Monthly Archives: May 2013

Palin Shoots Verbal Missile at Obama and Hillary

Former Vice Presidential candidate and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fired a rhetorical missile at the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton today with this tweet:

Obama Scandal Palin Tweet





Palin gets points for cramming four different ideas in one 140 character missile, referring to the President’s penchant for blaming other people for his screw ups; Hillary’s presidential ad against Obama in 2008 about which one was qualified to lead in a crisis that comes at 3am (I think the verdict is in: neither); Obama’s real 2am phone call on Benghazi in which he did nothing to save our men under fire AND equating the Administration’s current scandals with  Watergate in which Hillary  was then a junior staffer for the Watergate Committee which resulted in Richard Nixon’s impeachment charges and resignation.

Now THAT’S economy of words!


White House Spox “Appreciates” Reporters Questions 131 Times

White House Press reporters have been so far up the President’s skirt for five years that it’s extraordinary to see them actually ask decent questions and put one of their former collegues turned Obama spokesman, Jay Carney, on the defensive for a change.

But before we get to the fun of seeing Carney on his heels due to the Obama Benghazi, IRS and AP scandals, remember that they didn’t get upset when the President singled out, oh, let’s say “Joe the Plumber,” or Tea Party Patriots for example, In fact they mocked them. They’re ticked off now because the President spied on their kindred at the Associated Press.

Remember that.

Obama Starts Losing the Media (Except Jonathan Alter)

Obama Scandals Boston paper
A BOSTON newspaper equates the IRS scandal with Watergate. Other lefties are beginning to wonder the same thing.

The Obamedia did blew off the Black Panther voter intimidation case, Fast & Furious and other sundry missteps and outrages  from this White House.  The media were able to dismiss those dead bodies as a right wing conspiracy until the whistleblowers came forward.

They doubletaked when it was confirmed the Obama administration sicced the IRS on Tea Party groups–after their successful 2010 elections, but were still willing to be BFF’s. 

But now the man who gives them shivers up the leg and is ‘bigger than God,’  has done it. Big time.

Now he’s gone after them in this AP wiretap story. 

Even the likes of former MSNBC flamethrower David Shuster has gotten over his case of the Obama vapors and isn’t liking what he’s smelling, taking to Twitter tonight,


There are national security issues with going after the Associated Press (see post here), but it appears that the Holder Justice Department put a very wide and overly broad net indeed over the AP’s phones. Without the benefit of all the facts, this smells like a wild fishing expedition to intimidate the press. AP SHUSTER 1

Sheesh, the New York Times and Washington Post committed virtual acts of treason–disclosing rendition sites, Wikileaks, operational details which compromised national security sending the Bush White House into a case of the yips. But behold Holder! He issued a wire tap that covers dozens of AP reporters phones AND their phone at the Congress! Chutzpah! 

And there to circle the wagons was Jonathan Alter of the Daily Beast/Newsweek offering up the official White House/Holder excuse tonight with this tweet:

AP alter





Why would Holder recuse himself from this case? Oh, nevermind. Jonathan will tell us later, just as soon as he gets his talking points from Susan Rice. 

Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC also attempted a little distraction. She said NOTHING in her Twitter feed about the AP story but five hours after it broke, here’s what she tweeted,

AP mitchell

Yesterday in the New York Times, Limousine Lib Maureen Dowd actually took the President and Hillary Clinton to task onmaureen dowd Benghazi. 

In the midst of a re-election campaign, Obama aides wanted to promote the mythology that the president who killed Osama was vanquishing terror. So they deemed it problematic to mention any possible Qaeda involvement in the Benghazi attack.

For Dowd, that’s a wagging forefinger.

What’s that sound? The breaking glass of the Obamedia icon of Barack Obama. 

Worse Than Nixon: Obama Administration Dragnets Associated Press Phone Records

nixonOops. So much for the “slobbering love affair” as Bernie Goldberg called it in his book about the slavish devotion the media holds for President Obama. Why? The Obama Administration’s Justice Department put a wholesale dragnet for a two month period of time on the Associated Press’s phone records, the AP reports.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.

