Sunday, April 20, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2638, April 20th, 2014


Do not forget about Blogfest this coming Friday. Again we’re at the Red Mill in Pittston. They have great tasting pizza, cold drinks, a nice deck and plenty of room. Kudos as usual to the movers and shakers behind Blogfest our good friends Michelle Hryvnak Davies (one of our LuLac Women We Love of 2013) and Harold Jenkins. Jenkins has been promoting blogs for a long time on WBRE TV’s Pa Live with Dave Kuharchik and Jasmine Brooks. Be sure to stop by and say hi to these two. Blogfest was the brain child of Gort 42 and Joe Valenti of Pittston and with the help of Davies and Jenkins it has expanded enormously. You know the rules so just show up. The fun starts at 6PM. 

Harold Jenkins and Michelle Hryvnak Davies. (Photo: LuLac archives). 


The Luzerne County 3rd District is hosting an "Issues and Eggs" style breakfast on Saturday, May 3 at the Dupont VFW from 9-11:30. Third District Chair Jim O’Meara is co-chairing the event. The purpose of this gathering is to highlight the Luzerne and Lackawanna County Republican candidates for State Representative and Congress.
Lou Barletta is their guest speaker, and will speak prior to the media panel.
The media panel consists of Bill O'Boyle from the Times Leader, Ray Harker, author and columnist and your blog editor.
Moderator is Tiffany Cloud Olson, an active area Republican, television host, columnist and author of “Sleeping with Dog Tags”. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Half of the proceeds will be donated by the author to The Rolling Angels for Armed Forces.
Scrambled eggs
Sausage and ham
Juice and coffee
Assorted goodies
ISSUES AND EGGS is hosted by:
Third District Republican Committee
Pat Marranca, Chairman
Event Chairs: Susan Zaykoski and James O’Meara, Sr (Committee Treasurer)
Reservations: $15.00 per person
Candidate confirmations are still coming in. Below are those confirmed as of press time:
Congressional Candidates (17th)
Matt Connolly
Matthew Dietz
Dr. David Moylan (response pending)
PA Senate
Joe Albert (22nd)
Lisa Baker (20th) (confirmation pending)
PA House
Melanie Madeira (114)
Aaron Kaufer (120)
Marcel Lisi (113) (confirmation pending)
Tarah Toohil (116) (response pending)
Karen Boback (117) (response pending)
Dr. Davis Haire (117) (confirmation pending.
Make Checks payable to:
Third District Republican Committee
4 Ridgewood Road
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
RSVP by April 26 to:
James O’Meara: 570-417-9518 –OR– email
Susan Zaykoski: email


Ever since the Affordable Care Act team hit their goal of 7 million enrolled, the naysayers and fear merchants have been asking for numbers. Well this week the White House released these figures. They look good. So the sky has not fallen, millions of people haven't lost their jobs and grandma and grandpa aren't being confined to Nursing Homes. And by the way, those death panels.....haven't seen them yet
FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers
The Affordable Care Act is working. It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.
8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in their first year of health reform.
3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents plan.
3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.
5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA  standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both on and off the Marketplace.
5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 States have not expanded Medicaid.


The teacher union lackeys have put up the signs in Luzerne County this weekend for Rob McCord in his bid for Governor. Okay, let’s see some signs from the Tom Wolf people. As stated earlier by this blog editor, you can have a lot of money, a good message, a pleasing personality and all that but you need boots on the ground. Katie McGinty had Robert Kennedy Junior stumping for him, Wolf was here twice but it seems like Philadelphia's Allyson Schwartz has hit the deck and hid…at least when it comes to LuLac land.


At 8:27 AM, Blogger Michelle Hryvnak Davies said...

Hate to jump all over you again, but my name is spelled wrong again.


It's Hryvnak.

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Death Panels have devastated our senior population. You betcha!
File them under Mission Accomplished
and so many other bullshit fantasies.
We will always be left to wonder what Barrack Obama might have achieved with a minimum of cooperation from a party and individuals who put their selfish agenda ahead of the good of the country and the majority of the people.


At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still believing the lies I see.

I will have the most transparent administration.
I have Shovel ready jobs.
If four Americans get killed, it is not optimal.
The IRS is not targeting anyone.
ObamaCare will be good for America.
You can keep your family doctor.
Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
You can keep your current healthcare plan
Just shop around, for that healthcare I claimed you wouldn't lose.
No one making less than $250,000 will see their taxes raised one dime.
It was about a movie.
If I had a son.
I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
You didn't build that.
I will restore trust in Government.
The cops acted stupidly.
I am not after your guns.
The Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk
It's not my red line it is the worlds red line.
Whistle blowers will be protected.
“We got back Every Dime we Used to Rescue the Banks, with interest.
I will close Gitmo.
I am not spying on American citizens.
I Barrack Hussain Obama pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
Obama voters, here's your sign...
1. I will have the most transparent administration.
2. I have Shovel ready jobs.
3. The IRS is not targeting anyone.
4. If four Americans get killed, it is not optimal.
5. ObamaCare will be good for America.
6. You can keep your family doctor.
7. Premiums will be lowered by $2500
8. You can keep your current healthcare plan
9. Just shop around, for that healthcare I claimed you wouldn't lose.
9A. I did not say you could keep your health care. (Regardless that 29 recorded videos show I did)
9B. ObamaCare will not be offered to illegal immigrants.
9C. ObamaCare will not be used to fund abortions.
9D. ObamaCare will cost less than 1 Trillion Dollars.
10. No one making under $250,000 will see their taxes raised one dime.
11. It was about a movie.
12. If I had a son.

