While today’s ruling by SCOTUS that the incumbent’s effort to force business owners to pay for birth control methods that violate their religious beliefs is unconstitutional, damage to his health care tax may be far greater than that. Because, beyond the case’s significance as it relates to religious exemptions from the law, it may also open the door to further limitations of the government’s powers to mandate the purchase of health insurance.
Making matters even worse for the incumbent, the Daily Caller reports that there’s there’s no evidence for Obama’s claim that “The majority of the American people want to see immigration reform done.” The article states that, according to a new Gallup poll: “Even among Democratic respondents, only 27 percent want increased immigration… That’s actually less than the percentage of Democrats who want it reduced, which is 32 percent. Only 23 percent of independents want immigration increased while 43 percent want it to be reduced.”
Therefore, putting the two items together indicates very good news for Republicans at the polls this coming November.
Furthermore, now that the health care tax has had some time to have an effect, some of its underlying flaws are coming to light.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Limiting the number of medical providers was part of an effort by insurers to hold down premiums. But confusion over the new plans has led to unforeseen medical bills for some patients and prompted a state investigation. More complaints are surfacing as patients start to use their new coverage bought through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange. ‘I thought I had done everything right, and it's been awful,’ said Jean Buchanan, 56. The Fullerton resident found herself stuck with an $8,000 bill for cancer treatment after receiving conflicting information on whether it was covered. ‘How am I going to come up with that much money?’ Insurers insist that pruning the network of doctors is a crucial cost-cutting measure and a major reason that so many Californians could find affordable coverage in the health law’s first year.”
Consequently, growing dissatisfaction with the tax’s emphasis on reducing benefits due to the greater focus on lowering costs indicates clearly that people are now learning that you not only get what you pay for, but when the government's involved, you usually get far less.
Which brings us to another total misjudgment by the administration. This one it’s rush to leave Iraq without insuring its security before abandoning that nation.
CBS Baltimore via Drudge reports right now gas prices are at a six year high for early summer, a direct reflection of conflict in Iraq “where America gets a large percentage of its oil supply.”
Nationally and in Maryland, the average today is $3.68 a gallon, up two cents from a week ago nationally. And in Maryland, it’s up about three cents, according to “Ragina Cooper-Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Therefore, once again, the tax-paying public's paying for an incompetent government's mistakes.
That leads right into today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife.
Paul Bedard, in the Washington Examiner writes that, ”In his latest Zogby Analytics survey taken June 27-29, her commanding leads over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have shrunk greatly, and she doesn't even receive 50 percent of the vote.
Worse, her support among married and wealthy voters has plummeted.
In the matchups, Clinton now leads Bush, 47 percent to 35 percent. She once held an a 18-point advantage. Against Paul, she leads 48 percent to 36 percent, but once had a 21-point lead. And she would beat Christie 48 percent to 33 percent, but once led, 52 percent to 29 percent.”
So, while there's very little she can do to grow her base because she’s already so well known, the more mistakes she makes costs needed voters. And what’s even more foreboding is that, although her trend’s decidedly downward, no one in any political party has even campaigned against her yet.
That’s it for today folks.