Ed Henry

Jay Carney admits President Obama lied to Americans about Obamacare

During his daily briefing with reporters, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was pressed on President Barack Obama’s promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan under Obamacare after an admission by former White House advisor David Axelrod that some will, indeed, lose their coverage.

Ed Henry, a correspondent from Fox News, pointedly asked Carney about Axelrod’s comments and challenged him to admit that what President Obama said wasn’t true.

“The President, when he was trying to get the law passed, repeatedly said, if you currently have health insurance you will be able to keep your plan,” noted Henry. “This morning David Axelrod was pressed on that point and said, the majority — the vast majority — will be able to keep their plans. He no longer works at the White House.”

“From the podium, will you admit that when president said, if you have a plan, you’ll get to keep it, that that was not true?” asked Henry.

“Well, let’s just be clear, what the President said and what everybody said all along was that there were going to be changes under brought about by the Affordable Care Act that create minimum standards of coverage — minimum services that every insurance plan has to provide,” said Carney.

Mini Revolutions

I’m temporarily living in a small Alabama town that’s still safe enough to allow my children to ride their bikes down the street unattended and to leave your door unlocked while you run to the store.  It’s quaint and seems untouched by the goings on in Washington, DC… and sometimes even Montgomery.  But of course, it’s not.  And conversations with the people you meet at the grocery store or the park reveal that.  People are angry.  Very angry.  Thankfully, they’re also becoming organized and that is starting to make a difference.

I’m not a whole-hearted Tea Partier.  I have my doubts about its long-term effectiveness, especially at a federal level if they continue to put all their efforts behind big-ticket races.  But I think their potential is almost unlimited when it comes to smaller, local offices.

Recently, our town had a street festival featuring music, crafts, vendors and of course, politicians running for office, busy greeting people and kissing babies.  I stopped to talk to one of the candidates who is running for a state house seat as he stood in the middle of the street handing out balloons.  Though my questions were asked with cynicism, the answers returned were thoughtful, sincere and refreshing.  Before too long, I realized I was talking to a real Tea Party candidate.  This guy was a true believer in the need to shrink government and his mannerisms were about as un-politician like as you can get.

But it got better.  As he told his story, it become clear that he had been the underdog in the primary, battling against a better-funded, establishment-picked candidate who hardly qualified to even be called a Republican.  But he’d won.  By a very large margin.

Obama skirts question on Benghazi terrorist suspects

During his press conference on Friday, President Barack Obama was asked two questions by Ed Henry, the White House correspondent for Fox News, one about the implementation of ObamaCare and the other about the efforts to bring to justice the terrorists who attacked the American compound in Benghazi.

“[O]n September 11th we’ll have the first anniversary of Benghazi. And you said on September 12th, ‘Make no mistake, we’ll bring to justice the killers who attacked our people,’” noted Henry. “Eleven months later, where are they, sir?”

President Obama’s didn’t waste any time in invoking the name of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by Navy SEAL team in May 2011, and pointed to the recent indictment of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a suspect in the Benghazi attack, which claimed the lives of four Americans.

“Well, I also said that we’d get bin Laden, and I didn’t get him in 11 months,” Obama told Henry. “So we have informed, I think, the public that there’s a sealed indictment. It’s sealed for a reason. But we are intent on capturing those who carried out this attack, and we’re going to stay on it until we get them.”

Henry pressed the President, asking if investigators were close to other suspects in custody. However, President Obama declined to elaborate on any possible arrests, though he insisted .

“I will leave it at that. But this remains a top priority for us,” he said. “Anybody who attacks Americans, anybody who kills, tragically, four Americans who were serving us in a very dangerous place, we’re going to do everything we can to get those who carried out those attacks.”

House Democrats reject tax deal, Senate moving forward

House Democrats rejected Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans yesterday in a caucus meeting where members express anger and resentment towards Obama, including one member that reportedly said, “f—k the president.”

In a closed-door caucus meeting on Thursday morning, House Democrats voted to reject the tax cut deal between the White House and Congressional Republicans “as currently written.”

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in a statement after the vote, said changes would need to be made before she would allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote.

“In the caucus today, House Democrats supported a resolution to reject the Senate Republican tax provisions as currently written,” Ms. Pelosi said. “We will continue discussions with the president and our Democratic and Republican colleagues in the days ahead to improve the proposal before it comes to the House floor for a vote.”

Fifty-three members of the Democratic caucus are on record opposing the deal, though Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR) claims the vote was “nearly unanimous.” Despite this, Senate Democrats may add the language to another bill in an attempt to “jam” Pelosi, according to CNN’s Ed Henry (via Hot Air).


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