The AP says  the phone records appear to be surrounding a story about a foiled terrorist attempt,obama-pointing-at-you1

The government would not say why it sought the records. Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

But it’s about a terrorist plot, so that OK, right? Check this out,

In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

AP-logoProsecutors have sought phone records from reporters before, but the seizure of records from such a wide array of AP offices, including general AP switchboards numbers and an office-wide shared fax line, is unusual.

The AP talked to Democrat Senator Patrick “Leaky” Leahy who thinks the Obama Administration has some ‘splainin’ to do,

 “The burden is always on the government when they go after private information, especially information regarding the press or its confidential sources. … On the face of it, I am concerned that the government may not have met that burden. I am very troubled by these allegations and want to hear the government’s explanation.”

Leahy’s political polar opposite, Congressman Darryl Issa Chair of the investigative House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued this statement tonight,

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today issued the following statement on news that the Department of Justice has been monitoring Associated Press phone lines, including a line in the press gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives:

This is obviously disturbing. Coming within a week of revelations that the White House lied to the American people about the Benghazi attacks and the IRS targeted conservative Americans for their political beliefs, Americans should take notice that top Obama Administration officials increasingly see themselves as above the law and emboldened by the belief that they don’t have to answer to anyone.  I will work with my fellow House Chairmen on an appropriate response to Obama Administration officials.

To borrow a phrase by Nixon AG John Mitchell during the Watergate investigation referring to Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post,

[Eric’s] got his tit in a big fat ringer…


Wake up, America.

The City of Portland Should Scrap Confusing Arts Tax and Wait for Court Opinion

Arts tax logoThink of Portland’s Arts Tax as a brand new house!  The idea of housing people is nice. The house is bright and shiny. Looks cool.

And there are no permits. In the eyes of the law this construction is wholly illegal, against basic code. 

If you’re the City of Portland and this is the $35 a head Arts Tax passed last November, you ignore the legalities and keep trying to make the house look pretty. The City knows it is unpermitted –because the state constitution straight-up outlaws these taxes– but the City tries to ‘fix it’ anyway.

The City– metaphorically speaking (for those of you who live on Hawthorne or write for politi’fact’) –tears down the walls to expose the plumbing declares the thing fixed. Then it goes back in and tinkers with the framing and declares the thing fixed. Electrical? Rinse and repeat. The Mayor considers himself clever for ‘fixing’ the problem. 


See, the City enthuses with each ad hoc change made to dress up the Arts Tax’s illegality, we’re so clever because we exempted people on a fixed income (the taxing of whom is ALSO unconstitutional)! See, we’re exempting under 18’s because we know our economy sucks and they can’t find more than a part-time barrista job or “volunteering” for the Bus Project! See, we’re offering ‘rebates’ to people who are too poor to pay! See, we’re giving government union workers (PERS recipients) a pass on paying the tax! See, we’re giving retirees a break from the tax! 


There may be more waivers for cronies and others for the Arts Tax than Obama gave for ObamaCare! Arts tax racc public art

Voters passed this tax last November in hopes of supporting “the children” with arts programs. A smaller portion of the  $35/head tax goes to “the children” and the rest will go to the Regional Arts Commission to dole out to its favorite Zoo Bomber statue, street car art, or maybe even to the Naked Bike Ride expose at the Portland Art Museum. 

The City of Portland believes it has the standing to constantly change the structure of this tax. If it can do that it can scrap it and wait for a decision from the Oregon courts where it’s constitutionality is being litigated. It’s a rickety mess.

Bruce McCain Via Laughing at Liberals: Cease Fire Oregon Event May Have Broken State Gun Laws

When confronted with the law, Ceasefire Oregon Ed Fun spokeswoman mocks the question and puts out her hands to be handcuffed.
When confronted with the law, Ceasefire Oregon Ed Fund spokeswoman mocks the question and puts out her hands to be handcuffed.

What do you have when a person brings one or more firearms to an event where those firearms are transferred to another person for valuable consideration “no questions asked?” Well, if there are more than 25 firearms “available for transfer” at that event, Oregon law says you’re at a gun show. Thanks to local citizen journalist Michael Strickland, that sticky question will likely be the topic of discussion at Portland City Hall, and perhaps at the state capitol.

