Welcome to the Improv: Insurers Balk at New Biden Mandate

After the Supreme Court delivered a major blow to his pandemic policies, President Joe Biden does not seem done with federal mandates. The new rule, which took effect this weekend, requires insurance companies to cover the costs of in-home tests. However, according to the New York Times, many insurers are balking that the mandate asks the impractical in the short term and will only create months of frustration for citizens. Indeed, one executive said it would send companies back to the old “shoe box days.”

Biden acted unilaterally to order companies to cover the costs of eight at-home tests per month. The problem is that such a guarantee requires a new system for these companies in covering over-the-counter tests as opposed to things like doctor visits. The latter are already part of a unified computer system with billing codes.

The Biden mandate will require companies to process receipt-based claims. Ceci Connolly, president and C.E.O. of the Alliance of Community Health Plans described it as “taking things back to the olden days, where you’ll have a person throwing all these paper slips in a shoe box, and eventually stuffing it into an envelope and sending it off to a health insurer to decipher.”

The controversy is particularly interesting after the mandate rulings. The justices in the major OSHA ruling ruled that “major questions” like a vaccine mandate should be resolved through the legislative process.  As stressed by Justice Neil Gorsuch in his concurrence: it is a matter of “who decides”:

Why does the major questions doctrine matter? It ensures that the national government’s power to make the laws that govern us remains where Article I of the Constitution says it belongs—with the people’s elected representatives. If administrative agencies seek to regulate the daily lives and liberties of millions of Americans, the doctrine says, they must at least be able to trace that power to a clear grant of authority from Congress.

The tests are different from the major question of a national vaccine mandate. This is more of an agency decision in determining what is covered.  However, the lack of preparation and process are indicative of the improvisational character of many of these new mandates. The legislative process allows such changes to be reviewed both from a policy as well as a process standpoint.

I do not believe that this rule is unconstitutional or an “executive overreach,” as suggested by some. However, it shows how such mandates can satisfy immediate political needs without addressing the logistical problems downstream. If these executives are correct, the public is likely to face difficulties in getting reimbursement for months. If the agencies order faster outlays, it is likely to increase fraudulent or erroneous payments.

There remain serious questions of why the Biden Administration did not act earlier on tests or, even more importantly, therapeutics with the likelihood of variants emerging. That includes creating a system for such reimbursements for tests. That will hopefully be the subject of bipartisan oversight, which is increasingly rare in our current political environment.

 

 

159 thoughts on “Welcome to the Improv: Insurers Balk at New Biden Mandate”

  1. Can anyone explain to me the argument for government-mandated vaccinations?

    The argument was that vaccination stops transmission. That is clearly false.

    So what is the argument, now?

    1. It seems our Collectivist friends have lost their collective minds. No longer are they able, nor apparently allowed, to decide for themselves how to ‘care’ for themselves. The self-sacrificing of their own critical thinking skills ‘for the greater good’ is difficult to watch.

    2. They’ve always said that vaccinations prevent hospitalization and serious illness, which they do.

      1. So that’s the new argument for mandates? — That the government should compel an individual to do that which “prevent[s] hospitalization and serious illness.”

        Do you have any idea how long that list is?

      1. I suspect you’re right. There’s no longer an argument for the mandates. It’s just: Do it. Or else.

    3. Sam,

      “ The argument was that vaccination stops transmission. That is clearly false.

      So what is the argument, now?”

      The argument that vaccination stops transmission WAS correct and true. The vaccine was 90-95% effective against the ORIGINAL strain, the first variant. The vaccine DID stop transmission of THAT variant. But because too many people and chest thumping politicians kept suggesting this was not bad and it was just another flu not enough people got vaccinated in order to prevent a new variant from emerging. Then the delta variant came along. The vaccine was still effective, BUT not as effective effective as it was against the original. Delta, a different variant was able to infect people who were vaccinated and transmit to others part of the time depending on the person. Then OMICRON comes along, and a booster is needed because the vaccine which was meant for the original strain is less effective against it but still keeps people from getting seriously sick.

      The vaccine did prevent infection and transmission of the ORIGINAL covid strain. We are dealing with a mutated version, OMICRON. The vaccine is not as effective effective at preventing transmission due to the fact that it isn’t designed specifically to OMICRON, BUT it still better than no vaccine at all.

      1. “The argument that vaccination stops transmission WAS correct and true. “

        FDA 11/19/2021 (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions)

        “While it is hoped this will be the case, the scientific community does not yet know if the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will reduce such transmission.”

        Facts are not your strongpoint. To date you have gotten every major question about the Covid Virus wrong

        1. Anonymous SM,

          “ While it is hoped this will be the case, the scientific community does not yet know if the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will reduce such transmission.”

          Facts are not your strongpoint. To date you have gotten every major question about the Covid Virus wrong”

          Nope. You’re just being disingenuous with the facts. That quote you used was when the vaccine was first rolled out and hard data was not yet available. The key words being “the scientific community does not yet know”. This was before the vaccine was widely available and more data was created.

