Friday, February 28, 2014

ObamaCare has lone KY House sponsor

Probably the most left-wing member of the Kentucky House of Representatives filed a bill today to legally create the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange (ObamaCare) in Kentucky. Rep. Tom Burch of Louisville filed the bill alone, with no co-sponsors.

If House Bill 505 is not enacted into law to ratify Gov. Steve Beshear's illegal executive order creating the exchange, Kentucky's disastrous exchange will expire ninety days after the 2014 legislative session ends in April. The bill seeks to confirm Executive Order 2013-418, which was issued in violation of KRS 12.028(5) after the filing of 13-CI-423 in Franklin Circuit Court to stop Beshear's illegal implementation of the ObamaCare debacle.

Can't imagine what Burch is counting on with the last-minute filing of this bill.

Get some fries with that while you can

In Lexington, Kentucky, Xerox is seriously downgrading its ObamaCare customer service efforts amid an exodus of qualified call center workers frustrated by what some call shocking ineptitude and corruption by state officials.

As employees leave the Kynect contractor, those hired on at the beginning of operations last fall at $12.50 an hour are being replaced by new people at $10.00 an hour.

"I held on as long as I could," said one former employee who asked to not be named. "Middle management hasn't changed since the beginning, which is surprising given the lack of integrity. It's the biggest mess I've ever seen and it just kept getting worse."

Leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly have made no apparent effort to ensure continued funding for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, whose operations are paid for by federal grants expiring at the end of 2014. If Kentucky does not continue their ObamaCare exchange operations next year, we will default to a federally run exchange and save Kentucky taxpayers many millions of dollars. Implementation of the state exchange currently faces legal challenge in state courts. Federal funding of federally run exchanges faces multiple legal challenges in federal courts.

Mitch McConnell campaigning like a drunken sailor

Sen. Mitch McConnell's latest campaign mailer demonstrates clearly he has been in Washington D.C. too long. Labeled on the outside "Fraud Alert," the mail piece is devoted entirely to attacking Matt Bevin with the same tired lies McConnell has been spreading for a whole year.

After voting repeatedly to make government bigger and less affordable, betraying conservatives on ObamaCare, sequester and the Obama budget and declaring war on the tea party, McConnell's credibility continues to sink along with his poll numbers. Kentucky conservatives must renew their call for McConnell to drop his bid for re-election.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rebellion: ObamaCare contractors starting to turn

Governor Steve Beshear's idea of fiscal responsibility in ObamaCare, apparently, is short-changing contract labor in his Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange.

This probably wasn't a very good idea because, while the media has been all-too-happy to turn a blind eye to the many problems in Kentucky that have plagued ObamaCare here, the contractors have been taking careful notes.

Expect the excrement to hit fan very soon.

Medical marijuana day in Frankfort today

The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee looks ready to send medical marijuana to the House floor today. The committee meets at noon and will take up HB 350.

Republican opposition to ending this big chunk of the "war on drugs" has been reduced to just a handful of politicians who are unable to make a case for why they want government to hold onto so much illegitimate power over people.

Ending the government's "war on drugs" brings with it a huge fiscal benefit. Getting out of the way of hemp and medical marijuana are intermediate steps, but they are big ones. People who dislike drugs -- like me -- need to turn to persuading people with logic because the big government drug police sledgehammer is being taken away.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Improve Kentucky's "Tim Tebow" bill

A Kentucky Senate bill filed Monday deserves a look because it would allow children not enrolled in public schools to be involved in school extracurricular activities, including sports. Such a law in Florida allowed former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to play high school football as a homeschooled student, so similar laws in other states are often unofficially named after him.

Amid the wreckage of Common Core, though, this bill needs one brief amendment.

The bill would add a new section to KRS 158. Section 1(1)(c) of the new law would state in part that any participant in public school extracurricular activities must: "adhere to the same academic standards as other participants." This is more than a little silly and needs to be fixed. I don't know anyone leaving the public schools because the academic standards are too high.

Should Kentucky fail to escape the federal Common Core dumbing down, the distance between public school student academic standards and those of private and homeschooled students will only get bigger. This bill should be amended in Section 1(1)(c) to read "adhere to academic standards at least as rigorous as other participants."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New ObamaCare glitch soaks Kentuckians

Gov. Steve Beshear is trying to keep quiet a Kynect web site glitch resulting in payment of excessive federal subsidies in January and February which must now be removed, resulting in higher premium payments for ObamaCare customers. The biggest unanswered question now is where the money comes from to pay for two months of premium shortages.