The issue arose from the 19th “Annual Gun Turn-In” promoted by Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, held Saturday, May 11 at the Lynwood Friends Church is southeast Portland. The event, co-sponsored by a variety of local government agencies and officials, brought in a reported 485 firearms, presumably destined for the smelting furnace.

But as Strickland demonstrates with his at times jumpy video at his site Strimedia, this

This Sergeant appears to misstate the state gun show law and then appears ready to toss Laughing at Liberals off the property. LaL politely says thank you and moves on.
This Sergeant appears to misstate the state gun show law and then appears ready to toss Laughing at Liberals off the property. LaL politely says thank you and moves on.

public-private partnership may have created a “reverse gun show” in which each person who transferred a firearm to COEF committed a class A misdemeanor for not requesting the required background check to ensure the recipient of the firearm was lawfully entitled to receive it. And all of this was done under the nose of the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, which guarantees no one is going to jail over this issue.

 In his video, Strickland politely confronts a Portland Police sergeant, Mayor Hales, and a representative from COEF, asking each about theevent’s status as a gun show. The PPB officer insisted no laws were being broken and eventually directed Strickland to leave the private church property. Hales asked Strickland to direct his questions to a COEF representative because he “is not a lawyer.” Finally, Strickland does reach a female COEF official, who found the question amusing enough that she offered her wrists for Strickland to handcuff before “assuming the position” for a thorough pat-down search.

Oregon Gun Show Statute

This issue ultimately turns on what Oregon law says about gun shows, background checks and who is responsible to do what. At the November 2000 general election, Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved initiative petition 5 (not to be confused with Don McIntyre’s earlier tax measure) which introduced new requirements for conducting background checks on firearms transfers at gun shows. The measure passed 921,926 to 569,996 and the statutes have remained unchanged ever since.

Contrary to the answers Strickland received by the PPB sergeant, the mayor and the COEF spokesmodel, it makes no

Mayor Charlie Hales, whose in charge of the Portland Police Bureau tells Laughing at Liberals to go ask his legal questions of Cease Fire.
Mayor Charlie Hales, who’s in charge of the Portland Police Bureau tells Laughing at Liberals to go ask his legal questions of Cease Fire.

difference whether these firearms are going to be resold, stored indefinitely or melted into a statue of Ginny Burdick. The sergeant tells Strickland, “A transfer means they are going to continue ownership and they’re not. They’re being destroyed.” When Strickland correctly points out there is nothing in the statute to justify that claim, the sergeant firmly tells Strickland, “That’s where it ends” before directing him to leave the property. On this point, Strickland was correct. There is nothing in Oregon law that requires a transferee to “continue ownership” to effect a valid transfer. If a transferee intends to destroy every gun he or she purchases, so be it. But a transfer is still a transfer.

The problem with this event, as Strickland notes, is that the number of firearms present on site appears to trigger the definition of a “gun show” under ORS 166.432(2)(b): “Gun show means an event at which more than 25 firearms are on site and available for transfer.” This would not be an issue if a private citizen chose to turn in their firearm to the police for destruction at any other time, something COEF encourages on its website. But when more than 25 firearms “are on site and available for transfer” then Oregon law says that event is a gun show – no matter what the parties intend to do with the firearms once the transfers are complete.

Further adding to the confusion is that the COEF event reverses the roles seen at most typical gun shows, where an event space (usually indoors) is lined with sellers looking to sell their firearms to purchasers. But at the COEF event, there is effectively only one purchaser, but many sellers, though one could argue that it is difficult, if not impossible to determine who is actually making the purchase at the COEF event. COEF and its partners are clearly a transferee, but are they a “purchaser?” There is no question that COEF offered valuable consideration in the form of Fred Meyer gift cards in denominations ranging from $10 for a pellet or BB gun to $100 for each handgun transferred.

Laughing at Liberals shows the Cease Fire spokeswoman the actual Oregon gun show statute.
Laughing at Liberals shows the Cease Fire spokeswoman the actual Oregon gun show statute.