          Being dishonest and willfully ignorant is your M.O.

          1. “This was before the vaccine was widely available and more data was created.“

            Dummy, that was from 11/192021 release clearly stated in the above response.

            You are illiterate.

            SM

        2. Anonymous SM, note the date,

          “ FDA 11/19/2021 (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions)” that’s not about the original strain. Delta was already dominant at the time of that question.

          1. Then it would be best if you informed the FDA that what they said about BioNTech was wrong. The Frequently asked questions were of Pfizer -BioNTech Covid-19 and not of any variant. The same opinion is found elsewhere as well.

            Even when you have the information in your little hands, you don’t understand what you are reading. You are illiterate.

            SM

  2. Biden is “outsourcing” a welfare program (Covid tests). His economic advisors believe that by the *government* not flooding the market with more fiat money (to pay for those tests), they can pretend that their policies are not causing inflation. The only problem is that such a mandate is merely kicking the can.

    Now, insurance companies (and many others) are forced, by these mandates, to raise prices — which, of course, exacerbates inflation.

    And here is the end game of that con: When prices go up, the Biden administration will blame private industry.

  3. Isn’t this an unfunded government mandate? Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan, with 430K members has already spoken out about this and says it will cost them $250 million in Michigan alone. They claim it will cost self-insured employers in Michigan $200 million this year. Insurance is a risk pool and insurance companies aren’t going to ‘eat the cost’. The insured will eventually pay for it via higher premiums.

    1. All the insurance companies lined up for Obama care. They threw gobs of money at the dlms thanking them for passing a law that forced people to buy insurance. How would any of us feel if the government passed a law forcing the people to buy the product or service we produced. If you play with dogs you catch fleas.

  4. A teensy bit off topic: I just copied this from the State of Delaware’s Department of Elections web page of possible voters’ questions:

    “Do I have to show ID to vote?”

    “No, but, poll workers will ask you to show proof of identity.”

    Love it.

    1. Then please don’t read them in the future. I’m not here to be entertaining, and I don’t want you to be bored.

  5. I have a different opinion, and Turley allows all of us to express our opinions freely on this site. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my criticism of our host. Tough. You know as well as I do that he would never approve of removing my civil comments. His solution is always MORE SPEECH. Apparently, you are having a hard time understanding that concept.

  6. Independent Bob complains of my off-topic posts.

    However, I will continue to expose Turley’s hypocrisy by bringing attention to First Amendment issues which he would have condemned had the Left did it, but which he consciously overlooks because his network Fox did it:

    Hannity’s damning emails to Meadows about Trump,

    Giuliani and Powell being banned from Fox for their election conspiracy theories,

    Lou Dobbs being silenced by Fox for his advocacy journalism for Trump,

    Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg quitting Fox News on account of Carlson’s false flag “Patriot Purge”, and

    Chris Wallace leaving Fox out of principle.

    When Turley shames the MSM for ignoring topics he thinks it ought to cover, he opens the door to being held accountable for his hypocrisy in doing the same.

    1. None of the crap your posting about matters. How does that effect my life. Everything this perverted old fart does negatively affects us. What does he said, she said matter?

    2. When you can’t refute the subject in question, change the subject. And did Professor Turley steal your girlfriend in grammar school or something; your bile and hate seem pathological, rather than reasoned and rational.

  7. Many of us are wondering what has become of Darrell Brooks, the unarmed black man whose red SUV injured onlookers at a Christian religious festival last December. We need context. We need closure. More than anything, we need answers.

    Was there a defect in the red SUV, the horrific result of a lack of diversity in Ford’s engineering department? Did the hurtful symbology of the capitalist religious festival, compounded by the suffocating pressure of systemic racism, trigger a momentary loss of steering control? Did Brooks feel inadequate next to a national hero like Michael ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ Brown, who courageously challenged racist Korean grocers and bull rushed an oppressive Ferguson police officer? Perhaps his stress was exacerbated by COVID, which disproportionately affects people of color. Or maybe it was a feeling of helplessness due to his previous incarceration by a racist criminal justice system. There is even dangerous disinformation circulating among the far right that the accident could have been prevented if Brooks had only repatriated a Subaru. Disinformation which, if allowed to continue, could cause grievous harm to the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.

    Brooks’ plight is complex. Nuanced. Right-wing local politicians in Wisconsin, many of whom are resistant to basic precepts of anti-racism, can’t be trusted to provide the full context. It is time for Nancy Pelosi, with the full support of Merrick Garland and the DOJ, to empanel a national commission modeled after her heroic 1/6 Commission to bring justice and closure. We have the resources. Do we have the will? The Democratic party is in crisis. We need answers.

    1. Vladimir Putin would have had his maximally disarticulated physical personage bagged up and delivered to his momma’s doorstep before sunrise the very next day.

  8. Not even a year in and the rats like CNN and Maureen Dowd can’t jump off of the good ship Biden fast enough. They have the House, the Senate and the White House but they’re missing the backing of the American people. They always blame it on the lack of a proper strategy instead of their total government control policies. People forget about who they are until they get back into office. Oh well, a revelation that’s better late than never.