The glitch resulted in customer premium payments plus improperly excessive federal subsidies going to the insurers for the first two months of ObamaCare. Reducing subsidy payments for March and beyond, as the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange (KHBE) told victims will now happen, means higher payments for those who purchased ObamaCare plans. KHBE said customers will not be responsible for making up deficits in their accounts due to the overpayments in January and February. So, who pays?

It's possible the federal government will eat the costs of the KHBE mistake, but not very likely. Same goes for the insurance companies. That leaves state taxpayers. Is that what's happening? Are state taxpayers picking up the tab for Gov. Beshear's mistake without being told about it?

Please ask your state Senator and state Representative about this.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Beshear bludgeons more ObamaCare victims

The preferred narrative in Frankfort takes a hit this week as tens of thousands of Kentuckians get ObamaCare letters apologizing that a computer glitch overestimated their federal subsidies and demanding additional payments to keep their new health insurance.

That should be popular, especially for those just now learning about the limitations on their new policies. This disaster can't end soon enough.

Arkansas showing Kentucky how to deauthorize Medicaid expansion

Arkansas legislators took the ObamaCare bait last year on a version of ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, but seem to be thinking better of it this year when they are being asked to pour more state funds in. State officials say 100,000 Arkansans will be dropped from the program on July 1 if funding is not approved, and Kentucky should be paying very close attention.

Kentucky is currently spending unappropriated dollars on its ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, which was implemented illegally and remains mired in a legal challenge. If the Kentucky General Assembly session ends April 15 without funds allocated for the expansion, we will also be cancelling Medicaid cards in one fell swoop.

The ObamaCare disaster is sure to be a big issue in Kentucky legislative elections later this year.

Beshear blames ObamaCare failure on Republicans

Gov. Steve Beshear's bizarre attempt to force Kentucky into ObamaCare will look a lot stranger when its over, as it becomes clear that it was never going to work. For now, he continues to regale any clueless national media figures he can find with falsehoods about the federal takeover of healthcare.

"Look, let me tell you how I sold this to Kentuckians," Beshear told USA Today in an interview published this morning. "I told them, I said, 'Look, you don't have to like the president. You don't have to like me. Because this is not about the president or about me. It's about you.'"

Actually, his sales pitch was only three words long:

Beshear also told USA today he expects to have 300,000 Kentuckians signed up for ObamaCare by the end of open enrollment on March 31. We can only assume from this he intends to still be counting unpaid, cancelled applications as enrollments at least that long.

But the best part came when Beshear was asked about the disastrous results for the federal ObamaCare website operating in the dozens of states who were smart enough to opt out of the responsibility of setting up an exchange web site and bureaucracy as well as paying 100% of the costs starting in 2015.

"In their defense," Beshear said, "they (the federal government) had a much bigger audience than we did. ... I don't think they expected so many states to refuse to do their own exchanges."

Right, a "big audience" is what caused all the problems. In related news, not one single Democrat has filed a bill to ratify Beshear's executive order creating Kentucky's exchange. That won't change today. Failure to gain ratification by April 15 by the entire legislature will result in the nullification of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange pursuant to KRS 12.028(5).

Friday, February 21, 2014

Score one for Governor Fruit Tree

I'm no fan of former Kentucky Governor and current state Senator Julian Carroll. His long career of making government bigger and less accountable is a textbook case for limiting terms or taking other steps to eliminate elected office as a long-term career destination.

But no one will be hurt by Carroll's Senate Bill 154, which would name the Pawpaw tree as the state fruit tree. They are beautiful trees and the fruit is very good for you in addition to tasting great. Besides, Frankfort seems very unlikely to accomplish anything of substance this year other than agreeing to get Kentucky out of ObamaCare. So I say "bully for you, Governor Fruit Tree!"

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beshear's $100,000 ObamaCare scandal

An unfortunate oversight in Kentucky law protects Gov. Steve Beshear from criminal prosecution for overstepping constitutional limits on his power, but in March when illegal payments to his ObamaCare executive director in Kentucky accrue to over $100,000 his civil liability will grow harder to ignore.

In court documents, Carrie Banahan, the head of our health benefits "exchange" said her position was created on June 19, 2013 by executive order of the Governor. But that's when Beshear's original ObamaCare order expired under KRS 12.028 and he illegally replaced it (see KRS 12.028(5)). Banahan actually started work at the exchange in May. It's clear she and Beshear see the problem with her employment status.

By next month, Banahan will have been paid a total of $100,000 for a government job that can't legally exist. Restitution should be the least of our expectations.