But once again, words in statutes often mean specific things, depending on how the lawmakers intended. In this case, a “purchaser” under ORS 166.412(1)(h) means “a person who buys, leases or otherwise receives a firearm from a gun dealer.” It is possible, though unlikely that any of the folks standing in line at Lynwood Friends Church met the definition of a “gun dealer” under Oregon law. If they were, then they likely violated Oregon law, regardless of whether the event was a gun show or not, because gun dealers are required to run background checks whenever they sell or transfer a firearm.

So who are the parties to these firearms transfers, and what are their legal responsibilities? Assuming the COEF annual gun turn-in meets the technical definition of a “gun show,” now what?  The 2000 initiative set forth the following policy statement relating to gun show background checks:

166.433 Findings regarding transfers of firearms. The people of this state find that:

(1) The laws of Oregon regulating the sale of firearms contain a loophole that allows people other than gun dealers to sell firearms at gun shows without first conducting criminal background checks;

(2) It is necessary for the safety of the people of Oregon that any person who transfers a firearm at a gun show be required to request a criminal background check before completing the transfer of the firearm; and

(3) It is in the best interests of the people of Oregon that any person who transfers a firearm at any location other than a gun show be allowed to voluntarily request a criminal background check before completing the transfer of the firearm. [2001 c.1 §1]

Oregon law is clear that the burden to run a background check at a gun show falls upon the person who transfers the firearm, not the recipient. If the COEF event met the definition of a gun show, then every single person who transferred a firearm to COEF violated ORS 166.438(1) which provides:

“A transferor other than a gun dealer may not transfer a firearm at a gun show unless the transferor:

(a)(A) Requests a criminal background check under ORS 166.436 prior to completing the transfer;

(B) Receives notification that the recipient is qualified to complete the transfer; and

(C) Has the recipient complete the form described in ORS 166.441; or

(b) Completes the transfer through a gun dealer.”

The requirement to run the background check does not apply if the transferee, in this case COEF, is licensed as a dealer or collector under 18 U.S.C. 923. In his video, Strickland repeatedly refers to the fact that he could not find COEF listed as having a federal firearms license, which would have made the transfers lawful under Oregon law without background checks.

PPB officers handling transferred firearms.

PPB officers handling transferred firearms.

By all accounts, none of the transferors at the COEF ran the required background check to verify whether COEF was qualified to complete the transfer. Moreover, such a transfer is required to be documented and the transferor is required to keep the documentation for five years, making the documentation available for law enforcement inspection. If a transferor fails to request the required background check or fails to maintain the required paperwork, that person commits a Class A misdemeanor.

So, is COEF off the hook for its role in the gun show transfers? Not quite. ORS 166.438(3) requires a person who organizes a gun show to “post in a prominent place at the gun show a notice explaining the requirements” for transferors to run the background checks, and complete and maintain all required paperwork. Moreover, COEF was required to provide the required form “to any person transferring a firearm at the gun show.” Violation of this section is also a Class A misdemeanor.

Back to Reality

As Strickland demonstrated with his video and still photos, there were clearly more than 25 firearms at Lynwood Friends Church at any one time “available for transfer.” In fact, nearly 500 were transferred from hundreds of transferors to essentially one transferee. And by all accounts, not a single background check was requested or run by the transferors, who likely had no idea such a requirement was their responsibility because COEF never posted the statutorily required notice. So who is going to jail over this episode? No one, of course.

Gun turn in at Rose Garden under Justin Bieber sign.
Gun turn in at Rose Garden under a Justin Bieber sign. Maybe next year Cease Fire will become beliebers in all the laws that they themselves have helped write.

Gun turn in at Rose Garden under Justin Bieber sign.

Despite the PPB sergeant’s interpretation of ORS chapter 166, and Charlie Hales’ scurried attempt to punt the problem to the COEF coed, if the Portland City Attorney’s office seriously examined the statutes cited herein and looked at the facts of this event, they would be hard pressed not to reach the objective conclusion that the COEF annual gun turn-in meets the statutory definition of a gun show. All that is required is an event where more than 25 guns “are available for transfer.” The transferee’s intent post-transfer is simply not relevant. But then again, we are dealing with a Portland city government that still cannot quite figure out how to implement an unconstitutional and highly regressive $35 head tax.