  9. FBI says it is still puzzled as to what the motive might have been for a Muslim terrorist yelling allah akbar to enter a Jewish holy site with explosives and take hostages.

    They should replace their cute blue jackets and ‘FBI’ in gold lettering with something fabulous in puce and lettering that begins with ‘Keystone.’ Failures, but they get their big assortment of pronouns right, more or less.

    1. Young, The Blackburn Muslim Community reportedly wrote: “Faisal Akram has sadly departed from this temporary world and returned to his Creator… May the Almighty forgive all his sins and bless him with the highest ranks of Paradise. May Allah give strength and patience to his loved ones in dealing with their loss.”

      Highest ranks of Paradise? Is that how one gets into heaven?

      It is said he had a mental disease. Is that the excuse? Where did he get the idea to take hostages at a synagogue? Then again thinking back some of the people the FBI convinced people to do (Whitmer for example) had mental disorders exploited by the FBI.

      1. S. Meyer,

        Yes, as expected he ‘had a mental disease’ of a peculiar type that appears primarily to afflict Muslims.

        Our corrupt media and law enforcement are never willing to accept the reasons given by these fanatics. Perhaps we need a Believe All Muslim Fanatics when they explain why they are slaughtering people or destroying monuments of civilization. They probably better understand their motives then the ‘woketards’ in media and government.

        1. Jeez,

          I can hardly imagine why Islamic Nut Jobs have been attack US citizens & Jewish people since at least 1776.

          Maybe in another 250 years I can question their Pedo Founder’s issue with lil kids?

          It could be best the Islamist are not allowed in the US until we figure out their natural tendencies?

      1. Hi Cindy & a belated Merry Christmas & I hope you are have a happy New Year!

        Thanks for your help a couple years! I think now that may while have been CV19, 3-4 weeks out of my mind with fever/etc.. Whatever it was I’m glad that’s over.

        Knock Wood, we are cold , but it’s only a month till planting onions & 2 months til all the Daffodils we’ve planted bloom. lol;)

        I think I’ve found what I’ve been searching for that I’ve been hoping to relay to others to bring positive changes & I’ve sought.

        For anyone interested in current Vax news there’s a plenty of the puzzle pieces contained below they may wish to pass:

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        At least the 1st 20 plus minutes of Greg Hunter’s USAWatchDog.Com

        if not the whole piece:

        Estovir,

        Good to see you stopped back by.

        Maybe here is a good place for some of us to spit up some of the poison of the world rather then we hold it inside.

        If one can ignore the trolls.

        There were multiple press releases this week that are very important & I hope to track down/save & repost here. I intend to place them in Emails up hill.

        One was from the Pentagon & another from DARPA confirming pieces of info from Fauci’s run NIAID/NIH/ ect., that Fauci/Others were building/did build the mRNA Gene Therapies & the adapting them to Sars-CV-2 Wuhan Hu1 Covid19 virus. (sic). Think Spike Protein spread & turning off Killer Ts & the HCQ & Ivermecin was know to treat their created problem Before they released their Bio-Weapons, plus.

        That means to me there’s at least the 3rd & 4rd set of govt docs confirming Fauci/Bill Gates/others, even before Prez Trump, were running “Gain Of Function” research, building Multiple Bio-Weapons & Releasing them on the world. Thus multiple International Wars Crimes & Local State “attempted Murder Charges” & “Murder Charges” that can & should be filed against them by any local DA or State AG.

        We’ll all soon see one way or the other.

        Hopefully I’ll have what I wanted gathered quickly later, in the mean time here’s Greg Hunters Weekend Update. He goes through some of that info above, like the Project Veritas release about the Grim Reaper Fauci:

        https://usawatchdog.com/cv19-conspiracy-facts-mandate-sunk-inflation-raging-war-w-russia/

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        The SCOTUS is a large part of the 1st hour. I didn’t time it. I see the complete Big Win Now!

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        1. Oky1…..Thank you! Good to see you…..sorry you were I’ll. There is no reason to disbelieve any of this. It’s just sickening what has been done to us and ishe world wide population! Hang in there!

  10. Biden mandated that the insurance companies pay for the tests so he could blame them when the tests didn’t happen–just like he mandated scapegoating the unvaccinated for a corona virus that is impossible to stop.

    Joe is a shameless, vindictive demagogue who has always hidden his devious nature behind an affable smile. He is corruption with a human face.

    After 60 years of grifting in politics, he’s getting karma. Don’t feel sorry for him.

    1. He’s never actually hidden it all that well. The complicit, corrupt media hid it for him.

      Joe Biden is the same a-hole he’s always been.

  11. Natacha’s T-shirt doesn’t say,”Let’s Go Brandon,” it says “Does not play well with other children.”

    1. NUTCHACHA’S T-shirt says, “It’s mine, it’s ALL mine; total, compendious, cultural appropriation is complete!!!”

      “I enjoy unconstitutional generational welfare, totalitarian affirmative action, forced busing, Obamacare, “Non-Discrimination” laws, biased “hate crime” laws, etc., and I am a superior minority who will be “…voting democratic for the next 200 years,” says she.

