Illegals benefited from $750M in ObamaCare subsidies…

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Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News.

The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”

The review found the credits went to more than 500,000 people – who are illegal immigrants or whose legal status was unclear due to insufficient records.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that 471,000 customers with 2015 coverage failed to produce proper documentation on their citizenship or immigration status on time – but stressed that this does not necessarily mean they’re ineligible.

“Lack of verification does not mean an individual is ineligible for financial assistance, but only that a Marketplace did not receive sufficient information to verify eligibility in the time period outlined in the law,” CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said.

The Senate report also accused the administration of lacking a solid plan to get that money back – and predicted that in the end, the IRS will be “unable to fully recoup the funds.”

“The information provided to the Committee by the IRS and HHS reveals a troubling lack of coordination between the two agencies … and demonstrates that the IRS and HHS neglected to consider how they would recover these wasteful payments,” the report says.

Under the law, the feds can dole out these payments on a temporary basis if a recipient’s legal status is unclear, but are supposed to cut off funding and coverage if the recipient does not later come up with the paperwork. Up to a half-million “ineligible” people, according to the report, applied in this way — with their credits paid in advance to the insurers. The IRS, though, is supposed to get overpayments back from the individuals themselves.

The Senate report, based on a review launched by committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., derisively describes this approach as “pay and chase.”

In other words, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pays credits and subsidies to the insurance companies on behalf of the applicants – and the feds then “chase” after any overpayments to ineligible people once they are discovered.

“This ‘pay and chase’ model has potentially cost taxpayers approximately $750 million,” the report says. The 500,000 individuals in question have been removed from coverage, according to the findings, as the government seeks to get the money back.

The Senate report says the IRS and HHS initially failed to coordinate on a plan for recouping funds, and claimed that a subsequent plan from the IRS to recoup the money is still “ineffective and insufficient.”

In a July letter to Johnson, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen assured that the agency is “committed to identifying and efficiently addressing” improper payments. He reiterated that anyone “not lawfully present” who enrolls for ObamaCare coverage “must repay” the advance premium credit payments, and would be breaking the law if they don’t.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and FoxNews.com’s Judson Berger contributed to this report.

JEB BUSH: I WILL NOT BLAME OBAMA FOR ANYTHING

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“…I will never do it to him,” he said

Kit Daniels | Infowars.com – FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Jeb Bush won’t hold President Obama responsible for the direction the country is headed under his watch.

“I will not blame Barack Obama for anything,” Jeb Bush said to aN.H. crowd Sunday. “I got sick and tired of hearing him blame my brother and I will never do it to him.”

In other words, the establishment candidate won’t throw the establishment president under the bus, even though a lot of what’s wrong with this country is thanks to Obama.

Remember it was President Obama who signed Obamacare into law, the wealth-transfer scheme that impoverishes Americans through excessive healthcare costs while enriching the private, off-shore mega banks who wrote the law.

“Today health care in the United States costs 500%, approximately, that of the same technology purchased elsewhere in the first world,” Karl Denninger of Market Ticket wrote. “There are places where the ‘offset’ is only 200% but virtually nowhere that it runs the other way.”

“It is literally possible in many parts of the U.S. to buy a plane ticket to Narita, Japan, have an MRI done and read there and then fly back home for less than you will be charged for the same exam in your town.”

And it was Obama who has been trying to enact gun control via executive action outside Congress and outside law.

For one thing, Americans critical of government could have their Second Amendment rights restricted if psychologists diagnose them with “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” or a similar diagnosis as a result of Obama’s new gun control executive action.

“[Adults with Oppositional Defiant Disorder] feel misunderstood and disliked, hemmed in and pushed around,” according toRussell Barkley, Ph.D..

In other words, an Obama-supporting psychologist could potentially diagnose conservatives and libertarians with “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” due to their criticism of authority, particularly the federal government, and then report them to the FBI as too “mentally unfit” to purchase a gun.

But don’t worry, Bush won’t blame Obama for the loss of your Second Amendment rights and the loss of your savings due to Obamacare.

“Everybody knows I’m in the Establishment, because my brother was a president and my dad was a president,” Bush added.