Yet, we can expect changes next year, now that COEF and local officials are aware of the issue. One remedy is to ensure that no more than 25 firearms are on the property at any one time. That’s  not likely nor very practical, since public sidewalks will simply fill up with gun-toting citizens – otherwise known as Burdick’s Bane. The legislature could also step in and refine the definition of a “gun show” to expressly exclude events such as COEF’s annual gun turn-in. But the easiest fix, assuming these events qualify as guns shows, is to have COEF or one of its employees, agents or partners obtain a FFL under 18. U.S.C. 923, which would exempt transferors from the responsibility or requirement to run a background check when transferring the firearm to COEF when more than 25 firearms are present and available for transfer.

Who knows? Perhaps the woman offering to be hooked and booked by Strickland will ironically return next year wearing her Ceasefire Oregon T-shirt as a federally licensed gun dealer.

Bruce McCain’s original post is here. It’s been enhanced by pictures and video from Strimedia (Laughing at Liberals) who broke this story. Victoria’s note: It takes a LOT of guts to go by yourself and confront these self satisfied people with some facts and logic. Good on you, LaL.

Rove v Kristol: American Crossroads Group Goes After Hillary Clinton on Benghazi; Bill Kristol Tells Him to Shut Up

Bill-Kristol The group American Crossroads, co founded by former Bush Presidential Adviser Karl Rove, is out with an ad (voiced by a local talent, fyi) calling likely 2016 Presidential Democrat Hillary Clinton to account for her abject failure to help our four Americans in Benghazi and then her craven cover up. No wonder she looked and sounded drugged at the reception of the bodies at Andrews Air Force Base.

karl rove thumbing his nose










Following the release of this commercial, Weekly Standard co founder Bill Kristol took to the airwaves to denounce it because, as he put it, (H/T Breitbart),

He said, “There’s no campaign going on. Let’s pull the partisanship back. It’s genuine outrage. There should be bipartisan committees investigating both from Congress. So I wish the Republicans would just be quiet for a while, the groups that are fund-raising, would be quiet on both issues for a while, and find out what really happened.”

Wrong answer, Bill. Everything to this President is partisan and looked at through the prism of politics. So considering the fact that the Obama Administration looked at the Benghazi debacle only in terms of politics, we don’t consider this travesty and loss of American lives as a political issue?  If we don’t stay on offense that puts us on…defense, right? How’s that been working out for us? How’s that been working out for the military? How’s that been working for the country. 

WSJ On Chilling Story About IRS Targeting “Tea Party” Groups: Breaking Basic Contract With American People.

teapartyOn Friday, the IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner was asked a question at a meeting of tax attorneys about the targeting of  Tea Party and conservative groups by the IRS. She confessed the targeting and apologized.

Cue the Special Prosecutor. 

In today’s Wall Street Journal we learn why Ms. Lerner likely let that apology ‘slip out’ on a Friday afternoon,

The mea culpa lands ahead of an official report on the tax-fishing incidents by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That report was requested by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan in June 2012, and the IG is expected to issue its findings soon.

As I posted yesterday, Lerner copped to the targeting being done by the Tax Exempt IRS workers in Ohio.  What is it about Ohio government workers anyway? First, State government workers released private information in an effort to discredit Joe the Plumber for daring to ask the President about his big tax proposals and now they’re going after conservative groups. 

The WSJ asks an interesting series of questions,

  • Even if the idea did arise as some kind of spontaneous Cincinnati political combustion, where could they possibly have come up with the idea that targeting the tea party might be a good career move? That certainly was the uber political message coming out of the White House, even if it wasn’t a directive from the top of the IRS.
  • Another question is who stopped the “inappropriate” requests once they were discovered.
  • Was anyone punished?
  • And how far up the chain of command did knowledge go?

Now as I pointed out in yesterday’s post and obvious to anyone with a calendar, this extra scrutiny was done during THE 2012 ELECTION CYCLE.  What effect would this have on political speech during the bruising Congressional battles as well as the Presidential election? The Journal opines,

…[T]he timing of these requests, in the middle of the 2012 campaign, had the effect of stifling political activity. The targeted groups had tax-exempt status that allowed them to participate in certain kinds of political messaging. But any such group receiving IRS missives is immediately going to become cautious, lest it risk the arbitrary wrath of some tax official. The speech-squelching effects may have been especially important in Ohio, which was ground zero in the battle for the White House.