      How long would NUTCHACHA and her ilk have lasted in Independence Hall, 1789?

      Dang! Who did this to America? Oh, yeah, “Crazy Abe” Lincoln, his ally, Karl Marx, and his communist successors, including Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, Bush and Ayatollah Obama.

      The Founders’ free American republic lasted 71 years before the forcible imposition of the “dictatorship of the proletariat.”

      The milquetoasts let it happen.
      ________________________

      “[We gave you] a [restricted-vote] republic, if you can keep it.”

      – Ben Franklin
      ___________

      You couldn’t.

  12. Medical Insurance and Medicare plans are extraordinarily complex, voluminous and difficult enough to understand and navigate for providers and healthcare administrators and now this administration throws a mandate on top of that! They think you just throw this on insurers and the rest is magic. It won’t work.

    There are no rapid tests available in our area, completely out. Rapid tests are the new toilet paper. Scarce. Many urgent care clinics here are no longer COVID testing and those that do have a three day wait. Hospitals are running at 160% in our city and specialists are at the breaking point of providing ongoing services as their staffing is at minimal to dangerous levels. Staff are burned out, providers who are at retirement age are calling it quits. Those hoping to stay a few more years before finishing their careers see an endless morass and say, “I’m done.”

    The medical system operates on an actuary system that is designed to provide care for a set number of patients at any given time. States are also dealing with the influx of non-documented who have been given access to our medical system on top of the extraordinary strain on the system.

    Instead of planning in advance, this administration is acting on the fly. Biden did did a George W when he declared “Mission Accomplished.”

    Man proposes and God disposes. Nature is dealing the people who rely only on government a hard blow. The President of the United States is absent. He spends much of his time at his home.

    I just got back from the grocery store and it is not pretty. Inflation impacts every American. This administration is unable to function and the 10% increase in our living expenses are squarely on Biden’s shoulders.

    1. No, E.M., inflation is not Biden’s fault. Take a look at what he inherited: a pandemic out of control, schools, businesses, restaurants and factories closed, consumer demand down due to unemployment at 10%. Now, employment is at 3.9%, which is considered FULL employment. Consumer demand went way up as people have gone back to work, but factories and the supply chain still haven’t caught up. They got behind because of Trump’s failed economic record, lack of leadership, his trade war with China, and lying about the seriousness of the pandemic. The Trump Recession was the worst since the Great Depression, and inflation always happens after a recession as the supply chain tries to catch up after being slowed down. This one is different, because Biden also had an out of control pandemic to deal with as well. This situation is unparalleled. But, the alt-right media you listen to keep pounding the message that Biden is senile, incompetent, evil, etc., and you believe it, just like you believe the Big Lie. They know that if you believe the Big Lie, despite all proof to the contrary, you’ll believe the lies they shovel about all of our problems being solely Biden’s fault, instead of looking at the mess he inherited from Trump.

      1. Natacha wrote: “No, E.M., inflation is not Biden’s fault.”

        Of course it is. His horrible policies caused it. He told us the “buck stops with me.” Does it? How long is Joe gonna keep blaming Orange Man? Man up, Biden and quit yer whining — your policies CAUSED this mess — from covid, to supply chain, to everything else ALL OF IT is because of Biden’s incompetence and laziness and the frighteninly dangerous incompetence of his cabinet.

        When’s the last time President Biden stood and took an hour of questions from the press corps? Months ago! The man is not even capable of standing and taking softball questions from a friendly media, let alone making good decisions!

        1. For that matter, where’s the HHS Secretary? Where is Xavier Becerra is all of this disaster? He’s in hiding, of course – just like the rest of Biden’s inept cabinet.

          1. HHS, in its entirety, is immutably unconstitutional.

            Ask yourself, where was HHS in 1789?

            HHS emerged from the Communist Manifesto and nowhere else.

      2. Natacha, don’t worry about Joe and how the country is doing because, hey, as our very capable VP Kamala says, “It is time for us to do what we have been doing. And that time is every day,”

        The country is in good hands. Nothing to worry about at all.

      3. Did Brandon also inherit alzimers and dementia? Everything he’s done hurts the private sector economy and fuels inflation. The first thing he did was to stifle our ability to produce our own energy. And then he begged Putin and the Saudis to produce more oil to bring the price down. They laughed at him.

      4. “The Trump Recession . . .”

        I did not realize that the *Federal* government had shut down all of those businesses. Or maybe your memory is flawed.

        Please do explain how Trump hobbled the energy industry — thereby causing fuel prices to skyrocket, which in turn raises the price of everything that relies on energy.

        While you’re at it, explain how Trump is responsible for the democrats’ profligate spending, which floods the market with fiat money. And how he’s responsible for the Fed flooding the market with fiat money.

      5. I’m not sure what’s more concerning; the idea you think this gaslighting would work on sane people, or the (remote) possibility you actually believe it yourself.

