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You may not think the two are in “common” with one another but let’s have a quick look. Do you remember when Obama made an executive order to study guns and gun violence as a disease? No? It is nothing new and many Presidents have tried to politicize the CDC and its findings. Read this to refresh your memory. Now do you remember? Okay, let’s move on. Creigh Deeds, a Virginia state Senator, had a mentally unstable son who was getting help from the state. His son was released because they couldn’t find a bed for him. His son stabbed him the next day and then shot himself. Deeds is a Democrat and pro gun. Deeds is sueing the state. Deeds is not touting gun violence. He is touting a failed mental health system and incompetent evaluators. Too many mental health facilities have been closed because crazy people have rights too. Well, if crazy people have rights and are left roaming the streets unmonitored, why are politicians (read “hacks”) trying to make gun owners as mentally ill? Oh, stop your ignorance. You know exactly that has been another one of their game plans. “No one is trying to take people’s guns”. Yeah, right.

Now with that prelude, you will understand my skepticism on the matter I am about to relay. As I have repeatedly told you, I don’t believe in coincidence and with the current “urging” for more gun control and the links I have relayed above, this is another one of those faux coincidences. I went to the doctor 2 days ago for my yearly physical. After the start of the new year, I always have to confirm that all related information on my residence, billing, and medical provider have not changed. So the first pre-printed sheet I perused to make sure all data was correct and I signed it. The second sheet told me that I was accountable for any charges not covered or paid by Medicare or my health provider. I signed that one too. The third sheet told me of the HIPA practice and receiving my sheet of information. I signed that. The fourth sheet threw me for a loop. It was 16 questions that had no bearing on the other pages. It was a questionnaire that was completely focused on one issue. Here are some of those questions:
1. Do you have a difficult time going to sleep or staying asleep?
2. Do you frequently wake up in the middle of the night?
3. Do you have bad dreams?
4. Do you not want to get out of bed in the morning?
5. Are you depressed?
6. Have you before or do you want to hurt yourself?
7. Do you want to hurt others?
8. Do you get mad easily?
9. Do you yell a lot?
10. Do you throw things when you are angry?
Are you getting the picture yet? They don’t need to ask if you own guns (yet) until they established you are mentally unbalanced. There were two fluff questions that appear to be innocuous but I’m sure that there is some bizarre correlation. The questions were:
11. Do you take aspirin? (I guess that is for all the little voices you are hearing and it making your head hurt)
12. Do you have allergies to anything? (Yes, liberals!)
This starts the process. Who doesn’t raise their voice at times when frustrated? Who doesn’t have difficulty falling asleep if something pressing like a recent death or a nagging problem unsolved, disagreement with a spouse or possibly a flight or procedure to be done? Many things keep people from falling asleep at times, as well causing them to wake. Some people’s bladders won’t hold all night. Sometimes you wake trying to remember if you locked the front door, turned off something or left food out. Shoot, I can think of innocent counters to most of these questions. It appears that we are trying to see have far and how much mental illness has transpired. Sure makes it easy for grabbing guns, don’t you think?

If we are serious on taking care of mental health then we need to be serious about taking these people off the street and re-opening and building new mental health facilities (and that would mean LOTS of facilities, especially for all the whack liberals running loose). Who am I kidding. These assholes aren’t worried about taking care of a mental health problem, which is REAL. They are only worried about a gun problem (which doesn’t exist). Remember, guns don’t commit crimes; liberals do.

The VA is for our military personnel. You know, the GI Joe’s, Jane’s and Joke’s (referring to the transgender crowd). They well deserve what little benefits they get. Medical is one of these. Pretty abysmal state of affairs at the VA. This after a big shack up and infusion of 16 billion dollars just last year. You would think that in this Information Age that they could have better records management. No, not like the Obamacare website. One thing that I have noticed is that anything the government does is not-for-profit. That translates to a boondoggle and a massive debt pit. Usually because the money will always be there. Maybe we should have some of these departments switched to “for profit”. Bet we would have better services than we is being given now.