What the IRS minions did wasn’t a mistake. It was a concerted malevolent effort to intimidate political opponents of their leader President Obama. There was no fear of reprisal, only hope of promotion. And it had happened before. From the Journal,

In May 2011, the IRS was caught sending letters to big donors of 501(c) groups, suggesting that their contributions could be retroactively taxed under the gift tax. On that occasion too, the IRS blamed the political gamesmanship on low-level employees, saying it was carried out by “career” workers and didn’t reflect a coordinated effort by the White House.

Over at the HotAir blog, Mary Katherine Ham got her hands on some of the questions the IRS brutes were asking the Tea Party groups.  I aim to find out if these questions are the usual from the IRS, but, on the face of it, they seem to be beside the point of the IRS,

2. What do we need to know about your members? Nothing much. Just ALL THE THINGS!


5. If someone in this country’s free press has ever interacted with you in any way shape or form about your free speech activities, we’re going to need documentation of that.


The IRS is the agency in charge of enforcing ObamaCare.  This ought to work out well. 

Finally a moment of shocking realization–the scared straight moment– from the WSJ editorial today,

Other than the power to prosecute, the taxing authority is the most awesome power the government has. It can ruin people and companies. When wielded for political purposes, it is a violation of the basic contract the American people have with their government. The abuse admitted by Ms. Lerner can’t be dismissed in a casual apology on a casual Friday as no big deal. It’s a very big and bad deal.

Barack Obama and the Democrats: Worse than Nixon.






The latest campaign finance disclosure bill sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska), would force trade organizations and 527 and 501(c) groups to disclose their donors, institute real-time reporting requirements and impose draconian penalties for noncompliance.

The bill modifies the tax code to cover political nonprofits, so it also hands more power to regulate politics to the IRS. The bill is a terrible idea on its face, but after M


Washington State Doctor’s Tale Under ObamaCare: I’m Going Out of Business.

Philip Henderson

For 33 years, Philip Henderson figures he has delivered 6000 Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon babies, be they birthing a cherished first child in his practice or seeing crack babies while he’s volunteering at the local hospital on “City Call.” 

 ‘P3’  as they call him, who graduated from Longview’s Mark Morris High, is the son of a doctor, Philip Henderson, Junior; who was the son of a doctor, Philip Henderson; who was the son of a doctor J.W. Henderson. There’s been a Dr. Henderson practicing medicine continuously in Longview since the 1920’s.

But not anymore. The run up to ObamaCare and losing big HMO contracts are driving the Lower Columbia Women’s Health Clinic out of business. It officially closes June 14th. Four thousand letters have been sent to patients seen at the clinic in the last three years; the last babies will be birthed and  patients who haven’t delivered by that time will be handed off to a local HMO.  Longview-Kelso Kaiser OB patients are being sent to a Vancouver hospital some 40 miles away.

This is what Longview’s OB-GYN medical care will look like from now on. 

And that’s before ObamaCare is fully implemented.

Henderson’s experience puts the lie to the President’s proclamation that, “you’ll be able to keep your doctor.” His patients won’t. In fact, he and his partners are the very embodiment of the growing cliche about ObamaCare, “Everyone will have insurance, but not everybody will find a  doctor.” 

The regulatory burden of ObamaCare is already being felt by the ‘little guys.’  To be in compliance with Federal Regulations-and avoid a hefty penalty– over the past year and a half  Lower Columbia paid for and implemented a spanking new electronic health records system. Each partner had to scramble to come up with thousands of dollars. They swallowed hard and paid  for the ObamaCare health records software which is of no use to them now. Worse, now that they’re closing, Henderson doesn’t have much hope of recovering the Federal rebate promised physicians who followed the law.

To complicate matters, two partners have unexpectedly left since January of 2013 for personal reasons and due to what ObamaCare would do to their practice.  That left the two remaining partners left to shoulder the burden of the patients and overhead and their voluntary City Call at the local hospital. For Lower Columbia there was no waiting it out till it got better. It wasn’t going to get better. President Obama’s health plan had seen to that.  