    2. EM, my neighbor had his kids and grandchildren get together over Christmas. They all tested negative. However none of them could leave to go back home on time because all ended up with Covid.

      The test fails too frequently. One can test too soon or not get enough specimen. We waste money on useless political gambits.

      1. And they were all fully vaxxed, I’m sure.

        The vaccines do not stop the spread! Fully vaxxed are getting covid and spreading covid to others!

        And pumping even more of this experimental liquid into your body — and our children’s bodies!! — will not make it work better! It is harming more than helping! People need to stop and THINK. THINK.

      2. S. Mayer,
        You are correct. How can it be reliable unless performed correctly. What if it tests positive? The employer has to go without an employee for ten days. They have to take the employee’s word.

        We have family in Australia. They had almost no cases for two years as they shut down their border completely. They have a 95% rate of vaccination. New South Wales, the largest state and includes Sydney is having a massive breakout. The past two weeks had 40K per day averages and one day was 90K!
        Going from nothing to this within one month.

        Nature is going to do its thing. Check this out on the news.

        1. EM, we survive many pathogenic attacks because we develop immunity. If Australia does things like this long enough and to enough pathogens, the population will lack the proper immune response. Then when one person with an infection transmits it to some Australians, they might see something similar to what happened to the American Indian with Smallpox.

          All the Australians I have met while traveling seemed to be very independent people. That such an independent mindset has wholly disappeared is amazing. My understanding of Australians must have been wrong.

    3. Medicare is unconstitutional.

      Please refer to Article 1, Section 8, U.S. Constitution, which provides Congress the power to tax for ONLY “…general Welfare…,” omitting and, thereby, excluding any power to tax for individual or specific welfare, redistribution or charity. Understanding that “general” is defined as “ALL,” the post-65 demographic is not close to being the required “…general Welfare….”
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      general
      [ jen-er-uhl ]

      adjective

      of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.

      – Dictionary.com

  13. In Mississppi, The Least Vaccinated State,

    Hospitals Are At A Crisis Point

    From The Jackson Clarion-Ledger:

    Staffing shortages, omicron’s infectiousness are leaving Mississippi hospitals in a bind
    There were 1,093 coronavirus-positive people in Mississippi hospitals on Sunday. It’s almost three times the number from two weeks ago.

    https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2022/01/11/covid-coronavirus-omicron-variant-mississippi-cases-hospitals-icu-deaths/9169434002/

      1. The Fauci-recommended drug called something that sounds like “End is Near” is one to stay the heck away from. Do not let your loved ones be given this drug.

          1. Oops, typos everywhere:

            From what some Doctors I’ve heard suggest that if life becomes a bit to heavy Fauci/Bill Gates’ remdesivir solution works almost as fast as a 12ga.

            Just 5 1/2 Days in a coma………

            Ask God 1st & Natacha later, she sounds like a Doctor, I’m not.

            What is remdesivir? (Ck the Ebola Study Fauci was involved with)

            https://www.drugs.com/mtm/remdesivir.html

    1. “Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling!”

      One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the rickyard when—whack!—an acorn hit her upon the head. “Goodness gracious me!” said Henny-penny, “the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the King.”

      So she went along, and she went along, and she went along, till she met Cocky-locky. “Where are you going, Henny-penny?” says Cocky-locky. “Oh! I’m going to tell the King the sky’s a-falling,” says Henny-penny. “May I come with you?” says Cocky-locky. “Certainly,” says Henny-penny. So Henny-penny and Cocky-locky went to tell the King the sky was falling.

      They went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Ducky-daddles. “Where are you going to, Henny-penny and Cocky-locky?” says Ducky-daddles. “Oh! we’re going to tell the King the sky’s a-falling,” said Henny-penny and Cocky-locky. “May I come with you?” says Ducky-daddles. “Certainly,” said Henny-penny and Cocky-locky. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, and Ducky-daddles went to tell the King the sky was a-falling.

      So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Goosey-poosey. “Where are you going to, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, and Ducky-daddles?” said Goosey-poosey. “Oh! we’re going to tell the King the sky’s a-falling,” said Henny-penny and Cocky-locky and Ducky-daddles. “May I come with you?” said Goosey-poosey. “Certainly,” said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, and Ducky-daddles. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, and Goosey-poosey went to tell the King the sky was a-falling.

      So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Turkey-lurkey. “Where are you going, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, and Goosey-poosey?” says Turkey-lurkey. “Oh! we’re going to tell the King the sky’s a-falling,” said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, and Goosey-poosey. “May I come with you, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, and Goosey-poosey?” said Turkey-lurkey. “Oh, certainly, Turkey-lurkey,” said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, and Goosey-poosey. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey all went to tell the King the sky was a-falling.

      Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling groupSo they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they met Foxy-woxy, and Foxy-woxy said to Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey, “Where are you going, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey?” And Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey said to Foxy-woxy, “We’re going to tell the King the sky’s a-falling.” “Oh! but this is not the way to the King, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey,” says Foxy-woxy; “I know the proper way; shall I show it you?” “Oh, certainly, Foxy-woxy,” said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey. So Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, Turkey-lurkey, and Foxy-woxy all went to tell the King the sky was a-falling. So they went along, and they went along, and they went along, till they came to a narrow and dark hole. Now this was the door of Foxy-woxy’s burrow. But Foxy-woxy said to Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddies, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey, “This is the short cut to the King’s palace: you’ll soon get there if you follow me. I will go first and you come after, Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey.” “Why, of course, certainly, without doubt, why not?” said Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey.

      So Foxy-woxy went into his burrow, and he didn’t go very far but turned round to wait for Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey. Now Turkey-lurkey was the first to go through the dark hole into the burrow. He hadn’t got far when—

      “Hrumph!”

      Foxy-woxy snapped off Turkey-lurkey’s head and threw his body over his left shoulder. Then Goosey-poosey went in, and—

      “Hrumph!”

      Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling fowlOff went her head and Goosey-poosey was thrown beside Turkey-lurkey. Then Ducky-daddles waddled down, and—

      “Hrumph!”

      Foxy-woxy had snapped off Ducky-daddles’ head and Ducky-daddles was thrown alongside Turkey-lurkey and Goosey-poosey. Then Cocky-locky strutted down into the burrow, and he hadn’t gone far when—

      “Hrumph!”

      But Cocky-locky will always crow whether you want him to do so or not, and so he had just time for one “Cock-a-doo-dle d—” before he went to join Turkey-lurkey, Goosey-poosey, and Ducky-daddles over Foxy-woxy’s shoulders.

      Now when Henny-penny, who had just got into the dark burrow, heard Cocky-locky crow, she said to herself:

      “My goodness! it must be dawn. Time for me to lay my egg.”

      So she turned round and bustled off to her nest; so she escaped, but she never told the King the sky was falling!

      – Flora Annie Steel

  14. UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATORSHIP

    The executive and legislative branches do not hold unrestrained, dictatorial power.

    They must provide constitutional citations to establish and justify their mandates and regulation beyond that which is enumerated, and as matters of fact, not malicious caprice by narcissistic megalomaniacs.

    They don’t provide constitutional citations because they can’t, because no constitutional or legal basis exists for mandates or dictatorship.

    “Implied” powers are fabricated and false and “necessary and proper” laws are restricted to that which is related directly to enumerated powers in Article 1, Section 8, and countable several loci in the Constitution.

    The Supreme Court is woefully derelict, negligent and traitorous; Justices have sworn an oath to support the Constitution and they fail miserably at that task.

    Having a cold is not a crime and Americans may be arrested only upon the provision of probable cause.

    Legislation that denies constitutional rights to privacy, for citizens to be secure in their person, and freedom of healthcare choice is itself unconstitutional.

    Acts to arbitrarily issue mandates are crimes of high office which constitute criminal mandatorship.

    The anti-American, anti-Constitution mandate co-conspirators in the executive, legislative and judicial branches must be impeached and convicted on November 9, 2022.

    The “dictatorship of the proletariat” and communist government must be removed from America.

    1. These pro mRNA Death Jab Nut Jobs are boring people like me & I’m as entertianed as much as having their tiny imberd dog humping my leg. But I can forgive the dog.

      Again at least this guy was able to capture the imbeciles mental capacity in another cartoon.

      *****************

      Bill Holter’s Commentary

      How many more “conspiracy theories” need to bite the dust of actual truth until people wake up and realize it is and has been ALL BULLSH*T?

      It Turns Out that, If You Doubted COVID’s Deadliness, You Were Correct
      January 11, 2022
      Something peculiar has become clear over the last two years: leftists seem to enjoy the COVID panic. For them, it started with the camaraderie of lockdowns and morphed in the smug self-righteousness of the masks and vaccinations, all made shiveringly delicious with that soupçon of fear that pairs well with totalitarian mandates. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s appearance on Monday’s Good Morning America, however, may destroy that delightful emotional castle in which leftists have immured themselves. It turns out that most vaccinated people no longer need fear imminent death.

      It’s been very weird for those of us who have maintained some degree of objectivity about the whole COVID uproar to see leftists maintain their high degree of terror about COVID despite their being vaccinated and boosted. JP Sears perfectly captures the illogical combination of fear and the lust for power that has seen the leftists ramp up their paranoia even as omicron proves to be innocuous and they’re madly injecting mRNA treatments into their bodies:

      More……..

      Why you need a second life jacket:

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/01/it_turns_out_that_if_you_doubted_covids_deadliness_you_were_correct.html

  15. Here is the evaluation of the Biden administration by CNN. I guess Fox and Professor Turley can’t be blamed for this anti Biden propaganda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?. The Biden administration must be really bad when even CNN points out it’s incompetence. I started to say stupidity but I cleaned it up. You can take it either way you desire or even add your own description if you are so inclined. Metaphorical comparisons are encouraged.

