Health insurance implosion continues in Iowa 1

By Tom Quiner

Here’s what is happening in Iowa: health insurance companies are pulling out of the Iowa market. Thirteen companies have pulled out of the the market here in the past sixteen months.

These companies are victims of Obamacare, according to the CEO of the latest company to pull out of the market, Des Moines-based American Enterprise Group.

Here’s the problem, according to CEO, Michael Abbot:

“It’s a fairly predictable consequence of the regulation. The regulatory environment’s getting really complicated.”

One problem of Obamacare is that it limits profit margins for insurance companies. Is that a big deal? Yes, according to Mr. Abbott:

“The business is extremely expensive. We had very low margins, and it was very difficult to make margins on this business.”

As another company exits the market, another 110 people will lose their jobs. At the same time, consumers will find their competitive choices reduced once again.

Obamacare and Obamanomics are a failure. How many more examples do we need?

The rise and fall of Herman Cain 2

By Tom Quiner

I like Herman Cain. He is an American success story. A guy like that inspires others to be all that they can be.

His 9-9-9 tax plan has sparked a vigorous debate on one of the critical issues facing America: how do we tax a nation in a way that is constructive, not destructive. His plan is worthy of continued discussion and study.

Having said all of that, Mr. Cain has made a number of inconsistent statements recently that call his candidacy into question.

At one point in the campaign, he said he wouldn’t select a Muslim to be on his cabinet. Then he changed his mind.

At one point, he supported an electrified fence along our Mexican border, then he said he was joking.

A couple of days ago, he suggested that he WOULD negotiate with terrorists if that is what it took to release American hostages. That same day, he said he misspoke and changed his mind.

Last week, he was interviewed by Fox News’ John Stossel where he emphatically stated that he was “100% pro life.” But in the next sentence, he said that in the case of rape, it is up to a woman whether she has an abortion, that it is a private decision. He followed up that remark by again reiterating that he is 100% pro life.

Mr. Stossel was as confused as the rest of us as to Mr. Cain’s contradictory statements.

Last night, he was interviewed by CNN’s Piers Morgan where he stated that he believes life begins at conception. What followed did not sound very life:

 “… it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make,” in cases of rape or incest. “It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t try to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive decision. I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation. The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to a social decision that they need to make.”

Barack Obama couldn’t have said it better.

What does Herman Cain believe in? His candidacy soared as he presented a positive vision for America. It will now flounder as voters scratch their head trying to figure out what he is really all about.

Abortion is a passionate and sensitive issue to legions of Americans. Mr. Cain’s flip-flopping on this issue is the beginning of the end of candidacy.

I’m disappointed. I like the guy.


A little civility goes a long way Reply

By Tom Quiner

Susan Sarandon

I respect Susan Sarandon as an actress. She’s made some great films.

I disagree with her politics, but that’s America. But she made a crack yesterday that made me lose respect for her. She referred to Pope Benedict as the “Nazi” pope.

For Ms. Sarandon, who was raised Catholic, to turn on the Pope is unseemly and shows a lack of class much too often on display these days.

The Catholic League’s William Donohue was quick to respond:

“Susan Sarandon’s ignorance is willful: those who have hatred in their veins are not interested in the truth. The fact is that Joseph Ratzinger (the Pope) was conscripted at the age of 14 into the Hitler Youth, along with every other young German boy. Unlike most of the other teenagers, Ratzinger refused to go to meetings, bringing economic hardship to his family. Moreover, unlike most of the others, he deserted at the first opportunity. Sarandon’s comment is obscene. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect from her.”

Political commentator, Michael Medved, who is Jewish, also came to Pope Benedict’s defense:

“Could Susan Sarandon be following a classic rule of public relations: When the world is increasingly ignoring you, try attacking the Pope? Why should anyone care what a fading Hollywood actress has to say about one of the most influential thinkers and religious leaders in the world? Her denigration of Pope Benedict is particularly regrettable in light of this German pope’s moving and eloquent efforts to come to terms the horrors of the Holocaust.”

We could use a little more civility in this country these days. Wouldn’t you agree?

I watched tonight’s Republican debate and thought Texas Governor, Rick Perry, could have shown Mitt Romney a little more civility. He called Mr. Romney a hypocrite.

Rick Perry

Let me tell you something: whether you’re right or not, you lose when you call someone a hypocrite in a national forum like that. Mr. Romney responded with class and eloquence to the allegation that he had hired illegal aliens. He had no idea the company he used to maintain his grounds hired illegals. When it was brought to his attention, he told the company that they need to get rid of them. When they didn’t, he stopped using their services.

I contrast Mr. Perry’s uncivil approach with Newt Gingrich who took the high ground once again in these debates by sticking to substance and avoiding the personal.

A little civility goes a long way. Let’s hope Susan Sarandon and Rick Perry learn a lesson from their outbursts.

What kind of people want to “occupy Wall Street”? 4

By Tom Quiner

You can’t help but glean some quick reactions to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd.

They’re profane.

They like to copulate in public parks.

The women like to display themselves in a state of undress.

Impressed so far?

But what is really on their minds?

Democratic pollster, Douglas Schoen, had a senior researcher poll OWS in New York about their beliefs and their goals. Mr. Schoen was the pollster used by former President Clinton. Here is a brief overview of his findings, as reported in The Wall Street Journal.

Media coverage led us to believe that OWS are disaffected because they are out of work. In fact, 85% are employed, a rate only slightly less than the national average.

The OWS view the role of government as to guarantee everyone affordable health care, to guarantee everyone a college education, to guarantee everyone a secure, comfortable retirement, the cost be damned.

But they don’t really want to pay for it.

They evidently want the “one percent,” the reviled rich, to pick up the tab.  Seventy-seven percent support raising taxes on the wealthy, but 58% of them don’t want taxes increased for everybody.

These folks don’t represent the nation. About all of them (98%) support civil disobedience to bring about a radical redistribution of wealth. Nearly a third (31%) support violence to bring about the change they demand.

What is most disturbing is the blanket support the OWS are receiving from President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other members of their party.

The president seems increasingly comfortable currying favor with these left wing Marxists (forgive the redundancy). Will his support of these unwashed and naked (by choice) unleash a new wave of violence in our land?

Pollster Schoen issues a warning to members of his party:

“Rather than embracing huge new spending programs and tax increases, plus increasingly radical and potentially violent activists, the Democrats should instead build a bridge to the much more numerous independents and moderates in the center by opposing bailouts and broad-based tax increases.”