MANDATORY MENTAL ILLNESS SCREENING AND THE DRIVE TO CONFISCATE FIREARMS

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Government study says half of all Americans suffer from mental illness

Kurt Nimmo | Infowars – FEBRUARY 8, 2016

On Sunday in his weekly column Ron Paul discussed a recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
The recommendation calls mental health screening of all Americans. “The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans,” writes Paul.
In addition to the economic aspects of the recommendation, Dr. Paul mentions the draconian effect it will have on the Second Amendment and the constitutionally guaranteed right to own firearms.
“Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs. In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled ‘mentally ill’ from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights,” he writes.

In January the US Department of Health and Human Services modified the government’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule “to expressly permit certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of individuals who are subject to a Federal ‘mental health prohibitor’ that disqualifies them from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.”
Obama announced the new rule as he prepared to implement an executive order to “address surging gun violence,” a euphemism used to mask the real purpose of the government’s anti-gun agenda.
“If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day,” Paul continues. “As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error. Thus, anyone mistakenly labeled as depressed will have to spend a great deal of time and money in what may be a futile attempt to get his rights back.”
For the government mandatory mental health screening is an ideal mechanism for stripping Americans of their right to own firearms. As Ron Paul notes, even “mental health professionals acknowledge that there is a great deal of subjectivity in mental health diagnosis.”
According to statistics compiled by the Kim Foundation 57.7 million Americans (26.2 percent) ages 18 and older or about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg according to the government. A National Institute of Mental Health survey conducted between 2001 and 2003, found that 46 percent of Americans met criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association for having had mental illness. The categories included: anxiety disorders, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), “mood disorders,” “impulse-control disorders,” and a wide range of behavioral problems.
If the government and activists opposed to the Second Amendment have their way nearly half of all Americans will be denied their constitutional right to own a firearm.
As usual California leads the way. On New Year’s Day AB 1014 went into effect. The law allows police to confiscate firearms from an individual if a family member believes “gun safety” is an issue. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law after the 2014 shooting by Elliot Rodger near the University of California.

Paul Ryan asks conservatives not to revolt…

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BY JOEL GEHRKE

House Speaker Paul Ryan kicked off a policy summit at the Heritage Foundation with a clear message for the conservatives who have been his allies over the years but made life hard for former Speaker John Boehner: Please don’t revolt, at least not this year.

“The Left would love nothing more, they would love nothing more than for a fragmented conservative movement to stand in a circular firing squad and fire so that progressives can win by default,” Ryan said at the 2016 Conservative Policy Summit, hosted by Heritage Action.

Ryan was warmly received at Heritage, but his call for unity included a mild rebuke for the conservatives who have hounded GOP leadership in recent years. He issued it while warning that conservatives may have to ignore some of President Obama’s unilateral executive actions, which Ryan described as “distractions” designed to prevent the Republican party from uniting around a conservative agenda.

Ryan urged the Heritage crowd not to “take the bait” when Obama tries to provoke the GOP. In exchange, he promised to spend the next years preparing to push a conservative agenda, including a politically risky plan for entitlement reform, if a Republican wins the presidency in 2017. “I am fine if I lose my seat in 2018 after doing the right thing to save America,” Ryan said.

The newly minted House speaker seemed concerned that some activists leaders would thwart that opportunity by channeling their anger over Obama’s maneuvers towards Republicans this year.

SE he said. “When voices in the conservative movement demand things that they know we can’t achieve with a Democrat in the White House, all it does is depress our base, and in turn help Democrats stay in the White House.”

That’s the complaint that mainstream Republicans and leadership allies have made about Heritage Action since at least 2013, when the organization backed Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R.-Texas, in an attempt to defund Obamacare that ended unsuccessfully with a government shutdown.

Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham, a thorn in the side of Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, briefly justified such tactics while introducing Ryan. “In recent years, the Republican party has been too often not been the party of ideas, but a party of patronage doling out benefits to constituents and treating conservatives as just one more constituency to be pacified,” Needham said.

But then he distinguished Ryan from other GOP leaders. “Going forward must be different. As such I am thrilled to welcome you to our third policy summit and cannot think of a better man to start off the day,” he said.

Those comments are a sign of Ryan’s early success in cultivating the grassroots leaders since taking over as House speaker, and Ryan returned the favor when thanking Needham for the introduction. “I see a lot of myself in that guy from where I was a couple decades ago in the think tank world,” Ryan said.