  16. Pinch time is nearing….Groping Joe must declare if he is going to run again in 2024 OR NOT!

    Bernie is strorming ahead, Bloomberg is playing the long game, Klobuchar is facing make it or break it time as did Harris leading up to 2020….Hillary is getting her Pants Suits let out….and the Democrats KNOW Harris is a Loser, and when the Republicans take control of Congress then 2024 is going be one where the Democrats have the wrong issues and the wrong Candidate. The ramifications of the Republicans controlling Congress and having the Executive Branch/White House spells Doom for the Leftist Agenda.

    1. Ralph: “Pinch time is nearing….Groping Joe must declare if he is going to run again in 2024 OR NOT!”

      +++

      If you see a taxidermist going to the White House Biden might actually run in 2024.

  17. The “minders” who circle around biden have no idea about working or operating a business in the REAL WORLD. So insurance businesses are being ordered to develop a new way to do business with no meaningful notice; moreover, they are being required to reimburse costs that were not known to be covered when they set premiums. (It is interesting that Medicare, which insures so many of the most vulnerable – the elderly, is NOT required to cover home tests. What is the logic of his “minders” in that decision??)

  18. More of Turley trying to defend the right-wingers appointed by the orange pig. The decision to disallow the requirement for either testing or vaccination for employers with over 100 employees has been roundly criticized for being illogical and a departure from existing OSHA law. OSHA exists to protect workers from preventable illness and injuries on the job. Many workers are forced to work in close quarters with other people and under conditions of inadequate ventilation, and it has been proven that the workplace is a major source of COVID infection, because that’s where people spend their time for 8 or more hours a day. Remember the meat-packing plants that had to shut down temporarily? If a deadly, highly-contagious virus that has killed almost a million Americans isn’t an on-the-job risk, then what qualifies? But for the 3 that got shoved onto the SCOTUS by someone who cheated to get into office, the OSHA regulation would not likely have gotten stricken.

    And, it wasn’t the “major blow” Turley tries to claim it was, either–the mandate for vaccination or testing still applies to health care workers in facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid, which is virtually all of them. But acknowledging this wasn’t part of Turley’s assignment, which was to criticize Biden and pretend that the SCOTUS ruling somehow proves Biden is wrong. He has done everything humanly possible to save lives.

    1. So sad that Natcha – now one (1) year into biden’s term of office – is compelled to start a post with a first sentence that mentions President Trump.

        1. So, that’s the best you can do to respond to the FACTS and arguments I presented? This is a perfect example of why you Trumpsters are not worthy of respect–not just because you worship a failure of a person who trashed the successful economy inherited from his predecessor, a chronic, habitual liar and who lied and downplayed a deadly pandemic, allowing it to get out of control, unnecessarily killing at least 130,000 Americans–but because you cannot counter cogent argument with anything other than personal insults. Gorsuch took Merrick Garland’s seat on the SCOTUS because McConnell blocked his nomination, and then did a 180 when Covid-Barrett came along.. Kavanaugh’s nomination was not thoroughly vetted–dozens of witnesses begged to be heard, but were refused a voice by Republicans. None of these people would be on the Court if Trump hadn’t cheated his way into office with Russia’s help. That’s what’s so outrageous about the additional people who will contract COVID on the job, some of whom may die or others they spread it to may die–they were put at risk because of these three. It is outrageous. Trump was never the choice of most Americans.

          1. Natacha said: “Gorsuch took Merrick Garland’s seat on the SCOTUS because McConnell blocked his nomination”

            Yes and God bless McConnell. Whatever else old Mitch has done, shall be forgiven. The country is extraordinarily fortunate to have a justice the caliber of Gorsuch….while having been spared the absolute nightmare of someone as partisan, corrupt, screwed up leftwing hack, and low caliber intellect of Marrick Garland. What a disaster Garland is as head of the most partisan, frighteningly corrupt DOJ the country has seen. America dodged a freakin bullet and owes enormous gratitude to Mitch McConnel for it.

      1. That hog never was “president’ because it cheated to steal Hillary Clinton’s victory. Calling that swine “president” is sacreligious and an insult to true American patriots like Abraham Lincoln, JFK, FDR and others who earned the praise of the American people by their patriotism and leadership. Fatso was never validly “president”.

    2. Biden was elected to be Not Trump, to be a comfortable old shoe. He overpromised and underdelivered. People wanted competence and stability and instead we get incompetence and instability.
      – Maureen Dowd

      https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/15/opinion/biden-senate-mcconnell-sinema.html

      When you have lost Maureen Dowd, not even ECMO can keep Biden alive

      We want to see Covid under control. We want to see the sacred right to vote protected. We want the grocery shelves stocked with affordable milk and meat. We want a president who tells us that we will get through this and we will be stronger for it. Joe Biden better Build Better or he won’t be Back. If he doesn’t turn it around, he has cleared the way to a Republican rout in this fall’s midterms. And in 2024, who knows how bad it can get? Poor us.
      – Maureen Dowd

      Such are the thoughts of people with no soul, no light, no purpose, no goals in life other than to live for politics. What a dark world to choose.