ObamaCare is forcing a consolidation of services to hospitals and HMO’s, something that will strengthen their cash on hand position but not so with smaller clinics,  in fact things will be getting worse. Smaller clinics like Lower Columbia must also absorb the costs and burdens of extra regulation and then wait for the glacially acting government to reimburse them. Keeping the clinic open, patients served and employees paid requires cash coming in.

All that ‘free’ medical care is expensive. 

And ruinous. 

Employers will be doing what the government has incentivized them to do and dumping patients into exchanges that the Feds euphemistically now call “Medicaid Plus.”  That, along with changes in Medicaid (ObamaCare) eligibility to 400% of the poverty level, will dump another projected 100,000 to  200,000 patients on Washington State’s Medicaid/ObamaCare program. Doctors will be expected to float Uncle Sam a loan for all the extra, ‘free’ medical care and then hope he comes through with a check in a timely manner. Well, there’s a first time for everything. 

Meantime, there’s a real world cost, as Dr. Henderson explains,

“We didn’t want to close. Our patients are losing their doctors. Our employees are losing their jobs. We’re losing our jobs,” says Henderson.

The downstream effect of Lower Columbia Women’s Clinic’s closure will resonate with the local specialty and primary care groups such as radiology and pediatrician groups  and labs where 20% of their business will disappear. 

In much the same way the President’s restructuring of GM saw hundreds of car dealership owners stripped of their livelihoods,  government regulations are picking winners and losers in the health care biz. The losers? Small practitioners and their patients. Patients who came from not only Cowlitz County, Washington will lose their doctors, but patients from  Ilwaco to Astoria to Chehalis to Raymond and beyond,  who came to Lower Columbia will not “keep their doctor” as the President promised them.

Because he lied. 

Smaller clinics like Lower Columbia are the first to fall. 

Local doctors wonder aloud if Lower Columbia’s fate is the canary in the coal mine for other medical professionals in Longview. 

And what loss is there to a community when the local doc goes out of business? Personally, Henderson did what many doctors do: he gave back to his community. He opened the first ‘no doctor’ clinic to give women without doctors a place to go. He fought for the Maternity Access Act of 1989 to convince Washington State lawmakers to improve community access care to women in need of prenatal care. He volunteered his time FOR TEN YEARS to give students at both local high schools ‘the talk.’ Henderson taught about teen pregnancy and STD’s much to his kids’ consternation. As part of his commitment to the community, Henderson and his partners were the guys who took what’s known as City Call –to take all patients in labor who come into the ER and Labor and Delivery nights and weekends. Most of the work is done for free.  

One day Dr. Henderson tallied up all the free City Call care he’d given to the region since he’d been in practice: Five and a half years. As a primary care physician, he probably hasn’t SLEPT that much since he started med school.  It has to equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars of free care–on top of all the other stuff he was doing for the community. Now, with only one OB group remaining in Longview, those Docs will have to take all those City Calls. Every night. 

How long will they last?

It’s a sure bet that other clinics will be put under the same fiscal pressures under ObamaCare with the consolidation of medical care at large hospitals. It’s clear what the future holds: Doctors will now be employees of hospitals and no longer have their own private practices.  Doctors’ jobs will be just another 8-5 like in Britain and Canada. Doctors’ care will get closer to becoming commoditized. Pay will go down commensurate with what will be required of them. 

With a projected 200,000 new patients thrown into Medicaid (ObamaCare) in the coming months in Washington State (17-30 million nationally), it’s easy to do the math:

More patients / Fewer doctors = Less care

This is what ObamaCare looks like. This is what redistribution looks like. 

This is the future of medical care in the US. 

Next: My brother in law the doctor now has to find a job.


Obama Spox Carney Lied About Benghazi Talking Points; State Scrubbed Terror References

Obama Nixon spokesmen

PJ Media, via Jim Geraghty of National Review puts the ABC News revelation about the dozen edits the talking points underwent AFTER the CIA got done with them and then scrubbed all references to Ansar al Sharia–the terrorists.

From ABC News,

When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

…White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

…“Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened,” Carney told reporters at the White House press briefing on November 28, 2012. “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”