set up last month as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Young and healthy people who are necessary to balance the financial risk posed by older Americans aren’t likely to sign up in large numbers until March, said Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who helped design the 2010 health law. Giving insurers extra time to set second-year rates may result in lower premiums.

“This is an important business for them and they want to make smart decisions about how they set their rates,” he said. “It’s in the nation’s interest they get time to make those decisions.”

The first-year enrollment period that began Oct. 1 runs through March 31, 2014. Insurers would have then had until May to decide if they wanted participate in the next round and determine what rates they would charge.

While 106,185 people enrolled in private plans through the government exchanges last month, almost 1 million more abandoned the application process after encountering website errors and long wait times. Hundreds of thousands of Americans meanwhile have received letters from their current insurers informing them that their existing coverage is being canceled because it doesn’t comply with the new health law rules.

It’s not “hundreds of thousands” Bloomberg News, it’s five million.  It will be more next year when the employer mandate kicks in.

The move from October to November can not be incidental.  Mid-October is weeks away from the midterms, which is already starting to look abysmal for the Democratic Party.

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‘Sometimes a Man Needs to Know When to Walk Away…’

Yes, yes he does.

Footlocker has a new ad featuring former sports stars taking some oh-so-needed shots at their egos and recent behavior.  Kudos to Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Dennis Rodman, and Brett Favre for being good sports.

Now…if we can actually convince Craig Sager to burn his suits in his front lawn for real.

 

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