    3. Oh dear Natacha, even the Biden administration has said that OSHA can be used as a workaround to the Constitution. The question is, should we allow legislation by government agency or by the legislature? Should we allow laws to be written by any other organization other than our elected representatives and should the agencies that attempt to write the law be reined in when they overstep their boundaries? People are beginning to see that the Biden administration is just too slick for its own good. One might think that a person of your high intellect and education might refrain from calling people fat slobs. Alas, we find such rhetoric in almost all of your postings. Apparently through proof presented through your musings not all of education is to be found at our higher institutions of learning. A women once said to Winston Churchill, “Sir you are drunk.” Churchiil responded. “Madam I may be drunk but in the morning I will be sober and in the morning you will still be ugly.” I think that he was commenting more on her nature than her physical appearance. In this instance I find his declaration perfectly applicable.

      1. “The question is, should we allow legislation by government agency or by the legislature? Should we allow laws to be written by any other organization other than our elected representatives and should the agencies that attempt to write the law be reined in when they overstep their boundaries?”

        I have wondered who wrote the Patriot Act? That monster seems to have been pulled out of a drawer rather quickly…

      2. You really don’t understand how administrative agencies work, now do you? On both the state and federal level, the legislative branch passes enabling legislation. The agency implements the law by rulemaking, detailing how to carry out the mission of the legislation. OSHA makes rules all of the time to protect workers from unnecessary injuries and illness, which is the mission of the agency. OSHA has rules to protect workers from things like carcinogens, exposure to radiation, air pollution, and prevention of construction site injuries, as examples. Congress has granted it the authority to do this. This applies on the state level, too. For example, in my state, the State Legislature enacted the Medical Licensing law, establishing a Medical Licensing Board that is empowered to issue rules and regulations for medical licensing and discipline. The Board issues regulations for things such as: requirements for accreditation of medical schools, course requirements to sit for the medical licensing examination, what constitutes a passing score, requirements for licensure, the process for license revocation, and so forth.

        So, the problem we have here is that you don’t understand how the law works, not that I’m ugly. You think that I perhaps should be deferential to Trump? Why? I won’t go through all of the reasons why he is unfit personally and ethically to serve as president, nor how he cheated his way into office, nor even his effort to overturn the 2020 election because of his ego, his lack of patriotism, his pettiness, or even his vindictiveness. He has turned the presidency into his personal vainglory mission, and by his lying, has divided this country my ancestors fought for, dividing us as no prior Oval Office occupant has ever done. The mere site of him is repulsive to me.

        1. Natacha — speaking of state level governance…..and women of color making history…..Winsome Sears, the first Black woman to serve in statewide office in Virginia gaveled the Senate to order.

          And Republicans did that.

        2. Natacha is the blog’s Misinformation Super Spreader. Natacha tops the list of the Dirty Dozen Misinformation Super Spreaders.

    4. AWFL, just AWFL. What a sad indictment of this society that so many AWFL things exist in it. Is it the meds or is it social media or MSM? Just AWFL

    5. “The orange pig”. Comments like this make it easier to recognize the unhinged, hysterical and foaming leftists, and to simply ignore their rantings. Thanks for making it easy!

      1. Here is why “orange pig” is so apropos: Trump applies his own make up because he thinks he looks good, and thinks he is doing a good job. He insulted women by calling them “fat pigs” and other insulting names. Don’t you see the irony of this?

          1. No, that was his cutesy reply to Megyn Kelly when she confronted him with this comment, but he didn’t limit this insult to Rosie O’Donnell. And, what has Rosie O’Donnell done that’s so offensive anyway?

  19. Given the number of tactical defeats this administration has had over the last year, why wouldn’t they alter course back towards the middle? The fact they aren’t suggests these aren’t tactical defeats for them, but strategic wins.

    1. “The fact they aren’t suggests these aren’t tactical defeats for them, but strategic wins.”

      +++

      I don’t think so. Just look at the loons and radicals that are placed in important federal positions and you get a sense of the type of people who are running things in the White House. They can’t help but make a mess of things.

      Then they will blame it on everyone and everything in sight.

      Meanwhile, Biden and Kamala probably won’t be in sight. They clearly are trying to keep Biden in a basement of sorts and to block any attempt to get him to say anything that is not on a teleprompter when he is let out. Kamala isn’t demented, but she is stupid and unlikable so the problem there is for them to keep her under the lid of some manhole whenever microphones or cameras are around.

      So who is really running things? The aforementioned radicals and loons. The Emperor Caligula did a better job.

      1. “So who is really running things?”
        __________________________

        Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the Deep Deep State Obama Coup D’etat in America co-conspirators.

        Question is: Who will be held to account for gifting America to the purveyors of this clown show of dependent, unassimilable, illegal aliens and illegitimate hyphenates?

        John “Dudley-Will-He-Do-Right” Durham should have already ensconced these traitorous parasites in prison for life, as a lenient sentence for their anti-American subversion, insurrection and treason.

      2. They can’t help but make a mess of things.

        That’s nothing new. However, they used to gaslight us to cover their retreat. What is new is the gaslighting used to cover their tracks.

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