Daily Fix, June 17

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Since you can’t spend your Friday watching Rebecca Black’s riveting video “Friday” anymore, here’s some Daily Fix:

*Utah Republican state delegates will head to Convention on Saturday to elect new state party officers. Utah County is nicely prepared. Candidate information is here. But the officer elections seem to be on the sideline with the Resolutions actually on the field, specifically, the Resolution to Repeal HB116. A new poll finds that 61% of Utahns favor HB116. (Deseret News) You can read both sides of the arguments here.

*Senator Hatch is fighting back against FreedomWorks’ declaration of war with their own current Foundation Board Co-Chairman. (Daily Caller) C. Boyden Gray has officially endorsed Senator Hatch, despite his organization’s feelings. A spokesman for FreedomWorks said that “Gray’s endorsement is personal and is the result of a long-time friendship and is not indicative of any major disagreements within the organization.” FredomWorks seems to be a bit schizophrenic lately. They decry Senator Hatch’s previous votes to raise the debt ceiling, but say nothing of their own founding member and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s similar voting record. Board members don’t agree with the message against Senator Hatch. And C. Boyden Gray’s bio trumps up his role in the Clear Air Act — the very same act that President Obama is now using to regulate our energy companies out of business, noted in yesterday’s DF. On their involvement in Utah’s senatorial race? Don’t call us – we’ll call you. [This post originally mentioned Dick Armey’s vote for TARP, rather than his vote to raise the debt ceiling. I’m an idiot.]

*And Rep. Jason Chaffetz is fighting back against Hatch, or at least Hatch’s friends. (SL Trib) Chaffetz complained to the media that Hatch is “trying to scare away his potential campaign donors.” Really? Running to the press to tattle? Come on boys, if you can’t get along you’ll have to go to timeout. No really, please go to timeout.

*Because of “criticism and bad press for the Administration,” the White House is changing its process for choosing winners, I mean granting health care waivers. (The Hill) Organizations have until September 22 to apply for a waiver that will excuse them from their onerous health care obligations through 2013. No exemptions will apply starting in 2014. Hopefully 2012 will render these silly exercises in wasteful bureaucracy moot.

*Jon Huntsman, Jr.: another curious video.

*And Mitt Romney: simultaneously charming and awkward. If Mitt needs a job, he should just contribute to Obama’s campaign.

*The American Association of Retired People (AARP) has dropped its opposition to revamping Social Security benefits. (Wall Street Journal) “AARP now has concluded that change is inevitable, and it wants to be at the table to try to minimize the pain.” Good call.

*And speaking of entitlements, a study in Illinois has proven that kids with Medicaid have a harder time getting an appointment from a specialist. (The Atlantic) “Sixty-six percent of those who mentioned Medicaid-CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) were denied appointments, compared with 11 percent who said they had private insurance.” How’s that healthcare plan / hopey-changey thing working for you?

*The kings of New Jersey, i.e. public union leaders, took a quick loss today when the New Jersey Senate passed a budget that would require public employees to actually contribute to their health and pension benefits. The gall. (Jammie Wearing Fool) Protestors showed their true colors with this quote: “We have Adolf Christie and his two generals trying to turn New Jersey into Nazi Germany.” (NJ.com) After having to apologize to Holocaust survivors everywhere, the nation realizes that public union leaders have zero credibility.

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5 Responses to “Daily Fix, June 17”

  1. Jerome Borden Says:

    Is AARP really changing their tune? Now, they are saying that reductions in Medicare benefits are inevitable. OK, and they also endorsed Obama’s Health Care “Reform” plan which contains about a half-Trillion in “Medicare Savings” over a ten year period starting around 2014. Looks consistent from here except for the smoke that both Obama and AARP is blowing our way.

  2. Larry Celic Says:

    I’d like to know how Dick Armey voted for TARP, he hasn’t been in the House of Representatives for about 8 1/2 years.

  3. Michelle Q. Mumford Says:

    You’re right! I meant to discuss vote on raising debt ceiling but TARP was on the brain. Thanks for the correction. I’ll fix in post, but leave these comments.

  4. Dwight Says:

    Those medicaid patients having a hard time couldn’t have anything to do with Illinois having a practice of withholding payments for months and then just before people pull out of the program pay them off. Something your linked article clearly points out. So perhaps it’s not medicaid, it’s the irresponsible method in which it was administered. I imagine if an insurance company did a similar thing that specialists in Illinois would be reluctant to see their patients too. The thing is that I have many experiences with insurance companies doing similar things. Perhaps it is cause they only try and weasel out of the random bill and not wholesale. They tell me they won’t pay, tell the doctor they won’t pay. It’s pointed out that everything done was covered and done according to their demands after spending a day or two cumulatively on the phone, and finally they relent and say they’ll pay the bill, but the actual check can still be weeks away from being cut and sent out.

    I’m also not sure why you are trying to attribute any of that to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, as it only became effective March 23, 2010, and I’m not seeing any of the provisions effective at enactment that would have any change on this study that was done from January to May of 2010.

  5. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    “New Jersey Senate passed a budget that would require public employees to actually contribute to their health and pension benefits.”

    They already contribute to the pension, In fact much higher amounts then one would think. Police and firefighters would contribute an additional 1.5 percent of their salaries toward pensions, for a total of 10 percent. Non-uniformed public workers, including teachers, would eventually kick in an additional 2 percent of their salaries, for a total of 7.5 percent. In addition to that it increases the retirement age and ends COLA’s.

    Their health care costs will double or triple from their current amount, And remember these people already make less then their private sector counter parts when factoring in their benefits http://epi.3cdn.net/8808ae41b085032c0b_8um6bh5ty.pdf

    This has yet pass the NJ house where it will have a harder time thank heavens.

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