The need to see this fight through to completion should be obvious. If we go quiet now, precedent will allow governors to create bureaucracies, write laws, levy taxes and spend money without regard for legal processes in place for hundreds of years to protect the voice of the people. We can't go out like this. Please take a moment to contribute to the effort by clicking here and donating what you can to keep this resistance going. Our opponents will be delighted to see me begging for help, which is exactly what I am doing. But they will delight more if we quit. Let's deny them that pleasure.

Jailing all your Facebook friends

Every legislative session in Kentucky features a bill that is so absurd and so over-the-top everyone can agree it should be killed, shredded, burned, scattered and cursed loudly as a warning to future horrible bills to stay out of sight. This year, Gov. Beshear's budget bill is arguably that bill, but there was another introduced yesterday.

House Bill 412 would make it a crime to communicate electronically or otherwise "any comment, request, suggestion or proposal which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent" or "permits any telecommunications or electronic communication device under his or her control to be used by another person for any purpose prohibited by this section." So essentially if someone posts a dirty joke to your Facebook page, you could both be going to jail.

I would like to be able to tell you this bill was filed by a Democrat, but I can't.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Huge week for ObamaCare in Kentucky

This is the last week Kentucky legislators can introduce a bill giving the people's approval for Kynect, the state-financed version of ObamaCare. Paying for the health insurance program would become the state's full responsibility on January 1, 2015.

"ObamaCare is the one word analogy for absurd big government overreach people will remember for decades to come," said David Adams, tea party activist. "Kentucky law and the Constitution forbid the Governor from forcing us into this just because he wants to and no one else in Frankfort seems willing to bail him out of his biggest mess."

Federal grants pay through the end of 2014 for much of the local bureaucracy created by the "Affordable Care Act." Implementation has been beset by years of political wrangling and corruption as well as multiple ongoing legal challenges.

"Kentucky law allows the governor to temporarily create new bureaucracies, write new laws and levy new taxes, but the same statute (KRS 12.028) clearly requires legislative approval or those temporary actions quickly expire," Adams said. "The Kentucky Supreme Court will be asked this spring to set this right. If they don't, they render the General Assembly completely obsolete. We have some pretty crappy politicians masquerading as judges in the Commonwealth, but I don't think we are that far gone."

If Kentucky fails to properly create Kynect, responsibility for the "health insurance exchange" reverts to the federal government, as do all government costs. Nearly three dozen other states have already declined to opt in to this very costly scheme and several legal challenges to the Obama Administration's attempt to unilaterally rewrite the law to prevent immediate collapse of a federally-run ObamaCare are making their way to the United States Supreme Court.

"Beshear and Obama need the Kentucky General Assembly to ratify ObamaCare right away or Kentucky officially joins a solid majority of resisting states whose success in killing it off is actually looking more likely all the time," Adams said. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beshear's unreported Valentine's Day massacre

Truth took a bloody beating yesterday when Gov. Steve Beshear put crayon to heart-shaped construction paper for his latest profession of undying love for ObamaCare.

His enrollment numbers in Kentucky's version of the increasingly illegal health scheme fail to address both cancellations of policies for nonpayment of premium and policy cards sent to bogus addresses. It is impossible to take these numbers seriously without an independently audited count of such failed "enrollments."

The biggest risk to the government takeover from an insurance perspective is the increasing likelihood that too few young, healthy adults will sign up for ObamaCare policies, sparking a death spiral of premium increases starting in the second year. Federal estimates from the beginning have been that the critical 18 to 34 demographic must make up forty percent of enrollments to keep the overall group of insureds inexpensive enough to assure stable premiums.

Beshear claims 32 percent of insurance purchasers are under 35. Not only does this indicate clearly that the target is being missed by a long shot, but it also shows more Beshear manipulation of facts in that he is counting everyone under 35 and not just those 18 to 35. From an insurance perspective, this makes a huge difference. Clearly, the "young invincible" demographic hasn't fallen for the advertising featuring cats or "pajama boy."

Kentucky's brain dead media continues to flat line the EEG monitor.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kentucky Common Core appeal filed

While waiting for a Franklin Circuit judge to reconsider his ruling against our case to get Kentucky out of Common Core, court rules necessitated filing an appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

The court's adverse ruling on the issue of standing was so far off on the law that the opportunity to ask the court to give it another look was too good to pass up. The problem was that if the judge rejected the motion to reconsider, then the opportunity to appeal would have expired today.

By 4pm today, the court still had not responded with a new order on the motion, so we filed a notice of appeal. The actual appeal brief will be filed in about a week.

