Daily Archives: October 23, 2013

GOP Rep Freaks Out when Confronted with Proof of ACA Success

The Daily Kos has the story GOP Rep Freaks Out when Confronted with Proof of ACA Success where the highlight the video below from CNN.

Perhaps you hate The Daily Kos, and don’t believe anything it says, but remember the video comes from CNN. CNN of late has been trying to mimic Faux Noise, but in this case, I think the anchor may have acted like a real journalist.

The ACA was modeled after Massachusett’s successful program, not Tennessee’s failed one as mentioned by the GOP Rep. The Kentucky governor said it took medicare a few years to work out all the kinks, not the 50 years mentioned by the GOP Rep. Other than letting these lies go unchallenged, the anchorwoman did a good job of showing who these Republicans really are.

I have already mentioned the Darwin Awards with regard to the people who are ideologically opposed to Obama (Care). Perhaps, as these people refuse to get health insurance because they would rather pay the penalty, their breed will die out due to the natural selection which they also refuse to believe in. What will Faux Noise do for an audience when their misinformation kills off the audience they have now?

I cannot find the article I read earlier today that explained some of the verification that the ACA web site has to do with a number of government databases. Since the Republicans got Obama to agree to additional ACA verification steps in order end the government shutdown, I wonder if these late changes had any impact on the software. Of course the software was having troubles a few weeks before this agreement was reached, so perhaps the initial troubles were not caused by this sudden change. However, the sudden change cannot be helping.

I have found two articles that may be interesting Err Engine Down: What really went wrong with healthcare.gov? and Obamacare contractors: Don’t blame us.

House Republicans’ unique appreciation for ‘expertise’

The Rachel Maddow Show has the segment House Republicans’ unique appreciation for ‘expertise’.

From time to time, Republican officials will seek out advice from those who are a little … what’s the word … unusual.

For example, earlier this year, the Republican National Committee invited far-right provocateur David Horowitz, author of books such as “Killing Whitey,” to help the party “broaden the GOP’s appeal with voters.” His lack of credibility on the subject didn’t seem to bother party leaders. Similarly, around the same time, House Republicans sought out Dick Cheney for guidance on foreign policy, untroubled by his track record, too.

There is, of course, nothing wrong with seeking out experts for advice – indeed, it’s generally a good idea – but the key is identifying reliable, trustworthy authorities who can help others better understand complex issues and add value to a serious conversation.

It you missed Rachel’s opening segment last night – and my oh my do I hope you saw this one – there’s fresh evidence that Republicans’ appreciation for expertise is a little, shall we saw, skewed.

Rachel Maddow probably ought to get an award for telling the shaggiest shaggy dog story ever told.

It took me a while for her to remind me who this guy is, and then even longer to tie this in, although the headline ought to give this away almost from the start.