SENATOR PRESSURED STATE HEALTH INSURANCE BUREAUCRATS TO LIE ABOUT NUMBERS
NWV News Writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
March 21, 2014
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In yet another accusation of government corruption and deceit connected with President Barack Obama's so-called signature legislation dubbed Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), a U.S. senator pressured bean-counters in his state to be footloose and fancy free with the numbers of Americans losing their health insurance in his state, according to a disturbing investigative report by Sarah Hurtubise in Wednesday's Daily Caller.
Emails obtained by Hurtubise reveal that incumbent Senator Mark Udall, D-Colo., repeatedly harassed and intimidated that staff at the Colorado Department of Insurance to fabricate the numbers released to the American people about health care insurance plans that were canceled in his state due to ObamaCare.
Sen. Udall is expected to face a serious challenge in November for his senate seat mostly because of his enthusiasm for passing Obamacare in 2010 in spite of being warned about the new laws consequences to tens of millions of American citizens.
According to the Daily Caller, the Colorado Department of Insurance had calculated that 250,000 Colorado residents had their health insurance plans canceled because of ObamaCare and Senator Udall allegedly suspected that if the real numbers were promulgated to the media and to Colorado voters would cause him and his campaign embarrassment.
"Such dismal numbers would fester into a major embarrassment to President Barack Obama and a possible death blow to his reelection as a liberal senator. Udall's Senate seat is already in jeopardy because of his voting record and his reputation as a party hack and Obama yes man," political strategist Mike Baker.
"If the allegations against Udall are true, and he attempted to defraud the American people, then reelection to the U.S. Senate will be the least of his problems. He should face fraud charges and would if he weren't a Democrat senator," added Baker.
The senator's staff attempted to strong-arm the Department of Insurance into lowering the released numbers of insurance cancellations by up to 70%, according to the ConservativeCampaign.org.
"We will never know how many policies were canceled, nor will we find out the truth about enrollments, how many have actually paid. Just as we'll never find out the true cost to citizens for this failed health care insurance. But they will continue to lie, continue to take the money and then someday we'll find out that the government insurance isn't what we were told [because] they'll deny paying for health coverage of people they feel unworthy or too old," conservative commentator Chico Escuela.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee has passed three separate bills with the intention of curbing the problem of rampant executive overreach by President Barack Obama, who boasted to Americans that he has a "pen and a phone" should congress not see things his way, according to GOP lawmakers.
The stated goal of all three bills is to return to the balance and the separation of powers as envisioned by the framers of the U.S. Constitution, according to the sponsors of the three pieces of legislation.
The Republican congressmen reminded their fellow lawmakers that Article II, section 3, of the U.S. Constitution states clearly and concisely that the President of the United States “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
"Unfortunately for the nation, Obama on several occasions intentionally or unintentionally neglected his sworn duty to enforce laws passed by majorities in the House and Senate. These are law with which he disagrees or opposes and at the same time he has expanded his authority to put in place policies Congress has refused to enact," according to a joint statement from the sponsors of the three bills including Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Jim Gerlach, R-Penn., and the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
"While President Obama is not the first to stretch presidential powers beyond their constitutional limits, executive overreach has accelerated at an alarming rate under his Administration," they stated.
Examples of the President's overreach were presented to the committee members on Wednesday. They included Obama’s delaying the Obamacare employer mandate despite it being an intrinsic part of the Affordable Care Act.
They also mentioned President Barack Obama's de facto enactment of illegal alien amnesty as described in the defunct Dream Act, as well as his granting welfare work requirement waivers in violation of the 1996 welfare reform law.
According to the GOP lawmakers, "While there are varying opinions on these important issues within Congress, the Constitution grants Congress, not the President, the power to make these decisions."
The three bills that were approved by the Judiciary Committee were: H.R. 3973, the Faithful Execution of the Law Act; H.R. 4138, the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act; and H.R. 3732, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement (ICE) Act.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte said, “Our Constitution is clear: Congress writes our laws and the President enforces them. But for the past five years, President Obama repeatedly has waived, amended, or ignored our laws by issuing executive decrees from the Oval Office rather than working with Americans’ representatives in Congress. For example, we’ve witnessed President Obama systematically dismantle our immigration laws and rewrite his signature healthcare law even though he doesn’t have the authority to do so. This pattern of executive overreach undermines the rule of law and threatens the individual liberty that our system of separated powers is designed to protect."
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