Matt Bevin, apologize to McConnell

The sun came up this morning despite a federal judge ruling yesterday that Kentucky's definition of marriage amendment violates the U.S. Constitution. Senate candidate Matt Bevin would do well to make sure the sun does not set tonight without him apologizing for his quick attack on Sen. Mitch McConnell after the ruling became known.

Matt pointed out the judge who made the ruling served years ago as McConnell's general counsel and got his current job with the Senator's endorsement. This clearly scored a few points with some people who already don't like McConnell. So, in a sense, it's "Mission Accomplished."

But that's far from the end of the story and here I think Matt can show clearly how different a candidate he really is.

McConnell started attacking Matt wildly, unfairly and falsely before Matt even got into this race. He has continued that approach because that is who Mitch is, that is what Mitch does and Mitch has nothing else.

Matt has a lot more than that and is more than that. Matt Bevin doesn't need to attack Mitch because of a decades old connection to this judge. It was an easy attack to make in the heat of battle but it does literally nothing to expand Matt's appeal or further diminish the shriveling, shrieking McConnell.

Show everyone the bigger man that you are, Matt, and apologize to McConnell for yesterday's attack. And then roast him for caving once again on the debt ceiling.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kentucky will survive same sex marriage

I will be on WEKY 1340 AM Richmond tomorrow at 1:30 pm talking about the federal court ruling today tossing out part of Kentucky's constitutional prohibition on gay marriage. I think it's a huge mistake to portray this as some kind of travesty of justice.

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn said that for Kentucky to refuse to recognize same sex marriages performed elsewhere violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. And it does. The 14th amendment forbids states from denying any person equal protection under its laws. Case law gives some leeway to the states when there is a "legitimate government interest" in violating the rights of some, and Gov. Steve Beshear asserted that interest in this case, but couldn't back it up.

That's the key point.

Treating people unequally under the law also violates Section 2 of the Kentucky Constitution, which is another legal provision Beshear has a lot of trouble understanding. Creating and maintaining strong nuclear families is clearly in society's best interests, but defining and enforcing it by government mandate is not. We need to face the fact that freedom can be messy and uncomfortable without being ruinous. This ruling did not cover performance of same sex marriages in Kentucky, only the recognition of those performed elsewhere. But the next ruling will surely address that. Supporting traditional marriage is still a right, it's just not something we can resolve with the force of law. Protecting freedoms must be the focus of legal efforts and to the extent that it is, social issues such as this can be dealt with in ways that make us stronger. That is our real challenge going forward.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Heads up

I'm going to Frankfort to the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee for their illegal hearing on Beshear's ObamaCare Medicaid expansion for the purpose of raising hell.

It's in room 149 of the Capitol Annex at 1:30 pm. Join me?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Common Core case continues







DAVID ADAMS                                                                                           PLAINTIFF



V.                                            REPLY TO DEFENDANTS’ RESPONSE

                                                TO PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO RECONSIDER



STEVEN L. BESHEAR, GOVERNOR, et al.                                          DEFENDANTS



            Defendants Beshear, Marcum, King and Webb devote an inordinate amount of space in their latest brief to seeking dismissal of Plaintiff’s Motion to Reconsider on technical grounds. Defendants rely on an incomplete reading and understanding of the rules of service. CR 5.03 states clearly of proof of service: “Proof may be by certificate of a member of the bar of the court or by affidavit of the person who served the papers, or by any other proof satisfactory to the court. (emphasis added)

            Plaintiff broadcast the Motion to Reconsider in its entirety on the internet on sites monitored by agents and attorneys of Defendants before and after serving it upon the Clerk. The Court’s Order entered January 29, 2014 in response to the Motion to Reconsider is evidence enough that Defendants were made aware of the Motion, otherwise the Court would be in violation of the CR 5.03 requirement that such evidence “shall be filed before action is to be taken thereon by the court or the parties.” The Court is well within its rights to determine sufficiency of service and a complete reading of the Rules makes clear that sufficient care was taken to do so.

