House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to know if the public knows that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order. Via the National Journal,
Today, the Obama administration admitted it has been “over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered.” AP,
It’s another credibility problem for the administration after video surfaced recently of former White House adviser Jonathan Gruber suggesting that deception was used to pass President Barack Obama’s signature law.
Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people.
Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law.
That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about 6.7 million, not the 7.1 million that Burwell has been citing.
The discrepancy was uncovered by Republican investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, poring over sign-up spreadsheets.
According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has an approval rating of just 21%, compared with the 47% who disapprove of her job performance. The Wall Street Journal,
Mrs. Pelosi, whom House Democrats re-elected as minority leader Tuesday, is better known than any other congressional leader even though she hasn’t been at the forefront of legislation since Republicans won control of the House in 2010. She’s only unknown by 12% of those polled, a figure far below the one-third of voters who aren’t sure about Senate leaders Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.)…
Of course, the national approval ratings of congressional leaders is most useful when they are being used as campaign year foils – somebody for whom attack advertisements can say a candidate voted with a large percentage of the time.
And while there was substantial and public grumbling among Democrats about Mr. Reid and Mrs. Pelosi’s leadership positions, neither faced a challenger in their quests to remain the heads of their caucus.
President Obama has recently asserted that the Keystone Pipeline would merely take Canadian oil to other world markets with the United States acting like a “conveyor belt.” Obama said, “Understand what this project is. It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else.” The Washington Post called foul,
The president seriously overstates the percentage of Canadian crude that might be exported if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. He suggests all of it would be exported, without mentioning that it first would stop on the Gulf Coast to be refined into products. On top of that, current trends suggest that about one-third of that refined product would be exported. That is not insubstantial, but it is certainly much smaller than 100 percent.
All of this is laid out in the extensive report issued by the State Department earlier this year. The president might want to study it before he addresses the Keystone question again. In the meantime, he earns Three Pinocchios. We nearly made it Four Pinocchios, but it is correct that at least some of the product would be exported, based on current market conditions.