Multiple articles regarding BHO’s trials -tribulations regarding ObamaCare illustrate festering problems with its launch; a few

hyperlinks are provided, followed by a more lengthy analysis that arrived only via e-mail and, thus, is not independently on the Internet. The key-question, of course, is whether BHO will be confronted by the media when he fails to “fix ” the problem that he mendaciously created; Rush said on Friday what this physician has continually argued, namely, that BHO cares not about anything else [poll numbers, unions, Dems] as long as his inexorable effort to exert Statism will become irreversible. Not a joke, The New York Times reports that “kickbacks and bribes” are legal now in ObamaCare 52 million Americans have lost or will lose health insurance 'This is what betrayal looks like' FLASHBACK 2010: Obama Admits Millions 'Might Have to Change Coverage' Blame game as insurers dump doctors Rocky Start For North Carolina Health Care Exchanges: Only 1 Person Signed Up So Far, But Hasn't Paid; Lone Applicant Already Targeted By Scammer Only 5 in DC? Health insurers say they're canceling plans because of federal law Cancer Patient Chooses Death Over ObamaCare GALLUP: UNINSURED REJECT OBAMACARE Woman Who Championed ObamaCare Stunned After Losing Insurance Plan INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS SURGING ObamaCare Adviser: Healthcare Website Encountering New Issues Issa subpoenas White House tech official for hearing NBC's David Gregory: Media Never Would Have Let Bush ‘Recover’ from Saying ‘I’m Sorry' NBC's Chuck Todd: Obama 'Does Not Believe He Lied' Howard Kurtz: Jon Stewart Playing 'Neat Little Game' to Minimize Own ObamaCare Jokes CNN Blames Christians for ObamaCare Problems CBS's Schieffer: ObamaCare Shows Govt. Incapable of Making Things Better The "Inconvenient Truth" About ObamaCare If you've ever been on a used car lot, you have experienced one of the great truisms in sales - often the harder the pitch, the weaker the product. And from the beginning, we've seen an unprecedented effort by the Obama administration to polish up its lemon of a health care overhaul and to convince the American people they're getting a luxury vehicle. We know about the "misleading" advertisements featuring former television star Andy Griffith, the highpriced marketing firm, hired by the Obama administration to craft its messaging, the massive internet search engine campaign - all at taxpayer's expense. We know about these things because Judicial Watch has done the gritty work of forcing the release of government records. (The total cost of the ObamaCare propaganda campaign was estimated to be as high as $200 million, by the way.)

And regarding the purpose of this propaganda machine, remember this gem from documents we uncovered from HHS? "Health and program-related messages are processed by the target audience according to a particular reality, which he or she experiences. Attitudes, feelings, values, needs, desires, behaviors and beliefs all play a part in the individual's decision to accept information and make a behavioral change." That one still creeps me out as it is the exact description of brainwashing. But this week, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, we learned that the Obama administration considered, but rejected, telling the truth about ObamaCare's destructive effects Per The Wall Street Journal: As President Barack Obama pushed for a new federal health law in 2009, he made a simple pledge: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your plan. But behind the scenes, White House officials discussed whether that was a promise they could keep. When the question arose, Mr. Obama's advisers decided that the assertion was fair, interviews with more than a dozen people involved in crafting and explaining the president's health-care plan show. But at times, there was second-guessing. At one point, aides discussed whether Mr. Obama might use more in-depth discussions, such as media interviews, to explain the nuances of the succinct line in his stump speeches, a former aide said. Officials worried, though, that delving into details such as the small number of people who might lose insurance could be confusing and would clutter the president's message. "You try to talk about health care in broad, intelligible points that cut through, and you inevitably lose some accuracy when you do that," the former official said. You read that right. Government officials were worried the truth would clutter the president's message. And so they kicked accuracy to the curb in favor of "simpler" falsehoods. (Actually, the president's promise was even stronger than described by the Journal: "if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." [Emphasis added.]) Now that ObamaCare is law, we now know the truth. The Journal continues... The breadth of Mr. Obama's statement proved to be a miscalculation. Mr. Obama repeated the claim, with only occasional caveats, through this week, when a flurry of cancellation notices from insurers to customers around the country prompted him to recalibrate. In other words, the "if you like your plan you can keep it" Obama mantra turns out to be a bold-faced lie and the president is trying to save face (or lie about his initial lies) while acknowledging what cannot be ignored.

According to industry experts, as many as 10 million Americans will have their health care plans terminated by year's end, leaving them with skyrocketing out-of-pocket expenses. You see, health insurers read the writing on the wall. Existing plans will surely die out if there are no new customers. So why keep them on life support? Of course, the Obama administration saw this coming. They knew plans would be cancelled. In fact, that was one of their principle goals, to have more Americans leave their health insurance plans and enter into "improved" plans offered through exchanges. But this proved to be an "inconvenient truth" that would surely undermine the president's bumper sticker campaign message. And they couldn't take that risk - 10 million Americans be damned. By the way, the Obama excuse that ObamaCare only changed the plans in the individual insurance market is also misleading. Employers who provide health insurance have also been forced to curtail wages, hours, and jobs to comply with the ObamaCare mandate. If you have a job with health insurance and get laid off, you will lose your health insurance as surely as the millions of individuals now receiving ObamaCare-caused cancellation notices. The net result for the president is some very real trouble. Democrats in Congress who voted for this monstrosity are nervous, and the leftist press is having an increasingly difficult time making lemonade. (Even Obama defender and television host John Stewart is "tired of all the ObamaCare lies." This scandal has all but shredded, for those few who still believed it, the notion of Obama's having the most transparent administration in history.) And now, the Obama administration has given up on recalibration in favor of distraction, by arguing that it doesn't matter, because these people will ultimately have better health plans. The American Enterprise Institute's Jonah Goldberg demonstrates the folly of this argument: If a landlord promises you can keep your dog when you move into an apartment, but then after you sign the lease he takes your dog and replaces it with a stuffed one, he wasn't telling you the truth. The landlord's view that the new dog is better ("No mess! No noise!") is utterly irrelevant to the question of whether the landlord lied - and it doesn't make you a fool for preferring your old dog, either. At any rate, it doesn't appear to be working. The American people are too smart. We saw ObamaCare for what it was - a watered down version of health care socialism - and that's why the public has never supported it. (Or "make a decision to accept information and make a behavioral change," to use the administration's creepy Big Brother language.) Judicial Watch and other conservatives always knew that ObamaCare, conceived in corruption and secrecy, was full of lies and would lead to the destruction of health insurance system that is taking place now. The lying president will try to power his way through this credibility crisis. And I'm sure the media, now going after him for a bit, will get back on board with Obama. In the meantime, Judicial Watch will persist and seek truth and accountability. We have many pending ObamaCare open records investigations, but this week we began a new, massive, and nationwide