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete...I agree with you. But I also agree with Yonk too. Obama should have crushed the GOP like bugs in his first term. This crap of inviting them to Super Bowl parties and out to dinner. THEY LOST! He had the majority and kissed their white asses. I also find it interesting that the local GOP is having a candidates forum which Yonk is invited to. The local GOP has been in the doldrums for years. Yonki as a Democratic left leaning blogger has championed many local GOP candidates. But I can't help but think the craziness in Washington has something to do with why people just don't trust any Republican these days. It is a large leap to make but think of this: why would I even think of voting for any Republican local or statewide when we have two Congressman who have voted over and over again to repeal Obama care.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obamacare is more than just a new entitlement. Charles Blahaus of economic policy think tank Economics 21 writes about just how large of an impact that its provisions will have on the economy in the future. Spending on Obamacare's coverage expansion is immediately a massive entitlement expansion, and will only get worse.

Blahaus contrasts Obamacare with our other major entitlement programs and finds that ACA spends more than all but Medicare, and does so much faster.

After these initial rollouts, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid costs grew far faster than originally envisioned, sometimes due to subsequent legislation, sometimes due to unanticipated healthcare cost growth. It wouldn’t be surprising for either factor to affect the ACA, which would be even more problematic for reasons given below.

When new enrollment figures were released last week, the national discussion focused on whether the ACA is fulfilling its coverage expansion goals. The largely unwritten and more important story, however, is that the ACA is rapidly becoming a colossal fiscal disaster as enrollment proceeds heedless of the concurrent collapse of the law’s financing structure.

With the Obamacare rollout largely solidified and Republicans likely unable to make any major dent in the legislation until after the 2016 election - and everything might hinge on a win there - this will continue to be a drain on the federal budget, and just one more massive health entitlement.

If the rosy economic and long term health projections don't pan out, spending on coverage expansion is going to look much worse.

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can the government spend over 700 million on healthcare for 8 million people and this math is not questioned, nor the spending of our money to the corrupt millionaire government employees.

Have you noticed that congress has given Obama a blank cleck on spending and made the figures secret? We used to see the damage every 6 months or so, but not any more.

We can thank Boneher for palling up with the dictator. Boneher is more afraid of upsetting the NY Slimes then standing up to the messiah of failed hope.

Boneher and pals need to go before the house will start doing their job of fiscal management of the federal budget.

Consider: Once an Obamacare client buys their policy they must search for a doctor who is willing to live with the certainty of malpractice suits because they couldn't run tests and charge for them. After finding one, at a welfare clinic, we must pay the deductible and co-pay. How many of us are going to send in our second monthly payment?

Anybody actually USE ObamaCare yet?

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama fell on his face and had no clue what to do with the power of his office during his first two years. This Affordable Health Care act should have been a Single Payer program and to make it work for all, it should have been a part of Medicare and the payments into the Soc Sec/Medicare programs should have NO ceiling. The private health insurance comp;anies would have done super well selling supplemental plans so all would have been great if he only had balz. He did fall on his face and this is proof that he could have done it all. What I wonder is how can the Republican party and how can working class people be so against health care for all? This is a great country and I was and still am proud of my service but it sure is frustrating to see such an attitude.

By the way, the new verification available to post is finally user friendly.

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama should have served them (edited) {replacement phrase:soul food} on the White House porch and told them go to hell from the get go. He foolishly thought government involved compromise and that was a naive mistake. Yonks and 11:55 are correct and I totally agree. The President was also let down by a wimpy group of useless Dems in congress and the senate specifically Reid and Pelosi!


At 1:16 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Hate to jump all over you again, but my name is spelled wrong again.
It's Hryvnak.

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any doctor will, tell you single payer is the way to go.
And 11:53 AM speaking of lies, let me address one of yours; 9B illegal immigrants getting health care coverage:
No federal coverage.
•Not allowed to purchase private health insurance at full cost in state insurance exchange(s).
•Not eligible for premium tax credits or lower copayments.
•Exempt from individual mandate.
•Not eligible for Medicare, nonemergency Medicaid, or CHIP.
•Remain eligible for emergency care under federal law.
•Eligible for Emergency Medicaid if low-income.
•Citizen or lawfully present children of undocumented parents are eligible:
◦To purchase from the state insurance exchange.
◦For premium tax credits and lower copayments.
◦For Medicaid or CHIP.
•May seek nonemergency health services at community health centers or safety-net hospitals.

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Rueben Carter. Whatever he was and whatever mistakes he made prior to incarceration, he became a Man.
He was framed and it was proven to be so. No police or prosecutors were ever called to task. Seventeen years in jail for being an arrogant tough black man and in the end He Won!

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever, but he aint after your guns
and neither am I. Keep them and enjoy
them all you want, but keep them safe
like I do and responsible people do.
Thats not much to ask.


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