            The remainder of Defendants’ Response was devoted to continuing to demonstrate their lack of understanding of the facts and legal arguments in this case. Defendants state “mere possibility of harm is insufficient to provide standing,” indicating a failure to grasp that their own violation of the Kentucky Constitution is by itself real harm, victimizing citizens dependent on its protections, of which Plaintiff is one, which is sufficient for standing. Plaintiff alleged violation of the Kentucky Constitution by Defendants and the Court made key legal errors in avoiding examination of that harm, which was addressed at length in Motion to Reconsider. Defendants compounded the errors in their Response by making a demonstrably false statement: “The Court properly determined that the adoption of Common Core State Standards as the Kentucky core Academic Standards, via regulation and pursuant to Senate Bill 1 (2009), did not violate Section 183.” The Court made no such ruling. Instead, the Court ruled mistakenly that Plaintiff could not bring his complaint to the Court to test the constitutionality of state officials’ actions with state taxpayer dollars and authority granted with limitations defined in the Kentucky Constitution by and on behalf of Kentucky taxpayers. The Court stated “Absent an allegation of a constitutional defect in the statute or the administrative regulation, this Court cannot adjudicate differences of opinion over educational policy.” While this statement, if applied to Rose v. Council for Better Education, Inc., 790 S.W.2d 186 (Ky. 1989), may have forbidden that landmark case from advancing, it also is not the same as conferring constitutional imprimatur upon Defendants’ actions. Setting aside complaints not made by Plaintiff and resolving the question of official violations of Section 183 that occurred and their real, negative impact on Plaintiff as alleged in the Complaint deserve far more serious consideration than have been given in this setting. Plaintiff respectfully requests the Court to reconsider its January 14, 2014 Order in this matter.



                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                                David Adams

                                                                                                121 Nave Place

                                                                                                Nicholasville KY  40356





This certifies the forgoing was served this 10th day of February, 2014 via U.S. Mail upon:


David Wickersham

Assistant General Counsel

Kentucky Department of Education

Capitol Plaza Tower

500 Mero Street

First Floor

Frankfort KY 40601



Travis Powell

General Counsel

Council on Postsecondary Education

1024 Capitol Center Drive, Suite 320

Frankfort KY 40601



Alicia Sneed

General Counsel

Education Professional Standards Board

100 Airport Road, Third Floor

Frankfort KY 40601





                                                                                                            David Adams

Friday, February 07, 2014

Fall of the House of Beshear

Left-wing talking point manufacturer ProPublica picked out four states who have made particular messes of their ObamaCare exchanges and wrote an article about them. The only fact that matters in an otherwise non-groundbreaking article is that Kentucky is not included in their story.

The many ongoing technical failures in Kentucky's "health exchange," though steadfastly ignored by Kentucky media, easily would qualify ours a state worthy of mention in a short list of failures. The main reason it is not is that Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear -- to his credit, from a marketing perspective -- declared victory early, often and very loudly regardless of the chaotic events surrounding ObamaCare implementation in Kentucky.

But that's neither the main point nor the end of the story.

The story actually ended on the day it began. That was July 17, 2012 when Beshear created Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange by executive order pursuant to KRS 12.028. This statute clearly requires the Governor to gain subsequent legislative approval for such a government re-organization as this. This he has utterly failed to do and the matter is currently before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Worse, when his first executive order expired last year without legislative approval, he illegally reissued it.

The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly has taken none of the necessary steps to ratify Beshear's illegal executive action, nor are they at all likely to. Even the state's biggest ObamaCare cheerleaders in the legislature have had two years to file a bill for ratification, but not one of them has acted. What the heck are they waiting for?

Matthew Chapter 7 in the Bible warns of what happens to a house built on a foundation of sand. It describes rain, floods and wind knocking down the house and says "great was the fall of it." The Kentucky General Assembly ends on April 15 and when it does without giving authority or funding for Beshear's little funhouse of big government dreams, the stories of epic failure will write themselves with or without the media sycophants who have kept Beshear's parade going far too long.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Kentucky ObamaCare gets even sillier

Governor Steve Beshear has no place to run to on ObamaCare. Legislators can't give him long overdue approval or the money to throw us into the underfunded monstrosity. His scheme has only gotten this far because one Frankfort judge fell for the spin late last year.

The game has nearly run its course. Proof of that is a very silly "news" article out today by Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News. In it, Ellis attempts to refute "Republican" claims that ObamaCare would cost 280,000 Kentuckians the health insurance they had. You can click here and read the article. In it, Kentucky Department of Insurance spokeswoman Ronda Sloan suggests the 280,000 figure is not only inaccurate, but impossible.

Funny thing about that.

If you click here on the November 2 article that unveiled the 280,000 victim figure, you find that none other than Ronda Sloan was originally the source for that number.

These people have fooled too many for too long and it can't end soon enough. Please support the effort to shut down the propaganda, defeat the unconstitutional power grab and start the serious work of restoring market capitalism to healthcare in Kentucky. Click here and donate what you can.