The text of the law is clear



ium assistance amount determined under this sub-
section with respect to any coverage month is the
amount equal to the lesser of—

(A) the monthly premiums for such month
for 1 or more qualified health plans offered in
the individual market within a State which
cover the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, or any
dependent (as defined in section 152) of the tax-
payer and which were enrolled in through an
Exchange established by the State under 1311 of
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,

(B) the excess (if any) of—
(i) the adjusted monthly premium for
such month for the applicable second lowest
cost silver plan with respect to the taxpayer,
(ii) an amount equal to 1/12 of the
product of the applicable percentage and the
taxpayer’s household income for the taxable

It looks, at first glance, that part A does not obtain, since there is no such exchange, and so there is only part B.  However, lower down, part B is clarified:

SILVER PLAN.—The applicable second lowest cost
silver plan with respect to any applicable tax-
payer is the second lowest cost silver plan of the
individual market in the rating area in which
the taxpayer resides which—
(i) is offered through the same Ex-
change through which the qualified health
plans taken into account under paragraph
8 (2)(A) were offered….

That’s definitely a problem.  Neither of the two possible pricing options to determine the subsidy exists.

Some pundits have said it comes down to ONE word, “by”, not four words, “established by the State.”  The fact is, it is FOURTEEN words: “established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

The Federal Exchange is defined in section 1103, not 1311.

So what will the Supremes do?

Well, we know the progs on the bench will ignore the law — progs don’t care about laws.  (Well, they don’t care about laws they don’t like.  If they like a law, they’ll dig in like a tick on a hound.)  So the progs will rule to uphold the subsidies, and the conservatives will vote to uphold the law as written.

I expect the swing votes to go to the progs.  Why?  Because they have shown no integrity.  When Roberts ruled that the penalty is NOT a tax and thus the Supremes can rule on it before anyone actually pays it, then rule that it IS a tax and thus it is constitutional (the first time the Supremes have overturned a prior decision in the same decision), he has signaled to the world that he has no logical integrity, and is thus really a prog.  He will rule to uphold the subsidies and write up another steaming pile to support that ruling.

So all this time that the “informed” have been telling you that Obamacare is a scam, no one wants to listen. The Senate and House said the bill needed to be passed in order to find out what is in it……like it is a present waiting to be opened. So now, one of the chief architects decides to shoot of his mouth and rub it in your stupid faces; very bluntly, I might add. Remember, this is the superior Democrat party that knows what is best for everyone. Why? Because they feel the American people are too stupid to know what is best for them. In a sense, this statement is partially true. Those stupid voters that continue to believe the lies and vote Dem prove it every election. But what this video proves to me is that those individuals that voted for this bill in Congress are even more stupid than the American populace being besmirched here. They had a closed door meeting or two and we’re told that it was a way to get the poor health insurance and would also put these politicians in high regard with the people. Yup, the last couple elections proved that one. So we know that those who passed Obamacare in Congress lied, Emmanual lied. Gruber lied. The chief liar Obama did what he does best—he lied also. Good case for repeal. Better case for forcing vacancies in political positions. Best case to put members of the Congress and the administration, as well private contributors to this bill, in residence at the grey bar hotel. How much more do we need to eliminate this bad law?

I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Old ACT has been having multiple medical issues needing immediate attention and, although I love this blog, staying SUNNY-side up is my number one priority (Mama’s also). As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Always looking to have you excellent commenters write some posts now and again. If it is worth saying, it is worth your opinion and take on matters. No, I don’t pay for posts but you will always have my gratitude. That said and while we are on the subject of medicine, I have wanted to address this issue for many days now.

It appears that a very active and detrimental virus is starting to sweep the nation. The Enterovirus 68 is what is at hand. It was first found in California in 1962. It appears to stem from a form of hand-foot-mouth disease with a steroid kicker. Follow my bouncing ball here. The typical season is between July to October and is spread, like most other viruses, through children in the school system. An article on its spread is here. No one seems to understand or wants to speculate why it has cropped up in 10 states and coming to a state near you. Well, I’m going to speculate on everything I know and have read.

