November 19, 2014
Mike Cooper Is A Democrat
Democrats News
by Jim Miller, 06:49 PM

But you wouldn't learn that from Mike Carter's article in the Seattle Times.

A federal jury has awarded more than $1 million to the former human-resources director for the city of Edmonds after finding she was wrongfully fired and defamed by ex-Mayor Mike Cooper after she raised questions about the pay and working hours of his executive assistant.

Debi Humann had been the director of human resources in Edmonds for 12 years when she was terminated by Cooper in September 2011.  She sued the mayor and the city in 2013 in what her attorneys said was a case of "small town political corruption."

The corruption, for the curious, seems to have been of the Clintonian variety, although the articles I've seen have been coy about those details.

When I read the article, I immediately wondered what party Cooper belonged to.  For about a second.  Because, as we all know — OK, as we all know if we happen to be Republicans — when a "mainstream" reporter leaves out the party in a scandal story (or hides it deep in an article), that means the miscreant is a Democrat.

Almost always.

And, sure enough, Mr. Cooper is a Democrat, specifically a "former Democratic County Councilman and state House member",  You may — or may not — be reassured to learn that he is now "director of the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center".

And still, I suspect, a loyal Democrat.

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November 17, 2014
Obamacare architect Gruber brags
In Other News
by Ron Hebron, 08:08 AM

This week in Obamacare:

A chief architect of Obamacare has been going around saying they had to rig the Obamacare bill in 2010 to trick the CBO* calculation of its cost. And it wasn't hard to do because the American people are stupid. The CBO cost estimates were key to the Democrats saying Obamacare would cost very little per year. 

Prof Jonathan Gruber of MIT in his own words:

"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it's written to do that.  In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in - you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed... Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass... Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not."

So he admits to lying, but he is glad he/they did because the end result was worth it. You see no one would respect him if it hadn't passed.

I am sure he is also happy that Chief Justice Roberts found the individual mandate in Obamacare constitutional because it is a tax. So Gruber and all pass it as a non-tax, then defend it in court as a tax. Yes.

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And there is proof that this was not one stumble in an off-the-cuff response. This week every time Gruber tried to walk back his own quoted words, another video was found. It's about six and counting.

Was he involved in creating Obamacare? Washington Post's fact checker Glenn Kessler checked the statement that Gruber was paid almost $400,000 by the Obama Administration for work on health care reform. Kessler found there is proof he was paid $392,600 and so gave it a Geppetto checkmark, his mark for a true statement.

* Congressional Budget Office

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November 16, 2014
Washington Obamacare exchange shut down
In Other News
by Ron Hebron, 05:35 PM

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Washington HealthPlanFinder, Washington's Obamacare exchange, shut down after 2 plus hours operation Saturday morning. It was its first opening for new enrollees since last spring. It was making calculation errors on tax credits, so its maintainers shut it down.

They say it was best to close it because they learned last year that it is very hard to make corrections after enrollment -- they had six months to fix that!! -- so it's best to keep new people out until the fix is in place. 

Sunday morning it was still closed. Who decided to not open it until after the election? There is no doubt about why they did.

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