investigation of the ObamaCare debacle. I will provide you more details later, but rest assured that we are on the case!

A Sweetheart No-Bid Contract for Obama-Connected Marketing Firm? The government contracting process is supposed to be transparent, fair, and subject to open bidding so the American people can have confidence that politicians and their appointees in the federal bureaucracies do not engage in the behavior of rewarding campaign donors with sweetheart deals. Note I said supposed to be transparent, fair and open. Often it is not, as evidenced by an apparently corrupt arrangement between the Obama USDA and an Obama-connected marketing firm. This week we announced the release of 44 pages of documents revealing that in 2010, the USDA evidently violated federal law by giving a $100,000 no-bid contract to a marketing firm with close ties to President Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. The funds were for the purpose of spearheading Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" obesity initiative. How close were the ties? Top executives of the firm Shepardson, Stern, and Kaminsky (SS+K) previously held key positions on Obama campaign staffs, and the firm produced advertising for the 2012 Obama campaign, including the controversial "Your First Time" TV commercial, which compared voting to losing one's virginity. Importantly, even the USDA has admitted that the contract might have been unlawful. Following the early February 2010 delivery of the SS+K materials, the USDA, in an apparent effort to justify the no-bid contract, produced a "Request for Ratification of an Unauthorized Commitment" conceding possible violations of Federal Acquisition and Agriculture Acquisition regulations. The Request said the USDA employee "was not aware of the contracting process" and that "the importance of this program necessitated an aggressive schedule that hindered his ability to research the process." Let me cut through the bureaucrat-speak for a moment: What the Obama administration argues here is that the urgent need to advance Michelle Obama's obesity initiative was of greater importance than following the law! And the person who presided over the contract allocation did not even have a basic understanding of the contracting process. Once again, we see the perfect storm of incompetence, corruption and cover-up from this administration. The records also reveal that in early April the Deputy Director of the USDA Office of Procurement & Property Management sent an email to the project director asking, "What did we get for our money?" Also, the commitment might have been "unauthorized." The documents obtained by JW on October 22, 2013, were in response to a June 13, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the following information from January 1, 2010, to the present:

Any and all contracts between USDA and SS+K, a creative marketing firm located at 1717 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 660, Washington, DC 20036 and Pine Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Any and all records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the United States Department of Agriculture and any officer, employee, or representative of SS+K.

According to the documents, the USDA awarded SS+K the "unauthorized commitment," no-bid contract to produce the "Let's Move" logo, slogan, and artwork for Michelle Obama's campaign, as well as the creative design for the "Let's Move" website, which right now features characters from the Muppets as well as photos of Michelle Obama dancing/exercising. (Perhaps we can all agree, liberals and conservatives, that any government-funded campaign that involves puppets does not rise to the level of an "urgent need" that requires government officials to ignore the rule of law.) SS+K evidently delivered the completed project in February 2010 with a 30-day invoice. On April 5, 2010, Jodey Edwards, Deputy Director, USDA, Office of Procurement & Property Management, sent an email to USDA Administrative Officer Yvette Ward asking, "What did we get for our money ... any deliverable? I know this is an unauthorized commitment: however the[y] still must provide evidence of what is being paid for ..." To say that SS+K saw a precipitous rise in its government contracting business after Obama took office would be an understatement. Prior to the $100,000 "Let's Move" no-bid contract, SS+K also received contracts totaling $2 million from the Obama Department of Education for the "TEACH" teacher recruitment campaign in 2010. Previous to the Obama election, the firm, founded in the early 1990s, had landed only one government contract, a $50,000 contract from the Department of Defense in 2002. This increase in government business - from $50,000 to $2.1 million - comes as no surprise given the connections of the company's higher-ups. The firm's founding partner, Robert Shepardson, previously led SS+K's work on the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Marty Cooke, who also worked on the "Let's Move" account for SS+K, was the creative director during the Obama '08 campaign. SS+K vice president Mike Moffo is the former National Director of Special Projects for the Obama 2008 campaign. Other SS+K clients include the AFL-CIO, George Soros' Open society Foundation, and the Democratic National Committee. Look, this is as much a sweetheart deal as I have ever seen and I have seen a lot of them. Just as with the no-bid contract for the disastrous ObamaCare website, it is clear Barack Obama is paying off his friends out of the public treasury. And for the USDA to try to justify its sleight of hand by claiming that the "importance" of the program "necessitated an aggressive schedule" is both disingenuous and insulting.

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