Third world countries have poor healthcare where most of the citizens do not receive care needed for certain illnesses until they have escalated to an advanced stage. This country of ours is seeing more cases of virus and diseases which have long ago been completely controlled or eradicated. Why? Because of the mode of transportation in and out of our country. Health record documents and immunizations seem to be a thing of the past. Oh, we will get these things done when traveling to a high risk country so that we don’t get or bring back these cooties. But what about foreign travelers? And what about the illegals pouring through our non-existent borders? I think I am on to something here. Americans are incurring an influx of disease on an extraordinary scale, all brought to us by our lackadaisical, incompetent and corrupt government. Period. Now that I have dropped this steaming blivit at your feet, prove me wrong. Only a liberal could spin this one. Although there could always be another answer (that could be correct), the data out there gravitates to what I have stated above. It can only get worse, folks.

Oh, yes, the time is long overdue to have term limits on Congress and judges. Why would we only limit the Executive Branch without having the same constraints on the Legislative and Judicial branches? Why indeed. It appears that the need of limits is really making its case known in these modern times. You see, politics is a “scratch your back, you scratch mine” type of forum. Unfortunately, bias does not belong in any of these branches and when the party trumps the people, the system is surely broken. Case in point is the recent decision on subsidies for ObamaCare sign-ups.

It appears that two conflicting court decisions are at issue: the U.S. District Court (just below the Supreme Court) where a 2-1 decision was handed down stating that subsidies could only be given through state exchanges. By the way; this court had 4 Obama judge appointments placed after Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option in the Senate. The other court, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ( which is supposedly equal to the District Court ) held that the subsides could be granted by What the 4th based there opinion (why would they have an opinion and not a sound ruling?) on is that Congress (read Dems ONLY) had the INTENT to make subsides available for all. Unfortunately, that is not what the law READS.

Here is my beef. We are no longer a nation ruled BY LAW. We have become a nation ruled by the intent of someone’s opinion of how they interpret the meaning of someone else’s thought. Words use to have meaning but, if you read this site enough, you will realize that Dems/liberals don’t use definitive definitions but, rather, however something should be interpreted at the time (which seems to change as constantly as wind direction). So it appears that all branches of government have been corrupted and no longer seem to function as their assigned duties prescribe. An old joke: “What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?” Answer: “A good start!” Don’t get me wrong; lawyers were a needed and noble profession once. Anymore it is a stepping stone for self glorification. It has become corrupted in too many ways and lawyers are ever mindful of side-stepping the rule of law and perverting it. This isn’t the entire profession but a good portion of it. It seems that those same lawyers become judges…..with political ideology and leanings, where law is NOW being made instead of interpreted AS WRITTEN. There is no separation of powers anymore because we no longer have checks and balances as established by the Constitution. Since lawyers won’t clean up their own house, term limits, review boards for misconduct and dismissals are our next line of defense.

Yes, the left is going bonkers for Ginsberg’s “blistering” dissent from the Supreme Court majority’s ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby.

Let’s take those “8 Best Lines” seriatim:

Ginsburg wrote that her five male colleagues, “in a decision of startling breadth,” would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find “incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The first thing to note is that Dana Liebelson does not consider Justice Breyer male. Interesting. Maybe she knows something we don’t.

But be that as it may, if such laws are incompatible with sincerely held religious beliefs, then they are clearly in violation of the First Amendment unless they protect the rights of others, and should be overturned by the Court. But then, the requirement from which Hobby Lobby and Conestoga won relief is NOT A LAW. It is merely a REGULATION written by a nameless bureaucrat. Also, the regulation does not protect anyone’s rights — the employees of these companies can still obtain the abortifacients they desire.

The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.

Those women obviously have jobs, or this would not be an issue. Therefore, they can pay for them themselves.

Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community.

Irrelevant — they can go work for someone else if they do not like their employer’s benefits package.

Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.

In which case, it should be her autonomous PAYMENT, too. If you want to choose the tune, you can choose to pay the piper.

It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.

No, it really doesn’t “bear note”. If one cannot afford an IUD, one can choose to use other forms of birth control. Or, choose not to have vaginal sex.

Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.

Sure. Why not? Again — if you don’t like it, get another job.

Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.

Well, that’s easy — just approve them all. Duh.

The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.

No — it is the legislature (in passing the law in the first place) that planted the mines, and the executive branch (in writing such heinous regulations) that is going for a stroll therein. They deserve to have it blow up in their faces.